Harvest Necklace
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Harvest Necklace

Y-style necklaces are always in style! Once you've mastered this wire-wrapping technique, you'll be able to make handcrafted jewelry using any collection of beads. Choose your favorite semiprecious and crystal beads, grab a spool of 20-gauge Artistic Wire and get started! This set by Katie Hacker is wonderfully versatile. For an opera-length necklace, fasten the necklace and bracelet together.
Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Artistic Wire, 20 ga. – Non-tarnish Silver
  • Beadalon® Lobster Clasp, Medium – Silver
  • Beadalon® Ball Head Pin, Medium – Silver
  • Bead Gallery® Semiprecious Rounds, 14mm – Fire Agate (7)
  • Semiprecious, 6mm – Yellow Quartzite (16)
  • Bead Gallery® Rounds
  • Bead Gallery® Beads, 10mm – Antiqued-silver Melons (3)
  • Bead Gallery® Flat Beads, 16mm – Antiqued-silver Diamond
  • Bead Gallery® Square Spacers (15)
  • Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements™ Crystal Bicones, 4mm – Indian Sapphire (13)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
 

Project Instructions

See the "making wrapped loops and bead links" instructions below to connect the following beads with wrapped loops: silver melon; crystal/spacer/fire agate/spacer/crystal; quartzite; crystal/spacer/fire agate/spacer/crystal; quartzite; crystal/spacer/fire agate/spacer/crystal; five individual quartzite.

Step 2 Repeat Step 1 to make an identical beaded chain for the other side of the necklace.

Step 3 Cut a piece of wire that's 4" long; make a wrapped loop on one end to connect the beaded chains together. Pass the wire through: quartzite, spacer, diamond, spacer, quartzite and make another wrapped loop.

Step 4 Pass a head pin through: spacer, fire agate, melon, crystal and make a wrapped loop to attach it to the lower link from Step 3.

Step 5 Attach a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

Finished Necklace 24", including pendant.

Making Wrapped Loops and Bead Links

Step 1 Cut a piece of wire that is 2" longer than the bead(s) you're using.

Step 2 Make a right angle about 1" from the wire end, use round nose pliers to make a loop.

Step 3 Wrap the extra wire around the base of the loop 2-4 times.

Step 4 Pass the wire through the bead(s) and make another wrapped loop.

Step 5 For connected bead links, be sure to connect the loops before wrapping the extra wire around the base of the loop.

Note: If you're making a link for the end of the necklace, make the last loop larger than the others to make it easier to fasten the clasp to it.

Tips

Try this necklace in a black/white/red color scheme for the holidays, or create a monochromatic look with shades of red. When substituting beads, use sizes that are within 1-2mm of the recommended beads in the materials list.