Turquoise Drop Necklace
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Turquoise Drop Necklace

Fashion pure enchantment. This ornate turquoise drop necklace is a piece that you can really be proud of creating. Designed by Molly Schaller for Bead Gallery.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • (62) 3mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Rounds (A)
  • (4) 6mm Light Sapphire Glass Faceted Rounds (B)
  • (15) 8mm Blue Taiwan Dyed Howlite Faceted Rounds (C)
  • (4) 8x12mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Ovals (D)
  • (3) 20mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Flat Rounds (E)
  • (2) 20x28mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Twisted Ovals (F)
  • (8) 32x23mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Teardrops (G)
  • (8) 18mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Drops (H)
  • (1) 35mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Open Teardrop (I)
  • (3) 4mm Turquoise Dyed Howlite Rounds (J)
  • (3) 3-Loop Silver Plated Chandelier Earring Findings
  • (1) Smooth Toggle Clasp
  • (4) Silver 2-Inch Headpins
  • (12) Silver 2-Inch Eyepins
  • 3/4" Silver Beadalon French Wire
  • (2) #2 Beadalon Silver Crimp Tubes
  • 18" Beadalon 49-Strand .018" Flexible Beading Wire
  • 30" Silver 24-Gauge Wires
 

Project Instructions

Cut the 24-gauge wire into (3) 10-inch pieces.

 

Pass the tail of one piece of wire through the top loop of the 3-loop chandelier earring finding and bend it downward so that it conforms to the shape of the teardrop. Wrap the long end of the wire around the finding twice.

 

String 1 A onto the wire. Wrap the long end of the wire around the finding twice to secure the bead to the outside of the chandelier finding. Repeat this step 4 more times, following the shape of the finding.

 

Wrap the wire once between each of the loops at the bottom of the finding.

 

Wrap the wire twice around the finding after the third loop. Repeat the stringing of 1A and wire wrapping detailed above, following the shape of the finding up toward the top loop.

 

Wrap the wire around the base of the top loop twice, pass the wire through the loop and down underneath the loops you just wrapped to secure the beads to the finding. Trim the tail of the wire.

 

Repeat steps two more times to create a total of three wire wrapped chandelier findings.

 

Pass an eyepin through 1B. Make a simple loop. Repeat 1 more time for a total of 2 B links.

 

Pass an eyepin through 1D. Make a simple loop. Repeat 1 more time for a total of 2 D links.

 

Pass an eyepin through 1E. Make a simple loop.

 

Pass an eyepin through 1H leaving about 1/2-inch of space between the bead and the eye of the eyepin. Make a bend in the eyepin so that it conforms to the shape of the bead.

 

Bend the tail over the top of the bead so that it crosses the neck of the eyepin.

 

Wrap the tail of the eyepin around the neck of the eyepin toward the eye of the pin and trim the excess tail.

 

Repeat steps 11 through 13 7 more times for a total of 8 H drops. Attach a B link to two of the H drops. Attach the B link to the center loop of two chandelier findings.

 

Pass a headpin through (I) starting from the center of the open loop so that the headpin emerges from the tip of the teardrop. Make a wrapped loop, attaching the drop to the center bottom loop of one of the wire wrapped chandelier findings. Attach the E link to the top loop of this finding.

 

Slide 1C and 1J onto a headpin. Make a simple loop about 1/4 inch from the top of the J bead. Make a large loop and attach this drop to the wire wrapped finding from the topmost loop (see previous step) so that it hangs in the center of the wire wrapped finding. Repeat this step 2 more times, attaching the two drops to the other two wire wrapped findings.

 

Attach each of the 8 H drops to one of the bottom loops of the chandelier findings.

 

Attach 1 D link to the top of one of the last two wire wrapped findings. Repeat for final wire wrapped finding.

 

 

Stringing the necklace:

 

Cut the French wire into two 3/8-inch pieces.

 

Onto the 18-inch piece of flexible beading wire string 1 crimp tube and 1 piece of French wire. Pass the wire through the loop of one half of the toggle clasp and back through the crimp tube. Crimp the tube and trim excess wire.

 

String ABACADAEAFACAGACAGACAGACA. String the top loop of one of the D links attached to a wire wrapped finding.

 

String ACAGACA.

 

String the top loop of the E link attached to the centerpiece wire-wrapped finding from when you passed a headpin through (I).

 

String ACAGACA. String the top loop of one of the D links attached to a wire wrapped finding.

 

String ACAGACAGACAGACAFAEADACABA.

 

String 1 crimp tube and 1 piece of French wire. Pass the wire through the loop of the other half of the toggle clasp and back through the crimp tube. Crimp the tube and trim excess wire.

 

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