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Queen of Da Nile

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

The Empress of de Nile would be proud to wear this handsom piece. And, haven't we all be in de Nile on occasion?

I wanted to do something with these Apatite beads - the colour is so lovely - although, I have to admit, it is more greenish in real life than is currently showing my monitor for some of these pics, anyway.

The key with these was using the double drilled beads, but staggering them for multiple rows. Using the tiny charlottes gave me a lot more control in terms of adjusting the spacing between the beads. I did quite a bit of fiddling to get them to match and lay nice - I've included a pic with the actual bead counts - but you might have to tweak it a little, as these are Czech beads and vary a little in size.

For the centre, bottom flat round bead, I ran wire though, and up the back of the bead, and wrapped at the top. I put a bit of a zig zag in the wire after, just to make it more interesting. To do this, grasp the wire gently but firm, and just rotate your wrist, holding the wire, to give about a quarter turn.

Use a 2 mm round on either side of the upper coin bead - the charlottes just go into the holes, and the same for the lower center rectangle. Flank the pendant coins with 3 mm - to prevent the wire loop from moving and riding up on the charlottes.

          
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74701011-11 Artistic Wire - 22 gauge Round Wire - Brass (Tarnish Resistant) (Spool)Price: $ 5.58
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Qty: 8 96096052 Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Crimp Tubes - Gold-filled (25)Price: $ 6.50
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helcbc040gf Findings - Crimps - 4 mm Crimp Covers - Gold-filled (10)

(I used a couple of these to neaten up the crimps at the clasp - but didn't have room for them where I connected two lines to one loop.)

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96102220 Findings - Magnetic Clasps - 2 Strand Tube - 14 Kt Gold-filledPrice: $ 27.37
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96102221 Findings - Magnetic Clasps - 3 Strand Tube - Gold-filled

(Or the three strand clasp would be totally fine too. I just didn't have one handy.)

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Qty: 2 95901405 Findings - Separator/Connector - 3 Hole Curlicue Bar - Bright Brass Managers Special 50% off!

(Or you could use a gold one, but this matches fine for colour.)

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Qty: 4 96096003 Fine Metal Beads - 2 mm Seamless Round - Gold-filled (100)

(Or use goldtone)

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Qty: 4 96096000 Fine Metal Beads - 3 mm Round - Gold-filled (10)

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28811829 Metal Beads - 2 mm Round - Goldtone (100)

(Instead of the gold-filled)

Price: $ 0.99
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28811831 Metal Beads - 3 mm Round - Goldtone (100)

(Instead of the gold filled)

Price: $ 2.55
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66601009 Seedbeads - 13/0 Charlotte - Gold - Premium (hank)Price: $ 7.55
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961ext01430gld Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .014 (Fine) - Extreme 24k Gold (Spool)Price: $ 49.46
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Qty: 4 s23470 Stone Beads - 20 mm Coin Disks - Blue Apatite (1)Price: $ 2.60
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Qty: 11 s23469 Stone Beads - 20 x 10 mm Double Drilled Oval - Blue Apatite (1)Price: $ 1.55
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