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Moon Madness

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Tonight's full moon is the "Wolf Moon" - named for the frequent January wolf howls heard by Native North Americans. Wear this and have many, shiny moons in orbit about you!

This long necklace - 32 inches - didn't really need a clasp - but I could not figure out how to join the strands with out one, so it got one anyway.

It consists of 4 different types of strands. I think you could also make a really handsome necklace using multiple strands of any one of these 4 styles. All of them sport the same "moons" - 8 mm round silvertone beads. In all cases, they are spaced approximately 3.5 - 4 inches apart - I just use the width of my hand to measure.


Securing the ends. I used leather crimps to secure all the strands. When using leather crimps, don't try and fit the end of the cord or strand into the crimp - make sure some is sticking out the end so that you have someway to hold it all secure while you are crushing the crimp into position. You can use pliers to hold everything in place, holding the crimp by it's loop, or you can put the crimp across your finger, and use your thumb and next finger to hold the strands in place under tension (see photos.) Fold one side of the crimp down, then the other side. The traditional tube crimp pliers are good for getting the fold started, because of the curve in the jaw - stops them from slipping away. The metal in the leather crimps is quite stiff - you need to really squeeze it shut.

I was worried that the thread - the fireline - was so fine that it would pull out of the crimp - so I wound it around the crimp, top and bottom, and tied it off, and then secured it with a few drops of glue. I was going to hide all this in a cone anyway.

If you are not familiar with putting cones on, see this page here. The round beads after the cones prevent the wires from pulling back through the cones, and the extra large spiral wrap at the base of the wrapped loop, prevents the loop from disappearing inside the huge hole in the round bead.

Finally - the clasp - I actually recycled from an old, damaged necklace, but we have all the components available.

Oh, and one other thing - do NOT let the Wire Lace get anywhere near the hook portion of a Velcro(tm) closure. It will stick to it, and get distorted and mangled getting it off.






          
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74702000-05 Artistic Wire - 20 gauge Round Wire - Silver Plated (Tarnish Resistant) (Spool)

(2 pieces about 4 inches long)

Price: $ 10.96
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74201092 Findings - Chain Extender - Bright Silvertone (Pair)Price: $ 1.10
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24011315 Findings - Leather Crimps - Grooved - Silvertone (10)Price: $ 0.50
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23440006 Findings - Clasps - 12 mm Lobster Claw - Rhodium PlatedPrice: $ 0.18
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22801023 Findings - Jumprings - 3 mm Open Round - Bright Silvertone (100)

(or similar - to attach clasp.)

Price: $ 1.50
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Qty: 2 s27175 Metal Bead Cone - 30 mm Exterminate Exterminate - Antiqued ZincPrice: $ 1.40
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28811847 Metal Beads - 8 mm Round - Silvertone (10)

(There are 6 on each strand - plus two at the end.)

Price: $ 1.53
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s27450 Silver Silk - Knitted Wire - 4-Needle Flat - Argentium (1 foot)

(about 3 feet - maybe a little more - as the knots take up some of the length.)

Price: $ 2.10
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s20465 Stringing - 12 mm Wire Lace Ribbon - Black (yard)Price: $ 8.10
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75723132-00m Stringing - 5 mm Suede Ribbon - Black (1 meter)Price: $ 1.65
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helfl06sg50 Thread - .006 inch / Size D Fireline - Braided Bead Thread - Smoke Grey (Spool)Price: $ 11.87
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88827972 Tools - Adhesive - G-S Hypo-tube Cement - Price: $ 10.40
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