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Walk Like an Egyptian

by: Pam Kearns

My first experience of seeing the beauty of Lapis was in King Tut's mask when it came to Toronto. Needless to say, when we get lapis, it speaks very loudly to me and demands to be made into something. This project combine lapis random bars with pyrite, making it look very ancient. The twist in this project was using tightly coiled blue wire and slipping it onto the beading wire to continue the colour throughout the piece.

I used the narrower of the two mandrels of the coiling gizmo to create the tubes of wire. The two tubes near the middle of the necklace are about 2.5" long; the tubes toward the back are about 4" long. Of course, adjust the measurements to fit you. I also left a little bit of wire sticking out to insert into the beads to better keep the tubes in line. (See photo) Note: because you are using wire, take care not to put a sharp bend in the coiled tubes - it's very difficult to get the bend out of it.

The construction of the necklace is done as a regular stringing project using crimp beads, wire guardians and crimp covers.

          
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s35578 Artistic Wire - 24 gauge Round Wire - Dark Blue (Spool)Price: $ 5.76
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22801038 Findings - Jumprings - 7 mm/ID 5 mm Open Jumprings - Gunmetal (100)Price: $ 2.24
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25001003 Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 100 ft .019 (Medium) - Silver Grey (Spool)

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25001002 Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .019 (Medium) - Silver Grey (Spool)Price: $ 24.10
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