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Black and White

by: Pam Kearns

It's a Black and White Issue!

I love working in black and white (or in this case, black and clear)! In this piece I used the texture of the onyx and quartz chips against the 16mm faceted round beads. For a hint of sparkle, I threw in some metal bead caps on either side of the round beads.

To construct the necklace, I used two lengths of 8 lb crystal fireline, putting both pieces through the round beads (and bead caps) then strung on 1.5" of chips on each strand of the fireline. I kept repeating the pattern, ending with a round bead. I tried to keep the chips alternating in colour, but in the end it's going to move around anyway as you wear it, so don't worry too much about it. You can thread the separate strands of fireline onto a beading needle of your choice to make it easier to string on the chips and go through the round beads.

To finish, I pulled both strands of fireline through the clamshell tip, and slipped a size 11/0 seed bead onto on the strands and tied the two pieces of fireline together using a surgeon's knot. Because fireline can slip, I added a drop of New Super Glue to the knot for security. Trim the fireline and carefully close the clamshell tip around the seedbead and knotted end. Do this on both ends of the necklace.

Use a pair of roundnose pliers to create a loop on the clamshell. Attach the clasp to the clamshell using a jump ring. I used a swivel toggle for the closure for ease of use.

Of course, you can customize it by using other colours of stone chips and beads!

          
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s32976 Adhesive - 3 gram Super New Glue - Price: $ 2.38
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24011318 Findings - Clamshell Tips - Silvertone (20)Price: $ 1.15
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s40744 Findings - Clasp - Large Hook and Swivel Clasp - Antiqued SilverPrice: $ 3.55
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22801011-03 Findings - Jumprings - 7 mm Open Round - Nickel (5 grams)Price: $ 0.75
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Qty: 4 27016010 Firepolish - 16 mm Faceted Round - CrystalPrice: $ 0.57
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Qty: 5 27016012 Firepolish - 16 mm Faceted Round - JetPrice: $ 0.76
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Qty: 18 s27579 Metal Bead Cap - 9 mm I Shot the Sheriff's Star - Antiqued ZincPrice: $ 0.15
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74323039 Needle - Fine Beading Needles with Threader - (Pack)Price: $ 1.70
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27623613 Stone Beads - Chips - Black Onyx (strand)Price: $ 2.95
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27601025 Stone Beads - Chips - Clear Quartz (strand)Price: $ 4.99
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helfl08cr50 Thread - .007 inch Fireline - Braided Bead Thread - Crystal (Spool)Price: $ 12.67
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