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Floating Rocks

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Rock it out with this floating rock creation! This project came together as an act of serendipity - happy coincidence. I had the sterling rocks on my table, thinking about a bracelet (which I also made, actually - sterling rocks with one lampwork bead, on stretchy elastic) and the Kaputt Pendant, with the bail, from the photo that I took for the website.

And I thought that they looked really good together - and hey presto - next thing you know - I have this!You could make this without the curved tube too - the beads will stay on either side of the bail, so that's alright. And you could, if you don't like the floating look, fill in the space from the last rock bead to the clasp with small metal round beads or seedbeads.

Or, you could try for black beading wire, and use crimps to hold the rock beads to the side and omit the tube bead, and wear it on a black cashmere sweater, and really go for the floating look! The contrast of floating and rock is fun!

The pinch bail attaches to the Swarovski Kaputt pendant with a gentle squeeze to keep it in place.The bail fits easily over the gold curved tube - yes - I expect it will scratch a little with time. C'est la vie.

String to the middle of your beading wire, add the sterling rocks on each end, and then leave a length of wire (this is why you are using the good, Extreme Gold Wire), and then crimp the ends, use a wire guardian if you like, and add a jumpring and a chain extender on one side for flexibility and a lobster clasp on the other.

The rocks, being hollow, are a bit of a b---- to string. I suggest holding them up to a light so you can see right through the hole, and then poking the softflex through, seeing if you are lined up with the hole on the other side. Fortunately, with only 10 of them, it's not too bad. ;-)You can use gold plated instead of gold filled just as easily if you have the components in your stash already.

          
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s41724 Findings - Chain Extender - Gold-filledPrice: $ 6.33
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24001005-03 Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Smooth Crimp Beads - Gold-plated (100)Price: $ 1.19
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helcbcgf100b Findings - Crimps - 3 mm Crimp Covers - Gold-filled (4.6 gram)Price: $ 43.99
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961RGP000500 Findings - fits .031 - Wire Guardian - 14 Kt Rose Gold-filled (10)Price: $ 6.80
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96096111 Findings - Jumprings - 4 x 6 mm Oval Open Jumpring - Gold-filled (25)Price: $ 13.60
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96104017 Metal Tube Beads - 35 mm Patterned Curved Noodle - 14 Kt Gold-filled

((I used a plain one from my stash, but this is fine too))

Price: $ 9.79
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s57133 Pinch Bail - Big Open - Sterling SilverPrice: $ 19.95
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s44562 Softflex Beading Wire - 10 ft .024 (Heavy) - Extreme 24k Gold (Spool)Price: $ 20.83
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Qty: 10 s16247 Sterling Beads - Random Rocks - Bright SterlingPrice: $ 4.90
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s46094 Swarovski Pendant - 36 mm Kaputt Oval Pendant (6911) - Crystal Metallic BluePrice: $ 16.17
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