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Winding Road

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

"The Long and Winding Rooooad" Oh yes - now you have the tune stuck in your head. This is another of my "cheater chain" pieces - that uses chain in an easy way to look way more complex than it really is.

There is about 1 inch of chain used for every element of the design, which are about 1/2 an inch - so a 2:1 ratio. I used Sterling chain, coz that's what I had on hand, but if you can find a similar base metal chain, it will keep the cost waaaay down.

I like the juxtaposition of the bright copper and the bright sterling - works better than I expected!

The secret is a beading cable that the beads AND the chain are strung on. Start with your cable - Softflex or similar (I used a blue coloured one that I was testing as well - we aren't stocking it yet. Yet.) However, copper would be nice to go with the copper pebbles. Pebbles on the road - how appropriate is that?

Thread through 4 links of the chain, picking up alternate links - so that is through a link, skip a link, pick up the next one, skip one, pick up a third, skip one, pick up a fourth. Next add a bead to the cable, leave enough chain to comfortably loop around the bead, and go through the next link that you can. Repeat. Make sure you have chain (not a bead) next to the bar of the toggle, otherwise, the bar won't fold up and go through the loop. Scrunch it all up together and add the clasp with a crimp bead on the cable.

Update: Pfui! We're out of the copper pebbles. Figures. I've added some suggestions from Erin for alternates - that we DO have in stock.

          
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Qty: 2 96002401 Crimp Tubes - Seamless - 2mm - Sterling (50)Price: $ 14.13
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27001059 Firepolish - 6mm Faceted Round - Crystal Capri (30)

(Possible alternate bead choice (practically the same colour))

Price: $ 2.40
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s16081 Freshwater Pearls - 5x7.5mm Oval Pearl - Antique Copper (strand)

(Possible alternate bead choice)

Price: $ 7.00
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Qty: 7 s16689 Metal Beads - Pebbles - Bright Copper (10)Price: $ 6.85
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s16690 Metal Beads - Random Rocks - Bright Copper (1)

(Possible alternate bead choice)

Price: $ 1.50
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25001013 Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30ft .014 (Fine) - Copper Colour (Spool)

(7 inches, plus extra to loop, etc. About 10 inches.)

Price: $ 19.95
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Qty: 14 s16180 Sterling Chain - 5 x 6 mm Oval Cable Chain - deLighter - Bright Sterling (inch)Price: $ 2.55
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27623524 Stone - Chips - Goldstone (strand)

(Possible alternate bead choice)

Price: $ 6.10
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27750205051001 Swarovski Bead - 10mm Spiral Helix (5020) - Crystal Copper

(Another alternate to the pebbles.)

Price: $ 2.05
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Qty: 7 27753012117379 Swarovski Bead - 6mm Faceted Bicone (5301/5328) - Indicolite ABPrice: $ 0.31
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s16696 Toggle Clasp - Anthurium - Bright CopperPrice: $ 4.35
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