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Icy-Calls

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Need a little elegant something? A splash of ice? Something to jazz up that LBD (little black dress)? This sophisticated rhinestone necklace is well within the abilities of anyone who has done some wire wraps. 

          
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It glitters and shimmers and looks like you spent a bundle on diamonds. But some rhinestone chain and a little clever wire work make this surprisingly quick and easy to assemble. Check the components list below for the required parts. 




Step one: Cut your rhinestone chain. I used

Attach a Rhinestone chain end loop to one end of each piece of rhinestone chain. (Fold down one side, then the other, like a leather crimp.)


Wire a Swarovski 6 mm top drill to the end of each rhinestone chain piece. (I used plain Crystal for the outside two and centre (shortest and longest) and crystal AB for the other two.

Hold the wire parallel to the chain, and wrap around the final link a few turns, then add the top-drill crystal, and wire wrap it. Be sure to leave the wire long enough so that the crystal hangs below the chain. Trim the ends and, if necessary, tuck the ends in tight using your pliers.

Use a lightweight wire, such as a 22 gauge. I used Sterling Silver wire, but Silver Plated Artistic wire would work well too.


Attach a piece of wire (about 7 inches) to one of the outside pieces of rhinestone chain (shortest) with a few wraps. 


This particular connector is hollow, and quite roomy inside. Start with the end piece of rhinestone chain, and slide the chain end loop inside. Thread the wire through the hole in the connector, through the end loop, and out the other side. This will secure the first rhinestone chain dangle.




Add the next piece of chain, sliding it inside the connector beside the first, and stitching back through the connector with the wire.

Continue to the end of the connector, adding the rest of the chain pieces, in order.

Secure at the end with another quick wrap around the end piece of chain. Trim the end of the wire, and make sure the end is tucked in tight.




Holding the connector firmly and the piece of chain, bend the rhinestone end connector loop up, 90 degrees. The front of the connector will now be on the same side at the rhinestones. 


Now take a short piece of wire, about 4 inches - I used a heavier gauge for this - 20 gauge is nice. Thread it from the bottom of the connector upward through the end two holes.

Make a wrapped loop to attach your chain - don't forget to put your chain on the loop before you finish the wrap. Trim off the extra wire.


A simple clasp completes the necklace. This sterling hook will hook anywhere on this chain, making it adjustable for length. 


Components
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Qty: 1 s14970 Hook and Eye Clasp No Frills S Hook 14mm - Bright SterlingPrice: $ 2.00
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Qty: 5 26001062-00 Rhinestone Chain End Connector - ID 2mm - Silvertone (20)

(These make the loop that the chain hangs from.)

Price: $ 1.35
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Qty: 10 95805124 Rhinestone CupChain - 3mm (ss12) Prong Set Rhinestone Chain - Crystal - Silver (10 cm)Price: $ 2.80
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Qty: 18 bs066-04 Sterling Chain - mc Squared Chain - Sterling (Inch)

(inches)

Price: $ 2.60
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Qty: 1 s10073 Sterling Findings - Separator/Connector - 5Hole Bright Bead - 5 Hole - Bright Sterling

(This connector goes well with the chain. It needs to be an open design and nice and roomy inside.)

Price: $ 4.46
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Qty: 4 impssw20gahh Sterling Wire - 20ga / 0.8mm Round - Half Hard (foot)

(inches)

Price: $ 4.40
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impssw26gahh Sterling Wire - 26ga / 0.4mm Round - Half Hard (foot)

(28 gauge would work too. Silver-plated Artistic wire would also be fine.)

Price: $ 1.95
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Qty: 3 34763011001001 Swarovski Bead - 6mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Crystal (12)Price: $ 8.53
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Qty: 2 34763011031001 Swarovski Bead - 6mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Crystal AB (12)

(You could use all Crystal too - I just wanted a little extra sparkle.)

Price: $ 11.78
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helpl1610 Tools - Pliers - 1mm Micro Tip Tapered Flat Nose Pliers -

(Great for folding over the end loop connectors and getting into tight places.)

Price: $ 8.50
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74527311 Tools - Pliers - Micro-Tip Round Nose Pliers - Ergo Pro

(I love these for making nice, fine wrapped loops.)

Price: $ 18.25
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