BeadFX Inspiration – May 7th, 2021 – Anne Marie Desaulniers
I admit that I’m totally in love with African Turquoise stones. So, when I was trying to think up a new inspiration, of course my fingers gravitated to these two-hole drilled rectangles, and immediately paired them with 8 mm coins. I’d wanted to do something with the rectangles for a while, but was actually stuck on exactly how to work with them. So, I decided to give it a go!
I haven’t worked on a necklace for a while, so decided that I would make a version of the old standby “Y” necklace, but with a twist! It’s really quite simple, even in its updated form. Are you ready to give it a try?
1 – Metal Beads – 6mm Round – Antique Copper (25) (I had some in my stash, and probably used 8mm, but I couldn’t find any on the site). The 6mm could be substituted.
(Editor’s Note: Yep, we’ve never had 8mm Antique Copper rounds.)
Chain nose pliers x 2 Tools – Chain Nose Pliers – Dazzle-It Classic Slim
Flush cutters (for both the chain, and the wire) Tools – Cutters – Tapered Flush Cutter
Small metal knitting needle (sorry, I don’t know the size, because I’m not a knitter. LOL! I just eyeball it.)
- Cut a generous length of beading wire (I used around 17”, to be safe).
- Fold beading wire into two equal lengths (but don’t make a kink in it).
- On one side of the beading wire, add 1 – 2.4mm metal rounds.
- Thread through to the fold.
- Thread one 2mm crimp, through both ends of the beading wire.
- Feed through to the bottom.
- Leaving a small loop around the 2.4mm bead, flatten crimp with the chain nose pliers, making sure that the two lengths of beading wire are parallel (Note: if they’re crossed, they will not hold).
- Leave a short length of the beading wire exposed, then string one end of wire through one hole of the rectangle(s) as follows – rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round
- Repeat the sequence in 8 above, and string through the second hole in the rectangle(s).
- Feed a crimp bead onto both lengths of the beading wire.
- Leaving a small space, squeeze crimp flat with chain nose pliers (again, making sure that the wires are parallel).
- Feed both wires through 6mm (or 8mm if you have them) metal round.
- Now it’s time to split the wires apart.
- On the first wire, string 3-2.4mm metal rounds.
- Then string the following: 8mm coin + 2.4mm metal round + 8mm coin + 2.4mm metal round + 3-coins + 2.4mm metal round + 2-coins + 2-2.4mm metal rounds + 3-coins + 4mm metal round + 6mm metal round (or 8mm if you have them) + 4mm metal round.
- String on crimp bead, then bring the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead (keeping both sides of the wire parallel), then back through 3-4 beads.
- Pulling on the free end of the beading wire, adjust the loop.
- Flatten crimp with the chain nose pliers.
- Now here comes the fun part! Find a knitting needle, then start wrapping the 22g wire. It may take a little bit to get the rhythm, but the object is to wrap the wire tightly, and side-by-side. You want to make something that looks like the spring you would find on the inside of a ball point pen. Just make it long enough to fit over the crimp, and loop, but with just enough of the wire sticking up, to add a jump ring.
- Open 1-5mm jumpring (using two chain nose pliers).
- Attach open jumpring to the end of the beading wire loop, then to the chain (12”, or however long you would like it).
- Close jumpring.
- Now you’re going to mirror what you did on the first side, for the second wire.
- Repeat steps 14 – 22.
- Now open 2-7mm jumprings.
- Attach the first jumpring to one end of the paper clip wire, then close the jumpring.
- Attach the second jumpring to the other length of paper clip wire, add the 15mm Lobster Clasp, then close the jumpring.
- Congratulations your necklace is complete!
Things to consider:
- If African Turquoise isn’t your thing, then substitute another semi-precious, 2-hole rectangle.
- No Paper Clip Chain – no worries! Just substitute another chain.
- You don’t like copper, then use one of the other metal colours.
- You can’t find coins, then substitute rounds.
Take care, and have fun!