While away for the weekend in Melbourne I wandered the streets of Fitzroy enjoying the weather and some shopping. I came across a couple of bead shops (my second weakness after fabric shops) and found the silver and orange diamante bead.
By Marni Franks
1 x 12mm silver and orange diamante focal bead
4 x 20mm orange glass square beads (diagonal hole)
8 x 8mm gold facetted beads
8 x 3mm pink/gold glass donut beads
2 x 10mm pink/gold facetted beads
20 x 6mm pink/rose gold facetted beads
2 x silver crimps
2 x silver crimp covers
2 x silver wire guardians
1 x silver fish hook clasp
70cm of silver tiger tail
Piece of white felt
Finished size: 36cm
Note: I’ve made this necklace as a choker style for myself and this is a perfect fit for my neck. If you want it longer simply add more of the 6mm facetted beads. I suggest adding beads in increments of 5 or 10 as that is the way they are most commonly sold. Measure your neck or a favourite necklace to gauge your own more suitable length. Add extra tiger tail as needed – I like to work with a lot more than I need so I can trim and maneuver as needed without worry.
Preparation: Lay out your beads in the desired sequence – I like to lay them out on a piece of white felt so I can see the colours clearly.
My sequence is 10 x 6mm facetted beads, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 4 x 3mm donut beads, 1 x 10mm facetted bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 20mm square glass bead, 1 x 8mm gold facetted bead, 1 x 12mm focal bead. Then the same sequence in reverse.
Step 1: Thread a crimp onto the tiger tail.
Step 2: Thread the tiger tail through a wire guardian.
Step 3: Thread one half of the fish hook clasp onto the wire guardian. Thread the open end of the tiger tail through the crimp. Flatten the crimp with the flat-nose pliers and trim away the excess tiger tail with the side cutters. Place a crimp cover over the crimp and close gently with the flat-nose pliers.
Step 4: Thread on your beads in the sequence you planned in the preparation stage. Double-check your sequence against the photograph as a guide.
Step 5: Follow steps 1-3 for the remaining half of the fish hook clasp.
Step 6: Wear your necklace!