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Plaited spiral necklace

A double-spiral rope gives this graduated necklace the look of intertwined strands

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This graduated necklace combines the orderly with the organic for a versatile design that can add distinction to any outfit. Make your bead soup from leftovers in your stash, or find new ways to create the color mix – either way, the look can be customized. Including color A 4 mm fire-polished beads in your bead soup creates a harmonious balance between the core beads and the loops.

Tip!

Including color A 4 mm fire-polished beads in your bead soup loops creates a harmonious balance between the core beads and the loops.

Plaited spiral necklace

Materials

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 90-100 4 mm fire-polished beads, color A
  • 12-18 g bead soup, including 4 mm fire-polished beads in two colors: A, B; 11/0-8/0 seed beads in a variety of colors and finishes; and 3-10 mm drop beads, gemstone chips, glass beads, and/or pearls
  • 8-10 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #12 or #13

 

Instructions

Plaited 1
Figure 1
Plaited spiral necklace Figure 2
Figure 2

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, and pick up two color A 4 mm fire-polished beads.

 

2. Pick up an A 4 mm and 11 beads from the bead soup mix, using primarily seed beads and 3-4 mm beads. Sew through the last three A 4 mms again, and flip the bead soup loop to the left (Figure 1).

 

3. Pick up nine 11/0 cylinder beads, sew through the last two A 4 mms again, and flip the cylinder loop to the right (Figure 2).

Plaited spiral necklace Figure 3
Figure 3

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 (Figure 3) until the rope measures 5 in. (13 cm) long, ending and adding thread as needed.

 

5. Continue working in double-spiral rope, as in steps 2 and 3, but pick up 12 beads from the bead soup mix instead of 11 for 1 in. (2.5 cm). Continue gradually increasing the number of beads in each bead soup loop, and the sizes of the beads used, picking up 13-14 beads for ½-3/4 in. (1.3-1.9 cm), then 15-16 beads for the next ½-3/4 in. (1.3-1.9 cm), until the rope is 7-7 1/2 in. (18-19.1 cm) long.

 

6. Continue working in double-spiral rope, but gradually decrease the size of the bead soup loops to mirror the first half of the necklace: Work about ½-3/4 in. (1.3-1.9 cm) with 15-16-bead loops, ½-3/4 in. (1.3-1.9 cm) with 13-14-bead loops, 1 in. (2.5 cm) with 12-bead loops using the smaller beads, and 5 in. (13 cm) with 11-bead loops. Set the rope aside.

 

7. To make a toggle bar, pick up 20 cylinder beads on 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Work four rows of two-drop peyote stitch for a total of six rows, and zip up the edges to form a tube. End the working thread and tail.

 

8. Using the working thread from the rope, pick up an A 4 mm and a seed bead, and sew through a cylinder at the center of the toggle bar. Sew through the beads in the toggle bar to exit the center cylinder, and sew back through the seed bead and A 4 mm and into the necklace. Retrace the thread path several times to secure the connection, and end the thread.

 

9. Using the tail, pick up an A 4 mm, three 8/0 seed beads, a 4 mm, two 8/0s, a 4 mm, two 8/0s, a 4 mm, and three 8/0s. Sew back through the first A 4 mm picked up in this step, and into the beadwork. Retrace the thread path through the loop a few times, and end the tail.

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