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Triple time bead and wire necklace

Create three identical beaded ring components to make a necklace that combines stitching with a bit of wirework.

Stitched rings act as links in a chain for a textured necklace that lets you use needles and pliers. Repeating different styles of links in a decorative chain creates a pattern that pulls it all together.

SUPPLIES

necklace 24 in. (61 cm) 

  • 10–15 3–8 mm accent beads or spacers
  • 5 g 3 mm fringe drops
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 g 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 24-gauge wire
  • 20 in. (51 cm) decorative chain, plus 3 additional decorative chain links
  • 7 8 mm outside diameter (OD) jump rings
  • 3 5 mm OD jump rings
  • 5 3 mm OD jump rings
  • Fireline 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
INSTRUCTIONS
Triple time bead and wire necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Triple time bead and wire necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2
BEADED RINGS

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of conditioned thread or Fireline, center 24 11/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot. Sew through the first two beads again (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the two 11/0s your thread exited and the two new 11/0s again (b–c). Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next two 11/0s in the previous round and the two new 11/0s (c–d). Continue around, working in square stitch, and end by sewing through the first two 11/0s added in this round (d–e).

3. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the two 11/0s your thread exited and the two new 11/0s again (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a fringe drop and two 11/0s, and sew through the next two 11/0s in the previous round, and the two 11/0s just picked up (b–c). Continue around in modified square stitch, picking up a drop and two 11/0s for each stitch (c–d). Pick up a drop, and sew through the first two 11/0s added in this round (d–e).

4. Repeat step 3 with the tail, stitching a round of drops and 11/0s off the first round. The drops should align around the edges.

Triple time bead and wire necklace Figure 3 edited
FIGURE 3
Triple time bead and wire necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4

5. With your thread exiting a pair of 11/0s, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a drop, and a 15/0, and sew through the two 11/0s your thread exited and the three beads just added (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next drop bead in the previous round and the 11/0 just added (b–c). Repeat around, and sew through the first three beads added in this round. End the thread.

6. With the remaining thread exiting a pair of 11/0s on the other edge, sew through the corresponding 15/0, drop, and 15/0 added in step 5. Sew through the five beads again, and continue through the next 11/0 added in the previous step. Sew through the adjacent drop and the 11/0. Work around the ring using a square stitch thread path, sewing through the beads previously added (FIGURE 4). End the thread.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to make two more beaded rings.

 
Triple time bead and wire necklace Photo A
PHOTO A
Triple time bead and wire necklace Photo B
PHOTO B
NECKLACE ASSEMBLY

1. Open an 8 mm jump ring, and slide it between the two inner and three outer rounds of a beaded ring. Attach a large decorative chain link, and close the jump ring. Repeat twice, for a total of three links spaced equally around the ring (PHOTO A).

2. Open an 8 mm jump ring, attach the other end of a decorative link from step 1 and a beaded ring, and close the jump ring. Repeat with the remaining beaded ring.

3. Cut a 9-in. (23 cm) piece of decorative chain. Open an 8 mm jump ring, slide it through one of the beaded rings, directly across from the decorative link, and attach the end link of the chain. Close the jump ring.

4. Repeat step 3, attaching the chain to the other beaded ring (PHOTO B).

5. Open a 5 mm jump ring, attach the lobster claw clasp and the end link of the chain from step 3, and close the jump ring. Open a 5 mm jump ring, attach the end link of the other chain, and close the jump ring.

 

Triple time bead and wire necklace Photo C
PHOTO C
Triple time bead and wire necklace Photo D
PHOTO D

6. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Slide a drop into the loop, and complete the wraps. String two to five accent beads and spacers, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Slide a 3 mm jump ring into the loop, and complete the wraps (PHOTO C). Repeat to make a total of five dangles.

7. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of chain. Open the jump rings of four of the dangles, and attach them along the length of the chain, starting with an end link. Close the jump rings. Open a 5 mm jump ring, attach the remaining dangle, the other end link of the chain, and the decorative link at the bottom of the necklace. Close the jump ring (PHOTO D).

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