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Elegant rondelle multistrand necklace

Make a bracelet and earrings to match, all in one stunning hue

These beautiful rondelles reminded me of tanzanite, so I designed an elegant multistrand accented with touches of gold to allow the color to shine. Faceted glass rondelles are an affordable substitute for crystals and combine beautifully with flat spacers and textured metal beads.

See the necklace instructions below, and click here for the complete, free project PDF. 

What you’ll need

Necklace 20–23 in. (51–58 cm)

  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 10 crimp beads
  • 10 Wire Guardians
  • 10 5 mm crimp covers
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
  • 7 16-in. (41 cm) strands of 6 mm glass rondelles
  • 10 8 mm fluted round metal beads
  • 32 6 mm beaded spacers
  • 20 5 mm beaded rondelle spacers
  • 16 10 mm twisted jump rings
  • 4 9 mm twisted jump rings
  • 2 21 mm five-to-one connector bars
  • loop half of a toggle clasp
  • hook clasp

Glass rondelles from JBC Beads, 630.963.0460, jbcbeads.com. Metal beads and findings from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, firemountaingems.com

Instructions:
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Necklace

1. Strand 1 (the inner strand): Cut a 23-in. (58 cm) piece of beading wire. String 5 1⁄2 in. (14 cm) of glass rondelles, centering them on the wire. On each end of the wire, string a 6 mm spacer, an 8 mm metal bead, and a 6 mm spacer. String 3 1⁄4 in. (8.3 cm) of rondelles, a 5 mm spacer, and 1 1⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) of rondelles. 

2. Strand 2: Cut a 25-in. (64 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 3 in. (7.6 cm) of rondelles on the wire. On each end, string a 5 mm spacer. String 4 1⁄2 in. (11.4 cm) of rondelles, a 6 mm spacer, an 8 mm metal bead, and a 6 mm spacer. String 2 in. (5 cm) of rondelles.

3. Strand 3: Cut a 26-in. (66 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4 cm) of rondelles on the wire. On each end, string two 6 mm spacers, an 8 mm metal bead, and two 6 mm spacers. String 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) of rondelles, a 5 mm metal bead, and 3 1⁄2 in. (8.9 cm) of rondelles.

4. Strand 4: Cut a 28-in. (71 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 4 1⁄2 in. (11.4 cm) of rondelles on the wire. On each end, string two 6 mm spacers, an 8 mm metal bead, and two 6 mm spacers. String 5 in. (13 cm) of rondelles, a 5 mm spacer, and 2 1⁄4 in. (5.7 cm) of rondelles.

5. Strand 5: Cut a 30-in. (76 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 9 3⁄4 in. (24.8 cm) of rondelles on the wire. On each end, string a 5 mm spacer and 2 1⁄4 in. (5.7 cm) of rondelles. String two 6 mm spacers, an 8 mm metal bead, two 6 mm spacers, and 3 1⁄4 in. (8.3 cm) of rondelles.

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Connector bar

6. On each end of each wire, string a 5 mm spacer, a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and the corresponding loop of a five-strand connector bar. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over the crimp.

Tip!

The Wire Guardians must be small enough to fit through the holes of the connector bar — I used 4.5 x 4 mms. If they still don’t fit, use a bead reamer to widen the holes in the connector bar. Wire Guardians are optional, but they do protect the wire from abrasion and give a polished appearance.

7. Open a 9 mm jump ring (Basics) and attach the remaining loop of a connector bar. Close the jump ring. Attach two more jump rings and a hook clasp.

8. On the other end, use a 9 mm jump ring to attach the connector bar and the loop half of a toggle clasp. To make an extender chain, attach eight consecutive pairs of 10 mm jump rings to the loop.

To complete your set with a bracelet and earrings, download the free project PDF here.

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