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Dancing dangles necklace

Elegant drops unite stepped chains for sleek and classic style

The distinct lines of this V-shaped necklace remind me of the fashions of the Roaring Twenties. Enhanced with a bit of fringe and fire-polished beads, this necklace would have looked great on Zelda Fitzgerald as she danced the Charleston.

SUPPLIES

necklace 17 in. (43 cm) 

  • 99 4 mm fire-polished beads
  • 7 g 1.5 mm cube beads
  • 2.5 g 15/0 seed beads
  • clasp with optional extension chain
  • Fireline 6 lb. test or nylon
  • beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS
Dancing dangles necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Dancing dangles necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2
As you stitch the chain, be sure to pull the new beads tight to the previous stitch.

1. On a comfortable length of beading thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick up seven cube beads, and sew through the fourth and fifth beads again, pulling the sixth and seventh beads beside them to form two columns (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead and a 15/0 seed bead, and sew back through the 4 mm and the next three cubes (b–c). Pick up a cube, and sew through the two cubes in the next column (c-–d).

2. Pick up four cubes, and sew through the first two cubes again (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a 4 mm and a 15/0, and sew back through the 4 mm and all the cubes in the column (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the first two cubes in the column (c–d). Pick up a cube, and sew down through the cubes in the next column (d–e).
Dancing dangles necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3

3. Repeat step 2 until the chain is 8 in. (20 cm) long. Make a second chain identical to the first.

4. Exit the bottom cube in the last column of a chain (FIGURE 3, point a). Pick up three cubes, and sew through the third cube in the previous column and the first cube you picked up (a–b) to create a new two-bead column. Pick up a 15/0, and sew back through all the cubes in the column (b–c).

5. Pick up a 15/0, and sew  back through the top bead in the column (c–d). Pick up a cube, and sew down through the two beads in the next column. Pick up 10 cubes, a 4 mm, and a 15/0 (d–e). Skip the 15/0, and sew back through all the beads in the column (e–f).

6. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the top cube in the column. Pick up two cubes, and sew up through the third and second cubes in the previous column (f–g). Sew through the two new cubes again, and pick up 13 cubes, a 4 mm, a cube, a 4 mm, and a 15/0 (g–h). Skip the 15/0, and sew back through all the beads in the column (h–i). Set this half of the necklace aside.


EDITOR'S NOTE:  The width of fire-polished beads can vary. Narrower beads give the necklace a more fluid drape, while wider beads give the chain a fuller look and enhance the curve of the necklace. You can also try using 3 mm fire-polished beads, or use 2 mm cube beads for slightly different results.
Dancing dangles necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4

7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other chain (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, and sew back through the top cube in the column (b–c).

8. Place the two chains side by side, so they meet in the center. Using the thread from step 7, sew down through the first two beads in the center column (c–d). Sew up through the adjacent two beads in the next column (d–e). Weave the thread into the beadwork, secure with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

9. The remaining thread should be exiting the top cube of the center column (point f). Pick up a 15/0, and sew back through the top two cubes in the column (f–g). Sew through the two adjacent beads in the next column on the other chain (g–h). Secure the thread in the beadwork, and trim.

Dancing dangles necklace Figure 5 cropped
FIGURE 5
10. On one end of the necklace, remove the stop bead, and thread a needle on the tail. Sew through the fourth and third cubes from the end, so that the first and second cubes form a new column (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up three 15/0s, half of the clasp, and three 15/0s, and sew through the new column again (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, and sew back through the two cubes, six 15/0s, and the next two cubes (c–d). Retrace the thread path a few times, secure the tail in the beadwork, and trim. 

11. Repeat step 10 on the other end of the necklace. If desired, an extension chain can be used for the second half of the clasp.

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