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Purple Orchid Three Strand Necklace

Materials

1 clasp brass heart
1 15mm cast metal ring
1 22x17mm cast metal 3-Strand triangle connector
1 20x19x3mm cast metal orchid connector
17 7mm rhinestone rondelle beads
1 10mm jump ring
61 6mm jump rings
26 small eye pins
22 medium eye pins

9 15mm flat floral embossed beads
16 10mm synthetic howlite beads – grey with grey lines
10 8mm synthetic howlite beads – grey with grey lines
11 4x6mm Imperial rondelle crystal beads
14 6x8mm Imperial rondelle crystal beads
5 8x10mm Imperial rondelle crystal beads

Materials are available at wwww.beadsonline.com.au

Technique

STEP 1 Create the following beaded-connectors:
A: Twelve single grey beaded-connectors: One grey10mm howlite bead

B: Five double grey beaded-connectors: One grey10mm howlite bead, one 7mm crystal rondelle bead and one grey 10mm howlite bead

C: Five fancy grey beaded-connectors: One 4x6mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead, one 7mm crystal rondelle bead, one grey10mm howlite bead, one 7mm crystal rondelle bead and 4x6mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead.

D: Three small crystal beaded-connectors: One 4x6mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead

E: Six medium crystal beaded-connectors: One 6x8mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead

F: Five large crystal beaded-connectors: One 8x10mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead

G: Five double crystal beaded-connectors: One 6x8mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead, one 7mm crystal rondelle bead and one 6x8mm tanzanite crystal rondelle bead

H: Nine rose crystal beaded-connectors: One 15mm flat flower bead

NOTE: Beaded-connectors are created by threading the bead or sequence of beads on an eye pin, then trimming the eye pin 1cm from the last bead and forming a loop

STEP 2 First Beaded Chain
Make up the first beaded chain by using 6mm jump rings to join up the beaded-connectors from step 1 in the following order: One small crystal beaded-connector (step 1D), one medium crystal beaded-connector (step 1E), three double crystal beaded-connectors (step 1G), three rose crystal beaded-connectors (step 1H), one double crystal beaded-connector and four medium crystal beaded-connector

STEP 3 Second Beaded Chain
Make up the second beaded chain by using 6mm jump rings to join up the beaded-connectors from step 1 in the following order: One small crystal beaded-connector (step 1D), *one double grey beaded-connector (step 1B), one fancy grey beaded-connector (step 1C)**, repeat from * to ** three times, one double grey beaded-connector and one medium crystal beaded-connector (step 1E),

STEP 4 Third Beaded Chain
Make up the third beaded chain by using 6mm jump rings to join up the beaded-connectors from step 1 in the following order: One small crystal beaded-connector (step 1D), six rose crystal beaded-connectors (step 1H), five large crystal beaded-connectors (step 1F) and five single grey beaded-connectors (step 1A)

STEP 5 Take the beaded chains from step 2, 3 & 4 and thread the ends in a 10mm jump ring. Now take one 6mm jump ring and thread the bottom loop of the orchid connector and the 10mm jump ring

STEP 6 Take the three strand connectors and thread one 6mm jump ring the open end of the 1st beaded chain. Take one more 6mm jump ring and thread the second loop and the open end of the 2nd beaded chain. Take another 6mm jump ring and thread the third hole of the connectors and the open end of the 3rd beaded chain. Now take one final 6mm jump ring and thread the top loop of both connectors and the 15mm ring.

STEP 7 Using 6mm jump rings join up seven single grey beaded-connectors (step 1A). Take one 6mm jump ring and attach the newly created beaded chain to the top loop of the orchid connector. Take one last 6mm jump ring and thread the clasp and attach it to the open end of the necklace.