Tuesday, February 12, 2008

How to make Fun in the Sun


I made this necklace for the Stringing Magazine quarterly challenge. The deadline for this challenge was Feb 4, so if you missed it, be on the lookout for the next one!

I used C-Lon cord so that this would be a very light weight and breezy necklace. Here’s how I made it:

Materials
3 pieces of C-Lon cord, 80” each
2 pieces of 20 gauge brass wire, 2 1/2″ each
2 brass cones
2 brass jumprings and a hook
Fray check
GS Hypo-tube cement
10-20 each of several different kinds of beads in colors of your choice, including some metal
Charms and jump rings
8/0 seed beads

Tools
Scissors
Tweezers
Measuring tape

1 Turn loops on the ends of your two pieces of wire. Turn them a bit past a full loop so that they will be secure.

2 Fold each of the long stands of C-Lon in half and string each through one of the loops. Knot each doubled strand and slide the knot up tight against the loop with your tweezers. Dot each knot with cement.

3 Add the beads randomly to each strand, aiming for a pleasing mix of colors and sizes. Stagger the placement, and leave about an inch to an inch and a half between each bead, knotting before and after each to hold them in place. For large holed beads, use 8/0 seed beads of each side to keep them from slipping through. Spread the metal throughout the piece as accents.

3 At the end, thread the cords by pairs through the loop on the other piece of wire. Tie a knot around the necklace strands and pull snugly. Glue your knots with the cement, and trim them when the cement has thoroughly dried.

4 Slide the cones down over the wires, hiding the knots. Add a bead to the wire end and make a wrapped loop. Add a large jump ring to each loop and attach a hook to one.

Copyright 2008 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.



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