Dangling Tubes Silver Necklace

 Necklace Measures 16"

Necklace Measures 16"

 

Silver tubes and black beads combined in one project result in very clean lines, especially when the elements are shiny metal and shiny crystal. Large and small bicone beads lend balance to his necklace and act as the ideal finished ends for the silver tubes. When worn, the curved tubes follow the line of the neck slightly pushing the large bicones away from the skin. While I chose to include only four dangling tubes in this project you can make several and fill the horizontal tube if you like. As the supporting tube curves higher on each side, it will lift additional loops making it unnecessary to use another shorter size tube to fill the horizontal curve.

This projects uses three different size curved silver tubes -  two .75" tubes, two 1" tubes and one 2" tube. The larger tube is also thicker in diameter.

Directions

 step 1 - Slide 6mm bicones onto four 2" long headpin wires.

step 1 - Slide 6mm bicones onto four 2" long headpin wires.

 step 2 - Slip onto the wires, two .75" tubes and two 1" tubes. Follow the tubes with a 4mm bicone.

step 2 - Slip onto the wires, two .75" tubes and two 1" tubes. Follow the tubes with a 4mm bicone.

 step 3 - With round nose pliers, create a loop in each wire end. The loop should be large enough to slide onto the large 2" center silver tube.

step 3 - With round nose pliers, create a loop in each wire end. The loop should be large enough to slide onto the large 2" center silver tube.

 step 4 - Insert the needle of the beading cord into a clamshell. Pull it through to the raw end of the cord and create a knot.

step 4 - Insert the needle of the beading cord into a clamshell. Pull it through to the raw end of the cord and create a knot.

 step 5 - Pull the knot tight. Dot with Krazy Glue and pull the cord so the knot is against the inside of the clamshell. Trim the tail. Close the sides of the clamshell with jewelry pliers.

step 5 - Pull the knot tight. Dot with Krazy Glue and pull the cord so the knot is against the inside of the clamshell. Trim the tail. Close the sides of the clamshell with jewelry pliers.

 step 6 - Attach 7" of chain to the hook in the clamshell. With round nose jewelry pliers, close the hook to create a loop.

step 6 - Attach 7" of chain to the hook in the clamshell. With round nose jewelry pliers, close the hook to create a loop.

 step 7 - Slide the looped wires onto the large tube with the one inch tubes in the center and the .75" tubes flanking them on the left and right. The tubes should curve away from the body in the finished necklace. Be sure they are all facing the same direction.

step 7 - Slide the looped wires onto the large tube with the one inch tubes in the center and the .75" tubes flanking them on the left and right. The tubes should curve away from the body in the finished necklace. Be sure they are all facing the same direction.

 step 8 - Insert the beading cord needle into one side of the horizontal tube.

step 8 - Insert the beading cord needle into one side of the horizontal tube.

 step 9 - Push the needle through to the other side. Pass the needle into another clam shell. Make a knot with a knot tying tool, pulling the cord so there is no play in the cord. Apply Krazy Glue to the knot and trim the tail.

step 9 - Push the needle through to the other side. Pass the needle into another clam shell. Make a knot with a knot tying tool, pulling the cord so there is no play in the cord. Apply Krazy Glue to the knot and trim the tail.

 step 10 - Close the clamshell. Attach a 7" length of chain to the clamshell hook and close it with round nose jewelry pliers to create a loop.

step 10 - Close the clamshell. Attach a 7" length of chain to the clamshell hook and close it with round nose jewelry pliers to create a loop.

step 11 - Complete the necklace by adding a jump ring to one length of chain and a lobster clasp to the other.

 

TIP

Creating a knot in cord and eliminating unwanted spacing between jewelry elements at the same time, can be difficult to accomplish without a knot tying tool. If you don't own one, I highly recommend getting one because it is inexpensive and can save you a lot of time and frustration. Instructions for using the tool are included in the product packaging.



Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • 6mm black bicone beads - 4
  • 4mm black bicone beads - 4
  • 2" headpin wires - 4
  • clam shells - 2
  • chain 14"
  • Krazy Glue
  • curved tube beads 2", 1", .75" (variety pack)
  • Scissors

At Amazon

  • Knot Tying Tool
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • #4 Beading Cord

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