Sparkling Flower Necklace

Each of the three main components measure 1” wide

Each of the three main components measure 1” wide

 

Swarovski crystals never seem to lose their sparkle. I bought the flower designs used in this necklace several years ago. They still look as great as they did back then. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this exact shade of blue anywhere recently. But I did find the same flower design available in several colors at the Beadlady web page. To purchase, send her an email as directed at the top of her page. If crystals aren’t your thing, substitute the Swarovski beads with any of your favorite metal beads. They should be one half-inch wide in order for them to work with the dimensions called out in this tutorial. Flattened silver wire and round wire coil connectors mesh to add a special esthetic to this project. Coils are created simply by wrapping wire around knitting needles. Attach the chain of your choice to the coils and you’re ready to step out with your gorgeous new necklace.


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Directions

step 1 - Wrap 18 gauge wire, six times around a size five knitting needle which would equal 3.75mm.

step 1 - Wrap 18 gauge wire, six times around a size five knitting needle which would equal 3.75mm.

step 2 - Slip the wire off the needle. Trim the tails from the coil. You will need four identical coils.

step 2 - Slip the wire off the needle. Trim the tails from the coil. You will need four identical coils.

step 3 - Use the tips of your round nose pliers to pry open the last wrap of the coil on both ends. Set the coils aside.

step 3 - Use the tips of your round nose pliers to pry open the last wrap of the coil on both ends. Set the coils aside.

step 4 - Smooth 18 gauge wire around a cylinder to create a perfect circle. The cylinder should measure ¾” across. I used an acrylic clay roller.

step 4 - Smooth 18 gauge wire around a cylinder to create a perfect circle. The cylinder should measure ¾” across. I used an acrylic clay roller.

step 5 - Remove the wire from the cylinder and trim it where it meets the cut end.

step 5 - Remove the wire from the cylinder and trim it where it meets the cut end.

step 6 - Mark the middle of the round nose pliers with a Sharpie to insure both curls you create are the same size.

step 6 - Mark the middle of the round nose pliers with a Sharpie to insure both curls you create are the same size.

step 7 - Grasp the wire at that mark and curl the end. Repeat with the other cut wire end. You will need three of these shapes.

step 7 - Grasp the wire at that mark and curl the end. Repeat with the other cut wire end. You will need three of these shapes.

step 8 - Flatten the three curved wire shapes with the chasing hammer. The curls may tend to open slightly. After they are flattened, close them with flat nose pliers.

step 8 - Flatten the three curved wire shapes with the chasing hammer. The curls may tend to open slightly. After they are flattened, close them with flat nose pliers.

step 9 - Cut three pieces of 24 gauge wire to measure 5.50”. Wrap one end of the wire around a curl three times.

step 9 - Cut three pieces of 24 gauge wire to measure 5.50”. Wrap one end of the wire around a curl three times.

step 10 - Slip the other end of the wire through the slider bead. Wrap the wire around the second curl three times. Trim and smooth the tail wires. Create three of these shapes with slider beads centered between the flattened curls.

step 10 - Slip the other end of the wire through the slider bead. Wrap the wire around the second curl three times. Trim and smooth the tail wires. Create three of these shapes with slider beads centered between the flattened curls.

step 11 - Connect the shapes with the coils. Slip the open end of the coil wire into the curls then use round nose pliers to tuck the tip of the wire end into the coil.

step 11 - Connect the shapes with the coils. Slip the open end of the coil wire into the curls then use round nose pliers to tuck the tip of the wire end into the coil.

 

step 12 - Connect the appropriate length of chain to each of the two remaining open coils and close them as in step eight.

step 13 - Attach jump rings to the chain ends and attach a clasp.

Tips

Remove Sharpie marks form your pliers with Isopropyl Alcohol.



Supplies

At Michaels Store

  • 18 gauge round silver wire

  • 24 gage round silver wire

  • silver chain

  • clasp

  • 5 mm jump rings - 2

  • size 5 knitting needle

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers and cutters

  • jewelry bench block and chasing hammer

Miscellaneous

  • Isopropyl Alcohol

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