Braided Peruvian Opal Necklace
Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Beginner

Materials

Black Soft Touch Beading Wire .010 diameter
White Soft Touch Beading Wire .010 diameter
30x9mm Sterling Silver Hook and Eye Clasp - 1 sSet
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 40 pcs
3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Covers - 40 pcs
10mm Blue-Green Peruvian Opal Rondelles - 12 pcs
14x10mm Blue Peruvian Opal Faceted Ovals - 6 pcs

Tools

Cutters
Crimping Pliers
Bead Stoppers

Instructions

Finished Size: 20 1/2"

Step 1:
Cut three 25" pieces of black wire. Hold the three wires together and place one Bead Stopper about 2" from the wire ends. Braid the wires for 24".

Step 2: Use all three wires to string 1 crimp tube, *1 rondelle and 2 crimp tubes. Repeat from * five times, omitting the final crimp tube. Place a Bead Stopper on the other end of the wires. Set aside. (The crimp tubes will be crimped in a later step.)

Step 3: Repeat Step 1 using white wire. Repeat Step 2.

Step 4: Repeat Step 1.

Step 5: Use all three wires to string 1 crimp tube, *1 faceted oval, and 2 crimp tubes. Repeat from * twice, omitting the final crimp tube. Place a Bead Stopper on the other end of the wires. Set aside. (The crimp tubes will be crimped in a later step.)

Step 6: Repeat Step 1 using black wire. Repeat Step 5.

Step 7: Remove the Bead Stoppers from one end of each braid. Use all 12 wire ends to string 1 crimp tube. Place the tube about 2" from the wire ends and crimp. Trim all the white wires and three of the black wires. Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Use the remaining three black wires to string 1 crimp tube and one half of the clasp; pass back through the tube and crimp. Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Repeat entire step for the other end of the wires, making sure there is 18 3/4" of braided wire between the halves of the clasp.

Step 8: Using the braided strand formed in Step 2, place the first crimp tube strung 4 3/4" from the clasp and crimp.

Step 9: Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Snug the rondelle and the next crimp tube next to the previous crimp tube and crimp. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.

Step 10: Place the next crimp tube 1 1/4" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 9. Place the next crimp tube 2" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 9. Place the next crimp tube 1" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 9. Place the next crimp tube 2 1/4" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 9. Place the next crimp tube 1 1/8" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 9.

Step 11: Repeat Steps 8-10 using the braided strand formed in Step 3.

Step 12: Using the braided strand formed in Step 5, place the first crimp tube strung 3 1/2" from the clasp and crimp.

Step 13: Cover the tube with a crimp cover. Snug the faceted oval and the next crimp tube next to the previous crimp tube and crimp. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.

Step 14: Place the next crimp tube 3 1/2" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 13. Place the next crimp tube 3" from the previous crimp tube. Repeat Step 13.

Step 15: Using the braided strand formed in Step 6, place the first crimp tube strung 5 1/2" from the clasp and crimp.

Step 16: Repeat Step 13. Repeat Step 14.


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