Simply CZ Necklace
Designer Sara Oehler

Skill Level Intermediate

Materials

Soft Flex Wire .019 Diameter Color - 60 inches
Soft Touch Wire .010 Diameter - 35 inches
Single Strand Clasp - 1 set
3mm x 4mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 2 pcs
1mm x 1mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 2 pcs
2mm 3.5mm Round CZ Beads - 1 pc

Tools

Mighty Crimping Pliers
Soft Flex Flush Cutters
Micro Crimping Pliers
Bead Stoppers

Instructions

Step 1: Choose your color and size of CZ. A lighter color in a smaller size will be more delicate. A brighter color in a larger size will sparkle a little bit extra. Next, choose a complimentary color of Soft Flex Wire .019/ Medium and Soft Touch Wire .010/ Very Fine. These 2 colors of wire need to compliment each other as well as the CZ color. And finally, pick a single strand clasp. If you often wear your hair in an up-do, consider a more ornate clasp. If not, a simple clasp will work just fine.

Step 2: Use Soft Flex Flush Cutters to cut three 20 inch strands of .019/ Medium color wire. Cut one 20 inch strand of .010/ Very Fine wire.

Step 3: Use all four wires to string one 3mm x 4mm Crimp Tube and one half of the clasp. Pass the wires back through the Crimp Tube and secure using Mighty Crimping Pliers. Cut off excess wire.

Step 4: Braid the 3 strands of .019/ Medium color wire and clipthe ends with a Bead Stopper. The braid should be between 15-17 inches in length depending on the desired necklace length. Factor in the length of the clasp to figure out the finished length of the necklace.

Step 5: Use the .010/ Very Fine wire to string 3 CZs and weave the wire through the braided wires. Repeat about twenty-two times, adding 3 CZs and weaving into the braid for the entire length of the braided wires.

Step 6: Use all four wires to string one 3mm x 4mm Crimp Tube and the other half of the clasp. Secure using Mighty Crimping Pliers. Use Flush Cutters to trim excess wire at the crimp.

Step 7: Find the middle of your necklace, measure about 1-1 1/2 inches away from the middle. Cut one 15 inch strand of .010/ Very Fine wire. String onea 1mm x 1mm Crimp Tube. Pass the wire around the braid at the point just measured and pass back through the Crimp Tube. Use Micro Crimping Pliers to secure. Trim excess wire from the crimp tube.

Step 8: String 5 CZs and weave through the braided wires. Repeat about four times, until 1-1 1/2 inches to the other side of the middle. Repeat five times back in the direction of the Crimp Tube used in Step 7. Repeat five times in the direction away from the Crimp. Repeat Step 6, securing the Crimp Tube opposite the middle of the previous Crimp Tube.


Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.