This necklace features an interesting mix of materials and textures. At the center of it all, a multicolored dichroic glass pendant sparkles and catches the eye. The pendant is accented by rose-colored stone bead chips, raspberry-colored metallic seed beads, and pale pink colored wire.
- Beads: The larger beads in this piece are rose-colored stone bead chips by Beader's Paradise. The label on the packaging says "cat's eye fancy chips" in a color they call "Romantic Rose." The accent beads are 11/0 metallic pink seed beads by Darice, which I do not recommend for all the reasons I explain in my product review of these beads. Please feel free to substitute other similar beads instead of these.
- Wire: I used 26 gauge permanently colored copper wire by Darice in the silver-plated pink color.
- Crochet Hook: I used a size B / 2.25 mm crochet hook to make my sample necklace. You can use this size hook if you like, but do not feel obligated if there's a hook you find more comfortable for crocheting with wire. Be sure to use a sturdy hook, as this technique is hard on hooks and a flimsy one is almost guaranteed to break on you. Also, please avoid using a hook that has significant sentimental (or monetary) value. In case you have a problem, it's better to have it with a hook you don't mind losing.
- Jewelry Findings: I used a lobster claw-style clasp closure. You can use one of those or a different type of closure if you prefer.
My sample necklace measures about 20.5 inches all together from tip to tip, including the closure. You can make yours a different length if you like.
Pull out a length of wire, making sure that the wire flows freely so that you will be able to pull out even more if needed. String all your beads onto your wire in the order you want them to appear in the necklace.
Bead Stringing Pattern: To make the sample necklace, I started by stringing a chip bead, then six seed beads, then another chip bead, then another six seed beads, alternating between chip beads and seed beads until I reached the halfway point. Right before the midpoint, I strung six seed beads. Then at the midpoint, I strung the pendant onto the wire, and then from there mirror-imaged the first half, stringing another six seed beads followed by a chip bead, followed by another six seed beads, and so on.
Chip beads are all different sizes, but do your best to mirror the first half of the necklace when you choose beads for the second half.
Because of the differences in chip beads, it can be difficult to predict exactly where your midpoint will be, even if you use precisely the same number of beads on each side of the necklace. Because of that, I recommend leaving long lengths unworked at either end of the necklace; that way, if you have to add a little bit onto one end or the other, you'll have enough wire to work with that you can do it.
Be sure to double check your work before proceeding. If you made a mistake in your stringing, the best time to find it is before you start crocheting; after you begin, it's difficult to correct mistakes.
Leaving at least 6 inches free at the beginning of the piece, make a slip knot in the wire. [Slide a chip bead up close to your crochet hook. Reach around the bead with your hook and grab the wire; pull it through to create a chain stitch with a bead sandwiched inside of it. Slide six seed beads up close to your crochet hook; reach around them and grab the wire with your hook. Pull it through to create the next chain stitch.] Repeat the instructions specified inside the brackets until your beads have all been worked.
Compare the sides of the necklace to each other to be sure they are even. If they aren't, even them up if you are able to by adding beads and completing more stitches as necessary.
When you are finished crocheting, cut the wire, leaving enough to work with in finishing. Gently pull the end of the wire through your active loop and give it a slight, careful tug to end the work off.
If you're still working with uneven sides, you can string additional beads onto the ends of the piece to even them up. Then add one side of your lobster claw clasp. I did mine by stringing the clasp onto the wire, then folding the wire down onto itself and wrapping it around itself many, many times. Then I inserted the end of the wire back down into the nearest bead and cut it so that the end would be buried inside the bead.
Repeat on the other side to attach the other part of the clasp.
The necklace is now ready to wear, or to give as a gift. Enjoy!