This necklace is crocheted using wire and glass seed beads in several different colors and two different sizes.
- Beads: The sample necklace is comprised of beads in two different sizes and multiple colors. The larger beads I estimate are 6/0 seed beads. I used two different colors of these; there's a translucent blue color, and a pink that's so pale it's almost clear. Then there are smaller 10/0 Czech glass seed beads by Beader's Paradise in a color mix they call "Neon Pink."
- Wire: I used two different types of wire in this necklace. The larger wire is 26 gauge permanently colored copper wire in the pink silver-plated color, manufactured by Darice. The finer wire is 34 gauge craft wire in a silvertone color.
- Jewelry Findings: I used a silver-tone lobster claw clasp. Any similar type of closure will do.
- Crochet Hook: I used a size B / 1 - 2.25 mm aluminum crochet hook.
This necklace is comprised of 3 different beaded wire strands. One strand is crocheted using the blue beads, one strand is crocheted using the pale pink beads, and one strand is made using the 10/0 pink seed bead mix. The smaller strand is not crocheted but is simply strung onto the finer gauge wire.
To Make the Two Beaded Crochet Strands: String your seed beads onto your craft wire.
Leave a length of at least 5 inches or so unworked, then make a slip knot in the wire. [Slide a bead right up close to the work. Reach around the bead with your crochet hook and grab the wire; pull it through your active loop to make a chain stitch with a bead sandwiched inside.] Repeat the sequence inside the brackets until the strand is the length you want it to be. I made strands of about 16 inches. It's a good idea to make your strands a few inches longer than you actually want the beaded part of the necklace band to be; you'll lose a bit of length during the finishing process.
For the third strand, just string beads from your pink bead mix randomly onto the finer-gauge wire.
Slowly braid your three strands together, manipulating the wire and beads as you work to achieve the nicest possible effect.
You can also braid your three loose wire ends together on each side.
Attach your closure, one part at each end, by stringing it onto the wire and doubling the wire over itself and twisting it bunches of times. With any left-over ends, unbraid the last little bits and weave each individual bit of wire into the end of the work. You can hide the bits of wire inside beads and then snip the ends so that the ends are buried inside beads.
Wear and enjoy the necklace, or give as a gift to a friend, colleague or loved one.