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Tutorial Tuesday - Candy Cane Charm Necklace

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Just in time for the holidays! This silver and red, long and layered multi-strand candy cane charm necklace is the perfect solution to your holiday outfit. This easy to wear necklace is lightweight and festive and elegant at the same time.


Materials:
6mm Siam Swarovski Crystal Beads - 30
Long and Short Silver Tube Beads - 42
Barrel and Square Silver Beads - 21


Cut 3 strands of beading wire about 24" each.String a pattern of alternating long and short silver tube beads for the longest layer.

Next string the middle layer in the following pattern; 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead,3 red crystal beads.

Lastly, string a pattern of alternating barrel and square silver beads for your shortest layer.

Take some time to look at the three layers together on a bead board before crimping to make sure you are happy with bead placement. Starting with your shortest strand, string a 2x2mm crimp tube on each side of wire. These crimps will hold your beads in place. Attach a bead stopper on one side of your wire close to the crimp, this will keep your beads secure while you crimp the other side. Then remove the bead stopper and crimp the second side. Repeat this process for the remaining two strands. For step by step instructions on how to crimp, click here.


Once you have all three strands complete and beads crimped into place, use a bead stopper to hold all three strands on each of the necklace being sure to leave some wire at each end for adding your clasp. Adjust your wire as needed until you are happy with the placement. 

Attach 1 jump ring to the toggle and 1 jump ring to the toggle bar. String a 3x5mm crimp tube on one end, loop wires through the toggle jump ring and back through your crimp tube. Crimp using mighty crimping pliers. Cut off your excess wire. Repeat on the other side of your necklace. For step by step instructions on how to crimp, click here.


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Kristen Fagan is a multi-passionate creative and a graphic designer for Soft Flex Company.
Her favorite stone is Turquoise and she can't bead without Bead Stoppers. Learn more about Kristen and her creative passions online at KristenFagan.com.  You may write to her at Kristen@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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