Make this Necklace
Bohemian coloured metals are all the rage – antique bronze and antique copper metal tube beads have been used in this stunning Olive Green Twist Tube with lustrous olive green glass pearls.
If you’re searching for a different look, consider using black metal tubes with a bright coloured bead, such as a deep red or royal purple, which can create a very striking look.
Created by Bobbi from Eureka! Beads
Take the three strands of tigertail and thread a large crimp through one of the loops on one of the eye pins and back through the crimp. Squish the crimp down and cut off any excess tigertail.
Take one piece of tigertail and thread on:
- a plain curved metal tube
- a plain metal bead
- an 8mm glass pearl bead
- a plain metal bead
Repeat process 12 times, until you have twelve 8mm glass pearl beads on your strand. Finish by threading on one more plain curved metal tube. To make sure nothing falls off this strand whilst we are working on the other strand, thread a small crimp on the very end of the tigertail and squish down. This crimp will be cut off later to complete the necklace, but in the meantime it will ensure your hard work isn’t lost.
Repeat all of the above with the other two strands.
Cut off the crimps that were squished onto the ends of the strands earlier. Bring the three strands together and thread through a large crimp. Then thread through the loop on the second eye pin and back through the crimp. Pull up and squish the crimp down. Cut off any excess tigertail.
Thread the straight part of the eye pin through one of the long decorative bead caps (so that the three strands come up to the larger opening of the bead cap, with the eye pin poking out the top of the smaller end) and pull up reasonably tightly. Leaving a space of 10mm, cut the excess off the eye pin. Twirl the end using your twirly wirlies. Open up a jump ring and thread through the loop that you just created then close securely.
On the other side of the necklace (the side with the eye pin already attached), repeat the above process, so that you have a long decorative bead cap and a jump ring on either side. Open up one of the jump rings on one side of the necklace, and thread on the parrot clasp. Close securely.
Lastly, we need to create the “twist” effect. Hold one end of the necklace in your right hand and the other end in your left hand. Separate the strands in your left hand with your fingers. With your right hand, thread between the top two strands that are in your left hand. Pull through, then thread between the bottom two strands in your left hand. Repeat the process another 5 times or until you are happy with the twist effect.
Your necklace is now complete and ready to wear!
Eureka! Beads are a regular exhibitor at our craft events. You can also view their website which has a great range of projects and products at www.eurekabeads.com.au. Thank you to Bobbi O’Riley of Eureka! Beads for this article.