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French General: A Year of Jewelry
*The strands are numbered from shortest to longest.

Posted by GMC Group Published See GMC Group's 279 projects » © 2018 Kaari Meng / Lark Crafts · Reproduced with permission. · French General: A Year in Jewelry by Kaari Meng, published by Lark (£17.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • Step 1

    You’ll make the longest strand first. Look for glass, plastic, or shell cameos and find bezels that they fit into. Glue cameos into bezels. Add the cameos to your jewelry designs by using a small jump ring.

    Strand No. 5
    Thread each bead onto an eye pin. Cut each eye pin and loop it onto another to form a rosary style chain. Open a 5-mm jump ring and connect it to one end of the chain, add the clasp onto the jump ring; then close it. Connect a 5-mm jump ring to the other end of the chain and close it. Finally, connect an 8-mm jump ring to this 5-mm jump ring—it will serve as the ring that connects to the clasp once all five strands are finished.

  • Step 2

    Strand No. 4
    Thread each of the dime beads onto an eye pin. Thread two fire-polished beads onto each of 15 eye pins. Cut and loop each of the eye pins, linking them into a chain of alternating dime beads and fire-polished beads. Use the 3-mm jump rings to connect each of the charms, including the cameo, toward the center of the strand. Make sure they all hang facing the same way.

  • Step 3

    Connect a 5-mm jump ring to one end, connecting it to the 5-mm jump ring on the left side of strand no. 5 before closing it. Do the same at the other end of the necklace, connecting that end to the 5-mm jump ring on right side of strand no. 5. Lay out the beadwork so the charms face you. This will help as you continue to add strands to each other.

  • Step 4

    Strand No. 3
    Thread five fire-polished bead onto each eye pin. Cut each eye pin and loop one to the next to form a rosary style chain. Using 3-mm jump rings, connect each heart charm near the center of the strand. Remember to connect these in such a way that so they face forward like the charms on strand no. 5. Finish by connecting a 5-mm jump ring to one end; before closing it, attach it to the 5-mm jump ring on the left side of strand no. 5. Do the same on the other end: connect a 5-mm jump ring and before closing it, join it to the 5-mm jump ring on the right side of strand no. 5.

  • Step 5

    Strand No. 2
    Thread two glass pearl onto each eye pin. Cut each eye pin and link them one to the next to form another rosary style chain similar to strand no. 5. Connect a 5-mm jump ring to one end; before closing it, connect it to the 5-mm jump ring on the left side of strand no. 1. Do the same on the other side of the strand: attach a 5-mm jump ring and connect it to the 5-mm jump ring on the right side of strand no. 5.

  • Step 6

    Strand No. 1
    Thread each of the glass pearls onto a head pin, followed by a flower. Cut each wire down to 1/4 in. (6 mm), bend the wire down at a 90° angle, and make a loop, attaching the flowers to the chain eight links apart. (To do this, start at the center link of the chain; then attach three flowers on one side, and three on the other.) Then thread each of the glass leaves onto a head pin and cut and loop each onto the chain right next to a flower. Thread each of the glass hearts onto a head pin; then cut and loop one onto the chain between every flower. Finish by connecting a 5-mm jump ring to one end of the strand; before closing it, attach it to the 5-mm jump ring on the left side of strand no. 1. Connect a 5-mm jump ring to the other end of the strand and attach it to the 5-mm jump ring on the right side of strand no. 1.

    Helpful Tips
    Making Multiple-
    Strand Jewelry
    My designs often start out as a one-strand necklace, but over time I continue to add on and eventually the necklace ends up being multiple strands…even though that wasn’t the original intention! Making necklaces with multiple strands can take a lot of time, so instead of sitting down and expecting to finish a five- or six-strand necklace in one afternoon, consider making a two- or three-strand necklace and then add on more strands as you find the time.

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Jean B.
Jean B.
WHAT AM I DOING WRONG I CAN'T DOWNLOAD ANY PATTERN WITHOUT DOWNLOADING SOME OTHER SOFTWARE. I DON'T WANT OR NEED THAT. WHAT'S GOING ON
Tom
Tom · London, GB · 49 projects
Hey Jean! We don't have any software to download - have you maybe clicked an advert offering software instead?
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