Betsy Necklace

PROJECT N8038
Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Advanced
This vintage style star-spangled necklace pays tribute to early American seamstress Betsy Ross. An ornate beaded bead is featured on Zola Elements brass beaded chain using an antiqued red, white, and blue color palette.
Instructions
This necklace has a chain extender for an adjustable length of 23.5 to 25.5 inches.
  1. Please watch the video: How to Make an Ornate Beaded Bead. Follow along with the video to bead weave your orb using Metallic Bronze 4mm Czech fire polish beads and Ivory Ceylon 11/0 Miyuki round seed beads.
  2. To make your chain tassel: Use flush cutters to cut four 2.5 inch lengths of each of the cobalt and burgundy beaded link chains. Note: due to slight irregularities in the chain, you may need to cut extra links in order to achieve the right lengths. Therefore, measure an extra link or two on each section you cut in order to account for loss of length when this happens. Set chains aside.
  3. Next, cut 3 inches of 26 gauge wire. On one end of the wire, use pliers to make a wrapped wire loop. Before coiling the loop, slide on the end links of your four 2.5 inch chain lengths. Close the loop.
  4. Slide your beaded bead down the remainder of 26 gauge wire so that it rests above the tassel.
  5. Now cut four 11 inch lengths of chain.
  6. Above the beaded bead, make another wrapped wire loop. Before coiling the loop, slide on the end links of your four 11 inch chain lengths. Close the loop.
  7. To attach your extender chain: Open a 4mm jump ring and slide on the end link of your extender chain. Also slide on the opposite end links of two of your 11 inch chains (one burgundy and one cobalt) on one side of your necklace. See photo for reference. Close the jump ring.
  8. To attach your clasp: Open another 4mm jump ring and slide on the loop of your lobster clasp. Also slide on the opposite end links of the two 11 inch chains (again, one burgundy and one cobalt) on the other side of your necklace. Close the jump ring.
  9. Enjoy your necklace!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • DMRR-0592 - Miyuki Round Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 8.5 Gram Tube, 592 Ivory Ceylon
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • BCP-10336 - Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 4mm Round - Metallic Bronze (50)
    Project uses 1 strand. You will need 1 package.

  • CHA-1215 - Zola Elements Bulk Chain, Beaded Link & Connector 4x2mm, By the Foot, Unfinished Brass/Burgundy
    Project uses 33 inches. You will need 3 packages.

  • CHA-1216 - Zola Elements Bulk Chain, Beaded Link & Connector 4x2mm, By the Foot, Unfinished Brass/Cobalt
    Project uses 33 inches. You will need 3 packages.

  • FJR-1164 - Open Jump Rings, 4mm Diameter 22 Gauge Thick, 50 Pieces, Antiqued Brass
    Project uses 2 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCR-9012 - Necklace Chain Extender, Curb Links with Lobster Clasp 2 Inches, 10 Pieces, Antiqued Brass
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • WCR-4255 - Vintaj Parawire, Solid Brass Craft Wire 26 Gauge Thick, 120 Foot Spool, Brass
    Project uses 2 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-1285 - FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Smoke Gray
    Project uses 4 feet. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
  • XTL-0373 - Tulip Premium Scissors, Gold Handle 5 Inch, 1 Pair
  • XTL-5600 - Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
  • XTL-0034 - Wubbers Classic Series Round Nose Quality Jeweller's Pliers
  • XTL-0020 - Baby Wubbers Quality Fine Chain Nose Jeweller's Pliers
  • XTL-4003 - Beadsmith Bead And Pearl Knotting Fine Point Steel Awl
Additional Information
Theme Vintage Look, USA/Patriotic, Summer
Ingredients DMRR-0592, BCP-10336, CHA-1215, CHA-1216, FJR-1164, FCR-9012, WCR-4255, XCR-1285,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
Miyuki Round Seed Beads, 11/0 Size, 8.5 Gram Tube, #592 Ivory Ceylon
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 8.5 Gram Tube.
$2.55 / Package | SKU: DMRR-0592
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 4mm Round - Metallic Bronze (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.99 / Package | SKU: BCP-10336
Zola Elements Beaded Chain, Brass/Burgundy, 4x2mm, By the Foot
You will need 3 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$3.45 / Package | SKU: CHA-1215
Zola Elements Beaded Chain, Brass/Cobalt, 4x2mm, By the Foot
You will need 3 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$3.45 / Package | SKU: CHA-1216
Open Jump Rings, 4mm Diameter 22 Gauge Thick, 50 Pieces, Antiqued Brass
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$1.59 / Package | SKU: FJR-1164
Necklace Chain Extender, Curb Links with Lobster Clasp 2 Inches, 10 Pieces, Antiqued Brass
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 10 Pieces.
$3.99 / Package | SKU: FCR-9012
Final Sale - Vintaj Parawire, Solid Brass Craft Wire 26 Gauge Thick, 120 Foot Spool, Brass
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$6.43 / Package | SKU: WCR-4255
FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Smoke Gray
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$6.39 / Package | SKU: XCR-1285
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Tools and Other Supplies:

The Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Tulip Premium Scissors, Gold Handle 5 Inch, 1 Pair
$30.39 / Package | SKU: XTL-0373
Wubbers Classic Series Round Nose Quality Jeweller's Pliers
Baby Wubbers Quality Fine Chain Nose Jeweller's Pliers
$23.35 / Package | SKU: XTL-0020
The Beadsmith Bead And Pearl Knotting Fine Point Steel Awl

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