Star Spangled Necklace

PROJECT N7047
Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Intermediate
Miyuki Delica beads in patriotic colors nestle together in this square stitch American flag. Strung from a simple gold chain, this delicate necklace is a cute way to show your stars and stripes!
Instructions
These instructions will make an 18 inch necklace. For a longer or shorter necklace, adjust the length of chain on both sides of the focal flag.
  1. To begin, please watch our video on how to do square stitch bead weaving.
  2. Cut a length of Fireline thread as long as you are comfortable working with and thread a size 12 beading needle. You will need to tie off and add new thread as you work. Attach a stopper bead on one end of your thread, leaving a 6 inch tail.
  3. String your first row of 18 red Delica beads. You will be following the bead weaving pattern shown in the photo, beginning with the red stripe at the bottom and using square stitch to work your way upward. Your first 6 rows will be solid stripes before you get to the area with blue beads and white "stars." NOTE: You can choose your favorite shade of blue beads to use from the blue Delica mix!
  4. When you've finished weaving the flag, tie off and weave in your thread tails.
  5. Using flush cutters, cut a 3 inch piece of 22 gauge wire. Straighten the wire with nylon jaw pliers if necessary.
  6. Grip one end of the wire in the tips of your round nose pliers and twist your wrist forward to create a loop.
  7. Thread the straight part of the wire through the top row of beads in the flag, and slide the flag down to the loop you created in the previous step.
  8. Grip the straight part of the wire about 1/4 inch from the end of the flag and twist your wrist forward to create another loop. Cut off the excess wire with flush cutters.
  9. Cut two 8 inch lengths of matte gold chain.
  10. Open one of the wire loops on one side of the flag the same way you would open a jump ring. Slide on the first link of one piece of chain. Close the loop.
  11. Repeat step 10 with the second length of chain to create the other side of the necklace.
  12. Open the loop of one spring ring clasp. Slide it onto the last link of chain on one side. Close the loop.
  13. Open a jump ring. Slide it onto the last link of chain on the other side of the necklace. Close the jump ring.
  14. Close the clasp, and enjoy your necklace!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • DBM-0723 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Opaque Red DBM0723
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • DBM-0200 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Opaque Chalk White DBM0200
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • DBM-MIX02 - Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Mix Blue Tones
    Project uses 1 tube. You will need 1 package.

  • XCR-1280 - FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Crystal Clear
    Project uses 6 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • WNT-2233 - Beadsmith Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire 22 Gauge 20 Yards (18.2 Meters)
    Project uses 3 inches. You will need 1 package.

  • CHA-99959 - Matte Gold Plated Slim Rolo Chain 2mm Bulk By The Foot
    Project uses 16 inches. You will need 2 packages.

  • FCL-1561 - 22K Gold Plated Spring Ring Clasps 6mm (50)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • FJR-5457 - 22K Gold Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 21 Gauge (50)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-3006 - Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
  • XTL-0109 - Beadsmith Extra-Fine Thread Snips - Cuts Textiles, Yarn, And More!
  • XTL-5600 - Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - For Cutting Beading Wire, 1 Piece
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-0074 - Eurotool Nylon Jaw Pliers Chain Nose- For Scratch-Free Wire Work
Additional Information
Theme USA/Patriotic
Ingredients DBM-0723, DBM-0200, DBM-MIX02, XCR-1280, WNT-2233, CHA-99959, FCL-1561, FJR-5457,

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 Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Opaque Red DBM0723
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 8 Grams.
$3.15 / Package | SKU: DBM-0723
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Opaque Chalk White DBM0200
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 8 Grams.
$2.60 / Package | SKU: DBM-0200
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, 10/0 Size, 8 Grams, Mix Blue Tones
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 8 Grams.
$3.49 / Package | SKU: DBM-MIX02
FireLine Braided Beading Thread, 4lb Test and 0.005 Thick, 15 Yards, Crystal Clear
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$5.29 / Package | SKU: XCR-1280
Wire Elements Tarnish Resistant Gold Color Copper Wire 22 Gauge 20 Yards (18.2 Meters)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$7.49 / Package | SKU: WNT-2233
Matte Gold Plated Rolo Chain, 2mm, by the Foot
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$2.15 / Package | SKU: CHA-99959
22K Gold Plated Spring Ring Clasps 6mm (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$10.99 / Package | SKU: FCL-1561
22K Gold Plated Open Jump Rings 5mm 21 Gauge (50)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 50 Pieces.
$2.29 / Package | SKU: FJR-5457
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Beadsmith English Beading Needles Size 12 (4 Needles)
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514

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