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101  Re: need instructions for multi-strand, "woven" necklace - TUTORIAL in Beads: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: January 26, 2006 02:56:45 PM
OK.... so, here we go with instructions...

The necklace has five strands of beads (more if you want!!) varying in size from seed beads (I chose the square tube beads cause they tended to "shine" or reflect the light better than seed beads) to 10mm beads.  Select a colour palette of either one, two or three colours with a variety of shapes, finishes and sizes.  I realised after finishing my necklace, that my necklace would have looked better if I had chosen a similar shade of beads - ie. chosen a dark coloured green rather than the light coloured green.  The necklace can be made either collarbone length, about 18 or 19 inches - which is the length I did or mid-chest length, about 26 inches.

Firstly, you need to make a template.  For the collarbone length (18 inches), you need to cut a 5 1/2 inch diametre circle from foam board (if you have it.  If not, I just cut two from fairly thick cardboard and sandwiched two together with mounting tape).  You could also use a thick cardboard box.  This is then glued to a larger piece of cardboard.  Mark the top centre and bottom centre.  For the longer length cut a teardrop shape 9 3/4 inches long x 5 inches wide.  Here is a picture of my template:

Tape a clasp to the top centre.  I used a toggle clasp but any clasp would work.  I also put a jump ring onto the clasp as the clasp hole was only quite small and two or three strands will need to pass through the hole of either the clasp or jump ring.  I used plain old fishing line but I guess you could use beading thread or Nymo.  If you choose to use thread, you would need to use a beading needle.  I used enough line to go round the template 5 times plus I would guess about another 18 inches.  Yes, I know that's long but I personally don't like having to attach thread in the middle of a project, but you can do so.  Start with a lark's head knot.  A lark's head knot is where you fold the end of the thread to form a loop.  Pass the loop through the clasp or jump ring, then thread the ends of the thread back through the loop and pull tight. 

The first strand will lay the closest to the edge of the template.  String on a bead a little larger than a seed bead (just a nice way to end a strand) then string about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of seed beads.  String on a small contrasting bead.  Continue in this fashion (ie. 1 to 1 1/2 inches of sead bead then contrasting bead) but with the contrasting beads getting larger as you get towards the front of the necklace and getting smaller as you continue from the front to the back of the necklace.  When you get to the other side of the necklace, thread a small bead (like the bead on the other end), then thread through the other clasp end (or jump ring as the case may be) then thread back through the end bead.  Continue with the next strand.  String on about 1/2 inch of seed beads, a small contrasting bead, and 1/2 inch of seed beads (approx.) or enough to reach the first small bead on the first strand and take your thread through this first small bead on the first strand.  Continue doing strands and connecting them to the contrasting bead, again, gradually increasing the size of the "shared" or contrasting beads.  Make sure your most important beads are at the front.  Below is a close up of the back of the necklace:

There are 5 strands in total but below is a close up of where I threaded the 5th strand into the 4th strand to reduce bulk at the clasp:

Below is a closeup of the front.  You can do the front however you like but I liked the look of this:

And here is a picture of the finished necklace on the template:

It is a lot of work but trust me, it is easy and looks stunning.  I get lots of comments and looks when I wear it.  If you have any questions, please ask!!!
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102  Re: need instructions for multi-strand, "woven" necklace in Beads: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: January 23, 2006 12:24:04 PM
You mean one of these?:

I made it last week.  If that's what you want, I'll post instructions.  I'm having visitors over today so I will have more time to explain it tomorrow.

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103  Nearly Round Record bowls and Record Journal in Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: January 22, 2006 08:32:21 PM

Here are some "nearly" round record bowls.  I think I left them in the oven a little too long?? (5 mins) but maybe the bowl I used had something to do with it 'cause when I got it out of the oven and shaped it around the bowl with a cloth, and had cooled a little, I couldn't get the darn thing off the bowl.  I then stuck it in the freezer for 5 mins and the sucker popped right off!!!!  And, yeah, duh I put the bowl label upside down when I took the pic  Tongue  The bowl I used as a mold was a stainless steel one - it's one of those ones that come in a nest of about 4 or 5 ranging in sizes.

Also, after seeing this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44086.0 by cydniey on a record journal, I just had to try it.  So, here's my spin on it.  I used rings that I bought from the newsagent - they're kinda like metal curtain rings and they come in all different sizes (these ones are probably too big but it's all I had lying around).  All I did to cut it was to cut a template from cardboard and then using a metal ruler (on top of the cardboard) cut it with a stanley knife (that's what we call them in Australia).  I think in the US they're called an Exacto knife???  Anyway, its no fancy knife, just one a builder would use - 'cause they're cheap.  I didn't cut right through, just ran it down the ruler 4 or 5 times.  I then turned the record over (with the cut side down), holding the outside edge with fingers, place both thumbs approximately where the knife score is and snap it.  It will give you a nice clean line.  Once it's cut, surprisingly, the edges were quite smooth and straight.  The front cover was done with a thinner record and the back cover was done with a thick record.  Both turned out the same.  The only difference was that the thicker one makes a louder noise when snapped - I terrified my two boys 6 and 4.  They just looked at me with horror when I snapped the first snap!!!  I would recommend eye protection and perhaps gloves but I like to live my craft life on the edge sometimes - BTW I did turn my head to protect my eyes!!!! Grin

As for the holes, I used a soldering iron at first and just melted them but they weren't big enough for the rings so I got out my trusty drill and just drilled holes.  Again, the drilled holes look clean and neat - unlike me really......

Now..... off to make the pages.......

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