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'Fruit Salad' Necklace

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'Fruit Salad' Necklace

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Aluminium Beading Wire 1.5mm Rose Pink 3metres
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'Fruit Salad' Necklace

Difficulty: Intermediate


Create this 'Fruit Salad' Necklace using Ribbon and  Semi-Precious Beads.

Step 1

To create an 8 warp braided choker strand for the necklace use the Kumihimo round braiding disk.  Cut 2 lengths of orange elasticated cord to 1 metre (same length as the silk cords).
The cords you will need to knot together are - 2 striped silk crepe ribbon in wild raspberry, 2 orange elasticated 2mm shock cord, 2 fuchsia dyed Habotai silk ribbon cord and dark gold dyed Habotai silk ribbon cord.
Once you have knotted them all at one end pull cords through the disk hole and place in following slots – wild raspberry silk 1 & 2, orange cord 9 &10, fushia dyed silk 17 & 18, dark gold dyed silk 25 & 26.

Step 2

Hold the disk with numbers 1 & 2 at the top, then move cord from slot 2 to slot 16.

Step 3

Move cord from slot 18 to slot 32.

Step 4

Make a ¼ anti-clockwise turn so that the orange cord is at the top.  Next move cord from slot 10 to slot 24.

Step 5

Move cord from slot 26 to slot 8. Make a ¼ anti-clockwise turn so that slots 16 & 17 and the raspberry and fushia silk cords are at the top. Continue the pattern of moves as before, this time 17 goes to 31, 1 goes to 15, make a ¼ anti-clockwise turn, then move 9 to 23, then 25 to 7. Make a ¼ anti-clockwise turn and then continue braiding using this pattern.

Step 6

Check under the disk to see how your braid is taking shape and ensuring the tension is consistent. Continue the braiding follow the pattern as before until you reach the ends.

Step 7

Remove braid from disk and tie knot at the end ensuring all cords are in the know together. Ensure both ends are tightly knotted and trim stray ends.

Step 8

To make the beaded string of the necklace cut 55cm of the baby pink wire mesh. Cut 10cm lengths from the 0.3mm light gold wire. Seal the end of the wire mesh by wrapping a 10cm piece of 0.3mm wire tightly around the mesh. Add a bead inside the mesh tube and then wrap again with a 10cm piece of the 0.3mm wire. Continue feeding beads into the wire mesh tube and sealing them in place with the 0.3 wire until you reach the end or your required length. Neaten the ends of the wire with chain nose pliers and tuck the ends in.

Step 9

The Beadalon Conetastic mandrel enables you to make your own wire cone cord ends that can also become part of a clasp. Using the larger mandrel and working from the spool of rose pink 1.5mm wire thread the end through the hole at the base of the mandrel.  Gently twist the mandrel in one hand while you guide the wire and keep it taught with the other.  Keep twisting until you reach the tip of the mandrel then cut from the spool leaving approx 4cm wire at the top of the cone. Cut the wire at the base of the cone near the anchor hole and remove cone. Using round nose pliers make a loop at the top of the cone, trim excess and tuck end in top of cone.

Repeat the process making another wire cone end but this time use round nose pliers to form a fish hook shaped clasp.

Step 10

Using the Conetastic medium sized mandrel create 2 more cone cord ends, this time using the light gold 0.9mm wire. On the tips of both these cones make a loop, trim and tuck end in using chain nose pliers. Gently open base of cone to pull over the end bead on the beaded mesh strand. Push bead up inside the cone and tighten base of cone around bottom of bead. Repeat process to attach other cone end.

Step 11

Place rose pink wire cone on one end of the braided strand and push into cone, you may need to use chain nose pliers to tuck ends in.  Loop gold wire cone with beads onto the base of the rose pink cone.  Close the cone carefully at the bottom and avoid scratching wire but ensure the base is securely closed. Repeat for the other ends of the strands.

Step 12

Check that you are happy with the lengths of the strands and make adjustments where required to ensure the clasp is well positioned and the necklace hangs well.