Prize Bead Necklace Instructions

Prize Bead Necklace

 Supplies

Reference

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A 1 package seed beads (for this necklace, I used Beadalon Japanese Glass seed beads, silver lined clear, size 11/0, 10 grams)
     
B 69-size 4 cube beads (for this necklace, I used Beadalon Japanese Glass cube beads, matte maroon, size 4, 7 grams*
     
C 10 crystal bicones  
     
  1 clasp  
     
  matching nylon thread  

 Instructions

Measure and cut at least 100 inches of nylon jewelry thread.*  Thread the needle and pull ends even.  Put a stopper bead about 5 inches from the ends.  With double thread, continue:

Pattern #1
String 1 B, 15 A, 1 B, 14 A, 1 B, 13 A, and so on until you have a grouping of 5 A. (Total 11 B for Pattern #1)*

Center First Strand
String 1 B, 1 A, 1 B, and so on until you have a total of 15 B for Center First Strand, ending with B bead.

Pattern #2
String 5 A, 1 B, 6 A, 1 B, 7 A and so on (reversing Pattern #1) and ending with 15 A, 1 B. (Total 11 B for Pattern #2)*

String 2 A, one end of the clasp, and 2 A.

Second Strand
Repeat Pattern #1, but, instead of adding B beads, go through B beads on First Strand of necklace, one at a time, starting at the B bead nearest the clasp.  End with 5 A.

Center Second Strand
String 1 B, 2 A, 1 B, and so on until you have a total of 15 B for Center Second Strand, ending with B bead.

Repeat Pattern #2, but, instead of adding B beads, go through corresponding B beads on First Strand of necklace.  Finish with first bead strung in First Strand, Pattern #1.  String 2 A, second half of clasp, 2 A.  Tie ends of string securely with half-hitch knots, making sure you have left the necklace loose enough to flow freely.  (Do not cut thread tails until last step.)

Third Strand Center
Cut at least 60 inches of thread.  Thread needle.  Do not pull even.  Put stopper bead 5 inches from one end. 

Center Third Strand
String 1 B, 3 A, 1 B, and so on until you have a total of 15 B for Center Third Strand, ending with B bead.

Repeat Pattern #2, but, instead of adding B beads, go through corresponding B beads on First Strand of necklace, continuing to last B bead before clasp.  String 2 A, clasp, 2 A.  Go back through all the beads on Third Strand, doubling the threads.

Repeat Pattern #2, but, instead of adding B beads, go through corresponding B beads on First Strand of necklace, continuing to last B bead before clasp.  String 2 A, clasp, 2 A.  Go back through all the beads on Third Strand, doubling the threads, until you reach where you started the third strand.  Knot securely with half-hitch knots.  Do not cut threads.

Go back through Center Third Strand until you reach the 6th B bead, pass through this bead.  Make sure threads flow freely.  Tie two half-hitch knots around center strand.

Drop #1
String 4 A, 2 C, 4 A, 1 B, 1 A Go back through 1st B from needle, 4 A, 2 C.  String 4 A.

Go back through B #6 on Center Third Strand.  Go through all beads on Center Third Strand until you reach the 8th B bead, pass through this bead.  Tie two half-hitch knots around center strand.

Drop #2
String 4 A, 2 C, 2 A, 3 C, 1 A Go back through 3 C, 4 A, 2 C.  String 4 A.

Go back through B #8 on Center Third Strand.  Go through all beads on Center Third Strand until you reach the 10th B bead, pass through this bead. Tie two half-hitch knots around center strand.

Repeat Drop #1.  Pass through 10th B bead on Center Third Strand.  Knot securely with half-hitch knots.

Glue all knots.  Trim threads.  Let Dry.

* If using larger beads, adjust thread length and number of repeats accordingly.

**I won the beads (except the bicones) in this necklace from a drawing Katie Hacker held.  http://www.katiehacker.com

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