Twisted Ribbon Necklace
Mix the smooth texture of satin ribbon with copper wire and turquoise beads for a necklace that will be a unique addition to your everyday wardrobe. Designed by Cyndi of Beading Arts.
- Time Required:2 Hours
- Difficulty Level:Advanced
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- Step 1: Turn a small loop in the 5" piece of wire, at least 1 1/2 times around for security, and crimp one end of the beading wire to it.
- Step 2: Thread the wire through the plastic tubing, and crimp the other end of the beading wire through a second looped wire as close to the edge of the tubing as you can.
- Step 3: Cut your ribbon into a workable length. I found that 3' at a time worked well for me. Cut one end diagonally as shown.
- Step 4: Using a tiny piece of tape just to anchor the first end up at the top near one 5" wire, twist and wind the ribbon around the tubing. When you get near the end of the ribbon, slide the wraps up towards the top as much as you can to compact them and make sure no tubing is showing. Use a second tiny piece of tape to anchor that end. I found that 3' of ribbon created approximately 6" of wrapped necklace once it was fully twisted and smushed together.
- Step 5: Continue wrapping and smushing, using small pieces of tape to anchor ends until you reach the opposite end of the tubing. Wherever you start a new piece of ribbon, twist and cover the tape from both the previous piece and the current one with the working piece of ribbon.
- Step 6: Use the 18" lengths of 20 gauge wire to hold the ends. You can still see a little bit of tape at the very end, but that will be covered in the next step.
- Step 7: Add bead cones over the wires at each end and push them down to cover the tape. Add a small bead to the wire if desired and turn a wrapped loop. Use jump rings to attach the clasp to the wrapped loops.
- Step 8: Cut a length of 22 gauge wire which is easy to handle. I ended up using 2' lengths (7 of them) to do my bead wrapping. Center one of the large nuggets and a few other beads on the first piece of wire.
- Step 9: Wrap the beads onto the front side of the tubing in the center. Wrap a couple of times, going between beads if desired.
- Step 10: Add a few more large beads to the center area, using one of the wire ends.
- Step 11: Continue wrapping outwards with that wire, adding more beads.
- Step 12: Use the other wire end to add beads to the other side. Strive for balance, but not symmetry. When the wire ends, tuck it under the ribbon, or beneath one of the beads.
- Step 13: Go back, using a second piece of wire, and add smaller beads in between the large ones to fill out the center cluster.
- Step 14: Add bent filligree pieces between more clusters of beads, wiring them on. After adding your final cluster, wrap the wire up the rest of the ribbon-covered tubing and back down. Add new pieces of wire as needed.
- Step 15: Add clusters and wrapping to the other half of the necklace. I used approximately the same beads in opposite clusters on each side of the necklace, but wrapped them on in different configurations.
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