Making an Elegant Fused Pendant
/ Lampwork Bead Necklace
This is a lovely and elegant method to make a simple yet stunning
necklace with one of my Fused Pendant/Lampwork
sets. This can be easily adapted to one of my single pendants
as well, with accent stone or other glass beads ... just use
your imagination! :)
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Gather all of your materials and tools together.
Cut the beadalon wire into three 22" pieces. FInd the
center, and mark just off center half the width of your pendant
by appliying a bit of masking tape around the three wire.
String the pendant on to the three wires and center it butting
against your tape marker.
String one "E" bead (or no. 6
size), 5 3.5mm jumprings, 1 silver sead bead, and one 2x2mm
crimp tube onto the three wires.
Crimp the 2x2mm crimp tube.
Splay out the three wires on the side you
are working on. Arrange 4 lampwork beads along the wire
where you would like them to go, and one "E" or
no.6 bead near the pendant. Keep arranging until you like
the distances of the beads from each other. In this example,
I am going to put 2 beads on one strand, one bead on the
middle strand, and the "E" and one lampwork bead
on the last strand.
String a 1x1mm crimp tube on each strand,
bringing it down to where you want your beads to sit on
Note: If you are planning on more than one bead per
strand, only put the crimp bead on the wire nearest the
pendant first, and wait to apply the crimp for the upper
Once the crimps are on the strands located where you plan
to have the beads lay, crimp them flat.
Now, on the crimp nearest the pendant, strin one silver
seed bead, one 3.5mm jumpring, one "E" or no.6
bead, one 3.5mm jumpring, one silver seed bead, and one
1x1mm crimp tube. push the beads together firmly, but not
to tight, and crimp the 1x1mm crimp tube.
Continue adding your bead parts on the next
crimps, repeating with one silver seed bead, one 3.5mm jumpring,
one lampwork bead, one 3.5mm jumpring, one silver seed bead,
and one 1x1mm crimp tube. Make sure each bead group is firmly
together before crimping the 1x1mm crimp tube.
Once you have finished a bead group on a wire that will
have another bead added to it, you can repeat the procedure
from step 6.
Complete this until the one side of the necklace has all
bead groupings crimped on to it.
Now, remove the masking tape on the wire
next to the pendant, and begin finishing the other side.
First, add one "E" or no.6 bead, five 3.5mm jumprings,
one silver seed bead, and one 2x2mm silver crimp tube on
all three wires. rimp the crimp tube.
Now, splay the thre strands out, and you can either measure
the strands on the other side from the pendant to the bottom
crimps and mark the corresponding wire on the other side,
or you can eye-ball the correct spots by matching the left
and right side wires up, and then adding your 1x1mm crimp
beads as you go.
Finish adding the crimps and bead groups up the wires so that
they match (realatively) on each side. Your finished strands
should look something like the picture to the left, and you
will be now ready to add the clasp.
You can either purchase a clasp, or make
a simple and snazzy silver wire clasp yourself.
Take the one side of your clasp and one of the left side
wire ends. String one 2x2mm crimp tube onto the wire, wrap
the wire around the clasp's attachment loop, and then string
the wire back through the crimp tube. You can keep it fairly
short, since you will be trimming the excess wire tail close
to the crimp tube. Crimp the tube and trim the excess wire
close to the tube. repeat with the other two wires on the
Repeat with the right side three wires and other clasp half.
Now, your necklace is all finished, and ready for a night
on the town!
Be sure to store it in a zip bag whne not in use so any
silver components won't tarnish as rapidly.
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Lampwork and fusing work can both be dangerous if not properly
undertaken, and you should take care to inform yourself of all safety issues/precautions/and
risks associated with these endeavors.
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