however, we do have a number of gemstones in this style. Visit this link to see more.
This is a lovely, striking necklace which everyone will notice which uses basic wirework techniques to create the popular geometric look.
Start by cutting the 0.8mm sterling silver wire into the five lengths you will require using side cutters. You will need = one length 14cm, two lengths 12cm and two lengths 8cm. To make the geometric shapes use snipe nose jewellery pliers to form bends in the wire, then round nose jewellery pliers to create loops at the top of the shapes. When shaping, you will need to make the largest shape approx 4cm in length, two shapes approx 3.5cm in length and the smallest two shapes approx 2.5cm in length.
Decide what length you would like your necklace and using side cutters cut the flex-rite wire. This wire is ideal for floating beaded necklaces and hanging pendants. Thread on the beads and silver shapes ensuring that a red jasper bead lies between each silver shape and they lie tapered with the longest bead in the middle.
To fasten the ends of your necklace thread one end of wire through a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp and then a sterling silver thread protector, back through the crimp and using magical crimping pliers crimp the crimp into a neat bead. Using snipe or flat nose jewellery pliers open a 5mm jump ring and attach to the loop in the thread protector. For more tips on opening and closing jump rings click here.
At the other end of the wire, thread the other crimp through then through the thread protector, slip on a lobster clasp then thread the wire back through the crimp and using magical crimping pliers, crimp the crimp as before into a neat bead.
We have used sterling silver wire for this project but you could use silver or gold plated wire. We chose to use a red jasper tapered bead set but we also have a lovely range of tapered sets in different stones including turquoise and labradorite, click here to see, as well as a large range of gemstone beads so you can design your own necklace.
Side cutters - for cutting metal wire, headpins etc. with minimum effort
Flat nose pliers - for gripping wider surfaces, bending angles in sheet or wire and opening and closing jump rings or loops
Snipe nose pliers - for bending metal sheet and wire
Round nose pliers - for bending loops in wire
'The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques' by Sara Withers
'The Basics of Bead Stringing' by Debbie Kanan
'Beading Design' by Kim Glover
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