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Blue Danube Lariat

By: Fernando DaSilva for Beadalon

There is lots of blue in this lariat that flows like water – a versatile accessory that can even be worn as a belt! A silver plated chain in the center adds style and panache. This is such a quick project - you can put it together in an hour.

Blue Danube Lariat Jewelry Project

Materials:

  • 4 in. length - Beadalon 49 Strand silver plated wire .018” Beadalon
  • 21 in. length - Figaro chain, silver plated, in 14 lengths of 1 1/2 in.
  • 14 in. length - Curb chain, siilver plated
  • 34 - 4mm Jump rings, silver plated
  • 4 - 5mm Small split rings
  • 14 - 1.5 in. Head pins, white plating
  • 4 - Base metal EZ-crimp™ ends
  • 44 - 6mm cobalt glass bicone faceted beads
  • 2 - 8x12mm lime oval smooth cat eye beads
  • 3 - 8x12mm white oval smooth cat eye beads
  • 5 - 6x8mm white oval smooth cat eye beads
  • 5 - 8mm peridot bicone fire-polish glass beads
  • 53 - 6mm dark blue smooth round clear center glass beads
  • 19 - 8mm blue rondelle color-coated glass beads
  • 9 - 8mm green rondelle color-coated glass beads
  • Mighty Crimper Tool
  • Designer Round Nose Pliers
  • Designer Flash Cutter
  • Designer Chain Nose Pliers

Steps:

  1. Use the Mighty Crimper to attach the EZ-crimp end to the end of a length of 49 Strand jewelry wire. Begin stringing beads in either the pattern shown in the illustration – or create your own pattern. Once the beaded strand reaches about 12 in., snug the other EZ-crimp end to the wire, leaving just enough room for the beads to move without stiffness. Crimp the EZ-crimp end using the Mighty Crimper. After crimping, trim excess wire using a flush cutter.
     
  2. Use remaining length of wire and repeat the procedure to attach the EZ-crimp end and add beads. Be creative! Let your patter be fun and interesting. Feel free to experiment - until you attach the other EZ-crimp end, you can always remove the beads and start over. Once the second strand is completed and the EZ-crimp end has been attached, trim excess wire using a flush cutter.
     
  3. Attach curb chain to the end of each of the beaded 12 in. segments.
     
  4. Use headpins and the leftover beads to form the tassel ends. Insert the headpin into a bead, or thread a combination of two beads, and use round nose pliers to form a loop with the end of the headpin above the bead (leaving enough room to wrap the loose end around the wire sticking out of the bead just below the loop formed with the round nose pliers). Attach the loop to one of the short pieces of Figaro chain then wrap the tail around until all of the headpin is used or until the wrapping comes in contact with the bead (if necessary, trim excess if necessary). Continue to do this for all 14 of the lariat dangles.
     
  5. Attach 7 of the finished lariat end dangles to one of the split rings and attach to EZ crimp, then repeat for the other side.
     

 

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