The Jewel in the LotusDateline: 09/08/99
I named this necklace "The Jewel in the Lotus" because the shape of it reminds me of the stylized lotus you see in Buddhist iconography. I am very pleased with how this piece turned out, it's even more sparkly and beautiful in person plus its quite easy to make!
To make this necklace you'll need a small clasp, one hank of size 11 2-cuts in the color of your choice (I used transparent grey AB) and the following Swarovski crystals in crystal AB: 1 10 mm round (5000), 1 8mm bicone(5301), and 4 9x6mm teardrops(5500). Numbers in parentheses are links to the corresponding page of the General Bead catalog.
Start by attaching one half of your clasp to one end of a doubled thread. String on as many beads as you need to make a short necklace/loose choker (standard choker length is 16 inches, standard princess length is 18 inches, but whose neck is standard? not mine!). Attach the other end of your clasp. Arrange your work so far so that your needle and thread are coming out of the left hand end. Fold the necklace in half to find the center. count 50 beads from the center to the left. Mark this spot by sticking an extra needle through the 50th bead or tying a bit of thread between the 50th and 51st beads. Now re-enter the left end of the necklace and thread all the way down to the bead just before the 50th bead from the center. Now you are in position to add the first "petal."
Pick up 21 beads and go back through the second to the last bead. Now pick up 19 more beads. Count 20 beads to the right from the bead you left in the main necklace loop. Loop your thread over the main neck loop thread between the 20th and 21st beads and go back down through the last 3 beads you added.
For the second loop pick up 18 beads and go up through the second to the last bead. Pick up 19 beads. Count 20 beads to the right in the main neck loop from the last loop-over and loop over the main thread between the 20th and 21st beads. Go back down through the last 5 beads you added.
For the large central loop pick up 26 beads and go up through the second to the last bead. Pick up 29 beads and count 20 beads to the right from the last loop-over. Loop over the main thread between the 20th and 21st beads and go back down through the last 5 beads you added.
For the 3rd small loop pick up 16 beads and go up through the 2nd to the last bead. Pick up 19 beads. Skip 20 beads in the main loop and loop over the main thread between the 20th and 21st beads. Go down through the last 3 beads you added.
For the last loop pick up 18 beads and go up through the 2nd to last bead. Pick up 19 beads. Skip 20 beads in the main loop and re-enter the main loop through the 21st bead. Continue through to the end of the main loop.
Loop through the clasp connector loop and re-enter the main necklace strand. Thread through the necklace until you get to the middle of the first loop you come to. There are 20 beads between each end of each loop so your thread should be coming out from the tenth bead from the beginning of the loop.
Pick up 2 seed beads, one teardrop and one more seed bead. Skip the last seed bead and go up through the teardrops and the 2 seed beads. Re-enter the main neck loop through the bead next to the one you originally left. Thread through until you get to the center of the next loop. Add another dangle consisting of 2 seeds, one teardrop and 1 seed. Then re-enter the main loop and thread through to the center of the middle loop. Pick up 2 seed beads, 1 large round crystal and one bicone crystal plus one more seed bead. Skip the seed bead and go back up through the rest. Add dangles in the center of the remaining 2 small loops to match the first two.
If at any point you run short of thread, thread a new needle and tie the end of the new thread to the old thread at the base. Thread the rest of the old thread into the main loop of the necklace and snip off the needle. Continue normally with the new thread. When you reach the end of the necklace knot at the clasp then hide the end of your thread in the main loop. When you are finished you can go back and weave the tail of the new thread into the main strand to hide it.
I hope you like this pretty necklace as much as I do! If you have any questions or comments about this feature, please post them on my bulletin board so everyone can benefit from the answers, thanks!
All text and graphics © Emily Hackbarth 1999