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Dagger Bead Fan Necklace Pattern

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String this beaded necklace using Czech fire polished glass beads, pressed two-hole dagger beads, seed beads, and a single crystal.

Please click on any image in this tutorial for a full-size view.

1. Gather Your Materials

The completed dagger bead fan necklace
The completed dagger bead fan necklace.

To make one necklace, you'll need the following beads and supplies.

Beads

  • About 110 4mm round Czech fire polished glass beads in olivine* (sold by Artbeads.com and elsewhere)

  • Eight two-hole glass dagger beads in khaki grey (sold by BelloModo and elsewhere)

  • 11 size 8/0 round Miyuki seed beads in silver-lined dark gold (sold by Artbeads.com and elsewhere)

  • Eight size 11/0 round Miyuki seed beads in transparent orange (sold by Artbeads.com and elsewhere)

  • One crystal 4mm bicone bead in amethyst or purple (sold by Artbeads.com and elsewhere as Swarovski XILION beads)

*To determine exactly how many 4mm beads you need, double the inches in Step 3 (based on how long you want your completed necklace to be) and then refer to our Beads Per Inch Chart.

Beading Tools and Supplies

  • Amiet or C-Lon beading cord in gray

  • Two 3mm clam shell bead tips, silver-tone

  • Two pairs of chain nose pliers

  • Wire cutters

  • Instant bond glue (such as Krazy Glue; for gluing the knots when attaching the cord ends)

  • Beading awl, sewing needle or safety pin (for help placing the second knot)

  • Scissors

  • Optional: Thread burner

  • Ruler

  • Size D or 6-pound beading thread (I used white FireLine)

  • Size 10 beading needle (learn more about beading needles)

  • Two 4.5mm ("small") silver-tone jump rings

  • A silver-tone toggle clasp (I used a 12mm silver plated toggle)

2. Secure the First Bead Tip

A secured clam shell bead tip
A secured clam shell bead tip.

Use scissors to cut a length of Amiet cord that is at least several inches longer than your total desired necklace length. Following the directions in How to Use a Clam Shell Bead Tip to Attach a Clasp, attach the first clam shell bead tip to one end of the cord.

3. String the First Group of 4mm Beads

Strung 4mm beads.
4mm beads strung and measured alongside a ruler.

String enough 4mm olivine beads to cover the length of cord indicated below, depending on the desired length of your completed necklace. (You can string the beads directly onto the cord; you should not need a needle.)* Please note that these lengths are approximate, and your finished length depends partly on the exact size of your clasp.

  • About 7 inches for a necklace that is just over 16 inches long.
  • About 7.5 inches for a necklace that is just over 17 inches long.
  • About 8 inches for a necklace that is just over 18 inches long.
  • About 8.5 inches for a necklace that is just over 19 inches long.

*Tip: If the end of the cord begins to fray, use sharp scissors to trim off the frayed end. For extra fray protection, coat the last half inch of cord with a thin layer of instant bond glue before trimming off the frayed end.

4. String the Dagger Bead Fan

The strung dagger bead fan
The strung dagger bead fan.

String a size 8/0 seed bead and two more 4mm beads.

String 8 pairs of one 8/0 and one dagger bead (for a total of 16 beads).

String another 8/0, two more 4mm beads, and one more 8/0.

5. String the Second Group of 4mm Beads

The second group of 4mm beads strung
The second group of 4mm beads strung and the second clam shell bead tip attached.

String the same number of 4mm beads that you strung in Step 3.

Attach the second clam shell bead tip, again following the instructions in How to Use a Clam Shell Bead Tip to Attach a Clasp.

6. Weave-In to Start a Strand of Beading Thread

Weave-in to begin beading thread
The process of weaving-in to begin the strand of bead thread.

Cut about two feet of beading thread. (Use scissors for nylon thread, such as Nymo, and wire cutters for Fireline.)

Start to weave-in this thread by passing the needle through some of the 4mm beads, moving toward the dagger bead fan, several inches away from the fan. (Please remember that you can click on the image on the left for a full-size view.)

Gently pull the thread through until a tail about 2 inches long is left protruding from the beads.

Bring the needle and thread around the beaded strand to create a loop of thread, and then pass the needle forward through that loop. Use your fingers to keep the loop positioned between the 4mm bead that the thread exits and the very next bead. Pull the thread to cinch down this half-hitch knot.

Pass through a few more 4mm beads and then tie another half-hitch knot. Repeat this process a few times, until the beading thread is securely attached to the strand.

Pass through more beads in the strand and bring the needle out before the size 8/0 bead that rests against the first dagger bead.

7. Stitch the Beads to Fill In the Daggers

Beads stitched in between the dagger beads
Beads stitched in between the dagger beads.

Pick up a size 11/0 bead on the needle and pass through the empty hole in the first dagger bead. Pull the thread gently taut.

Pick up another 11/0 bead and pass through the empty hole in the next dagger bead. Pull the thread taut again.

Repeat this process two more times. Then pick up the crystal bicone bead, and pass through the empty hole in the next dagger.

Stitch an 11/0 bead between each of the next three pairs of daggers. At the end of the fan, pick up one last size 11/0 bead.

Pass through the next 4mm bead and the next few beads in the strand.

8. Weave-In to End the Beading Thread

A half-hitch being made in the beading thread
A half-hitch knot being made while weaving-in to end the beading thread.

Pull the thread gently taut, and make a half-hitch knot. Repeat this process to weave-in the thread (passing through several beads and making a half hitch knot) until the thread feels secure. Trim it off close to the beads with a thread burner or (for nylon thread) scissors, or (for FireLine) wire cutters.

9. Attach the Clasp to Complete the Necklace

The completed necklace with the clasp attached
The completed necklace with the clasp attached.

Again following the directions in the clam shell tutorial (or the tutorial How to Attach a Jewelry Clasp With Jump Rings), use chain nose pliers to attach the clasp to your necklace, if you haven't already. Your necklace is now complete!

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