This project requires knowledge of the circular brick stitch technique. To see a demonstration of this stitch, please watch the Circular Brick Stitch Ring
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Cut a piece of thread measuring about 3 feet. Thread your needle.
- Use the non-needle end of your thread to tie a knot around your link, leaving a 6-8 inch tail.
- Pick up an 8/0, 11/0 and another 8/0. Run your needle and thread through the link and back up through the last 8/0 added. Run your tail up through the first 8/0. Position your work so your 8/0's are snug and the 11/0 is sticking up.
- Pick up an 11/0 and an 8/0. Run your needle through the link and back up through the 8/0 just added. Take time to again make sure your 8/0's are straight and snug.
- Repeat step 4 until your link is surrounded by 20 size 8/0 seed beads.
- Pick up an 11/0 and run your needle back down through the first 8/0 in the circle (this will be the 8/0 where your tail is currently exiting).
- Position your ring so the thread is running up and down at the top of the link. Take your needle up through the 8/0 to the right of the thread then through the 11/0 to the left. Take your tail through the 11/0 to the right. Your threads should be running in opposite directions out of the same 11/0. Set your work aside for now.
- Repeat steps 1 through 7 four more times until you have 5 woven links. You can cut off the needle and reuse it for each piece, but you will have to reattach it when you come back to stitch the links together.
- To connect the first 2 links, pick up your thread with the needle and string an 11/0. Run your needle and thread through the 11/0 from another link. String another 11/0. Run your needle and thread back down through the original 11/0. Work your thread around the circle of 11/0's you just created, tying half-hitch knots as you work. When you feel your work is sturdy and well attached, cut the excess threads. Tie half-hitch knots on the other link and trim the excess.
- Position the 2 links you just stitched together so one is on the top left at a 45 degree angle. Count out 5 11/0's from where the 2 links are attached. On the 5th 11/0, begin to attach another link exactly as you attached the first 2 links in step 9.
- Position your 3 attached pieces so they form a V. This is the centerpiece of your necklace. Count out 10 11/0's on one of the upper links. Using the same process from steps 9 and 10, attach a new link to that 10th 11/0.
- Repeat step 11 on the other side to attach your last link.
- Cut a 12 inch piece of thread and thread a needle. Find the 11/0 on the end link that is directly opposite from the one attached to the previous link (you will again count to 10 and use the 10th link). String an 11/0 and run it through the 10th 11/0 on the link. String another 11/0 then run your thread through an end link on a 6" piece of rolo chain. Your threads will now meet up. Tie a knot. Work both threads back around through the circle of chain and seed beads, tying half-hitch knots as you work.
- Repeat step 13 on the other side.
- Use your chain nose pliers to open a jump ring. Attach the jump ring to the end of a 6" piece of chain then to the loop on one half of the clasp. Close the jump ring.
- Repeat step 15 on the other side to complete the necklace.
TierraCast Gunmetal Hammered Round Link, Large, 20mm (5 pieces)
8/0 Duracoat Galvanized Hot Pink Miyuki Seed Beads (about 2 grams)
8/0 Duracoat Galvanized Lt Cranberry Miyuki Seed Beads (about 2 grams)
11/0 Galv Apricot Gold Miyuki Seed Beads (about 2 grams)
Gunmetal 3mm Rolo Chain By The Foot (1 foot, cut in half)
Gunmetal Hammered Toggle, 16x22mm
Gunmetal Plate Jump Rings, Open, 5mm, 20 Gauge, 10pc (2 pieces)
Beadalon Wildfire, .006" (10 LB Test), Black (about 15 feet)
Beading Needle, Size 10
Cutting tool for thread, such as Snipper
Chain Nose Pliers (2 pair)