Follow the Bead Doctor’s Tutorial to make this sensational, smouldering jewellery set inspired by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Step 1: Gather materials
Find a list of everything you will need below.
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Step 2: Cut Elasticity and thread on rocailles
Cut 50cm of Elasticity.
Thread on black rocailles with amethyst and silver rocailles spaced sporadically along the Elasticity so that you have around 3cm of Elasticity remaining on each side.
Tie the ends together tightly to create a loop.
Trim the excess Elasticity.
Step 3: Transfer rocaille loops to a pencil.
Wrap the loop of rocailles around and around your index finger but not too tightly.
Transfer to a pencil.
Cut 8cm of Elasticity and tie the loops together tightly at the top.
Trim the Elasticity.
Repeat at the bottom and left and right hand sides.
Make two more and two using 40cm lengths of Elasticity.
Step 4: Cut wire, loop and add glass beads
Cut 25cm of black wire.
Use the round nosed part of the pliers to make a double loop at one end.
Thread on a selection of glass beads to make a section around 8cm long.
Step 5: Wrap beaded wire round pencil
Wrap the beaded section of wire tightly around a pencil, and pass the wire back through the double loop.
Bend the wire tightly around the beads wrapping them until they all feel secure.
Continue wrapping the beads as tightly as possible until you almost reach the end of your wire.
Bend the end of the wire into the centre of the cluster.
Make three more and two slightly smaller clusters.
Step 6: Cut heavy chain and add prepared beads
Cut 40cm (longer if you wish) of heavy chain.
Thread the chain through the centre of a small cluster, a small rocaille spiral, a large cluster, a rocaille spiral, a large cluster, a rocaille spiral, a large cluster, a rocaille spiral, a large cluster, a small rocaille spiral and finally a small cluster.
Step 7: Attach toggle clasp
Open an 8mm jump ring and attach the bar of the toggle to the chain. Close the jump ring.
Add the loop of the toggle clasp to the other end of the chain in the same way.
Step 8: To make matching earrings
Make two matching wire wrapped clusters
Add a long ballwire to the top of each cluster through the double loop.
Step 9: To make the matching bracelet
Make three wire wrapped clusters and two rocaille spirals.
Open an 8mm jump ring and hook through a wire wrapped cluster, add an 8mm jump ring and close the first jump ring.
Open another 8mm jump ring hook through the second jump ring and through a few of the loops of a rocaille spiral. Close the jump ring.
Add the next cluster to the other side of the spiral.
Continue in this way to add the rest of clusters and spirals.
Add the toggle clasp to the ends of the bracelet.
Greetings from the Bead Doctor
Recently, I was asked by Making Jewellery magazine to do a tutorial based on a literary heroine. At first I was a bit stuck. I wanted to do something different from the expected choices – Juliet, Scarlett O’ Hara, Jane Eyre etc. Then, quite by coincidence, a friend lent me ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. I was enthralled by the main character. Lisbeth Salander is an outlaw, feminist, super heroine! She reminded me a bit of a female Sherlock Holmes – a brilliant genius with a dark side. I made this jewellery set using black glass bead clusters and rocaille spirals. The result is a gothic style with an edgy look. I think it would be perfect for Lisbeth Salander.
Wire wrapping and simple threading techniques are combined in this striking set. It is very bold and dark but with the same techniques and a splash of colour this set could look very different, try combining gold chain with reds and oranges for a fiery collection.
Giving it away!
Win all the materials needed to make my Lisbeth Salander inspired tutorial! To enter, we would like you to tell us who you would choose as your literary heroine and why. Please let us know in the comments box below by Sunday 21st October 2012 for a chance to win. The winner will then be notified by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone!
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