Grace Kelly Violet Necklace

This beautiful necklace is based on a design worn by Grace Kelly in the film To Catch a Thief. It’s designed by Janine McGinnies, and sold by The Bead Shop, Manchester as a kit. While it looks beautifully detailed, it’s actually simple to make.
Anyway, have a look and see what you think. Hope you like it!
Donna x

Grace Kelly Necklace (Designed by Janine McGinnies)

Tools Needed: Size 12 Beading Needles, Scissors, Pliers
Materials Needed  200 x Silver-Plated 2mm Spacer Beads, 1 x 8mm Antique Pink Round Swarovski Bead, 2 x 6mm Amethyst Round Swarovski Beads, 44 x 6mm Violet Swarovski Xilion Bicones, 51 x 4mm Violet Swarovski Xilion Bicones, 2 x 5mm Silver-Plated Jump Rings, 6 x 8mm Twisted Closed Rings, 1 x Silver-Plated Plain 17mm Toggle, 5 metres of Crystal Fireline Thread

Method:
A) Centrepiece

  1. Place a needle onto a 1m piece of thread and pick up 7 spacer beads. Pass the needle through the beads again from the opposite side and pull tight to form a loop of beads. Tie the two ends of thread together into tight knots and thread your needle  onto the long strand. Cut off the excess thread from the short end.
  2. Thread on one 6mm Bicone, one spacer, one 6mm Bicone, one spacer, the 8mm round, one spacer, one 6mm Bicone, one spacer, one 6mm Bicone, followed by 7 spacers. Repeat the first step of passing the needle back through the 7 spacer beads and pull tight to create a loop. Continue through the other beads and out of the 8mm round.
  3. For the inner circle, pick up one spacer, 4mm Bicone, one spacer, 4mm Bicone, one spacer, 4mm Bicone, one spacer. Then pick up a 6mm Bicone and spacer, then repeat the 3 x 4mm Bicones and spacer pattern as the other side. Pass the needle back through the centre bead, the next spacer bead, 6mm Bicone and out through the next spacer.
  4. For the middle circle, repeat step 3 above, but this time use 5 x 4mm Bicones on either side, and 1 x 6mm Bicone in the middle. Pass the thread back through all the base strand beads until you come back out the same point you started, then through the first 2 Bicones and spacers on the middle strand, exiting the second Bicone.
  5. Thread another 5 alternating spacers and Bicones like the middle strand, then add 2 spacer beads, followed by a 4mm Bicone and an additional spacer. Loop the thread over the last spacer bead and back through the Bicone to create a “drop”, and pull tight. Then complete the other side of the strand with another 5 alternating spacers and Bicones before entering the middle strand at the same point as the other side.
  6. Loop your thread back through the circles a few times to make sure everything is tight and strong, finishing on the base strand and tying off at one end.

B) Sidepieces
You then need to create 2 side pieces, one for either side of your centre piece. This uses the same technique as the centrepiece, but isn’t as difficult as the drops and double circles aren’t involved.

  1. Place a needle onto a 1m piece of thread and pick up 7 spacer beads. Pass the needle through the beads again from the opposite side and pull tight to form a loop of beads. Tie the two ends of thread together into tight knots and thread your needle  onto the long strand. Cut off the excess thread from the short end.
  2. Thread on 6 alternating spacers and 6mm Bicones, followed by 7 spacers. Repeat the first step of passing the needle back through the 7 spacer beads and pull tight to create a loop. Continue through the other beads and out of the 2nd 6mm Bicone.
  3. For the inner circle, thread on alternating spacers and 5 Bicones. Pass the needle back through the centre 2 Bicone beads and surrounding spacers.
  4. For the outer circle, pass out through the 2nd Bicone (from the end) towards the end, then thread on alternating spacers and 4 Bicones. Next add a spacer, a 6mm round bead, followed by another spacer, before repeating the Bicone pattern to complete the loop.
  5. Loop your thread back through the circles a few times to make sure everything is tight and strong, finishing on the base strand and tying off at one end.

C) Side Strands

The next step is to create 4 more base strands with the remaining Bicones to form the sides of the necklace. You can decide your own arrangement, just make sure they are identical on each side of the necklace.

To make the pieces:

  1. Place a needle onto a 1m piece of thread and pick up 7 spacer beads. Pass the needle through the beads again from the opposite side and pull tight to form a loop of beads. Tie the two ends of thread together into tight knots and thread your needle  onto the long strand. Cut off the excess thread from the short end.
  2. Thread on your Bicones, followed by 7 spacers. Repeat the first step of passing the needle back through the 7 spacer beads and pull tight to create a loop. Loop your thread back through the circles a few times to make sure everything is tight and strong, finishing on the base strand and tying off at one end.

D) Assembly

Now all the components are made, it’s time to assemble the necklace!

  1. Open all the twisted jump rings and use them to link together all the components, using the circles of beads at each end as connectors.
  2. Connect your toggle using the 2 x 5mm jump rings.

And your necklace is complete!!

As usual, pictures to illustrate.

Donna x

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