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Learn how to create the Magical Mermaid Necklace by Fusion Beads

Learn how to create the Magical Mermaid Necklace by Fusion Beads


[Cody] Hi. Today, I’m gonna show you
how to make this sweet, magical mermaid necklace. This necklace features a fun
assortment of glass flowers and fire polish in
watery blues and greens. And this cute, little mermaid key pendant. Let’s take a look at the
products and tools we’ll need. (guitar music) For this project, I’m going to
be using the four-millimeter, antique silver Heishi spacer beads, I have three-millimeter Peridot fire-polished round glass beads, I have four-millimeter
aquamarine AB fire-polished round glass beads, I have
these cute three by six millimeter Peridot florette
Czech pressed glass beads, I have six-millimeter aqua
cupped flower Czech glass beads, and then I have this really cute, 51-millimeter pewter
mermaid key by Green Girl. It has really cute detail,
and it’s like two-sided, it’s a really fun little pendant. For my findings, I’m using a
12-millimeter lobster clasp, I have a three by five
millimeter, thin oval cable chain, to make an extender chain for my necklace. I have 24-gauge, two-inch headpin, I’ve got a five-millimeter,
20-gauge, open jump ring, and then for my crimp beads,
I’ve got two-by-two crimp beads and three point five crimp covers, and I’m using the fine, soft flex. For my tools, I’ll be using
round nose, chain nose, wire cutters, and crimping pliers. You can find links to all
these beads and supplies in the description below. So, let’s get started. Okay, so to begin the
construction of your necklace, I went ahead and I cut 21 inches
of soft flex beading wire. Um, ’cause I’m gonna have about 18 inches of beaded necklace, and then
I’m gonna add a three-inch extender chain, just to give the necklace a little bit o’ flexibility. So, to add my lobster claw clasp, I’m gonna take my soft
flex, I’m gonna pick up one crimp bead, then I’m
going to go through the loop on the lobster claw clasp, gonna come back through the crimp bead. Bring it down, so it’s tight there, but leaving a little bit
of room, so it can wiggle. Using the back notch first,
I’m going to crimp one time, then I’m gonna turn and flip, and bring it to the front notch, and
crimp two more times. ‘Till you got a nice cylinder shape. And then I just always give a little tug, just to make sure it’s secure. Gonna take the wire
cutters, and I’m gonna cut off my tail as close to
the crimp bead as possible. Then I’m gonna go ahead
and add my crimp cover while I’m here right now. So, to do that, you gently
pick up your crimp bead cover, and the front notch, and then you just cover your crimp bead. Looks really nice. Okay, so to begin my pattern,
I’m going to go ahead and string one of the
three-millimeter fire polish. Gonna string a Heishi. Then, we’re gonna string
the four-millimeter. Another Heishi. Then, the little three-millimeter. And then, I come down, so
I’ve got, just started here, and then I’m gonna come and pick up one of the glass flowers. But I’m gonna make sure
that the cup side is facing away from the beads
that are already strung. ‘Cause I want it to cup the
little floret that goes next. So, it’ll kinda hug it. So, the second flower you pick up, you wanna make sure it’s
cupped towards the beads that are already strung. So there, you’ve got this
cute, little pattern, and then you just start again, with the three-millimeter fire polish. Gonna do a Heishi. Then, the four-millimeter fire polish. And then one more Heishi. And then the three again. And then, you go back to the flower, picking up the cup side,
away from the beads that are already strung on there. And then you pick up a floret. And then you pick up
another cupped flower, but this time, it’s
cup-side towards the beads that are strung. So, now, so you can definitely
see our pattern here. So, I’m gonna go ahead, and
I’m gonna repeat this pattern nine more times, and then I’m going to end with a three-millimeter fire polish. And then I’m gonna add the pendant, and then we’ll do the other
side, so I’ll be right back. Okay, as you can see, I went ahead and I restrung one-half of my necklace, so I finished my last repeat, and then I just added
a three-millimeter, um, fire polish bead, and
so now I’m at the point where I’m ready to add this
little mermaid pendant, and to do that, I’m gonna go ahead and add a jump ring to it, and then I’ll
go ahead and string it on the soft flex. So, I’m just gonna go ahead
and open my jump ring, and to do that, I’m going
to pull one side towards me and one side away from me,
gently to the side there, gonna string it on my pendant,
and then I’m gonna close it in the same fashion,
pulling one side towards me and one side away, get it to match up. And then I’m just gonna go
ahead, and I’m gonna string that onto my soft flex here. And so then, I can go ahead
and repeat my pattern. So, I’m just gonna go ahead and add one more
three-millimeter fire polish. So, the little pendant
is, like, centered there, with fire polish on each side of it, and then I start my pattern
again with the cupped flowers. So, I’m gonna grab a cupped flower, and it’s gonna be cupped away from the beads already strung. Then, I’ll add a florette. And then, another little cupped flower. And then, I’m gonna go
ahead and continue stringing with the three-millimeter, the
Heishi, the four-millimeter, the Heishi, and the three,
and just continue this pattern until I have 11 little sections
of little flowers, here. And then, I’ll end with the
three-millimeter, the Heishi, the four-millimeter, Heishi,
and the three-millimeter at the end. So, I’m gonna go ahead and string that up, and we’ll be right back. Okay, as you can see, I went
ahead and I strung the other half of my necklace. And I finished it in the same fashion that we did the lobster claw clasp. I just went ahead and strung
the chain, a three-inch piece of chain, onto the soft flex, went back through the crimp bead and then crimped the
crimp bead and covered it. So now, I’m just ready to
add a little embellishment to the end of the chain. Um, so, to do that, I’m
gonna grab a head pin, and I’m going to pick
up one of the florets, a Heishi, and then the
four-millimeter fire polish, and I’m just gonna make a
little wire wrapped loop. Taking your chain nose,
grabbing right above the bead, just with the tip there, I’m just gonna bend a 90-degree bend. And then I’m gonna take my round nose and make a loop, so I’m bringin’ it over, turn my pliers, and then make
a nice little loop there. Then, I’m gonna go ahead and string that on to the last link of my chain. And then, I’m gonna go
ahead and wrap my wire wrap. And you can use your
fingers to wrap yours, I just a lot of times
like to use my pliers, it’s a little bit easier for me to get a good tension on there. So, go ahead and wrap that
down, then I trim the tail as close as possible to the wraps. And, tuck it in if needs be. And, now I’ve got this
cute, little embellishment at the end of my chain. You can find all the products and tools for this inspiration
design at FusionBeads.com. (upbeat guitar music)

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