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The necklace that we will make is shown at right, coiled so that you can view the entire necklace. The steps to make this necklace begin below.
Step 1: Start by removing the Soft Touch Beadstringing wire, your clasp, your crimp beads, bead crimping pliers, your flush cutter and one plastic hemostat from their packages.
Step 2: Now loop about 1" of the beadstringing wire through the loop in one side of your clasp. In the pictures below, we started with the toggle. After you have 1" of wire through the loop in the toggle, use your plastic hemostat to hold the wire in position. The plastic hemostat is squeeze-release. One squeeze opens it, the second squeeze clamps the hemostat closed. (Editor's note: Because this is a beginner's project, we aren't going to start by cutting the Soft Touch Beadstringing Wire to the length we need. We are going to start using all 36 inches. As you become more advanced, you will find that you will want to cut your wire to a length that is about 4" longer than length of your finished necklace.)
Step 3: Now we need to thread two of our crimp beads onto our long beadstringing wire. Continue threading the crimp beads until they get close to the toggle, at that point, thread the second end of the beadstringing wire through the crimp beads also. At this point, as shown below, center-right, you will have two crimp beads holding both strands of wire and positioned about 1/16" from the toggle. You will want a small amount of slack in your beadstringing wire to allow it to slide easily around the clasp. (Editor's note: Because this is a beginner's project, we are using two crimp beads instead of one. This is for redundancy. Beginners sometimes fail to close the crimp beads properly so for this first project we recommend that beginners use two crimp beads on either end instead of one. As you become more proficient with this technique, you will find that one crimp bead on either end will probably be sufficient.)
Step 4: Now, using your bead crimping pliers, crimp the bead closest to the toggle first and then second the bead, further from the toggle. The technique for performing the crimping is described in pictures on the back of the package for the bead crimping pliers and is described here in our web site. By selecting this link, you will see a slow motion view of the correct procedure for performing the crimp. Please note that you need to squeeze the crimp firmly, but not so hard that you crush or mangle it.
Step 5: After both crimp beads are crimped closed, you are ready to cut the short segment of excess wire. Be certain to cut only the short segment of wire. Accidentally cutting the long segment of wire will cause the necklace to break. Please note that we included a special Flush Cutter Soft Flex in this kit. Most jewelry wire cutters are not strong enough to cut the stainless steel Soft Touch and will be ruined if used to cut this wire.
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