Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace, Wire Jewelry Design. Design. Inspired by a beautiful icy glacier, I used 2 different colored size 6 seed beads and 4mm crystals for the links.
Icy Glacier Necklace
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Inspired by a beautiful icy glacier, I used 2 different colored size 6 seed beads and 4mm crystals for the links. I also made the necklace large enough to go over my head so I don't need a clasp but you can always adapt the pattern to include one if you desire. A focal piece is optional.

Materials

24 Gauge Round Antique Copper Enameled Craft Wire - 60 ft
H5-Q24-60FT
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20 Gauge Round Vintage Bronze Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-N20-30FT
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. 9mm - Pack of 10
K11-30
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blue bicone crystals
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6/0 crystal seed beads
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
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Premium Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-35
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CLEAR SAFETY GLASSES
GLS-120.40
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Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
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Instructions
Step 1
Use a wire straightener to straighten the wire directly on the spool.
Cut a 2" piece of the 20 gauge wire, making sure each end is flush cut (this makes the inner swirl look nicer). Make a slight bend at the middle of the wire. Grab the wire tip with your round nose pliers and make a tiny loop at the end.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make a tiny loop
Step 2
Grab the spiral with your flat nose pliers and tightly roll the wire around itself using your fingers. Stop when you reach the middle bend.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make a spiral
Step 3
Once you are half way through spiraling the wire, do the same on the other wire end going in the opposite direction.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make a spiral on the other end
Step 4
Make 13 spiral connectors. Work harden them by hammering on a bench block.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, hammer to work harden
Step 5
Make the beaded connectors by cutting a 3" piece of 24 gauge wire and making a 90 degree bend at 1 inch.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make a 90 degree bend in the wire
Step 6
Make a wrapped loop on one end of the wire, add a tiny seed bead, 3 large seed beads and another tiny seed bead to the wire and make a wrapped loop on the other wire end.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make a wrapped loop and string on the beads
Step 7
Make 10 of these seed bead links. Also make 6 links using crystals instead of seed beads.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, make 10 links
Step 8
Open a large jump ring, slide the following onto the jump ring and close the jump ring:
2 large seed beads
Beaded link
2 large seed beads
Spiral connector
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, connect with a jump ring
Step 9
Repeat Step 8 for the remaining components using the image for placement guidance. Incorporate the crystal links as well. I used a pattern of 2 seed bead connectors and a crystal connector for the sample shown here.

Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, connect all the links
Step 10
Use any focal piece with a top loop and connect by adding a jump ring to the necklace ends.
I made the focal piece featured here with German glass, resin and a seed bead stitched square on top.
Kristal Wick's Icy Glacier Necklace - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, Add a focal by connecting the necklace ends