Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop. This stunning piece was inspired by my recent trip to Kona, Hawaii.
Kona Necklace
by Kristal Wick
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This stunning piece was inspired by my recent trip to Kona, Hawaii. While swimming with dolphins and turtles, sipping mai-tais on the lanai and walking on the warm sandy beaches, I took "color" snap shots capturing the delish tropical colors of the sea in my mind. One of the cute retail stores downtown Kona gave away strands of tiny strung sea shells (see image) that I cut apart and used in this necklace. I also intentionally mixed metal colors; silver, gold and bronze so it gives a feeling of the sandy beaches and blue skies of the Hawaiian Islands. Feel free to use your own interesting textures and components. Aloha!

Materials

Gold Filled Jump Ring Open (.025) 22ga (OD) 5mm (ID) 3.9mm - Pack of 25
J11-176
  • Lesson Quantity: 9.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.07
  • Gold Club Price: $4.55
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20 Gauge Round Half Hard Nickel Silver Wire
H7-20H
  • Lesson Quantity: 22.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $2.50
  • Gold Club Price: $1.88
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Gold Filled Chain Flat Cable 1.3mm - 10 Feet
C4-132U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $23.67
  • Gold Club Price: $17.75
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Gold Filled Chain Round w/ Dia. Cut Pattern 5.3mm - 10 Feet
C4-140U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $129.70
  • Gold Club Price: $97.28
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Sterling Silver Cable 1.5mm - 10 Feet
C8-119U
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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Instructions
Step 1
Suggested components:

18 4mm chez glass briolettes-sea green
13 small shells
11 6mm Swarovski briolettes-blue opal
12 medium shells
2 4mm Swarovski pearls-bronze
6 8mm Swarovski pearls-bronze
7 4mm Swarovski briolettes - erinite
14 3mm Swarovski pearls-blue
Cut 7 one inch pieces of wire and create 7 eye pin dangles with a 3mm pearl, 6mm briolette and 3mm pearl on each one ending with a simple loop on the end.
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 2
Make 5 eye pins 3" using 20-gauge wire. 
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 3
Load beads, crystals or pearls onto 4 of the eye pins and make a simple loop at the end. Make sure each finished eye pin is the same length I used the following components:

Eye pin 1 - 18 4mm chez glass briolettes-sea green

Eye pin 2 - 13 small shells

Eye pin 3 - 11 6mm Swarovski briolettes-blue opal

Eye pin 4 - 12 medium shells
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 4
Load a 4mm pearl, dangle, 8mm pearl, dangle 6 times ending with a 4mm pearl onto the last eye pin and make a simple loop at the end. Slightly bend the eye pin.
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 5
Cut large chain to use at the necklace 30 inches long. Open the end link of the necklace chain and insert bent eye pin loop. (If necklace links are closed just use a jump ring)
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 6
Continue adding the 4 eye pins to the necklace chain in the same way.
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 7
Cut 4 pieces of the following lengths of chain:

Silver- 2" , 3" , 4"

Cut 1 piece of the following length of chain:

Silver- 5"

Bronze or gold- 4-3/4"

Bronze or gold chain- 1-3/4", 2-3/4", 3-3/4

Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 8
Using a jump ring, attach a 4-3/4" bronze chain, 5" silver chain and 4-3/4 bronze chain to the middle dangle loop.
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Step 9
Add the rest of the chains to each dangle:

Dangles 1&7: 1-3/4" bronze, 2" silver, 1-3/4" bronze

Dangles 2&6: 2-3/4" bronze, 3" silver, 2-3/4" bronze

Dangles 3&5: 3-3/4" bronze, 4" silver, 3-3/4" bronze
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Kona necklace
Kristal Wick's Kona Necklace - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, kona necklace