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Southwest Sunset Bib Necklace

About this design:

This is one of those projects I wanted to do for a long time. I had all the components picked out and just sitting in a jar on my desk … are you like that? I decided to make it one evening, thinking it would take me a few hours. Boy was I surprised! I completed this necklace in just around an hour. I love this combination of sparkle, and it reminds me of sunsets over the desert.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • A complimentary combination of faceted crystal rondelles in 3mm, 4mm, and 6mm (go light on the 6mm)
  • Chain
  • 4-1 link
  • Two 6" lengths of leather lace

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut 8 16" lengths of beading wire. Attach 2 lengths each of the loops, individually crimping each one. I put my crystals in a pile together because I wanted a random order and mix. String on then crystals. I recommend using smaller ones at the ends so the piece will lay flat. The lengths of each strand are as follows starting from the inside:
Step 2:
Attach your necklace to the chain. I chose a Patricia Healey chain to match my links. I removed the front 2 links and the focal connector portion of the chain by spiraling them off the rings. That way I can use them in a later project. Then taking my 2 6" lengths of leather lacing, I knotted the link to the ring on the chain on both sides. Make sure to dab adhesive into the knot to securely hold it in place. Done!

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  1. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    A-mazing! I love how the leather ties it all together!

  2. Frida
    Frida says:

    Gorgeous :D

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
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  4. PPR
    PPR says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this necklace and I want to make it! :)

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Fab piece! You’ve inspired me!

  6. Robin Alayne
    Robin Alayne says:

    Inspireing. Can’t wait to make this

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love it, simple but with the WOW factor :D

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    VotreSante says:

    Just Gorgeous!

  10. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    love how colorful…very pretty.

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    JC Hamm says:

    Love it , want it!!!! :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Fabulous piece Ali!

  13. desert beader
    desert beader says:

    Ambitious and wonderful piece

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    N radon says:

    Ali- This bib necklace really impressed me. I love the elegant yet tribal look to it. NICE!

  15. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    I love it!! Would be so pretty in bright orange (I like bright orange a lot)
    Love the leather, looks very sophisticated.

  16. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    In fact, I’m going to make one in bright orange. Better start shopping….

  17. Ali
    Ali says:

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with, please make sure to post it!

  18. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    I don’t think I can. I tried to post a picture of the ring I made, but it didn’t work. Something wrong with my iPad in Settings. Maybe I can figure it out.

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    Panina says:

    I am so impressed with your beautiful work! Your instructions are clear and well spoken which is greatly appreciated! Is there a way I could print out the steps for future use? (I am not quite internet savvy!) (-:
    Thanks, Ali!

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    Rachel I says:

    So beautiful, I miss the southwest sunrise and you captured it perfectly!

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    K Marsden says:

    love it


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    AnaMaria U says:

    You have put the list we have to buy , but I am not sure if it is correct , because it does not appear the folowing ítems :
    •4-1 link
    •Two 6″ lengths of leather lace, how do I get them , please check the material so I can buy them .

    Let me know what exactly I have to buy , please and the amount

    Bset regards

  23. iSaraTex
    iSaraTex says:

    I love how the chain is part of the design. I will base my design on yours with small opal beads, abalone/shell, pearls, Swarovski, copper, kyanite, quartz, and anything else I can find that shines, for an elegant layered version of your more tribal necklace.

    First a blue version, then perhaps a pink version, with a crazy and mystifying use of color and bead type. You used such lovely findings and chain and incorporated them into your design. Huge thank you for getting my creative juices flowing.

    I am attracted to shiny things, just like a bird, but do have a new-found appreciation for matte. If I am brave that day, I will work on combining the matte with the shiny… Thank you!

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