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African Cowgirl Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Cut an 18" piece of stringing cable, and put a Mini Bead Stopper™ at one end. String desired 15-16" pattern and check for symmetry. These white-heart beads vary a bit in size/thickness, so you may need to add an extra turquoise bead occasionally to keep the design symmetrical.
Add a crimp bead and Wire Guardian™ to one end, string back through the crimp bead and the last 2-3 beads, trim excess cable, and firmly flatten the crimp. (Optional: Add a 4mm crimp cover such as #48-285-40-6.)
Pull tight, and repeat at other end.
Wire Guardians (or Cable Thimbles) protect the cable loop from wear, help disguise cable color (if necessary), and help keep cable from "pulling through" jump rings.
Use a medium jump ring to attach wire guardian to stirrup clasp. Repeat for other side.
Create an optional extender chain that doubles as a bracelet: Since this rollo chain is not soldered, use pliers to open the links as if they are jump rings. Measure 6" of chain, and open a link to remove it from the spool. Repeat, making sure both chains are exactly the same length. Use a medium jump ring to attach one end (of both) to a stirrup clasp. Straighten both chains, and repeat on other half of clasp.
For more security, use a lobster clasp paired with a large jump ring, instead of the stirrup clasp. The stirrup class is a fun look, but not as secure as I had hoped ... and we've now discontinued them because of that.