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Spooky Sugar Skulls Swarovski Necklace Tutorial
This thin leather cord is a good compromise between thicker leather cord (great for the ceramic beads) and thinner cords (normally used for crystal beads). Before cutting desired length, check for weak spots, or spots that might be too thick for the 4mm crystal beads.
Add beads in desired pattern (using a 4mm jet bicone next to each skull bead), then lift the necklace and center the beads on the leather. Make an overhand knot directly above the final 4mm jet bicone on each side.
Take one end of the leather, and slide on the button. Using 3" of the 24-gauge wire, fold 1/2" of the leather over the button shank and wrap down the leather end to about 1/2" length. Trim end.
Take the other end of the leather and fold over the end using about 2" of leather. Make a loop that fits over the button, and then use 3" of 24-gauge wire to wrap the final 1/2" or so. Trim.
1 each #59-100-26-AC TierraCast Britannia Pewter Skully Button - Antiqued Copper Plated - (Limited Availability)
1 spool (use approx. 25") #61-500-02 0.5mm Black Leather Cord
1 pack (use about 6") #46-700-24-55 24ga Antiqued Copper Wire ~ or ~ #47-405-24 Copper Jewelry Wire, 24ga, Round, 198'
Scissors (or use your wire cutters)
Chain-nose pliers or crimp pliers to tuck final wire ends in neatly. Tip: Although it's not the standard use of crimp pliers, the curved indents intended for rounding crimps, also work great for tucking (and rounding) wire ends in neatly.
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