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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Necklace | Jewelry Design Ideas

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Necklace

by Megan Piper

This is a dark and elegant necklace kit honoring Dia De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead. Multiple types of chain are mixed with Swarovski jet crystal rounds, TierraCast bead caps, and a hand-painted sugar skull to add an ornate sense of texture to this necklace. If you're dressing up this season, this sugar skull necklace is a wonderfully fancy piece to add to your outfit.

Open and close jumprings with two pairs of pliers.

1 black & white Day of the Dead Sugar Skull clay bead
2 Swarovski crystal 12mm round jet black opaque beads
2 Swarovski crystal 10mm round jet black opaque beads
2 Swarovski crystal 8mm round jet black opaque beads
2 3mm round base metal beads in gunmetal
2 TierraCast 5mm beaded bead caps in antique silver
2 TierraCast 8mm oasis bead caps in antique silver
2 7-inch pieces of antique copper base metal rollo 3.5mm chain
2 7-inch pieces of gunmetal base metal curb 4.2mm chain
2 7-inch pieces of gunmetal base metal rollo belcher 3.9mm chain
2 7-inch pieces of gunmetal base metal flattened cable 4.8mm chain
6 inches of Soft Flex .014 thin original satin silver Soft Flex Wire
2 base metal cable guards for fine cable in gunmetal
2 sterling silver 2 x 2mm tube crimp beads
2 base metal 4mm crimp covers in gunmetal
2 TierraCast 5mm open jumprings in gunmetal
1 TierraCast bar & ring toggle clasp in gunmetal

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step 1
step 1
Add beads one at a time on to your Soft Flex cable in this order: 5mm beaded bead cap, 8mm round jet, 10mm round jet, 12mm round jet, 8mm oasis bead cap, 4mm gunmetal bead, sugar skull bead, 4mm gunmetal bead, 8mm oasis bead cap, 12mm round jet, 10mm round jet, 8mm round jet, 5mm beaded bead cap.
step 2
step 2
Slide a crimp bead and cable guard on to one end of your the Soft Flex cable. Seat one piece of each style of chain on to the cable guard. Slide your Soft Flex cable back through the crimp bead and the last bead. When you have it all positioned at one end of the cable, crimp the crimp. Trim the cable.

Repeat on the other side of your Soft Flex cable.

For how-to instructions, watch our crimp bead and cable guard tutorial videos.
step 3
step 3
Add the crimp bead cover over the crimped crimp. Repeat on the other side.

For how-to instructions, watch our crimp cover tutorial video.

step 4
step 4
After all of your chain is attached to your necklace, lay out and trim off any uneven amounts of chain.

Open a jumpring using two pairs of pliers. Slide on each piece of chain and the ring section of your toggle clasp. Close the jumpring with your pliers.
step 5
step 5
Open the other jumpring using two pairs of pliers. Slide on each piece of chain and the toggle section of your toggle clasp at the other end of your necklace. Close the jumpring with your pliers and you're done.

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