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Let Them Eat Cake Necklace

by Angela Lees

Our newest kit is almost worth losing your head over! Inspired by Marie Antoinette, one of history's favorite queens, who was known for her grace and beauty and set fashion trends throughout France and Europe. This cake necklace includes assorted slices of clay cake beads, Swarovski crystals (that remind us of the diamond scandal) and Swarovski bordeaux pearls. Antique copper chain is mixed with antique silver and gunmetal beads and findings for a nice effect.

Helpful How-to Videos:

  1. Wire Twisted Loop video
  2. Crimp Bead video
  3. Crimp Cover video

6 assorted 12 x 8mm cake slice clay beads
6 Swarovski crystal 3mm light Siam bicones
22 Swarovski crystal 5mm crystal bicones
2 Swarovski bordeaux 6mm pearl beads
2 Swarovski bordeaux 4mm pearl beads
1 Swarovski bordeaux 8mm pearl bead
1 gunmetal lobster clasp
1 gunmetal 6mm soldered jumpring
6 inches of 20 gauge antique copper color base metal wire
6 silver fill 2 inch thin headpins
10 antique silver color 4mm daisy spacers
6 sterling silver 6.5mm flower bead cap
10 inches of antique copper base metal flattened chain
2 gunmetal 2 x 2mm crimp tubes
2 stardust gunmetal 4mm crimp covers
8 inches of fine Soft Flex .014 beading wire

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step 1
step 1
Flatten each bead cap with your pliers.
step 2
step 2

Slide a flattened bead cap, one clay cake slice and one 3mm light  Siam crystal on to a headpin. With a simple wire twist form a closed loop. Repeat this for the remaining cake slices.

For how-to instructions, watch our wire twisted loop tutorial video.


step 3
step 3
Using the piece of beading wire, string one 5mm crystal, one cake slice, two 5mm crystals, one daisy spacer, one 4mm pearl, one daisy spacer, one 5mm crystal, one cake slice, two 5mm crystals, one daisy spacer, one 6mm pearl, one daisy spacer, two 5mm crystals, one cake slice and two 5mm crystals.
step 4
step 4
String one daisy spacer, one 8mm pearl and one daisy spacer on to the beading wire.
step 5
step 5
Repeat the sequence of beads in step 3 in the opposite direction.
step 6
step 6

String one crimp and one piece of chain on to the cable. Run the beading cable back through the crimp and the last bead. Pull on the tail of the wire to remove any slack between the beads. Crimp the crimp. Trim the cable. Repeat this step with the other piece of chain.

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


step 7
step 7
Gently close a crimp cover around each crimp with your chain nose pliers.

For how-to instructions, watch our crimp cover tutorial video.
step 8
step 8
With a simple wire twist using the 20 gauge antique copper wire and one 5mm crystal attach the lobster clasp to the chain.
step 9
step 9
With a simple wire twist using the 20 gauge antique copper wire and one 5mm crystal, attach the jumpring to the chain.

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