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Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace
Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace
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Unlock the secret to a fabulous homemade jewelry piece with this Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace. This mysterious DIY necklace is perfect for the Halloween season or anytime you want to add an enigmatic piece to your ensemble. The orange hues, reminiscent of autumn, are the perfect contrast to the metallic key, tying the whole piece together in one vivid, skeleton key-like look. Whether you are holding the key to a secret treasure chest, or simply love the key necklace style, you are sure to adore this DIY jewelry piece.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeCrystal, Miscellaneous

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedChainmail/Wirework

Bead Project TypeNecklace

Intermediate

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Materials:

  • Black Onyx Soft Flex® Beading Wire .024 Diameter
  • Black Onyx Soft Flex® Beading Wire .019 Diameter
  • 2mm x 2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 8 crimps
  • 3mm x 3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 2 crimps
  • 3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Covers - 8 crimp covers
  • 4mm Sterling Silver Crimp Covers - 2 crimp covers
  • 75mm Antique Key - 1 key
  • 4x3mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Silver Shade Rondelles - 2 silver shade rondelles
  • 4x3mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Jet Rondelles - 12 jet rondelles
  • 6x4mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Chili Rondelles - 20 crystal chili rondelles
  • 12x8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Silver Shade Rondelles - 4 silver shade rondelles
  • 12x8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Verde Rondelle - 1 crystal Verde rondelle
  • 18mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Copper Rondelle - 1 crystal copper rondelle
  • 12mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Red Magma Rounds - 1 rounds
  • 12mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Silver Shade Graphic Beads - 1 Graphic bead
  • 16mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Jet Cosmic Bead - 3 Cosmic beads
  • 27x15mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Moonlight Galactic Bead - 1 Galactic bead

 

Tools:

  • Bead Crimping Pliers
  • Cutters
  • Mighty Crimpers
  • Bead Stoppers

 

Instructions:

  1. Use 3" of .019 diameter wire to string one 2mm crimp tube to the very end of the wire. Crimp the tube and cover it with a 3mm crimp cover. Use the other end of the wire to string one 4x3mm silver shade rondelle, 1 Cosmic bead, one 4x3mm silver shade rondelle, and one 2mm crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover. Set aside.
     
  2. Use 4" of .019 diameter wire to string one 2mm crimp tube and the antique key. Pass back through the tube, snug the tube close to the key, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover. Use the other end of the wire to string 1 crystal Verde rondelle and one 2mm crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover. Set aside.
     
  3. Use 5" of .019 diameter wire to string one 2mm crimp tube and the crystal copper rondelle. Pass back through the tube, making sure the wires are even on the sides of the rondelle, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover. Use the other end of the wire to string 1 jet rondelle, the Graphic bead, 1 jet rondelle, and one 2mm crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover.
     

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace
 

  1. Use 4" of .019 diameter wire to string one 2mm crimp tube, the open loop of wire formed in Step 1, the open loop of wire formed in Step 2, and the open loop of wire formed in Step 3. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover. Use the other end of wire to string 1 crystal chili rondelle, the Galactic bead, 1 crystal chili rondelle, and one 2mm crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 3mm crimp cover.
     
  2. Cut 9" of .024 diameter wire. Place a Bead Stopper on one end of the wire. Use the other end of the wire to string one 3mm crimp tube, 1 jet rondelle, one 12x8mm silver shade rondelle, 1 jet rondelle, 1 crystal red magma round, 1 jet rondelle, one 12x8mm silver shade rondelle, 1 jet rondelle, 1 Cosmic bead, 1 jet rondelle, the loop of wire formed in Step 4, 1 jet rondelle, 1 Cosmic bead, 1 jet rondelle, one 12x8mm silver shade rondelle, 1 jet rondelle, 1 crystal red magma round, 1 jet rondelle, one 12x8mm silver shade rondelle, 1 jet rondelle, and one 3mm crimp tube. Place a Bead Stopper on the wire end. Set aside.
     

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace

 

  1. Cut three 35" pieces of .024 diameter wire. Place one Bead Stopper on one end of all three wires, about 2" from the wire ends. Use 1 wire to string 18 crystal chili rondelles. Place a Bead Stopper on the end of this wire.
     
  2. Braid the wires for about 1/2", then move one rondelle up and incorporate it into the braid.
     

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace
 

  1. Repeat Step 7 eight times. Braid the wires for about 10 1/2". Move one rondelle up and incorporate it into the braid. Repeat Step 7 eight times.

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace

 

  1. Remove the Bead Stopper holding the single strand of wire and remove one of the Bead Stoppers used in Step 5.
     
  2. Pass the three braided wire ends through the crimp tube in the opposite direction as the wire already through the tube. Adjust the braided wires so that the crimp tube is about 1/2" from the first crystal rondelle, and crimp. Cover the tube with a 4mm crimp cover. Carefully trim wire ends.
     
  3. Remove the remaining Bead Stoppers and repeat Step 5, making sure to snug the beads strung onto the single .024 diameter wire before crimping. Carefully trim wire ends.
     

Key to the Treasure Chest Necklace

 

 

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I am so happy I came across this idea. Every year they have the Gasparilla day event in Tampa. It reenacts the pirate invasion. People dress up in all sorts of pirate elated apparel. I am going to make this to wear myself. It's just perfect. Plus I can also wear it for Halloween parties. The only thing I will change is the Swarvoski crystals. They are a tad beyond my budget. I will use Czech crystals instead.

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