Strung Chains: Part 3: The Iridescent Pearl and Gold Chain

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Iridescent Pearl and Gold Chain Materials Required: · 7 large oval baroque pearls · 4 medium oval baroque pearls · 16 large round pearls · 30 small round pearls · 18 large gold beads · 10 large iridescent cut beads · About 52 medium iridescent cut beads · About 118 small iridescent cut beads · 90 flat iridescent cut beads · 4 bunches iridescent seed beads · 1 bunch gold seed beads · 1 spool white purse-silk · A No. 8 needle

A piece of white purse-silk about eight yards long is doubled and the chain is started at the centre. One large oval baroque pearl is first strung, then one flat iridescent bead, one large round pearl, one flat iridescent, one large iridescent, one flat iridescent, one gold seed, one large gold bead, one gold seed, one flat iridescent, one large round pearl, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one medium iridescent, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, and three and an eighth inches of iridescent seed beads in two strands.

One flat iridescent bead is followed by one large gold, one flat iridescent, three gold seeds, one small pearl, three gold seeds, one medium iridescent, three gold seeds, one large round pearl, three gold seeds, one medium iridescent, three gold seeds, one small pearl, one flat iridescent, one large gold, one flat iridescent, and four and a half inches of iridescent seed beads in two strands.

One flat iridescent bead is next strung, then one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large gold, one flat iridescent, one small pearl, one flat iridescent, one medium iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large oval baroque pearl, one flat iridescent, one large iridescent, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one medium pearl, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large oval baroque pearl, one flat iridescent, one medium iridescent, one flat iridescent, one small pearl, one flat iridescent, one large gold, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, and four and a quarter inches iridescent seed beads in two strands.

One flat iridescent bead is followed by one large iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large gold, one flat iridescent, one medium oval pearl, one flat iridescent, one large gold, one flat iridescent, one medium iridescent, one flat iridescent, and three inches of iridescent seed beads in two strings.

Next comes a flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large round pearl, one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one large gold, one small iridescent, one large iridescent, one small iridescent, one large gold, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large round pearl, one flat iridescent, and three and an eighth inches of iridescent seed beads in two strands.

One flat iridescent bead is strung, then one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, one large round pearl, three gold seed beads, one medium iridescent, and three gold seed beads. One large round pearl is followed by one flat iridescent, one small iridescent, one flat iridescent, and two and an eighth inches of iridescent seed beads in two strands. A flat iridescent bead comes next, then a medium iridescent, one large iridescent, one flat iridescent, one small pearl, one flat iridescent, one medium iridescent, one large baroque pearl, and a medium iridescent bead. The other half of the chain is strung in the same order.

Tassels —There are five strands in each tassel, which are strung as follows: Half an inch of iridescent seed beads, one small iridescent, one medium iridescent, one small iridescent, an inch and a half of iridescent seed beads, one small iridescent, one medium iridescent, one small iridescent, one small pearl, one medium iridescent, one small pearl, and one medium iridescent bead.

Three loops of seed beads are made three-quarters of an inch long. The needle is then brought back through the larger beads to where the seed beads began. Here an inch and a half of iridescent seed beads are strung and the needle passes through the larger beads. Half an inch of seed beads completes the strand. The others are strung in the same way.

To be Continued in Part 4: Strung Chains: The Daisy Chain

Reference Used: Copyright 1904 by Doubleday, Page and Company Published May 1904 (in public domain due to expiration of copyright)

White, Mary. How to Do Beadwork Complete with 100 Illustrations (Kindle Location 38). . Kindle Edition.

Re-Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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