With the versatility of the silk ribbons we make in almost 200 colors, we created a lariat using extra sterling beads, sterling chain, and semi-precious stones left over from other projects. The result was a beautiful piece of textured wearable art.
- Ruby red chalcedony stones, 12 mm hexagonal facet
- 1 Carnelian stone, 12 mm hexagonal
- 2 Magenta Chalcedony, 8 mm faceted
- 2 Magenta Chalcedony 8 mm rondelles
- 2 Sunstone 8 mm rondelles
- 5 Cherry Quartz 5 mm round
- 2 Sterling Silver Bali bead caps 8 mm
- 3 Sterling Silver Bali beads 8-10 mm
- 2 Sterling Silver Bali spacer beads
- 1 Sterling Silver 1 ½” headpin
- 3 Sterling Silver 2” headpins
- 2 Sterling Silver 3 mm fancy crimp with loop end caps
- 1 Sterling Silver open chain 2 5/8”
- 1 Sterling Silver 5 mm open jump ring
- 10” Sterling Silver 24 gauge wire for wrapping
- Any Class Act Designs silk ribbon color or blend
- Needlenose pliers
- Roundnose pliers
Step 1: Using needlenose pliers, crimp one fancy end cap in the middle onto each end of
the silks, bringing the silk to the loop end of the crimp
Step 2: On one crimp end, attach the 1” and 1 ½” pieces of open chain with a 5 mm
open jump ring
Step 3: On the second loop of 1 ½” open chain, wire wrap the first “dangle” using a 2”
headpin, a large Bali bead, a 7 mm Magenta chalcedony rondelle and a 5 mm round
Step 4: Wire wrap the 12 mm hexagonal carnelian onto a 1 ½ “ headpin. Take a 2” piece of 24 gauge wire and wrap one end onto the loop of the carnelian stone. On this wire, bead 1 cherry quartz (5mm), 1 large Bali bead and another cherry quartz (5 mm). Wire wrap this piece onto the end of the 1” chain.
Step 5: Using a 2” headpin, add 1 hexagonal 12 mm ruby red chalcedony, one Bali spacer and
1 faceted magenta chalcedony (8mm) and wire wrap onto the end of the 1” chain.
Step 6: Wire wrap a 2” piece of wire onto the loop of the other end cap on the other side of
the silk. Bead 1 cherry quartz (5 mm), 1 large Bali bead and another cherry quartz
(5 mm) and wrap end of wire into a loop for step #7.
Step #7: Using another 2” piece of wire, wrap onto the end. (See Step#6) Bead 1 sunstone
rondelle (8 mm) 1 Bali bead cap, 1 round magenta chalcedony (8mm), another Bali
bead cap and another sunstone and wrap the wire end with a loop for step #8.
Step #8: Take another 2” headpin and bead 1 hexagonal ruby red chalcedony (12mm), 1 Bali
spacer and another faceted magenta chalcedony (8mm). Wire wrap onto end of last
loop from step #7.
Any beads or semi-precious stones can be used for this project. Use a silk color that accentuates your favorite beads and/or stones. This lariat can be worn as a bracelet tied around the wrist or as a necklace tied in the following ways:
#1 – Fold lariat in half and make a loop, pulling both ends through, worn as a choker
#2 – Place end around neck and loop one end over the other, worn as a choker or lower
#3 – From the front, take both ends around the back of the neck and cross in back,
then bring around front to loop one end over the other, worn as a double choker
or loosely tied lower on the neck
#4 Tie around neck in a small bow, letting ends hang loosely