Here's your supply list so you can make this necklace alongside me. Most of the parts I got at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Fire Mountain Gems, Michaels, or Joann, or most craft stores. If you're lucky to have a bead store in relatively close proximity, that is also not a bad place to look for your supplies, but beware - sometimes the boutiques can charge more than the big box or the internet retailers. Comparison shop. It will help keep your costs low.
Tumbled amethyst chunks
Green glass beads or rough cut emerald beads
Needle nose pliers
20, 22, or 24 gauge gold coloured wire (I'm using copper wire)
Bead reamer - not necessary, but may be nice to have on hand
Another fun thing is that occasionally, places like Walmart can occasionally surprise you and have what you need in stock. A couple years ago, at my local Walmart, I found tumbled amethyst chunks for $2 a strand, and I hoarded as many of them as I could get my hands on. Occasionally, depending on trends in jewellery, beads that are useful for a particular historical period become popular.
|Sandcast glass beads|
Finally, the tools you need. If you have a set of rosary pliers, you can use these to get some fantastic loops, but I find that I have issues in cutting the excess wire off close to the base with their side cutters. I have a pair of end cutters that help me get nice flush cuts, but before I had my end cutters, I had a pair of side cutters that I will still use to help me get the excess trimmed to size. I use two pairs of pliers, round and needlenose pliers to help with the wrapping technique - the round to get perfectly round loops, and the needlenose pliers to help me shape the wire further.
Whew. That's a lot. I hope this is detailed enough, and if you have questions, please feel free to comment - I'll try and answer why I'm using the things I'm using.
Next in this series is the construction of this particular type of necklace!