As promised, here are directions for those yummy initial necklaces. (The experts at Caravan Beads did all the work; we just sat around and gawked.) To make a sterling initial necklace.
Put things in place
A. Lay beads on design board, spaced out in the positions you want them for your initial necklace.
B. Put two small beads (one on each side) at 8-inch mark on the design board; those will end up at the back of the initial necklace, and clasp will attach there.
C. Set aside one small bead for the top of center dangle. (You’ll attach it later.)
D. Use the headpin to create the center dangle. Place the beads on it and position it on the zero mark on the board.