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Easy nugget necklace and earrings

Contrast translucent teardrop citrine beads with bicone crystals

Easy nugget necklace

Contrast smooth, top-drilled citrine nuggets with the sharp lines of bicone crystals to make a versatile necklace-and-earrings set. These teardrops are almost transparent, so their unique shape truly stands out.

Supplies

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 10–20 mm citrine nuggets, top drilled ($28)
  • 16–20 4 mm bicone crystals ($2)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads*
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 6 10–20 mm top-drilled citrine nuggets
  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals*
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

*These items cost less than $1.

Supplies shown from Eclectica, 262.641.0910.

 

Instructions – Necklace

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1. Cut a piece of beading wire for the necklace. Center three top-drilled nuggets.

2. On each end, string an 11/0 seed bead, a bicone crystal, an 11/0, and three nuggets. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

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3. On one end, string a crimp bead and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Instructions – Earrings

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1. For the earrings, on a head pin, string a bicone crystal, three nuggets, and a bicone. Make a plain loop.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

Tip!

String a choker or princess-length necklace with the top-drilled beads flat against your collar. The beads can twist on the wire if your necklace is too long.

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