Keystone crystal bracelet and earrings

Experiment with two-hole beads in this easy project
Keystone crystal bracelet
 

Perfect your plain loops by wiring alternating keystone crystals in this easy bracelet. Try this technique with any flat two-hole bead — it’s fun to stretch your skills by experimenting with different shapes and sizes.

What you’ll need

Bracelet 7 1⁄4–7 3⁄4 in. (18.4–19.7 cm)

  • 18–20 13 mm keystone crystals, double drilled
  • 36–40 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • two-strand slide clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

Earrings

  • 6 13 mm keystone crystals, double drilled
  • 4 in. (10 cm) chain, 2 mm links
  • 2 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • 2 8 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 Crystals and findings from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, firemountaingems.com

Instructions:
Keystone crystal bracelet 1
Step 1
Keystone crystal bracelet 2
Step 2

Bracelet:

1. On an eye pin, string one hole of a keystone crystal. Make a plain loop. On a second eye pin, string the other hole of the crystal and make a plain loop. Make 18 to 20 crystal units.

2. Open the loops on one side of a crystal unit and attach a second crystal unit facing the opposite direction. Close the loops. Continue attaching crystal units, alternating the direction, until the strand is within 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of the finished length. 

Tip!

Make sure to connect an even number of alternating crystal units. If you need only a bit more length, attach jump rings to the end loops as needed to achieve the desired length.

 

Keystone crystal bracelet 3
Step 3
3. On one end, attach the loops to the corresponding loops of a slide clasp, bending the loops slightly if necessary. Close the clasp to be sure it’s positioned correctly and attach the remaining end loops to the other clasp half.
Keystone crystal earrings 1
Step 1
Keystone crystal earrings 2
Step 2

Earrings: 

1. For each earring: On an eye pin, string the wide end of a keystone crystal, the narrow end of a crystal, and the wide end of a crystal. Curve the eye pin so the crystals touch as shown. Make a plain loop.

 2. Open a jump ring and attach the top two crystals and the loop of an earring wire. Close the jump ring.

 

Tip!

Using premade eye pins saves time, but you can make your own for less. Cut a 1 1⁄4-in. (3.2 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make a plain loop on one end.

Keystone crystal earrings 3
Step 3
3. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of chain with an odd number of links. Open the eye pin’s loops and attach an end link to each. Close the loops.

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