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Silver substitute jewelry set

Make a dainty necklace, earrings with Glinter metal

I picked up these potato chip beads because they were as irresistible to me as any other potato product!

Beyond their tasty shape, these beads are made from Glinter — a metal mixed with zinc, copper, and a touch of silver. It doesn’t tarnish or rub off, and its affordable price adds to the appeal. All the beads need is a shine now and then to keep the Glinter, well, glinting. They come in copper, too!

Supplies

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 25–29 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 21–25 10 mm potato chip beads
  • 21–25 4 mm flat spacers
  • 23–25 in. (58–64 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 25–29 1 1⁄2-in (3.8 cm) head pins
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender, 8–9 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 Earrings

  • 12 10 mm potato chip beads
  • 6 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 4 mm flat spacers
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 Potato chip beads from Elephant Eye Beads, elephanteyebeads.com.

Instructions:
Tip!

Supply note: Potato chip beads may also be called flat wavy spacers.

 

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Step 1
1. For the necklace, on a head pin, string a bicone crystal, a potato chip bead, and a flat spacer. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 21 to 25 bead units, setting one aside for step 5.
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Step 2
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Step 3

2. Cut a 17–19-in. (43–48 cm) piece of 2–3 mm link chain. About 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) from one end, attach a bead unit and complete the wraps. Continue to attach bead units every 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm).

3. Trim the head from a head pin. Make a plain loop. String a bicone and make a plain loop. Make four connectors.

 

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Step 4
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Step 5

4. Cut two 3-in. (7.6 cm) pieces of 2–3 mm link chain. Open the loops of a connector. Attach one loop and the end of the beaded chain. Attach the other loop and a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of chain. Close the loops. Repeat on the other side.

5. On one end, use a connector to attach the chain and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of 8–9 mm link chain for the clasp. Attach a bead unit and the end link of chain.

 

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Step 6
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Step 7

6. For each earring: On a head pin, string: bicone crystal, two potato chip beads (back to back), bicone, two potato chip beads, bicone, two potato chip beads, flat spacer. Make a wrapped loop.

7. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

 

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