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Palette play gem and crystal necklace

Bright crystals and subtle gems offer colorful stringing options
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I fell for these colors while browsing the Design Seeds website (design-seeds.com) -- a palette called “flora brights.” What a fun venture — translating a palette on screen into a stringing sensation!  To avoid getting too crazy, I strung only three of the five shades in the palette: aqua blue, plum purple, and watermelon red. Bold, saturated crystals bring these jewel tones to life with pomp and flare — my preferred way to string. But fancy jasper in muted hues is an understated take on the same palette. 

For the dangles in the crystal necklace, I used 10 mm round crystals in aquamarine champagne, light Siam, and amethyst satin. For the 8 mm crystals, I used Pacific opal, padparadscha, and amethyst.

On the PDF for this project, there are also instructions and photos for a lovely gemstone necklace, bracelet and earnings in the same color palette.

crystal necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 13 10 mm round crystals, in three colors
  • 11 8 mm round crystals, in three colors
  • 12 7-in. (18 cm) strands 4 mm crystals, in three colors
  • 2 110 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 19–21 in. (48–53 cm) chain, 8 mm links
  • 24 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins
  • 2 cones, with 13 mm bottom opening
  • 14 crimp beads
  • 14 Wire Guardians
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Beads and chain from Eclectica, 262.641.0910. Cones from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, firemountaingems.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

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Instructions

1. On a head pin, string a crystal. Make a plain loop (How-Tos). Make 13 10 mm crystal units in three colors. Make 11 8 mm crystal units in three colors. Open the loops of the crystal units (How-Tos).

2.  Separate a 15-in. (38 cm) piece of chain, opening and closing the links as you would a jump ring (How-Tos). Attach an 8 mm unit and the center link. Close the loop. On each side, skip one link and attach a 10 mm unit. Attach the remaining units, leaving one 10 mm unit for the extender.

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3. Cut six 20-in. (51 cm) pieces of beading wire. String 4 mm crystals on each strand, making two strands in each of three colors. 

4. On one side, on each end, string a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and an end link of the beaded chain. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead (How-Tos) and trim the excess wire. Repeat on the other side.

For the rest of this project, and also instructions and photos for a lovely gemstone necklace, bracelet and earnings in the same color palette, please download the PDF here

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