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Stone and leather boho necklace

Wire up a stone and leather necklace for an earthy girl

I was looking into the healing properties of stones like quartz, aventurine, moonstone, and garnet, just to name a few. I chose only stones that felt appropriate for me and began to lay them out. The energy of the stones inspired each gem’s placement — the whole thing just flowed. My best pieces are the ones that aren’t planned, they just happen. This piece just happened.

Supplies

necklace 30 in. (76 cm)

  • 22 mm quartz bead, top drilled
  • 22 mm stick bead, center drilled
  • 13 mm round crystal
  • 90–110 3–17 mm gemstones
  • 6 5 mm tube beads
  • 3 12 mm two-hole spacers
  • 6 mm flat spacer
  • 4 mm cone spacer
  • 2–3 mm square spacer
  • 1 yd. (91 cm) suede cord, 2 mm wide
  • 7–8 yd. (6.3–7.2 m) 22-gauge wire
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 3 6 mm oval jump rings
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 23 mm round links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Check your local bead store for supplies.

Components

Stone and leather boho wire necklace gemstone connectors
Gemstone connectors
Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop (How-tos). String one to three gemstones and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 70 to 82 gemstone connectors.
Stone and leather boho wire necklace tube bead connectors
Tube-bead connectors
Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a large wrapped loop. String a tube bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make six tube-bead connectors.
Stone and leather boho wire necklace crystal dangle
Crystal dangle
On a head pin, string a round crystal and make a wrapped loop. Make a square-spacer connector. Attach the crystal unit, a gemstone connector, and the spacer connector, completing the wraps as you go.
Stone and leather boho wire necklace toggle bar
Toggle bar
On a head pin, string a stick bead, a flat spacer, and a cone spacer. Make a large wrapped loop. If you like, wrap the wire twice around the jaw of your roundnose pliers before completing the wraps for a decorative touch.
Stone and leather boho wire necklace quartz dangle
Step 1

 

Stone and leather boho wire necklace 2
Step 2
Quartz Dangle

1. Cut a 10-in. (25 cm) piece of wire. String a quartz bead and make a set of wraps above it about 2 in. (5 cm) from one end. Make a wrapped loop, extending the wraps over the top of the bead.

2. Open an oval jump ring. Attach the quartz unit and a hole of a spacer bar and close the jump ring. Use oval jump rings to attach two more spacer bars as shown.

Tip!
They say aventurine is the stone of chance, moonstone brings good fortune, and quartz results in harmony — looks like this necklace is a lucky one! 
‚ÄčNecklace Instructions
1. Make the components. For the shortest strand, attach 19 to 23 gemstone connectors as desired, completing the wraps as you go.

2. For the middle strand, attach 23 to 27 gemstone connectors as desired. For the longest strand, attach 27 to 31 gemstone connectors. 

3. On each end of each strand, use a tube connector to attach each end loop and a round link.

4. Open a jump ring. Attach the quartz dangle and one of the round links. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach the crystal dangle.

5. Cut a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of suede cord. Fold the cord in half, and string both ends through a round link. Go through the fold and tighten the knot. Repeat on the other end with a 16-in. (41 cm) piece of cord.

6. To make the loop end of the clasp: With both ends of the longer cord, tie three overhand knots about 1 in. (2.5 cm) apart.

7. On the other pair of cords, string the toggle bar and tie two overhand knots. 
Tip!
Before attaching the suede cords, Karen used liver of sulfur (LOS) to patinate the metal in her necklace for an antiqued look.
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