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Fall leaves necklace

Add sparkle to your fall wardrobe with an easy chain necklace

Crisp, cool air and the stunning colors of autumn inspired this gorgeous necklace. Because the chain has large links, it won’t take much time to make your own version. The necklace is versatile, too: Wear it extra long or wrap it a few times. Either way, you’ll have lots of options if your style moods change faster than the seasons.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 76 in. (1.9 m)

  • 3 40–60 mm leaves
  • 17–19 8 mm bicone crystals 
  • 26–29 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 34–38 4 mm flat spacers
  • 26–29 3 mm flat spacers
  • 6–7 ft. (1.8–2.1 m) marquise-link chain, 27 mm links
  • 7–8 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 10–11 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • 3 4–5 mm jump rings
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Earrings
  • 2 8 mm bicone crystals 
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals 
  • 4 4 mm flat spacers
  • 2 3 mm flat spacers
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Kits available from Out on a Whim, 800.232.3111, whimbeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.  

SUPPLY NOTES

Here are the crystal colors I used in the necklace:

8 mm bicones
  • 2 amethyst
  • 3 crystal golden shadow
  • 3 olivine
  • 3 padparadscha
  • 3 tanzanite
  • 3 topaz
4 mm bicones
  • 5 amethyst
  • 2 crystal golden shadow
  • 7 olivine
  • 4 padparadscha
  • 4 tanzanite
  • 4 topaz

In the earrings, I used 8 mm topaz and 4 mm tanzanite bicones.

INSTRUCTIONS
Fall leaves necklace 1
Step 1
On an eye pin, string: 3 mm spacer, 4 mm bicone crystal, 4 mm spacer, 8 mm bicone crystal, 4 mm spacer, 4 mm bicone, 3 mm spacer. Make a plain loop. Make nine or 10 connector units.
Fall leaves necklace 2
Step 2
On a head pin, string: 3 mm spacer, 4 mm bicone, 4 mm spacer, 8 mm bicone, 4 mm spacer. Make a plain loop. Make eight or nine dangles.
Fall leaves necklace 3
Step 3
Cut nine or 10 six-link pieces of chain.
Fall leaves necklace 4
Step 4
Open a loop of a connector unit and attach an end link of chain. Close the loop. Attach the other loop and a chain. Use connector units to attach the remaining pieces of chain, attaching the last connector unit to the first piece of chain.
Fall leaves necklace 5
Step 5
On one chain segment, between the third and fourth marquise links, attach a dangle to one of the small links. Repeat until you’ve attached all of the dangles. (One chain segment will not have a dangle attached.)
Fall leaves necklace 6
Step 6
Open a jump ring. Attach a leaf to one of the small links between the third and fourth marquise links. Close the jump ring. Attach the remaining leaves as desired.
Earrings
Fall leaves earrings 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string: 3 mm spacer, 4 mm bicone crystal, 4 mm spacer, 8 mm bicone crystal, 4 mm spacer. Make a plain loop.
Fall leaves earrings 2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring.
Tip!
Use twist ties to check the placement of the leaves on the chain before attaching them.
Fall leaves bracelet
Design alternative
If you want to play up the leaf theme a bit more, make a bracelet with smaller leaves in different finishes.

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