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November Topaz necklace and earrings

Wandering the aisles at the Bead&Button Show, I found two elements that seemed a natural pairing: huge smoky topaz-colored crystals and Melissa Rediger’s handmade flower bead with shades of burgundy and copper. The flower has a backing that makes it lie flat while you wear it. It looks especially fetching as an off-center accent.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5 cm)

  • 40–45 mm lampworked glass flower bead
  • 14-in. (36 cm) strand 24 mm oval crystals
  • 16–19 5 mm saucer spacers
  • 2 5 mm round spacers
  • 2 3 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.018 or.019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 15 mm lampworked glass beads
  • 4 5 mm saucer spacers
  • 2 3 mm spacers
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

November Topaz necklace and earrings 1
Step 1

Necklace 

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String: saucer spacer, round spacer, flower bead, round spacer, saucer spacer.

November Topaz necklace and earrings 2
Step 2
2. On each end, string a crystal and a saucer spacer. Repeat, stringing more beads on one end than the other, until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
Tip!
The crystals are surprisingly light for their size — perfect for earrings — but I didn’t have enough for extra accessories. Buy a second strand if you want matching earrings and a bracelet.
Earrings
November Topaz earrings 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a 3 mm spacer, a saucer spacer, a glass bead, and a saucer spacer. Make a wrapped loop.
November Topaz earrings 2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring.
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