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December: Turquoise pendant

When I found this pendant at a cool vintage shop in Dallas, I knew I had to make something wonderful with it. These turquoise slabs were the answer. This necklace’s longer length and chunky beads are a perfect fit with a sweater if you’re not lucky enough to enjoy Southwestern weather.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 24 in. (61 cm)

  • 60–70 mm turquoise pendant
  • 5 40–50 mm turquoise slabs
  • 4 15 mm black agate coin beads
  • 10 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 8 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 10 15 mm wavy spacers
  • 43 in. (1.1 m) 22-gauge wire  
  • 8–11 in. (20–28 cm) textured chain, 7 mm links
  • 5 7 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Gemstones from Bead Haven, beadhaven.com. Chain from Michaels, michaels.com for retail locations. Check your local bead store for supplies.

Editor’s note: The great (and frustrating) thing about using a vintage component in a project is that it’s often one of a kind. While we can’t tell you where to get the exact pendant June used, you can find dozens of beautiful vintage pieces by searching for “turquoise pendant” on ebay.com or the vintage areas of etsy.com or artfire.com.  

INSTRUCTIONS
 
 
Bead units
December birthstone Turquoise pendant a
SLAB UNIT
Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a 6 mm bicone crystal, a turquoise slab, and a 6 mm bicone. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make five slab units.
 
December birthstone Turquoise pendant b
WAVY UNIT
Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. String: two wavy spacers, 4 mm bicone crystal, wavy spacer, 4 mm bicone, two wavy spacers. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make two wavy units.
December birthstone Turquoise pendant c
Coin Unit
Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make a wrapped loop. String a coin bead and make a wrapped loop. Make four coin units.
December birthstone Turquoise pendant full
Necklace
1. Make the bead units. Attach the bead units, completing the wraps as you go.

2.
Open a jump ring. Attach a pendant and the bottom loop of the center slab unit. Close the jump ring.

3.
Cut two 4 1⁄2–51⁄2-in. (11.4–14 cm) pieces of chain. Use a jump ring to attach each chain and the end loop of a slab unit.

4.
On one end, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp. On the other end, attach a jump ring.
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