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Turquoise and silver set

I've always been drawn to turquoise, and I’m not some fair-weather fan. I like the radiant, sky blue variety — like these nuggets from the copper-rich Compitos mine in Mexico. I also love these earthy green chips. Traditional Hill Tribes silver complements the shiny inclusions in the nuggets.

SUPPLIES

necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 6 24 mm accent beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 18 mm nuggets
  • 12–16 10 mm chips
  • 36–44 4 mm large-hole spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp or hook clasp
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

bracelet

  • 2 24 mm accent beads
  • 5–6 18 mm nuggets
  • 6–7 10 mm chips
  • 16–18 4 mm large-hole spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered ring
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Turquoise beads from Rings & Things, rings-things.com. Silver beads from The Bead Goes On, beadgoeson.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

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NECKLACE

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String a spacer, a chip, a spacer, and a nugget. Repeat twice. String a spacer, a chip, and a spacer. Center the beads.

2. On each end, string an accent bead, a spacer, a nugget, and a spacer. Repeat, then string an accent bead. String the pattern in step 1 until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

3.  On each end, attach half of a toggle clasp.

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BRACELET

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center: spacer, chip, spacer, nugget, spacer, chip, spacer.

2. On each end, string an accent bead. String a spacer, a chip, a spacer, and a nugget, repeating until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

3. On one end, attach a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered ring for the clasp.

 

To make a fast and easy pair of matching earrings or to learn how to make your own Hook Clasp in four easy steps, be sure to download the free PDF. 

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