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January birthstone: Garnet bracelet & earrings

I love the richness of these garnet-colored glass domes. Set in bezels, they have a wonderful Victorian feel. The bracelet gets a modern twist with a mix of antique gold and copper findings.

SUPPLIES 

Bracelet

  • 5–6 31 mm raised small circle pendants
  • 5–6 18 mm Vetri lace circles
  • 5–6 18 mm round glass domes
  • 12–15 5–10 mm faceted glass beads 
  • 12–30 assorted bead caps
  • 2 1⁄2–3 in. (6.4–7.6 cm) etched oval chain, 9.5 mm links
  • 12–15 11⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • twig toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • silicon-based glue

Earrings

  • 2 14 mm mini single oval links
  • 2 14 mm oval garnet glass domes
  • 2 10 mm faceted glass beads 
  • 2 10 mm bead caps
  • 2 5 mm bead caps
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 2 twig connectors
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • silicon-based glue

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

January birthstone Garnet bracelet 1
Step 1
Apply glue to the base of a lace circle. Attach a glass dome and allow to dry. For a 7 1⁄2-in. (19 cm) bracelet, make five lace units.
January birthstone Garnet bracelet 2
Step 2
Apply glue to the raised area of a pendant. Place a lace unit on the pendant and allow to dry. Make five pendant units.
January birthstone Garnet bracelet 3
Step 3
On a head pin, string a glass bead and one or two bead caps. Make a plain loop. Make 12 to 15 bead units.
January birthstone Garnet bracelet 4
Step 4
Open a chain link as you would a jump ring. Attach two pendant units and close the link. Repeat until you’ve attached all of the pendant units.
January birthstone Garnet bracelet 5
Step 5
Open the loop of a bead unit and attach a chain link. Close the loop. Attach three bead units to each link.
January birthstone Garnet bracelet 6
Step 6
On each end, use a chain link to attach half of a toggle clasp.
Earrings
January birthstone Garnet earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop (How-Tos). String a 10 mm bead, a 10 mm bead cap, and a 5 mm bead cap. Make a plain loop.
January birthstone Garnet earrings 2
Step 2
Follow bracelet step 1 to set an oval glass dome in a link. Open the loop of the bead connector and attach the link. Close the loop. Attach the connector’s remaining loop and a loop of a twig connector.
January birthstone Garnet earrings 3
Step 3
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop.
January birthstone Garnet earrings
Earrings
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