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January birthstone: Garnet chain earrings

SUPPLIES 

Earrings

  • 30 in. (76 cm) 3 mm gemstone chain, in 11-in. (28 cm), 10-in. (25 cm), and 9-in. (23 cm) pieces
  • 4–6 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 cones with 7–8 mm opening
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 22- or 24-gauge wire
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Supplies from Eclectica, eclecticabeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS
January birthstone Garnet chain earrings 1
Step 1
1. For each earring: Cut a 5-in./13 cm (long), a 4 1⁄2-in./10.8 cm (medium), and a 4-in./10 cm (short) piece of gemstone chain. Set aside one of the rondelles from a cut link.
January birthstone Garnet chain earrings 2
Step 2
2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a large wrapped loop. String: end of the long chain, end of the medium chain, both ends of the short chain, end of the medium chain, end of the long chain. Complete the wraps.
January birthstone Garnet chain earrings 3
Step 3
3. String two or three 11/0 seed beads, a cone, and the rondelle from step 1. Make a wrapped loop. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.
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