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February: Amethyst bracelet and earrings

Hammered rectangular links aren’t just connectors; they do double-duty as spacer bars. As such, they don’t hold the strands in place very firmly — which was exactly the look I was going for in this organic bracelet. If you want a more fixed arrangement, substitute a traditional three-hole spacer bar.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 18–25 mm amethyst slabs
  • 10–20 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 6–8 18.5 mm rectangular links
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 6 crimp beads
  • three-strand clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Earrings

  • 2 18–25 mm amethyst slabs
  • 2 18.5 mm rectangular links
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Rectangular links from TierraCast, tierracast.com for information. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

February Amethyst bracelet and earrings 1
Step 1
Cut three 13–15-in. (33–38 cm) pieces of beading wire. Center a slab on each. If necessary, string a bicone crystal or two so the segments are of equal length.
February Amethyst bracelet and earrings 2
Step 2
On each side, over all three wires, string a rectangular link. On each end of each wire, string a slab (plus a bicone or two, if necessary). Repeat until the bracelet is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
February Amethyst bracelet and earrings 3
Step 3
On each end, string a crimp bead, a bicone, and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
February Amethyst bracelet
Finished bracelet
Earrings
February Amethyst bracelet and earrings e1
Step 1
For each earring: On a head pin, string a slab. Make a plain loop.
February Amethyst bracelet and earrings e1
Step 2
Open the loop and attach a rectangular link. Close the loop.
February Amethyst bracelet and earrings e3
Step 3
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop.
February Amethyst earrings
Finished earrings
Tip!

Get the most from one strand

• I used 21 slabs in the bracelet and two in the earrings; there was only one bead left. If you’re short on beads but still want to make earrings, use bicone crystals throughout the bracelet for additional length.

• You can also gain some length by finishing with three-to-one connectors, then attaching a lobster claw clasp and chain extender (instead of a box clasp).

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