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Valentine bouquet

A bright floral pendant calls for unconventional colors

Chartreuse is an unlikely color for a valentine. But in this stoneware heart, it provides a verdant background for a field of bright flowers. I glued a few flat-back crystals to the heart then strung cubes, bicones, and fabric beads to match.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 35 mm heart pendant 
  • 8 25 mm Batik Beauties fabric beads
  • 2 13 mm Batik Beauties fabric beads
  • 12–16 6 mm cube crystals
  • 26–30 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 24–32 4 mm square spacers
  • 24–32 3 mm square spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 10 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional) 

Earrings

  • 2 13 mm Batik Beauties fabric beads
  • 2 6 mm cube crystals
  • 6 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 4 4 mm square spacers
  • 4 3 mm square spacers
  • 4 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Fabric beads by Kristal Wick and heart pendant available from Artbeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

Valentine bouquet 1
Step 1
Open a jump ring. Attach a heart pendant and close the jump ring. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center two bicone crystals, the pendant, and two bicones.
Valentine bouquet 2
Step 2
On each end, string: 3 mm spacer, 4 mm spacer, cube crystal, 4 mm spacer, 3 mm spacer, bicone, 25 mm fabric bead, bicone. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length, substituting a 13 mm fabric bead for the last 25 mm bead.
Valentine bouquet 3
Step 3
Valentine bouquet e1
Earrings: Step 1
On a head pin, string a bicone crystal, a 13 mm fabric bead, and a bicone. Make a plain loop.
Valentine bouquet e2
Step 2
Trim the head from a head pin and make a plain loop. String: 3 mm spacer, 4 mm spacer, cube crystal, 4 mm spacer, 3 mm spacer, bicone. Make a plain loop perpendicular to the first loop.
Valentine bouquet e3
Step 3
Open the bottom loop of the cube unit and attach the fabric unit. Close the loop. Open the loop of the dangle and attach an earring wire. Close the loop. Make a second earring.
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