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April birthstone: Crystal and aluminum chain necklace

Everything about this necklace says April to me: the spring-like aluminum chain, the faceted glass diamond-wannabes, and the overall lightness.

SUPPLIES

necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 10 18 mm round beads
  • 14 mm round bead
  • 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • 35–39 in. (.9–1 m) chain, 12 mm links
  • 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Cut a 1 3⁄4-in. (4.4 cm) piece of 20-gauge wire. Make a plain loop. String an 18 mm bead and make a plain loop. Make 10 connectors.
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2. Using two pairs of pliers to open links as you would a jump ring, separate seven three-link pieces of chain. Open the loop of a connector and attach an end link. Close the loop. Use connectors to attach the remaining chains to make three strands.
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3. Separate a 5–8-in. (13–20 cm) and a 6–9-in. (15–23 cm) piece of chain. Open an end link of each chain and attach an end loop of one three-connector strand. Close the links.
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4. Separate two four-link pieces of chain and attach an end loop of the four-connector strand. Separate two nine-link pieces of chain and attach an end loop of the remaining three-connector strand.
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5. Separate two single links of chain. Attach the end links of the chains in step 4 and the seventh link on each side of the chain in step 3. Close the links
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6. Use four single links of chain to attach a chain link from each strand as shown.
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7. Attach a lobster claw clasp and an end link of the shorter chain. On a head pin, string a 14 mm bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the dangle and the end link of the longer chain. Complete the wraps. 
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Check out the PDF for supplies and instructions to make a matching bracelet. 
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