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Leafy greens necklace

A textured brass component updates a Y-necklace

I don’t plan my designs. Instead, I find inspiration in my materials — in texture, contour, color, and shape. For this necklace, the brass leaf component was the starting point. I punched holes in the leaves to make a connector, and then I paired it with Russian amazonite beads for a beautiful color contrast. 

SUPPLIES

Necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 30 mm oval bead
  • 10 8 mm faceted coin-shaped beads
  • 2 4 mm flat spacers
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 22- or 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 12–14 in. (30–36 cm) chain, 3 mm links
  • 41 mm leaf component
  • 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) decorative head pin
  • 4 3–4 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 8 mm faceted coin-shaped beads 
  • 4 4 mm flat spacers
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS


Necklace

Leafy greens bracelet 1
Step 1
On a decorative head pin, string a spacer, an oval bead, and a spacer. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
Leafy greens bracelet 2
Step 2
Attach the loop and the center loop of a leaf component. Complete the wraps.
Leafy greens bracelet 3
Step 3
Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop on one end. String a coin-shaped bead and make a plain loop perpendicular to the first loop. Make 10 coin units.
Leafy greens bracelet 4
Step 4
Cut 10 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) pieces of chain. Open a jump ring. Attach a chain and a hole in the leaf. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side. 
Leafy greens bracelet 5
Step 5
Open the loops of a coin unit. On each side, attach a chain and close the loop. On each side, attach the remaining coin units and chains.
Leafy greens bracelet 6
Step 6
Cut two 2–3-in. (5–7.6 cm) pieces of chain. On each end, attach a chain. Check the fit, and trim chain if necessary. On one end, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp. On the other end, attach a jump ring.
Earrings
Leafy greens earrings Step 1
Step 1
On a decorative head pin, string a coin-shaped bead and two spacers. Make a wrapped loop
Leafy greens earrings Step 2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
Tip!
If you prefer autumnal shades, use gemstones in reds or browns — poppy jasper, carnelian, or Botswana agate offer pretty color combinations.
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