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Ruby teardrops necklace and earrings

Is July's birthstone too pricey for you? These red acrylic beads fill in nicely.

And even if you don't have a July birthday, the faceted teardrops come in so many colors that you can easily put together a different, but still budget-friendly, palette. 

SUPPLIES

necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 14-in. (36 cm) strand 18 mm teardrop beads
  • 21 4–5 mm crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 20 in. (51 cm) chain, 10–13 mm links
  • 2–6 5–6 mm jump rings
  • 14 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • heavy-duty wire cutters

earrings

  • 2 18 mm teardrop beads
  • 2 4–5 mm crystals
  • 2 21⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer (optional)
  • bench block or anvil (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Ruby teardrops step 1
1. Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of beading wire. String a crystal and a crimp bead. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Make a flattened crimp. Trim the excess wire to 1⁄4 in. (6 mm).
Ruby teardrops step 2
2. String these components: teardrop bead, crystal, teardrop, crystal, crimp bead, and then center this newly-made component on the center link of a 20-in. (51 cm) chain. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Flatten the crimp bead.
Ruby teardrops step 3
3. On each side, about 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) from the center, attach a dangle. Attach two more dangles, each 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) from the previous dangles.
Ruby teardrops step 4
4. Check the fit, and trim chain if necessary. Open two jump rings. On each end, attach an end link and half of a toggle clasp. Close the jump ring. If the chain has very large links, attach an additional jump ring or two on each end so the toggle bar can fit through the loop half of the clasp.
Tip!

Cutting chain

 

  • Heavy chain can be difficult to cut, so wait to cut it until after you see how the necklace drapes.

 

  • Use your banged-up hardware-store pliers — rather than your jewelry-weight pair — to open and close heavy chain links.


Ruby teardrop earrings
Make a quick pair pf matching earrings.
Ruby teardrops earrings step 1
1. For each earring: On a head pin, string  a teardrop bead and a crystal. Make a wrapped loop.
Ruby teardrops earrings step 2
2. Optional: On a bench block or anvil, hammer an earring wire.
Ruby teardops earrings step 3
3. Open the loop of the earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. 
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