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Turquoise necklace for any season

Bail out an unadorned drop pendant with a leafy silver finding

Starting with turquoise as the focal bead, I created two different designs. For summer, I added turquoise beads and bright silver findings. In my fall version, jasper beads and oxidized chain play up the brown accents in the pendant. To get the most out of your 16-inch strand of beads, make a bracelet and earrings as well!

SUPPLIES

Necklace 15 1⁄2 in. (39.4 cm)

  • 30 mm top-drilled drop or briolette
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 8 mm round beads
  • 20–26 2–3 mm spacers
  • pinch bail with side prongs (Eclectica)
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) chain, 4–6 mm links
  • 4 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 4 8 mm round beads
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) chain, 4–6 mm links
  • 4 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 3–4 mm jump rings
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Turquoise necklace photo 1
Step 1
Use chainnose pliers to attach a bail to a top-drilled drop or briolette. Cut a 3–4-in. (7.6–10 cm) piece of chain. Center the pendant on the chain.
Turquoise necklace photo 2
Step 2
Cut two 9–11-in. (23–28 cm) pieces of beading wire. On each wire, string a crimp bead, a spacer, and one end of the chain. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
Tip!
This design lends itself to virtually any combination of materials. I made a version with a faceted agate pendant and shimmery multicolored pearls.

Try to find a drop that has less than 10 mm between the holes and the top of the pendant. If you have trouble attaching the bail, let the bail fall in front of the pendant, and use chainnose pliers to bend the loop back slightly.
Turquoise necklace photo 3
Step 3
On each end, string two round beads and a spacer. Repeat until the necklace is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. 
 
Turquoise necklace photo 4
Step 4
On one end, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of chain for the 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 beads and trim the excess wire.
Earrings
Turquoise earring hero
Make matching earrings! And see the PDF for instructions for a bracelet, as well. 
Turquoise bracelet 4
Step 1
On a head pin, string a round bead. Make a plain loop. Make a second bead unit.
Turquoise earring 2
Step 2
Cut a 1⁄2-in. (1.3 cm) and a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of chain. Open the loop of each bead unit and attach the end link of a chain. Close the loops.
 
Turquoise earring 3
Step 3
Open a jump ring. Attach both chains and the loop of an earring wire. Close the jump ring. Make a second earring to match the first.
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