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Be true to your school

Make fun activity-themed jewelry

Extracurricular activities are an important part of high school life. Use charms and beads in your school’s colors and get together with the PTA or booster club to create jewelry to support your favorite activity.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 3 15–25 mm charms, with school themes 
  • 9–12 4 mm beads, in school colors*
  • 2–6 3 mm spacers
  • 3 bails 
  • 32–40 in. (.8–1 m) 1.5 mm round leather cord 
  • 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire, or 3 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) eye pins
  • 2 6 mm split rings
  • 2 crimp ends
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • split-ring pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 2 15–25 mm charms, with school themes 
  • 4–8 4 mm beads, in school colors*
  • 2–6 3 mm spacers
  • 5 in. (13 cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire, or 2 21⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) eye pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Rings & Things, rings-things.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Be true to your school Step 1
Step 1
Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop on one end. Open the loop and attach a charm. Close the loop. Make three charm units.
Be true to your school Step 2
Step 2
On each wire, string beads and spacers as desired. Make a plain loop parallel with the charm’s loop. Open the loop and attach a bail.
Be true to your school Step 3
Step 3
Decide how long you want your necklace to be. Double that measurement and cut a piece of leather cord to that length. Fold the cord in half and string the dangles on the doubled cord.
Be true to your school Step 4
Step 4
Place the fold in a crimp end. Use chainnose pliers to fold down each side of the crimp end. Trim the excess cord. Repeat on the other side with the cord ends. On each end, attach a split ring. Attach a lobster claw clasp to one of the split rings.
Earrings
Be true to your school Step 5
Step 1
Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop on one end. Open the loop and attach a charm. Close the loop. String beads and spacers as desired. Make a plain loop. 
Be true to your school Step 6
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Make a second earring to match the first.
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