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Leafy latitude

Have fun experimenting with unusual beads and capture the spirit of the season
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Beads in wine-country colors combine with lush resin beads for an intoxicating necklace of any length. The twisting second strand mimics a vine, and simple dangle earrings are well-balanced top notes.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 28 x 39mm resin leaf bead, top drilled (Dee’s Place, beadsbydee.com)
  • 4 25 x 27mm resin leaf beads 
  • 5 15 x 15mm resin grape leaf beads
  • 4 6mm pearls
  • 4mm bicone crystal
  • 4 3mm bicone crystals
  • 4g 8/0 seed beads
  • 5g 11/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 5 2-in. (5cm) copper head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
 earrings
  • 4 15 x 15mm resin grape leaf beads 
  • 4 4mm bicone crystals
  • 4 2-in. (5cm) copper head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
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Step 1a

Necklace

1. String a bicone crystal, a small leaf, and a medium leaf on a head pin. Bend the head pin at a right angle and string two 8/0 seed beads.

Make a wrapped loop perpendicular to the leaves. Make a total of four dangles.

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Step 2
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Step 3

2. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (Mine is 16 in./41cm.) Add 6 in. (15cm) and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Center the large leaf on the wire.
On each end, string six 8/0s, an 11/0, an 8/0, and an 11/0. Repeat the pattern.

3. On each end, string: three 8/0s, leaf dangle, three 8/0s, 11/0, 8/0, 11/0.

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Step 4
4. On each end, string six 8/0s, an 11/0, an 8/0, and an 11/0.

Repeat step 3, then repeat this step until the strand is within 1/2 in. (1.3cm) of the desired length. Tape the ends.
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Step 5
5. Cut a piece of beading wire 6 in. (15cm) longer than the first. Make a leaf dangle as in step 1, omitting the medium leaf. Center 17 11/0s, the small leaf dangle, and 17 11/0s on the wire. 
 
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Step 6
6. Center the small leaf dangle on the first strand. String one end of the second strand through the first 8/0 that is between two 11/0s on the first strand, as shown. Repeat on the other side.
 
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Step 7
7. On each end of the second strand, string five 11/0s, a pearl, and 13 11/0s. String the wire through the second 8/0 between two 11/0s on the first strand. Repeat.
 
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Step 8
8. On each end of the second strand, string 19 11/0s. String the wire through the second 8/0 between two 11/0s on the first strand.
 
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Step 9
9. On each end of the second strand, string 11/0s until the strand is ¼ in. (6mm) longer than the first strand on each side.

Remove the tape from the first strand. On each side, over both strands, string a crimp bead and half of the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Earrings
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Step 1
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Step 2

1. String a bicone crystal and a small leaf on a head pin. Bend the head pin at a right angle, and make a wrapped loop approximately 1 in. (2.5cm) above the leaf. Make a second dangle with a  wrapped loop ¾ in. (1.9cm) above the leaf.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangles. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

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Leafy latitude earrings

Editor's tip

Use copper-colored findings to complement deep purples and greens.

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