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Angles & curves

Combining different stone shapes in color-blocked shades of purple creates a dynamic look with simple stringing and just a few loops.
Anglesandcurves

SUPPLIES

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 2 8-in. (20 cm) strands 18 mm faceted trapezoid purple crazy lace agate beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 15 mm flower sugilite teardrop beads
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads, cream and violet
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain, 3-4 mm links
  • 10–12 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • 7 mm jump ring (optional)
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 2 15 mm flower sugilite teardrop beads
  • 4 11/0 seed beads, violet
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • 2 teardrop findings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Trapezoid beads from Dakota Stones, dakotastones.com. Teardrop beads from Eclectica. Earring findings from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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Step 1
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1. On a decorative head pin, string a violet 11/0 seed bead, a teardrop bead, and an 11/0. Make a plain loop. Make seven or eight teardrop units and three or four trapezoid units with cream 11/0s.

2. Cut a piece of beading wire. On the wire, center a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of chain. Over both ends, string a violet 11/0 and a teardrop.

3. On one end, string an alternating pattern of five or six violet 11/0s and five or six teardrops. Then string an alternating pattern of five or six cream 11/0s and five or six trapezoids.

4. On the other end, string an alternating pattern of cream 11/0s and trapezoids until both sides of the necklace are the same length.

 
5. Open the loop of a teardrop unit and attach the chain. Close the loop. Attach two or three bead units to each link. Attach the trapezoid units at the bottom of the chain.

6. On each end, string a cream 11/0, a crimp bead, a cream 11/0, and half of a toggle 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 bead and trim the excess wire.

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Earrings
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1. For each earring, make a teardrop unit as in step 1 of the necklace. Open a jump ring. Attach the bead unit and the loop of a teardrop component. Close the loop.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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