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Easy Green necklace

String a simple multistrand look with finished chains, and use the left over chain to whip up a pair of matching earrings!
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WHERE TO SHOP
I bought the aventurine beads from Art Gems Inc. They describe their beads as “faceted hearts,” but these beads may also be described as “pear-shaped” or as “flat briolettes.”

You can quickly string three necklaces in graduated lengths using chains with clasps already attached. Wear the necklaces together or individually for different looks. Leftover chain adds swing to matching earrings.

SUPPLIES 

necklaces

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 13mm faceted heart-shaped beads, top drilled
  • 30 6mm crystal rondelles
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015 
  • 3 24-in. (61cm) finished chains (Michaels, michaels.com for store locations)
  • 6 crimp beads 
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 2 13mm faceted heart-shaped beads, top drilled
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 in. (5cm) chain, left over from necklaces
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
INSTRUCTIONS

 

Necklaces

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1. For the shortest necklace, cut a 7-in. (18cm) piece of beading wire. Center a heart-shaped bead on the wire.
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2. On each end, string a rondelle and a heart-shaped bead. Repeat twice and then string a rondelle, for a total of seven heart-shaped beads and eight rondelles.
One strand
5 1/2 in. (14cm) chain on each side of a 4 in. (10cm) section of rondelle beads (to reference in Step 3 below). 
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3. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (Mine is 15 in./38cm.) Subtract the length of the beaded portion. Divide the remaining number in half, and cut that length from each end of a finished chain. (See photo above.)

 

On each end of the wire, string a crimp bead and a chain. Check the fit, and trim chain 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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4. For the mid-length necklace: Cut an 8-in. (20cm) piece of beading wire. Center an alternating pattern of ten rondelles and nine heart-shaped beads on the wire. Cut two chain segments, each 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) longer than those of the shortest necklace.

 

For the longest necklace, increase the length of the beaded portion and chain in the same increments.

Earrings
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1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire. String a heart-shaped bead and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the wraps
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2. Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of chain. Attach the bead unit and complete the wraps. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first. 
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