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Kyanite necklace and earrings

The generous size of these elongated beads emphasizes kyanite’s shimmering glow, which comes naturally from its thin, mica-like layers. 
Kyanite

The name “kyanite” comes from the Greek word kyanos, which means blue, though the stone is equally stunning in shades of translucent green. One strand of these stones can make a lovely set of both necklace and earrings. 


SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 11 38–54mm elongated kyanite beads, top drilled
  • 12 6mm spacers
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 4mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

earrings

  • 2 38–54mm elongated kyanite beads, top drilled
  • 4 4mm spacers
  • 7 in. (18cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

All supplies from Beads and Pieces, beadsandpieces.com.


INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut a piece of beading wire. (My necklace is 18 in./46cm.) Center the longest kyanite bead on the wire.

2. On each end, string: 4mm spacer, 6mm spacer, 4mm, kyanite bead. Repeat four times, then string a 4mm and a 6mm.

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3. On each end, string 4mms until the necklace is within 2 in. (5cm) of the finished length. On each end, string a crimp bead, a 4mm, and half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

 

Earrings 

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1. Cut a 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9cm) piece of wire. String a 4mm spacer, a kyanite bead, and a 4mm. Make a set of wraps above the kyanite bead. Make a wrapped loop above the wraps.

2. 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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Substitute blue recycled-glass tusk beads for the kyanite beads. The tusk beads are also available from Beads and Pieces.

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