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April birthstone necklace

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they’re also a wallet’s archenemy. I took my spending down a few notches to nab a diamond wannabe: clear resin nuggets. Paired with quartz chips, these ice-like chunks put a youthful, funky spin on a birthstone-inspired necklace.
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SUPPLIES 

necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 7-in. (18 cm) strand 12–17 mm (large) resin nuggets
  • 7-in. (18 cm) strand 6–13 mm (small) resin nuggets
  • 36-in. (.9 m) strand quartz chips
  • 4 5 mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • magnetic or box clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Resin beads and quartz chips from Eclectica. Resin nuggets also available from The Bead Goes On, thebeadgoeson.com. Magnetic clasp from Claspgarten, www.claspgarten.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String a small nugget and four chips. Repeat seven or eight times, ending with a nugget. Center the beads.

2. Cut a piece of beading wire 2 in. (5 cm) longer than the first. String a large nugget and two chips. Repeat 10 or 11 times, ending with a nugget. Center the beads.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. On each end of each strand, string chips until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

4. On each side, over both wires, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

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