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Asymmetrical amethyst necklace

Pair your favorite metal and gemstone in a swingy multistrand.

SUPPLIES

necklace 38 in. (97 cm)

  • 2 8-in. (20 cm) strands 10–12 mm round beads
  • 8 6–7 mm round beads
  • 36–46 5–6 mm spacers
  • 2 30–32 mm hammered rings 
  • 41 in. (1 m) 22-gauge wire, half-hard
  • 18 in. (46 cm) chain, 20–22 mm (large) links
  • 12 in. (30 cm) chain, 5–6 mm (small) links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 3 7–8 mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014–.015
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS
Asymmetrical amethyst necklace
1. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a 6–7 mm round bead, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make eight bead units.   

2. Attach one loop of a bead unit to a 30–32 mm hammered ring, and complete the wraps. Attach the other loop to the end of a 12-in. (30 cm) piece of small-link chain, and complete the wraps. Open a 7–8 mm jump ring, and attach the other end of the chain to another hammered ring. Close the jump ring.

3. Arrange the bead units along the chain as desired. For each bead unit, cut and remove a chain link, attach the loops of the unit to the unattached chain links, and complete the wraps. 

4. Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of beading wire. Center 13 in. (33 cm) of 10–12 mm round beads and 5–6 mm spacers. On each end of the wire, string a crimp bead and a hammered ring. Go back through the crimp bead and the last few beads on each end, crimp the crimp beads, and trim the excess wire.

5. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a spacer, a 10–12 mm round, and a spacer. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make seven 10–12 mm bead units.

6. Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of large-link chain, and repeat step 3. Use jump rings to attach each end of the chain and a hammered ring.

7. On a head pin, string a spacer, a 10–12 mm round, and a spacer, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the jump ring from step 2, and complete the wraps.
Asymmetrical amethyst earrings
BONUS EARRINGS
Use leftover 6–7 mm round beads, extra chain links, and 3–4 mm spacers to make cute earrings.
 
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