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Antiqued brass

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These antique-looking brass components from Kabela Design (kabeladesign.com) weren’t in stores when your grandmother was young, but they would have certainly been in vogue. Malachite teardrops echo the shape of the diamond component while the regal color dresses up the darker metal.

SUPPLIES

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 15 mm teardrop-shaped gemstone beads
  • 8 3 mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 32 mm diamond component
  • 2 two-to-one connectors
  • 4 7 mm jump rings
  • 6 5 mm jump rings
  • 8 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

 
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1. Open a 7 mm jump ring and attach a narrow end of a diamond component. Close the jump ring. Repeat. Attach two jump rings to the other narrow end. Attach 5 mm jump rings to two loops of each two-to-one connector.
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2. Cut a 5–6-in. (13–15 cm) piece of beading wire and string a crimp bead and one jump ring of a two-to-one connector. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead.
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3. String: teardrop-shaped bead, spacer, teardrop, spacer, teardrop, crimp bead, one jump ring of the diamond component. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung, tighten the wire, and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.
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4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the same two-to-one connector.
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5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with the other two-to-one connector.
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6. On each end, use a 5 mm jump ring to attach a two-to-one connector and half of a clasp.
Tip!
Antiqued brass comes in a wide range of shades, so components can be hard to color coordinate. The beauty of these diamond components and two-to-one connectors is that their raised surfaces are light enough to match dull golds (allowing me to use gold-colored crimp beads and beading wire), while their patinated recesses are dark enough to complement browner brass components (as in the jump rings).
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For a simpler look

Stick to a single strand and use a diamond component as the loop half of a clasp.

Earring options

String teardrop beads from diamond components for long earrings, or use lengthy earring wires to create an elegant line.

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