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Organic finds jewelry

Charms mix swimmingly in a distinctive necklace and earrings
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Display the sea’s bounty with a necklace and earrings in blue and green hues. Suspend sunken treasures — like fish charms and weathered coins — from a shell hoop. And try wrapping a floral leaf to make a charm. To play up the natural, no-two-alike look, use different charms in the earrings.

SUPPLIES

necklace 

  • shell hoop, approximately 50mm
  • shell pendant, approximately 60mm
  • 50–60mm silk leaf with wire stem
  • 20–25mm coin, center drilled
  • 2 15–25mm charms
  • 2 16-in. (41cm) strands 4mm Czech glass rondelles
  • 13–20 3mm round Czech fire-polished crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 12 in. (30cm) waxed linen cord, 1mm diameter
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) decorative head pins
  • 3 8–10mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

earrings 

  • 2 shell pendants, approximately 60mm
  • 2 15–25mm charms
  • 6 3mm round Czech fire-polished crystals
  • 12 in. (30cm) waxed linen cord, 1mm diameter
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose pliers
Tip!
Pick up silk leaves at your local craft or floral-supply store. Look for leaves with a wire stem.

INSTRUCTIONS 

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1. On a decorative head pin, make a wrapped loop. With the stem of a leaf, make a wrapped loop. Do not trim the excess stem.

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2. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of waxed linen cord. String a shell pendant and tie a surgeon’s knot. Leave a small loop, and tie a second surgeon’s knot. Trim the ends as desired, leaving some excess cord.
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3. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of waxed linen cord. Fold it in half. String a coin over both ends. Bring the ends through the loop and tighten. Leave a small loop, and tie a surgeon’s knot. Trim the ends as desired, leaving some excess cord.
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4. Open a jump ring. Attach the leaf, the loop of the shell pendant, a charm, and a shell hoop. Close the jump ring. Use a jump ring to attach a fish charm, the decorative head pin, the loop of the coin, and the shell hoop.
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5. Cut a piece of beading wire. (My necklace is 23 in./58cm.) Attach a jump ring to the shell hoop and center it on the wire.
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6. On each end, string rondelles, interspersing them with round crystals, until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length.
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7. On one end, string a crimp bead, a rondelle, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the 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 beads and trim the excess wire.
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8. Use chainnose pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp. On a decorative head pin, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach it to the soldered jump ring and complete the wraps.

earrings
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1. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of waxed linen cord. String a shell pendant and tie a surgeon’s knot.
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2. On one end, string a charm. Leave a small loop, and tie a surgeon’s knot with both ends. Do not trim the excess cord.
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3. On one end, string a crystal and tie an overhand knot. On the other end, string two crystals and tie an overhand knot. Trim the ends as desired.
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4. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the loop of the dangle and close the earring wire’s loop. Make a second earring.
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