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Crystal-encrusted bead necklace

Richly detailed components lend depth to simple jewelry
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Crystal-encrusted beads give this necklace-and-earring set a Renaissance look. Consider pairing the beads with brass or oxidized chain to emphasize their antique style. While the jewelry is timeless, the creation of these beautiful pieces will take less than an hour.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 13mm round crystal-encrusted bead
  • 2 8mm round crystal-encrusted beads
  • 2 6mm bicone crystals
  • 15 in. (38cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 15–17 in. (38–43cm) chain, 4mm links
  • 2 3–4mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 2 13mm oval crystal-encrusted beads
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of 24-gauge wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on one end. String a 13mm crystal-encrusted bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat with the 8mm crystal-encrusted beads and the bicone crystals.
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2. Cut two 1-in. (2.5cm) pieces of chain. Attach a chain to each loop of the 13mm-bead unit. Complete the wraps.
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3. Attach a bicone unit to one end of the strand. Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of chain. Attach the chain to the remaining loop of the bicone unit. Complete the wraps. Repeat on the other side.
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4. Attach an 8mm-bead unit to each end. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (Mine is 18 in./46cm.) Subtract the current length of the strand, and cut a piece of chain to that length. Cut the chain in half. Attach a chain to the remaining loop of each 8mm-bead unit. Complete the wraps. Check the fit, and trim chain from each end if necessary.
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5. Open a jump ring. Attach a lobster claw clasp and one end of the strand. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.

Make matching earrings!
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1. String a crystal-encrusted bead on a head pin. Make a wrapped loop.
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2. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
Tip!
To make longer earrings, attach a piece of chain to the bead unit before completing the wraps.
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