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Howlite necklace and earrings

Mix gemstone shapes in a multistrand howlite necklace and playful earrings
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Beauty and simplicity are not this necklace’s only good qualities. Howlite is an inexpensive gemstone, so this eight-strand project doesn’t get too pricey. And, since howlite is said to encourage patience, you’ll enjoy the time you spend working on it. I included red-dyed howlite beads as accents, but you may substitute another color, such as lapis blue or turquoise, or replace them with colored crystals.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 8 16-in. (41cm) strands 4–6mm howlite beads, in four shapes (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com)
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 4mm red-dyed round howlite beads (Fire Mountain Gems)
  • 16 3mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 16 crimp beads
  • four-strand clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 8 4–6mm howlite beads, left over from necklace
  • 1 in. (2.5cm) cable chain, 5mm links
  • 8 1-in. (2.5cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut eight pieces of beading wire. (My necklace is 18–19 in./46–48cm.) On one wire, string a pattern of white howlite beads and red 4mm beads until the strand is within 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4cm) of the finished length.
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2. On each remaining wire, string patterns of white howlite beads and red 4mm beads until strands are within 1 3⁄4 in. (4.4cm) of the finished length.
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3. On one end, string a crimp bead and a spacer on each wire. String two strands through a loop of half of the clasp. Repeat at the other end. Check the fit and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Budget option 

A four-strand version of this design would still look striking and cut the cost in half.

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Earrings
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Editor’s tip: 

Instead of using chain in the earrings, you can connect jump rings. For each earring, open a jump ring, string a second jump ring, and close the first jump ring.

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1. On a head pin, string a white howlite bead. Make a plain loop. Make a total of four bead units.
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2. Cut a two-link piece of chain. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the chain. Close the loop.
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3. Open the loop of a bead unit and attach the end of the chain. Close the loop. Attach a second bead unit to that link. Attach two bead units to the other link. Make a second earring in the mirror image of the first.
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