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Dangle delight necklace

Crystals and freshwater pearls form sparkling spikes around semiprecious briolettes
Exemplify the design principle that a variety of materials and colors creates visual interest. Stringing the components on a single strand of wire also supports the theory that less is more.


necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • semiprecious, crystal, or cubic zirconia briolettes
    • 5 15 x 11 mm (green amethyst)
    • 6 9 x 9 mm (citrine)
    • 10 9 x 6 mm (cubic zirconia)
  • 30 6 mm button pearls
  • 40–50 4 mm bicone crystals in each of 3 colors (peridot satin, crystal brandy, crystal verdi)
  • 110–140 2 mm sterling silver round beads
  • clasp
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) 24-gauge wire (optional)
  • 1–2 in. (2.5–5 cm) medium-link sterling silver chain (optional)
  • 120 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) sterling silver ball-tip head pins
  • 2 2 x 2 mm sterling silver crimp beads
  • 2 sterling silver crimp covers
  • flexible beading wire, .014
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters


1. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal, and make a wrapped loop. Set the dangle aside. Repeat with 89 4 mms and 30 6 mm freshwater pearls.

2. On your work surface, arrange your briolettes, alternating the size and color of the beads.

3. On a 20-in. (51 cm) piece of beading wire, center the middle briolette from your design.


4. On one side of the briolette, string a 2 mm bead, 2–3 dangles, a 2 mm, a 4 mm, a 2 mm, 2–3 dangles, and a 2 mm. Repeat on the other side of the center briolette. Mix the bicone and pearl dangles to create a random color and bead combination.

5. String the next briolette on each end.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 (PHOTO A), working from the center outward until you have strung all the briolettes. End with step 5.

7. To complete one end of the necklace, string a repeating pattern of a 2 mm, a 4 mm, and two dangles until you have strung all the dangles and your necklace is the desired length. Repeat on the other end.

8. String a 2 mm, a crimp bead, a 2 mm, and half of the clasp. Go back through the last beads strung, and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead. Trim the wire. Repeat on the other end. Use chainnose pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp bead.

9. To add an optional decorative chain to the loop end of the necklace: Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 24-gauge wire, make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach it to the loop half of the clasp, and complete the wraps. String a 4 mm, make the first half of a wrapped loop, and attach it to the last link of a 1–2-in. (2.5–5 cm) piece of chain. Complete the wraps (PHOTO B).
10. On a head pin, string a 4 mm or 6 mm, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the last link on the other end of the chain and complete the wraps. Repeat twice to attach a total of three dangles to the end of the chain (PHOTO C).
Dozens of dangles dance across a dainty necklace. Make a matching bracelet with smaller briolettes.
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