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Patriotic bracelet and earrings

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When the fireworks are over and the corn on the cob is gone, this glass-and-crystal bracelet will still be going strong. If you prefer a subtler look, forego the red stars and stick with varying shades of blue. 
  • 7–9 15 mm glass star beads (
  • 8–10 10 mm round beads or crystals
  • 22–28 3–4 mm flat spacers
  • 6–8 in. (15–20 cm) chain, 6–7 mm links
  • 5 –19 2-in. (5 cm) 24-gauge head pins
  • 16–20 8–10 mm jump rings
  • 17–21 4–5 mm jump rings
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundness pliers
  • diagonal wirecutters 
  • 2 42 mm teardrop components (
  • 15 mm glass star beads (
  • 2 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 4 3–4 mm flat spacers
  • 2 in. (5 cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 1-in. (2.5 cm) 24-gauge head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wirecutters
Patriotic bracelet 01
step 1
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step 2
1. On a head pin, string a spacer, a star bead, and a spacer. Make a wrapped loop. Make seven to nine star units. On a head pin, string a spacer and a 10 mm round bead. Make a wrapped loop. Make eight to 10 round-bead units. 
2.  Decide how long you want your bracelet to be and cut a piece of chain to that length. Open a 4–5 mm jump ring and attach a star unit to the center link of the chain. Repeat on each side, attaching the remaining star units to every fourth link.
Patriotic bracelet 03
step 3
3. Use 4–5 mm jump rings to attach round-bead units to the center links between the star units. On each end, skip one link from the last star unit and attach a round-bead unit.
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step 4
4. Attach an 8–10 mm jump ring to each remaining available link.
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step 5
5. Use 4–5 mm jump rings to attach half of a clasp to each end of the bracelet.
Patriotic earrings 01
Earrings Step 1
Patriotic earrings 02
earrings step 2
1. On a head pin, string a spacer, a star bead, and a spacer. Make a plain loop. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of wire. Make a plain loop on one end. String a bicone crystal and make a plain loop.

2. Open a loop of the bicone unit and attach the star unit. Close the loop. Attach the bicone unit’s remaining loop to the bottom loop of a teardrop component.
Patriotic earrings 03
earrings step 3

3. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

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