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Power color jewelry set

Saturate a necklace, bracelet, and earrings with strong hues
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Match effervescent mother-of-pearl teardrops, gemstones, and seed beads to pack a powerful monochromatic punch. The design is blissfully straightforward; you can finish an impressive set in just minutes.

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NECKLACE

SUPPLIES

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 16mm gemstone beads
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 15mm mother-of-pearl teardrop beads
  • 2g 8/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
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STEP 1
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STEP 2

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. (My necklaces are 20 in./51cm.) Center a 16mm bead on the wire.

2. On each end, string an 8/0 seed bead, a teardrop bead, an 8/0, and a 16mm. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length.

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STEP 3
3. On each end, string an 8/0, a crimp bead, an 8/0, and half of a 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 bead and trim the excess wire.

BRACELET

SUPPLIES

  • 5–7 16mm gemstone beads
  • 5–7 15mm mother-of-pearl teardrop beads (Eclectica)
  • 1g 8/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or. 015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
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Cut a piece of beading wire. String an 8/0 seed bead, a teardrop bead, an 8/0, and a 16mm bead. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length. Finish as in step 3 of the necklace.

EARRINGS

SUPPLIES

  • 2 15mm mother-of-pearl teardrop beads (Eclectica)
  • 6 in. (15cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 1⁄4 in. (5.7cm) chain, 2–3mm links
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
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STEP 1
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STEP 2

1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6cm) piece of wire. String a teardrop bead and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the wraps.

2. Cut a 1-in. (2.5cm) piece of chain. Attach the loop to the chain and complete the wraps.

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STEP 3

 

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

Tip!
Because mother-of-pearl teardrop beads are available in limited colors, choose those first. Then choose a gemstone strand to match the color.

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