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Strung tears jewelry set

String teardrop beads for a colorful jewelry set.
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String small teardrop beads between large glass beads for an easy, yet substantial, two-strand necklace. The matching bracelet and earrings are a cinch.
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Choose your favorite color!

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  • flexible beading wire, .014
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

necklace 20 in. (51cm)

  • 11 10mm round or faceted glass beads
  • 200 4 x 6mm teardrop beads
  • 24 4 x 6mm rondelles
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp beads

bracelet 7 in. (18cm)

  • 5 10mm round or faceted glass beads
  • 60 4 x 6mm teardrop beads
  • 12 4 x 6mm rondelles
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp beads

earrings 

  • 16 4 x 6mm teardrop beads
  • 4 4 x 6mm rondelles
  • 2 crimp beads
  • pair of earring wires
Tip!

Because the beading wire shows somewhat in the earring design, consider using one of the new sterling-coated varieties for a more finished look.

INSTRUCTIONS

necklace

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PHOTO A
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PHOTO B

1. Cut a 4-ft. (1.2m) piece of beading wire, and center the loop end of the clasp on it.

2. Over both ends, string a rondelle and a crimp bead (PHOTO A). Crimp the crimp bead.

3. Over both ends, string a rondelle, a 10mm bead, and a rondelle (PHOTO B).

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D

4. Separate the wires, and string ten teardrop beads on each (PHOTO C).

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 nine times. Repeat step 3. You will have 11 10mm beads.

6. Over both ends, string a crimp bead, a rondelle, and the other clasp half. Go back through the last four beads (PHOTO D). Snug up the beads to remove any slack. Crimp the crimp bead, and trim the wire ends.

bracelet

1. Cut a 20-in. (51cm) piece of beading wire, and center the loop end of the clasp on it. Follow steps 2 and 3 of the necklace.

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PHOTO E

2. Follow step 4 of the necklace, but string six teardrop beads on each end (PHOTO E).

3. Repeat the pattern (rondelle, 10mm, rondelle alternating with six teardrops) four times. You will have five 10mm beads and will end with teardrops.

4. Finish as in step 6 of the necklace.

earrings
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PHOTO F
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PHOTO G

1. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of beading wire, and center four teardrop beads on it. String a rondelle over both ends (PHOTO F).

2. String two teardrops on each end. Over both ends, string a rondelle, a crimp bead, and an earring wire. Go back through the crimp bead and the top rondelle (PHOTO G). Snug up the beads, and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.

3. Make a second earring to match the first.

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