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Ombré impression jewelry set

Capture the gradient-color trend with pretty pearls
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I stumbled upon these keshi pearls at the 2011 Bead&Button Show, but they didn’t immediately make it into my shopping bag. Silly me — I should have known that passing up such rich, radiant strands — perfect for today’s trendy ombré look — would eat at me the rest of the weekend. Before the show ended, I went back and bought them, and a rosy design came together just like that!

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These pearls remind me of rose petals, but “keshi” actually comes from the Japanese word for poppy seed.

SUPPLIES

necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 3 17-in. (43 cm) strands 12–16 mm keshi pearls, top drilled, in three colors
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 2 mm garnets
  • 12 4 mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 three-to-one connectors
  • 4 6 mm jump rings
  • 6 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • crimping pliers (optional)
  • diagonal wire cutters

bracelet

  • 19 12–16 mm keshi pearls, top drilled, in three colors
  • 60–75 2 mm garnets
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 57 in. (1.4 m) 24- or 26-gauge wire
  • 6–8 in. (15–20 cm) long-and-short chain, 7–18 mm links
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender

earrings

  • 6 12–16 mm keshi pearls, top drilled, in three colors
  • 18 in. (46 cm) 24- or 26-gauge wire
  • 2 18 mm links of chain
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut a 19-in. (48 cm), 21-in. (53 cm), and 23-in. (58 cm) piece of beading wire. On each wire, string a garnet and three pearls. Repeat, ending with a garnet, until the beaded sections are 13 in. (33 cm), 15 in. (38 cm), and 17 in. (43 cm).
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2. On each end of each wire, string a spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and the corresponding loop of a three-to-one connector. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
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3. Open two jump rings. On one end, attach a connector and half of a toggle clasp (See Tip). Close the jump rings. Repeat on the other end.
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Tip
For a longer necklace, use a jump ring to attach a few inches of chain to each connector before attaching the clasp.

Bracelet
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1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 24- or 26-gauge wire. String a pearl and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop perpendicular to the pearl. Make 19 pearl units, setting one aside for step 6.
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2.  Decide how long you want your bracelet to be and cut a piece of chain to that length. Attach six pearl units and the chain’s center short links, completing the wraps as you go. On each side, attach six more pearl units to the long links.
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3. Cut a piece of beading wire. String a crimp bead and an end link of chain. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
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4.  String garnet beads, weaving the strand through the chain as you go, until you’ve woven through the entire length of chain. Attach the strand to the other end link as in step 3.
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5. On one end, open a jump ring and attach a lobster claw clasp. On the other end, attach three links of chain and a pearl unit for the extender.

Earrings
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1. For each earring: Make three pearl units as in step 1 of the bracelet. Attach a link of chain and complete the wraps.
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2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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