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Shell donut belt and earrings

String shell donuts for an organic look
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A tunic begs for a hip belt and groovy earrings

SUPPLIES

belt

  • 2 16-in. (41cm) strands 20 x 30mm shell donuts, vertically drilled
  • 2 16-in. (41cm) strands 20 x 30mm shell donuts, horizontally drilled
  • 40–50 5mm round beads, in five colors
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 8–12 in. (20–30cm) chain, 8–12mm links
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) decorative head pins
  • 3 8mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • key-ring lobster-style clasp, approximately 32mm
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional) 

 earrings

  • 2 20 x 30mm shell donuts, vertically drilled
  • 2 5mm round beads
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Tip!
If the holes in the beads are large enough, use .018 or .019 beading wire.

INSTRUCTIONS

Belt

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1. Measure your hips, add 6 in. (15cm), and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. (My belt is 40 in./1m.) String: one hole of a horizontally drilled donut bead, round bead, remaining hole of the donut, one hole of a vertically drilled donut, round, remaining hole of the donut. Repeat until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the finished length.
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2. Open a jump ring and attach a lobster-style clasp. Close the jump ring. On one end, string a round, a crimp bead, a round, and the clasp’s jump ring. Go back through the beads just strung and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.
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3. On the other end, string a round, a crimp bead, a round, and a jump ring. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.
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4. On a head pin, string one hole of a horizontal donut, a round, and the remaining hole of the donut. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat with a vertical donut.
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5. Cut an 8–12-in. (20–30cm) piece of chain. Attach a donut unit to each end of the chain. Complete the wraps.
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6. Use a jump ring to attach a link of the chain to the jump ring from step 3, attaching the chain so the donuts hang asymmetrically.

Earrings
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1. On a head pin, string one hole of a donut bead, a round bead, and the remaining hole of the donut. Make a wrapped loop.
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2. Open the loop of an earring wire (and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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