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Summer casual jewelry set

String a casual look with pearls and seed beads
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This necklace-and-earring set’s well-chosen beads show that casual doesn’t mean careless .

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 26–30 8mm faceted round beads
  • 23–27 6mm pearls, top drilled
  • 1g 6/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 4 8mm faceted round beads
  • 4 6mm pearls, top drilled
  • 4 6/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • pair of earring posts with ear nuts
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Tip!
Because much of the beading wire is visible, consider using a sterling silver or copper version.

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut two pieces of beading wire. (My necklace is 17 in./43cm.) Center an 8mm bead over both wires.
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2. On each side, string a pearl on one end, a 6/0 seed bead on the other, and an 8mm over both ends. Repeat until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the finished length.
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3. On one side, over both wires, string two 8mms, a crimp bead, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other side, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each side if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Earrings
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1. Cut a 5-in. (13cm) piece of beading wire. Center a pearl on the wire. String an 8mm bead over both ends.
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2. String a pearl on one end and a 6/0 seed bead on the other. Over both ends, string an 8mm and a 6/0.
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3. Over both ends, string a crimp bead and the loop of an earring post. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Make a second earring to match the first.
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