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Pearl, gemstone, and wire jewelry set

Dress up wire and chain with pearls and gemstones in this stunning jewelry set that is perfect for a night at the opera. Fine-gauge chain makes this set light and airy, while pale colors create a feminine feel.

both projects
anvil or bench block
ball-peen hammer
chainnose pliers
roundnose pliers
wire cutters

necklace 28 in. (71 cm) with 2-in. (5 cm) pendant

  • 1 12 x 18 mm gemstone briolette or 10 x 20 mm crystal briolette
  • 1 5 x 8 mm gemstone rondelle
  • 12 6–8 mm pearls
  • 2 5–7 mm top-drilled trillion-cut gemstone beads 
  • 15–16 3 x 4 mm gemstone rondelles
  • 14–15 2–3 mm round metal beads
  • 14–15 3 mm flat daisy or disk spacers
  • 1 clasp
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • 8¾–9½ ft. (2.7–2.9 m) 26-gauge wire
  • chain:
    • 4 in. (10 cm) large link
    • 6 in. (15 cm) medium link
    • 17 in. (43 cm) small link
  • 1 8 mm jump ring
  • 6 4 mm jump rings
  • cylindrical form, ¾–1 in. (1.9–2.5 cm) diameter

pair of earrings

  • 2 6–8 mm pearls
  • 2 5–7 mm top-drilled trillion-cut gemstone beads 
  • 4–6 2–3 mm round metal beads
  • 2–4 3 mm flat daisy or disk spacers
  • 14 in. (36 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 6 8 mm jump rings
  • 4 4 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
    Photo A
    Photo B

    1. Cut 4 in. (10 cm) of 20-gauge wire, and place the cylindrical form at the center. Wrap each wire end partway around the form so that the ends meet (PHOTO A). Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop at each end, turning them in opposite directions (PHOTO B).

    Photo C

    2. Cut 2 yd. (1.8 m) of 26-gauge wire, and wrap one end several times around an end of the 20-gauge frame, right below the loop (PHOTO C). Continue wrapping the 26-gauge wire around the 20-gauge frame until the coils cover about two-thirds of the first side.


    Photo D

    3. String a 3 x 4 mm gemstone rondelle, and make another wrap to secure the rondelle in place (PHOTO D). Make two or three more wraps.

    4. Repeat step 3 four times. This should bring the wire to the center of the frame. If not, add or remove rondelles as needed.

    Photo E
    Photo F

    5. String a 5–7 mm top-drilled trillion-cut gemstone bead, and secure it to the frame with a wrap (PHOTO E). Make two or three more wraps.

    6. Work as in steps 3 and 4 to add the same number of rondelles to the other side of the frame as you did on the first side.

    7. Cover the remainder of the second side with coils, as in step 2. Trim both wire ends, and press them close to the frame.

    8. Place an 8 mm jump ring on the anvil or bench block, and hammer it flat.

    9. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and connect the flattened 8 mm jump ring and one loop of the frame. Close the jump ring. Repeat to attach the other loop of the frame to the flattened 8 mm (PHOTO F). Set the frame aside.

    Photo G
    Photo H
    10. Cut 2 in. (5 cm) of 26-gauge wire, and make a tiny hook at one end. Make a right-angle bend right after the hook, forming a handmade head pin. String a 6–8 mm pearl on the head pin, and make a wrapped loop (PHOTO G). Repeat to make a total of five to seven pearl dangles. Repeat again with 3 x 4 mm rondelles (PHOTO H) to make a total of five to seven gemstone dangles.
    Photo I
    Photo J

    11. Cut 3 in. (7.6 cm) of 26-gauge wire, string the briolette about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from one end, and cross the ends above the briolette. Make a small bend in the long end so it goes straight up over the briolette. Make a small bend in the short end so it crosses perpendicular to the long end. Wrap the short end around the long stem a few times, and trim (PHOTO I).

    12. On the long wire stem, string the dangles made in step 10, the 5 x 8 mm rondelle, a 3 mm flat spacer, and a 2–3 mm round metal bead (PHOTO J). Snug up the dangles, and test to see if the dangle will fit between the 8 mm jump ring and the bottom of the pendant frame. Remove beads or dangles if needed, and make the first half of a wrapped loop.

    Photo K

    13. Attach the loop from step 12 to the 8 mm jump ring, and complete the wraps (PHOTO K).

    For assembly and earring instructions click here to download and print this PDF.

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