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Chocolate chalcedony necklace

String rectangular beads for a quick jewelry project
Chocolate chalcedony necklace

When you string corner-drilled beads with a couple of silver tubes in between, the slabs overlap beautifully. Use chocolate-hued chalcedony to complement fall’s trendy neutral colors.

See the instructions below, or download the free project PDF above.

Supply List

  • 14 1⁄2-in. (36.8cm) strand 15–27mm graduated rectangular beads, corner drilled
  • 80–100 4–5mm Thai-silver tube beads
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

Instructions

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1. Cut a piece of beading wire. (My necklace is 20 in./51cm.) Center the largest rectangular bead on the wire.

2. On each end, string two silver beads and the next-largest rectangle. Repeat until the strand is within 5 in. (13cm) of the finished length.

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3. On each end, string silver beads until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length.

4. On each end, string a crimp bead, a silver bead, and half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

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