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Showcase a pretty pendant

Cascade beads to accent the focal point in a Y-shaped necklace

Clustering beads is a great way to highlight a large focal piece. Attach an eye-catching pendant to a short chain, then wire coordinating beads into a dancing waterfall. Go luminous with crystals and pearls or earthy with gemstones and leather.

Color key

Cosmic pendant necklace (center, above):

  • A: light grey opal
  • B: crystal silver night
  • C: dark grey pearl
  • D: crystal silver shade
  • Pendant: crystal goldenshadow

 Helios pendant necklace (left, above):

  • A: crystal iridescent green
  • B: light amethyst AB
  • C: powder rose pearl
  • D: indicolite
  • Pendant: paradise shine

What you’ll need

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 30–40 mm crystal pendant
  • 6 6 mm pearls
  • 16 6 mm round crystals, 6 each in colors A and B, 4 in color D
  • 22 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • 1 3⁄4-in. (4.4 cm) cable chain, 7 mm links
  • 16–18 in. (41–46 cm) cable chain, 1.5–4.5 mm links
  • 10–12 mm jump ring
  • 3 5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw or hook clasp
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 Earrings

  • 2 6 mm pearls
  • 8 6 mm round crystals, 2 each in four colors
  • 2 1⁄4 in. (5.7 cm) cable chain, 7 mm links
  • 8 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

Crystals and pearls from Dreamtime Creations, 866.874.6748, dreamtimecreations.com. Findings and silver chain from Michaels, michaels.com. Bronze chain from Garlan Chain, garlanchain.com

Tip!
Not the flashy type? Skip the sparkle and use matte jasper for a look that’s boho chic.
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1. To make a bead unit for the necklace: On a head pin, string a bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make six color C pearl units, six color A and B crystal units, and four color D crystal units.

2. Cut an 11-link piece of 7 mm-link chain. Open a 10–12 mm jump ring and attach a pendant and an end link of chain. Close the jump ring.

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3. On each side of the next link, attach a color A unit. On the next three links, attach two color B units, two color C units, and two color D units, respectively. Complete the wraps as you go.

4. Repeat step 3. On the two remaining links, attach two color A units and two color B units, respectively.

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5. Complete the wraps on the two remaining pearl units. Cut a 16–18-in. (41–46 cm) piece of 1.5–4.5 mm-link chain. Open a 5 mm jump ring and attach a pearl unit, the end link of the pendant chain, a pearl unit, and the center link of the long chain.

6. Check the fit and trim links from each end of the long chain if necessary. On one end, use a 5 mm jump ring to attach an end link and a clasp. On the other end, attach a 5 mm jump ring.

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1. To make a bead unit for the earrings: On a decorative head pin, string a bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make two units in each of four colors.

2. For each earring: Cut a five-link piece of chain. Attach two bead units to an end link of chain. Complete the wraps as you go.

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3. Attach two bead units to the next link. Complete the wraps.

4. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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