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Brass and blue necklace

A hand-crafted pendant is the focal point of a stunning set

I bought the supplies for these projects at the Bead&Button Show and later learned that the pendant was made in a South African village by local craftspeople. Brass paired with turquoise blue is a beautiful combination that always seems to be in season. 

I am drawn to blues and greens and earth tones. I like crystals, natural gemstones, and unusual shapes and textures, as well as metal elements.


necklace 21 in. (53 cm)

  • 50 mm pendant, with 2 holes
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 13 mm tube beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 12 mm lava rock coins
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 5 mm round beads
  • 2 6 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 2 cones
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 2 hook clasps
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • 2 13 mm tube beads
  • 2 5 mm round beads 
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Brass and blue necklace 1
Step 1
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Step 2
1. necklace • Cut three pieces of beading wire. Cut the wires in half. Over three wires, string a crimp bead and a hole of the pendant. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp bead. Repeat on the other side of the pendant.

2. On each side, over two wires, string a tube bead. Separate the wires. On one wire, string coins; on the other, string tubes until the strands are within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length.
Brass and blue necklace 3
Step 3
Brass and blue necklace 4
Step 4
3. On each of the remaining wires, string 5 mm rounds until the strands are within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length.

4. On each side, over all three wires, string a cone, a 6 mm spacer, a crimp bead, and a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
Brass and blue necklace 5
Step 1
Brass and blue necklace 6
Step 2
1. earrings • On a head pin, string a 5 mm bead and a tube. Make a wrapped loop (How-Tos).

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first. 
• If you like the look of a twisted necklace, loosely braid the strands before stringing the cones. 
• Rather than cutting heavy chain (pictured at right), use heavy-duty pliers to open and close the links.
Brass and blue necklace alt design
Design alternative
For a simplified version, attach a pendant to heavy chain with large jump rings.
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