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Fall colors set

Glow in a spectacular necklace, bracelet, and earrings

For a luminous necklace, bracelet, and earring set, string this unlikely combination of shapely beads and radiant bursts of cubic zirconias and faceted gemstones in complementary or contrasting hues. 

Necklace

  • 7 10mm beads, top drilled
  • 26–38 9mm cone-shaped cubic zirconias (CZs), top drilled
  • 25–37 7–9mm beads, top drilled
  • 2 16-in. (41cm) strands 3–4mm gemstone rondelles or chips
  • 12 3mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 6 crimp beads
  • three-strand box clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Bracelet

  • 6–8 14mm gemstones
  • 10–14 9mm cone-shaped cubic zirconias (CZs), top drilled
  • 2 6mm rondelles
  • 20–28 3–4mm gemstone 
  • rondelles or chips
  • 2 3mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • box clasp

Earrings

  • 2 14mm gemstones
  • 6–10 3–4mm gemstones
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Fall colors necklace 1
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire for the shortest strand of your necklace. (The shortest strand of each of my necklaces is 15 in./38cm.) Cut two more, each 2 in. (5cm) longer than the previous piece.  On the shortest wire, string: cubic zirconia (CZ), 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, three 7–9mm top-drilled beads, 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, CZ. Center the beads.
Fall colors necklace 2
Step 2
On each end, string 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, a 7–9mm bead, 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, and a CZ. Repeat until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the desired length.
Fall colors necklace 3
Step 3
On the middle wire, string: CZ, 1⁄4 in. (6mm) of 3–4mm gemstones, three 10mm top-drilled beads, 1⁄4 in. (6mm) of 3–4mm gemstones, CZ. Center the beads on the wire. Repeat step 2 until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the desired length.
Fall colors necklace 4
Step 4
On the longest wire, string: CZ, 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones,  7–9mm bead, 10mm bead, 7–9mm bead. On the other end, string the pattern in reverse. Center the beads.
Fall colors necklace 5
Step 5
On each end of the longest strand, string 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, a CZ, 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, and a 10mm bead.   Repeat, substituting a 7–9mm bead for the 10mm bead, until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the desired length.
Fall colors necklace 6
Step 6
On each end of each wire, string 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) of 3–4mm gemstones, a spacer, a crimp bead, and a spacer. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. String each wire through a loop of half of the box clasp. Go back through the beads just strung, tighten the wire, and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.
Bracelet
Fall colors necklace b1
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a 14mm gemstone on the wire.
Fall colors necklace b2
Step 2
On each end, string: two 3–4mm gemstones, two cubic zirconias, two 3–4mm gemstones, 14mm gemstone. Repeat until the strand is within 2 in. (5cm) of the desired length.
Fall colors necklace b32
Step 3
On each end, string a rondelle, a crimp bead, a spacer, and half of the 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 beads and trim the excess wire.
Earrings
Fall colors necklace e1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a 14mm gemstone and three to five 3–4mm gemstones. Make a plain loop.
Fall colors necklace e2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
Tip!
When finishing the necklace, keep the box clasp fastened to ensure that each strand is attached to the proper loop.

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