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December birthstone: Turquoise necklace & bracelet

A few turquoise nuggets are all you need to make a fantastic necklace and bracelet. On one side of your necklace, string four nuggets separated with smooth, smoky quartz chips. On the other side, string just the chips. A big focal bead at the center anchors the asymmetry.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm) 

  • 23–27mm focal bead
  • 5 18–22mm turquoise nuggets
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 8–12mm chips
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Bracelet 

  • 3 18–22mm turquoise nuggets
  • 18–24 8–12mm chips
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

December birthstone Turquoise necklace 1
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. Center two chips, a focal bead, and two chips.
December birthstone Turquoise necklace 2
Step 2
On one end, string a nugget and four chips. Repeat three times.
December birthstone Turquoise necklace 3
Step 3
On each end, string chips until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
December birthstone Turquoise necklace 4
Step 4
On each end, attach half of a toggle clasp.
December birthstone Turquoise necklace 5
Step 5
On a head pin, string a nugget and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the loop half of the clasp. Complete the wraps.
December birthstone Turquoise bracelet
Bracelet
Consider stringing a bracelet to make a set.
December birthstone Turquoise bracelet 1
bracelet Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. String four chips and a nugget. Repeat twice.
December birthstone Turquoise bracelet 2
Bracelet Step 2
String chips until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Repeat necklace step 4.
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