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November birthstone: Citrine

The organic shape of citrine nuggets pairs harmoniously with not-too-dressy layers of matte-finish chain.
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If you want all eyes on the citrine, skip the shorter layer of chain. To complement the necklace, I added earrings with helix crystals, which emulate the shape of the stones. But you can use two of the smaller gemstone nuggets if you prefer a matching set.

SUPPLIES

necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 7 22–30 mm citrine nuggets
  • 1 8 mm helix crystal
  • 33–35 in. (84–89 cm) chain, 16–18 mm links
  • 8 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 10–12 mm jump rings
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutter

earrings

  • 2 8 mm helix crystals
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 20-gauge wire
  • 2 16–18 mm chain links
  • 2 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer and bench block
  • metal file or emery board
  • pen barrel

 

Tip!
If you don't have quite enough chain but want to make earrings, use a different style of chain for the necklace extender.
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necklace

1. Cut a 15–16-in. (38–41 cm) and a 15 1/2–16 1/2-in. (39.4–41.9 cm) piece of chain, the longer piece with an odd number of links. On a head pin, string a nugget. Make a plain loop. Make seven nugget units.

2. Open the loop of a nugget unit. Attach the center link of the longer chain and close the loop.

 

 

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3. On each side of the center link, skipping two links, attach a nugget unit. Attach the remaining nugget units.

4. Check the fit, and trim chain if necessary. On each end, open a 10–12 mm jump ring. Attach the end links and close the jump ring.

 

 
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5. On one end, use a 6 mm jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp and the 10–12 mm jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a three-link piece of chain for the clasp.

6. On a head pin, string a crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link and complete the wraps.


earrings  

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1. Make two crystal units as in necklace step 6. For each earring: Attach a crystal unit and a chain link. Complete the wraps.

2. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire. Using the largest part of your roundnose pliers, make a plain loop.

 

 

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3. Grasp the wire above the loop with chainnose pliers and make a right-angle bend. Curve the wire around a pen barrel. Trim the excess wire and curve the end upward. File the end.

4. On a bench block, gently hammer the curve of the wire.

 

 
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5. Open the loop. Attach the dangle and close the loop.
 
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