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Take the plunge necklace

Cluster a soft palette of distinctive beads in a Y-necklace and earrings

String light and dark shades of assorted beads for a monochromatic necklace and earrings. The delicate necklace chain is choker length, while the elongated dangle cascades into the V of your neckline. See how dramatically you can perk up a simple T-shirt!

SUPPLIES

  • 4 5 x 12mm teardrops or briolettes
  • 4 6–9mm potato- shaped pearls
  • 2 6mm bicone crystals
  • 8–10 4–6mm crystals, assorted shapes and colors
  • 12 4mm gemstone chips
  • 18 4mm rondelles
  • 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5cm) 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 15–21 in. (38–53cm) chain, 3–4mm links
  • 20–26 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) 26-gauge head pins
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. To make a teardrop or briolette unit: Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire. String a teardrop and make a set of wraps above the bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the wraps. Make a total of four teardrop units.
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2. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (My necklaces are 18 in./46cm with 3-in./7.6cm dangles.) Cut two pieces of chain: one, necklace length; the other, dangle length. Attach a teardrop unit to the dangle chain’s bottom link and to every other link. Complete the wraps.
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3. String five gemstone chips on a head pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the top chip. Make two more chip units: one with four chips and one with three.

Also string a crystal or pearl on a head pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the bead. 
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4. Make a total of 12 assorted units. Attach the chip, crystal, and pearl units to the chain, clustering most units near the bottom. Complete the wraps.
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5. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on one end. String a rondelle, a pearl, and a rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the top bead. Attach one loop to the dangle chain and the other loop to the necklace chain’s center link. Complete the wraps.
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6. String two rondelles on a head pin. Make the first half of a wrapped loop above the top rondelle. Make a total of eight rondelle units. Approximately 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) from the necklace’s center, attach a rondelle unit to a link. Complete the wraps. Attach the remaining units at 1⁄2-in. (1.3cm) intervals, four on each side.
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7. Check the fit, and trim chain from each end if necessary. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of wire. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on one end. Attach it to one end of the chain and complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end.
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8. String a 6mm bicone crystal and make the first half of a wrapped loop next to the crystal. Attach a lobster claw clasp. Complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.
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