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January garnet lariat and earrings

Who says nothing fun happens in January? Add a splash of red to any outfit with an easy garnet lariat and matching earrings.

Garnet chips are a relatively painless gemstone splurge, so don’t be afraid to make this a lariat long on style.

SUPPLIES

necklace 27 in. (69 cm)

  • 35 mm gemstone ring
  • 4 34-in. (86 cm) strands of 3–5 mm garnet chips
  • 2 12 mm faceted rectangle beads
  • 12 mm glass pearl
  • 10 mm glass pearl
  • 8 mm large-hole freshwater pearl
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 4 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 4 crimp beads
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

earrings

  • 8 3–5 mm garnet chips
  • 2 12 mm glass pearl
  • 2 10 mm glass pearl
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) cable chain, 4 mm links
  • 4 1 1/2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

All supplies from Eclectica.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

January garnet lariat_step 1
1. To make a bead unit: On a head pin, string a 12 mm glass pearl. Make a wrapped loop. Repeat with a 10 mm glass pearl and two rectangle beads.
January garnet lariat_step 2
2. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. Double that measurement and add 6 in. (15 cm). Cut two pieces of beading wire to that length. Center 11⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) of chips on each strand.
January garnet lariat_step 3
3. String a gemstone ring over the chips. String each end through a large-hole pearl.
January garnet lariat_step 4
4. On each end, string chips until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. String a crimp bead and a bead unit. Check the fit, and add or remove chips if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
Earrings
January garnet earrings_step1
1. On a head pin, string a 12 mm glass pearl and two chips. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat with a 10 mm glass pearl.
January garnet earrings_step 2
2. Cut a nine-link piece of chain. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the fourth link of the chain. Close the loop.
January garnet earrings_step 3
3. Attach the 12 mm-pearl unit to the longer chain and the 10 mm-pearl unit to the shorter chain. Complete the wraps. Make a second earring in the mirror image of the first.
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Tip: Triple the length of your lariat to make a belt.
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