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Refreshing combinations earrings

As we prepare to enter the dog days of Summer, let's make some refreshing lime and coconut cocktails -- in earring form! Reading this in cooler climates? No problem: a few simple wrapped loops, and you're relaxing on a sunny beach.
Refreshing Combinations earrings

Your personal tastes, the ingredients in your bead pantry, and your thirst for creativity will dictate what you mix up. There's a gallery of other delicious options below!

SUPPLIES

  • 4 10–15 mm coconut beads (J.P. Imported Beads, jpimported.com)
  • 4 10–15 mm lime beads (J.P. Imported Beads)
  • 12 5 mm bicone crystals
  • 24 2 mm round crystals (Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com)
  • 10 3 mm flat spacers
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) figure eight chain, 2 mm links
  • 18 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring posts with ear nuts
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Refreshing Combinations earrings Step 1
PHOTO A

1. On a head pin, string a bicone crystal, a spacer, and a bicone (PHOTO A). Make the first half of a wrapped loop.

2. On a head pin, string a bicone. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make four single-bicone units.

3. On a head pin, string: round crystal, lime bead, round crystal, spacer, round crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make two lime-bead units and two coconut-bead units.

4. Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of chain. Attach a coconut-bead unit and a single-bicone unit to the second or third large link. Skipping a link between each pair, attach the remaining fruit-bead units and single-bicone units, alternating limes and coconuts (PHOTO B). Complete the wraps as you go. Attach the double-bicone unit to the bottom link. 

5.  Open a 6 mm jump ring. Attach the dangle and the loop of an earring post (PHOTO C). Close the jump ring. Make a second earring to match the first.

Refreshing Combinations earrings Step 2
PHOTO B
Refreshing Combinations earrings Step 3
PHOTO C
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