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Ruby necklace and earrings

Nothing celebrates passion and a life exuberantly lived like a necklace and earrings of faceted ruby nuggets!
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Rubies are not for the faint of heart or the budget-minded — they can be as pricey as they are beautiful.

But for the July birthday girl who is worth a little extra splurge (and who isn’t?), nothing says happy birthday like a red ruby pair of accessories!

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 15 x 20mm ruby nuggets (Knot Just Beads)
  • 8–10 6mm faceted rondelles
  • 16–20 4mm faceted rondelles
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 2 15 x 20mm ruby nuggets (Knot Just Beads)
  • 2 4mm faceted rondelles
  • 2 4mm spacers
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
     

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (Mine is 18 1⁄2 in./47cm.) Add 6 in. (15cm) and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Center a nugget on the wire.

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2. On each end, string: 11/0 seed bead, 6mm rondelle, 11/0, nugget, 11/0, two 4mm rondelles, 11/0, nugget. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the desired length.

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3. On each end, string a 4mm rondelle, a crimp bead, a 4mm rondelle, and half of the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
 
Earrings
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1. On a head pin, string a nugget, a spacer, and a 4mm rondelle. Make a plain loop above the top bead. 
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2. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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