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Crystal sand and surf necklace and earrings

Inspired by the pale blue water and golden sand, celebrate summer's beauty with this sparkling necklace and earrings!

The jewelry is simple and light, yet the detail — wrapping all of the crystals — makes it special. If you opt for a set in different colors, start by selecting the polygon pendants, since they are available in fewer colors than the bicones. Include both clear and opaque crystals to add depth to this jewelry set.

SUPPLIES

necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 2 17 mm crystal polygon pendants, in two colors
  • 43–49 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 86–98 4 mm bicone crystals, in two colors
  • 22–26 in. (56–66 cm) long-and-short chain, 7 mm links
  • 129–147 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 4 5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 2 17 mm crystal polygon pendants
  • 4 6 mm bicone crystals, in two colors
  • 6 4 mm bicone crystals, in three colors
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) long-and-short chain, 7 mm links
  • 10 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 5 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace 

1. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 86 to 98 4 mm bicone units, in two colors, and 43 to 49 6 mm bicone units. Set aside two 4 mm units and a 6 mm unit for step 7.

2. Cut a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of chain with short links on each end. Open a jump ring. Attach an end link and a polygon pendant. Close the jump ring. Attach two sets of 4 mm and 6 mm units to the chain’s two short links in the center of the chain. On the other end, attach a 4 mm unit. Attach a second 4 mm unit to the loop of the first. Attach a 6 mm unit to the second 4 mm unit. Complete the wraps as you go. 

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3. Cut a ½-in. (1.3 cm) piece of chain with short links on each end. Use a jump ring to attach an end link and a polygon pendant. Attach two 4 mm units and a 6 mm unit to a short link on the other end as in step 2. 

4. Cut a 9–10-in. (23–25 cm) piece of chain and a second piece 1½ in. (3.8 cm) longer. Each piece should have three short links on each end. On a short link on each chain, attach two 4 mm units and a 6 mm unit as in step 2. Repeat, attaching bicone units to short links at equal intervals, until you’ve covered the desired length of chain.

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5. Use a jump ring to attach a beaded chain, the pendant dangles, and the second beaded chain. 

6. Check the fit and trim chain if necessary. Use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp and the end link of the 9–10-in. (23–25 cm) beaded chain. 

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7. On the end link of the other beaded chain, attach two 4 mm units and one 6 mm unit as in step 2.

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Earrings

1. For each earring: On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three 4 mm units and two 6 mm units. Complete the wraps on one 4 mm unit. Attach the loops of the two remaining 4 mm units and complete the wraps. Attach a 6 mm unit to the loop of a 4 mm unit. Complete the wraps.

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2. Cut a piece of chain with one long link and two short links. Open a jump ring. Attach a polygon pendant and the end short link. Close the jump ring.

3. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach a 4 mm unit, a loop of the connected unit, and the dangle. Close the loop.

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