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Hearts and coins

Coin beads and heart beads combine for a classic look.
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Whether you lead with coins or hearts, subtle colors will keep your bracelet design looking classic and understated. Best of all, a pair of dangles hides the crimps for a clean look.

SUPPLIES

  • 10–12 12 mm coin beads
  • 5 12 mm heart beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp and split ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Black gold amazonite coins from Dakota Stones, dakotastones.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String four coin beads.
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2. String three heart beads, then string coins until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
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3. On one end, string a crimp bead, a coin, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a split ring for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
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4. On a head pin, string a heart and make a wrapped loop. Make two heart dangles.
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5. Open a jump ring and attach a dangle over a crimp. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side.

Earring options: Try a mismatched pair, or add a metal link for a dressier look.

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