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Mookaite necklace

Combine mookaite with crystals and pearls to make an earthy two-strand necklace and bracelet
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You’ll most frequently find mookaite in rich tones ranging from light yellow to red and dark brown. This member of the jasper family is named for the region of Australia where it was first found. It is believed that mookaite helps its wearer become connected to the present, face problems, and make decisions.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 16mm wavy-coin mookaite beads
  • 2 16-in. (41cm) strands 4mm faceted mookaite beads
  • 13–17 10mm round crystals, smoked topaz
  • 30–38 6mm round crystals, light smoked topaz
  • 30–38 6mm potato pearls, champagne
  • 4 4mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 4 crimp beads
  • two-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

bracelet

  • 4–6 16mm wavy-coin mookaite beads
  • 30–40 4mm faceted mookaite beads
  • 5–7 10mm round crystals, smoked topaz
  • 10–14 6mm round crystals, light smoked topaz
  • 5–7 6mm potato pearls, champagne
  • 4 4mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 4 crimp beads
  • two-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Editor's note: Mookaite may be spelled several ways, including moukite, mookite, mookalite, mookerite, moukalite, and moukaite.

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1. Cut two pieces of beading wire. (My necklace is 24 in./ 61cm.) On one wire, string a 6mm crystal, two pearls, a 6mm crystal, and a 16mm mookaite bead. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length, ending with a crystal.
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2. On the remaining wire, string seven 4mm mookaite beads and a 10mm crystal. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length, ending with 4mm beads.
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3. On each end, string a crimp bead, a spacer, and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads from each end if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

Bracelet
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1. Cut two pieces of beading wire. On one wire, string a 6mm crystal, a pearl, a 6mm crystal, and a 16mm mookaite bead. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length, ending with a crystal.
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2. On the remaining wire, string six 4mm mookaite beads and a 10mm round crystal. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the finished length, ending with 4mm beads. Finish as in step 3 of the necklace.


It's nice to have options!

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Enjoy the rich, earthy tones of mookaite beads.
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Budget option: Substitute 10–13mm mother-of-pearl lentil beads for the 16mm mookaite beads. You can string two strands of 4mm jasper rounds, in a mix of earthy colors, in place of the 4mm mookaite beads. Czech glass in brown tones is an alternative to the crystals.
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