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Elegant drape necklace

Angular chain balances gemstones in a necklace-and-earring set
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For a unified design, select rectangular gemstones that have a rich pattern. Then, find chains that accentuate the pattern. Figaro or curb chains, with their angular links, also complement the beads’ shapes.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 24–30mm accent bead
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand rectangular beads, approximately 8 x 16mm
  • 12 3–4mm flat spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 14–17 in. (36–43cm) chain, 6–8mm links
  • 24–32 in. (61–81cm) chain, 4–5mm links
  • 2 4–5mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • S-hook clasp with 2 soldered jump rings
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
Tip!
Consider using vintage or base-metal chain, both of which have patinas that echo darker gemstone patterns.
INSTRUCTIONS
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1. For the shortest strand: Determine the finished length of your necklace. Subtract 1 in. (2.5cm) and cut a piece of 6–8mm-link chain to that length. (My shortest strands are 14 1⁄2 in./36.8cm.) For the middle strand, cut a piece of 4–5mm-link chain 1 1⁄2–2 in. (3.8–5cm) longer than the previous piece.
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2. For the longest strand, cut a 15-in. (38cm) piece of beading wire. String a spacer, an accent bead, and a spacer.
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3a. On one end, string an alternating pattern of four rectangular beads and four spacers.
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3b. On the other end, string an alternating pattern of six rectangular beads and six spacers.
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4. Cut two 5–7-in. (13–18cm) pieces of 4–5mm-link chain. On each end of the wire, string a crimp bead and one chain. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
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5. Using chainnose pliers, close a crimp cover over each crimp bead.
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6. Check the fit, allowing 1 in. (2.5cm) for finishing. Trim chain, if necessary. On each end, open a 4–5mm jump ring. Attach one end of each chain and a soldered jump ring. Close the jump ring. On one end, attach an S-hook clasp. Close half of the S with chainnose pliers.
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Make matching earrings!

SUPPLIES

  • 2 rectangular beads, approximately 8 x 16mm, left over from necklace
  • 4 in. (10cm) chain, 6–8mm links
  • 3 1⁄2 in. (8.9cm) chain, 4–5mm links
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
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1. On a decorative head pin, string a rectangular bead. Make a plain or wrapped loop.
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2. Cut a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) piece of 4–5mm-link chain and a 1 3⁄4-in. (4.4cm) piece of 6–8mm-link chain. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the bead unit and each chain. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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