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To keep this necklace flexible, make sure you maintain a consistent tension among all five strands and allow some ease in each strand before you crimp it.

9Start the fifth strand as in step 5. String a red, an 11" a drop, an 11" and a red. Go through the fourth 6". String the pattern again, skip three 6"s on the finished strand, and go through the fourth 69 as before. Work in this pattern and end as in step 6.

-4 ^^Make a wrapped loop on the end of a 5-in. piece of 20-gauge wire. Using I ^^one strand of the necklace at a time, untape the ends, string the wrapped loop, and go back through the 11", the crimp bead, the 11" and the last few beads on the strand. Repeat with all the other strands, snug up the beads, and crimp the crimp beads.

An array of fiery crystals dangles from tiers of chain by Anna Elizabeth Draeger inspiration nature

materials both projects

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pliers

• diagonal wire cutters necklace 17 in. (43cm)

• Swarovski crystals

5 5mm bicones, siam 22 4mm rounds, light siam 20 4mm bicones, hyacinth 20 4mm bicones, fire opal 28 4mm bicones, sun

• lobster claw clasp

• 45 in. (1.1m) 3.6mm long-and-short diamond chain (riogrande.com)

• 6 6mm jump rings earrings

• Swarovski crystals, 12 each of the following:

5mm bicones, siam 4mm round, light siam 4mm bicones, hyacinth 4mm bicones, fire opal 4mm bicones, sun

• pair post earring findings with loop

A crystal necklace in a striking palette of red-to-gold crystals evokes the hot colors of autumn mums. By centering the darkest red and flanking it with progressively lighter shades of red, orange, and gold, the colors blend seamlessly. This gradient effect is intensified by its repetition on three strands. The earrings, long and dramatic, capture the same fiery appeal.

6To attach the dangles, find the two large center links on the longest chain. Attach two siam-colored dangles to each link. Working from the center toward one end, attach two dangles to each large link in the following color combinations: siam and light siam, two light siam, two light siam, two hyacinth, two hyacinth, hyacinth and fire opal, two fire opal, two fire opal, two sun, two sun. To finish this end, attach one sun dangle to each of the next five large links. Repeat on the other side of the center dangles.

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4Open a jump ring and attach the other end of the 1 -in. chain to two of the 31/2-in. chains.

5 Open a jump ring and connect the two 31/2 in. chains to the 6-in., 7-in., and 8-in. chains. Connect the chains to finish the other end of the necklace the same way as the first, being careful not to cross the chains. Then attach another 1-in. chain to the last jump ring.

1 necklace • String a crystal on a ^¡J Open a jump ring head pin. Make a plain loop (see (Basics) and attach the

Basics, p. 8) above the crystal. Repeat clasp to a 1-in. chain. Close with all the remaining crystals. the jump ring.

2 Cut the chain into pieces as follows: three 1 in. (2.5cm), four 31/2 in. (8.9cm), one 6 in. (15cm), one 7 in. (18cm), one 8 in. (20cm).

7Attach a siam dangle to the center large link of the middle chain. Working from the center toward one end, add one dangle per large link as follows: siam, light siam, light siam, hyacinth, hyacinth, fire opal, fire opal, sun, sun. Repeat on the other side of the center dangle.

8 Attach a siam dangle to the center large link of the shortest chain. Working from the center toward one end, add one dangle per large link as follows: siam, light siam, light siam, hyacinth, fire opal, sun. Repeat on other side of the center dangle.

2 Attach three siam-colored dangles to the end link of the 1V6-in. chain. Then work as follows, attaching one dangle of each pair to each side of each chain link: two light siam, light siam and hyacinth, two hyacinth, two fire opal, fire opal and sun, two sun. Repeat on the 1 -in. chain. Make a second earring to match the first.

A repeating pattern of carnelians and crystals adds a formal touch to an easy jewelry ensemble.

by Linda Augsburg

Carnelian gemstones take center stage in a necklace, bracelet, and earrings trio by Linda Augsburg

A repeating pattern of carnelians and crystals adds a formal touch to an easy jewelry ensemble.

With the red-orange of carnelian beads as a starting point, you may first have considered using its complement, blue-green, for a high-contrast color scheme. Equally bold, but definitely unexpected, is a color wheel relationship called a tertiary basic triad — tertiary because each color is a combination of primary and secondary colors, and a basic triad because red-orange, blue-violet, and yellow-green are evenly spaced on the color wheel.

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