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String nine 11"s on the working wire.

4Curve the working wire around the crystal. Wrap it around the tail directly above the top two 11 -s, with the wrap going over the tail.

7Wrap the working wire around the loop end of the tail close to the beads, and cut the working wire about 1/4 in. (6mm) from the last wrap. Press the cut end against the beads.

String a fire opal bicone over the closed loop.

Use chainnose pliers to twist the loop so the opening faces front to back.

Use chainnose pliers to twist the loop so the opening faces front to back.

5 String ten 11"s, curve the wire around the crystal, and wrap it around the tail close to the beads. Continue adding rows of 11Qs, increasing the count by one or more beads in each row as necessary, until there are four rows on each side of the crystal. Straighten the tail after every wrap.

Fold the straight end of the tail to the back of the work and cut it.
Open the loop above the bicone by inserting a T-pin.
■i Open the loop on an earring wire I W (see Basics, p. 8) and attach the earring. Make a second earring to match the first.

6 For the outer row, string six 11Qs, a 3mm bicone, three 11°s, a 3mm bicone, an 11°, a 3mm bicone, a 4mm hyacinth bicone, two 4mm fire opal bicones, and a 4mm sun bicone. Wrap the working wire around the tail as before. Then string this sequence in reverse to finish the other side.

9 Turn your work so the loop is at the top. Pinch the loop closed tightly with chainnose pliers.

inspiration color wheel

The Gee's Bend quilt photo is from the collection of the Tinwood Alliance. Photo by Steve Pitkin.

inspiration decorative art

Create two bracelets using one color palette in different proportions by Cathy Jakicic

Because of its high intensity, bright orange is at its most forceful when teamed up with black, but adding other colors to the mix tones down the drama. This quilt, one of the remarkable pieces from the Gees Bend collection, inspired this pairing of red-orange carnelian stones with melon and amber seed beads and peach pearls. Don't hesitate to add green - take the plunge, and you'll achieve an unusual and energetic color scheme.

editor's tip

Be sure to choose beads, especially pearls, with holes large enough to string on memory wire.

materials two-strand bracelet 7 in. (18cm)

• 5-7 10 x 8mm faceted top-drilled rectangle carnelian beads

• 10-15 5-6mm potato-shaped pearls, peach

• 2g Japanese cylinder beads, mint green

• lobster claw clasp

• 6mm soldered jump ring

• chainnose pliers

• diagonal wire cutters

• crimping pliers (optional)

memory wire bracelet 4 coils

• 10 x 8mm faceted rectangle carnelian pendant

• 2 8-in. (20cm) strands petal-shaped beads, black

• 20-24 5-6mm potato-shaped pearls, peach

•10-12 6mm faceted round beads, orange

• memory wire, bracelet diameter

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pliers

• heavy-duty wire cutters (optional)

4 Remove the tape from the first strand and string a crimp bead, an 8", and a soldered jump ring. Go back through the beads and tighten the wire. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Crimp the crimp bead.

1 two-strand bracelet • Determine the finished length of your bracelet (this one is 7 in./18cm), add 5 in. (13cm), and cut two pieces of beading wire to that length. On one strand, string a crimp bead, an 8° seed bead, and the clasp. Go back through the beads and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead (see Basics, p. 8) and trim the excess wire.

2 String a top-drilled rectangle, a 6", a pearl, a 6'-, a cylinder bead, a 6°, a pearl, and a 6°. Repeat the pattern until the bracelet is the desired length. Tape the end.

3 Attach the remaining wire to the clasp as in step 1. String six cylinder beads, an 8", a 6®, and an Q9 on the wire. Repeat the pattern until the bracelet is the desired length. Tape the end.

2 Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop on one end of the memory wire.

6 Remove the tape from the second strand and string a crimp bead, an

8", and the jump ring. Go back through the beads and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

3 String eight petal-shaped beads, a pearl, an 8- seed bead, a faceted round, an 8-, and a pearl. Repeat the pattern until you are 2 in. (5cm) from the end of the memory wire.

4 To finish the bracelet, string eight petal-shaped beads, a pearl, the pendant, a pearl, and a petal-shaped bead. Make sure there are no spaces between beads. Make a small loop at the end of the wire.

5 Wrap the second strand around the first. Add or remove beads from the second strand if necessary.

1 memory wire bracelet • Separate four coils of memory wire from the stack of coils. Instead of cutting the wire, hold it with chainnose pliers and bend it back and forth at one place until the wire breaks. Don't use jewelry-weight wire cutters on memory wire; the wire will ruin the blades.

Make sweet-as-candy necklaces, a bracelet, and earrings with vibrant Lucite beads

by Naomi Fujimoto inspiration fabric by Naomi Fujimoto inspiration fabric

The colors of this retro fabric arc as fun and playful as its cartoonlike graphics; content and color are well matched. The jewelry follows suit: brightly colored Lucite beads create casual pieces perfect for spring and summer soirees. In each piece, the predominantly red-orange-yellow spectrum has a complementary color thrown in: purple to complement yellow, and green for red. Whenever you want to add a splash of contrast to a palette with a dominant color scheme, choose its complement.

One pre-packaged assortment of Lucite contained enough beads in a variety of styles and colors to make the necklaces, bracelet, and earrings shown here.

ki materials

Iiioop-pendant necklace Determine the finished length of your necklace (this one is 16V2 in./41.9cm), add 6 in. (15cm), and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Open a 9-1 Omm jump ring (see Basics, p. 8). String the hoop bead and close the jump ring. Center the pendant and an 110 seed bead on the wire.

2On each end of the beading wire, string a pattern of Lucite beads alternating with crystals. Repeat until the necklace is 1 in. (2.5cm) short of the desired length.

3On one end, string a 3mm round spacer, a crimp bead, a spacer, and the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung plus one more and tighten the wire. Repeat at the other end, substituting a jump ring for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove an equal number of beads from each end if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads (Basics) and trim the excess wire.

hoop-pendant necklace 161/2 in. (41.9cm)

• Lucite beads (The Beadin' Path, 877-922-3237, beadinpath.com) 27mm hoop beads

6-10 16mm round beads

6-10 14mm round beads 8-12 10mm round beads, in 2 colors or finishes

• 22-34 6mm round crystals, in 2 colors

• lobster claw clasp with soldered jump ring

• 9-1 Omm (inside diameter) 16-gauge jump ring

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pliers

• crimping pliers (optional)

• diagonal wire cutters cherry-and-citrus necklace 151/2 in. (39.4cm)

7-9 19 x 23mm cherry beads 4-6 14mm round beads

4-6 12x16mm oval beads 14-20 10mm round beads, in 2 colors or finishes

• 14-18 6mm round crystals, in 2 colors

• lobster claw clasp with soldered jump ring

• chainnose or crimping pliers

• diagonal wire cutters bracelet 7 in. (18cm)

5-8 16mm round beads 10-15 14mm round beads, in 2 colors

3-6 12 x 16mm oval beads 5-10 10mm round beads, in 2 colors

5-10 8 x 14mm fruit beads

• lobster claw clasp with

4-5mm jump ring

• 5-10 4mm 18-gaugejump rings

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pliers

• diagonal wire cutters earrings

2 27mm hoop beads 2 10mm round beads

• 2 6mm round crystals

• 4 1 Vfe-in. head pins or 6 in. (15cm) 22-gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard

• 2 9-1 Omm (inside diameter) 16-gauge jump rings

• pair of earring wires

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pliers

• diagonal wire cutters editor's tip

Like all vintage beads, Lucite beads may not always be available in every size, shape, and color. Make sure you have enough beads to finish your projects before you start.

Icherry-and-citrus necklace • Determine the finished length of your necklace (this one is 151/2 in./ 39.4cm), add 6 in. (15cm), and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Center a cherry bead between two crystals on the wire.

2On each end, string a 10mm matte bead, a 14mm, a 10mm glossy, a crystal, a cherry, and a crystal. (Use crystals in a different color from those in step 1.)

3On each end, string a 10mm matte, an oval, a 10mm glossy, a crystal, a cherry, and a crystal. (String the same color crystals as in step 1.)

Repeat steps 2 and 3 on each end until the necklace is 1 in. (2.5cm) short of the desired length. Finish as in step 3 of the hoop-pendant necklace.

1 String each Lucite bead and crystal on a head pin. Make a plain loop (Basics) above each bead. String each fruit bead on a jump ring. Make a total of 40-65 dangles. (The size of the chain links and the bracelet length determine how many dangles you need.)

2 Determine the finished length of your bracelet (this one is 7 in./18cm), add V/2 in. (3.8cm), and cut a piece of chain to that length.

3Open a dangle's jump ring or loop, attach it to a link, and close the jump ring. Attach one dangle per link until the bracelet is the desired length. You should have about 1V2 in. of chain without dangles.

4Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the end link at the end with dangles. Check the fit, and add or remove dangles if necessary. Trim the chain at the other end so you have 1 in. (2.5cm) without beads for an extender. Attach one or two dangles to the end link.

1 earrings • Open a 9-10mm jump ring. Attach a hoop bead and close the jump ring.

2Trim the heads from two 11/2-in. (3.8cm) head pins or cut two pieces of 22-gauge wire to that length. On one wire, string a 10mm bead and make a plain loop at each end.

3 On the other wire, string a crystal and make a plain loop at each end. Make these loops perpendicular to each other.

4Open each loop on the 10mm-bead unit. Attach one loop to the jump ring and the other to a crystal unit's loop. Close the loops.

5 Open an earring wire. String the crystal unit's top loop and close the earring wire. Make a second earring to match the first.

by Jane Konkel

Link delicate crystal charms with jump rings for a flowery cuff and earrings by Jane Konkel

You never know where inspiration lurks. . . you might find it in something as mundane as a set of retro drink coasters. This sixties-era floral motif pairs ambers and deep oranges in a surprisingly fresh combination. The colors are side by side on the color wheel, which makes for a harmonious and pleasing design.

materials bracelet 7 in. (18cm)

• crystal flower charms (Rings & Things, rings-things.com.)

21 9mm, hyacinth 21 9mm, jonquil 14 9mm, topaz

• four-strand slide clasp

• 106 4mm oval jump rings

• 2 pairs chainnose pliers earrings

• crystal flower charms 8 9mm, hyacinth

8 9mm, jonquil 4 9mm, topaz

• pair of earring wires

• 2 pairs of chainnose pliers inspiration decorative art

Columns of linked charms form a lighthearted bracelet and earrings ensemble.

editor's tip

Using charms and other interesting components in your jewelry making opens up endless avenues for design. Experiment with materials as well as colors.

Use jump rings to connect the flowers in one column to the flowers beside them in the next column.

1 bracelet • Arrange crystal flower charms so you have 14 across by four deep (for a 7-in./18cm bracelet). Increase or decrease the number of columns to adjust the length.

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