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Rusty Ocean Necklace

About this design:

I LOVE the graduated fossil coral faceted rounds and was very intrigued when the red abalone chips showed up at our door. Then I put this 2-strand together accenting with abalone and some czech glass rondelles that look like they were made for this necklace.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
When making a 2 strand necklace, there are a few things to remember:
1) crimp each strand individually and either connect directly to your clasp or use a 2:1 link
2) string your inside strand first, you don't want to do this strand after the outer strand only to find that you now have a 2 strand choker :-)
3) make your outer strand around 3-4" longer than the inside strand

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  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Ali, this ROCKS! :D

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    love to bead aka Donna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Ugh!! Now I have MORE things to add to my wish list! ;-)
    You’re right, these stones were made for each other. You really made this one sing, Ali!

  4. g peak
    g peak says:

    Incredibly beautiful!

  5. Fat Redhead Designs
    Fat Redhead Designs says:

    Very nice earthy combination.

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Love this necklace, Ali!

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone, Payton is always picking this one out for me to wear :-)

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Payton has good taste! This is fabulous, Ali! Thanks for the tips on creating a 2-strander, too! :D

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  10. Ana
    Ana says:

    Great job Ali!

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    S Nodelman says:

    Beautiful necklace. Is it heavy?

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    T Michael says:

    just waiting for my order to get here .HAPPY DAY when it gets here.

  13. Jinxci
    Jinxci says:

    Wow, a combination made in heaven. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. jdbeast1
    jdbeast1 says:

    Love it, looks like an ancient treasure unearthed !

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    Frimal W says:

    I think your beads are absolutely wonderful’


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    C Wall says:

    Love this! What are the chip-looking pieces you used?

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    K hempfling says:

    I always LOVE your designs.

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    girlflowerpaint says:

    Absolutely fabulous – reminds me of Arizona jewelry where I used to live. I am just starting to make jewelry (haven’t made my first piece actually, but I’m so excited! Any tips for a newbie?

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    Suvarna H says:

    I love this necklace and the lovely combination of different textures and colors…I did wonder, as an earlier person commented, is it heavy to wear for long periods of time?

    Ali, long before I signed up, I thought you were an artistic genius, and to date, I haven’t changed my mind…some things cannot be taught! :)

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    V Mackling says:

    I love the look!

  21. desert beader
    desert beader says:

    I love this type of jewelry,it can be worn with just about anything-casual or combinedwith another,string of
    {ex.}moonstone,turquoise,jasper or even pearls. Thhanks,Ali, for sharing so many of your designs with us. I basically find a bead that I love and string it with spacers and let the beauty of the gemstone stand onit’s own.keep on beading

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