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Free Spirit Necklace Set

About this design:

For this set, I paired these new Czech glass metallic beads with pearls, labradorite, and some antique gold nuggets-which are a great way to add some texture. I also love this color combo & the soothing, relaxed vibe it gives off.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

Czech glass round 4mm beads, gold 11/0 or 8/0 seed beads (see below for the colors I used), white rice freshwater pearls, beading wire, brass 4mm jump rings, gold ball headpin, brass feather charm, earwires, labradorite faceted round 4mm beads, lobster clasps, brass bezel charm w/ crystal, brass hoop, 24 gauge brass wire, brass crimp tubes, brass nugget drops.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Using a piece of wire, make a bead link by sliding on 1 seed bead, 3 gold nuggets, 4 seed beads, 3 more nuggets, and end with 1 seed bead. Using a 4mm jump ring, attach the hoop to the middle of the link-around the seed beads.
Step 2:
Attach two 9" pieces of beading wire to the bead link by sliding the ends of the wire through the loop of the link, and securing with a crimp tube.
Step 3:
Use jump rings to attach the charms to the hoop. For the pearl charm, I started by making a bead charm with a rice pearl & a ball headpin. Next, make a bead link (attached directly to the charm) with a seed bead, a pearl, and another seed bead. Repeat again, attaching the second link directly to the one before it.
Step 4:
Slide the beads onto the wire from step 2 in the order shown in the picture. Make loops at the ends & secure with crimp tubes. Repeat on the other side of the necklace. Finish by attaching a jump ring & lobster clasp to the ends.
Step 5:
The bracelet is a wrap style. I made mine long enough to wrap around my wrist 3 times, so I used a 20" piece of beading wire. Make a loop at one end and secure with a crimp tube. Slide the beads on in the order shown in the picture. Make another loop when you get to the end & secure with a crimp. Finish by attaching a lobster clasp, jump ring, and the charm.
Step 6:
For the earrings, start by making a bead charm with a rice pearl & a headpin. Next, make a bead link (attached directly to the charm) with a labradorite bead, a seed bead, and a purple Czech glass bead. Slide onto an earwire.

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14.5" strand

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Package of 40

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14.5" strand

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15-16" strand
½ strand (loose)

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Package of 10

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Measurements: 24 Gauge Wire or 0.5mm

2.5" tube

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Measurements: 1mm hole/18 gauge

2.5" tube

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Measurements: 1mm hole/18 gauge

100 ft. spool

↳ Also available as: 30 ft. spool

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful set Elaina. I really like the nuggets and the pendant. Pretty and elegant.

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I like how the free spiritedness theme really comes through with the nuggets & feather charm. Nice use of the hoop in creating the focal. :)

  3. BevB
    BevB says:

    Beautiful set!

  4. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    You’ve combined many elements into a cohesive whole so beautifully. It’s interesting how certain elements pop depending on which background they’re against. Love the nuggets and focal, too.

  5. kye
    kye says:

    This is such a pretty set. I’ve been trying to work with labradorite and I’m finding it quite the challenge. Using pearls and warm tones really makes an outstanding look.

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    C Petruccy says:

    I love this design as well. Do you know what type/size pearls (or maybe they are the czech glass metallic beads) are used in this design? Also, what size of the rice beads are used? I do not see them under the supply list. Thanks

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