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Marquise Tears Earrings Tutorial

Cut two 1-3/4" sections of chain. Cut four 1-1/2" sections of chain. Add one small and one medium Apatite bead to a ball-end head pin.

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Mermaid's Wand Earrings Tutorial

Using the 26-gauge wire, make a large wrapped loop, attach the acetate stick and finish wrapping.

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Modern Caribbean Earrings Tutorial

Set a cushion square stone in a setting. Keeping the stone centered, use your fingers or a burnishing tool to gently bend the prongs over the stone.

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Ode to Bajor Ear Cuff Tutorial

Cut chain pieces to desired length. Slip the chain ends under the last rhinestone links on each end of the rhinestone chain, and use chain-nose pliers to fold the prongs over the edges of the stones.

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On the Bias Corrugated Metal Earring Tutorial

Corrugate the metal blanks by feeding them through the Tube-Wringer on the diagonal. Squeeze the hand grip to maintain even pressure while turning the turn key.

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Passage To India - Coin Earrings Tutorial

These verdigris coin earrings are a beautiful combination of metal and gemstones, with a hint of sparkle. This beginner project requires only a few basic jewelry-making tools and can be completed quickly.

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Pulse Earrings Tutorial

Determine placement of vinyl heishi beads, and mark each dot with an extra-fine point Sharpie. Punch holes in the brass blanks with the cutting end of the Crafted Findings tool.

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Rainbow Rider Earrings Tutorial

Use a jump ring to add the the sterling unicorn charm to the bottom hole of the 12mm crystal Rainbow Dark drop.

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Reason to Wrap Earrings Tutorial

Select your beads and arrange a nice pattern around the earring hoop. Wrap wire a few times around the hoop, add a bead, wrap 3 times, add another bead, wrap 3 times...

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Swarovski Trio of Opulent Earrings Tutorial

For the dragon drop earrings, use a ball-end head pin, and add an elongated baroque crystal pearl, a 4mm Swarovski crystal bead, a dragon bead, and another crystal bead. Form a simple loop, and add ear wire.

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GO TEAM! Seahawks Colors Key Ring

Two of the best things about TierraCast's stepped charms with crystals, are their large bail loop (that can slide directly onto 2.4mm ball chain), and the awesome assortment of colors.

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Black Bandit Bracelet Tutorial

Use your favorite 8mm beads and adjust the number of beads for a perfect fit. The finished length of this bracelet is 8.5".

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Hearts Across the States Keychain Tutorial

Create a custom key chain with 2 home cities hand-stamped on a USA blank!

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Simple Silk Swag Men's Magnetic Earrings Tutorial

Cut the post portion off the rivoli earring finding. File the back until you have an approximately 4-5mm flat spot (about the same diameter as the earring magnet).

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Steel Empire Chain Maille Bracelet Tutorial

This is a variation of the standard Byzantine weave, called Byzantine with 3 connectors. I wanted to use all stainless steel for this bracelet, but the aspect ratio (wire diameter vs inside diameter) of the 6mm stainless steel jump rings would have created a loose weave if I had followed the normal Byzantine weave pattern.

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Tivoli Centerline Earrings Tutorial

Craft a perfect Scandanavian design to use with BeadSmith's Centerline earring findings and your favorite color palette of size 11/0 Delica beads.

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Gemstone Index: Quartz

Quartz gemstone beads and pendants from Rings & Things include multicolor rutilated quartz, clear rock crystal quartz, rose quartz, smoky quartz, tourmalated quartz, druzy quartz and more. Members of this semiprecious gemstone family share the same chemical composition (silicon dioxide) and similar physical properties. All semiprecious beads described here are types of macrocrystalline quartz (crystals recognizable with the naked eye), just like citrine and amethyst. Quartz is said to be the universal healing stone. Quartz crystals are believed to promote...

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Gemstone Index: Opal

Opal beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contain 6 - 10% water. Because of this, opal jewelry components should be protected from heat and strong light. Make sure to keep your opal beads away from detergents, ultrasonic cleaners, metal polish, acids and strong solvents. Common opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Birthstones for October include Opal, Rose Zircon and Pink Tourmaline. Bello Opal...

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Gemstone Index: Jasper

Jasper is a semiprecious chalcedony (or microcrystalline quartz), and is usually red, brown or green. Its patterns are much less regular and defined than agate, the other chalcedony variety. Another difference between the two is that jaspers are generally opaque, while agates tend to be translucent (or at least contain translucent bands). This distinction stems from the stones' composition. Jasper contains microscopic "grains" of crystalline quartz and agate has microscopic "fibers" of crystalline quartz. Although the term jasper is often applied to unidentified stones, true jaspers...

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Gemstone Index: Rhyolite

Rhyolite gemstone beads can look very similar to jaspers, and the popular green variety of rhyolite is sometimes called rainforest jasper. Similarly, the type of rhyolite that displays red, yellow, brown, and pinkish spots is descriptively called leopardskin jasper. Rhyolites, igneous rock chemically identical to granite, have beautifully markings which...

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