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Turquoise and Coral Necklace

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I've always loved inlaid sterling silver jewelry from the southwest. But it's not very cost effective to buy when on a budget. So I decided to make a necklace that has 3 of the elements found in it (silver, turquoise and coral), but you don't have to be a silversmith to create it.

Materials:
13 Turquoise round tube beads
35 Coral sphere beads
Sterling Silver chain (measure where you want it to fall on your neck)
13  2" long Sterling silver head pins
1 Sterling Silver Jump-ring (open, not soldered shut)
1 Sterling Silver Clasp

Tools:
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Time:
Depending on speed- 1 hour


Skill level:
Low

 
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Step 1: Laying out the Design

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Step 1
Measure how much sterling silver chain you will need. I buy my chain in bulk, but you don't have to do that. Take a piece of non stretchable string and measure around your neck. Remember, you are also measuring where you want the necklace to lay around your neck, so unless you want a choker, leave some slack.  Also add an inches or two, just in case you want it longer when you finish.

First, layout your beads and head-pins. You can follow my design below or create your own. I put 4 head-pins on each side with a Red-Turquoise-Red pattern, so that is 8 in all with that pattern. The middle 5 head pins I kept adding coral beads on top so that there was a slight slope, which when added with the slop of the chain makes a very nice chevron pattern.