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Tiger-Eye Bracelet & Earring Set — By: Katie Hacker
 

Supplies:
For the Necklace:

  • four 8mm round tiger-eye beads
  • four 6mm round tiger-eye beads
  • twelve tiger-eye chips
  • eight hematite chips
  • eight 6mm round silver beads
  • four 8mm silver spacers
  • silver crimp bead
  • 7 1/2" clear plastic stretch cord
  • clear adhesive tape

For the Earrings:

  • four 8mm round tiger-eye beads
  • four 6mm round tiger-eye beads
  • two 8mm silver spacers
  • 6" silver wire, 22-gauge
  • two silver eye pins
  • two silver ear wires
  • flat nose pliers
  • round pliers

 


Designer Tips: Dress up your wardrobe with this richly-colored bracelet and matching earrings set. Make the jewelry as you see it here, or change the colors to match your favorite outfit!

Instructions
For the Necklace:

  1. Tape one end of the stretch cord to a work surface and string a series of five chips onto the cord (tiger-eye, hematite, tiger-eye, hematite, tiger-eye).
  2. String a round silver bead, a 6mm tiger-eye bead, a silver space, another 6mm tiger-eye and another round silver bead onto the cord.
  3. String a round silver bead, an 8mm tiger-eye, a silver spacer, another 8mm tiger-eye and another round silver bead onto the cord.
  4. Repeat the bead pattern from the first three steps to complete the beading. String a crimp bead onto one end of the cord. Release the other end of the cord from the tape and thread it through the opposite side of the crimp bead. Flatten the crimp bead by squeezing it between pliers to keep the cord ends in place.

Instructions
For the Earrings:

  1. String a 6mm tiger-eye bead, a silver spacer and an 8mm tiger-eye onto an eye pin. Attach the eye pin to the ear wire with a wrapped loop (see below for instructions).
  2. Trim the silver wire into two 3"-long pieces. Use each length to create a spiral (see below for instructions) and attach it to the bottom of the eye pin with a loop.
Creating a Wrapped Eye Loop
Creating a Spiral



Grasp the wire 1" from one end with flat nose pliers. Bend back at a right angle, then use round nose pliers to grasp the wire 1/4" from the bend. Turn the pliers to form a loop–the wire ends should be parallel.

spiral 1

Grasp one wire end with round nose pliers and turn the pliers to form a tiny loop.



Hold the loop with flat nose pliers–be sure the base of the loop is visible. Wrap the wire end 3-4 times in a tight coil around the wire below the loop. Trim the excess wire.

spiral 2

Grasp the loop with flat nose pliers. Turn the pliers, holding the wire flat and feeding it into the spiral.

 

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