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Crystal and Chain

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®
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With these techniques, you can be making fashion-forward crystal and chain designs in no time. This stylish choker is made with techniques you'll use over and over again.

STEP 1
Cut three lengths of flat-cable chain approximately 12 inches each.
STEP 2
String one bicone crystal onto a headpin. Pass the headpin through the center link of one length of chain. Add two 4mm bicone crystals, then pass the headpin through the center link of another length of chain. Add two 4mm bicone crystals, then pass the headpin through the center link of the third length of chain. Add one more 4mm bicone crystal.
STEP 3
Hold the headpin so gravity works in your favor and all the crystals and chain rest against the head of the pin. Make a simple loop.
STEP 4
Add headpins with crystals, spaced evenly, down the length of the chain, leaving approximately 1-inch of chain on each end without headpins.
STEP 5
Open a jumpring and add a Swarovski Crystal baroque drop bead. Loop the jumpring through the simple loop at the bottom of the headpin in the center of the chains. Close the jumpring.

Open a jumpring and add a top-drilled bicone drop crystal. Loop the open jumpring through the bottom simple loop on one headpin connected to the chain; close the jumpring. Repeat adding top-drilled bicone drop crystals to each of the simple loops along the length of the chain.
STEP 6
Cut a 3-inch piece of 20-gauge wire. Begin a wrapped loop 1-1/2 inches down from one end of the wire. Before wrapping the loop closed, add the last link of all three pieces of chain into the loop. Wrap the loop closed. Begin a wrapped loop on the other half of the wire and before closing, insert a 2 - 3 inches length of heavy-cable chain into the loop. Wrap the loop closed.
STEP 7
Open a jumpring and add a lobster clasp. Loop the jumpring through the last link of the chain; close the jumpring.
STEP 8
Repeat Step 6 but add a 5 - 7 inches length of chain in place of the 2 - 3 inch length.
STEP 9
Add one 4mm bicone crystal, one 6x6mm cube crystal, and one 4mm bicone crystal onto a headpin. Make a wrapped loop, attaching the loop to the last link of the heavy cable chain before wrapping the loop closed.

Your choker is now complete!

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