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Moss Rocks

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Crystal Rocks! That may sound like I'm stating the obvious - but in this case - that is the name of these fabulous Swarovski pendants. They are vaguely reminiscent of arrowheads - with their irregular faceted edgesand partial matte finish.

I never noticed that Swarovski's "Black Diamond" has a greenish tinge to it - until Marg pointed out that this fall's new color (coming soon) - Crystal Silver Night - is more of a true black diamond colour.

Now that I have noticed it - it's so obvious, how did I miss it?

Anyway - this earthy and ethereal piece plays to that - the Black Diamond ties into the Tree Agate beads. The subtlety of the Silver Shadow and the Golden Shadow take it beyond a simple crystal necklace and add complexity.

And - because I had extra beads, I make a bracelet and earrings to match!

Using pre-made bails to hang the pendants - instead of hand wiring each one - made the project much faster and easier, but also increases the cost.

As an alternate, this would be stunning done all in black.

The donuts - in theory, I was buying all Crystal Silver Shadow, but some of the Golden Shadow got mixed in. I found I rather like the effect, so I left them as a mix.

The bracelet is two strands. I started in the middle, alternating 6 mm rounds and donuts. I switched to 4 mm rounds, 1 on one side, 2 on the other, and then brought both strands together with a donut. I then separated the strands, and did 1 4 mm round on one side, and 2 on the other, and joined again with a donut. I did this to the end, alternating the side that got the 2 vs the 1 bead.

The earrings use a bail to suspend the donut, and a short piece of random wire to make a link with 3 x 4 mm rounds on it.

          
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Components
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25001003 Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 100 ft .019 (Medium) - Silver Grey (Spool)Price: $ 53.94
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s14970 Sterling - Hook and Eye Clasp - 14 mm No Frills S Hook - Bright Sterling

(figures - the clasp I chose for the necklace is one that is out of stock.)

Price: $ 1.40
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s10365 Sterling - Toggle Clasp - 20 mm Swash-Buckle - Brushed Sterling

(Again - the clasp for the bracelet is also out of stock - but this would be a very nice choice too.)

Price: $ 19.95
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s25296 Sterling Bail - Crescent - Pinch Bail - Sterling

(11 in the necklace, 2 in the earrings.)

Price: $ 1.45
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96002400 Sterling Crimps - 1 x 2 mm Crimp Tube - Sterling (100)

(2 in the necklace, 2 in the bracelet)

Price: $ 5.46
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bsn601 Sterling Earwires - 15 mm French Earwires - Sterling (Pair)Price: $ 1.00
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27621021 Stone Beads - 4 mm Round - Tree Agate (strand)

(6 in the earrings, 30 in the bracelet, 0 in the necklace.)

Price: $ 3.10
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27621521 Stone Beads - 6 mm Round - Tree Agate (strand)

(54 in the necklace, 6 leftovers in the bracelet)

Price: $ 3.64
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27750401022001 Swarovski Bead - 8 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Crystal Golden Shadow

(mixed with the other donuts at random.)

Price: $ 1.12
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27750401019003 Swarovski Bead - 8 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Crystal Silver Shadow

(12 in the necklace, 16 in the bracelet, 2 in the earrings.)

Price: $ 1.33
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Qty: 4 34761901035215 Swarovski Pendant - 23 mm Rock (6190) - Black Diamond (1)Price: $ 7.55
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Qty: 2 34761901030001 Swarovski Pendant - 23 mm Rock (6190) - Crystal (1)

(in theory, flanking the centre three stones. In reality, I got them out of order.)

Price: $ 7.55
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Qty: 2 34761901041001 Swarovski Pendant - 23 mm Rock (6190) - Crystal Moonlight (1)

(in theory, flanking the centre five stones. In reality, I got them out of order.)

Price: $ 7.55
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Qty: 2 34761901032001 Swarovski Pendant - 23 mm Rock (6190) - Crystal Silver Shadow (1)

(Flanking the centre stone.)

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Qty: 1 34761901052001 Swarovski Pendant - 35 mm Rock (6190) - Crystal Silver Shadow (1)Price: $ 19.95
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