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All that Glitters

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

All that glitters is not gold - certainly not since Swarovski started making beads! This glittering riot of champagne and copper demonstrates that.

Overall length is 19 inches - adjust to suit your personal preference.

The side clusters are made with the cluster technique. In a nutshell, make a loop in the middle of a piece of wire about 15 inches long and twist a few times. Then separate the two ends of the wire, and string approx. 10 - 12 beads on each side, all pendant style such as top-drilled bicones, pear drops, or briolettes. Include one Jet one, and one 10 mm pearl (not a drop - but that's ok), and the rest a mix of colours. Then bring the wires together, and twist the entire assemblage lightly - so that it forms a cohesive unit. Take the two ends and make a wrapped loop - using both wires at once.

For the centre section, wire the coral branch pendant up on a single piece of wire, using a 10 mm pearl as an accent, and make a loop at the top. Place this on a wire with a 10 mm pearl on each side, and make a wrapped loop on each side, leaving a long tail of wire. Thread about 7 - 10 beads, a mix of bicones and top-drill bicones on the tail, and bring it across the front of the pair of pearls, and then wrap and secure on the other side at the loop.

Attach the centre segment to the side clusters with a jumpring.

Thread a piece of beading cable through the loop at the end of the side cluster, and secure with a crimp. String about 13 top-drill bicones, alternating 8 and 6 mm, and then add three 4 mm bicones. Alternate bicones and 6 mm pearls until you have enough length, and then add your clasp.

The earrings are made the same as the cluster drop earrings, with about 6 beads per side on each wire pair - so 12 beads per earring + the drop at the bottom.

You can use ready made ear wires, or bend your own.

For the wire, I mostly used 20 gauge for the heavier wire, and 26 ga for the lighter wire.

          
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Components
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74701010-11 Artistic Wire - 20 gauge Round Wire - Brass (Tarnish Resistant) (Spool)

(for centerpiece dangle (coral branch) and earwires. But you can buy earwires if you prefer.)

Price: $ 7.70
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74701013-11 Artistic Wire - 26 gauge Round Wire - Tarnish Resistant Brass (Spool)

(for the rest of the wiring.)

Price: $ 8.08
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96096052 Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Crimp Tubes - Gold-filled (25)Price: $ 6.50
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helcbcgf100 Findings - Crimps - 2.5 mm Crimp Covers - Gold-filled (10)Price: $ 5.84
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96096140 Findings - Earwires - 20 mm French Earwires - Gold-filled (Pair)

(I made the earwires - but you can purchase if you prefer)

Price: $ 7.56
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Qty: 2 96096104 Findings - Jumprings - 5 mm Round Open Jumpring - Gold-filled (25)Price: $ 12.10
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s27338 Findings - Magnetic Clasp - Large Smooth Round - Gold plated

(Not the same clasp - the one I used is out of stock.)

Price: $ 19.55
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961ext01930gld Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .019 (Medium) - Extreme 24k Gold (Spool)Price: $ 54.74
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Qty: 36 27753011260001 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Bicone (5301) - Crystal Golden Shadow (36)Price: $ 6.98
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Qty: 6 34760101001246 Swarovski Bead - 6.5 x 13 mm Briolette Drops (6010) - Light Colorado Topaz - Manager Special - 50% off!Price: $ 2.90
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Qty: 15 34763011002001 Swarovski Elements - 6 mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Crystal Golden Shadow

(I used a random blend of Crystal Golden Shadow and Colorado Light Topaz.)

Price: $ 0.53
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Qty: 15 34763011002001 Swarovski Elements - 6 mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Crystal Golden ShadowPrice: $ 0.53
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Qty: 15 34763011023246 Swarovski Elements - 6 mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Light Colorado TopazPrice: $ 0.52
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Qty: 2 34763011071280 Swarovski Elements - 8 mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - JetPrice: $ 0.91
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Qty: 15 34763011069246 Swarovski Elements - 8 mm Top-Drilled Bicone (6301) - Light Colorado TopazPrice: $ 0.91
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Qty: 5 27758101220001 Swarovski Pearl - 10 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Copper Pearl (10)Price: $ 6.99
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Qty: 22 2775810675187 Swarovski Pearl - 6 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Copper Pearl (strand 25)

(+ 2 more for the earrings)

Price: $ 6.00
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Qty: 6 34760121001002 Swarovski Pendant - 10 x 11 mm Faceted Flat Briolette (6012) - Crystal Golden ShadowPrice: $ 3.30
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Qty: 1 34767901051001 Swarovski Pendant - 40 mm 3-Branch Coral Sprig (6790) - Crystal Golden ShadowPrice: $ 26.09
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helezearring Tools - EZ Earring - Ear Wire Making Tool - (1)

(I used this to make the earwires)

Price: $ 32.45
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