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Laredo Lariet

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

You - sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens!

I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I'm using them instead!

The basic idea is the same - the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don't ask me why I think it is very important to remember that ... .

I hung these beads point down, because I always think of this shape as being used point upwards, and then it just occurred tome - hey, why not the other way around! But do with them as you will.

The chain fits into the beads a little way, but as the hole sizes vary, and I wanted the chain to go in further in order to accommodate lots of surface area for gluing, I used the bead reamer to enlarge the hole a little so I could get about 5 mm of chain into the bead. Don't go too deep, as the bead reamer is tapered, and you still want a relatively snug fit. Ream out the hole, then push a little of the glue in, and then stick in the chain and leave it to cure overnight without fussing with it. Providing a toddler doesn't yank on them and try to pull them off - they should be secure enough.

I guess I still have to go do something with those tassels now ... .  ;-)

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