easy gemstone jewelry {a tutorial}

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Jewelry making is something I’ve been doing for years. I love the process of choosing stones, deciding on a design, and, of course, wearing and gifting the finished product. Lately, I’ve been drawn to simpler styles and clean lines, which lends itself nicely for beginners. Today, I’m sharing the how-to for these easy gemstone bracelets…

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  • Gemstone Connectors
  • Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Clasps
  • Chain

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Step 1: Attach a jump ring to one end of your connector. To do this, hold your jump ring with one set of pliers, and take a second set of pliers to gently pry it open. Hook one end of the connector onto the open jump ring, as well as a length of chain. Use your pliers to gently close your jump ring.

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Step 2: Use your cutter pliers to snip the end of your chain, as well as cut a second piece of chain for the other end of the connector. To do this, you’ll have to decide on the final length of your bracelet. I like mine to be about 7″ long (but I have small wrists). Each length of my chain was 2.5″ long. The other two inches came from the connector, jump rings, and clasp (so the total length was 7″).

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Step 3: At the end of your chain, attach another jump ring. Also attach your clasp (I chose a magnetic clasp) to this same jump ring.

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Step 4: Repeat for the other end of your bracelet.

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Once you get the hang of it, a bracelet like this will only take 10 minutes or so!

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I hope to do more jewelry tutorials in the future…let me know if you liked this one and what you’d like to see me share next!

Thanks for reading!

sponsor spotlight {uncommon goods}

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holiday gift guide 2012 {two cheeky monkeys}

Hello, readers! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are ready for 3 days of fabulous deals from some amazing shops!

First up, Two Cheeky Monkeys, which creates one of a kind and limited edition vintage style jewelry and accessories for all occasions.

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Here are a couple more favorites from Two Cheeky Monkeys….

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