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April Birthstone DIY

Evil Eye Quartz and Sapphire Necklace & Bracelet  set

Evil Eye Quartz & Sapphire Jewelry Set


Instructions to make your own Evil Eye Quartz & Sapphire Necklace

Designed by Molly Schaller
featuring Bead Gallery® beads and components
from the Halcraft Collection

Materials:
56    Bead Gallery® rock crystal 6mm faceted rounds (10785)
1    Bead Gallery® CZ 14K gold plated crystal and sapphire evil eye connector (13407)
1    Bead Gallery® gold tone plated rhinestone moon charm (13895)
1    Bead Gallery® quartz crystal with rhinestone top (13790)
56    gold tone ½” eye pins
2    gold tone 6mm jump rings
1    gold tone lobster clasp with jump ring attached
Tools:
Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Wire nippers

Tip: You can also use silver tone findings in this project. Use what works with your wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to mix and match metals.

Time to create: 2-3 hours

Instructions:
1.    Use a 6mm jump ring to attach one loop of the evil eye link to the pendant. Attach the other 6mm jump ring to the other loop of the evil eye link.
2.    Slide a rock crystal faceted round onto an eye pin. Make a simple loop. Repeat 55 more times.
3.    Connect 28 links & attach the first link to the 6mm jump ring at the top of the evil eye link. Repeat.
4.    Connect lobster clasp to the last link of the strand.
5.    Open the jump ring of the moon charm and connect it to the last link of the other strand.
6.    Enjoy!
 
















  







Quartz Crystal

Our April birthstone is none other than the super-cool, goes-with-everything, sparkles-like-crazy diamond. And get this: according to the Gemological Institute of America, the diamond is 58 times harder than anything else in nature. That's some really tough stuff!

The diamond might be my new spirit animal: strong & beautiful!

A diamond’s structure is made up completely of carbon, just like graphite, but because they have very different formation processes and structure, you can write with one (good old No. 2 pencil!) and could hardly manage to scratch another. Here’s a little more about the sparkly stuff:

Color: highest quality diamonds are perfectly clear, but other colors do exist
Care: store diamonds separately from other gemstones and jewelry because they're so hard they can scratch other jewelry--and each other
Meanings/Properties: associated with love, the name comes from the Greek word for invincible

Although the diamond comes from humble carbon, it’s not at all a thrifty material. One way to enjoy the sparkle of a diamond without breaking the bank is to choose faceted clear quartz beads.

Did you know that the quartz family of crystals includes many well-known gemstones: citrine, amethyst, rose quartz, and tourmaline? Let’s learn a little more about quartz.

Color:  Quartz is the most abundant mineral found at the Earth’s surface and occurs in virtually every color. The most common colors are clear, white, gray, purple, yellow, black, brown, pink, green, and red.
Care: Wash your quartz in a bath of tap water, salt water, or rain water as needed.
Meanings/Properties:
Known as a “master crystal,” clear quartz help stimulate the immune system and increase physical energy and resiliency. Quartz can help bolster spirits and lift a feeling of dullness, giving clarity of mind.
Chakra: Associated with the crown chakra.

Molly’s project, the Quartz and Sapphire Evil Eye necklace and bracelet set, uses quartz faceted rounds as well as glass rhinestone and cubic zirconia beads as substitutes for diamonds. The sapphire colored cubic zirconia in the evil eye connectors are perfect for this month’s birthstone project, as sapphire is the alternative birthstone for April.

Molly Schaller is a writer and designer who loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family, friends, and pets. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

WHAT WILL YOU CREATE?