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February Birthstone DIY Jewelry Set

DIY JEWELRY making 


In February we celebrate amethyst (& onyx)!
Ranging in color from pale lavender to a deep, dark purple, amethyst is a stone that is known to be found in many locations around the world, from South America to Africa to parts of Russia. Because it is commonly found, it's an affordable semiprecious stone that is perfect for use in jewelry. Here's a little more about this month's precious purple stone. 

Amethyst
Stone Properties:
Amethyst is a member of the quartz family. It is a naturally occurring purple translucent semiprecious stone.
Healing Properties: Protection, cleansing, intuition, helping to clear negativity and clarify where the truth is in your life.
Spiritual Properties: Amethyst is a naturally formed crystal stone that exudes relaxing energy that helps to sooth away stress. It allows the mind and body to relax, opening the possibility of greater intuition and problem solving.
Mohs Hardness: 7
Chakra: Third Eye and Crown Chakras, increases intuition.
Birthstone: Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is associated with astrological signs of Pisces & Aquarius.

Amethyst can be found cut into many shapes and sizes of beads and pendants for use in your creative jewelry making. Shop amethyst beads, pendants, and finished jewelry here in the Halcraft Collection

Have you heard of alternative or modern birthstones? They're a perfect option if you're not the biggest fan of the traditional birthstone, or you want a fresh take on birthstone jewelry. Onyx is February's alternative birthstone!

Onyx
Stone Properties: Onyx is a member of the chalcedony family often found with banded layers of black and white, but can also be found in gray and reddish variations.  
Healing Properties: It is said to help the wearer change bad habits and release old relationships or bad feelings.   
Spiritual Properties: Onyx is a restorative stone that can calm your everyday fears. 
Mohs Hardness: 7  
Birthstone: Onyx is the alternative birthstone for February and is associated with astrological signs of Pisces & Aquarius.

Shop onyx stones, pendants, and jewelry at the Halcraft Collection! 
 

 DIY Amethyst Jewelry Set designed by Molly Schaller 
featuring Bead Gallery® beads, pendants, and charms from the Halcraft Collection

Necklace Instructions

Materials:

18 Bead Gallery® 10mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
24 Bead Gallery® 8mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
30 Bead Gallery® 6mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
1 Bead Gallery® amethyst pavèpendant
2 crimp beads
24" Beadalon bead stringing wire
2 jump rings 
1 lobster clasp

Tools:
Chain-nose pliers
Wire nippers

Tip: Make sure to leave a bit of slack in the necklace to maintain its natural drape when worn.

Time to create: less than 1 hour

Instructions:
1. Open one jump ring and attach it to the clasp.
2Slide 1 crimp onto the wire. Pass the crimp tube through the loop of the clasp and back through the crimp. Flatten the crimp with chain-nose pliers & trim excess wire.
3. String 15 6mm rounds.
4. String 12 8mm rounds
5. String 9 10mm rounds
6. String the pendant.
7. String 9 10mm rounds
8. String 12 8mm rounds
9. String 15 6mm rounds
10. String 1 crimp. Pass wire though the jump ring and back through the crimp. Flatten the crimp with chain-nose pliers and trim excess wire.


Bracelet Instructions

Materials:

43 Bead Gallery® 4mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
1 Bead Gallery® starfish rhinestone charm  
1 jump ring
  Beadalon Elasticity cord

Tools:
Chain-nose pliers (2)
Wire nippers or scissors

Tip: Prestretch your cording to prevent a slack bracelet in the future.

Time to create: less than 30 minutes

Instructions:
1. Measure your wrist. Add two inches to this measurement and cut the cord to that length.
2. String ¼" more beads than your wrists' circumference.
3. Open the jump ring. Slide the loops of both charms onto the jump ring.
4. String the jump ring and tie a surgeon's knot with the cord.
5. Place a drop of super glue gel or GS hypo cement onto the knot.
6. Trim tails.

Earring Instructions

Materials:
2 Bead Gallery® 10mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
2 Bead Gallery® 8mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
2 Bead Gallery® 6mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
2 Bead Gallery® 4mm amethyst rounds (sold as a multipack)
2 ball head pins
2 ear wires

Tools:
Chain-nose pliers (2)
Round-nose pliers
Wire nippers

Time to create: 15 minutes or less 

Instructions:
1. Slide the 10mm, 8mm, 6mm, & 4mm amethyst rounds onto a ball pin.
2. Make a wrapped loop.
3. Open the loop of the ear wire and slide the wrapped loop onto the loop.
4. Close the loop.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for second earring.


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Molly's Multipack jewelry sets show the range of color in multi-pack semi-precious bead packages and how they can be used to create an entire set of jewelry from one multi-pack.

This jewelry set is handcrafted using Bead Gallery® multi-pack amethyst beads, a semiprecious amethyst pendant, and findings. The bracelet features an adorable sparkling starfish charm. 

You don't need to use the same pieces as Molly; choose your favorite pendant to coordinate, and have fun picking out charms that express your individuality!


WHAT WILL YOU CREATE?