Crafted Charm

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To cre­ate sim­i­lar neck­laces, re­move the charms from an old bracelet us­ing wire cut­ters. Se­lect an ap­pro­pri­ate chain, as­sorted gem­stones, crys­tals and spac­ers to re­flect each re­cip­i­ent’s per­son­al­ity.

The tech­niques for cre­at­ing neck­laces will vary. For Jeanne Am­brose’s project, jewelry maker Linda Kast strung the sil­ver Hawai­ian quilt charm above with co­ral chips and turquoise bar­rel beads.

For neck­laces on page 49: The folk vest charm is at­tached with jump rings to a chain. Wirewrapped cit­rine beads add color and move­ment. The bowl­ing al­ley charm is also at­tached with jump rings, but ru­bies and sil­ver spacer beads are stacked on head­pins (2-inch wires with a stop­per on one side) and wrapped onto a link in the chain. The baby shoe charm was done the same way, with round aqua and bi­cone topaz crys­tals. The re­li­gious charm, the only one in a gold tone, called for a tiger’s eye heart and a clasp at­tached with jump rings to a del­i­cate gold chain.

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