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I’m asked often about how I get my ideas and my inspiration, so I’ve started talking about that here on my blog. One of my biggest inspirations is nature. I’ve talked about it before, but my husband and I love to travel, whether it’s day trips, mini vacations or full vacations.
We love waterfalls. My favorite place in the world is Niagara Falls. If you have an opportunity, go. It’s amazing.
That trip was one of my happiest memories of my life. I wanted to bring that into my daily life. And what better why than to make a necklace!
For this tutorial I’ll show you the very basics of how to make it, but you can really get creative with this necklace. I’m not giving you exact measurements. Just experiment and go with your heart.
ECT TV Episode 32 Video:
Waterfall Necklace Tutorial:
Materials and Tools:
- Chain *
- Beads *
- 20 gauge half-hard round wire *
- 4mm jump rings
- Lobster clasp
- A couple 7mm jump rings
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers
- Wire cutters
*Use any chain, bead and color of wire you like! I used tiny beads and small chain.
Make several bead links using the wire and beads. I made 12 of these. For help making bead links, watch the video above or click here for even more instruction.
Open a bunch of 4mm jump rings. It’s so much easier to have all the jump rings you need open instead of stopping to open them as you go along.
Need extra instruction on this? Watch the video above or click here.
Now we’ll start to put together our hanging chain pieces. I have kept this kind of vague so you can use your own creativity. First I sorted out my bead links into rows. Then I started to put them together with chain using 4mm jump rings. I kept it random and just designed and made decisions as I went along. I made seven hanging chain pieces. You can make more or less.
You just add a bead link, add a piece of chain in any length you like and then add more chain.
I made them all different lengths to represent a waterfall. My longest one was 4 1/2 inches long. You can make them shorter or longer. You can make them all the same length. You could start long in the middle and make them shorter going out. It’s really up to you.
I measured around my neck to decide how long I wanted my necklace to be and cut a length of chain.
Attach the hanging chain pieces to the necklace chain using 4mm jump rings. I started with my middle piece. I found the exact middle of my necklace chain and then attached the middle hanging chain piece. I worked out from the middle.
In my case, I skipped 3 links and added another hanging chain piece. You can decide how far apart or close you would like your pieces to be.
Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace chain using a 4mm jump ring.
On the other end, add a couple of 7mm jump rings for the clasp to hook into.
Note: My chain was tiny and my 7mm jump ring was a thick gauge and wouldn’t go through the link. So I just added a 4mm jump ring and then attached the 7mm jump rings to that.
What ideas do you have to change this? Give them a try and see what you come up with!
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