ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this week’s video tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make a bead link and then teach you how to interlock them so you do not need jump rings to connect them and we’ll make a necklace!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the step-by-step photo instructions of the exact tutorial that’s in the video.

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead *
  • 8mm Czech glass beads *
  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire, any metal.
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Beads: You can use any beads of your choice and you don’t necessarily need a focal bead. You could just make a strand of the same bead.

Wire:  You really can use any wire you like, but if you are just getting started with wire wrapping I suggest experimenting with a less expensive wire such as copper, brass or silver plated to get started.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2″ from the top.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

The loop is off to the side and we want it centered on the top, so we need to straighten it.

To straighten it hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Make one wrap with the short end around the long end and while you’re wrapping pull the long end out straight.

{Note: there are other ways to straighten the loop. This is just my way. If you prefer another way, go ahead and do it that way.}

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now make 2 more wraps.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Hold the wire above the bead with round nose pliers. Just leave a bit of space.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while wrapping the wire pull the bead out straight.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure that the end isn’t poking out.

Now we have one completed wire wrapped bead link. You follow these directions for the first bead link only.

Note: If you’re using a focal bead, you may want to start in the middle with the focal bead and work your way out with the rest of the beads.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Follow Steps #1 and #2 cutting 6 inches of wire and forming a loop.

Do not wrap it closed yet!

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a loop of the first wire wrapped bead link you made into the loop.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now simply slide the wire wrapped bead link off to the side and finish making the wire wrapped bead link you started following the previous steps.

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Continue adding bead links until your necklace is the desired length.

Hint:  If you accidentally complete a wire wrapped bead link without adding it, there is a tip for adding it in the video tutorial.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the ends.

If you need help opening and closing jump rings, you can watch this quick video: How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.

http://kimberliekohler.com/8459/how-to-properly-open-and-close-jump-rings/

And that’s the completed necklace.

Of course, you can use this technique to make other jewelry pieces as well, such as bracelets.

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ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

I think it’s no secret that Rose Quartz is one of my favorite gemstones.  For starters, I love pink.  I also love that Rose Quartz symbolizes friendship and love.

And have you seen the top 10 colors from Pantone for Spring?  Rose Quartz is the actual name of the first one!

So obviously, it’s time to use some Rose Quartz to make some jewelry.

Today’s tutorial comes to you thanks to my favorite online bead store, Happy Mango Beads.  And while I’m using Rose Quartz, you can substitute any of their other lovely gemstones if pink isn’t your thing!

There are a few different components in this necklace that you could actually use separately in different ways or even alone.  The big rose quartz pendant in the middle would be quite stunning alone on a chain, for example.

So grab your tools and get your rose quartz ready and here we go!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Before we get started, make a mark on your round nose pliers with a sharpie.  It doesn’t matter where exactly where you place the mark; just that you use the mark to make your wire wrapped loops throughout the project so they are uniform.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

First I’ll show you how to make the wire wrapped bead links with the big chunky rose quartz beads.

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 2 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide on a rose quartz large nugget gemstone bead.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire just above the rose quartz with round nose pliers.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Like we did previously, wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Step #6 to straighten the loop.

Step #14

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #15

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire down across the bead and then wrap the wire around the wire wraps you did previously a couple times.

Step #16

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now pull the wire across the other side of the bead and wrap the wire a couple times.

Step #17

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #18

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #19

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Repeat all the steps to create 4 wire wrapped bead links with the rose quartz large nugget gemstone beads.

Step #20

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll make the pendant.  It’s very similar, but a little bit different because we only need one wire wrapped loop.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 10 inches long and follow Steps #2 – #10 to form a wire wrapped loop.  Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #21

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #22

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #23

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #24

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The final component of this necklace are plain wire wrapped bead links with the smaller rose quartz nuggets.

These are very similar to the wire wrapped bead links we made previously, but these will not have the wire across them.

Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Steps #3 through #10 to form a wire wrapped loop on one end of the wire.

Slide on a smaller rose quartz nugget gemstone bead.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.  Wrap around a barrel of round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #26

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #27

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.

Step #28

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #29

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #30

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

To make a 24 inch necklace you’ll need 18 plain wire wrapped bead links.

Step #31

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Lay out your design.

Note:  In this photo I have extra plain wire wrapped bead links.  I decided to make my necklace shorter, so I used less.

On one side line up the four large nugget gemstone bead links.  On the other side make 2 lines of 6 each of the smaller bead links.

At the end of the 2 sides add 3 plain wire wrapped bead links.  (Like I said, I have 6 on each side in the photo, but decided to make the necklace shorter.  You can, of course, make your necklace any length you like.)

Step #32

Open jump rings

Open 23 jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here.

Step #33

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll put together all the pieces using jump rings.

Starting in the middle with the pendant, add 2 of the smaller wire wrapped bead links and the pendant to a jump ring and close it.

Step #34

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Attach the first large wire wrapped bead link with another jump ring to the first jump ring.

Then continue using jump rings to connect the bead links to each other.

Step #35

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

When you come to the end of the 2 strands of the smaller plain wire wrapped bead links, add a jump ring to attach the last beads together and then add the next plain wire wrapped bead link.

Then continue adding bead links.

Step #36

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Add the pewter toggle clasp to the ends.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Ways to customize this necklace:

  • Use any gemstone that you like!
  • Use any metal that you like for the wire.
  • Instead of asymmetry, use 4 of the large nugget gemstone beads on each side.
  • I used a very monochromatic color scheme here using all rose quartz, but you could mix up the gemstones.
  • Make just the pendant and hang it from a chain or cord.

Now it’s your turn!  Make your own Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace.  If you want to share what you made, you can upload a photo of what you made in the comments below!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

ECT TV Episode 59: Front Clasp Springtime Necklace

ECT TV Episode 59

Hi there and welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today’s episode is a fun necklace where the clasp is in the front.

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • How to wire wrap side drilled beads;
  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a wire wrapped headpin); and
  • How to open and close jump rings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 59

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Tools for Making Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 gauge, half-hard round wire
  • Beads and/or charms
  • Toggle clasp
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Chain
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Beads:  I’m using side drilled flower beads, which means the beads are drilled across instead of up and down.  This requires a different technique which I’ll show you.

I’m also using a couple of beads that are drilled normally and for those I’ll also use headpins and make them into bead dangles, which I’ll show you how to do.

You can also use charms of any kind.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 59

Cut a piece of 22 gauge wire approximately 6 inches long.  You may need to adjust the length based on how large your bead is.

Step #2

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Slide your bead on the wire and center it.

Step #3

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ECT TV Episode 59

Bend the wire and cross it in the middle of the top of the bead.

Step #4

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Twist the wire.

Step #5

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Hold one of the wires with round nose pliers just above the twist.

Step #6

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Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #7

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ECT TV Episode 59

Your loop will probably be off-center, so center it on top of the bead.  I wrap the wire around and while I do that I pull out the bead straight so that the loop is on top and centered.

Step #8

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ECT TV Episode 59

Continue wrapping the wire around.  Wrap one beneath the next.  Keep everything close together and straight.

Step #9

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Now repeat with the other wire going over the wraps you just made.

Step #10

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Trim off any excess wire.

Step #11

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Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #12

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Repeat for all your side drilled beads.  I used 3 side drilled flower beads for this necklace.

Step #13

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If you have any other beads you’d like to use like the butterfly beads I’m using, make them into bead dangles.

Slide your bead onto a headpin.  Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #14

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Wrap the headpin around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #15

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Just like with the side drilled bead, the loop will be off-center, so straighten it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around and at the same time pull the bead out straight.

Step #16

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Wrap around 2 or 3 more times.  Trim off any extra wire.

Step #17

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With your chain nose pliers, make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #18

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I have 3 flower beads, a leaf and 2 butterfly bead dangles.  You can use any beads or charms you like.

Now we’ll add the beads to the circle part of the toggle clasp with jump rings.

Step #19

how to properly open and close jump rings

Open one jump ring for each bead dangle plus 2 to attach the clasp to the chain.

Step #20

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Attach the bead dangles and charms to the circle part of the clasp.  I added one flower bead with a jump ring and then attached the other charms to that jump ring with a jump ring for each bead dangle.

Step #21

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Continue adding bead dangles and charms to the clasp.  You can decide if you want to double up bead dangles or how you’d like to layer the components.

Step #22

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Use jump rings to attach the clasp to each end of the chain.

ECT TV Episode 59

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ECT TV Episode 56: Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hi and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll show you how I took inspiration from my art journal to make a simple necklace.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a knotted headpin
  • How to make a bead dangle with a wire wrapped loop
  • How to open and close jump rings
  • How to make a simple necklace

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Wire Wrapping Tools

Tools and Materials:

* If you’re going to make a knotted headpin (which I will show you), I suggest using 22 gauge wire.  However, if you decide to make any other kind of headpin I would encourage you to use 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches longer than your bead on each side.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A few inches from one end of the wire make a bend.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in the wire in chain nose pliers and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in chain nose pliers again and start wrapping the shorter end of the wire around.  This will form the “knot.”  (Note:  it’s not really a knot, just looks like a knot.)

You can make this part as messy or neat as you like.

Wrap as closely to the tip as you can get.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap until you like the look and then trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Slide your bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap the wire around your round nose pliers and in between the pliers and the bead.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

The loop will be off center, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

There are several ways you can fix it, but I like to hold the loop in my chain nose pliers.  As I wrap the wire around once I simply move my chain nose pliers up to straighten the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Then switch hands still holding the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around a few more times.  Keep your wraps as tight and straight as possible.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

 

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Decide how long you’d like your necklace to be and cut your chain with your wire cutters.

Step #13

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Using a jump ring, attach your clasp to the chain.  If you’re using a lobster clasp, add the clasp to one end and a couple of jump rings to the other end for it to connect to.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Find the middle of the chain.  Open a jump ring.  Add the charm and close the jump ring.

Note:  You can attach the jump ring right into a link and then the charm will stay in one spot or you could place the jump ring around the chain and then the charm can move around.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Open another jump ring.  I attached this jump ring to the jump ring that holds the charm.  Add the bead dangle and close the jump ring.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Get a closer look at the art journal page that inspired this piece on this blogpost that I did last week.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Want to dive deeper into art journaling and pulling inspiration out of art journal pages to inspire jewelry pieces?

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Check out my upcoming Inspired eCourse.  You can read all about it here.

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ECT TV Episode 50: Chunky Beads and Chain Necklace

ECT TV Episode 50

In today’s episode of ECT TV, I’ll show you how to make this lovely necklace.  It was inspired by the chunky beads and my need for more necklaces in my life.

Watch the video tutorial here:

Tips for Working With Chunky Beads:

These beads were big and chunky, which is why I loved them.  There are some considerations when working with big beads, though.

1.  You can’t just strand them altogether on beading wire.  There has to be some separation between them or your strand doesn’t drape nicely.  It will just be stiff and not have any movement.  I think the little beads in between look almost like knotting in between the beads.  (And knotting is a good idea for chunky beads.  See knotting instructions here.)

2.  The beads were too heavy for me to use all around my neck.  The weight would make it uncomfortable.  That’s why I opted to use a chain for half the necklace.

3.  I always use 2 crimp beads when I’m string anyway, but in this case it’s especially important because of the weight.  You want to make sure the beads are extra secure.

ECT TV Episode 50

Repurposing Used Jewelry:

I also mentioned that I got this necklace from a used jewelry sale.  I love finding supplies at sales like these or at thrift stores.  In this case, I purchased the necklace because of the chain and it’s a great compliment to the beads.

When purchasing used jewelry at a thrift store or used jewelry sale, look for something in the piece you love, even if you don’t love the piece itself.  And watch the price and make sure you’re not paying too much for whatever it is you’re purchasing.  $1.00 for all that chain seemed like a great deal to me.

ECT TV Episode 50

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Chunky Bead and Chain Necklace:

ECT TV Episode 50

Tools and Materials:

  • Chunky beads (mine came from A.C. Moore)
  • Chain (I took apart an old necklace, but you can use new chain)
  • Spacer beads for in between the chunky beads
  • 4 Crimp beads
  • 4 Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • 2 Wire guards (optional*)
  • Jump Rings
  • Clasp
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

* If you aren’t using wire guards, here is a stringing tutorial without the wire guards.  Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to use chain nose pliers instead of a crimp tool.  You can string right to the chain in this case or use a soldered jump ring then attach the soldered jump ring to the chain with a regular jump ring.

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Beading Wire:

I used 49 strand beading wire for this necklace.  It has more strands so it’s stronger and is also more pliable and flexible and gives your necklace a nice drape.  It also is expensive compared to others.

Buy the best material you can with the budget you have.  19 strand wire would probably be fine in this case, too, but I wouldn’t use 7 strand or something similar because you’ll run the risk of your necklace breaking.

Step #1

Decide how long you want the beaded part of your necklace to be.  You probably just want it across the front of your neck.

Then place your beads in a design that you’ll bead on the beading string.

Step #2

Cut a piece of wire the length of your bead design plus a few inches on each side extra.

Step #3

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A wire guard looks like this.  It has 2 tubes on the ends of the U and the curved part is open on one side.

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Slide the wire up through one of the tubes.

Step #4

Using a wire guard

Pull the wire around and back down through the other tube.

Step #5

Using a wire guard

Pull the wire tightly into the wire guard.

Step #6

Using a wire guard

Pull a crimp bead up against the wire guard, making sure to go over both wires.

Step #7

Crimping

Using the crimping tool, crimp the bead.  First put the crimp bead in the larger notch that’s closer to the handle of the tool and close it.

Crimping

This is what the bead will look like.  It’s flattened and it also has a crease in the middle.

Step #8

Crimping

Now place the crimp bead in the other notch closest to the tip of the tool.  Close the tool to fold the bead in half.

Crimping

Step #9

Crimping

Optional step:  Place a crimp cover over the crimp bead.  This makes your necklace look more complete.  You could also use a bead with a hole large enough to go over the crimp bead instead.

Step #10

Crimping

Place a small bead onto the wire and then another crimp bead and repeat the process for closing the crimp bead and covering it again.

Step #11

Stringing beads

Then you can start stringing the beads onto the wire working from one end to the other.

Step #12

Crimping

At the other end, repeat the process of crimping again, but now since there are beads on the wire you have to add the crimp beads and wire guard in the opposite order.

String your last spacer bead, then a crimp bead, then a small bead, then a crimp bead and finally the wire guard.  After going around the wire guard, go back around through the crimp bead, small bead, crimp bead and then through the spacer bead and the first big bead of the necklace and pull everything tightly, but not too tightly.

You need to leave some space to add the crimp covers over the crimp beads and they are slightly larger than the crimp beads.

Step #13

Crimping

Then follow the same procedure and close the crimp beads and add crimp covers.

Step #14

Crimping

Trim off the excess beading wire.

Step #15

Measure around your neck to decide how long your chain should be and cut the chain to the appropriate length, remembering to take the clasp into consideration as well.

Step #16

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Use jump rings to attach the chain to each end of the beaded piece.

Need help opening jump rings?  This video will help.

Step #17

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Add a clasp to the necklace.  (I used the clasp that was on the necklace that I took apart.)

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And that’s your completed necklace!

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