ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

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

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

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

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.

ECT TV Episode 40: How to Make a Simple Anklet

ECT TV Episode 40:  How to Make an Anklet

The weather is warming up and I’ve been wearing sandals.  So I thought this was a great time to make a new anklet.

If anklets aren’t your thing, you can certainly use the same technique to make a bracelet instead!

Here’s ECT TV Episode 40:

Step-by-Step Photo Anklet Tutorial:

Anklet Tutorial

Anklet Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • Chain of your choice (I used a bulky chain, but any chain you like is fine.)
  • Bead (I used an oval turquoise stone)
  • Charm (I used a feather charm, but you can use any you like)
  • 7mm jump rings
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • 24 gauge half hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain noise pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Anklet Tutorial

Measure around your anklet and cut your chain.  The average length for an anklet is about 9 inches long if you happen to be making this for someone else.

You can use wire cutters to cut your chain or usually you can open chain like jump rings, which is how I did it because my chain is bulky and I didn’t want to use my wire cutters on it.

Anklet Tutorial

Set the chain aside for now.

Step #2

Anklet Tutorial

I made my own knotted headpin.  You could use a pre-made headpin instead.

Cut a piece of 24 gauge wire about 3 inches long.

Step #3

Anklet Tutorial

About a third of the way down bend the wire.

Step #4

Anklet Tutorial

Smoosh the bend together.

Step #5

Anklet Tutorial

Anklet Tutorial

Hold that bend in your chain nose pliers at the very end and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #6

Anklet Tutorial

Hold the bend in your chain nose pliers and start wrapping around creating a knot look.  You can do this as neat or sloppy as you like.  Continue wrapping until you get the look you like (or until you run out of wire.)

Anklet Tutorial

Step #7

Anklet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #8

Anklet Tutorial

Make sure the end of the wire is not poking out.

Step #9

How to Make an Anklet

Now we’ll make a bead dangle with that headpin and bead.

Slide your bead on the knotted headpin.

Step #10

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

Hold the wire slightly above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the pliers.

Step #11

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

The loop will be off center.  I center it by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and straightening while I wrap the wire around once.

Step #12

How to Make an Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap.  Keep your wraps close together and straight.

Step #13

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make an Anklet

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

Step #15

How to Make an Anklet

Returning to the chain, open a 4mm jump ring and attach the clasp to one end of the chain.

If you need help opening a jump ring, click here for a quick video.

Step #16

How to Make an Anklet

Add a few 7mm jump rings to the other end of the chain for the lobster clasp to hook into.

Step #17

How to Make an Anklet

Find the middle of the chain and add the bead dangle, the charm and the chain to a jump ring.  Close the jump ring.

How to Make an Anklet

Enjoy your new anklet!

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