Again and again I come back to these fun and color African Christmas beads from Happy Mango Beads. I don’t know about you, but I tend to wear a lot of black and neutrals, so these beads add fun and color to my outfit.
This necklace is similar to the fringe necklaces I made before, but with a little twist.
Here’s how to make it:
- African Christmas Beads from Happy Mango beads, 1 strand.
- 20 gauge wire
- 18 gauge wire *
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers (or a second pair of pliers you’re comfortable with)
- Wire Cutters
*When I made this necklace, I used 20 gauge for everything, but I would suggest using 18 gauge for the wire that holds all the dangles.
Hold the wire in your round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top, but not poking through the pliers. You can run your finger over it to check.
Twist your wrist away from you as far as you can starting to form a loop. When you have gone as far as your wrist will allow you, readjust your pliers and do the same thing completing the loop.
I curved it a little more before I started hammering.
Make spiral head pins. Watch ECT TV Episode 34 for how to do this.
Hold the wire in your round nose pliers and begin to make a loop. Straighten the loop so it’s directly on top of the wire.
Add a clasp and you’re done!
Note: Upon wearing this necklace, I curved the original wire that holds the dangles even more so it’s more like a U shape. It keeps the beads from shifting the necklace.
If you’re just getting started wire wrapping and want to learn some more basics, I would recommend my Wire Wrapping for Beginners book. There are lots of step-by-step projects that teach you the basics while you make gorgeous jewelry. You can choose either the eBook for instant gratification or the print version if you love having a book in your hands!