Emphasis Necklace Tutorial [Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace]

Emphasis Necklace

Recently I shared the 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design.  One of those principles is emphasis.

Emphasis is the focal point of the jewelry design that catches the viewer’s attention. 

Ways to bring emphasis to your jewelry designs:

  • Use a different color from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different size from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different shape from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different texture from the rest of the piece.

For this necklace, the emphasis is all 4 of those things.

In the video you’ll learn:

  • How to bring emphasis to a simple necklace design.
  • The technique of interlocking wire wrapped bead links.  (In this case it’s a necklace, but you can use this technique to make a bracelet as well.)

Video Tutorial:


You can use similar materials like the gemstone chips I used in the video or simply use any beads you like.  For most beads you would simply use one bead per wire wrapped bead link (but, of course, you can use as many as you like per link.)

For my focal piece (emphasis), I used a slice from a fallen tree that my dad cut into a slice, sanded and drilled a hole in.

For your focal piece you could use any charm you like or use a large bead and make a bead dangle.  Bead dangle video tutorialHow to Make a Bead Dangle

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a quick video:  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.

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One comment

  1. Regina says:

    very nice job. As always I love wire wrapped beads, and wire wrapping overall. I think the main focal piece in this case would look great with an extra bead dangle, or a little gold or green leaf. Great job, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.

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