If you missed it, a little bit ago I was lucky enough to be able to guest post over at Tatertots & Jello! I came up with a sweet necklace for Valentines Day but the technique is versatile enough to be able to make a similar necklace for any occasion! Here's the tutorial:
My favorite craft of all time is jewelry making. With Valentines Day right around the corner, I thought I would whip up a girly necklace with Valentines Day colors!
I'll give you a heads up: by looking at this necklace it LOOKS like it is difficult to make, but really jewelry making is simple after you learn a few basic techniques! I've been very thorough with my pictures on this tutorial so even if you've never made jewelry before don't be afraid to give it a try!
The first thing I did for this necklace was gather up some red, pink, and purple beads. The red and pink beads are from Michaels - they are faceted acrylic beads in size 8mm. The purple beads are 6mm that I found in my own stash.
The findings you will need for this project are chain, head pins, a clasp and jump rings. Make sure your chain has medium size links (do not want a fine chain for this project). All these supplies can be found at a basic craft store.
The tools needed for this necklace are needle nose pliers (I prefer bent-nose needle nose pliers), wire cutters, and round nose pliers.
The first step is to cut your chain to length for the base of the necklace using wire cutters.
Next, grab a head pin and string on a purple bead.
Find the center of your chain and insert the head pin through the center link.
Add on a red bead
Then, using needle nose pliers, grad the wire right above the red bead and bend it 90 degrees
Use wire cutters to trim off most of the wire, leaving only a short tail (about half an inch)
Use your round nose pliers to grab the tail at the end and bend it around the round nose pliers to form a loop. Bend until the loop is closed (you can used needle nose pliers to help squeeze it shut if needed)
Set the necklace aside for a moment and grab another head pin and string on a pink bead
Grab your needle nose pliers again and bend the wire 90 degrees
Trim off the excess wire with wire cutters
And then use round nose pliers to bend the tail into a circle
Don't bend this one all the way closed - leave a small gap
Attach the pink bead onto the loop at the bottom of the red bead
Squeeze the loop shut with needle nose pliers.
Got it? Good! Because that's the most difficult technique of the whole necklace. After you get it down you just need to repeat until you fill up the necklace with more beads. I spaced mine out every other link (if you are using different size beads or chain you may need to adjust accordingly
Here's mine all beaded up:
The last step then is just to attach a clasp to the back of the necklace. To do so, use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the chain. I used a lobster claw clasp so the other side just needs a larger jump ring to grab onto.
Use needle nose pliers to open the jump ring to the side, attach the end of the chain and the clasp, then close it back up. Do the same for the jump rings on the other side.
After the clasp is on, connect it and you are done!
That wasn't so bad now, was it?? The great thing about this necklace is that this version is fun and girly and great for Valentines day, but you could easily make a version with all black beads or with a different color scheme for a classier look!
Now...to plan my Valentines Day outfit to match my necklace!!!! :)
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