Beading / Jewelry

Silver Nesting Necklace

By  Jenni Horne 

  • Silver Nesting Necklace


  • German Style Wire (Beadalon), 22-gauge, 3’ length
  • Silver Bead Stringing Wire (Beadalon), .015”
  • Silver cable chain
  • Beads: Blue Dyed Jade (Bead Gallery), 6mm, three; crystal clear faceted rondelles, 6mm, four; white glass faceted rondelles, 8mm, 11; white glass bicones, 6mm, two; white glass facted rondelles, 4mm, four; silver crimp, #1, two
  • Silver lobster claw clasp
  • Silver jump rings, two
  • Silver pinch bail


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • EZ Crimpers (Beadalon)
  • Necklace
  • 1. Cut 10" length from beading wire.
  • 2. String eleven white faceted glass beads onto center of wire.
  • 3. String clear faceted rondelle on each side of wire.
  • 4. Cut 3" length from sliver cable chain and string onto each side of wire.
  • 5. String white glass bicone onto each side of wire.
  • 6. String white glass faceted rondelles (4mm) onto each side of wire.
  • 7. String clear faceted rondelles onto each side of wire.
  • 8. String silver crimp bead onto each side of wire.
  • 9. Loop wire through silver cable chain, back through crimp bead; crimp.
  • 10. Repeat Step 9 on opposite side and cut chain to desired length.
  • 11. Attach jump ring to both sides of chain, and lobster clap to one side.
  • Nest Pendant
  • 1. Cut 36" length from 22-gauge wire.
  • 2. Use pliers to coil wire tightly for bottom of nest.
  • 3. Continue coiling wire using your thumb to hold nest in bowllike shape.
  • 4. Slide three jade beads onto wire when next is half of desired size and nestle them into bowl shape.
  • 5. Continue wrapping remaining wire weaving it in and out.
  • 6. Cut a shorter wire length to continue wrapping from bottom up to secure nest's shape. Tuck wire end in and use pliers to coil inward.
  • Designer Tips
  • 1. Do not cut wire for nests until they reach desired size. With silver wire, the more you wrap, then denser it becomes, making a nicer piece. Make a pair of smaller nests for coordinating earrings.