Beading / Jewelry
Dangling Bead Necklace
- Open loop chain, silver-plate
- Faceted crystal rondelles, 6mmx8mm, five each: light green, dark green, periwinkle blue, blue
- Light green crystal bicone, 3mm
- Silver-plate findings: ball headpins, 21; jump ring; lobster clasp
- Jewelry pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
- Wire cutters
- 1. Necklace is 18" length.
- Dangling Bead Necklace
- 1. Cut chain to 17" length. Find center of chain by folding chain in half. Lay rondelles out on work surface: blue and periwinkle to left of chain center, dark green and light green to right of chain center.
- 2. Begin with first rondelle to right of center, slide dark green rondelle onto headpin. Pinch headpin wire above bead with tip of round-nose pliers and bend wire 90° toward yourself. See Photo 1. Reposition round-nose pliers on top of wire, just above 90° turn. Wrap end of headpin over top jaw of pliers to start loop. Reposition bottom jaw of round-nose pliers into partial loop. Continue bending wire around to make complete loop. See Photo 2.
- 3. Slide loop onto chain in first link next to center. See Photo 3. Grasp loop with chain-nose pliers. Wrap end of wire around beaded headpin two times. Trim with wire cutters. See Photo 4.
- 4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to add beads to every other link on chain, following color sequence laid out in beginning.
- 5. Open jump ring using pliers. Slide lobster clasp and one chain end onto jump ring, then close.
- 6. Make bicone dangle following Steps 2 and 3. Attach dangle to open end of chain. See Photo 5.
- 1. A step-by-step video of this project is available at curious.com/oneilsisters/how-to-make-a-dangling-bead-necklace/in/diy-beaded-jewelry.