Beading / Jewelry

Dangling Bead Necklace

By  Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil 


  • 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

Basic Supplies

  • tape measure
  • Size
  • 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.

    Photo 1

    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.

    Photo 3

    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.

    Photo 5
  • Tip
  • 1. A step-by-step video of this project is available at