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Hi, I just happened across your site while getting ideas for my wire wrap gemstones and sea glass.

The fact that you give away information, don’t insist personal information, has bought my business already.

To add to the joy (yes, I’m prone to hyperbole but I’m absolutely enchanted with your business model), you add stone treatment information rather than burying it somewhere.

It’s very important to me to be able to tell my customers the what’s been done to their stones, the quality, source and composition of the gems they buy.

I believe I’m the only vendor to have the FCC and AGIA disclosure booklets available at any festival I’ve attended.

You have a customer now and, if OK, I will use your page on stone treatments, with proper attribution of course, as a handout at my next festival the end of this month.

Brightest blessings,

Liz

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(B) block
(D) dyed
(E) enhanced
(H) heated
(I) irradiation
(M) man made - synthetic
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(O) oiled
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(S) stabilized

Strung Beads and Chain Necklace

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

Adding chain to a beaded strung necklace gives the piece added texture, depth and design that can really help to take the piece to another place. It also can be chain around the back so the necklace is not strung with gemstones the entire way helping to stretch your gemstones across numerous pieces. Also great if you just don't quite have enough or also want to make a bracelet and matching earrings. It gives you the option of making less chunky pieces and can somewhat replicate the look of wire wrapping for those who do not know how to yet! 

 







Chain and Beads Necklace Tutorial

 

Materials:

Chain

Beads – various shapes

Pendant

Crimps

Beading Wire

Clasp

 

Tools:

Flush Cutters

Chainnose Pliers or Crimpers


 

Steps:

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

1. Use a jump ring or a bail to create a hanger for the pendant

 

2. Thread the beading wire through the bail or jump ring.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

3. Work on both sides of the necklace at once by threading the beading wire through a bead on each side of the pendant.

 

4. Determine the necklace length and cut the chain to that length allowing for the length of the clasp you have chosen.

 

5. Find the center of the chain and place this above the pendant. Measure the chain to a length on the outside of each of the side beads and take the beading wire through a link in the chain.

 

6. String several beads of your choice on each side of the necklace.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

7. Feed the beading wire through an appropriate link in the chain.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have all the beads you want for your necklace.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

9. Feed the beading wire through a link in the chain and back through a crimp.

 

10. Secure the crimp.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

11. Attach the clasp to the ends of the chain.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

12. Add dangles to each side of the pendant securing them through the chain if desired.

 

 

There are a lot of ways to take this to other places. You can dangle the chain across the surface of the pendant, wrap a cabochon and link the chain into the cabochon. You can add multiple chains as well and run them through the beading wire less often so it appears to be a mutli strand necklace. Below I have a few pictures of jewelry incorporating chain and beading wire.

 

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces. How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

How to incorporate chain into your strung beaded necklaces.

 

Tutorial by Szarka Carter

Written by Karen meador

Photos by Tera Carter

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