DIY Beaded Arc Necklace

Posted by Adrianne Surian
Learn how to make your own jewelry! Simple wire shapes and a few beads create a delicate drop effect in this minimalist arc necklace design.

Hey friends, where are my wirework fans? Today's jewelry project uses wire wrapping techniques that are great for beginners to create the form of this handmade necklace. A few small beads add sparkle and color to make up this minimalist piece that's both simple and unusual!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Artistic Wire Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  • 12 inches 16 Gauge Silver Finish Wire
  • 8 inches 20 Gauge Silver Finish Wire
  • 5 - 4mm Purple Bicone Beads
  • 6 - 6mm Silver Finish Jump Rings
  • 18 inches 2mm Silver Finish Cable Chain
  • Lobster Clasp
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bent Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers

Don't be intimidated by the fact that this design makes use of the Artistic Wire Thing-A-Ma-Jig! The pins make it SO easy to create smooth wire arcs and loops. Arrange your pins on the jig as shown in the photo above, or get creative and form your own design! If you're new to using the jig, you may find it helpful to practice wrapping around the pegs with a piece of string before beginning with your wire.

First, cut your 16 gauge wire to a length of 12 inches. At its center point, place it on the curve of the large mandrel pin. Wrap under the bottom of the upper pins on each side, and loop the wire up, around, and back toward the center of the design. Then, wrap the wire to the outside of the lower pins, looping it under them as you wrap the wire back toward the center. Allow the ends to point outward, away for the center of the design, as you finish wrapping. Using the side of a pair of bent nose pliers, press all the loops down firmly against the surface of the jig.

Alternately, you can form these shapes with round nose pliers and small items in your craft room, such as acrylic paint bottles. The jig simply makes a sturdy base for creating wire designs in seconds.

At the point where the wire intersects itself on your final loops, use your wire cutters to cut away the excess wire. Use your pliers to flatten your form, and to re-shape any slight imperfections. You have now created the arc base connector that will be the focal point of your necklace.

Next, cut an 8 inch length of 20 gauge wire. About an inch from one end, wrap the wire around your round nose pliers, forming a loop. Take the short end of the wire and wrap it 1-2 times around the longer segment of wire, just under the loop you created. This will form a closed loop at one end of the wire. Cut away any excess wire from the small end with your wire cutters.

Now, add a few small beads to the open end of the wire. Here, I'm using 5 bicone beads, 4mm each. If you use larger or smaller beads, you may need fewer or more to complete this design. Create a second loop at the other end of the wire, just as you did in step 3. Curve the beaded connector slightly so that your loop ends are the same width as the loops at the bottom of your arc base.

Now, connect your components! Use a jump ring to attach the beaded connector to the wire form. Simply twist it open with your chain nose (or bent nose) pliers, connect the two pieces, and twist the ring closed again. Attach the connector on both sides of the base.

Finally, cut your chain to two lengths of 9 inches each. Attach one chain to each of the loops at the top of your arc base with jump rings. Add a ring to each end of the chains, and on one side, add a small lobster clasp to finish the necklace.

The end result is a unique and understated piece that's great for the office or for a girl's night out! Best of all, since you're creating your own connectors, you can adjust the shapes and sizes to fit your own style.

Thanks for joining me to check out today's jewelry project! If you try this design at home, leave a comment! I'd love to know what you think. Happy crafting!

~ Adrianne