DIY Delicate Layering Beaded Necklaces
Delicate chains, small charms, and a minimalist style are hot this fall! Make up a dainty beaded necklace - or two, or three! - with this beginner's jewelry tutorial.
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Delicate chains, small charms, and a minimalist style are hot this fall! Which is great, because they're perfect for layering, which is a look I love. This dainty beaded necklace is a great beginner's jewelry project because it doesn't require a lot of expensive supplies, and your beads, wire, and chain can all be used for several future projects.
To make these sweet necklaces, we'll be making a beaded connector from seed beads and wire. This is a in introductory wire wrapping technique that you will use a lot, if you're just beginning to make your own jewelry! If you don't get it quite right on the first try, don't sweat it. It's easy to start over again and wire is very inexpensive. After a couple of connectors you will be a pro in no time!
Here's what you will need to make each necklace:
- 7 - Size 6/0 seed beads
- 15-17 inches of 2mm Cable Chain in Gold
- 4-5 inches 20-Gauge Copper Wire in Gold
- 4 - 4mm Jump Rings in Gold
- 1 - Lobster Clasp in Gold
- Wire Cutters
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
First, cut a length of wire about 5 inches long. This is more than you need, but the longer "tail" you have to work with, the easier it is to wrap. About 1-2 inches from one of the ends, grip the wire tightly with your round nosed pliers, and wrap the wire around one of the prongs to create a loop.
Next, wrap the short end of the wire around the longer part directly under the loop. Wrap it once or twice - this will keep your loop from opening later. Trim off any excess wire (you can see I don't have much excess - and it's okay if you do! Just trim away whatever you don't need.)
Finally, add 7 beads to the wire (or less, or more, to suit your style), and create a loop at the opposite end, just as you did on the first end.
Next, cut a length of wire between 15-17 inches long to make your necklace. The connector you made will be approximately 1 inch long, so the final length of your necklace will sit fairly close to the neck at a finished length of 16 inches, if you use 15 inches of chain. (In the photo at the bottom of this post, I made three coordinating necklaces with 15, 16, and 17 inches of wire, for visual reference.)
Cut your chain into two equal lengths at the halfway point between 7.5 and 8.5 inches. Attach each of these lengths of chain to each dis of the connector with a small jump ring. To easily open and close jump rings, twist them with your jewelry pliers, rather than pulling them apart.
Finally, attach a jump ring and lobster clasp to one end of the chain, and a jump ring to the other end to finish your necklace. Once you're practiced at creating simple beaded connectors, you can make one of these necklaces in under 5 minutes!
Stack or layer them together, or wear them alone for an understated accessory. DIY style can be this simple!
Thanks for joining me for today's jewelry project, and happy crafting!