6.21.2012

Three Bead Necklace {or adventures in jewelry making}



So, I decided to give necklace making a go. I found a great tutorial for making a bird's nest necklace. It was a complete craft fail. The chain was too thick and heavy for the necklace. The nest was all lopsided and weird. It was a really quick process so I'll be trying it again sometime soon.

Despite the craft fail, I decided to try out different necklace tutorial. Awhile back, I pinned this Simple Beaded Necklace tutorial by Jess over at Craftiness is Not Optional. I wanted to make a necklace for my Spring Swap partner but I did have the eye pin. So I winged it with wire I had on hand from my failed necklace. I love how it turned out so I did a little tutorial for how I made it.

What you'll need:
Chain
Jewelry Wire {I used 22 gauge}
Clasp
Jump Ring
3 Beads
Wire Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers


Start out by cutting your chain to your desired size. I wanted a 16 inch long chain so I cut two 8 inch pieces. 


Then, cut a piece of wire about half an inch longer than your three beads all lined up. I cut about a two inch hunk. It's better to have too long of a piece. You can always trim it down later.


Start making a little hook on the end of one side of the wire. Then slide the hook through one of the loops of your chain. Keep bending the hook until you have a closed loop. This step should leave you with one end of your wire connected to one end of one of your chains.


Now, thread your three beads onto the wire. You'll want just enough wire sticking out to form another loop. If you have too much wire, trim it down.


You'll repeat the same process to attach the other side of the wire to the other piece of chain. Lastly, you'll attach a jump ring to one of the chains and then a jump ring and clasp to the other chain. Sorry I don't have pictures of these steps You can search Pintrest for a tutorial if you need it.


I'll defiantly be making more of these necklaces. They're very quick and I think they're pretty cute.

As always, I'd love to see what you come up with if you make something using one of my tutorials! You can email me a link or a picture at coveredinmodpodge@gmail.com.




Come party with me! 


6 comments:

  1. you are so creative plus it looks easy! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Beautiful job! I think it is super cute and would look great with tons of simple summer outfits.

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  3. Pinning this! I totally want to make one :)

    Just found your blog from the Serenity Now Link Party. I love your blog! New Follower :)

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  4. This is cute Michaela! I love the color of the beads :)

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  5. Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.
    Navratan

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