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Make a Large Bead Necklace: Jewellery Making Project

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With this fun project make a large bead and chain necklace following our 9 simple steps. Don’t forget to share your makes with us on our facebook page. Also feel free to comment below and let us know what you think of the project – Happy Making!

You will need:  
  • 0.8mm silver plated wire
  • 50cm of large silver plated chain
  • 30cm of small silver plated chain
  • Selection of large beads
  • Chain nosed pliers
  • Round nosed pliers
  • Side cutters
Materials can be brought from the suppliers below:
This project was made by Jessica Rose for London Jewellery School

Step 1: Take your large chain and cut approximately 20cm of the 0.8mm silver plated wire. Thread the end of the wire through the chain, take your round pliers and and bend the wire round them to make a u-shape.
Step 2: Take the short end of wire and wrap it over and under the long end to make an enclosed loop encapturing the chain end. Keep your round nosed pliers in place to hold on to the wires.
Step 3: Once you have made one wrap continue 2-3 times to secure the wire in place and make the loop nice and strong. To finish, cut the short end of wire off using your side cutters and and gently push the sharp stub of wire into the base of the wrap using your chain nosed pliers.
Step 4: Next, thread on one of your large beads to the long end of wire.
Step 5: To secure the bead in place make sure it is sat flush against your fist wrap, then take your chain nosed pliers and grab the wire with them approximately 1cm up from the large bead and make a u-shape with the wire around your pliers. Then repeat the wire wrapping process by wrapping your wire over and under the other side of the u-shape and continue wrapping until your wire reached your bead. Then cut the wire end off and push the sharp end in with your chain nosed pliers.
Step 6: Now that you have completed one bead you are ready to attach another one. Take another 20cm length of wire and create a loop around the other loop at the end of your bead.
Step 7: Once you have attached a few beads you are ready to attach your smaller chain to add some variety to your necklace. Cut your smaller chain in to 3 x 10cm lengths and thread one end of all three chains onto a new 20cm piece of wire. Then, using your round nosed pliers make a loop and wrap encapsulating all three chains.
Step 8: Continue make your necklace in this way, alternating beads, sections of large chain and sections of small chain until you are happy with the design.
Step 9: Once you have reached the desired length bring the two ends of the chain together to make a finished piece. And then you are all set you wear your lovely new fashion necklace with pride.
Once you feel confident, mix the necklace up with different sized beads, other types of chain and event charms and tassels to make a lovely selection of designer necklaces.
If you like this project and would like to learn more fun techniques take a look at our Jewellery Making Classes.
Also feel free to comment and let us know what you think of this project.
Happy making LJS x