Ava Necklaces Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
For a winning display in your style, try combining seed beads with delicate chain! Slide seed beads over the chain to make quick necklaces that you can layer together or wear alone. Switch up the colors to create a look suited to your taste. You can see more ideas for creating delicate jewelry in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Note: Not all 8/0 seed beads will fit over the chain used in this project. Because these seed beads are a tight fit over the chain, you may have to try out different beads in the batch to find ones that fit.
Step one: Cut a length of 1mm gold-plated brass delicate rolo chain approximately 16 1/2 inches long. To make it easier to thread the beads onto the chain, use a pair of chain nose pliers to flatten or compress the last 3 or 4 links on the chain. Turn the chain and flatten them in the other direction so they won't be too wide. You want them slender like a needle.
Step two: Slide a 14K/20 gold-filled 1x2mm crimp tube onto the chain, followed by 13 TOHO 8/0 round seed beads in the colors of your choice. Then, add another crimp tube to the chain. Make sure the links in the chain do not kink, or you won't be able to slide your beads past the kinks.
Step three: Center the crimp tubes and seed beads on the chain and then partially flatten the crimp tubes to hold your seed beads in place at the center of the chain.
Step four: Attach a 3.55mm gold-filled 14K open jump ring to one end of the chain using a 3mm 14K/20 gold-filled open jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our video tutorial. Attach the gold-filled 3.3x8.5mm lobster claw clasp with open jump ring to the other end of the chain using a 3mm open jump ring.
Step five: Repeat steps one through four as many times as you like to make necklaces featuring seed beads in different colors.
Tools & Supplies: Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
List of Components: 1mm Gold-Plated Brass Delicate Rolo Chain By the Foot (BTF-0975, qty 2) Gold-Filled 3.3 x 8.5mm Lobster Claw Clasp w/ Open Jump Ring (GF-LOB10, qty 1) Gold-Filled 14K Open Jump Ring 0.030 x .140 inches (0.75 x 3.55mm) (GF-OJR30-B, qty 2) 14K/20 Gold-Filled Open Jump Ring 0.020 x .120 inches (0.5 x 3.0mm) (GF-OJR20-A, qty 2) 14K/20 Gold-Filled 1x2mm Crimp Tube (GF-CRM1, qty 2) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Soft Blue AB 8g Bag (TBRD8-2636F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Nickel Matte Raku Sage/Pewter (TBRD8-512F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Silver-Lined Alabaster (TBRD8-2100, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Bronze Antique Gold (TBRD8-225, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Lemongrass 8g Bag (TBRD8-2600F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Lavender AB 8g Bag (TBRD8-2638F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Galvanized Platinum Gold (TBRD8-558, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Dark Red 8g Bag (TBRD8-2609F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Orange AB 8g Bag (TBRD8-2641F, qty 1) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Lavender 8g Bag (TBRD8-2608F, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: 1mm Satin Hamilton Gold-Plated Brass Delicate Rolo Chain by the Foot (BTF-0977) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Lemongrass AB 8g Bag (TBRD8-2630F) TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Honeydew 8g Bag (TBRD8-2602F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Turquoise 8g Bag (TBRD8-2604F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Blue Turquoise 8g Bag (TBRD8-2605F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Soft Blue 8g Bag (TBRD8-2606F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Semi-Glazed Orange 8g Bag (TBRD8-2611F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Soft Brown (TBRD8-702)