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Chain Letter Pen

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Chain Letter Pen
Designed by Artbeads

Rather than a silly tie or golf shirt, present Dad with a cool handmade gift he'll use! This pen can be embellished with his favorite colors for a one-of-a-kind, manly office tool.

Step one:
Measure one strand of antique copper-plated cable chain approximately 7 inches long and two strands approximately 2 inches long. This chain is made up of jump rings, so simply open the link closest to the measurement like you would a jump ring. Watch our Handy Tip video to learn how to open and close a jump ring.

Step two:
Mix a small amount of DeCoRé crafters clay, enough to cover the pen mandrel. Read our Handy Tip on how to use epoxy clay if you need more help.

Step three:
Cover the center of the Nunn Design antique copper-plated pewter large channel bead, medium channel beads and small channel bead with the clay.

Step four:
Embellish the small channel bead with a row of six Swarovski SS10 cabochon flatbacks in Jade Pearl around the entire surface. Press the 2-inch chain strands into each medium channel bead so it wraps around once. Wrap the 7-inch chain around the center of the large channel bead, pressing into the clay so it adheres. Embellish along the edges of the large channel bead with more Jade Pearl cabochons. Allow each piece to fully cure (about 24 hours).

Step five:
Thread the following components onto the mandrel of the bead pen in this order:
  • one TierraCast antique copper-plated pewter small love knot spacer
  • the small channel bead
  • one medium channel bead
  • the large channel bead
  • one medium channel bead
Screw the pen back together and place inside the black velvet pouch to keep it protected.
Estimated time: Less than 30 minutes (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Black Velvet Pouch (POUCH01)
DeCoRé Crafters Clay - Jet (SUP-0018)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Jewel Setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
List of Components:
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Large Channel Bead (BEAD-0816, qty 1)
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Medium Channel Bead (BEAD-0819, qty 2)
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Channel Bead (BEAD-0822, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Love Knot Spacer (CA-5768, qty 1)
Bead Pen - Black (BPEN-001, qty 1)
Antique Copper-Plated Cable Chain (BCACH33, qty 1)
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Cabochon Flatback Crystal Jade Pearl (H2080-JAD10, qty 14)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Large Channel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Large Channel Bead
Code: BEAD-0816
Length 26.5-27mm, Diameter 15mm, Hole Size 8mm 
1-34-78+
$6.77$6.30$5.86
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Medium Channel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Medium Channel Bead
Code: BEAD-0819
Length 13.5mm, Diameter 11-11.5mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
1-45-910+
$3.87$3.59$3.33
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Channel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Channel Bead
Code: BEAD-0822
Length 6-6.5mm, Diameter 11mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
Sale Price: $1.67
Price: $2.39
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Love Knot Spacer
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Small Love Knot Spacer
Code: CA-5768
Length 2.5mm, Diameter 9mm, Hole Size 3.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.83$0.76$0.70
Qty>
Bead Pen - Black
Bead Pen - Black
Code: BPEN-001
Total Length 6 inches, Mandrel 60x2.5mm 
Price: $10.75
Qty>
Antique Copper-Plated Cable Chain
Antique Copper-Plated Cable Chain
Code: BCACH33
Link 8mm x 7mm, Gauge 15 
1-45-910+
$3.84$3.55$3.29
Qty>
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Cabochon Flatback Crystal Jade Pearl
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Cabochon Flatback Crystal Jade Pearl
Code: H2080-JAD10
Diameter 2.7-2.9mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.10$0.09$0.08
Qty>

Alternate Components

Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Large Channel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Large Channel Bead
Code: BEAD-0818
Length 26.5-27mm, Diameter 15mm, Hole Size 8mm 
1-34-78+
$6.77$6.30$5.86
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Small Channel Bead
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Small Channel Bead
Code: BEAD-0823
Length 6-6.5mm, Diameter 11mm, Hole Size 4.5mm 
Sale Price: $1.67
Price: $2.39
Qty>
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Hotfix Cabochon Flatback Pearl Dark Grey
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Hotfix Cabochon Flatback Pearl Dark Grey
Code: H2080-DGR10
Diameter 3mm 
Sale Price: $0.07
Price: $0.10
Qty>
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Cabochon Flatback Crystal Lapis Pearl
Swarovski H2080 SS10 Cabochon Flatback Crystal Lapis Pearl
Code: H2080-LAP10
Diameter 2.7-2.9mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.10$0.09$0.08
Qty>
Swarovski 2816 5mm Rivoli Star Flatback Hematite
Swarovski 2816 5mm Rivoli Star Flatback Hematite
Code: 2816-HEM5
L 5mm, W 5.5mm, H 1.75mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.53$0.49$0.44
Qty>
Bead Pen - Silver
Bead Pen - Silver
Code: BPEN-017
Total Length 6 inches, Mandrel 60x2.5mm 
Price: $10.75
Qty>
Sterling 065 Diamond Cut Cable Chain
Sterling 065 Diamond Cut Cable Chain
Code: 925CH61
Link 3x2mm, 21 gauge 
1-23-56+
$13.40$12.49$11.64
Qty>
Crystal Clay Silver Epoxy Clay Kit
Crystal Clay Silver Epoxy Clay Kit
Code: SUP-0044
Volume 50 gr. 
1-12-34+
$15.49$14.46$13.51
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Black Velvet Pouch
Black Velvet Pouch
Code: POUCH01
Height 6.5 inches, Width 1.5 inches 
Price: $2.12
Qty>
DeCoRé Crafters Clay - Jet
DeCoRé Crafters Clay - Jet
Code: SUP-0018
Volume 20 grams 
Price: $9.19
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.09
Qty>
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Price: $2.48
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.28
Qty>



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