|Sample Shopping List for a Beginner Necklace:|
- Swarovski 6mm faceted round beads in Erinite (5000-ERIN6)
- TierraCast antique silver small Turkish heishi spacers (SA-0425)
- TierraCast antique silver jubilee heart charm (SA-6075)
- TierraCast antique silver bar and ring clasp set (SA-6016)
- Sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tubes (SS-CRM2)
- Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .240 inches (SS-OJR35-E)
- Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
- Nipper Tool(TOOL-101)
- Chain Nose Pliers(TOOL-106)
- Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
- Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .019 30-Feet (ZP49-30F-019)
- Our Artbeads Starter Sets for Bead Stringing (SET001) and Jewelry Making Tools (000-TOOLSET001) also include helpful components for getting started making necklaces
Making a Simple Necklace
Measure the desired length of your necklace with the jewelry wire, and add three inches. Cut the wire using the nipper tool.
Thread one end of the wire through a crimp tube and then loop it through the small hole on the loop portion of the toggle clasp. Thread the wire back through the crimp tube and push the crimp tube as close to the loop as possible, leaving a little bit of space so the clasp is not stiff.
Take the bead crimper tool and place the crimp tube into the notch closest to the plier handles. Make sure each end of the wire is sticking out on opposite sides of the crimp tube. Give the tool a firm squeeze. Your crimp tube should now have a "U" shape, with one end of the wire sticking out of each opening. Move the crimp tube to the second notch of the tool, the notch farthest from the handles. Squeeze again. This will bring the two sides of the "U" shape together. Cut any excess wire using the nipper tool.
Begin stringing the Swarovski crystal beads and spacers onto the jewelry wire in an alternating pattern, beginning with a spacer. When you string the first half of the wire, add the silver heart charm. Do this by attaching the small hole of the heart charm onto the open jump ring. To open and close the jump ring, grip each end with chain nose pliers and round nose pliers and gently twist the ends side to side. Never open a jump ring by pulling the ends directly away from each other as this will damage the ring. Once the charm is attached, close the jump ring and string it onto the jewelry wire. Be sure to place spacers on either side of the heart charm in your design.
Continue the Swarovski and spacer pattern until you reach the end. Leave about 1 1/2 inches of bare wire at the end to finish the design. Repeat steps two and three, replacing the loop portion of the toggle clasp with the bar portion. If you need extra help, be sure to read our Handy Tips available in the Learning Center.
Handy Tips & Videos
Swarovski crystal bead: the colorful round bead
Spacer: the silver rounded ring with bumpy edges
Heart charm: the silver heart-shaped piece
Toggle clasp: the two silver pieces that include one long skinny piece (the bar) and one large ring (the loop), both affixed with smaller holes at one end
Crimp tube: the small, silver tube shape
Open jump ring: the smooth, silver ring with a slit opening
Bead crimper tool: the blue handle pliers with two notches in the jaws
Nipper tool: the blue handle pliers with two notches in the jaws
Chain nose pliers: the pliers with smooth jaws and tapered tips at the end with slightly rounded edges. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like triangles.
Round nose pliers: the pliers with thin jaws and round tips at the end. If these pliers were lying on a table, the tips would look like cones
Jewelry wire: the spool of stainless steel wire
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