Making Bead Necklaces
What You'll Need
Making bead necklaces instructions part 1...
of the versatile Classic Necklace
This page is about what you'll need for this project.
Beads that you like or you think/feel are going to work in your design... any number.
In this example I'm using 7 black agate stone beads.
What I'm using and showing you in this making bead necklaces tutorial...
Antiqued brass wire,
I'm using half hard wire... 21 ga or 0.7 mm diameter.
I think it is a good choice if you are new to wire jewelry...
If you want to try something else...
- it is inexpensive,
- readily available as components,
- and you get a good result.
The wire has to be half hard wire
... copper, brass, sterling silver etcetera.
Choose wire that is going to work with your beads.
Remember that the wire must be thin enough to go through the beads!
And, thick and strong (hard) enough to withstand being pulled apart in everyday wear...
Strong Enough Link?Clasp and Chain
If you are unsure that your wire is strong enough... do a little test. Link two beads with the simple loop technique described later in this tutorial. Then try and pull the link apart. Use pliers if you can't grip the beads with your fingers.
A clasp and piece of chain that is going to go with the rest of your materials.
The wire must be able fit through a link of the chain... see the picture.
Making two simple loops with a bead.Tools
Opening and closing of a simple loop and jumpring.
You need the tools that you use with the above techniques...
- chain nose pliers,
- flat nose pliers,
- round nose pliers,
- wire cutters,
- fine file (cut 2)... depending on the smoothness of your cutter's cut.
Continue with the Making Beaded Necklaces... Classic Necklace Part 2.
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