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Project

Linked Bead Necklace

Materials

  • Premade gold-filled chain with clasp
  • Small wire cutter
  • Thin gold-filled wire, 22-gauge or thinner
  • Bead (shown: Herkimer diamond)
  • Small rounded needle-nose pliers
  • 2 small gold-filled jump rings, or a soldering tool

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut the chain in the middle, and take out one link with the wire cutter. Set it aside.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare a piece of wire that's roughly the length of your bead, then add an additional 2 inches.

  3. Step 3

    Follow the illustrations below to create a linked bead.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat the process on the other end of the wire, looping and coiling the remainder and ensuring both coils are roughly the same size.

  5. Step 5

    Use jump rings to attach the linked bead to the chain, or use the cut chain links and solder to close.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2013