All of the finished jewelry pieces we feature here at Blue Door Beads are made in-house by our creative staff. Even though our pieces are all one-of-a-kind, every once in a while we come up with designs that customers really get a kick out of replicating and modifying in lots of different ways. One of our more popular designs was developed by Briana, and not only is it a fresh, modern design, but it’s easy to create, too!
Materials and tools you will need:
- 24 gauge wire in a metal of your choice (Briana chose silver-plated Craft Wire)
- 20 gauge wire in same metal
- 14 one-inch glass tube beads (Briana used 25mm x 2mm tube beads)
- Approximately 16 inches of chain of your choice
- Two 5mm jump rings
- A small-to-medium lobster claw
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers OR Wubbers Small Square Mandrel pliers
- Wire cutters
Cut 14 pieces of your 24g wire, each one measuring approximately 1.5 inches long.
Using your round nose pliers, take one piece of cut wire and create a simple loop on one end. Place one of your tube beads on the wire and create another simple loop on the other end. (NOTE: make sure both of your loops are oriented in the same direction.) Repeat with all 14 of your cut pieces of 24g wire and all of your tube beads.
Cut approximately 5 inches of 20g wire.
Using either your chain nose pliers or Wubbers Small Square Mandrel pliers (available for customers to use and purchase through Blue Door Beads), create two defined 90-degree right angles in your 20g wire, resulting in a squarish, U-shaped piece with the bottom of the “U” being about an inch wide. Use nylon jaw pliers (or your fingers) to smooth out and straighten the sides of your “U” if necessary.
Take one tube bead link and slide it onto the “U”. This means sliding one end of the 20g wire through each of the simple loops of the link. Repeat for all remaining links.
Once you have stacked all 14 links one on top of the other, you should have a small amount of 20g wire exposed at the top of either side of the “U”. Using your round nose pliers, create simple loops on each side, directly above your last tube bead link.
Add chain by gently opening the simple loops at the top of either side of your “U” with your chain nose pliers, then hook one open loop onto each end of the chain. Close your simple loops with your chain nose pliers.
Once your chain has been attached to either side of your square pendant, cut your chain at the mid point. You should now have two 8-inch chain segments attached to your square pendant, one on each side. Attach your lobster claw clasp on one side of your chain using one 5mm jump ring, and add the last 5mm jump ring to the other side of your chain for your clasp to hook on to.
Ta-da! You are now the proud owner of a sweetly simple, yet elegantly modern necklace. If you have any trouble completing your project, come on down to Blue Door Beads and we’ll help you out! Stay tuned for more How-To’s from Blue Door Beads staff in the coming weeks!