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Easy wire and bead jewelry

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An easy and beautiful jewelry project, using simple crochet techniques, thin wire, and beads to create a really stunning jewelry piece!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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26 guage or 30 guage craft wire
beads
Crochet hook
Necklace closure, such as toggle set, lobster clasp, ribbon, etc.
Wire cutters or scissors
Small tip pliers, such as basic needle nose pliers or jewelry pliers if you have them.
Ruler or tape measure
 
For the specific pieces that I've made in the photos, I've used the following items:

-26 gge Darlee Craft Designer Permanently Colored Copper Wire, siver plated (for the necklace with blue pearls), or Gun Metal color as shown with the white pearls

-30 pearls for the necklaces (the navy pearls I used were 5mmx7mm, the white pearls are fresh water pearls in assorted sizes up to 10mm)
 
-12 10mm grey pearls for the bracelet

-small decorative bead caps if desired for covering the ends of your necklace or bracelet

-One metal toggle set with 2 small decorative metal beads for the necklace closure

-US H/ 5.0mm hook used. Size isn't critical, any medium sized hook will work.
 
-4 feet of 3/4" wide ribbon
 
Helpful:  a bottle to hold your wire while you crochet.

Step 2: Beginning your project

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Un-wrap or pull about 12" of wire from your spool, and thread all of your decorative beads onto the wire.  Push them out of the way, down the length of wire . For the necklace in the photo, I've threaded 30 beads onto the wire. I'm right-handed, so I find it best to keep my spool of wire with the beads pushed back on the wire on my left side, and the open end of wire facing to the right as per the photo. 
 
 
MissJudy1 year ago
This is just what I was looking for! I've wanted to crochet a wire bracelet but didn't know where to start. Thank you!
bgartman (author)  MissJudy1 year ago
You're welcome! I hope your project turns out just the way you wanted :)
deblon1 year ago
just tried your instructable and now i have a beautiful necklace and bracelet set to give my sister for christmas. thanks!
bgartman (author)  deblon1 year ago
You're welcome! I'm really glad that you tried the Instructable, and that they turned out well for you. I also appreciate that you took the time to tell me about your success, as that makes me feel great for having posted the tutorial. Merry Christmas to you and your sister
Very nice!! I'll have to remember this when I'm looking for homemade Christmas gifts ideas!
bgartman (author)  sweetgirlnicki1 year ago
Thanks! I know what you mean. I'm always looking for new crafts to learn so my family doesn't get the same things over and over as presents :)
I bought some beads and I'm looking forward to trying it. I only have Tiger Tail jewelry wire (coated wire)...do you think that would work?
bgartman (author)  sweetgirlnicki1 year ago
Well, does it say what guage it is? I have some tiger tail jewelry wire here, and your question intrigued me enough to yank my crochet hook out of a wool hat project, and try a few chains. Here's my opinion on the differences between the tiger tail wire, and the craft wire:
1) tiger tail is flexible. Based on the few chain stitches I made, it seems to make it easier to crochet the stitches.
2) the stitches therefore are flexible and springy and hold their shape, vs the craft wire.
3) the craft wire can be manipulated when your necklace/bracelet is complete to bend it into a tube shape, or squish it to be thicker, pulled to be thinner, etc. The tiger tail is more likely to spring back into it's original shape if you try to squish it.
Basically, just differences in aesthetics/ design really. You might want to use crimp beads on the ends of the wire when you're adding your clasps to hold the ends of wire in place like you would finish a regular beaded necklace.
Thanks for checking that out for me!
I believe it is 30 gauge...not at home to verify....
bgartman (author)  sweetgirlnicki1 year ago
...and I would love to see how it turns out, if you don't mind posting a picture :)
Ooh, so pretty! I might finally try crocheting with wire!
bgartman (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Crocheting with wire is easier than you would think. I always buy pearls at the bead shows because they're so pretty, but they usually have such tiny holes that only thin wire will fit through them. This is a great way to use up my "tiny hole" beads!
bgartman (author) 1 year ago
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the positive feedback :)
Ranie-K1 year ago
Great photos!
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