Intro: Handmade Wire Necklace
Make a long beaded necklace with a difference. This tutorial will show you how to make your own links rather than a manufactured chain, beware it is addictive. Don't be put off by the number of steps, it is very easy, it is only a guide once you get the hang of this technique you will never want to buy manufactured chains.
You will need.
18 or 20 guage wire.
Round nose pliers
Jaw nose pliers
Step 1: Form a Loop
Stretch your wire using a jaw nose pliers, if you don't have one you can use a cloth or even your fingers.
Form a tiny loop using the small part of your round nose pliers.
Step 2: Form Second Loop
Place the tip of the other side of the wire in to the middle part of your round nose pliers. Form a second loop by rolling the wire towards you. This time the loop will turn out bigger than the first.
Step 3: Alternative Version
However, if you don't have a round nose or you prefer even larger links. Wrap the other side of the wire on a pen, manderel or any other object. I use both versions depending on my mood, LOL.
Step 4: Formed Loops
Here is what your loops will look like but it is not over just yet.
Step 5: Hammer the Loops
Hammer the loops on a steel block or a Beadsmith Whacker. I used the form because I don't have to worry about hammering my fingers!! Basically you just hit the two white 'blocks' together.
Step 6: Final Loop
Now put the large hammered loop in the middle of round rose pliers. Twist the small loop with your fingers or flat nose pliers. I prefer the former as I find quicker.
Step 7: Finished Links
Here are the links, you can make loads in different colours of wire. Store away for future projects. Once you have mastered this very easy technique, you will be making loads. You can also use one of the links as a clasp.
Step 8: Example of a Finished Necklace
Here is a necklace I made with the links incorporated with beads. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.
If you will like to see more wire jewellery projects please let me know. I will be happy to add more.