Need a necklace or bracelet extender? Make your own jewelry extender with step by step jewelry making instructions.
Extenders add function and versatility to your jewelry designs.
Necklace and bracelet extenders are used to adjust the length of necklaces or bracelets which are too short or too tight.
You just may want to change how you wear a necklace.
With a necklace extender, a choker length necklace can be worn at a princess necklace length.
A bracelet extender allows you to wear a bracelet more loosely for a below the sleeve, sexier look for evening outings. Or, make a too small bracelet fit better.
Be careful not to make the extender too long. Two to three inches (5.1 - 7.6 cm) is a good length. Make it too long and you take the chance of skewing the design of the necklace or bracelet.
Make a couple of different extender lengths to test which you like best.
The size of the lengths in your extender chain is a matter of personal taste. In general, match the chain link size to the overall size of the beads in the necklace or bracelet.
If your jewelry is made of beads that are small, say 8mm or less, use chain with lengths about 8mm in size or less. Just be sure that the hook of the lobster claw clasp will fit into the links of the chain.
If your jewelry is made of beads that are large, say larger than 8mm , use chain with lengths about 8mm in size and greater. Again, be sure that the hook of the lobster claw clasp, or the toggle bar of a toggle clasp, will fit into the links of the chain.
If your jewelry design is made of chain and/or a combination of beads and chain, use the same chain, or chain that has links that are a little smaller, for the jewelry extender.
In the end, the size of the chain links is about personal taste, chain that you may have on hand and the size of the jewelry clasp that you use. Experience will will the best teacher!
So, let's learn how to make jewelry extenders with easy jewelry making instructions!
Skill Level: Beginning Beading
Prerequisite Beading Technique: If you've never made a wrapped wire loop, learn how with these instructions: How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Above a Bead
Approximate Length: 2" (5.1 cm)
Jewelry Making Supplies
*Use a bead in a size that you'll be comfortable with. I like to use beads that are smaller or the same size as the smallest bead in the design.
If you need it, here's a review of jewelry pliers.
1. Gather supplies, tools and beads.
2. Decide how long you want your extender.
Cut a length of small link chain to that length.
Note: Chain is sold by the foot. So, you may have to purchase at least one foot (30.5 cm) of chain. Use the remainder in another project.
Adding a dangle on the end of the extender adds an extra special touch!
3.Using the wire cutters, cut one 2 - 3" (5.1 - 7.6 cm) length of chain.
Thread the bead onto the head pin.
Make one wrapped wire loop above a bead, up to making the wire loop. Leave the wire loop open.
Now, attach the wire wrapped bead unit to one end of the chain length.
4. Complete the wrapped wire loop.
5. Using the split ring pliers, open the split ring on your necklace
or bracelet and slide the bare chain end onto the split ring.
Keep sliding the chain onto the split ring until the split ring closes and the chain end is secure.
6. Keep sliding the chain onto the split ring until the split ring closes and the chain end is secure.
You're done! Your completed jewelry extender should look similar to the ones pictured below.
What to do if you're working with a bracelet or necklace end that has a closed jump ring or
other solid closure?
Attach the split ring directly to the chain end and attach a lobster claw or spring ring clasp to the split ring.
Now, you can attach the lobster claw or spring ring clasp directly to the necklace end.
To make an extender using a toggle clasp, attach a split to each half of the clasp and attach the last link of a length of chain to each split ring. That's it!
Sometimes we need a bit more room in our bracelet. A bracelet extender not only does that, but it also adds a touch of class to our beaded jewelry by giving it a finished look.
If you make jewelry to sell, add a distinguishing jewelry tag to the end of the chain instead of the bead dangle. It will set your handmade jewelry apart from most other sellers.
But more than that, your clients will appreciate that you went the extra mile.
Not only for the convenience it provides them, but because most jewelry sellers do not add an extender to jewelry. Your clients will see that you care about their needs when making beaded jewelry.
Now go forth and create beautiful beaded jewelry. And, if you need necklace or bracelet extenders, you know how to make them. Yes!