Jewelry Making Chain Necklace Design

by Wanda

Bead and Jewelry Chain Necklace

Bead and Jewelry Chain Necklace

Use beads, head pins and jewelry making chain to make a multi-strand bead and chain necklace. Then, use a beginner wire jewelry making technique called wrapped wire loops to embellish the jewelry chain.

It's an easy beginner wire jewelry project.

I used black onyx and dalmatian jasper beads to embellish hammered oval link jewelry chain.

But, you can substitute your favorite beads for jewelry making. And, if you like, add a jewelry extender to your necklace.

This beaded necklace is great to wear for daytime or evening.

The faceted black onyx beads add just enough sparkle for the evening, but aren't over the top sparkling for daytime wearing!

The finished length of this necklace is 19" (48.3 cm).

Necklace Jewelry Making Supplies

18" (45.7 cm) length of medium oval link chain
17" (43.2 cm) length of medium oval link chain
16" (40.6 cm) length of medium oval link chain
18 6mm round faceted black onyx beads
15 6mm round dalmatian jasper beads
33 1" (2.5 cm) head pins
2 split rings
1 lobster claw clasp

Jewelry Extender Jewelry Making Supplies

2" (5.1 cm) length of small link jewelry making chain
1 3mm sterling silver bead
1 1" (2.5 cm) head pin

Jewelry Making Tools

Wire cutters
Split ring pliers
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers

Instructions for Making a Bead and Chain Necklace

Step One
The length of this necklace is determined by the longest length of chain. Decide on a length for your necklace.

Subtract one inch (2.5 cm) from that measurement to account for the clasp.

Using wire cutters, cut one length of chain to that length; cut the second length of chain one inch shorter; cut the third length of chain one inch shorter than the second.

Step Two
Using split ring pliers, open one split ring. One by one, slide the last link of each length of chain onto the
split ring until they are secure. (Photo 1)

Step Three
Repeat using the second split ring and the other end of the chain links.

Step Four
Using split ring pliers, attach the lobster claw clasp to one of the split rings.

Your clasp is now complete and you should have a chain necklace with three strands. You can leave it as is for an all chain look or continue and embellish the chain with beads.

Step Five
One by one, thread each black onyx bead and dalmatian bead onto a head pin. As you go, use the round nose pliers to make the first half of a wrapped wire loop. (How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop Above a Bead Using a Head Pin.)

Step Six
Starting on the center link of the longest length of chain, one by one, attach a bead unit.

Using chain nose pliers, make the last half of the wrapped wire loop, closing the wire loop onto the chain link.

I started with a black onyx bead. If you want to use two or more different beads, decide which one you want to be most prevalent in the design. Make more bead units using that bead.

Use fewer of the other different bead or beads. Attach the most prevalent bead unit first. You can see the pattern I used in the main photo.

Attach as many or as few bead units as you want on this longest length of chain in your necklace.

Step Seven
Repeat Step 6 on the second and third length of chain in your necklace.

Now you've completed a bead necklace using jewelry making chain! How easy was that?!

Hopefully, you found it to be an easy wire jewelry making project!

Make an Extender for Your Jewelry
Attach an extender if you desire. Here are...

Jewelry Making Instructions on How to Make and Attach a Jewelry Extender

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