Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to be a jewelry-making pro to create beautiful, intricate pieces. The concept behind this project is simple, but it makes quite the visual impact. This would be a great weekend afternoon project — pop in your favorite movie, make yourself some pumpkin coffee and get crafting!
-Seed beads (at least 2 colors)
-8mm jump rings (2)
-10mm jump ring (1)
-26 gauge jewelry wire
– 3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers
– 7 inch (17.78 centimeter) strand of chain (2)
1. Cut a 10 inch (20.32 centimeter) strand of wire using the cutting portion of the pliers.
2. Bend the wire and insert it through the end of one chain.
3. Tightly loop the wire around the chain link.
4. Wrap it tightly two to four times.
5. Trim the excess. Use the flat portion of the pliers to secure the wrapped wire.
6. Add seed beads to the wire.
7. Continue for about 4 inches (10.16 centimeters).
8. Repeat Steps 1-7 five times. I created four strands of one color and two strands of a second color.
9. Tape each pair of beaded strands together. This tip prevents the beads from moving while you work.
10. Begin braiding the beaded strands. First, bring the right pair over the middle pair.
11. Next, bring the new left pair over the new middle pair.
12. Repeat Steps 10 and 11.
13. Continue to the ends of the strands.
14. One by one, attach each wire to the end of the second chain.
15. Secure the wrapped wire using the flat portion of the pliers.
16. Open a jump ring and attach it to one of the chains.
17. Attach the jewelry clasp and close the jump ring.
18. Attach the remaining jump rings to the end of the other chain.
I used seasonal colors — dark purple and burnt red orange — to help get me in the autumn spirit (I happen to adore this season). What colors would you use?
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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