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How To Make A Bird Charm Necklace: Easy Jewelry Tutorial

How To Make A Bird Charm Necklace: Easy Jewelry Tutorial


To make the bird charm necklace you’ll
need a bird charm. And we got this cute little bird charm at the craft store.
It’s 14 millimeters by 18 millimeters. You’ll also need a crystal bicone. Ours
is blue and it’s three millimeters. You’ll need a ball headpin. This is
silver-plated. And you’ll need some jump rings. Our jump rings are open jump rings,
which means they’re not soldered closed. We have two. If your lobster clasp doesn’t
have a jump ring, you’ll need three, but our lobster clasp came with the jump
ring, so we don’t need that extra one. The lobster clasp is also silver-plated
and ours is three millimeters by eight millimeters. And finally you’ll need some
very fine silver-plated chain. When you buy the chain you want to make sure that
the links are big enough that you can fit this head pin through, but you don’t
want it too big, because the look should be delicate. For tools we have round nose
pliers, we have wire cutters, and we’re also going to use our chain nose pliers. To get started making the bird charm
necklace what we want to do is make a dangle using this cute little crystal
bicone. And to make the dangle we’re going to put it onto a headpin, a ball
headpin, and make a little wrapped loop at the top. It’s going to turn it into
like a charm. So I’m going to slide the bicone onto the ball headpin. like that.
And then I’m going to make a wrapped loop. And to do that I’m going to use my
round-nose pliers and I’m going to pinch just above this bead on the wire. So I’m
going to come down like that, pinching just above that bicone on the wire, and
I’m going to bend that wire 90 degrees towards myself just using my fingers.
Like that. Then I’m going to reposition the pliers to the top part of that bend.
So they were down here before. I’m basically sliding them up over that bend.
Now I’m gonna make a loop by pushing the wire over the top jaw of the pliers. And
that makes a round shape because the top jaw of the pliers is round. But I can’t
bring it all the way around because the bottom jaw is in the way, so I’m going to
move the bottom jaw into the loop, now I can bring that loop all the way around
the pliers. That’s the only reason we reposition the pliers in the loop is so
we can bring that wire all the way around to make a complete loop. There’s
the loop. Now I can hold that loop across with around those pliers and I can take
the tail of the head pin wire and I can wrap it twice around the neck. And that’s
our wrapped loop. The next thing I want to do is trim that wire. And these are my
wire cutters and I’m just putting the flat side against the project and
trimming the wire, like that. And there’s our little dangle. How cute is that? So
that’s a nice little way to make an extra charm for your necklace. You just
put a little bead on a headpin and make a wrapped loop. Now that that’s done, we
want to put the bird charm and our little dangle together on one jump ring.
So to do that I’m going to take a jump ring and I’m going to open it. I said it
before, that this is an open jump ring, and that means it’s not soldered closed.
But of course we need to open it still. And to do that I’m going to grab the
jump ring with the round-nose pliers
alongside that opening. So I have to rotate it until I can see where that
opening is. There’s a little slit there. And I’m going to take my other pliers,
which are my chain-nose pliers, I’m gonna grab the other side of the jump ring and
I’m gonna rotate one side towards the table and one side towards me to open
that jump ring. Like that. That way it maintains the shape of the roundness of
the jump ring, but it’s still open so I can put things on it. I’m going to put
the little charm on first, that we just made with that bicone, and then I’m going
to slide on the bird charm. And now we can close that jump ring. And to close
it we’re going to do the same thing we did before. We’re going to grab one side
with one pliers, one side with the other pliers, and rotate back so that that
opening is closed at the top of that jump ring. And you can kind of press it
from the side also, if it looks like there’s a little bit of a gap, you can
push a little bit together to make sure that that jump ring is closed. Here’s our beautiful fine chain. When we
bought this chain, we made sure that the links were small enough to look delicate,
but big enough that we could put a jump ring through a link or we could put the
headpin through the link. So you want to test that before you buy your chain. And
for this necklace we want to make it princess length, which is about 16 inches.
That will sit pretty high on the neck which is a great place to wear a charm. I
have a little ruler here and I’m going to put one end of the chain on the ruler
here and I’m just going to measure out 16 inches of chain so there’s 12 and 4
more is 16 now if you ever cut chain you’ll know–you just cut right through
it–but if you haven’t, I’ll tell you–you just cut right through. You’re gonna
basically cut away one link. That link becomes trash, but that’s okay. So
that link is broken, but that’s how you get the chain apart. So now we’ve got our
16 inches of chain here and what we want to do next is put the bird charm on the
chain. And to do that I’m going to hold it so I can see where the opening is
inside that jump ring and I’m going to drop the chain down inside and then I
can pull it through to get that charm centered on the chain. And if you’re
having trouble fitting your chain through the jump ring you can just use a
bigger jump ring. So I’m going to slide that down to the center of the chain. And
here are the ends of my chain now. I’ve got the charm on the chain and this is
almost a necklace, but it needs a clasp. So to do that I’m going to go to one end
of the chain here and I want to put the lobster clasp on one end. Our lobster
clasp came with a jump ring on it, so we don’t need that extra third jump ring.
But if yours doesn’t have a jump ring, you’ll want to get an extra jump ring.
And we’re going to open that jump ring just the same way we did when we put the
jump ring onto the charm. We’re going to find the opening. So this is a circle of
wire. It goes all the way around. And there’s an opening at the top where the
wire begins and ends to that jump ring. That’s the opening I’m
talking about that we’re finding. I’ve got it lined up at the top there. I’m
taking my second pair of pliers, I’m gonna grab the other side, I’m gonna open
this just the same way we did the last one. I’m gonna push one side down and
pull one side up. So now you can see that the jump ring is open so I can slide
something on to it, but it’s still round. So I’m gonna slide it into the last link
of the chain. And this is why you want to make sure that your chain links are big
enough that you can fit the jump ring through. Then I’m going to close the jump
ring the same way I opened it. I’m gonna grab one side, I’m going to pull them
back together. I’m lifting the bottom, the left one up, and I’m pushing the right
one down, until they meet up together. And that jump ring looks good. I’m just going
to make sure it’s nice and closed by giving a little extra push there. And
there’s the clasp on that side. And the only thing we need to do now to finish
this is put a jump ring on the other end. And to do that we’re going to do the
same thing. We’re going to take that jump ring. I’m going to find the center where
it’s open, the top there, and I’m going to take two pliers and I’m gonna push the left
one towards the table, the top one comes towards me. That jump ring is open. Now I
can slide the chain onto the open jump ring, like that. And then I close it the
same way. I grab one side with one pliers, one side with the other, and push
those sides back together. Now I want to make sure that they line up together because
otherwise if there’s an opening in that jump ring, the chain could slide through
the opening. I’m just going to give it a little extra push there to make sure
that it’s closed. And now I can clasp the necklace by opening my little lobster
there and clasping it. And then you can see how cute this is. This delicate little
bird charm necklace.

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