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How To Make A Dainty Aquamarine Necklace: DIY Jewelry Tutorial

How To Make A Dainty Aquamarine Necklace: DIY Jewelry Tutorial

To make this aquamarine necklace, the first thing you need is wire. We have 24-gauge wire in gold. Then we have our beautiful aquamarine beads. These are chip beads and you can find these online or at a bead show or at some bead stores. We’ve got some gold loop chain that has open loops, but is pretty delicate to go with our aquamarine chips. Then we have a lobster clasp and a jump ring. For tools we have chain-nose pliers round-nose pliers and wire cutters. To make our necklace, the first thing we’re going to do is cut a piece of our 24-gauge wire. And for this necklace, we want about an inch and a half beaded, but we want a little bit of extra wire on either end to work with. So I’m actually going to cut a 4 inch piece of wire. I like to work with a lot of wire and this particular wire isn’t very expensive. So I just think it’s better to work with a bigger piece of wire and then trim more at the end. So here’s our wire and, actually, I’m gonna set that aside and show you our chain first. We had a piece of chain that we bought at a bead show that was about 19 inches long. And what we did was cut this in half. So each piece, it’s two pieces now, each piece is eight and a half inches long. Actually, it’s more like 17 inches, but you get the idea. So we have two different pieces of chain. And we’re going to start by taking our wire and we’re going to make a wrapped loop in one end of the wire attaching it to the chain. I’ll show you how to do that. We’re going to start with our round-nose pliers, and we’re going to make a wrapped loop. So I’m going to come about the 3/4 of an inch down on my wire and I’m going to grasp the wire with my pliers and I’m going to bend the wire 90 degrees. Like that. Then I’m going to reposition my pliers so they’re kind of at the top of that bend and I’m going to pull the wire up and over that top jaw and then reposition to put the pliers in the bottom of the or the bottom jaw in that loop and then I’m pulling the wire around. And now before I wrap this loop, I’m going to hold onto it and take one of my pieces of chain and I’m going to feed that piece of wire through the last link of my chain and nestle it down into the loop I just made. There. Like that. Now I want to wrap that loop and what that does is it secures it so it doesn’t come apart and come off from the chain. So I’m going to grasp the loop across with my pliers. Like that. And then I’m going to take this little tail and wrap it around what we call the neck of our wire here. And I’m gonna wrap it around two times. Like that. And I didn’t give myself very much wire to work with. You might, you might start by coming down the wire more like an inch. Because you end up with just a little bit of wire to work with. There. So now I’m going to trim my wire with my wire cutters and I’m going to use the flush side of my wire cutters against my work rather than the pointy side and that way it’ll be nice and flat cut. Like that. And I can see I’ve got a little bit of an end sticking up. So I’m just going to use my chain-nose pliers to press that little end down. Now we’re ready to bead, because you can see we’ve got our wire attached to our chain. So to do this, I like to take a bunch of the aquamarine chip beads… they’re all different shapes and the holes are in all different places. So I like to put them in my hand and then just fish them out of my hand. I think that’s much easier than holding them in my fingers and trying to find the center of the beads. So it’s easier to just sort of fish like this and you can get a bunch on your wire and then just let them slide down. And these chip beads are all different shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look at them very closely to pick which ones or any of that. You can just fish them out of your hand like this until you have about an inch and a half of the chip beads on your wire. It’s nice to use chip beads, because you can buy actual gemstones. These are actual aquamarine beads. And if you bought other kinds of aquamarine beads, maybe they’re tiny faceted beads, or ones that have a lot of color, they could be really expensive. So this is a way of having real gemstones and having a beautiful necklace with all the beautiful color of aquamarine without the expense. You could also make this as a bracelet if you’d like. That would be really nice. And if you, if we did that we probably would use a magnet class rather than a lobster clasp just because we think that’s nice for a bracelet. It’s much easier to put on a bracelet that’s got a magnet clasp. That looks like about an inch and a half of beads there. So now we’re ready to attach this to our other piece of chain. And to do that we’re going to use the same technique we used on the other side of our little bar of beads here. We’re going to make a wrapped loop. So I’m going to grasp my wire with my round-nose pliers and before I get started I’m actually gonna let gravity help me here and make sure that all my beads are slid all the way down against that other loop that I made so I don’t really want them to move around it or a lot of gaps. So now I’m gonna grasp the wire with my round-nose pliers and make a 90-degree bend. I’m going to reposition the pliers to the top of that bend, pull the wire up and over the top jaw like that, reposition my pliers so that the bottom jaw is in that loop and then finish pulling the wire around to finish my loop. And now what I want to do is take my chain and I’m going to take the link, the last link, of one side of the chain and feed it on my wire like that and sort of nestle it up into that loop. And now I’m ready to wrap that loop just like we did before. So I’m going to use my round nose pliers to grasp across the loop like that and now I’m going to take this tail and I’m going to pull it around the neck two times. And that will wrap the loop and secure it. So this will always be connected now to the chain. Nothing can come open or come loose. Now I’m going to use my wire cutters to trim that and I’m gonna be careful not to cut through my work here. There we go. Use my chain nose pliers to press the little end down again that were sticking up. Like that. And now our little beaded section is done on our chain, and all we need to do is attach the clasp. And that’s super easy with our lobster clasp. We’ve got our jump ring. So all we’re going to do is open the jump ring and attach this to one end of our chain. To do that we’re going to use two pliers. When you use the round-nose pliers on one side and what I like to do is look for the opening of the jump ring where it’s split and hold on with my pliers on one side of that opening like that and I can use my chain-nose pliers to hold on to the other side of that opening and then to open the jump ring I’m just going to rotate one set of pliers toward me and one down toward the table. And what that does is keeps that nice round shape of my jump ring. Now I can take one end of my chain. Either one. It doesn’t matter. Feed the jump ring on like that, take my lobster clasp, feed it on. Whoops. Come on. Like that. And now I’m going to close this the same way I opened it by using two pliers, grasping each side of that opening and then I’m going to rotate back. And to make sure it’s closed I’m going to use my chain-nose pliers, I’m just going to sort of mash across where that opening is and that’ll ensure that it’s nice and closed. And now one nice thing about this kind of open loop chain is I can use the lobster clasp through any one of these links which makes it a little bit adjustable rather than having to put an end on the other end my chain. And there you can see we’ve got a beautiful Aquamarine Necklace

4 thoughts on “How To Make A Dainty Aquamarine Necklace: DIY Jewelry Tutorial”

  1. These are the most informative and easy to follow tutorials on You Tube. You must have been teachers at some other point in your lives. Thank you so much!

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