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How To: Delicate Necklace

Posted June 21st, 2012

I've been making simple jewelry since I was in high school and it's one of my favorite things to do while watching TV or listening to music. Lately I've been drawn to really simple necklaces, but find that most of them are choker-length (not a great look for me). Even if you have no experience with jewelry making, these steps are easy to follow and all of the supplies can be found at a bead store or online.

Tools: Stones (I chose tourmaline), wire, chain, flat head pliers, wire cutters, and needle-nose pliers (you can also buy a set here).

Step 1: Figure out how long you want the necklace (I made mine roughly 22" so I could slip it on over my head). Cut the chain to your desired length.

Step 2: Cut a piece of wire (approximately 3") - make sure it's longer than you need so that you have extra room to work with.

Step 3: Wrap the wire around the tip of your needle-nose pliers (leave some room on the ends, as these will end up tying back around the base).

Step 4: Open the loop just slightly and push the short pointed end through the last link of the chain.

Step 5: To secure the loop, twist the remaining little piece around the base two times. Cut off any extra wire.

Step 6: Add your stones to the wire. I strung on 10 (about 1" in length), but you can add as many as you'd like. I also added mine according to color so it had a slight ombré effect.

Step 7: Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the open end of the wire.

Wear it alone or layer it with other pieces of jewelry.

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