July 6, 2016 12 Comments
Summertime jewelry ensembles require simplicity both in assembly and wear. Designs that feature chain provide the best of both worlds. We love this simple stacked necklace design that incorporates colorful glass beads with charms & chain. Make the design your own my using mixed metals, changing up the chain styles, using different lengths of chains and charms to set a mood.
- 4+ 6mm jump rings, 18 gauge thickness
- 18″ center dimple cable chain
- 20″ .7mm snake chain
- 22″ 2mm rolo chain
- Several colors of size 8/0 seed beads
- 1 charm measuring approximately 15-20mm
- 1 charm measuring approximately 20mm+
- 1 Swivel base lobster claw
- 2 fold over crimp ends measuring 1mm
- Beading awl
- Chain nose pliers, two pair are helpful
- Flush wire cutters
Assembling the Three Chain Strands
Step 1: : Cut the cable chain to a 18” length (or longer if desired). This will be the shortest strand. If needed attach a jump ring to the charm so that when it is strung onto the chain the charm faces forward.
Step 2: On one end of the snake chain use chain nose pliers to fold each side of the fold over crimp securely against the chain. For best results, fold one side down snugly then fold the second side down over the first side. If any chain protrudes at the loop end simply cut off the excess chain with wire cutters.
TIP: Securing one end of the chain before stringing on the seed beads will ensure the beads don’t accidentally fall off the chain later.🙂
Step 3: Cut the snake chain 2” longer than the first chain. Embellish the chain by adding color with size 8/0 seed beads. The amount of beads you use and the pattern is up to you. For reference we strung on about 6 inches of beads. Secure a fold over crimp onto the unfinished side of the chain. This will keep the beads from falling off the chain during final assemble.
TIP: Traditionally when making a multi-strand graduated length necklace each strand should vary in length by 2 inches.
Step 4: Cut the rolo chain to measure 2” longer that the snake chain. This is the longest strand. If needed, attach a jump ring to the charm so that when it is strung onto the chain the pendant faces forward. String on the final charm.
Attaching the Chains Together
Step 5: Feed one end of each chain onto a jump ring and close the ring with chain nose pliers. Repeat this step on the opposite end of the chains making certain that the chains do not twist around each other in the process.
TIP: Soldered chain links can be stretched larger by inserting a tapered beading awl into the end link and gently forcing the awl into the link. By stretching the link in this manner the jewelry designer does not have to compromise durability when using small linked chain.
Step 6: Attach a swivel lobster clasp to one of the rings used to connect the chains together. Swivel style clasps help keep multiple strands from twisting during wear. On the opposite side of the necklace attach one additional ring and close it tightly.
TIP: Using additional rings to attach the clasp keeps the chains out of the way when putting on or taking off the necklace.
Let us know what you think by commenting below. On July 18th we will randomly select a winner from the comment list to win the Summer Chain Stack Necklace in Silver! Good luck and happy summer beading!! (UPDATE: Congrats to Elaine who rocked the party and won herself one of the samples.)