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by: Lee Metsalo
is coming! (We hope!) Make
yourself a necklace with
beads that look like those cold, fruit flavoured drinks that you
sip on the
patio in hot weather. That
along with the light, airy design, will keep you cool.
Wire comes on a spool, meaning that your wire comes off the
an arc. Be gentle
working with the wire
and don’t kink it! Cut
pieces you want links in your necklace, all equal lengths. String one bead on
Then, working one section at a time:
Center the bead
Fold the wire on the right, over to the left,
then fold the wire on the left over to the right, trapping the bead in the centre.
make a loop on one side
and on the other
Make sure you form your loop along the same plane as the
wire. If you turn your
link sideways you should see a line of wire with a bead in
the middle, as everything lines up. Place
one section at a
time on a steel block, and lightly hammer to work-harden.
Hammering the wire lightly! will stiffen the metal and make it
stronger so that it does not unbend. Be
careful not to hit your
bead. You do not need to hammer hard enough to flatten the wire (although if you wanted to - you could - that would be a different look to this. Use a chasing hammer in that case, instead of a rawhide mallet.)
the sections together with the jump rings.
the lobster clasp to one side, the chain extender to the
other, and done!
four arced sections of wire, one pair slightly longer than
the other. At the
bottom of each piece, fold over a 2-3
mm section of wire with pliers, and flatten it (hammer it on a steel block) right flush to the rest of
the wire to form a wide spot to stop the bead from sliding off.
a bead onto each wire, form a loop at the top. As before, use the mallet and steel block to work harden the
pieces - being careful not to hit your bead. Link one short section, one long section with a jump ring into a shepherd’s hook earring finding.
Tools Used: wire cutters,
roundnose pliers, flat pliers, rawhide mallet, steel block
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