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Multi-Strand Silver

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Using a chain and adding your own end gives you the freedom to add a pendant that just won't go over the end of a chain, or to make it the exact, perfect length.

It also means you can combine chains and strands to make your own, interesting effects.

This sterling snake chain is particularly lovely - with it's supple, slinky effect. Multiple strands have a bit more visual weight, balancing the pendant to better effect.

The key is the chain ends - slip the chain into the tube and crush it onto the chain with pliers. It's pretty much like using a crimp.

Some people also use glue - by itself - I don't find that it holds tightly enough, but you can use glue in combination with the mechanical action of crushing the tube flat.

Add a pendant of your choice - I used the hammered, twisted oval, and we promptly ran out. Of course. Just about any stone bead will look awesome though! Great for lampwork beads too.

          
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Components
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s12988 Headpins - 3in / 19ga Stacked Balls - Sterling

(Choose a headpin that looks nice and is long enough for your focal bead.)

Price: $ 3.00
per
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bs005 Jump Rings Open - 5mm - Sterling (2.5 grams)

(To hang the pendant from the chain.)

Price: $ 14.75
per
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Qty: 1 bs035-01 Jump Rings Oval - Open - 4x6mm - Sterling (6.5 grams)

(Attach the chain ends, and use to hook to the clasp. Several linked together would give you more flexibility for length as well. Doesn't have to be this size - any largish jumpring will do.)

Price: $ 38.35
per
In Stock
Qty: 1 bs065-02 Lobster Clasp - 11mm - Sterling

(Or any similar clasp. I used a slightly larger one.)

Price: $ 3.23
per
In Stock
Qty: 4 96002405 Sterling Chain - End Cap Loop for Bead Chain - Sterling

(Two per strand)

Price: $ 3.99
per
In Stock
Qty: 3 s19017 Sterling Chain - Uber Fine Snake Chain - Bright Sterling (Inch)

(Adjust as necessary for your project - I used 36 inches.)

Price: $ 1.50
per
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Qty: 2 bsn149 Sterling Spacer Beads - 4mm Daisy Spacers - Antiqued Sterling (5 grams)

(These accent the pendant.)

Price: $ 26.50
per
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s18620 Stone Beads - 30 x 40 mm Oval - Thunder Egg (1)

(possible pendant)

Price: $ 8.75
per
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s18606 Stone Beads - 40 mm Rhombus - Porcelain Jasper (1)

(possible pendant)

Price: $ 8.35
per
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s14366 Thai Silver - 1in Twisted Hammered Ovals - Bright Sterling

(possible pendant)

Price: $ 8.45
per
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