Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tutorial Interchangeable Beaded Bracelets, Necklaces, or Anklets
My pictures today are going to show you how I made an interchangeable beaded bracelet. You can apply these same techniques to make an anklet or necklace, you will simply use more beads, chain, and jewelry wire when you do. I love making interchangeable jewelry because you save money using less jewelry chain, and take up less space in your jewelry box.
Jewelry Screw Clasp Rings
Flat Nose Jewelry Pliers
Needle Nose Jewelry Pliers
This is really the most important thing to remember. To make these truly interchangeable, you need to remember when you are attaching your jewelry screw clasp findings, that you put the "outies" and "innies" in the right places. I am not sure if "outies" and "innies" is the proper term to use, but you get the point.
The length of wire you need will depend on if you are making a bracelet, anklet, or necklace. It will also very depending on the ratio of beads to chain you desire to use. You will need two even pieces of wire, and an even number of beads for each one. That way when you interchange them, the size will be the same. Using your needle nose pliers, make a loop on one end of the wire. I made a double loop, because my wire was thin, and I wanted it to be durable. Attach your "innie" to it, and repeat for your other set of beads. String your beads on both of your wires. When you are done stringing, simply make loops on the end again with your needle nose pliers, and attach an "innie" again to each loop. You may want to use your flat nose pliers to tighten your loops. The hardest part is done. Now you need to attach your chain. Attach an "outie" to each end of the chain. Now you will be able to unscrew your clasps and interchange between your two different strands of beads!
Since my jewelry wire was thin, I made two loops for durability.
I added a complete clasp to the middle of my chain, because I liked how it looked, but since there is already a way to open and close the bracelet, you don't need to do this step.
Two fun looks and less material used! Now I didn't use very much chain for this tiny bracelet, but when making long necklaces, that chain can really add up. That's when you will save even more money, and space in your jewelry box.
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