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Chained melody bead and chain necklace

Create a harmonious balance with linked loops and assorted chain.

Link large rings into a chain by connecting them with pearls. Add casual, funky flair with longer lengths of chain and a handful of beads from your stash. Clasp the necklace in the front with a lobster claw attached to chain and latched to a ring.

SUPPLIES

necklace 29 in. (74 cm)

  • 8–12 9–12 mm assorted glass pearls or beads
  • 6 8 mm freshwater or glass pearls or beads
  • 9 25–30 mm solid rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chain in 4 varieties:
    • 8 in. (46 cm) large link (6 mm or 16 mm bar)
    • 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5 cm) medium link (4–6 mm)
    • 15 1⁄2 in. (39.4 cm) small link (3–4 mm) 
    • 40 1⁄2 in. (1 m) extra-small link (2–3 mm)
  • 8–12 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pins
  • 6 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) eye pins
  • 14–18 3–4 mm jump rings
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS
BEAD COMPONENTS
1. To make a dangle on a head pin, string a 9–12 mm glass pearl or bead, and make a plain loop (PHOTO A). Repeat with the remaining 9–12 mms.

2. To make a pearl connector, string an 8 mm freshwater or glass pearl or bead on an eye pin, and make a plain loop (PHOTO B). Repeat with the remaining 8 mms.
Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo A
PHOTO A
Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo B
PHOTO B
ASSEMBLY

1. To create the chain of solid rings, open a loop of a pearl connector, and attach a 25–30 mm solid ring. Close the loop. Open the remaining loop of the connector, and attach a second solid ring. Close the loop (PHOTO C).

Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo C
PHOTO C

2. Open a loop of a connector, and attach the last solid ring added in the previous step. Close the loop. Open the remaining loop of the connector, attach a new solid ring, and close the loop. Repeat four times to connect a total of seven solid rings with six connectors (PHOTO D).

3. Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of large-link chain. Open a jump ring, and attach an end link of chain and an end solid ring. Close the jump ring.

4. Cut a 17 1⁄2-in. (44.5 cm) piece of medium-link chain. Open a jump ring, and attach an end link of chain and the same end solid ring from the previous step. Close the jump ring. 

5. Cut a 15 1⁄2-in. (39.4 cm) piece of small-link chain. Open a jump ring, and attach an end link of chain and the same end solid ring from the previous steps. Close the jump ring.

Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo D
PHOTO D

6. Cut a 33 1⁄2-in. (85.1 cm) piece of extra-small-link chain. Fold the chain so one end is 14 3⁄4 in. (37.5 cm) and the other end is 18 3⁄4 in. (47.6 cm). Open a jump ring, and attach the link of chain at the fold and the same end solid ring from the previous steps. Close the jump ring (PHOTO E). 

Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo E
PHOTO E
Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo F
PHOTO F

7. Cut a 7-in. (18 cm) piece of extra-small-link chain, and fold it so one end is 3 in. (7.6 cm) and the other end is 4 in. (10 cm). Open a jump ring, and attach the link of chain at the fold and a lobster claw clasp. Identify a link in each of the chains added in steps 3–6 that is about 9 in. (23 cm) from the end ring. Slide each link onto the open jump ring, and close the jump ring (PHOTO F). The chains dangling below the lobster claw clasp will be referred to as the tassel.

8. Open a jump ring, and attach a solid ring and a link of chain in the tassel of the necklace. Close the jump ring. Open the loop of a dangle, and attach it to the solid ring. Close the loop (PHOTO G). Repeat with the remaining solid ring, attaching it to a different chain. 

Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo G
PHOTO G
9. Open the loop of a dangle, and attach a link of chain. Close the jump ring (PHOTO H). Repeat with the remaining dangles, spacing them as desired. Note the three dangles along the neckline and the remaining dangles on the tassel in the photo.
Chained melody bead and chain necklace Photo H
PHOTO H
Tip!
  • You can use almost any type of large ring to make this necklace. Try different textures, such as twisted or hammered; different finishes, such as polished or brushed; different shapes, such as oval; or different types of metal, such as copper, brass, or silver.
  • To wear the necklace, hook the lobster claw clasp to the end solid ring.
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