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Quick necklace gift designs

Stylish strands come together for jewelry in a flash

If you’re cutting it close during gift-giving season, fear not! Here are three quick designs to get you through. For the less-is-more giftee on your list, string a cool quartz pendant on fine chain. Done! The remaining two necklaces start with beads from a snazzy mixed strand by Jesse James Beads. For the slightly more daring recipient, string just a few of the large-hole beads on fine chain. And for the bold fashionista, string the remaining beads on wire, mix in a few crystals from your stash, and finish with large-link chain. If there’s someone extra-special on your list, gift them all three necklaces for stylish layering.

Supplies

Quartz pendant necklace 26 1⁄2 in. (67.3 cm)

  • 20–25 mm crystal pendant with bail attached
  • 3 mm round spacer
  • 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) 22- or 24-gauge wire
  • 26–28 in. (66–71 cm) chain, 2 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Fine chain necklace 25 in. (64 cm)

  • 7-in. (18 cm) strand 14–24 mm mixed beads
  • 3 mm round spacer
  • 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) 22- or 24-gauge wire
  • 24–26 in. (61–66 cm) chain, 2 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Heavy chain necklace 17 1⁄2 in. (44.5 cm)

  • 5 14–24 mm beads leftover from mixed-bead strand
  • 4–6 10–12 mm round beads or crystals
  • 3 mm round spacer
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 10–16 in. (25–41 cm) chain, 10–12 mm links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 5 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 Wire Guardians
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Mixed-bead strand from Jesse James Beads, jessejamesbeads.com.

Instructions:

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Step 1
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Step 2
Quartz Pendant Necklace

1. Cut a 26–28-in. (66 cm) piece of chain. String a crystal pendant.

2. Cut a 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a spacer and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach each loop to an end link of chain and complete the wraps.

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Fine Chain Necklace: Step 1
Fine Chain Necklace
1. Cut a 24–26-in. (61–66 cm) piece of chain. On the chain, string five large-hole beads from a mixed-bead strand as desired. Finish as in step 2 of the pendant necklace. 
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Step 1
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Step 2
Heavy Chain Necklace

1. Cut an 18-in. (46 cm) piece of beading wire. String the remaining large-hole beads from the mixed-bead strand as desired, adding one or three 10–12 mm round beads or crystals to the mix.

2. Cut two 5–8-in. (13–20 cm) pieces of chain. On each end of the beaded strand, string: 10–12 mm bead, crimp bead, 10–12 mm bead, Wire Guardian, end link of chain. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Check the fit, and trim chain links from each end if necessary. Open a jump ring, and attach an end link of chain and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring.

4. On a head pin, string a spacer and a 10–12 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the loop to the remaining end link of chain and complete the wraps.

Tip!

Odd vs. even: When creating a centerpiece of big beads, I find it more pleasing to string an odd number. After stringing five beads for the fine chain necklace, I had an even number of mixed beads left over. To stick with an odd number of beads in the big chain necklace, I consulted my stash and added one 11 mm round crystal to the mix.

 

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