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Lentil link necklace

Colorful clay bead unites brass components
Lentil link necklace

Pull together brass chain and components with an eye-catching accent bead, like my handmade polymer clay lentil. This no-clasp, no-fuss necklace is easy to make, easy to wear, and perfect for fall.

See the project instructions below, or download the free project PDF above.


Necklace 29 in. (74 cm)

  • 35 mm dragonfly pendant ($6)
  • 30 mm wire wheel ($2–3)
  • 25 mm lentil bead ($10)
  • 2 4 mm spacers
  • 5 ft. (1.5 m) chain, 5–6 mm links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) eye pin
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Dragonfly pendant from Vintaj Natural Brass Co., for retailers. Lentil bead from Humble Beads, 210.785.8981, Wire wheel from Michaels, for store locations. Chain from Hobby Lobby, for store locations.


To play up multiple colors in accent beads, use mixed-metal components. Make a pair of earrings, or replace the dragonfly with a chain tassel for another version of the necklace.

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. On an eye pin, string a spacer, a lentil bead, and a spacer. Make a plain loop.

2. Open one loop of the bead unit and attach a dragonfly pendant. Close the loop.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Open the other loop of the bead unit and attach a wire wheel. Close the loop.

4. Decide how long you want your necklace to be and cut two pieces of chain to that length. Open a jump ring and attach all four chain ends to the wire wheel. Close the jump ring.

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