This is a guest project designed by Linda Jones. Linda Jones specialises in wirework and has written a number of books on the subject.
“These beautiful lustre beads look gorgeous when linked into pairs, while the wire units create a pleasing overall shape.”
This beautiful necklace, bracelet and earrings set looks so glamorous and intricate, made up from individual beaded wire units that provide their unique shape. Yet this project only takes a little practise to master and you won’t need much in the way of materials, just wire and a pack of glistening oval beads! Before long, you’ll have a set to treasure.
You will need:
- Wire, silver, round, 0.8mm x 6ft
- Caribiner,heavy, 11mm, silver
- Ring and bar, 14.5mm, silver
- Earwires, fish hook, silver
There are 7 beaded units in this necklace, however, if you wish to create a longer piece, just make more! To make each unit, you will need 8 beads and 10” (25.5cms) of 0.8mm silver wire. Once you have cut a 10” (25.5cms) of wire, place your round nosed pliers at the centre of the length and bring the wire around to form a loop. Wrap one wire around the other where they cross over and straighten out the projecting wires in a ‘V’ shape.
Thread each projecting wire with a bead and bring the wires together, crossing them over at the centre. Straighten the wires out on either side.
Thread two more beads onto the projecting wires and once again, bring the wires together, crossing them over at the centre as in step. Repeat with 2 more sets of beads until you have formed a unit with 4 pairs.
To complete the unit, secure one wire around the other and using your round nosed pliers, create a circular link at the end of the projecting wire. Cut off any excess wire and neaten the ends. Use your flat nosed pliers to twist this link so that it sits at right angles to the beaded unit.
Attach the trigger clasp at the end. To connect the beaded units together, open the end link of one unit and attach to the wrapped the loop of another, forming a continuous beaded chain.
You have completed the project. This is the finished Crossed Wires Necklace. You can get everything you need to design it by clicking here. Have fun making your own!
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STEP 1: Cut 20cm of 0.8mm round silver wire and form a unit with two pairs of beads in the same way as the bracelet. Before finishing, thread one more bead onto one of the projecting wires. Take the other wire and wrap it around the perimeter of the bead, framing the oval shape.
STEP 2: Secure at the top end and if you have any leftover wire, spiral the end and flatten at the reverse of the bead. Create a spiral with the other wire projecting from the bead and flatten this against the front as added detail and decoration. Suspend from an earwire, then repeat to make a pair.
Try a few practise runs with the beaded units before starting the project, until you’re comfortable with shaping the wire. And why not add a pendant to the centre of the necklace for extra impact.