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What you’ll need:
- One eye pin
- Small beads, color of your choice
- Chain, length of your choice
- Four jump rings
- Chain-nose pliers
- Round-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Thread as many beads as you’d like onto the eye pin, leaving about 1/2 inch at the end for wrapping a loop.
Use your chain-nose pliers to make a loop on the other side of the eye pin by first placing the pliers about 1/4 inch from the end of the eye pin, then bending the end of the eye pin at a 90-degree angle. Try to make the size of the loop match the loop that’s already on the other side of the eye pin, if possible.
The eye pin should look like this after you bend it:
Hold the bent end of the eye pin away from you. Clamp the round-nose pliers around the bent wire.
Rotate your wrist toward you to make a loop as you clamp down on the wire.
You should now have an eye pin with a loop on each end.
Cut the chain in half. (My chain-nose pliers have a handy wire cutter built in, so I used them for this step.)
Open two jump rings using the chain-nose pliers. Remember to open a jump ring by bending one end toward you and the other end away from you. Do not pull the edges apart into the shape of a U, otherwise you could weaken and possibly even break the jump ring.
Attach one jump ring to the end of the eye pin, then slip it through the end of one piece of chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat this for the opposite side of the eye pin.
The only thing left to do is attach the clasp! Open two jump rings using your chain-nose pliers. Attach one jump ring to the end of the chain, then close it.
Slide the second jump ring onto the end of the chain, then attach the clasp to the jump ring. Close the jump ring to secure it.
That’s it! Wear your bead bar necklace and prepare for compliments.
Variations to try:
- If you don’t have an eye pin handy, you can use wire and make loops on each end instead.
- To make a more traditional bar necklace, check your favorite craft store for bars with holes drilled into each end — this makes attaching the jump rings and chain even easier.
- Don’t be afraid to mix metals. The eye pin doesn’t necessarily have to be the same metal as the chain.
- You can add simple beads that match the metal of the eye pin if you want extra embellishment without a lot of color.
Learn to design multi-strand pieces, wrap specialty beads with wire, crochet a beaded necklace & much more in these online video lessons.