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Beaded Phone Leash

Instructions for making a beaded cell phone leash out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry tools


Beaded Leash Jewelry Making Project made with jewelry wire and beads using common jewelry tools.

What do you need when you want to take your cell phone for a walk?  Obviously, you need a cell phone leash.  A cell phone leash is a small strap that can be hooked to your cell phone and worn on your wrist.  A cell phone leash is essentially a bracelet with a short connector that can attach to your cell phone.  In the beaded leash shown at right, both size 6 seed beads (in black) and 6mm Cat's Eye beads (in white) were used to make the links.  Please select the picture at right to view a larger view of our Beaded Cell Phone Leash.

This is a relatively simple jewelry making project that is suitable for almost all skill levels.  If you can successfully make a wrapped bead link as described here, you will be able to complete this project. 

Instructions for making this beaded leash begin below. 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 40 inches of 22 gauge jewelry wire
  • Seed beads, 4mm and/or 6mm beads
  • One medium commercial lobster clasp
  • 10" of string
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Ruler
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Beaded Leash Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire and beads using common jewelry tools.

Step-by-step instructions for making a Beaded Cell Phone Leash using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

Step 1:  Begin by cutting a piece of string about 10" long.  Use this string to measure the distance around the largest portion of your hand.  Obviously, the leash has to have an opening that is large enough that you can slip your hand into the opening to wear the leash.  Use a ruler to measure the length of the string that represents the largest distance around your hand.  Add one inch to that measurement to provide room to easily get your hand into the leash.

Step 2:  Add two inches to the total from step one.  This is the extra length between the loop in the leash and your sell phone.  For the leash at right, the circumference of my hand was 9".  Adding one inch gave me 10".  Adding 2" for the connector to the cell phone gave me 12" for the total length of the leash.  For most women, the circumference of their hand would probably be 8" and for smaller women, might be even less than this. 

Step 3:  At this point we know the total length of the beaded chain that we need to make.  We begin making this chain with the lobster claw clasp.  Make a wrapped loop as described here and before your wrap the loop closed, connect it to the lobster claw clasp, then wrap the loop closed.  Use a segment of 22 gauge jewelry wire at least 3 inches long to make this first wrapped loop.  1/2 hard wire is easier to use than soft jewelry wire, but soft wire can be used.  (The leash shown here was made with 22 gauge Natural Silver Artistic Wire which has a hardness of soft.)  Any size jewelry wire from 21 gauge to 24 gauge could be used. 

Step 4:  When you have completed this first wrapped loop, you are ready to add your beads.  In the leash shown here, we used a 6mm White Cat's Eye Bead centered Making a Wrapped Loop Jewelry Making Technique using beads and jewelry wire.Making a Wrapped Loop Jewelry Making Technique made out of common jewelry supplies.between two black size 6 seed beads.  Add your beads and slide them down on the wire until they are adjacent to the lobster clasp.  Holding the wire vertical so that the beads remain adjacent to the clasp, grasp the jewelry wire immediately above your beads with your bent chain nose pliers and using your thumb on your dominant hand push the wire over to an angle of 90 degrees.


Step 5:  After completing the 90 degree bend, you are ready to Making a wrapped loop using common jewelry making supplies.make your loop, by grasping the wire at the 90 degree bend using your round nose pliers.  Once the loop is completed, then wrap the loop closed by grasping the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and wrapping the wire around itself.  This second loop in this wrapped bead link will not connect to anything initially, but will be connected to the first loop in the wrapped bead link in the next step.  We build our chain of wrapped bead links this way -- connect the initial loop for the next link to the last loop in the prior link, then add your beads, and finally make your second wrapped loop.

Step 6:  We need to add the second link is this chain to the first link, the same way that we make the first link with one exception.  The second loop in this wrapped bead link needs to be larger than normal, because this is where we connect the final link in the chain to complete the beaded leash.  Your goal should be that the second loop in this wrapped bead link will be about 3mm in diameter, slightly larger than the seed beads, but slightly smaller than 4mm beads. 

Step 7:  Now we continue making wrapped bead links, connecting them to the prior link in the chain until we have a straight chain that is the length we identified in step 2.  For the beaded leash shown here, the total length is 12".  Each link in the chain is about .8" long.  If your chain needs to be 11" long, use 14 wrapped bead links instead of the 15 shown here.  If your beads are different sizes than the ones shown here, you will need to measure to get your length correct.

Beaded Leash Jewelry Making Project made using common jewelry making tools and supplies.

Step 8:  When you have your straight chain in the correct length, you connect the last wrapped loop in the last loop in the chain to the second loop in the second loop in the chain.  This is the larger loop that we made in step 6.  Once this connection is made, wrap the loop closed, cut the excess wire and using one pair of  bent chain nose pliers hold the loop so that it remains round while you squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire with your second pair of bent chain nose pliers so that I lays flat. 

Select the picture at right to view a larger view showing how this beaded leash connects to your cell phone. 

Should you have a problem in connecting a commercial clasp to the loop in your cell phone, this problem can be easily overcome.  Make a single wrapped bead link, connecting one end of the link to the loop in your cell phone and leaving the other end as a slightly larger than normal wrapped loop.  This technique leaves this single wrapped bead link permanently connected to your cell phone and uses the larger loop in the wrapped bead link as the loop where you would connect the clasp on your cell phone leash. 

A beaded leash could also be made using Soft Flex bead stringing wire.  The easiest way to do this is to start with a soldered jump ring.  This soldered ring would become the point where you would connect both ends of the strand of beads that go around your wrist and the 2" segment to the lobster claw clasp.  In addition to the soldered jump ring, the lobster claw clasp, the beads and the Soft Flex (size .019 or .024 would be recommended), you will need crimp beads to crimp the Soft Flex wire to the clasp and the soldered jump ring.  The technique for performing this crimp is shown here. 

Now you are ready to take your cell phone for a walk.

 

 



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