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Beaded Necklaces For Men

Instructions for making Beaded Necklaces for Men out of bead-stringing wire, beads and jewelry supplies using common jewelry making tools:

Tony's Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

In the Washington, DC area, there is a Sports Radio talk show host who left his sports talk radio show.  He decided that he wanted to choose his departure gift from his "loyal fans".  On his radio show he requested men's necklaces for himself.  He wanted inexpensive necklaces like the beaded necklaces he wore as Tony's Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies using jewelry hand tools.a young man.  Being a loyal fan, and since beads are something that we can do, I volunteered to make some necklaces for him.  I had actually been considering writing a letter telling him how much I enjoyed his show.  Instead of a letter, I decided to send these four necklaces.  This wasn't the first request I had received for jewelry projects for men, it was just the first request that came with an inspiration on what to do. Tony's Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with common jewelry making supplies, beads, and jewelry wire.

On the right, you can view the necklaces that were sent to to the talk show host.  The top three are what I wanted to send, because I like the beads, the size and the style of the necklaces.  The bottom necklace design is the type that he seemed to want.  WigJig sells the beads used in the top three necklaces.  I purchased the beads for the bottom necklace elsewhere.

Mr. Tony's Necklace Jewelry Making Project an inexpensive necklace made with beads and common jewelry making supplies.Full sized picutres of all three necklaces can be found at the end of this design.  It turned out that the talk show host liked the top three necklaces but thought they were too feminine so he gave them to his wife and daughter.  The fourth necklace wasn't what he wanted either but I never learned what he did with it.  I think that he wanted something with 4mm beads instead of the 6mm beads used here. 

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Men's Necklace Jewelry Making Project made with beads and jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

Step-by-step instructions for making Beaded Necklaces for Men using common jewelry tools, bead-stringing wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

While necklaces made for women can be in lengths of 16" for a choker, 18", 24" or even 30" long, necklaces for men should generally be made in the choker style.  We recommend making the necklace about 1/2 inch longer than the circumference of the wearer's neck.  In general, you can use the collar size plus 1/2 inch.  I also recommend choosing darker colors and considering semi-precious stones instead of glass beads.  Instructions for making this necklace begin below.

Step 1:  Cut a length of stringing material about 3" longer than the finished length of the necklace.  We used Soft Touch bead stringing wire for this necklace in the .019 size.  Our thinking is that if we will be spending our time to make the necklace, we want to make it out of the strongest, most supple material.  We don't want it to break during wearing.  Especially when making a necklace for a man, we want the finished product to be strong.  When cutting Soft Touch or other stainless steel bead stringing wire be certain to use a cutter that is designed to cut stainless steel wire.  A normal jewelry wire cutter will not work well and will be destroyed by cutting stainless steel. 

Step 2:  Starting from the middle, string your beads symmetrically onto this wire.  Develop your color pattern and string symmetrically away from the center.  The necklaces shown mainly used 6mm beads.  Clamp the end of the necklace that you aren't working with using a hemostat or plastic hemostat.  This will prevent the beads from inadvertently slipping off that end while you add new beads to the opposite end.  Continue stringing until you have strung about 1 1/2" of beads less than the desired finished length of the necklace.  At that point, clamp both ends with your hemostat as we prepare to add Clasp for Men's Necklace Jewelry Making Project made of common jewelry supplies.the clasp. 

Step 3:  I wanted to make a clasp for this necklace that is as strong as I could make it.  I also wanted to cover the connections to this clasp so that it would look as professional as possible.  To meet these objectives I elected to make a clasp using end caps or end cones as shown at right, above.  Begin your connection to the clasp with a segment of jewelry wire 4 inches long.  Make a wrapped loop in your jewelry wire, leaving about 2-3/4" of straight wire. 

Step 4:  Thread two 2x2mm crimp beads onto your bead stringing wire. 

Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace using jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies -- Step 6Step 5:  Loop your bead stringing wire through the wrapped loop in your wire twice. 

Step 6:  Now thread the end of your bead stringing wire back through one of the loops so that when you pull it tight, it will form Step 7 to instructions for making a Men's  Beaded Necklace using common jewelry tools and jewelry supplies.a knot. 

Step 7:  Thread the end of the wire back through the two 2x2mm crimp beads.  At this point, your wire should appear as shown at left.  We used two crimp beads for redundancy and to make the resulting necklace stronger.  You can get by with only one crimp bead, but for the very small increase in cost, I recommend using two.    Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace using jewelry wire and common jewelry making supplies -- Step 8

Step 8:  Pull the wire tight, leaving about 1" of unused wire on the end. 

Step 9:  Using your bead crimping pliers, crimp the bead closest to the wrapped loop first, then crimp the further crimp bead.  The process of crimping a crimp bead is shown here.  There are three sizes of crimping pliers.  Be sure to use the size that is made for your crimp beads.  2x2mm crimp beads work best with the standard size crimping pliers. 

Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace out of jewelry wire, and beads using common jewelry tools -- Step 10Step 10:  At this point we are ready to add our end cone to cover the crimp beads.  Thread the end of your wire through the hole in the end cone.  If you can slide the unused end of your Soft Touch into the hole in your beads, slide your beads to cover the unused wire tail.  If the end won't fit inside your beads given that one strand of wire is already threaded through these beads, cut the excess wire adjacent to your Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace using common jewelry supplies, beads and jewelry wire -- Step 11crimp bead. 

Step 11:  Now we need to make a second wrapped loop in the wire.  This second loop will be used to connect to the clasp for the necklace.  Begin by grasping the wire immediately above the end cone with your bent chain nose pliers and bend the wire about 90 degrees.  Again, the technique for making a wrapped loop in jewelry wire can be found here.

Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 12 showing shaping jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.

Step 12:  Using your round nose pliers, make a loop in the jewelry wire as close to the 90 degree bend as possible.  Using  your round nose pliers align the loop so that it is centered on the wire from Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 13 showing adding common jewelry supplies to the necklace.the end cone. 

Step 13:  Thread your commercial clasp onto the wire and slide it into position in the loop in the wire as shown at left. 

Step 14:  Grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and hold the loop firmly while you wrap the wire tail around the wire between the end cone and the loop.  Wrap about 2 full rotations. 

Instructions for making a Men's Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 15 showing a close up of the clasp.Step 15:  Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter.  Grasp the loop in your bent chain nose pliers and while holding this loop, use a second pair of chain nose pliers and squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  This completes one end of your necklace. 

Step 16:  At this point, measure from the center of your necklace to the end of the clasp that you just completed.  This measurement should be 1/2 of the length of your finished necklace.  If the length isn't correct, add or remove beads as necessary to get to the correct length. 

Step 17:  When you have your length correct, you are ready to add the other end of Men's Beaded Necklace Green Pattern made out of jewelry wire and beads.your clasp.  This is done in the same steps as before.  Return to Step 3 and begin making the second clasp.  Follow these steps until you get to Step 8.  When pulling the slack out of the wire, you need to pull all the slack out of the Soft Touch wire in your necklace.  You are ready to squeeze the crimp beads when there is no slack in the wire. 

Men's Necklace Jewelry Making Project Coral Necklace made using common jewelry tools.

Step 18:  Continue adding the second clasp to your necklace, following steps 9 through 15. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Because we knotted the Soft Touch bead stringing wire on either side and also used two crimp beads, where one would have been sufficient, we have made a necklace that is significantly stronger.  This necklace should stand up to being worn by someone who is not accustomed to wearing a necklace, and may not treat it delicately. 

Clasp for Men's Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Design made out of common jewelry supplies.This approach of covering the crimp beads and using wire to connect between the bead stringing wire and your clasp may be appropriate for anyone.  End cones come in many sizes.  Crimp bead covers may also be used in place of the end cones.  This approach adds a little magic to the finished product.  It isn't obvious how the necklace was made and the finished results look rather professional. 

I gave the necklaces shown to the radio celebrity.  The bad news is that the radio personality did not like the necklaces and planned on giving them to a female friend.  The good news is that I liked the necklaces and decided to make a couple for me.  My wife also liked the necklaces and indicated that she would like one also.  Perhaps I should have called these necklaces Gender-Neutral or Unisex Necklaces. 

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Men's Necklace Jewelry Making Project Green Necklace made out of beads and jewelry wire.

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Men's Necklace Jewelry Making Project Coral Necklace made using common jewelry supplies.

Made with red agate, black onyx, and yellow jade beads.

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