Past Jewelry Making Techniques:
We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters. You can visit this web page here. Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter.
Current Jewelry Making Technique:
This weeks jewelry making technique is a discussion of how to make a necklace extender. Sometimes when you make or purchase a necklace you will find that the necklace isn't the length that you want it to be. In order to make a necklace longer we can make a very simple finding that we call a necklace extender.
A necklace extender is made from a commercial clasp that is similar to the clasp on the necklace you want to extend, a segment of medium to large commercial chain, and a jump ring or split ring finding. To make the necklace extender first connect the commercial clasp to one end of the commercial chain using a jump ring finding. Then measure the length of chain that you need to make the necklace length you want and cut off the excess chain. Finally, add a medium size jump ring or split ring to the other end of the chain.
To use the necklace extender you simply connect your existing clasp on the necklace to the medium jump ring or split ring finding. When you are ready to wear the necklace you just connect the clasp on the necklace extender to the existing catch in your necklace and you should be good to go.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for our Chandelier Earrings with Pearl Beads shown at right. These earrings make an excellent accessory when worn with the pearl beads bracelets that we described in our new jewelry making project for this week. These earrings use 6mm beads and 18 gauge wire. If you wanted to more closely match the bracelet described above, you could add size 8 seed beads to either side of the 6mm pearl beads in the earrings. This would allow you to closely match the seed beads used in the bracelet. Since the beads used in the earrings are smaller than the beads used in the bracelet, you would want to use smaller seed beads in the earrings (than the bracelet) to retain the relative size of the beads versus the seed beads.
Please select here, or select the picture at left to view our instructions for making the Pearl Beads Chandelier Earrings.