Dec 13

Learn How To Make Chain Necklace Jewelry

How To Make Chain Necklace Jewelry (courtesy of

Hi! This is Debra Windsong with Expert Village.

OK, in this clip, we’ll talk about necklaces made from chain. And, there are a lot of different kinds of chain, a lot of styles out there. What I normally look for is a medium weight chain, because I’m thinking that I want it to be strong enough to hold a few beads on it. There are lighter chains out there, and you really can’t do a lot of heavy work on the light chains, so just keep that in mind. If I want to use this for a clasp, I’m gonna have to make sure that it’s big enough for the trigger clasp to get through.

This one here is a fashionable chain – it’s got round and, um, very narrow, oval links. And, what I did with it is I put a pendant on the end of it, and I attached it with a bale. And I also made cuts in the chain in various lengths, and added a piece of wire that I strung a bead on. And for this chain, it’s very adjustable, because you can attach it to any one of the larger links on the upper end of the chain.

To attach the pendant to the chain, you’ll need a certain size bale, and your bale is going to depend on the size of the chain and whether or not you want to link it right onto one of these links, or have it move freely. The reason you might want it to slide freely is because if you adjust the length, you’ll want to be able to make sure that this is still falling in the middle as you wear it.

The advantage that there is to working with chain instead of the cord or the wire is that you don’t have to do as much work to get the clasp on. It’s usually a matter of simply opening up your jump ring and attaching the clasp. Also, when you do open up the jump ring, it’s very important that you take 2 flat-nosed pliers and just gently twist, slightly, so that you can twist back again and have it be a round circle, instead of getting all twisted out of shape.