Create a beautiful spring themed necklace with a sterling silver cherry blossom connector and sunny shades of yellow, citrine briolette drop beads. This is a simple wire wrap project, ideal for beginners.
Start by finding the centre of the chain and cut it with side cutters.
Attach the cherry blossom connector to the chain necklace in the gap you have made using two of the small jump rings (remember to twist open the jump rings as shown here)
Next wire wrap 2 of the briolette beads. Slip the briolette onto the wire around 3-4cm down. Ensure one side of the wire is longer than the other - pinch both ends of wire together at the top of the briolette to form a triangle shape, making sure the briolette is central.
Hold both sides of the wire with round nose pliers and bend the longer length to a right angle. At this point, work half way up the plier nose to ensure you allow yourself enough room for a good wrap. If necessary, trim any access wire on the short side with side cutters.
Use round nose pliers to form a loop with the longer side of the wire by bending it to a right angle and wrapping it around the tip of the pliers. Hold the loop flat between the tips of snipe nose pliers and take the long end of wire and use your fingers to tightly wrap it around the stem of the wires - begin at the base and work downwards.
Use snipe nose pliers to gently squeeze the coil together and continue to wrap upwards until you reach the top of the bead. Once you're happy with the wrap, use side cutters to trim excess wire and squeeze the end into the coil for a neat finish.
Attach a jump ring directly to one of the wire wrapped briolettes and attach the jump ring to the cherry blossom connector on the right hand side. Connect another briolette and jump ring to the left of the other briolette.
As there are 10 briolette beads you can add as many as you with using the same method.
This will complete your necklace!
Side cutters - for cutting and trimming wire, head pins etc.
Round nose pliers - for bending loops in wire
Snipe nose pliers - for bending metal sheet and wire
Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies.
'The Basics of Bead Stringing' by Debbie Kanan
'Beading Design' by Kim Glover
The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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