We stock a huge range of connectors, links and charms that can easily be added into ready-made chain to create a beautiful design. You can also use your favourite gemstones to add some colour and meaning.
Projects like this only need a couple of pairs of pliers and some glue to create them, so this is ideal if you are just starting out into the world of jewellery making.
Emerald is the birthstone of May and is said to be the stone of infinite patience, so if you happen a know someone with a May birthday perhaps this would make a thoughtful handmade gift.
Firstly, you will need to set the emerald cabochon into the milled edge bezel cup.
These bezel cups only have a very shallow edge so do require glue to set the stone in place, this also makes this a very easy setting to use and ideal for beginners to jewellery making projects.
We always recommend using our Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue for things like this as it is really fast to set and dries clear.
Check that your stone fits the setting well, it is unlikely you will need to make any adjustments but if you do, this is the time to do this - always check the stones fit the setting before applying your glue!
Next, mix a small amount of glue (instructions can be found here) and apply carefully then place the stone in the setting.
Leave the glue to dry for a short while. Whilst the glue is drying you can get on with another part of the project.
Use side cutters to cut the middle of the chain in half.
You will then make the beads and connecting pieces which will be inserted into the gap in the chain.
To wire wrap the bead chain, use the 0.3mm sterling silver wire with the three emerald beads - you can see a step by step tutorial on how to do this here.
You will then have the three beads linked together. We opted to make our chain of beads slightly graduating in size, you can do the same or in a random order - either will look nice so feel free to adjust to your own preference.
Connect one end of the bead chain to one side of the willow leaf connector using a small jump ring and the other end to one of the loose lengths of chain.
You can use your snipe nose pliers to open and close your jump rings, remember to twist the jump rings to open and close rather than pull them apart to ensure a tight and secure connection.
Now you have completed this you will probably find that the glue is set and dry.
Complete the necklace by connecting the emerald link setting to the chain at one end and the willow leaf connector at the other using small jump rings. Ensure all your jump ring connections are secure and your necklace is ready to wear!
Side cutters - to cut the chain
Snipe nose Pliers - for opening and closing jump rings
Round nose pliers- to form loops in wire
Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies.
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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