Beaded Chain

by Deborah Kelly

Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry

Materials Needed

  • 3 ½ feet of 24 gauge round wire

  • 3 inches of 18 gauge round wire or 2 4mm jump rings

  • 44 4mm or 5mm beads in 2 colors (22 beads of each color)

  • 1 clasp (on this chain I use a 5mm magnetic clasp)

Tools need

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat or Chain nose pliers

  • Wire cutters

  • 6 step bail making pliers or mandrel 4 or 5 mm round


Step 1

Grasp the 24 gauge wire ½ to ¾ inch from the end with the round nose pliers about half way down the pliers.

Note: if working off a spool of wire put a bead on the wire before grasping the wire.

Step 2

Bend the tail of the wire around the round nose pliers

Step 3

Wrap the short tail end of the wire around the other end of the wire one to two times.

Creating a small circle of wire.

Cut off the small tail of the wire as close as possible.

Step 4

Gently take your chain nose pliers and lightly squeeze the end of the wire and twist it around in the direction the wire wraps around.

This will smooth the end of the wire.

Step 5

If the Bead has not been put on the wire put it on now.

Grasp the wire close to the bead near the tips of the round nose pliers.

Bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.

Step 6

Move the round nose pliers into the bend of the wire and wrap the wire around the round nose pliers once.

Wrap the long wire once or twice around the wire going thru the bead between the bead and the loop just made.

Step 7

Cut off wire close to the wraps and smooth with chain or flat nose pliers.

If need be take pliers and adjust the loops at the end so they are facing the same way and are centered coming out of the bead.

Step 8

Make 21 more links the same color as the first one.

Step 9

Make a loop like in step 1 and 2 by grasping the wire with the round nose pliers about ½ to ¾ inch from the end and wrap the wire around one side of the pliers once.

Note- if working off a spool of wire put a contrasting bead on the wire first.

Step 10

Take one of the finished links and slip it onto the loop.

Step 11

Wrap the end of the wire to finish the loop.

It is helpful to hold the loop with a pair of chain nose pliers when wrapping the tail end.

Cut close to the wrap and smooth down with chain or flat nose pliers.

Step 12

Slip the bead on the wire if this has not been done already.

Use round nose pliers to bend the wire at a 90 degree angle, move the pliers into the bend and wrap the wire around the top jaw of the pliers to form another loop.

If working off a spool of wire cut wire ¾ inch from loop.

Step 13

Slip another link onto the wire into the loop.

Take the tail end of the wire and wrap it around the wire between the loop and the bead one to two time.

It is helpful to grasp the loop in a pair of pliers in this step.

Cut the wire close to where it is wrapped and smooth with pliers.

Step 14

Now there is three links combined together like in the picture.

Step 15

Continue adding links on the chain which was started following steps 9 thru 13 until all the beads are used up or the chain is as long as desired.

If ending on a contrasting bead color end loop like the second loop on the links made in the beginning.

If chain is too short just make a few more links and add them on.

Step 16

-Use the short bit of wire to make a couple jump rings on the 2nd step of the 6 step bail making pliers but wrapping the wire around it 3 or 4 times.

– Slide the coil off the bail making pliers and cut up one side to make jump rings.

– Skip this step if two jump rings are available.

Step 17

– Use the 2 jump rings to attach the clasp to the chain.

-The chain is now finished.

-Put your favorite pendant on it or wear it as is.

Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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