I like jewelry that is kind of snake-like. I don’t know why because I HATE snakes, like pass out at the sight of even if it is a 5 inch garden snake kind of fear of the slithering things. But when in comes to inspiration for my DIY style projects, I’m all about it. Just check out my Kumihimo bracelet that has a clasp where a snake’s head is eating its own tail.
And when I found these lovely hot pink and black beads on 50% off special, I knew I needed them but I didn’t know what to do with them. When it comes to straight up beading, I tend to be less than inspiring in my ideas. So I decided to have some pretty chain snaking around the beads. The end result is a lot prettier than I imagined it would be. In fact I was pretty sure that this was going to wind up a hot mess. And it took me forever to figure out how to do this so that it looks great. I probably took my bracelet apart 4 or 5 times before I was happy enough with the process to share it here with you.
For this project you will need:
- 12mm agate beads (these are obviously dyed – grab them at Hobby Lobby here)
- chain (see notes below)
- beading wire (this is what I use… it’s super cheap and does the job)
- end caps
- jewelry pliers
- Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue
First off I have no clue what kind of chain this is. Snake chain, perhaps? I got mine in the jewelry making section at Walmart for less than $3 and it had clasps already included with it. Score! I’ve been to a ton lately and they all still have it, so take a peek at the pic and see if you can grab some for yourself. If you know what this is, please feel free to share that info :) Thanks!
Now this chain works so well for one reason… the gaps in the chain are big enough that you can finagle your beading wire through.
First you’ll need to glue an end cap onto your chain and allow to dry completely. Run your beading wire through the chain about 1/2 an inch from the end cap.
Weave the wire in and out so that you get up to the end cap.
When you get to the cap, shove a bit of glue and the beading wire inside to secure. When you’re done you’ll have the wire magically popping out just where we need to go!
Run your first bead onto the beading wire.
Use your fingers to wrap the chain around the bead. Where the chain meets up with the beads’ hole run your wire through the chain.
Continue on down, checking the length as you go until you reach the desired size. Now wrapping the chain around the beads is kind of tricky at first. It’s easiest of if you lay the bracelet down on a flat surface as you work. If you have a hard time you can take a dry erase board marker to mark the spot and have both hands free to run the beading wire through.
At the desired length, add your clasps. I left a bit of green on the chain. See near the clasp part at the top? That’s all you need is a little mark! It’ll wipe away when you’re ready, too!
The end result is pretty darn snazzy if I do say so myself!
When worn it’s a real eye catcher!
Just be sure to pay attention to your length. I didn’t include my closer and jump rings to connect in my length so mine is a bit bigger than I was hoping for!
What do you think? Do you love my bracelet as much as I do? ‘Cause I think it’s freaking fab!