So yesterday I shared with you my new jump ring chain bracelet, which was my first endeavor into chainmaille and it was a lot of fun! But earlier in the week I shared a tutorial over at Mom Spark for making this really pretty beaded jump ring chain that can be used for bracelets or necklaces. It’s so pretty and so easy. It may even be easier than yesterday’s tutorial and it was cake!
The greatest thing about both of these projects are the lack of tools required. I’ve probably worn out the phrase “jewelry making can be expensive” but it’s the honest truth of it. And if you want to get into it, it seems like you have to plonk down a serious chunk of change for tools, beads, beading wire, closures, crimp beads, other findings and a way to keep them all organized. It isn’t like a little bag of lobster clasps at $2 is going to break the bank, but when you add it all up, it’s surprising the total that your checker will declare you need to fork over.
So, for this project you need two sizes of jump rings, one package of seed beads (mine are mixed colors I got at Wal-Mart) and one form of closure – I used a lobster clasp. All of this you can buy for around $5-6 and have a some small jump rings, clasps and beads left over! And if you don’t have jewelry pliers, you can always use a pair of household needle nose pliers and you’ll only need to use those twice!
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Mom Spark and learn how to make one of these simple beauties! DIY Beaded Jumbo Jump Ring Chain Tutorial.