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Chain and ribbon wrap necklace with charms

Wire-wrap chain and ribbon for a versatile necklace or bracelet that's twice as nice
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace with charms
For a bold cuff, attach large Lucite flowers and vintage charms.

Chain and silk ribbon make a bright, textured backdrop for whimsical charms. Wear this piece as a simple necklace or wrap it several times for a colorful cuff. Complete the look with mismatched earrings using crystals that coordinate with the ribbon’s color.

SUPPLIES

Necklace/bracelet 41 in. (1 m) 

  • 7 9–25 mm charms
  • 7–9 mm large-hole bead
  • 40–42 in. (1–1.1 m) ribbon, 15 mm width
  • 30 in. (76 cm) 24-gauge wire
  • 36–38 in. (91–97 cm) chain, 3–4 mm links
  • 12 4–5 mm jump rings
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 9–25 mm charms
  • 4 5–6 mm crystals
  • 2 in. (5 cm) chain, 3–4 mm links
  • 4 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers 
  • diagonal wire cutters

Ribbon from silkpaintingisfun.com or Eclectica, www.eclecticabeads.com. Antique brass charms from Vintaj, galenabeads.com. Silver charms from Nina Designs, ninadesigns.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

NOTE: If you make a necklace with antique brass chain, you can use 24-gauge Artistic Wire to match. The “gunmetal” color is actually more of an antique brass.

INSTRUCTIONS
 
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace 1
Step 1
Open a jump ring. Attach a charm. Close the jump ring. Attach jump rings to seven charms.
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace 2
Step 2
Cut a 36–38-in. (91–97 cm) piece of chain and a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of wire. About 2 in. (5 cm) from one end of the chain, and about 4 in. (10 cm) from one end of the ribbon, string the wire through a link and wrap the wire a few times around the ribbon. Trim the excess wire and tuck the end under the wraps.
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace 3
Step 3
At 5–7-in. (13–18 cm) intervals, use wire to attach the chain and ribbon as in step 2. Do not trim the excess chain.
 
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace 4
Step 4
Use a jump ring to attach five charm units as desired. Attach the charm units either to the chain or to the ribbon.
Chain and ribbon wrap necklace 5
Step 5
Over both ribbon ends, string a large-hole bead. On each end, string a charm unit and tie an overhand knot.
Stringing ribbons
Tip
If you’re having trouble stringing the ribbons through the hole of a bead, use a straightened paper clip to push the ends through.
Earrings
Chain earrings with charms 1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a crystal. Make a plain loop. Repeat.
Chain earrings with charms 2
Step 2
Cut a 3⁄4-in. (1.9 cm) piece of chain. Open a jump ring and attach a charm and one end of the chain. Close the jump ring.
Chain earrings with charms 3
Step 3
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the chain. Close the loop.
Chain earrings with charms 4
Step 4
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the chain. Close the loop.
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