The more you sample wireworking techniques, the more inspiration you’ll gather to fashion your own distinctive designs. Better still, the techniques you learn here can be used to make a matching pair of earrings or a complementary cuff.
All the dangles in this necklace use plain or wrapped loops or modifications thereof. Some dangles also include variations, or “variants.” Feel free to mix dangle styles as you see fit, or create your own versions.
You will construct the various dangles first, then assemble the units into the necklace. Make 15-20 simple dangles, 15-20 long dangles, and 15-20 accent dangles before assembling the necklace.
See below for examples of each type of dangle you can make. For more variations on these dangles and the complete project instructions, click here for the free project PDF.
- 75–85 glass and ceramic beads in assorted shapes and sizes (4mm–10mm)
- 10 or more silver beads (4mm–8mm)
- 20–30 ft. (6–9m) 20-gauge sterling-silver wire
- 20-inch (50.8cm) chain with clasp
- 50–60 jump rings or split rings (6mm–10mm)
- Roundnose pliers
- Chainnose pliers
- Diagonal wire cutters
- Small flat file
- Design board
- Hammer (optional)
- Anvil (optional)
- Ruler (optional)