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Greek key wire necklace

In this beginner tutorial, use a brass slide gauge to make a modern necklace

Examples of the Greek key motif are everywhere in ancient Greek architecture, textiles, and decorative arts, such as pottery. The pattern is still striking in this modern, easy chain. As you work, use the metric system to measure the links, keep the length of the wires uniform, and adhere to the measurements for each bend. Use your brass slide gauge to measure in millimeters; it’s easier than finding 5⁄16 in. and 5⁄64 in. on a ruler. You’ll soon be surprised at how accurate you are at making the links without measuring.

Read the step-by-step project instructions below, or click here for the free project PDF.


  • Copper wire: 22-gauge (0.6mm), round, dead-soft, 8 ft. (2.4m)
  • Brass wire: 18-gauge (1.0mm), round, dead-soft, 7 1⁄4 ft. (2.2m)
  • Copper wire: 18-gauge (1.0mm), round, dead-soft, 6 in. (15cm)

Tools & supplies

  • Round mandrel: 10-gauge (2.6mm) brass wire
  • Flush cutters
  • Pliers: chainnose, flatnose
  • Permanent marker: black
  • Brass slide gauge
  • Sandpaper: 400 grit
  • Tape: masking
  • Tumbler, steel shot, burnishing compound
  • Polishing cloth (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)

Wire tips

  • To straighten and clean the wire after cutting, grasp one end with pliers and pull it through a polishing cloth.
  • If you need to correct a mistake, use flatnose pliers to straighten the bends.
  • Lay the links out end-to-end as you assemble the necklace to keep them organized.
  • Remove permanent ink with rubbing alcohol.
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