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Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace set

Polymer clay beads pop on a simple chain.

I love finding creative ways to incorporate handmade clay wafers into unique pieces of jewelry. The beads in this design capture the movement and colors of rolling ocean waves. Like the sea, much lies beneath this necklace’s surface: seed beads, wire, and round beads. Buoyed by these components, the wafers seem to float on the neckline. 

SUPPLIES 

necklace 19–21 in. (48–53 cm) 

  • 3 1-in. (2.5 cm) wafer beads
  • 6–10 mm accent bead or button
  • 3 6 mm round beads 
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 3 3 mm flat spacers
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 20- or 22-gauge half-hard wire
  • 14–16 in. (36–41 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 3 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 2 3–4 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Wafer beads from Humble Beads, humblebeads.com. Check your local bead store for similar supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace Step 1
1. On a head pin, string a flat spacer and a wafer bead. Make a plain loop. Make three wafer units.
Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace Step 2
2. Cut an 8-in. (20 cm) piece of 20- or 22-gauge wire. Center a wafer unit. On each end, string four or five 11/0 seed beads, a round bead, four or five 11/0s, and a wafer unit.
Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace Step 3

3a. On one end, string eight to ten 11/0s and an accent bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.

3b. Cut two 7-in. (18 cm) pieces of chain. Attach one chain end and the loop. Complete the wraps.

Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace Step 4
4. On the other end, string five 11/0s and a round. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a chain and complete the wraps.
Ocean waves polymer wafer necklace Step 5
5. Check the fit, and trim chain if necessary. Open a jump ring. Attach one chain end and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.
 
Ocean Waves polymer wafer earrings
Have extra beads? Play around with your findings and see what kind of a matching earring you can create!
Tip!
Adjust the chain’s length so the wire and wafer beads rest on  your collarbone. Use a chain extender if you’re making the necklace for someone else.
Ocean waves polymer wafer bracelet
BRACELET

SUPPLIES

  • 1-in. (2.5 cm) wafer bead
  • 3 mm flat spacer
  • 12–16 in. (30–41 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Ocean waves polymer wafer Bracelet Step 1
1. Cut two pieces of chain. Follow necklace step 1 to make a wafer unit. Open the loop of the wafer unit and attach the center link of both chains.
Ocean waves polymer wafer Bracelet Step 2
2. Open a jump ring. On one end, attach both chains and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.

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