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Chunky colossal chain-link necklace

This chunky beaded chain-link necklace made of triangle beads works up quickly and makes a big impact. 
Full necklace


necklace 22 in. (56 cm)

  • 40–50 g each of Toho triangle beads sizes 8/0 and 11/0
  • toggle clasp
  • wire, half-hard
    • 8 in. (20 cm) 16-gauge
    • 6 in. (15 cm) 18-gauge
  • beading thread
  • beading needles, #12
  • 10 mm dowel 
  • 3 mm dowel (optional)
  • chainnose pliers 
  • roundnose pliers (optional)
  • wire cutters

Two-drop peyote stitch is worked the same as regular peyote stitch, except that you pick up and sew through two beads for each stitch, instead of one.

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of beading thread, pick up 40 11/0 triangle beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie them into a ring with a surgeon’s knot, leaving a bead’s length of slack.

2. Work a round of two-drop tubular peyote stitch by picking up two 11/0s, skipping two 11/0s in the ring, and sewing through the next two 11/0s (FIGURE, a–b). Continue adding two 11/0s per stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first two 11/0s added in the new round (b–c).

3. Work one more round using 11/0s, for a total of four rounds, stepping up after each round (c–d). 

4. Work a round using two 8/0 triangle beads per stitch. Repeat to add one more round of 8/0s (d–e). Using 8/0s will force this edge to bulge slightly.

5. Work four more rounds using two 11/0s per stitch.

6. Zip up the first and last round to complete the tubular link (PHOTO A). Secure the tails in the beadwork with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. 

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to make all subsequent links, but in each repeat of step 1, slide the beads through the center of the previous link before tying the knot (PHOTO B). My necklace has 18 links. 

8. Coil the 16-gauge wire around the 10 mm dowel two and a half times. Use the wire cutters to separate the coils into two jump rings. Coil the 18-gauge wire around the 3 mm dowel or a pair of roundnose pliers three and a half times. Cut the coils to make three jump rings.

Chunky chain link_photo a
Chunky chain link_photo b

9. Open a large jump ring and attach it to the toggle loop and an end link of the beaded chain (PHOTO C). Close the jump ring. 

10. Connect the three small jump rings together, and attach them to the toggle bar. Open the other large jump ring, and attach the three small jump rings and the toggle bar to the other end link of the beaded chain. Close the jump ring.

Chunky chain link_photo c
Editors note


EDITOR'S NOTE: These loop-making mandrels are great if you need only a few jump rings for a project. They come in two sizes, and have graduated steps to create jump rings in a variety of sizes.

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