If you know how to crochet, and you like to make jewelry, then this is a fabulous technique to incorporate into your jewelry-making repertoire. The technique is a simple chain stitch with beads added. If you do not know how do a chain stitch there are directions below.
When choosing your beads you will want to pick beads that are similar in size. I used all 6mm beads and I would not go much bigger than that. Also, long tube beads do not work very well. If you want to have a multi-strand necklace use more wire and add additional beads.
- One spool of silver ming 28 gauge wire
- Jewelery Designer Glass Beads Spectra Multi 6mm -40 for a single strand choker, 20 for single strand bracelet. ( 100 for multi-strand necklace and 50 for a multi-strand bracelet.)
- Crochet hook, size G.
- Wire cutters and needle-nose pliers
- Jill MacKay Collection Sterling Plated Magnet Clasp
- Genevieve Gail Novelty Crystal Dangle
- Silver Jump Rings
Directions to make crochet necklace
- String your beads onto the wire, leaving it attached to the spool. Push them along down the wire toward the spool.
- Basic Slip Knot
2. Form a slip-knot with your wire. Now, put your crochet hook through that slip knot, and tighten, while leaving a little space for movement.
3. Chain three. *** Chain Stitch***Take the end of your wire that’s still attached to the spool, and wrap it over your hook. Wrap from the back of the hook to the front. Pull it through the slip knot.
- Start of chain stitch
- Add a bead
Add a second bead and continue chain stitch.
4. Slide a bead up along the wire, all the way to the hook. Reach hook in front of the bead, and wrap the wire over it as in a chain stitch. Catch the wire in your hook, and pull it through. Continue until no loose beads remain.
5. Finish your strand with three more chain stitches. Cut the wire free of the spool, leaving about a 3″ tail of wire at both ends.
6. Take the loose tail of wire and wrap it through that end loop a few times to anchor your stitching. Cut the loose end of the wire close to that loop. Repeat for other end.
7. Attach your jump rings clasp and finding to complete your necklace.
8. Take the loose tail of wire and wrap it through that end loop a few times to anchor your stitching. Cut the loose end of the wire close to that loop. Repeat for other end.
9. Attach your jump rings clasp and finding to complete your necklace.
- Jill MacKay Clasp
- Boho Collection Crystal Dangle
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