You might notice we love working with these tiny glass beads, and the blue/white/yellow combo is one of our favourites for the summer months. This tutorial uses similar tools and techniques to last week’s eyepin necklace, but this one we make with craft wire instead of ready made pins, as it bends a bit better and gives us more length!
You will need:
42 x 3mm blue beads, 32 x 3mm yellow beads, 22 x 3mm white beads (or whatever colours you have/like!)
3 x 12cm strips of 6mm craft wire
Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutters
Chain in your choice of colour and length
1 x 8mm ring
Firstly, using your round nose pliers, grip the end of one piece of wire 1cm down from the top and bend at a right angle. Turn your hand up and over, wrapping the wire around the pliers and making a loop. Don’t panic if it’s not right first time – keep practising!
Thread 42 blue beads on to the piece of wire, and then trim down so you have 1cm left on the other end too.
Repeat the earlier steps to make a loop here. You can then bend this into a rain drop shape – pretty!
Repeat this all with your yellow and white beads to make decreasingly smaller rain drop shapes.
Grab your flat nose pliers, and gently prise open one of the loops on your blue drop by bending it towards you. Now hook the other loop through the open one, and close again. Repeat with the yellow and white drops.
If your 8mm loop is a jump ring that can be opened, use your flat nose pliers to open it and thread all 3 of your drops on through one of their loops. If your ring doesn’t open (like mine!) you’ll need to reopen your loops, hook on to the ring and close them again.
Almost there! Choose whichever length and colour of chain & thread you like and simply pop through the ring.
Voila! One rain drop necklace all finished. Do in many different sizes and colours for much fun and jewellery making joy.