It’s weekend and time to learn how to make jewelry! Today, we’ll be teaching wire crochet.
This is a 20-inch elegant chocker necklace made of turquoise chips. This project looks rather complicated but it is actually very easy to do. You can wear it at different occasions. You can even wear it while having fun at the beach and surely you will look elegant. Creating this necklace involves knowledge in basic crochet and is suited for confident beginners. This tutorial is jointly developed by Naz Garces and XQDesigns.
|Creating this necklace involves knowledge in basic crochet and is suited for confident beginners.
Prepare the following materials and tools:
Pre-string 50 pcs. of chips into the beading wire. Do not cut the wire. You will crochet the chips with the wire still attached to the spool.
Secure 3 inches of wire as a tail then make a loop. Crochet 5 chain stitches. The 1st loop will count as 1st chain; therefore, you will only need to crochet four more chain stitches.
Take 2 chips from the pre-stringed chips. Crochet once. Then crochet another without any chips on it. Alternate chain with chips and blank chain. Crochet until you have used up all the 50 chips. Which means you will have to make 25 clusters of 2 chips each and 25 blank chains. After the last 2 chips are crocheted, crochet 5 blanks chain stitches.
Then leave a 3 inches tail wire. Make 2 more of this as we need 3 strands of crocheted wire with chips. Take note that you need 150 semi-precious stone chips with 50 chips per strand.
Lay down 3 strands of crocheted wire and chips then massage the wire to make the chips face the same direction. Your pattern should be: Crochet 5 blank chain stitch ->25 clusters (of 2 chips) and 25 blank chain stitch alternating each other->5 blank chain stitch.
Pick up all 3 crocheted wires. Make sure that the tips of each three are levelled. Cut off wires that are sticking out. Twist them all together using flat nose pliers to form a 3 inches twisted wire.
Braid the 3 crocheted wires. Continue braiding until you have reached the other end of the necklace.
After you have braided all the crocheted part. Take the 3 tail wires and twist them together as you did in the beginning. Cut off wires that are sticking out with a wire cutter. String in the cone followed by the metal spacer. Create a loop for the toggle lock.
Slide toggle lock in and wrap twisted wire 3 times at the base of the loop. Cut excess wire with a wire cutter and smoothen rough and sharp edges using your Flat nose pliers or bent nose pliers.
Do the other pair of toggle lock at the opposite end of the necklace.
If you think the beads/ chips are heavier on one side. You can actually “massage’ the wire to hide or unhide some chips to balance the weight/look of each side of the necklace.
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Happy jewelry making and ciao!
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