About This Design
Time: Approximately 2-3 hours
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected.
Approximately $20-25 as shown.
This is a great carnelian nugget pendant, made with a nice chunky
faceted carnelian nugget bead, wrapped in fine sterling silver chain
with a chain fringe on the bottom. Very contemporary, this sleek
design will look great with everything. You can make this necklace
style using any beads you like in any colors.
Want to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself?
Let's get started!
- 1 Carnelian Nugget Bead, faceted. Carnelian
Beads on eBay
- 8 Small Carnelian Beads (style of choice) . I used 2 very
small rondelle beads, and 6 larger faceted rondelle beads in my
- Bulk Sterling Silver Chain (style of choice). I used fine
chain, about 36 inches. Bulk
chain on eBay
- Length of sterling silver half hard wire (I used 24G)
- Clasp of choice. I used a sterling silver toggle clasp.
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Craft the pendant component
We will use some sterling silver wire and chain to create the pendant. I
used 5 random lengths of chain for the "fringe" on the bottom
of my bead, and wrapped my carnelian nugget bead in three
chains. How many chains you use in your design is up to
Cut a length of silver wire, several inches
long. Using round nose pliers make a round loop on the bottom of
the wire. This is where you will attach your chain
you need help learning to make a loop, follow these instructions.
Cut your lengths of chain, and then slide your chain onto the loop
(making fringe) then close the loop.
Next, we will wrap three pieces of chain around the carnelian
nugget. This part is a little tricky because you want the chain to
fit tightly on the bead but not so tight you can't easily attach the
chain. You will feed your wire through the ends of three pieces of
chain, through the carnelian bead, then as you slide the wire out the
top of the carnelian bead you will catch the three chain ends and feed
the wire through the chain, thus attaching them to the bead (giving a
TIP - Leave the chain longer than you need it on the top of the bead,
and after you have attached the chain to the wire you can cut off the
extra length using flush cutters.
Attach the pendant to the chain
Now we will attach the pendant to the necklace chain. Decide how long
you want your necklace to be, and how long you want each section of
chain to be. Cut all the chain at once. For the next section
the the necklace, I used three chains on each side, about 4 inches
long. Cut your six lengths of chain to your desired length.
Then, for the top part of the necklace, I used a single chain (about 4
inches long). Cut two more lengths of chain for the top part of
Let's attach the pendant to the necklace chain. Make a round
loop on the top of your carnelian bead, and slide each of the six chains
onto the loop, then close the loop. Spread the chain so you have
three chains on either side of the necklace.
Now, we'll attach the three carnelian beads in the center of the
chain. You will repeat this for both sides of the necklace:
Cut a length of silver wire, and make a round loop. Slide the
three chains on the loop, and close the loop. Slide three
carnelian beads onto the wire, then make a wire loop. Slide the
last chain onto the loop, then close the loop. You will now have a
pendant with three chains attached to either side, attached to a
three-bead component, and a single chain.
We are ready to attach the toggle clasp. Cut two lengths of
silver wire. Make a round loop, and attach it to the chain, and
close the loop. Slide a bead onto the wire, then make a round loop
and attach one half of the toggle clasp component, and close the
loop. Repeat on the other side of the necklace to attach the other
half of the toggle clasp.
That's it, your new carnelian bead pendant is ready to wear!
Matching Jewelry Set
This necklace looks great with other carnelian jewelry.
and Chain Earrings