Wire Jewelry Techniques | How To Make An Anklet
It doesn’t get much simpler than this delicate anklet (or bracelet – you choose). Update a plain chain with sparkly little beads that catch the light with your every move. This is a perfect confidence-boosting project for newbie wire-wrappers. You’ll dance, and your anklet will dance with you!
- – Your wrist or ankle measurement in fine gauge gold linked chain
- – 10-20 24 gauge gold head pins (depending on how many dangles you like)
- – 10-20 seed (or similar size) beads
- – 1 gold split spring ring clasp
- – one small 22 gauge gold split jump ring
- – one large 22 gauge gold soldered jump ring
Start by making a basic bracelet/anklet by adding a closure to your chain. Open the split ring on your spring ring clasp and attach one end of the chain. Close the ring.
Open the split jump ring and attach the opposite end of the chain and the soldered jump ring. Close the split jump ring.
Grab a head pin and string a bead onto the pin.
Begin to make a loop above the bead. Thread the end of the wire through a link of the chain about one inch from the clasp end. Close the wire loop and snip excess.
Ta daaaa! Your first dangle! Here you have options: You can stick with single beaded dangles around the rest of your bracelet/anklet, or…
…You can make clusters of multiple beaded dangles! To make a cluster, simply attach another dangle through the same chain link as another. I chose to mix it up and make a cluster every third dangle or so, keeping the rest single dangles.
Continue adding your choice of dangles/clusters every one inch or so along the chain. Don’t worry about spacing your dangles exactly one inch apart. I promise it won’t be noticeable if your spacing is off two or three little chain links.
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