Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new chain styles we are introducing this week. These chains feature really cool geometric shapes that will look fabulous on a necklace or bracelet. Our wonderful designer Allie has made an amazing Inspiration Project called the Summer Festival necklace that illustrates the versatility of these fun chains. What I’m most excited about is the designs that can be made by deconstructing the chain. This week, I’ve made a few fun and easy projects by turning the individual chain pieces into a focal for earrings and a necklace.

I am in love with the new Base Metal 7.25mm Triangle Drop chain. Not only is the chain fresh and funky, but the little triangle dangles make perfect little components all by themselves! For my first project, I simply cut one triangle off the chain to make a simple, yet elegant small pendant for a necklace.For my second design, I stacked three of the triangles on two segments of parallel chain.Since the triangles and chain are small and delicate it was tricky at first to line everything up. I found if I taped the pieces of chain over the edge of my working table it became so much easier to add each triangle into the right link on each side of the chain.

The next piece I made was from the Base Metal 4mm Round Disk Chain. This chain was easy to transform. For the first earring design, I cut all the connecting jump rings from the disks. I then made several wire wrapped links using 3mm Round Fire Polished Czech Glass Beads and 26 gauge artistic wire. The result is a really sweet, delicate dangle perfect for a long earring.For the second variation, I simply wire wrapped the fire polish beads into the chain itself in an alternating pattern.For my last project, I played around with the Base Metal Drop Bar Cable Chain. This chain is delightfully dramatic! I can just envision a sweeping choker with layers of this chain making a marvelous cascade of gorgeousness, Oh my! For my project, I thought it would be fun to make a dramatic earring from this chain. To construct the earrings, I cut a piece of chain with seven dangles.Then, I collected the end pieces of the chain and joined them together using a 3mm open jump ring. Such simple and easy construction, yet the earring really makes quite a bold impact.I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with this new chain. Make sure and share what you design with us on social media!

Happy Tuesday! – Rebecca





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