Project, Photos, and Blog by Erica Chan Coffman, HonestlyWTF
I can't tell you how excited I was to discover these candy-like enamel tube beads. Not only are they vibrant and colorful, the metal and coats of enamel makes them feel wonderfully luxurious and weighty. This necklace has already been in heavy rotation since I made it a couple weeks ago. I love it and hope you do too!
Start by threading the beading wire through a crimp bead. Then thread the wire trough one side of the wire guardian and back down the other side. Wire guardians basically protect the wire from snapping while wearing the necklace. Since the enamel beads are pretty heavy, the guardian will prevent the clasp from rubbing against the beading wire.
Slide one one part of the S-hook clasp. Pull the wire tight and flush against the top of the wire guardian. Push the crimp bead against the base of the wire guardian and use the bottom part of the crimp tool to crimp the tube.
After you've created the initial crimp, use top chamber of the crimp tool to fold that crimp in half. If you don't have a crimp tool, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers to squeeze the crimp tube closed.
Use the wire clippers or a pair of small sharp scissors and snip the excess wire.
Start stacking on the enamel beads.
Play around with color patterns and sizes!
When you've reached the desired length, add on another crimp tube. Then the wire guardian. Slip on the 2nd half of the S-hook closure and then push the wire through the top of the same crimp tube. Pull tight.
Crimp the crimp tube. And trim the excess wire.
Your necklace is ready to wear!
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