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Beaded Choker Tutorial

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I’ve not had much time for play in the last couple of weeks, so was wondering what to write about for my post today. I got thinking about some of my first jewellery designs and thought it would be fun to try one again and share a tutorial.

This design can be made with any thin wire, I’ve made them with different coloured aluminium wire in the past, but for this one I chose bronze. You’ll also need some beads. I used size 8’s in a mix of reds, pink and gold, a couple of jump rings and a clasp. The beads need to have a hole large enough to fit two strands of wire through.

 

Start by cutting 5 strands of wire about 24″ long. Bend a loop in the wires with a tail and wrap the ends together with more wire.

 

Add a jump ring to the loops and separate the wires out.

 

Begin the weaving by taking two strands and threading a bead on to them. Then take another two strands and thread a bead on.

 

Keep going until the design starts to grow. You can do this in an ordered way so you create a repeating pattern with the weave and the beads, or just see how the wire falls and work randomly as I have.

 

Continue until the choker is a length you’re happy with. Loop the ends as you did at the beginning, and trim and wrap them.

 

To show the pattern of the wire, gently pull the beads on outer strands apart until the weave opens up. Don’t pull too hard or far apart or you’ll kink the wire. 

 

Add a clasp and the choker is ready to wear as it is, or add a pendant and dangles. This gorgeous bronze moth and stars are by Lesley Watt.

 

This style looks great with pearls if you can find them with large enough holes. And you don’t have to stick to five wires, try it with more for a thicker weave!

 

Caroline Dewison

Caroline Dewison is a lifelong addict of anything creative. She settled on ceramic beadmaking 3 years ago and can be found most days at the bottom of her garden playing with mud in her studio. She draws her inspiration from the natural world and wishes there were more hours in the day to explore all the ideas in her sketchbook. You can see more of her work on her blog - blueberribeads.co.uk.
  1. Reply

    What a great tutorial and a fantastic use of my bronze pieces!

    • niky sayers
    • April 19, 2017
    Reply

    I completely love this design Caroline, what a beautiful piece!

  2. Reply

    Great tutorial Caroline thanks for sharing!

    • Kathy Lindemer
    • April 19, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial. I love it!

  3. Reply

    Looks so pretty both with and without the charms and pendant. I’ve tried something similar before with beading wire. I really like the way the bronze adds an extra sparkle
    Mona

    • Ann
    • August 30, 2017
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    It’s beautiful Caroline. Thanks for the share

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