How to Make the Sunset Sail Necklace featuring Sea Glass and Fishbone Chain

SKU VID-1670
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video you will learn how to create the Sunset Sail Necklace from start to finish. The rich blue and orange sea glass beads are framed by gold components and fishbone chain for a nautical summer style. Simple wire loops and jump rings make this a great design for any beginner.
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Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com that nautical feel all right so what I have here is I have these cool little nuggets and you can just see that they're kind of flattened a little bit but they're nice round thick beads they're you know this is sort of the strand you'll get and you can see I have some other colors up there as well but they're about 18 to 22 millimeters each like again they do have a little bit of an organic feel so you're gonna get a little variety so I've sort of pulled out two that I'm gonna use that sort of look really similar so I'm gonna utilize those two and then I have some 8 millimeter sea glass rounds here and again I have some really cool colors that I've brought out just so you can see a little bit of the variety it's always really great to play with different colors and really mix-and-match to see what suits your style and then going back down here I have some of that fishbone chain and this is really fun to use sometimes it might be a little intimidating the way that it's sort of created but I'm gonna show you how to cut it and how we're gonna utilize it and then I have some gold Rolo chain and then we're also gonna be needing some jump rings here and I have some head pins and eye pins and then for tools we're gonna use our flush cutters our chain nose pliers and our round nose pliers and just drawing your eye back over here I do have a couple of little bead frames I don't want to leave those guys out and those are gonna fit really nicely over our 8 millimeter beads there and then I have some 3 millimeter gold beads and these are gonna be really really great and I recommend using a little tiny metal element with the sea glass and you're gonna see why here in just a second alright so if you have everything ready to go let's go ahead and get started alright so let's go ahead and I'm gonna bring in some of my tools here some of the ones I know that I'm gonna use now these are your three basic tools so this is a really great basic project we're just gonna be doing some simple wire loops and it's gonna be really really fun alright so I'm gonna take a head pin here and you'll notice if you look at the head pin it's got a really small head to the pin and what I'm fearful of is that if I put it through the sea glass it's not gonna sit right it's just it's gonna wobble around a little bit and I don't want my glass to crack and sometimes you'll end up with a hole in sea glass especially if it's a very natural-looking sea glass where the holes may be a little bit too big so a little trick is to use a small bead now like I said these are three millimeters but what its gonna do is it's gonna help stabilize that and it's gonna add that little metal element to the bottom and just for a little symmetry I'm going to add another bead at the top just so it kind of creates a nice little extra element and then I'm gonna come in with my round nose pliers right there at the tip and just sort of Bend that wire back and all I want to do is I want to just situate my wire so that it's about a quarter inch from the edge of my tip I'm gonna wrap it up and over creating a little simple wire loop I'm gonna rotate my pliers and bring that wire all the way across so now I can remove my pliers there and I'm just gonna come in with my flush cutters and snip off that extra wire so that's one little component that I'm gonna use so now what I want to do is I want to create a couple more components so I'm going to now bring in some eye pins because I want to start attaching these guys together so I have an eye pin here and what I want to do is I want to use these little metal frames and they have a hole that's drilled all the way through and I want to line up a bead in the center of that so I'm just gonna kind of eyeball and try to catch it with my eye there and what I'm gonna do there we go just line that up and you know I think I'm gonna do the same thing where I'm gonna add a little bead just to kind of continue the design these you don't necessarily need to stabilize as much but I really like bringing in that metal element alright there we go so we have our eye pin so we're gonna do that same thing we're just gonna take our round nose pliers and we're just gonna bend it back make sure it's situated where we want it to be where you are on the nose is how big your loop will end up being so you just want to sure that it's consistent and situated I know a lot of people like to mark their pliers and that's a that's a good little tip if you want to do that alright so now I'm gonna I think I want a couple more components so I'm gonna take one more of my head pin and then string on a gold bead an orange and then another gold bead so I'm gonna create that same little component there and let's go ahead and we're gonna do the same little wire loop wrapping up and over the top moving crossing and we'll come in with our little flush cutters there just snip that off okay so I think what I want to do is I think I want to add one more blue bead so what I'm gonna do is I'm in essence gonna create a nice Y necklace with the pieces coming out here with some of that fishbone chain so I think I want another blue bead now you'll have enough that you'll be able to make additional beads but you know it just kind of depends on how long you want it to be and the style that you're going for alright and I'm just feeding it through there yeah one more so I'm sticking with my little gold beads in there I just want to make it consistent you can see that it really does add just a little extra metal element to the whole piece so that's just something to consider it's just entirely up to you it's the fun of designing alright I'm gonna wrap that up and over the top and across and you can see that I'm not making sure I'm not making my loops too tight up against the beads because I want them to feel like they can move around a little bit just to give it that little twist so sometimes you know you want your beads to really be super tight and then you can make your wire loops really really tight but for these purposes I think I'm just gonna leave them a little loosey-goosey alright so now let's start connecting those guys so what I want to do is I want to come in to this simple wire loop and I'm just gonna bend it backwards just twist it just to open it and I'm gonna slip on that little blue bead and I'm gonna close it and this is exactly how you do a little jump ring alright and then I'm going to kind of move to the other side here open up that little loop slide on my orange bead and just close that up I'm just holding it with my thumb I don't need too heavy too heavy of a plier if you do find that you do need a little bit extra help you can always use a second chain nose plier that will help you as well all right close up that little loop there all right so now we're here at the top so I've got my little component here that I want to hang down at the bottom so let's go ahead and move on to talking about this fishbone chain so this is really cool chain it really does look like the spine of a fish which is kind of fun it's definitely very summery so what I want to do is you can see here at the bottom that the loops and the chain they're in there excuse me they're connected but they're not like open jump rings so we are going to have to cut that so what I want to do is I'm gonna count because I think I want give or take an inch and a half so let's just go ahead and count and I'll just count the scales here so we'll go 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 let's go 13 and 14 okay so now this is the fourteenth scale right here so what I want to do is I want to come in and I want to kind of catch this guy here the one above it and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna clip this off so I'm just gonna clip it on one side and I should be able to pull it and remove it and I'll show you that again because we'll have to cut a second piece but I just want to double check my my spine here 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 okay so you can see kind of the scraps there they sort of twist together it's kind of like one of those brain games and if you remember playing those alright so we're gonna do the same thing here so I'm gonna cut going the same direction I don't want to cut from the other side because it will be sort of facing down so you can see that this one kind of looks like that upside down umbrella and this one looks that umbrella so we want to stay on the same side because we want to equal pieces so 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 moving up to the next one here we're gonna get right in there 15 alright so now we're just gonna again just kind of wiggle that out and just remove it and I just want to double check real fast make sure that I didn't cut off the wrong one 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 and 14 okay perfect so we're gonna set that chain aside now we're gonna come in with some of our fancy little jump rings here no I like these I just add a little fun element if you have plain jump rings you can do the same thing so what we're gonna do is we're just gonna come in and we're gonna take this give that a little gentle twist just to open it up and I'm gonna add it on to the top of my piece here and I'm just gonna close that jump ring and just making sure it has a nice flush closure and I'm gonna just reinforce and just make sure that my little loop down here is nice and close to see him he's just a little bit open so I just want to close it definitely don't want to lose all that hard work all right so now I'm gonna take one jump ring again giving it a little gentle twist to open and what I want to do here is I'm gonna be using this little piece here and let's see do I want the scales facing down like that or do I want them kind of going up hmm I think I think I like them going down so what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take this jump ring and I'm going to attach it to the bottom here so just in the center of that loop just like so and then what I'm gonna do is I'm going to come in and add it to this jump ring right here and again just making sure it's nice and flush there we go pick it up there we go alright so now I have this one jump ring that's going to be coming off this side so I want to repeat that on the other side with my second jump ring so again that guy's already a little open so we're just gonna go ahead and slide him on not open enough huh a little more twisting there we go alright so again just sliding it into that first little opening there and I'm gonna slide it onto that first jump ring so we're gonna get this nice little Y effect that's gonna happen there and now we're gonna come in and close that up really nice and tight you don't want to see the seam with your jump rings so you just want to close them up really nice and sleek alright so I'm liking the way that's looking very nice alright now here's here's one thing that is really trendy for summer is we see a lot of super long necklaces so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to use this Rolo chain and I'm just going to attach one end to each side I have about two feet here so this is going to be a really long necklace so if you want to adjust it just figure out and do this first step here which is again just opening one of those jump rings we're gonna slip it on to that last little loop there and I'm gonna slip on that Rolo chain close that up get a good grip there we go close that up and then now what you're gonna want to do is you're gonna want to take this chain and just if you want to measure it to see and let's say you want to cut off about six inches or so you just come in with your flush cutters and just cut the chain but I'm gonna go ahead and use the whole length here because I want to go for really long necklace I think it'll be really fun and again just really simply and just make sure that you're catching that last loop and just slip on your Rolo chain close it up yeah you're all done so it's a nice little necklace that's really got the focal there at the bottom I'm just kind of turn this around there we go it's really got that beautiful focal there at the bottom with that lovely sea glass but that is how you can make this really great necklace by adding in some of those metal elements just to give it that little extra luxe design I hope you enjoyed this video you can find all of these supplies and see even more tutorial videos by heading over to beadaholique.com

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