Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 111

3 3a Step 3 The cut connectors will have a natural curvature. To ensure that they lay flat they must be straightened. To straighten, use your chain nose pliers to gently flatten the connector. Then, with the hand file, soften the cut edges to smooth each connector. Set aside these newly made connectors for creating the link chain later (Photo 3, 3a). Step 4 Attach two 4.5mm jump rings to the compass medallion. Connect the 10mm jump ring to these two jump rings from the back of the medallion. The medallion will be transformed to a decorative connection, joining the tiered chain links. Repeat for the other medallion connection (Photo 4). 4 Step 5 Prepare connection links with the 3.5mm cable chain. We are using the cable links as jump rings. What’s nice about Vintaj chain is that they are not soldered, so there is no waste or need for cutting (Photo 5). TIP: There are 10 links to every 2-3cm of cable chain, for your reference, should you want to create a longer necklace. 5 Step 6 There are five tiered chains, which range from short to long, looking from the inside out on the necklace. Gather the pearl and crystal links created from Step 1 and the connectors created from Step 3. To create the first and shortest chain, connect a pearl, a connector, a crystal and a connector with a 3.5mm jump ring to join each connection. Repeat this sequence twice more. Then connect a pearl as the last link. There should be four pearls, three crystals and six connectors in this chain (Photo 6). Set aside for attachment later. 6