Benefits of Extender Chains
by Judy Larson
Toggle clasps are so much easier to use on necklaces and bracelets for those of us with dexterity issues. However, they have some drawbacks. They are not super secure because no matter how long the T-bar is, it can sometimes slip out of the O-ring. Also, they are not adjustable, so if I want to gift a bracelet or necklace to someone that does not live near me, there is no way to make it a perfect fit.
Options for custom fit, because not everyone is the same size, are important. The turquoise and leather cord wrap bracelet has three button length options for a custom fit. The Viking knit bracelet sports a 1¼" extender with 7 links for even more of a custom fit. With bracelets, a 1½" extender chain can usually fit wrists from a size small to a size large.
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As we age, we like to not emphasize our necks, so some of our most loved necklaces are no longer worn. Adding an extender chain the necklaces can lengthen them enough so they do not draw as much attention the neck area as they used to. The length of a necklace extender chain is really personal preference. On some necklaces, I add 2" extenders, and on others, it is 3" long. Some people use bracelet chains as extenders to add even more length. Necklaces are then long enough to wear over heavy sweaters in the winter.
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Sometimes the main chain is extended and used as an extender. In this Four Seasons Bracelet, the last two links make three different size bracelets. The link connecting loop on each link is large enough for the lobster claw, which swivels so will lie flat against the wrist no matter where it connects on the chain.
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Extender chains can benefit from the addition of a small decorative charm or beads (see the above bracelet) on the end to give it a more finished designer look. Of course, sometimes adding something to the end of the extender chain might detract from an element added close to it, such as the large heart charm on the brass Viking knit bracelet. Also, when the extender chain is large enough, as with the Viking knit bracelet, it is a decorative element on its own.
Judy Larson's Benefits of Extender Chains - , General Education, Design, , benefits of extender chains
Judy Larson's Benefits of Extender Chains - , General Education, Design, , benefits of extender chains

Materials

Gold Filled Cable Chain 10.5mm - 10 Feet
C4-127U
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WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Design, General Education