Easy Necklace Extenders
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
Handmade extenders allow you to vary the length of a necklace. Sometimes I want a piece short and other times, especially when I'm wearing it with a collared garment, I want it longer. Extenders make this length change quick and easy.
Instructions
An extender is usually 2 to 4 inches in length and has opposing clasps on each end, or a ring on one end and clasp on the other.
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You simply attach the clasp of the extender to the opposing clasp of the necklace on each side and you're good to go.
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You can use purchased chain for the extender or make your own lengths. I usually do the latter since I like to be able to quickly change the length of the extender by removing a link or two.

I make extenders and leave them in the boutiques that sell my jewelry. I also take them with me to art shows where I vend. These little jewels have saved many a sale. I have some regular customers who depend on my willingness to lengthen their necklaces in this manner. If the customer doesn't want to use an extender, I can steal the length of chain from one and permanently lengthen the necklace. It works great.

The extenders in the photo are copper; however, I like to keep both copper and sterling silver extenders available for use. Be prepared for customer preferences.
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Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $2.23
  • Gold Club Price: $1.67
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Chain Making, Making Loops