When I Run Out of Beads Tip 2
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
Here is another tip you might employ when you run out of beads and the necklace is too short.
Instructions
If you don't want to lengthen your necklace by adding chain to the ends as discussed in Tip 1 ( https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/When-I-Run-Out-of-Beads_436.html), consider making a longer clasp. If you only need a couple more beads for the piece, perhaps a half inch longer clasp would solve the problem. You may elongate the regular clasp you make.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s When I Run Out of Beads Tip 2 - , General Education, , wire clasp
I enjoy mixing it up by adding a flair to a handmade clasp when lengthening it. Consider adding extra swirls, zig-zags a more geometric form to your closure. I suggest using at least a 16-gauge wire or 14g when needed.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s When I Run Out of Beads Tip 2 - , General Education, , wire clasp
I particularly like the zig-zags (aka waves) since they are easily manipulated to become shorter or longer after I've completed the necklace.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s When I Run Out of Beads Tip 2 - , General Education, , wire clasps
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s When I Run Out of Beads Tip 2 - , General Education, , wire clasps

Materials

16 Gauge Half Round Half Hard Copper Wire
H11-16HRH
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $4.11
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WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $170.72
  • Gold Club Price: $128.04
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education