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Beaded Chain Windchime

Crafting Time:
Weekend Project
Skill Level:
Some Experience Necessary
Project Courtesy of: Darice

Additional Information

Description

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • 5" metal ring
  • 6" metal ring
  • Chain (2 pkgs.)
  • Silver rattail cording
  • Faceted acrylic nuggets (2 strands)
  • Mixed glass beads (2 strands)
  • 16mm crystal AB beads
  • 12mm crystal AB beads
  • 4mm Lime beads
  • Venezia Lt Siam rondelles
  • Emerald glass strand
  • Lt pink glass strand
  • Cast spacer bead cap (4 pkgs.)
  • 6mm cast spacer beads (4 pkgs.)
  • Heishi beads (2 pkgs.)
  • Asst AB acrylic round beads
  • Silver donut beads
  • 8mm jewelry bells
  • Eye pins
  • Head pins
  • Jump rings
  • Lanyard hooks
  • 2 pair of flat nose pliers (2 pr.)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Ruler

DIRECTIONS:

Top frame:
1. Connect the 2 metal rings with 6 lanyard hooks. Spread the hooks around the rings and hot glue bottom portion of the lanyard hook in place.
2. Cut a 4’ section of rattail. Wrap the bottom ring (6" ring) of the frame with the rattail. Hot glue the ends in place. Trim off any excess cording.
3. Cut 4 strands of silver rattail 32" long. Cut another strand 12" long. Gather the center of all the strands together, fold in half, place a finger in center and knot the cords.
4. Tie each of the strands (except the short strand) around the top ring, leaving 3" from the knot. Wrap the cord around the frame. Glue ends in place. Set frame aside.
Beaded strands:
1. String 7 ea -3" eye pins with a small AB bead, 2 spacers, faceted nugget, 2 spacers and a small AB bead. Use round nose pliers to loop the end.
2. String 14 eye pins with a lime bead, spacer, rondelle, a spacer and a lime bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
3. Connect each of the smaller beaded eye pins to the top and bottom of the nuggets with a jump ring. Set aside.
4. String 24 eye pins with a small AB bead, flower spacer, Heishi bead, 3 asst. glass beads, Heishi bead, flower spacer and a small AB bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
5. String 12 eye pins with a small AB, flower spacer, lt. pink or emerald rondelle, spacer, bead cap 16mm AB, bead cap, flower, lt. pink or emerald rondelle, spacer and small AB bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
6. Connect each of the 3 glass beaded eye pins to the top and bottom of the 16mm beaded eye pins with a jump ring. Set aside.
7. String 7 eye pins with a lime bead, flower spacer, bead cap, lt. pink glass bead, bead cap, flower spacer and a lime bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
8. String 7 eye pins with a small AB bead, spacer, flower spacer, emerald glass bead, spacer, flower spacer and small AB bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
9. String 18 head pins with lime bead, flower spacer, rondelles, flower spacer, bead cap, 12mm AB bead, bead cap, flower spacer and lime bead. Bend pin close to the last bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
10. String an eye pin using the same pattern in step 9. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
11. String 6 eye pins with a lime bead, spacer, flower spacer, 12 mm AB, flower spacer, spacer and a lime bead. Trim and loop the end with round nose pliers.
12. Cut 40 sections of chain 1-1/2" long.
13. Take the bead connections from step 3 and connect a chain strand to each end with a jump ring. Connect a beaded eye pin from step 7 and 8 to each chain end with a jump ring. Add another chain section to each end with a jump ring.
14. Add a beaded head pin (step 9) to one chain end on six of the beaded chain connections.
15. Add the beaded eye pin from step 10 to the remaining beaded chain connection. Connect 3 jump rings to the beaded eye pin. Open 5 jump rings and slide on 2-3 bells on each. Attach the jump rings to the 3 jump rings to form a cluster. (This will be the center bead strand on the wind chime.)
16. Attach a chain section to each end of the connected bead sections from step 6 with a jump ring. Connect a beaded head pin to one end of each strand with a jump ring. Add a beaded eye pin from step 11 to six of the strands with a jump ring.
17. Add 2 jump rings to the center strand from step 15. Slide the 2 remaining short cords on the frame through the top jump ring. Pull jump ring close to the main knot and knot the cords. Trim excess cord.
18. Add a jump ring to each of the beaded chain sections. Connect the nugget strands (step 13) to the top ring with 10mm jump rings. Spread the strands so they are in the center of the 6 sections.
19. Attach the remaining chain strands to the bottom ring with 10mm jump rings, alternating the sections that have a bead at the top. Should be 2 strands in each of the 6 sections between the lanyard hooks.

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