Hello! I’m Brianna, and I blog over at CraftandRepeat.
A little about me: I married my best friend almost 6 years ago.
- 26 or 28 gauge jewelry wire in 1 or more colors
- metal crochet hook size F, G, or H
- flat or needle nose jewelry pliers
- side cutters or fingernail clippers
- jewelry clasp – any of the ones in the picture will work: magnetic tube clasp, toggle clasp, or jump ring with lobster clasp
- beads (optional)
Some Tips for Selecting Your Supplies
- Jewelry wire is different from beading wire. You CAN crochet with beading wire, but for this tutorial I am using jewelry wire. Beading wire would require different tools and findings.
- Wire comes in different gauges. The higher the number, the thinner the wire. Sometimes they are represented by diameter instead of gauge. 26 gauge = .4mm and 28 gauge = .3mm.
- Colored wire tends to scratch easily. Use a quality brand. My favorite is Artistic Wire. I only have trouble with the color scratching when I’m pulling and scraping it against metal findings.
- Only use metal crochet hooks with wire. Stainless steel is best, but aluminum is ok too. Never use wood or bamboo hooks.
The Directions Step 1. Cast on (getting the wire started on the hook)
Wrap the long end around the BACK and catch it in the hook as you wrap it forward.
To use larger beads, you start the same way. Cast on and slide one bead up the wire and make a loop. Next make a loop WITHOUT a bead. Continue doing that so every other loop has a bead. To add a second strand of beads right next to that strand, you will do the same thing, but start with a loop without a bead first. This way when they line up, the beads will be staggered and fit snugly next to each other. While adding a second strand, you will only put the crochet hook through the loops without the beads on the first strand and then make the loops without the beads on the second strand unattached. Keep the order of the beads in mind if they are different sizes. You might not want 2 large beads ending up next to each other. Remember, the last bead you string on, will be the first bead you use.
Step 5: Attaching the clasp.
I had fun sharing this tutorial with you. Thank you, Amy, for having me. ~Brianna~
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