Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When I started making this waterfall neckwire project, I couldn’t decide which version of the design I liked better.

So I made both of them. πŸ™‚

In the first half of this tutorial, we’ll make Version 1 – the “Column Waterfall” made from the geometric links:

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And in the second half of this tutorial, we’ll make Version 2 – the “Chain Waterfall” with a waterfall made from chains of varying lengths, with the geometric links attached to them:

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Which do you like better? Version 1 – Column Waterfall, or Version 2 – Chain Waterfall?

Supplies:

  • A neckwire, which you can make from my simple Adjustable Neckwire for Pendants (Tutorial):

    Adjustable Neckwire for Pendants - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Jewelry connectors / jewelry links in a variety of geometric shapes and sizes:

    Jewelry connectors for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

    I purchased all of my geometric from various Etsy.com vendors, but other jewelry suppliers carry them too.
    You can do a search on Etsy.com or just on the internet for phrases like:
    “square links” or β€œsquare connectors”
    “oval links” or “oval connectors”
    “jewelry links” or “jewelry connectors”
    “geometric links” or “geometric connectors”, etc.
    If you can’t find them anywhere, consider making your own geometric links out of wire.

  • Jump rings.
  • For Version 2: 5 pieces of chain, varying in length from about 1.5″ (38mm) to 3″ (75mm). Or any lengths you prefer.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Flat nose pliers.

Version 1:
Neckwire with Geometric Column Waterfall

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start by arranging your geometric links into a pleasing column.

I used 5 connectors of various shapes, and lined them up mainly from smallest to largest:

Arranging pieces for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open one of your jump rings:

Opening a jump ring for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . then hang your topmost jewelry connector onto the jump ring:

Attaching jewelry links to Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Add the next jewelry connector to the jump ring:

Attaching jewelry links to Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again.

Your first two links should look something like this:

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use another jump ring to attach your third jewelry connector:

Attaching jewelry links to Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And continue using jump rings to attach your jewelry connectors to the bottom of the column until you reach your desired length:

Attaching jewelry links to Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll use one more jump ring – to attach the column of geometric shapes to the V-shape at the center front of the neckwire:

Attaching geometric links to neckwire for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished Geometric Column Waterfall Neckwire should look something like this:

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Version 2:
Neckwire with Geometric Chain Waterfall

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start by cutting 5 varying lengths of chain.

Mine are about 1.5″ (38mm) to 3″ (75mm), but you may prefer different lengths:

Cutting chains for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open a jump ring.

Then attach the jump ring to one of your geometric jewelry links:

Connecting geometric link to chain for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach the end of one of your chain lengths to the same jump ring.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again.

Now your geometric link should be attached to the length of chain:

Connecting geometric link to chain for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Attach each of your remaining geometric links to a remaining chain length:

Connecting geometric links to chains for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open another jump ring.

String the end of each of your chain lengths onto this new jump ring.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Connecting chains with geometric links - for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll attach this bundle of chains and geometric links to the neckwire.

Twist open a new jump ring and thread it through the jump ring that’s holding the bundle of chains.

Attach this new jump ring onto the V-shape at the center front of the neckwire.

Then twist the jump ring shut again:

Attaching chains and geometric links to neckwire for Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your Geometric Chain Waterfall Neckwire should look something like this:

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Geometric Waterfall Neckwire, Two Ways - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

For more fun with geometric jewelry links, see my Loops & Hoops Earrings (Tutorial):

Loops & Hoops Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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  • Tamara Robertson says:

    I see what you mean about not being able to decide which you like better, Rena. I don’t think I can decide either! The chain one is a great boho look, whereas the other one is beautiful and simple elegance. Luckily you don’t have to choose, and can have both great looks! Great idea to join connectors! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much, Tamara! πŸ™‚

  • Jean BH says:

    I can’t decide because both are beautiful. I think I am leaning toward Version #2 because of the boho influence. Again, both are beautiful.
    J

  • Jean, Thanks for your lovely comment. πŸ™‚

  • Rita Muller says:

    I think they are both just lovely. Thank you for sharing Rena.

  • Rita, my pleasure! And thank you for your lovely comment. πŸ™‚

  • Pam says:

    I love the stuff you come up with Rena, one of the highlights of checking my email is seeing the newest newsletter from you. And it’s one of the few posts I save as well. I guess it’s the overall clean look of all your work, almost minimalist sometimes, but when you really look it over, it’s wonderful. I know I have tried several of your techniques and each one opens the door to all sorts of cool ideas. I keep thinking one of these days I can come up with some cool idea to share with you, but so far, since I gave up on my beadwork, I haven’t found my niche. I play a lot with clay, and now a bit of homemade paper clay. I draw, I paint, I build things with wood, but so far, I haven’t settled on one medium that really stands out. I do love the wire work as it ties so many projects, or mediums together in so many ways and adds that bit of bling that i used to get with the beads. I love sculpting with polymer clay and so far that has kept my interest the most and I think it’s because I haven’t yet done one sculpture that captures what I start out to do. LOL, In other words, they aren’t very good. πŸ™‚ It’s really fun trying though and I’ve been told anyone can learn it, the trick is in practicing and not giving up.
    Anyway, I just wanted to touch base with everyone and to Thank You for sharing your knowledge, you are a good person, no doubt about it. πŸ™‚ Pam

  • Pam,thank you so much for your lovely message! I’m thrilled to hear that my newsletter and tutorials have been inspiring for you. That really makes my day.

    And about what you said, that you haven’t yet done one sculpture that captures what you started out to do. My jewelry ideas are often just like that too! I often start with one vision, but somehow it evolves as I work – either because my original idea didn’t work as well in reality as it did in my head; or because I’m just designing as I go. πŸ™‚

  • Alethia says:

    Hi Rena,
    I, too, look forward to your newsletter each month; I actually save them as well so I can refer to them later. I am very excited about many of the ideas you put forward but am so tied up with my 9-5 that I am greatly hampered to work otherwise. I really wished I had the kind of space/market to showcase my ideas (some from yours) because I know I could make a living from those sales. However, I cannot risk doing that just now. My husband and I actually go to schools, community youth groups, church groups and teach the skill of beading free of cost. This we have had to kind of cut back on a bit because of the lack of funds to buy raw material. I,too, think you are a good person. Thanks again for the ideas; I am sure you are making many people happy.

  • Alethia, thank you for your lovely comment! That’s so nice to hear. And I love your dedication to teaching beading skills – I imagine all the ripples you’re putting out into the world – and the positive effects they have. Keep up your wonderful work! πŸ™‚

  • Laurie B says:

    Rena, I’m like Pat I’m I look forward to your tutorials. I bookmark my favorites, I really like the fact that I can view everything on my old laptop. Trying your techniques have given my imagination a wake up call. Thank you.

  • Laurie B, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy them, and honored that you bookmark your favorites.

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