by Sheila Meador.
(Charlotte, North Carolina USA)
I’ve enjoyed sitting on my porch in the morning and evening making bead chain lately. I cut the wire in small pieces and loop one end.
Then I run it through a beautiful glass or lampwork bead and make another loop. I have a storage container full and have made a few 36-54″ necklaces already.
I would like to incorporate wire links, large jump rings and connector links. My local stores don’t offer many choices on connectors or large-link chain. I want to try making some in different shapes like oval or diamond shaped.
I bought a spool of twisted wire and might try that.
Do I need to buy half-hard wire?
Do I need to use a mandrel to shape an oval link?
Any suggestions on making these?