How to use rhinestone chain in jewelry

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Rhinestone chains are sold by the foot or smaller in a variety of cuts and colours. You can snip off portions of the chain to make dangling earrings or connect lengths of chain together to make a long necklace. The end connectors have round or square links on the ends that enable you to add a clasp or join the link to an earring finding. Whether you are making single or double chain jewellery, connectors can help you create your next designer piece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rhinestone chain
  • Rhinestone chain end connectors
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Rhinestone link connectors
  • Jump ring
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Earring wire

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Instructions

    Attaching Rhinestone Chain End Connectors

  1. 1

    Select the rhinestone chain end connectors with the metal finish that matches your rhinestone chain.

  2. 2

    Slide the solid end of the connector underneath the last rhinestone on the chain so that the metal ends land between two rhinestones.

  3. 3

    Fold one side of the metal ends over the metal between the two rhinestones with chain nose pliers. Fold the other metal side over to rest on top of the first fold.

  4. 4

    Attach a rhinestone crimp end connector over a double strand of rhinestone chain by fitting the crimp end around the rhinestones at the end of the chain. Close the crimp end by pressing the sides together with round nose pliers.

    Connecting Rhinestone Chains

  1. 1

    Select a rhinestone chain connector with the metal finish that matches your rhinestone chain.

  2. 2

    Slide one end of the connector underneath the last rhinestone on one chain so that the metal ends land between two rhinestones.

  3. 3

    Fold one side of the metal end over the metal between the two rhinestones with chain nose pliers. Fold the other metal side over to rest on top of the first fold.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the remaining end of the connector and another rhinestone chain.

    Creating a Rhinestone Chain Necklace

  1. 1

    Connect two to three rhinestone chains into one length with rhinestone link connectors.

  2. 2

    Add an end connector to each end of the chain.

  3. 3

    Attach one end of a clasp to each end of the rhinestone chain with a jump ring.

    Creating Rhinestone Chain Earrings

  1. 1

    Cut a length of rhinestone chain to the desired length for your earrings. You can cut the metal between the rhinestones with wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Attach a round rhinestone end connector to the cut end of the chain.

  3. 3

    Open the loop at the base of an earring wire with round nose pliers. Hook the round end of the connector to the loop. Close the loop.

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