How to Make a Cute DIY Half-Chain Half-Bead Necklace

11 Materials
10 Minutes

Fellow jewelers, I have this new obsession I just had to share with you. I don't know if you've noticed the trend of necklaces that have half beads and half chain.

I started to see necklaces with white pearls on one side and a gold chain on the other, but that wasn’t really my taste; I’m not so into white pearls.

But then I discovered that you could make the same style necklace using colorful beads instead. So today, we’re going to make a colorful beaded necklace that also has a pendant and some chain. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Round nose pliers 
  • Long nose pliers 
  • Cutter tools
  • Beads 
  • Bead for the pendant
  • Head pin
  • Chain
  • 2 Crimping beads
  • 2 Jump rings
  • 0.30mm wire
  • Clasp and toggle
Attaching jump rings and clasp

1. Attach jump rings and clasp to the chain

The first thing we’re going to do is attach a jump ring to one side of the chain and a clasp on the other side using another jump ring.

Adding beads to the necklace

2. Add beads

Next, it’s time to string the beads on the wire. When you’ve put your beads on, cut the wire so that it is the same length as the chain.

How to make a colorful beaded necklace

3. Attach to the chain

Now we’re going to connect the beaded part to the chain through the jump ring. Take a crimping bead and place it on the wire, then loop the wire through the jump ring and then back through the crimping bead.

Crimping the crimping bead

Then use your pliers to crimp the crimping bead.

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Leave the excess wire on and just thread it back through the beads.

Adding the toggle

4. Add the toggle

Now we're going to connect our clasp on the other part of the toggle. So once again, take a crimping bead and put it on. Then put the toggle on and put the wire around the toggle part, put the wire back through the crimping bead and other beads, and then crimp the crimping bead.

Proceed to cut off any excess wire but not too much because you want to put it back down through the bead. I like having a bit of excess wire because I feel it's more sturdy.  

Adding the pendant to the necklace

5. Add a pendant

Now you could finish here, but I want to add a pendant; I’m using a heart pendant. Put your head pin through the pendant and cut off the excess. Then take the round nose pliers and make a loop. 

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Bend the wire back at a 90-degree angle and then make a medium size loop by putting the wire in the middle of the pliers and curling it around. Then open it up just a little so you can put it on the clasp, and once done, close up the loop.

DIY half-chain half-bead necklace

DIY half-chain half-bead necklace

Here is the finished necklace, and I love it more than I thought I was going to love it. One of the things I really love about the jewelry piece is that the clasp is in front, so it’s super easy to put on and take off.

Half bead half chain necklace

Here is another variation of the same necklace style. You can use whatever color beads you want and either go with all of the same colors as I did with the first orange necklace or choose different colors for your beads. This is such an easy DIY, please give it a go!

Suggested materials:
  • Round nose pliers
  • Long nose pliers
  • Cutter tools
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