When I noticed a decided lack of minty green in my wardrobe recently, I DIY'ed a fix with minty green amazonite stones, some chain, and some craft wire.
This little bracelet technique is a quick and easy way to sneak a little color into an outfit - try it with a favorite stone, glass beads in a color you've been lusting after, pearls, or some sparkling crystal beads.
This is also a great method for making expensive beads - like pearls - last a little longer.
Beaded Chain and Wire Bracelet
chain in your desired weight
several beads - I used faceted beads in the minty green stone amazonite and pearls
craft wire in color to match chain, in a fine gauge for easy wrapping
needle nose pliers
2 oval jump rings
1 lobster clasp
Cut chain to desired length, taking into account the length that will be added by the jump rings and clasp.
Cut a length of craft wire about 3 times as long as your chain - you're going to be threading the wire through the chain, so you're going to want plenty.
Wrap one end of the wire securely around one end of your chain and pull taught.
Thread the wire under and over each link in your chain, adding one of your beads every 4th of 5th link - I did every 5th - pulling wire taught after every pass. You can be as messy or as neat as you'd like here - I like my wire to have some irregularieties and not be totally perfect - this makes for a little extra texture.
When you reach the end of the chain, securely wrap the wire around this last link and trim away any excess.
Secure jump rings to each chain end and add your clasp.