Materials and vital statistics

1 Beads: 1 14mm tubular-shaped lampwork bead 1 Findings: 3>2 inches of 21-gauge dead-soft round sterling wire 1 Tools: Round-nose pliers, wire cutters, chain-nose pliers 1 Techniques used: Creating eye loops and loop de loops

Wire comes in different gauges. Because of its weight, 21-gauge tends to be one of the most versatile sizes, and it also fits through a large variety of beads. Generally speaking, 21-gauge wire is plenty strong enough for most beaded necklaces, as long as the beads aren't superheavy. For example, if you're going to make a necklace using a lot of 10mm hematite beads (a gemstone that is very heavy because it has iron ore in it), consider using a thicker wire like 20- or 18-gauge. Just be sure to double check that the wire still fits through the hole in the bead you plan to add to the clasp.

The loops used in this design have two purposes: They help secure the bead in place, and they provide a way to secure the clasp to your necklace design later.

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