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Learn to Create Stylish Necklaces Using Chain, Beads, and Pliers Like a Pro

Learn how to work with chain to create a sophisticated necklace in just one class! Students will learn the essential techniques for using pliers, creating secure pieces, & developing unique designs with guidance from a professional jeweler.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
75 total reviews for this teacher
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Meets once
75 minute class

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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn:
• How to use professional style jewelry pliers to cut and manipulate chain links.
• How to properly measure the length needed for our necklaces.
• How to create beaded links using jewelry wire.
• How to properly open and close jump rings to create secure jewelry.
• How to consider different colors and styles for creating pieces that make us say "wow!"
I have over 18 years of experience in jewelry creation, including designing and successfully selling my work through artisan festivals and e-commerce for over a decade. As an educator, I have been teaching students from elementary to high school through the world of jewelry making for over 7 years through homeschool classes, birthday parties, private instruction, and after-school enrichment courses across 8 elementary schools. I have also been teaching here on Outschool since December 2020 and I've loved every minute!
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View the following Amazon list for a comprehensive list of supplies! Purchase the supplies suggested directly from the list or use the list as a reference as needed: OR, read below for a complete list of supplies to purchase: Required Materials for Class: 1. Chain Nose Pliers (thin nose, flat jaws) and Round Nose Pliers (thin nose, round jaws) 2. Wire Cutters 3. Beads (just a handful, medium sized; try pearls, small crystals, and other eye-catching beads!) 4. Unfinished chain with large links (links should be at least 4mm in size; must be big enough to fit more wire through the empty space) 5. Jump rings (4mm or 6mm or a variety pack) 6. Eye pins, at least 2" long OR jewelry craft artistic wire in 20g or 24g thickness (if you want to use smaller beads, use 24g, which is thinner) 7. Clasp 8. Ruler (12" or 30cm) OR soft measuring tape Strongly recommended but not required: 9. Beading Tray OR piece of fabric to use as a beading mat Estimated Material Costs & Where to Buy: • Jewelry pliers and cutters: ~ $10-$20 • Pack or spool of unfinished chain: ~$5-$8 • Jump rings: ~$4/pack • Clasp: ~$4/pack • Headpins/eye pins: ~$4/pack • 20 gauge and 24 gauge wire: ~$7-$10/spool (Note: "g", or "gauge", refers to the thickness of the wire; the higher the number, the thinner the wire.) • Materials are available online and at your local craft store such as Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Check your stores for coupons, such as saving a fixed percentage off your entire order!
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parental assistance may be needed for cutting wire and using jewelry pliers as requested by student.


April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Lives in the United States
Educator in Professional Style Jewelry Making
75 total reviews
95 completed classes

About Me

Hi there! My name is April and I love to share my passion for jewelry making with students of all ages! My mission is to give every student the same life-changing moment that I had when I first discovered my passion: When I was in high school, a... 
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