Make your own Extender Chain

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Use chain and an optional charm to make a necklace or bracelet length adjustable.
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Step 1

String a crimp bead onto the Soft Flex

Step 2

String one end of the clasp on the Soft Flex. Then go back through the crimp bead, creating a loop around the clasp.

Step 3

Make sure that the wires are lying parallel to each other. Place the crimp bead into the back notch of the crimping pliers.

Step 4

Squish the crimp bead with the crimping pliers.

Step 5

Turn the crimp bead a quarter turn and place the crimp bead in the front notch of the crimping pliers.

Step 6

Gently squish the crimp bead with the crimping pliers. This will fold the crimped bead over on itself.

Step 7

Use the wire cutter to cut off the small tail of the Soft Flex.

Step 8

String beads onto the Soft Flex until you have reached your desired length.

Step 9

For our extender chain we are using a 2 inch piece of silver chain. String a crimp bead and the end of the extender chain on the Soft Flex. Pass the Soft Flex back through the crimp bead, creating a loop around one link in the extender chain and crimp with the crimping pliers.

Finishing Option 1

Use a jump ring (See the Opening and Closing a Jump Ring technique.) and add a charm to the end of the extender chain.

   

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