12/3/20

Christmas Mask Chains!

Christmas is going to look a little different this year. Why not add a little Christmas cheer to your mask with a holly jolly mask chain? These fun necklaces help you to not drop your mask in the snow, while keeping them readily available for when you need them!

Check out this video from our friends at John Bead Co.!

Supplies:

Shop all of the supplies needed here!

  • String 26 gauge
  • Jump Ring 6mm
  • Lobster Clasp 12x7mm
  • Crimp Beads 2mm
  • Crimp Tool 
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Glass Bead Mix size 10, 8 or 6 
  • Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads Mini Pack 2.5mm 

Step 1 Open a 6mm jump ring using chain nose pliers. Open the jump ring laterally. Attach a lobster claw clasp and close the jump ring. Repeat to make two. 

Step 2 Cut 28" [71 cm] of bead stringing wire. String a 2mm crimp bead to one end, then string the jump ring with clasp. Fold the beading wire and go back through the 2mm crimp tube. Using the crimping pliers tool, place the crimp tube into the slot that is at the back. Crimp the crimp bead to form a U shape. Next, using the front notch in the crimp tool, crimp to fold the U shape closed. Use flush cutters to trim the tail. 

Step 3 String beads to desired length. A good length for young children is 19 to 21" [48 - 54 cm]. 

Step 4 String a crimp tube onto the beading wire at the end of your beads. String the second 6mm jump ring and clasp. Fold the beading wire over and go back through the crimp tube and a few of the beads. 





Pull the beading wire until the crimp tube snuggles up against the last bead. Leave some air around the connection between the jump ring and crimp tube. 

Crimp the crimp tube using the crimp pliers, using the back notch first, forming a U shape with the crimp tube. Next, fold the crimp tube U shape closed using the front notch of the pliers. 

Use flush cutters to trim the tail if desired. 

Attach each lobster claw to the ear of your face mask.

Just like that you have a fun and useful accessory! Added bonus- recently eyeglass chains have been making a huge comeback. You can wear the chain on your eyeglasses for the next Zoom call (and be very on trend) then transition the chain to your mask while out and about. 

       

P.S. Could make for a great gift this holiday season too! 


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