The necklace shown here is an example of a “Unit Form” watercolor paper necklace in which the individual unit forms are linked together using a bridging link. Both end loops of the bridging link are locked closed with tightly wrapped coils. This type of linking mechanism is very secure and results in a necklace with great flexibility.
I refer to this type of necklace as a “Unit Form” necklace because it is composed of identical, repeated shapes.
The bridging link is made from 20 gauge, sterling silver wire, and both ends are resolved with coils that tie the loop closed. The bridging links are formed from lengths of wire measuring 3.5″ / 8.9 cm.
This type of bridging link (right) with unlocked loops can also be used, but I prefer the coil locked loop (above) to the jump ring style loop because the locked loops are 100% secure.
They will not accidentally open.
In the necklace illustrated at the top of this page, the bridging link serves two purposes:
- It unites the rice paper beads with the circular watercolor paper forms
- It attaches these assemblages together to form the necklace.
To attach the bridging link to the rice paper beads and unit form, first create a locked end loop as illustrated in the example above.
Then slide the watercolor paper unit form and the rice paper bead onto the partially formed bridging link.
Complete the “unit form” assemblage of (1) wire, (2) circular paper form and (3) rice paper bead by wrapping the remaining straight end of wire into a coil locked loop.
To attach the next assemblage of wire and paper, the first step is to form a locked coil on one end of a pre-cut length of wire. Then, position the unit form and rice paper bead onto the unfinished bridging link and form the end loop.
After the remaining loop has been formed, but not locked in place with a coil, slide the open loop onto the loop of the completed assemblage, then lock it in place by coiling the wire’s end around the shaft of the bridging link.
Above is a sterling silver wire construction with beads. This is another example that employs the bridging link with the coil locked loop.
Both necklaces seen in this post will be available as detailed video demonstrations during this summer.
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