Beads Baubles & Jewels: Learn How To Make Nealay Patel's Branching Out Necklace

Beads Baubles and Jewels is a jewelry making show on public television. Host  Katie Hacker interviews jewelry designers and industry talent. She features segments teaching the viewers how to make their own jewelry at home. The step by step instructions are fun to watch and easy to follow along.

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Soft Flex beading guru, Sara Oehler, was featured on the first and fourth episodes of the current season. This time around, we wanted to check out our friend  Nealay Patel's segment. He created a lovely necklace and earrings using his SilverSilk Knitted Wire. He used Capture Chain, end caps, and three colors of  Soft Flex beading wire to create his jewelry. If you enjoy this segment, make sure you visit his  website. We also carry three of his  books on our site that are worth a look.

Watch Nealay Patel show you how to make the Branching Out Necklace on “A Breath Of Fresh Air”, episode 2709 of  Beads Baubles and Jewels on your local public television station starting January 24, 2019. Check your local listings for air times. Nealay used SilverSilk Capture Chain, end caps, and three colors of Soft Flex beading wire, that became our new Trios Extreme Metallics Collection, to create his jewelry.

Branching Out Necklace

Design by Nealay Patel

Dimensions: 21" Necklace
Beginner Project

Mini Bead Mix from  Jesse James Beads - 1 set
14mm Decorative Beads from  Jesse James Beads - 2 pcs
Trios Extreme Metallics Collection
 - Soft Flex Extreme Beading Wire, .019 Diameter, 24k Gold Plated - 2ft
 - Soft Flex Metallics Beading Wire, .019 Diameter, Copper Color - 2ft
 - Soft Flex Extreme Beading Wire, .019 Diameter, Champagne - 2ft
2x2mm Soft Flex Crimp Tubes, Copper - 35 pcs
Soft Flex Craft Wire, Silver - 2ft
SilverSilk Capture Chain, Silver Style - 5 ft
SilverSilk Double-Strand End Caps, Silver Plated Brass - 4 pcs
SilverSilk Triple-Strand End Caps, Silver Plated Brass - 2pcs
4mm  Jump Rings - 2 pcs
Clasp - 1 set

Nylon Jaw Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Flush Cutters
Straight Pins


Branching Technique:

Step 1: Cut three 5" lengths of capture chain. Line them up and place a straight pin through them to keep them stacked.

Step 2: Use a beading awl to widen the knit through each of the three chains.

Step 3: Cut a 3" length and a .5" length of beading wire. String one crimp at the end and string the shorter beading wire though the crimp then crimp it. Note: It helps to cut the beading wire at an angle when stringing it.

Step 4: String one 3mm bead through the beading wire and string it through the knit holes.

Step 5: String one 5-7mm bead and one crimp.

Step 6: Cut a 2" length of beading wire and string it through the crimp. Crimp and string one decorative bead repeat this step with the third color of beading wire.  Click here for crimping instructions.


Step 1: Remove any straight pins and attach the triple strand end caps

Step 2: Use craft wire to make a simple loop on each side of the decorative bead and attach them to the triple strand end caps.

Step 3: Cut two 1ft-length of capture chain and attach double strand end caps to both ends.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 to make a second necklace rope and attach them to the decorative beads and toggle to finish.

Inspiration: I wanted to make a necklace that was inspired by branches and flowers. Soft Flex Wire was the perfect material to use to make this vision come to life and SilverSilk made for the perfect canvas. This design can be altered in many ways when you learn this technique.

Econo-Tip: Czech glass beads in similar colors will make an equally beautiful sparkle.

Tips/Facts: Don’t worry about the knit wire fraying! The stitched wires can be cut to the perfect size without any wires unraveling or fraying.

Click here to download a PDF of the instructions for the Branching Out Necklace.

Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. SilverSilk & More and Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

Nealay Patel’s Bio: I exercise my craft in designing, educating and publishing various jewelry works. My checklist of accomplishments includes writing three jewelry-making books, hosting workshops at many trade shows, making television appearances on Beads, Baubles and Jewels and Jewel School on Jewelry Television Network, maintaining brand,  SilverSilk & More, and guest designing for Jesse James Beads. Aside from my dedication to the craft industry, I work full-time as an art director in my hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As Seen On Beads Baubles And Jewels: "A Breath Of Fresh Air", Episode 2709

"As seen on  Beads Baubles and Jewels"

(This is a segment from the "A Breath Of Fresh Air" episode on Beads Baubles and Jewels.)

Sometime all we need is a walk outside to jump start our creativity. A simple breath of fresh air clears our head and allows to ideas to form. Nature all by itself is inspiring. Today Nealay Patel uses the branches of a tree to prompt a design for a necklace. Then leaves motivate Candie Cooper to create fringed leather leaf earrings. Finally Tammy Honaman has peyote with a twist.

You can watch the entire episode of "A Breath Of Fresh Air" on your local public television station starting January 24, 2019. Check you  local listings for air times.

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Blog contributor Thomas Soles is the Trade Show Coordinator for Soft Flex Company. His favorite stones are Lapis and Pietersite. His favorite hobby is day dreaming. And his favorite mustache is Tom Selleck's. As you can see, he has a healthy (or possibly unhealthy) sense of humor. You can write to him at