Bridging Links: Combining Beads and Watercolor Paper Shapes into Unit Form Constructions
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 sliding knot clasp is one of the most efficient and economical methods for resolving the ends of the cord on which a pendant is hung. The sliding knot eliminates the need to use a 2-part clasp. 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.
First step: creating a locked-end loop.
In the necklace illustrated at the top of this page, the bridging link serves two purposes: