6 Basic Techniques
Jump Rings
Cup Chain End Connectors
Open Connector hole


Simply cut the Cup Chain to the desired length. Do not cut with the tip of the cutter. The force of the cutter is at its best where the to blades of the cutter meet.

After the cut, remove the old connectors.


Connectors enable you to build your project with empty Cup Chain units, no soldering necessary!

Insert the connectors in the hole of the empty Cup Chain and pinch the point inside with a cutter or a flat nose plier. If you use the cutter, be careful not to cut it totally.

You can use a flat nose plier to hold the connector and push it into the hole. After you deform the connector inside the cup, use the plier to check if the connector is well connected. Give it a pull.

Jump Rings

Jump Rings enable you to connect the pieces of your project.

Open the rings by bending the ring to opposite sides.

With two pliers that job is done in seconds.

Cup Chain End Connectors

Cup Chain End Connectors enable you to use (already finished) Crystal Cup Chain in your projects.

It is a combination of gluing and embedding.


Embedding means placing the stones in the cup and bending the prongs to close the crystal in the cup.

With a nylon jaw plier you can safely push the metal onto the crystal.

Start with bending one prong. Do not bend it too far - if you do, the crystal may end up askew in the cup. Then bend the prong opposite to the one you first did. Then repeat the technique with the other 2 prongs.

With four claws the crystal is firmly fixed in the cup.

Be sure to push the prongs as close as possible onto the crystal. Leaving a gap can cause problems like catching hair or clothes.

You can remove the stone by carefully bending the prongs back. This way you can change the stones of your project after some time. Be careful, the prongs can break eventually.

Open Connector hole

The quality thick plating of the cups can sometimes cause the connector hole to be too small, so the connector will not fit.

You can make the hole a little bit bigger by using a flat nose plier.

Put the side of the tip of the plier into the hole, pinch the plier and bend it carefully downwards.

Be careful not to make the hole too big. If the hole is too big, there is a chance the connector will slip through.


Starters Kit Bracelet only € 9,95 includes:

-- 15 Cups 8 mm --

-- 15 Preciosa Crystal Chatons --

-- 2 Cup Chain Connectors --

-- 2 Jump Rings --

-- 1 Clasp --

-- 1 Extension Chain --






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