How to Make Beaded Necklaces


Lifesaver Necklace
This lifesaver necklace may not save your life, but it sure looks like a tasty treat.
This lifesaver necklace may not save your life, but it sure looks like a tasty treat.

This lifesaver necklace is almost good enough to eat.

What You'll Need:

  • 20 inches nylon line
  • 10 blue seed beads, 1mm
  • 10 clear seed beads, 1mm
  • 1 blue "lifesaver" bead
  • 1 iridescent star bead
  • 3 crimp beads
  • 1 clasp and jump ring

Tools:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors

Step 1: String all 20 seed beads on the nylon line, alternating blue and clear. Slide them to the center of the strand.Step 2: Add the "lifesaver" bead and slide it to the middle of the seed beads. Bring the ends of the nylon line together, forming a loop of seed beads around the lifesaver.Step 3: String the star bead onto both strands of nylon line at once, and slide it all the way down until it touches the seed beads.Step 4: String a crimp bead onto both strands at once, and crimp it snugly against the star bead. Make sure both sides of the necklace are the same length before crimping down.Step 5: Finish one end of the nylon line with a clasp and crimp bead, and finish the other end with a jump ring and crimp bead. To do this, slide a crimp bead and then a clasp onto the end of the nylon line. Thread the nylon line back through the crimp bead, and pull it tight so the crimp bead is close to the clasp.

Step 6: Using needle-nose pliers or crimping pliers, flatten the crimp bead so it stays in place. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim the excess line as close to the crimp bead as possible, but only on the short end. Obviously, you need to leave the long end in order to string the beads. Before you crimp down, make sure that both sides of the necklace are the same length. Repeat on the other end with a jump ring.

On the next page is a necklace that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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