How to Make Beaded Necklaces


Star Power Necklace
Be the shining star when you wear this necklace.
Be the shining star when you wear this necklace.

This star power necklace will hang brightly around your neck, announcing your shining qualities to everyone you meet.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 small jump ring
  • 1 clear star bead
  • 24 inches nylon line
  • 5 plastic crystal rondelle beads, 6mm
  • 16 silver-lined seed beads, 2mm
  • 6 crimp beads
  • 1 clasp and jump ring

Tools:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors

Step 1: Using needle-nose pliers, attach the jump ring to the star bead.

Step 2: String the nylon line through the jump ring, pulling it through until the star is positioned at the center of the strand.

Step 3: Bring the ends of the nylon line together and string one crystal rondelle bead and one seed bead onto both strands at once.

Step 4: Separate the strands, and string three seed beads on each side.

Step 5: String another seed bead on one of the strands, then thread the other strand through the same seed bead, going the opposite direction. This bead will turn on its side.

Step 6: On each strand, string one crimp bead, ­measure up two inches from the horizontal seed bead, and crimp in place.

Step 7: Next, string one seed bead, one crystal rondelle bead, and one seed bead on each strand. Note that there is no need for a crimp bead above the three-bead group -- gravity will keep the beads in place when the necklace is worn.

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 and 7, this time measuring up three inches from the last seed bead before flattening the crimp beads in place.

Step 9: Finish one end of nylon line with a crimp bead and clasp, and finish the other end with a crimp bead and jump ring. 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 10: 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.

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