The Heartbreaker is a fun bead craft to keep or give away to your Valentine.
What You'll Need:
4-foot length white plastic lanyard
24mm split ring
18 white pony
16 pink pony
13 pink glitter pony
2 pink heart-shape pony
1. Make a lark's head knot by folding the lanyard in half and slipping the looped end through the split ring. Pull the cut ends up through the loop and pull tight. Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 to 1 inch from the lark's head knot.
2. String a white bead onto the left strand and slide it all the way up to the knot. Weave the right strand through the bead from right to left. To make the heart's upper arches, weave a 'sidepath' by stringing beads 1-4 on the right strand. Leave a little space between the beads, and weave back through beads 1 and 2.
Pull tightly as you weave back, allowing the beads to curve as shown. Repeat to make a sidepath with the left strand. Add a white bead on the end of each sidepath before you move on to the next row.
3. String beads onto the left strand in the following order: 1 white, 2 pink, 1 pink glitter, 1 pink, 1 pink glitter, 2 pink, and 1 white. Weave the right strand through the same beads from right to left. Repeat this basic bead-weaving technique for the remaining rows, using the bead diagram below for reference.
4. Finish by tying both cord ends together in an overhand knot. To do this, twist both lanyard ends into a loop and then pull the free ends through the loop. Tie a second overhand knot on each cord about 1-1/2 to 2 inches from the first knot. String a heart pony bead and a glitter bead on each cord, and finish each with another overhand knot. Trim the excess cord with the nail clippers, leaving 1/2-inch tails.
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