Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DIY: Big Beaded Statement Necklace

I got this big wodden bead a few months ago on sale, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with it- but is was super-cool, and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m an impulse-buyer about cheap cute things, incase you couldn’t tell.

So, anyways, today I was browsing patterns and projects, and thinking about all these big bulky ribbon-and-pearl statement necklaces that have been eveywhere, and I wanted one. Preferable without having to spend money, even on thrift-store pearls, mainly because I didn’t want to have to wait to catch a ride to town. But, pearls are boring, right? Plain, colorless? That’s why everyone uses gold for the ropes and ribbon! (Problem- I often wear white. Or black. Pearls would be too much bland-ness.)

Solution- seed beads! Something we’ve all got huge amounts of and no idea what to do with. 

You'll need a big pile of seed beads, a large bead for the pendant with a wide hole, some ribbon about half an inch wide, a clasp of some sort, and twelve jumprings. 

To do this, we don’t pick up each bead. No, god forbid; that would take years. Go find some half-inch deep saucer or some other thing with edges about five inches wide. Now pour a generous amount of the beads in that. 

Grab your needle and about two yards of thread (we’re doubling it, for strength), and tie off the end with a bead.
Now, horizontaly, stab your needle throu the pile of beads untill it’s full. Pull the beads onto the the thread, repeat. You need two strands to be 33 inches, one 40. 

Once this is done, cut two strands of ribbon at 36 inches. Paint the ends with nail polish.

Grab five jumprings. Put one on the end of each strand of beads, and ribbons. Now, a sixth to attach them to the clasp. 

Pin the clasp somwhere high-ish, and braid. Take the two shorter strands of bead, and the ribbons, one bead, one ribbon, as if they are one piece. The longest strand should be alone. 

Braid loosesly, and keep the beads outside of the ribbon, facing one direction the whole time.
Now is the hard part. Take five more jumprings, and put them on the ends of everything, one more to join them, and the other end of the clasp. Now, thread the big bead over everything.

Clip any loose ends, and it’s ready to go!

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