When you guys were little did you sit around and make those friendship bracelets? All the colorful knots that would creep their way up your arm until you had a soggy musty cotton wrist band of bracelets? Me too. No… I’m not going to regale you with an updated way to weave chic and easy friendship bracelets (but if you know of any, maybe just leave a little note in the comments just in case…). But I AM going to share one of my little grown up hobbies… beads. More specifically, pretty pretty beaded necklaces.
I saw these beads at Jo-Ann and HAD TO HAVE THEM. And there they sat. Until I remembered them and desperately wanted a shiny new beautiful blue beaded necklace. (They don’t show my color online, but these are the ones.)
At a local bead store, I grabbed this killer brass pendant and some beading accessories. I’m not an expert, but… this wasn’t my first beaded necklace rodeo. I use this beading wire and these crimps. Choose whatever clasp floats your boat… I liked the way these simple brass ones matched the pendant.
I always start by playing around with the bead layout themselves. My first version felt a little too… patterned.
The color gradient was what drew me to these beads in the first place so I stuck with that. To attach the pendant, I ran the wire down through the middle and then through a bead and back up through the brass centerpiece. But the icing on this accessory cake is that tassel. I could tassel my whole house. I love them. They’re fairly easy to make… but I found this amazing store on etsy and have a little stockpile now as a result.
Have you ever used a crimp for beading? I’m a lousy beading-tutorial-writer because I didn’t bother with pictures, but pretty sure you’ll get the gist from my description. You’re going to run your wire through the crimp. Loop it around your clasp and then bring it back through the crimp. Pull the wire as tight as you need and take some pliers to pinch the crimp around the two wires. That’s it!
These beads weren’t on sale when I bought them so they were $5 a strand. The pendant was $16. And the ‘hardware’ was… maybe $5? So all in, this necklace was $25. And I want to wear it for all my days. I am in love.
Important question: can a gal EVER have too many accessories? I’d argue no. (Did you get the chance to see my video debut from yesterday? It’s a full step-by-step tutorial and I’m trying to gauge whether my long version is helpful or just… long.)
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