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How To Make Jewelry: How To Make A Long Beaded Necklace
by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil
The O'Neil Sisters
from Running With Sisters
Have you ever made a long beaded necklace? It's easy and elegant! This pearl, hematite, and crystal necklace is one long beaded strand. And we tied on the clasp, so the only tools you need are scissors. We'll show you how!
How To Make A Long Beaded Necklace
21 Hematite chips, 6mm
6 Fresh water pearls, coin shape, 12mm
7 Crystal rondelles, 6mmx10mm, pink
7 Gold oval beads, 6mmx8mm
Preciosa seed beads, size 11, gold
G-S Hypo Cement beading glue
Collapsible beading needle
Gold barrel clasp
This long beaded necklace follows a simple pattern. There are 3/4 of an inch of seed beads (you don't need to count those tiny beads - just measure their length on the string!) in between every "special" bead. The "special" beads go in this order: hematite chip - gold oval bead - hematite chip - pink crystal rondelle - hematite chip - pearl coin. This pattern (with 3/4 of an inch of seed beads between each "special" bead) is then repeated until the necklace is about 43 inches long. Here's how to do it.
1. Cut a piece of Fireline about 50 inches long. Place a piece of masking tape on the end of the Fireline to prevent the beads from sliding off. Thread the other end of the Fireline into the beading needle. Fireline is a very strong beading thread, much stronger than sewing thread. We highly recommend it for a necklace like this.
2. Use the needle to feed 3/4" of seed beads onto the Fireline. If your seed beads are temporarily strung, you can slide your needle into the beads while they are still on their originalstring and then slide the old string out. Or you can pour seed beads into the palm of your hand and use the needle to "fish" for the beads. Basically you run the needle thru the pile and a few seed beads wind up on the needle each time.
3. Next add a hematite chip. Feed 3/4" of seed beads on to the Fireline, followed by a gold oval bead. Slide 3/4" more of seed beads on to the Fireline, followed by a hematite chip.
4. Feed 3/4" of seed beads, followed by a pink rondelle crystal. Slide 3/4" more of seed beads on to the Fireline, followed by a hematite chip. Feed 3/4" of seed beads, followed by a coin pearl.
Repeat steps 2 thru 4 until the beaded part of the necklace is about 43 inches long.
8. To finish the ends of the long beaded necklace, slide the beads down to the masking tape end of the Fireline. Feed the needle end of the Fireline into one part of the clasp. Remove the needle. Tie a single knot close to the clasp, followed by a second knot. Pull tightly. Dab the knot with a drop of G S Hypo glue. Let dry and trim the tail of Fireline.
9. Slide the beads to the end of the necklace with the clasp. Remove the tape. Slide on the other part of the clasp and push it very close to the beads so the beads cannot move between the clasps. Tie the Fireline in a knot at the clasp, then tie a second knot, Dab the knot with glue. Let it dry and trim the tail.
This long beaded necklace is fun worn very long or doubled up as two short necklaces. You could also wrap it around your wrist to make a beaded arm party!
If you have any questions about this project or any craft, leave us a comment. We'd love to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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