I Like Big Beads Necklace

Do you ever make something without knowing what the heck you are doing? That's what I did with this necklace. So I had to make another one as a tutorial.


One strand of medium to large sized beads
Less than a strand of tiny "spacer" type beads
Two clam shell crimp beads

Needle Nose Pliers
Flat Nosed Pliers


Plan your your necklace beforehand, trying different possiblities before deciding.


Thread the beads onto the cord, alternating with the small and the large beads.
Make a square knot with the cord on one end. Here's a trick to moving the knot as close as possible to the beads. Tie the knot, but leave it open. Insert a large needle (or other skinny type item) and use it to pull the knot close to the beads. This way you'll always get the knot right where you want it. 


Next thread one of your clam shell crimp beads on the cord. Tie a surgical knot, using the needle trick if needed. Finally close the "shell" part of the crimp bead with pliers.  Repeat on the other side.


Next take your chain and thread it onto the open part of the crimp bead. Close the crimp bead. Repeat on the other side and you are done!


Ta da! 

Do you like big beads? Do you feel that you cannot lie? I could go on, but I'll stop =)


Mary Pat Siehl said...

this is just so pretty! i love this

Jeanna said...

Well for not knowing what you were doing it turned out pretty darn cute. I think most of my projects are done that way too. Great necklace.


Brave Brooke said...

I made a necklace that I love but I'm so scared that when PB pulls on it she will break it. Maybe I should remake it the right way ;) Yours look great!

Laura said...

I am awful when it comes to beads and making jewelry, but my co-worker makes some awesome necklaces. These are super pretty. I like the red (surprisingly). No Carolina blue beads?

Just Jaime said...

@Smallgood, NEVER! I bleed DUKE Blue!

Christine said...

Oh!! I love the beads!!! Wish I would have seen this earlier! Just came back from a Craft Store and Gabrielle was begging me for big beads and I didn't quite know what to do with them.. so I said no! :(

Diana said...

I needed to know how to keep my knots in place! Thanks. I love your picture, too.

Tracy said...

Great necklace.
This is one craft I haven't really got into. but I can see myself loving it...I love beads :)

Heather Landry said...

I think your necklace is darling! I've never used big chunky beads like that, but they turned out amazing.

Unknown said...

this is beautiful! simple and gorgeous. thanks for sharing :-)

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