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Making a Simple Beaded Necklace

  1. Materials and Tools
  2. Making a Necklace
  3. Patterns & Project Ideas
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  1. Plan the Design. Figure out what your necklace will look like. If you are repeating a pattern over and over, you can add the clasp first to one end and then string all the beads on and then add the other half of the clasp to the other end. This way is easy because you don't have to worry about beads falling off because you've already secured the end.

    If you want your necklace to be symmetrical but are not sure how many beads to use, you will want to string the middle bead first and string outward on both ends to make sure each side is the same. It will be a little tricker because you'll have to watch out for the beads falling off, especially when you are adding the first half of the clasp. You may want to tape the other end of the wire. You also may want to add another few inches to the length of wire you cut to be on the safe side.

  2. Cut the wire. Cut a piece of tigertail that is the length of the finished piece plus 5 inches (about 20 inches total for a short necklace).

  3. Add Clasp. Slide a crimp bead and one part of the clasp onto the tigertail. Slide the tigertail back through the crimp bead, pull it tight, and then flatten the crimp bead so it stays. Trim the excess wire.

  4. String the beads. String on the beads of the necklace or anklet.

  5. Attach rest of clasp. Attach the second half of the clasp, or a jump ring if you've used a hook-style clasp. The process is the same as the first half, you'll just have to be careful to pull everything up snug so you don't have slack in the necklace. Voila!

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