Summer heat means keeping accessories lightweight. And since you can’t layer clothes much in the summer, accessories are the best way to mix things up. To get your summer jewelry up to par, I’m going to show you how to make a necklace with a foolproof technique to make excellent beaded jewelry.
These necklaces have a seemingly long supply list but this supply list is actually a good starter kit if you want to get into jewelry making. You can make several necklaces from the materials and these are some of the most basic tools.
How to make a necklace for summer supplies:
- Wood Coin Beads
- Amazonite Beads
- 4x6mm Rondelle Beads
- Gold Spacer Beads
- Crimp Beads
- Flexible Beading Wire
- Jump Rings
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Crimper Tool (optional, provides a more professional finish)
- Bead Board (optional but a big help!)
- White Paint (optional)
Step 1. Use the bead board to layout your bead design. The bead board means your beads won’t roll around while you play with the design.Step 2. Create a loop at one end of beading wire, slip through a crimp bead and then crimp the bead tight with the crimping tool. Leave a little tail like you see in the picture so your loop doesn’t come undone. Cut the wire a little longer than your bead design.Step 3. String the beads onto the wire. The loop you just made will hold them on one end and make for easy stringing. The little tail you left will slip into the last bead hole.Step 4. I think this is the most important tip you can take away for making professional beaded necklaces that will hold up to wear. This is a pro tip that I didn’t know when I started jewelry making and I wish I had known earlier! Using this technique, my necklaces are much stronger and look more professional.
a. After you’ve beaded your design, cut the excess wire down so it is easy to work with (you can see the excess I kept in the photo).
b. Place a jump ring and a crimp bead on the end of your beaded strand and then create a loop in the wire, just like you did in Step 2. It’s not intuitive to place the ring on before you make a loop but it makes all the difference.
c. Hold the jump ring with a pair of pliers and with your fingers or another pair of pliers, pull the tail off the loop so it really tightens down.
d. Crimp the bead.
e. Use wire cutters to cut the tail but leave a little bit to slip into the last bead hole.Step 5. Use pliers to open up the jump rings and slide them onto a piece of chain. Close the jump rings with pliers. The length of the chain is totally up to you. To easily eyeball the length, place the chain around your neck and then hold up the beaded part. Adjust the chain length until it looks good and then cut it with wire cutters.Optional Step 6. Now that you know the tricks to creating an awesome summer necklace, you can jazz it up by painting the wooden beads. I used washi tape to create straight lines and the other end of the paintbrush to create dots. That’s it for this how to make a necklace tutorial! If you’re like me, this special technique and basic materials will have your imagination whirling with possibilities.