I think I speak for everyone when I say, bring on SPRING! I am so excited for the sunshine, the warmer weather, and seeing those first blooms. I’ve got a fun and simple jewelry project to share with you today, inspired by nature. If you’ve done some basic wire wrapping before, then it’s really easy to make a DIY lariat necklace embellished with glass flower beads. If you haven’t done any wire work, don’t be intimidated! I’ll be showing you how to make basic beaded charms in today’s DIY lariat necklace tutorial.
- 18″ Cable Chain
- 8mm Czech Glass Flower Cup Beads (3)
- 4mm Round Silver Spacer Beads (3)
- 2″ Flat Head Pins (2)
- 10mm Jump Rings (2)
- 4mm Jump Rings (3)
- Long Nose Jewelry Pliers
- Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
- Wire Cutters
First, create your charms. For each charm, you will need one head pin, one round bead, and one flower bead. This strand comes with a nice, springy assortment of colors. I opted for three different-colored flowers, but you could make a pretty necklace using all one color, too!
Thread the round bead and flower bead onto the head pin, and using your round nose pliers, bend it slightly to the left (I work left to right, you can also reverse these directions if it’s more comfortable to you). Then, wrap the pin around the right side of your pliers, creating a round loop. Next, wrap the tail end of the head pin around the “neck” of the loop you created, wrapping it 2-3 times, filling the empty space between the loop you created and the top of the bead. Finally, nip off the excess wire with your wire cutters. (Refer to the photos below for a visual guide to making charms.)
Next, add a 4mm jump ring to each of your charms, so that you can layer them slightly. For the first flower, just add the charm to the jump ring, and close it again. For the second flower, add the charm, and the jump ring attached to the first flower. For the third flower, add the charm and the jump ring of the second flower. By doing this, your flowers will nest together, rather than all being the exact same length.
Feed the opposite end of the chain through the jump ring, and then add the second 10 mm jump ring to the end of the opposite chain, and attach the floral charms to this jump ring before twisting it closed.
We’re not seeing blooms quite yet where I live; the snow is still melting. But while I wait for those early flowers to pop up, I can at least wear a little bit of spring with this DIY lariat necklace!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).