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Beaded Jewelry Tutorial

I never met an accessory I didn’t like.  These days, in my 7th month of pregnancy… accessories are kinda the only thing I can still buy and be guaranteed they’ll actually FIT!  So… I wanted to share a couple I made recently that make me happy EVERY time I put them on.  Best part is that both of these took no time whatsoever! Easy jewelry #forthewin!

beaded jewelry how to

For the bracelets, you’ll need this thick elastic (8 mm) and whatever beads strike your fancy.  I fell in love with these dainty fluorescent beads and then liked the idea of incorporating some little ‘gold’ accents.

8 mm beading elastic

beads before

The bracelets are super easy… just string your beads as long or as short as you’d like.  I wanted a double strand when wrapped so  needed about 10 inches?  To finish each one off, I tied 3 knots and then placed a dab of super glue to hold it tight.

stringing neon beads

pair finished bracelets

LOVING how light and cheerful these guys are… I haven’t taken them off since I made them. Nothing like a little neon to brighten a gal’s day… Also somewhat hopeful that an arm covered in neon might distract people from the width of my midsection. Ha!

bracelets with belly

bracelets after

The necklace makes me very very happy and was even simpler than the bracelets.  (Confession: the only things that really cover my stomach these days are men’s t-shirts so I’ve been trying to dress them up!)  I had these beads and tassels on hand, but you can grab the beads here (affiliate link) and the tassels were from this awesome etsy shop.

wooden beads

tassels

I use this flexible wire for my necklaces… super strong and easy to string. Our local bead store turned me onto these springy thingies… they pinch the end of your wire to prevent the beads from falling off!

beading wire

spring clasp

Once I’d strung about 10″ of my wooden beads, I looped the wire through one of the tiny leftover neon beads and then through my tassel so that the tassel would fall the right way. I got carried away and added 6 colorful tassels… I mean, go tassel or go home, right?

tassel detail

tassels with beads

To finish this one, I didn’t really need a clasp because it’s long enough to slip over my head so all I needed were these tiny little crimp rings. I looped the wire through each one, and then used my needle nosed pliers to crimp the ends pinching and holding the wire in place.

necklace collage

Because these beads are so light weight, this necklace is easy breezy but still so fun and colorful. Like I said… makes the basic men’s tee look a teensy bit more feminine!

beaded necklace with tassel

tassel necklace

Thank you for indulging my beading 101 tutorial today. You’ve read the extent of my beading prowess… despite my status as a novice, I get SO much pleasure out of all my simple beaded necklaces!

beaded assorted DIY

xo Charlotte

Want an idea for storing all your rad new necklaces?

Jewelry Organization

How about these upcycled thrift store bangles?

bangles horizontal

Last but not least, another necklace I made with some craft store beads and a fun brass pendant!

necklace finish

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Carter
    April 22, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Your necklace looks awesome! And I LOVE those neon bracelets! Thanks for sharing the tassel love!!

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    Trish Stone
    May 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    These look so nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    Correy Smith
    August 24, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Beads like those in the pictures are what my wife and daughter enjoy making. I’m thinking about buying them a set of wholesale beads for them to make. Since part of their hobbies are putting them together and selling them to certain people.

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      Christine
      February 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

      These bracelets gave me a nostalgic feeling…in a great way. Looks a little like what I loved to wear as a kid but with a grown up flair. Love them, thank you.

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    Cindy Hoffman
    January 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Hi there Mal and Sav, you guys are creative to pull those gorgeous necklaces and bracelets together. I love plying around with beads myself, so this is definitely a thing that I would be interested in. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us, it sparks some inspirations.

    Cindy

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    Christopher
    February 12, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Very nice looking jewelries these are indeed! I just love each collection. Surely the tutorial presented here looks easy to follow and I’m looking forward to make my own collection of these beaded jewelry. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Camo Wedding Rings
    July 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Love this tutorial! Reminded me of how we started our Camo Wedding Ring business!

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