Monday, June 17, 2013

DIY ~ Boho Beachy Necklace

Hi lovelies!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I cut the inspiration image from a magazine a month or two ago, and finally realized I had just what I needed to make it.  {Click to keep reading!}

You'll need:

  • Beachy beads (I got these at Michael's and used about 2/3 of them)
  • Suede cord (upcycled this oxblood one from a StyleMint order)
  • Bead wire
  • 2 ~ 4mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 head pins
  • Super glue (as usual, I love Loctite!)
  • Not shown ~ jewelry pliers

Cut a length of beading wire longer than what you'll need.  Thread on a jump ring to one end, fold the excess over, and thread a crimp bead over both pieces of wire, as shown above, creating a tiny loop for the jump ring.  Use pliers to crimp the crimp bead so that it's secure.

String on your beads, and then repeat the jump ring / crimp bead process on the other end.  Cut the excess wire.  Thread a bead onto each head pin.

Use round nose pliers to create a loop as shown above and then use your fingers or another set of pliers to twist the excess wire underneath the loop but above the bead.

Repeat and you'll have these two pretties :-)  Cut your suede cord into two pieces (mine were about 1 foot each), and tie a piece onto each jump ring.  Secure the knots with some super glue.  Tie a bead onto the cord end, securing the knot again with super glue.  Let dry.

And here's your new necklace!  It's easy to just tie on, and the adjustable length makes it so versatile.  I especially like the beads on the ends.  You can tie it on the side more to show the ends if you'd like.  You can also make the necklace even more adjustable by using a longer length of suede cord so the necklace can be worn longer too.

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