Single Strand Seed Bead Necklace for Beginners
Your favorite jewelry is that one fashion item that you can use over and over again—something that you cannot do for your favorite dress or any clothes. Even the simplest outfit can become the fanciest if you add some posh jewelry, especially a necklace, into it.
Express your style and bring out the innate creativity in you by making your own necklace using the most available material elsewhere—seed beads! After reading this article, I am sure that you will have your first very own seed bead necklace. Just keep reading!
What You Will Need
You can actually create your own necklace without using pliers, but it all depends on the design you are planning to recreate. But to be sure, you might want the following tools to be handy just in case you need them. For this design, the below supplies are needed:
- Small seed beads (royal blue, silver and white)
- Jump rings
- Claw Clasps
- Crescent moon pendant
- Thread snippers or scissors
- Beading thread
- Beading needles or collapsible eye needles
- Craft glue
- Tape measure
- Bead containers
- Small binder clip (optional)
How To Make Seed Bead Necklaces
There are many designs you can follow to make your own seed bead necklace. You can visit my other article here, to give you more seed bead jewelry ideas on which design you would like to carry out that would suit and enhance your overall look.
- Identify your desired length
Start this project by estimating the length of your preferred design using a tape measure around your neck and gauge your desired length. This design requires only 25 inches long but you can cut your beading thread with added 10 inches more, to give allowance for placing the clasps. Knot one end of the thread leaving about 1.5 inches.
- Thread the beads
Thread the needle and insert the beads through the needle in order of the color sequence below:
- 10 blue seed beads first
- Followed by 3 silver seed beads
- Then insert 5 white seed beads
- Add 3 silver seed beads
Go through the same sequence until you are halfway through the thread, to add the pendant.
- Add the pendant
Use a jump ring and pliers to connect the locket to the thread. Then continue threading the beads in the same sequence until you reach the other end of the string, leaving about 3 inches allowance.
- Securing the last bead
Push all the beads inwards, making sure that beading is gently tight. Insert the needle through the other end of the last bead. Pull the needle all the way through. This will secure the last bead and hence, secure the beading, like the below picture:
- Locking the bead string
With the extra strand at the beginning point of the thread, tie one jump ring. On the other end, connect the lobster clasp using a jump ring.
And there you are—you were just able to finish your first DIY seed bead necklace! If you’re a beginner and want to do more of this, you can create more and more until you master all about how to make seed bead necklaces or even other pieces of jewelry such as bracelets, earrings and the like.