Pendant necklaces are always stylish. You can make your own to complement your wardrobe, and to give to family and friends as gifts.
What You Will Need
Beginning beaders should start with the basics:
1. Decide on type and size of bead. The most common are plastic, glass, and wood. Large beads are easier to work with, but smaller ones are more dainty.
2. Choose a pretty pendant.
3. Look for sturdy beading, or jewelry, thread.
4. Buy at least two beading needles.
5. Keep a few toothpicks handy, and some scrap paper.
6. Look for an all-purpose jewelry glue. (I use Beadalon G-S Hypo Cement.) Beadalon
You can also buy “spacers”, which are used to separate beads, or a sequence of beads.
Where To Purchase Supplies
You can purchase your supplies at craft shops, retail stores, online craft supplies, and through jewelry making catalogs.
Designing Your Necklace
The great thing about making a long pendant is that it can slip over your head, which eliminates the need for attaching clasps. I usually make mine 26-28″.
1. Decide on a color, or colors, and how you want them arranged. Write it down.
2. Determine how long you want your necklace, making sure it fits easily over your head.
3. Measure the thread.
4. Allow 2-2 ½” extra on both ends, and cut.
I usually use two or more bead colors, and silver or gold toned spacers. I pour them into small, separate, containers with wide openings; this makes it easy to dive in your needle, and pick up a bead or beads.
1. Thread a needle at both ends, and tape one end to your work table.
2. Slip your pendant through the thread to mid-point. I always put a spacer or large bead on either side of it. They help to set the pendant apart from the other beads.
3. Begin beading, sliding beads on your needle and guiding them down the thread.
4. Follow your design, or improvise; it is your design and your “artistic creation”.
5. Stop when you reach the 2-2 ½ ” point, and tape down the thread, leaving the needle attached.
6. Remove tape at other end, and repeat process, keeping to design.
Securing The Thread
When beading is finished, and you’re satisfied with your work:
1. Squeeze out a dab of glue on scrap paper.
2. Pick up the necklace with both ends, and tie in a secure, single knot.
3. Don’t pull too tightly, or beads will bunch up.
4. Apply a dab of glue to the knot with a toothpick. If necessary, before glue sets, loosen the thread to avoid bunching.
5. Wait 30 seconds, then apply more glue, a dab above and on the knot.
6. Run needle over bead closest to knot, then run through the next two beads.
After an hour or more, when glue is thoroughly dry, clip off exposed threads. Slip your new treasure over your head and enjoy your original creation.