Hi everyone, happy Friday!
Today I got to play about with beads! Beadwork is 1 of my favorite crafts. I love all the different colours and patterns but mostly I love the sparkly ones!
I decided to make a key ring but as you can see I later switched the split ring for a clasp to change it into a handbag charm instead! So this is what I ended up with…
To make 1 if these you will need
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
A split ring/or clasp
Head pins (I used 35mm)
Jump rings (I used 7mm)
Ball pins (optional but I used 15mm)
A selection of beads
A charm (optional)
The techniques used in this tutorial are really simple (only a little fiddly towards the end) so it’s a great craft for kids (7years and up) too.
Add your bead/s to the pin leaving around 1cm free. Clamp the very tip with your round nose pliers
Use your free hand to bend the pin around 1 prong of the pliers
Re-adjust the position of the pin and continue to bend until you have coiled all the way to the bead/s
Continue until you have enough strands filled to create your price
I usually make 17 of the longer strands and around 10 of the single beads
I then superstate the longer strands as below to decide roughly the order to attach them
I work from the bottom to the top adding a single strand to the lowest link of chain using a jump ring
I then add 2 strands on either side of each of the higher links using 1 jump ring per pair, like this…
Working my way to the top and adding the final 2 pairs either side if the jump ring connecting the chain to the split ring
Now I begin to add the single beads in clusters of 3 per jump ring
Adding 1 cluster either side of the top 2 longer strands and 2 either side of the long strands on the next link down (this is where I decided to swap the split ring for a clasp)
Finally I added the chicken charm using 1 more jump ring.
That is it all finished!!
Hope this was helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email me – email@example.com
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