Southwest Summer Necklace Beading Pattern
- This beginner jewelry making beading pattern will teach you how to make a beaded 2-strand necklace.
- 11-page tutorial - each page has 8 photos with detailed step-by-step instructions that will hold your hand every step of the way, including finishing off to size.
- Complete Materials Page that itemizes exactly what you'll need (including bead color information and approximate quantities) to make the project.
- PDF beading tutorial you can instantly download and conveniently view on any computer or portable device (and/or print out).
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Beginner Jewelry Making Beading Pattern for a 2-Strand Necklace #455
A customer recently contacted us asking for more basic beading projects geared towards beginners and kids - and we thought that was a great idea! Lane and I went through our stashes of beads and found some of the most common bead types that folks collect from bead stores - seed beads, faceted fire-polished beads, and a fun focal bead to make into a pendant. Along with some basic beading supplies, such as a head pin, beading wire, jump rings, crimps, and a clasp, and a few common tools such as a flush cutter, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and a crimper tool, we’ll hold your hand each step of the way to make this beginner-friendly Southwest Summer Necklace.
We’ll start off this project by wire wrapping a center-drilled or vertical-drilled focal bead to hang in the center of the necklace (and we have some helpful tips for how to work with beads with large or small holes). Wire wrapping is a basic beading fundamental, and once you have that under your belt, you’ll be able to do so many common beading techniques (such as wire wrapped earrings, which are fun and easy!) Once we have our wire-wrapped pendant ready to hang, we’ll get started stringing the beads on our necklace. We’ll also show you how to build a necklace from start to finish, both with and without a focal bead in the center. Note: The bead sizes and design pattern we used in our necklaces is optional - feel free to experiment with the beads you have on hand. Finally, we’ll show you how to professionally finish off the ends so it will be easy and comfortable to wear.
This simple beading pattern includes a detailed materials page, bead color information for each colorway, over 55 high-resolution full-color photos, and easy to follow step-by-step directions. Thank you for shopping Simple Bead Patterns, and bead happy! ~ Lane & Cara (mother & daughter)
DIY jewelry making beading pattern by Cara & Lane Landry
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- Focal bead and head pin - optional
- Fire polished beads - we used 3 mm and 4 mm beads
- Seed beads - we used 11/0s and 8/0s
- Findings (end clasps and such) to finish off the necklace
- Flush cutter, crimper tool, chain nose pliers, and round nose pliers
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Many of our designs can be made using comparable beading materials. For example, if our pattern calls for 4mm round pearls, in most cases, you can use different types of 4mm round beads instead (such as 4mm round fire polished beads). Please note: If the pattern is for a bead weaving (or stitched) project, it's typically not recommended to use different sizes of beads than those recommended, as the original design may not work out as intended. You may also substitute recommended materials with your preferred brand (for example using Nymo vs. FireLine thread) unless otherwise noted for a specific reason. For example, if we specifically recommend using TOHO seed beads with a particular project, the project may not work out as well if you substitute and use Delica seed beads instead (which differ in shape).
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