Friday, 8 July 2016

Easy Bead Necklace

A super easy to make bead necklace. Honestly it takes longer to get everything out and then put it away afterwards than it does to actually make this necklace!
Easy to make bead necklace

I was inspired when I saw this lovely necklace from Pastels and Macaroons a few weeks ago.
It's just so pretty! This one is wooden beads painted with nail varnish but seeing it made me remember some fairly large beads in my bead box from various old broken bracelets and bag charms.
beads
I can be a bit of a hoarder someone who likes to reuse things, so it's nice when a plan comes together and I am able to make something new from something old. 
To make my necklace I used just 7 large beads and some waxed thread. 
waxed thread

I've had this waxed thread for years, I bought it originally to rethread a seaglass necklace I had which had broken. I really like using waxed thread for jewellery making as it is quite substantial, and when you tie a knot in it, the knot stay, none if that springing undone like you can get with elastics.

I cut a length of the waxed thread long enough to go over my head plus a bit more for the knot, so it was 28" (72cm) in total. Check yours is long enough, making sure you allow a few inches for the knot and ends before you cut!
I threaded on some of my favourite beads
Easy to make bead necklace
then tied the thread in a knot.
simpele knot for bead necklace
Done!
Easy to make bead necklace

You can make yours longer of course, but if you want it shorter you will need to add some sort of fastening, rather then knotting it.
Easy to make bead necklace
This is how low mine hangs to give you an idea, and it can slip off my head without pulling my ears off! It goes rather nicely with my new Summery Top made from an old Men's Shirt which you can find more about here.

Incidentally, with normal use, the waxed thread last of ages before it snaps or wears thin. My sea glass necklace snapped just last week and I've got to remake it, but I've worn it 4 or 5 times a month for at least 5 years so I would say it's pretty tough stuff.

If you don't already have a stash of beads saved from old broken jewellery (I understand not everyone keeps everything like me) then a charity shop or thrift store might be a great place to pick up some for next to nothing.
Or Amazon in the UK have some similar products to those I used which you can find through these affiliate links:

Do you have any old beads or broken jewellery lying at the bottom of your jewellery box just waiting to be made into something new?
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I'll be linking up at these great link parties,
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

19 comments:

  1. I could make this really quick in the morning when I'm getting ready. This is awesome!!!! ~Tay

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    1. Ha ha - exactly! I did make and wear this on the same day, although to be fair it was a weekend and not a rushed busy school/work day!

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  2. Simple and gorgeous too, great tips

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    1. Thanks, I love it when I actually manage to use something I've stashed away for "one day"

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  3. As soon as I'll have the time I'll make a bracelet with some old red beads I have in my stash. I'll use elastic thread as it has to fit my arm. I have a lot of broken jewellery waiting to be recycled! I'll check your blog better, you gave me some nice ideas!

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    1. Remaking Jewellery from old broken bits is so much fun and cheap too - good luck with your bracelet.

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  4. So pretty and being quick you could make one for any outfit

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    1. Yes, good plan, I think I may need one in every colour!

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  5. I love these bead necklaces! Thanks for sharing them at the party. Pinned & shared.

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    1. Thanks Theresa, they couldn't be much easier to put together. Thanks for sharing too.

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  6. This is great, love these colours together :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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    1. Thanks Claire, they came form 3 different old pieces but they came together nicely (how lucky was that!)

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  7. It's very pretty, I love those blue beads! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Teresa, the glass ones with the little flecks of colour are my favourites.

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  8. What a lovely idea, your necklace looks great, thanks for sharing on #MakingHome

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  9. A great idea, I've saved loads of beads from all sorts of things over the years and they have found their way into my daughter's crafty box. It might be time to rescue them! Thanks for sharing on #MakingHome

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    1. Yes - sneak them back out, she'll never notice! (and if she does you may just have to promise to share the necklace with her!)

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  10. What a pretty necklace! Great job :]

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  11. I have never gotten round to reusing all of the large beads I have saved. Great simple idea! Thanks! #MakingHome

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