This necklace is a remake of a favorite I’ve had for years. I think I love it so much because it’s simple, yet funky and it goes with everything.
Stringing bead dangles onto a ring is a great way to use up single, perhaps orphan beads. (You know, those beads that you love, but don’t know what to do with and can’t bear to part with?)
Just pull together an assortment of sizes, shapes and colors that you like and you’ve got something very cool. (In fact, the more assorted the beads, the better it looks.)
- 36-inches rat tail cord
- two “cord grabber” findings
- lobster clasp
- 1-inch metal ring
- three jump rings
- three head pins
- four focal beads with 10-12 assorted accent beads
- chain nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- wire cutters
- Set aside one focal bead and two accent beads with large holes to decorate cord of necklace.
- Arrange remaining beads into three groups of bead dangles. Slide each set of bead dangles onto a head pin. To make each head pin into a dangle, grasp wire with chain nose pliers just where it exits last bead and bend wire end at 90-degree angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and begin to form a loop. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop. Wrap remaining wire several times around wire exiting bead. Trim excess wire with wire cutters and tuck in cut end with chain nose pliers.
- Fold rat tail cord in half and slide remaining large hole accent bead, focal bead, and accent bead onto cord. Slide loop of cord into1-inch metal ring; then pull ends of cord through loop. Position beads over knot just made. Tie an overhand knot in cords above beads.
- Use jump rings to attach three bead dangles to metal ring.
- Attach “cord grabber” findings to ends of rat tail cord and flatten with pliers to secure. Attach lobster clasp to one end to complete necklace.