My Daughter’s 8th Birthday was on June 30th. One of the many things she asked for was some handmade necklaces. There was a stipulation though, she wanted to be part of the process.
So we went to my office/craft room and started pulling drawers and opening containers. She has seen me making things with all my antiqued wires the last 2 weeks, and while she did not understand the style nor inspiration for my pieces, she knew she liked them.
She started off with picking out the key, which I had picked up at Micheal’s a good number of years ago. They still have similar pieces, so if you are interested, you can get them there. Print yourself a coupon online, and depending on the time of the week you go, you can get 40% off or 50% off a full priced item. Sometimes they have digital coupons that are 15% off your entire order, but they only happen a few times a year.
So now that she had her focal point, we started looking at other things to pair with it. I had just bought a bunch of ribbon, wax cord, seed beads and findings at Dollar Tree, of all places. That was the tub she went into, all my new purchases.
She went with a brown, pink and purple theme. Brown cord, Brown with slight sheen of gold ribbon, metallic bordeaux seed beads, and some random acrylic beads I got years ago from Walmart. I hadn’t purchased the matching findings to all these in gold yet, so she could only have silver(I wasn’t going to use my expensive stuff on this project). The silver doesn’t look bad though, it still fits in nicely.
This one is a fairly easy one to make, here is what you will need;
- 1 Lobster Claw (Dollar Tree)
- 20 Silver Jump Rings(Small) or 7cm of Silver Chain (Dollar Tree)
- 3 Silver Jump Rings(Medium) (Dollar Tree)
- 1 Silver Finishing Bead (Dollar Tree)
- 1 Silver Flat Head Pin (Dollar Tree)
- 2 Cord Crimp Finishers (Dollar Tree)
- 2 Bead Tips with Clamp on Bottom (Dollar Tree)
- 1 Antiqued Gold Jump Ring (Micheal’s)
- 1 Antique Gold Key Charm (Micheal’s)
- 6 30cm strands of Waxed Brown Cord (Dollar Tree)
- 1 30cm strand of Brown Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
- 1 76cm strand of Invisible Thread (Walmart)
- 300 Metallic Bordeaux Seed Beads (Dollar Tree)
- 2 Small Accent Beads of Choice (Walmart)
- 2 Large Accent Beads of Choice (Walmart)
- Crazy Glue or E6000
- 1 Toothpick
- 1 little scrap paper of Postit Note
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- 2 Round Nose Pliers
- 1 Seed Bead Needle
This is exactly what I used, but obviously things can be changed and substituted, like lengths and colour. Initial cost was around $30CAD when I add it all up in my head. If you stick to just Dollar Tree, which you can totally do, the cost will go down. All my Dollar Tree items were only $1.25, both Micheal’s were $5.99 and the Walmart stuff was $2. The thing is though, you only use a small portion of what you buy, so you can replicate the design multiple times. Normally with findings and ends, it is packed by weight, but the standard is about 30 pieces. So 30 Lobster Claws makes 30 Necklaces/Bracelets/Anklets. By the end of it, you only use $3.50 worth of the supplies, and have some much more left to make whatever with.
- Measure out your cord and ribbon. You need 6 lengths of 30cm for the waxed cord, and 1 length of 30cm for the ribbon.
- Open your Cord Crimp Finishers. Some come closed right shut, you will need your pliers for those. Some are like half open, I just push them open with my fingers if they come like that.
- Set the Crimp back side down, so the claws are facing up.
- Take the Crazy Glue, and put some on your postit note or scrap paper. You can also just dip the toothpick right in the tub, if you are comfortable with that.
- Dip your toothpick into the crazy glue, and spread some on the left inner edge of the Crimp.
- Take one piece of waxed cord, and place it in the crazy glue, with the tip about 2mm from the top edge.
- Repeat these steps, until all 6 cord are in the crimp. Depending on the style and size of the crimp, as well as the thickness of your cord, you might have to space your cords out, so they sit in there evenly. Mine had abut a 1mm gap between each cord.
- Take your toothpick and dap some more crazy glue on top of all the cords in the crimp, all the way along.
- This part can be tricky. You need to place your ribbon on top of the cords. The glue is unforgiving, you really only have one shot. Try to line it up so that it is even over all cords, 2 mm down from the top edge. I do this in a bird’s eye view, so I can control my placement better. It you are unsteady, you can use your pliers to place it in, this sometimes helps when working with small things.
- Once placed, let dry. Crazy Glue is super quick, where as E6000 will take a bit longer.
- Take your toothpick, and place a small dot of glue on the ribbon, in each of the corners that cover the crimp.
- Quickly pry closed the crimp. Since the glue is on the top of the ribbon, use your pliers of this, so you don’t glue yourself to your necklace.
- Repeat that process for the other side of the cords.
- Attach a Medium Sized Jump Ring to each end of the Cord Crimp Finishers.
Here is a good video on how to do that, I wrote out explanations, but I deleted them, as seeing it is way easier.
- 15. Now you are going to either make a chain for the one end of the necklace, or use a premade chain, if that is what you purchased. This is just so that the size of the necklace can be adjusted, and it also makes it easier for people to put on their own necklace, when there is more than a single loop to try to hook the lobster claw onto.
- 16. To make the chain with the small jump rings, use the skills above from the video, and hook them all together, until you have about 7cm.
- 17. If you bought a premade chain, measure out the length, and then open the jump ring that is at the end of your measurement. Attach to the Medium Jump Ring that is on the Crimp.
- 18. Place your finishing bead onto your flat head pin.
- 19. Create a loop. I have put a video below on how to do that.
- 20. Attach to the end of your 7cm chain. This is basically a decorative end, so the chain isn’t left unfinished. If you don’t mind the unfinished chain, you can just leave it as is. Some people even pit a little charm here, like a leaf or heart. If you found a small enough key, you could do that too, if it matched the other charm in colour.
- 21. Take your Lobster Claw Clasp, and attach it to the Medium Jump Ring that doesn’t have the chain on it.
- 22. Bead Tips with Clamp, and attach these to the Medium Jump Ring, beside the Cord Crimp, on the outer edge. This is what your Seed Bead part of the necklace attaches to.
- 23. Grab your Invisible Thread, measure out 76cm. We are doubling the thread, and basically pulling two strands through the seed beads, for a more sturdy strand. You can get a thicker thread too, but I find them more expensive, so I just have always done mine this way. Some people use fishing line, which I sometimes use as well, but it can be a bit too thick for some sizes of seed beads. Fishing line is meant not to be snapped easily, so it is actually a great beading resource.
- 24. Thread your Needle.
- 25. Pull the need through the hole in the Bead Tip with clamp. You will see the little hole in between the 2 little clamshells. You will want to thread it from the inside, so the needle passes out the bottom. Don’t pull the thread all the way through, leave the ends out the one side.
- 26. Place one seed bead on only one end of the thread.
- 27. Take both ends and crate a knot. I double knot mine.
- 28. Take your toothpick, and the most wee bit of super glue, and place that on the knot. Let it dry.
- 29. You should have a captured bead on the end of a doubled up thread. You can now tighten the cord, so the bead is between both the clamshells of the Bead Tip. Close the shells with your pliers.
- 30. Now you can string your beads. Space out your accent beads however you want, I placed mine close to where I wanted my charm. Try to keep the accent beads evenly spaced.
- 31. You want this bead strand to be a bit longer than the cords/ribbon, so just check your work, as you go, on how it might sit.
- 32. Once you have all your beads on, put your bead needle through the bottom little hole, so it passes up, between the clamshells.
- 33. You are going to string on one last bead, and make your knot. I do this with my Bead Needle on. They are very flexible, and are great at bending around to make knots. I wouldn’t suggest trying to cut the thread and then knotting, as that is a lot of beds that could go everywhere, is something goes wrong.
- 34. Once knotted, you can then clip the invisible thread. I do this sorta close to the knot.
- 35. Now close the shells over that trapped bead, using your pliers.
- 36. Take your Key Charm, and hook it onto your large antiqued gold jump ring.
- 37. Take your large antiqued gold jump ring with charm on, and attach it around all 6 cords, ribbon and bead string, at the centre of the necklace. This can be a bit tricky, if you aren’t use to making things. I sorta just hold everything down with one hand, and pinch it, then loop the jump ring close to where my finders are pinching.
- 38. Close the jump ring carefully, you don’t want anything to pop out, or you will have to open it back up again.
- 39. You are done!
- 40. Wear and enjoy!
I wasn’t originally intending to write the steps all out, but once I listed all the supplies, I was like, are the going to know what all those things are for?
Sorry it ended up so long, but hope someone out there can enjoy it all the same.