I’ve been making some Simple Infinity Necklaces as of late, and thought I’d share the progress with you.
This is a really easy project. I use to bead weave on a loom, and would save all my seed beads that were not uniformly shaped. I have had little film canisters filled with these more boxy seed beads for years, never really doing anything with them.
I decided as a part of the “Use what you Got” project I’ve been participating in, that I would try to use some of these less perfect beads up. So this necklace series is what I ended up creating.
What will you need:
Thread of Choice – I use Upholstery Thread, as it is meant to last and a bit easier to find than some other types of beading threads. They also come in a lot of colours.
Beading Needle – You need a size that can go through your smallest beads but also fit your thread size
Sharp Somethings – You will need to snip your threads, so whatever you like to use for this, use that. I use angled nail cutters, as they can get in really close, more so than scissors.
BEADS! – This is the fun part! I used 6mm Round, 4mm Round, 6/0 Seed Beads and 10/0 or 11/0 Seed Beads. If you want to use other sizes, that is fine too, you don’t really have to follow exactly the way I did this.
Hands – There is always a need for some very handy hands
Infinity Necklaces are clasp-less, so basically it is a necklace that you just put over your head. Some can be long enough that you can double them, or tie a knot in them to create a focal point. I’ve seen some opera ones that you can actually figure crochet , they were so long.
The point is, you have to be able to put it over your head. This means I can’t really tell you how long you need your necklace to be, as my head and your head are different sizes.
How I normally do my thread is I just take it from shoulder to fingertip(my arm being outstretched, and then from finger tip to elbow. If I wanted to be able to have a 2 strand Infinity Necklace, I’d just take that length, and double it.
Before you start stringing, you will have to put on a stopper bead. This is because there will be no clasp, so there is nothing to ground your work as you start stringing.
Here is a video showing you how to do a stopper bead.
I normally use a very large holed bead, and go through it 3 times. I also leave about 20cm of string on the end as a tail.
Why so much thread? Well, since this is clasp-less, and you will be putting it over your head, you need it to be reinforced. We will be stringing this like a Pearl Necklace, but instead of knotting after every “pearl” we will be placing the knots in the “pearls”.
There are 3 ways to do this;
- Pass thought all your beads once, connect the strand, then start your second pass. At each of the larger beads, make a knot once you pass though, pulling taught to the bead so the knot slips into the centre of the bead, and is hidden. Make a second knot the same way. This is the easiest way to do it, but can look sloppy.
- Double your thread up. When you have put on the desired amount of your smallest beads, make a knot about 2mm away from the last bead(you will have to hold them tight and put your finger nail in between the gap as you make the knot, so if goes where you want it to). String on your large bead, and snap it over the knot. The knot will now be hidden inside the large bead. This is slightly harder than the last way, but least time-consuming of the 3 ways.
- Thread on your smallest beads, make a knot about 2mm away from the last bead(you will have to hold them tight and put your finger nail in between the gap as you make the knot, so if goes where you want it to). Make another knot, and place it over the first, creating a double knot. String on your large bead, and snap it over the knot. The knot will now be hidden inside the large bead. Do this for the whole length. Once you get to the part where you join the strand, pass though the smallest beads, but leave the stopper bead on for now. Make sure this is very tight. pass through the next large bead, then create your loop knot just after this, pulling taught to the bead so the knot slips into the centre of the bead, and is hidden. You can then just pass though all the beads, only doing this knot at the largest beads. Keep going until you hit the 3/4 done mark. This is where you will take your needle off your thread, take the stopper bead off, re-thread the needle on your tail end, and then continue like before, until you meet up with the original thread. You will then pass through the bead that the original thread has ended on, and do a loop knot on the other side. This is by far the most time-consuming way of doing it. It is also the most structurally sound.
Why make a necklace this way, why can’t I just string it?
Well, have you ever seen in a classic movie, some Lady has her pearls on, and someone grasps her necklace or whatever, and they go shattering all about. We want to prevent that. All these ways basically are to help prevent that. If one of the lines breaks, there is a backup line. It’s just something you want, when you have an item that is pulled over your head, or has a long length. The longer a necklace is, the more chance of it getting caught on things. Even if this were to snap, because you put in all the knots, you would only lose a small section of beads, and it could be easily replaced or just fixed.
I made 8 of these so far, using some faux lava rock beads I had as the bit ones. I do have more, but might make some of these using gemstone chips or something instead.
As you can see above, you can make 2 necklaces with the same focal beads, but just changing the seed bead colour can make a totally different look.
I used 5 seed beads in between each of the larger, but you can add more in between, or various amounts, to make it less structured.
This was my favorite one of the batch.
It felt good using up some of the beads I have had lying around since highschool, or even older. I know some of the beads were my moms from the 70’s haha.
Hope you enjoyed, and let me know if you make something from this!