I originally shared this post on the DownEast blog.
I’ve been seeing wood bead necklaces pop up all over the blogosphere, and figured it was high time that I tried my hand at it. Jewelry is a love of mine, so I love creating and finding new pieces to wear.
Here’s what you need:
- wood beads (usually found in the wood section of a craft store, not the bead section)
- leather cord
- painter’s tape
- paint brush
- chain (I used a necklace already made, but you could use chain and attach a clasp just as easily)
Start off by taping the beads all the way around, right in the center. I eyeballed this and it was just fine!
I taped off six for the style I am making, but you can easily do more or less!
Paint the top halves of the beads and allow them to dry. You may want to spray them with some sort of finishing spray to help ensure that the paint won’t chip or scratch off.
Aren’t they lovely?
Now it’s time to get the chain going. Pick your color of leather cording, and tie a knot with it at one end of the chain.
Weave it through the links until you get to where you want to put some beads.
Use the pliers to separate the links in the chain.
Tie a knot, and then add the first two beads. I wanted the color sides to face each other.
Tie another knot in the cord, and start weaving again.
Repeat the process until you are at the end of your chain. Tie it off with yet another knot.
That’s it! Now you have a bold, new necklace to wear!
The best part about this is that you can get super creative with colors, the amount of beads, the size of beads, and what sort of necklace or chain you use.