A friend of mine gave me the broken bass string and asked me if I could do something with it. After checking my bead stash, I thought this would be very appropriate.
Cut a piece of guitar wire (or bass wire) down to about 22 inches long. Only use heavy duty cutters if the guitar strings are steel and especially if using a thick string like I did. Use round nose pliers to form a loop approximately 4 inches from one end and use pliers to twist the tail of the wire around. The bass string is very difficult to twist, but I like the less-than-perfect wraps.
Slide the beads onto the wire in the following pattern:
3 wood beads; 1 soapstone bead; 1 wood bead; 1 soapstone bead; 1 wood bead; 1 soapstone bead; â€œMâ€ bead; 1 soapstone bead; â€œUâ€ bead; 1 soapstone bead; â€œSâ€ bead; 1 soapstone bead; â€œIâ€ bead; 1 soapstone bead; â€œSâ€ bead; 1 soapstone bead; 1 wood bead; 1 soapstone bead; 1 wood bead; 1 soapstone bead; 3 wood beads
Determine where to make the other loop to fit your neck and created another wrapped loop. My necklace was 14 Â½ inches between the loops.
Add a jump ring to each loop and attach one end of each chain to the loops. The other jump rings will attach the other ends of the chains to your choice of clasp. This necklace was made with a magnetic one.
Since the gauge of the bass string was so large, I had to make sure to use large holed beads. However, other steel strings from a guitar or bass will work too. Just find the string size to fit the beads you want to use. I would stay away from the very thin ones though because they can break quite easily.
If you have a very difficult time working with really heavy gauge metals, I would strongly recommend using a thinner guitar string. However, the really thin strings will breaks much easier.
You may want to place crimps or wirewrap the string with some other wire where the beads end to keep them from moving. I didnâ€™t because I wanted my beads to move around, but other necklaces I might.