How to make a multi-colored beaded necklace
Today I'm posting the tutorial on how to make the Multi-Colored Beaded Necklace that I made in my previous post. Here are the steps on how to make one yourself!
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Collect/find your items. This is the most fun part in my opinion. If you've ever been a crafter you know what I mean when I say the notorious, "random bobble box." It's that box (or boxes) where you keep all your random, pretty, things that you've found over the years and think you might use one day. Well now's your time to go through it! Take out whatever looks visually interesting to you.
If you don't have a random bobble box - no worries! Wal-Mart has an incredible $1 bead bin that has all sort of things you can use. You can also take apart old costume jewelry, or go to the clearance jewelry section and buy a cheap necklace to deconstruct and use for parts. For this necklace I used a plethora of random beads, old necklaces I took apart, and a few of those glass stones that are put in outside gardens. You can use anything!
Once your bead are glued down into place you can cut out your design (leave a few extra centimeters around all the edges). Now if you'd like, you can outline your design with a row of fun colored seedbeds for a finished look. You can make as many rows as you want (I did two).
Tip: Instead of sewing each bead one by one, I put a bunch of them onto the thread so there's already a long strand of beads. Then I sewed that string of beads onto the edges. This makes the process go much faster and it looks more polished than sewing each bead one by one.
The very last thing to do is attach a ribbon or chain to the backside of the necklace. If you already have a necklace that you took apart and it has a chain with a clasp already attached that makes it even easier for you! I decided to use ribbon so I'll be sewing that onto the back. If your ribbon is the kind that frays take a lighter or clear finger nail polish and go over the cut edges so it won't unravel.