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A simple beaded necklace that's a great introduction to jewellery making
Create a beaded plait necklace i less than an hour - the perfect additions to any outfit.

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  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    The basic method is really simple - measure your beading wire to the length that will suit your necklace and add on another 4cm of length either end for securing the beads later. At one end, create a loop to prevent the beads from falling off and simply add your chosen colour, shape and style of beads. Thread your beads straight on to the wire.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Keep going, until you have completed the length of your wire and then repeat with as many other lengths as you want included in your plait [I kept it super-simple and went for three lengths of wire for this first attempt].

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Secure the wires at one end to secure them for you begin your plait or design.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    The wire will allow you to create designs as tight or open as you like, so continue to work the wire in the shape you want to create as you complete the design - any overlapping will also move the beads around, so don't forget to check as you complete the design to ensure the beads are tight and don't create any gaps.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue for the length of your beaded wire and then have a final check of how the length works for your necklace - the plaiting will cause the length to shorten a little - so add more beads to the extra length if required [but don't forget that the necklace attachments will also add some length].

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once your length and plaiting is complete, we can tidy up the ends of the beading wire to create secure loops for the necklace attachments to fix to.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    I started by lining up the end of the beads at the three ends of wire.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    and then with one wire, wrapped this tightly at the line around the other two wires as tightly as possible [I used some old tweezers to help me along].

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    After a few wraps, create a small loop with the same length of wire.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then trim the ends of the two lengths of wire that are not being used. Continue to wrap around the bottom of the loop to secure everything in place tightly.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Trim the end and ensure that this is tightly flattened [jewellery pliers will make this very easy if you have them, otherwise, tweezers will help achieve the same effect.
    Repeat at the same stages at the opposite end.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    I recycled an old necklace attachment that would allow me to vary the length of the necklace and attached at either end.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Plait Bead Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Completed in less than an hour - if you have an outfit that needs a little something extra, or want to create a beaded collar for t-shirt or jumper - this is a really simple way to update it.

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ALadyLotus
ALadyLotus · Houston, Texas, US
Great tutorial! Thanks bunches!
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