Heishi and Wood Bead Necklace
About This Design
Time: Approximately 1 hour
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected. Approximately $20-35 as shown.
Wood and turquoise with gold are hot color combinations, and this necklace set is
funky and fun...and easy to make. Finished with little gold "chiclet"
Want to learn how to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself? Let's get started!
Notes: Decide how long you want your handcrafted necklace to be.
I went for a standard 16 inch length with an extender chain.
- Strand of wood beads. Wood
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- Turquoise heishi beads. Turquoise
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- Turquoise colored seed beads of choice
- 5 Gold-tone square beads. Gold
- 10 gold spacer beads
- Length of flexible gold jewelry wire (like Soft Flex or
Beadalon), enough for length of necklace plus several inches to work
Soft Flex Wire
- 5 gold-filled headpins for attaching gold beads
- 1 clasp of choice. I used a 14KT GF lobster claw clasp.
- 2 gold crimp beads
- One 2 inch length of extender chain. I used bulk,
gold-tone base metal cable chain.
- Medium sized gold spacer beads. I used round gold-tone
spacers in a disc shape.
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Assemble extender chain and gold beads
Slide a seed bead and a gold bead on a headpin. Make a closed
wire loop at the top and attach to the extender chain. If
you need help wire wrapping a loop, just follow these instructions.
Slide a gold square bead onto a headpin and make a closed wire
loop. Make as many as you want in your design, I used four beads.
Thread beads onto wire
Tie a knot on one end of the wire, or place some tape over the end, and string all of your beads onto the wire.
Check the length and overall design and make adjustments by adding, removing, or re-positioning beads until you are happy with the look of the bracelet.
You can do this first on a bead design board if you prefer or use a
To follow my design pattern, start with a few inches of seed beads, a
few gold spacer beads, wood beads alternated with turquoise heishi
beads. In the center of the necklace, attach your gold square beads--and
then repeat the pattern in reverse up the other side of the
necklace. I used 4 gold square beads in the center of the necklace
but feel free to add or subtract beads to get the look you're after..
Attach the clasp and extender chain
Untie your knot or remove the tape. Slide a crimp bead onto the end of wire, and thread the wire through the loop on the clasp, and back through your crimp bead. Crimp the bead flat or use a crimping tool to close the crimp. Follow the How to Use Crimp Beads instructions if you are not familiar with this technique.
Do the same thing on the other end to attach the extender chain.
TIP - For an even more finished look, cover your crimp beads with the new crimp bead covers!
That's it. Your great new pendant is ready to wear!
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