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Funky Bead Dangle Necklace

By: Sandy Huntress for AllFreeJewelryMaking
Funky Bead Dangle Necklace
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With its rustic beads and cord, this Funky Bead Dangle Necklace had a tribal, earthy vibe that is eclectic yet sophisticated. Learn how to make bead necklaces that combine an assortment of unique beads effortlessly with this necklace tutorial. No two necklaces will ever look alike with this simple technique! Experiment and see what different combinations of shapes and colors you can come up with.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeMiscellaneous

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Bead Technique UsedStrung

Bead Project TypeNecklace

Beginner

 

Materials:

  • 36-inches rat tail cord
  • two “cord grabber” findings
  • lobster clasp
  • 1-inch metal ring
  • three jump rings
  • three head pins
  • four focal beads with 10-12 assorted accent beads
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
     

Instructions:

  1. Set aside one focal bead and two accent beads with large holes to decorate cord of necklace.
     
  2. Arrange remaining beads into three groups of bead dangles. Slide each set of bead dangles onto a head pin. To make each head pin into a dangle, grasp wire with chain nose pliers just where it exits last bead and bend wire end at 90-degree angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and begin to form a loop. Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop. Wrap remaining wire several times around wire exiting bead. Trim excess wire with wire cutters and tuck in cut end with chain nose pliers.
     
  3. Fold rat tail cord in half and slide remaining large hole accent bead, focal bead, and accent bead onto cord. Slide loop of cord into1-inch metal ring; then pull ends of cord through loop. Position beads over knot just made. Tie an overhand knot in cords above beads.
     
  4. Use jump rings to attach three bead dangles to metal ring.  
     
  5. Attach “cord grabber” findings to ends of rat tail cord and flatten with pliers to secure. Attach lobster clasp to one end to complete necklace.
    Funky Bead Dangle Necklace

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For what it's worth...I bought a kit identical to this necklace at least 30 years ago. It's what got me into making jewelry!!!!!!

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