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Beautifully Simple African Bead Necklace

By: Stefanie from A Common Thread
Beautifully Simple African Bead Necklace
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Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most beautiful, like this Beautifully Simple African Bead Necklace. Nothing could be easier to make than this basic beaded necklace, but it makes such an impact when completed. The bright pop of color paired with the warm brass creates a chic, earthy palette, and the slender slices of vinyl give this DIY necklace an organic aesthetic. If you don't want to splurge for the African vinyl beads, swap them out for sequins to get a similar effect. You'll find yourself wearing this effortless, understated necklace with anything and everything!

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeMetal, Miscellaneous

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Bead Technique UsedStrung

Bead Project TypeNecklace


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I am not familiar with african heishi beads. I am not sure about what they are made from, but they look very similar to a disc bead. The instructions for this necklace come with a great photo step by step tutorial the walk you through it and explaining how to make this in a very thorough manner.

This is another project I will add to my group of jewelry making friends.its easy, not expensive and yet pretty. And it will teach them how to end necklaces. It's something they can reference when I am not around. It's such a wonderfully written pattern. Thank you for sharing it.

This is another very easy necklace to make and shows some different techniques for the ends like end caps and seed beads which I have never done but now I know how to do. Such a simple necklace but so cute and I love the beads. A great project for the kids to make with their friends or even a summer camp. Easy tutorial.


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