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Crystal Shine Necklace by Lynda Pearce

Create a beautiful, crystal embellished necklace using shimmering glass crystal bicones and silver plated copper craft wire. Follow Lynda’s project below and make your own gorgeous wire necklace with crystal droplets around the V shape at the centre. This design is the perfect bridal design and can be made even more special by swapping your glass bicone beads for beautiful Swarovski bicones instead! Find your Swarovski bicones in Crystal AB here and choose your 4mm, 6mm and 8mm beads.

Project Materials

AB crystal bicones (4mm, 6mm, 8mm)

– BG1445 (x2), BG1457 (x1) , BG1469 (x1)

Silver plated copper wire (0.8) – W389

Silver plated copper wire (0.4) – W393

50mm silver ball end head pins – F0063

Antique silver toggle clasp – F0105

(You will also need round nose pliers & wire cutters)

Step 1) cut a 40cm length of the 0.8mm wire. Find the centre point and create a loop in the centre of the wire.

Step 2) measure a point 5cm away from the first loop on the working wire. Use your round nose pliers to make a loop at this point, curving the wire slightly between the two loops.

Step 3) measure a point 5cm away from the new loop you made and repeat the process from step 2. Repeat the process one more time so you have 4 loops in total.

Step 4) finish the end of the wire off with one final upward facing loop.

Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 on the other side of the wire. Your finished piece should look like this.

Step 6) cut a 2m length of 0.4mm wire and anchor the centre of the wire to the centre loop on your wire frame piece. You should have two working ends of equal length.

Step 7) add a 4mm crystal to one of the new wire ends. Position it above the curved wire on your frame, then wrap the working wire around the frame twice to lock it in place.

Step 8) add another 4mm crystal to the same wire, position it neatly next to the first one then wrap the wire twice again. Repeat this process until you have filled the whole curve with crystals.

Step 9) continue along the length of the wire frame until there are crystals all along the one edge. Repeat the process along the other side with your second working wire until the top edge of the frame is completely filled.

Step 10) cut another 2m length of 0.4mm wire and anchor it at the base of the centre loop as before. Add a crystal to one end of the new wire and position it on the underside of the curved wire. Wrap the working wire around the frame to anchor, using the point between the previously added crystals to position it. Repeat this process all along the curve again.

Step 11) continue adding crystals to the underside until the whole frame is full, then repeat the process on the second side.

Step 12) add two 4mm crystals, two 6mm crystals and two 8mm crystals to a ball ended head pin. Create 3 icicle droppers like this.

Step 13) create some smaller icicles by adding one crystal of each size to a pin. You will need 4 icicles this size.

Step 14) roll the tops of the headpins with your round nose pliers. Before closing the loops completely, attach the icicles to the loops on the crystallised wire frame. Ensure that the central icicle is a long one.

Step 15) Position the remaining icicles so that the sizes alternate as shown. The very end loops should have shorter droppers made using one 4mm, one 6mm then another 4mm crystal on to finish.

Step 16) to finish, add a length of chain to either side of the icicle piece. You can either use ready made chain or create a beaded chain using the remaining crystals and 0.8mm wire like the one shown. When you are happy with the length, add one part of the toggle clasp to each side and your necklace is complete!

 

Festival Tassel Earrings | Summer Jewellery

Make these trending earrings using super soft white thread, colourful satin cord and some shining gold findings! This design is so easy to personalise and adapt with more beads, different cords and your favourite metallic findings. Follow the project below and make your earrings, perfect for wearing this Summer!

Project Materials

Soft white thread

0.5mm Turquoise satin cord

0.5mm Electric satin cord

Gold plated ear drop frames

Gold plated earwires

Gold plated eyepins

4mm Capri Blue fire polish beads

Step 1.

Take one of your ear drop frames and open it at the top.

Step 2. 

Cut a piece of sturdy cardboard measuring approx. 4cm. From the reel of thread, wrap your white thread around this approx. 70 times. Pass the wire of your earring drop under the threads like in the image below.

Step 3. 

Leave a few inches of thread and cut your thread off your reel. Move this tail thread upwards and out of the way so it doesn’t get cut. Carefully slot one side of your scissors under the threads on one side. Cut them at the base while holding the top of the tassel near to the earring drop loop. Pull the earring upwards and take your tassel off the cardboard.

Step 4.

Take your long length of thread on your tassel and wrap this tightly around the top of the tassel, below the earring loop. Holding this in place, take a second piece of thread from within the tassel, and knot your wrapped thread to this. Knot a second time to secure. You can now trim this longer thread to match the rest.

Step 5.

Make a total of 8 tassels just like the first one.

Step 6.

Cut a length of dark blue cord measuring approx. 10″. Position your 8 tassels around your earring like in the image below and start wrapping your blue cord once around each tassel loosely.

Step 7.

Once you have wrapped once around all of your tassels, gently pull each gap together, starting from one side until your tassels are close together. This is what the back of your earring will look like.

Step 8.

Secure this cord to the back of your earring by knotting to the cord that passed around the last tassel. Bring the cord around the last tassel and knot it to the back. Before knotting the second side of the earring, spend some time to move the blue cord along again to tighten the wrapping. Then complete this section by knotting the other end. The images below show the back and front of the earring.

 

Step 9.

Repeat this process using a new length of turquoise cord. To start this, take a length of cord measuring 20″ (twice as long as with the dark blue cord). Fold it in half and knot to your first tassel like in the image below. Simply bring the folded end of cord under the tassel and thread the other ends through the loop on the end to secure to the tassel.

Step 10.

Continue wrapping around each tassel as you did before to add another layer of colourful cord.

Step 11. 

Once you have loosely wrapped all the way to the other side of the tassels, spend some time pulling your thread tighter around each tassel. Complete this and knot at the other side on the back of the earring. Knot a second time to secure and trim off the excess thread,

Step 12. 

Turn your earring over and look at how neat or how short you want your tassels to be. I chose to trim off 1cm to neaten my earring.

Step 13.

Take a fire polish bead, an eyepin and your earwire.

Step 14. 

Thread your bead onto the eyepin and bend the pin to a 90 degree angle above the bead. Trim off the excess pin leaving 1cm of wire. Next, turn a loop using your round nose pliers.

Step 15.

Finally, open one side of your eyepin and thread onto your tassel earring. Close the loop securely. Open the other loop on the eyepin and attach this to your earwire. Close the loop securely. Hold up your earring and twist the loops on your eyepin so that your earring hangs correctly.

 

Try personalising your earrings with little seed beads knotted onto your tassels or more layers of colourful cord!

 

Make a Beaded Pompom Keyring

We’re always looking for ways to make our everyday accessories match our outfits and jewellery. This cute pompom charm is perfect for attaching to your keys and your Summer purse! It’s so easy to make your own personalised keyring charms and pendants. Once you’ve mastered this fun project, why not make your own tiny pompoms and attach them to ear wires or a delicate charm bracelet?

Project Materials

  • Pink Cotton 6 Strand Mouline Thread 8 Metres
  • 8mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
  • 8mm Silver Plated Jump Rings
  • Cardboard for your pompom template/frame

Step 1.

Cut out 2 circles of cardboard measuring 1.5″ (3.5cm) across. Cut a 1cm slot in the side and cut a small circle in the centre of each.

Step 2.

Cut a 4″ piece of cord and position it around the small circle in the centre of one of your cardboard frames – like in the image below. Place the other circle of cardboard on top. You can hold these together with paper clips or bulldog clips if you want.

 

Step 3. 

Take your long 8metre length of cord and start wrapping this around your pompom frame.

Continue to wrap your cord around your frame until you have used all 8metres.

 

Step 4. 

Once you are finished wrapping, loosely knot your two short pieces of cord from inbetween your cardboard frames together.

Step 5. 

Take a pair of small and sharp scissors and cut around the edge of your circle frames. Then tightly pull your two cords you knotted together to secure your pompom. Knot these threads again tightly.

Step 6.

Finally, thread on your chosen beads and knot your thread to a jump ring or straight onto your keychain!

Trim off any tail threads and neaten any end threads. You can add a drop of glue or clear nail polish to your knots to secure further.

 

Spool Knitting with Beads

Try your hand at spool knitting with this simple tutorial using pretty pink cord and matching seed beads! This project is a great place to start for beginners to spool knitting.

 

Project Materials

  • 0.7mm Satin Cord
  • 9mm Cord Ends, Clasp and Extension Chain
  • Size 8 Round Seed Beads
  • Fevi Kwik Instant Glue
  • Beadalon 4 Prong Wire Knitter Tool
  • Crochet Hook

Watch this quick 3 minute video by Artistic Wire to learn how to get started with your Beadalon 4 Prong Wire Knitting Tool.

You’ll learn the basic technique and movement to make to start knitting before you start adding your beads.

 

Step 1.

Take your reel of cord and thread on approx. 100 seed beads. Don’t worry about threading them to the end of the cord, you will need them quite near to where you are working so that you can add a bead between each movement. You can add a knot to the very end of the cord if you are worried they will fall off the end.

Take your working end of the cord and thread it down through your knitting tool/spool.

Step 2.

Leave the end of the cord underneath the spool and wrap the section coming out of the top around the 4 prongs like in the image below.

Step 3.

Take the working thread on the right hand side (in the image above) and wrap it around the outside of the prong below it, above the thread already around this prong (see image below).

Step 4.

Take your crochet hook and lift this lower thread on this prong, up and over the prong towards the inside of the spool and let it go.

 

Step 5.

Continue this technique, taking your working thread around the next prong shown above next to my thumb, and lift the thread below it up and over with your crochet hook.

Take a look at the video above to see the technique repeated all the way around the spool.

Make sure, after every movement, you pull the cord coming out the bottom of the spool, this will keep your work tighter and more even. You can add a weight to the cord if you would like.

Step 6.

Continue knitting around the spool 3 or 4 times. This knitted section will fit inside your cord end and be hidden.

Start adding beads inbetween each movement. As you bring your thread around to the next prong, slide a seed bead up into the gap between the prongs and continue to finish the step.

Step 7.

Continue adding a bead inbetween each prong. You will start to see your work forming down the centre of the spool and you can continue until you have approx. 5 or 6″ of beaded cord.

Step 8.

Your knitted cord will be very flexible and soft and will be able to stretch and twist.

Once you are happy with the amount of knitted cord, finish your knitting with 3 or 4 rounds of the spool without adding beads. Pull this tightly at the end and make a couple of knots to secure the end of the thread.

Remove your knitting from your spool and check you are happy with your design. Cut off the rest of the reel of cord. Knot the other end of your knitting (the end you started with) to secure this further.

Step 9.

Trim down the end tails of thread leaving the end of the knitted cord to fit into your cord ends. Test that the end of the knitted section fits into your cord end before you glue it in.

Add a few drops of glue into the cord end and coat the inside of the metal around the edges so that the cords will stick to the cord end on all sides. Squash the end of the knitted cord into the cord end and move it around so that it sticks to the edges. You can add more glue inbetween the gaps of cord if you need to using the precise nozzle on your glue.

Repeat this on the other end of your bracelet!

How to Make Fabric Covered Beads

Learn how to decorate wooden beads, chunky acrylics and other large beads with your favourite fabrics! We’ve chosen these gorgeous Liberty style ribbons in some pretty floral patterns. Try threading your finished beads in 3’s onto simple cord necklaces or use them on your Summer keychains.

Project Materials

Liberty of London Ribbon Flat Navy Mix 20mm (TC0203)

Liberty of London Ribbon Flat Mirabelle Cream Mix 20mm (TC0201)

Large hole beads (BA77)

Fevi Kwik One Drop Instant Glue (W311)

Beadalon Big Eye Needle (NB211)

(Please note, the beads used in the images are now unavailable, we have replaced them with similar large hole beads in the materials list.)

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For this project you’ll need some large beads with a threading hole measuring at least 6mm. I chose to use these chunky acrylic beads with a 6mm threading hole. The final size of the threading hole will be about 3mm at the end of your work.

To start, take your chosen folded ribbon and unfold it so that its spread twice as wide. Iron this out on a low heat so that the creases disappear. You will only need around 17″ of your ribbon, so feel free to trim this length off first so you don’t have to iron your entire ribbon.

Take this 17″ length of pressed ribbon and cut off a long strip measuring 1cm across. You should be able to cut 4 strips out of this section to cover 4 beads.

Open your glue ready and get one of your big eye needles. Thread one end of the ribbon through the needle and leave this end to one side. Take the other end of the ribbon and pass this in a tube shape through one of your beads. Just before it exits the bead, add a small drop of glue onto the fabric and use the nose end of your glue tube to press it to the inside of the beads hole.

Once this is secure inside your bead, thread the other end of your ribbon around and up through the bead to cover a small section of the outside. The needle should make this process easier than poking the ribbon through with your fingers. Continue this process until your entire bead is covered. Make sure the threading hole of your bead is still open and that you don’t cross your ribbon across the gap.

Once you are happy with the covering of your bead, pull the ribbon through a final time and trim off at the edge.

Add a small drop of glue like before and press it to the side of the bead hole so that the threading hole stays open.

To make your fabric beads last longer, you can spray them with a suitable fabric sealant so that the fabric doesn’t fray over time!

 

Behind the Scenes at Beads Direct

At Beads Direct we love it when you give us a peak at your latest beautiful creations. Everyone here feels like we are part of a big creative family. So we thought you folks may enjoy seeing behind the scenes at Beads Direct and get to know the team a bit better. Look out for more sneak peeks soon!

After a fun weekend of sun, wind, rain and some truly British June weather, we’ve put down our weekend projects and rushed back to Beads Direct HQ, so we can send out all your weekend bargains from our clearance event!

Amongst all the hustle and bustle of the team packing your order, Holly found a quiet spot to prepare a few extra goodies for our VIB Gold members including a complimentary copy of Shine magazine hot of the press.

 

If you’re not a VIB Gold member, you can get the latest issue of Shine magazine HERE and find out more about being a VIB Gold member HERE.

Remember, you can share your latest beady jewellery, decorations and accessories with us online! Follow the links below to post your images.

We look forward to seeing what you’re making ready for Summer!

 

The Beads Direct Team x

Sparkle Soutache Pendants by Katalin Appadoo

These fabulous beaded soutache style pendants are perfect for adding a dash of metallic shine to your party outfits! Follow Katalin’s project below and learn how to create a personalised design with a brilliant range of shapes, mediums and materials.

Materials

For your pendants:

Silver sparkly resin marquise flat back cabochons (BA135)
Preciosa pressed glass candy twin hole beads in frosted gold (BG0457)
Beadsmith black sturdy Soutache beading foundation (ST1122)
Silver felt square beading foundation (ST212)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Black Iris (SB458)
Preciosa twin hole seed beads in labrador/shiny silver (TWH0005C)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Gold (SB1053)
Toho size 15 frosted gold lined crystal seed beads (15TR989F)
Toho size 8 frosted silver lined seed beads (8TR21F)
KO black beading thread (TC304)
Czech fire polished 4mm glass beads gold bronze (BG0392)
Toho size 11 metallic iris brown seed beads (11TR83)
Toho size 8 demi round matte frosted antique silver seed beads (8DR566)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads copper (BG0465)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads in silver (BG0464)
Staedtler Fimo effect polymer clay in metallic gold (PC35)
Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive glue (W370)

For your cord and clasp:

Grey round leather 2mm cord (TC518)
Gold round leather 2mm cord (TC702)
Black organza 9mm ribbon (TC1024)
Gold plated fold over small cord ends (F0697)
Beadsmith silver metallic rayon soutache cord (TC898)
Gold plated lobster clasps (F0622)
Gold plated iron 4mm jump rings (F0214)

order MATERIALS

  1. First take out all materials you would have in mind for this project. I have made my centre cabochon using gold Fimo clay. You can also add some Fimo metallic powder to give a crackled look. I then designed it further by adding a sparkly resin cabochon on top of it.

step 1

  1. Glue all cabochons and sew bigger beads into place.

step 2

  1. Start working your way close to the main cabochon adding super duo beads all the way around it.

step 2

  1. After closing the circle add a gold cube then carry on sewing closely enough to the 2 candy beads by creating a “ribbon”.

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  1. Bring your needle onto the surface of your work and start working around the bottom resin cabochon by adding some 3mm beads around it, once you have done it up to the other end, come down adding chilli beads all the way between the bigger beads, secure your line at this point.

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  1. Jump back up to the main cabochon and close up the small corners on each side where the “ribbon” and centre cabochon meets by using Toho seed beads around in a half circle and adding a 4mm bead in the middle. Carry on adding Toho seed beads around your centre cabochon design keeping approx. 3-4 mm between each all the way around the super duo beads- then turn back at the end and start adding 11/0 seed beads between each Toho seed beads creating a “line” by running your needle through them. You do not need to sew into the felt.

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  1. After you have finished this design on the main cabochon, start adding beads in the same way around the candy beads.
  1. At this point I have decided not to work around the other 2 candy beads I added to my design at the beginning.
  1. Cut off the excess felt but leave approx. 3 mm edge to help your design to pop out – later on we will add more felt in layers.

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  1. Add a grey/silver felt underneath and trim it around leaving approx. 3mm extra around the black felt again.

10c

  1. Start adding cube beads around your main cabochon (see on picture) by doing this you secure the two felts together as well as getting your design more complex.

11b

  1. Carry on adding seed beads along the side of the candy beads ( see on picture ) in 3D effect/embroidery.

12b

  1. Add some more beads between the chilli beads by adding some demi round beads secured with 11/0 seed beads, design as you go along!

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  1. Complete the design on the other side as well.

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  1. place your work over an other sheet of black felt and cut it around by leaving 3mm excess of it adding to your design.

15b

  1. Cut a 3 cm long leather cord and sew it onto your pendant on the grey felt, then glue to attach it all to the black felt what we have already prepared previously.

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  1. Your pendant is ready! Now it is up to you if you would like it on short or long chain.
  2. Once you’ve decided on how long you’d like your cord, knot at the halfway point around this loop of cord on top of your pendant. Take one side of your necklace and close a cord end on the tip. You may wish to add a drop of glue into this before closing the cord end with flat nose pliers. Repeat this on the other side of the necklace. Attach a jump ring to each side of the necklace onto the cord end and finally attach a lobster clasp to one of the sides.

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Macramé Knotted Ring | Mini Make Monday

Since I first learnt how to macramé knot, I’ve been adding little knotted details into lots of my designs! Once you’ve mastered the simple knotting pattern then the ideas are sure to start flowing for you to get creative with them. Try mixing your coloured threads, adding beads into your knots or even using your macramé sections as functional, sliding clasps. Take a look at more of our pretty macramé projects and learn some new designs on the Beads Direct Design Centre!

PROJECT MATERIALS

Pale Blue 0.5mm Satin Cord (TC670)

Grey 0.5mm Satin Cord (TC492)

Two Hole Silver Ring Base (F0302)

One Drop Instant Glue (W311)

ORDER YOUR MATERIALS HERE

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Follow the steps and images below to make your own delicate macramé ring:

Step 1 – Cut a 10″ length of your chosen inside colour cord. Thread this around your rings threading holes 4 times making sure to end both ends of cord on the underside of the ring.

Step 2 – Knot these cords securely together and trim them leaving a small tail on each. These can be hidden inside your macramé knotting.

Step 3 – Secure your ring base to your work surface using some tape so that it doesn’t move whilst you are knotting. Cut a 15″ length of your second coloured cord.

Step 4 – Create approx 6 macramé knots between the two holes on your ring base, capturing the cords stretched across the ring.

To create a full macramé knot, follow the steps below and see images 3 and 4.

Take your length of cord and thread it through the ring base. Take your left side of this cord and create a ‘q’ shape using the left cord as the circular part and the cords stretched across the ring as the line part of the ‘q’ shape. Take the right hand side of the cord and place it OVER the left cord (image 3). Next thread the same right hand cord under the left thread, through the ring base and up through the ‘q’ shape of the left hand cord (image 4). Pull this half of the knot tight.

Repeat this process on the right hand side of the ring, creating a ‘p’ shape with the right cord, moving the left cord over the right, under it, through the ring and up through the ‘p’ shape. This is the other half of the macramé knot.

Step 5 – Once you are happy with your knots across your ring, make an overhand knot on the underside and secure with a small drop of glue or clear nail polish. When the glue is dry you can trim off the tail threads.

Once you have mastered your macramé technique, why not try adding some small beads into your knots? You could also try creating really small, detailed macramé knots using a finer cord!

 

Deep Sea Chakra Bracelet

Creating pretty jewellery with a colour or style in mind is my favourite way to choose and discover different beads, materials and techniques. The deep, rich tone of ‘Snorkel Blue’ is great for wearing at any time of year but is perfect for using with bright silver and other metallic tones that catch the light!

For this month’s inspirational colour I decided to use my favourite technique and create a delicate, adjustable Macramé bracelet and place one of my favourite 15mm chakra charms in the centre. These little charms come in two sizes and are ideal for threading onto cord bracelets, adding to a silver necklace or even attaching to an earring base! I chose to finish off my bracelet with matching sterling silver round beads as they have a brilliant shine! Don’t worry if you’ve never done any Macramé knotting before, follow the steps and images below to learn as you go!


YOU WILL NEED

Your choice of sterling silver chakra charm – (Click here to choose)

Nylon cord 1mm (TC407)

Sterling silver rounds (SS41)

Fevi Kwik glue (W471)

Click here to add all your materials to your basket!


Step 1

Cut 2 x 30cm length strands and 2 x 1 meter length strands.

Step 2

Thread the 20cm length of cord through a hole on your charm to its halfway point and thread the other 20cm length through the other side of the charm to the halfway point.

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Step 3

Choose one side of your charm and secure those threads to a work surface so that the cords stay taught. Bring the two threads together as they will act as one thread running through the centre of the knots. Thread one of your longer lengths of thread under both the cords to the halfway point. Tie a normal overhand knot at the base of the 20cm thread close to the charm.

Step 4

Start your Macramé knotting by following the step by step diagrams below.

– Take your right hand cord and pass it over the middle two cords.
– Next, take your left hand cord and place it over the right cord. Move the left cord under the centre cord and up through the middle of the loop on the right side.
– Pull the threads to finish one half of your knot.
– Repeat this process on the opposite side by starting by crossing the left and cord over the middle cords.

Click here to watch a short video on how to create your Macramé square knots.

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Step 5

Create approx. 2″ of knotted cord.
Repeat this on the other side of your charm.

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Step 6

Take the 4 ends of the centre cords, lay them side by side and then do a Macramé braid (approx. 6 or 7 square knots) for your sliding knot.

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Step 7
Secure the ends with a drop of glue, being careful not to glue the sliding knot to the centre cords running through it (otherwise it will not be able to slide and adjust). Try gently pulling the centre cords through the sliding knot while the glue dries.
Trim the ends so the sliding knot is neat.

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Your adjustable bracelet is finished! Macramé designs are perfect for gifting and selling as they don’t need to be fitted to each persons wrist 🙂

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Tropical Sky Kumihimo Necklace

Hi Beaders, today I wanted to share one of my latest designs which I think is perfect for summer! This kumihimo necklace makes use of our brand new Preciosa Czech fire polished beads in bright matt white and turquoise. Why not choose your favourite colour faceted round beads and personalise this to your own tastes? I love to make delicate kumihimo pieces using lots of seed beads and small glass beads, so these new 4mm fire polished beads were the perfect choice for a summer necklace.

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Here’s what you will need to make your own kumihimo necklace:

Silver Plated Iron Jumprings 4mm – F0210

Silver Plated Chain Finished with Clasp – CH27

Preciosa Czech Fire Polished 4mm Faceted Beads Matt Turquoise Pk100 – BG0300

Preciosa Czech Fire Polished 4mm Faceted Beads Matt White Pk100 – BG0297

Titanium Plated Mini Toggle Clasp – F0251

No Tangle Thread Bobbins with 24g Weight – W368

Nymo white thread 0.2mm – TC298

Kumihimo Braiding Disk Round 6 Inch – W323

Antique Silver Zamak Cord Ends with Loop – F0141

Fevi Kwik One Drop Instant Glue Adhesive – W311

Click here to get all of your materials.


Why not treat yourself to some more packs of the fire polished beads to make some matching earrings, a bracelet or a longer, full kumihimo necklace?


Click here for instructions on how to make your Tropical Sky Kumihimo Necklace!

I hope you enjoy making your own pretty kumihimo jewellery as much as I do,

love from Holly xx