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Beaded braid necklace - jewellery tutorial

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5mm Jump rings / surgical steel / silver / wire 1mm / 25pcs
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Curb chain / surgical steel / 4x3mm / silver / link 0.8mm / pre-cut 1m
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TOHO ™ / Round 11/0 / Inside Colour Rainbow / Crystal / Grape Lined / 10g / ~ 1100pcs
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Beaded braid necklace - jewellery tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner


If you believe that you have two left hands and you could never create something that would be worn in public - this tutorial is for you! It was created for beginner jewellery makers, people who have not yet had the opportunity or the courage to try their hand at this extraordinary art. We hope to convince you that jewellery making is not rocket science. All it takes is a bit of free time and willingness to create something absolutely unique.

In today's tutorial Marta Draganek will show you how to make a simple, but very effective evening necklace, woven from strings of small glass beads.

Materials Needed;

Toho Hex beads or size 11/0 seed beads. These are Japanese glass beads 2.2mm in size with a hexagonal cross section. For this project, I chose Silver-Lined Grey beads. Thanks to the silver-plated cores, the beads reflect the light fantastically, and our necklace will shine beautifully both in daylight and in artificial light. For a 42cm long necklace we will need 30g of beads, i.e. 3 packages.

Cord - black. Choose a cord of medium thickness (e.g. 30 tex x 6, ideal for 11/0 Toho beads). To make the necklace, we will need three 2m sections and two 15cm sections.

Needle - for stringing beads. You will need two different types of needles. Firstly you will need a Beadsmith Big Eye 12.7cm needle. The second needle, is a 6.4cm Beadalon Collapsible Eye. Of course, if you don't have similar accessories at home and you don't want to stock up on them yet, you can use a very simple trick. Paint the end of the cord with a clear nail polish. After drying, you will be able to thread beads on the stiff end of the gimp just like a needle.

Smooth round beads - 5mm, silver plated. They will be used to finish the necklace. Rounds in this size usually have a large opening, which will make it easier for us to hide knots inside them.

Calottes - those with an eyelet.

Jump rings - silver plated, 5-6mm in diameter.

Clasp - 12mm, also silver plated.

Extension chain - I chose a chain with a length of 5cm with a teardrop. If you don't have an extension chain you can just use a normal chain and cut it down to size, you could even add a charm to the end to personalise it. Thanks to the chain, fastening the necklace will be much more convenient. Besides, it will be possible to adjust its length to current needs. After installing the adjustment chain, the maximum length of our necklace will be about 47 cm.

Glue - jewellery or other quick-drying glue. 

As far as the tools are concerned, scissors for cutting the cord and pliers  to attach the clasp and jump rings will certainly be useful. It is important that the pliers are smooth - the teeth can leave unsightly marks on the silver-plated elements.

Please note that the colours and products illustrated in the images above do NOT match the 'Products List'.  The product list does not contain the optional materials.

Step 1

1. We start by threading the beads on the cord. We thread 10g of Toho beads (this amount is usually included in one package) on each of the three two-metre lengths of the cord. In this way, we will obtain cords with a length of approximately 180 cm. We tie the ends of a single string with a knot.

Step 2

2. We thread the ends of the twist through the beads to hide them inside. Thanks to this procedure, we will also be sure that the cord will not untie while wearing the necklace. When the end of the thread remains, which we are not able to pull through the beads, cut off the excess cord with small scissors, e.g. nail scissors, very close to the bead string.

Step 3

3. Repeat the same procedure with the two remaining strings. Fold the cords evenly in half, as in the photo below:

Step 4

4. We have to tie them together now. For this purpose, we hang them over our index finger.

Step 5

5. We put under the bottom a 15 cm long section of the cord.

Step 6

6. Put the loose ends of the twist through the loop and pull it up. It is important that the cord sits in the gaps between the beads, then it will not be so visible.

Step 7

7. This is what the finished bunch looks like:

Step 8

8. We separate ourselves three equal parts, which we will braid in a moment.

Step 9

9. We make a braid, i.e. we put the cords from the outside to the inside, then right and left.

Step 10

10. We braid the braid along the entire length of the strings.

Step 11

11. When we have braided the cords along the entire length, collect the loose ends into a bundle and tie them in the same way as the beginning of the braid. We fold a 15 cm section of the cord in half and thread it through the bead loops.

Step 12

12. We tighten the twine loop so that the thread is hidden between the beads.

Step 13

13. This is what our base should look like at the moment. If you have the impression that your braid is uneven, you can change it now - string some bead cords, loosen the weave.

Step 14

14. Tie the loose ends of the twist in a knot on both sides.

Step 15

15. Put a silver-plated round on the knot.

Step 16

16. Then we thread the calotte and tie a tight knot again - this time double. It is to fit inside the calotte. Cut off the excess thread, right after the knot. Put a drop of glue on one of the knots and close the calotte with pliers. We wipe off the excess glue, if it flows out in the places where the halves are joined.

Step 17

17. We finish the other end of the braid in the same way.

Step 18


Using the pliers and jump rings, attach the clasp and the extension chain to the loops of the calotte.

This is what the finished necklace looks like:

Step 19


It also looks great as a bracelet! Just wrap it around your wrist twice.

Try to experiment with different weaves, types of beads and their colours. I chose hexagonal beads with a silver-plated core because I wanted to achieve a glossy effect - after all, it was supposed to be evening jewellery. To create day jewellery, simply replace the beads with round ones in more muted shades. I'll leave it to your imagination and creativity.