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How to make a beaded necklace – a DIY loom beaded necklace

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Designed by: Paula Ziemska

Difficulty: Intermediate

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How many amazing possibilities are provided by a bead loom! You can make beautiful beaded bracelets which we can’t take our eyes off. What about a loom beaded necklace? Paula will show you how to make a beaded necklace. It’s worth spending time with it  - it’s beautiful and unique. So, don’t hesitate, take out your looms and let’s do this!

Supplies used in this project:

TOHO Treasure beads or Miyuki Delica

SuperLon thread (for the warp threads and a rope) and S-Lon (for embroidering)

Beading needles

2 slide end caps

Jump rings

Various types of glass beads and stones up to 4 mm (e.g. FirePolish, CrystaLove, haematite, etc.)

2 side female clamshells

Lobster clasp

Decorative haematite (or a tassel)

Scissors

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We will start with a simple work, like the necklace. Cut out quite a long piece of SuperLon thread (over 1 metre). Tie several knots on one of the endings, on the top of one another.

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Cut off the excess thread. 

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Put a drop of glue on the clamshell and attach it to the ending of the thread. Close the clamshell and attach a jump ring with a lobster clasp to the clamshell’s loop.

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Now it’s time to string some beads.

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How to do that? It’s all up to you – mine looks like this:

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As you have reached the halfway of the rope, attach a bail or a jump ring that will mark the middle of your necklace. You will attach the pendant to it later. Continue stringing the beads.

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Continue adding beads until you have reached the end of your necklace. Tie several knots (so that there is no spare thread), put some glue and attach your work into the second end cap.

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The necklace is done, so it’s time for the loom!

I’m sure you know how to use a loom from our beloved Beads Direct tutorials. First of all, we need to draw a pattern (you may use a squared sheet of paper and crayons, or programmes available on the Internet).

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To begin, we need to attach the warp threads – start with a thicker thread that will make the sides of our pendant.

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Now we need to attach the S-LON threads. I’ve used quite wide end caps, so we need to attach as many threads as it’s needed to have 25 beads in a row.

As you have attached all the threads it’s time to weave.

 Cut out a long piece of thread and thread a needle. Tie a knot on one of the side warp threads leaving quite a long tail that will be used to finish our work

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String the first sequence of beads on the weft thread and bring the beads up between the warps.

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Pass the needle back through the beads on top of the warps. String another row of the beads on the weft thread,  bring the beads up between the warps and pass the needle back through the beads on the top of the warps.

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Continue until you have reached the last row.

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Weave several rows with the thread only, passing up and down alternately through the threads. Put some glue on this “wattle”.

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Go back to the beginning of our work and do the same with the tail thread.

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Wait for the glue to dry.

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As the glue is dry you may cut out the threads with the pendant and take the pendant off the loom.

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Slide the end caps onto your design.

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Attach the decorative elements - our work is done.

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I hope you like the tutorial. A bead loom is great because it provides lots of possibilities and it’s very pleasant to work with TOHO Treasure beads because they are very equal. So, good luck with creating and show us your works on our Facebook group.

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