DIY Twisted Bead Necklace

I’m taking a step away from my recent obsession with spikes & all things edgy to give you this ethereal and girly statement piece. I love big pieces of jewellery; it’s part laziness part fashion statement because you only need one big statement piece. Makes getting ready in the morning a lot easier (although I am one of those people who chooses their outfit the night before…yes, I am a bit of a control freak…plus I really really love my sleep so even an extra 20 mins makes a big difference to me)! That being said, whether you, like me, prefer to decide your outfit the night before or prefer to choose more impulsively in the morning; this necklace looks great with everything!

Incidentally, my lovely friend Sabrina and I once had a little discussion about how we chose our outfits – I prefer to choose clothing first (e.g pick out a dress then accessorize) whereas she will decide the jewellery & accessories first then work the clothes around them. However, after I made this necklace, I knew immediately that I wanted to wear it the following day, so I ended up fashioning my outfit around my necklace! Anecdote to take away from this story – jewellery has the power to modify even the most stubborn of control freaks!

What you need:

  • 2 different coloured beads in two different sizes (you could easily use two types of beads of the same shade, i.e. one kind translucent, the other opaque) – you’ll need about 2-3 heaped handfuls of each colour & each size.
  • Thin fishing wire
  • 12 clam-shell bead tips
  • 6 medium jump rings
  • 2″ thick metal chain – cut in half
  • 1 Toggle Clasp
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

How to:

  1. Measure how long you would like your necklace and cut the fishing wire into 6 equal lengths, just slightly longer than your measured necklace length.
  2. Thread a length of wire through one of the clam-shell bead tips, tie a triple knot in the end then using the pliers, close and secure the clam-shell tip over the knot.
  3. Thread alternating sized beads of the same colour on one length of wire.
  4. Thread the end of the wire through another clam-shell bead tip, tie a triple knot in the end of the wire and using the pliers, close and secure the tip over the knot.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wires & beads. In the end you should be left with 3 lengths of each colour bead.
  6. Lay the 6 lengths out and secure the bead tips at either end onto 4 separate jump rings.
  7. Fold the lengths in half and twist one set over the other.
  8. Hook each pair of jump rings onto each length of chain.
  9. Hook the toggle clasp onto the open ends of the chains with the remaining 2 jump rings.

Easy peasy! This DIY can take a little time but it’s well worth it in the end due to it’s versatility; this necklace can suit any season and any “look” – pastels for spring, jewel tones for summer, earthy neutrals for autumn and black & gray pearls for a goth-glam winter look. Heads up friends with birthdays coming up, you may not be surprised with your gift!

Happy DIYing!

xoxo   V.

**By the by, I would be interested to know how many of you out there are like myself – choosing an outfit clothing first. And how many are like Sabrina – dressing jewellery first!? Let me know in the comments below! 

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2 thoughts on “DIY Twisted Bead Necklace

    • vslawson says:

      There’s such a wealth of shops over in Sham Shui Po I haven’t yet needed to order materials online that I couldn’t find in HK.
      Hop on the MTR, get off at Sham Shui Po, Exit A2. Walk straight down Pei Ho St and the first road it crosses is Yu Chau St. Here you’ll be able to find all sorts of DIY goodies- fabrics, chains, leather, feathers, beads etc

      Hope that was helpful!


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