Take this one for example:
|Anthropologie - Unbreakable Bonding Necklace, $148|
Anyway, here's one of my bead necklaces:
I also have this in deep green and pink... same design. So to shake things up a bit, I decided to make the yellow one into my version of Anthropologie's Unbreakable Bonding Necklace:
|Ta-dah! Janelle's Seriously Unbreakable Bonding ;) See bottom of this post to see why I say 'Seriously'|
Want to make one? I prepared a tutorial :)
You will need:
- Resin beads... these are about 0.75 inches in diameter each.
- Glue (I used Mighty Bond, the kind that dries fast)
- Thin chain that can go through your beads.
- Jump rings
- Clasp (I used oyster clasp)
- Hmmm... I don't know what these are called... caps? See the picture below to see what I mean:
|Silver metal cap thingeys and the chain I used|
Step 2: Put a small amount of glue inside one of those silver cap thingeys and insert one end of your 3 chains.
Step 3. Start braiding. I made a couple of braids without the beads first before I added the beads. Quick braiding how to:
- you have 3 chains: the leftmost, the center, and the rightmost;
- insert your bead on the leftmost chain, and then cross the leftmost chain over the center chain;
- insert one bead on the rightmost chain, and then cross the rightmost chain over the chain to it's left;
|See? The chains cross below the beads.|
It took several tries for me to get this right because the braids kept getting undone.
Step 5: With your other remaining free hand, put a small amount of glue on that other silver cap thingey. Then insert the chains you are holding in your other hand to the cap and wait for the glue to dry.
And... No, you are not done yet :)
See I read the reviews on this necklace on the Anthropologie site and one customer said:
After braiding and securing both ends of my chains... I can totally see how that can happen, even if there is no slack to your chains... the beads will still move. I thought about it and tried to glue the first 2 beads on each end to each other.
|Then do the same for the other side. I also made sure that the chain between them is also glued between the 2 beads.|
Step 7. Add your jump rings, extra chain (for me since I only had half the necklace), and clasp.
And this time... you are done!
|I really love this color :)|
|I'm wearing my necklace, and we are using our matching bags! :)|
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