Wednes-DIY: Tribal-Inspired Beaded Necklace

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One day I was on Vogue.com when I saw when of their editors wearing this really cool beaded necklace. It almost looked like it was constructed using safety pins, so I tried them out to see if I could pull off the look by making the necklace myself. The end result is really cool. The seed beads give it a tribal look, and the safety pins no longer look like safety pins, but rather a cool silver skeleton.   I finished it off, with a beaded “chain” to make a long necklace that you can throw on with any basic shirt for a neat funky addition of color.

the inspiration

You’ll Need:

Scissors, strong beading thread, safety pins, nail polish, and seed beads

Open the safety pin, and feed on seed beads.

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I decided to us lime green and black with the black beads jumping around, but you can come up with any pattern you want. Notice the pattern changes.

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As you finish safety pins, line them up on the table, so that you don’t lose the order you want them to go in.

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Once you’ve finished. Begin feeding the safety pins into the beading thread.

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Make sure they are all facing in the same direction.

Thread a needle with the thread

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Thread seed beads on until you have reached the desired length for you necklace.

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I decided to do mine in a contrasting color – white.

Once you’re done, loop the thread around the last bead on each side of the “chain.”

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Feed the needle through the last few beads on the opposite side to close the circle.

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Loop the thread around individual beads a few more times, and then thread it back to where the loose thread is hanging out & tie a knot.

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Cut thread ends.

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Paint the knot and last few beads with nail polish to secure

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And you’re done!

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Comments

aria -August 3, 2011, 10:39AM

wow thats actually a really cool result! thank you!!:)

Shaima -August 3, 2011, 11:27AM

Love this! Great idea!

Taylor -August 3, 2011, 11:34AM
sarah -August 3, 2011, 12:16PM

if you string the safety pins through their loops, they’ll hang more evenly and it will look considerably better

BohoQueen -August 3, 2011, 10:25PM

Love the color combo you used! So fresh and summery! xoxo

Amy -February 11, 2012, 7:28PM

So cool!!! Your necklace inspired me to make this:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gieske/6859158559/

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