Wednes-DIY: Tribal-Inspired Beaded Necklace

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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aria
11 years ago

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

11 years ago

Love this! Great idea!

Taylor
11 years ago
sarah
11 years ago

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

BohoQueen
11 years ago

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

Amy
10 years ago

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

5 years ago

Useful information
in this Tribal Necklaces
nice and hand craft
so beautiful
Thank you
For this information.