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Making a Simple Beaded Necklace with a Single Center Bead

Let's start off the beaded necklace section with an extremely simple design. Sometimes a simple design can be appealing and successful more so than an intricate one. Keep your eyes open for trends with simple designs. Think about the materials available to you and use your creative juices to think of something that would really catch someone's eye.

My daughter actually came up with this design using very bright and childish bead colors. I changed the colors but kept the same simple design and they were very popular. I gave her a dollar for every necklace sold as a reward for coming up with the design.

Beaded Necklace with 6mm Hematite Center

Materials Needed:

  • tiger wire (beadalon)
  • seed beads (solid color)
  • 6mm hematite bead
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 bead tips
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 clasp

Measure the tiger wire to be about 3 inches longer than the finished length of the necklace.

Tie a knot in the end of the tiger wire (see ending tiger wire necklace article). Crimp a crimp bead on the inside edge of the knot. Put the bead tip around the crimp. Cut off extra wire. Close the bead tip.

On a piece of paper, draw a line the length you want the necklace to be. Measure the middle point and mark it. Now start putting on the seed beads and continue until you have almost reached the center. Put the 6mm hematite bead on. Continue putting on the seed beads until you've reached the desired length of the necklace. Finish the end (the same as the beginning, but be sure to put the bead tip on first - before the crimp.)

Attach the clasp to one side of the necklace using the curled ends of the bead tip. On the other side, attach a jump ring large enough for the clasp to grasp onto (or sometimes clasps come with a specialized metal piece to use for the clasp to grab.)

That's it!

Other pages you might find interesting are fine gem jewelry and tips for designing jewelry.

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