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Topic: High Fashion Beaded Link Necklace (EASY TUTORIAL!)  (Read 6733 times)
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« on: February 16, 2006 06:16:18 PM »

I saw this necklace in a fashion magazine and thought "I can do that!"

Here's my version and a tutorial.  It's easy and a perfect project for the beginning beader but the results look complicated and are, quite frankly, stunning.

You can make your links as big or as small as you want and can even alternate the sizes in your necklace.  The length can vary also as you can make it extra long so you can fold it over your head twice or make it smaller and attach a clasp.  

I made my links with 30 silver lined black seed beads so the tutorial uses that amount.  I think we'll be seeing a lot of variations on this necklace this year.

Supplies Needed:
You can find all of these supplies in Michaels, JoAnns, or the craft aisle in Walmart.  I purchased mine from Shipwreck Beads in Olympia Washington just because they have a great selection and I hang out there a lot.

1 hank size 8 silver lined black beads (you can use any size of seed bead)  It's easier to bead off a hank since they're already strung and all you have to do is pick them off the string with your needle.

Beading needle

Black Nymo Thread (use a color that closely matches your beads)

Thread Heaven- I highly recommend using this conditioner for your thread as it reduces tangling and allows the thread to be pulled through the bead easier.


STEP 1.  Cut a piece of thread at least 24 inches long and thread your needle.  Thread on 30 beads.

STEP 2.  Using a surgeon's knot (see instruction graphic) knot the end of your thread.  I do it twice for good measure.

Now you have a circle

STEP 3.  Thread the needle back the through all of the beads to make it strong.  Bring the needle out where the tail thread is.  Tie another surgeon's knot and thread the kneedle through three more beads.  Cut all the threads.
Here's your first finished link.
STEP 4.  Thread on 30 more beads.
STEP 5.  Thread the first completed link over the 30 beads..
Complete this link as you did the first going back to Step 2.  
You will continue connection and making links this way.  When you have finished beading all the links to a length you desire, bead one more link connecting the two ends together.


Surgeon's Knot Instruction graphic from Bead & Button

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006 12:40:52 AM »

That is fantastic! And the tutorial is excellent, too. I can imagine all sorts of variations on this theme.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2006 01:58:13 AM »

Easy as pie! Thanks for the tutorial! Now I now what I should do with all my seed beads lying around. Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2006 09:09:12 AM »

Yeah, I was just reading my new Knit 1 magazine last night and saw this!  I didn't expect a knitted version but I can already tell this style will be huge this year.

« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2006 09:12:40 AM »

this is soooo awesome! i am definitely trying this soon... as it is i am in the middle of about 50 projects lol thanks so much for the tut, it is really clear and easy to understand!
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2006 12:49:23 PM »

Totally cool, I know what my next project will be now!
One tip...I do a lot of seed bead necklaces....put a drop of nail polish on the knots to keep them secure...it really pays off in the end.  One method of applying the nail polish just to the nots is to touch the end of the needle to the polish brush and then wipe it off on the knot you just tied.
Awesome work maize and great interpretation of what you saw in the magazine!!! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2006 09:01:06 AM »

I love this necklace, and it's a great tut, butthis surgeons knot is confusing me a bit Undecided.....any further advice?
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2006 05:56:21 PM »

You're basically making two knots.  I actually make four because I do it twice. 

Hope that helps.
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006 06:56:55 AM »

haha...thanks......don't i feel smart now...lol.
I thought it was some crazy complicated knot, and got all frustrated.  Thanks for the tip!
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2006 07:45:43 PM »

wow this necklace is great bravo for figuring it out....I want one in white..or black..or maroon....hell who am I kidding i Want one in every color
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