Sweet and Simple: Easy DIY Braided Beaded Necklace

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Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to be a jewelry-making pro to create beautiful, intricate pieces. The concept behind this project is simple, but it makes quite the visual impact. This would be a great weekend afternoon project — pop in your favorite movie, make yourself some pumpkin coffee and get crafting!

Supplies for the Braided Beaded Necklace DIY project

Supplies:

-Seed beads (at least 2 colors)
-Jewelry clasp
-8mm jump rings (2)
-10mm jump ring (1)
-26 gauge jewelry wire
– 3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers
– 7 inch (17.78 centimeter) strand of chain (2)

Cutting wire with jewelry pliers

1. Cut a 10 inch (20.32 centimeter) strand of wire using the cutting portion of the pliers.

Attaching jewelry wire to chain

2. Bend the wire and insert it through the end of one chain.

Attaching jewelry wire to chain

3. Tightly loop the wire around the chain link.

Attaching jewelry wire to chain

4. Wrap it tightly two to four times.

Attaching jewelry wire to chain

5. Trim the excess. Use the flat portion of the pliers to secure the wrapped wire.

Adding seed beads to jewelry wire

6. Add seed beads to the wire.

Adding seed beads to jewelry wire

7. Continue for about 4 inches (10.16 centimeters).

Braiding strands of beads

8. Repeat Steps 1-7 five times. I created four strands of one color and two strands of a second color.

Tape can be used to temporarily keep beads in place

9. Tape each pair of beaded strands together. This tip prevents the beads from moving while you work.

Braiding strands of beads

10. Begin braiding the beaded strands. First, bring the right pair over the middle pair.

Braiding strands of beads

11. Next, bring the new left pair over the new middle pair.

Braiding strands of beads

12. Repeat Steps 10 and 11.

Finished braid of beaded strands

13. Continue to the ends of the strands.

Attaching jewelry wire to chain

14. One by one, attach each wire to the end of the second chain.

Wrapping wire around a chain link

15. Secure the wrapped wire using the flat portion of the pliers.

Opening a jump ring with jewelry pliers

16. Open a jump ring and attach it to one of the chains.

Attaching a jewelry clasp to chain

17. Attach the jewelry clasp and close the jump ring.

Attaching a jump ring to chian

18. Attach the remaining jump rings to the end of the other chain.

Finished Beaded Braided Necklace

Finished Beaded Braided Necklace

Finished Beaded Braided Necklace

I used seasonal colors — dark purple and burnt red orange — to help get me in the autumn spirit (I happen to adore this season). What colors would you use?

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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