With security in businesses today being tight, it seems as if everyone has an ID Badge. A lanyard, or ID Badge Holder has become a standard accessory. There is no reason, however, that a woman needs to settle for the same old nylon or string holder that everyone else wears. It's a simple task to make one that could be considered jewelry. Using beads, crystals, pearls and gemstones an ID badge holder can be an elegant and exciting thing to wear while still maintaining safety.
Things You'll Need
- Cloth or towel
- Beads, crystals, gemstones
- Flexible jewelry wire
- Magnetic clasp
- Crimp beads
- Solid loop toggle clasp
- Needle-nose pliers or crimping tool
Cut a length of flexible beading wire approximately 36 inches long. A normal lanyard measures about 27 inches, but you will need the remainder for securing and ease of work. Put aside.
Lay out the beads, gemstones or pearls on the cloth. This is your chance to design your "necklace." Place the rounded half of the toggle clasp in the center or 13 to 14 inches from one end of your bead layout. Be aware of the weight of your beads. The magnetic clasp will only hold so much, so make the layout as lightweight as possible.
Place one crimp bead and one half of a magnetic clasp on your wire, leaving a tail of about 3 to 4 inches. Thread the wire back through the crimp bead and secure it tightly against the clasp using either your crimping tool or a needle nose pliers.
String your beads onto the wire, making sure to include both pieces of wire on the end where the clasp has already been attached. String your toggle clasp section when you reach the middle of the design, and continue until all of your beads have been strung.
String one crimp bead and the other half of the magnetic clasp. Feed the wire back through the crimp bead, and push it through as many of the beads already on the wire as you can. Leave about a 2-inch tail. Using the needle-nose pliers, pull the wire tight, then crimp the bead to secure the clasp. Trim the tail close to the nearest bead.
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