It’s panic stations. The reason? It’s someone’s birthday in a few weeks, or else Christmas Day is fast approaching. You’ve buzzed around town and nothing’s leaping out to you as suitable for the intended recipient. You’ve looked online and still no joy. You’re a creative kind of individual and you know the other person would appreciate something unique. So how about making something? It doesn’t need to be particularly complicated as I’ll now show.
The use of beads can be found on every continent and worked into a variety of objects, such as jewelry, bags, shirts, hats, dresses, purses, etc. We’re going to start with something very basic, so don’t get nervous. All you need are some coloured beads which you can get through either ordering online from specialist suppliers, or by leafing through a yellow pages and finding a shop in your local town. Next get hold of some sturdy natural silk thread, some bullion (French) wire, and a pair of clasps, some strong glue, and a sharp pair of scissors.
Perhaps draw a preparatory sketch so you have down in front of you the sequence of colours you want realised. You could use pearl beads or coloured beads more likely utilised in Africa and South America. Cut off about 8mm of bullion and then do the same again. Once you have decided on the length of your necklace cut you silk thread. Next navigate one end of the cord through one of the pieces of bullion. After this has been achieved tie a sizeable enough knot to secure it. Then dab some glue over it and place one of the clasps on top. After this has been completed you can start threading the beads.
If you want to space them out you can either create small knots, courtesy of that knitting needle, or by threading slightly smaller beads in between the bigger ones. Once your happy with your bead pattern you’ve created add on the other piece of bullion to the naked end of the thread. Copy what you did earlier and then connect the two clasps. What you’re left with is a beautiful and special gift which will surely be appreciated.