This seed bead chain necklace is a super simple and low cost way to create a statement piece of jewellery! And all you need are some large seed beads and thread.
Seed beads are one of those craft items that people often own, but never know what to do with! But seed beads are cheap, come in many different sizes and colours and so are a brilliant way to create some bold jewellery. This design is a variation on a bracelet that I teach as a workshop, but I fancied a necklace version!
You will need:
-Size 3 or 5 seed beads
1.Cut at least 2 metres of s-lon or similar and thread on 19 size 5 seed beads in the middle of the cord so you have two long ends. NB This will make a necklace that is 60cm /24″ long. You might want to measure your head before beginning to check this is enough; each beaded ‘link’ is approx 3cm long, so to increase the overall length you will need 6cm more thread per link you wish to add.
2.Take one more seed bead and thread one of the ends through left to right and the other end right to left so they crossover in the bead.
3.Pull the thread tight and they to even them out so both are equally long. Thread 9 seed beads onto each of the threads
4.Add another single crossover bead
5.Repeat the pattern of adding 9 single size 5 beads on each thread, then a single ‘crossover’ bead. You can keep using the same colour of beads or you can change and create a pattern. After 7 links of the mint beads I changed to a heamatite colour for 3 links. These were actually a larger size 3 seed bead, so to keep the same size links (3 cm by 2cm) I only added 7 beads on each side.
6.Keep going until you have 22 links and that it fits over your head, Add more links if you needs them. Then on the last link, rather than add a new crossover bead, use the middle bead from the very first link you created instead. This joins the necklace together.
7.Pull the threads tight and knot each thread off. Take the excess thread through a few beads before cutting off the tail.
8.You shouldn’t be able to see the join and the necklace can slip on over your head!