This DIY Triangle Necklace uses just 15 beads and a length of cord to make a fun and geometric design!
January weather can be exceptionally gloomy here in the UK, so who wants a DIY Triangle Necklace that you can make in in whatever cheery colours you like? Grab some beads and cord and lets get making!
You will need:
-1.5 metres of thread or cord that is thin enough to go through the holes in the beads TWICE. Top Tip on this in a moment!
-Super glue, the thin runny kind.
–Optional jewellery findings appropriate to the cord size and thickness.
How to make
Top Tip! First off, lets works out the right cord and beads combo. The thread or cord needs to go through the hole in the beads twice. A lot of beads have quite small holes, as they are designed to thread onto thin wire or thread. Sometimes you might think a cord isn’t going to fit through the hole (or in our case, fit through twice) only going to fit through once but if you dip the end into thin superglue, let it dry and then cut the tip into a point it acts like a built in needle and magically threads through!
In this example, I am using 1mm satin cord and 8mm wooden beads.
1.Cut a 1.5 metre length of cord and dip BOTH ends into superglue. Leave to dry, then cut the ends at an angle with sharp scissors.
2.Thread on one bead.
3.Then take the other end of cord through the bead in the opposite direction.
4.Pull the threads tightly and you should see the bead with the loop of cord around the outside. Make sure the bead is reasonably central on the cord- there is more than enough cord to work with so don’t worry if its slightly out. This is the point of our triangle!
5.Now thread two beads onto one of the cords (it doesn’t matter which) then take the other cord through in the opposite direction.
6.Pull the cords so they sit on top of the first bead, but not so tightly that it starts to curl up.
7.Repeat with three beads for the next row.
8.Then with four beads. At this point, if your triangle is wanting to curl up, loosen the tension on your cord and get each row to sit flat next to the previous.
9.Lastly, add five beads.
10. To finish your DIY Triangle necklace the simplest method is to tie the ends together in a knot – great if you want the necklace long enough to go over your head.
11. If you want to add a clasp, first choose the right end for the cord of thread you are using- so for this 1mm cord I would use a fold over end. If you are using a thinner thread such as s-lon or c-lon, I would use a necklace end. You can then use jump rings to attach your preferred style of clasp!
You can play around with different bead and cord combinations as well as with the pattern of beads. Round and faceted beads both work well, larger seed beads that are more doughnut in shape tend to want to curl up.
In this example, I have used 6mm fire polished Czech glass beads and c-lon cord. To get the pattern, just add a different colour bead in the middle of row three, and two in the middle of row four.
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