Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Seed Bead Tube Necklace

While I do love a good statement piece of jewelry, my heart really lies with dainty jewelry. Delicate chains, small stones, and teeny tiny beads - I can't get enough of them. I've been itching to make some of my own, and finally found the perfect DIY. It's super inexpensive, and only requires a few items - which I'm willing to bet many people have on hand already. The original post has fantastic step-by-step pictures and instructions, so check over there for the how-to. I opted to go for a more freehand pattern, rather than an actual pattern, and I'm really pleased with the results. It only took me about 2 hours start to finish, so it's a great weeknight project. I don't know about you, but I hit my creative peak around 3 o'clock, so I always need something to do when I get home from work!

Here's what you need:

Start by stringing on 40 seed beads, with one tied at the bottom to keep everything in place (I used a gold one so it would stand out). After that it's easy - you're basically going back and weaving in and out of every other bead, adding a new one in between each to make a new row. Understand? What? Those were terrible instructions? Yep, just check out the original post for picture instructions. Below you can see the progression of my rows, from start to finish.

After that it's just a matter of weaving the interlocking first and last row together to create a tube. 

And finally, you have a necklace! I can't wait to wear mine with a flowy top, and I think it will be a fun pop of color in the fall with some cognac boots (is anyone else already shopping for fall?).

I liked the necklace so much I whipped up a smaller version for a dainty bracelet. 

It matches perfectly with my favorite David Yurman bracelet, and took me less than an hour to make.  

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