Bugle Bead Necklace

Ever since I got back from Memphis with a huge stash of beads (courtesy of my awesome mom), I have not been able to stop making jewelry. It’s the perfect thing to do while unwinding, and I believe my affection for bling of all kinds has been long-established. I planned to make a braided necklace similar to my last one, made with seed beads, but then I realized that these long and skinny bugle beads sort of do better standing on their own. And thus, this six-strand necklace was made.

I don’t think I have any real wisdom to offer on the beading process, except to use a beading needle (they are incredibly thin and will fit through even the tiniest of beads) and to measure your thread meticulously. Once you’ve got those two things under control, you can sit and bead away, looking up every now and again at Project Runway, or whatever else suits your fancy.

Once I had all my strands completed, I simply tied them all together. This necklace is big enough to fit over my head easily, so I didn’t bother with a clasp. I know, I’m so classy. If you’re planning to go this route, make sure you leave lots of thread at the end of your strands. It will just make life easier.

I have also been working with my long-lost friend the bead loom, and I have figured it out! I suspect that my jewelry-making problem is only going to be exacerbated by this, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay! Making things, whatever those things might be, is one of the greatest joys in my life, and I’m grateful to have the time and resources to dabble in whatever seems interesting. Or shiny!

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