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Butterfly Bead Necklace and Earrings

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Selina Shapland
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Beading your own necklace and earrings is a wonderful way to show your own creative flair.



Beading fun
Create your own beaded jewellery at home


To create my Butterfly Bead Necklace and Earrings, I have used glass beads with silver toned spacers and bone dyed feature butterfly beads for this set. But you can do whatever you like. The clasp is pressed metal.

Art and Craft Supplies

Tiger Tail thread
Beads of your choice
1 x clasp
2 x crimp beads
1 x pair ear hooks
2 x head pins
Jewellery pliers, cutters and round nose pliers
Fine sand paper (may be needed to file back rough edges)

Method

Necklace
1. Gather your beads, spacing beads, tiger tail, crimp beads, ear hooks, head pins and tools.



Beads and Tools
Beads, Crimps, Tiger Tail, Clasp and Pliers


2. Thread one crimp bead on to the end of the tiger tail then put the clasp on.

Loop the thread around and through the crimp bead.

Clamp crimp bead with flat pliers.

Tiger tail threaded through clasp and crimp bead. Flattened with pliers.


3. Start beading and create your own interesting design.



Begin beading pattern
Thread beads onto tiger tails and create a pattern




Beading Progress
Keep threading beads on the tiger tail until you are happy with the length


4. Once you have a preferred length for your necklace, slip on the other crimp bead.

Put the other side of the clasp on the tiger tail.



Thread Tiger Tail through Clasp
Thread tiger tail through crimp bead then the other end of the clasp


Loop the tiger tail around and through the crimp bead.



Loop tiger tail through clasp and crimp
Loop tiger tail around and through crimp bead. Tighten wire and clamp crimp bead


It is best to close the necklace clasps and then pull the tiger tail tight. This will reduce gaps in the beading.

Clamp crimp bead with flat pliers.

5. Snip off the loose ends of the tiger tail and your necklace is finished.



Complete necklace
Complete the necklace by snipping off the tiger tail ends



Earrings
1. Gather your beads, spacing beads, ear hooks, head pins and tools.



Earring beads and findings
Beads, Ear hooks, Head pins and Spacers


2. Thread beads and spacers onto head pins.



Thread beads
Beads on headpins


3. Use round nose pliers to bend pin over to create a right angle.



Bend head pin with pliers
Bend head pin then loop back over round nose pliers and put ear hook on before twisting wire around itself


4. Position round nose pliers just above the bend and push the wire over and towards you.

Slip the ear hooks on before twisting the wire around itself to make a loop.



Loop wire, thread ear hooks and twist
Make sure no wire is poking out - file back if necessary with fine sanding paper


This part can be tricky and it is much easier to do with sterling silver then cheap quality metal findings. But it can be done.

Use flat nose pliers and round nose pliers to help you with the loop and twist. One pair to hold the loop and the other to help bend the wire around itself.

Tidy any wire ends that may stick out so they do not scratch. Use fine sand paper if needed.

5. Your earrings are finished and you have a matching set.



Necklace and Earrings Set
Necklace and Earrings to match


Other
Beads are everywhere, however, I particularly like the following bead suppliers:

My Beads - Brighton
Gemworld - Virginia
Beads & Beads - Myer Centre Brisbane CBD

You can also find starter beading options at your local discount shop which are great for practice at a low cost.

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