Washers with drilled hole – done with a regular drill press and 1/8″ drill bit
30″ Ball Chain – from www.ballchain.com
Seed Beads in Assorted Colors
Larger Silver Beads
26 Gauge Wire
Needle Nose Pliers
I set-up a table with each bead color in a styrofoam bowl. Small Dixie cups were at one end so the girls could pick the colors they wanted and carry them in the cup. It only takes a pinch of 4-5 colors to have enough beads.
At the other end of the table were “kits” in zip-lock, snack-size baggies. Each “kit” contained a washer with jump ring attached, ball chain, and two 12″ wires. Each wire was curled at one end. I also had a paper towel for each girl to use so the beads wouldn’t roll around as much.
Bring a twisted end up through the center of the washer. Bend it over the edge and hold in place.
String 4-5 beads on the wire and then wrap to the RIGHT of the twist and pull through the center. Continue beading and wrapping. They look especially cute when you overlap the wire every so often, rather than laying the beads flat and side by side.
When you have about an inch or two of wire left, tuck the end under a wrapped strand, pull taut and twist the end.
I love a craft you can individualize, and that’s exactly what the girls did. No two necklaces were alike. Cost was approximately 75 cents per necklace.