Bead It: Asymmetrical Necklace DIY

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Asymmetrical Necklace DIY

Anyone that knows me personally also knows that I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with necklaces. I always, always, always have a necklace on. I even bring a handful of necklaces with me when I’m traveling. I do the straw trick to make sure they don’t get tangled up in my bag.

So, no surprise… I have quite the collection going at this point. BUT there is always room for one more. So, I worked with my assistant, Linda, to make / design a long, asymmetrical necklace that can be worn during the day or at night.

The process is pretty simple, but is a little more involved than just stringing some beads onto a chain. You’ve been warned. Haha. I promise it’s still really easy though.

Here’s how to make your own asymmetrical necklace…

Supplies for DIY Asymmetrical Long Necklace

Materials:

-Beads
-21-strand coated beading wire (like Beadalon or Soft Flex)
-Metal chain
-Metal crimp beads (1mm width)
-Crimping tool
-Wire nippers

How To:

1. Select the beads you want to use. For my necklace, I’m using wood, peach aventurine, agate, serpentine, and coco beads.

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

2. Arrange the beads on a flat surface.

3. Cut a length of beading wire that’s about twice the length of your bead design.

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How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

4. Attach the beading wire to the end of the chain. To do that, put a crimp bead on the beading wire. Then pass about 2″ of beading wire through the last link of the chain. Now take the beading wire back through the crimp bead to create a small loop. Close the crimp bead using the crimping tool. Use the wire nippers to trim the excess tail from the shorter side of the beading wire.

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

5. String the beads onto the beading wire.

6. Holding both the beading wire and the chain, determine the length that you like best and mark it on the chain. At a table, cut the chain to the length you marked.

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

7. Similar to before, put a crimp bead onto the loose end of the beading wire. Pass that beading wire through the chain. Take the beading wire back through the crimp bead to create a small loop.

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

8. Close the crimp bead with the crimping tool.

How to make an asymmetrical, long necklace

9. Use the wire nippers to the trim the excess beading wire.

And here’s the finished necklace…

Asymmetrical Necklace DIY

DIY Asymmetrical Necklace

Crafting and Modeling by Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What’s your latest jewelry obsession? Earrings, rings, bracelets?… Curious to know.

12 comments | Click here to reply

Gorgeous! Love how it turned out!
chelsea jacobs recently posted..What do 50 Shades of Grey and Starving Children Have in Common?

chelsea jacobs | February 18th, 2015 at 10:29 am

Thanks Chelsea.

Brittni | February 18th, 2015 at 10:57 am

Love those beads! And your nail color! xo
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katie a. | February 18th, 2015 at 11:04 am

Loving this necklace! It looks so fun and easy!

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Paige | February 18th, 2015 at 12:53 pm

This is so cute, B! I don’t normally like bead-y necklaces (mostly the clay ones!), but I honestly LOVE this one! And my neck is suddenly feeling naked…
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Lexy | PROPER | February 18th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I love your choice of beads – really pretty!
Hx
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Hannah | February 18th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

This is such a pretty necklace! Would love to give it a go. Agree with everyone else, love the beads that you’ve chosen, nice and neutral! You could wear this with almost anything! 🙂

Megs
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Megs | February 18th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

So perfect! I love asymmetrical necklaces and this one is perfect!
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Monique | WritingMonique | February 19th, 2015 at 4:50 am

There is something so fresh and beachy about this. Beautiful. Now I’m longing for a good day at the beach. Too bad a good Michigan beach day is still months away…
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Meghan | February 20th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

What a beautiful necklace!
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