Saturday, May 5, 2012

DIY: Painted wood bead necklace.


What you'll need for this project:

Wooden beads
Paint brush
Acrylic paints
Hemp rope or similar, cut 2-3 inches longer than desired necklace length

1. Paint your beads in desired color and pattern and let dry. I inserted toothpicks into the beads to hold them while I painted and then stuck the toothpicks into a block of styrofoam to hold upright while they dried. The paint dries rather quickly but I'd wait at least 15 minutes before assembling your necklace.
2. String your dry painted beads onto the rope and center them. If you prefer, tie a knot on either side of the string of beads to hold them in place like I did.
3. Now, think of the two ends of your rope as A and B. Tie the end of string A to string B, and the end of string B to string A. Tighten the knots. You want them to be snug but still have a little slack to move along the string. This allows the necklace to be adjustable! By holding the knot in one hand and the single piece of string in the other, you can push the knots along the string to adjust the length of the necklace. The photos above just show how to tie the rope. Make sure you put the beads on BEFORE tying the necklace!

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