Refashioned Thrifted Wooden Bead Necklace - Handmade in the Heartland

Refashioned Thrifted Wooden Bead Necklace

Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com


I really like making jewelry because compared to sewing projects its relatively fast. However jewelry supplies can get pricey so I get disappointed when I go to buy my supplies and it's more than I want to spend. To remedy that problem I hit up my local thrift store and found several necklaces that were all made with different colors and sizes of wood beads.  I'm not a huge thrifter mostly because i hate taking my kids with me and most thrift stores close too early to do a run after kids go to bed.  On this specific thrift shop outing I knew I wanted to deconstruct some jewelry so I was looking for necklaces that had a lot of beads, I was pleasantly surprised to find all of these different wood necklaces with a lot of beads for cheap! Depending on the prices in your area I would venture to say you can get more beads this way for a cheaper price than buying just the beads at a craft store, and repurposing always me feel good. 
Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com

Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com

The first step is to take apart the necklaces, i just cut them at a point and pushed the beads of the string into a ziplock bag. Then i start to lay out the beads i think i'll want to use on my jewelry board. In addition to your thrifted beads for this project you'll need:
- some type of clasp/closure for your necklace
- head pins
- eye pins
- flex wire
- chain
- crimp beads

Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com

In the photos below you can see the process of creating this statement necklace. I started by stringing my first strand on wire and then at each end attaching it to chain with a crimp bead. I then added eye pins at the center and then going up each side in three spots. I added a few beads to the eye pins and then using my needle nose plies curled the ends in an eye. Using the same flex wire i continued to string beads and attach them to the necklace using the eye pins, draping the beads from pin to pin.

Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com

I love a big statement necklace and how it can totally transform an outfit. I also love getting creative and coming up with the design on my own. So go thrift some jewelry, take it apart and let your creative juices start flowing!

Refashioned thrifted wooden bead necklace tutorial, handmadeintheheartland.com

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