Ooooh I totally forgot about these heart-shaped beads! I had them made at the same time as the clay beaded neckace tutorial and completely forgot that I had left them on the sill to dry! Well, haven’t I found them in the nick of time! So here’s another Valentine’s Special DIY project; making your very own heart-shaped necklace out of clay, nail polish, coloured thread and ribbon! SIMPLE! :)
Like the last time, I painted these with red nail varnish giving it a generous two coats which literally takes about a couple of minutes to set. Once dry, and still with the toothpicks through them (to avoid getting paint on your fingers!), take one bead at a time and apply some PVA glue thoroughly all over. Then quickly take you chosen coloured thread and wrap it around the bead, in a way that it creates a pretty funky pattern. Set aside to dry and repeat the procedure with the other beads.
After all the beads have been entwined in the thread and completely dry, take some 2mm ribbon (you can use twine or chord again like the last one) that compliments the rest of the colours and string it through the beads. Now the trick with this part i.e. when having to feed ribbons through beads with much smaller holes, is to get a needle and thread….and then tie the end of that thread onto the end of the ribbon firmly. Then push the needle through the bead and you should soon be guiding the ribbon through too! It’s as simple as that! Make sure you have enough ribbon to be able to tie it around your neck in a comfortable bow. It’s wise to adjust the length on you before cutting the ribbon and always include and extra 20cm for the bow (plus it gives you room for adjustment!)
And that’s it folks – its sooooo simple, sooooo quick and soooo effective. And if you’re lucky, you could get to wear it out to your Valentine’s Dinner! :D And feel free to totally jazz it up further – the choices are endless but at least now you know how easily you can come up with a funky necklace! It’s a great project for you last-minute folk! :)
Enjoy my lovelies and have a wonderful week in the run up to Valentine’s Day! I can totally feel all the Love in the Air! ;) Oh and if you try any of these projects please do share them with me! MWAH! x x x x
[Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]