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Making an Easy Bead Pendant

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Use a decorative bead to make a unique pendant. This is a guide about making an easy bead pendant.


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April 24, 2008

The pendant shown here was made from "recycled" jewelry: I will often buy used necklaces, charms, etc. at thrift stores and yard sales, take them apart, and make new creations with the beads and other parts.

Approximate Time: less than 30 minutes



Cut a piece of beading wire approximately 5" long with the wire cutters. Loop the wire through the charm. Thread spacer through both pieces of beading wire. Thread crimp bead. Squeeze crimp bead tightly with needle nose pliers. Alternate beads till pendant is desired length. Thread crimp bead, top bead, and jump ring - using the wire cutters, cut excess wire to less than 1/2 inch. Loop wires through the top bead and the crimp bead, and gently push through the other bead holes. Squeeze crimp bead tightly with needle nose pliers. Thread necklace through the jump ring and proudly wear your new pendant piece.

By Laura from Long Beach, CA

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December 1, 2015

This will show you how to turn any beautiful bead into a pendant for a necklace. It is quick, easy and fun! You may then decide to add some bling to the bottom, it's up to you! :)

Total Time: About 20 minutes


  • large bead of choice
  • brass jewelry wire
  • various beads
  • wire cutters
  • round needle nosed pliers
  • pliers


  1. Cut a small length of wire. The length depends on the height of your bead. Make it about 1" longer. Start to curl the end into a loop with the needle nosed pliers.
  2. Thread your bead.
  3. Now repeat with the top portion.
  4. You may stop here and simply attach this with a jump ring to a necklace.
  5. Or you may desire to add some extra bling to the bottom! :) Cut another length of wire 10" long. Thread desired beads.
  6. Cross the top ends and wrap them around each other a couple times.
  7. You will now twist them about halfway up.
  8. Now take one of the wires and wrap all the way back down.
  9. Curl the remaining end with the needle nosed pliers.
  10. Connect the pieces together with a jump ring, or make your own.
  11. Pendant complete.
  12. Have fun wearing it! :)
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