I’ve been eying up these recycled glass beads from Happy Mango Beads. As you may know, recycled jewelry is kind of my thing.
I was out of beading wire (I know, crazy, right?!?) and didn’t feel like running out to get some more. That is how I came up with this design and technique. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.
Materials and Tools:
- Clear Round Tabular Recycled Glass Beads – Indonesia 14mm (You’ll need a full strand for the necklace and a partial strand for the earrings and bracelet)
- Cotton Cord – you can get this at Fire Mt. Gems or at most crafts stores – 1mm
- All of the above from the necklace, plus:
- Crimp ends – I got mine at AC Moore, they sell them on Fire Mt. Gems, too.
- 2 Jump rings
- Chain nose pliers
- Pewter Toggle 18mm
- 4 of the recycled glass beads
- 20 gauge wire
- Earring wires (or make your own)
Recycled Glass Bead Necklace Instructions
This is necklace is especially great for those of you who have metal allergies! No metal involved.
Cut some cord. I started out with more than twice the length of the necklace I wanted and had some excess. Figure out how long you want your necklace and double it.
Now we’re going to start beading. Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, add a bead, etc.
When you are making your knots, keep them close to the beads.
Before your first knot, leave several inches.
Here’s how I did it:
Hold the cord very close to the last bead and start to make the knot.
While you are pulling the knot closed, also pull it close to the bead.
As I’m pulling the knot, I hold the cord right next to the bead and make sure to get it right near the bead.
Alternatively, you could use some sort of a stick to make sure you get the knot close to the bead.
I beaded one strand of the glass beads. You can decide how long you would like your necklace. I considered making it really long, but when I tried it on after beading one strand, it looked perfect so I stopped.
The the cord so that it’s even on the ends and then you can tie a bow to create the necklace. It’s somewhat adjustable in length, just tie the bow in different places.
(Note: If you prefer to add a clasp to the end, read on for how I added a clasp to my bracelet and use it on your necklace.)
Recycled Glass Bracelet Instructions
Measure out cord about twice around your wrist. Use the same knotting/beading technique as you did for the necklace.
Since a bracelet is difficult to tie on yourself, we’ll add a clasp instead.
Add a crimp end to each end and then trim off the excess cord. These are also called “fold over” crimp ends. Just fold over one side and then the other and squeeze it closed. Pull on it to make sure it is secure.
Open 2 jump rings and add the clasp to each end.
Recycled Glass Tier Earrings Instructions
Make 2 bead links.
For extra help:
Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial
Make 2 bead dangles. The holes on these beads are too large for regular head pins, so you can make your own spiral head pins.
For extra help:
Bead Dangle Video Tutorial
Headpin Video Tutorial
Open 2 jump rings and 2 earring wires and assemble your earrings.
For extra help:
How to properly open and close jump rings video tutorial
How to Make Your Own Earring Wires Video Tutorial
Now you have a full set.