How to make lucite jewelry

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Lucite is a transparent or translucent plastic that is popular in jewellery making. Lucite was introduced to the market as a more cost-effective way of making jewellery and was popular in the creation of costume jewellery in the 1940s. Lucite beads are one of the most popular types of beads for jewellery making. They are also referred to as vintage beads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Beading wire
  • Wire nippers
  • Jewellery clasp
  • Crimping pliers
  • Lucite beads

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Instructions

    How to Make Lucite Jewelry

  1. 1

    Measure a strand of beading wire around either your neck or wrist, depending upon whether you would like to craft a Lucite necklace or bracelet. Add about an inch to the measured length to allow for securing the jewellery clasp, and cut the wire accordingly.

  2. 2

    Thread one end of the beading wire through the ring of the jewellery clasp, loop the thread around to push it through the ring again and use the crimping pliers to crimp the wire to the ring.

  3. 3

    Begin stringing the Lucite beads onto the beading wire, and continue doing so until the wire is completely strung.

  4. 4

    Thread the fully beaded wire through the jewellery clasp, loop the thread around to push it through the clasp again, and use the crimping pliers to crimp the wire to the clasp.

  5. 5

    Cut off any excess wire and clasp the necklace or bracelet around your neck or wrist.

Tips and warnings

  • Place charms between the Lucite beads to create a customised design.
  • Make sure you do not measure your jewellery too tight or the beads might leave imprints in your skin.

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