A lariat style necklace is one long strand that may be draped and looped around the neck to create a variety of necklace designs. Instructions to make a beaded lariat necklace are simple to follow, even if you are a beginning jewellery artist. The most difficult aspect of making a lariat or any other necklace is selecting the beads for the design. Beads are available in a variety of materials, from glass to wood, and may be crystallised for added sparkle or hand-painted for a crafty touch.
Cut a 50-inch length of beading wire. The overall length of the lariat necklace will be 44 inches; each end of the strand will have a 3-inch loop. Adjust the length of the necklace as needed to fit your personal style.
Thread one crimp bead onto one end of the beading wire. Add two bicone beads, two oval beads and one tear drop bead in a repeated pattern for 3 inches along the end of the wire. You should end up with a total of six bicone beads, six oval beads and three tear drop beads.
Fold the tip end of the beaded wire in a circle to the crimp bead. Feed the end of the wire through the crimp bead. Crimp the bead by pressing it closed with crimping pliers.
Hold the beading wire by the open end, letting the beaded loop drop. Alternately thread 4mm bicone and 4mm oval beads onto the open end in any pattern that you like. Slide the beads all the way to the beaded loop. Make sure that the first few beads fit over the double strands of wire to the crimp bead.
Fill the wire strand with beads except for 3 inches at the end. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create another beaded loop at the end of the wire.
Alter the size, colours, type and style of the beads to dramatically change the lariat necklace design.
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- Alter the size, colours, type and style of the beads to dramatically change the lariat necklace design.