Instructions to Make Bead Amulets

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Instructions to Make Bead Amulets
Glass beads (beads image by Alison Bowden from

Amulets are talismans or charms believed to protect the wearer from evil. Amulets are typically worn around the neck as a jewellery pendant or held in a small bag that's also worn around the neck. You can make your own bead amulet pendant by stitching beads onto fabric. Make bead amulets in the shape of animals or objects that have a particular meaning to you.

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Things you need

  • Leather
  • Template
  • Washable marker
  • Sharp shears
  • Beading needle
  • Waxed beading thread
  • Jump ring
  • Bugle beads
  • Size 8 seed beads
  • Jeweller's glue

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  1. 1

    Place the desired template onto a piece of leather fabric. The template can be a cross, star, turtle, cat or anything that has meaning in your life. Trace the outline of the template onto the back side of the leather with a washable marker. Cut the outline of the design from the leather with sharp household shears. Repeat this step once more.

  2. 2

    Thread a beading needle with waxed beading thread. It's important to use waxed beading thread to help prevent kinks and twists in the thread while you stitch the beads in place. Double the thread and knot it at the end.

  3. 3

    Stitch a jump ring in place at the top of the amulet shape. Place one section of the metal jump ring against the backside of the amulet shape. A large part of the jump ring should extend beyond the top of the amulet so you can later thread a necklace through it.

  4. 4

    Insert the threaded beading needle through the leather from back to front. Pull the thread until the knot stops it. Reinsert the needle through the leather from front to back and wrap it around the section of jump ring at the top of the amulet. Make several stitches around the jump ring to hold it in place. You can cover the stitches on the front of the amulet with beads. End the stitch with the needle exiting the front of the leather amulet design.

  5. 5

    Pick up a bugle bead with the needle. Bugle beads are cylindrical shaped glass beads in a variety of lengths. Hold the bead against the stitches on the leather and reinsert the needle back down through the leather. Pull the thread taut. Insert the needle back through the leather so that it's coming out of the front side beside the bead. Pick up another bugle bead. Situate the bead so that it rests immediately beside the first bead. Reinsert the needle back down through the leather.

  6. 6

    Cover the leather amulet with bugle beads, placing them about 1/16-inch from the perimeter of the amulet design. Knot the thread on the back of the amulet when you are finished.

  7. 7

    Stitch size 8 seed beads around the perimeter of the amulet. Size 8 seed beads are round and will create a border for the bead amulet. Knot the thread on the back of the amulet design after the last stitch.

  8. 8

    Cover the back of the amulet with a thin layer of jeweller's glue. Press the back of the second cutout from Step 1 over the stitching on back of the amulet. Make sure that the edges of the designs line up. Allow the glue to dry and hang the bead amulet on a necklace.

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