From sparking bracelets to gently chiming earrings, the Ancient Egyptians were known for their stunning and decorative jewellery. Among this was one of the most distinctive of all necklaces commonly gracing the necks of the upper class or Pharaohs: the collar. Creating one of these magnificent pieces for your own neck is not difficult and adds the perfect touch to a simple outfit or Egyptian costume.
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Things you need
- 2-foot-long beading wire
- 2 crimp beads
- Wire cutters
- 1 strand Cleopatra stype beads -- long beads with a hole in one tip
- 4mm round beads
Place one crimp on one end of wire, about 1 inch from the end. Loop the end of the beading wire through one end of the clasp, and thread it back through the crimp, pushing the crimp as far up as possible to create a firm hold. Flatten the crimp with the pliers.
Thread on one Cleopatra bead, pushing it close to the crimp. Follow it with one round bead.
Continue alternating Cleopatra beads with the small round beads, until the wire has 6 inches left in it. You can also fill it until it only has 2 inches left at the end to create a larger necklace.
Thread a crimp bead onto the open end of the necklace. Thread the other half of the clasp on as well.
Manoeuvre the end of the wire back through the crimp bead. Pull it tightly so the beads are snug between each clasp. Flatten the crimp with the pliers, and cut off any excess wire with the cutters.
Tips and warnings
- Silver or gold beading wire can be used.
- For a more simple version of the project, and a perfect one for teaching kids about Egyptian jewellery, simply cut the beads out of colourful construction paper and string them together using a needle and thread.
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