When it comes to summer jewelry, I love a long boho-style necklace. They are perfect for layering with other pieces and so easy to throw on to complete an outfit. This tutorial combines basic wire wrapping with simple bead stringing for a quick and easy project. I used some of my favorite spacer beads, aren’t these cornerless cubes so cute? I love the little bit of sparkle they provide and they provide a great contrast to the irregular stone beads.
1mm Cornerless Cubes
5-6mm Stone Beads
6pc – 5mm Bone Beads
4pc – 8mm Carved Bone Beads
2pc – Bone Skull Beads
1pc – Toggle Clasp
2pc – Crimp Beads
24ga Craft Wire
8/0 Seed Beads (optional)
Wire Wrapped Arrowhead – Steps:
1) Cut two 6 inch pieces of 24 gauge craft wire. (Image 1)
2) Fold a piece of wire in half around the arrowhead. Twist ends together once to secure. Repeat in the opposite direction with the second piece of wire. (Images 2-5)
3) Fold up a piece of wire from the front right and the back left of the arrowhead. Twist the wires together and position them straight up in the middle of the arrowhead. (Images 6-8)
4) Bend up one of the two remaining tails of wire and twist it around the first set of wires. Trim the excess wire. (Images 9-11)
5) Repeat step 4 with the last remaining piece of wire. Trim excess and tuck ends under with a pair of pliers. (Images 12-14)
6) Make a bail with the remaining wire using a pair of round nose plier. The loop should be about 6 inches in diameter. (Images 15-16)
Stringing the Necklace – Steps:
1) Cut about 40 inches of beading wire from the spool. Secure the clasp to the end of the necklace with a crimp bead.
2) String on about 8 inches of beads, alternating a cornerless cube bead between each stone bead. Substitute the stone/cube beads in this section of the pattern for size 8/0 seed beads for lighter weight necklace.
3) Next, string on one 5mm bone bead, a cornerless cube bead, 8mm carved bone bead, cornerless cube, 5mm bone bead. Followed by 7 stone beads (with alternating cornerless cubes.)
5) Add a bone skull and 5 more stone beads, with alternating cornerless cubes. Then add a carved bone bead, 2 stone beads, a 5mm bone beads, 2 stone beads, again alternating with cornerless cubes. Finish the pattern by stringing on three cornerless cubes and the arrowhead pendant before duplicating the pattern on the other side of the necklace.
6) Secure the other end of the clasp to the beading wire and trim excess wire with cutters.
Oasis Arrowhead Necklace – Supply List HERE
Sahara Arrowhead Necklace – Supply List HERE
Instead of using all stone beads, trying ending your necklace with a couple of inches of size 8/0 seed beads. This will make your jewelry a little more budget friendly since seed beads are much cheaper than the stone and it will be lighter around your neck! I like to do this, especially with more expensive beads because it can stretch those supplies a little longer.
I absolutely love these little agate beads and how irregular they are. I think they look amazing when paired with the cornerless cube beads. The combination of the rustic beads with the sparkling metal looks fabulous together and I have been using those little cube beads with all of my designs lately. I’m also on a necklace kick and I have made a couple of similar long necklaces like this one. All you have to do is throw some pretty beads on a string with a fabulous pendant and you are pretty much done!
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Also, RIGHT NOW, all of the bead you see in the post are on sale 20-30% off (excluding seed beads) until Monday the 22nd!