Long necklaces are a fantastic accessory. They can be layered with matching pieces for an instant outfit update. That also makes the the perfect statement piece which is definitely what this DIY eclectic glass bead necklace with owl pendant is!
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I am a huge proponent of embracing your weird. That’s why I love choosing clothes and accessories that have a touch of flair to them. From my floral TARDIS sleeveless top to my favorite peacock bracelet, my style is definitely a little quirky but in a subtle way. (For example, I have a Hello Kitty dress where she is literally the design in the lace but it isn’t instantly noticeable.)
If this sounds like your style, or you’re brave enough to step outside of your comfort zone, you definitely need to make this awesome necklace. Wear it with a plain colored tee-shirt and a funky skirt for the perfect casual weekend outfit.
First choose 14 pairs of beads that roughly match. The pairs don’t have to be exact matches. Keep the colors and sizes similar and that’s enough.
Next, thread the long eye pin through the hole in your large owl bead.
- The bead in these pictures is pink but I hated the look of it when the necklace was finished. I took it off and replaced it with the yellow one you see in the final photos.
Then, use the round nose pliers to twist the end on the long eye pin into a double loop.
Now, cut a length of cording that is roughly 24 inches long.
Thread your owl bead onto the cording and slide it to the center.
Add a knot on either side of your owl so that you have a 1 inch gap between the knots.
Then begin threading on your beads, one pair at a time. Alternate between colors and sizes for visual interest in your necklace.
After you finish threading your beads, tie a knot taught the end of the last bead on each side of your necklace.
Next, measure another 4-6 inches from the last bead on one side of your necklace (depending on how low you want your necklace to hang) and tie your jump ring to the necklace.
Repeat step 9 on the opposite side of your necklace with the lobster clasp.
Lastly, trim the excess cording from your necklace by the jump ring and the lobster clasp.
As I said above, I originally made this necklace with pink and I hated it mixed with the yellow beads. Since I couldn’t remove those, the pendant had to get switched. I definitely want to make another one of these DIY eclectic glass bead necklace with owl pendant in pinks and blues so that I can use the awesome hot pink owl you see above. Feel free to customize it to your own favorite colors. Simply make sure your glass beads coordinate with the pendant and you’re good to go.
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