How to Make a Bow Necklace

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Making your own jewellery is a great way to ensure that you have a unique item that nobody else will be wearing. It also means you can make more quirky and individual pieces than you might otherwise find in the shops. This bow necklace by Carolyn Schulz is a great wearable item that can be made up in a variety of different colours and bead types – let your imagination run wild!

Made with thanks by Caroline Schulz.

How to Make a Bow Necklace

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time to allow: Three to Four Hours

You Will Need

How to Make

To make the bow…

  1. Take a 50 cm strand of beading wire, making a fold 3 cm at one end. Pass both ends of the wire through a crimp bead. Use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp bead about 2 mm from fold, creating a small loop.
  2. Thread the following beads for one bow tail (ensure that beads pass over both long and short tail of beading wire):
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Followed by five repetitions of . . .
    Two 6 mm faceted black beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
  3. Pass through a 6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead – this will be the centre bead of the bow.
  4. Thread the following beads for first loop of the bow:
    3mm round silver metal bead
    Followed by five repetitions of . . .
    2 x 6 mm faceted black beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
  5. Pass back through the centre 6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead to form first loop and repeat step 4 for second loop of bow.
  6. Pass back through the centre 6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead and thread the following beads for final tail of bow:
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Followed by four repetitions of . . .
    Two 6 mm faceted black beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
  7. Pull beading wire tight to form the bow with uneven tails. Thread on a crimp bead. Pass beading wire back through the crimp bead and on through a few of the beads of the tail, leaving a large loop.
  8. To ensure the beads of the bow are tight against each other without any beading wire showing, identify which side of the large loop (step 7) is the tail with a cut end. Use chain nose pliers to grab the wire at the other side of the loop and pull it to tighten the bow. With the very tip of the pliers, hold the wire, next to the crimp bead while pulling the cut end of wire until there is a small 2 mm loop. Trim excess. Flatten the crimp bead.

To make the necklace …

  1. Take a 50 cm strand of beading wire, making a fold 3 cm at one end. Place the fold around the beading wire of one bow loop between the second 3 mm silver metal bead and third 6 mm black faceted bead on the top of the bow loop.
  2. Pass both ends of the wire through a crimp bead. Use chain nose pliers to flatten crimp bead as close to the bow as possible
  3. Thread on the following beads (ensure that beads pass over both long and short tail of beading wire):
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Follow with two repetitions of . . .
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead
    6×8 mm AB faceted crystal rondelle bead
    6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Finish with . . .
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    Two 6 mm black faceted beads
    3 mm round silver metal bead
    6×8 mm silver metal spacer bicone bead
    3 mm round silver metal bead
  4. Thread on a crimp bead and the lobster clasp. Pass beading wire back through the crimp bead and on through a few beads, leaving a large loop.
  5. To ensure the beads are tight against each other without any beading wire showing, identify which side of the large loop (step 4) of beading wire is the tail with a cut end. With the chain nose pliers, grab the wire at the other side of the loop and pull it to tighten the bead strand. With the very tip of the pliers, hold the wire, next to the crimp bead while pulling the cut end of wire tail until the strand of beads is tight and no wire is showing.
  6. Cut the excess wire then flatten the crimp bead.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 with the other side of necklace, replacing the lobster clasp with a large jump ring.

To make the dangles . . .

  1. Thread a 3 mm round silver metal bead, a 6 mm black faceted bead and a 3 mm round silver metal bead onto a headpin.
  2. With chain nose pliers, bend the headpin above the bead at a right angle.
  3. With wire cutters, cut the bent headpin to 1 cm creating a small arm.
  4. With round nose pliers, roll the arm of headpin into a loop.
  5. Attach this bead unit by twisting the wire loop above the bead unit, sideways, with chain nose pliers. Hook the wire loop to end of one bow tail and twist wire loop above the bead unit, closed. Repeat on other bow tail.

how to make a bow necklace

 

For a different look, change the beads you use – the black and silver can be substituted for crystal and blue beads as below.

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This necklace can also be made for children, by shortening the length of wire used on the necklace part, and including more fun and colourful beads such as pink flowers.

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