How to Make a Kids Necklace - Beading - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.
Now I am going to show you how to make a basic necklace for kids. This is a tray and it actually has basic measurements on here so you can lay out your design on the tray and it not roll around;the beads will stay in place. So you can play around with it. So, I ended up picking beads, my favorite beads putting them in these cubbies, but I actually created my design on here.
So the next thing is, this is a great wire that I like to use. It is by Soft Flex. It is a nylon coated stainless steel wire and it is really flexible. I have done lots of tests before with other lower price brands like you would get at Michael's or a big chain store, but this is actually really good. I would go to a beading supply store that specializes in jewelry for this. It lasts longer and what I do mainly for kids is I cut off - I give myself two inches extra than the length of the necklace. A basic girl's necklace is 16 inches and I would cut a wire 20 inches, have two inches per side to play with and make the closure. And then I put a little tape at the end because sometimes the girls will bead it up and then they fall off if there is no stop at the end. So what I do is put a little tape, start stringing from one set to the next in order and you just basically start stringing. The color balance and eye-hand coordination for little girls like four years old and up this is a really, really good activity for them to do. I can bead it up kind of quickly but this will take a little longer for someone whose trying to find the hole and it is a great activity for moms and their kids. This is an example of a girl's necklace, but we can also do this on a hemp cord for boys and they can just throw it over their head.
Girls usually end up picking anything with shapes of butterflies, flowers, hearts and stars. They usually pick the pastel, they either go pastel or they go bright. The boys end up going a little more darker, some wood and primary colors. So I am stringing this up, and it does not have to be the same way, you can always change it up, as you laid it out. So some people make the mistake that once they have strung it up that they cannot change their design but you can always do it. Like right now I am looking at this teddy bear charm and I want to add it to my design. So I have some different pendants here and you can put the pendant directly in the middle at the zero, but you can also put it off to the side or add more than one pendant. So I am putting it in the middle because I want it in the middle of the word, the cupcake word. So we are half way through this necklace. Some mistakes that I have seen, or just working with moms and their kids is that the mothers try to control what their kids are doing. But really kids are kind of stubborn and they want to do what they want to do, and it should be a fun activity. So just relax and just enjoy the time you have with your kids, making a creation together.
I am almost done and this is what it looks like so far. We have the teddy bear in the middle that I added at the last minute and the word cupcake spelled in the middle. And then I am at the end right now so I am just putting on my last few beads. And the trick that I have learned at the end is to make sure you have a smaller bead at the end so it does not get in the way of the closure, that also has a smaller hole. Because I will show you when we do the crimping when there is a big hole it kind of makes it hard to attach the closure. I like to use closures on the ends of my necklaces. I think that they give it a finishing touch. It makes it a little more dressy, a little more special and it is something that your daughter made this, or mom can also make it and it can be handed down from generation to generation. It makes it a special little thing that someone made for you.
But you could also just use a basic elastic like this bracelet that we have here. This - string it up, tie it in a knot, put it over your head. That is also a very easy solution if you want it to be a simple chore - a simple task that you would do. This one takes a little more coordination. This is a little tube of crimpers that I use. And basically it fastens the closure on to the wire, and I took one out already and it is a really, really tiny little tube, a little service tube. Now you can use any base metal that you want, plated silver or antique gold, whatever, but you can also use sterling silver which is also a nice way of doing your jewelry line. So basically you put the crimp on there. You put the one side of the closure onto the wire, and your going to fold over the wire into the crimp, so it is attached like that. The next step is we need to close the cri...