Bead Society of Cape Cod

New Location as of April, 2016! The Bead Society of Cape Cod meets the third Thursday of every month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Come for the social hour at 6:15pm, formal meetings begin at 7pm sharp. $6 per meeting for non-members, $40 purchases a year's membership. For more information, please contact us at or write us at P.O.Box 104, South Dennis MA, 02660.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Welcome back! Long and Sparkly Lariat

Hi folks,

Well welcome back! Hope everyone had a good holiday season! We have a great new project to start off the year.


Long and Sparkly Lariat

This is a pretty and easy necklace. If you have extra beads, it would be very easy to make matching earrings.

There is a small amount of crimping involved so there will be a crimping refresher at the beginning of the meeting. If you have never crimped before, this is a great learning project.

If you already have crimping supplies, you may be able to use them for the project (read carefully the sizes of the wire and crimp beads). If not, you will be able to purchase a kit of crimps and wire for a nominal fee and borrow a pair of crimp pliers.


Materials for the Long and Sparkly Lariat

(If you want your project to look like the picture, Color A and Color B are gunmetal and black, respectively)

2 tubes size 8 Hex beads - Color A
1 tube size 8 round beads - Color B
1 tube size 8 round beads - Color A
20 beads size 6 rounds OR triangles OR drops OR cubes (don't bring a mix of different types, just one type)
6 accent beads, sizes 4-6 mm. (Examples of accent beads might be crystals, pearls, etc.)
2 rondelles OR two additional accent beads with holes large enough to hide crimp beads.
Scotch tape or bead stoppers.
Crimp pliers.

At least 12 size 2x2 crimp beads
1 spool of size .012 19-strand or .014 21-strand Beadalon or Accu-flex or Softlfex wire
(If you don't have wire and crimp beads, kits will be sold at the meeting for a nominal fee and crimp pliers will be available for borrowing.)

Last but not least, this necklace is going to be very slim and subtle. You probably want to go for sparkly and shiny (especially with the hex beads) and especially if selecting neutral colors so it doesn't get visually lost when worn.