Jewelry Project – Beaded Cross Necklace

As a busy parent, there are a lot of reasons to love kits. You don’t have to rack your brain trying to come up with a new arts and crafts project, you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the appropriate supplies, and they’re usually fast and economical!

And sometimes, with just a little alteration, one kit project can morph into several new projects! Take the Beaded Cross Kit, by Darice. Its original intention is to create 8 holiday ornaments—most likely to be hung on a Christmas tree. But with just a little imagination, that same cross can become a dangly for a car’s rearview mirror, a pendant for a child’s necklace, and an accent for a gift tag.

 

Beaded Cross Necklace

Beaded Cross Necklace

Supplies:

 

1- Beaded Cross Kit

1- 2 MM necklace kit

Tools: Needle Nose Pliers, Ruler, Wire Cutters

Instructions for pendant will differ slightly from the instructions on the package. That’s because we’ll be making a smaller cross.

  1. Cut a 4.5″ piece of wire.
  2. Use the needle nose pliers to form a small loop on one end of the wire. (There’s a tutorial on how to make a great loop here.)

    Create A Loop

    Create A Loop

  3. Bead the wire in the following sequence: 6mm gold (g), 8 mm pearl (p), 12 mm star, 8 mm p, 5 mm g, 4 mm p, 4 mm p, 4 mm g, 4 mm p, 4 mm g, 6 mm p, 6 mm g, 12 mm star, 8 mm p, 6 mm g.

    Place beads in sequence

    Place beads in sequence

  4. Use the needle nose pliers to form a small loop on the end, and cut off any excess wire with the wire cutter.
  5. Cut a 4.5″ piece of wire.
  6. Use the needle nose pliers to form a small loop on one end of the wire.
  7. Bead the first half of the wire in the following sequence: 6 mm g, 8 mm p, 12 mm star, 8 mm p, 6 mm g, 4 mm p.

    Bead Half Wire Only

    Bead Half Wire Only

  8. Wrap the wire around the first beaded wire, at the intersection where the two 4mm pearls meet.

    Wrap Wire In Middle

    Wrap Wire In Middle

  9. Bead the second half of the wire in the following sequence: 4 mm p, 6 mm g, 8 mm p, 12 mm star, 8 mm p, 6 mm g.
  10. Use the needle nose pliers to form a small loop on the end, and cut off any excess wire with the wire cutter.
  11. Cut a .5″ piece of wire.
  12. String wire through the loop at the top of the beaded cross, then bend to form a loop.

    Create A Hook

    Create A Hook

  13. String the black cord through the loop.

    Place Pendant On Necklace

    Place Pendant On Necklace

Your new beaded cross necklace is ready to be worn, just in time for Easter!

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