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Making Your Own Halloween Beaded Jewelry

Dressing up in full costume on Halloween is lots of fun.  But don’t forget that the perfect costume isn’t complete without the right accessories!  Why not make some beaded jewelry to finish the look?

Beaded Halloween Jewelry for Beginners

There are plenty of simple beaded jewelry pieces that do not require a great deal of skill.  You can whip these up in no time, and they can add lots of punch to your costume (or even an everyday outfit).  You don’t even have to go by a pattern if you don’t want to.  Here’s what you’ll need to make a simple beaded bracelet:

* Elastic thread
* Medium sized beads
* Scissors

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Cut a piece of elastic about 10 inches long.  Tie a knot in one end large enough to prevent the beads from falling off.  Then add beads as you like, either randomly or in a pattern that you like.  Once you’ve added enough beads to make the bracelet the right size for your wrist, tie the ends together and cut off the excess string.

You can find lots of Halloween themed beads at your local craft store or online.  Bat, ghost, and skull beads are great for making fun Halloween bracelets.  You can also use this technique to make beaded necklaces.  Just decide how long you want your necklace to be, and use a piece of elastic that is 2 to 4 inches longer than that.

More Advanced Techniques

You can also make some nice Halloween pieces by doing bead weaving.  This is often done on a loom, but it can be done by hand as well.  It can produce a flat, fabric-like piece, or a three-dimensional piece.  Bead weaving requires certain stitches and knots, but it’s not that difficult to learn.

Bead weaving is a general term that encompasses a number of beading techniques.  Some more specific types of bead weaving include beadpoint, bead embroidery, bead crochet, and needleweaving.  All of these can be used to create great Halloween jewelry.  Bead weaving is great for making spider earrings and pendants.

Another beading technique is wire wrapping.  This involves placing beads on jewelry wire and bending the wire into decorative shapes.  Certain tools are required, including a flush cutter, round nose pliers, and bent nose pliers.  There are also other tools that are used to do certain techniques and to make wire wrapping easier.

halloween-bracelet.jpgWire wrapping is great for making bracelets, earrings and pendants.  You can use all sorts of fun Halloween beads to make a bold and unique piece.  Why not make a matching set?

Beaded jewelry can add some splash to any Halloween costume.  It’s also great for wearing anywhere you want to show your Halloween spirit but can’t wear a costume.  You don’t have to be an expert to create nice pieces.  All you need is some elastic thread, beads and your imagination to get started.

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October 12, 2008 This post was written by Categories: Beading & JewelryProject Ideas & Articles 13 comments

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