How to make…A beaded keyring

Good Morning! A Happy Weekend to you all and I hope that you have had a good week!

I’m still busy trying to catch up and finish off all the projects that I have started recently. It’s been a tiring few weeks, Freddie has started crawling and pulling himself up on furniture, and really isn’t too far off starting to walk, but he is still pretty wobbly at the moment so needs so much attention all the time. This means I get very little spare time in the day and then by the time he is in bed I am shattered! But I’m going to make a concerted effort for the rest of this month to get my blogging consistency back up to what it was when I started! Wish we luck!

Todays project is slightly different from those I usually post, as it needs some specialist equipment, and I usually go for things that are easy and anyone can do with what they have. But I was making one anyway, so I thought I would share it with you as I think its pretty!

I got really into jewellery making before Freddie was born, so although I havent done anything recently I have a box full of materials to make use of and that were perfect for this keyring.

What you will need:

  • A selection of plastic beads
  • A length of thick chain – 2-3 inches in length
  • A keyring loop
  • Jewellery pins – flat headed
  • Jewellery makers pliersimage

How to make it:

  1. The first job is to make a selection of beads that compliment each other nicely. If you aren’t planning on making any other items of jewellery or charms, then the most cost efficient thing to do would be to buy a mixed bag – there are some great kits on ebay. The same goes for the pliers – I have a jewellery pliers set consisting of 4 tools which was just a fiver from ebay, and I have used it enough to have got good value for money from it!  You want to be aiming to have about 3 or 4 beads per chain loop so that it doesnt look gappy.
  2. Next you want to add each bead you have chosen to a metal jewellery pin and then cut the metal post to a length so that when you bend it it makes a loop without any excess metal (which looks a bit ugly)

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3) Now you need to add your beads to your chain. Use your pliers to ease open the chain links one at a time – if the chain links are thin enough then you want to ease them open sideways (as this way it is easier to close them back together again) – however my chain was too chunky to do this, so I had to pull them open away from each other – this still works, it just takes a little more effort to get them to close right up again (which is important so that the beads dont all fall off again as soon as you use it!).

4) Thread on 3/4 beads and close up the chain

5) Continue opening each chain one at a time, adding beads and closing the chain up again to the top of the chain

6) Attach the keyring loop to the last chain

7) Attach to your keys! Voila!

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So there we have it. A bit of a different idea from me today as it requires a little more specialist equipment than usual. But once you have the inexpensive equipment required it is very simple, and you can use the tools to make lots of other lovely things – jewellery, bag charms and other decorations. Hope you liked it!

 

Lucy ximage

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