Thursday, July 25, 2013

Slide-a-Bead Necklace

Slide a Bead Necklace
 A few weeks ago I mentioned that I am now a Prima Bead Blog Team Member. A couple weeks ago I received my welcome package. Holy cow! They sent me a ton of supplies! I kind of just sat there thinking "where do I begin, there's too much" That didn't last long though and before I knew it, I had four different jewelry pieces made and I'm excited to share each of them with you over the next few weeks.

The first thing that caught my attention was the Slide-A-Bead Chain. It's from Prima's new Stainless Steel Elegance Collection. It's non-tarnish and hypoallergenic.

I'm all for easy projects and what could be easier than making your own necklace by just sliding on the beads.

Want to make your own?

Here's what you need:

Slide-a-Bead Chain
Pink Acrylic/Gemstone Strand
6mm Crystazzi Beads
Head Pins
Eye Pins
2 Silver Button Beads

Slide a Bead Necklace
 To begin, simply take off the jump ring at the end of the necklace. I find this is easiest to do with two sets of jewelry pliers. Grab hold of the jump ring with each pair of pliers and pull in opposite directions to open the ring.
Slide a Bead Necklace

Now it's just a matter of sliding on the beads. After fiddling around a bit, I decided the necklace needed some depth. So I made some charms. To make a charm, basically all you need to know is how to form a loop with your eye pin or head pin. {By the way, all the beads on this top part of the charm come from the Pink Acrylic/Gemstone Strand}

 Begin by sliding your beads onto the eye pin.

Cut the eye pin about 1/4 inch past the beads.

With your pliers bend over your eye pin. 

Using your round nose pliers and starting at the end of the pin, roll the it to form a loop.

I used the same technique to make a loop with a head pin and crystal bead. This time however, I attached it to the bottom of my charm before closing the loop all the way.

Now it's just a matter of sliding all of your beads onto your necklace, attaching the jump ring back onto the necklace and you're done!

Slide a Bead Necklace

What do you think?

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I am a Prima Bead Blog Team Member. I am also an affiliate of Prima Bead. I receive product from Prima Bead. In return, I create jewelry pieces from that product, and share about them through my blog and other social media outlets. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


  1. I've always been a little intimidated by jewelry making, but this does look simple.... and so pretty!

  2. Beautiful project Rachel - I can't wait to see what else you create!

    :) Molly

  3. Lovely bright piece and I really like how you've softened the look with the paler pink against the bright pink. Great tutorial too!

    Kerrie :-)

  4. I just love the matte finish and the simplicity!! BEAUTIFUL!! ~KM

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day. I love the fuschia beads in this necklace. It's so pretty. I do hope you'll join in again. I can't wait to see what you have to share next week. :)

    Karla @

  7. Hello! I bought a Cousin Platinum Elegance slide-a-bead chain but it doesn't look like the one you've used here, could you offer some advice on how I can use this chain? thank you!

    1. Without knowing exactly what the chain is like, it's hard to help. Usually, I play around with different beads and techniques until I find something that works.

    2. Thank you for your reply. I should have been more specific; the ends of this chain don't appear to be removable at all, here is a link to the item: I wonder if this is a mistake on the part of the manufacturer?

    3. That may be - it seems to defeat the purpose of "Slide a bead" if you can't get the beads on the necklace. Maybe you could use large hole beads, or a single pendant.