I’ve been interested in wooden beads lately, specially ones with unique shapes – like these wooden coin beads I recently played with. They look fine on their own, but I wanted to up their look with some liquid leaf – did you know playing with liquid leaf is so fun? It is – it’s very much like spray paint finish-wise, but without the odor. Easier to control as well! See how easy it is to make this statement necklace DIY with just these supplies and a few other ones!
Coin bead necklace DIY Supplies:
- Darice Wooden Coin Beads
- Gold Liquid Gilding
- Tape (optional)
- Paint Brush
- Darice 24 Gauge Jewelry Wire
- Darice Round-Nose Pliers & Darice Flat-Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Darice Jewelry Chain
- Darice Lobster Clasp & Jump Rings
Step 1. Cut a length of jewelry wire, and with your round-nose pliers, make a loop on one end. Wrap the excess wire around the base of the loop two times and cut the excess wire off.
Step 3. Seal the other end by making another loop and wrapping the wire around the base of the loop two times again before cutting off the excess. Make sure that the beads are snug in the wire to prevent excess movement. Bend your piece into a sort of ‘smiley’ shape.
Step 4. Paint your wooden beads with liquid leaf – I used ‘Brass’ color. The pattern will depend on you – you might want arrowheads, plain half circles or staggering designs. I chose to have half circles every other bead in a moving pattern for an interesting necklace DIY. You can choose to freehand your design or use painter’s tape as a guide. Also, make sure your surface is adequately covered as spilling liquid leaf is messy (trust me, I’ve had that accident happen before).
Step 5. Cut off a piece of chain as long as you want your necklace DIY to be – I settled for a short one, about 18″. Attach one end to one loop and the other end to the other loop using jump rings, or even just the chain link.
I hope you guys enjoyed this necklace DIY tutorial! Don’t forget to visit my blog for more ideas like this and other inspirational projects. Happy crafting!
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.