Welcome to the beaded right angle weave pearl necklace pattern instructions! If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page, and I'll do my best to help!
Before you begin ...
Materials: 2 meters of fishing line, 240 pearls (plastic, glass, fresh water, or genuine): 120 pearls of each colour of choice (dark and light)
Time required: 1-2 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Very easy
Diagram of Pearl Necklace Pattern: Welcome to the beaded right angle weave pearl necklace instructions!! This is the first ever pattern done with the use of a beading diagram (drawn in adobe illustrator). Let me know if it's easy to understand!
Instructions for diagram: The structure of the diagram is as follows: The bead circles are labelled by letter, A to H. Notice that the bead circles are arranged in a snake-like pattern. That means that this is the order in which we will be adding the beads to make the necklace. Each bead in the pattern diagram is numbered in the order in which they are to be added to the necklace. The starting point of the pattern is the bead labelled bead 1. The black and red arrows that are drawn emerging from bead 1 are the two ends of the same 2-meter piece of fishing line, but shall be referred to in this explanation of the diagram, as "the red string" and "the black string". However, note that they are the two ends of the same string, and are distinguished by colour for clarity.
Bead circle A: Thread the 2-meter piece of fishing line through bead 1. Make sure after stringing bead 1 that the bead is centered on the segment of fishing line, such that both ends are equal in length. String beads 2, 3 and 4 on the fishing line ("the black string"). Thread the other end of the fishing line ("the red string") through bead 4 in the opposite direction. You have completed bead circle A, and your 4 beads should now form a visible circle when you pull the fishing line ends tight.
Bead circle B: Thread beads 5, 6 and 7 onto the black string. Thread the red string in the opposite direction through bead 7.
Bead circle C: Thread beads 8, 9, and 10 onto the red string. Thread the black string in the opposite direction through bead 10.
Bead circle D: Thread the red string through bead 3 of the pattern (which already exists in the pattern). Then add new beads 11 and 12 onto the red string. Thread the black string through bead 12 in the opposite direction.
Bead circle E: Thread beads 13, 14 and 15 onto the black string. Thread the red string in the opposite direction through bead 15.
Bead circle F: Thread the black string through bead 9 of the pattern (which already exists in the pattern). Then add new beads 16 and 17 onto the black string. Thread the red string through bead 17 in the opposite direction.
Bead circle G: Thread beads 18, 19, and 20 onto the red string. Thread the black string in the opposite direction through bead 20.
Bead circle H: Thread the red string through bead 14 of the pattern (which already exists in the pattern). Then add new beads 21 and 22 onto the red string. Thread the black string through bead 22 in the opposite direction.
The remainder of the pearl necklace: Keep following the same repeating pattern (notice that bead 22 is in the same position as bead 1 in the pattern). Keep track of the colours and when to add which colour of bead. Just keep following the snake movement! You can easily widen the pattern by adding more rows of beads in the same manner.
The clasp: The clasp is quite easy to make, and requires no trips to the store to buy pre-made clasps! As long as you have seed beads and a button lying around, you'll do just fine. Attach the button to one side of the necklace, and tie a string of seed beads to the other end of the pearl necklace. Fasten them both tightly with fishing line. Your exact method of attachment doesn't matter (as long as it works!). I tied them using fishing line and going through some of the pearls on the end to make sure they were well secured to the necklace. Make sure you add enough seed beads so that the button can just go through the hole. You're done! If your button is nice enough, you can even wear it on the front as well. If not, leave it on the back of the neck. Enjoy!
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