Beaded Antique Key Necklace

Beaded Antique Key Necklace

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You can make a beaded antique key necklace with an old skeleton key. Keys have a rustic, vintage appeal that looks great when mixed with sparkly beads. This LoveToKnow Crafts slideshow will show you how to create your own beautiful necklace.

To get started, select a small antique key, and wire wrap it using sterling silver wire.

Beading Tools

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The right beading tools make your project go more smoothly. To create your necklace, you'll need pliers, end cutters, beading cord, and wire.

Select Materials

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Select the beads you'll need for your necklace. It's fun to set off the rustic antique key with a selection of sparkly or finished beads. This key necklace uses oval-shaped iron pyrite beads, lapis lazuli chip beads and round beads, round ice flake quartz beads, and peridot chips.

Create the Pendant

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Choose a few beads to set off your key and string them on your wire. Create a wire-wrapped loop to attach your key to the necklace.

Arrange the Beads

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Use a beading board to lay out your necklace. Beading boards make it easy to rearrange your beads for the most pleasing design. Arrange your beads to create a necklace that is the length you prefer. Many people like necklaces that are about 16 to 18 inches.

Enjoy Your Necklace!

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String the beads in the order you've chosen, and attach a clasp. Your beaded antique key necklace is now ready to wear!

For more jewelry making project ideas, please review the slideshow Making Bead Bracelet Patterns.

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