If you are crafty and enjoy spending time creating crafts, you might like this DIY turquoise and aqua glass and stone necklace project. You can create a handmade glass bead and stone necklace but just $6.00 with this Oriental Trading Co. necklace kit. They sell these kits in packs of two for around $12.00 for each kit. Make the necklace for yourself or as a gift and it makes a nice craft class project as well. It took me about an hour to create the whole necklace from start to finish. Make sure you follow the directions precisely and check them off as you do each step so you don’t lose your place.
Disclosure: We created this project from complimentary supplies received from Oriental Trading Co. No other type of compensation was received and our experience is our own and not that of Oriental Trading Co.
You get everything you see below in each kit (item #13678594). Tiny glass seed beads, stone beads, crystal bicone beads, crystal round beads, jump rings, crimp tubes, wire, necklace chain extender, and lobster clasp.
They give you extra seed beads and jump rings and crimp tubes but do not give you extra stone beads or crystal beads so you need to make sure you don’t lose or crack them.
You will need several tools to complete your necklace – needle-nose pliers and a pair of reading glasses at minimum. If you can see those tiny beads then maybe you won’t need the glasses or magnifier but I definitely needed glasses to make mine. I suggest two pairs of needle-nose pliers, one to hold the jump ring and one to pry is open and then closed again. Another tool you may like to get is a jump ring tool. This tool makes it easy to open jumps rings and is helpful in other jewelry making projects. If you have it or want to buy it, a crimping tool helps to crimp the tube closed. I used the pliers for this step.
I highly suggest the lighted tabletop magnifier because you can move the arm out of the way when you aren’t using it and it has a light to help you see even better.
The instructions for making the necklace are easy to follow. You start by putting a jump ring on a crimp tube and then put the two pieces of wire into the crimp tube and use the pliers to close it. Next you will start to string the tiny glass seed beads onto one of the wires (80 of them) and repeat the process with the other wire. From there you need to follow the printed instructions and check off each step as you go so you don’t lose your place.
When you are finished with the glass necklace project you will end up with a beautiful necklace. Wear it out and everyone will want to know where you bought it. Hey, you could even start your own jewelry making business just by buying these Oriental Trading necklace kits. They could easily be sold for $25 each or more and they only cost you around $6.00 each to make.
Oriental Trading Company also sells other glass and stone necklace kits for the same price. Each kits comes with enough supplies to make two necklaces, each packed separately so they are perfect to give out in a classroom setting. The other jewelry kits available are round purple (item #13678593), oval purple (item #13678596), heart (item #13678597), and green butterfly (item #13678598).