Bead Necklaces - Three Ways

I bought some geometric wooden beads off Etsy ages ago and I've finally gotten around to making something with them! I really love modern and fun jewellery and these necklaces are so easy peasy to make.

What you need

Wooden beads - I bought mine here
Acrylic paint
Clear varnish (nail varnish will do)
Paint brushes
Small bowl
PVA glue

Marbled Beads

To make the marbled beads fill a bowl with water and carefully drop small amounts of acrylic paint onto the surface, use as many colours as you like but I suggest three. Stir all the colours gently together with a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush to achieve a marbled effect. Thread  each of the beads individually and dip them slowly into the water and lift back out. Hang them up until they are dry. Thread your beads using thread, silk or waxed twine.

Colour Block Beads

Paint each bead a different colour of your choice, as its nearly Summer I went for very bright colours. To archive a gem stone effect choice two similar paint colours and mask off the alternate sides of your beads. Paint the exposed sides with one colour and wait to dry. Mask off the other sides now and paint with the different colour. Thread the finished beads using thread, silk or waxed twine.

Glitter Beads

This gets messy! Mix equal parts glitter and PVA in a disposable cup or bowl and paint each side of your bead, you may need a few coats for a perfectly glitter covered bead. Thread your beads using thread, silk or waxed twine, this time I think that less in more with regards to the number of beads you have on your neckalce - one will do the trick!

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