Bead Buddies

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Bead Buddies
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Your child will love having these colorful creations hanging around. And with countless design possibilities, she can easily craft an entire collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

What you'll need

  • Beads
  • Charms
  • Gauge wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Necklace chain

How to make it

  1. Bead Buddies - Step 1

    To make one, first fold a 10-inch piece of 24-gauge wire in half, twisting a loop in the middle for a hanger. Thread beads and charms onto both sections at the same time for a head and body, then separate the sections and add more beads and charms to each one to create the legs. Trim the ends, if needed, then curl them with jewelry pliers to keep the beads in place. For arms, twist a 4-inch piece of wire around the body, just below the head. Thread on beads, then trim and curl the wire ends. Finally, string the bead buddy onto a chain for a necklace.

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