Nebi Ladder Necklace
Semi precious stones mixed with gold accents and leather cord. The Nebi necklace is perfect for your laid back summer look.
- jewelry pliers
- jewelry clippers
- round nose pliers
- natural leather cord
- gold spacer bars
- gold headpins
- mix of semi-precious stones
- mix of gold plated brass beads
In addition to the materials in the kit, you'll need a set of jewelry tools.
Take one gold headpin and with your chain nose pliers bend a 90 degree angle about 10mm below the flat head.
Now with your round nose pliers start to bend a circle. Pull the end all the way around, your chain nose pliers will help with this, until you have a fully formed loop right at the top of the angle you just bent. The loop you are making should have at least a 1.5mm opening. Our loop here is about 2mm.
Take your clippers and snip off any part of the wire that goes past the bend. You don't want to snip too much or you'll end up with a gap. What you want is a tight loop with no gaps.
Repeat loop on all 5 headpins.
Thread a headpin through the top hole of one spacer bar.
Holding the headpin against the bar, start threading on your beads. Our first row consists of 3 gold donut beads and 1 tigers eye bead. You can follow along with our guide or make up your own configuration. Just make sure to keep every bead configuration at about 3/4" long or you will run out of beads before you reach the final steps. Thread on the other spacer bar at the end.
Make sure all your beads are close together and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle in the SAME direction as the loop. This is important because you want your loops to be in the same direction when you are done.
Take your round nose pliers and form a loop with the same size opening as you did before.
Snip off any excess wire past the bend and make sure your loop is formed where there is no gap. The loops should be facing the same direction. If they are slightly off you can try turning them carefully with your chain nose pliers.
Thread another headpin through the next hole down on your spacer bar. Start adding more beads. We used 3 amazonite beads for this row. Thread the headpin through the other side of the spacer bar. Repeat the banding and looping as we just did above.
For the next bars we added these beads to make our necklace base. You might have one or two leftover beads depending on your configuration.
With one end of your leather cord thread it down through one side of the loops.
Tie a knot at the very end. We only needed one knot to keep it from sliding back through the holes but if your holes are slightly larger you might want to make 2 knots here.
Repeat on the other side to form your necklace. Before you tie this second knot you might want to slip it over your head and make sure it's a the length you want. You can always cut off a little leather to make it shorter. Just make sure it's long enough to fit over your head.
Wear it alone or mixed with your other carefree jewelry!