high on NEON BEANS NECKLACE diy

25 Aug

After seeing these beautiful statement necklaces on Bauble Bar (this & this) and Anthropologie (this), I really wanted to create one for myself. To recreate my version of these pieces, I did not bother hunting for the perfect bead at the craft store but instead used black-eyed beans since they are the sizes that I was looking for, they are super cheap and they can be transformed into any color you like! So if you want to make a fun statement necklace using beans in a few simple steps, then keep on reading!

Here’s what you will need:

  • This design template
  • Any kind of jewelry clasp
  • Tweezers or toothpick
  • Two link chains (10 inch & 6 inch)
  • Two small jump rings
  • X-acto knife and cutting board
  • E6000 or any clear strong glue
  • Leather hole puncher or a sharp needle
  • Spray paint or nail polish in the color you like
  • Black-eyed beans (I used 59 and it’s available at any grocery store)
  • Gold 5 mm pearl beads (I used 52 and  it’s by Jewelry Essentials available at Michael’s)
  • 8 x 6 inch clear sheet (2-3mm thick – I used the box that comes with Nair hair remover. The front plus one  of the sides is the perfect size)

Before we begin with the step-by-step, print out the design template. It is a 8 x 6 inch rectangle divided in 1-inch grids. Since you can’t string the beans, we will glue the beans and pearl beads on the clear sheet & cutout the extra sheet at the end.

Place your 8 x 6 inch clear sheet exactly on top of the template so you can see where to place each bean or bead. The necklace design on the template is of the same size as the actual necklace I created and has the same number of beads/beans I used. So, make sure to print it in its original size. If you place every bead and bean according to the template, you can skip to Step 9. For details, keep on reading the steps.

You can either spray paint your beans before you start gluing them to the clear sheet or paint them with nail polish when you finish making it. I spray painted the beans with 3 coats and put them to dry for 2-3 hours.

Step 1: Start with the large flower in the center. Using tweezers or a toothpick, add glue to a pearl bead and use your template to place it at the center of the large flower. The center falls at the intersection of 4 inches ( A to B) and 2.5 inches (B to C).

Step 2: Glue four beans around the pearl bead to create the first circle and make sure that the ‘black-eyed’ part of all the beans face the pearl bead.

Step 3: Create the second circle around the four beans making sure that the ‘black-eyed’ part of one bean does not face the ‘black-eyed’ part of another bean. Then create the third circle by adding pearl beads between the second circle beans.

Step 4/5: Following at the template underneath your clear sheet, complete the right side of the large flower in the center and then move to the left side. For each flower, always begin in the middle and add the outer circles.

Step 6/7/8: Once the left and right sides are complete, continue following the template to create the part below the main large flower in the center. After gluing the complete design according to the template, let it dry for 2-3 hours.

Step 9: Once dry, place the clear sheet with the beans and pearl beads on a cutting board and trim the extra sheet around the design. Get as close to the beans and pearl beads as possible so when you wear the necklace, you don’t see the sheet. At the left and right end of the necklace, leave out the dashed area shown in the template. This will used to attach the design to the chain. Using the hole puncher, create a hole on the dot marks in the dashed area at the left and right ends of the design.

Step 10: Attach a jump ring to each of the holes. Add the 10 inch chain to the jump ring on the left and 6 inch chain to the jump ring on the right. Attach a clasp at the other end of the 6 inch chain.

If you had opted for the nail polish option instead of spray paint, carefully apply 2-3 coats of a bright nail polish to the beans. You can add a coat of clear nail polish to both spray paint and nail polish version if you want them to be shiny.  Let it dry and then you have your own neon statement necklace made of black-eyed beans!

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40 Comments on “high on NEON BEANS NECKLACE diy”

  1. You You Xue June 30, 2013 at 4:37 AM #

    Wow,amazing idea! I was very surprised when I found out that it is made from beans. How nice! :)

    • Rinchen Dé July 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM #

      Thank you!

  2. Divya N November 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM #

    This is simply fantastic..I have glued rhinestones to clear plastic before to make jewelry but never thought of painted beans..;)

    • Rinchen Dé November 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

      Thanks Divya! Beans are a great option as they are very inexpensive and you can paint them with any color!

  3. Jordan October 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM #

    I love this DIY! It would also be cool to stitch the beads to a t-shirt dress.

    • Rinchen Dé November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM #

      Thanks Jordan! I agree, you could paint the beans in different colors and glue it to anything you like.

  4. Tanya October 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM #

    Just realised Ive read your blog before. No idea why I didnt follow the first time. Idiot me haha.
    xx Tanya

  5. Bromeliad September 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

    Wow. Talk about high/low. Beans to fashion.

    • Rinchen Dé September 13, 2012 at 1:12 AM #

      Thank you! beans as beads :)

  6. Erica September 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    This is fantastic!! I never would have guessed it was made from beans… seriously ahhhmazing!

    • Rinchen Dé September 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM #

      Thanks Erica, loved the DIYs on Caught On A Whim as well!

  7. FİGEN September 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

    omg! Amazing idea!

    • Rinchen Dé September 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM #

      Thanks, Figen : )

  8. Tanya September 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM #

    Cant believe its made from seeds! so cute!

    • Rinchen Dé September 9, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

      Thanks Tanya!

  9. Britny September 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

    Can you estimate about how much this diy cost you?

    • Rinchen Dé September 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM #

      Hey Britny, I bought most of the supplies like glue, jump rings, clasps in packets and used them for many other DIYs, so its hard to tell the cost per piece. For the clear sheet, you can use a packaging box from any item. I used the box that comes with Nair hair remover. You can find a small packet of black-eyed beans for 2-4 dollars at the grocery store. Hope this helps!

      • Paula September 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM #

        Any ideas for what to buy as clear plastic (how thick does it need to be) if we don’t have any old packaging on hand?

        • Rinchen Dé September 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM #

          Hey Paula – You can find clear sheets at stationery/art supply stores in a variety of thickness. There are clear sheets that are used for covering artwork or for making overhead transparencies and overlays.
          I suggest you use one that 2-3 mm thick so it holds the necklace design well when you hang it by the chain.
          Hope this helps!

          • Paula September 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM #

            Thanks I made the necklace and it looks great! I did have a problem with some of the beads/beans falling off while I was cutting the plastic though. Is this something that will likely happen while wearing it?

            • Rinchen Dé September 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM #

              What glue did yo use? As long as you used a very strong glue, you should not have that problem. The beans/beads in my necklace are staying in place : )

  10. Bethany September 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM #

    This is so flippin’ genius! Peas and clear plastic?! I’m in shock right now. LOL

    • Rinchen Dé September 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM #

      Thanks Bethany! A splash of paint and clear glue can transform anything :)

  11. Creative Side Of Me August 31, 2012 at 8:52 AM #

    Oh my goodness, it’s beautiful! I love your choice of colors you wear with it. Great job! Check some of mine out too at http://www.creativesideofme.com

    • Rinchen Dé September 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM #

      Thanks Olya! I love the DIYs on your blog, especially the nail ones : )

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