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How to Make African Waist Beads

How to Make African Waist Beads

Get your waist beads on with this awesome DIY tutorial on traditional African beads.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time to Completion: 30 minutes

Step 1

Cut 50 inches of the tiger tail and tape its end to your working table.

Step 2

Lay out the pattern that you'd like your beads to be strung. Be creative!

Step 3

Bead this pattern all the way through to your desired length

Step 4

First start by adding your crimp

Then add your lobster clasp

Step 5

Form a loop by stringing the wire through the same crimp.

This will secure the lobster clasp in its place

Step 6

Use the crimp pliers and crush the crimp bead using the slot closest to the handle

You should have a pressed crimp bead that looks like a book

Step 7

Fold the Crimp bead by putting it inside of the first slot of the crimp pliers to secure it

Step 8

Create a link from the jump rings by opening them with pliers and joining them together.

Step 9

Cut 1 ½ inches of 24 gauge silver wire

Step 10

Fold the wire around the tip of the round nose pliers molding it to create a key shape

Step 11

Overlap one end of the wire over the other two times, using your finger

Step 12

Cut tip of wire

Step 13

Bead your end pattern

Step 14

Follow steps 10, 11, and 12 to secure your bead charm

Step 15

Press on the end of the wire to keep it from sticking out

Step 16

Finally attach your end charm to the last jump ring and secure

Step 17

Enjoy your new waist beads :)


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