How to Make a Cross Necklace

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Quick 10 minute boho-chic cross necklace with an Ethiopian coptic cross

Time: 10 min
Skill Level: Easy

Get ready to make your very own cross necklace in this fun and easy tutorial! It doesn't take much time or money to make your own high-quality, custom cross necklace.

Things You'll Need

  • 1mm Black Waxed Cotton Thread
  • African Metal Heishi Beads
  • Jump Rings
  • Lobster Clasps
  • Metal Bicone Beads
  • Ruler
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure and cut the cotton cord

Measure the length of the African heishi strand, and add 10 inches to it. You will use this number later as the length of your cotton cord for restringing.

Step 2: Cut Heishi Strand

Cut the heishi strand right where it is knotted

Step 3: Transfer Heishi Beads

Transfer the heishi beads to the waxed cotton string. Do this by grabbing a set of beads measuring ½ an inch to one inch at a time without separating the beads apart

Continue until complete

Step 4: Measure and Cut

Measure 5 inches of excess wax cotton on both sides of the strand and cut

Step 5: Add a Cross Pendant

Insert your choice of a cross pendant (you may add any other beads at this time)

Step 6: Add Bicone Beads

On both ends of the necklace attach a small bicone bead

Step 7: Attach Clasp

Now, you will prepare your clasp. Attach a lobster clasp to a jump ring

Step 8: Knot the Clasp

Place your necklace face up on a table. Knot the clasped jump ring to the right side of your necklace. Then, knot a separate jump ring (without clasp) to the left side of the necklace.

Step 9: Hide Knot and Cut

Hide the knot inside the small bicone bead on each end of the necklace, then cut the extra cord.

Step 10: Enjoy!

Congratulations - you're all done. Enjoy your new cross necklace!

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