Nicole's Bead Shop Simply Chic Hamsa NecklaceBack to category
Nicole's Bead Shop Simply Chic Hamsa Necklace
Hamsa, or khamsa, has long been used as a theme in Middle Eastern jewelry to protect against the evil eye. Complement the pendant in this necklace by using increasingly darker shades of Teal and Green beads. Add a tassel made from coordinating embroidery floss to ensure you generate a positive vibe when you wear it!
- Time:1-1/2 hours
1Set aside one eyepin. Cut two pieces of jewelry wire that are each 14 inch long. Attach each piece of jewelry wire to the eye of the eyepin using a crimp bead. String nine inches of random teal colored glass beads onto each piece of jewelry wire. Use crimp beads to attach the ends of both strands onto the ring at the top of the Hamsa pendant. These crimps can be covered using 5 mm crimp covers to achieve a more finished appearance. The eyepin has two strands of beads attached to it. Slide the cone down onto the eyepin, so that the eye and the crimps are now hidden inside. Pull the cone firmly into place and bend the eyepin to a 90 degree angle where it exits the cone. Cut the excess eyepin so that 3/8 inch remains, and use your round nose pliers to make a loop. Cut a piece of jewelry wire that is 12 inch long. Use a crimp bead to attach one end to the loop you have just made at the top of the cone. String an alternating pattern of eleven mental roundels and ten facetted agate beads onto the wire. Use a crimp bead to attach the opposite end onto one side of the toggle clasp. You have just created the right side of the necklace.
2Repeat step 1 in its entirety to create the left side of the necklace. Attach the two sides of the necklace with a jump ring.
3To make a tassel, cut a 12 inch piece of floss from the skein. Then, slide the 12 mm split ring onto one end of the skein and move it to the center. Fold the skein in half around the split ring. Use the 12 inch piece of thread to wind around and around the tassel, just below the split ring. Knot it several times, and allow the ends to dangle downwards as part of the tassel. Finally, cut all the strings at the bottom of the tassel in a neat line. Use an oval jump ring to attach the tassel to the bottom of the Hamsa pendant. Decorate oval jump ring with a few random bead dangles.