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Wire and Kazuri bead necklace

Sculpt wire shapes and embellish with beads and crystals
Wire and Kazuri bead necklace

My design process for this piece was a mix of inspiration from playing with beads, wire, and shapes. I’m totally inspired by the exuberant joy of Kazuri beads — the story of the good they do in the world warms my heart. These beads are handmade (no molds!) and hand-painted in Nairobi, Kenya, by 140 local women. This necklace celebrates these beads as wearable art.

Download the free project PDF above, or view the gallery below for step-by-step instructions.

What you’ll need

Necklace 34 in. (86 cm)

  • 9 22–24 mm Kazuri beads
  • 18 8 mm round crystals
  • 18 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 24–26 ft. (7.3–7.9 m) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • 1–1 1⁄4-in. (2.5–3.2 cm) bottle cap

Kazuri beads from Beadniks,; also available from Antelope Beads, 303.447.0725,

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