The combination of colors you choose for your necklace determines whether you can use a hank of seed beads (blue necklace), or whether you create your own mixture (purple/silver version).
If you use a hank of beads, do a string-to-string transfer to shift groups of beads from the hank to your beading thread. To transfer the beads, clip one strand near the knot end of the hank. While holding the hank strand, pass a threaded needle through the beads and gently slide them from the hank strand over the needle (PHOTO A) onto the beading thread.
Otherwise, create a random mixture of seed beads and string them onto the beading thread one at a time.
1. Cut four 2-yd. (1.8m) lengths of beading thread. With the ends even, leave a 2-in. (5cm) tail and tie the ends of the strands together near one end with an overhand knot. Seal the knot with glue.
2. Thread a needle on one of the strands. Transfer beads from a hank or string them until you are 3 in. (7.6cm) from the end of the thread. Snug the beads along the strand. Create a stop bead by looping through the last bead again in the same direction.
3. String the other strands as in step 2. Tie the strand ends together with an overhand knot right against the stop beads. Don’t remove the second thread pass from the stop beads.