How to Make a Lanyard Instructions

Easy Beaded Lanyard Pattern!

Learn how to make a lanyard using these easy lanyard instructions.

Expand your jewelry making techniques with a few simple directions and a few jewelry making materials. You can make your own beaded lanyard pattern that is suitable beading for beginners.

This beaded lanyard is designed to slip over your head and is 36” (91.44cm) in length overall, with a hang length of 21.5” (54.61cm). It is crafted using seed beads, bugle beads, jewelry making beads, silver spacer beads and bead findings.

You can personalize your beaded lanyard by substituting your own choice of beads and colors to suit your style!

Here are the directions on how to make a beaded lanyard.

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • Tiger tail 0.38mm or equivalent beading wire
  • 6 x Crimp beads
  • 6 x Crimp covers
  • 1 x Key ring – 290mm
  • 2 x Split rings – 8mm
  • 1 x Lanyard hook – 230mm
  • 32 x Round silver beads – 3mm
  • 1 x Focal bead – 190mm
  • 91 x Seed beads clear - 3mm
  • 32 x Seed beads red - 3mm
  • 16 x Bugle beads clear - 11mm
  • 15 x Bicone beads red - 8mm
How to Make a Lanyard
Jewelry Making Tools

How to Make a Lanyard Instructions

Step 1. Begin by choosing the beads listed above or your favorite beads.

Step 2. Place them on your beading mat which prevents them from rolling away.

Step 3. Cut a length of tiger tail 42” (106.68cm) long. This will give you an opening of 29” (73.66cm) to go over your head.

Tip

If you require a larger opening cut the wire at your desired length and add more beads to your pattern.



Step 4. By cutting your tiger tail on an angle it will create a point that will make it easier to thread the beads.

Tip

I have a pair of wire cutters that I only use for cutting tiger tail as this wire tends to make the cutters blunt.



Step 5. The other alternative if you don’t have a bead stopper is to work with the beading wire directly from the spool.

Bead Stopper Spring

Step 6. If you cut your wire then on one of the ends clip your bead stopper spring.

Step 7. Begin to thread your beads in the following sequence:

  • 1 x red seed bead
  • 1 x clear bugle bead
  • 1 x red seed bead
  • 3 x clear seed beads
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x red bicone bead
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 3 x clear seed beads

Step 8. Continue threading your beads in this sequence until you have 14 x sets of the pattern, or until desired length. End with:

  • 1 x red seed bead
  • 1 x clear bugle bead
  • 1 x red seed bead

Tip

Before cutting your beading wire hold the two ends together and slip it over your head to make sure the length is what you require.



How to Make a Lanyard

Step 9. If you are working with the wire on the spool now is the time to cut it at a length of 42” (106.68cm) for a 29” (73.66cm) opening or continue threading until you reach the desired length.

Step 10. Remove your bead stopper and place the two wire ends together.

Step 11. Begin to thread your beads in the following sequence:

  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x focal bead
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x clear bead
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x clear bead
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x split ring

Focal Bead
Crimp Beads

Step 12. Loop both strands of wire back through the split ring, crimp bead, clear bead and through the second crimp. Use your chain nose pliers to pull the excess wire through smoothly. Allow a little bit of movement in the overall length.

Tiger tail wire

Step 13. Position your crimp so that the jump ring is able to move freely. This will allow your beaded lanyard to function with ease. Using your crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead closest to the ring.

Tip

If you are new to crimping or not quite sure how it is done here are the instructions on how to use crimping pliers.




Step 14. Crimp your second crimp allowing a little space between the clear bead.

Cut off access tiger tail using your wire cutters.

Wire cutting pliers
Silver crimp covers

Cover each crimp bead with a crimp cover using your nylon jaw pliers.

These simulate the look of a small bead and give your finished piece a professional look.

How to make a lanyard

Thread the split ring on to the key ring.

Make a Lanyard

The Next Step is to Make Your Beaded Lanyard Drop

Step 1. Working with the beading wire directly on the spool thread the following:

  • 1 x split ring
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x clear seed bead
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x red seed bead
  • 1 x clear bugle bead
  • 1 x red seed bead
  • 3 x clear seed beads
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x red bicone bead
  • 1 x silver bead
  • 1 x crimp bead
  • 1 x clear seed bead
  • 1 x crimp bead

Lanyard Beaded

Step 2. Thread the wire through end of lanyard hook, back through the crimps following the same directions as you did before. Once again allow a little excess wire so the hook can move freely.


Lanyard Hook
Making Lanyards

Step 3. Cut off the excess wire.

Step 4. Cover crimps with crimp covers.

Step 5. Last but not least cut your wire from the spool allowing enough to loop through the split ring and thread back through crimps and bead.

Lanyard Instructions

Step 6. Follow the same directions on how to make a Lanyard to finish off your lanyard, beaded. Thread the split ring onto the key ring.

How to Make a Lanyard

Making lanyards is easy so gather your beads and jewelry making materials and follow the How to Make a Lanyard Instructions and make a stylish fashion statement.



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