How to Make Lanyards

Stylish Beaded Eyeglass Necklace!

Here are tips on how to make lanyards. Create one of kind beaded eyeglass holders or eyeglass leash to keep your eyeglasses close at hand.

A beaded eyeglass lanyard, also known as eyeglass leash, eyeglass necklace, beaded eyeglass chain, beaded eyeglass holders are an attractive yet perfect way to keep track of your expensive glasses and sunglasses.

These lanyards save many of us valuable time looking for misplaced glasses.

Fitted with rubberized plastic loops that adjust to hold your spectacles securely, and release them promptly when required.



The average beaded eyeglass holders, lanyards measure between 26” (66.04cm) and 32” (81.28cm) end to end. When making your lanyard the length can be customized for each individual.

Choose one of the individually handcrafted patterns offered here or gain inspiration and design your very own.

Instructions on How to Bead an Eyeglass Necklace

How to Make Lanyards

Styled for beauty and constructed for comfort and durability, our beaded 32" eyeglass holders are incredibility useful items.

Listed below are the materials required and the instructions on how to make lanyards into an attractive eyeglass necklace.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools:


How to Make Lanyards

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

How to Make Lanyards

Step 2. Place them on your beading mat which prevents them from rolling away. This also makes a nice surface to work on.

Step 3. Cut a length of tiger tail 36” (91.44cm) long. When finished your eyeglass lanyard will measure 32” (81.28cm) from end to end.

Tip

If you require a different size 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.

How to Make Lanyards

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 random order adding the gold round beads throughout the lanyards.

I have threaded the glass beads in the following sequence:

  • 3 x glass beads
  • 1 x gold bead
  • 1 x glass bead
  • 1 x gold bead
How to Make lanyards

Step 8. Continue threading the beads onto the wire until your eyeglass necklace, lanyard measurers 29” (73.66cm) with your last bead being glass.

Step 9. On the end of the beading wire string the following:

  • 1 x gold beads
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x small glass bead
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x gold bead
  • Through the adjustable eyeglass chain end
How to Make lanyards
How to Make Lanyards

Step 10. Loop the strand of wire back through:

  • 1 x gold beads
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x small glass bead
  • 1 x crimp
  • 1 x gold bead

Step 11. Position your crimp so that the tiger tail has ample length to move freely on the adjustable end. This will allow your beaded lanyard to function with ease.

Using your crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead closest to the end.

How to Make Lanyards
How to Make Lanyards

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 12. Crimp your second crimp allowing a little space between the glass bead.

When you have finished this step just check to make sure the crimps are secure and won’t break and leave your glasses on the floor.

Step 13.

Thread the excess wire through a couple of beads then cut off excess beading wire using your wire cutters.

Step 14. If you are working with the wire on the spool now is the time to take your wire cutters and allowing approx 3” (7.62) or more of excess wire cut at this point.

How to Make Lanyards

Step 15. Repeat step 9 to 13 to attach the second strand of wire to the remaining adjustable eyeglass chain end allowing a little movement in the overall length of your eyeglass lanyard.

How to Make a Lanyard


Beaded Eyeglass Holders, Eyeglass Necklace are easy beading patterns with detailed instructions on how to be confident in making these.

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Here is another Bead Lanyard Pattern


Jewelry Making Supplies

  • Tiger tail 0.45mm or equivalent beading wire
  • 4 x Crimp beads - tube
  • 2 x Adjustable eyeglass chain ends
  • 2 x Split Rings
  • Selection of glass beads, chip beads, pony beads and seed beads
How to Make Lanyards
Jewelry Making Tools
  • Split Ring Pliers


These are the only extra pliers required for this beading tutorial.

Tip

If you are new to opening a split ring here are the instructions on how to use the split ring pliers.



Step 1. Attach split rings to your adjustable ends.

Step 2. Place your beads on a beading tray and lay them out in the order of your design, or choose a random design.

Step 3. Thread your beads on to the wire adding seed beads through the middle of the design. Follow the instructions listed above to complete each end.

How to Make Lanyards

Free Bead Projects on How to Make Lanyards

This is another easy pattern for your beaded eyeglass holders.

How to Make lanyards

Gather your supplies, start making beaded lanyards and Happy Beading!

How to Make Lanyards


An eyeglass necklace makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wears glasses and with my instructions on How to Make Lanyards it couldn’t be simpler.


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