We recently moved offices at work and were given new key cards. The problem with this is they all looked the same. So if you left yours in the kitchen, no one could tell it was yours. I decided to make mine easily identifiable by adding a personalised keyring. I could have bought a keyring, but because I like to make things I decided to make one instead. Let’s be honest; I did not really need an excuse.
What you need:
- Tiger tail wire (enough for the length of your chain doubled over with a bit extra just in case. About 60cm should do)
- x2 Crimp beads
- x2 Crimp cover
- Beads of your choosing
- E6000 Glue or another strong glue (optional)
- A charm of your choosing
- x2 Wire guardians
- A parrot clasp, or keychain clip
- Bead design board (Optional)
- Crimping pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
How to make:
1. I like to plan my design out before stringing it. A bead board is great for this. You can get an idea of what your design will look like and change it until you are happy with the end result.
2. Once you have settled on your design, Cut your tiger tail. It needs to be double the length of your design, as you fold it over for extra strength; with a bit of additional length.
3. Fold your tiger tail in half and feed on your wire guardian.
4. Add your charm to the end of the wire guardian. It should sit in the middle of the wire guardian.
5. Add a crimp bead and crimp the end using crimping pliers.
6. In order to use the crimping pliers, you will place the crimp bead in the first of the two notches. This folds the crimp bead over, forming a v.
7. Then move the crimp bead to the first notch and squeeze until the crimp bead collapses forming a smaller tube.
8. Add a touch of glue (optional), I use a skewer to do this but I imagine a toothpick would also work. This helps give your design more strength.
9. Place your crimp cover over your crimp bead, and using your round nose pliers close press down on the crimp cover, gently closing it over your crimp bead.
10. Feed your design onto both your tiger tail ends. (you can also choose to alternate and feed separate beads onto each string, it just depends on your design).
11. Now that you have all your beads threaded onto your wire you want to thread on one crimp bead (again on both bits of wire)
This is the tricky bit.
12. On one side of your tiger tail add one end of your wire guardian. Feed the parrot clasp onto the other end of the wire guardian. Thread the 2nd string of tiger tail through that end of the wire guardian.
13. Feed one end of your tiger tail through the loop in your parrot clasp and back down through the opposite side of the wire guardian.
14. Then down through the crimp bead and one of the beads.
15. Feed the second end of tiger tail through the loop in your parrot clasp and back down through the opposite side of the wire guardian.
16. Then down through the crimp bead and one or two of the beads. Pull both ends tight. You may need to adjust and push down your wire guardian.
17. Make sure your sting is not too tight, you should still be able to curl up your design as shown in the below image.
18. When you have it tight enough, crimp the end using crimping pliers. In order to use the crimping pliers you will place the crimp bead in the first of the two notches. This folds the crimp bead over, forming a v. Then move the crimp bead to the first notch and squeeze until the crimp bead collapses forming a smaller tube.
19. Add a touch of glue (optional).
20. Place your crimp cover over your crimp bead, and using your round nose pliers close press down on the crimp cover, gently closing it over your crimp bead.
21. Trim the excess wire using your wire cutters.
Now you are done. Make as many as you like. Give them to friends. Share the love.
**You will see a larger keyring in the background of the above images. I was originally going to use this but decided it was far too bulky, so I went with a parrot clasp instead**