Beaded Keyring a DIY. A little whimsical gift with lost of love.

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.

Beaded Key Ring

What you need:

 

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.

Beaded Key Ring

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.

Beaded Key Ring

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.

Beaded Key Ring

5. Add a crimp bead and crimp the end using crimping pliers.

DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring     DIY Key Ring

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).

DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring

Alternate design:

DIY Key Ring

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)

DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring

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).

DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring
DIY Key Ring

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.

DIY Key Ring

DIY Key Ring

21. Trim the excess wire using your wire cutters.

DIY Key Ring

 

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**

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