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African Bead Bag Charms

About this design:

Create a unique accessory for your key ring or purse with African beads & tassels.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

Large lobster clasp, 12mm jump ring, large flat oval cable chain, sterling silver headpins, 3-tiered tassels, 3mm crystal faceted rondelles, 14mm metallic gold thread wrapped beads, assorted African glass beads, assorted African brass beads, chevron hemp ribbon

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Using a jump ring, attach four links of the chain to the swivel lobster clasp.
Step 2:
Using a headpin and beads of your choice, make 6-7 bead links. Using jump rings, attach the bead links and tassels to the chain links.
Step 3:
For an alternate version, attach ribbon ends to the chevron hemp ribbon and attach the two ends together with a jump ring. Before putting the hemp into the ribbon end, apply a bit of glue to the hemp so the ends don't unravel.
Step 4:
Attach a larger jump ring to the ribbon ends and attach the bead link charms to the jump ring.
Step 5:
To make the leather cord dangle with African brass, string 4 brass rice beads onto 1' of leather cord, make a loop and tie a knot.
Step 6:
Next, slide on the large brass rice bead, and tie a knot above it, leaving an inch of extra cord on both sides.
Step 7:
Finish by attaching leather cord ends and connecting them with a jump ring.

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    This is just great! Thanks for the instructions. You’re so talented to come create something that’s so much fun to look at. I love purse charms, but the ones that come with most purses are borrrrring…LOL
    I appreciate the inspiration. You rock! :+))

  2. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Pssst…Dom’t mind the weird sentence. I’m drinking espresso.~~~~~~shake shake shake.

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