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Lughnasadh 2007
Project Name

Renée Rigdon (model)
Matt Rigdon (photo)
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Skull Lariat

I wanted a necklace that I could throw on in a second to head out to my glamorous life as a crafting rock star. Because I am, you know. Donít question it. Itís true.

Please love me.

by Renée Rigdon

Difficulty

Rrrrgh . . . . Beads . . . .
Click here for definitions of difficulty levels.

Finished Measurements

Total length of my lariat is approximately 5.5', excluding skull charms at each end; yours can be as long or as short as you like.

Materials

  • One hank black seed beads,
    size 10 or 11
  • 10 black beads that are noticeably larger than the seed beads, how large is your choice
  • 8 small skull beads with vertically drilled holes
  • 4 head pins
  • Beading thread
  • Beading needle (be sure it's small enough to fit through seed beads)
  • Round pliers
  • Wire cutter

Directions

Project Name

Renée Rigdon (photo)
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To make skull charms:

1. Thread a single skull bead onto a head pin, make loop and trim excess wire from pin.

2. Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 skull charms.

To make lariat:

1. Thread approximately 2 yards of beading thread onto needle.

2. Thread 10 seed beads onto needle, then slip 2 skull charms onto beads. Secure by repeating the path of the needle through the first 10 seed beads again. This creates a loop for the skull charms to hang from.

3. String 10 seed beads, then one skull bead

4. String 20 seed beads, then one skull bead. 5. [String 20 seed beads, then one large black bead] a total of 5 times.

6. Continue stringing only seed beads until the strung length excluding charms is approximately 4.5'.

7. Reverse sequence of steps 2-5 (or 5-2 as it would be).

8. Finish off by running thread through the final loop of seed beads a few times, tying knots.

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