Oprah loves bread, I love Perler Beads, or Hama Beads, or magical melty beads as my friend Mark calls them. Yes, they’re for children, and yet, they make the cutest jewelry and crafts. They even have tiny melty beads for more detailed creations! I’ve been thinking about this necklace for a while, and today I finally got around to making it. I’m fairly certain that I’ll be wearing it all summer. You can make one and wear it all summer too. Go YOU!
Materials (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale, that’s how we stock up our studio, folks)
Perler Beads 21 Pink, 30 Orange, 39 Yellow, 48 Green, 57 Blue, 66 Purple
4 10mm Beadalon silver plated jump rings
2 6mm Beadalon silver plated jump rings
2 silver plated chain segments (as long as you want your necklace to be when worn, mine were 4″ each)
Silver plated clasp
Arrange your beads on the loom as shown. (Each rainbow has 7 pink, 10 orange, 13 yellow, 16 green, 19 blue, and 22 purple beads.)
Place parchment paper over beads and iron to melt. Keep the iron moving, you don’t want to over or under melt the beads.
Remove paper, let the shape cool. Remove from loom, place paper over the un-melted side and fuse beads just a little more. You want all of the beads connected together.
Make three rainbows.
You may need to use a large needle to pierce the top left and right holes in the outer beads to easily accommodate your jump rings. Thread the jump rings into the beads and secure firmly closed using two chain nose pliers. Jump rings need to be closed with tension, if you don’t know how to do this we have a video tutorial.
Attach the chain and clasp to the ends.
Wear the rainbow, you majestic unicorn!
Wear the rainbow!
Your true colors, are beautiful. Like a rainbow.
Change this up by making only a single rainbow. If you want to make the collar go around the neck, form the rainbows into a slight curve by bending over a mug or glass while they’re still warm. You would only need a little curve, but you’ll need that to help the necklace drape properly around the neck.
If you make a Perler Bead Rainbow Necklace, let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram. We love to see your creations!