From Chintzy to Chic: A DIY Hama Bead Necklace that Doesn’t Kid Around

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I’d always considered hama beads (a.k.a perler beads) to be the most royally chintzy crafting good known to woman, man, dog, cat, alien, monster – pretty much anyone. Nostalgic, yes, but stylish? Never!

All that changed, though, when I chanced upon this editorial featuring the work of Shanghai-based designer Sabine Ducasse, whose immaculate hama bead creations ignited my DIY spirit and set me on a quest to create a wear-worthy necklace from these beads.

Check out our step-by-step hama bead necklace tutorial, and don’t miss out on the bit of bonus fun we included: a downloadable template of the necklace pictured above!


10 Responses to From Chintzy to Chic: A DIY Hama Bead Necklace that Doesn’t Kid Around

  1. Tracy 10/24/2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Love it!

  2. Mary 10/24/2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I am curious as how this looks on :D

  3. Brittany 10/25/2012 at 5:55 am #

    I can’t say I’m a fan of this…

  4. Ang 10/26/2012 at 8:26 am #

    I’d love to see someone actually wearing this…

  5. Hannah (ModCloth) 10/27/2012 at 7:21 am #

    @Mary and @Ang…will work on that once I get home from out of town! Expect a picture soon. :)

    • Kate 01/29/2013 at 8:25 pm #

      How did you do this without a pegboard? Were you just ridiculously careful?

      • Hannah (ModCloth) 04/09/2013 at 11:18 am #

        Yes! Super careful. Might have to invest in a pegboard for next time though; it was pretty time consuming to use tweezers and fingers :).

  6. jane 07/27/2013 at 10:27 am #

    great idea!! i was wondering though…can these beads be used set on their side so the holes dont show?

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