How to Make a Lariat Necklace


Learn how to make a lariat as a lasso necklace with easy step-by-step beading instructions!

Lariat necklaces are an informal type of necklace. A lariat necklace usually has no fixed clasp or closure.

You can make a beaded lariat necklace in a wide range of styles.

Lariat necklaces are traditionally 45" (114.3 cm) or longer. However, the length is dictated by how you like to wear the necklace.

Today, more trendy lariat necklaces are of various lengths. Some, are made to be worn very short for a lariat - 20" (61 cm) or less.

A Lasso Necklace is a Traditional Lariat Style Necklace

A lasso is a long rope or hide with a running knot at one end. It's used to rope horses, cattle or other grazing animals. Think westerns... Cowboys on horseback...An open range...A wild horse round up. It's a scene straight from a western movie!

Lariat is another name for a lasso. So of course cowboys had to learn how to make a lariat.

What is a Lasso Necklace?

Lasso necklaces are made to resemble a traditional lasso used by cowboys.

Lariat Necklace

How to Make a Lariat

When you make a single strand lasso style beaded lariat necklace using beading wire, make a lariat loop by stringing the wire back through a few beads and a crimp bead.

The loop freely runs or slides up and down the necklace and is stopped by stringing larger beads near the end of the necklace.

All you need to do is string enough beads to make a length that's long enough to fit over your head once the necklace is complete.

We'll use easy bead stringing techniques to learn how to make a unique lasso lariat style necklace!

Let's Learn How to Make a Lariat Necklace

Jewelry Making Instructions for a Lasso Style Lariat Necklace

Beading Tutorial Category: Stringing Tutorials

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

You may want to practice these beading techniques first...

Prerequisite Beading Technique:

How To String Beads

Approximate Length: 35" (88.9 cm)

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 2 16" (40.6 cm) strands of 6mm beads*
  • several 8 - 12 mm irregular shaped beads**
  • 14 4mm round beads
  • 22 3mm round beads
  • 2 2mm crimp beads
  • 2 3mm crimp covers
  • 1 42" (106.7 cm) length of .014 or .015 diameter clear beading wire

*Beads used to make this beaded lariat necklace: 6mm rondelle shaped fluorite beads
**amethyst chips, 12 mm new jade flower beads

Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • Crimping pliers
  • Wire cutters

Here's more information on how to use jewelry pliers and what jewelry making tasks they are used to accomplish.

Jewelry Making Instructions

1. Gather supplies, tools and beads.

2. Cut one 42" (106.7 cm) length of .014 or .015 diameter beading wire.

On one end of the beading wire, string this pattern: one crimp bead, one 4mm bead, five 6mm rondelles, one 3mm bead, five 6mm rondelles, one 3mm bead, five 6mm rondelles.

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3. Make a lariat loop.

Thread the beading wire back through one 6mm rondelle, the 4mm bead and the crimp bead.

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4. Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp bead.

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5. On the beading wire, string this pattern: five 6mm rondelles, one 3mm bead, five 6mm rondelles, one 3mm bead, five 6mm rondelles, one 4mm bead - until you've strung about 30" (76.2 cm) of beads.

Thread the bare end of the wire and a few beads through the beaded loop.

This step is not pictured. Check that the lariat will fit over your head. Hold the bare end of the beading wire next to the beads, between your index finger and thumb. Slide it over your head.

If it doesn't fit, string more beads. Remove beads if you want a shorter length lariat necklace.

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How to Make a Lariat Jewelry Making Instructions Continued...

6. Now string about 5" (12.7 cm) of larger beads to create a necklace end that will not come through the loop when you're wearing the necklace.

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7. To finish the necklace end, string a crimp bead and one large bead.

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8. Thread the beading wire back through the large bead, the crimp bead and a few more beads.

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9. Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp bead.

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10. Using the wire cutters, trim all excess wire. Add crimp covers if desired.

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You're done!

You know how to make a lariat necklace...One of many styles of lariat necklaces.

Now, you may want to make another trendy style lariat necklace.

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