How to Make a Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard
Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard and Glasses
If you keep losing your glasses and want to keep them close by, learn how to make a beaded eyeglass lanyard, a.k.a. eyeglass holder necklace or beaded eyeglass holder.
Question from Sandi:
I need to learn bead stringing for my reading glasses. I keep losing them and would like to make a beaded necklace type (not sure what is would be called?) to attach to my reading glasses.
What type of thread, how long, beads, etc.
I'm rather new to beading so I need a lot of help!
A bead necklace that holds eyeglasses is known by a few different names: Eyeglass Lanyard, Eyeglass Holder Necklace or Beaded Eyeglass Holder.Eyeglass Lanyard Length
The necklace is usually at least 24 inches (61 cm) long, but you can make it as long or as short as you like it to suit your taste.
A beaded eyeglass holder is usually made without a clasp, so just be sure to make it long enough to fit over your head without damaging your glasses.Eyeglass Holder Finding
You can make an eyeglass lanyard using different beading and jewelry making techniques. But, to connect the beaded necklace to your glasses you will use a special jewelry finding known as an eyeglass holder (See Photo 1). The finding is usually made of rubber or plastic and/or metal.Beading Tip
Use lightweight or a mixture of lightweight and medium weight beads. If the beads are too heavy the necklace strand may pull too hard on your glasses when you actually put them on.Types of Beads to Use
Lightweight beads like crystals, size 6mm or less pearls, fire polished glass beads, cat's eye glass beads, acrylic beads, lucite beads and some small wood beads are good starters.Use Chain if Desired
You could also break up the bead pattern with chain. Just cut a few lengths of chain and attach its links to the beading wire just as you'll attach the eyeglass holder finding in the instructions below. Or just use all chain to make the eyeglass holder necklace.Eyeglass Lanyard Directions
Below you will find a list of jewelry making supplies and tools as well as bead stringing instructions for making an eyeglass lanyard using beading wire.How to String Beads
Do you need step by step bead stringing instructions with photos on how to do things such as string beads, attach a clasp or other jewelry finding to beading wire, crimp a crimp bead or use a crimp cover?
First review this Step by Step Tutorial on How to String Beads
and use it as a guide when following the directions given below.Jewelry Making Supplies Needed
Two 16 inch (40.6 cm) strands of beads (or enough loose beads to string a 30 inch (76.2 cm) bead necklace)
Two crimp tube beads
Two eyeglass holder findings (Photo 1)
Two crimp covers (optional)
36 inch (91.4 cm) length of .014 diameter beading wireJewelry Making Tools
Beading Instructions for Making an Eyeglass LanyardStep 1
Using the wire cutters, cut a 36 inch (91.4 cm) length of .014 diameter beading wire. Tie a loose knot on one end of the beading wire, or use a bead stopper, to prevent your beads from falling off the end of the wire.Step 2
String all the beads onto the beading wire in a pattern of your choice. (In my eyeglass lanyard, I randomly strung pearls and a few Swarovski crystal beads.)Step 3
On the unknotted end of the beading wire string a crimp tube bead and an eyeglass holder finding.Step 4
(See Photo 2)
String the beading wire back through the crimp tube bead and a few beads. Pull the wire taunt, creating a loop to hold the eyeglass holder finding. (At this point, before you crimp the crimp tube bead, you may want to hold each end of the beading wire in each hand and put the strand of beads on over your head to ensure that you have strung enough beads or have made the necklace strand long enough.)Step 5
Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube bead.Step 6
Trim the excess beading wire using the wire cutters.
Now your finished eyeglass holder necklace end should look like the bottom necklace end shown in Photo 2.Step 7
Place a crimp cover over the crimped tube bead if desired.Step 8
Untie the knot on the second beading wire end. Push all of the beads against the finished crimped bead end, leaving no slack between the beads along the length of the necklace.Step 9
Repeat Steps 3 – 7 on the second beading wire end.Step 10
Insert each stem of your glasses into one eyeglass holder finding (See Photo 3).
You’re done…Now you know how to make an eyeglass lanyard!
And it is ready for wearing…Put on the eyeglass lanyard over your head. Your glasses can always be within reach and, hopefully, never lost again…