Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY: Morse Code jewelry


I LOVE wearing jewelry that has meaning...and I LOVE for that meaning to be a little hidden...so I instantly fell in LOVE with the idea of using Morse code to make necklaces.  I was inspired to make my own after seeing a Morse code necklace from COATT.  Morse code is easily translatable using round beads for dots and tubular beads for dashes.  These necklaces are easy to make, and simple and sweet to wear...and every time I wear mine, I think about what it means to me. 


You can always translate your name, word or saying, letter by letter using the Morse code alphabet above, or you can use an online translator such as the one found here.  Once you have translated what you want your necklace or bracelet to say, you are ready to get started.


You will need: 
round beads (I used 3.2mm sterling plated beads)
tube beads
lobster clasps 
crimp tube beads
silk cording (I chose a golden taupe)
collapsible eye needles
scissors
crimpers 





Cut the silk cording to the length you prefer, but remember the silk is very light and works better in shorter lengths.  Thread your beads in the direction the viewer will see them- your last letter should come first. 


Once all of the beads are on your cording, tie a knot at either side so the beads will not separate and catch on the silk


When attaching your clasp, thread the crimper bead on first and then the clasp, looping the cording back through the crimper bead.


Use the crimpers to secure the bead in place.  Once secure, trim the cord, and follow the same steps for the other side of the clasp.


Within 15 minutes, you will have a simple and sweet necklace that has much more meaning than at first glance. 


Some of the necklaces I have made have said "live and love life" ,  "forever, I do" ,  "at peace" and "in love" .  I just made my mom a five strand necklace- each strand with one of her grandchildren's names on it. 

Good luck.  I would love to hear what creative sentiments you come up with : )


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7 comments:

  1. That is sooooo cool! You are so clever!

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    1. I wish I could say I thought of it first : )... but I was actually inspired when I saw a Morse code necklace from COATT- you can see more of their jewelry at - http://coattonline.com/jewelry.html

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  2. Finally read some relevant information! I know what morse code is right now.

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  3. The nicest way to use Morse code.
    Thank you for the idea!

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  4. I love it! it is super cool!

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