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I was in charge of my son's Cub Scout camping trip craft. Since we were going to a camp with a lot of rocks, the theme was "We Will Rock You". The craft I came up with involves river stones, wooden beads, silver wire and beading cord... all "earthy" items you can also find at your local craft store.

Here's what you'll need:

  • One small stone. Anything roughly the size of a quarter will work. Buckeyes, arrowheads or shells can also be used.
  • 4 to 8 beads. I've used wooden beads for this craft but any will do.
  • 32 inches of beading cord. This will be the necklace itself. Nylon and leather work well, but I used cotton for this craft.
  • 24 inches of silver wire. The label on mine says "26 gauge copper wire", but it's silver in color and very inexpensive.
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Slip the beads on the necklace

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First, slide the beads onto the middle of the necklace. If you are using nylon cord, you my want to melt the ends of the cord with a candle or lighter to prevent fraying. I used cotton cord and found that dipping the ends in candle wax helped keep the individual threads together.

Step 2: Secure the beads

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Using a simple overhand knot, secure the beads in the middle of the necklace.

Since this project was created for elementary school kids, I didn't want the beads sliding around (and possibly falling off), so I had them tie off the beads early in the process. You may wish to skip tying the beads in place (this step) AND tying the ends together (step 3) until you've completed steps 4 and 5.
This reminds me of Artemis Fowl something bad happens (I won't tell you it will ruin the story) with the earth stuff because the people (fairys) are all 'SAVE THE EARTH' there like altra hippys
jottorn4 years ago
As my 2nd yr Webelos are into not only playing Rock Band, studying Gemology/Geology AND making their own jewelry with & without stones, this will be a perfect last craft for them to do together - Thank You! ;)
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