Introduction: Morse Code Beaded Wrap
This simple Morse code necklace/bracelet is an easy gift to whip up for the holidays, Mother’s Day or a friend’s birthday.
Step 1: Materials:
- 3 different kinds of beads: one for dashes, one for dots and one for spaces
- Bead Thread (3 ply) I used about 40” for my necklace/bracelet
- Super Glue or nail polish
Step 2: Get the Code and Print It Out
If you’re creating a length that’s more than four lines of prose, you’ll need at least 50” of string but if you’re making a shorter saying, such as “I love you”, consider repeating it for the full 40”.
I chose a section from TS Eliot’s Four Quartets. Your message could say anything from “I love you” to “Hey, I made this cool thing for you!”
Regardless of what you decide to say, do a search on the internet for a Morse code translator-- there are several sites out there --then copy the code words into a word document and print it out.
Step 3: Make the Needle and String the Message
Create a “needle” by covering one end of the string with super glue. It should dry quickly and stiff and the beads will slide onto the string easily.
Add a small bit of tape at the other end of the string so the beads don’t fall off then add the beads to make the message.
I lost my place after about 10 characters; I recommend crossing the characters off in sections once they're on the string.
If the string is not full when the words are done - add the “space” beads at either end of the string before tying it off.
Step 4: Tie the Ends and Wear or Gift!
Leave about a .25” of extra space on the string when the knot is tied so that the beads are not under tension when the length is twisted into a bracelet later.
Tie the ends in a square knot - right over left, left over right and then add a dab of super glue to the knot to secure it and trim the ends.
It can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet. If you have more advanced jewelry making skills, add clasps and crimps on the fastenings.
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