Morse Code Beaded Wrap

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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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    Make a "Will you marry me" bracelet and wait until she finds out the message ;-)

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    You might have to give your intended a Morse code key if you ever want them to say yes.

    But actually, that's a sweet idea for the right person.

    This is a wonderful idea! Between the different color combinations and quotes or poems, the possibilities are endless. Applying a bit of super glue on the end of the string is great advice too!

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    Thanks! I learned the super glue trick from someone else and it's been really helpful. Had to use nail polish one time in a pinch (glue had dried in its container) and it worked well but a longer drying time.

    Your right- the possibilities are endless. You could use crimping beads between words instead of a color- if you have the tools- then the beads would slide a little in between. So many options!