What you need: Some beads, old coins, transparent plastic wire, thick needle, acrylic paint or nail polish, jump rings (rings used to make chains, jewellery), resin-based glue or any other adhesive that works on metal and a cutter.
Make a small hole on top of the coins with the help of a drill or welder. Paint the edges of the coins with nail polish and leave them to dry.
Take an appropriate length of the wire you’re using and put it through the needle.
Put the jump rings in the coin’s hole and keep it ready to be placed.
Start stringing the beads through the needle. After every five to 10 beads (depending on the length and design) place the coins with jump rings on top.
Make a knot before and after placing the coin. This keeps it immovable. Keep pressing the beads between your fingers to make it look firm. Finally check the order of beads and coins.
At the end, tie a double knot to the wire to make it sturdy. Cut any remaining wire for a neat finish.
Flaunt the traditional Arabian-style neckpiece with a splash of beads with any ethnic wear and beam with pride when asked where you got it from!
From HT Brunch, September 29
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