How do you make African waist beads?

How do you make African waist beads?

How to Make African Waist Beads

  1. Cut 50 inches of the tiger tail and tape its end to your working table.
  2. Lay out the pattern that you’d like your beads to be strung.
  3. Bead this pattern all the way through to your desired length.
  4. First start by adding your crimp.
  5. Form a loop by stringing the wire through the same crimp.

What string is used for African waist beads?

Nylon Cord
The most robust and durable thread for tie-on waist beads is a quality Nylon Cord like the Mandala Craft 1mm. The nylon cord is different because it would require a pull before it falls off. Depending on the size of waist beads you want, you can use a corresponding thickness.

What kind of beads do you need to make waist beads?

Materials you will need for this project:

  • Beadalon wire.
  • Seed beads – you can use any size from 6/0, 8/0, or 11/0.
  • Crimp beads (2)
  • Bead stopper.
  • Closed jump ring (1)
  • Lobster clasp (1)
  • Wire cutters.
  • Crimping tool.

What are African waist beads made of?

Waist beads are a traditional accessory for women in many African cultures. They’re made of glass beads on a string.

What can I use for waist beads?

DIY Waist Beads – What You’ll Need:

  • Small colored Christmas Beads or glass beads.
  • Flexible plastic or cloth tape measure.
  • 4 strands of nylbond or similarly strong beading thread (each around 80-100 cm in length)
  • 8 Large Chevrons or similar glass trade beads.
  • A mix of smaller Venetian Trade Beads.

What does it mean if your waist beads break?

Your waist bead is totally breakable either because you’re eating too or maybe while moving too fast, you don’t get to notice your beads attached to something and it rips it off your waist. This is totally normal. You just need to take note of what you were doing before it happened.

What is the history behind waist beads?

The traditional custom of waist beads dates back all the way to the 15th century, by the Egyptians . Women wearing waist beads were illustrated in paintings in Egypt’s pyramids, and while this is some of the earliest evidence of their existence, it’s likely that women began wearing them even earlier.

What does it mean when your waist beads break?