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Interchangeable Kazuri bead necklaces - a tutorial

My sister-in-law brought me back a lovely bag full of Kazuri beads the last time she visited Kenya!  Since they were not matched sets, but rather just a large pile of random beauty, it took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do with them.  I was guided by my desire to string them, but in such a way that my final necklace would have interchangeable segments.  This is what I came up with!

I used a thin black cord to string my beads, alternating the Kazuri beads with small black wooden rounds.  You can google "Kazuri beads" to find many sellers...I don't have a particular one to suggest, but please try to buy them from a legit fair trade company that actually benefits the makers.

I finished each strand by threading it through a lobster claw clasp and adding a few smaller beads to the tail.  The transitional components that I used to link to the chain strand are two earring findings!


I used two twisted wire jump rings to attach a length of curb chain to the two earring findings.  

Then, of course, I had to make a couple more strands!

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