Beaded Keychain


“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”  —Bill Cosby

My house has been in one stage of repair or another for weeks on end. I had a new door installed with new locks and needed a key chain for them. I found a broken key chain and used the bits from it to make this colorful eye-catching beaded version. The mini Smoothfoam balls make perfect giant beads without adding weight – the bigger the keychain, the less likely we lose our keys!

smoothfoam beaded keychain

You will need:

One 1″ Smoothfoam ball
6″ length of 7-strand beading wire
Two #2 crimp beads
6 round glass beads, 1 teardrop glass bead
Keychain clasp (remove chain)
Acrylic paint
Toothpick, ruler
Knitting needle or awl
Crimping pliers
Wire cutters

1.  Use the knitting needle or awl to punch though the pilot hole of the ball to turn it into a bead.

2.  Push a toothpick into the hole to act as a handle as you paint the ball with 2-3 coats; allow each coat to dry first.

3.  Attach the keyring to the beading wire by threading the wire through a crimping bead, then through the base of the keyring, and then back through the crimp bead again, leaving just a short tail. Use the crimping pliers to secure the bead on the wire and trim off the tail.

4.  Thread on 5 of the glass beads, then the Smoothfoam ball, followed by another glass bead, a crimp bead, and finally the teardrop bead. Push the wire back up through the crimp bead and pull the wire taught. Crimp and trim away excess wire.

TIP:  Smoothfoam will float in water.  So if you need your keys to float, use more Smoothfoam balls and fewer decorative beads. Perfect for summer boat trips!


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