Before getting started, here's a helpful tip: Some beads will have wood residue where the hole was drilled. Simply take the end of your paint brush and push it through the hole and twist. This will loosen any wood particles stuck in there and make it easy to string your necklace after painting.
Tape off half of the bead, with exactly half of the bead showing. Do this to all of the beads you want on your necklace.
Paint the exposed side of the bead, leaving the tape in place. You will want to paint two beads exactly the same for each color you want on your necklace. For this example, we used five colors and ended up with ten beads.
Once the paint on the wood bead has dried, carefully peel back the painters tape.
Line up the painted beads in the order you want them on your necklace.
String the first bead onto the chain, making sure the wooden end goes on first. Take the second bead (of the same color) and string it onto the chain, but this time have the color side go on the necklace first, making the two color sides meet.
Do this for each color, making sure the wood ends touch each other and the color ends touch each other.
Once all of your beads have been strung onto the chain, close the clasp and you're ready to show your DIY necklace off!
Images courtesy of Eric Linebarger.
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