LUN BAWANG Beaded Bracelet & Necklace Tutorial


DIYKL LUN BAWANG Beaded Bracelet Tutorial

 What your DIYKL kit supplies:

  • Various types of Sarawakian Lun Bawang beads such as big patterned beads,  'Palang Alau' (60 beads), 'Labang' (60 beads), 'Bau Tulang' (100 beads)
  • Silver tibetan spike pendants
  • Cotton string (typically used in Lun Bawang jewellery)
  • Nylon string
  • 4 stainless steel toggle clasps
  • 10 big jumprings
  • 20 small jumprings
  • 10 nickel-free crimp beads (2.5mm)
  • 4 end crimps

Tools you may need (not included):

DIY STEPS: BEADED BRACELET

  1. You can either use the cotton string or nylon string to make your bracelet. If you are using cotton string and if stringing the beads seem to be difficult, you can apply wax (or even candle wax) to the ends to give a smoother and stiffer finish.
  2. Wrap the string around your wrist for measurement. Make sure you leave extra string, you can always trim it off later.
  3. Thread the string through one 2.5mm crimp bead. The nylon string is coloured as pink on the photographs for viewing ease. (Picture 2)
  4. Fold the nylon string inwards through the crimp bead to make a small loop. Use a flat nose plier to flatten the crimp bead. This secures the loop. (Picture 3) 
  5. Next, string in a bead right to the crimped end. You can just insert the nylon string into the bead to hide it. Alternatively, you can always snip the excess string. (Picture 4)
  6. String your beads and make up your own design as you go. Lun Bawang women wear their beads in a minimalist way, and this transcends into the designs. In this picture, we used more 'Bau Tulang' beads (brown cylindrical) and accented with 'Palang Alau' beads. (Picture 5)
  7. When you are finished with your masterpiece, Using the same method as Step 4 above, thread a crimp bead through nylon string to make a loop. (Picture 6) Clamp the crimp bead using a flat nose plier (Picture 7).
  8. Attach a jump ring and the toggle clasps to each end (Pictures 8 & 9).
  9. Voila! You have now made yourself a Lun Bawang bracelet! Experiment with making more loops for a true Borneo armparty.


DIYKL LUN BAWANG Beaded Necklace Tutorial

 What your DIYKL kit supplies:

  • Various types of Sarawakian Lun Bawang beads such as big patterned beads,  'Palang Alau' (60 beads), 'Labang' (60 beads), 'Bau Tulang' (100 beads)
  • Silver tibetan spike pendants
  • Cotton string (typically used in Lun Bawang jewellery)
  • Nylon string
  • 4 stainless steel toggle clasps
  • 10 big jumprings
  • 20 small jumprings
  • 10 nickel-free crimp beads (2.5mm)
  • 4 end crimps

Tools you may need (not included):

DIY STEPS: BEADED NECKLACE

  1. This tutorial are steps to make a beaded necklace. You can either use  cotton string or nylon string to make your bracelet. If you are using cotton string and if stringing the beads seem to be difficult, you can apply wax (or even candle wax) to the ends to give a smoother and stiffer finish. 
  2. Think of your design, the possibilities are endless! String your beads (Pictures 1 to 3) TIP: If you are making a LONG necklace using cotton string, you can opt to tie the ends into a double knot. This was how it was originally done by the Lun Bawang women back in the day. 
  3. Using a end crimp, thread the string through the top hole (which has the sides and not the flap side) to secure the string. You can later snip off the excess string. (Picture 4)
  4. Push the end crimp to the top of the bead. Then press down the top flap. (Picture 5)
  5. Using a flat nose plier, use it to clamp the sides on top of the top flap. Repeat this for the other end of the necklace.
  6. To finish the necklaces, attach a jumpring and the toggle clasps to each end.

Voila, you now have made a Lun Bawang necklace. Try making layered necklaces with bold patterns! Psst, if you have other beads you have no idea what to do with, why not add them into your Lun Bawang necklace creations? Upcycling is a great way to reuse and revamp old jewellery! 



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