by Craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
27 Pony beads, red, white and blue
One chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
One shoelace, or stretch cord
Step 1: Thread the pony beads onto a chenille stem. (A black stem was used here, but for a bit of bling, you could use a silver or gold one!)
Step 2: Begin to wind the beads into a coil. Twist the end of the stem between two beads to hold the coil together. See the arrow in photo 2.
Step 3: Coil the beads into a tight circle, and wind the end of the stem between two beads of the previous row. See the arrow in photo 3.
Step 4: Your patriotic amulet is finished, fold a shoelace in half, pass it through the amulet, then pass the ends of the shoelace through the fold, and pull tightly to create a necklace.
(Stretch cord could be used in the same manner.)
By M.E. HARRINGTON