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Vertical Hole Alphabet Bead Key Chain
Vertical hole alphabet beads are perfect for making key chains, lanyards, necklaces and other crafts and decorations.

Vertical hole alphabet beads have holes that run from top to bottom. This means, when strung on cording, the vertical hole beads hang downwards and allow the letters to read from top to bottom. Creating a key chain using these vertical hole beads with letters on them is so simple and fun.

Alphabet Bead Key Chain
Supplies & Materials: 11mm Vertical Hole Alphabet Beads or Number Beads, Pony Beads, Sports ball beads, Cording (black cotton cording, rattail or S'getti® plastic cording works well), Key Ring, Split Ring (a miniature key ring)

Helpful Hint: Because two strands of cording need to pass through each bead, bead sure that the beads that you select have large enough holes to accommodate the cording, or select the right size cording to pass through the beads.
Beads & Components featured in our example include:
*Vertical Hole Alphabet Beads & Number Beads
*Pony Beads
*Hemp Cord
*Pewter Charms


1 Attach the split ring to the key ring. A split ring is like a miniature key ring, or a ring that coils around twice. Use 6mm - 8mm size split ring.  

Cut the appropriate length of cord and fold the cord in half. Our example features 1mm waxed cotton cord. To figure how much cord you will need, determine how many inches the beads will take up when they are all strung together, then multiply by two and add 4". After you fold the cord in half, string both ends through the split ring, pull the cording until the "fold" of the cord is near the split ring.


3 Next, put the ends of the cording through the loop, pull through.  
4 Tighten the cord around the split ring.  
5 Thread both ends of the cording through beads. Be sure that the beads you chose have holes that are big enough for two strands of cording. There are a large variety of pony beads, alphabet beads, number beads and plastic beads that work very well.  
6 Tie a double knot at the end to secure the beads. Trim excess cording.  
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