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How to Make a Beaded Glasses Chain

Add a fashionable and functional accessory to your ensemble with this beaded eyeglass chain pattern!

By: Sarah Beckman from
Updated March 23, 2021
How to Make a Beaded Glasses Chain
How to Make a Beaded Glasses Chain

Beaded chains for eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses are trending among fashion-conscious celebrities right now. Not only are these chains practical and help you keep track of those always-disappearing glasses, but they are also a fashion statement.

A beautiful, beaded glasses chain is practically a piece of jewelry!

Reality star and fashion designer, Whitney Port, made fashion headlines at the 2011 Coachella music festival with her pearl sunglasses chain. We share the scoop on how to make your own Whitney-inspired chain!

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Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueBeadwork


Materials List

  • 28 to 34 inches of beading wire or beading nylon cord. Choose your preferred length.
  • 2 plastic eyeglass holders or jump rings. These are what will hold the chain onto the arms of your glasses. Find them at a beading or craft store.
  • 2 crimp beads. These will stop your beads from slipping onto the eyeglass holders. Find them at a beading or craft store.
  • Your choice of pearls or beads
  • Flat-nosed pliers
  • Scissors


  1. Cut the wire or cord to your preferred length. Be sure to consider a length that is comfortable when your glasses are on your face and also around your neck.

  2. Gather one crimp bead and one plastic eyeglass holder or jump ring. Thread one end of the wire through the crimp bead and then through one plastic loop of the eyeglass holder.

  3. Pull the wire through far enough that you can thread the wire through the crimp bead once more, pulling the eyeglass holder close to the crimp bead.

  4. Secure the crimp bead by squeezing it closed with the pliers.

  5. Start stringing the pearls or beads onto the wire or cord. If there is a loose end from securing the crimp bead, thread it under the first beads. Continue to string the beads until you near the end of your wire or cord.

  6. String the other crimp bead onto the wire or cord so it sits next to the last bead you strung.

  7. Add the second eyeglass holder or jump ring after the crimp bead.

  8. Thread the wire or cord back through the crimp bead. Tuck the loose end through the end beads.

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