Taco Beaded Locket Pattern


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This Taco beaded locket is a special request from another talented beader. She had turned my sushi necklace design into a ring to give to a friend. Then, as a joke, this friend said a Taco necklace would be the perfect complement! So, here we are…


Your taco necklace will require the following materials:

  • Size 11 delicas
  • Size 11 seed beads
  • 4mm pearls or round beads
  • Your choice of beading thread
  • A necklace chain and clasp of your choice

The Taco pattern explains how to add the necklace and also details exactly what you will need. I have given you a choice of ideas, so you can pick what you like best. Personally, I used a piece of narrow ribbon, but a fine chain or string of beads should also work.

Experience and Techniques

You are going to be working in peyote stitch. So, the taco uses circular and odd count. Then, I used freeform work to add the filling.

If you are one of those people who groans at the idea of freeform, don’t be put off. I have included several photos and instructions so you can see what I did. You will still want to find your own path, but this does give you a lot of information to begin with.

So, this project is suited to anyone who already knows how to work in peyote stitch.

About the Taco necklace

My ‘design brief’ was to make a Taco necklace. I straightaway loved the idea and began doing my usual research (google images!) for inspiration. I pretty quickly saw what I wanted to do, but I felt like it was missing something.

So, I let the ideas ‘percolate’ in my head for a little while before I took out any beads. Then, I had the lightbulb moment I was after… What if the Taco opened up like a locket?

I felt like I had hit upon the ‘thing’ that would make this necklace memorable! Now, if you don’t like the locket idea, you can just make this as a pendant. I have even told you how to do that in the tutorial.

So, that leaves you options to play with. And hopefully this is a great gift for all Taco lovers out there!

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