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Make Morse code gifts.

Want to send a secret message to a friend? Then make a beaded bracelet, necklace, or key chain that spells out a word or two in Morse code. You'll use round beads for the dots in Morse letters, and longer tube beads for the dashes. Use the Morse Code chart below as your guide to letters.

Here are a few basics. Separate each Morse-coded letter by the same type of separator bead or a knot in your cord. That way it's easier to show your friend the code words. And if you have more than one word in your secret message, separate the words by another special bead.

This easy bracelet is a great way to start. Use any kind of cord to string beads, using shorter "dot" beads and longer "dash" beads. If you want, tie double knots at the beginning and end to keep beads close together. Leave ends long enough to tie the bracelet.

What do you think this bracelet says? Look at the beads starting at the top; the green beads separate letters. Here's a hint: The first letter is --*** and the second letter is **--*, as is the third letter. Your friend will like it!



This necklace (right) uses smaller beads, so you'll need a thin beading needle to string them. You can use any kind of string that fits through the beads--this one uses embroidery thread. Get a clasp set, and tie the thread ends to each part of the clasp when you're finished. You can find these supplies at a craft or beading store.

The necklace has two words, separated by a larger blue bead. Each letter is separated by a gold bead. "Read" from the bottom of the photo (right). Here's the code:

Word 1

Letter 1: *-- --

Letter 2: -- -- --

Letter 3: --*

Letter 4: --**

Letter 5: *

Letter 6: *--*

Word 2

Letter 1: -- --*

Letter 2: **

Letter 3: *--*

Letter 4: *--**

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How Morse Code Works

If you were a girl living in the mid-1800s, your family may have used a telegraph to send important messages. The telegraph sent electrical pulses over wires from one place to another. A telegraph operator would tap out pulses of electricity in a pattern that corresponded to letters and numbers. Look right to see the code: dots are transmitted as a very short burst; dashes were transmitted as a burst twice as long as the dot. Samuel Morse invented this system.

Messages sent appeared both as a pattern on paper and as clicks that could be heard. Telegraph operators got very good at instantly decoding the message by listening. Morse code is still used today for military ships and aviation, and remains a backup if the phone system goes down.


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Date:Sep 1, 2017
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