How to Make a Beaded Necklace
Beaded Necklace with Pendant
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Instructions for Stringing a Beaded Necklace
Announcement: Stringing a beaded necklace is not hard. I was surprised too! With the right materials, a little patience and creativity, a beautiful necklace is just moments away from being made. Follow the simple steps below and see for yourself!
Step 1 First gather all of the materials you will need:
- crimper tool: This is an essential tool for closing crimp beads and keeping necklace in tact.
- crimp tube beads: These come in many sizes. Choose the appropriate size, according to the wire size. See a more detailed explanation beneath these instructions.
- beads: Choose beads that compliment one another. A few accent beads will add interest.
- beading wire: Wire comes in many sizes, depending on the type of bead you will be using. See a more detailed explanation beneath these instructions.
- flush cutter: This tool allows you to cut the wire flush, unlike a pair of scissors. It is well-worth having.
- bead board: This will hold your beads in place and allow you to save patterns on the board in between projects. It also lets you measure the length of your necklace before stringing your beads.
- clasp: Choose a clasp that you find easy to use. The lobster clasp and jump ring duo is probably the most popular. Check that it works correctly before using it.
- beading glue(optional): This glue provides extra reinforcement to keep your necklace in tact for many years.
Step 2 This is my favorite part. Place your beads on the bead board in the pattern you would like them to be in on your necklace. I always have trouble deciding and change my mind a few times. You can create a symmetrical pattern or do something totally random. Both can be beautiful, with the right mixture and color choices. Decide how long you want your necklace to be and use the pre-measured markings on the bead board to create the right length. Tip: Put enough beads to the side to create matching earrings later.
Step 3 Begin threading beads onto the wire, in the order you want them to be in, as laid out on your beadboard. If you have to stop, use a piece of masking tape to hold beads in place until you can finish. If using a pendant, be sure to place it in the center of the pattern.
Step 4 Place a crimp tube bead onto the wire end. Thread the end of the wire into the clasp with about 1/2 inch extending out. Fold this 1/2 inch of wire down, and pull crimp bead over it, as far toward the clasp as possible. Use the crimp tool to squeeze crimp into a "v" and then again to close the v shut. It should now look like a small round bead. Place a dab of glue on the crimp bead.
Step 5 Pull beads over the wire, covering the remainder of the 1/2 inch portion. Push all the beads tightly towards the clasp. Leaving 2-3 inches of wire extending from the other end, cut the wire.
Step 6 Place a crimp bead over the wire and then thread the other piece of the clasp (jump ring) over the wire. Fold the wire down, into the crimp, and into a few of the beads. Pull tightly. Use crimp tool to squeeze crimp into a "v" and again, squeezing the crimp shut. Place a dab of glue on the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Enjoy your beautiful necklace, created by you!