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Beading Tutorial on making a necklace using 2 hole slider beads

Updated on November 7, 2014
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How to make a necklace using 2 hole Slider beads

This tutorial will get the creative jewelry making juices flowing and let's get beading! So, how exactly does one make a necklace using 2 hole slider beads? These beads have all these holes! Just because the beads have the holes doesn't always mean you have to use all of the holes. I hope to show in this tutorial how easy it is to work with 2 hole slider beads. For this bead design, some blister pearls and a few randomly selected beads, that I had floating around, which matched the color scheme nicely.

Unique beads can add a dose of creativity to any jewelry design, so that's what I like to seek out for my designs. This tutorial is just an example of a simple design, that can be changed up easily, by changing out the slider bead and the complimentary beads, to come up with something that looks completely different and absolutely you! I hope to publish more Hubpages on using these unique beads and share how to use them.

Let's get started on our slider bead necklace!

To begin, I used a long piece of stretch elastic, which we just happen to have a lot of laying around, wire would work just as well. And cross-crossed the elastic as shown in the image. What this does is, help allow the pendant we are about to make to lay nice and flat when wearing. It's an easy technique. We have even been featured in a bead magazine or two with sort of design technique. Make note that the next bead I am going to show how to flip it and use the holes in the other direction.

Step 2 in the making of a slider bead necklace

The second step is to add a few "filler" beads and take the string into the next hole.  Notice, I have put the next slider on it's side.  This is a great demonstration that you don't have to just string the beads the way the holes flow, but you have options.

Again, we crossed the string into each of the holes as shown in the image, to allow it to lay flat.  This will then be the beginning of our single strand necklace, using double strand beads as our pendant or focal! This sort of project is perfect for those that like to see their work done and complete in just an hour or less! Depending on what is used for the necklace and "filler" bead we call them, this is also a great example of what can be made inexpensively but giving an amazing piece of art! Why buy jewelry at the store, when you can make just what your looking for to match that outfit or resell your products to earn extra income! People love handmade jewelry gifts as well!

Final Touches

After that, it's just simple stringing. With this necklace I did a pattern, one blister pearl, 2 beads, until desired length. There are bead boards available to help assist in making actual lengths of things. But, I like to wing it, if it looks like the length I'd like, then perfect.


Then of course we finished it off with one a double strand fold over clasp, in antique gold finish for this project. And, done! To finish this off, I tied a knot that fits nicely into the back of the clasp, as the backs have a cut out for knots, crimps and such. Then, I added a dab of glue to ensure the know would stay in place.

Beaded necklaces can be expensive but DIY can be fun and at a lesser cost!

DIY jewelry making can not only save money, but you can build and create, it's like being a kid again, only you can wear it proudly! The slider beads for this design were purchased at www.mobile-boutique.com and the blister pearl beads were purchased at a bead show, but can be found online at many of the online bead stores. I hope this tutorial was useful! This design style was actually published in a bead magazine a couple of times now, just change up the pendants and filler beads and you have a new beaded masterpiece!!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      I may have to give this a shot, actually.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm Floored. Totally stunning necklace. You make it look so easy. I have to try that knotting technique you used to get the slider to hang flat. Thank you!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Beautiful necklace! Thanks for the info :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Interesting way to to thread these beads. I guess I've never seen them before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The finished product is a good-looking necklace. Well done!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Looks pretty and easy!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Cheers