How to Bead Jewelry: A Beginner’s Guide
Jewelry has been a part of mankind for tens of thousands of years. To give you a better idea, they used to be made of bones, feathers, pebbles, and shells.
Fast forward to today and they’re typically made from metals or gemstones. For example, it’s not uncommon for necklaces to be made of gold or silver.
Of course, you can make your own out of beads as well. Not only will it save you money but you’ll get to customize the piece to your liking!
Interested? Want to know how to bead? If so, you’re on the right page. We’ll be going over the steps below!
A Short Guide on How to Bead Your Own Jewelry
Making a beaded necklace or bracelet is easier than you think. Here’s how.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Start by gathering all of your beading materials—this includes things like beads, wire cutters, beading thread, super glue, and closures.
Generally speaking, you should be able to find most of these items at your local craft store.
Step 2: Select a Length
Select a length for your necklace or bracelet. For example, if you’re making a choker, you’ll want it to be roughly 13 inches long.
If necessary, you can always measure your neck or wrist first. That way, you’ll have an idea of what the length will look like on you. Feel free to play around with big loops and small loops.
Step 3: Prepare the Design
Play around with the beads; figure out what design you want to go for. For example, you can try different color variations. There’s also the option of using more than one layer of string.
Not sure what type of beads to use? You can check out this bead shapes guide.
Step 4: Making the Jewelry
Cut your beading thread to the determined length. Don’t forget to add a few extra inches—that’ll make it easier to tie off later.
Next, slide in one of the crimping beads. Add another bead an inch or so down and then place the jump ring on. From there, you want to thread the end of the stringing material through the clasp.
Step 5: Sliding Your Design In
String your design onto the thread, one bead at a time. Stop when there are a few inches of stringing material left.
Add a jump ring at the end. Be careful not to pull the thread too tight, otherwise, there won’t be room for the beads to move around. Finally, cut off the extra stringing material.
Making Your Own Jewellery
Now you know how to bead your own jewellery! As you can see, it’s pretty straightforward. If anything, you just need the right materials.
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