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How To Make Jewelry: How To Make A Beaded Necklace
Do you ever see the strands of beautiful beads at the craft store and wish you knew what to do with them? Maybe you have even bought some, but you don’t know how to turn them into jewelry. Well, we are here to take the mystery out of jewelry making.
We are going to show you how to turn those gorgeous gemstone and crystal beads into a necklace. And you can use the same technique to make a bracelet, too!
We will show you how to combine two to three strands of beads to make your design. You will need between 15 and 17 inches of beads to make a necklace. Or longer if you like.
We will show you what to put the beads on – bead stringing wire! It is a very soft, coated wire that doesn’t kink like regular wire. And it is much stronger than thread. You can find it at the craft store with the beads.
Here’s a video we made explaining bead stringing wire:
How To Make Jewelry: Bead Stringing Wire For Jewelry Explained
We will show you how to string the beads onto the bead stringing wire, including a little tip using masking tape to keep the beads from sliding off.
Then we will show you how to add a clamshell bead tip and a crimp to secure a toggle clasp. The clamshell bead tip is a little jewelry making finding. You can find it with the jump rings at the craft store.
The tools you will need for this project are the basic trip of jewelry making: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.
Here’s a little video we made showing these tools:
How To Make Jewelry: Basic Jewelry Tools Explained
We use a toggle clasp in this video, but you can use other kinds of clasps.
Here’s a video we made showing a range of clasps:
How To Make Jewelry: All About Clasps
We hope you like this video and it helps you get started making your own jewelry. If you have any questions at all, just leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
And if you want more jewelry making basics, we have some starter tips and tricks in these videos:
How To Make Jewelry: How To Make A Simple Loop
How To Make Jewelry: How To Make A Wrapped Loop For Jewelry
How To Make Jewelry: How To Open And Close A Jump Ring
And lastly, this is our most popular video and it is perfect for a beginner:
How To Make Jewelry: How To Make Crystal Wrapped Earrings
Check it out!