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06/10/2014

Making a Beaded Necklace



Step 1

The flexible beading wires and threads are materials best suited to this purpose. Wires with strands of stainless steel wire, coated with nylon; featuring the 19, 21 and 40 straps are the ideal materials for you. In case you are stringing a lightweight bead which comes in several colors, beading thread is a great option for you.

Step 2

Determine the length to your necklace and add 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) to it before you cut on your thread or wire. Make sure you have enough to connect the clasps to the binders.

Step 3

Now get 2 crimp beads, a clasp and beads for the desired necklace.

Step 4

Get a tiny bead on the threading material followed by the crimping bead, followed by another tiny bead of about 1 inch or so.

Step 5

One end of the clasp should be placed after the bead, making a loop to the material that is stringing them.

Step 6

Now place the end to the stringing material on the clasp section, followed by the bead-cramp-bead combo and the use of the crimping tool or chain pliers to get all the crimps in place. In case you are using bead thread, use a drop of super glue or hypo cement on either end ensuring the crimps and beads stay on. These steps will protect the binders from rubbing, thus causing in the necklace to break.

Step 7

Choose all your beads and lay out the design before you do your stringing. A beading board will be beneficial for you to allow the designs to be laid out before stringing.

Step 8

After you are satisfied string them onto the necklace. Make sure you leave about 3-4 inches of your binding material at the end.

Step 9

Using a clasp section or Jump ring followed by the bead- cramp- bead combo, try and push the remaining of your binding materials to the bead holes underneath the crimp bead. Make sure you do not pull it too tight. Leave about ¼ inch of slack in the necklace. The stringing beads are thus left to be rotated and move, so they do not rub on the binder much. If the material is too tight, the necklace will be rigid, with the design looking angular rather than slightly rounded like it actually should be.

Step 10

Now crimp the second end and cut the string with slush cutters. Do not cut it too close to the crimp bead. I inch of extra wire should be enough.

 



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