How to String Beads |
Jewelry Making for Beginners


How to string beads...It's what all beading beginners want to know! See how to make jewelry with step by step illustrated instructions for stringing beads into jewelry!

String a simple bead necklace. That's what I did to make my first piece of jewelry.

In the photo below I used sponge coral rondelle shaped beads and sterling silver accent beads for an everyday look.

Stringing beads is one of the most basic and easiest beading techniques used to make handcrafted beaded jewelry.

Beads Strung Into a NecklaceBeads Strung Into a Necklace on Beading Wire

How to Bead

A lot of us first learn how to bead stringing beads and then use the jewelry making or beading technique called crimping to finish off the piece.

Crimping finishes the ends of a necklace or bracelet by holding it together so it can be worn.

The most common crimping method uses beading wire and crimp beads.

Stringing Beads
Jewelry Beading for Beginners

You'll learn not only the how, but the why of stringing beads. So, the next time that you want to string beads you can create your own beaded necklace design.

Though optional, using a beading board aids in measuring and planning a beaded necklace design.

If you didn't already, please review an Introduction on How to Make a Beaded Necklace. It reviews the basic steps to making a beaded necklace design. You'll learn how to string beads more quickly if you do.

Let's Learn How to String Beads!

Beading Tutorial Category: Bead Stringing Tutorials

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Finished Length of Necklace: 19" (48.3 cm), including a 1" (2.5 cm) clasp

Special Note:

In this beginner bead stringing project, I have used three different bead sizes to make this beaded necklace.

You can simply use one size of beads. That way you will only have to buy one 16" (40.6 cm) strand of beads. Keep in mind that your necklace will be shorter.

Jewelry Making Supplies to Buy

How to String Beads Instructions:
Picture of jewelry making supplies needed.


  • one strand of beads, 15 or 16" (38.1 or 40.6 cm) in length (I used 10mm beads)
  • 2 crimp tube beads
  • 2 split rings
  • 1 lobster claw clasp
  • 26" (66 cm) .019 diameter flexible beading wire (sold by the spool)
  • eight 10mm size beads (Optional)
  • six 6mm size beads (Optional)
  • two crimp covers (Optional)
  • one Beading Board (Optional)

Here's information on flexible beading wire used to string beads.

Close Up of Jewelry Findings

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Close up picture of jewelry findings needed.


Here's an explanation and pictures of other jewelry findings used to make jewelry.


Jewelry Making Tools to Buy

How to string beads instructions: 
Picture of jewelry making tools needed.


  • Round nose pliers (Optional for this project, but very helpful)
  • Crimping pliers
  • Wire cutters

Here is an explanation and pictures of jewelry pliers used in bead jewelry projects.

Jewelry Making for Beginners
How to String Beads Into Jewelry

Beading Instructions

Layout Design

1. Cut any temporary string, cord or monofilament (fishing line) that your beads are strung on and remove your beads from it.

Layout your beads in an eye pleasing design.

Align your design on the center, or zero, of the beading board.

The numbers on the bead board are guides for length and bead placement.

My beads end at the number 9 mark. My necklace without the clasp will be about 18 inches (45.7 cm) long.

Try a few different bead arrangements before deciding on one.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 1 - Layout Design.

String Beads

2. Using the wire cutters, cut about 26 inches (66 cm) of beading wire.

To keep the beads from falling off the other end of the wire, tie a loose knot near the end of the wire.

Starting with the three 6mm beads, string the beads one by one onto the other end of the flexible beading wire, ending with three 6mm beads.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 2 - String Beads.

The 6mm beads are strung onto the flexible beading first and last to form a slight graduation of the beads that allow room for your fingers to better grasp the lobster claw clasp when putting on the necklace.

Check Design

3. After stringing the beads, check your beaded necklace design to see if you have strung the beads in the design that you wanted.

Make any necessary adjustments.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 3 - Check Design.

You're learning how to string beads!

Prepare Clasp

4. A split ring and the lobster claw make up the clasp.

Using the split ring pliers, open a split spring and slide it onto the lobster claw clasp.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 4 - Prepare Clasp.

Note: It is not necessary to add the split ring (you could string the beading wire directly through the loop on the lobster claw).

I like to add it because it also gives the opening mechanism on the lobster claw clasp a litter extra room to work.

Attach One Half of Clasp

5. On one end of the strand of beads, string a crimp bead and half of the clasp (split ring and lobster claw) onto the flexible beading wire.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 5 - Attach One Half of Clasp


Draw Beads Against Clasp

6. Thread the end of the flexible beading wire back through the crimp bead and a few sponge coral beads, making a loop to hold the split ring and lobster claw.

Pull on the wire to draw the beads next to the clasp.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 6 - Draw Beads Against Clasp

Note: Do not crimp the clasp yet. We'll check the fit in Step 9. We'll secure the clasp in Step 10.

How to String Beads Instructions Continued

Clasp Help

7. If you find it difficult to draw the beads against the clasp with just your fingers, try this.

Beading Tip: Place the tip of the round nose pliers between the split ring and the crimp tube bead. Pull the end of the flexible beading wire, drawing the beads against one another.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 7 - Clasp Help

Attach Second Half of Clasp

8. Repeat Steps 5 - 7 on the second end of the necklace.

The second split ring is the second half of the clasp.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 8 - Attach Second Half of Clasp

You're halfway to knowing how to string beads!

Check Fit

9. There's no picture for this specific task. Before we crimp or secure the crimp beads, we need to see how (and if) the necklace will fit on our neck.

Gently pick up your necklace by both ends and go to a mirror.

Facing the mirror, clasp the necklace around your neck. See where and how it rests against your neck.

Is it long or short enough? If not, you'll need to do Step 6 in reverse (pull the beading wire back through or out of the beads). Add more or remove some beads and then redo Step 6.

When you're satisfied with the length and fit move onto Step 10.

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The Crimping Process

10. Crimp each crimp bead using crimping pliers, also known as the Crimping Process: Steps 10 - 15. This secures the clasp onto the end of the necklace.

You'll do three things...

  1. Crimp each crimp bead using crimping pliers
  2. Trim the excess wire
  3. Add a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead (optional)

Crimp the Clasp

Pick up your crimping pliers, place the crimp tube of one necklace end into the notch closest to the pliers' handle.

Try to ensure that the wires are separated, one wire on each side of the notch.

Squeeze the pliers shut.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 10 - Crimp the Clasp

11. Next, place the crimp tube into the notch closest to the pliers' tip.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 11 - Crimp the Clasp

12. Squeeze the pliers shut, folding the crimp tube bead in half onto itself.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 12 - Crimp the Clasp

Trim Excess Wire

13. Now, using the wire cutters, trim the excess flexible beading wire.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 13 - Trim Excess Wire

Add a Crimp Cover

14. This step is optional, but adds a finished look to beaded jewelry.

Place (or press) the folded crimp bead into the crimp cover.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 14 - Add a Crimp Cover

You may have to place the crimp cover (opening face up) onto a flat work surface and really press, or work, the crimped crimp bead into the crimp cover.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 14a - Work Folded Crimp Into Crimp Cover.

Close the Crimp Cover

15. Now, take the crimping pliers and place the covered crimp bead in the notch closest to the crimping pliers' tip. Gently squeeze the pliers shut to close the crimp cover.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 15 - Close the Crimp Cover

Hang in there, you're almost finished. You're getting the hang of how to string beads!

Ensure a Natural Drape

16. Before you secure the second half of the clasp, arrange the beads in a semi circle to simulate how it would fit on your neck.

Do this versus securing the clasp with the beads in a straight line.

This ensures that when the necklace is finished, the beads are not too tight fitting and will drape more naturally.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 16 - Ensure a Natural Drape

Secure Second Half of Clasp

17. Repeat Steps 10 - 15 on the other end of the necklace.

How to String Beads Instructions: 
Step 17 - Secure Second Half of Clasp


From Strand of Beads to Beaded Necklace...Beautiful!

Congratulations! You did it. Now you know how to string a bead necklace!

Follow these easy beginner jewelry making instructions and you will be successful in making a beautiful beaded necklace too. Yours to wear proudly!

Beginner Jewelry Making

I hope you found this How to String Beads Tutorial easy to follow.

There were a lot of steps. Over time, you will find short cuts as you develop your own way of stringing beads.

You will also try stringing different sizes and types of beads.

The possibilities are endless!

Now, would you like to find out how to make your necklace look more like designer jewelry? Yes? Here's how...

Beading Tip

Add a jewelry extender! Jewelry extenders are not only functional, but add a designer touch to handcrafted jewelry.

Here, make your own necklace extender and begin to make designer like handmade jewelry!

Keep making beaded jewelry!

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