Master the basics of stringing beads to make beaded jewelry with step by step beading instructions!
Have you asked yourself, "How can I make my own jewelry"? If so, read on!
Step by step, I'll guide you through what you need to know to make your own jewelry, or how to bead jewelry.
Since you are new to bead jewelry making, I will cover a lot of jewelry beading basics. We'll start with a jewelry making technique called bead stringing.
Stringing beads is the jewelry beading technique that a lot of jewelry makers learn first.
A bead can be made of almost anything - gemstone, crystal, paper, metal, clay, resin. It has at least one hole in it.
Simply put, the art of stringing beads is to thread or pass stringing material through the hole(s) in beads
It is an easy jewelry making technique to learn. Make jewelry tonight, wear it tomorrow!
Here is a list of the basic jewelry making supplies that you'll use to learn how to make beaded jewelry...
Each type of jewelry supply is explained below.
To learn how to make beaded jewelry, you will need beads of course.
I love beads just as much (if not more) as actually making jewelry!
If you are unfamiliar with beads (or have never purchased a bead in your life), check out my article on buying beads. There, I describe the whole bead buying experience.
Then, explore the many types of jewelry making beads available for making beaded jewelry.
Making bead jewelry requires only a few jewelry making tools
To learn how to make beaded jewelry you need wire cutters and these must have jewelry pliers used in bead stringing projects.
Stringing material is the stuff we put beads onto to make jewelry necklaces and bracelets.
Find out all about beading wire and other materials used to sting beads into jewelry.
Findings are small components that make jewelry functional. One use for
jewelry findings is to make connections. A jewelry finding turns a strand of beads into a necklace or bracelet.
Don't worry, you'll see how easy bead jewelry making is once you know how to make the right connections.
Some typical bead stringing findings include jewelry clasps, jump rings, split rings and crimp beads.
Here, learn about many more jewelry findings and when to use them.
When you first start to make jewelry, it helps to layout your pattern and to measure the length of your jewelry necklace or bracelet.
To do this we use a jewelry design aid called a beading board.
By now you may be asking, "Where do I buy my jewelry making supplies"?
Jewelry supplies are now found in lots of retail bead shops or stores. If you can't find one locally, here are a few excellent sources for finding beads and jewelry making supplies that you will need.
To learn how to make beaded jewelry you'll need some beading techniques. Let's learn an easy jewelry beading technique called crimping.
Crimping is a technique used to finish off necklace and bracelet ends.
We'll take a look at two variations of the crimping technique using different stringing materials
Crimping is an easy way to learn how to make jewelry. And a very simple way to learn how to make beaded jewelry! Right?
Now that you've learned the jewelry making technique called crimping, let's learn to string beads. I show you two options for stringing beads.
First, we'll learn how to use crimp beads to secure beading wire after stringing beads of the same size to make a beaded necklace in this How to String Beads Tutorial using a bead design board.
Sometimes a beading board is not necessary or practical to use.
We may be taking a jewelry making class, stringing bulky or irregular shaped beads or simply have been beading for a while and don't want to use a beading board. That's when a beading mat comes in handy.
Though at first it's a little more challenging, it's well worth learning to string beads using a beading mat.
Now that you know how to crimp beading wire to make jewelry, here are a few more beginning jewelry bead projects for you to try.
When you're ready for more projects choose from several more bead stringing projects.
You're learning how to make bead jewelry by stringing beads. How easy and fun!
If you're short on time stringing pearls on wire is the way to go. Here, get tips for stringing pearls with wire. Learn what size beading wire to use and more!
In Part 1 of the How to Knot Pearls Tutorial for hand knotting pearls you will find out:
In Part 2 of the Pearl Knotting Tutorial for knotting pearls by hand will show you:
There are many bead magazines available today.
The range of beading projects and beading techniques offered seem almost endless (lucky for us!).
The beading magazine devoted to bringing us lots of bead jewelry projects using bead stringing techniques is called BeadStyle.
Take a look at several bead and jewelry making magazines in my Best Beading Magazines List.
Enjoy hours of browsing for inspiration and how-to techniques!
And ladies, that's how to make beaded jewelry.
At least that's how you get started. After making a few bead designs, share them with us...
Have fun on your Beginner Jewelry Making journey into how to make beaded jewelry by stringing beads!