Stringing Beads for Jewelry Making

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.

Beginning Jewelry Making or Bead Stringing

Stringing Beads

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!

How to Make Bead Jewelry
Table of Contents

  1.  About Tools and Supplies
  2.  Where to Buy Tools and Supplies
  3.  Learn Crimping Techniques
  4. Bead Stringing Projects

Bead Stringing Tools and Supplies

Here is a list of the basic jewelry making supplies that you'll use to learn how to make beaded jewelry...

  • Jewelry making beads
  • Jewelry making tools
  • Stringing materials
  • Jewelry findings
  • Jewelry Beading Board

Each type of jewelry supply is explained below.

Jewelry Making Beads


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.

Jewelry Making Tools for Stringing Beads

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 Materials Used to String Beads

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.

Jewelry Making Findings for Bead Stringing

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.

Beading Board

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.

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Where to Buy Bead Stringing Supplies

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.

Jewelry Beading Instructions and Techniques

Beginner Bead Stringing Technique: Crimping

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

  1. Learn to use fold over crimp ends to finish cord ends like leather, suede or ribbon
  2. Learn to use crimp beads to attach clasps to finish necklace or bracelet ends strung on beading wire

Crimping is an easy way to learn how to make jewelry. And a very simple way to learn how to make beaded jewelry! Right?

How to String Beads

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.

1. Stringing Beads Using a Beading Board

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.

2. String Irregular Shaped Beads Using a Beading Mat

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.

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Beginner Bead Jewelry Projects

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.

  1. A Y necklace is easy to make. Best of all you make it with one length of beading wire!
  2. Learn how to make a beaded bracelet. String a bead bracelet and finish the bracelet ends with French wire, or bullion.

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!

Knotting Pearls Into Jewelry

Stringing Pearls with Wire

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!

How to Knot Pearls

Hand Knotted Pearl NecklaceHand Knotted Pearl Necklace

In Part 1 of the How to Knot Pearls Tutorial for hand knotting pearls you will find out:

  • Jewelry making supplies you will need to buy
  • How to determine what size bead cord to use
  • How to tie an overhand knot

In Part 2 of the Pearl Knotting Tutorial for knotting pearls by hand will show you:

  • How to tie knots between pearls
  • How to attach clamshell bead tips (calottes)
  • How to a attach clasp to make a necklace

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How to Make Beaded Jewelry

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!


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