How To Make Bead Jewelry

Written by Sarah Provost
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Bead stringing is the quickest and easiest way to get started making jewelry. It requires very little in terms of tools and materials, and let's face it, you learned the basic skill in preschool. Here are some projects for when you're ready to move beyond spools and shoelaces.

Using memory wire will allow you to produce necklaces, bracelets, and even rings with nothing more than a good pair of pliers and wire cutters. Memory wire is a very hard, stainless steel wire that keeps its shape. Choose the size appropriate for your project, and cut as many loops as you want. For instance, if you want to make a three-strand bracelet, choose bracelet size wire and cut after three loops.

Using pliers, form a small loop at one end of the coil. Then string your beads on it. Using a bead board will help you visualize your final result. When you've strung all the beads, just make a loop at the other end and you're done. Necklaces can be made in the same way, using memory wire with a larger diameter.

Extra Touches for Your Beading Project

Of course, simply choosing different beads allows you an almost infinite number of variations. You could also choose to add charms to your piece, or beaded dangles. To make dangles, string beads on a head pin and insert it between the beads on the memory wire. For a more finished look, instead of looping the wire at the ends, glue on a half-drilled bead for an end piece.

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