The most popular method for making beaded jewelry is stringing beads onto beading wire. If you love beads, wire will be your constant companion as well. Stringing beads on wire is one of the simplest of all beading techniques. It is a basic beading technique most beginning beaders master very quickly. Master the stringing beads onto wire and you are well on your way to a wonderland of creativity. You can make necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings….the creativity possibilities are absolutely ENDLESS.
Here is a quick lesson for stringing beads onto wire:
Plan out your design (it is easier to use same type and same size of beads for first time stringing beads and for learning the technique). If you decide to use a variety of sizes, types, colors of beads, you will need a bead board to plan out your pattern.
A bead board is helpful to “try out” different designs before you actually start stringing. You can arrange and rearrange your design on a bead board until you have exactly what you want, then begin stringing onto the wire.
You will become exhausted at all the different types of beads there are to choose from, but regain your strength and carry on.
Beading cable is strong and able to accommodate large, small, glass, gemstone, round or any size and shape you desire, EXCEPT, extremely heavy beads or jagged edged beads. You will find using the very heavy or jagged edged beads wears down the cable quicker and the cable will break.
As an example, gather 94 – 6 mm round Czech glass beads or Swarovski glass beads. These are two of my favorite kind of beads to work with, but you can gather together whatever you desire for your beginning stringing beads onto wire lesson. Even larger beads may be easier to work with at first.
Choose beading wire the appropriate size to accommodate the beads you have chosen. An example might be use 0.015″, 19-strand Beadalon. You also need two crimp beads or crimp tubes in the appropriate size for the beading wire, such as, 2x2mm sterling silver crimp tubes.
Tools for this project include crimping pliers, one pair of chain nose pliers and one pair of flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutter pliers, a ruler or yard stick, end findings and a clasp, for example, use a 10 mm sterling silver lobster claps and two 6 mm, 16-gauge sterling silver jump rings or another as your choice.
Measure a length of beading wire from the spool to your desired length. Trim with the wire cutters. Add 10 inches to total desired length of necklace or bracelet (do not include the clasp in this measurement). String on first crimp bead. Pass one end of the beading wire up through one of the crimps while placing the crimp bead three inches from end of wire. Now, pass beading wire back down the same crimp bead and pull the short wire tail until a small loop forms. The loop should be large enough to accommodate jump rings you will attach later.
Crimping pliers have two pairs of indentations. One indentation is round on both jaws. The other indentation is round on one jaw and notched on the other jaw. Using crimping pliers gently grasp crimp bead using the notched/round indentations (be careful and do not squeeze down on pliers yet).
You should now be holding the crimp bead with the crimping pliers, use fingers of your other hand to separate the wire strands to cause them to both run parallel to one another inside the crimp bead. Do not let the wires cross each other. Hold wire apart. Now…squeeze down the crimping pliers firmly. The first indentation is made in the crimp. There are now two channels in the crimp, one on each side. You should end up having one strand of wire on the inside of each channel.
Take hold of the crimp bead again with the pliers using the other pair of indentations (the double-round indentations). Turn crimp 90 degrees from original angle. You should have wire strands stacked on top of each other.
Squeeze handles of crimping pliers tightly to fold the crimp in half lengthwise having one channel with one strand of wire inside enclosed in each half. You have secured the crimp.
Using wire cutters trim the beading wire tail to your preference. If you have used the proper size of crimp and have closed it securely, you should be able to trim wire tail up against the crimp. You can also leave an inch or more of wire tail hiding the tail within the beads.
String bead onto wire in whatever order you laid them out on the bead board. If you are using same size beads, this task is made easier by estimating how many beads you need to string after referencing a beads-per-inch chart and dividing that number by two giving you a center point.
String onto wire the second crimp bead and slide it down against beads. Create a second loop by holding the crimp with fingers of one hand and using other hand to pass the wire tail back down through the crimp bead. Hold the top of loop, pull thread tail to make the loop smaller.
The loop should be as small as you can make it with your fingers, now grasp the crimp with chain nose pliers while using other hand to continue pulling wire tail until the loop is correct size.
Grasp one side of loop with round nose pliers. The correct side of loop to grab is determined by pulling the beading wire tail. If the loop shrinks down in size, you have got hold of the correct side. If it does not shrink in size, switch to the other side of the loop. Scoot the crimp down with your fingernail to one millimeter away from last bead. Pull the wire tail as needed to bring the loop back down to correct size.
Close second crimp using same technique as described above for the first crimp bead. Trim second wire tail with wire cutters.
Using two pairs of chain nose pliers attach the clasp findings to beading-wire loops with jump rings.
You should now have a finished project, either a necklace or bracelet, whichever you chose to make. You are now stringing beads onto beaded wire, which is the most common and simplest beading technique.
If you are unable to bead your own beautiful jewelry, please feel free to look around my shop for pieces to add to your beaded jewelry collection. I am always adding new pieces handmade beaded jewelry, and have a great day beading…..beading every day helps to keep the doctor away….just my little saying. Hand crafts in general are good for the mind, body and soul. Then again, if you are unable to do your own hand craft jewelry, visit me.
Collecting handmade beaded jewelry is also good for mind, soul and body.
Written by: Connie Limon for Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry
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