Making beaded jewelry can be a fun and useful hobby. Beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings make great gifts. Once you have purchased the tools, this is also an inexpensive hobby--all you need is wire or thread and a few beads to start creating! Here are the instructions to make a simple beaded necklace:
- The easiest project to start on will be a beaded necklace. You will need: beads, beading thread (or perhaps wire), two crimps, and a clasp. These are all available at bead stores or craft stores.
- Cut the thread longer than you will actually want the necklace to be, so as to have enough thread to attach the clasp.
- String the beads in the desired pattern onto the middle of the thread. For this necklace, have the beads form a pattern for the full length of the necklace. Put a piece of tape at each end of the row of beads.
- Note: You might use spacer beads in your pattern to create gaps.
- For each end: Slide a crimp onto the thread. Add one half of the clasp. String the thread back through the crimp and, using the needlenose pliers, crimp tightly.
- Remove the tape.
Here are the instructions to make basic bead earrings.
- To make Simple Beaded Drop Earrings, you will need: 2 headpins (These look like a straight pin but without the sharp point. They are sometimes called eyepins), 4 spacers, 4 beads, and 2 fishhook ear wires.
- Start by making the drop part of the earrings: Put the beads on in a pattern - spacer, bead, spacer, bead.
- Make a loop right above the top bead: Using needlenose pliers, bend the pin at a 90 degree angle. Then, using round nose pliers, form a loop. Wrap the wire on the other side of the loop back around the wire (in between the loop and the bead). Cut with wire cutters.
- Take the fish hook ear wire and open the loop. Attach your drop. Close the loop.
- Repeat for other earring.
Many different patterns can be made for different necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. For example, you might make a drop and string it into a necklace, adding a few beads to either side and holding it all into place with crimps. Then use more crimps to attach the clasp.