Mixing bead stringing with bead weaving allows you to create unique pieces of jewelry.
Today, I’m going to guide you through the steps that I take to make strung jewelry. While stringing is not a technique that I focus on here on The Bead Club Lounge, hopefully this will inspire you to try something new and make something a little different than you’re used to.
At the end, I will give you some examples of ways that you can mix this technique with bead weaving.
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How To Create Jewelry Using Bead Stringing
Below is a list of all the supplies you will need to make jewelry like the type I will demonstrate. At this point, I want to introduce my new Amazon store. It contains a list of all the beading materials I typically recommend plus some others I love to use.
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What you will need for this project:
- Flexrite wire, 7 strand
- Crimp tubes, 2×2 mm
- Crimp covers, 3 or 4 mm
- Jump rings
- Lobster clasp
- Wire protectors
- Crimping pliers
- Flat-nose pliers
- Chain-nose pliers
- Wire cutter
- 1-Step Looper
- Bead mat
Below you will find the bead stringing video tutorial where I show you how to make a bracelet. Of course, the same steps can be used to create necklaces as well.
Here is the video tutorial:
The Finished Bracelets
Let’s take a look at the finished strung bracelets.
Using jump rings, I added a short piece of chain, approximately one inch long, because I was not certain of the length required. This is always a good practice if you’re not sure. The person wearing the bracelet (or necklace) can easily adjust the length as needed.
You can see that I also added a charm to the bracelet on the left. I simply used a heart bead, one headpin and the 1-Step Looper tool to complete that.
Combining Bead Stringing With Bead Weaving
Here are two necklaces that I made in the past combining bead stringing with bead weaving.
I think combining bead stringing with bead weaving is great when you are making Spiral Stitches in particular as they tend to take a long time and use a lot of beads and thread. Stringing half of the necklace cuts down on the quantity of materials needed and the time required for completion.
There are different ways you can use bead stringing. It doesn’t just have to be done in the way shown in the photos. You can:
- alternate sections of strung jewelry with woven pieces
- create a beaded necklace and hang a stitched pendant on it
- or create a stitched necklace and attach a regular pendant
What other ways can you think of to combine the two techniques? Have you tried bead stringing before? Let me know in the comments below!
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