Beaded Jewelry

Wire Cutters for Beaded Jewelry Basics

Beaded beads are a really cool and interesting way of using seed beads to. great effect. Today I’m going to show you how I made a set of beaded beads that. coordinate with a set of glass beads already in my stash. Hi there, Sandy here,. welcome to another jewelry making video at So the first thing. I did when deciding to make this project was I picked out a set of beads that.

I’ve actually had in my stash for a long time and I haven’t used them because I. have difficulty finding beads that I thought would coordinate well with them. These are awesome for a bracelet because they’re nice and flat. So I did a bit of. experimenting with beaded beads and I’ll explain as I go along a few of the. things I’ve found. Now usually beaded beads are built. around some kind of core, you can see in this one that I use these beads, they’re. just inexpensive, I think they’re 6/0 spacer beads, you can find these at. your craft store. You often get beads like this as separators in between other. beads that you purchase on a strand. I wasn’t in love with this result,. they were uneven and kind of bulky.

What I ended up using was size 8/0 seed. beads, they have a nice consistent hole and consistent shape, if you buy nice. quality ones. Here are some finished ones, you don’t really end up seeing the core. in there but if any of it should… yeah, well, there it is, you can see a little. bit of it, if any of it should peek out it’s going to match and not clash with. the project. And then of course you’ll need the beads that will show and I. would suggest that you experiment with different sizes. I settled on 11/0’s ,they. just seemed like a good size. Also, I had them in the colors that I liked. So I’ve. got a purple and a copper and again on this one this test one I tried out these. gold. I didn’t really love the gold, it turned out as I looked at these gold. beads next to these gold dipped glass ones that these are. kind of a coppery looking gold so I sort of like the way the copper looks better. than the gold so I went with that. So that will require some experimenting and. like I did here you probably want to make at least one if not more test beads. And while I’m getting my beads set up here I want to make sure to do something. I’ve been really terrible about, is to thank some of my patrons, my newest. patrons.

I’ve just been awful about making it a. point to thank you on my videos so I want to thank Annetta, Sameya, Deborah, Leigh,. Amy and Caroline. Thank you all so much for your support, it means a lot to me. not just the financial support, but also just knowing that you believe in what I. do. So these are the beads I’m going to use: some copper mix, these purple and. then these 8/0, these are 11/0’s and then these 8/0’s are the core, and I. just have some simple bead beading thread that, you could find this in your. craft store, it’s nothing fancy, and cut yourself for each bead about 18 inches of. the thread. Now these are big eye needles, they’re awesome, and you can tell which. one I’ve used because my big eye needles just get bent out of shape. All right, thread my needle and all you, you don’t really need very many of the core. beads, just four of the core beads, and you could use lots of different colors,. you could use all one color, just whatever you want that looks good. So. four of those and then I did some experimenting with different amounts and. found that six of the 11/0’s for each row works really well. So we’ll just string. on six and you know there are lots of different. ways of making beaded beads.

I’ve seen them done pave style where you use an. epoxy clay and embed beads in it. I’ve seen them done with wooden cores. I even. looked at some long glass tube beads that I had and thought of using those as. cores, but they were a little big and actually a little longer and the. proportions didn’t really work with these. So slide those beads down, you. should have 10 beads on there, your four that will be the core and six for. your first row. Slide that done and leave yourself maybe four or five inches of. tail and then come back around where you started and put your needle through. those first four beads again. One reason I found that the number eights worked. better than these was I was able to make several passes through. You, you’ll have. to make quite a few passes of the thread through these beads and these just. seemed to have holes that were a good size for that.

So with each pass just. kind of pull it snug, it’s going to loosen back up but that’s okay, and then. I’m going to do six of these beads. I was talking about the different ways of. making beaded beads, I’ve seen people do them with like stitching techniques like. peyote stitch and such using all sorts of things as cores. I’ve seen some really. cool ones that were done on felted wool balls and then those balls were beaded. So there’s lots of different ways of doing it, and this is just one. As I sat. and played I looked at the ways that other people have done it and then sat. and played and experimented until I found something that looked pleasing to. me. So once you put your next six beads on you just keep doing the same thing, go. back through those four. Now try, it’s gonna be hard not to, but. try not to split the thread with your needle, if you, don’t pierce it if you can. help it. You probably will especially as we get. thicker, but with the, if you don’t it just makes it easier with each round to. pull that snug. Good, now you can see with that second loop, don’t pull it too tight,. but with that second loop it’s starting to hold its shape. I found with these. with some experimenting you could stop at 6 or 7.

Since I was doing an. alternating pattern of the purple and the copper I wanted eight, I wanted an. even number, but I think six, seven or eight is a good place to stop here, and. again, it’ll depend on the sizes that you choose and the size beads that you want. to end up with. Here you can see my bead that I’ve nearly completed, I’ve got. seven rows on here and this is pretty full, if you wanted to leave it at this. you could, like I said I’m doing alternating rows so I want an even. number. So I’m going to add my last row of beads, and one thing if you’re doing a. pattern you may have noticed that they don’t always want to fall where you want. them to so you just have to guide them. So I’m gonna poke my needle through to. do the last row and this very last one, this eighth one may need a pair of. pliers. I grabbed my nylon jaw pliers and then that just helps you to pull your.

Needle through and anytime you need to position them, the rows of beads in a. particular spot you can just sort of gently,. gently guide them… there, right where you want them to be. Cool, all right. So. this bead is nearly done, just one more thing, we want to be able to tie off. these tails so take your needle and go back through any one row of beads and. that will bring it out so that they are both together on the same end. Next is the stringing. Here I have the start of my bracelet where I’m. alternating these glass beads with my beaded beads and I’ve got bead caps. I’m. just putting them on as I finish them, stringing it so that I can just keep. measuring and just keeping making as many as I need until I have enough for. my bracelet. And there are a couple of ways you can get this bead stringing. wire in and it depends really on how tight the hole is.

This bead stringing. wire will not slip in there easily. One way of doing it is to grab it with your. nylon jaw pliers closer than that, like maybe an eighth of an inch from the end,. so close that it can’t kink and bend back on itself. So that, that’s a little. too long, and this is a trick I’ve used for getting things, stringing stuff into. other tight places and you can just look there, find the hole and pushing just. that much. This this does requires some patience, you want to just keep grabbing. a tiny bit if you grab too much it’ll bend and kink and then you may not get. it in you may have to pull it out, whatever you got in there, and trim it. off, but you can do it. I’ve actually, I did three of these this exact same way,. like I said, it just requires some patience. I can feel it, suddenly it starts to go, once it’s in enough beads. that it’s straight. There it is, so that wasn’t so bad. If it’s too tight you may. need to use your needle to do that, the only difficulty with that is that you’re. going to end up pulling two thicknesses of the wire through. You may risk. breaking your needle, but you saw that kinked end on the other one that was how. I did that was because I did it that way I used my needle and used the pliers and. it pulled it through. Unfortunately I put this on before I. should have so now I have to take it off. Rats! Once you get your bead on the. bead stringing wire that is the time to tie your two pieces of thread in a knot. and I just do like a a square knot, maybe do it a couple times. I say to wait until.

You’ve got it on because the first one that I strung the end of my wire hit the. knot and it grabbed it and like pulled it and tore it and just made a mess so I. would say it’s much easier tie these in a square knot right over left, left over. right, maybe right over left again for security, and add a drop of glue. I. actually prefer the super new glue, it’s a little bit runnier and it flows right. down into that thread, just a tiny bit, but this works in a pinch, this is my. super glue. Let it dry and then once it’s dry you can trim those threads being. sure you don’t trim your wire of course. I have a bunch of little bead caps here. I just thought the ends looked like they could use some covering over so I put on. these little six millimeter bead caps, and there, and add as many beads as you. need to make the length of whatever you want, necklace, bracelet,. whatever.

I’m going to use this as a clasp. If you want to learn more about. finishing bead stringing with crimps and wire protectors and adding a clasp I’ve. shown you in many of my videos and I’ll also have a link up in the upper right. to my bead stringing 101 video that shows you how to do that. If you’re. interested in the supplies I used you can click on the little “i” in the upper. right of the video or the link in the description box to go to my blog post. where I always have a complete supply list with links to products .I hope. you’ve been inspired by this video and that you have fun making your own beaded. beads. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. Take a look at my. bye.

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