Basic Beaded Necklace

How to make a basic beaded necklace will be our project.

We will examine:

  • jewelry supplies needed
  • beading tools needed
  • how to make a necklace

We will uncover the step by step process that will lead you to the tutorial where you will see how to actually make your first necklace. 

I will share with you along the way what you need, to ensure your success. This will build your confidence as you move to the next project.

Let's begin...



Jewelry Supplies


Here are the essential jewelry making supplies needed to make your first basic beaded necklace that we will discuss.


4 components make up the supply list.

  1. Decorative Beads
  2. Beading Wire
  3. Clasp
  4. Crimp Beads

Let's look at each in more detail, click here to learn the jewelry making supplies to a beaded necklace.


Next up...



Jewelry Beading Tools


The only tools needed to make a beaded necklace will be:

In addition to:

  • a beading mat - to cushion your work area
  • a bead stopper - used to secure one end of your stringing material.

Visit basic jewelry tools if you do not understand what tools are needed for how to make jewelry. Go ahead, we'll wait for you.


Then we will move onto the...



Beaded Necklace Tutorial


This will be the last stop for learning the step by step process to make your first beaded necklace. 

First let's begin with looking at this process...[wait for it...]

...backwards.

HUH?!?

Yeah, backwards. Well by the end, what I hope is achieved is that you see the simplicity of how to make a basic beaded necklace instead of what appears to be the complexity of it.

Trust me on this one...

So let's 'bead'gin. First up...



Jewelry Anatomy 101
of a
Basic Beaded Necklace


Jewelry Anatomy 101 is a unique course, or concept, I created to help any beginner understand the actual structure of how beaded jewelry is made.

By breaking down the process piece by piece, seeing all the parts of the basic construction should help to unveil the entire process.

We will also work through the same system with the 1st bracelet and the 1st earrings classes as well.

[although the bracelet and the necklace are the same process, we will still look it over to anchor any misgivings between the two.]

Think of this as a science project where we dissect and investigate the inside of each specimen, which in this case is a necklace, at the very basics.

Once you learn the guts to the process you will never look at jewelry the same way again, you will see it with new eyes.

I, personally, was never good in science but maybe if I had gotten to dissect jewelry rather than frogs I may have done better.

So if you are on board let's move on.

Allow me to begin by asking you a question.


Look at this picture...

Describe what you see...

What are the things you notice?... 

Take a moment, I'll wait...


It's not a trick question and there is no right or wrong answer. I just want to hear what you observe when you look at jewelry.

Is it...

  • The beads?
  • The design?
  • The color?
  • The length?


What did you come up with? The same or something different?

Let's look closer...

Did you see...

  • It's a necklace
  • The color is in the teal or aqua family
  • The beads are round
  • Two different size beads
  • Pearls
  • There is a clasp
  • The style is casual dress
  • The repeat pattern

Is there anything else you noticed?

Well if that's what you see from the outside, have you ever wondered what it is you are NOT seeing?

Have you ever asked yourself... 

  • What are the beads strung on?
  • What is holding it together? 

How do you go from this...

...to this?

Hmmm?

Shall we take a peek?

Let's look inside and see what's going on underneath the pretty beads that holds this piece of jewelry together.

Well I'm confident you know that it is some type of stringing material, but the big question is what kind?

There is a variety of cords to string beads on, but what is the proper stinging material.

Well that depends on your project.

I won't linger here, we will discuss these other stringing materials as new projects are added and new beading supplies introduced.

For this specific project, the basic beaded necklace, I like to introduce all beginners to a beading wire that I was introduced to.

I prefer this type of stringing over most others just for the simplicity of the use.

But the BIG take away...pay attention here...my preference of a soft flexible beading wire is a brand called 'Soft Flex Beading Wire'.

This is key and a very important detail! 

It is what I use for all my projects and what I start everyone with that goes through my introductory jewelry making classes.

I do this because I want you to learn with ease and being a beginner does not mean we have to compromise on quality.  

But if you read nothing more on this please let me leave you with this one beading tip...

Beading Tip:

Not All Beading Wire is Created Equal 

I found this out the hard way.

Once I discovered Soft Flex Beading Wire it left me rather bias to which beading wire I have used since.

Read more about Soft Flex Beading Wire here.


Okay, that answers what the beads are strung on, but what is holding the necklace together?

Let's take an even closer look...


As stated, in the beginning, only 4 basic components are used to create a basic beaded necklace.

  1. beading cord
  2. a clasp
  3. crimp beads
  4. decorative beads

This visual that shows all the components in use, could be a either a beaded necklace, a bracelet or even an anklet.

Each are constructed in the same manner, it's just the finished length that separates each style. 

Hopefully this was a helpful exercise seeing all the components broken down?

Please feel free to leave your comments below.

We'll move on now and begin discussing each of the categories for how to make a basic beaded necklace.

continue with...


See you there...

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