Basic Beaded Necklace

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

We will discuss:

  • jewelry supplies
  • beading tools

Then 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 what you need to ensure your success. This will build your confidence as you move through each project.

If you are ready, then let's begin...

Jewelry Anatomy 101
of a
Basic Beaded Necklace

Jewelry Anatomy 101 is a different approach to learning how to make jewelry.

I choose to start with this first with you because I believe to understand where you are going, your end product, you first need to understand where you are coming from.

By breaking down the process piece by piece and seeing all the parts to the basic construction should help to unveil the entire process to making a basic piece of jewelry.

If you will stick with me to the end my hope is that this unusual method of looking at the process will allow you to see the simplicity of how to make a basic beaded necklace instead of what appears to be the complexity of it.

I feel this will greatly benefit your learning process. 

Think of it as a science lab project where we dissect and investigate the inside of each specimen. Our project, a basic beaded necklace.

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

The intent is, once you learn the guts to the process you should never look at jewelry the same way again, but instead with a different perspective.

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

Allow me to begin by asking you to examine the piece of jewelry in 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 you to consider what you see when you look at a piece of jewelry.

Do you notice...

  • The beads?
  • The design?
  • The color?
  • The length?
  • The [fill in the blank]

If you took notes, what made your list? Was it the same? Did you list something else?

Let's look closer.

Did you see...

  • It's a necklace
  • The color is teal/aqua family
  • The beads are round shape
  • Two different size beads
  • The beads are pearls
  • There is a clasp
  • The style is casual dress
  • The pattern is repeated

Anything else? if that's what you're seeing from the outside then 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 all together? 

How do you go from this? this?

Shall we peek?

Let's look inside and see what's going on underneath those pretty beads.

I feel sure you know that it is some type of stringing material, but the question is...what kind? 

For this specific project, the basic beaded necklace, I like to start all beginners with a stringing material known as flexible beading wire.

Why? I prefer this type of stringing for the simplicity of the use and process of the project.

My recommendation for you 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 use for all my one-on-one introductory jewelry making classes.

I do this because I want you to learn with ease and being a beginner does not mean we must 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 it.

Soft Flex Beading Wire

Okay, that answers what the beads are strung on, but what actually holds the necklace together?

Let's look closer...

For a basic beaded necklace, we use only 4 'go to' components. 

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

This diagram shows all the components in place as they are used.

Actually, this diagram applies to either a beaded necklace, a beaded bracelet and even a beaded anklet. Each are constructed in the same manner, it's just the finished length that's different. 

Ok...that's it. Did you find this helpful? 

Hopefully this little exercise was helpful in seeing all the components and how they are used?

Feel free to leave your comments below and let me know if this information was effective in your learning process.

Now let's go a little deeper.

Let's move on and begin discussing each of the categories we need to cover to work you through your goal of learning how to make a basic beaded necklace.

See you there...

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