How to make bracelets and earrings with beads

With a few beads and a little know-how, it is fun and easy to create one-of-a-kind bracelets and earrings! The first step is to decide what you want your finished product to look like. Would you like a dangling bracelet made with shimmering Swarovski crystals or are you someone who would prefer small turquoise earrings? Your only limit is your imagination.

After you have a general idea of what you want your finished product to look like, it’s time to take a quick trip to the local craft store. There are a few things you need to get here, but don’t worry – beading is one hobby that won’t break the bank.

The first, and most important, thing you need to get at the craft store is your beads. Make sure you get beads that come predrilled; this will save you a lot of time and hassle later on. When you are selecting your beads, keep in mind that you will need approximately 24 8mm beads to make a 7-inch bracelet and 12 6mm beads to make a pair of small hoop earrings.

After you select your beads, you need to purchase a stringing material. Wire seems to work best for earrings, but for bracelets most people prefer the strong, elastic cording. This gives the bracelet some movement, and helps to prevent it from breaking the first time you snag it on something.

You will also need a small pair of beading pliers, a beading needle, and some super glue. These should all be located in the beading section of the craft store. Read the directions carefully to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money. Often, the beading pliers that sell for $6 are just as effective as the pliers that sell for $16. Use your best judgment when selecting these tools.

The last thing you will need to get to the craft store is your clasps. There are quite a few different types of clasps. Most experienced beaders will recommend the Shephard’s hook for earrings and the Barrel clasp for bracelets. These clasps seem to be the easiest, and the most common, for beginners.

After you have gathered your materials from the craft store, it’s time to bead! It’s best to bead in a well-lit place, where you will have little or no distractions.

The first step to this project is to cut the cording or wire an inch longer than the desired length of your finished project. After you’ve cut it, secure one end to the clasp and slip the beading needle on the other end.

Sort out your beads and slide them onto the string in any order you would like. There is no wrong way to show your creative side!

After you have finished beading your bracelet, secure the unfinished end with the other side of the barrel clasp. If you are making earrings, use the pliers to crimp the end of the wire to secure the beads.

To set the knots, add a tiny dab of super glue to each knot that you’ve made. Make sure to follow the instructions on the glue very carefully. After it has dried, slip your new piece of jewelry on and admire your creation.

With these easy to follow instructions and your own creativity, you too can create original masterpieces that will impress and delight your friends and family.

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