You can string beads for all sorts of reasons, such as making jewelry or home decor pieces. Beaded jewelry makes for a great gift no matter who the recipient. It’s fairly easy to do and you only need a few tools to do so; Flat nose pliers (if you’re placing the beads on wire), string and scissors (if you’re not using wire), a variety of beads in different sizes and colors, and bead caps. You can find all the materials you need at a local craft store.
To start off, you’ll want to make sure that you have all your beading materials ready and nearby as you prepare to work. Before you begin beading, you should at least formulate a design in your head so that you have an idea of how you want your finished piece to look like; You should also decide on the length of your project. When you’re done deciding, you’ll cut the wire or string at the preferred length while being sure to leave a little extra. This is especially important if you’re making a piece of jewelry as you won’t want the piece being too large for the intended area and slipping off (if it’s a bracelet) or hanging to low or being too tight (if it’s a necklace). If you don’t have a specific design in mind, you could always freestyle your piece or look up inspiration on numerous sites on the web.
You’ll then want to start threading each bead onto the wire or string. You can decide to crimp the beads if desired. When you start reaching the end would be the time to start crimping every few beads, doing this will allow you to finish your piece unless you rather use a clasp on shorter pieces. If the piece is intended for a friend or loved one, you should consider using beads in their favorite colors.
To add more interest and make bigger beads stand out more as the main feature, you can use bead caps and seed beads between them; These should be added every 3 to five beads. You’ll want to thread one of the ends through the crimped bead and pull the ends tight, but not so tight if you want the piece to be flexible. Pulling tight will cause the beads to push further together, creating a stiff piece. Typically, you’ll want your piece to be just tight enough that there’s no gaps in-between the beads. To finish, you should close the crimp beads with the flat nose pliers.
To make a light piece, you should only incorporate small beads into your design; While for more detailed, intricate designs, you can incorporate bigger beads in more styles. Because the piece’s design is entirely up to you, you can design it to look however you want; It can be multi-colored with different colored beads, one colored bead repeated over and over, etc. You could also use Blu-Tac at one end of your piece in order to prevent the beads from slipping off.