Beading Jewelry 101
Beading Jewelry 101
Beading jewelry 101 is a simple step by step tutorial on the basics to beading for beginners.
With 1 person in mind, you the beginner, learning 2 simple beading techniques using only 3 basic jeweler's tools.
This 1, 2, 3 building block formula for learning how to make simple basic beaded jewelry shared here is what I have been sharing with men, women and children (including my own) for over the past 10 plus years through beading for beginners classes.
Now I'm bringing my classes to a computer near you.
Whether it's necklaces, bracelets, earrings or accessories you will learn it here and I can help. But it all has to start with your desire to learn.
If you are ready, and will spend a little time with me, I will show you the basics you need to learn to have you beading jewelry.
These are easy to follow instructions shared in basic information that I have taught children as young as 6 (although I had my daughter at the age of two stringing beads) and I've had students in their 90's stringing and making necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Yes, you read that right, I have taught 90 something year old, I just wish I had thought to take pictures at that time.
I keep the instructions very elementary, basic and simple that anyone can follow.
We all learn differently and you have the opportunity to work at your pace.
If this sounds like something you are looking for then let's get you started learning beading jewelry 101.
Proverbs 20:15 Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
3 Basic Jeweler's Tools
The tools have it...
When beginning any craft project tools are part of the equation. Beading jewelry is no different.
There are several tools available to you but to keep this simple and basic you only need 3 basic jeweler's tools to get the job done.That's it, just 3.
I won't talk anymore than these three tools so not to confuse you, the beginner.
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Round Nose Pliers
Let's look at the basic tools needed just to give you a visual of what the tools look like.
As we move onto the projects I will explain which tool is used for what and provide greater detail of their use. For now let's just see what they look like.
These tools are affordable and a complete set should run approximately $30 depending as to where you purchase.
I do not find it necessary, in the beginning, to invest a great deal until you are sure you are going to like this.Once you become familiar with the techniques you may then want to consider investing in better tools but that will be a personal preference.
The tools should measure approximately 5" in length or longer for a comfortable fit to an adult hand. Do not be taken in by some of the small cute jeweler tools as I was. These tools are too small for an adult's hands and may create cramping in your hand after repeated use. If children are the students learning then these may be the perfect size for them but even my own children, when they were beginning, used the same jeweler's tool that I did.
If you are ready let's look at each tool individually....
Chain Nose Pliers - The most essential tool
Chain nose pliers will be your 'go to' tool' for all of your beading projects. Having a couple on hand has been very beneficial in holding things when items were too small to hold with my own hands.
Round Nose Pliers - another essential tool for your jewelry beading tool kit
Round nose pliers are another essential tool out of the three basic jeweler's tools for your beginners beading tool kit.Pay special attention to the fact that the round nose pliers are very similar to the chain nose pliers. It is very important not to get them mixed up.Look closely at the tips of the pliers when you are picking them up to use them. The chain nose pliers has a flat interior nose where as the round nose pliers are completely round.Best beading tip I can give you here is to make sure you are using the right tool for the right job.
Cutters - Please use caution these cut and can hurt if mis-used
The cutters, wire cutters, flush cutters, side cutters have many names. The strength of the cutters will also determine the type of materials you will want to use them with.You may need to consider purchasing a few different type of cutters to get the job done. These cutters displayed here will do an excellent job of cutting a soft flexible beading wire for stringing bracelets but will not be strong enough to cut memory wire.Beading tip again is to make sure you use the right tool for the right job.
2 Simple Beading Techniques - to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more
2 very simple beading techniques are all you will need to learn to bead any basic string jewelry.Once these two techniques are mastered then it will be just a matter of learning the different materials and how to manipulate them to create countless array of looks and designs.
Let's take a quick look at these two simple beading techniques. Ready?
Beading Technique #1
Crimping Technique ~ Used to Create Bracelets and Necklaces
1 of the 2 simple techniques is called the 'crimping technique'.
This technique is a simple, simple, [did I mention simple?] process.
It is most commonly used to create necklaces and bracelets but depending on the design this technique can be used to make earrings and countless other projects.
Beading Technique #2 - single or plain loop for earrings and accessories
This second beading technique is called a single or plain loop. This particular technique may need more practice than the crimping technique but it is as essential of a technique to learn.The most common project that uses the single or plain loop are earrings but there are an array of designs and jewelry projects that use the loop technique. Here is a list of just a few.If this is an interest feel free to check out the earring tutorial for a quick view of where to get started.photo credits: Bead At Home
- Cha-Cha Bracelet
- Charm Bracelet
- Purse Jewelry
- Cell Phone Jewelry
- Linked Jewelry
- Rosary Beads or Necklace
1 Technique, So Many Uses - The single or plain loopClick thumbnail to view full-size
Beading Craft Magazine - For the beginner
Anyone wanting to learn beading I'm going to share with you my 'go to' tool. I highly recommend this particular beading craft magazine to everyone who sits in my classes.
That would be the 'BeadStyle' magazine.
The projects are geared toward the beginner. Lovely pictures are provided with description and the directions.
You will also find a list of basic techniques along with a glossary in the back of the magazine.
If you are wondering if this is something you may or may not like then a purchase of just one copy I feel with help you with that decision.
The other thing I like are the advertisements of beading suppliers. It is a wealth of information and worth a look. I don't think you will be disappointed.
My Secret Beading Tip for Beginners - Fire Mountain Gems Beading Catalog
Who Is Your Favorite Beading Supplier?
If I could recommend only one supplier to buy your beading supplies from here is my little secret gem I will share only with you, Fire Mountain Gems beading catalog. [shhhh, let's keep that between us.]
I do like others as well but remember I only had one choice. Here is why.
Fire Mountain Gems was my first beading supply catalog and I was over joyed by the wealth of knowledge filled between the covers of their catalog.
The pictures and description of beading components taught me so much and along with a beading magazine these were my first tools that taught me most of what I needed to know about beading before I even began.
The main thing it taught me was that I definitely wanted to learn MORE and that I was going to like it.
All I needed to do was to find someone to teach me and that is where I can help you.
I would love the opportunity to share with you the easy beading for beginner lessons that I have fine tuned over the past 10 plus years teaching countless people just the basics and then enjoying watching them grow into what they wanted to make of it.
To order your free Fire Mountain Gems catalog contact them directly. You will see first hand why I find this such a valuable tool.
Then when you are ready to begin taking lessons I would be honored to take you step by step to creating your first piece of jewelry.
That is the Question, Wait, What Was the Question?
To Bead or Not To Bead?See results without voting
R U Ready?
To get started learning how to bead?
There is still so much more to learn about the basics but I don't want to overwhelm you with too much info.
So If you feel this is something that you have been looking for and you are ready to learn more then come on in and let's delve into this easy peasy lemon squeezy hobby.
There is still so much more to cover for your beading for beginner classes, we need to discover the beads and beading supplies, findings, beading craft magazines and we still need to talk more about beading terminology all at the basic beginner level.
This was just a hint of what you need to get started with the basics to give you a taste for what is ahead. If you want to learn more head over to Beading Jewelry 101 to get started in your bead-ginning journey.
Or if you would like to read more visit DIY Jewelry Journal to see more of what I share.
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