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How to string and create a necklace or bracelet

Nov 20, 2014

To create a necklace or bracelet using the following format, you will need two crimps, one clasp, wire, a crimp tool and/or a flat nosed plier, a flush cutter, beads, and a jump-ring, swivel, or any other type of end.

  1. Gather your beads, beading supplies, and begin to plan your design. We recommend either laying out the beads on a table or using a bead design board.
  2. Trim your beading wire to desired length. Be sure to add a little extra room, we recommend anywhere from 10-20 centimetres, to the end of your design for the clasp and stringing materials.
  3. Once you have your wire cut, start the beading process by stringing on one of the two crimps on the wire.
  4. Next, thread the wire through the loop at the bottom of the clasp and bring the wire back around and through the other end of the crimp. This should form a loop between the clasp and the crimp.
  5. Gently pull the wire to tighten the loop. This will move your clasp closer to the crimp (do not make it flush, leave a little bit of room between the clasp and the crimp). We recommend using your chain nosed pliers to do pull the wire.
  6. Close the crimp by using either your crimping tool or pliers by pressing the crimp closed on the wire.
  7. Use the flush cutters to remove the excess wire.
  8. Once this is complete, bead your design onto the wire.
  9. After you string your last bead, string your last clamp onto the wire.
  10. Thread the wire though your jump-ring, swivel, or end of preference and bring the wire back around and through the other end of the crimp. This should form a loop between the clasp and the crimp.
  11. Repeat steps 5-7. It is good practice to never close your strand while it is in a straight line. This ensures that your strand is not too tight and rigid, and prevents your stringing material from breaking.
  12. Once complete, attach your end and clasp together to complete necklace or bracelet. 

Visit our Pallion YouTube channel to view our instructional stringing video.

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