5 Free Bead Stringing Projects, Plus 10 Stringing Shortcuts from Andrew Thornton

Jan 24, 2014

For many of us, learning how to string beads was the "gateway" that led us to learning about other ways to make beaded jewelry. Bead stringing is a fabulous introduction to the soothing nature of bead work and jewelry making.

But bead stringing is so much more than just putting a bunch of beads onto a piece of beading wire and adding a clasp! For many bead and jewelry artists, making beaded art by jewelry stringing is an art form all of its own. There are skills that you need to master, like attaching the perfect crimp and learning how to handle your basic jewelry making pliers that are necessary for creating the perfect piece of strung jewelry.

Straight from the pages of Jewelry Stringing magazine, we've selected five of our favorite bead stringing projects, plus as a bonus, included some helpful advice and tips from master jewelry artist Andrew Thornton. Ready? Get your beading wire and crimping pliers handy!

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  • No focal pendant for your string of beads? No problem! Cody Westfall's Knot Me necklace uses strands of colorful glass beads and glass pearls that are strung together, attached to a piece of sterling silver chain, and then knotted to create a unique focal point. No pendant required!
  • Stringing beads turns into mixed media jewelry with the addition of colorful fibers and ribbon in Denise Yezbak Moore's Fleurs Nouveau. The classic brass findings are the perfect medium for the texture of the fibers and the brightly colored glass beads.
  • More than just a bead on a string, a multi-strand bead stringing project like Mesdames Collier by Samantha Slater uses a classic square filigree as a centerpiece to which several strands of strung beads are connected to create a fancy (and fanciful) beaded necklace
  • And, yes! You can use seed beads in your bead stringing projects! Terri Wlaschin's Chinese Lanterns necklace uses a clever bead stringing technique using seed beads and beading wire to create little loops that accent a set of bold, colorful handmade lampwork beads.
  • Bead stringing is elevated to an art form in Lorelei Eurto's Sunflower necklace. Learn about texture, shape, and balance when you combine beads made of several different materials like gemstones, wood, and ceramic into one beautiful piece of beaded jewelry.
  • And finally, from master bead artist Andrew Thornton, Stringing Shortcuts provides plenty of ideas and inspiration for when you're not short on jewelry stringing projects, but you're definitely short on time.

Whether you're just learning how to string beads, or you're looking for a few fun bead stringing projects to make with friends for a beading or jewelry-making party, we're sure you'll love this collection of free bead stringing jewelry projects from the pages of Jewelry Stringing magazine! Enjoy!

Bead Happy,



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ArdentTie wrote
on Jan 25, 2014 1:10 AM

Thanks for featuring the article!  I think there are lots of ways to make great, stylish pieces easy and quick!  I would love to hear other people's favorite shortcuts!  I have picked up a few since this originally published.