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
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!
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
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
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