Basic Beaded Jewelry Making Techniques + Knots
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Have you seen all of our amazing jewelry making kits!? From starter sets to the chock-full Jewelry Jam Craft Kit, we've got something for every level of maker. To help you get going, we put together an overview of a few basic beaded jewelry making techniques and knots. So get practicing and see what you can create!
Basic Techniques -- our kits all work well to create handmade beaded jewelry. Necklaces, charms, bracelets, anklets, and rings can all be made using a few basic techniques.
To create a multi strand piece, tie several pieces of thread onto a jump ring from the kit. Slide beads onto each strand as you like. And then tie the ends onto another jump ring from the kit.
Or you can create a longer single loop strand that you can wind several times into a multistrand necklace or bracelet.
Then separate the strands and add one bead to each. Bring them back together and thread through one bead. Repeat pattern.
The pattern will look different depending on the size and shape of beads you use, so it's a good one to experiment with a bit.
Basic Knots -- knots are important to start and finish a piece of jewelry, but also can be used as part of the design itself. Here are a few basic knots to get you started.
Makers use overhand knots most frequently to start or finish a strand of beads. You can also use these to create what's called a "pearl knotting" effect with jewelry -- simply tie an overhand knot in between and flush with beads on a strand. This will hold each bead in place and creates a sturdy piece by separating each bead on a strand.
Then cross the end back over the top of the bead to tie an overhand knot. Continue adding additional beads, carefully sliding the beads close to each other before pulling the knot taught.
Slide the fold through the pendant or jump ring.
Fold the ends of the strand over the top of the pendant or jump ring and down through the loop in your strand.
Pull the ends taut to create the knot.