Techniques & Guides » basic beading

RSS
Style and Lengths of Necklaces

Style and Lengths of Necklaces

Styles Bib: multiple strands of beads, each one longer than the strand above it. Graduated: beginning with the largest bead in the center front, the beads decrease equally in size on each side of the center bead towards the clasp...

Read now
Standard Necklace and Bracelet Lengths

Standard Necklace and Bracelet Lengths

See our chart below for the standard lengths in inches of common types of necklaces, as well as bracelet lengths and guidelines for necklaces for men. Standard Necklace & Bracelet Lengths for Women Type Length Choker 16 inches Princess/Pendant 18...

Read now
Stringing 101: Bead Stringing Basics

Stringing 101: Bead Stringing Basics

Bead stringing may be the most popular and universal of all jewelry making techniques. A pile of beads just screams to be strung together, and many of us may have played around with beads and sewing thread as children. Knowing...

Read now
How to Use Crimp Beads

How to Use Crimp Beads

Crimp beads are soft metal beads used in place of knots to secure clasps and beads onto un-knottable stringing material such as beading wire. To use crimps, you will need some flat nose pliers to squash the crimps, or speciality...

Read now
How to Straighten Bent Wire and Head Pins

How to Straighten Bent Wire and Head Pins

One of the basic techniques that every jewelry maker needs to know is how to straighten bent wire and head pins . Most likely the wire you purchase, such as sterling silver wire, gold filled wire and craft wire, will...

Read now
How to Open and Close a Jump Ring

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring

Never pull a jump ring apart! Learn how to properly open and close a jump ring for beading and jewelry making. Following these steps will put the least amount of stress on your rings. Watch our instructional video tutorial or...

Read now
How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop

How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop

Learn how to make a wrapped wire loop with our instructional video tutorial or see below for written instructions and step-by-step photos. Knowing how to create a wrapped wire loop is essential for beading and jewelry-making. For more on wire...

Read now