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Stringing on Wire 3

India Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project braceletInstructions for combining jewelry wire with bead stringing wire to make necklaces

There are four necklace designs shown at right.  These designs use our Rainbow AB specialty beads in red, yellow, blue and green colors.  We also use a new technique for making these necklaces that we believe is more professional than many of the approaches that we showed previously.  We like this technique so much that we intend to use it in all of our future beadstringing projects.  There are two reasons for this.  First, is that this new technique is stronger and more permanent than an approach that uses crimp beads.  Second, this technique is as nice looking as any of the other approaches to making necklaces. 

First, we will describe the approach that we used in making these necklaces.  Our new approach to making a necklace involves using about three inches of 20 or 22 gauge wire per side, beadstringing wire like Soft Flex, a pair of end cone jewelry findings, and a commercial clasp (we prefer the magnetic clasps.)  The tools required are round nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers, a flush cutter, and a hemostat or some form of clip.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • One commercial magnetic clasp
  • Seven inches of 20 or 22 gauge wire
  • 28 inches of size .019 Soft Touch Bead Stringing Wire.
  • Beads
  • Flush cutter for cutting Soft Flex and wire.
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Plastic hemostat
  • Ruler
  • 60 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to bend wire using bent chain nose pliers.
  • Ability to make a loop in wire using round nose pliers.
  • Ability to cut with with a flush cutter.
 

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions:

Necklace Clasp Showing Soft Flex Wrap TechniqueSoft Flex Wire Wrap Jewelry Making TechniqueHere is a new technique for connecting bead stringing wire to a clasp or jewelry wire component.  At right you can view the connection to a clasp.  At left you can view the connection to a yoke or other wire component.  This is a jewelry making technique that uses solid jewelry wire instead of crimp beads.  This is an intermediate jewelry making technique.  Our instructions for this technique begin below.

Step 1:  Start with a segment of 20, 22 or 24 gauge wire at least 3 inches long.  Half-hard wire works best if you have it.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, make a 90 degree bend 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches from one end.  (See the picture below-left.)

Step 2:  Using your fine step jaw pliers, make a relatively large loop in your wire as shown below-center.  You can view how to use your fine step jaw pliers to make a loop in wire here.  Use the largest step in your fine step jaw pliers. 

Step 3:  Grasp the loop you just made with your bent chain nose pliers.  You are going to hold the loop in your pliers as you begin bending the end of the wire.  This will preserve the round shape of the wire while you are pushing the end of the wire. 



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Step 4 to Necklace Clasp Showing Soft Flex Wrap TechniqueStep 4:  We need to start the wrap of the wire around itself with just a partial wrap.  Don't wrap the wire all the way around until we add the bead stringing wire.  In the picture at right you can see that we wrapped the wire about 135 degrees. 

Step 5:  Now you are ready to add the bead stringing wire.  In the picture below-left you can see that we threaded the bead stringing wire through the loop in the wire and then clamped the wire with a metal hemostat.  (The hemostat shown is our item 4026.) 

Step 6:  We use wraps of wire to permanently hold the bead stringing wire in position.  Performing this next step would be very easy if you have three hands.  For those of you with only two hands, we use gravity and the weight of the metal hemostat to help hold the wire in place while we are wrapping the wire.  To start the wrap, grip the loop with your bent chain nose pliers, holding the pliers in your non-dominant hand.  Holding the bent chain nose pliers and allowing the hemostat to dangle, use the thumb on your dominant hand to push the wire tail.  See the picture below-center for how to hold the wire before you begin pushing the wire. 

Step 7:  After you have completed the first complete wrap of wire the bead stringing wire will be held in place, but not as securely as needed.  See the picture below-right. 

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Step 8 to Necklace Clasp Showing Soft Flex Wrap TechniqueStep 8:  Continue wrapping the wire around itself.  Complete at least two full wraps of wire.  Three wraps of wire would be better. 

Step 9:  When you have completed the three wraps of wire, release the bead stringing wire from your hemostat.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 10:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess wire with the flat side of your cutter toward the wrapped loop.  After cutting the wire, grasp the loop with one pair of bent chain nose pliers and twist and squeeze the cut end of wire with a second pair of chain nose pliers, until the cut end lays flat.  See the picture below-center. 

Step 11:  If the beads that you intend to string have a hole that is large enough to accommodate two pieces of bead stringing wire, you won't need to cut the excess bead stringing wire.  If the beads have a smaller hole that won't accommodate two thicknesses of wire, then cut the excess wire as shown below-right.  (Remember, don't cut the wire if you don't need to.  Having the extra wire threaded inside your beads will make the resulting necklace or bracelet even stronger.) 

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Step 12 to Trident Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings Jewelry Making ProjectStep 12:  The final step in this technique is to cut the excess jewelry wire at the bottom of your wrap.  Use your flush cutter and again, orientate the flat side of your flush cutter toward the finished piece.  See the picture at right for the completed wrap.  (Remember, don't cut the beadstringing wire if you don't need to.  Having the extra wire threaded inside your beads will make the resulting necklace or bracelet stronger.)   Please see the two examples of this technique below. 

Finishing the Opposite End:  In some ways, finishing the initial end of the necklace or bracelet can be more difficult than finishing the final end especially when the bead stringing wire can be threaded through your beads.  After stringing the last bead on the bead stringing wire, clamp the end of the bead stringing wire with a hemostat and make your wire loop by following steps one through four to these instructions.  When you get to step 5, thread your bead stringing wire through the loop you made in the wire and then back through your first inch of beads.  Clamp the end of the bead stringing wire with your hemostat where it appears outside the last inch of beads.  Pull the slack bead stringing wire until all that remains is a small segment of bead stringing wire between the loop in the wire and the beads.  This small segment should be between 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch long.  Once you have your necklace or bracelet ready, then you can continue with steps 6 through 12. 

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We hope that this technique works for you.  We really like this technique.  We think that it is stronger than using crimp beads and when done properly, it is as attractive or more attractive than crimp beads.   We really like the fact that as long as you have 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire, beads and bead stringing wire, you are ready to make jewelry.  You don't have to worry about running out of crimp beads. 

Step 7 Expanded to New Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project Modified Jewelry Making Technique for Added Strength: 

One additional step that you can take to make your connection between the solid jewelry wire and the stranded beadstringing wire is to tie a simple knot in the beadstringing wire.  (The engineer in us mandates that we do everything possible to make every connection as strong as possible.)  In the picture shown at right, it is difficult to see the knot in the bead stringing wire.   Because the bead stringing wire is so small we will show how to tie the knot below using string. 

Step A:  Start by threading the bead stringing wire through the loop in your 22 gauge wire.  In the picture below-left, we use a pen instead of the 22 gauge wire because it is larger and shows better in the pictures. 

Step B:  Tie a simple knot in the bead stringing wire.  This knot is the made by looping the short end of the wire round and under the longer portion of the wire and is identical to the beginning steps in tying one's shoes.  See the picture below-center. 

Step C:  Now we need to rotate the knot to that it will be on the opposite side of the 22 gauge wire from the necklace.  In order to do this with your bead stringing wire, you will need to thread the short end of the bead stringing wire through the loop in the 22 gauge wire.  In the picture above-right, the necklace will be threaded on the bead stringing wire from the top.  In the picture below-right, the necklace would be threaded on the bead stringing wire from the bottom and the knot in the wire is on the inside of the loop of 22 gauge wire. 

Step D:  If possible, do not cut the excess bead stringing wire.  Instead, thread your beads on both the long and the short strand of bead stringing wire.  This makes the connection between the bead stringing wire and the 22 gauge wire even stronger. 

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Some Other Considerations for Making Necklaces: 

Bead Board for Making Necklaces, jewelry making toolSixth, some people will find that it helps them to lay out a necklace design on a bead board.  A bead board isn't required for most necklaces made with just background beads, focal bead and seed beads, but it can be helpful for more complex necklaces.  You can view a bead board at right and see how the measurements on that board will help to determine the length of a necklace.  Focal Bead Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Finally, lets discuss the next step in complexity of necklaces.  In basic beadstring projects we indicated that the simplest necklace that we recommend is just background beads and seed beads with no focal beads.  The next step up in complexity is background beads, one or more focal bead and seed beads combined into necklaces.  We discussed making this type of necklace and provided several examples with the  materials to make them.  The next step up in complexity is to replace your focal beads with a focal bead group.  A focal bead group is a series of two or more beads.  In this type necklace you replace the single focal bead with a pattern of beads.  Just like the necklace with single focal beads, you use an odd number of focal bead groups.  See the picture at left for an example of this type of necklace. 

Many of these concepts may seem obvious, they probably are.  Sometimes it is good to state the obvious, because it can help a beginner to get started with the right techniques.  Our hope is that everyone will find a nugget of information that will be of value to them.  Below please find several large pictures of necklaces.  Hopefully, one of these necklaces will give you an idea for a necklace design of your own. 

 

Stringing beads to make a necklace with jewelry wire and beadstringing wire combined.

Blue Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Yellow Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Green Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

 

 

 

 



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