Bracelet Making (including some more free stringing projects)
I bet you think you know how to string beads, right? Easy peasy. You just get some string and put some beads on it right?
To get starting string beads, you'll first need to gather some tools and supplies.
Luckily, getting started is pretty painless in terms of initial outlay.
You could easily make a beautiful strung necklace, tools and all, for less than $50.
If you use Walmart supplies, I bet you could make an awesome beginner necklace for less than $30 - including tools!
Don't get me wrong though -- not all bead stringing is for simpletons. Simpletons can do it, but you need to know what you are doing to really call yourself a master.
There are truly awe-inspiring master designers out there, and professional quality bead stringing is an art unto itself. Stringing beads properly requires a fair amount of specialized knowledge and attention to detail.
There are a number of different techniques used to string beads. I've grouped stringing techniques by the type of thread, wire, or cable used to string the beads.
The easiest way to string a professional looking piece of jewelry. Tools and materials are minimal. Read more about bead stringing on memory wire here.
My stringing technique of choice. I like using cable rather than threads or fishing line because they are pretty unbreakable and don't need tiny fiddly needles or seed beads to finish them off. The most common brands are Acculon, Softflex, and Beadalon.
For a great beginner's project, click here to learn how to string a basic bracelet. (free basic stringing tutorial)
These are some other stringing materials you might like to try.
If you're looking for supplies and tools, you can find great prices, quality, and exceptional customer service at Artbeads.com. I buy a lot of my supplies from them. Free shipping in the U.S. and only $2 to Canada.
Once you learn the stringing basics, you might want to branch out into other techniques and media. Here are some options to consider:
How to String a Bracelet
This project teaches you how to string a bracelet using nylon coated stringing cable (tigertail) so that you have a sturdy bracelet with a toggle clasp. This project is a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to begin stringing.
Bracelet Making: Learn how to make all sorts of bracelets including friendship bracelets, knotted hemp bracelets, and mommy bracelets
Making Wire Jewelry: Learn wire jewelry making techniques and find step by step projects.
Wire Jewelry Projects: A grouping of easy (and not so easy) wire jewelry projects
Hemp Jewelry Making: Macrame and hemp is not just for hippies. Learn knotting techniques for casual and carefree summer jewelry. Some easy projects to do with kids too.
How to Make Anklets: Anklets for those hazy lazy days of summer. Videos and DIY tips.
If you're in the market for jewelry making supplies, we've put together a list of the basics below. ;)