How to String Beads with Thread

Knowing how to string beads with thread is an essential skill. Learning how to string beads with thread allows beaders to create a variety of crafts, from charm bracelets with sterling silver beads and sterling silver charms, all the way to the most delicate necklaces completed with gold-filled beads and findings. Admittedly, it takes patience…

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How to String Beads on Cord: Awl, Tweezers, And Other Techniques

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Regardless of your chosen technique, it is always advantageous to understand how to string beads on cord, mainly while working on a lengthy project. Wrap the working end and any unknotted beads around a cardboard or plastic bobbin to manage your string. Xinar has been selling jewelry and jewelry making supplies for over twenty years.…

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Beading Tools and Supplies: The Essential Crafting Guide

Any toolbox meant for jewelry-making must have an assortment of beading tools and supplies, including beading pliers and special knotting tools. Each tool has specialized functions that you can’t replicate quickly with standard tools. While some jewelers begin rummaging through their garage for side cutters and pliers that are often too big, the more severe…

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This is How Threading Beads Work

Welcome to another installment of steps on threading beads. Xinar is dedicated to helping beginning crafters and beaders alike, and so we continue to grow our resource center on all things jewelry and beading. Threading beads is a crucial skill that forms the foundation of any beading project. Whether you are into simple beading patterns…

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Jewelry Making Knots & How They Work

When crafting with beads, it is always helpful to be familiar with the basic jewelry making knots that complete different pieces, hold them together, and make them seem friendly and tidy. However, jewelry is all about aesthetics, neatness, balance, and completeness, so it will always boil down to technique. Some knots comprise most of your…

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Techniques and Tools to Help String Beads

Working with supplies and tools to help string beads is probably the first thing on your mind when you become more interested in crafting jewelry items and other beaded creations. But more than the tools to help string beads, you also need to develop the technical talent to precisely working with such small components. Today’s…

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Threading Beads: Memory Wire, Stretch Cord & Multi-Strand Designs

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Using steel memory wire is part of threading beads mastery. This is another stringing material used to construct fast, lovely bracelets and other jewelry. Memory wire is tempered steel that keeps its form if handled with care. It is available in four sizes for various applications. You can use a variety of sterling silver charms…

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Learn How to String Beads on Cord: Necklace Edition

Beaders eventually progress to more complicated designs, and among the most popular designs are multistrand bracelets. Learning how to string beads on the cord is easier if you know the basic techniques and the properties of a stretch cord, which is probably one of the first stringing materials that modern crafters encounter when shopping physically…

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Learning Bead Stringing Techniques

Bead stringing techniques are centered on attaching beads to a “string” — typically flexible beading wire, leather cord, or strong thread — so they may be worn or hung. This is perhaps the earliest method of wearing or exhibiting beads, and it is an excellent location to begin beading. As there are beaders, there are…

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Working with Bead Jewelry Tools for the First Time

The journey to mastering beading and jewelry wouldn’t be complete without encountering and using bead jewelry tools. That’s why it’s so critical for beaders to know what bead jewelry tools to use and when to use them optimally. And let’s not forget that you can’t have the best experience if you don’t have quality beads…

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