Sharing the same illustrious place in jewelry-making as items like silver filigree, the silver bead necklace is one project you wouldn’t want to miss if you’re expanding your creative horizon and want to try making a true classic with silver.
Ultimately, the fate of a newly crafted silver bead necklace would depend on the quality of the materials. That’s why Xinar only gives our customers the highest quality, locally-made sterling silver beads, sterling silver findings, and 925 sterling silver charms for every silver bead necklace worth the maker’s name. Xinar has been helping jewelry designers and crafters achieve artistic and aesthetic perfection for over twenty years.
Our sterling silver jewelry-making supplies are guaranteed nickel-free, lead-free, and 100% hypoallergenic. So if you worry about people with nickel allergies, drop the anxiety when you order any quantity of Xinar’s silver beads and silver findings.
Our silver manufacturer from the USA (support local!) uses a more traditional, artisanal method of lost wax casting. Every bead and charm on this website was masterfully crafted by hand by the most dedicated silversmiths and artisans who have spent their entire careers perfecting the method. A silver bead from Xinar is a sterling silver bead worth every ounce of effort you put into adding it to an existing jewelry design. Our beads are gorgeous on a charm bracelet or silver bead necklace.
Preparing to Make a Silver Bead Necklace
There are as many ways to create a silver bead necklace as there are materials and jewelry-making techniques. As we’ve mentioned, you must pick only the best materials for your design. You’ll also have to make some advanced decisions as to how to design your silver bead necklace because there are so many beads to choose from:
- Round beads
- Oval beads
- Mirror and stardust beads
- Bi-cone, donut, and Hogan beads
- Plain and corrugated tire beads
- Plain and corrugated rondelle beads
- Plain and twisted tube beads
- Crimp tubes and crimp covers
There are two main types of beads: spacer beads and focal beads. Focal beads take the lead in drawing whoever is looking at the design, while the spacer beads add body to the work of art. Spacer beads are equally important because you can’t complete your work without them.
Your choice of sterling silver findings is equally crucialfor your silver bead necklace. So what’s up with the findings? These are the bits and bobs that make it possible to finish the silver bead necklace and come up with one sturdy piece that someone can wear. Luckily, the sterling silver findings here at Xinar are durable and hypoallergenic, and you have to take a pick from the most common ones used for projects like this one:
- Jump rings
- Clasps and closures
- Bead caps and wire guards
- Head, eye, and paddle pins
- Bails, conchos, and stampings
For an overview of other materials and tools used for jewelry-making, you can read up on that here. You can also use our free PDF for measuring beads. Our conversion guide is super helpful, too. Finally, if you need help getting into the groove of designing with charms, read this.
Though beading requires little skill, your success will depend on how well you plan. Obtain your resources first. Flip through the pages to formulate some objectives. The next step is to use a bead board to sketch your design. Now, look at what you have. Does your collection contain various forms, hues, and finishes? Check out what happens to the layout if you experiment with different permutations. Once you have everything where you want it, go ahead and measure the parts. Is it the right size for the purpose? Adding or removing a few beads from the area around the clasp is usually all that’s needed to make a silver bead necklace or bracelet the perfect fit.
Choosing the right cord is the final step in the preparation process. Pick a diameter that is both small enough to pass through the beads and thick enough to hold your desired amount. The cord’s color is also something to think about. If the beads are see-through or the knots are visible, pick a color that complements the focal beads.
With the right blueprint in place, the creative process is finished. Putting them together is a breeze now that you have everything you need. There are essentially three ways to put together a silver bead necklace.
The act of stringing itself is straightforward. Start your silver bead necklace by threading a piece of string through a needle twice as long as the one you intend to wear. Put a clasp or bead tip on the other end to prevent the beads from falling off. Tie a knot if you want to keep the option open to add more beads in the future. If not, close with the appropriate jewelry finding. Run the needle across the line, and you’re done.
Pick up the string by the ends once all the beads have been added. Make sure the focal bead is suspended dead center if you’re using one. Maintain regular spacing between any additional design elements you may have. It is easy to make a mistake by adding or skipping a bead, and now is the time to fix it.
The final step is to attach the free end to the clasp’s opposing side by tying it to a bead tip. First, you’ll have to figure out where to tie the knot. To begin, hang the silver bead necklace by its ends. Then, pull it tight until the string breaks. You’ll notice that it’s taught; there isn’t enough thread for a free, effortless drape.
Set the silver bead necklace out in a circle by letting go of the ends. Pick up the thread by grasping both ends. There will be some slack when it’s hung straight. About half of that excess is the right amount to leave showing. For instance, if there is a quarter inch of thread protruding, the final knot should be tied a quarter of an inch above the final bead. When worn, the thread will stretch to compensate.
Add a touch of glue to the end of the knot to seal it. Brands come in abundance. Select a glue that dries quickly and transparently. As soon as the glue has dried, trim the thread, so it lies flush with the knot. Tiger tail is an accessible stringing material. Following the steps outlined above, attach the clasp’s end to the wire. Tiger tails can be threaded directly through the beads, eliminating the need for a needle.
The knot should be placed similarly to when using thread. The last step is to crimp the two ends together.
A silver bead necklace will always look nice, but there are ways to make them even better. As a general rule, you can expect to have some spare beads. For example, a pair of earrings can be made by stringing a few beads onto a shepherd’s hook. A matched set is very appealing and doesn’t take much extra time or money to achieve.
The extra beads can be used to make a bracelet of the same color scheme. Similarly, a jewelry set is more desirable than a single item. Because of this, not only will your silver bead necklace be more valuable, but it will also sell faster.
One’s jewelry display is the finishing touch. A velvet-lined jewelry box is a beautiful accessory. Unfortunately, some of my pieces can’t afford these. A plain white box stuffed with cotton will do the trick just as well. While the necklace is hidden from view, the embroidered pouch is beautiful and says, “This is special.”
Packaging is often overlooked, but it can make or break a sale.