How to Make Beaded Jewelry

Basic Techniques for Jewelry Making

Stringing Beads Into Jewelry

Stringing Beads Into Jewelry

Learn how to make easy beaded necklaces and bracelets with beading wire like Acculon and Soft-flex.
How to Make Wire Jewelry

How to Make Wire Jewelry

Wire jewelry is about putting different components together in a beautiful way. You can make a simple but elegant necklace, bracelet, or anklet just by putting some beads on some wire and attaching them to some chain.
How to Make Hemp Macrame Jewelry

How to Make Hemp Macrame Jewelry

Hemp macrame jewelry is easy to make doesn't require a lot of extra tools. Learn how to make flat and spiral weave, how to add beads, and how to finish your necklace.
How to Add a Clasp Using Crimp Beads

How to Add a Clasp Using Crimp Beads

Create a polished finish for your beaded jewelry by using crimp beads to add your clasp.

What Supplies Do I Need to Make Jewelry?

Beading on a Budget

Beading on a Budget

Beading as a hobby can quickly add up. Here are some strategies to save money without sacrificing quality.
Bead Stringing Supplies

Bead Stringing Supplies

Supplies for stringing beads with thread, beading wire, and cord.
Wirework Supplies

Wirework Supplies

Supplies needed for making jewelry with wire.
Beadweaving Supplies

Beadweaving Supplies

Supplies needed for beadweaving, for both on and off-loom techniques.
Jewelry Findings

Jewelry Findings

Findings are small components used to make a collection of beads into jewelry. This includes clasps, headpins, jump rings, bead tips, crimp beads, and more. Usually these are metal, but they can also be made of wood, stone, or other materials.
Beads

Beads

Beads are the foundation of making beaded jewelry–here is an introduction to common bead types.
Getting (And Staying) Organized

Getting (And Staying) Organized

In the wonderful world of beads, it can be pretty easy to become overwhelmed (so many beads, so much wire, so many findings!), especially if you are just starting out. Here are some tips on how to organize all the beading supplies you have--and those you will acquire.

Designing Beaded Jewelry

Jewelry Lengths

Jewelry Lengths

Necklaces 12-15″ – Choker 18″ – Princess 24″ – Matinee 30-36″ – Opera Anklets 9-11″ – Womens Bracelets 7-9″ Womens 9-11″ Mens
Recycling Old Jewelry Into New Pieces

Recycling Old Jewelry Into New Pieces

Do you have a bunch of jewelry you never wear cluttering up your jewelry box? Time to get out your pliers and retrieve some beads to put to better use!
Spicing Up Plain Jewelry

Spicing Up Plain Jewelry

Jewelry is never set in stone--here's how to disassemble and reassemble jewelry into something very different, and much more "you".
Making Friends With Color in Jewelry Design

Making Friends With Color in Jewelry Design

Color is one of the most impactful elements of design. It can also seem scary and mysterious–here are some tips to help you make friends with color.
Choosing Beads That Work Together

Choosing Beads That Work Together

Color and texture are the main components of great jewelry design. Here is how to choose colors and textures of beads that complement each other and come together in a truly great piece of jewelry.

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Projects

Shell Memory Wire Bracelet

Shell Memory Wire Bracelet

Summer is fleeting fast, but it’s not too late to create wonderful summer jewelry like this shell bracelet, and few things are easier than memory wire. Let’s get started! Supplies Tools chain nose pliers round nose pliers wire cutters Materials shell pieces memory wire Instructions The trick with this bracelet is you’ll be threading the […]
Oval Hematite Bead Bracelet

Oval Hematite Bead Bracelet

Note: I’m using Hematine here, which is a synthetic equivalent of Hematite and virtually identical. Either will work for this project. I used the word Hematite in the title because it is a much more common word for both materials. This classy double-stranded bracelet is an easy to wear, year round favorite. It won’t take […]
Floating Illusion Bracelet

Floating Illusion Bracelet

This is a fun way to create sparkle without using color--which means it goes with everything!
Wire-wrapped Ring

Wire-wrapped Ring

This ring is fast and easy, with very few tools needed.
Two Tone Jump Ring Bracelet

Two Tone Jump Ring Bracelet

This is a classy bracelet you can make with just jump rings and wire.
Jagged Little Necklace

Jagged Little Necklace

This super-simple necklace is easy to make, and fun to wear!
Double Chain and Pendant Necklace

Double Chain and Pendant Necklace

Like chain? Here’s an easy project that adds life to ordinary chain.
Jamaican Shell Set

Jamaican Shell Set

Explore color, texture, and contrast with this beaded shell necklace and earring tutorial. The necklace is strung using beading wire, and earrings use hoops with spots to attach dangles.
Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

With summer sandals, toe rings let you show off a little bit of your creativity! Here's a fun and basic design to get you started.
Easy Chain Necklace

Easy Chain Necklace

This sophisticated necklace and matching earrings have classic appeal for those who enjoy more understated accessories. And it’s very easy to create!
Easy Triangle-Bead Bracelet

Easy Triangle-Bead Bracelet

This unique bracelet is a simple beading project that’s a little artsy and loaded with style.
Summer Pearls Anklet

Summer Pearls Anklet

Nothing says warm weather jewelry like anklets and toe rings. This simple beaded pearl anklet in white and silver is easy to make and will pair well with many outfits. Supplies Tools chain nose pliers round nose pliers wire cutters Materials silver chain jump rings headpins 6, 8, and 10mm glass pearls spiral bead cages lobster claw clasp Techniques How […]
Easy Ribbon Necklace

Easy Ribbon Necklace

This necklace is a breeze to make!
Olive Grove Necklace and Earring Set

Olive Grove Necklace and Earring Set

This is a simple project that calls for very basic skills; you’ll only need a good dose of patience for stringing these wonderful little beads.
Blue Skies Earrings

Blue Skies Earrings

Blue is just a great color — versatile and cheery, and hard to grow tired of. I knew at once when I spotted these heart-shaped glass beads that they’d make great earrings. Supplies Tools chain nose pliers round nose pliers wire cutters Materials 2 earwires 4 eyepins 4 flat spacer beads 2 round glass beads 2 […]
Dangle Bracelet

Dangle Bracelet

A variation of the classic charm bracelet, this style is fun and has a lot of movement to it. It looks complex, but it uses the same basic wire-wrapping skills of our other projects.
Ocean Breeze Crystal Earrings

Ocean Breeze Crystal Earrings

These cool and breezy earrings are a warm weather delight you’re sure to enjoy all year round, and they’re as simple to make as they are pretty! Supplies Tools chain nose pliers round nose pliers wire cutters Materials two earwires four 10mm jump rings four eyepins eight headpins two blue faceted glass beads two turquoise […]
Chunky Bracelet and Earring Set

Chunky Bracelet and Earring Set

Artsy meets sophisticated in this simple but unique bracelet and earring set. Supplies Tools chain nose pliers round nose pliers wire cutters crimping pliers Materials beading wire crimp beads toggle clasp small gold-colored round glass beads ceramic beads in 2 or 3 shapes and sizes gold earwires gold eyepins Instructions With this set, placement of […]
Three Strand Floating Necklace

Three Strand Floating Necklace

This is as straightforward three-strand necklace using crimp beads for spacing.
Variable Strand Necklace

Variable Strand Necklace

This necklace has three strands that weave in and out of the beads at irregular intervals, creating an interesting bohemian look.
Easy Bracelet and Earring Set

Easy Bracelet and Earring Set

A simple beaded bracelet and wire earrings.
Wire Wrapped Rings Necklace

Wire Wrapped Rings Necklace

This is a simple project with a lovely result! The key to this design is to keep certain dimensions the same--the color of the jump rings, the color of the beads--and varying other dimensions--the size and style of the jump rings, the size and style of the beads.
Simple Handmade Earrings

Simple Handmade Earrings

Earrings make a great project for beginners because they are easy and give instant satisfaction. This tutorial shows step by step how to create simple drop earrings with a few beads and tools.
Senegal Sunset Necklace

Senegal Sunset Necklace

If you have an eye for color and a taste for the bold (yet classic!) you’re going to love this necklace. Supplies Tools chain nose pliers crimping pliers wire cutters Materials gold beading wire gold hook clasp crimp beads gold spacers amber faceted glass beads round orange glass beads orange and brown speckled ceramic beads […]
Double-Stranded Necklace

Double-Stranded Necklace

Learn how to make a parallel double-stranded necklace using beading wire.
Simple Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Simple Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

This necklaces uses basic wire-wrapping techniques, and is the perfect way to show off a unique collection of beads. If you want to dive into wire, this is a great place to start.
Moss Jasper Necklace Set

Moss Jasper Necklace Set

This set is easy to create, is subtly classic, but sure to grab attention, too.
Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Clip

Wire Wrapped Beaded Hair Clip

This hairclip uses similar techniques as our wire wrapped earrings. It also makes a fun (supervised) project for kids.
Simple Wire Wrapped Earrings

Simple Wire Wrapped Earrings

Want to get started with wire? This is a simple project with only a few supplies needed - just gather a few pretty beads, headpins, wire, then grab your tools and get started.
Triple Chain Beaded Necklace

Triple Chain Beaded Necklace

This stylish and colorful three-chain necklace is put together using simple techniques. With a little patience and good bead selection, you’ll be proud to say you made this piece!
Filigree Link Bracelet

Filigree Link Bracelet

I was drawn to these filigree pieces for their antique gold finish. That same day, I picked up some heavy chain in that same antique gold finish. Later the idea came to pair the chain and the filigree pieces, and it was a simple process to create this charming bracelet.
Eclectic and Earthy Leather Necklace

Eclectic and Earthy Leather Necklace

Eclectic meets earthy in this easy to make funky necklace.
Bead and Chain Watch

Bead and Chain Watch

If you’re looking for a fun and creative project that you’ll actually wear, few things are more practical than making your own beaded watchband. You can pick up a watch face from many stores and bead shops. You can often choose from several styles and colors, and the possibilities are endless. You can make your watch as quirky, […]
Beaded Chain Eyeglass Holder

Beaded Chain Eyeglass Holder

This is an easy and useful project that will jazz up your glasses while keeping them from getting lost. I opted for a chain eyeglass holder because I like the look of chain, but I wanted to add some color, too. Supplies Tools 2 chain nose pliers (to open and close the jump rings) wire cutters Materials […]