Learning how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet is easy. These jewelry making tutorials are perfect for beginners of all ages.
Below you will find three simple ways to get started with creating beautiful beaded art.
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How to Start and Finish a Beaded Necklace or Bracelet
Jewelry making has been a favorite hobby of mine since I was a small child. The first items I learned to make were simple beaded necklaces and bracelets.
Today my daughter is learning how to make jewelry the same way I did. I have begun teaching her how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet 3 Easy ways.
How to Start and Finish a Beaded Necklace or Bracelet: 3 Easy Ways
Below are three easy ways to start and finish beaded jewelry:
- Clamshell knot covers
- Crimp beads and pliers
How you choose to start and finish each beaded necklace or bracelet will depend on the materials that you are using, the supplies you have available, and personal preference. Detailed tutorials for each method follow.
1. How to Start and Finish a Necklace or Bracelet: Infinity
An infinity necklace or bracelet is the easiest way to make a necklace. It is a never ending loop without a clasp. All you need to do is tie a knot and your good to go.
To make an infinity necklace or bracelet you will need beads and one of the bead stringing materials below. If you are making a bracelet only stretch cord can be used.
To make an infinity necklace you can use monofilament line or stretch cord.
To start, simply tie a double or triple knot at one end of the line and then string enough beads to make a necklace or bracelet.
If you are making a bracelet or a necklace that you can not slip over your head you can only use stretchy cord. To make an infinity necklace with monofilament or fishing line you must string it long enough to fit over your head when it is tied together.
To finish, tie the necklace or bracelet together. In some cases, you can hide the knot in a large bead hole. Make sure you start with a little more than enough line or cord.
An example of an affinity necklace that we made with an acorn marble pendant can be found HERE.
In the photos above and below is a wooden bead bracelet that my daughter made where we hid the knot inside a wooden bead. For more information click on the link.
2. How to Start and Finish a Necklace or Bracelet: Clamshell Knot Cover
Clamshell Knot Cover Materials
- Mixed metal clamshell knot covers OR Sterling silver clamshell knot covers, OR Gold clamshell knot covers
- Monofilament bead cord
- Barrel clasps OR lobster clasps and jump rings OR toggle clasp
- Bent nose jewelry pliers
- Wire nippers or scissors
- Jewelry glue (optional)
- Bead board (optional)
Clamshell Knot Cover Tutorials
How to Start a Clamshell Necklace or Bracelet:
- Gather materials. A single clamshell knot cover and barrel clasp are shown. You will need two clamshell knot covers per necklace or bracelet.
- Cut beading line at least 4 inches longer than the necklace length you will be making. Place a clamshell knot cover onto the line as shown in #2 below.
- Tie several knots and place inside clamshell knot cover.
- Trim off excess beading line.
- Place drop of jewelry glue on the knot in the clamshell. (optional)
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close clamshell knot cover around the knot.
- Place a clasp onto open loop of the clamshell.
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close the open loop of the clamshell knot cover around the clasp to secure it.
How to Finish a Clamshell Necklace or Bracelet:
- Place clamshell knot cover onto the end of the monofilament beading line as shown in the photo below.
- Tie a knot in the remaining monofilament beading line. Place a toothpick inside the loop of the knot inside the clamshell knot cover.
- Slowly pull the knot to sit inside the clamshell knot cover. The idea is to get the clamshell with the knot as close to the strung beads as possible so that there will not be a gap in between them.
- Trim off the excess monofilament beading line.
- Place a drop of glue on the knot inside the clamshell cover. (optional)
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close the clamshell around the knot.
- Place a clasp onto the open loop of the clamshell knot cover.
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close the loop of the clamshell cover to secure.
3. How to Start and Finish a Necklace or Bracelet: Crimp Beads and Pliers
Crimp Bead Materials
- Flexible beading wire OR Monofilament bead cord
- Crimp pliers
- Wire nippers OR scissors
- Crimp beads OR crimp tubes
- Barrel clasps OR lobster clasps and jump rings OR toggle Clasps, ETC.
- Bead board (optional)
Crimp Bead Tutorials
How to Start a Necklace or Bracelet Using Crimp Beads:
- Gather materials listed above. The photo shows the lobster clasp and jump ring option. A barrel, a toggle, or any other type of clasp such as a sterling silver dolphin with a closed jump ring, a hook eye with a jump ring, or anything else you like can easily be substituted with the proper hardware.
- Cut a section of beading line at least 4 inches longer than the length of necklace or bracelet you will be making. Place a crimp bead or tube and then a clasp onto one end of the line.
- Tuck the loose end of the line into and through the crimp bead or tube to create a loop.
- Decrease the size of the loop by pushing the crimp bead toward the clasp.
- Use crimp pliers to close crimp bead and secure it to the beading line. See photos below.
How to Finish a Necklace or Bracelet Using Crimp Beads:
- Place a crimp bead or tube on the end of the necklace add a jump ring.
- Insert loose end of necklace into the crimp bead. Decrease the size of the loop and move the crimp bead as close to the beads on the end of the necklace as possible.
- Use crimp pliers to close the crimp bead and secure it to the beading line or necklace.
- Trim away excess beading line.
The directions above share tutorials that will help you learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet.
The necklace in the photo on the left was made using clamshell knot covers. The necklace on the right was made with crimp beads and pliers.
As mentioned above, toggles and other specialty clasps of any kind can be used in place of the one’s shown in the photos.
There are millions of types of beads that you can use to create beaded jewelry. A few examples can be found below.
How to Start and Finish a Beaded Necklace or Bracelet: Bead Options for Stringing Necklaces and Bracelets
There are millions of types of beads that can be used to string necklaces and bracelets. I have included a few basic options below.
- 3mm Multi-colored glass seed beads
- 4mm mixed round gemstone beads
- 4mm mixed crystal glass beads
- 8mm marble design glass rounds
- Mixed glass beads with box
- Multi random shaped gemstone beads
- Jewelry making beads starter kit
- Oval beads in assorted colors and sizes
- 9mm multi-colored plastic pony beads
Beading Projects to Try Now
Below you will find links to the beading projects that we have made so far.
We will soon be adding a bunch of necklaces to this list over the coming weeks. I didn’t want to describe how to start and finish a necklace or bracelet for each post, so I figured I’d start with this one. lol
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DIY Necklace Tutorials
Other Beading Projects
- Wooden Bead Bracelets
- Easy Sea Glass Suncatchers
- DIY Beaded Sea Glass Wind Chime
- Rainbow Pony Bead Prism Suncatcher
- Heart Prism Pony Bead Suncatcher
I hope you enjoyed these DIY jewelry making tutorials and simple ideas for beginners.
Have any questions or other tutorials you’d like me to do? Leave a comment below or use the contact button at the top of the page.
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