How to make a beaded necklace or bracelet – 3 Easy DIY jewelry making tutorials for beginners of all ages. Learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet 3 ways; infinity, clamshell knot covers, and using crimp beads and pliers. A step by step jewelry making tutorial for each jewelry making method with supply lists follows.
Learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet with this beginners guide to jewelry making.
This beaded jewelry making guide includes step by step tutorials for 3 easy methods to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet; infinity, clamshell knot covers, and crimp beads or tubes and pliers.
Scroll down to learn how to do each simple technique to get started creating your own beautiful beaded art. Links to jewelry and bead supplies, fun projects, and other beginning jewelry making resources are also included.
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How to Make a Beaded Necklace
Learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet 3 easy ways!
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.
3 Easy Ways to Start and Finish a Beaded Necklace or Bracelet
These DIY jewelry making tutorials and ideas are for perfect for beginners of all ages. 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 DIY jewelry making tutorials for each jewelry making technique follows.
1. How to Start and Finish an Infinity Necklace or Bracelet
Infinity Jewelry Making Materials
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.
Infinity Necklace or Bracelet Tutorial
To make an infinity necklace you can use monofilament line (fishing string) 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 a 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. Make sure you start with a section of fishing string or stretch cord that is at least 6 inches longer than the length of necklace or bracelet that you want to make.
How to make an infinity necklace or bracelet
- Tie a double or triple knot at one end of the fishing line or stretch cord.
- String beads onto the fishing string or stretch cord.
- Tie the ends of the monofilament line or stretch cord together to finish your infinity necklace or bracelet.
Click on the link to see an example of some infinity acorn marble necklaces that my daughter and I made.
In some cases, you can hide the infinity necklace or bracelet knot in a large bead hole. In the photos below is a wooden bead bracelet that my daughter made where we hid the knot inside a wooden bead. Click on the link to see the complete step by step tutorial.
2. How to Start and Finish a Necklace or Bracelet with Clamshell Knot Covers
Clamshell Knot Cover Materials
- Mixed metal clamshell knot covers OR sterling silver clamshell knot covers, OR 14k gold clamshell knot covers
- Monofilament beading line
- Barrel clasps OR lobster clasps and jump rings OR toggle clasp
- Bent nose jewelry pliers
- Wire nippers or scissors
- Jewelry glue (optional)
- Beadboard (optional)
Clamshell Knot Cover Tutorials
Follow the step by step directions to start and finish a clamshell necklace or bracelet.
How to Start a Clamshell Necklace or Bracelet
- Gather clamshell knot cover materials. A single clamshell knot end and barrel clasp are shown. You will need two clamshell knot covers per necklace or bracelet.
- Cut beading line at least 6 inches longer than the necklace length you will be making. Place a clamshell knot cover onto the line as shown in #2 in the step by step photo tutorial below.
- Tie a knot and place the knot inside the clamshell knot cover. Make sure the knot is large enough that it cannot be pulled through the back of the clamshell, but still small enough to fit inside the clamshell knot cover once it is closed.
- Trim off the excess beading line with beading scissors.
- Place a drop of jewelry glue on the knot in the clamshell knot end. (optional)
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close the clamshell knot cover around the knot.
- Place a clasp onto an open loop of the clamshell knot end.
- Use bent needle nose pliers to close the open loop of the clamshell knot cover around the clasp to secure it.
How to start a necklace or bracelet with clamshell knot ends photo tutorial
More Clam Shell Knot Cover with Crimp Bead Options
Another option is to start and finish a beaded bracelet or necklace with clamshell knot covers is to tie the monofilament cord or fishing line around a small seed bead before closing the clamshell knot cover around it. Once again, using a drop of jewelry glue is an optional way to make sure the knot and seed bead is secure.
A final way to start and finish a beaded bracelet or necklace is to place a crimp bead on the monofilament or fishing line and close the clamshell knot cover over the crimp bead to secure it. This would mean that you would also need crimping pliers to place to crimp bead on the fishing line.
How to Finish a Clamshell Knot Cover Necklace or Bracelet
- Place the clamshell knot cover onto one end of the monofilament beading line or fishing string 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 or fishing string.
- 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 to secure the knot inside the clamshell knot cover.
How to finish a necklace or bracelet with clamshell knot covers photo tutorial
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3. How to Start and Finish a Necklace or Bracelet with Crimp Beads and Pliers
Crimp Bead Necklace Materials
- Flexible beading wire OR monofilament beading cord
- Crimp pliers
- Wire nippers OR scissors
- Crimp beads OR crimp tubes OR sterling silver crimp tubes
- Barrel clasps OR lobster clasps and jump rings OR toggle Clasps, OR sterling silver lobster clasps, OR sterling silver toggle clasps, ETC.
- Beadboard (optional)
Crimp Bead Tutorials
Follow the step by step directions to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet with crimping pliers and crimp beads.
How to Start a Necklace or Bracelet Using Crimp Beads
- Gather the jewelry making materials listed above. The photo shows the lobster clasp and jump ring option. A barrel, a toggle, or any other type of clasps such as a sterling silver dolphin with a sterling silver closed jump ring, an S-hook clasp with a closed jump ring or any other clasp or toggle you like can easily be substituted with the proper hardware.
- Cut a section of beading line at least 6 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 fishing 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 step by step photo tutorial below.
How to start a necklace or bracelet with crimp tubes and crimping pliers photo tutorial
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 the loose end of the 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 with scissors.
How to finish a necklace or bracelet with crimping pliers and crimp tubes photo tutorial
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 ones 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 Make a Beaded Necklace: 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 of our favorite basic options below.
Young children should string beads that are at least 8mm and up. Small hands still working on fine motor control have trouble with smaller beads.
- 2mm glass seed beads
- 4mm Multi-colored seed beads
- 8mm round mixed gemstone beads
- 4mm bicone crystal faceted beads
- 6mm round faceted crystal glass beads
- 8mm glass faceted beads
- Crackle 8mm glass beads
- Charm bead set for jewelry making
- Jewelry making beads starter kit
- Beads in assorted colors and sizes
- 9mm multi-colored plastic pony beads (perfect for small hands learning to string beads)
- Colored wooden beads
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Homemade 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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Fun DIY Beaded Necklace Ideas
- DIY Personalized Name Necklace
- Mom Necklace Gift Idea
- Mother-Daughter Necklace or Bracelet Set
- Alphabet Necklace
- Beaded Felt Flower Lei Necklace
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DIY Necklaces with Homemade Charms
- Acorn Marble Necklace
- Fingerprint Art Necklace
- Thumbprint Heart Necklace
- Fingerprint Flower Necklace
- Painted Wooden Spool Necklace
Other Beading Projects to Try
- DIY Sea Glass Wind Chime
- Sea Glass Suncatchers
- Rainbow Pony Bead Prism Suncatcher
- Heart Prism Pony Bead Suncatcher
- Snowflake Ornaments
Beginning Jewelry Making Tutorials for Kids and Adults
I hope you enjoyed these DIY jewelry making tutorials and simple ideas for beginners. Use this easy step by step jewelry making tutorial to learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet.
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