Beading & Jewelry Making

Bead Necklaces: How to Make Them (3 Designs with Full Tutorials)

We’ll show you how to construct three distinct types of beaded necklaces in this article. These necklaces are incredibly simple to construct, and anyone can do it by following our instructions.

After a long time, we’re thrilled to finally release a necklace-making lesson. What’s more, I’ve liked crafts since I was a child, and making or repairing any beaded item was my favourite pastime! I utilised standard cotton thread bundles to thread beads because I didn’t have basic jewellery equipment, which is why I decided to recreate my childhood beaded necklaces.

The three different patterns in today’s beaded necklaces lesson only require basic jewelry-making supplies. Attaching the closure is the most challenging aspect of the standard beaded necklace-making process, so I tried to make that step as simple as possible. It’s a simple tutorial that even beginners may complete if they follow our guidelines.

If you have a variety of colours, styles, and sizes of jewellery beads, you can make a variety of beaded necklace designs. You can make whatever type of necklace you like once you learn the basic methods of producing beaded necklaces, such as beaded bohemian necklaces, simple or minimal beaded necklaces, double-layered beaded necklaces, and so on.

Depending on your jewelry-making and beading skills, each necklace may take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. These three necklaces are simple to make if you have a beginner’s jewelry-making kit. Even if you make three necklaces, there should be enough supplies remaining in the kit. The cost of the jewelry-making kit should not exceed $20.

To make a beaded necklace, you’ll need the following materials

Materials

  • Beads made of seeds
  • Bead with a teardrop shape
  • Regular embroidery floss can be used as a thread.
  • Closure with a lobster claw
  • Beads of various sizes
  • Headpins
  • Bead clamps or bead tips
  • Rings that jump

Tools

  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • pliers for making crafts

Bead Necklaces: How to Make Them

Beaded Necklace Design 1 (instructions)

Step 1: Preparing the Thread and Adding the Bead Tip

Using a needle, prepare the thread. Use two strands of ordinary cotton thread if you’re using it. Insert a bead tip or a bead clamp through the thread, loops facing outwards. Make a knot on the open end of the thread that is slightly larger than the hole in the bead tip.

Step 2: Putting the First Bead Tip in Place

Bring the cap sections of the bead tip to the knot and tuck it inside the caps. Close the caps of the bead tip after applying a tiny bit of glue to the knot. Insert a jump ring through the bead tip’s loop. This side of the necklace is now ready to be beaded.

Step 3: Beading the Last Bead and Securing It

We’re utilising different coloured seed beads and little imitation pearl beads for the first necklace design. After beading numerous seed beads, add a small imitation pearl bead and continue beading until the necklace is the desired length. After you’ve finished beading, remember to leave 3 inches on the open end of the thread.

Make sure that all of the beads are pushed inwards and that the beading is smooth and even. Pass the needle through the last bead’s other end. Pull the needle all the way through to the other side. This will secure the last bead and, as a result, the entire beading project.

Step 4: Finishing the Finishing Touches

Insert the second bead tip through the thread and thread it twice through the other end of the thread to connect it to the beaded strand. Make many knots at the open end of the strand with the remaining strand.

Close this bead tip the same way we did the first. To finish the beaded necklace’s closure, thread a lobster claw hook with the bead tip through a jump ring. The first beaded necklace is finished.

Beaded Necklaces Design 2 (instructions)

Step 1: Picking Out Beads for the Locket

In the middle of the necklace, we’ll add a bead pendant. As previously, prepare your beading thread with two strands and a bead tip. Begin beading halfway down the length of the necklace and then stop. Take a headpin and thread a seed bead through it. Bring the seed bead all the way to the headpin’s head. In the headpin, place a teardrop-shaped bead (or any shape you want).

Step 2: Putting the Locket Bead in Place

Make a short loop at the open end of the headpin, adjacent to the inserted bead’s end, with looping pliers. To fasten the bead, carefully coil the remaining wire underneath the loop. The beaded pendant is now complete.

Step 3: Adding Beads and Finishing the Necklace

Thread the beaded pendant’s loop through the thread (the half-beaded necklace). Then add beads to the rest of the necklace. Attach the closure as we did before after you’ve finished beading.

Beaded Neckless Design 3 (instructions)

Step 1: Picking Out Beads for the Locket

Seed beads and small-sized beads are required for the third design (2 or 3 times bigger than the seed beads). Beads of various shapes and sizes, as well as crystal beads. Bead one-third of the necklace with beading thread, a bead tip, and beads. Make the round small-sized beads with headpins in the same way as we made the pendant for the second design.

Step 2: Adding Beads to the Necklace

These beaded headpins will be placed in the centre of the necklace. Every two beaded headpins, I added a few seed beads.

After you’ve finished attaching the beaded headpins, complete the beaded necklace by beading the last one-third of the necklace with seed beads and applying the closure.

Do you have any questions on how to make beaded necklaces?

1. Can I use a different clasp for the lobster claw?

Yes, you may substitute any clasp for the lobster claw. Because it is easier to open and close than other clasps, a lobster claw is commonly used as a necklace fastening. You can use a clasp instead of a lobster claw if it has a loop at the closed end.

2. Is it possible to create it using a cord?

Yes, assuming the string is thin and the beads you want to use can be threaded into it. If you’re using a cord, you’ll probably want to choose beads with larger holes.

3. Will crimping pliers be required for this project?

No, crimping pliers aren’t required to construct these beaded necklaces.

4. What is the best way to crimp beads with normal pliers?

Crimping beads can also be done with flat nose or needle-nose pliers.

5. What kind of string should I use to make these beaded necklaces?

Pearl beads, seed beads, and stone beads can all be beaded using silk thread or nylon thread. Silk or nylon thread would be the ideal choice for these necklaces because we’ll be utilising small beads.

6. How do you create an inexhaustible necklace?

Tie a knot with both open ends of the beaded necklace after you’ve finished beading it. Tie two knots, ensuring that the two open ends are facing each other.

Take any of the open ends and bead across 4 or more beads along the side that the open end is pointing. Bead across the other open end to the opposite side in the same way.

If the thread remains after crossing more than 4 beads on both sides, cut it using scissors.

7. What is the best way to complete a beaded necklace?

You can either build an endless beaded necklace by beading a longer necklace that can pass through your head, or you may make an endless beaded necklace by beading a shorter necklace that can pass through your head. Alternatively, you can close both open ends, as we did.

Beginner’s Guide to Making Beaded Necklaces

If you’re having trouble making the bead necklaces, here are some suggestions.

  • You can use plain cotton threads instead of beading threads or floss if you don’t have any; just be sure to use at least two strands of cotton thread.
  • If you don’t have the materials for the closure, you can create the necklace large enough to wear over your head; in that case, the necklace won’t need to be closed.
  • It’s best not to use hefty and huge beads if you’re using standard cotton threads. Choose small, light beads.
  • Seed beading can be challenging at times. To thread the seed beads, use a very tiny needle.
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