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Beaded Necklace

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Instructions:

1. Gather your stringing materials. The best kinds are flexible beading wire and beading thread.

2. Before cutting your thread or wire, determine the length of your necklace and add 4-8 inches (10-20 cm), so that you have enough to connect the clasp to the stringing materials.

3. Gather 2 crimp beads, 1 clasp, and the beads for the desired necklace.

4. Slide a tiny bead on the threading material, then the crimping bead, then another tiny bead about 1 inch (2.5 cm) or so down.

5. Place one end of the clasp (the jump ring) on after the crimp bead and make a loop with the stringing material.

6. Place the end of the stringing material through the clasp section and then the bead-crimp-bead combo and use the crimping tool/chain nose pliers to crimp the bead in place.

7. Choose your beads and lay out your design before stringing; using a beading board can be beneficial allowing the design to be laid out and measured before stringing.

8. When you are satisfied, string them onto your necklace. Be sure to leave about 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) of stringing material at the end.

9. Use a clasp section/ jump ring and the bead-crimp-bead combo and try to push the remaining stringing material into the bead holes below the crimp bead.

Be careful not to pull the stringing material too tight. Leave a small amount of slack in the necklace (2-4 mm or 1/4 inch). This leaves room for the beads to move and rotate, so they don't rub on each other or the stringing material too much. If the stringing material is too tight the necklace will be rigid and this can make the design look angular instead of slightly rounded like a necklace should be.

10. Crimp the second end and cut the stringing material with slush cutters. It is not recommended that you cut the wire too close to the crimp bead. 1 inch (2.5 cm) of wire, carefully hidden in the bead holes, is good insurance against breakage.

11. Finished.

 

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