One of the things I love to do is to make beaded jewelry. I like the colors, the sparkles and just the way they feel in my hand. Twice a year, the Gem Faire comes to town and I can come home with a great haul of precious and semi-precious gem stones, crystals, and a great assortment of findings. I also look for the sales at Michael’s and Joann’s for their fancy beads.
Here are some necklaces I’ve made from my hauls Joann’s and Michael’s.
These bracelets are made mostly of semi-precious gem stones from the Gem Faire:
When I buy the fancy beads I like to open up all the packages and mix them all together. Then I sort them based on size, color, shape. When I make a necklace, I like to start with a focal point, usually it’s the center bead, but sometimes I like to make my necklaces somewhat off-center. In that case, the focal point is a little off to the side. As in the two necklaces below.
This next necklace I decided to make the focal point in the center. After choosing my focal point, I start building my necklace. I like to be symmetrical on both sides, so whatever I add to the left side I try to add the same to the right side. I find that 20 inches works well, so I add enough beads to make it to 10 inches on each side.
When I start stringing I leave the wire on the reel until I’m done. I cut the wire leaving enough to add the clasp pieces. Once I cut the wires, I use a bead holder at the ends of the wires, otherwise all the beads will fall off and I will have to start all over again.
Here is where I add the crimp beads and clasp findings. I put the crimp bead on the wire, then the clasp end and then re-thread the wire back through the crimp bead. Pull the wire so that the crimp bead and the clasp are snug against each other. Crimp the crimp bead, move the beads up against the crimp and thread the extra wire through the beads on the necklace. The other side is done the same way except you will want to pull the wire so that this crimp bed is up against the beads. Once it is crimped in place, thread the extra wire through a couple of beads and snip with your cutters.
Now your beautiful creation is ready to wear.