How to Make Beads Into Jewelry


There is a big market for beaded jewelry. We see the necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets in stores, craft shows and flea markets. The cost of jewelry-making supplies is very inexpensive compared to the sale prices of finished pieces. A really nice necklace that might sell for $20-$30 can usually be made at home for less than $10. Beading your own jewelry isn't just a way to save money; it's also an interesting hobby.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads
  • Beading board
  • Nylon
  • Clasps (eye and hook, toggle or screw)
  • Earring posts

Beaded Necklaces And Bracelets

  • Place the beads that you wish to use in your beading board. Place them in the grooves of the board in a pattern that you like, or randomly. Choose beads that have the same size hole in the center to avoid a messy look.

  • Cut the nylon cord to the length you will need for your bead layout. For a bracelet, 6 inches is the average length. A necklace length will vary greatly, so measure around your neck, and cut the rope where you want the necklace to hang. Allow about 1/2 inch extra for tying. Attach a clasp to one side by tying it tightly through the eyelet on the clasp.

  • Slide your beads over the nylon rope, and check to make sure you like the design. Once you are satisfied, tie the the other end to the other side of the clasp. Your jewelry is ready to wear.


  • Cut two 3-inch sections of nylon rope. Tie one side of each rope to the eyelet of an earring post.

  • Arrange some small beads in a pattern or randomly in the grooves of your beading board. Make sure the rows of beads are not longer than 2 inches, to allow room for tying.

  • Place beads on the nylon ropes and tie the loose end of the nylon rope around the last bead. Your earrings may be sterilized and used.

Tips & Warnings

  • For necklaces, use large beads in the center to create a pendant effect.

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