How to Tie Knots in a Beading Wire

Fine beading wire gives a stable foundation for handmade jewelry.
Fine beading wire gives a stable foundation for handmade jewelry. (Image: handworks 2 image by stassad from

The art of creating handmade beaded jewelry is a successful hobby or business when the crafter masters tying knots in beading wire. Fine beading or jewelry wire must be made secure with knots to keep a bracelet, necklace or earrings from coming apart when a knot loosens. The simple half hitch knot works well for securing the ends of a beaded jewelry piece. The knot is also used for hand securing pearls and beads in a fine piece of jewelry.

Hold the length of beading wire in your hand or outstretched on a flat surface.

Take the loose end of the wire and bring it back toward the other side of the beading wire in a U shape.

Cross the end of the wire over the other side of the wire to form a pretzel shape.

Pull the open pretzel shape closed to form a loose or secure knot. The loose knot is tied when the project is in progress. A tight knot is tied for a permanent secure closure.

Add beads and form a second pretzel shape to knot the other end of the jewelry piece. The half hitch knots can be secured between larger beads to add extra security to a necklace or bracelet string.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice the half hitch knot with a piece of yarn before using it on beading wire.


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