How to Restring Beaded Jewelry


Do you have a piece of beaded jewelry that
is broken and needs to be restrung? There are many techniques for stringing or restringing
a necklace or bracelet, and here we have put together one simple method for you. In just a few minutes, with this helpful video
from Esslinger-dot-com, you will be able to create beautiful beaded jewelry on your own. These are the tools you’ll need to string
or restring beaded jewelry: Beads
Bead cord or thread A bead board
Two crimp beads Two crimp bead covers
A clasp And crimping pliers The first thing you need to do once you have
an idea for a new piece of beaded jewelry, or you have a piece you need to restring,
is take the beads you have and lay them out. You can lay them out on a soft piece of fabric,
or bead board to keep the beads from rolling away and getting out of order. Next, you’ll need to cut a piece of bead cord
long enough to string your necklace or bracelet. To figure out how much bead cord you need,
add about six inches to the length of thread that you need and cut the cord. This will
ensure that you have enough cord to finish the project. Now that you have all the parts you need to
begin your beading project, the first thing you want to do is string one crimp bead on
one end of your bead cord. Then, thread one end of your desired clasp
onto the same side of your bead cord as the crimp bead. Next, loop the same end of the cord back through
the crimp bead, creating a loop that holds your clasp securely on the thread behind the
crimp bead. Pull the crimp bead close to the clasp so
it rests snugly below the clasp and there is no play of thread between the bead and
clasp. This will keep the clasp from being too loose and moving around. Once the crimp bead is in place, take your
crimping pliers, and position the crimp bead in the back portion of the crimping pliers.
This is the portion of the pliers with on side as a half moon, and the other side shaped
like an M. Carefully squeeze the pliers closed around
the crimp bead. This will push the bead in on itself, holding the bead cord securely
in the crimp bead. Take the flattened the crimp bead and move
it to the front portion of the crimping pliers jaws. Position the crimp bead so that the
side with the indent is perpendicular to the jaws of the pliers. Squeeze the crimp pliers closed, folding the
crimp bead in half again, making it small and inconspicuous to fit under a crimp bead
cover. Place the bead cord and closed crimp bead
inside the crimp bead cover, making sure that the bead cord and crimp bead are aligned inside
the cover. With your crimping pliers, align the crimp
bead cover and the closed crimp bead in the front portion of your crimp pliers. Be sure
that the opening in the crimp cover is facing out. Slowly squeeze the crimping pliers closed,
forcing the ends of crimp bead cover together over the crimp bead. Be sure that both ends
of the crimp bead cover meet and no gaps can be seen. Now that the clasp is in place, and the thread
is securely tied off with a crimp bead and cover, you can begin to string your bead design
onto the cord. Once all the beads have been strung, thread
your second crimp bead onto the thread, leaving space between the end of your design and the
crimp bead. Thread the other end of the jewelry clasp
onto the bead cord and, like you did at the beginning, pull the bead cord back through
the crimp bead again, creating a loop. Pull the thread tight so that the crimp bead
rests snugly between the beads and the clasp, without extra thread between. Next, take your crimping pliers, and position
the crimp bead in the back portion of the crimping pliers like you did before. Squeeze the pliers closed around the crimp
bead, pushing the bead together around the thread to hold it securely in place on the
bead cord and keep your design together. Move the flattened crimp bead to the front
portion of the crimping pliers. Position the crimp bead so that the side with the indent
in it is perpendicular to the jaws of the pliers, like you did with the first crimp
bead. Again, carefully squeeze the crimp pliers
closed, folding the crimp bead in half, making it small enough to fit inside a crimp bead
cover. Take your second crimp bead cover like before,
and place the bead cord and closed crimp bead inside it, making sure that the crimp bead
and bead cord are aligned inside. Then, place the crimp bead cover in the front
portion of your crimping pliers, making sure the opening in the bead is facing out. After ensuring that everything is still aligned
inside the crimp bead cover, slowly squeeze the crimping pliers closed, until both ends
of the crimp bead cover meet with no gaps in between. Now, cut off any excess bead cord and enjoy your completed jewelry design. We want to hear about your jewelry design successes,
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