The 1-2-3 of making a great single strand bead necklace

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So, you have a great pile of beads but you can’t think of anything but a simple alternating pattern. Boring! Ok, to start, get a decent collection of beads. You need both a color and shape palette to work your creativity mojo. I recommend firemountaingems.com. Search either the words “assortment beads” or “mixed beads”. They have their best deals under these searches. The 5-10 thread mixed beads deals get you a nice broad assortment of either stone or glass. Their one pound assortments are pretty good as well. Pictures very accurate of what you get. Of course Michael’s is good, too. Especially when they put their “Bead Gallery” beads on sale. Next- Make a small pile of beads that you think might make a good necklace. If you like the way the beads look in an unsorted pile, you will probably like the necklace.
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Arrange a few key, larger beads on a flat surface in an oval.
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Arrange smaller beads to fill in your necklace layout.
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I prefer symmetric necklaces so I bead without a knot, putting a bead on the left end then a somewhat matching bead on the right end. The first bead strung is the center bead. I often but tiny beads between the pattern especially around the center bead and where the necklace will curve most. It keeps it looking “Filled in” and stops it from looking like there are gaps.

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I often put tiny beads between the pattern especially around the center bead and where the necklace will curve most. It keeps it looking “Filled in” and stops it from looking like there are gaps.
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Ok, BEAD- right, left, right, left.
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Check every once and a while that you like how it looks on the string. You can change things along the way from the original bead layout. Make sure the pattern has enough beads to make an appropriate length necklace. Halfway through I usually have to edit or add a few beads to the pattern.

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When you reach the end, put BOTH right and left side of thread through a final bead then tie off.

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I like necklaces that can be worn both right side up and upside down, to give two different “looks”. It is amazing how different position can make in appearance.

If you would like to see more of my work, take a look at the next post.

https://kfgoldblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/recent-beadwork/

So, you have a great pile of beads but you can’t think of anything but a simple alternating pattern. Boring!

Here’s what you do.

  1.  Get a decent assortment of beads.  You need both a color and shape palette to work your creativity mojo.  I recommend firemountaingems.com.  Search either the word “assortment beads” or “mixed beads”.  They have their best deals under these searches.  The 5-10 thread mixed beads deals get you a nice broad assortment of either stone or glass.  Their one pound assortments are pretty good as well.  Pictures very accurate of what you get.  Of course Michael’s is good, too.  Especially when they put their “Bead Gallery” beads on sale.
  2. Make a small pile of beads that you think might make a good necklace.  If you like the way the beads look in an unsorted pile, you will probably like the necklace.
  3. Arrange a few key, larger beads on a flat surface in an oval.
  4. Fill in oval layout with smaller beads.
  5. I prefer symmetric necklaces so I bead without a knot, putting a bead on the left end then a somewhat matching bead on the right end.  The first bead strung is the center bead.  I often but tiny beads between the pattern especially around the center bead and where the necklace will curve most.  It keeps it looking “Filled in” and stops it from looking like there are gaps.
  6. I like necklaces that can be worn both right side up and upside down, to give two different “looks”.  It is amazing how different position can make in appearance.
  7. Ok, BEAD- right, left, right, left.
  8. Check every once and a while that you like how it looks on the string.  You can change things along the way from the original bead layout.  Make sure the pattern has enough beads to make an appropriate length necklace.  Halfway through I usually have to edit or add a few beads to the pattern.
  9. When you reach the end, put BOTH right and left side of thread through a final bead then tie off.
  10. Voila!  Bet you love your very first one!
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