How To Make a Beaded Beads Bracelet-Bead & Jewelry Tutorial

How To Make a Beaded Beads Bracelet-Bead & Jewelry Tutorial

Beaded beads are a really cool and
interesting way of using seed beads to great effect. Today I’m going to show you
how I made a set of beaded beads that coordinate with a set of glass beads
already in my stash. Hi there, Sandy here, welcome to another jewelry making video
at So the first thing I did when deciding to make this project
was I picked out a set of beads that I’ve actually had in my stash for a long
time and I haven’t used them because I have difficulty finding beads that I
thought would coordinate well with them. These are awesome for a bracelet because
they’re nice and flat. So I did a bit of experimenting with beaded beads and I’ll
explain as I go along a few of the things I’ve found. Now usually beaded beads are built around some kind of core, you can see in
this one that I use these beads, they’re just inexpensive, I think they’re 6/0
spacer beads, you can find these at your craft store. You often get beads
like this as separators in between other beads that you purchase on a strand. I
wasn’t in love with this result, they were uneven and kind of bulky. What
I ended up using was size 8/0 seed beads, they have a nice consistent hole
and consistent shape, if you buy nice quality ones. Here are some finished ones, you don’t really end up seeing the core in there but if any of it should… yeah,
well, there it is, you can see a little bit of it, if any of it should peek out
it’s going to match and not clash with the project. And then of course you’ll
need the beads that will show and I would suggest that you experiment with
different sizes. I settled on 11/0’s ,they just seemed like a good size. Also, I had
them in the colors that I liked. So I’ve got a purple and a copper and again on
this one this test one I tried out these gold. I didn’t really love the gold, it
turned out as I looked at these gold beads next to these gold dipped glass
ones that these are kind of a coppery looking gold so I sort
of like the way the copper looks better than the gold so I went with that. So
that will require some experimenting and like I did here you probably want to
make at least one if not more test beads. And while I’m getting my beads set up
here I want to make sure to do something I’ve been really terrible about, is to
thank some of my patrons, my newest patrons.
I’ve just been awful about making it a point to thank you on my videos so I
want to thank Annetta, Sameya, Deborah, Leigh, Amy and Caroline. Thank you all so much
for your support, it means a lot to me not just the financial support, but also
just knowing that you believe in what I do. So these are the beads I’m going to
use: some copper mix, these purple and then these 8/0, these are 11/0’s and
then these 8/0’s are the core, and I just have some simple bead beading
thread that, you could find this in your craft store, it’s nothing fancy, and cut
yourself for each bead about 18 inches of the thread. Now these are big eye needles,
they’re awesome, and you can tell which one I’ve used because my big eye needles
just get bent out of shape. All right, thread my needle and all you, you
don’t really need very many of the core beads, just four of the core beads, and
you could use lots of different colors, you could use all one color, just
whatever you want that looks good. So four of those and then I did some
experimenting with different amounts and found that six of the 11/0’s for each row
works really well. So we’ll just string on six and
you know there are lots of different ways of making beaded beads. I’ve seen
them done pave style where you use an epoxy clay and embed beads in it. I’ve
seen them done with wooden cores. I even looked at some long glass tube beads
that I had and thought of using those as cores, but they were a little big and
actually a little longer and the proportions didn’t really work with
these. So slide those beads down, you should have 10 beads on there, your
four that will be the core and six for your first row. Slide that done and leave
yourself maybe four or five inches of tail and then come back around where you
started and put your needle through those first four beads again. One reason
I found that the number eights worked better than these was I was able to make
several passes through. You, you’ll have to make quite a few passes of the thread
through these beads and these just seemed to have holes that were a good
size for that. So with each pass just kind of pull it snug, it’s going to
loosen back up but that’s okay, and then I’m going to do six of these beads. I was
talking about the different ways of making beaded beads, I’ve seen people do
them with like stitching techniques like peyote stitch and such using all sorts
of things as cores. I’ve seen some really cool ones that were done on felted wool
balls and then those balls were beaded. So there’s lots of different ways of
doing it, and this is just one. As I sat and played I looked at the ways that
other people have done it and then sat and played and experimented until I
found something that looked pleasing to me. So once you put your next six beads
on you just keep doing the same thing, go back through those four. Now try, it’s
gonna be hard not to, but try not to split the thread with your
needle, if you, don’t pierce it if you can help it. You probably will especially as we get thicker, but with the, if you don’t it
just makes it easier with each round to pull that snug. Good, now you can see with
that second loop, don’t pull it too tight, but with that second loop it’s starting
to hold its shape. I found with these with some experimenting you could stop
at 6 or 7. Since I was doing an alternating pattern of the purple and
the copper I wanted eight, I wanted an even number, but I think six, seven or
eight is a good place to stop here, and again, it’ll depend on the sizes that you
choose and the size beads that you want to end up with. Here you can see my bead
that I’ve nearly completed, I’ve got seven rows on here and this is pretty
full, if you wanted to leave it at this you could, like I said I’m doing
alternating rows so I want an even number. So I’m going to add my last row
of beads, and one thing if you’re doing a pattern you may have noticed that they
don’t always want to fall where you want them to so you just have to guide them. So I’m gonna poke my needle through to do the last row and this very last one,
this eighth one may need a pair of pliers. I grabbed my nylon jaw pliers and
then that just helps you to pull your needle through and anytime you need to
position them, the rows of beads in a particular spot you can just sort of
gently, gently guide them… there, right where
you want them to be. Cool, all right. So this bead is nearly done, just one more
thing, we want to be able to tie off these tails so take your needle and go
back through any one row of beads and that will bring it out so that they are
both together on the same end. Next is the stringing. Here I have the
start of my bracelet where I’m alternating these glass beads with my
beaded beads and I’ve got bead caps. I’m just putting them on as I finish them,
stringing it so that I can just keep measuring and just keeping making as
many as I need until I have enough for my bracelet. And there are a couple of
ways you can get this bead stringing wire in and it depends really on how
tight the hole is. This bead stringing wire will not slip in there easily. One
way of doing it is to grab it with your nylon jaw pliers closer than that, like
maybe an eighth of an inch from the end, so close that it can’t kink and bend
back on itself. So that, that’s a little too long, and this is a trick I’ve used
for getting things, stringing stuff into other tight places and you can just look
there, find the hole and pushing just that much. This this does requires some
patience, you want to just keep grabbing a tiny bit if you grab too much it’ll
bend and kink and then you may not get it in you may have to pull it out,
whatever you got in there, and trim it off, but you can do it. I’ve actually, I
did three of these this exact same way, like I said, it just requires some
patience. I can feel it, suddenly it
starts to go, once it’s in enough beads that it’s straight. There it is, so that
wasn’t so bad. If it’s too tight you may need to use your needle to do that, the
only difficulty with that is that you’re going to end up pulling two thicknesses
of the wire through. You may risk breaking your needle, but you saw that
kinked end on the other one that was how I did that was because I did it that way
I used my needle and used the pliers and it pulled it through. Unfortunately I put this on before I should have so now I have to take it off.
Rats! Once you get your bead on the bead stringing wire that is the time to
tie your two pieces of thread in a knot and I just do like a a square knot, maybe
do it a couple times. I say to wait until you’ve got it on because the first one
that I strung the end of my wire hit the knot and it grabbed it and like pulled
it and tore it and just made a mess so I would say it’s much easier tie these in
a square knot right over left, left over right, maybe right over left again for
security, and add a drop of glue. I actually prefer the super new glue, it’s
a little bit runnier and it flows right down into that thread, just a tiny bit,
but this works in a pinch, this is my super glue. Let it dry and then once it’s
dry you can trim those threads being sure you don’t trim your wire of course.
I have a bunch of little bead caps here I just thought the ends looked like they
could use some covering over so I put on these little six millimeter bead caps,
and there, and add as many beads as you need to make the length of
whatever you want, necklace, bracelet, whatever. I’m going to use this as a
clasp. If you want to learn more about finishing bead stringing with crimps and
wire protectors and adding a clasp I’ve shown you in many of my videos and I’ll
also have a link up in the upper right to my bead stringing 101 video that
shows you how to do that. If you’re interested in the supplies I used you
can click on the little “i” in the upper right of the video or the link in the
description box to go to my blog post where I always have a complete supply
list with links to products .I hope you’ve been inspired by this video and
that you have fun making your own beaded beads. Be sure to subscribe to my channel
if you haven’t already. Take a look at my Patreon page if you’d like to get bonus
tutorials every month. Happy creating, bye bye.


  1. I have that same mix of coppery seed beads (from A.C.Moore?)—I love it with amethyst-colored beads, too! Sure makes a lovely beaded bead—thanks for the idea!

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