How to Make a Necklace

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How to Make a Necklace

Seeing beaded necklaces in stores is discouraging when the necklaces are not very affordable. Sometimes a necklace can be made at home for far less money than buying one in a retail store. It is even fun to create a necklace from scratch and can even become a fun hobby for a consumer to undertake. It does not take a professional jewellery maker to make a simple beaded necklace at home. All the consumer needs to create a necklace are the proper materials and the time it takes to create the necklace.

There are many types of beads, string, and supplies which can be used to make a one of a kind necklace that will be unlike any other necklace found in stores. A necklace made by hand can be customised to the maker's specifications, using stones or beads and string in the colours he or she prefer and made to fit perfectly. Skip the cost of a store bought necklace and create a necklace by hand for the perfect accessory that costs less.

Types of Beads

When it comes to beads, the sky is the limit. Beads range in size and colour, as well as shape, and they come in a variety of sizes including gemstone beads, plastic beads, and glass beads. They also vary in price according to the quality of the beads, so the buyer should adjust his or her budget accordingly based on what types of beads are desired to create the necklace. There are a few common types of beads which are used to make necklaces.

Crystal Beads

Crystal beads are a sparkling addition to any beaded necklace. Swarovski crystal beads come in a variety of shapes and colours, and can be used as the main focus of the necklace or as small spacers set between larger beads. Crystal beads are heart shaped, cube shaped, or shaped like animals such as fish or butterflies. They come in every shade imaginable and make a stunning addition to any hand beaded necklace. Shamballa beads are also a common type of crystal bead.

Glass Beads

Glass beads are very versatile beads which come in an array of colours and styles. Glass beads are made with several different colours for a funky look, or they are solid coloured as well. Glass beads also come in a variety of shapes and styles as well as spacer bead styles or larger sizes. Hand blown glass beads are beautiful, and one common style of glass beads is called lampwork glass beads.

Gemstone Beads

Gemstone beads add flair to a beaded necklace, and some popular types of gemstone beads include jade, agate, cat's eye, onyx, and pyrite. Some are shiny and most are colourful, and they also look pretty mixed with other types of beads. Add turquoise beads or lapis beads to a colourful necklace, or mix in some jasper or bronzite beads for a natural touch. These are sized many different ways and come in shapes or in natural, jagged pieces.

Metal Beads

Metal beads include sterling silver, silver or gold filled, pewter, copper, and stainless steel beads. Metal beads are shaped various ways, and some are engraved with designs. Some metal beads may have shiny crystals or stones which embellish them, and metal beads are sometimes cut with facets for added shine and depth.

Seed Beads

Seed beads are small beads meant to add pizzazz to a beaded necklace, and they are also used frequently as spacer beads. Of course, seed beads on their own make a dramatic necklace, and can be worn with other seed bead necklaces of varying lengths and colours for a unique look. Seed beads do come in various sizes and a wide assortment of colours.

Acrylic Beads

Acrylic and resin beads are made of lightweight material which makes a fun necklace. Acrylic beads may also be studded with small crystals to give them sparkle. They hold up well over time, and come round and colourful or in a variety of whimsical shapes such as flowers, hearts, crosses, and stars.

Miscellaneous Beads

Other types of beads and miscellaneous items which are used for necklaces include alphabet beads, charms of various shapes, sizes, and materials, and beads that are shaped like items such as roses, pearls, shells, or other various things. The buyer should select beads which reflect his or her taste and personality when it comes to creating a handmade necklace.

Types of String

A string and some beads are the basic components of making a necklace, but there are a few different types of string which are used for the base of a necklace. The buyer is only limited by imagination. Since some of these strings come in a variety of colours, beads can be matched to the string or selected in contrasting or complementary shades.


Slim ribbon can be used to make a necklace with the aid of a beading needle to help string the beads on. Satin or silk ribbon which is between 3 and 5 millimetres in width is the perfect size to string beads onto and it looks sophisticated with various types of beads. It is a feminine alternative to regular beading wire.

Silk Cord

Silk beading cord can be purchased in many colours and it is a nice, lightweight type of cording which is made to string beads onto. Natural silk beading cord is very soft, and some types of silk cord come with a needle attached so there is not a need for an additional beading needle. They come in various widths according to how wide the buyer wishes the cording to be.

Jewellery Wire

Possibly the most common material used to make a bead necklace is jewellery wire. Jewellery wire is coated to ensure easy threading of beads, and it comes in many shades such as silver, gold, clear, or coloured. Buy jewellery wire in a variety of lengths and it is easily cut and altered to fit the type of necklace that is being created.

Tools Needed to Make a Beaded Necklace

When it comes to making a beaded necklace, there are several tools which a consumer needs to have handy to make the jewellery making process as simple and easy as possible. Have these items on hand to easily create a necklace conveniently with just a few simple steps.

Beading Needle

A beading needle is handy if the buyer is threading beads onto cloth, such as ribbon or silk cording. Since beads may not easily slide onto cloth as they do wire, a beading needle helps that process along and makes it even simpler to thread the beads onto the string, no matter what it is made from.  Before beginning, check to make sure the beading needle is the proper size for the beads which are chosen to make the necklace.


Scissors are a useful tool for any crafter especially when it comes to jewellery working. Scissors are used to cut ribbon, wire, and silk cording. They are also used to make the string adjustable before the necklace is created, and to snip ends once it is done before the clasps are secured on the finished creation.

Clasps or Crimps

For a necklace which is to have one continuous loop of beads, the jewellery maker may need a crimp instead of a clasp. This is a metal piece that acts as a closure for the finished necklace. Alternately, a buyer can use a lobster style clasp to finish a necklace made with beading wire. A necklace made with ribbon can simply be tied around the neck for a pretty look.


Pliers are necessary when making a necklace. They are used for many purposes including closing the crimps or clasps, twisting wire, and opening and closing the clasps or crimps to make adjustments if need be. A standard pair of crimping pliers should fit the bill, but some jewellery makers use flat nosed pliers too.

Create the Necklace

To determine how long the necklace should be, a buyer should first decide where he or she would like the necklace to fall, then grab a tape measure and measure around the neck. Write down the centimetres that have been chosen, and add a few extra to give some space. For a long necklace, an average of 50 centimetres makes a nice, long necklace. For a necklace which has a closure or crimp, add it to the end of the wire or cord with the pliers and begin stringing the beads.

Once the jewellery maker has finished stringing beads and the necklace looks right, he or she needs to create the closures by either using the pliers to add a second crimp to the open side and secure it, or add the other portion of the lobster clasp which will be added with the help of the crimping pliers. For a ribbon necklace that will be simply tied around the neck, the creator should use fray sealer to keep the ribbon ends intact.

How to Buy Necklace Supplies on eBay

Check eBay to find all the supplies you need to make a beautiful beaded necklace. Search beads to bring up a wide variety of the beads you can use to make the necklace of your dreams, and then you can narrow the selection based on the material of the beads, such as glass, crystal, gemstone, or seed beads along with other various types of beads. Search for other jewellery making supplies on eBay, such as cord and wire, pliers, and various other items used to a create necklace, such as spacer beads and clasps. Some sellers may sell beads in bulk for lower prices, so if you are making many necklaces, it may be more affordable to go that route.

Ask sellers any questions you may have before purchasing beads by using the "Ask a Question" button on the seller's page, and purchase beads from Top-rated sellers to feel confident about buying beads and other jewellery making supplies on eBay. Make sure the bead sizes are the ones you want, and ask to see more images of the beads if you need to in order to make a more informed purchasing decision. Once you receive your beads and you have had a wonderful shopping experience, let other buyers know about it by leaving positive feedback for the sellers.


Instead of paying high-dollar prices for beaded necklaces, make necklaces at home for a fraction of the price. Necklace making is a lot of fun and a very satisfying hobby which a buyer may enjoy so much, that he or she may end up making necklaces to give as gifts to family members and friends. Over time, as jewellery making skills develop, a consumer can learn to create various types of necklaces using a variety of beads and strings to make one of a kind necklaces which are sure to be eye-catching conversation starters.

The best thing about making necklaces by hand is that they can be customised to match a jewellery maker's favourite outfit, made in his or her favourite colours, or made exactly the length he or she desires. The personalisation aspect of making necklaces for oneself is very appealing, and instead of searching many stores to find the necklaces one desires, it is simple and fun to create the necklaces instead.

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