ECT TV Episode 42: How to String Using Wire Guards or How to Fix a Necklace

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I teach you how to use wire guards (I kept calling them guardians!  LOL), how to string and how to use crimp beads to make a necklace.

In my case, I was fixing a necklace I made for my mom many, many years ago.  But you can use this tutorial to fix a necklace or make a fresh new necklace!  Or, of course, you can use this tutorial to make bracelets as well.

Here’s the video:

Stringing with Wire Guards Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads (or a broken beaded necklace)
  • Stringing wire
  • Crimp beads (I use 2 on each end, 4 total, but 1 per end is fine)
  • Crimp bead covers for each crimp bead (optional)
  • Wire guards – 2
  • Clasp of your choice plus jump rings to attach it
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool or chain nose pliers
  • Beading tray or something you can arrange beads on such as a piece of felt or a towel so they don’t roll around.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Arrange your beads in the order you would like.  In my situation, I fixed a necklace that was already designed.  Luckily most of the beads stayed on the original wire in the original order so I just kept that.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Cut your beading wire.  Cut as much as you need to hold all your beads plus several extra inches to work with.

*I always say it’s actually better and less costly to cut a little too much wire than not enough because if you don’t cut enough you can’t use it at all and it’s wasted.  If you cut a little too much it’s much less that will be wasted.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

On one end of the wire, slide on the wire guard.  There are two tubes and then the bent part is open.  Just slide the wire through making sure to leave extra wire.

This will be pulled tight against the wire guard in the next step.

*NOTE:  I added my clasp on at the end with jump rings.  However, if you want to add a clasp now you can slide it onto the wire and situate it in the wire guard before the next step.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Slide a crimp bead over both of the wires and pull it against the wire guard.  Pull everything tightly.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Now we’ll close the crimp bead with the crimp tool.  You’ll notice that there are 2 notches in your tool.  One is larger and closer to the handle and one is smaller and closer to the tip.

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing Jewelry

Place the crimp bead in the larger notch and squeeze it closed.  You’ll smoosh the crimp bead closed and you’ll notice a notch or bend in the middle of the crimp bead.

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Now place the crimp bead in the smaller notch.  You’ll be folding the crimp bead in half.

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Optional:  Add a crimp bead cover to cover your crimp bead. I use my crimp tool to place it over my crimp bead and then close it.  It should look like a regular bead when it’s closed.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

I like to use 2 crimp beads per end and others use only 1.  It’s up to you.  I wrote a post why I used 2 here.

I use a crimp bead, a small regular bead and then an additional crimp bead.  In the photo you can see that I have placed crimp covers over both crimp beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Now you can start stringing.  Place a few beads over the shorter end of the wire.  We’ll trim it later.

Step #10

When you are done stringing beads, check the fit before finishing the necklace.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Complete the other end the same way you did the first end.  However, you have to place the components on differently since there are beads on it now.

Slide on a crimp bead, a small bead, a crimp bead, the wire guard and then pull the wire around and back through the crimp bead, small bead, crimp bead and then a couple of beads from the end of the necklace.

(If you’d like to attach a clasp like I mentioned before without a jump ring, place it in the bend of the wire guard before pulling the wire back through the crimp beads and other beads.)

Pull everything tightly, close the crimp beads and add covers if you like.

Step #12

Make sure everything is secure and then trim off the excess wire.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

Using jump rings, attach your clasp to the end.  I used a lobster clasp on one end and a jump ring on the other end.  For help opening jump rings, click here.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 42: Stringing a Necklace

And there you have it, your completed beaded necklace!

Recycled Glass Bead Knotted Jewelry Set Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead JewelryI’ve been eying up these recycled glass beads from Happy Mango Beads.  As you may know, recycled jewelry is kind of my thing.

I was out of beading wire (I know, crazy, right?!?) and didn’t feel like running out to get some more.  That is how I came up with this design and technique.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry IMG_9573Materials and Tools:

For Necklace:

  • Clear Round Tabular Recycled Glass Beads – Indonesia 14mm (You’ll need a full strand for the necklace and a partial strand for the earrings and bracelet)
  • Cotton Cord – you can get this at Fire Mt. Gems or at most crafts stores – 1mm
  • Scissors

For Bracelet:

  • All of the above from the necklace, plus:
  • Crimp ends – I got mine at AC Moore, they sell them on Fire Mt. Gems, too.
  • 2 Jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Pewter Toggle 18mm

For Earrings:

  • 4 of the recycled glass beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own)

Recycled Glass Bead Necklace Instructions

This is necklace is especially great for those of you who have metal allergies!  No metal involved.

Step #1

Cut some cord.  I started out with more than twice the length of the necklace I wanted and had some excess.  Figure out how long you want your necklace and double it.

Step #2

Recycled Glass TutorialNow we’re going to start beading.  Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, add a bead, etc.

When you are making your knots, keep them close to the beads.

Before your first knot, leave several inches.

Here’s how I did it:

Recycled Glass TutorialHold the cord very close to the last bead and start to make the knot.

Recycled Glass TutorialWhile you are pulling the knot closed, also pull it close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialAs I’m pulling the knot, I hold the cord right next to the bead and make sure to get it right near the bead.

Alternatively, you could use some sort of a stick to make sure you get the knot close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialI beaded one strand of the glass beads.  You can decide how long you would like your necklace.  I considered making it really long, but when I tried it on after beading one strand, it looked perfect so I stopped.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialThe the cord so that it’s even on the ends and then you can tie a bow to create the necklace.  It’s somewhat adjustable in length, just tie the bow in different places.

Recycled Glass Tutorial(Note:  If you prefer to add a clasp to the end, read on for how I added a clasp to my bracelet and use it on your necklace.)

Recycled Glass Bracelet Instructions

Step #1

Measure out cord about twice around your wrist.  Use the same knotting/beading technique as you did for the necklace.

Since a bracelet is difficult to tie on yourself, we’ll add a clasp instead.

Recycled Glass TutorialStep #2

Recycled Glass TutorialAdd a crimp end to each end and then trim off the excess cord.  These are also called “fold over” crimp ends.  Just fold over one side and then the other and squeeze it closed.  Pull on it to make sure it is secure.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and add the clasp to each end.

Recycled Glass Bead Bracelet TutorialRecycled Glass Tier Earrings Instructions

Step #1

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead links.

For extra help:

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial

Step #2

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead dangles.  The holes on these beads are too large for regular head pins, so you can make your own spiral head pins.

For extra help:

Bead Dangle Video Tutorial

Headpin Video Tutorial

Step #3

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and 2 earring wires and assemble your earrings.

For extra help:

How to properly open and close jump rings video tutorial

How to Make Your Own Earring Wires Video Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry TutorialNow you have a full set.

Stringing Jewelry Tutorial – For Beginners

Simple Stringing Tutorial

This easy beginner tutorial will teach you have to string beads to make a bracelet.  You can use this tutorial to make necklace or anklet as well.

Simple Stringing TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • ·         Beads (I used about 24, about 8mm beads)
  • Clasp (I used a toggle clasp)
  • Beading wire
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 4 crimp covers
  • Needle nose pliers or crimp tool
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Simple Stringing Tutorial

Cut a piece of beading wire.  To get the size of the bracelet just about right, measure the wire around your wrist, add a few extra inches and cut.  With the toggle, the bracelet should fit correctly.

A note about beading wire:  you’ll find different “strands” of wire.  I used a mid-range 19 strand wire.  The more strands, the stronger the wire and the better the bracelet will hold up. 

Step #2

Simple Stringing TutorialLay out the design for your bracelet.  You can use a jewelry design tray or put your beads on a towel or a piece of felt so your beads don’t roll around.

Step #3

Simple Stringing TutorialPut some tape at one end of the wire to keep the beads from sliding off.  There are also special tools you can purchase called “bead stoppers” you can use.

 Step #4

Simple Stringing TutorialSlide your beads on the wire in the order you designed.

Step #5

Simple Stringing Tutorial

I like to use 2 crimp beads on each end of the bracelet for extra security.  Slide a crimp bead, a regular bead and a crimp bead.

Step #6

Simple Stringing Tutorial

Slide one end of the clasp onto the wire.

Step #7

Simple Stringing TutorialBend the end of the wire and thread it back through the crimp bead, bead, second crimp bead and then through the next bead or so.

Step #8

Simple Stringing TutorialSimple Stringing TutorialSlide the beads relatively close to the clasp.  Use needle nose pliers (or a crimp tool – more on the crimp tool later) and smash the crimp bead flat. 

Give it a little tug to make sure it’s closed properly and securely.

Step #9

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Grasp the crimp bead so that the nose of the pliers is in the middle of the flattened crimp bead.

Then bend the crimp bead in half and push it together.

Step #10

Repeat for the other crimp bead.

Step #11

Simple Stringing Tutorial

Simple Stringing TutorialPut the crimp cover around the crimp bead.

Step #12

Simple Stringing Tutorial

Simple Stringing Tutorial

Use needle nose pliers to pinch the bead cover closed.  It should look like a round bead.

Step #13

Repeat for the other crimp bead.

Step #14

Simple Stringing TutorialSlide up all the beads.  Cut off the excess wire from the end.  (Remember, you should thread the wire through one or 2 extra beads first.

Step #15

Remove the tape and repeat for the other side of the bracelet.

 Simple Stringing Tutorial

Enjoy your new bracelet!

 Simple Stringing TutorialCrimp Tool

Crimp tools can make closing crimping beads easier. 

To use, place the crimp bead in the groove further from the end.  Then place the crimp bead in the groove closest to the tip of the pliers and close to fold over the crimp bead.


Want to use wire guards in your stringing projects?  Click here for a video tutorial.


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