- Glass Beads
Beadalon bead stringing wire
- toggle clasp set
- crimp beads
- head pins or eye pins
- jump rings
- needle-nose pliers
- wire cutters
Start with a length
of bead stringing wire that is approximately six inches longer than the piece of
jewelry you intend to make. Slide on a crimp bead, then the loop
end of the toggle. Bend approximately two inches of the wire, going
back through the crimp bead, and draw it snug against the clasp.
Use your needle-nose
pliers to flatten the crimp bead against the clasp so that it cannot
slide up or down.
String all of the
beads onto the wire (the first few beads
should be strung over both thicknesses of wire).
Slide the second
crimp bead onto the wire, then the other half of the clasp, then go back through the crimp bead and several
Pull the wire
until all of the beads are snug against each other. Then, flatten
the crimp bead. Use a pair of wire cutters to cut off the
remaining wire as close to the beads as possible.
Create dangles using
headpins or eyepins and glass beads (see
Beaded Pendants), then attach to toggle loop with jump rings. Important:
The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist it open, pushing it slightly apart from
front to back, then just push back together to close.
Necklace is worn
with toggle clasp in the front as the focal point.
You may wish to purchase a Bead Board. You can
experiment with the layout of your beads and spacers until you are
satisfied with the design. This saves time as you will avoid having
to restring beads.