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You may find it helpful when working with two strands to secure both ends of the main beading strand to your work surface with masking tape. This keeps some tension in the thread and allows you to string up through the beads more easily. You can make simple beaded strands or lace-pattern loops more decorative by adding beaded drops. For the best results, select a drop bead that is larger than the rest of the beads along the loop or strand. 1 At the location where you'd like to place a beaded...

Basic Bead Stringing Techniques

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You can use basic bead stringing techniques to create single-strand necklaces, bracelets, and anklets, as well as some simple non-jewelry items, like bookmarkers. This chapter describes the bead stringing process from initial layout to finishing a design using your choice of stringing material. Prepare a Design 34 Grades of Beading Wire 40 String and Finish Beading Wire 42 Hide Cover Beading Wire Loops 48 String and Finish Beading Cord 49 String and Finish Beading Thread 61 String and Finish...