Stringing wire, beads, crimps and clasps are some of the items that you will be using in creating necklaces, bracelets, chokers and anklets. You will also need some jewelry making tools such as wire cutters, round nose, flat nose and crimping pliers.
A bead board is a must-have tool for planning jewelry designs. It allows you
to see what a design will look like before you string it, plus it provides a
nice work surface and you can organize beads and findings while you work.
When beginning a jewelry design, lay the beads in the channels to give you
an idea of what the design will look like once it's strung. Arrange the
beads in the outer channel until you are happy with the pattern. An easy way
is to start in the center of the necklace and work your way to the ends.
Using a bead board allows you to arrange and re-arrange the pattern before
you string it. That way you don't have to re-string the entire design if you
find out that you don't have enough beads to complete the pattern you have
Use the measurements on the outside of the bead board to determine how long
the design will be. For example, a pattern that reaches 8 both sides would
make a 16" necklace, which is standard length for a choker. But don't forget
to include the clasp, which will add another 1/2 - 1 1/2".
Standard jewelry lengths are
Princess necklace: 18-20"
Matinee necklace: 23-27"
To make a graduated multiple strand design, lay beads in all three channels.
Remember that the outermost strand will be the longest, so plan accordingly
when designing the piece.