Beaded jewelry can be simple and easy or very complicated with intricate designs. I have not done anything complicated in the world of beading. Beading, for me, is some wire, string, or stretchy elastic and a bowl of gorgeous beads.
Set up your designs on a bead board. With its grooves, it will keep your beads from rolling away before you string them. It has rulers along the sides and compartments for the beads you have not used yet. It is inexpensive and a must to make planned out necklaces and bracelets.
Go to your local craft store and choose some interesting beads in some of your favorite colors and shapes. Pick some plain beads to be fillers. Get some stretchy or string for beads and, of course, pick up one or two bead boards. Get a bottle of craft glue that will hold the knot in place on your finished work. I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue for this and for so many other craft projects. The glue will prevent your project from coming apart. Without glue, the knot will slip, no matter how tight on many of the beading strings.
HINT: You will need to add a drop of crafting glue to the knot you tie on the elastic bead bracelets to prevent it from coming undone. I learned that trick from a professional many years ago as I could not make a tight enough knot that would last long.
Get a bottle of craft glue that will hold the knot in place on your finished work. I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue for this and for so many other craft projects. The glue will prevent your project from coming apart. Without glue, the knot will slip, no matter how tight on many of the beading strings.
For your children, there are big bags of fun beads for kids that you can purchase. There are novelty beads like animal beads and other shapes that kids love. Pony beads are large circular beads that kids love to string. There are pearl beads, wooden beads, shell beads, flower beads, glow in the dark beads, star beads, see through beads, crystal accent beads, and cube beads just to name a few. Letter beads allow them to write messages on their work. Tri-Beads have three points for interesting bracelets that stack.
Your kids will have a blast stringing beads and creating beautiful works of art. Our children would make bracelets and Christmas ornaments and sell them for one dollar to their friends at school, church, and Tae kwon do when they were about the ages of nine through 14. It was good to teach them about work and money.
NOTE: Make sure your young children understand that they should not put the small components and beads in their mouths as they are a choking hazard.
Pay attention to the warnings on the bead packaging and do not allow young children who still put everything in their mouths to be around the beads for their safety.
I find beautiful beads at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's and on Etsy and Amazon. I buy beads and supplies at all of these stores. In addition there are many beading supply websites where you can purchase beads in bulk as well as unusual beads not available where you live.
For your first beaded jewelry project, try making a simple bracelet. Start with a few basic types of beads and some elastic cord and glue. You will also need scissors and a bead board for each person. (They are cheap.) If you bought a large bag of assorted beads for the kids, you will want a bowl they can dump the bag into to make it easier to find the perfect bead.
Measure the cord around your wrist and add four inches to allow for tying.
First, tie a knot at one end so that it is big enough to hold the first bead onto the cord. Then string away. At the end, tie the two ends together into a double or triple knot. Add a drop of Craft Glue and allow to dry. Your first beaded jewelry project is complete!
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