Jewelry Stringing – 10 Year Collection of Jewelry-Making Instructions

Over the last 10 years, Jewelry Stringing magazine has brought us an amazing amount of jewelry-making instructions for beautiful beady projects (over 3,500!), innovative products to add to our jewelry-making skills, and the latest in trends so we were always on top of what was hot. This magazine continues to deliver and we can’t seem to get enough! For your convenience and in case you’ve missed an issue here and there, the 10 year Jewelry Stringing collection (2005-2014) is now available!
Jewelry Stringing magazine, Fall 2005For some great behind-the-scenes on this magazine and all the collection includes, be sure to check out Jewelry Stringing Magazine – Beading and Jewelry-Making Fun!”

At its core, for “stringing,” you need beading wire, crimps, crimping pliers, and wire cutters. Beads, too, of course!  To go back to the beginning, let’s revisit the primer from the original issue.

To follow are excerpts from an article found in the first issue of the collection, Stringing, Fall 2005, with information adapted from the New Beader’s Companion.

Stringing is a simple technique that enables you to make beautiful pieces of jewelry. As you become a master stringer, you’ll discover many more options for materials and infinite combinations for beads.


Beading wire is nylon-covered strands of steel, available in various colors and widths – use .024 for large, abrasive beads, .019 for crystals and small lampworked beads, and .014 for small, lightweight beads such as pearls. Ironically, the more strands of steel in a wire, the more supple it is. Secure beading wire to findings with crimp tubes.

Leather, suede, waxed linen, ribbon and silk cords come in many colors and sizes. Shapes range from round lacing to flat ribbon. Beads can be strung and knotted directly on cords, or you can mix cords with other stringing materials and findings for more design options.

Just Breathe, by Kristal Wick, Jewelry Stringing Magazine

Just Breathe, by Kristal Wick

Carré Vert by Danielle Fox, Jewelry Stringing Magazine

Carré Vert by Danielle Fox

Silk thread is a strong natural thread that’s available in many colors and widths. It is often used to string delicate beads such as pearls, with knots tied between each bead. Be sure to pre-stretch silk thread before you string your beads by pinching it gently and pulling it inch by inch through your fingers.

Braided synthetic threads such as Power Pro and Dandyline are extremely strong and can be used to string everything from very light to very heavy beads. Thread a needle to string the beads, use sharp scissors or a razor blade to cut the thread, and knot the thread to finish it off.

Beading threads such as Nymo, C-Lon, and Silamide are strong synthetic threads suitable for stringing and ideal when stringing beads with smaller drill holes, like gemstones and pearls. These threads are most commonly used for on- and off-loom beadwork.


Findings are devices that finish and hold together your jewelry. They are usually metal and generally offer decorative appeal. Here’s a list of findings to keep on hand at all times, in various metals/finishes and sizes.

Crimp tubes and crimp beads are used to secure beads and findings on beading wire.

Crimp tubes are seamless tubes of metal that come in several sizes. Use the size that is as close to the diameter of your beading wire doubled. To use, string a crimp tube and pass the beading wire through the connection finding. Pass back through the tube, leaving a short tail. Use the back notch of the crimping pliers to press the length of the tube down between the wires, enclosing them in separate chambers of the crescent shape. Rotate the tube 90° and use the front notch to fold the two chambers onto themselves, forming a clean cylinder. Trim the excess wire.

Securing beading wire with crimp tubes, using crimping pliers, Jewelry Stringing magazine

Securing beading wire with crimp tubes using crimping pliers

Crimp covers are curved pieces of metal that, when rounded around crimped tubes, hide the tube and resemble a round bead.

Use crimp covers to camouflage crimped crimp beads. Jewelry Stringing magazine

Use crimp covers to camouflage crimped crimp beads

Jumprings are circles of wire used to connect loops, other rings, and items with openings, together. Open a jump ring by grasping each side of its opening with a pair of pliers. Don’t pull apart. Instead, twist in opposite directions so that you can open and close without distorting the shape.

jumprings can be opened using two pairs of pliers. Jewelry Stringing magazine

Opening a jumpring

headpins - a length of wire with a ball or head on one endHead pins are straight lengths of wire with a ball or flat disk at one end.

Eye pins 
are straight lengths of wire that end in a simple loop.

String beads on pins, then form loops to create dangles.

String beads on head pins or eye pins, then form loops to create dangles.


Toggle clasps feature a large ring or other open design as one half, and a bar that is longer than the opening of the ring for the other half. When you insert the bar vertically through the ring’s opening, the weight of the beads will pull the bar across it.

Firecracker bracelet, by Lindsay Burke. Jewelry Stringing magazine

Firecracker, by Lindsay Burke

Multistrand clasps have several loops for attaching several strands of beads.

Splash, by Jaida Kimmerer. Jewelry Stringing magazine

Splash, by Jaida Kimmerer

Lobster clasps have a spring-loaded catch that secures to a loop or ring.

Eye of Sauron, by Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave Press. Jewelry Stringing magazine

Eye of Sauron, by Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave Press

Basic tool box for stringing
Basic tools for stringing and jewelry-making designs

  • Crimping pliers squeeze and secure a crimp tube onto beading wire.
  • Round-nose pliers have tapered cylindrical jaws for making loops. Positioning the wire at different points of the jaws yields several different sizes of loops.
  • Flat-nose pliers have flat, tapered jaws for gripping and bending wire and for flattening crimp beads. Be sure that the insides of your flat- or chain-nose pliers are smooth so that they don’t mar your crimp tubes or wire.
  • Wire cutters have sharp blades that cut wire flush and leave no burrs.

Thank you, Jewelry Stringing team! You continue to inspire us to create jewelry designs we can wear every day, jewelry we can wear for special occasions, and jewelry we can give as gifts to friends and family.

Whether you are just beginning your jewelry stringing exploration or are an expert – have fun with all the jewelry making instructions and inspiration you’ll find as you delve deeper into the Jewelry Stringing 10 Year Collection. Then, please, share your favorites with us at!

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