It is important to learn first the basic techniques when learning the art of bead weaving.
However, for the sake of proper clarification, it is important to state here that, there are two methods of bead weaving; one method uses a loom while the other method, commonly known as off-loom weaving, is created with a needle or by hand.
History has taught that bead weaving originated with Native American tribes. And it is also believed that bead weaving is one of the oldest forms of art and came about at the same time as basket and fabric weaving.
Usually, it is important to learn first the basic techniques when learning the art of bead weaving. This is because the technical basics will provide an easy platform on which you can stand to learn and acquire better skills that will showcase your expertise.
Crimping bead technique is mostly used for making necklace and bracelet. It is the art of compressing a crimp bead to hold all the components of a piece of jewelry together. And it is true that proper crimping is the key to a long-lasting bracelet or necklace design.
Step by step guide
1. Select the right colour, diameter, and flexibility of beadalon wire. It is advised that the largest diameter possible should be used based on the size of the holes in the beads and findings.
2. Select either crimp beads or crimp tubes - then choose plating colour, silver or gold.
3. Insert the beadalon wire into the crimp.
4. Thread the wire through the clasp and back through the crimp.
5. Slide the crimp up close to the clasp, and ensure that there is enough room for the clasp to move freely.
6. Place the crimp in the outer slot of the crimp tool and make one firm compression. This will shape the crimp into an oval. Be sure to keep the wires parallel.
7. Now, place the crimp in the inner slot of the crimp tool and make one firm compression. The shape of the crimp should now resemble a crescent moon.
8. Next, place the crimp in the outer slot of the tool at a 90° angle, and make another firm compression. This rounds the crescent into a round bead again.
9. String 1 to 3 beads, then trim the excess wire with the beadalon nipper tool.
10. String the rest of your design. Repeat steps 3 - 8 for crimping the clasp to the opposite end to complete the design.
Plain wire loops are basics for beginners. Most times, they are used to make dangles that hang from earring findings. But they can also be used to connect bead units when making beaded bracelets or beaded necklaces.
Step by step guide
1. Thread a bead into an eye pin. Ensure that the length of wire above the head is about 1/4 inch.
2. Use your fingers or the chain nose pliers, to bend the top of the head pin or eye pin at a right angle.
3. Pick up the round nose pliers with your dominant hand. Grasp one end of the wire between the pliers' jaws at the mark you made in step 1. Make sure that the wire is flush or even with the pliers' jaws. This will help to keep the loop round.
4. Make a half loop by rotating the pliers toward the bend of the wire.
5. Reposition the pliers in the loop and continue to rotate the wire to form a centered circle above the bead.
6. Close the loop with the chain nose plier.
In conclusion, you should be reminded that as a beginner, it takes time to master the art of bead making. Therefore, encourage yourself to do it over and over again, and with time you will be surprised at the level you have attained.