Tucson Parks & Recreation: Beginning Beading - Age 17+

Lesson 1: Making your first beaded necklace

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Set up: Gather your tools and materials.

This lesson will use several types of materials and tools.

wire cutters Wire cutters can be used to cut many types of wire, including tiger tail, copper, and sterling silver.
chainnose pliers Chainnose pliers have a long narrow nose and flat jaws (unlike the serrated jaws of needlenose pliers) that can grasp and hold wire without marking it.
roundnose pliers (optional) Roundnose pliers have two cone-shaped jaws that are used to shape wire into loops. You will need roundnose pliers for shaping wire to make a pendant or charm.
bead design board Bead design boards have sections for holding beads and long rows marked with measurements for laying out designs. Most are flocked to keep beads from rolling.
  tape measure Any measuring tape will do for this project.
  safety googles If you choose to make a pendant or charms, you will need safety googles when trimming hard wire.
  mirror (optional) You may want a mirror when choosing a length for your necklace.
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beads (glass, wood, clay, etc.) Beads may be found in an amazing diversity of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials.
tiger tail or other flexible beading wire Tiger tail and other flexible beading wires are made of multiple strands of metal, with a nylon coating that can be colored or clear. Flexible beading wire is suitable for many types of beading projects and is available in a number of different metals and thicknesses.
crimp beads Crimp beads are metal beads used to secure findings or other beads to flexible beading wire.
lobster claw clasp A lobster claw clasp is the most secure type of clasp.
soldered jump ring A jump ring, closed and soldered, serves as the ring for the lobster claw clasp.
headpins (optional) Headpins are relatively short lengths of wire with a head affixed to one end that holds a bead (or beads). You will need either headpins or eyepins for making a pendant or a charm.
eyepins (optional) Eyepins are relatively short lengths of wire with one end formed into a round loop. This loop holds beads in place and can also be used to connect to other findings (e.g., headpins, clasps, other eyepins). You will need either headpins or eyepins for making a pendant or a charm.
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