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How to Make Beaded Necklaces

What a Gem Necklace

Sparkle with this gem necklace.
Sparkle with this gem necklace.

This what a gem necklace is a great starting point for creating beaded jewelry. Sparkles are everywhere, and that's all you see.

What You'll Need:

  • 17 inches nylon line
  • 1 clasp and jump ring
  • 8 crimp beads
  • 3 flower gemstone charms


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors

Step 1: Attach the clasp to one end of the nylon line with a crimp bead. To do this, slide a crimp bead and then a clasp onto the end of the nylon line. Thread the nylon line back through the crimp bead, and pull it tight so the crimp bead is close to the clasp.


Step 2: Using needle-nose pliers or crimping pliers, flatten the crimp bead so it stays in place. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim the excess line as close to the crimp bead as possible, but only on the short end. Obviously, you need to leave the long end in order to string the beads.

Step 3: String on a crimp bead, and crimp down six inches from the clasp.

Step 4: String on a flower charm and another crimp bead, and crimp down snugly against the charm.

Step 5: String on another crimp bead, and crimp down one inch from the previous crimp bead.

Step 6: Repeat step 4.

Step 7: Repeat step 5 and then step 4 again.

Step 8: Finish the necklace with a crimp bead and jump ring. Make sure you leave six inches of line between the last crimp bead and the jump ring so that the charms hang evenly from the middle of the necklace.

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