Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals
by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Designs by Gulten Dye, International Designer/Artist

Design Idea C654 Necklace and Bracelet Set

Three Stringing Fundamentals for a Professional Finish:
  • Using Accu-Guard™ wire protectors to protect and masquerade Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire
  • Crimping Accu-Flex beading wire to the finding of your choice
  • Camouflaging crimped crimp beads with crimp covers

Using Accu-Guards

At one end of a length of Accu-Flex beading wire (cut to the proper length for your design) thread on a crimp bead (or crimp tube) then thread the wire through one side of an Accu-Guard wire protector. Continue passing the wire over the curve of the wire protector then through the other side until the wire exits.

Thread the loop of your clasp or finding over the end of the beading wire and up into the curve of the wire protector. Thread the beading wire back through the crimp bead.
Using Accu-Guards

Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Crimping Accu-Flex
Pull the short end of the beading wire so there is about one inch beyond the crimp tube, giving you some length to hold onto while you crimp the crimp bead in place. While holding both lengths of wire so they are as far apart from each other inside the crimp bead as is possible, place the crimp bead into the second notch of the crimping pliers. Squeeze the handles to compress the crimp bead, forming a "U" in the crimp, with each wire on either side of the curve.

Place the crimped crimp in the first notch of the crimping pliers then gently squeeze the handles to form the crimp into a small rounded cylinder.
Crimping Accu-Flex

Placing Crimp Covers
Using flush cutters, trim the short length of beading wire. Position a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead. Using chain-nose pliers or crimping pliers, gently close the crimp cover to hide the crimped crimp bead.

String the beads in your design then finish the second end the same way.
Placing Crimp Covers

Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Opening and Closing a Jumpring
Jumprings are a versatile go-to finding when connecting items together such as linking a chain to a clasp (or other finding) and connecting bead drops to an earwire, chain or other bead drop. Jumprings can also be linked together to form a chain.

To open a jumpring, place a pair of chain-nose or flat-nose pliers on each side of the opening, with one pair positioned at 3:00 and the other at 9:00; open the jumpring by moving one pair of pliers away from you and holding the other one steady.

Reverse the motion to close.
Opening and Closing a Jumpring

Creating a Simple Loop
Add a few beads to a length of wire, headpin or eyepin then finish with a simple loop to create a beaded dangle.

Using round-nose pliers, grip the wire above the last bead added in your design or about 3/8 inch down from the end of a length of wire. Bend the wire to a 90-degree angle.

Grip the tip of the wire with the end of the round-nose pliers, leaving very little wire peeking through the barrels of the pliers.

Rotate your wrist away from your body, while using the tip of your thumb on the other hand to push on the wire below the pliers, forming a loop. The placement of your thumb will help keep the angle sharp and the loop circular. Turn the wire into a loop. If necessary, adjust the loop so it is centered.
Creating a Simple Loop

Forming a Wrapped and Double Wrapped Loop

Design Idea C64M Bracelet and Earring Set

Wrapped loops create a solid connection without the need for solder. It is the technique to use when connecting bead drops to a design that might have a lot of wear and tear.

Hold a pair of round-nose pliers so the jaws are horizontal. Grip the wire with the tips of the pliers, about 1-1/2 inches down from one end of the wire. With your free hand, bend the top of the wire to form a 90-degree angle.

Place the pliers into the angled section, vertically, so one barrel is above and one is below the wire. Bring the wire up and over the top barrel of the pliers so it is now facing down at an angle.

Reposition the pliers so they are horizontal again, with one barrel in the loop and one out and to the right. With chain-nose pliers, or your free hand, grasp the tip of the wire and direct it behind the length of wire extending below the loop you just created.

OPTIONAL: Open the loop slightly and slide on the loop of your pendant, charm, chain or finding; close the loop.

Forming a Wrapped and Double Wrapped Loop

Grip across the loop with a pair of chain-nose pliers. Grasp the tip of the wire with chain-nose pliers and wrap it around the straight length of wire above the pendant, making approximately three tightly wound wraps. Trim any excess wire, then press in the cut end with chain-nose pliers.

Optional: Place a bead onto the wire.

For a double wrapped loop, repeat to form a second wrapped loop on the other end of the wire.
Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals


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