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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Simple Bracelet How-To Using Beading Wire

About this Tip:

Here we'll make a simple bracelet using beading wire and some of our new Czech Glass beads.

Things to keep in mind:
The medium wire used in this video works will with most beads. I really like the 6-8mm beads purely for the aesthetic appeal. This wire is not, however, a good fit for our Pearl selection (the hole is too small!). All the beads featured here fit the bill!

Wire protectors do just that-- protect your wire's durability while the clasp that you attach rubs the wire as you wear your bracelet. These are going to help reinforce the medium wire and smaller. As you string the protector, you may need to spread the two ends further so it gives you more room to give you space for your clasp.

Crimpers have several "settings", use middle portion for initial crimp (creates valley), use end setting to finalize crimp.

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  1. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    As a novice beader, I’m anxious to watch this video, but am having trouble with it loading. Anyone else, or is it just me? (It usual is – LOL)

    I love the colors of all the beads selected for the bracelet. Some folks have all the talent – and others like me, well, we stand in awe :)

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    Tim Hyland says:

    From another novice beader: Sorry that you can’t load the video Lois, but don’t go assuming it’s something you are doing wrong. Unfortunately the technology continues to outpace the typical user’s ability to stay current enough for some features. Maybe that’s all it is in your situation, and if so that’s not your fault.

    If you’re using a (relatively) older computer perhaps it can’t open an MP4 file, or the 67mb size is an issue. I hate my local rip-off cable company, but I love having a high speed internet connection, which is almost a requirement these days.

    Good luck, and with a bit of just doing some beading I’ll bet you’ll find that you had the talent all along.

    Oh yeah, find some teenage hotshot who knows computers and can at least diagnose your problem. Lots of them around these days.

  3. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Hello Tim,
    Thanks for the advice about my computer glitch, and also the encouraging words about beading. Very much appreciated.

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, and so it seems I have discovered – quite by accident – the reason behind my inability to view the video.

    I did a ‘right click’ on the video itself, and chose “Settings” from the menu display. This brought up a box for “Adobe Flash Player Settings”. I then ‘de-selected’ the”Enable Hardware Acceleration”.

    Like magic, the video started playing :) Now it’s time to enjoy the show.

  4. B Whitacre
    B Whitacre says:

    I typed a long message, where did it go?

  5. C Novak
    C Novak says:

    Love the tips and comments: all very helpful. Thanks to all!

  6. jabbajane
    jabbajane says:

    wait. what kind of beading wire? what size crimp tube or bead? what size holes in my beads should I use for the size and kind of wire? uggg. so confused. I guess I’ll keep searching videos for the answers to my questions.

  7. Kate
    Kate says:

    @jabbajane: we’re using the medium beading wire (see products listed above). This wire should accommodate nearly any drill hole bead we offer.

  8. jabbajane
    jabbajane says:

    Thanks Kate~! I appreciate the attention! I have another question. At 2:15 she says it is important to string a 6mm or an 8mm bead on first. Why is that important? sorry for all the questions but I am just learning and my stuff comes out will all kinds of mistakes that I only realize after I have crimped the last crimp bead and clasp! They don’t look bad, but I know it’s there. and I contemplate taking them all apart. and another mistake I have made is that I have already used sterling silver crimp beads, wire, etc. and now that is wasted if I take them apart. I’ve learned it saves money if you practice with cheaper findings! thanks for your help.

  9. Kate
    Kate says:

    @jabbajane: I think she just meant to make sure the first (and last) bead that you string allows for 2 strands of wire to go through the drill hole, because you’re doubling up the wire on the ends.
    The only way you learn to perfect your craft is by doing! Don’t take early mistakes too hard. In fact, I always keep my “first project” to remind myself of how far I’ve come…it works! :-)

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    Jo g says:

    why is the “valley” in the crimp bead important before crimping finally? why do wires need to be separated before crimping? i never understood this!

  11. Ebonyfrogg
    Ebonyfrogg says:


  12. E moccaldi
    E moccaldi says:

    Nice tutorial. For me, I would need more visual. The camera needs to be closer to the instructor’s hands in order to see each step more clearly. The audio is terrific but maybe a little fast for first timers. On the whole, it was helpful. Thanks!

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