How To Make Waist Beads – A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are looking for a fun and creative DIY project that you can do from home, making your own waist beads could be the perfect project for you! Waist beads are a traditional body adornment piece that have been worn for centuries by women in many cultures around the world. They are often used to symbolize femininity, fertility, and strength. This step-by-step guide will give you all the information you need on how to make waist beads — from the materials you need to the technique you will use. So let’s get started! With just a few simple supplies, you can create a unique and beautiful waist bead set that is perfect for you.

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Materials You’ll Need

Primary Color Beads

Secondary Color Beads

Spacer Beads

Lobster Clasp

Crimp Beads

Jump Rings

Wire

Beading Wire

Tools Needed

Bent Chain Nose

Pliers

Round Nose Pliers

Semi-Flush Cutter

Crimp Tool

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Method

How to make waist beads

Step 1

Cut 50 inches of the tiger tail and tape its end to your working table.

Step 2

Lay out the pattern that you’d like your beads to be strung. Be creative!

How to make waist beads

Step 3

Bead this pattern all the way through to your desired length

How to make waist beads

Step 4

First start by adding your crimp

How to make waist beads

Then add your lobster clasp

How to make waist beads

Step 5

Form a loop by stringing the wire through the same crimp.

How to make waist beads

This will secure the lobster clasp in its place

How to make waist beads

Step 6

Use the crimp pliers and crush the crimp bead using the slot closest to the handle

How to make waist beads

You should have a pressed crimp bead that looks like a book

How to make waist beads

Step 7

Fold the Crimp bead by putting it inside of the first slot of the crimp pliers to secure it

How to make waist beads

Step 8

Create a link from the jump rings by opening them with pliers and joining them together.

How to make waist beads
How to make waist beads

Step 9

Cut 1 ½ inches of 24 gauge silver wire

How to make waist beads

Step 10

Fold the wire around the tip of the round nose pliers molding it to create a key shape

How to make waist beads

Step 11

Overlap one end of the wire over the other two times, using your finger

How to make waist beads

Step 12

Cut tip of wire

How to make waist beads

Step 13

Bead your end pattern

Step 14

Follow steps 10, 11, and 12 to secure your bead charm

Step 15

Press on the end of the wire to keep it from sticking out

Step 16

Finally attach your end charm to the last jump ring and secure

Step 17

Your waist beads is ready.

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Source Credit: The Bead Chest

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