How to String Seed Beads onto an Elastic String

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How to String Seed Beads onto an Elastic String
String seed beads onto an elastic string for quick and beautiful jewellery. (multicoloured beads, background from beads image by 26kot from

Elastic string serves ideally for beading projects because it eliminates many steps and processes that require special findings and tools. Because you can easily tie elastic string together to finish off your jewellery, making bracelets and necklaces becomes a quick and easy task with elastic string. Use delicate seed beads for creating necklaces and bracelets with elastic string. Because seed beads are so tiny, the finished result will be light, fashionable jewellery pieces.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Elastic string
  • Scissors
  • Bead board
  • Seed beads
  • Beading glue

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance around your neck or wrist to determine how long you wish to make your jewellery piece. Add 1 to 2 inches to this measurement and cut a piece of elastic string to this length.

  2. 2

    Tie an overhand double knot in one end of the elastic string to hold the seed beads on the elastic string as you string them.

  3. 3

    Arrange the seed beads on the bead board to find a pleasing arrangement. Experiment with different designs and arrangements of beads until you have the seed beads the way you want to string them.

  4. 4

    Begin placing the seed beads onto the elastic string in the order you created on the bead board. String the seed beads until you have approximately 2 inches of empty elastic string remaining. Unless the elastic is very fine, like thread, you will not need a needle to string your seed beads. Hold the elastic near the end to give it some rigidity and push the end through the seed beads one or two at a time, pushing them down toward the knot as you go.

  5. 5

    Bring the two ends of the elastic string together and tie them in a tight double knot.

  6. 6

    Insert the tails of the elastic string back through the holes of the seed beads, to hide the tails.

  7. 7

    Place a dot of beading glue onto the knot you tied in the elastic string to hold the knot securely.

Tips and warnings

  • It may help to cut the beading end of the elastic at an angle.
  • If using fine elastic, thread it through a bigeye beading needle to string your seed beads, advises Let's Bead.

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