How to Make Pave Beads

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How to Make Pave Beads
Pave beads are covered with tiny gemstones or crystals. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Pave beads are large, plain beads covered with various tiny gemstone, glass or crystal beads. The beads typically are round in shape with a metal base. Pave beads convey the glitter of high-end jewellery, while being cost-efficient to create.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vinyl gloves
  • Adhesive, Epoxy 2-part
  • Flat back crystals
  • 16mm round plain bead
  • Non-stick art sheet
  • Vacuum tweezer tool

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  1. 1

    Pull on gloves to protect hands as you work with epoxy. Blend equal amounts of each part of the epoxy with your gloved fingers, working them until they are one colour.

  2. 2

    Press a small amount of epoxy around the bead you plan to cover. Blend the epoxy with your fingers, making sure it is level and smooth on the bead. Roll the non-stick art sheet around the bead to remove any fingerprints or marks.

  3. 3

    Place the crystals in a pile next to the vacuum tweezer tool. Turn on the vacuum tweezer tool. Turn on the suction device button on the handle. Pick up a crystal with the vacuum and place it on the desired area on the bead. Release the button on the vacuum to release the crystal and place it on the bead. Repeat this step to cover the entire bead with crystals.

  4. 4

    Allow each section of the bead to harden for 30 minutes after applying the crystals. Replace the vacuum tip to adjust for smaller crystals required to fill gaps, if necessary.

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