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How to thread beads on ribbon

If you like the look of beads strung on ribbon, you may wonder how jewellery makers string wide ribbon through beads with tiny holes. The process has a trick to it, and you can quickly learn how to string a variety of different beads onto ribbons of different widths. This look is especially attractive when you make choker necklaces with beads on colourful ribbons.

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  1. Determine how long you want your jewellery piece to be and add 25 cm (10 inches) to this measurement (more if you plan to knot the ribbon between the beads). Cut the organza ribbon to this measurement.

  2. Cut a 15 cm (6 inch) length of beading wire with the wire cutters. Bend the wire in half.

  3. Slide a bead onto the bent wire so the bead is approximately 5 cm (2 inches) away from the bend in the wire.

  4. Thread the organza ribbon through the bend in the wire and fold the ribbon back onto itself by at least 5 cm (2 inches).

  5. Slide the bead from the beading wire over to the ribbon and push the bead along the ribbon.

  6. Repeat steps three through five until your ribbon has all of the beads on it.

  7. Leave enough organza ribbon at both ends for tying the bracelet or necklace into a simple double bow.

  8. Cut the ends of the ribbon off at 45-degree angles to prevent fraying.

  9. Tip

    You can tie an overhand knot between each bead.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Organza ribbon -- 1.2 to 2.5 cm (1/2 inch to 1 inch) wide
  • Scissors
  • Beading wire (18 gauge)
  • Wire cutters
  • Beads

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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