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How to Finish Your DIY Jewelry Like a Pro

Just finished a beaded bracelet or handmade necklace, but it's missing a little something special? Allie from PotomacBeads shows you how to finish off your own DIY jewelry and beading designs properly and professionally using just a few tools like wire guards and crimp covers.

Episode Transcript


In this Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, we'll explore the secrets to finishing your DIY jewelry like a true professional. Elevate your handmade creations with expert tips and techniques that will make your pieces look polished and refined. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced beader, this step-by-step guide will help you achieve flawless finishes every time.

Materials Needed

  • Beading thread (e.g., Fireline, Wildfire, or K.O. Thread)
  • Beading needles (size 10 or 12)
  • Scissors or thread cutters
  • Pliers (chain nose, round nose, and/or bent nose)
  • Crimping pliers
  • Bead tips or clam shell bead tips
  • Crimp beads or crimp tubes
  • Jump rings
  • Clasps (lobster claw, toggle, or magnetic)
  • Beading mat or bead board

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Thread your beading needle with a comfortable length of beading thread, leaving a small tail.
  2. Create a simple overhand knot at the end of your beadwork, leaving a short tail. Pass through the last few beads to secure the knot inside your work.
  3. Trim the thread tail close to the beadwork using scissors or thread cutters.
  4. To attach a clasp using bead tips or clam shell bead tips:
    • Open the bead tip using pliers and slide the end of your beadwork inside.
    • Close the bead tip securely, ensuring the beadwork is held firmly in place.
    • Use a jump ring to connect the bead tip to your chosen clasp.
  5. To attach a clasp using crimp beads or tubes:
    • String a crimp bead or tube onto the beading thread, followed by the clasp.
    • Pass the thread back through the crimp bead and the last few beads of your work.
    • Pull the thread tight, so the crimp bead sits snugly against the beadwork.
    • Use crimping pliers to flatten the crimp bead, securing the thread in place.
    • Trim any excess thread close to the crimp bead.
  6. Repeat the process on the other end of your beadwork to complete the clasp attachment.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

Personalize your finished jewelry by experimenting with different clasp styles, such as toggle clasps for a trendy look or magnetic clasps for easy wear. Mix and match metal finishes to create unique designs, or add a pop of color with enameled or crystal-embellished bead tips.

For a professional touch, consider adding beaded embellishments or charms near the clasp to elevate your design. You can also create adjustable closures using chain and jump rings for a custom fit.


With these expert tips and techniques, you'll be able to finish your DIY jewelry projects with a professional flair. Remember to take your time, practice patience, and don't be afraid to experiment with different methods until you find what works best for you.

We'd love to see your beautifully finished creations! Share photos of your projects in the comments below, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. For more inspiring beading tutorials and ideas, be sure to check out our other Better Beader episodes from Potomac Beads.

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