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7 Ways to Use Your Bead Stash

Episode Transcript


Do you have a stash of leftover beads that you don't know what to do with? In this Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, we'll explore creative ways to use up those extra beads and create stunning jewelry pieces. Join us as we provide a step-by-step guide on how to transform your bead stash into beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs.

Materials Needed

  • Leftover beads in various sizes, shapes, and colors
  • Beading wire (e.g., 49-strand, 0.018 inch diameter)
  • Crimp tubes (e.g., 2mm)
  • Clasp of your choice (e.g., toggle clasp)
  • Jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Crimping pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Begin by sorting through your leftover beads and grouping them by color, size, or shape. This will help you visualize potential design combinations.
  2. Cut a length of beading wire, approximately 12 inches long, and string on a crimp tube, leaving a short tail.
  3. Create a simple loop with the short tail and pass it back through the crimp tube. Gently squeeze the crimp tube with crimping pliers to secure it in place.
  4. Start adding your leftover beads to the wire in any desired pattern or sequence. Mix and match colors, sizes, and shapes to create a unique look.
  5. As you string the beads, consider creating sections or patterns that repeat throughout the design for a cohesive appearance.
  6. Once you've reached your desired length, string on another crimp tube and pass the wire back through the last few beads to form a loop.
  7. Slide the crimp tube down to the beadwork, leaving a small space for the clasp. Crimp the tube securely with crimping pliers.
  8. Trim off the excess wire with wire cutters, leaving a short tail.
  9. Using jump rings, attach your chosen clasp to the loops on either end of the beadwork.
  10. Your unique leftover bead creation is now complete!

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

The beauty of using leftover beads is that the possibilities for customization are endless. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Create monochromatic designs by using beads in various shades of the same color.
  • Experiment with ombre effects by gradually transitioning from one color to another.
  • Incorporate different textures by mixing smooth beads with faceted or matte finishes.
  • Use larger focal beads intermittently to add visual interest and break up the design.
  • Try different beading techniques, such as wire-wrapping or knotting, to add variety to your pieces.


Using your leftover beads is a fantastic way to get creative and make the most of your bead stash. By following this step-by-step guide, you can transform those extra beads into stunning, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Don't be afraid to experiment with different color combinations, patterns, and textures to create designs that reflect your unique style.

We hope this tutorial has inspired you to dive into your bead stash and start creating. Share your leftover bead creations with us in the comments below, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. Happy beading!

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