How To Make Jewelry: How To Use A Jewelry Design Board

How To : How To Use A Jewelry Design Board

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You may have seen a , also called a Jewelry Design Board, in the jewelry section at the craft store. In this video we will show you how to use the Design Board and what the markings mean.

A Bead Board or Jewelry Design Board typically is plastic covered with flocking to keep beads from sliding around too much. It has pockets to store beads in while you are working and one, two, or three channels to lay your beads in.

We like to start at the bottom center. This is marked zero. Ass you add beads to either side going up the outside channel, you can look at the numbers to see what length your necklace will be. If the beads reach 8 on each side, your necklace will be 16” long (plus a little for your clasp).

To use the design board, we cut our beads off the temporary strings they come on. For a random beaded design, we choose some large beads, some medium sized beads, and some small beads. We start by setting the large beads around the board randomly. Then we fill in with the medium sized beads followed by the small beads. With a design board you can pick up the beads and move them around to change your design. Which is a lot easier to do before they are strung on the bead stringing wire.

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Once you have your design how you like it and the length you want it, you can string your beads into a necklace.

We have a tutorial for how to string beads to make a necklace.
How To Make A Beaded Necklace

We hope you like this video and it helps you get started making your own jewelry. If you have any questions at all, just leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty

And if you want more jewelry making basics, we have some starter tips and tricks in these videos.

How To Make Jewelry: Bead Stringing Wire For Jewelry Explained

How To Make Jewelry: Basic Jewelry Tools Explained

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  1. Can I use this to make a station necklace with cubic zirconia jewels?

  2. So what’s the number in middle use for?

  3. Perhaps I missed it, but I didn't hear you say that the outside measurement markers are in inches, and the inside measurement markers are in centimeters.

  4. Thank you very helpful for us beginners ?

  5. This is my 1st time seeing u both in one of your videos..u girls are GORGEOUS!! BTW…I also LUV the few videos of yours that I've seen ??
    I'm a true BEGINNER to jewelry making & I luv learning about the tools, tricks & tips. TYFS!!

  6. Great instructions and ideas for using the bead board..thank you!?

  7. I enjoy your jewelry video. Thank you. O'Neal sisters. May God bless you and your families.

  8. Your channel has been popping up in my recommended videos this week & now I'm a follower of yours ? I've been beading for about a yr & half, mostly Beadweaving but some stringing & more so lately so this video was helpful. Thanks ladies! ?
    Can't wait to see what's next. ✌??
    P. S. Wish we could of seen the finished necklace. I bet it was very pretty. Maybe nxt video lol. ??