These tips will show you how to make your very own beaded belt. This is a time consuming project and can take 4 to 5 hours to complete, but in the end you will have your own customized belt! You will need hundreds of beads to complete your belt so buy beads in bulk if possible.
Using your beading thread and scissors, cut a piece that is about 65 inches long (see below for sizing instructions). At one end of the thread, tie a large knot (made of a few knots) to ensure the beads do not fall off that end of the thread. Put some beading glue on the knot to hold it together. Put one of the clam shell crimps over the knot once the glue has dried. Use the pliers to secure the crimp tightly to the knot. Tie the other end of the thread to the beading needle.
Start threading needle through beads. Slide each one to the end of the thread. The pattern for adding the beads is 2 inches of seed beads followed by a large crystal bead. Repeat this pattern 9 times. Then add on 1/2 inch of seed beads followed by a dangle charm. Follow this with another 1/2 inch of seed beads.
Thread your needle back through the strand of beads, all the way to the large crystal bead before the last crystal bead. This will create a loop of beads to reinforce the strand.
Keep threading seed beads and crystal beads in the pattern used before with the remaining thread. When you have strung all the beads, make a large knot at the end of the thread. Again, put some beading glue on the knot to hold it together and secure a clam shell crimp over the knot as before. Make sure the crimp is pinched closed tightly.
Using the pliers, ply open a jump ring and put the ring onto a loop of one of the crimps. Use the pliers to close the jump ring. Do the same for the other jump ring and secure it to the other clam shell crimp. Before closing the second jump ring, loop the lobster clasp on and then close the ring using your pliers.
Depending of your waist size, the amount of thread needed will vary. Measure your waist with a flexible tape measure. Double that number and add 5 inches. If your waist is 30 inches around, you would need to cut a piece of thread that is at least 65 inches long.
With these tips and some commitment, you will be able to make a belt that reflects your taste and style.