Want to learn how make your own beads to wear to a Nigerian wedding or a special occasion? Watch and follow along these step by step video tutorials on how to make beads by yourself. After publishing the post that featured the in-vogue bead styles and designs in Nigeria, I received several readers’ emails and private messages on Facebook, requesting for a video tutorial on how to make beads at home. So here you are – two videos on how to string beads in different styles and the second video on how to make a beaded necklace from scratch. Watch the tutorial below and practice along.
Video 1: Different Bead Making (Stringing) Methods for Beginners
*Be sure to see the next bead-making video that shows how to string a necklace from start to finish.
Video 2: How to Make Beads Necklace: Step by Step
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Tools Used In Making Beads (for Beginners)
The following tools were used in the beads-making videos above. They are what you’ll find in any bead-maker’s kit. A beginner bead-maker may start with a few beading tools, improvise on some and purchase them later once you become more expert or have the funds.
- Beading wire
- Eye Pins
- Head Pins
- Bead stops
- Crimp Covers
- Crimping cutters/ wire cutters
- Crimping pliers
- Round-nose pliers
- A ruler
Where to Get Bead-Making Training in Nigeria
In case you are looking for where to learn from, below are some places where you can get trained to be able to make beads – they are some of the best Nigerian bead makers. Contact them through their Facebook pages (listed below) to find out more. They all post new samples of their latest bead designs and styles, so you can see…
Good Bead Making Books: A Must-Have
Book #1. Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry
Book #2. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading
Book #3. 200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Compendium of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips (200 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets)
About Bead Making in Nigeria and the Rest of Africa
Bead making has been a long time occupation and trade for many Nigerian households who make beads for sale. Today, beading provides employment to many and is the sole sustenance and source of income for most African families.
With bead making, you can string beads together to make assorted fashion jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, purse, hand-bags, belts, flower vases. Brides on low budget have been known to make beads used as bridal accessories in their traditional wedding. Young girls make such wedding hairpieces, long and short Nigerian traditional beads for brides as well as for grooms to wear on their traditional engagement and wedding occasion.
Almost all peoples from every African country wear beads as a fashion accessory, as well as to beautify fabrics and domestic hardware, and these tribal beads are made in Africa by the locals. The beauty of African beads is that you can tell the source of any African bead from their colours and designs and styles. Just by looking, you can tell the Nigerian beads, the Ghana beads, the Kenyan beads, the South African beads or any other. These days, a lot of the Western beads are inspired by the African tribal beads.
Final Takeaway on How to Make Beads
That’s it from us on how a beginner can learn how to make jewelry beads from scratch. Watch the bead making video tutorial over and over again – and practice along until you become perfect.See also: