You may have seen a Bead Board, also called a Jewelry Design Board, in the jewelry section at the craft store. 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.
When we use a bead board, we like to start at the bottom center. This is marked zero. As 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). In this video we will show you how to use the Design Board to make a beaded necklace.
Video: How To Use A Jewelry Design Board
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. 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 the necklace shown in this video. You can find it here: How To Make A Beaded Necklace. If you have any questions about how to use a Jewelry Design Board, just leave us a comment and we’ll reply!
Jennifer & Kitty