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How to Make African Waist beads?

by Tadalu . 05 Sep 2020 0 Comments

Waist beads

Waist beads are a beautiful part of jewelry worn around the waist for many women in Africa. Cultures and their traditions are not stuck in specific places anymore. People love to wear clothes and dress up as other cultures, especially on theme functions or cultural celebrations. For instance, waist beads are originated from the African countries like Nigeria and Ghana, but now they are a popular choice all over the world. A waist bead string, increase feminine beauty, and give a more attractive look. Very few knew before that waist beads are not the only piece of beauty but also a great accessory to reduce weight and monitor the month of pregnancy.

No more market search is needed now when you can make them at the ease of your place. So if you haven't come across any tutorial on how to make African waist beads at home until now, here is the one to help you out.

Material Required:

  • Seed beads of your choice (Preferably the white glass beads).
  • Irregular Seed beads vintage brown or gems.
  • Bicone Beads small brass
  • Silver Wire half hard 24 Gauge (1 ½ inch)
  • Brass Jump Rings 0f 7mm (Pieces 2)
  • Small Crimp Bead Brass (Pieces 2)
  • Tiger Tail .015 50 inches
  • Small Lobster Clasps Brass (Piece 1)
  • Small Crimp Pliers
  • Bent Nose Pliers
  • Nose Pliers &
  • Wire cutters

Let's get started:

Place everything to your working table, and let's get started.

Cut the strings:

Waist beads are not a simple single string around your waist, so that you may need a long line. Start by cutting a tiger tail for about 50 inches and tape the ends to the working table.

Design Patterns:

Once the wire is done, it's time to think about what pattern you want for your beautiful jewelry, decide, and layout it for ease. You can be creative in determining the design as much as you want

Bead's time:

Now it is time to fill your string according to yours laid out pattern gems and beads. Vintage brown, along with random black beads or glass beads, present an impressive look.

Crimp and lobster clasp:

Once beads are done, it's time for crimps and lobster clasp. It is better to start from adding crimps and then add lobster clasps.

Crimps placement:

It is necessary to put a crimp in the right place as required to tighten the waist bend. String the wire through the same crimp to form a standard loop by this lobster clasp will stay intact in its place.

Crimp Pliers:

Use crimp pliers to crush the crimp bead using the closest slot to the handle and press the crimp beads that will look like a book.

Now using crimp pliers fold the crimp bead to secure it. You can fold it by putting a crimp bead inside the first slot. Then create a link from the jump rings and join them together by using pliers.

Wire wrapping:

Take 24 gauge silver gauge wire for about one, and ½ inch the using nose pliers fold it and create a Key shape. Now overlap one end of the Wire two times over others by using fingers. Lastly, cut the tip of the wire.

End Pattern:

It is time to end the pattern by beading it, secure them by pressing the end of the wire to keep it from sticking out. Add your End Charm to the last jump ring and secure it.


Now it is time to wear and enjoy your beautiful waist beads around your waist.

About Tadalu Waist Beads

Our Accessories Are Just As Unique & Diverse As the African Culture! Experience the vastness and uniqueness of the African culture by adopting the centuries-old cultural practice of adorning the waist with impeccably-crafted waist beads. At Tadalu, we aim to inspire women with timeless African values that are uniquely stylish. We also strive to support the African jewelry industry and work with local artisans to provide our clients throughout the world with authentic African waist beads at affordable prices.
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