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Beginner Jewelry Making Tips

Making your own jewelry is not only a fun and addictive hobby, but it also has the added benefit that you get to wear what you create! However, many people don’t really know where to start.

Here are simple tips to get you started with beginner jewelry making!

1. Choose what type of jewelry interests you most

Beginner Jewelry Making

It can be really overwhelming when you first decide you want to try your hand at making jewelry because there’s such a broad range of possibilities!

Just as you wouldn’t expect to learn to crochet, knit, hand-sew, quilt, and embroider all at once, it’s unrealistic to try to tackle every type of jewelry making when you’re first starting out. Instead, choose one kind you’d like to make first and go from there.

Perhaps you like wearing beaded jewelry best, or maybe you prefer the simple look and personalization of metal-stamped jewelry. Maybe you want to work with leather, clay, or glass.

Choose one medium to focus on first, knowing that you can always try something else later… and in fact, the skills may even build on each other and you’ll have an easier time learning a new technique because of what you can already do!

2. Master a few basic skills

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Whether you’re planning on working with beads, clay metal, or another type of jewelry first, there are a few skills you’re going to want to know for just about every project you make.

Most projects, for example, will require that you have a basic knowledge of how to open and close a jump ring properly and form a simple wire loop.

Once you master these skills, they transfer to whatever type of project you’re creating!

3. Invest in good quality tools

beginner jewelry making

For your first attempt, it may work okay to just “borrow” the wire cutters and pliers from your household toolbox. But the reality is, the better the tools you have to work with, the easier the process will be and the better your project will turn out.

At first, it may seem like a bit of an investment, particularly when it comes to specialty tools like metal stamps, etc., but in the long run, they more than pay for themselves when you’re able to create rather than buy your jewelry as well as make jewelry to give as gifts and/or sell to others.

Once you have the necessary tools in your stash, it’s usually very inexpensive to make any particular piece.

4. Learn the terminology

beading tools

What’s the difference between and head pin and an eye pin? Is 12-gauge wire thicker or thinner than 20-gauge wire? And what are “findings” anyway? You’re going to need to know!

Before you purchase anything, make sure you know what it is that you need. It’ll save you the time, expense, and frustration of having to return and exchange the wrong items.

There are lots of great resources to help you, like this basic intro to metal stamping

5. Get your hands on some supplies, literally

supply store

There are countless options for where to purchase jewelry-making supplies. Online shops like Goody BeadsLima Beads, and P&J Tool Supply have wide inventories, and you can also always find just about anything you’re looking for on Etsy.

Before you choose your favorite online vendors, though, I’d encourage you to find a local craft store and literally get your hands on some of these tools and supplies. Look at them, touch them and choose exactly what you want. I’ve ordered things before that ended up being not at all what I expected just because of my lack of experience.

For example, I didn’t have a concept of what a 4 mm bead really looked like, so when I ordered a whole pack and they showed up, I was shocked at how tiny they were.

Go get your hands on some things and familiarize yourself with them. Later, once you get into a groove and know what you like working with, by all means, go for the ease of ordering online, but I still personally love the experience of seeing things for myself before I buy.

6. Have an organized, dedicated workspace

Craft room

There’s nothing more frustrating for a crafter (or their family!) than having random supplies strewn everywhere. If you can’t find what you need, you waste precious time that you could use for creating.

Choose a room of the house or at least a certain table, desk, drawer, etc. that you can devote just to your hobby. Once you have it, sort your supplies and label, label, label. There are all kinds of jewelry-making storage ideas like inexpensive bins and boxes you can get that already have dividers in them to easily store various beads, findings, and more.

Figure out a system that works for you and stick with it. That way you’ll always know what you have and it’ll be at arm’s reach when inspiration strikes!

7. Check Pinterest, blogs, and of course Craftsy for inspiration

Sometimes a great idea for a new jewelry piece will just come into my mind. But more often than not, when it comes to making jewelry, I get inspired by what I see. Look all around you for inspiration.

Check out the jewelry for sale in your favorite clothing and accessory stores. Browse around on Pinterest. Find a few favorite bloggers whose style you like and check out their jewelry archives.

And, of course, search right here on Craftsy for ideas! There are over 2100 bracelet projects here alone, not to mention that there are over 11,000 total jewelry projects including necklaces, earrings, and more. Sometimes, you’ll find a great tutorial that you want to follow step by step, or you may just find something that appeals to you and you want to tweak the colors, size, or style a bit to suit your own preferences.

8. Take a class

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How to Choose the Right Jewelry Designer

Beading 101: How to Get Started Making Jewelry — The Bead Traders

The sea of options out there is staggering. Customers today are lucky to have so many choices available when looking to purchase jewelry. However, choosing the perfect jewelry designer can often feel like an overwhelming decision. To choose the right jewelry designer, research designers, check their credentials, consider their long-term services, and select your new jewelry in person.

You want to find a designer that reflects your personal style, that uses the quality and style of diamonds or other precious stones which you prefer, and you certainly don’t want to compromise in any way. Plus, having jewelry custom made means that you can set the budget. Follow this guideline to find the right jewelry designer for you.

RESEARCH THE DESIGNERS THAT CATCH YOUR EYE

Just like any important purchasing decision, you should do your research. Look below the surface of any jewelry designer you’re considering. You should look at their reviews on the web, if they’re available, to get an idea for their online reputation and level of service offered. Find out how long the company has been in business and if local residents would recommend it.

Research designers to find out what their specialty is. For example, not all stores that carry a wide variety of fine designer jewelry are also experienced at creating custom pieces. Some designers focus on diamond rings and bridal jewelry, others might work only in gold, or maybe they specialize in vintage pieces. You will want to make sure that the designer’s strengths are in line with the styles and techniques that interest you.

CHECK THE DESIGNER’S CREDENTIALS

Reputable jewelry dealers and designers will have professional certifications to verify their skills and expertise. You should be able to see from the website if they are verified by national diamond institutes, design guilds or as fine jewelry vendors.

One tool that you can use is the free directory of certified, knowledgeable fine jewelers provided by Jewelers of America, one of the longest-standing associations in the country. You can search for designers in Delaware or look one up by name. The companies registered with JA take ongoing education courses regularly and follow a strict professional code of ethics.

CONSIDER IT A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP

Fine jewelry is an investment for your family and for generations to come. As you search for the right designer, you should look past the initial purchase. Think about long-term maintenance and repair needs. Trustworthy designers will always stand by their product.

The designer you choose should offer an extensive guarantee for both the precious stones and workmanship. All valuable pieces should be properly maintained over the years. Plus, custom-made jewelry will require custom repairs if it’s damaged at some point. Therefore, you will want to select a designer that will be around for a long time and will be able to assist you with cleaning, maintenance, repairs and future purchases.

PICK A DESIGNER IN PERSON

Making Basic Jewelry

This isn’t a decision that you want to make online. Anyone can make an attractive website, but not everyone can craft a beautiful piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime. It’s impossible to assess the quality of the workmanship and materials used from a picture published on the web. You won’t be able to inspect a diamond for inclusions or flaws. This is why shopping for fine jewelry online is risky. Be sure to watch out for the other main diamond-buying mistakes.

Choosing a jewelry designer is a personal decision. You will want to be able to discuss your preferences and vision in person. Meeting with the designer means that you can get to know their values, style and work process. Then, once you’ve designed the perfect piece of jewelry together, you can seal the deal with a handshake and a smile.

When you trust a certified dealer or designer, you are able to shop in person and more accurately assess the quality of the jewelry. This is also an opportunity to get expert advice and guidance with your buying decision. Because customer satisfaction is essential to their business, they work hard to ensure they are happy with the purchase. Answering questions, respecting your budget and providing reliable service should be standard procedure.…

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Beading 101: How to Get Started Making Jewelry

There are many benefits to learning how to make your own jewelry. First and foremost, it is fun! Making jewelry is a hobby that allows you to express your creativity in an enjoyable and relaxing way.

Learning how to make jewelry is also practical, and you can learn to make beautiful, handmade and custom pieces for family, friends and, perhaps eventually, potential customers.

Beginning jewelers may not know exactly how to get started in the art of jewelry-making, whether it be for business or pleasure. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you translate your interest in jewelry-making into a rewarding and lasting endeavor.

Creating high-quality pieces with low-quality tools is difficult for even the most advanced jewelry makers.

The basic, must-have tools that any beginner should have to get started creating their very own beautiful jewelry and beading projects include:

  • Wire Cutters
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Flat-Nose Pliers
  • Crimping Pliers
  • A Ruler/Tape Measure
  • A Bead Organizer
  • Adhesive, such as the E-6000
woman using pliers making jewelry

While you may be tempted to scrounge for tools that “sort of” fit the bill in your household toolbox at first, investing in the proper tools will help you turn out better pieces from the get-go.

The cost of high-quality tools more than pays for itself. Purchasing specialty tools may seem like an investment at first, but well-made and designed tools outlast their cheaper counterparts, and you will find that you will have to replace high-quality tools much less frequently.

Not only is having the right beading materials necessary but picking out beads is also one of the most fun parts of getting into jewelry-making and developing your unique style! Some necessary beading materials for beginners include:

  • A Variety of Glass Beads
  • Beading Cord
  • Memory Wire
  • A Beading Needle
  • Earwires
  • Clasps and toggles
  • Headpins and Eyepins
  • Crimp Beads
  • Beading Wire
  • Beading Thread
  • Fire-Polished Beads

While pre-composed bead kits can be convenient, they are not always the most cost-effective choice unless you like and plan to use all the beads included in the kit.

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Gemstones, glass beads and crystal beads offer a more high-end finish for pieces than their cheaper Lucite and plastic options and will fetch a higher price if you plan to sell your creations. Better beads are also longer lasting. Also, invest in a container with compartments to store your beads so they can be sorted by size, bead and color, making them easy to find.

You may have been inspired to start making jewelry by the creative and intricate pieces of other jewelry artists. However, as a beginner, it is best to start small.

There are plenty of free project tutorials available online geared toward those who are just getting started in the art of jewelry-making.

By starting small, you will slowly build up your skill set and abilities, and you will find yourself capable of making the beautiful pieces that inspired your interest in jewelry.

Before making any purchases, it is best to do your research and become familiar with jewelry-making lingo.

Knowing the different purposes of various materials will give you a better idea of what it is that you need for a project and save you the time and expense of returning unnecessary items.

Being familiar with the vernacular will also help you advertise your pieces if you plan to sell them.

For example, various necklace lengths have certain names:

Collar12”-13”
Choker14”-16”
Princess17”-19”
Matinee20”-24”
Opera25”-34”
Rope35” and up

Before putting all your time into creating a unique piece of jewelry, it is important to become familiar with standards within the industry. This includes the standard lengths for necklaces, bracelets, chokers and anklets.

Women            MenKidsBaby
Necklace17”-35+”20”12”-14”10”-12”
Choker14”-16”18”8”-10”
Bracelet7”-7 ½”8”-11”5 ½”-6 ½”3 ½”-5”
Anklet9”-9 ½”11”-14”7”-8”4”-4 ½”
industry standard lengths table

With these standard lengths in mind, remember that custom measurements are always best for commissioned pieces.

Aside from the various lengths, it also pays to be versed in the various birthstones and their corresponding birth months and semiprecious alternatives.

MonthPrecious StoneSemiprecious Stone
JanuaryGarnetRose quartz
FebruaryAmethystOnyx
MarchAquamarineRed jasper
AprilDiamondRock crystal
MayEmeraldChrysoprase
JuneMoonstonePearl
JulyRubyCarnelian
AugustPeridotAventurine
SeptemberSapphireLapis lazuli
OctoberTourmalineOpal
NovemberCitrineTopaz
DecemberZirconTurquoise
birth month precious and semiprecious stones

Making birthstone jewelry is an easy and fun way to personalize a gift and it guarantees an audience for your creations.

The vast range of jewelry-making styles can make even the idea of getting started seem daunting.

Should you start with beaded work? Or is the idea of incorporating leather into pieces more tempting? Are you a fan of the simplicity of metal-worked jewelry, or do you find yourself drawn to the vibrancy of glass beads?

The answer comes down to your style and preference. What style of jewelry do you find yourself wearing time and time again? Looking through your jewelry box is a good place to start. Find which pieces are your favorites and try to discern a common theme among them.

For example, if you like the boldness of statement pieces that involve daring bead choices and cutting-edge color, you will most likely have trouble trying to mimic the minimalist style of metal stamping.

Moreover, why choose to make jewelry you would not want to wear? It is best to choose the style you most enjoy first and dedicate yourself to mastering the ins and outs of that distinct style of jewelry-making before trying to take on another something you are less familiar with.  

After developing one skill, you can always move onto another as your tastes develop and use what you have learned to help you accomplish a new skillset.

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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Jewelry Beads

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The art of jewelry-making has been a part of human history ever since its recorded beginning. Recent studies have shown that our prehistoric predecessors made necklaces out of shells as far back as 120,000 years ago. So when you decide you want to craft jewelry, you’re tapping into millennia of history and culture.

Because of this vast and fascinating history, it can be daunting when you try to find the perfect jewelry beads for your next project.

But don’t despair. Whether you’re an artisan or an amateur, we have 7 factors to consider that will help you choose the best types of beads for your jewelry.

1. Type of Jewelry

One of the biggest influences on the beads you’ll use for your project is the type of jewelry you’re making. Who and what are you making this piece for?

If you’re creating a trendy spring piece, you’ll use different beads than you would for, say, a child’s friendship bracelet. What you might use for an earthy, boho-chic anklet wouldn’t work as well for a classy, formal event.

Do you intend this piece to be a one-off showpiece or more of a daily wearer? Your string and beading materials will change depending on what you choose.

In addition to the occasion, you should also keep in mind the type of jewelry you’re making. Beaded, dangling earrings will require different considerations than a statement necklace.

2. Cultural Influences

Jewelry is one of the most telling features of many cultures, so taking a moment to consider what cultural influences you want to incorporate will help you narrow down your beading selection.

If you want something sleek and modern-looking, a simple color palette and plain metal beads would be a good idea. If you want to create something inspired by a particular culture, look into the beads those from that culture use in their jewelry.

Speaking in general terms, if you want something inspired by Indigenous cultures, you should speak with them before you proceed to avoid appropriating their culture. However, bone and shell beads would be a safe bet for most traditional jewelry.

3. Finding a Focal Point

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If you’re making a simple pendant necklace, a locket, or a minimalist statement necklace, finding your focal point is easy. All attention goes straight to the center hanging.

However, if you’re not making one of the above necklace types, you should consider what you want as your piece’s focal point. Or, if you even want the piece to have a centralized focal point at all.

Having a statement bead that draws the eye is a fantastic jewelry design technique, but it might not work for all pieces.

4. Sizing Your Jewelry Beads

Applications and esthetics marry when you start sorting your beads by size. A tiny rhinestone charm might be adorable on a bracelet but could wind up looking swallowed when it’s around someone’s neck.

A large, hefty wooden pendant looks great as the center of a statement necklace. Put that same pendant on a set of earrings, and it goes from a fantastic accent to a weighty fashion faux pas.

5. Material Concerns

Esthetics, vibes, and durability reign supreme when deciding what material you should use for your beads. As stated above, if you’re highlighting a particular culture, you’d be best served to select beads that comply with those traditions.

If you want this piece worn daily, you’ll need stronger beads. If you’re making something intended only for formal events, you can work with materials that are a bit more fragile or finicky.

A good rule of thumb is that semi-precious stonewoodmetal, or acrylic make for good daily jewelry choices. Save precious stones, high tier metals, glass, and Swarovski crystals for formalwear.

6. Color Coordination

Choosing your color scheme early on is a good way to narrow your selection of jewelry beads. Do you want this piece to scream its presence from the rooftops? Or should it have a more subtle, understated beauty?

If you want this piece to “go with everything”, you should stick to a neutral color scheme. Black, white, and metallic tones, as well as any of the spectrum of browns, should work for this purpose.

Want to make the piece pop? Glitzy or shiny beads are a great eye-catcher. You can also take this chance to experiment with color. Get bold with bright reds, sunset oranges, or whatever color suits you!

7. Don’t Forget the Love

It’s so easy to get caught up in what elements we should use for certain projects that we forget to let ourselves have fun with the process of creation. Do you have any particular beads in your collection that you’ve been dying to use? Create a project featuring that bead front and center.

Do you prefer working with beads made from natural materials? Go for it. Got a color scheme you love sticking with above all others? You do you.

The process of making jewelry isn’t just about what fashionistas or potential clients say. It’s about making what sparks joy for you.

Need Help Sifting Through Beads for Jewelry?

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When it comes down to it, choosing jewelry beads for your projects is simple when you keep these three things in mind:

First, know your audience and vibe. Second, know your purpose for the jewelry. And third, know what inspires your creativity. Follow those three rules, and whatever types of beads you use, the end result will be beautifully you.

Feeling inspired? Ready to get to beading? Take a look at Mamouth Jewelry New Arrivals today! We update our inventory weekly and are sure to have something that will inspire you.…

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Tips on how to start a beading home business

A beading business specializes in the design, creation, and distribution of beaded items such as beaded jewelry, crafts and fabrics/clothing, or in selling beads and beading materials. Beading is popular amongst professional crafters and home hobbyists alike. Beading does not require a lot of space or significant technical training, making it a very accessible home business option. If you are interested in selling beads or selling your hand-crafted beaded items, follow these tips on how to start an at-home beading business.​

STEP 1

Learn as much as you can about beading and about running a small business.

  • Find tutorials online.
  • Check out books from the local library.
  • Ask local fabric and craft supply stores about any workshops they might offer.

STEP 2

Create a beading home business plan. It should cover the following topics:

  • Business name. Do you prefer a catchy business name, or would you rather use your own name?
  • Target market. This will determine how you market your business to find potential customers.
  • Products and/or services your business will offer. For example, do you want to specialize in beaded jewelry, or would you rather offer hand-beading services?
  • Product pricing. Consider the cost of materials and the amount of time and labor that will go into fabricating and/or marketing your product and how much profit you need to make.
  • Marketing. What types of marketing materials will you use, and through which avenues will you solicit business?
  • Protocol for tracking inventory, invoices, sales and costs. You will need to implement an accounting plan for this, which can be as simple as purchasing computer software and learning how to use it.
  • Costs to start up and run your business.

STEP 3

Save money for startup costs. You will need supplies, marketing materials, licensing fees and basic office supplies.

STEP 4

Obtain the necessary licensing from your government’s business regulatory agency.

  • Business license. This allows you to operate your business legally.
  • Resale license. This enables you to purchase wholesale supplies and materials.
  • DBA license. The “Doing Business As” (DBA) License is a requirement only if you plan on doing business under a fictitious name.

STEP 5

Stock up on supplies.

STEP 6

Build an inventory of product that you can display, advertise and sell.

STEP 7

Create marketing materials. Business cards and flyers are suitable for initial startup, but you may opt to invest in some brochures down the line.

STEP 8

Explore a variety of sales and marketing avenues. There are many ways to spread the word about your beading home business:

  • Create a website. Your web address should go on all of your marketing materials.
  • Advertise. Use online and print classified ads, take out advertising in local newspapers and lifestyle magazines, and hand out business cards and flyers.
  • Set up booths at arts and crafts fairs. This is a great way to establish a presence in the crafter community and to reach out to new, out-of-area customers.
  • Approach storefronts. If you opt to make jewelry or other beaded items, ask if they would like to either purchase or consign some of your product to sell in their stores.
  • Host beaded jewelry parties. Charge guests a flat fee for all the supplies and guide them through the process of making their own custom design. You may also encourage others to host the parties, allowing you to provide the supplies and instruction for a fee.
  • Spread the word through social media sites.

Contact us for more information.…

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15 Most Popular Bracelet Projects

There are so many amazing DIY jewelry projects these days, with Pinterest being full to the brim with inspiration. A lot of these tutorials are pretty easy to follow and yield beautiful results. Here we’re going to look specifically at popular bracelet projects to see which ones are the simplest to make and which will take a little more effort, or a trip to the craft store for supplies.

Each method of bracelet making has a difficulty rating:

  • Beginner – easy
  • Intermediate – mildly tricky
  • Advanced – very tricky

1. Friendship Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

The friendship bracelet never seems to lose any popularity and remains, to this day, a great DIY project which takes little materials to complete. The most popular form of friendship bracelets are the woven or braided ones which often feature a multitude of colors with designs of varied difficulties.

To make a woven friendship bracelet you will need:

  • Embroidery Floss (or similar yarn)
  • Scissors
  • A pin or hook – to hold your threads while you braid
  • Patience!

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Depending upon your choice of design, your braiding or weaving will require different levels of patience – it can be tough to get into the flow of weaving or braiding your threads and keeping them from tangling.

Friendship bracelet designs can span anywhere from a simple 3 stranded braid to 8 or more strands creating a woven design which might contain a flat pattern or raised design. There are heaps of tutorials for weaving friendship bracelets but one of our favorite designs creates heart shapes in the woven pattern.

2. Beaded Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

One of the simplest ways to make a bracelet is to string beads onto some tigertail or cord and add a fastening. Beaded bracelets never seem to go out of fashion as there are many variations of this simple design. Smaller beads will of course, create more delicate bracelets and large beads will create something which is a bit more statement.

To make a beaded bracelet you will need:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Cord or wire suited to your bead size and project
  • A fastening – lobster claw, spring ring, toggle, magnetic or barrel are probably the best suited to a beaded bracelet
  • Crimps – if using tigertail
  • Pliers
  • Calottes – to hide crimps
  • Jump rings
  • A lighter – if using cord knots to attach the fastening
  • Cutters or scissors
  • A bead board – optional, to lay out your design before making

Beaded bracelets can be made to look as simple or extravagant as you please, it all depends on your choice of beads. Laying out your design is a great way to start, as it allows you to envision the final piece and make changes without needing to restring your whole design.

If you decide to use larger beads, make sure to keep checking the length around your wrist as you might need more cord than you expected due to the bulk of the bead. Depending upon the size and material your beads are made from, you may want to consider different techniques or finishes.

  • Glass or Semi-precious Gemstone Beads – pearl knotting would be a good option to keep the beads from cracking or wearing down where they would touch if simply strung onto cord or wire.
  • Seed Beads or Small Beads – using a softer cord is better suited than tigertail or wire, as smaller beads tend to be lighter. Small beads threaded on to tigertail can often results in gaps in between the beads and a “springy” looking bracelet, which doesn’t look or feel all that great.

3. Stretch Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner

If you prefer to make beaded bracelets without a fastening, then you might want to consider making a stretch bracelet instead. This is a very similar bracelet making technique to the above, but instead of needing a fastening, you just thread your beads onto elasticated cord and finish the row with a knot.

For a stretch bracelet you will need the following materials:

  • Beads – any shape or size
  • Elastic cord – type will depend on your bead choice
  • A lighter – might be needed for thicker, fabric wrapped elastic

A stretch bracelet can use any types of beads to create different results, but you want to be sure that your bracelet has longevity and won’t break. Larger, heavier beads such as glass or semi-precious, will need a stronger elastic than, say, seed beads would need.

4. Multi-strand Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Advanced

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous a multi-strand bracelet might be something that tickles your fancy, as you get to use loads of beads and create more intricate and wild designs. These bracelets can either be made using cord/wire or elastic, and you can add as many rows as you please. There are some extra materials needed if you want to create multiple rows of beading:

  • Beads – easiest to use similar shaped beads throughout the design e.g. round or seed beads
  • Cord, wire or elastic
  • Fastening – same as beaded bracelet, although some designs will require a multi-row fastening connector or magnetic bar
  • Multi-hole spacer bars – may be needed to keep rows in place
  • A bead board – if you want to lay out your design first

A stretch, multi-strand bracelet with 5 or more rows will make a gorgeous, statement cuff bracelet or you could opt to create a chunky, bohemian 3 strand bracelet with semi-precious or wooden beads. Multi-strand bracelets don’t have to use beads, you could use multiple rows of cord to create your bracelet – check out our tutorial here!

5. Charm Bracelet

Difficulty rating: Beginner to Intermediate

A charm bracelet is a really nice project to create something super personal to you or for a friend as a gift. The base of a charm bracelet is normally chain, onto which the charms are attached, but you can of course, create beaded charm bracelets too. Some people also …

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TYPES OF BEADS

TYPES OF BEADS/RANGES

GEMSTONE BEADS (SEMI-PRECIOUS BEADS)

Gemstone beads, also called semi-precious beads can include natural gemstone, enhanced gemstone or manmade reconstructed materials. Available in various shapes and sizes.

There are so many different shapes to choose from, from smooth round, faceted, chips, cabochons and nuggets of semi-precious stones (e.g. amethyst, jade, agate) that are irregular in shape. 

See all semi-precious gemstone beads here 

CRYSTALOVE™ CRYSTALS

The CrystaLove range are beautiful faceted glass crystals in a rainbow of luscious colours and larger pack sizes than some of their more expensive rivals, making them great value for money and first choice for any discerning beader. They come in different shapes and sizes ranging from bicones, rondelles, rounds etc.

Bicone beads are precision cut crystal glass beads that are shaped like a diamond with facets to give them that extra sparkle. Bicones are widely used for jewellery making because of their dazzling look.

Rondelle beads are more compressed than a round bead so are great as spacers. They come in all finishes and sizes. We even sell a rondelle set with crystals.

See all CrystaLove crystals

MATUBO™ BEADS

Made with Preciosa Ornella glass and produced with special surface treatment technology, unique coatings (backlit) and high purity holes, these gorgeous Czech Glass Beads shine a degree higher. The holes have a glossy & smooth surface making them less likely to snag or tear your stringing medium. The beads in the Matubo range consist of ginko beads, superduo beads, gemduo beads and nib-bit beads. 

You can explore this range here

FIREPOLISH™ BEADS

These Firepolish beads offer great value for money. Made in the Czech Republic, these beads are machine-faceted and fired to give them that extra sparkle. These beads are a form of pressed glass beads produced in high temperatures. These beautifully faceted beads come in an array of size. 

See all Firepolish beads here 

NATURAL PEARLS AND SHELLS

Natural pearls can be saltwater or freshwater cultured pearls which are made into beads. Natural pearls are usually pink, peach or mauve in colour, whilst white pearls are usually an off white or creamy colour. Glass pearls are also available which imitate the appearance of pearls whilst maintaining consistency in size, colour, shape and finish.

See all pearl/shell beads here 

TOHO™ SEEDS BEADS

There are many types of seed beads, colours and shapes, but here the attention will be devoted to TOHO™ beads, a native of Japan. They deserve distinction, because in a mass they are very similar to each other (equal and regular), which allows them to be used in the most precise and sophisticated projects. In addition, their threading hole is larger than in other small beads, so they can be used with a slightly thicker thread, elastic, cord or string. Another advantage is their colour durability. They do not dye the skin or materials used in their vicinity. The choice of colour depends on your own imagination. TOHO™ beads reign primarily in the beading technique and they are also a paradise for supporters of the soutache technique. TOHO™ beads are made of glass and are produced by a Japanese company which since 1957, has been working on improving its products.

Also in the TOHO seed bead family are treasure beads, magatama beads, bugle beads, demi round beads and hex beads. Round seed beads range in sizes of for example size 3/0 (5.5mm), size 6/0 (4.1mm), size 8/0 (3.0mm), size 11/0 (2.2mm) and size 15/0 (1.5mm). 

Treasure beads are the best choice for bead weaving (on or off loom) and beadwork patterns such as peyote, brick stitch and square stitch as they lie beautifully flat.

See all TOHO beads here 

WOODEN BEADS

Wooden ones are pretty common and are a great addition to your designs. Add an earthy touch to your beading creations with our fantastic range of Preciosa wooden beads. They’re perfect for making Macramé designs and yoga-style necklaces. There are a few types of wood being used for wood beads production purposes:

  • Greywood
  • Jackfruit (Asia) 
  • Oak (Europe)
  • Rosewood (Philippines)
  • Patikan (Philippines)
  • Bayong (Philippines)
  • Palmwood

See all wooden beads here 

BONNY™ CUPCHAIN & CRYSTALS

The bonny range has a selection of glass rivoli crystals and cupchains. Rivoli is braided in many different ways, some of which you can see in our Design Centre where we show you step by step instructions on how to create the right binding for these crystals. Rivoli crystals are circular and feature smooth facets that come to a point in the middle, on the front and back of the crystal. They do not have a threading hole so are primarily used to glue into a setting or base, or they are bezelled using seed beads.

Bonny rivoli’s give you a whole lot of possibilities, depending on how you frame them, you can bring out a completely different character from them. They can look elegant and classic or feisty and modern. Everything in your capable paws! The bonny cupchain is beautiful and uses a range of crystals which are held in place in individual settings which are placed onto metal chain. This cupchain is perfect for bead embroidery, embellishing and incorporating into beadwork.

See the bonny crystal range here 

MIYUKI™ BEADS

MIYUKI glass beads are popular for their high quality, brilliance, and uniform shape. They are highly sought after by jewellery makers. MIYUKI produces various types and shapes of seed beads such as delica, tila, triangle, magatama, fringe, round and bugle beads. 

See all Miyuki beads here

CERAMIC BEADS

Ceramic beads are a great addition to your jewellery pieces, they are so unique and not one bead is exactly the same of the other. The colour, size and finishes can be different from each other which makes them desirable to jewellery makers.

See all ceramic beads here 

FROZEN™ BEADS

Frozen™ beads are made of are glass with a matte coating which gives off a frosted effect. They come in two shapes, rounds and rondelles in a range of sizes.

See all frozen beads here >>

CABOCHONS

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5 Creative Uses for Leftover Beads

Ideas for Using Small Amounts of Leftover Beads

Do you have a bead soup stash? A place where you store all your leftover beads from your jewelry-making projects? If so, you might be wondering what to do with those beads, since they’ll likely be different colors and sizes.

You can still make some gorgeous jewelry with bead soup, just check out these items on Pinterest for a mixture of freeform and colorful jewelry. But just in case you’ve been racking your brain for other ways to use your leftover beads more creatively, read on for inspiration!

1. Home and garden decoration

You can use leftover beads to creative beautiful decorative items for your home, such as this gorgeous hanging heart, which has been decorated with beads, buttons and other embellishments. Random beads can be sewn onto lampshades easily enough to form a beaded fringe and add a little burst of color to a room. You can melt down semi-transparent acrylic beads to make sun catchers and wind chimes are also great for using up those one-off beads that you’re not sure what to do with!

If you have a garden, you could brighten up your plant beds with garden art, like this creation which has been created using sprigs of colorful beads.

2. Bead curtains and tie backs

Adding leftover beads to your existing drapes is a great way to spruce them up and give them a new lease of life. If you have a huge bead soup stash, you could make long bead curtains for use in doorways. These are great in summer for keeping away those pesky flies. Leftover beads can also be use as curtain tiebacks, like the ones at the bottom of this article about bohemian style bedroom curtains.

3. Bead art

Leftover beads are perfect for decorating photo frames and mirrors. You can create a beautiful vintage look with seed beads, rhinestones, pearls and cabochons. If you’re arty, why not create a beaded mosaic canvas or an art collage with bead soup and a little glue?

4. Beaded hair accessories

You can make some gorgeous hair accessories using just a few beads and bobby pins. Cabochons work well with flat pad hair pins or if you have leftover beads with holes, you could wire wrap them to a bobby pin, like these in the image below.

5. Tableware accessories

A little wire and leftover beads make for awesome beaded napkin rings – check out this easy tutorial over at Happy Hour Projects. Wine glass beaded charms are also an easy make and can really dress up a table if you’re planning to host a special dinner!

Beads are incredibly versatile and can be used to make many beautiful items as well as handmade jewelry. It’s well worth holding onto leftover beads at the end of a project, as you never know when you might see something that you’d like to make with them! Contact us for more information.…

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5 BENEFITS OF BEAD BRACELETS TO BRING POSITIVITY

Over the course of history, healing crystals were created to harness the life-giving elements of the Earth and the universe. In modern terms, it is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique that uses semiprecious stones and crystals to heal the internal body. Natural stones such as quartz, amethyst or opals are often the go-to pieces. Although there is no scientific basis for these claims, there is a large following that claims these techniques do have certain healing powers.  

These stones are often used to extract negative energy, balance energy or act as an anchor during the meditative process. 

Every gemstone is known to have a unique secret power to induce divine healing. This practice dates back centuries, from Indian Ayurveda to ancient Chinese medicines as well as several other ancient civilizations.  They made beaded bracelets with natural stones to wear to carry this mystical power with them every day. Each bracelet carried a different element, whether it was for health, prosperity, courage, power, fortune or confidence.

We will go over 5 areas of how these stone bead bracelets are beneficial to you and bring you positivity.  Not saying it will cure the Coronavirus, but it may bring some positive influence in your life during these hard times.  If you want to learn more about each stone, you can look into our wellness section for more information.

1.   HEALING PROPERTIES OF STONE BEAD BRACELETS

Pink Quartz Bracelet

The belief of these natural gemstones having healing powers stems from the idea that energy has been absorbed by the stone for millions of years. Therefore, by creating beaded bracelets for people to wear, these natural gemstones will help create a positive cosmic vibration that will greatly influence the mind, body, and soul.

Beaded bracelets made with natural gemstones help in creating positive cosmic vibrations that greatly affect body, mind, and soul.

For example, the rose quartz beaded bracelet is renowned for attracting love as well as evoking those feelings.  

Another beautiful stone that is known for bringing in positive energies, as well as spiritual protection, is the Lapis Lazuli beaded bracelet.

It’s known to be the stone of logic, communication, and truth.  The energy of the stone is believed to enhance your communicative abilities and ideals.  The stone’s vibrant shades of blue are full of deep emotions that link to your heart.  

Ancient cultures used natural stones for their ability to not only provide spiritual strength and battle diseases.  But I don’t think these will cure the coronavirus.  

The diseases battling powers according to legends are more for healing blood pressure disorders, migraines, heart conditions, cold/warm bodies and so on, rather than viral diseases.  Think more of an internal balancing of the body.

The theory behind it is that natural stones have an unusual way to calm and harmonize people. Tiger eye stones are known to provide courage and give the person a sense of calmness. 

A popular style, as well as spiritual balancing of these stone bead bracelets, are to combine them with silver which is believed to affect hormonal balance.  This means it is more likely to balance certain emotions. It’ll come in handy too if you do run into a werewolf. 

2. MEDITATION

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Aside from the spiritual energies that the stone provides. Stone prayer beads have been used for centuries as an anchor for meditation. Monks believe it actively interacts with the subconscious mind.  Spiritual doctors believe the stones increase the internal energy flow of your body to enhance your meditative process. 

The natural stones placed on your body activate and energize your chakras, mind, and body to experience greater creativity and inner peace.

Stones for meditation that resolve inner conflicts and activate your chakras are amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, lava stone, fluorite, tiger eye, turquoise, and amber.

These natural stones ground a person by strengthening one’s connection to Mother Earth. It acts as an internal compass that guides you through the emotional strength you need. Through balancing as well as meditation, it will help you rest better at night as it as the power to synchronize your circadian rhythm (body clock).

And regardless of the stone’s energy powers, if you have a good night’s sleep, it will boost your mood and bring more positivity. This part is actually a scientific fact.

So when you wear a premium stone bracelet that carries agate, it is to enhance your sleep. Native tribes believed it to induce psychic dreams, alleviate stress and increase your brain’s blood circulation for a deeper sleep. 

3. STYLE

Bracelets aren’t just a style for women anymore.  We already see men’s bracelets have become a major men’s fashion trend.  A dash of beaded bracelets next to your watch is considered vogue!

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Just like having a stylish watch is a great conversation starter. Wristwear has now become a great way opener for conversations as well on top of luxury watches.  Haven’t you felt men with bracelets usually give you the feeling of being a captivating storyteller for some reason?

And since each stone has thousands of years of history behind it, knowing the stones you wear may come in handy as well. For instance, the Tiger’s eye gemstone was a piece of popular jewelry for ancient Egyptian warriors because it gave them strength and courage. And it is believed that it contains the power of the Earth and Sun.

Strictly from a style standpoint, they are comfortable to wear, adds a bit of flavor to your wardrobe and could be a terrific gift. You’ll notice many notable Hollywood celebrities have embraced and enjoyed wrist accessories. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Usher, Diddy, David Beckham, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Michelle Obama and many more. 

4. FOR A CAUSE

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Natural stone bead bracelets are…..natural! And if you believe in having a green Earth, it shows support as well.  Many wear it for a fashion statement, but also tend to favor in doing better for our world.

At MIKOL, we created the company to raise awareness through our products to show that we have the technology available to use less …

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What Are Stress Relief Beads & How Do They Work?

During challenging times, it is natural to seek ways to keep stress and anxiety at bay. While things like going for a walk, relaxing in a warm bubble bath, and chatting with a good friend are all associated with lowering stress levels, they certainly are not the only things that people can do to make themselves feel better.

With everything that is currently happening in our world, you may find that engaging in craft projects is an excellent way to take your mind off things. You may have also heard of “stress relief beads” and perhaps wondered what they were, how they work, and how you can use them.

For centuries, people have found solace in wearing and working with beads. Keep reading to learn a bit more about what stress relief beads are and how they work.

What Are Stress Relief Beads?

Stress relief beads can be different things in different cultures. Mala beads, for example, are associated with peace and positive intentions in several Eastern religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. They are used during meditation and religious practices and, for many people, promote a sense of peace.

Rosary beads are more common in the Western world. Used by many Catholics during prayer, they also promote feelings of peace and calm.

In order cultures, beads made from certain natural gemstones are believed to reduce stress and anxiety. Nearly all precious and semi-precious gemstones are thought to have unique metaphysical healing properties. There are several stones that are said to ease stress, including amethyst, sodalite, and amazonite.

How Do They Work?

The physical act of handling objects has been scientifically proven to lower stress. While specific types of stress relief beads, such as Mala beads and rosary beads, are linked to certain religions, beads, in general, can be used to alleviate feelings of anxiety. By simply focusing on how the beads feel in your hands, you can take your mind off of what is bothering you and experience a heightened sense of calm. In religious practices, focusing your attention on a physical object – like a string of beads – can make it easier to experience the full benefits of prayer or meditation.

Beads can help you overcome stress even if you are not religious, though. Working on crafts is a powerful stress-relief tool, and beading seems to be especially beneficial. When you are stringing beads onto a necklace or bracelet or working on a complex beaded design, it’s easy to let go of your worries and focus solely on your craft.

Using beads to make jewelry is rewarding, too. Giving your creations as gifts provides the sense of satisfaction that comes from doing something nice for someone else. Selling the jewelry you make, on the other hand, can give you a sense of purpose and help you overcome financial worries.

Relieving Your Stress with Beads

If current circumstances have you feeling stressed out or anxious, you certainly are not alone. In the midst of a global pandemic and ever-changing guidelines, orders, and restrictions, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed and in need of some relief. If you would like to try using beads to work through your stress, there are several ways to do so.

Whether you use rosary or Mala beads in prayer or meditation or you prefer the stress relief that comes from designing and creating your own jewelry, there is no wrong way to use beads to lower your stress.

If you’re thinking about making your own jewelry, start by stocking up on some wholesale gemstone beads. Choose colors, shapes, and sizes that appeal to you personally, or stick to stones that are thought to have anxiety-reducing properties. What matters most is working with beads that make you feel good. Whether you believe in the purported metaphysical properties and find that you feel better when you are in close proximity to amethyst or other stones that are thought to promote peace or you just know that the color pink makes you happy, it’s all about choosing the materials that work for you personally.

The Bottom Line

Stress relief beads have existed in various forms for thousands of years. They have been a part of numerous cultures and religions, and there is also evidence that suggests simply handling beads can promote feelings of peace. Whether you find calm when praying or meditating with beads or simply enjoy the stress relief that comes from making jewelry, beads can help you work through difficult emotions.