We recently added a bright array of washi tapes to the store, so we thought it would be a great time to share some washi tape craft inspiration. Washi tape is a fun and creative addition to any craft cupboard – you’ll love having a few rolls of this around once you realise the endless possibilities. It’s similar to masking tape in that it’s sticky and you can easily tear or cut it, but the similarities end there. Washi tape is often brightly coloured and narrower than masking tape, but you... Read More
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You don’t have to be jetting off around the world this summer to get a taste of another culture. Jewellery making is a doorway to the world, from the intricate Japanese Kumihimo beads to the stunning opulence of Traditional Indian Jewellery. If you’re looking for inspiration for a new jewellery making technique, why not look to far-flung shores for your next big idea. Stock up on supplies and get inspired by our top picks of the best jewellery making techniques from around the world. Japanese Kumihimo Kumihimo is a bead... Read More
When it comes to running an online jewellery store, making the products is only half of the work. With so many Etsy, Folksy and Ebay stores cropping up every day, finding a unique and appealing way to present your homemade wares is vital to ensuring success. Whether you run a physical store at a local arts and crafts fair, or if you’re looking for creative way to photograph your products for an online store, look to these creative folks for design inspiration to help get you started. It’s important to... Read More
At The Bead Shop we are proud to be constantly refreshing our collection so we can provide the best quality for you. We are extremely passionate about beads and beading, so have introduced some new products just for you! Plastic Barrel 6x8mm Opaque Light Green Beads Pony beads are perfect way to add a little touch of colour to your bracelets, necklaces, keychains and any decorations! If you want something simple, yet electric utilise the plastic barrel light green beads! Whether... Read More
Making your own jewellery opens up a world of possibility, but it can also feel like a difficult hobby to get started with. The gap between expectation and reality can catch you off guard and make you feel disheartened with your first few projects. The best way to work around this is to start with easier projects that still look very impressive. You won’t need a lot of specialist equipment, so if you can get started quickly. Easy pendant choker The... Read More
Entertaining kids in the summer months can be challenging, particularly on those rainy days when playing out isn’t an option. We recommend stocking up on craft supplies and having a few of these rainy day activities in the bank for when the storm clouds roll in. Buy beads online in bulk and you’ll have enough to keep your little ones entertained whatever the weather. Button bracelets These are an easy and fun way to teach sewing techniques, and they’ll have a fun and colourful bracelet to wear at the end,... Read More
Making your own jewellery is a fun way to express your style and personality – and handmade jewellery makes the perfect gift. With festival season around the corner, everyone is on the lookout for the perfect boho accessories. Stacking bracelets are a great way to capture that festival chic look, and this memory wire alternative is perfect to recreate the look. You can change the bead style for every loop to create the illusion of different bracelets, and you’ll be much less likely to lose them if they’re all joined... Read More
If jewellery making is your passion, you could be missing out on an opportunity to make some money for pursuing your passion. There market for unique jewellery grows every year, not to mention more people than ever are focusing on buying from local, or independent retailers rather than big corporations. If you want to sell your jewellery, or accessories, but don’t know how to go about it, here are a few tips and tricks to help you on your way. Know your product If you want to sell your items... Read More
Festival season is just about to begin, so we have decided to bring you a number of different tutorials on how to make jewellery perfect for any festival. One of our favourite looks that you are almost guaranteed to see at any festival is the boho-chic look, which can be easily achieved with beaded jewellery, especially when stacked on top of each other. One of the easiest pieces of festival style jewellery that you can make is a beaded bracelet. Not only are these suitable for jewellery making beginners, but... Read More
For this months picks, we have pulled together a selection of some of our favourite beads and beading supplies for the summer. We have looked at the latest trends in jewellery design to bring you up to speed the colours, patterns and styles that are going to be seen everywhere this year. Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads These Swarovski beads are always an essential part of our beading collection. They are so versatile that they can be used in almost any piece of jewellery, adding a sparkle that brings your... Read More
Summer is just around the corner, but we are already seeing trends trickling into the high street, straight off the cat walk. We have gathered some of our favourite trends that we have discovered so far, as well as quick guides on how you can recreate them at home. Trend 1 – Arm Cuffs After their popularity in the 90’s, we are ecstatic to see the revival of arm cuffs this summer. have been seen sporting them at a number of star studded events. You make them more “this season”... Read More
Kumihimo continues to surge in popularity with crafts lovers all over the world, and we’re not surprised: evidence of Kumihimo braiding dates back to 7,500 BC, so there’s plenty of inspiration to draw from. From making a simple, colourful bracelet to creating a Kumihimo necklace with integrated pearls and crystals, there’s a lot you can do with braiding if you use the right Kumihimo supplies. To learn more about the tradition, let’s dive into the history of the ancient Japanese art form to truly learn to love it. Kumihimo... Read More
Beads aren’t just great for creating jewellery. You can also customise your outfits by embellishing them with beads and sequins. Not only is it incredibly fun and easy, allowing you to feel like a real fashion designer, it also gives you a great reason to recycle that old jumper or skirt! What do I need? Beads of your own choice (make sure they can go on a 40C wash) Pencil Paper Tailor’s chalk Ruler An old piece of clothing Cotton thread A beading needle Scissors Step 1: First decide... Read More
April was a good month for us; we held some very successful events, such as the tassel making workshop and the Kumihimo master class, plus we got loads of new stock in to ensure you’ll never be short of new beads and beading supplies. Here are three of our favourite new products we wanted to highlight. Polymer Fimo Clay Oval Beads – Flower Designs Spring is in full bloom, which means we can’t get enough of beads and jewellery with flower designs! These oval beads made of Fimo polymer clay... Read More
Here at The Bead Shop, you can find a wide range of gemstones and semi-precious beads that can be used to customise or create your own jewellery with. The use of semi-precious beads as an ornament dates back to at least 38,000 years ago when they were used in France for bead weaving. They’ve continued to stay popular and you can find them now in loads of different shapes: round, rondelle, oval or heart-shaped.
Instead of creating jewellery with beads, this week we’ll focus on how to create a pendant necklace using metal clay and our jewellery findings that are super easy to attach. For everyone who wants to create their own silver, copper or bronze jewellery, precious metal clay (PMC) is the ideal solution! PMC is a Japanese invention made of clay and pure recycled silver. It can be moulded into whatever shape you desire and when you fire it, the clay will burn off, which just leaves the silver!
Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of the Native Americans. The Ojibwa and Lakota tribes believed that the dream catcher could trap bad dreams in its web, whilst positive dreams were let through the hole in the centre of the dream catcher and were thought to glide down the feathers to the person sleeping underneath it. Original dream catchers were made of a willow hoop and a net. The round shape of the dream catcher represents the journey of the sun and the moon across the sky.... Read More
Now Fashion Week is over, we can’t wait to try out all of the latest jewellery looks we’ve seen on the runway ourselves! There’s no need to spend massive amounts of money – here at The Bead Shop you’ll find all of the essential accessories to recreate the autumn and winter 2016-2017 trends yourself. Read up below on our favourite Fashion Week jewellery trends and see how you can recreate them yourself with our tools and supplies!
A fun way to liven up your handmade jewellery is to attach little tassels to them. Nope, they don’t just look good on curtains and tablecloths, they’re great on jewellery as well – especially now festival season is coming up! Unfortunately tassels can be quite expensive, but not to worry: every DIY-fanatic will know that they’re very fun and super easy to make! Follow our tutorial below to see how you can create your own. We’ve chosen for embroidery floss because it comes in hundreds different colours and textures, so you... Read More
Winter is coming to an end, which means we can finally start focusing again on creating spring and festival jewellery! We’re not going to lie, spring is our favourite time of the year, because it’s when we get to show off all of the nice creations we have been crafting during those cold, long winter months. Here at The Bead Shop, we have now stocked up on an enormous range of new beads and crafting materials to get you going for spring. You can read more below on our three... Read More