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Learn to create this cute weave Bracelete 05/02/2020

How to Make a Matubo SuperDuo Czech Beaded Bracelet

Learn to create this cute weave and produce a stunning bracelet or necklace, using Matubo SuperDuo Czech Beads. Our large range of colours offers so many design possibilities. Whether you prefer complementary colours or like to experiment with contrasting shades, both will give you an equally stunning look. Step 1 Take 2 x 60cm lengths of Beadalon 7 Strand jewellery wire. Fold the wire in half and thread a trigger clasp onto the centre of the wires. Gather the wires together and thread a tube crimp onto all the 4... Read More

15/07/2016

Creative Jewellery Displays For Your Online Store

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

Kids Crafts | Beads Online 23/06/2016
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Top 5 Kids’ Crafts to Keep Them Busy This Summer

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

16/06/2016
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Get The Festival Look With This DIY Memory Wire Bracelet

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

09/06/2016

Start Making Money from Your Handmade Jewellery Today!

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

31/05/2016

The Beginners Guide for Creating Beaded Festival Jewellery

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

kumihimo bracelet 13/05/2016

Kumihimo Braiding: A History

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 Online | The Bead Shop 04/05/2016
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5 Steps for Embellishing Your Clothes with Beads!

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

22/04/2016

Semi-Precious Stones and Their Meaning

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. The use of semi-precious beads as an ornament dates back thousands of years. Most famed were the Ancient Egyptians who embelished jewellery for noble men and women with lapiz Lazuli, Obsidian, Garnet & Carnelian to name a few. Craftmen working with semi-precious could be located across the globe; Turkey, Greece, France all favoured these exotic natural materials. Semi-Precious Stones have remained popular and... Read More

Dream Catcher Earrings 08/04/2016

How to Make Dream Catcher Earrings

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

Ralph Lauren Choker 01/04/2016

Fashion Week Inspired Jewellery

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!

Make Tassels 24/03/2016

How to Make Tassels

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

Easter Cards 09/03/2016

Easter Card Making

It certainly hasn’t passed us by that Easter is coming up soon and of course we grab any opportunity to be creative here at The Bead Shop! Easter aligns with the start of spring, which gives us plenty of new and cheerful colours, patterns and materials to work with.   Rather than focusing on jewellery, we thought we’d guide you through how to create Easter cards with our supplies. Let yourself get inspired and turn Easter into the new Christmas!

05/03/2016

Beautiful Vintage Style Jewellery You Can Make at Home.

If you love vintage jewellery just as much we do, you’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune trying to find a one of a kind piece. Discovering jewellery making means that you can create something completely unique, without having to pay a fortune. If you are completely new to jewellery making, you dont need to worry when it comes to making vintage style pieces. There are some amazing, not to mention quirky pieces of jewellery that you can make that are really easy to... Read More

e6000 glue | Craft glue 20/02/2016

How to Make the Most out of your E6000+ Adhesive

There’s no doubt that if you are passionate about jewellery making, or arts and crafts in general, you have probably tried to use E6000 Adhesive+ for at least one of your projects. For those who haven’t used it before, it is important to note that whilst this glue remains one of the most popular and effective adhesives, it is very powerful, therefore it is important that before you start using it, you are aware of how to use it properly. To make sure that you avoid any disasters whilst using... Read More

11/02/2016

All you need to know about Jewellery Making Tools

If you have a creative mind, jewellery making can not only be a superb hobby, but it can also be a great stream of revenue; either on the side or as a full time job. Whilst many jewellery makers stick to creating pieces for their own persoal use, once you have become more experienced, you can pass them on as gifts, or to sell.   With all its benefits, jewellery making can be fun. However, as you start to try and experiment with more difficult pieces, it can become a... Read More

Swarovski Beads | Beads Online 04/02/2016
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Beautiful Jewellery to Make this Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s day is fast approaching, so it is getting hard to escape the feeling of love in the air! Whilst it is heartwarming to receive a gift of any kind from a loved one, the feeling of receiving something that has been specially handmade makes it all the more sentimental, especially where Swarovski Crystal is involved.   Not only is making your own jewellery fun, exciting and more thoughtful than buying something from a store, the overall cost can also be a lot cheaper, which is perfect is your... Read More

22/01/2016

Top Tips for Jewellery Making Beginners

Starting out in jewellery making can be daunting, especially when everyone around you seems to be making expert Kumihimo braids and you’re still learning the basics. However, everyone has to start somewhere, before they become experts in their field. So, to give you a helping hand in getting through the first few hurdles, we have searched high and low to find some of the best tips for jewellery making beginners to get you on a roll, straight from the experts. Start with the type of jewellery that you enjoy the... Read More

15/01/2016

Up and Coming Spring Colours to Work into Your Jewellery Designs

With spring not that far away, it is coming up to the time for us to start thinking about updating our winter wardrobe to something a little more vibrant. To help give you direction, we have sought out some of the most important colours for Spring 2016, according to Pantone, and how you can incorporate them into your jewellery designs. These colours are “influenced by the world of art”, focussing on colours that are calm and reflect the beauty of the world’s natural resources. Out of the top 10 colours... Read More

04/01/2016

The Benefits of Making Your Own Jewellery

If you’re tempted to start the New Year with a brand new hobby, beading could be perfect! In this post we’ll share some of the main benefits to making your own jewellery.  Therapeutic Jewellery making can be an incredibly therapeutic hobby that can help you to unwind after a long day. Whether you make a Kumihimo bracelet using Swarovski beads while watching your favourite soaps on TV or you prefer to sit in silence while you create a beaded choker, jewellery making can be a really relaxing way to pass... Read More