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How To Make Beaded Jewellery

03/08/2020
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D.I.Y Diffuser Bracelets – Using Essential Oils with Semi-Precious Stones

If you love the beauty of semi-precious bracelets and the calming power of essential oils, then you will adore the combination of both! DIY diffuser bracelets combine the best of both worlds and allow you to enjoy the sparkle of semi-precious stones on your wrist all day while also getting the benefits of natural essential oils. Porous beads will enable the aromatherapy oils to be absorbed, leaving you with beautiful smelling wrists for up to two days before a reapplication is required. Keep reading to discover how you can create... 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

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

Swarovski Pearl Beads | The Bead Shop 06/08/2015
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Creating the Perfect Wedding Day Accessory

When it comes to weddings, every bride wants the perfect day. This includes getting every last little detail of her outfit and accessories right, in order to look and feel her best. Many of you will be able to relate to that feeling of looking in the mirror before you walk down the aisle, feeling the best you have every felt.           If you want to create that feeling for someone else, we have created the perfect bridal bracelet using traditional Swarovski pearls, so that you... Read More

Kumihimo | Kumihimo Supplies | The Bead Shop 22/07/2015
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The Secret to Kumihimo Success

We are huge fans of Kumihimo braiding at The Bead Shop, but we know that it can look a little daunting to someone who is just starting out in jewellery making. Kumihimo braiding is a traditional Japanese technique that is continuing to grow in popularity, as more of us are creating or our custom pieces of jewellery.   You can make gorgeous Kumihimo jewellery with just a few simple supplies, that won’t cost you the earth. With this you can create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, anklets and more. If you’ve already... Read More

24/03/2015
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Weaving Different Kumihimo Braids Using Swarovski Crystals

W > There are so many ways to create a Kumihimo bracelet or necklace, depending on the beads, threads and the set up of the board you can achieve so many different looks, In this blog I wanted to show you how to get two different Kumihimo patterns using Swarovski Xilion bicones by simply changing the layout of threads and beads on the board. Choosing the colours of beads can sometimes take longer than making a piece of Jewellery!   So as a result of this and to help to... Read More

Swarovski How To DIY 24/02/2015
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What Can I Make With Swarovski Beads?

    Swarovski beads are a popular material for jewellery makers and bead lovers. The consistent high quality of the beads makes them the ideal choice for durability and longevity, creating the trends so that you can be ahead of the stylish curve. Swarovski beads come in a whole range of different shapes, sizes and colours so it can be often rather difficult to know where to begin!  The easiest way to pick your Swarovski is think about the piece you would like to make and the right Swarovski beads will... Read More

15/05/2014

How To Make Daisy Chain Jewellery using Seed Beads

As the Festivals and summer are fast approaching us I wanted to create something that would represent this time of year, with a floral theme and pastel colours. I remember making daisy chains on the school field gossiping with my friends and that familiar summer smell of freshly cut grass: It brings back good memories. I made these cute seed beads daisy chain bracelets Start by using the 4mm Czech Faceted round beads and Galvanised 6/0 Miyuki Seed beads and a metre of white Nymo beading thread and a beading... Read More

09/05/2014

How To Make Earrings with Craft Wire

Summer time is fast approaching and we are eager to get creating new jewellery for you to show off in the sun! When I think of Summer I think of warm tones such as gold and bright colours to complement your newly bronzed bod! I am going to show you how to make a gorgeous pair of wirework earrings using craft wire and 4mm Czech glass beads. To start cut 2 Pieces of 18 gauge wire 10cm in length.   This jewellery project is very versatile and can be adapted... Read More

06/03/2014

How To Make Wirework Beaded Hair Combs with Swarovski Pearls

Using Swarovski Pearls & Bicones For this jewellery making project we have used our favourite beads, the famous Swarovski Bicone Beads and Swarovski Pearls, to create a very beautiful hair comb. Perfect for parties, special occasions or just for when you fancy adding a bit of sparkle to your look! This is suitable for beginner jewellery makers. Follow step-by-step instructions        

28/02/2014

How To Make Silver Hoop Earrings using Beads

This is where we get to show you the brand new creations that have sprung from our Manchester based shop. This week we have been inspired by the sparkling Swarovski Elements and couldn’t resist making these beautiful hoop earrings. Some of the items used to make this piece may not be available online, but head into our shop to discover more hidden gems and feel truly inspired. How to make Earrings using beads… Firstly, thread your seed beads and Swarovski bicones on your hoops starting with a grey Ceylon Miyuki 11/0 Seed... Read More

28/02/2014

How To Make a Raindrop Rose Necklace using Beads

Welcome to Tales from the shop This is where we get to show you the brand new creations that have sprung from our Manchester based shop. We wanted to create a statement piece using our favourite Swarovski beads and have brought the springtime feeling with a Resin Flat Back Flower and using our ever amaazing Swarovski Elements Bicone Beads Some of the beads used to make this piece may not be available online, but head into our shop to discover more hidden gems and feel truly inspired. How to Make…The pendant using beads. Take a... Read More

24/01/2014

Neon Beads are Back! So With That In Our Beady Mind…

As a lover of Swarovski every new colour always catches my eye, but I have to say when I first saw the neon beads I was a bit unsure and instantly thought ‘80’s rave!’ However, after doing a bit of research on fashion trends for 2014, I have realised that neon is back! So with that in mind, I thought I would come up with some ideas which use these little beauties. We stock miniature spikes in neon, I have made Kumihimo bracelets with the spike beads before, but never in... Read More

23/12/2013

How To Make Cute Bows with Swarovski Beads

Using Swarovski beads & pearls I love to use Swarovski beads to create dazzling necklaces, which are perfect for the party season. So with this in mind I decided to design something cute and sparkly, that would accompany both daytime and night time looks. I wanted this necklace to have a vintage style, so I chose muted and subtle tones to achieve this. Follow Step-by-Step using Swarovski Beads

14/11/2013

How To Use Flat Memory Wire In Jewellery Designs

Memory wire is a great material to work with and enables you to create such a variety of jewellery pieces. The newest addition to our memory wire range is the ‘Flat Plate’ wire; a wire that behaves the same as standard memory wires, but with a flat finish as opposed to the traditional round design. Different designs with Flat Memory Wire. Second Technique Design Helpful Links Beadalon Flat Memory Wire – Silver Plated Beadalon Flat Memory Wire – Gold Plated 0.4mm Beadsmith Craft Wire – Antique Copper 0.4mm Beadsmith Craft Wire –... Read More

28/10/2013

Learn The Simple Multi-strand Neckalce Technique

The Simple Multi-strand Technique This simple necklace creates a really vintage glamorous look. Learn the simple multi-strand technique that creates a collar type look, both vintage inspired and bang on trend. Start by cutting 5 lengths of Beadalon jewellery wire, approximately a metre each. This will be more than enough but it is better to overestimate. Attach a calotte onto the end of each strand of wire by threading the wire through the centre hole of the calotte, adding a crimp and then flattening the crimp. Then close the calotte... Read More

25/09/2013

How To Make Your Own Jump Rings for Chain Maille

Finding Jump Rings suitable for Chain Maille can be tricky. Standard jump rings can be a great choice for anyone wishing to perfect their chain maille techniques but upon wearing the piece, skin to metal contact will wear down the plating very quickly. Specialist Chain Maille rings eliminate this problem as they tend to made from stainless steel or non-tarnish artistic wire, giving you the longevity needed for jewellery projects. However, finding stockists of all sizes can be time consuming and costly. Most suppliers will only stock the most popular... Read More

23/09/2013
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How To Use Super Duo Beads for Bracelets

The arrival of our new Super Duo beads we have been on the hunt for exciting ways to use them. Super Duo beads are big business in America and the UK has a lot of catching up to do, but lucky for us, there are now hundreds of beginner’s projects to be found online; leaving no excuse for you not to have a go. The majority of Super Duo beads projects will require a beading needle and Fireline so make sure to purchase these before you start.  Super Duo beads... Read More

13/09/2013

How To Pick The Correct Beadalon Jewellery Wire

We stock Beadalon Jewellery Wire The different reels, 7 strand, 19 strand and 49 strand indicates how many pieces of stainless steel have been put together inside the nylon coating. Don’t be fooled though, this doesn’t mean that the higher the number of strands the thicker the wire;the higher the number simply means the flexibility increases. Now that you know what Beadalon Jewellery Wire we have to offer, the question is which one do you choose?! Choosing The Right Beadalon Wire When choosing which Beadalon Wire is best suited for... Read More

21/08/2013
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How To Make Your Own Jewellery Findings with Craft Wire

Up until recently I didn’t have much knowledge of craft wire. It’s one of those products that, if not used regularly, you can shy away from altogether. In my day to day jewellery making I tend to only use craft wire for making connectors between beads or for wrapping stones, but to my pleasant surprise, there are no end to the possibilities of craft wire. When I’m struggling with ideas, I like to browse the internet for inspiration and get my creative juices flowing.  There is such a broad spectrum... Read More