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Understanding Seed Beads

Seed beads are a wonderfully versitile product that once mastered, open up an entire universe of possibilities. There is a plethora of weaving techniques to practice and learn, but knowing where to start can be intimidating. Seed beads are the smallest of all the beads and require the correct needles and threads to complete even the smallest of tasks successfully. Traditionally, seed beads are meassured in something called ‘aughts’ or colloquially refered to as ‘oh’s’ as you would say ‘zero’. When written numerically, this meassurement is depicted as 11/0, 8/0,... Read More

Seed Beads | Toho Seed Beads | The Bead Shop 16/07/2015

Five Ways With Seed Beads

                    Seed beads are one of the most versatile beads when it comes to jewellery making and crafts. They are teeny, tiny little beads that can be used in endless ways. Unlike many other types of beads, their size means they can’t be sold by number, so they are sold on weight instead. Sizes generally range from half millimetre to around 2 millimetres in length. One of the reasons they are so versatile, is the huge range of colours and shapes... Read More


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


How To Make a Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet with Seed Beads

Using the Miyuki Long Magatama seed beads, you can create this beautiful Kumihimo snake like bracelet. It is made exactly the same as the beaded Kumihimo with Swarovski or the round Miyuki seed beads.   Emily Kersh In House Designer       HelpFul Links Simple 8 Kumihimo Braiding Technique


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


Beads used as Embellishments At The Brits

The cream of British music gathered together to honour the tradition that is The Brit Awards. 2014 saw a whole host of new acts and old favourites produce some rather wonderful music, and the looks they gave us on the red carpet did not disappoint. Boys and girls alike donned their finery to celebrate the best that this year had to offer. With the “best and worst dressed” list looming, they certainly looked the part! From Jessie J’s sparkles and Rita Ora’s embellishments to Labyrinth’s minimalist charms and Aluna Francis’... Read More


How To Use Super Duo Beads for Christmas Earrings

Super Duo beads are machine-pressed Czech glass that has not one, but two holes! They have dimples set into them which allow them to sit neatly side by side creating gorgeous patterns. I love working with these beads because they are so versatile. I find that all glass beads work well alongside Super Duos to create a wide range of styles but seed beads in particular help to add contrast in a subtle way because of their size. I find that bead weaving is the most effective way to show... Read More


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


How To Use Fimo Flower Beads

                          Fimo Flower beads are a popular material for jewellery makers and bead lovers alike. They are made from the wonderfully tactile fimo clay that adds a delightful matte finish and extra textural feel to any beading design. What makes them ideal for jewellery making is their complete versatility. They can be strung, glued, combined, weaved and wrapped into almost any design as a striking focal point or easily slipping into a larger pattern. A perfect beading staple to add to your stash, the... Read More

Beads, glorious beads…

Glass, wooden or crystal… let’s not get carried away shall we? But, the point is that beads are wonderful. They are so versatile they can be used for almost anything. You can wear them, play with them, look at them and cuddle them, depending on what you are making.

Beads aren’t just for jewellery

Beads can be used for all sorts of things, not just jewellery. You can sew them onto clothes, make handbags, brooches, headbands and purses with them, you can use them for wine glass markers, pen covers, jar labels, ornaments, decorations, paintings and other 2-D artwork.


Nymo Threads Explained

Nymo thread is a slightly waxed, lightly twisted flat nylon thread. It is available in 5 sizes: 00, 0, B, D, F. Choose your sizing depending on the hole size of your beads & needles, but also consider the weight of the items you are threading; the lighter the beads, the less over all tensile strength you will require.  Nymo is a popular choice for on & off loom work, bead weaving with seed beads and embroidery crafts. Use with flexible beading needles & big eye needles. Nymo thread is... Read More


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


Important Tools For Making A Kumihimo Bracelet

If you’re new to the world of Kumihimo braiding, it can be tricky to know where to start. Here are the most important tools you’ll need: Kumihimo Braiding Disk A braiding disk is an essential part of the Kumihimo process. There are three different types to choose from, including 6” round braiding discs, 4.25” round braiding discs and 6” square braiding plates.  Kumihimo thread Although there are a wide variety of cords to choose from, Superlon Bead Cords are one of the most popular options amongst enthusiastic Kumihimo bracelet makers. It’s easy... Read More

Jewellery Making Blog 25/11/2015

Handmade Christmas Jewellery Ideas

With Christmas just a month away, it’s time for beading and handmade jewellery enthusiasts to start thinking about what they’ll make this year. Whether you’re making gifts for your friends or jewellery for your work Christmas party, there are so many styles to choose from. Here we run through just a few of this season’s styles you could recreate: Ear cuffs Make a statement at your work’s Christmas party by wearing some fierce and fearless ear cuffs. These are easy to make with the help of the following tools: Craft... Read More