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21/10/2015

American Horror Story Inspired Halloween Jewellery Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner and whether you’re planning a costume for a party or want to add gothic touches to your outfits in the run-up to the 31st, there are tons of jewellery possibilities at The Bead Shop.  With so many accessories to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding exactly who to go as and which styles to rock. If you’re as hooked as we are to the American Horror Story series, why not draw inspiration from the show when creating your Halloween looks? With American... Read More

14/10/2015

Handmade Jewellery Gift Ideas

With Christmas just a few months away, many people are already starting to think about what to buy their friends and loved ones. Finding the perfect gift can be a huge challenge, particularly when buying for those who are either fussy or already have everything. If you’re looking for a truly unique gift tailored to the original, look no further than The Bead Shop. By creating your own gifts by hand, you can be sure to impress the recipient and give them something they don’t already have. Here are just... Read More

Jewellery Findings 07/10/2015

Jewellery Findings Explained

Making your own jewellery can be a great way to create personalised accessories that suit your own personal taste and style. However, if you’re new to the art of beading, it can be difficult to know where to start. Choosing which beads you like is the easy part. Selecting the right findings, however, can be a difficult task for beginners. Here are just a few of the most popular jewellery findings to consider using on your next creation: Jump rings Jump rings are metal rings that can be closed shut to... Read More

DIY Christmas Decorations 29/09/2015
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Beautifully Simple Christmas Decoration Ideas!

Okay, so we know we still have a fair way to go before Christmas gets here, but we’ve always been taught that it’s always better being prepared in well in advance, rather than rushing everything at the last minute. So, with that in mind, we’re setting you up with everything you need to know about making your own beaded christmas ornaments! These look just as fabulous dotted around your house as they do hanging off your Christmas tree. What’s even better, is that you can have full control over the... Read More

23/09/2015

5 Ways to Use Glass Beads to Create Gorgeous Jewellery Designs

            Glass beads have to be one of our favourite ingredients when it comes to making the perfect piece of jewellery. Whether you plan on creating a necklace, bracelet or even a pair of earrings, glass beads are extremely versatile and adaptable. To give your jewellery a quirky vintage feel, hand painted glass beads can come in handy. There are so many unusual shapes, designs and colours to choose from, allowing you to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery. If you’re a fan of... Read More

Jewellery Making Kit | The Bead Shop 15/09/2015

How to Start Making Money from Your Jewellery Making Hobby!

                If you’ve mastered the art of making your own jewellery and your friends and family are constantly asking you to make them everything from Shamballa bracelets to ear cuffs, perhaps it’s time to take your talent to the next level and set up your own business. Turning your hobby into a money-making scheme can be a little daunting at first, but if you’re passionate about making your own jewellery and your creations are in demand, you may as well get paid for... Read More

Glass Beads | Wholesale Beads | The Bead Shop 10/09/2015

The Beginners Guide to Bead Shapes

If you’ve just started out in jewellery making, it can be tricky trying to get to grips with all of the lingo that goes along with it! To give you a little nudge in the right direction, we have documented all of the basic bead shapes that you may come across along the way. With everything from faceted to rondelle – we have you covered! All of the beads you can see below are available to buy from our website, whether you are looking for glass beads or wooden beads,... Read More

08/09/2015

How to recreate autumn’s hottest jewellery trends

With autumn and winter fast approaching, it’s time to get excited about updating our wardrobes with this season’s latest trends. However, with catwalks filled with everything from extravagant pearl ear cuffs to bold brooches, it can be difficult to keep up. If you fancy sporting some of the latest fashions without the price tag, why not draw inspiration from the leading designers and make your own jewellery? Here’s our guide to recreating some of this season’s latest looks using a variety of tools from The Bead Shop. Wide chokers Thanks... Read More

27/08/2015

3 kits to get you started

If you are struggling to decide where to start with beading, you’ve come to the right place! But with so many beads to choose from it can be difficult to get going. So to make your life easier we have put together some starter kits. The three below have proved particularly popular with new beaders so we thought it was about time we shared the secret. Emerald earrings A perfect kit for beginners who want to make a stunning gift for friends or family. The emerald earrings kit is a... Read More

19/08/2015

Choosing The Perfect Necklace Chain

If you’re new to jewellery making, you may find a yourself a little lost amongst the choice of chains available on the market. Whether you’re looking for a chain to attach a Swarovski pendant, or one to add charms to, we have pulled together a guide to help you choose the perfect chain for your piece.           Cable chain Cable chains, otherwise known as link chains are highly versatile and can be used for almost any jewellery making project. They are made using circular or oval... Read More

14/08/2015

How to Make a Beaded Key Ring

Key chains don’t have to be a comedy animal or an old worn holiday keepsake. You can create a key ring that is both functional and beautiful by adding high quality adornments such as glass beads and silver charms. The best thing is, they are really easy to make. You can add a touch of class to your jean pocket or key bowl. Just follow these simple instructions and before you know it you will be making them for friends and family too. What you will need A key ring... 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

Beads for Choker Necklaces | The Bead Shop 30/07/2015

This Season’s Catwalk Jewellery Trends

To help give you a little bit of inspiration for your next jewellery making project, we have searched high and low to find you some of our favourite catwalk trends in jewellery and accessories.    Brass From rings, to bracelets, necklaces or even watches, brass seems to popping up just about everywhere. Luxury designers including Nini Ricci, Tom Ford, Lanvin and even Gucci have been working these bronze tones into their catwalk looks. The same effect can be created with our range of Vintaj beads, which work perfectly with this... 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

Seed Beads | Toho Seed Beads | The Bead Shop 16/07/2015
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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 a charm bracelet | jewellery making | The Bead Shop 08/07/2015
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Jewellery Making for Beginners: How to Make a Charm Bracelet

When it comes to buying a gift for a loved one, charm bracelets are always high on the agenda. But they are so much more meaningful when they are hand crafted and contain charms that have a personal meaning, or memory attached to them. There are no restrictions when it comes to choosing your charms, so you can be as inventive as you like. These bracelets are so easy to make, you will find yourself creating new ones for every occasion!                  ... Read More

Swarovski Pearl Beads | Jewellery Making | The Bead Shop 03/07/2015

How to Make a Stunning Swarovski Anklet

                    Whether you’re a beading beginner or expert, this how-to guide will give you all the tools you need to create a beautiful anklet – the perfect accessory now that the sun is shining. Swarovski beads are perfect for adding a little glitz, however they also work great with seed beads or glass beads. What are anklets? Anklets are exactly what they say on the tin, bracelets that are worn around the ankle. They are perfect for warm weather jaunts and... Read More

Wire Wrapped Ring | Jewellery Making | The Bead Shop 24/06/2015
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How to Make a Wire Ring in 8 Easy Steps

                  If you’re not already a pro at jewellery making, this how-to guide is perfect for you to practice your basic wire wrapping techniques! Not only are these rings easy to make, but they also look fabulous once finished, making them ideal as gifts for any occasion. This is a basic design, using a Swarovski Crystal bead, or semi-precious stone, but once you’ve master this, you will be able to make an array of unique wire wrapped rings.   What You Need:... Read More

18/06/2015

Decorating Your Garden Space with Beaded Wind Chimes

Now that summer is just around the corner, there’s not doubt we will be spending more time in the garden trying to make the most of the great British sunshine. If like us you are one of those people who love spending time in the garden, we have some great ways for you to add boho chic accessories to your space. Wind chimes are a lovely addition to any garden, or window, making a colourful statement, whilst playing you soothing melodies as the wind blows. To give you inspiration, we... Read More

Fathers Day Jewellery | The Bead Shop 11/06/2015

Jewellery Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

With Father’s Day only a week and a half away (21st June 2015) time is running out to get your gift sorted. Something we are big advocates of is making a more personalised, custom made present that shows a bit more heart than just buying ready made from a shop. Use your dads favourite colour, favourite stone or type of jewellery to make sure the gift is perfectly suited to him. So, without further ado, here are a few ideas to get you on your way:   Cuff Links  ... Read More