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How to make a subtle chandelier pendant

Subtle chandeliers, contrary to initial belief, are possible in jewellery. You can make them quite plain, or choose a slightly larger frame and make them more glitzy. As always, this project is completely customisable; feel free to play around with it until you get exactly what you want.

Buying jewellery online

If you are looking to make some jewellery yourself, buying the components online can save you a lot of money and time. Money Whether you are buying beads, cords, chains, key rings, bookmarks or jewellery findings, there is a huge selection of options online. This means that you can search for the exact thing you’d like, which can save you money as you’ll spend less time browsing.

Bead stitching can produce some amazing effects

Beaded bracelets, necklaces, charms and bags do not have to be made of accent beads and beads that are used for their individual quality. If you stitch beads together using peyote stitch, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, loom or square stitches, you can make some really exciting projects.

Where to start if you want to make your own jewellery

The first thing is getting hold of the right equipment. Depending on what jewellery you want to make, this may not be much at all. The basics are probably just round nosed pliers, wire cutters and flat nosed pliers. You can make an awful lot of projects with just these (and the items that your jewellery will be made of).

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

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Make Your Mother’s Day with a Unique Necklace

Are you struggling for original Mother’s Day ideas this year? Perhaps you’re in competition with yourself  to top what you bought last year, or maybe you’re a bit bored of buying the same old bouquet of flowers and box of chocolates. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we are all hoping to show our mums just how much they mean to us, and what better way to do so than with a thoughtful necklace that you can customise in whatever way you choose? If you’re looking to add more of... Read More

02/05/2014

How To Use Buttons In Jewellery Making

Is there anything quite like a lovely button mix for getting the creative juices flowing? We think not! An ideal collection of button colours and shapes, getting the perfect button mix can be just the inspiration you need to create beautiful new jewellery pieces. With this in mind, we wanted to explore further into the world of buttons with our brand new button mixes. Incorporate buttons into jewellery making As seen in our seed bead and jump ring bracelet kits, you can create a bespoke, statement fastening with a singular... Read More

15/04/2013

How To Make… Freshwater Pearl and Semi- Precious Necklace

This necklace combines Purple freshwater pearls with Semi Precious Gemstones alongside black plated chain and findings to give an elegant and sophisticated looking piece of jewellery. This kit will teach you how to open and close jump rings and how to attach calottes. Step One Start by cutting the tiger tail wire in half. Take one half and attach a calotte to one end. Step Two Take the thinner of the two chains and cut in half and set half aside. Step Three Thread the end link of the chain onto the wire... Read More

Colour is the fruit of life

So wrote the early 20th century French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire. Perhaps he was referring to the range of shades used by his artist friends, but colour does abound in the natural world. Looking into our gardens we see flowers of every hue imaginable: fiery reds and hot oranges, cheery yellows, bright clear blues, shades of purple and mauve, pink and lavender. Grass is green, but not all grass is the same green. It varies from emerald swards to sage-like grey-green or blue-green spikes.  Nature has long been a source of... Read More

24/02/2011

How to make…Swarovski Burst Stud Earrings

[half] Take approx 1m of nylon, thread through the hole nearest the centre of the sieve so that approx 7cm protrudes from the back.  Thread the other end through a hole next to it and knot the two ends twice at the back, then thread back up through the first hole.  Do not trim the short end; you will need it later to secure the finish. [/half] [half_last] [/half_last] [half] Start by threading a bicone then a seed bead.  Feed the end of the nylon over the seed bead, back... Read More