Seed Beads


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

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

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


Using Chinese Cord to Make Macrame Jewellery

Using Chinese cord for bracelets Macramé is big business these days. The popularity of ‘Shamballa’ bracelets in particular has encouraged many avid jewellery makers to pick up their Chinese cord and get knotting. You may be surprised to learn that the art of Macramé isn’t new. In fact, it is an ancient craft which is believed to have originated amongst 13th century Arabian weavers. In the past it has been used to create decorative fringes, hammocks and belts and gained popularity once again during the Victorian era, where it was... Read More


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


‘Beat the High Street Challenge’ Summer Time Multi-strand Necklace

For this month’s  ‘Beat the High Street Challenge’ we chose a multi-strand necklace from Accessorize. The High Street version was made using gold coloured plastic spacer beads, seed beads and gold coloured eye pins. We have decided to give ours a personal touch by changing the colour of the eye pins for an altogether fresh look. Our necklace has been made using three bags of size 6 seed beads and one reel of 0.4mm budget coloured craft wire. As eye pins don’t come in bright colours other than gold, silver,... Read More


How to Make Aztec Tribal Jewellery

How to Make a Aztec Style Necklace     How to Make a Aztec Style Bracelet For the clasp on the bracelet; with round nose pliers, make a loop on the end of the 1mm craft wire, hold the loop against the Sharpie marker and bend the wire over the marker away from the loop. With round nose pliers, make a small bend outward at the end of the wire. Once you are happy, hammer the hook, and then wrap a small amount of 0.5mm wire around the bend, this will then attach... Read More


How To use Yellow in Your Earring Designs

  Yellow is my absolute favourite colour, it’s bright, cheerful and brightens up my day. I am completely drawn to it, therefore I wanted to create a piece of jewellery that stands out and represents my kind of yellow – bold and bright. There is nothing tacky about this yellow, so to complement it I chose to mix it with antique silver findings so as not to cheapen it with anything to bright. I decided upon creating a pair of statement earrings to show off this brilliant colour. I also... Read More


How To Make a Purple Tanzanite Beaded Bracelet

If you’re new to jewellery making, then do not worry, this bracelet is perfect for beginners as we will explain all the essential techniques and teach all the skills from scratch. Once you have mastered this bracelet, you will have the knowledge and skills to be able to start making and designing your own jewellery. Techniques Attaching a clasp, opening a jump ring, Attaching a callotte Tools Wire Cutters, Flat Nose, Round Nose Follow step-by-step instructions    Step 1 Cut a piece of Tigertail approximately 25cm long and attach a calotte to one end.  Now thread on your... 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… Beaded Friendship Bracelet

Description A new funky take on the traditional friendship bracelet. This is made using just seed beads and jump rings so is ideal for someone who is new to jewellery making. Tools No tools are needed! Level This is suitable for Beginners Follow step-by-step instructions Step 1 Pass the cord through the hole in the button so that you end up with two cords of equal length. Step 2 Tie a knot in the cord close to the button to secure it. Step 3 Thread a bead onto one cord... Read More


Bead Embroidered Necklace by Judy Evans Pennington

What have you made and why do you like it?  Bead Embroidered Necklace. I love the very feminine appeal of the colors and design.  What inspired you?  I pretty much begin by getting an idea of what colors I want to use and then start going through my beads to see what catches my fancy.  Which type of beads you have used and why?  Glass pearls, glass seed beads in a wonderful mauve and pearly white, pale pink and silver lined delicas, pink bugle beads, and lucite flowers in two... Read More


3 Strand Sterling Silver Bracelet by Simone Vadera

What have you made and why do you like it? I have made this 3 strand bracelet as part of a set. I like the richness and the contrast of the colours plus the big sterling silver ball as a focal point.  What inspired you? My friend bought a lovely sari for an indian wedding. The colours were similar and she asked me to make something for her to wear with it.  Which type of beads you have used and why? I’ve used Swarovski Crystals, Glass Beads, Seed Beads and Sterling... Read More


Jewellery Kit of the Week – Winter Garden Necklace and Earring Kit

This week’s jewellery item is our Winter Garden Necklace and Earring Kit designed by Fran. The kit features Swarovski Crystals, Shamballa beads, seed beads, velvet ribbon and Vintaj charms. The Winter Garden Necklace and Earring Kit is a perfect vintage-inspired collection that is sure to complement that little black dress. For the earrings place a Shamballa bead onto the eye pin followed by a Swarovski Crystal and make a wrapped loop. Open the loop at the bottom of the eyepin and attach the leaf charm. Then open the ear wire... Read More


Kumihimo Jewellery by Elizabeth Hassin

What have you made and why do you like it? – Kumihimo jewellery What inspired you?  I found it by chance on the net then ordered it . It’s so relaxing Which type of beads you have used and why? Miyuki Seed beads 6/0 and Swarovski 6 mm Xillion bicones beads  


Simple 8 Kumihimo Braiding Technique

Learn About Kumihimo Braiding Recently and we’ve been really busy trying out different beading and cord techniques with the new Kumihimo Round boards.  Here are some of the creations we came up with. All the techniques that follow are based around the Simple 8 Warp Braid technique; the instructions for this are included with all of the round Kumihimo Braiding boards that we stock. These fabulous little numbers have had all the girls swooning here at Bead shop HQ and none of us can quite believe how simple this kind of effect is to... Read More


Beautiful Scrunchie Bangles, using a Dutch Spiral Stitch.

Ever since the Miyuki Size 6/0 Seed Bead arrived we have been itching to start creating some new pieces of jewellery.  Our Customer Service Representative and Bead Academy Teacher, Holly, has been using them with the 6mm Swarovski Pearls and managed to make these beautiful Scrunchie Bangles, using a Dutch Spiral Stitch.   Holly has used the 6mm Swarovski Pearls to create a continuous spiral design around the bangle and chosen colours which complement each other well.  Two of these bangles incorporate the Size 6/0 mixes, one is Pebble Stone and the other is... Read More