All Beaded Up!

Have you got old clothes in your closet that have gone out of season but are still in love with? Do not you just wish you could do something to spice it up a little bit to make it look new again? Well you absolutely can! It is all pure and simple! All you need is a few handmade glass beads in all the perfect colors and voila! It will be as good as brand new! You will never know the power that a few dainty beads and some thread can do for your apparel. Now take your time to sort out those old clothes, give away those that are no good for you anymore, and keep those that you can still spice up through beadwork.

Are you just not glad how a few beadworks can save you a lot of money in buying new clothes? You will find all the materials that you need at your local bead stores or craft shops. There are so many things you can benefit from it. Now let us start with a few tips we can use in spicing up that horrible and plain wardrobe.

•    Do you have a blouse with a boring, faded print? Why not highlight that print by sewing some beads on their outline and directly into the cloth? You will surely be amazed by the amazing results.

•    Do not be worried if your old wardrobe has intricate swirls or plain cuff trims because whether it is a blouse, a pair of old jeans, sweaters, tank tops, tees, coats or jackets; beads will still be a fun and stylish way to bring out your ordinary wardrobe.

•    Beadwork does not only do wonders on old clothes, it is also pretty much popular as an accessory. If you want to give a new look to your attire, a few striking accessories on the neck, ears, wrist and fingers will surely do the trick. Or you can add beads to your handbags, gloves, scarves, slippers, hats and even head bands!

•    Having a quiet dinner with your partner or some friends? Are you dying to make a statement as a host? Aside from the soothing cast of candlelight over your silverware, you can also jazz it up by sewing some sparkly and glittery beads on your placemats, napkins, hang some on your chandelier or your centerpieces.

•    There are endless ways to creatively use those beads even in your own home! Sew them on your towels and pillows, or your blankets and curtains, even on wall sconces and candle holders. Make your door appear more inviting by draping it with a curtain made out of pretty bead strands. There are thousands of simple beaded jewelry making tutorials that you can find online to give you some inspiration and ideas.

•    Also, never forget to hand wash your beaded items. Never put those in a washing machine or else you will never see that beautiful and intricate beadwork again!

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Different Kinds of Stringing Materials

There are various kinds of material needed in making jewelry, and choosing the right kind for you is very important. One of the most important materials is the string, whether it is for a necklace, bracelet, or anklet you want to make. Selecting the right stringing materials is a must. When choosing the right string for your jewelry, you have to consider the type of jewelry you want to create, the style and design you want to achieve, and the type and size of the beads you will use. Some of the most common stringing materials for you to choose from are: Bead Stringing Wire, Illusion Cord/Monofilament, Elastic Cord, Nylon Thread, Silk Thread, Leather Cord, and Memory Wire.

Bead stringing wire, is one of the most popular stringing material in jewelry making. This wire is composed of stainless steel cables inside a nylon coating to prevent tarnishing. Soft Flex®, Accu-Flex®, and Beadalon® are the main brands of bead stringing wire. Before using wire you will need to learn how to crimp and other techniques as well as jewelry making tools and their proper usage and maintenance.

Before buying wire, you must consider the flexibility you will need for your design. The higher the number of strands, the more flexible the wire would be. For example, a 7 strand wire has some flexibility, a 19 strand wire is more flexible, and a 49 strand is the most flexible. If you’re looking for very stiff wire, choose Tiger Tail wire. This kind of wire is not as flexible as other beading wire. Beading wire also varies in diameter. Wires having a diameter of 0.13 or 0.14 are for lightweight beads like seed beads and small pearls, while wires with a diameter of 0.16 or 0.18 are for bigger beads.

Elastic cord, a flexible, stretchable cord commonly use in making informal type of jewelry. In using an elastic cord, you don’t have to worry about needing any findings to finish off a jewelry piece. The end of this cord can be knotted or fused together. One of the common brands of elastic cords available in the market is Stretch Magic™.

Nylon thread is the modern alternative to silk. Unlike silk, nylon doesn’t fray nor stretch as much as natural silk. And nylon is more popular today compared to silk. Main brands of nylon treads are Griffin® and C-lon®. These brands are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and spool lengths.

Silk, this is commonly use in traditional way of stringing beads. This type of string is perfect when stringing valuable pearls where you have to do knot in between the pearls. Silk is easier to knot than any other thread because it is soft. However, silk frays and stretched when used over 3-5 years. The main brands of silk are Gudebrod® and Griffin®. If you want to string pearls sizes of string like Griffin® size 5 or 6, and Gudebrod® size E are highly recommended. Silk is no good for heavy beads.

Leather cords, this kind of cord along with simulated suede are very popular when creating a rustic look and this cord is commonly use to string heavier pendants because it has more strength and high durability. Suede could be tied in knot and worn with a pendant. In suede necklace, you can use coil or leather crimps in finishing off. Simulated suede is more popular compared to leather cord because it is softer and it’s compatible to more consistent dye colors.

Memory wire, this is a coil that has very strong tempered stainless steel wire. If you want to make quick and easy necklaces and bracelets, this is definitely what you will be using. This can stay on your neck or wrist without a clasp. In finishing off a memory wire, just make a loop at the end of the wire or you can glue a capping bead at the end of the wire. Don’t use side cutters in cutting memory wire; just use hardware store wire cutters. Just remember to protect your eyes when cutting this wire.

Now, if you are still looking for other alternative stringing materials you can use in your jewelry making, here are some other stringing materials: satin cord, hemp thread, ribbon, black rubber cord, waxed linen, and rattail. As with most things, all your supplies can be found online at various online stores. One of the most popular is eBay where you can find all you stringing materials, clasps as well as anything else you need. Most jewelry uses some sort of beads so use eBay to find cheap beads.

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Different Types of Bead Craft Hobbies

Many people are now addicted to their beading hobby, and as a result of this, there are now vast number of beautiful creative designs that are available anywhere. Many people say bead craft is easy; however, it is complicated also in which both time and patience is a must for you to work out. But bead craft is widely recognized because of some most valuable handcraft shining in the field of business industry. And as far as bead making industry is concern, there are now different bead craft possibilities that you can choose to try. Planning and designing your own jewelry will take some practice to become good at the craft, but some self discipline and hard work will pay off if you stick to your goals and don’t get disheartened.

The most common bead craft is jewelry. Beaded jewelries come from different items such as: earrings, bracelets, necklace, watch, etc. obviously, beaded jewelry is made by artisans, and they are widely available everywhere, from artisan’s shop, craft show, booth, and craft store and centers. There are various variety of beaded jewelry, including silvertone, goldtone, genuine silver and genuine gold, and other products and variety of materials need to create beaded jewelries are commonly found at most wholesalers in the field of jewelry findings. It is something that you need to spend some time on at the beginning finding out how to source the best wholesale jewelry, once you have found some reliable suppliers then half your battle is won.

Beaded Pocketbooks are also one of the bead craft that you can try. Beaded pocketbooks are not as popular as beaded jewelries, but there are people who are starting to like this type of bead craft. However, this bead craft is expensive because of the amount of time that you have to invest, considering also other expenses for you materials, but it is very rewarding owning handmade elegant purses though.

One of the very popular bead craft is creating a napkin ringsalso. Napkin rings are designed to hold a rolled napkin into place in special dinner, social gatherings, and elegant parties. Many people prefer to use them for decoration, though napkin rings are usable in some ways and have several purposes as they are intended to be.

Beaded hair accessories are also popular, served as an additional touch to for a stylish hair. When it comes to creativity of bead craft, designing beaded hair accessories are not behind. It is typically found in barrettes and other centers that customizing a complete look.

After a series of handmade beaded product, artisans make their finished product available in local and national stores, as well as online and offline auction. Obviously, bead craft artist are skilled professionals that prefer to work in arts using beads. But, this is not a mistake – a bead craft artist is no less than an artist that uses other tools in the field of arts. You will find that once you have mastered beading and have learned all the jewelry making tools, their proper usage and are working away, your skills will improve and you will naturally start to learn more complicated designs.

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Beaded Jewelry Making

Creating your own beaded jewelry is very rewarding. It is a way to show how creative you are. Your emotions show in each of your designs and they express your view towards art. It’s fascinating to see those beaded jewelry that come from your beautiful mind, isn’t it? Those beads, with their different colors, shapes, and sizes, are a magnificent and eye-catching addition to your jewelry.

Beaded jewelry is really easy to make, so stop worrying and questioning your capability to make them. When trying your hand at making your own jewelry, the best way to start is by making your own beaded necklace or learning how to make simple beaded anklet.

The materials needed in making a beaded necklace are jewelry wire, bead design boards, beads, beading needle, beading threads, flat surfaces, crafts glue, scissors, and a pair of flat nose pliers. The first thing you have to do is to determine the length of your necklace. You can use your own neck as a guide to do this. Once you are done measuring your desired length, you can cut out the length of beading thread that you need. Add an inch to ensure that they will be long enough before cutting the thread.

After you do that you can decide what beads – their color and size – to use for your necklace. This stage would require you to use the design bead board. You have to make sure that you have enough beads for the length of your necklace including spacer beads which you will put in between beads of a larger size. Now you have to knot the end of the thread. Use scissors to trim off the excess thread.

Push the bead tip over the open end of the thread and string your beads and thread on the other bead tip. This way the open end of the tip is facing away from the strung beads. Tie a loose knot at the end of the thread and use a long pin to push the knot down into the opening of the bead tip. Lastly, finish your beaded necklace by hooking the clasp.

Your first jewelry project is done! After some more practice, you can start being comfortable with making more complicated jewelry pieces.

If you are more adventurous and have a bit more knowledge then you may want to try making your own handmade glass beads or learn fimo bead making. This is difficult at first, but with some practice you will be able to make beads that are custom designed for your own creations. Making your own beads makes your jewelry more exclusive and therefore more valuable. Once you have a few different skills you can start incorporating them into more complex jewelry designs. Having a combination of glass beads and fimo beads, all individually designed will set your jewelry apart from the mass produced items.

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The Pure Pleasure Of Beading

They glitter and gleam, sparkle and shine. Some are delicately hand-painted; some are created from nature’s palette, and some could have fallen out of a rainbow. Beads of all sizes, shapes and colors can be rendered into intricately crafted earrings and necklaces, fun stringed jewelry, or amazing pieces of home décor. What you can make with beads depends upon your budget, skills and imagination. Whether it’s learning how to make a button bracelet for children, or a complicated Native American Medicine Wheel, it’s a sure bet that you’re in for hours of pure pleasure!

Throughout history, beads have been an important part of almost every culture in the world. They have been used as trade goods and currency, household décor, and to adorn the most resplendent clothing, from the wedding dresses of Native American Princesses to Princess Diana’s wedding gown. Today, we use craft beads in similar ways. For instance, it’s almost impossible to not see teens sporting beaded jackets and jeans at malls. Delicately beaded trinket and music boxes make lovely birthday and wedding gifts. Beaded home décor items, such as macramé planters and wall hangings, Native American Dream Catchers, Medicine Wheels and pottery are perfect for Southwestern and other décor themes.

For working with craft beads, beginners need only a few simple tools. Your tool kit will need both round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers, wire cutters, several sizes of tweezers, and a pair of wire cutters. You can use various types of wire, such as jeweler’s wire, or nylon or synthetic threads, or the beautiful silk threads that come in a rainbow of colors. A crimping too will come in handy for attaching clasps and other fasteners to your beaded creations.

It’s best to buy all the beads, threads and other supplies you need for any given project at the same time. This ensures that you won’t have to set aside your project while you run out to buy more beads or required tools, or waiting for delivery from a beading supply warehouse. Buying ahead eliminates the chance that your store or supplier won’t have what you need in stock. Purchasing supplies from a wholesale crafts or beading warehouse, either online or by catalog, is both cost and time efficient. You can buy everything you need at one place, without leaving your home, and possibly get in on some great sale discounts!

When beading learn how to organize your beading stuff. For your workspace, you need a flat surface that is large enough to give you plenty of room to work and hold your supplies. Good lighting is especially important to ease eyestrain. Use seal able, labeled trays, containers or drawers for bead and supplies storage; this keeps them organized and within easy reach. Choose a chair that is comfortable, yet provides the support you need to avoid muscle strain. A beading board anchors your bead strands and has rulers for easy measuring. Some even have small trays in which to keep the beads you’re using right at your fingertips. Get to know your jewelry making tools, their proper usage and safe handling, this will make your work go much faster and you will create better designs.

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