For those of you metalsmithers out there check out this tutorial for an awesome copper necklace. This tutorial was published by Lark Crafts and the design is from 30 minute necklaces which we sell here in the store – the designs are very unique and very cool!
We know that Valentines Day has passed but we still think that this card is sweet enough to share. A super simple idea that we found on CraftGossip. If you’ve got an extra couple of beads laying around this card is a wonderful way to personalize a gift to that special someone…and if they happen to be a beader they might even recycle the beads into another project! Check out the tutorial here
We recently found Lark Crafts , a great craft blog that covers all things crafty. They have a great beading section with lots of goodies, the most recent being this free necklace tutorial from 30 Minute Necklaces. We love this book as it is filled with a wide range of styles of projects that you can create in under 30 min. We carry this book as well as the accompanying 30 Minute Earring here in the store.
Check out the free tutorial here
This is one of the most replicated pieces of jewelry in the store due to the simplicity of technique
and beauty of design. The original bracelet was made using pearls but for this one we decided to
bling it up a bit and add gemstones instead.
2 x 13 inch lengths of 2mm leather cord
around 14 gemstone beads (amount will depend on the size of beads you choose)
3 feet of 26 gauge gold wire
C Lon for finishing
4 gold beads for cord ending decoration
1. To begin starting about 3 inches from the end of the cord, wrap the wire around both pieces of
leather about 5 or 6 times.
2. Add your first bead and wrap the wire around the cording 4 times
3. Continue this step until the bracelet is as long as you would like it to be.
(we did this using 14 beads)
4, After adding the last bead, bind the wire by wrapping it around both pieces of cord about
6 times (just like how you started)
5. Holding your leather pieces together with a clamp (see above image) attach all 4 pieces
together using a square knot series. (If you are unfamiliar with this knot stop in and ask
and we will help you out!)
6. Add a large holed bead to the ends of each piece of cord and tie a knot to secure
7. Wear and love your new bracelet!
As many of you know already, we love recycled (or upcycled) jewelry. Yes we are a bead store and our aim is to sell beads, but we also aim to inspire creativity in all different shapes and forms! We found this tutorial from Swoodson Says the other day and think that it is chic, easy, and very in style right now. Check out the full tutorial here
don’t know about you, but finding just the right button for a project is of utmost importance to me. Often it seems like it can make or break a knitting project….and one advantage of using beads to make my buttons is the drastic increase in color selection…
Check out the full tutorial here