Today, we’re celebrating seed beads – those tiny little beauties made of glass that come in all different shapes, colors and sizes!
Seed beads are incredibly versatile and can be used to make many different styles of jewelry from traditional, contemporary to just downright quirky!
It can take a lot of time and skill to make a complete piece of jewelry using mainly seed beads, because they are so small - depending on the complexity of the piece, lots of them may be needed.
We believe that it’s well worth learning all about seed beads, including the different techniques that you can use when working with them, because you’ll be able to make some amazing creations.
To inspire you, we’ve put together a seed bead masterpiece showcase for you below. We’ve picked out a selection of beadwork pieces from talented bead artists around the world to demonstrate how much scope there is to play with when it comes to jewelry design and seed beads.
Each one of these examples has been handcrafted using mainly seed beads and you can guarantee that a lot of work and time has been put into them! Here they are, in no particular order...
Long Seed Bead Earrings by Maui Swan Designs
These beautiful long feathered seed bead fringe earrings have been made using size 15/0 seed beads. We love the use of color and the pattern in this design!
Raspberry Ripple Geometric Bangle by Damned Halo
This seed bead bangle is a great example of contemporary beadwork. It’s been made through beadweaving techniques and features a sculptured geometric design in pretty pink colors.
Seed Bead and Pearl Flower Statement Necklace by Beads Gems Flowers
This incredibly detailed seed bead bib necklace has been made entirely through beadweaving techniques. It took the bead artist a month to make!
Peach Bell Flower Ring by Mari Yun Jewelry
They say good things come in small packages and that’s definitely true when it comes to this next feature in our showcase! This pretty peach colored statement ring has been made using Japanese seed beads and Swarovski pearls. We love the 3D design of the bell flowers.
Colorful Seed Bead Shoulder Jewelry by Rasa Vil Jewelry
Another exquisite example of a statement piece made from seed beads is this shoulder jewelry from Rasa Vil Jewelry. Thousands of colorful seed beads were hand embroidered onto white eco leather by the artist. Truly a work of art, this jewelry is unique, fashionable and without a doubt, eye-catching.
Bead Embroidered Neckpiece by Sherry Serafini
This elaborate seed bead and gemstone neckpiece has been made using bead embroidery and beadweaving techniques. The designer of this piece, rarely uses sketches to work from, preferring more of a spontaneous approach when creating her designs.
Bead Embroidered Statement Necklace by Hand Embroidery Olga
This stunning bead embroidered statement necklace combines an exciting use of color with a range of seed beads and high quality gemstones.
Seed Bead and Crystal Bead Embroidered Cuff Bracelet by Beaded Asylum
This contemporary cuff bracelet has been hand embroidered with a range of cylinder shaped seed beads and sparkly Swarovski rivoli crystals. Named “Starry Night”, this bracelet is reminiscent of glittery stars backing onto a midnight sky.
Sunfire Necklace by Wild Mint Jewelry
This shimmering seed bead statement necklace features a separate beaded panel at the top with a chevron pattern, followed by a luscious swaying fringe of seed beads at the bottom. We love how this necklace includes gold-filled chain to give it a modern twist.
Damsel Dragon’s Hoard Necklace by Haute Ice Beadwork
This dragon-inspired seed bead statement necklace is simply magical. The colors are perfect for this type of fantasy or mystical piece. The spiky detail on the rope necklace resembles a dragon’s tail, perfectly complementing the focal piece in the center.
White Dog Necklace by David Chatt
The last feature in our showcase is this amazing white dog necklace by bead artist, David Chatt. He has sewn seed beads together around a found object to make this beadwork piece which is currently for sale via his website.
We hope you enjoyed this showcase of fabulous seed bead creations! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of the bead artists here who have given us permission to use their photos.
Has this article inspired you to start creating with your own seed beads? If so, you might find it helpful to read our Buyer’s Guide to Seed Beads Part 1 and Part 2. And don’t forget to check out our range of seed beads here!
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