Looking to get into jewelry making but aren't sure where to start? Or perhaps you are an experienced jewelry designer looking to expand into new techniques? Browse this section of blog posts to find tutorials and guides that will help you on your jewelry making journey.
We have another free beadweaving pattern for you today, for a peyote stitch beaded ring! This is a striking triangular pattern that uses three different colors.
Peyote stitch rings are easy and fun projects to make. Today’s project is suitable for beginner level beaders. You’ll only need a few supplies, as follows:
- Size 11/0 Toho round seed beads (we recommend opaque turquoise luster, opaque pale mauve luster and galvanized rose gold).
- Beading thread in white.
- Size 10 or 12 beading needle.
- Scissors for cutting thread.
Our pattern here uses the flat odd count peyote stitch technique. If you’re not sure how...
In today’s jewelry-making tutorial, find out how to make a pair of beaded fringe earrings using seed beads, gold tone findings and chain!
This is a relatively quick project to make up and the finished earrings look so good that you’ll want to wear them at every opportunity.
For this project, you’ll need the following materials:
- Size 11/0 Toho round seed beads in two different colors – we recommend turquoise and gold.
- Gold tone ear wires
- Gold tone 2 inch ball pins.
- Gold tone 2 inch eye pins.
- Gold tone jump rings.
- Gold tone trace chain.
- Jewelry pliers and wire cutters.
To begin, thread 30...
Silver, copper and brass jewelry offers the advantage of being less expensive than gold, but over time such pieces can tarnish somewhat more than gold jewelry. Especially if the cheaper metal jewelry comes into contact with different substances like chlorine or other chemicals.
Luckily, there are ways to clean up your tarnished jewelry easily without having at home. In this post, we’ll explore how to do this, starting with removing tarnish from sterling silver jewelry.
How to remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry
You’ll need an aluminium tray (or you can use aluminium foil inside a bowl), salt, baking soda and hot...
Following on from our Handmade Showcase post earlier this week, we thought we’d publish an introduction to freeform embroidery. You can use this technique to make beautiful bead embroidered jewelry, such as earrings, pendants, statement necklaces and bracelets.
Freeform bead embroidery is fun because you can be really creative with your designs! In this tutorial, we’re showing you how to embroider around a hand-drawn pattern, including how to embroider around small cabochons.
To get started with bead embroidery, you’ll need the following materials:
- Round seed beads (as as Toho rounds) in any size and...
Jewelry-making, as fun as it usually is, can have its tedious moments. Such as when you’ve spent a couple of hours making a beaded stretch bracelet and the knot comes undone so that your beads fly off in all sorts of directions...
How about when you’re trying to make a loop in a headpin and it ends up being either too small or too big to use properly? Then, when you try to fix it, you just end up with a crooked loop? Or when you get a knot in your beading thread and you have to spend 20 minutes trying to unravel it?
Those sorts of tedious moments can put a dampener on your creativity, that’s for sure!
In this post,...
We have a fun summer jewelry-making tutorial for you today on how to make a pair of beaded barefoot sandals! If you’re heading off to the beach this summer, these are sure to dress up your bare feet beautifully.
To make these barefoot sandals, you’ll need the following materials:
- selection of size 11/0 Toho Round seed beads in gold
Adding a picot edge to your beadwork can provide a beautiful finishing touch and it’s so easy to do! In today’s tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to add this kind of detail to your beading projects.
This technique works best when your main beads are positioned with their holes facing outwards, for example in peyote or brick stitch beading projects. Picot edges also look great in bead embroidery work too.
To demonstrate how to use this technique, we made up a sample piece of beadwork in peyote stitch, using size 11/0 Toho Round seed beads and Nymo beading thread. To create the picot edge, we’ve used contrasting colors to...
Independence Day will soon be upon us and to mark the occasion, we’ve designed a fun tutorial for you today – a peyote stitch beaded ring made up as a representation of the American flag! Included with this tutorial is a free beading pattern for you to download.
We couldn’t include all 50 stars and 13 stripes for this ring due to space restrictions, so we decided on a miniature version instead. The technique used for this tutorial is flat odd count peyote stitch. If you’re new to peyote stitch, you can brush up on the basics in this tutorial.
For this project you’ll need the following materials: