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Free Two Hole Bead Patterns (1/14/2015)

2015 January 14

Here are some great two-hole bead patterns. Most of them are paid tutorials, but they don’t cost much. Sometimes it’s great to have a bead pattern written by a professional bead teacher with clear instructions and numerous pictures and/or illustrations. We love the 2 hole beads, don’t we?

Peony Necklace with Piggy Beads and SuperDuos

Peony Necklace with Piggy Beads and SuperDuos

Peony Necklace with Piggy Beads Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:18:41 -0700

I was very perplexed by the new Piggy bead shape. It’s bowl-shaped with two holes going through the bottom of the bowl. One hole is centered, while the other one is off to one side. This makes a weird cup/petal/bowl thing and, even less flattering, it’s named after a pig’s snout… I was not at all sure how I felt about these oddball beads.

Melon Ball Beaded Beads Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:12:00 -0800

When I first started working with these etched melon beads, I knew that I wanted to feature them in some kind of round beaded bead. I chose the structure of an octahedron to give a medium-sized beaded bead of less than 1″ in diameter, however I spent a bunch of time experimenting with possible embellishments on this design. Several of my prototypes featured several layers of seed beads, which, while very pretty, detracted from the textures and colors of the etched melon beads.

Free Beadweaving Tutorials (1/12/2015)

2015 January 12

I’ve found a variety of patterns for you today – most of them veer off into the unusual, not the typical colors or patterns. You can beadweave bracelets, necklaces and earrings – what can’t you make with seed beads?

Simple Peyote

Simple Peyote

Simple Peyote Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:51:00 -0800

This simple peyote pattern actually started with the beautiful center carnelian piece. I have a few of them sitting on my bead table that I’ve definitely been hoarding for some time… I think Carnelian ranks right up there as one of my absolutely favorite stones. I absolutely love it’s rich, honey tone. I could not resist showcasing the photos of the bracelet draped over a rock…

Free Pattern For Beaded Necklace Tender Blue Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Free pattern for beaded necklace Tender Blue. You need seed beads 11/0 and bugles seed beads.

Free Herringbone Bead Patterns (1/9/2015)

2015 January 9

I don’t use Herringbone or Ndebele stitch as much as I should. You can do a lot of interesting projects with it: flat, tubular, twisted, etc. You can embellish it and add inclusions. If you’ve let this stitch slip from regular use, maybe one of these patterns will get you started again.

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles Fri, 22 Apr 2011 00:01:00 -0700

This could also be made as a bangle without the large beads but if you are making it with a clasp the stopper I use is a rubber earring back…great for holding things onto headpins until you’re ready to finish. The working tube is just a cord or a dowel or a piece of tubing that is removed once you’ve finished beading. In this case it stops the headpin falling into the tube of herringbone.

6 Free Favorite Herringbone Stitch Beading Projects Aug 2012

Free Wire Jewelry Tutorials (1/7/2015)

2015 January 7

So many lovely wire tutorials I have for you today. Love the Wire Ear Cuff With Changeable Dangles from Rena Klingenberg – how inventive! Also, I like the Tree of Life Pendant Variation and the Heart Ring Wire Wrapped Jewelry Tutorial – both are adorable. Get those tools out and try one of these right away!!

Wire Ear Cuff with Changeable Dangles

Wire Ear Cuff with Changeable Dangles

Wire Ear Cuff with Changeable Dangles (Tutorial) Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:21:24 -0700

These changeable ear cuffs would be fun to sell (or to give as gifts) with a selection of dangles to wear on them. You can wear a single ear cuff on one ear – or make a pair to wear at the same time. This style is a nice alternative for people who don’t wear pierced earrings. Or for people who like to wear more ear adornments in addition to their earrings!

Wire-Wrapping Jewelry Tutorials for Any Occasion Sat, 08 Nov 2014 09:00:22 -0800

Wire-wrapping is definitely a jewelry making technique you want to have under your belt. When you learn how to wrap wire, there’s no limit to the beautiful pieces of jewelry you can create. Whether you’re exclusively using wire, or if you’re incorporating beautiful stones and beads into it, wire-wrapping projects can be appropriate for any occasion. And I know from experience that they make great gifts!

Free Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (1/5/2015)

2015 January 5

I have got to get back to doing kumihimo, but I just can’t find the time to select beads and set it up. But this first patterns with the spikes just might be one to get me in gear. I love the color and texture of it. I’ve always had a touch of rebel in me and it looks so “punk rock”.

Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spike Beads

Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spike Beads

How To Create Kumihimo Punk Jewellery with Glass Spikes Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:27:41 -0800

Kumihimo remains popular due to its simplicity and versatility. I personally find that part of the fun comes from the experimentation of different bead shapes. Sometimes a certain bead style or shapes will come along and it is off putting; not because you dislike it, but simply because it doesn’t sit well amongst other beads. This leaves many of us scratching our head, thinking ‘what can I do with these beads?’

Kumihimo Bracelet Inspirations Using the Square Plate Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0700

As you can see, I received the square plate version rather than the more commonly used round disc.  Both these polyethylene foam types are modern versions of traditional braiding looms . The round discs mimic the maru dai – the latter is faster to use as both hands are available to move the cords.   But then the one-handed foam disc is far more portable than the maru dai!