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Beaded Easter Jewelry and Ornaments (3/23/2016)

2016 March 23

Lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with beaded Easter eggs. I have a few free patterns below, but there are some fabulous patterns for sale out there. I’ve also included some beaded Easter jewelry.

Easter Fun Bracelet

Easter Fun Bracelet

Easter Fun Bracelet

http://www.fusionbeads.com/inspiration-projects

Create an adorable Easter egg bracelet using wire wrapping and beading around a bead. Use fun Easter colors for Easter weekend, but create a bracelet you can wear all spring.

Using Beads and Geometry to Decorate Eggs

http://www.instructables.com/

Seed beads are close to my heart, they’re one of the first crafty things I ever got into. They’re incredibly versatile, and in this case pretty festive, too. They work well with math, a lot of common beadwork stitches are influenced by fractal-like increases and, in this case, I’m working with the relationship between hexagons and circles.

Easter Basket Bracelet

Easter Basket Bracelet

Easter Basket Bracelet

http://www.beadaholique.com/t-ba-inspiration.aspx

Swarovski crystal bicones in airy opalescent pastel colors evoke tiny hand-dyed eggs in this sparkling right angle weave bracelet. A pretty Easter accessory!

Netted Bead Patterns (3/8/2016)

2016 March 8

I found you some great netting tutorials for you today. I love netting because, as I’ve said before, it’s fast, it’s pretty and it uses less beads than most other stitches. If you haven’t tried netting, today might be the day to start!

Horizontal Netting Stitch

Horizontal Netting Stitch

How to do Horizontal Netting Stitch

http://www.goldenagebeads.com/blog/

You can use netting stitch to form a base for bracelets and necklaces. On its own, netting stitch creates a pretty, lacy effect. Once you’ve created a base of netting stitch, it’s easy to embellish your beadwork by creating another beaded layer on top of (or in between) those lacy windows. This tutorial is based on horizontal netting stitch. You’ll be working side to side to create the beadwork and it’s quite straightforward to learn, making this an ideal project for beginners or intermediate level beaders. You’ll only need a few materials to get started!

How to Do a Netting Stitch for Beaded Jewelry

http://jewelry-crafts.wonderhowto.com/

Watch this video for an introduction to a very versatile stitch, the Netting Stitch. In this tutorial, the process is shown step-by-step to create angular pendants and drops for necklaces with seed beads. Learn how to do a netting stitch for beaded jewelry by watching and following along.

Mixed Media Jewelry Tutorials (3/8/2016)

2016 March 8

You just never know what people will put into their mixed media jewelry. Besides beads (of course), there are found objects, polymer clay, resin, cloth, paper, leather, ribbons, etc. You probably have some items or materials lying around the house you could use to make your own unique jewerly.

Boho Embossed Layered Necklace

Boho Embossed Layered Necklace

Boho Embossed Layered Necklace

http://happyhourprojects.com

So I have been flat-out LOVING the layering trends, in case you haven’t noticed. I’ve been making layered and multi-strand bracelets for a while now, and now that I’m seeing more and more necklaces stacked and layered… oh I am ALL. OVER. IT. Today’s mixed media project has a boho feel to it, and it’s got jewels and floral-embossed metal blanks on a few strands of light chain

8 FREE Projects on Glass, Fabric, Paper & Leather Jewelry Designs

http://www.jewelrymakingdaily.com

In this free mixed-media jewelry eBook, you’ll find 8 FREE jewelry-making projects with complete tool and material lists and illustrated step-by-step instructions for incorporating inexpensive elements for leather jewelry, fabric jewelry, ribbon jewelry, paper jewelry, and more with designs that are affordable, whimsical and easy to make.

Bead Embroidery Tutorials (3/3/2016)

2016 March 3

Bead embroidery is such a free-form technique. I know many of us struggle with free-form, whether it is bead embroidery, bead weaving, bead stringing, wire work or metal work. I find bead embroidery is the easiest to try out free-form techniques.

Create Surface Bead Embroidery

Create Surface Bead Embroidery

4 Ways to Create Surface Bead Embroidery

http://www.beadinggem.com/

Surface bead embroidery is a wonderful way of creating complex designs for jewelry, garments and other fashion accessories. The best known and most popular method used by jewelry artisans is with needle and thread. Ann Benson of Beads East has a wonderful video tutorial to show the basics of bead embroidery. The technique of back stitching and couching with beads is easy to do for all sorts of free form designs.

How to Bead Fabric

http://www.instructables.com/i

I am a self taught beader. I became interested in beading about 2 years ago when I wanted to spice up a shirt. So I went out and bought beading supplied and learned using trial and error. Then I got some beading books at a used book store; those are the best for finding cool books for making crafts!

Beaded Balls Tutorials (3/1/2016)

2016 March 1

Aren’t beaded beads fun? They can be the focus of a necklace or bracelet. They can be earrings. You can string a bunch of them for a necklace or bracelet. And they are great for using up leftover beads!

Beaded Ball Pendant Necklace

Beaded Ball Pendant Necklace

How to Make a Beaded Ball Pendant Necklace

http://lc.pandahall.com/articles/

The following beaded necklace design is prepared for the upcoming Halloween. Halloween is a pretty great time for wearing handmade fun jewelry accessories, so just check out this beaded ball pendant necklace. The pendant is made with faceted oval black glass beads and 3mm orange seed beads. Here we go

How to Make a Simple Beaded Ball

http://hellowhimsy.blogspot.com/

A couple months ago I finally learned how to create a simple beaded ball. Or at least, this is my variation. Materials you will need: 12 beads (24 for two balls), nylon monofilament (can use fishing line also), scissors or wire cutters.