I can’t quite decide if seed beads or crystals are more addictive. I’ll call it a tie. Today I found some nice tutorials. It’s funny how there are some projects you just HAVE to do right away when you see them. Even though you have 10 projects started and 100 kits waiting… I drop everything and make something I just found. Maybe the Vintage Inspired Pearl Earrings are on tonight’s beading plans.
http://www.delightfullydiy.com/ Jan 2013
I have a serious slight obsession with vintage jewelry. I particularly love big, pretty earrings from the 1950s and 1960s. I usually end up using them to make necklaces and bracelets though because they are always too big for my ears and look a little silly on me. This weekend, I came across a pair I really liked and thought I could probably make something that looked similar, but much smaller.
http://www.craftsy.com/ May 23
These teardrop earrings, featuring black and clear bicone beads and black seed beads, from Craftsy member darlovely are absolutely stunning. Make them for yourself as a great accessory for a night out!
Bead crochet is so pretty, but I sure don’t get it. I’ve never crocheted or knitted and I even don’t like sewing – unless there are pretty, sparkly beads involved. I can sew them together all day long. So for you crocheters, here are some great tutorials and ideas. The Bead Crochet Jig looks interesting and I love the crab.
http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/ Sun, 29 Jul 2007 23:30:00 -0700
I’ve found another use for my crochet cotton thread – a beaded bracelet. It’s great for summer, when you might be getting sweaty, dirty, or jumping in the pool (sea, lake, whatever), because it’s washable – so you don’t even have to take it off.
http://studiodax.wordpress.com/ Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:56:26 -0800
When I was asked to teach classes in bead crochet, I knew there had to be a better way to make the first few rows, so that it was easier and faster to get to the fun part!! So I did a lot of experimenting and prototyping, and finally came up with the Starter Jig.
Brick stitch is not as popular as it used to be – many “older” beaders remember starting with brick stitch as American Indian style earrings were very popular in the 60′s and 70′s. While brick stitch may have fallen to the way side, it is still a great stitch to have in your arsenal. It is probably the easiest stitch to make great shapes as the increases and decreases are easy.
http://beadingforbusiness.com/ Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:35:46 -0700
To me, this pair speaks for summer and early fall fashion pairings with its yellow, brown, and red combination. Of course, you can swap out the colors for a different look for each season. I’d love to see pics if you use this pattern for your own beaded creations.
http://www.beadingdaily.com/blogs/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700
Brick stitch was the first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself when I began learning how to bead many years ago, and I’m happy to see it being used in so many creative and innovative ways in the beading community. Read on to find out more about Karen’s brick stitch butterflies!
Are you feeling medieval today? Even if you aren’t… even if you can’t wrap your brain around chain maille (or your hands), you have to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes in chain maille. Chain maille runs the gamut from easy to hard – simple to complicated. If you have been to intimidated to try it, find a class at your local bead store. They can suggest something appropriate for your skill level.
http://honestlywtf.com/ Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:00:34 -0800
Did you know that chainmail was the earliest form of metal armor and was invented as early as 300BC by the ancient Celts? Used as protective armor for centuries by multiple cultures, it’s still being made today – often in the form of jewelry. It’s a method I was determined to teach myself years ago as a jewelry designer and I’m so excited to share the most simple chainmail necklace tutorial. Don’t let the process intimidate you, it’s actually quite easy! So grab your pliers and let’s get medieval . . .
http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/ Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:04:25 -0700
Artists have been adapting and creating new chainmaille for years. Just as embroidery has different stitches and knitting has cables and lace, chainmaille has “weaves.” These weaves fall into “families” based on their general method of construction. This first picture is Byzantine, a very popular weave in the European family. The second picture is Oriental 4-in-1, from the Oriental family. You can see how distinct they look. They’re woven in very different ways.