Give your designs a simple touch of professional beauty using crimp covers. Reminiscent of a small seamed bead, crimp covers are an easy way to class up jewelry designs and prevent snagging your necklace or bracelet on fabric.
SuperDuos allow you to create jewelry that looks unique! Cynthia created these simple bracelets with her favorite SuperDuos and one of our exclusive Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends. You can use your favorite seed beads and SuperDuos to create your own version of these SuperDuo Delights!
- BrandTOHO, KO Thread, Artbeads, Miyuki
The Magic Finding is a simple and fun way to create multi-strand jewelry designs without the need for countless crimp tubes. The Omega Insert makes jewelry designing with the Magic Finding even easier. You can attach chains, jump rings, clasps or other components to the Omega Insert in a design that uses the Magic Finding for a quick finish. The following steps will help attach a clasp to the Omega Insert to finish your piece. Follow Steps 1 through 7 in our initial tutorial on How to Use the Magic Finding to begin your design. You may create as many strands as you like, but remember to leave two opposing holes open for the Omega Insert to fit through.
Beadlinx chain gives this simple necklace an intricate look. Cheri added links decorated with Czech glass roundels to add even more interest to this piece. This lovely continuous design can be worn in many different ways. Wear it in an asymmetrical fashion, or group the two strands in different combinations. You'll love the effortless style of this necklace.
This necklace features a strand interspersed with Czech glass beads links and a strand that is simply Beadlinx chain. The strand with Czech glass beads uses approximately two feet of Beadlinx chain. The plain Beadlinx chain strand uses about 22 inches. There will be enough components left to make a matching bracelet featuring Beadlinx chain and Czech glass beads if you desire.
Guru beads feature three stringing holes and includes a smaller tower bead, which holds the ends of your stringing material together, as seen in this Lapis and Lace Necklace. These beads are traditionally used in Mala jewelry. Malas are used with a prayer, or mantra, to meditate. Many malas feature a guru bead at the center of the design. This focal bead signifies the end of one round in the prayer circle. Learn how to add this meaningful bead to your jewelry designs.
This lovely multi-strand necklace boasts gleaming seed beads and sparkling Swarovski rounds in fresh spring colors paired with rich layers of leather and beautiful swirling designs in tube beads and TierraCast spacers. A Seed Bead Blend and Swarovski Blend from the Artbeads Designer Series help make this spring dream come true.
- BrandArtbeads, Leather Cord USA
Once you have the basics down on how to create a Kumihimo braid you will more than likely want to try adding some beads to the braid. This involves a little more prep time before you get started but the results are well worth it. When planning your design, keep in mind that the finished results will differ depending on colors, size of beads and number of beaded strands. Also note that the size of stringing material will be determined by the hole size in the beads you want to use. Here we will show you how to create an 8 warp basic round Kumihimo braid using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands.
First determine the length of braid you want. As a general rule cut three times the desired length of stringing material. This should accommodate most designs, even with beads.
Next you will need to determine how many beads are needed. We are using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Refer to our chart on Kumihimo math.
Here is a slight twist on the traditional rosary. Instead of wire looped links it is all strung on Soft Flex stringing wire. Simple to make, but precise in design, so follow the count on the instructions closely.
Katie Hacker demonstrates the beauty of Dakota Stones gemstones in this magical memory wire bracelet! Dumortierite, blue goldstone, blue apatite and pyrite all come together to tell a colorful story of the wonders of gemstones. Each bead features unique color patterns and bold style. Learn how to make this bracelet and display gemstone style in your looks!
- BrandDakota Stones
When using a loom, the warp threads are the threads that actually attach to the loom and run up the length of it. The weft threads are the threads that you weave with. If you run out of weft thread, you can tie off what you have and add a new length of thread so that you can continue weaving. This tutorial will show you how to add more weft thread when you run out in the middle of a loomed project. You will also learn how to finish off the ends of the warp and weft threads when the design is complete. We run the needle through the bead with the eye of the needle in front so that the warp threads aren't split with the needle tip.
To create a crocheted bracelet, you'll need:
- Fine or Extra Fine crochet thread in size 20 or 30 (or S-Lon Bead Cord)
- A thin beading needle for stringing beads
- A size 10 crochet hook
- 1-2 8g bags of size 8/0 TOHO seed beads (depending on your wrist size)
- 24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire or two Headpins
- 2 jewelry cones or bead caps approximately 9.5mm in width
For this tutorial, we used yarn and pony beads to create a pattern with three colors so that everything is easy to see. You may want to practice with pony beads and a large crochet hook as well until you become familiar with the stitch.
Mala prayer beads, or Malas, are traditionally used for keeping count while repeating a mantra and are often used in meditation. They generally include 108 beads, since the number is seen as sacred in some cultures. Using different gemstone beads adds even more meaning to Malas. This Mala-inspired necklace features black gold Amazonite beads from Dakota Stones, a gemstone believed to be calming and excellent for communication.
- BrandDakota Stones, Swarovski
Katie Hacker has come up with a creative way to finish your Leather Cord USA designs. Using 22 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire, Katie created wire-wrapped ends for her leather necklace.
- BrandDakota Stones, Leather Cord USA
Strands of leather from Leather Cord USA create the striking foundation for this whimsical ocean-themed necklace. Candie Cooper finished the ends of her multi-strand piece with even more leather, for a piece that looks organic from start to finish. See how she made this necklace in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
- BrandTierraCast, Leather Cord USA, Dakota Stones
You can add loose stones to designs in unique ways by creating a backless peyote-stitch bezel. These bezels can be created in coordinating colors to make the stones truly stand out in designs. The small seed beads of the bezel make it easier to stitch the stones into designs. This technique is a great way to enhance the popular Swarovski Rivoli stone, which is what we'll be using in this tutorial.
The barrel glue-in magnetic clasps are great for giving your designs continuous style. The magnets are glued into the clasp after you crimp your stringing material in place. This Handy Tip will show you how it's done!
Swarovski Rivoli rhinestones can be fun to add to any style. Cynthia glued them into TierraCast frame charms and added them to a bangle along with other cute TierraCast charms. The result is a sparkling, eclectic bracelet full of vintage appeal. You can find more inspiration for using Rivoli rhinestones in your jewelry designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
- BrandTierraCast, Swarovski
It's easy to create a flat kumihimo braid full of beautiful colors and you can use it in so many ways. Create a belt, use it as a foundation for your necklaces and bracelets, make a headband and more! Follow these steps to start creating your own flat kumihimo braids.
Czech glass flowers and Dakota Stones rondelles are a perfect match in this lively multi-strand bracelet design. The zoisite beads are filled with refreshing green and sweet fuchsia colors that blend well with the lush color of the Czech glass flowers. Add this Hibiscus Treasure to your collection today.
- BrandDakota Stones
Wire bangles are all the rage and you can create custom style by adding beads into the mix. This tutorial will show you how to incorporate beads, specifically druzy beads, into your wire-wrapped bracelet designs.
Wire wrapping just got simpler with multi-sized looping pliers! With six different diameters, you can form your own earwires without having to change tools. Custom figure eight links, S hook clasps, bails for pendants that are a difficult fit and jump rings in a multitude of sizes are easy to make of any kind of wire. Here we have some examples in sterling. Do experiment with craft wire first! Once you have a pair of these and some wire on hand, there will be no late night frustration of not having just the thing to finish your latest creation!
The length of wire to use will be determined by the size earwire you plan to make. We suggest experimenting with craft wire first.
There are two basic methods for finishing memory wire. The first is with a simple loop, the second is with a memory wire end.
The peyote stitch is a commonly used stitch for many different jewelry and design applications. This tutorial demonstrates the even peyote stitch, resulting in a flat design.
Cut a length of Nymo thread to approximately five feet. Wax the thread if you like. Attach a mini bead stopper on the end of the thread to keep the beads in place. Be sure to leave an extra bit of thread, giving the bead stopper a "tail" which will help you when you go to finish the design.