Making your own jewellery is both fun and theraputic. The trick is to use what you like. Pick your colours carefully, lay them out side by side. I know sometimes we are limited to the beads we have by the cost but this is a great site to get the colours you want at reasonable prices. I tend to use glass beads a lot as I love the feel of them and the way the light dances on them. But saying that there are some nice acrylic beads out there and I do use those as well. Colour to me is the most important thing, then comes how you put them together.
You can either keep it simple and just string the beads together finishing off with a clasp. This is safe, but not quite so satisfying. Mix it up add some spacer beads to give your work more interest. This also spreads out the main beads so you use less of them. I tend to go for the same colour as the clasp and findings I am using to give it a more professional look. Dont worry if you dont like it when you have finished , look at it and decide what it is that you dont like and what you can do to correct it, then start again, take it apart and try a different pattern.
Using a beading board would help you see how things look when designing your project it gives you the means to try different designs out before you start to put your work together. A good set of tools is essential as well, round nose and flat nose pliers and a good pair of cutters.
When I first started I found the internet a good place to find ideas and techniques especially youtube there are a lot of demonstrations on there. I found the ones by Aunties Beads most interesting, I learned a lot of different techniques off you tube.
I found making earrings the easiest way to start as they are very quick to do and the results are almost instantanious. Just make sure you have the right findings, i.e. head pins, eye pins, ear hooks or stud fastenings and of course your tools. Remember practice makes perfect and if at first you dont succeed try again.
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16 July 2011
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