Being a jewelry aficionado I love to make little jewelry gifts for my co-workers and acquaintances for the holidays. One of my favorite gifts to make are Swarovski Christmas tree earrings. These wonderful earrings are easy to make, inexpensive and are always well received! Fusion Beads offers numerous free Christmas tree earring patterns in […]
Over the years I have picked up many bead weaving tricks the hard way by fighting through frustrating setbacks or reworking projects that never quite came together as I hoped. I have learned that bead weaving takes practice, a lot of patience and some important preparation to achieve success. Today, we are going […]
One of the most amazing aspects of beading is its interconnectivity with other craft art forms. We have all seen beads and crystals used to embellish knitting projects, quilts or clothing. But have you ever thought of how items traditionally used in fabric arts can be repurposed in jewelry projects? Take for example the […]
Anyone that knows me can tell you I am not an organized person by nature. When it comes to making jewelry I often say, “Creation is messy!” as I sprawl out and take over the living room with my latest project. But as my beading supplies have grown in quantity and my projects have […]
If you are anything like me you have a healthy stash of extra beads from past projects taking up precious space in your craft area. What do you do with little bits of this and that? The solution; make a multi-colored bracelet using your bead “leftovers”. You will be amazed how random beads of […]
Welcome to our third installment of Clasp Crash Course!
Over the last two weeks I have sung the praises of the illustrious toggle clasp and lobster claw clasp which are the most popular clasps in the beading world. Today, I’m going to highlight a lesser known, but no-less notable clasp, the box clasp. True […]