Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

A good beginning can make all the difference with a new project, so today I’m sharing tips to get your chain maille of to the right start!

Figure out how many jump rings you need to have open and how many need to be closed before you start your project. For example, the Byzantine […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I enjoy using leather in my crafts, but I always wind up with scrap pieces that seem too small to use. This week I was inspired by our Straight to the Point Earrings to make a fun new pendant using leftover flat leather!

You’ll need your scrap leather, an adhesive, sharp scissors, and […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I recently tried out the Vintaj OneStep Loop Plier, a tool that reduces the shaping and trimming of a simple loop into one single step, making the same size and shape of loop each time. While an experienced beader can make simple loops just as uniform as these pliers, this tool is perfect for mass […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

The first netting project I ever tried was our Creepy Crawler Bracelet. I was really excited to make this Halloween piece, but it used all Opaque Black Round Japanese Seed Beads. Because all of my beads were the same color it was very difficult for me to follow the pattern and remember which […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I hate it when the cords in wrapped cord bracelet cross or bunch, pushing the last few beads in my design out of place. (Especially when I’ve worked really hard to make my wraps perfect!) Instead of using the same number or even the same type of bead at the ends of these […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

When choosing a stringing material, it’s important to know the hole size of your beads. We list the hole size of all of our beads online, but how do you determine the hole size for beads from the bottom of your stash? I’ve wound up with plenty of beads from swaps or vintage […]