Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Learning a new technique requires lots of trial and error. If you’re acquiring a new skill or experimenting with a new design don’t use your sterling silver or gold-filled supplies! Instead keep a stash of lower cost metal supplies, like wire and sheet metal, to you get through your learning curve without breaking […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

There are lots of reasons not to finish a beading project. I’ve abandoned designs when I’ve run out of supplies, time or even inspiration. Many jewelry projects can be taken apart to reuse the materials, but half-finished loom projects are hard to dismantle and feel to me like a waste of thread. If […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

We’re all familiar with snowflake ornaments; in fact some of you might have made these during last month’s Bead Challenge. Snowflakes are quick and easy, but there are lots of other holiday ornament designs out there. Today’s tips will help you make fun decorations for this holiday season!

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Round seed beads aren’t always the exact same size and shape. Czech seed beads are known for being irregular, but even bags of Japanese seed beads will have a few odd beads in the bunch. Most bead weaving stitches require all the beads to have the same measurement from hole to hole for […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

The majority of jewelry I create is made with women in mind, which makes creating jewelry for men quite a challenge! Each time I start making a gift for one of the men in my life I have to remind myself what makes a piece of jewelry masculine. The two things I keep […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Pearls are one of my favorite beads to use in jewelry. I love the natural luster of freshwater pearls and the variety of bright colors available in crystal pearls! If I order the beads myself I’m careful to keep them labeled and separate. But how do you tell what type of pearls you […]