How To Use Beading Tools

a set of crimping pliers

Beading is a form of jewellery making that enables beginners to take their first step into jewellery production. With so many beads in varying shapes, styles and sizes, the possibilities are endless. If you’re just starting out when it comes to using basic beading tools, this guide will help you get to know each tool in detail and how to use beading tools to speed up your … [Read more...]

Step By Step Guide: How To Make Beaded Bracelets

beaded bracelets

Want to learn more about the art of beading? And how to start making your own beaded jewellery? Use our step by step guide below on how to make beaded bracelets. Our simple beaded bracelets video tutorial will help you discover what basic tools you’ll need and how to bead to a high standard. What You’ll Need 0.5mm silver wire 5mm heavy jump rings Sterling … [Read more...]

Popular Beads for Handmade Jewellery This Summer

glass charm bead

Whether you prefer festival chic or beach fashion, Summer is a time when we opt for lighter, more fun accessories and beads are always a perennial favourite, regardless of trends. There are literally thousands upon thousands of different styles, sizes and materials to choose from, so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at what is popular right now. Filigree … [Read more...]

Easter Gift Inspiration

Easter is fast approaching, and regardless of faith we all like to celebrate the occasion in our own special way. Here are a few products and gift ideas to make your celebrations extra special this year. FIMO Kids Polymer Clay Blocks in Glitter and Plain Colours Cue the fanfare of trumpets...FIMO Kids is here! I have waited a long time for this product to be … [Read more...]

Material Focus: Copper

Copper tones have been enjoying enormous popularity for some time now in fashion, accessories and interiors, but in the run up to Christmas how can it compete with the more traditional colour schemes of silver and gold? The overwhelming draw of copper is its intense warmth, and with temperatures dropping below zero outside, warmth is what we are all craving – so it’s a great … [Read more...]

Review: Swarovski Pear Shaped Pendants

By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko Swarovski® is a name associated with high quality crystal beads and high end jewellery. There are many suppliers selling crystal which may be acrylic, glass or plastic, but Swarovski® is a brand that almost everyone interested in jewellery will have heard of, and it comes with high expectations. Today I will be reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

Gemstone Focus: Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is a type of chatoyant quartz along with Hawk’s Eye and Quartz Cat’s Eye. They each display the same characteristics, which are a fibrous structure and inclusions of crocidolite (better known as blue asbestos), creating the infamous ‘cats eye’ effect or chatoyancy that Tiger’s Eye is synonymous with. Tiger's Eye Round Cabochon Gemstone (product code … [Read more...]

Summer Trends 2017

This summer, the much anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones returns to our screens to the delight of millions of avid fans the world over. One of the lead characters Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Dragons has become as famous for her fabulous outfits, as she has for her ruthless pursuit of the throne of the 7 Kingdoms – and the jewellery she wears is a very big part of … [Read more...]

Review: Glass Charm Beads

By Jo Varney There is no disputing the enduring popularity of jewel coloured glass charm beads. However, with some brands charging up to £40 per bead it can become an eye wateringly expensive hobby! Glass Charm Beads, Blue and White Abstract Pattern or Yellow with Blue Flowers (product codes 61GL CB71 and 61GL CB45) I believe it’s a common misconception that the only … [Read more...]

The Colours of Spring

It is widely accepted that one of, if not the biggest colour story of 2017 is green. It is everywhere from interiors to fashion, but thankfully green is a colour that most of us can associate with in one form or another thanks to its direct link with nature. Polymer Clay Leaf Beads (product code 67SY FI06) Green is at its freshest at this time of year, as the leaves … [Read more...]