We’ve created our how to make jewellery hub for all new jewellery makers so whether it’s beading, silver clay, or wire wrapping, we’re here with handy tips, guides and much more to help you as you start your journey. Want to try making jewellery with beads? Before you get started, why not brush up on some of the key areas of beaded jewellery making, understand the terminology and get to grips with what’s what in the beading world. Brush up on the essential bits you need to know and start your jewellery making off on the right foot…


Also known as “plexiglass”, a versatile plastic material available in a variety of colours and with variety of purposes.

Accent Bead

A bead that adds contrast because of colour, size or shape


The process of heating a substance to a specific temperature before it’s worked on. Through this annealing process, the precious meal is softened and made pliable. This will allow you to shape the metal into the jewellery piece you want


Silver tarnishes when it is exposed to sulfur-containing gases in the air. It then discolours and darkens. Anti-tarnish metal is available that doesn’t discolour or darken

Aurora Borealis

A coating on beads that makes it iridescent, thus giving it a rainbow effect


A useful tool that is used to create knotted designs, as well as untying knots and clearing blocked holes.

Base Metal

An inexpensive and common metal, examples are copper, aluminum, lead, nickel, tin and zinc

Beading Board

Makes beading easier by allowing you to lay our your design and make changes, as well as work out lengths, avoid making mistakes and take it on the go

Beading Needle

A soft, long and flexible needle that allows you to get into tight little spots and work with beads, cords, pearls, ribbons, sequins and more


A multi-faceted bead that is shaped like a double cone

Half-hitch Knot

A basic overhand knot that is used to secure beading thread


A bead that is used at the end of your creation. Normally a little different to the other beads that are used, so it can be removed

Tail Thread

The short length of thread that is left at the beginning of your work, looks like a tail


Refers to the amount of force that is applied when a new stitch is created


Sometimes used to describe how much thread to work with

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