How to Make a Simple Silver Bead

silver bead on plaited leather bead carrier

Beads can be made in a multitude of ways, and needn’t be as complex as you might imagine. Perfect for casual summer styles, a personalised bead makes a lovely gift particularly when so many of us now have some sort of bead carrier bracelet as standard now. In this guide, we will show you how to make a silver bead which will fit the plaited leather bead carrier (V12 CB8) … [Read more...]

Craft Ideas for Children

FIMO Mermaid Kids Form and Play Polymer Clay Set

By Jo Varney We are now a good way through the school Summer holidays, and if you have exhausted the obligatory children’s entertainment that is the park, cinema, nature trail, soft play centre, beach, swimming pool, Xbox and farm parks, it might just be time to try a little bit of craft. Many of you may shy away from the mess and horror that can be created from paint, glue … [Read more...]

How To Use A Bead Crimping Tool

close up of crimping a bead

Learning how to use a bead crimping tool is one of the basic skills you’ll need to perfect as you work with beads in your jewellery making career. If you’re new to beading and want some step by step guidance, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s your complete guide on what crimp beads are and how to use crimping tools to finish your beaded pieces to a high standard, with a … [Read more...]

How to Make a Superduo Honeycomb Bangle

Superduo Honeycomb Bangle step 13

Making a honeycomb bead bangle requires a really simple thread path, but the trick to making a successful bangle lies in the thread tension. This jewellery making project gives you all the tips you will need in order to get that right. Simply follow the instructions carefully and you will be able to create a bangle from beads which is stiff enough to hold – do not be tempted … [Read more...]

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...]