Make this stunning tribal style necklace, with Czech glass and vintage brass tubes.
Sometimes the process of coming up with new blog tutorials isn’t straightforward. I often start with one one idea and end up with the final outcome being something else. Today’s tutorial is a case in point. I originally got some long oval wooden beads that I thought would be perfect for a tribal style necklace, but when I started putting the design together, I realised it looked like a beaded seat cover! Now I’m sure they are a boon to the taxi driver and long distance van drivers, but I don’t particularly want one around my neck. I still liked the actual design but had to rethink the beads. After looking all over the web for non-wooden oval beads and pretty much coming up blank, I realised I already had some vintage brass tubes I had bought ages ago but never used. And what is doubly great is that they are still available to buy, hurrah! Which is how we ended up with this beauty of a necklace. Read more
This clever design uses bugle beads and seed beads and is a lot simpler than it looks!
Bugle beads really lend themselves to bold, geometric shapes, and originally I was going with something triangular, but it evolved into this diamond, almost art deco style shape. You can substitute the size 10 seed beads with size 11, but they do produce a squarer shape. Read more
Upgrade your bathroom with this luxe gold leaf beaded light pull!
My bathroom light pull was looking a bit grubby and had a functional, but rather boring, silver end. Having recently repainted my bathroom, I wanted something a bit more fun and I had been itching to do something with these chunky wooden beads for ages! There isn’t a reason for the gold leaf, other than it looking pretty. Read more
Not a fan of hearts for Valentines day? How about this bead embroidery arrow design, perfect for a DIY Valentines card topper!
After all the bright colours and excess sparkle of Christmas and New Year, I felt the need for something more subdued but that still makes an impression, so I came up with this wire wrapped beaded necklace!
Create this cute beaded bracelet with your left-over beads! Its the perfect stash-busting project.
If like me, you have been making jewellery a while, you probably have lots of left over beads from other projects. Mixing beads of different colours and shapes together can look really great; the trick is to have a common colour palette or tone and then use some smaller beads that complement them to bring it all together. Read more
Get ready for summer with this beaded necklace, using colourful wood and thread.
We have been having some very lovely early spring weather here in the UK, which has made me want to make some bright, summery jewellery! I came across these turquoise colour wooden beads and knew I had to have them! And paired with this coral thread, it just screams summer! Read more