DIY Pearl Stud Earrings

These DIY Pearl Stud Earrings are so simple to make, and only require beads and some wire!

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Pearl Studs never go out of fashion. Making your own normally requires gluing special half drilled pearls and stud fittings with a cup base and pin together. But with this easy tutorial, you can use any pearl beads and just some basic plated wire. Read more

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DIY Beaded Cat Ears

DIY Beaded Cat Ears

Don’t settle for the standard furry cat ears this Halloween, DIY your own stylish beaded cat ears headband instead!

DIY Beaded Sparkly Cat Ears

When it comes to fancy dress parties, Halloween and New Years, I’m not great at coming up with costume ideas so I usually fall back on dressing up as a cat. It makes sense as the owner of two myself. Having made myself a felt pair a few years ago, I decided to upgrade to this far more elegant version. Read more

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Beaded Bracelet

Create this cute beaded bracelet with your left-over beads! Its the perfect stash-busting project.

Beaded Bracelet DIY

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

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Seed Bead Earrings DIY

These simple earrings are perfect for using up seed beads leftover from another project!

DIY seed bead earring tutorial

Seed beads are usually sold by weight, meaning you often end up getting more than you need. But then you only have a few left over, so what do you do with them? Make these simple bead and jump ring earrings! This is also a great beginner project which is great for practicing using pliers and jump rings. Read more

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Abakhans Fabric, North Wales

Abakhans Fabric, North Wales

It would be fair to say that my idea of a perfect day out involves some combination of craft, tea and cake. So when my Mum suggested that en-route to visit a family friend in Prestatyn in North Wales we took a trip to Abakhans Mostyn store, I wasn’t going to say no!

I visited the area often as a child and back then, Abakhans just sold fabric, but in recent years has expanded hugely, and now has interiors, yarn and craft shops as well as a gift shop, cafe and workshop space. Read more

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Statement Summer Necklace DIY

Get ready for summer with this beaded necklace, using colourful wood and thread.summer statement necklace DIY

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

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French Beaded Flower Brooch Tutorial

It is fast approaching spring here in the UK and it’s also nearly Mothers Day (or Mothering Sunday) so I am celebrating the two events in this tutorial to make a floral brooch, a perfect gift for your Mum!

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

This brooch uses a technique called French Beading, which despite the name, is thought to have originated in Venice in the 16th Century. The method uses fine wire strung with tiny glass seed beads to form 3d flowers. It became especially popular in Victorian England, but fell out of favour due the technique being associated with the creation of funeral wreaths! Now French beading is often used in making bouquets and favours for weddings, as well as for all year round floral arrangements. I mean, flowers you don’t need to water? Sounds good to me! Read more

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Tutorial – Beaded Diamond Bracelet

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

This sweet and simple beaded bracelet use just a few seed beads and some thread and is finished with a sliding knot.

You will need:
-1.5m of S-Lon Thread
-16x Size 6 or 7 seed beads
-Scissors
-Ruler
-Superglue
-Tape

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial



How to:
1. Cut two 50cm lengths of S-Lon and knot them together, approx 15cm from one end.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

2. Stick the shorter ends down to your work surface with some tape. Cut the longer ends at an angle, to make threading the beads onto the thread easier.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

3. Take one bead and using the longer ends of thread, take one through the bead left to right and the other right to left.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

4. Pull the ends tight until the bead sits up near the knot.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

5. Now with two beads at the same time, take one thread left to right and the other right to left

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

6. Pull tight so these beads sit up against the first

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

7. Repeat the process with three beads and then four beads

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

8. Then go back to three, then two and one. Tie another knot just after the last bead.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

9. Knot the ends to match the other side. Cross the ends together ready to tie the sliding knot.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

10. Take another 50cm length of S-Lon and tie a series of square knots around the two main threads. A step by step of how to tie a square sliding knot is available here.

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

11. Trim off any excess thread and finish with a tiny dab of superglue. Seed beads come in so many amazing colours and the S-Lon has a gorgeous selection too, so why not make an wrist-full!

beaded diamond bracelet diy tutorial

If you make your own version of this diamond beaded bracelet or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook!! Happy Making!

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Christmas Beaded Star Decorations

Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
These simple, rustic star decorations use wooden beads and some wire. You can even add some glitter for extra Christmas sparkle.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
You will need-
-25 round wooden beads. I’m using 6mm ones, but you can use any size.
-0.4mm wire
-wire cutters
Optional –
-Washi Tape. Helps hold the wire in place.
-Glitter glue. Well, it is Christmas.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
1. Cut a 50cm length of wire. Thread on 10 beads, leaving a 10cm tail (you can use some tape to hold this bit of wire down and stop the bead coming off!)
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
2. Pick up the longer end of wire and thread it through the first bead you added, which will be the one at the shorter end of wire.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
3.Pull the wires tightly to form a circle.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
4. Thread 3 beads onto the longer end of wire, find the bead that this wire come out off, skip the next bead along and thread through the next. Gently pull the wire until the 3 beads make a point on the outside of the circle.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
5. Repeat step 4 until you have five points. Both wires will now be coming out of the same bead, just on different sides.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
6.You can just hang your star like this, but I prefer having the wires coming out of a point. To do this thread the short end of wire through the beads again to the nearest point. For the longer end, thread it round through the inner circle again and up the other side of the same point as the other end.
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial
You can then add glitter or ribbons, or use larger 8mm beads. Let me know if you make your own Beaded Star Decorations by commenting with a link or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! Happy Christmas crafting!
Christmas Beaded Stars Ornaments Tutorial

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Beads and Beyond Magazine – Designer Challenge

Beads and Beyond Magazine – Designer Challenge
UK Jewellery and beading magazine Beads and Beyond have a regular designer challenge feature, and I’m in this months issue!
Four jewellery designers are given the same selection of beads and components and are challenged to make three pieces of jewellery. The beads were from my ‘day job’ at The Bead Shop Nottingham and included Swarovski gemcolour pearls and new coin shaped pearls, Trinity Brass connectors, Czech crackle glass beads and some ivory seed beads.
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*it might be my name and photo (eurgh!) on the feature but I also had a bit of help from Steph from Nettynot writing the instructions as I ran out of time, Thanks Steph 🙂
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Here are my favourite designs from the other designers-
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Pearly Swirls earrings by Katy Leitch
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Beaded Bracelet by Pru McRae
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Crackle Bangle by Helen Bowen
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