Beaded Bags


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Materials:
14 count Black Aula 30 cm wide x 60 cm beads (12″ x 24″).
50 cm x 40 cm (20″ x 16) Medium Weight Iron .
Black Satin Lining I:ahric 50 cm x 40 cm 50 cm x 40 cm Medium Weight Black Card.
1 m 7 mm Black Cord. 1 Skein Raj Mahal Black Art.
Silk Thread Double sided tape. Loop hall of frog closure Lincraft J-130
Small black Button with shank.

Method:
Stitch heads onto Aida using a half cross stitch with two strands of stranded cotton and a #28 Tapestry needle.. Match cotton and heads as per colour key. Continue reading Beaded Bags

Beaded Necklace-“Emerald”

Hello dear beads-making.com readers. I haven’t shared anything for you for a long time to now I want to share a pattern of rather unique beaded necklace called “Emerald”.

So what should we need:


1. “Golden” beads with diameter  about 2 mm.

2. A few “golden” balls, which size is about 7-8 mm.

3. Green beads with diameter 5 mm

4. Small “golden” lock.

Take a look at the picture. This are the materials that we should have.

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Our Beaded Projects

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Hello everyone.  Happy to see you at beads-making.com – one of the most unusual beading websites.

We have been online for about 3 months already and now are going to make something interesting for you, my dear readers and followers.

For the first I would like to make a Twitter account where maybe some of you would follow me.

My second idea, and I think it’s more valuable is to make a special photo album where all of you will be able to upload photos of your handmade jewelry or handmade beaded trees and toys.  I have already made 3 beaded trees and a few beaded jewelry items (necklaces) on my own.  So, what do you think about this idea?  Will it be interesting for you?  Will you upload your projects and photos?

Hope you will write down your ideas and suggestions in comments. It is very important for me.  So, I’m waiting for your comments.

Skull beads-Rather pupular type of beads

skull beadsHave you ever heard about skull beads? Personally, I discovered this type of beads a few days ago. But skull beads have a great story. They have been around for at least 3,000 years. The earliest skull beads were made about 1000 BC. They used to make small skull beads out of clay.

Today, skull beads, just like the clay beads are on top of popularity. More and more people want to have a skull bead bracelet or a skull bead necklace. I think it because of the rock style, mostly Gothic style. But skull beads have other functions too.

Plastic skull beads are perfect for making creepy necklaces, key chains, bracelets and more for Halloween. With leather cording, skull beads can provide something scary for all your party guests. No guest should leave your Halloween party without a way to remember the fun they had. Let them create their own party favor with the help of skull beads.

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Choosing Beading Wire

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When you start beading, the first thing that you should think about are your beading supplies. One of the most important beading supplies is the wire you will need to make beaded jewelry and especially beaded trees. Just as there are different types of beads, there is also a wide variety of beading wires to choose from. Wires differ from each in many different respects, including hardness, shape, thickness (gauge), and the material from which they are made.

Beading wire can include gold, silver, copper and several other materials. There are also variations of gold and silver wires, such as sterling silver. When you are just beginner, the better and the cheapest choice for you will be brass or copper, they are also easy to manipulate.

Hardness of beading wire
One characteristic of wire is its hardness. For example, sterling silver is typically available in two main categories – half-hard and dead-soft. Dead-soft wire is used when you want to bend it with your fingers. Half-hard holds its shape better as it is a slightly stiffer wire. You will find that beading wire will harden as it is manipulated but you also have the option of hammering a piece, which will flatten the shape, if you want a more rigid piece.

Shape of the Wirewire for beading

Various shapes are available in all types of beading wire. Shapes include round, half-round, twisted, square and triangle. The shape you choose will depend on the piece you are making and the style you want.

Gauge of Wire

The thickness or diameter of the wire is measured by the gauge. Between 12 and 28 are the most common sizes used for wire and bead jewelry making. The lower the gauge number is the bigger the thickness of the wire will be.

Gauge 12 – 14
This wire is only available in the hardness dead-soft and is best used for wire shapes that are unsupported such as neck wires and bangle bracelets.

Gauge 16 – 18
This wire is of medium thickness and fairly sturdy. This wire is regularly used to make clasps, large jump rings and chain mail.

Gauge 20 – 22
This wire is an all-purpose wire and has many uses such as loops jump rings, head pins and eye pins. This gauge is available in dead-soft or half-hard.

Gauge 24 – 26
This wire is commonly referred to as an ultra fine wire. It is sometimes used for beaded flowers, wire crochet and wire wrapping. But is also regularly used with small gemstones and small pearls.

Gauge 28
This wire, and thinner wires, are most commonly used for delicate applications such as crochet and twining. Also if your beads, pearls or gemstones have tiny holes then this gauge wire may be the only option.

Making Glass Beads.

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Before that post, I have been posting about glass beads, about making some jewelry using glass beads. Glass beads are quiet unique type of beads and differ from each other by size, design and shapes.  So what about making glass beads?  have you ever seen or just interested in making glass beads?  It is quiet an interesting process which you can see at the video.


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3D Beading

3D Icebear made of beads (Wikimedia/Laura Töpfer)
3D Icebear made of beads (Wikimedia/Laura Töpfer)
3D beading generally uses the techniques of bead weaving, which can be further divided into right angle weave and peyote stitch. Most 3D beading patterns are done in right angle weave, but sometimes both techniques are combined in the same piece. Both stitches are done using either fishing line (most popular brand: fireline) or nylon thread (most popular brand: nymo). Fishing line lends itself better to right angle weave because it is stiffer than nylon thread, so holds the beads in a tighter arrangement and does not easily break when tugged upon. On the other hand, nylon thread is more suited to peyote stitch because it is softer and more pliable than fishing line, which permits the beads of the stitch to sit straight without undue tension bending the arrangement out of place.

Right angle weave is done using both ends of the fishing line, in which beads are strung in repeated circular arrangements, and the fishing line is pulled tight after each bead circle is made. Peyote stitch is stitched using only one end of the nylon thread. The other end of the string is left dangling at the beginning of the piece, while the first end of the thread progresses through the stitch. In peyote stitch, beads are woven into the piece in a very similar fashion to knitting or cross stitching. In fact, it is not uncommon for cross stitch patterns to be beaded in peyote stitch technique. Peyote stitch patterns are very easy to depict diagrammatically because they are typically stitched flat and then later incorporated into the piece or left as a flat tapestry. Right angle weave lends itself better as a technique to 3D beading, but peyote stitch offers the advantage of more tightly knit beads, which is sometimes necessary to properly portray an object in 3 dimensions.

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