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

 beading wire

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.

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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Troll Beads.

troll beads

Troll beads are one of the most popular and most unique types of beads. But what are troll beads?  Troll beads are beads that have history, they can tell you their own story.

Troll beads have been around for 30 years, but they are still very popular becouse of their design. Collecting these beads is a real entertening hobby for bead jewelry lovers. There is a large variety of troll beads. Everyone can create unique troll bead bracelet or troll bead necklace with the help of troll beads. The only limit that you’ll have is your own mind and imagination.

Another reason, why troll beads are so popular today is that they can show your personal sence of style . Troll beads can be made of different materials : silver, gold, glass.

Beading Tools You Will Need

beading tools

If you have recently started beading or just planning to start, you may not yet realize how essential it is to have the right beading tools. If you don’t have the right beading tools, your beading will be much more difficult and less enjoyable. That is why choosing the right beading tools is your first step forward toward success beading.

But choosing beading tools is not an easy job. There are many different kinds of beading tools and it’s impossible to know which ones you really need.  As a beginner, you might not need all the beading tools immediately. The best way is to start with a small selection of the most necessary tools, and then, expand your collection when you find that you need different beading tools.

Beading tools can be found at special beading stores. If you are lucky to have a beading shop near you home, you should visit it and look at their selection. While tools may look similar in pictures, similar tools from different manufacturers often have a different feel. You may find that you prefer one over another if you try them out in person. If you can’t visit a store in person, there are may websites where you can buy all your beading tool needs.

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Beads sizes

You already know that there are a lot of different types of beads. One of the most important difference is the beads size.

 Beads can be very small or rather big.  If you are interested in making beads or making beaded jewelry, you should know which size will be the best choice for you jewelry. Here is a table for sizes of beads. Take a look at it.

2/0 5,4-5,8
3/0 4,9-5,3
4/0 4,4-4,8
5/0 3,8-4,3
6/0 3,3-3,7
7/0 2,9-3,2
8/0 2,5-2,8
9/0 2,2-2,4
10/0 2,0-2,1
11/0 1,8-1,9
12/0 1,7
13/0 1,6
14/0 1,4-1,5

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Beaded furniture.

Today we are not going to make beaded jewelry. We are to make something special: beaded furniture.

The beaded furniture, that we are going to create is rather small, about 2 inches (6-7 cm). But the size of your beaded furniture depends on the types of beads that you have chosen.

So, stop talking and let’s start our business.

The first thing that we should do is to choose which type of beads you are going to use. In this lesson, I have used ordinary rounded beads… Learn more about different types of beads.

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Beaded Bracelet – Hugs and Kisses Pattern

Today we will learn how to make a beaded bracelet like you see in the photo above. This pattern is often referred to as a “Hugs & Kisses” design. With the help of the pattern, you will easily manage to create this beautiful beaded bracelet.

For the Hugs and Kisses bracelet you will need two sizes of beads: large beads and smaller beads with size 11/0.  Continue reading Beaded Bracelet – Hugs and Kisses Pattern

Popular Types of Beads. Part II

 Hello everyone. I would like to continue the previous post about popular types of beads. As you already know, beads differ from each other by their shape,size and colour.  Here’s a description of the most popular kinds of beads and the characteristics of each one.

Dichroic Beads: Are high end art beads that come in a numerous variety of colours and shapes. The beads are produced when multiple layers of metal oxides are applied to the surface of regular glass and then formed into beads. The colour you see in the bead depends on what metal oxides were used and how much was used. These beads are most impressive because due to the metal oxides, the colour seems to change depending on the angle it is viewed at.

Dichroic Beads

Fusible Beads: Are small, plastic and colourful beads that are placed on a special reusable pegboard to form a picture. They are then melted together using an iron. The beads come in a variety of colours while the pegboards come in a variety of shapes. They are very popular with children.


Fusible Beads


 Lampwork Beads: Are handmade through a process of layering and adding different colours of glass to create a three dimensional bead. Since they are handmade, each bead is unique in colour, shape and size. Beads that have pictures on them are also called lampwork beads, even if they weren’t handmade.