Bead Jewelry Projects for Fall

Here are my bead jewelry project picks for the fall season,
complete with tutorials!

Falling Leaves Bracelet

Falling Leaves Bracelet

This wire wrapping project looks fun to make and you probably have some left over beads in pretty fall colors that would work, then you would just need to shop for the clasp and leaf charms/glass beads. The project instructions are only $4 at the Beading Daily Shop!

Leaf Bead Earrings

Leaf Bead Earrings Project

Here’s an earring project that is super easy and fast to make but would compliment almost any casual fall look. Shouldn’t cost more than $10 to put together so you could make a pair for a friend too!

Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet

Leather Cord Wrap Bracelet

Another casual project from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads that’s a little earthy and would look great with any charm type bead in a fall color. Love the wrap around look!

Peyote Leaf

Russian Inspired Peyote Leaf

This beautiful leaf pattern would be a nice addition to any fall project whether it be fabric pumpkins, a hat creation or a fall inspired necklace. All that’s need is 2 types of beads, thread, needle and scissors. Excellent instructions are provided by StudioSix7. Just think of all the things can you spruce up with these beauties.

 Pumpkin Beads

Pumpkin Beads

Who’s ready for Halloween?!  This is one of my favorite holidays, the kids are all so proud and ready to have an extra amount of fun and exhaustion and of course, candy! Speaking of candy, these punkin beads are so cute and sweet, they almost look like candy!  You could make up a whole bunch of these for under $30, and talk about fun to make! Wish I lived close to my nieces and nephews, we’d be having a bead fest for sure!!  Actually, they’re pretty enough for adults too. 😉

 Creepy Crawler Bracelet

Creepy Crawler Bracelet

Making a scary costume for a teenager this year, or maybe for yourself? This creepy crawler bracelet would be a super addition. Use a bigger spider charm and turn the bracelet so the spider sort of falls on to the back of your hand. Super cute and the free pattern is pretty enough to reuse without the spider and using different colors.

 Fall colors

Pantone Color Trend Fall 2013

If you’re getting some ideas and just need some color inspiration then check out the color picks by Fusion Beads inspired by the Pantone Fall 2013 color trend. They have selected some really nice crystal beads and I just love the Pantone colors for this fall.

Do you feel inspired yet?  What projects are you working on this fall?

Drop us a line in the comments and share!

Bead Jewelry Video Tutorials Review

Bead Stringing and Bead Weaving Tutorials

Bead stringing may appear to be a simple technique to some beginners and although it isn’t necessarily difficult once you’ve learned different techniques, it is more than just putting a few beads on a string. Your piece should be appealing, easy to wear, sturdy, and just as in all things design it needs to be balanced well.  This takes planning, practice of techniques and patience. Oh, and let’s not forget… really good vision or really good lighting and a magnifying glass!

Beginners and novices alike need quality resources and references to learn new techniques or get a fresh perspective. The most popular method on the Internet right now for learning tips and techniques in bead jewelry making is video tutorials. These can be found by searching your favorite search engine or YouTube.  In my experience these videos are often cut short, lack detail or are just plain bad quality. That’s not to say that good tutorial videos can’t be found for free, but I recently found a paid alternative to fill this need and I’d like to tell you about it.

Eri Attebery at www.jewelrymakingprofessor.com has made learning the techniques of bead jewelry making a breeze with her video tutorials. I had the opportunity to preview her new on-demand monthly membership service, which features 24-hour access to a library of home-study video tips and tutorials at a low monthly subscription.

It consists of the beginner’s home-study course videos, over 30 more advanced project tutorials, and a section of short video tips. It’s easy to access and well organized. Eri promises ease of learning, convenience, excellent value, professional quality videos and variety of difficulty level and types of jewelry projects. It’s my opinion that she delivers on those promises.

The videos are of very high quality. Not a grainy or blurry one in the bunch! You can see every detail clearly and when necessary her cameraman discretely zooms in for close-ups at just the right moment. Her fingers and hands are never in the way and she explains every step even if she’s said it before. Eri speaks clearly and goes at a perfect pace that allows you to keep up but still not have to wait for her if finding that tiny hole is not a problem for you.

The bead stringing and bead weaving projects range from simple to advanced, fun holiday to seriously beautiful. As an added bonus she’s always throwing in tips and advice to make your jewelry making experiences easier. If she gets tripped up on something during the video she uses that opportunity to explain what to do if this happens to you and goes seamlessly back into the project.

The only part I didn’t get excited about were the videos compiled from YouTube added as an extra bonus. I felt they didn’t compliment the tutorials offered in the library and were just not as well made, so a little disappointing after watching the jewelry making professor. However, this wasn’t really a problem for me because they were a free bonus and the value of the offer wasn’t compromised.

To sum it up, I think it’s worth every penny and will be telling everyone I know who wants to learn bead stringing and weaving as well as those who want to add new project designs to their repertoire. I give Eri’s on-demand monthly membership service two thumbs up and can’t wait to see what new projects she adds to the library next!

The holidays are coming and there are some really nice projects in this library that are perfect for gifts, whether you are a gift giver or looking for some new pieces to sell at that upcoming show.

Follow this link and get subscribed today!

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Jewelry Making and Design – Finding Beauty in the Seemingly Ugly

I’m always impressed by the ability of some to take what at first glance may appear unappealing and bring out its beauty. I suppose that’s one of the things that sets apart a true artist.

Morgan Hamilton describes one such person in an article entitled The Beauty of Jewelry Making & Design.

This expert in the art of bead jewelry making discovered that the key to working with any element was in the harmony and blending of the colors.

With imagination and a lot of patience, you can take something you may want to discard initially and come up with an impressive masterpiece. Yes, YOU can do that!

So , the next time you feel like throwing in the towel on a project, take a break and then go back to the old imagination board with it. When you come up with a stunning work of art send me the before and after pictures and I’ll post them for everyone to see.

Here’s to your next work of art!

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Bead Jewelry Making Production Process

Beader's FunstationOne of my favorite things to do is organize and so to read that for at least one other bead jewelry enthusiast getting and staying organized is considered a main ingredient in mastering the production process was no surprise.

Recognizing that the two biggest profit factors in any bead jewelry making business are the material and labor costs, it stands to reason that an efficient work space and an accurate and reliable inventory system are major must haves.

Being organized is important whether you make bead jewelry for a hobby or a business.I recently found this website dedicated to Beading Design Jewelry that lists great tips and resources on studio setup, buying supplies, creating unique designs, producing in quantity and managing your inventory.

I found this particular article on bead jewelry making tips to be a bountiful resource.

Enjoy!

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Bead Jewelry Making – Getting Started

Would you like to learn bead jewelry making?

I’m happy to share the following resources that were a help to me in getting started.

You will need to purchase tools and supplies based on the type of bead jewelry you want to make.Choosing a technique (bead stringing, bead weaving or wire work) will help you know which ones to begin with.

This article on Getting Started with Wire Jewelry Making gives more detailed advice on setting up yourworkshop and which supplies to purchase.

One of the first things I wanted to understand when I started making jewelry was the different types of beading threads, cords, and wires. Debbie Witenski explains this very well in this article. Thanks Debbie!

Now that you know what you need and how to setup yourwork space, you’ll need an inexpensive place to buy all of the things you need. From my experience, buyingbeads from an online wholesaler is often less expensive than buying from your local craft store.

If you are very creative and coming up with your own designs comes naturally, then once your supplies arrive and your space is well organize, you’re ready to get started. However, if you need a few patterns or how to videos to get you off to a good start, these can be found easily on the internet and many are free.

So far, Fire Mountain Gems is hands down my favorite online wholesale jewelry making supply source. They have a big selection at affordable prices. Be sure to check out the entire site! You can even order a free catalog to have on hand for all your future needs.

I hope you found this information useful. If you have a resource for bead jewelry making that you love, feel free to leave it in the comments section.

Make this a great day!

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