Written by Jo Reed of Finding Beadtopia
We all know how it works, you start out making jewellery, and those naughty beads just keep catching your eye. Before you know it every container you have is overflowing and your only option is to share.
Lena has reached this point and that is a great thing because she has a real eye for a pretty bead. Lena lives all the way up in glorious Northumberland and it must be providing plenty of inspiration.
Check out this supplies shop for hollow beads which show off wire or chain threaded through them and a lovely selection of antique silver style beads which are really cost effective.
Visit – Bead Station
FOLKSY FINDS! Anchors Away! – Anchor charms and pendants
Click the images for more details!
JEWELLERY MAKERS TIPS! – Wire and wot-not
There are so many ways to string a bead it can sometimes all get a bit confusing, so here is a short glossary of terms to give you a steer in (hopefully) the right direction:
Flexible wire – Sold by many companies you will also see this as Beadalon, Acculon and Softflex. Essentially this is thin strands of wire twisted together with a nylon coating. Very strong and the more threads the more flexible and less likely to kink (but more expensive of course). You can even buy .925 silver wire if you are making something really special.
Wire – Usually craft wire is coated copper but you can also buy pure sterling silver, gold and copper wires. European measurements are in millimetres and can range from very fine less 0.2mm all the way up to 1mm, so everything from wire you can knit to wire that takes a bit of bending.
Leather Thong – again in various widths and colours you can also buy faux leather. Rubber cord makes a good alternative and can be obtained in some really vibrant colours.
Illusion Cord – Strong nylon and as the name suggests is good for illusion necklaces where the beads just float by magic.
Rattail – a satin cord which is much nicer than it sounds, good for Chinese knotting.
Jo Reed @ Finding Beadtopia
- Search Folksy for the latest additions to our Jewellery Supplies