December 22, 2011
For now, check out my Etsy store, Adamma, to see what I've been making: http://www.etsy.com/shop/adamma. Here's a preview, enjoy!
October 3, 2010
Here are a few of the Chamalia beads that I like:
June 15, 2009
Okay, here's a short tutorial on how to bead crochet.
1. String beads on crochet thread. Small beads are best. If you are very new to bead crochet, I suggest using pony beads at first until you've got the technique down. String on as many as you can for the item you are making. You might find it easier to use a bead spinner instead of stringing the beads on one by one as I did at first. If you don't have a bead spinner, get a wide-eye beading needle and pour your beads into a bowl. Dig the needle into the bowl and try to get as many beads on as possible.
2. Tie a small loop in your crochet thread.
3. Pass your crochet pin into the loop so that the loop rests on the neck of the pin.
4. Catch the thread with the hook on your crochet pin. Pull the pin and the thread out through the loop. You've made your second chain.
5. Catch the thread with the hook on your crochet pin. Pull the pin and the thread through the loop on your pin. You've made your third chain.
6. Repeat the last step until you have made about six chains. Now it's time to start crocheting with the beads.
7. Push a bead down the thread until it rests against the crochet pin. Catch the thread with the pin and pull through the loop on the pin. You've made your first beaded chain.
Repeat the last step until you reach your desired length.
And that's it. Not very difficult, is it? When I was done with mine, I folded the chains into about five strands and tied the ends. Then I wrapped each end tightly with wire and added clasps. That's how I made the necklace up there. I wanted more bead crochet projects when I was done with this necklace so I got this book from Amazon:
To create the necklace pictured above, I used:
Size 10 crochet thread
Consider practicing with some cheap beads first before using the ones you value.
June 13, 2009
I have noticed that there’s a lot of interest in pewter jewelry lately. I’ll tell you now that I don’t have much experience with them but I’ve done some research. What I’ve found out is that some jewelry artists prefer to use them in their creations because:
- It costs less than sterling silver but can look like silver at first glance
- It is non-allergenic
- It does not tarnish
However, watch out for lead. Although the use of lead is on the decline, some pewter pieces contain a small amount. Another disadvantage is that pewter is soft. Since it is so soft, it’s really not a good idea to use pewter findings on jewelry that you want to wear for a long time. Clasps have to be opened and closed often and pewter clasps usually break after a period of time.
If you are interested in learning how to make pewter jewelry pieces, Naergi’s Costuming Site provides in-depth instructions. Practice with extreme caution however, it seems to be a messy and dangerous job!
This video isn’t about making jewelry, but it shows the process of using pewter – just to give you a general idea. You might find it informative.
September 3, 2008
For this tutorial, you will need beading thread, beading needle, and beads. I would advise the use of larger seed beads for starters. Consider size 8 or 6. This is just so you can get used to the technique. When you are ready to apply it to a project, by all means use the seed bead of your choice.
There is more space in the diagrams than there should be in your work. They are there just so you can see the process clearly. So we begin.
1. Cut a comfortable length of beading thread and thread your needle. You will use a single thread, so make your working tail longer than the other.
2. String one bead and either tie it or pass the thread through it twice. This is your stop bead, it will prevent your work from unraveling. If you tie it, make sure you pass the needle back through the bead so that you are ready to add more beads.
3. String on 5 more beads. These 6 beads make your first row.
4. To begin the next row, string 1 bead. Pass the needle back through the last bead of the first row.
5. Pass the needle back through the first bead of the second row.
6. String one bead. Pass the needle through the next bead on the first row, from right to left.
7. Continue this process until you get to end of the second row.
8. To begin the third row, string one bead. Pass the needle back through the last bead of the second row, from left to right. Then pass the needle back through the first bead of the third row, from right to left.
Continue to your desired length. Make the thread taut, so that the beads are snug against each other, but not so tight that the work becomes uneven.
July 31, 2008
Even count peyote is so named because you will need to start with an even number of beads. Use this stitch for flat projects like straps, bracelets, even amulet bags. It's a simple stitch, one of the first that a beader learns to do.For this tutorial, you will need beading thread, a needle, and beads. For practice, you may want to start with bigger seed beads, like size 8 or 6. Make sure you choose beads with holes that are big enough for thread to pass through about 3 or more times. I have spaces between the beads in the diagram to make it easy to understand the process but there should be no spaces between your beads as you work. However, don't pull the thread too tight or your work will bunch up.
1. Cut a comfortable length of thread and pass through the needle eye. You will be working with a single thread so make one tail of the thread, your working tail, longer than the other.
2. String one bead on, about 6 inches away from the end of the thread, and either tie it or pass the thread through it a couple of times to secure it. This bead will act as a stopper to prevent your beads from sliding off the thread as you work.
3. String 5 more beads onto your thread.
4. String one more bead and, skipping the sixth bead, pass the needle through the fifth bead. Pull the thread so that the sixth and seventh beads are snug.
5. String another bead and, skipping the fourth bead, pass the needle through the third bead.
6. String one more bead and, skipping the second bead, pass the needle through the first bead.
7. String one more bead. At this point, you are going to start another row, the third row. Pass the needle through the next protruding bead, bead 1 in the diagram.
8. Continue in this fashion, stringing on one bead and passing the needle through the next protruding bead. After a few rows, your work should begin to look like the diagram below. Of course, this is a rough representation, there should be no space between the beads.
Now, if this is process is a bit confusing for you, you might enjoy the animated tutorial at Michael's or you can watch this video:
January 5, 2008
Did you make any resolutions in regards to making jewelry? Maybe it has to do with finally getting the right tools to make your work easier, setting aside some time for yourself to work on this craft you love, working on that bracelet pattern you've had your eye on or getting up enough nerve to display your work at a craft show. Whatever it is, I say 'good for you'! Some of these are my goals for the year, especially the craft show part. I love this craft but I'm running out of space for my jewelry so it's time to find good homes for them. Also, supplies don't fall off trees now, do they? :)
If you're itching for a new project, check out this pretty right angle bracelet. The instructions are straightforward and easy to do.
Also check out my jewelry site, [Removed] for more patterns, practical information on bead weaving techniques, beads, tools and other supplies. If you want to take a look at some of my work, check out my etsy shop at www.enchantedjewelry.etsy.com. Have fun!
December 15, 2007
Take a sneak peak at my new site, [Removed]. It's still a work in progress but you can find some useful information there. Visit often to learn things like what tools you will need when making jewelry, how to bead crochet, how to make resin jewelry, how to make polymer clay jewelry how to do bead weaving stitches like even count peyote and right angle weave, and much more. I moved some of the information from this blog there and expanded it. So, it's [Removed]. See you there!