Beading Bonanza! 6 Fun Projects to make!

Hi friends! Creativity is a funny thing, the more you use it the more you have! If you don’t create often it can be hard to think of things to make when you sit down to craft. I am like that with jewelry if I haven’t made any in a while but I had the urge to play with beads the other day so I decided to get inspired from a kit! The necklace and earrings below can from the “Jaded” Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club. Everything I needed was right in the kit so I grabbed my 4-in-1 pliers (they send you those pliers, a bead mat and beading guide booklet for free when you subscribe to their kit club) and I sat on my porch on a beautiful summer day and beaded this! By the way this video is sponsored by Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month club! Click the link to get first kit for $9.99 (that’s 50% off) and the three free gifts I mentioned above! Use coupon code “FRUGAL”.

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After making this project I decided to dig through my bead stash and come up with something similar using the basic layout of the pattern in the kit and I made this:

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I like sparkly, chunky, glass beads in crazy colors so I went with those! I kept my earrings rainbow themed but didn’t put the on the chain because I thought my chunky chain would be too heavy. I also had a kit with 5 pairs of earrings that were great for quick fun projects and gifts and I also decided to use them as a jumping off point to create more earrings with my stash.  Watch the video and then grab your beads to see what you can make!

In the below photos you can see the earrings I made next to the inspiration pair from the Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club!

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If you would like a beading kit delivered to your door every month consider the Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club. You will receive all of the supplies to make beautiful projects each month for $19.99 plus shipping and handling. If you don’t like a kit you can send it back within 21 days and owe nothing.  Sign up today and get 3 free gifts: 4-in-1 beading pliers, a velour beading mat and a beading guide as well as half off your first kit! Just remember to save all of those patterns that come with your kit to use with other supplies in the future, it’s the best way to get the most value of your Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club subscription. I hope you try some of the projects I shared with your bead stash and if you need any help with basic beading techniques you can refer to my basic beading techniques video here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

All the Techniques to Make Most Beaded Jewelry in one Video!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share this video with you today! I compiled the most used techniques that you will need to make almost any beaded (strung) jewelry project in today’s video! I wanted it to be like a class that you can return to time and time again. That’s why I also included time stamped links to each technique in this blog post. You will be able to jump to the technique you need to know. I hope it is helpful to you!

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I know this is a long video but I didn’t want to sacrifice techniques just to fit it into a short YouTube friendly video length. I do have a favor to ask though, if you like long, in-depth videos such as this please watch, like and share it. That way YouTube will see that content like this has value. Thanks so much! And now on to the video!

*Please note this video is a beginner introduction to jewelry making and does not cover bead stitching. If it did we’d be here all day LOL!

For your convenience I have time-stamped the techniques in this video for easy future reference. I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions let me know in the comments!

Basic tools and supplies overview 2:43

Techniques:

  • #1 12:25 How to remove a kink or bend from a headpin and straighten wire.
  • #2 13:20 How to make a simple loop
  • #3 How to open and close a jump-ring. 15:10 Opening a jump ring. 16:08 Closing a jump-ring
  • #4 18:03 Adding an ear-wire to earrings
  • #5 19:20 How to make a wrapped loop (more secure than a simple loop)
  • #6 22:30 How to measure and cut chain
  • #7 24:49 How to attach clasps (for bracelets and necklaces)
  • #8 Techniques for working with chain: 27:27 How to attach chains. 30:22 How to make a chain tassel
  • #9 32:09 How and why to use bead caps
  • #10 How to attach crimp beads: 33:00 How to attach a crimp bead with any pliers and use a crimp cover. 35:52 How to attach a crimp bead with crimping pliers

I want to thank our sponsor Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club! I really enjoyed putting together the jewelry set I was wearing today. Join now and get 50% off your first month and 3 free gifts! Use coupon code “FRUGAL”.

 

Would you like to see more jewelry projects on my channel? Let me know what you want to learn in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!