Fabulous bead project ideas that don't take forever to complete. Our favorite styles are the trendy, classic, adventurous, the colorful and sophisticated. Most projects can be completed in 1-2 hours, a short afternoon or evening. You will also find information about beading techniques and helpful tips. We offer convenient online shopping at www.BeadBee.com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Discover Your Creativity Through Beads

I have heard so many people say they are not creative or not crafty - this is not true! You simply have not found the right outlet for your personality. If you love jewelry, then give beading and jewelry making a try. Techniques are simple to learn and materials are inexpensive. This is a hobby that does not require expensive equipment or tools. Here are two ways to get started:

Super Simple Start to Beading - all you need are beads, stretch cord, scissors, bead board and a bead mat. This is an easy and quick start to creating your own bracelets. Simply arrange your beads in a nice pattern on the bead board, string onto the stretch cord and tie a knot. This is a great way to make jewelry with your kids.

Beginner's Beading - You will be able to create bracelets, necklaces and earrings by learning a simple technique called crimping which allows you to attach a clasp to your jewelry. This involves a crimp tool, crimp beads, and flexible beading wire such as Flexrite or Softflex. You will also need beads, flush cutters, a bead board and a bead mat. Note that you will need at least two crimp beads for each jewelry piece you make (one crimp bead for each end).
Click here for illustrated instruction on the crimping technique.

Find Your Creative Side - I always recommend that beginner's look at bead magazines as well as fashion magazines. You will visually begin to learn simple principles of design such as how to arrange beads in a pattern, how to use color combinations, and how to work with different shapes and sizes. We also offer ideas and advice on our website and blog. You will quickly learn how to create your own designs and patterns without any assistance.

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