Beading Tools & Supplies

Talenti jars filled with a variety of Toho seed beads

Free How-to Bead Storage Solutions

From Ice Cream to Beads I’m a recycler. Not the best but we do our part and are always looking for ways to do better. I’m also a container hoarder, especially those good for bead storage solutions or for holding other things in my studio. I save all my peanut butter jars (they’re glass) and…

Jewel's Jewel Loom from Jewel Loom Inspirations

Jewel Loom Your Beads with Julianna

Julianna Avelar (Jewels) and I had a chance to visit during the Craft and Hobby Association show. Jewels is not only a friend, she is the inventor of the Jewel Loom, author of Jewel Loom Inspirations, and has filmed several videos with us, including the “Friendship Bracelet with Picot Stitch.” We had a great time…

bead board ready

How to Prepare for a Day of Beading

There’s a winter storm brewing in our part of the United States and I’m feeling like a little kid – excited and ready! And although we will likely be plowed out in no time, a storm like this one (12-18” are predicted) has even me making sure I have supplies on hand to bake and…

mixed-media grouping including sea glass, coral and buttons

Try a Mixed-Media Approach to Jewelry Design

When approaching a new design idea, it’s fun to consider using alternative materials and mixing them in with the usual suspects like beads, thread, needles and wire.   I also love the thrill of the hunt then figuring out how to incorporate my found objects into finished designs. My favorite place to find “found objects”…

Jeanie Scissorhands mug

Top 10 Beading Tools

  I recently attended a Halloween party and, although my Dias De Los Muertos-style calaca costume was pretty awesome, it was eclipsed by an amazing rendition of Edward Scissorhands, replete with an amazing set of tools for hands. It made me recall a blog I did several years ago, outlining my favorite beading tools. When…

Metropolitan Glide

My Favorite Reasons to Love Bead Embroidery

For someone who struggled with learning how to do bead embroidery, it’s become one of my favorite beading techniques when I want to create unique beaded jewelry. Bead embroidery is so much more than just simple beaded back stitch – while that stitching technique is indeed the foundation of pretty much every beading project I…

Westward-Bound-Unexpected-F

Lost Your Jewelry Making Mojo?

Have you ever heard about the Hindu deity called Saraswati? Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of creativity, and she gets a lot less attention than her sisters Lakshmi (goddess of abundance) and Durga (goddess of protection). When you feel the urge to go on a jewelry-making binge and your beading projects are just flowing together…

BD Guide to Beading Tools

3 Beading Tools That Aren’t

Despite all my fancy German-made jewelry-making pliers, magnifying lenses for bead embroidery, and other beading tools that help me create my beaded art, there are a few beading tools on my desk that don’t really look like they belong there. 1. Cardboard paper towel tubes. Back in the day, I learned how to make peyote…