Beading Tools & Supplies

Hill Tribes silver starfish pendant and charms

Beads, Charms, Pendants, and Oh! So Much Jewelry-Making Inspiration

While at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the eclectic mix of beads, tools,  stringing supplies, and jewelry-making inspiration that abounded on the show floor. Highlights included seeing the new TOHO demi-round seed beads, new Delica silk colors (which will be available soon!), Crystaletts micro…

Getting Started with Seed Beads, by Dustin Wedekind

10 Seed Bead Tips, Facts, and More!

While roaming the aisles at Bead Fest, I overheard a few ladies talking about beads – seed beads, that is. They were trying to help each other understand the difference between a size 11 Delica and a size 11 Czech seed bead. One didn’t believe there was a difference and the other knew one was…

stretchy bracelets made by Tammy Honaman

13 Jewelry and Beading Tips and Tricks

13 Tips to Help Around the Studio In the spirit of Friday the 13th, we’ve put together 13 tips to help on all levels of jewelry- making and beadweaving, with a few other tips from other mediums mixed in. First up…Tips on how to make bracelets with stretch elastic cording 1. When creating a design…

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…