4 Ways to Create Your Own Breathtaking Beaded Jewelry Designs

Jun 12, 2013

Have you ever made a breathtakingly beautiful piece of beaded jewelry from a set of instructions and been inspired to create your own beaded jewelry designs? It might seem overwhelming at first, but chances are, if you have the skills necessary to make a piece of complex beaded jewelry from a seed bead pattern, you have what it takes to start creating your own, original, breathtaking beaded jewelry designs.

Some of my most successful beaded jewelry designs have come from times when I was working in a simple beading stitch and I just thought to myself, "What would happen if I did this?"

Of course, it always helps to take as many beading classes as you can to boost your beading skills, but that's not always possible for a lot of people. The time and cost involved in traveling to a different city or state (or even country!) to access the knowledge of some of today's most talented bead artists is really a challenge for most folks, but luckily, there are many cost-saving alternatives to still get the same great instruction that you would get in a class. Here are my top picks for fabulous beading DVDs that can help you create your own breathtaking beaded jewelry designs!

Sometimes, the easiest way to start designing your own original beaded jewelry designs is by learning a brand-new beading stitch and making it your own. Don't look at what others have done with it, just learn the basics. With Melanie Potter's Bead Stitching Chevron Chain, you'll learn the ins and outs of this amazingly versatile beading stitch.

Peyote stitch triangles are another popular component or motif in geometric beaded jewelry, and you can learn how to create these in all kinds of variations from master bead artist Jean Power in Bead Stitching Triangles. (Should I also mention that peyote stitch triangles also make great bezels for those lovely triangular crystal stones?)

Some of the most beautiful and unique beaded jewelry designs I've ever seen have been made from sets of bezeled cabochons and crystal stones. Beaded bezels may look complicated, but they don't have to be, and Melinda Barta's How to Stitch Beaded Bezels shows you how to create stunning and secure beaded bezels using beading stitches that you already know!

Finally, finish off your gorgeous beaded jewelry design with another beaded creation -- a beaded clasp! Why settle for an ordinary, pre-made clasp when you can put those beading skills to good use and create your own custom clasps for your original beaded jewelry designs? How to Stitch Custom Clasps with Melinda Barta shows you how to create all sorts of elegant closures for your beaded necklaces and bracelets, including ways to use magnetic clasps, tips for crimping, and creative ways to use buttons for clasps.

Some of the best parts of learning at home by video are that you can watch anytime you're ready -- even if that means waiting until after everyone else has gone to bed, and you have some quiet time to yourself! You can start and stop the video anyplace you feel like you need to watch it again so that you understand what's being demonstrated, and best of all, you get to keep that DVD handy so that you can reference the instructions whenever you might need a little reminder of how to work a particular technique!

Oh, the other great part about learning by video? All of these DVDs are one sale now during the Interweave Sidewalk Sale! Save some serious cash and stock up on all your favorite beading resources in the Beading Daily Shop, until June 23, 2013!

Do you design your own beaded jewelry projects? What advice would you give to someone who wants to start creating their own original beaded jewelry designs? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your insights with us!

Bead Happy,


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How to Stitch Custom Clasps DVD

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Join artist and author Melinda Barta in 10 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step-by-step how to finish your beaded jewelry with handmade toggles, rings, buttons and loops, snaps, and more.


Beadwork Peyote Stitch - Basics and Beyond DVD

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Master flat, circular, and tubular peyote basics and learn how to step them up a notch with advanced variations and embellishments to add texture, trim, and more!


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roger09 wrote
on Jun 12, 2013 6:23 AM

I have always loved beads and would love to make my own necklaces etc.. where would I start however?

I know crochet and knitting inside out, but have not got a clue as to where I would start with beading? Would appreciate any help

thanks Patricia :)

on Jun 12, 2013 12:21 PM

This message is for Patricia, or any new beader wanting to know where to start.  First of all, good for you!  You will never look back!  The bead community is a wonderful welcoming place.  Beading Daily has a free download called "Learn How to Bead."  Do a search up top to find the link.  If you have a local bead store (LBS) go in and look around, talk with the folks there about putting together a starter kit,  and sign up for a beginner's class.  Also, go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon, etc. and search for beginner's bead books.  There are many out there to choose from, for example, Beginning with Beads.  And have fun!  Play with color, texture, stitches, tension, sizes... all the endless possibilities beads have  to offer.

on Jun 12, 2013 5:27 PM

I just started with simple designs, one strand with different sized beads. My advice is start simple and work your way up to complex designs as you learn new techniques. I look online for instruction guides but add my own twist to them. Also you never want to make an exact replica to sell without the consent from the original designer or it could cause problems for you. My first piece came to me after ordering my supplies and I just look at what I've got and lay out my designs before I put them together. Go with your heart and use guides to teach you how to do it when it comes to something new. If cost is an issue, there are tons of free how-to guides online.