Whether you love to string beads or create intricate bead-weaving designs, crafting is always time well spent. It can be enjoyed by anyone, and jewelry making techniques can be combined in so many different ways, you’ll never run out of ideas for making handmade beaded jewelry! Dig deep into your stash of jewelry supplies and jewelry findings when you make each of these six free beading projects, using a variety of techniques like bead stringing, peyote stitch, and bead stitching. You’ll find a variety of beautiful expert and beginner beading projects that will inspire you to think differently about making handmade jewelry, new ways to combine pre-made and handmade jewelry findings, and even a little bit of mixed media jewelry when you use fabulous silks and chain in your designs. Whatever you love to do when it comes to beading, these six free jewelry making projects will bring you hours of enjoyment.
These projects make perfect handmade gift ideas.
We chose six of our best beading projects from the pages of Beadwork magazine, each one using a different combination of jewelry making techniques: everything from bead stitching to bead stringing, and even a little bit of mixed media jewelry making thrown in for good measure. Learn how to balance bold and delicate when you combine your jewelry supplies to make beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using gemstones, seed beads, handmade beads, silk ribbon, delicate brass filigree, crystals, and chain. Chances are, you already have everything you need in your stash of jewelry supplies to get started on these projects. Make each of these designs your own when you customize them using your own favorite colors or materials.
DIY Gemstone Bracelet
A beautiful jewelry making project can be made with just a handful of special beads, like the peridot and citrine gemstones used in Jean Yates’ Helen of Troy bracelet. Simple and elegant, the decorative metal accent beads will provide inspiration long after you’ve finished this easy beaded bracelet.
Mixed Media Necklace Tutorial
Try mixing it up and play with mixed media jewelry making supplies like ribbons and chain when you create Tina Koyama’s Earthy Collage necklace. Lightweight Lucite beads and a delicate brass filigree pendant make a stunning statement necklace that you’ll want to wear every day.
DIY Raw Crystal Earrings
You can even make your own jewelry findings and with your beading supplies. See how Jean Campbell took a pair of top-drilled gemstones and added her own peyote stitch jewelry findings to create the rough cut earrings. These beaded earrings are the perfect mix of handmade and pre-made.
How to Make a Beaded Necklace with Pearls
Dustin Wedekind’s Klew Drop Necklace is a fusion of stringing and stitching, two popular jewelry making techniques for seed beaders. Combining seed beads, freshwater pearls, and accent beads in the perfect colors to complement a handmade polymer clay focal bead, this handmade necklace design will teach you how to effectively create a color palette from a favorite focal bead.
How to Make a Necklace with Bead Strings
Metal chain has been a favorite jewelry making supply of beaders for a long time, and Judi Mullins’ Crystal Fusion Necklace combines a beautiful focal bead with strands of seed beads and metal chain, accented with just a sprinkling of sparkling crystal beads.
How to Make a Bracelet with Beadweaving
Explore ways to use pre-made jewelry findings and jewelry supplies with handmade bead-weaving when you create Judi Wood’s Bead Links Bracelet. This simple beaded bracelet project mixes easy wire jewelry techniques with easy peyote stitch panels for an elegant piece of wrist wear that can go anywhere!
This kit is the perfect place to start if you want to begin advancing your beading skills.