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Learn To Make Jewellery With The New Projects Area

Here at Beads Direct we’ve been working hard to bring you the new and improved projects area of the website. It’s been an exciting roller coaster that has challenged the Beads Direct team and our web developers, but we hope that we have managed to bring you an exciting and inspiring area that helps you learn to make jewellery or teaches you a new skill.

The projects area is packed full of new features that make finding a project to inspire you even easier. I’m going to guide you through what we’ve added and how you can make the most of the projects area.

When you reach the projects page you will see all the project categories we have. You can browse these or use the projects search to find a project you have seen before.

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Find Out About the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery

Yes, we know it’s raining. But we were thinking about holidays…and we’re always thinking about making jewellery…so why not combine the two? This week I caught up with Julia to find out more about the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery.

Founded in 2001, the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery is the longest established independent jewellery school in Europe. With classes for all abilities, the school caters for total beginners as well as more experienced students. The school organises beginner to advanced level technique classes based on demand from working jewellers and the general public. It has become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for jewellery training and students come from all over the world to study there.

Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery hollow organic forms necklaces

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Teach Jewellery Classes | Become a London Jewellery School Accredited Jewellery Training Centre

Do you want to take your jewellery teaching to the next level? Or maybe you have a whole host of jewellery making skills that you’d love to share with others but need some support to get started? The London Jewellery School’s new programme could be for you. Individual jewellers, business owners or collectives can set up and run their own jewellery making classes using the successful LJS model and with the ongoing support from LJS in setting up, promoting and delivering professional classes.

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Wimbledon Beading Competition

So Wimbledon is over, and Novak Djokovic won his first ever Wimbledon title, beating Rafael Nadal. But for some of us it wasn’t the Wimbledon tennis that really mattered. At the same time, the all important Beads Direct Wimbledon was running! Our facebook wall was flooded with some fab designs using the Wimbledon purple and green shades, or playing on other Wimbledon tennis themes – including the ever-present rain! But there could only be one winner….ok, except in the case of a tie! Read More

Our Visit to Swarovski – Part 1

I have worked with Swarovski Elements since their introduction at Beads Direct 6 years ago. I remember when our little range of Czech bicones in 18 colours and 3 sizes was replaced by the wonderous Swarovski Elements in so many shapes, sizes and colours I hadn’t even imagined existed! I’ve been to visit Swarovski’s London offices many times to see new innovations and loved every minute. But this was the big one. An email invitation to join Swarovski in Wattens for 2 days of information and jewellery workshops. How excited was I?!! Read More

Glitz & Glamour – How to make a right angle weave bracelet

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I’d like to show you how I made my Purple Elegance bracelet for our recent Glitz & Glamour advert in Make Jewellery magazine.

Purple elegance right angle weave bracelet

Purple elegance right angle weave bracelet

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Glitz & Glamour – How to make a right angle weave bracelet

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I’d like to show you how I made my Purple Elegance bracelet for our recent Glitz & Glamour advert in Make Jewellery magazine.

Purple elegance right angle weave bracelet

Purple elegance right angle weave bracelet

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BD Beading Challenge – Vintage Bloom

What’s inside…My initial thoughts were ‘WOW!” I instantly fell in love with the black ‘rosebud’ beads and the stylish colour combinations. I was also very impressed with the quality of the materials and couldn’t wait to get started …! Read More

BD Beading Challenge – Pretty in Pink

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What’s inside… My initial thoughts when I saw the beads were that they looked beautiful and pink and black are my favourite colours. I couldn’t wait to start beading. Read More

How to sell your jewellery- Pricing strategies

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Under pricing is a problem that I know many of you struggle with. Remember that you should be proud of your beautifully designed, handcrafted pieces and charge a fair price. Under pricing can sometimes get you less sales as people may perceive your work as ‘cheap’.

Therefore many jewellery makers have to get over their psychological obstacle of undervaluing a piece of jewellery that they have made because they have made it!

Pricing strategies

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