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Bermuda Tilt Necklace | Mini Make Monday

Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! This week’s project uses one Swarovski new innovations – the crystal tilt fancy chaton – and it’s become one of my all-time favourite necklaces! You might have spotted me wearing it on Instagram a few weeks ago. Why do I love it so much? Well, I’m a huge fan of geometric shapes (as you might have noticed in my other projects!) and I love that you can wear this simple necklace with any outfit and any time of day. It’s small and elegant but still radiates a beautiful, blue sparkle for a glamorous look.

Project Materials

Swarovski crystal tilt fancy chaton Bermuda blue (AC1893)
Swarovski charm setting rhodium plated tilt chaton (F0743)
Sterling silver snake chain with clasp 16 inches (CH34)
Sterling silver 925 large loop bail with ring (SS209)
Gem-Tac glue (W481)


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Project Tutorial

This one really is easy! Carefully open the loop on the bail and close it onto the Swarovski setting. Thread you chain through the bail. Apply a drop of glue in the setting and press the crystal into place. Allow to fully dry for 24 hours before wearing your necklace.

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Feather Wrap Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! Since today is the first day of Spring, this week’s project is inspired by fresh blue skies and light breeze of the season. Don’t you just love this time of year? To keep the bracelet design light and delicate, I chose to use the blue glass rosary beaded chain with pretty sterling silver feather charms for a boho finish.

Project Materials

2x Sterling silver 925 small feather charms (SS394)
Antique silver zamak toggle clasp (F0138)
Aqua blue glass silver plated rosary bead chain (CH389)
Silver plated split rings 4mm (F1020)

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Tutorial

  1. Measure the chain to your desired length so that it comfortably wraps around your wrist 3 or 4 times, remember to save 2cm for your clasp.
  2. Space out the feather charms evenly across the chain every 6 or 7 inches.
  3. Wrap the chain around your wrist to check the spacing of your charms.
  4. Attach the clasp to either end of the chain with a pair of jumprings.

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BAROQUE EARRINGS

Baroque Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week we’re using the NEW Baroque Bead Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018 to make a gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings! Florals, filigree and lace patterns are making a big trend for Spring/Summer 2017, so this quick but magnificent project is a must have accessory in your jewellery collection!

“Harken back to an era of filigree and lace! The Baroque Bead pays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing.” – Swarovski 

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Swarovski Baroque Bead 10mm Crystal Golden Shadow Pk2 (AC1911)
Swarovski 4mm Cream Pearls (HH23)
Gold Plated Filigree Flower Connector 20mm Pk2 (CR0026)
Gold Plated Brass Ear Wire Base (F0327)
Gold Plated Headpin (F0573)

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Tutorial

  1. Open the loop on the back of the ear wires and close it onto one of the small holes of the filigree connector
  2. Put a Swarovski baroque bead onto a headpin followed by a 4mm Swarovski pearl and turn a loop.
  3. Close the loop onto a small hole of the filigree connector to it sits directly opposite the ear wire.
  4. Put a 4mm Swarovski pearl onto a headpin and turn a loop. Close this loop two holes away from the centre beads. Repeat this step for the opposite side.
  5. Repeat all of the steps above to make your second earring.

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Simple Filigree Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

For this week’s Mini-make tutorial we’re keeping things super simple! As Spring and summer approaches you’ll see a lot more of these single strand bracelets on the high street with either a cute connector or charm in the middle. In keeping with the Spring theme, I’ve handpicked a beautiful new filigree tube as the main feature for these leather bracelets!

Project Materials

Pink Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC700)
Grey Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC518)
Silver Plated Filigree Tube Pk5 (MB815)
Silver Plated Large Toggle Clasp (F0694) x2
Antique Silver Zamak Cord Ends 2mm (F0141)
Fevi Kwik (W311)

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Tutorial

Cut a length of leather approx 6 inches and cut the ends at a sharp angle to make a point. Put the filigree tube onto the leather. Glue each end of the leather into the cord ends and allow to dry. Attach the cord ends to the clasp with a jumpring on either end.

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Geometric Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s Mini-Make tutorial combines two trends in one, geometric shapes and mixed metals! These two trends were so big in 2016 that geometric patterns and metallic finishes continue to lead fashion industries and home decor designs. I’ve made two styles of earrings using the geometric soldered ring shapes that can be worn as a matching pair, or asymmetrically for an edgy look!

Project Materials

For this project I used a silver plated findings kit however, you can also purchase the following findings individually.

Rose gold plated small square soldered ring 10mm (F0630)
Titanium plated hexagon (F0632)
Sterling silver 925 ear wires with coil and ball (SS77)
Silver plated jump rings 6mm (F0720)

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Tutorial

Connect your two rose gold squares together with a jump ring, then attach these to the hexagon shape with another jump ring. Take your ear wire and attach the top of the hexagon to it with a jump ring! To create the second style, hold a square shape over a corner of the hexagon and connect them together with a jump ring. Then attach this jump ring to another square, and attach the square to the ear wire.

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Gold Award Celebration!

It’s been a big week for us at Beads Direct and we owe you a massive THANK YOU! We’re celebrating our gold award wins from the International Craft Awards, during our fantastic week of achievements.

The International Craft Awards are hosted every year by Crafts Beautiful where public vote for their favourites suppliers, demonstrators, websites and a whole range of crafting categories. Not only did we win the Gold award for ‘Best Bead Range’ but also ‘Best Jewellery Making Accessory’ for our hugely popular bead board. In this category, we also won a runner-up prize for our professional set of jewellery pliers!

You would think that was an enormous achievement enough right? Well, just yesterday I was informed that the Beads Direct blog has been awarded one of the ‘Top 25 Jewellery Making Blogs’ on the web! The guys at Feedspot voted us 8th place, which is a huge deal for us to be recognised!

This brings us to thank you all for your votes in the International Craft Awards, your continued support to Beads Direct and your direct participation in the jewellery making community. I would personally like to thank all the blog readers, contributors and the design team who help drive the Beads Direct blog. Since I gave it a makeover in Spring 2015, I’ve enjoyed working with some wonderful people who come up with incredibly beautiful designs and even challenged myself and the team to come up with a new Mini-Make Monday project each week. Thank you for all your lovely feedback and for sharing the jewellery that you’ve made, we absolutely love to see your designs! You can share your photos across our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram @beadsdirect.

Thank you again, from the whole team at Beads Direct, we hope you have a wonderful year of creative beading!

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CANDY DUO BRACELET LONG FP

Candy Duet Bracelet by Joy Wignall

We’ve been eagerly waiting to share Joy Wignall’s beautiful bracelet design with you! Joy has used both the 8mm and new 12mm sizes of the Preciosa candy beads, along with twin hole beads and Toho seed beads to make this show-stopping piece that shimmers in purple and gold. You know when you’re holding a quality piece of handmade jewellery when it has a satisfying weight to it and Joy’s bracelet does exactly that. Not to mention the texture! The softness of the matte candy beads against the shiny ones gives the whole bracelet a silky finish that’s truly irresistible to the touch!

The bracelet will be made up of five sections and measures 18cm including the clasp. I started making the bracelet the first time using KO thread but I wasn’t happy with the finish and found that using Fireline thread gave a much better appearance. The candy beads have two holes running through them, it is easier to pick up the beads to begin your work if you check the holes are positioned correctly before you begin. – Joy Wignall

Project Materials

Toho Size 11 Round Seed Beads Gold Lined Rainbow Black Diamond (11TR999)
Toho Size 8 Round Seed Beads Inside Colour Rainbow Roasaline Opaque (8TR928)
Gold Plated Brass Toggle Clasp with Crown 22x24mm (F0209)
Preciosa Twin Hole Seed Beads Bronze Lined Crystal Clear (TWH68106)
Preciosa Big Candy Czech Twin Hole Frosted Purple (BG0724)
Preciosa Pressed Glass Candy Twin Hole Beads Purple/Copper (BG0450)
Fireline 6lb Side D Smoke Grey (TC300)

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Tutorial

Step 1: Using a comfortable length of thread pick up 1 large candy, 1 twin hole, 1 small candy, 1 twin hole and repeat, (8 beads in total).

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Step 2: Tie in a circle leaving approx 15cm tail to weave in later.  Stitch through all the beads again to reinforce then go through first large candy added.

Step 3: Pick up a twin hole, go through the top hole of the twin bead. Pick up another twin hole and go through bottom hole of candy, repeat 3 more times.

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Step 4: Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and 1 x size 8 seed bead, take the needle back through the top holes of the two twin beads and back through the size 8 bead, in a circular motion, repeat this circle to reinforce.  Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and through top hole of next candy bead.  Repeat 3 more times.

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Go all the way round the outside of the work again three times in total.  If you have a good length of thread left leave it to use to attach the clasp at the end otherwise weave thread through the work, adding a few half hitch knots along the way and cut off.  Weave tail in, again with a few half hitch knots and cut off. This completes the first section of the bracelet.

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To make each section repeat steps 1 to 3 but for step 4 see below:

Step 4: Pick up 4 x size 11 seed beads and 1 x size 8 seed bead, take the needle back through the top holes of the two twin beads and back through the size 8 bead, in a circular motion, repeat this circle. Pick up 4 x 1 seed beads and through top hole of next candy bead.  Repeat 2 more times, you should be exiting a large candy bead, you will now join this section to the bracelet.  Pick up 4 x size 11 and 1 x size 8 seed beads, go back through top holes of twin beads and back through size 8, as before and repeat.  Now position the group next to the previous one, as shown, and go through the 4 x size 11 on the previous group, then through top of small candy of section just being made.  Go all the way around the work again 3 times to make the join secure.  Weave thread through the work, adding a few half-hitch knots along the way and cut off.  Weave tail in, again with a few half hitch knots and cut off.

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Step 5: To add the clasp if you have enough thread left work around the beads until exiting the size 8 seed bead on the corner and pick up 2 size 11 seed beads and one side of clasp, back through 2 seed beads and through size 8 seed bead, again in circular motion, repeat this three times for strength then weave remaining thread into work with half hitch knots and cut off remaining.

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Repeat for the other side of the clasp.  If you did not have enough thread left, weave an additional length of thread into the work, with half-hitch knots along the way until you are exiting the size 8 seed bead on the corner and follow step 5 to complete your bracelet.
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Delicate Drop Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s Mini-Make tutorial is so easy, making it the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers. I’ve picked out the NEW drop earring findings, a delicate earring base with a post in the middle to showcase your favourite beads! Swarovski crystals and semi-precious beads are perfect for this, and we would recommend choosing a bead that’s 6-8mm in size. If you want to use half-drilled pearls you might need a Beadalon bead reamer tool to widen the hole of the pearl first.

Materials Used

Titanium Plated Drop Earring Finding with Post (F0689)
Gold Plated Drop Earring Finding with Post (F0688)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Round 8mm Crystal AB (AC585)
Natural Ametrine Semi-Precious Round Beads 8mm (EX323)
Swarovski Crystal Love Bead 8mm Blush Rose (AC1528)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Rounds 8mm (AC613)
Fevi Kwik Glue (W311)

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Project

Simply apply a small drop of glue to the post of the earring drop and pop on your bead! It’s that easy 🙂 Just make sure that you allow the glue to fully dry before wearing your gorgeous earrings.

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Crocus Flower Jewellery by Claire Broome

Design team member Claire Broome has designed a beautiful floral necklace using Toho seed beads and Preciosa twin hole beads.  Learn how to make a seed beaded necklace made using the St. Petersburg Weave with Claire’s step by step tutorial! You can find more of Claire’s designs on her ToDot Crafted facebook page and also in her shop!

Untitled-4“I made this necklace a couple of years ago and love wearing it on sunny days or if I go away on holiday.  This got me thinking about designing a necklace with Spring in mind, using twin hole beads. Colours that make me think of Spring are the soft greens, lavenders and white like early blooming crocus flowers.” – Claire Broome.

Materials

Silver plated sieve twisted ring (F0603)
Toho Size 11 round seed beads silver lined crystal (11TRPF21)
Toho Size 11 round seed beads silver lined milky light peridot (11TR2118)
Preciosa twin hole seed bead chalk lavender 2.5x5mm (TWH03122)
Preciosa twin hole seed bead chalk white 2.5x5mm (TWH03050)
Pebble beading needle size 10/12 (W474) 
Nymo cream thread (TC996)

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Tutorial

Thread on six twin hole beads and create a circle by going back through the beads from when you started.

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Add two lavender twin hole beads between each white twin hole, bringing the thread through the upper white hole and lower lavender hole. Continue to fill the gaps until you have completed a full circle. Once you have added your circle of lavender beads, add one white bead between each lavender, again threading through the upper lavender hole and lower white hole.

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I made 5 flowers then connected them together.

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I then made a necklace by attaching a chain using the St Petersburg Weave with peridot seed beads.

St Petersburg Stitch

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Add a larger bead to act as a stopper then thread on 6 seed beads

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Insert the needle back through the third and fourth beads

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Pull the thread to create a loop

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Pick up another seed bead and thread back through the previous 3 beads

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Insert needle through the bottom two beads on the loop

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Thread on four more seed beads then insert needle back through the first two to make a loop

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Repeat steps 4, 5 & 6 and a pattern will start to emerge

To make the ring

For the ring I made the same flower as with the necklace but added a peridot seed bead between the last white row then added another row of white twin hole beads. Using the peridot and silver lined crystal seed beads I wove them through the sieve twisted ring and attached the flower using gem-tac glue.

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Sweetheart Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

This week’s Mini-Make has been designed by Jo, our warehouse manager! It’s a really sweet project that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, special occasions or just adding a little love and sparkle to your outfit. Swarovski’s 3mm faceted round crystals fit perfectly inside the cute heart spacer beads, and the blush rose colour is a subtle tone that’s perfect for Spring. We love how these earrings dangle and sparkle the light!

Materials

Silver Plated 6mm Heart Spacer Beads x2 Packs (MB820)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Rounds 3mm Blush Rose (AC1495)
Silver Plated Brass Headpins 50mm (F0043)
Sterling Silver 925 Jumprings 6mm (SS97)
Sterling Silver 925 Earwires (SS77)

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Tutorial

  1.  Place a crystal bead inside a heart spacer bead and thread the two onto a headpin.
  2.  Turn a loop at the end of the headpin.
  3. Create two more of these, one that measures 1.5inches and the other 1 inch.
  4. Open a jumpring, loop it through the ear wire and attach the three headpin hearts.
  5. Close the jumpring and repeat the previous steps to make your second earring!

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