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Sparkle Soutache Pendants by Katalin Appadoo

These fabulous beaded soutache style pendants are perfect for adding a dash of metallic shine to your party outfits! Follow Katalin’s project below and learn how to create a personalised design with a brilliant range of shapes, mediums and materials.


For your pendants:

Silver sparkly resin marquise flat back cabochons (BA135)
Preciosa pressed glass candy twin hole beads in frosted gold (BG0457)
Beadsmith black sturdy Soutache beading foundation (ST1122)
Silver felt square beading foundation (ST212)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Black Iris (SB458)
Preciosa twin hole seed beads in labrador/shiny silver (TWH0005C)
Miyuki Cube Beads 4mm Metallic Gold (SB1053)
Toho size 15 frosted gold lined crystal seed beads (15TR989F)
Toho size 8 frosted silver lined seed beads (8TR21F)
KO black beading thread (TC304)
Czech fire polished 4mm glass beads gold bronze (BG0392)
Toho size 11 metallic iris brown seed beads (11TR83)
Toho size 8 demi round matte frosted antique silver seed beads (8DR566)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads copper (BG0465)
Preciosa pressed chilli beads in silver (BG0464)
Staedtler Fimo effect polymer clay in metallic gold (PC35)
Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive glue (W370)

For your cord and clasp:

Grey round leather 2mm cord (TC518)
Gold round leather 2mm cord (TC702)
Black organza 9mm ribbon (TC1024)
Gold plated fold over small cord ends (F0697)
Beadsmith silver metallic rayon soutache cord (TC898)
Gold plated lobster clasps (F0622)
Gold plated iron 4mm jump rings (F0214)


  1. First take out all materials you would have in mind for this project. I have made my centre cabochon using gold Fimo clay. You can also add some Fimo metallic powder to give a crackled look. I then designed it further by adding a sparkly resin cabochon on top of it.

step 1

  1. Glue all cabochons and sew bigger beads into place.

step 2

  1. Start working your way close to the main cabochon adding super duo beads all the way around it.

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  1. After closing the circle add a gold cube then carry on sewing closely enough to the 2 candy beads by creating a “ribbon”.


  1. Bring your needle onto the surface of your work and start working around the bottom resin cabochon by adding some 3mm beads around it, once you have done it up to the other end, come down adding chilli beads all the way between the bigger beads, secure your line at this point.


  1. Jump back up to the main cabochon and close up the small corners on each side where the “ribbon” and centre cabochon meets by using Toho seed beads around in a half circle and adding a 4mm bead in the middle. Carry on adding Toho seed beads around your centre cabochon design keeping approx. 3-4 mm between each all the way around the super duo beads- then turn back at the end and start adding 11/0 seed beads between each Toho seed beads creating a “line” by running your needle through them. You do not need to sew into the felt.

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  1. After you have finished this design on the main cabochon, start adding beads in the same way around the candy beads.
  1. At this point I have decided not to work around the other 2 candy beads I added to my design at the beginning.
  1. Cut off the excess felt but leave approx. 3 mm edge to help your design to pop out – later on we will add more felt in layers.


  1. Add a grey/silver felt underneath and trim it around leaving approx. 3mm extra around the black felt again.


  1. Start adding cube beads around your main cabochon (see on picture) by doing this you secure the two felts together as well as getting your design more complex.


  1. Carry on adding seed beads along the side of the candy beads ( see on picture ) in 3D effect/embroidery.


  1. Add some more beads between the chilli beads by adding some demi round beads secured with 11/0 seed beads, design as you go along!


  1. Complete the design on the other side as well.


  1. place your work over an other sheet of black felt and cut it around by leaving 3mm excess of it adding to your design.


  1. Cut a 3 cm long leather cord and sew it onto your pendant on the grey felt, then glue to attach it all to the black felt what we have already prepared previously.


  1. Your pendant is ready! Now it is up to you if you would like it on short or long chain.
  2. Once you’ve decided on how long you’d like your cord, knot at the halfway point around this loop of cord on top of your pendant. Take one side of your necklace and close a cord end on the tip. You may wish to add a drop of glue into this before closing the cord end with flat nose pliers. Repeat this on the other side of the necklace. Attach a jump ring to each side of the necklace onto the cord end and finally attach a lobster clasp to one of the sides.


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Gemini Bracelets | Mini-Make Monday

We’re using all NEW beads for this week’s Mini-Make project, including Preciosa pressed glass flat rounds, Hematite cubes, and rose gold plated polygon rounds. If you love working with shaped two hole beads, this is a really simple project that you can adapt to your own colour preferences and finishes. We made two versions, one using elastic and the other with beading wire, finished with a lobster clasp. The rainbow hue of the Hematite cubes add a beautiful colour interest, whilst the rose gold polygons have a trending geometric edge! Choose your style and get beading..

Project Materials

Preciosa Pressed Glass Flat Rounds Golden Amethyst (BG0685)
Preciosa Pressed Glass Rounds Milky White (BG068)
Rose Gold Plated Zamak Polygon/Round Spacer Beads (MB807) x2
Matte Multi Coloured Hematite Cube Beads (EX503)
Silver Plated Findings Kit (ST184)


Project Tutorial

  1. Take a length of wire and sting on your beads alternating between Preciosa flat round and hematite cubes or polygon spacer beads.
  2. Once you reach a length of approx. 6 inches, string a crimp bead on the end, go through a lobster clasp and pass the tail of the wire back through the crimp bead. Squash the crimp with your pliers and trim the excess from the end.
  3. Attach a new length of wire to the lobster clasp as in step 2.
  4. Fill in the gaps with spacer beads, passing the wire through each of the Preciosa flat round beads. Finish the ends onto a jumpring using the same technique in step 2.




Autumn Splendour Necklace and Earring Set by Anne Waller

I hope that you like this necklace and earring set inspired by the gorgeous colours of autumn. I wanted to incorporate one of the lovely agate pendant slices. Each one is different and original and gives a lovely organic feel to the design.

The pendant is quite substantial so I chose to create a ‘Spiral Staircase’ rope. The construction makes a lovely strong rope suitable for heavier pendants. It is also great for handbag handles. In keeping with the organic feel, I freely embellished the rope and pendant with beaded leaves and pretty lucite flowers.

I love big statement pieces. However, if you prefer a more delicate design the embellished rope looks great on its own or teamed with a smaller drop pendant. It would also make a lovely matching bracelet.

I hope that you like my Autumn Splendour set. If any of you decide to make it, please do upload it to Beads Direct Shine Online Facebook Group. I would simply love to see your version!

Happy Beading, Anne x


Project Materials

Other beads and materials:

  • Size 8 Toho seed beads Silver Lined Smoked Topaz (8TR34F)
  • Beige/Brown Agate Slice Pendant (60-90mm) (EX4358)
  • Lucite medium flower mix (BO434)
  • Lucite small flower mix (BO435)
  • Gold KO Beading Thread (or Nymo D) (TC312)
  • 4mm Copper wire (W392)
  • 50mm Gold plated headpins (F0044)
  • 50mm Gold plated eyepins (F0056)
  • Gold plated kumihimo findings set (F741)
  • Gold plated earring hooks (F1082)
  • Fevi Kwik glue (W311)

Tools used

  • Beading needles (W474)
  • Jewellery pliers (round and flat nosed) plus wire cutters. If you are a beginner then the mini plier set would be suitable (W182)
  • Beading mat (ST27)


Step 1 (of 10)

Starting the Spiral Staircase rope:

Collect together your range of size 11 seed beads in browns, oranges and yellows (Rainbow and Transparent Topaz, Lemon, Pumpkin, Rainbow and Sunset Orange) to make the outer spiral – ‘the outer beads’.

Choose the dark colour as the central spiral bead (size 11 Metallic Iris Brown) so that it contrasts against the other colours – ‘the core bead’.

I started with the Lemon outer beads and the Metallic Iris Brown for the core. Work with a useable arm length of thread to avoid tangling.

Pick up 4 core beads and 3 outer and join into a circle passing back through all 4 core beads.

Pick up 1 core and 3 outer beads. Looping the thread around and laying the outer beads alongside the previous set, go back through the last 3 core beads and then through the newly added core bead. Repeat the pattern.

Note: it will take 6 or 7 rounds before the beading pattern looks obvious. It then gets much easier and quicker to work.


Step 2 (of 10)

Continuing the Spiral Staircase rope:

Continue the pattern changing the outer bead colour approximately every 2 spirals (or as desired). I didn’t count the exact pattern repeats per section but judged it roughly by eye.

I alternated the browns and oranges with lemon between. I also grouped blocks of the outer bead colours roughly symmetrically on the left and right sides, but you can do whatever you like here.

When there is approx. 6-8 inches remaining join in a new thread. Tie the new and old threads together with an overhand knot. Pull the knot tight and small close up to the beading, then hide it up into the beads as you work the next section. Do not trim off the tail ends as these will be used for embellishing later.

The necklace length can be as desired. Check this by working approximately one half of the rope, then hold the rope and pendant up to yourself until you are happy before working the second side. Remember to allow for the pendant fringing.

Connect the T-Bar clasp fixings onto the kumihimo barrels. Glue in the beaded rope ends using Fevi Kwik. Leave to fully cure overnight before adding any weight or pulling hard.


Step 3 (of 10)

How to work the leaves and floral embellishments:

The embellishments are working directly onto the rope and pendant ‘as you go’.

Use a mix of greens for the leaves (Grass Green, Silver Lined and Transparent Peridot, Crystal Gold Lined and Olive) and the yellow, orange and green flowers from the mix.

Create the beaded leaves by picking up 8 beads, passing back down the second to last bead, adding on 4, then passing back through the last 2 base beads.

To add flowers work up the flower centre, add on a size 8 and then a size 11 seed bead, pass back down the size 8 bead plus flower to anchor.


Step 4 (of 10)

Embellishing the beaded rope:

Decorate the rope with groups of beaded leaves and lucite flowers using the remaining thread tails and working into the central core beads. Join in extra threads if needed and leave the central section free for attaching the pendant. Finish the ends by weaving them into the beadwork, going up and down the outer bead sections to hold securely.


Step 5 (of 10)

Making the pendant bail:

The pendant is heavy so needs to have a bail that will last with wear.  Therefore, I chose to make a strong wire wrapped bail using the predrilled hole to attach wires.

Push an eyepin through the pendant hole from front to back. Press the eye and back of the wire flat to the pendant. Thread a headpin with a size 8 seed bead, small yellow flower, and through the larger orange flower. Pass the wire through the pendant hole and press the wire flush to the pendant back.

Cut the wires to an even length (do not trim off more than need). Using round nose pliers finish the prong ends with loops. To make the next step easier gently pull the wires away from the pendant back a little to make space for the wrapping wire.

Hold the wires to make a 2 pronged V shape. Wrap 0.4mm copper wire clockwise around the left prong a couple of times to anchor and take the wire at the back. Bring the wire through the middle to the front right. Wrap all the way around the right-hand prong anticlockwise, then around to the back. Bring the wire through the middle again and to the left. Wrap all the way around the left-hand prong clockwise, then around to the back. Repeat this ‘figure of 8’ action weaving up the prongs and pressing the weave down to neaten as you go.


Step 6 (of 10)

Starting the Peyote stitch pendant wrap:

Thread an even number of size 8 seed beads to fit around the perimeter of the pendant and join to make a loop. Working in a round, thread a bead (which will be the first bead of the next row) and pass through the second bead along the 1st round. Thread another bead and pass through the next alternate bead, working right along the row. After 1 round you will have 3 rows of beads sitting together in an offset staggered arrangement.

There is a Peyote stich guide for beginners on the blog if you need a little more help.


Step 7 (of 10)

Continuing the Peyote wrapped pendant edges:

Place the Peyote beaded band on the pendant edges and continue to work rounds to encase the pendant edges. As you work, introduce the size 11 beads to ‘pull in’ the rows and wrap over the edges. Decrease if needed by missing out a bead in places. Change colours as you work making little, coloured patches. Don’t worry about getting it perfect it just needs to wrap the pendant edges securely and not fall off.

Start working back and forth in quite a freeform manner to give an organic look to the front. Don’t worry if some areas look a bit messy or lumpy as they won’t be obvious once embellished.

Join a new thread when needed by knotting to the current thread and hiding the knot within a bead. Weave the thread ends through the beadwork before trimming.


Step 8 (of 10)

Embellishing the pendant:

Add little clumps and branches of beads over the Peyote foundation. Add little branches with leaves and flowers worked as given in step 3. Around the base of the pendant add 2-3 rows of beaded drops with flowers or leaves at the base. Also add random leaves when working back up the stems. Work freely, there is no right or wrong, just go with what you think looks nice.


Step 9 (of 10)

Shaping the bail and finishing the necklace:

Shape the wire wrapped bail gently to the back over a pen or pencil. Do not completely close over yet, leave enough space to hook over the spiral rope. Hook over the centre of the cord and tighten up. Ease it gently so as not to distort or grip the rope. Alternatively, you could leave it lose so that the pendant is removable and the necklace could be worn with or without it.

Step 10 (of 10):

Making the earrings:

Pass a headpin through a size 8 bead, small flower and large orange flower. Bend the pin upward and add further size 8 seed beads before making an end loop to finish. Attach to earring wires.

Tie beading thread to the headpin and embellish the earrings with leaf and flower beaded drops as desired.


Jingle Bell Cluster Earrings | Mini Make Monday 🔔

Last week Laura shared her delicate angel charm necklace and this week it seems I’ve caught the Christmas bug too! When the jingle bell charms arrived at the Christmas shop I knew I have to make something with them. They’re gentle jingle is enough to put you in the Christmassy spirit and brighten anyone’s day. The jingle bell charms are available from the Christmas shop in multicolored or silver packs (the silver ones are slightly smaller in size).

I love the idea of wearing these jingly earrings around the office at Christmas, but you could also use them as wine glass charms or as Christmas tree decorations! Just attach a piece of ribbon to a jumpring in place of the ear wire. I bet they would be very popular little gift to make and sell at craft fairs! 🎄🎁


– Mixed colour Christmas jingle bell charms pk50 (CR0135)
– Sterling silver 925 ear hook (SS418)
– Sterling silver 925 jump rings (SS97)



  • To make your first earring you will need four jump rings. Attach 4 bell charms to one, 3 on another and 2 bell charms on the remaining two jump rings.
  • Open the jump ring of the cluster of four bell charms and close it onto the bottom loop of the ear wire.
  • Add one pair of jingle bells to the jump ring you just added, followed by the other pair.
  • Lastly add the trio of jingle bell charms to the bottom jump ring and repeat these steps to make a second earring.





Twisted Leaf Pendant by Claire Broome

Design team member Claire shares her gorgeous twisted wire pendant, creating a different take on the traditional tree of life pendants that are especially popular around this time of year!

I got my inspiration for my make from the  lovely green leaves changing to vibrant orange, red and browns of autumn.  I especially love the rose gold products available online at Beads Direct and found the perfect beads to match.

See more of Claire’s work and follow her on Facebook!

Project Materials

1 x Rose Gold Plated Leaf 36x73mm (MB774)
1 x Rose Gold Wire Wrap 0.50mm (W445)
1 x Rose Gold 3mm ball Chain (CH240)
1 x Rainbow Orange Beads Size 8 (8TR2641F)
1 x Grass Green Beads Size 8 (8TR27B)
1 x Rose Gold Ball Headpin (F0563)
1 x Rose Gold 4mm Jumpring (F0564)


Using a rose gold plated leaf, I threaded 3 long strands of rose gold wire and threaded them through the top and the bottom holes to make a vein.

I split the wires individually and threaded rainbow orange and grass green beads and then randomly wrapped the wire through the loops to create more veins.  Using pliers I tweaked the wires to make them uneven.  When finished each wire was wrapped around the same hole a number of times to secure.

For the bracelet I threaded 9 beads onto rose gold ball headpins and, using round nose pliers, created a loop and wrapped the wire around a few times then snipped.

I started off using all green beads then to subsequent headpins  I added one extra orange bead until the last one was all orange – thus showing the changing into autumn.  I measured 7.5” of the rose gold 3mm ball chain and, equally spacing them apart, attached the beaded headpins using rose gold 4mm jump rings. The clasp was added to finish it off.  A jump ring was used to attach the pendant to the remainder of the chain.



Falling Filigree Leaf Bracelet by Jill Unthank

Design team member Jill has designed us a gorgeous leather wrap bracelet with rich Autumnal colour and delicate leaf charms. I really love Jill’s choice of earthy Pantone colours for the leather – Spicy Mustard and Potter’s Clay are two of the top colours for Autumn 2016! See more of Jill’s designs on her Facebook page & Etsy shop!



Gold plated charm carrier (CR593)
Gold plated fancy leaf charms (CR906)
Gold plated 5mm barrel magnetic clasp (F791)
Preciosa Czech Glass Pearl Mix light brown (BG813)
Gold plated headpins (F0044)
Gold round leather 2mm cord (TC702)
Copper round leather 2mm cord (TC703)
Fevi Kwik Glue (W311)




  • Measure your wrist and multiply by 3 to get the length of each leather strand. Cut two length of each colour leather. Run each strand through your finger  to straighten any kinks from the reel.
  • Using a few drops of Fevi Kwik, glue one end of the magnet to all four lengths.
  • Before gluing on the other end ensure you add your charm carrier and gently move it to the middle of the cords.
  • Choose five pearls in different shades and sizes, add to gold plated headpins and create wrapped loops for security.
  • Using three gold plated jumprings add a gold leaf charm to one or two of the pearls to each. Attach these to the loop on the charm carrier.
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Fimo Clay Dragon | Inspiration

Before Liv from the warehouse team sadly left BD to follow her dream career in teaching, she shared with us an incredible dragon made from Fimo clay.  Liv commissioned her friend Helen O’Conner to create this Fimo dragon based on her son’s design. I posted a picture on Instagram, but you really need to see the sheer skill and talent she has to make such a realistic and detailed mythical beast! I believe the interior is made of wire to give the dragon it’s shape and a structure to build the clay onto. Just look at the texture of the skin – it’s so leathery and scorched! The wings are incredibly thin too, and the teeth so tiny and sharp! It’s amazing what you can do with clay and using different tools for texture. I really appreciate the time and effort gone into it. Helen hasn’t yet set up a shop for her mystical creations! Why not give her some love and appreciation in the comments below? 🐉


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Beading Day Out at International Jewellery London

Last week the buying team ventured out for the day to International Jewellery London (IJL). The show is the biggest trade event in the international jewellery industry, it is a brilliant opportunity to see some of the biggest trends right now and meet the people behind the creations.

Whilst there we were delighted to see that we are right on trend! We saw lots of pieces that use components we love!

The Chakra charms and pendants were mixed with fabulous beads to coincide with their chakra meaning, adding focus to the personalisation of jewellery. We are seeing more and more items that reflect personality, they have that thoughtful ‘personalised’ touch to them. This is seen also through sterling silver pieces, where birth stones were frequently seen on sterling silver necklaces and bracelets.

Rose gold is still everywhere, with its subtle pink hues, it combines femininity and glamour, try an interchangeable locket for a timeless look, or experiment with a geometric shapes for a different take on rose gold.

Festival fever becomes evening elegance and summer turns to fall, with tassels still a must have you could try a more stylised monochrome piece, that still uses a tassel.

Get making those on trend pieces now!


NEW Nunn Design Jewellery Kits

The new Nunn Design kits are perfect for those who want to have a go at using crystal clay, but are not sure where to get started! These cute little kits are neatly packaged and contain everything you need to make their pictured design. Choose from a stunning necklace or earring kit, both available in either antique silver or antique gold. Once made, you have a stylish piece of jewellery handmade by yourself! If you like the materials you have been working with then why not take a look at the other Nunn Design items here.

Follow the step by step instructions and watch the video project below to learn how best to use your new kit.

Each kit comes with full instructions, a bezel, clay, crystals, beeswax coated toothpick and findings to then turn them into a beautiful piece of wearable jewellery.

componentHere we are going to show you how to use your new necklace kit!

Please note – you will also need jewellery pliers and wet wipes. Latex gloves are included.

1. Put on the latex gloves provided and take out the two parts of clay from their packaging. (Please note that you have 2 ½ hours to work with the clay once it is out of the packaging, after this the crystals will no longer stick).

2. Mix the two parts of the clay until the clay is one colour.

3. Push the clay into the bezel, pinch and pat the clay creating a high dome.

4. Use the beeswax stick to pick up the little chaton crystals. Pick them up on the crystal side, pushing the foiled part into the clay. It is best to start from the outside and work your way in.

5. Once you are happy the crystals are all in place, press lightly to ensure they are embedded. Remove any excess clay and leave to cure for 14-16 hours.

6. When the clay is ready you can then assemble the necklace by attaching on the chain and toggle using jump rings. The larger 9mm oval jump ring is used to attach the pendant to the chain. Add the pearl to the headpin, create a loop and attach to the base of the pendant.



Your necklace is ready to wear! These beautiful Nunn Design jewellery kits make amazing gifts to budding jewellery makers!

Choose your necklace or earring kit here.






Macramé Knotted Ring | Mini Make Monday

Since I first learnt how to macramé knot, I’ve been adding little knotted details into lots of my designs! Once you’ve mastered the simple knotting pattern then the ideas are sure to start flowing for you to get creative with them. Try mixing your coloured threads, adding beads into your knots or even using your macramé sections as functional, sliding clasps. Take a look at more of our pretty macramé projects and learn some new designs on the Beads Direct Design Centre!


Pale Blue 0.5mm Satin Cord (TC670)

Grey 0.5mm Satin Cord (TC492)

Two Hole Silver Ring Base (F0302)

One Drop Instant Glue (W311)


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Follow the steps and images below to make your own delicate macramé ring:

Step 1 – Cut a 10″ length of your chosen inside colour cord. Thread this around your rings threading holes 4 times making sure to end both ends of cord on the underside of the ring.

Step 2 – Knot these cords securely together and trim them leaving a small tail on each. These can be hidden inside your macramé knotting.

Step 3 – Secure your ring base to your work surface using some tape so that it doesn’t move whilst you are knotting. Cut a 15″ length of your second coloured cord.

Step 4 – Create approx 6 macramé knots between the two holes on your ring base, capturing the cords stretched across the ring.

To create a full macramé knot, follow the steps below and see images 3 and 4.

Take your length of cord and thread it through the ring base. Take your left side of this cord and create a ‘q’ shape using the left cord as the circular part and the cords stretched across the ring as the line part of the ‘q’ shape. Take the right hand side of the cord and place it OVER the left cord (image 3). Next thread the same right hand cord under the left thread, through the ring base and up through the ‘q’ shape of the left hand cord (image 4). Pull this half of the knot tight.

Repeat this process on the right hand side of the ring, creating a ‘p’ shape with the right cord, moving the left cord over the right, under it, through the ring and up through the ‘p’ shape. This is the other half of the macramé knot.

Step 5 – Once you are happy with your knots across your ring, make an overhand knot on the underside and secure with a small drop of glue or clear nail polish. When the glue is dry you can trim off the tail threads.

Once you have mastered your macramé technique, why not try adding some small beads into your knots? You could also try creating really small, detailed macramé knots using a finer cord!