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Mask chain set up kit
1. Start by make a knot at the end of the thread. Try and make a double or triple knot on top of each other.
2. Thread the calotte on the nylon so that the knots are sitting in the base of the calotte.
3. Close the base of the calotte over the knots to hide them secure inside.
4. Start beading your mask chain using the wire to help thread on the beads.
Create to whatever length you want. 68cm/27” is a standard length.
5. Once you have finished your design, add the last calotte to the nylon and tie a few knots close to the base and repeat step 3.
6. Add clasps into the top loop of each calotte and gently curl the loops closed.
Wire Wrap Ring Tutorial
1. Measure your ring size.
2. Wrap wire around the mandrel to create a ring base. Use a ring mandrel to make your ring the right size.
3. Add a bead, stone or pearl of your choice.
4. Secure the tail of wire and trim.
5. Have fun wearing your wire wrapped ring!
6. Repeat steps to make rings for family and friends 😉
Adding a Clasp Using Softflex and Crimps
1. Put softflex/beading wire through the crimp.
2. Thread the small end of the clasp onto the beading wire.
3. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp, and move the crimp close to the clasp.
4. Using a pair of flat nose pliers, squish the crimp flat.
5. Thread your beads over both strands of the beading wire.
6. Repeat steps 1 to 4, using a split ring for the other side of the clasp.
How to make earrings with headpins and eyepins
Create a pair of earrings!
You will need…
- Ear wires x 2 – in the metal type and colour of your choice. Country Beads carries a range of different ear wire styles and metal types including sterling silver, gold fill, stainless steel and base metal.
- Beads – beads with center drilled holes – holes that go from top to bottom. If you have beads with top drilled holes – holes that go across the top, see our wire wrapping tutorial.
- Head pins x 2 – in the metal type and colour of your choice, the guage of wire needs to fit the hole on your. The length needs to fit your bead with space to create a loop.
- Eye pins x 2 – in the metal type and colour of your choice, the guage of wire needs to fit the hole on your. The length needs to fit your bead with space to create a loop.
Follow along with our YouTube video! Pause, rewind and watch in your own time.
Beaded Wire Letters
Create a cute and personalized beaded letter to add the finishing touch to any gift!
You will need…
- Wire – Stainless Steel 22 gauge. Stainless Steel wire is a stiffer wire and will hold its shape better.
We have used 22 gauge wire to fit size 6 or 8 seed beads.
- Seed Beads – size 6 or 8. Any beads can be used as long as it fits the wire. The thicker the wire gauge the more the letter will hold the final shape.
- Paper and pencil – Draw your letter on paper first to make an easy template to follow.
- Draw letter on paper
- Cut a length of wire
- Loop one end of the wire so beads wont fall off
- Thread seed beads onto wire
- Loop other end of wire closed
- Use your paper letter template as a guide and bend the beaded wire into shape
- Attach to a gift, card or use completed letter as a decoration
Attaching a Clasp with a Foldover
1. Start with your foldover, length of cord and clasp.
2. Put your cord down the center of the fold over. Generally there are small ‘teeth’ at the bottom of foldover that will help grip the cord in place.
3. Gently on an angle, while holding your cord in place, fold one side of the foldover, using a pair of flat nose pliers on an angle, on top of the cord squeezing tightly.
4. Fold the other side of the piece over the first one, sandwiching the cord in place within the finding.
5. Complete one end with clasp and check length of your cord, cut to desired length and repeat steps 2-4 for the other side.
Wire wrap your delicate chain:
When your chain is too thin and your jump ring too thick, the solution is wire wrap.
This is what you need:
- Wire Cutter
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- 2 x 6″ Pieces of 26 gauge wire
- Small bead (optional)
- Charm or a pendant of your choice!
Step 2- About 3 inches from the end of the wire, bend the wire 90 degrees away from you using your round nose pliers
Step 4- Holding the short end of wire, wrap wire back towards you against the pliers to create a smooth loop, leaving the loop open.
Step 17- Add your bead and create the final loop. Note: This loop should be a little larger for the clasp to hook into.
Finish a project using calottes:
Watch this video to learn how to use calottes : a tidy way to finish your pieces made with nylon, cotton and much more…
Knotting elastic cord:
Elastic bracelets are fun to make, easy to put on and easy to tie up! Depends on the elastic cord that is used, the type of knot to tie it. We will demonstrate two different types of knots that are very useful with elastic cord, you can play around with different textures and materials as long as your string fits through the beads.
There are 3 types of elastic: Stretch Magic, Opelon & Fabric elastic.
More information of the elastic cord types here:
Tip: You can hide the knot with a crimp cover or a large holed bead that allows the knot to be inside.
Make a classic pair of pearl earrings:
These beautiful pair of earrings were made with headpins only! We used a fresh water pearl but keep in mind you can use any beads of your choice as long as they are center drilled beads. Experiment by adding your personal touch mix & matching materials!.
These are the materials & tools needed:
- 2 center drilled beads (2 potato pearls)
- Two gold fill 2″Headpins (24 gauge)
- A mandrel
- Flat nose pliers
Tip: You can use any type of headpin, they may vary upon the length and gauge size.
Make a new tassel to replace an old raggedy one!
What to do when your beautiful necklace has an old, worn-out tassel? Replace it, of course!
Here’s a quick, easy way to make a full, luscious cotton tassel with only some embroidery thread. Follow this simple how-to and bring your necklace back to life!
Thanks to our friend, present customer and past employee, Laurie @beadist1 , who shared the idea with us.
Materials needed – really….that’s all.
- Embroidery cord – 1 skein/bundle
- A large eye needle
Tip: If you have a loop at the bottom of your piece add the tassel directly on.
Make A Tassel With A Bead Cap:
A perfect way to finish up a knotted necklace or even to make gorgeous pair of earrings. Tassels are versatile and timeless accessory, with this tutorial we mix materials to achieve a secure and stylish way to create your personalized tassel.
- Silk cord (minimum 10 meters required.)
- A bead cone
- A piece of craft wire (10cm long)
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Tip: We used a piece of cardboard to hold our silk cord but feel free to use what’s best for you, that will determine the length of tassel and the amount of silk would be the volume.
Materials needed for your tassel project. As shown any piece of cardboard or stiff paper can be used.
Step 1. Cut the cardboard to desired size. Wrap your cord around it until all cord is used. Tie cord ends together at the bottom of the cardboard.
Step 4. Coil one end tightly around cord and cut off the excess wire leaving only one end of wire. Try to make it as small as possible (yet still secure) so it will sit inside the bead cone.
Step 5. Cut the silk cord with sharp scissors at the bottom of the cardboard, farthest away from the wire to give the tassel maximum length.
Step 6. Slide the wire through largest end of your chosen bead cone so the wire “knot” is hidden inside.
Step 9. Cut off excess wire with your wire cutters. With flat-nose pliers, press in the end of wire so it’s not sticking out.
Step 10. Completed tassel- ready to be added to your jewellery piece! Experiment with the length of the tassel, quantity of cord, mixing colours or materials to change up the style of your tassel.
Open & Close a Jump Ring:
A jump ring is an essential finding for closing up a chain with a clasp, to add accents like tassels to bracelets or even tiny charms on piece of leather! Follow these quick steps to open and close up a jump ring!
- 2 Pairs of Flat Nose pliers.
- Jump Rings.
Step 1: With one pair of Flat nose pliers hold the jump ring halfway, right were the opening is located.
Step 3: To Open/Close a jump ring, bring either one of the flat nose pliers towards yourself, and the other pair should do the opposite.
Step 4: The jump ring must be securely closed, perfect for adding a tassel or charm to any piece of jewelry!
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Make Seed Bead Fringe Earrings Using Brick Stitch
With this tutorial, you will learn how to make some lovely fringe earrings out of seed beads using brick stitch. Seed bead fringe earrings have a number of long, independent strands that move freely from one another, creating a fluid, soft appearance. Explore using various combinations of colors and patterns, as well as variations in the lengths of each strand of the fringe.
You will need the following tools and materials for this project:
- size 10 seed beads
- K.O. Beading thread
- size 12 needle
Use the arrows at the sides of the image or the dots below to move through the steps of this project.
Start with an arm span of your beading thread and add the needle. Then you’ll string your first two beads. Put your needle back up through the bottom of the first bead (where your tail is coming out) and down through the top of your second bead.
Continue until you’ve finished the first row. I’m using four colours in my design so my row has seven beads.
Now to start the second row. String your bead on the needle, and put it underneath the thread that’s holding beads 1 and 2 together from the first row. Pull the string all the way through.
Next put the needle back up through the ‘top’ of the bead (the same side the thread is coming out of)
Continue this process until you’ve got a row with only two beads in it. Then you’ll string on three beads – this will be where you add your earwires at the end.
She’s a beauty! Now you need to thread the needle down through each bead along the edge (all the green beads) so the thread is coming out from the very edge of the longest row on the bottom.
Now we’re making the fringe part! Add as many beads as you need to make as long or short a fringe as you like. Then, excluding the very last bead you strung on, run the needle back up through all the other beads you’ve just added. Holding onto the one bead on the end can help you get all the beads in tight together.
Put the needle through the thread connecting beads 1 and 2 on the brick stitch half. Make sure your thread is nice and tight! Now continue this pattern to complete your fringe. On this pair I made each row 4 beads shorter than the one before it.
Once you’ve finished your fringe to close it off and make sure your beads stay in place you need to weave the thread through your beads two or three times. I do this by weaving the thread through four beads over two rows. Once you feel your thread is secure enough you may cut it off. Add an earwire and you’re halfway done! One more to go!
Create Beautiful Swarovski Drop Earrings
Using this tutorial, you can learn to make your own pair of simple yet elegant Swarovski drop earrings.
For this project, you will need the following tools and materials:
- 2 bi-cone Swarovski crystals (8 mm)
- 2 Swarovski links
- 2 headpins
- 1 pair of earring hooks
- flat nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- wire cutters