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Mask chain set up kit
How-to

 

 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.

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.

Beaded Wire Letters

 

Create a cute and personalized beaded letter to add the finishing touch to any gift!

You will need…

  • WireStainless 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.

Steps…

  1. Draw letter on paper
  2. Cut a length of wire
  3. Loop one end of the wire so beads wont fall off
  4. Thread seed beads onto wire
  5. Loop other end of wire closed
  6. Use your paper letter template as a guide and bend the beaded wire into shape
  7. 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:

  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • 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!

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:

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
  • Scissors

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 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.

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!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Pairs of Flat Nose pliers.
  • Jump Rings.

Peyote Stitch Grid

Peyote stitch grid –  to help you create and design peyote stitch patterns.

Not sure how to Peyote Stitch? Take our class!

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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
  • scissors

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