Beautiful Dichroic glass beads including hearts, cubes and olives. With many colours and a touch of sparkle to them, these really are special beads.
Lots of gorgeous Swarovski crystal hearts in sizes from 100 to 27mm. They come in various colours and are great to make earrings or pendants. A great gift for Valentine's Day!
Jewellery making Supplies, what do I need?
For your new beady hobby you will need some basic kit, but it doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, indeed some of the tools you need can probably be gleaned from an averagely well stocked domestic tool kit or sewing case. You need to be able to cut wire, so a pair of wire cutters or a strong pair of scissors are essential. You will also have to grip and squash metal jewellery components so a pair of flat nosed pliers are required, preferably with a fairly fine end, of a few millimetres. The third and vital bead jewellery making tool is a pair of round nosed pliers. These are used to make loops in head pins and eye pins and are indispensable. When you get started the first skill you will learn is turning a pin into a neat loop with these round nose pliers. Those are the basic tools required.
Now on to the findings, the metal pins rings and links that join your beads together to make it into earrings, necklaces and bracelets. They come in different finishes, silver plated, gold plated, copper, antiqued silver and black. Most new jewellery makers seem to start with silver plated findings, they are cheap and great to practice with as you gain experience in your new hobby. The basic requirements for earrings are head pins and eye pins, on which to thread the beads, jump rings to connect them together and earring fittings such as fish hooks or posts and scrolls. For Necklace and bracelet making you require some beading thread such as Beadalon or tiger tail, some calottes or crimps to finish the ends and a clasp to join the whole thing up.
Swarovski Crystal Beads - A Brief History
Prized the world over for their clarity, sparkle and consistency Swarovski beads are the affordable treat for jewellery making. The founder of the brand is Daniel Swarovski, born in 1862 to a Father who was a glass cutter with a small factory in Bohemia. He learned the art of cutting crystal as an apprentice, in 1892 he took out a patent for an electric glass cutting machine, and later a factory in Wattens, Austria was established to produce a vast array of crystal components. The company was phenomenally successful in many fields but it is the beads and crystal jewellery components and pendants in which we are interested. These were used by fashion houses and in high couture during the early part of the 20th century, with the AB or Aurora Borealis coating being developed especially for the great Christian Dior to provide a glittering sheen to the crystals he used on his gowns. Later the company started an ambitious project with jewellery designers to increase the use of their crystals in the field and now Swarovski Elements are sought by creative designers for cutting edge jewellery collections everywhere.
Even as the premium crystal brand, Swarovski is still affordable to all and provides a huge range of shapes, colours, sizes and finishes offering a sparkling palette to inspire your creativity.
Stringing Beads – Which thread to use?
This is one of the commonest questions we are asked by new jewellery makers. No surprise there with the huge variation and quantity of threads, wires, thongs and cords available. Making a necklace is the easiest way to start the hobby but a large, heavy pendant with a ragged hole will need a totally different threading material to light, translucent, tiny beads. So you must fit the beading wire to the project. Necklace threads of all sorts are available in a range of strengths and with different draping properties. These specialist wires are made with a core of very fine metal strands with a smooth plastic coating. The higher the strand count the more flexible the beading wire, good for lighter beads. The thicker the wire the better able it is to support heavier gemstones. Flexible beading wire, for example a 19 strand Beadalon is best for a light bead necklace, crystal and finer smaller bicones. For beginners we suggest a 7 strand tiger tail, diameter 0.018 inch which is extremely versatile and can be used in most standard necklace projects and is reasonable priced. For pearls which have tiny holes it is traditional to use a real silk thread like the Griffin brand which is supplied with a needle attached.
Just to say sorry that it appears my e mail never got sent; you therefore couldn't reply! You have been very kind and quick in sorting out my concerns about my ordered items; thankyou for such excellent customer service :)Read More...
You've been great - thank you. Beads (+ extras) and tiara making hints have just arrived and I'm so grateful for your kindness. Best wishes DianaRead More...
Thank you for an amazing site. I have been doing crafts all my life but now having lost my central vision in both eyes (my fine detail )I wanted to try to make jewellery. I thought this would be impossible till i saw your site...Read More...
Thank you very much for all of your help and assistance and for taking the time to respond to every one of my many emails, I really appreciate it and you're a shining example of excellent customer service!Read More...