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"Would just like to say thank you for my order, I was delighted with the kit I had brought the Big Aqua Beady Kit. My friends were impressed"
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August 30, 2009 at 11:11 am | jewellery making
The credit crunch has affected many people up and down the country and the doom and gloom doesn’t seem to have lifted. But in times of trial, it has been proved time and time again that people find new ways to adapt. This has certainly been the case with jewellery making.
As peoples’ spending budgets have been reduced, the number of people joining up with DIY classes and courses in the creative industries has increased substantially. Instead of going out and paying the top prices for jewellery items, many people have chosen to have a go themselves.
Arts and craft shops are stocking up with beads and jewellery kit supplies and people are turning to jewellery making websites to get some inspiration and ideas on how to create on trend designs. Many are even deciding to go into the jewellery business themselves and are opening up independent bead shops.
This is not surprising as many apprehensive jewellery making beginners decide they enjoy making their jewellery so much that they want to do it full time and work for themselves. You can start by making jewellery for friends and family to gain some confidence. Who knows, before long you could end up finding a niche in the market and maybe specialise in jewellery using glass or Swarovski beads!
August 27, 2009 at 8:55 am | Uncategorized
Handmade beads from Venice don’t come cheap but you do get what you pay for. the Venetian bead makers pick the most vibrant glass and use real silver and gold foils to wrap the cores in. We are delighted to have our full range of Venetian glass beads back in stock even though it has taken a while for them to arrive, they are well worth the wait.
Most of the beads are made on Murano, the famous Island of glassmakers but some of ours are actually made in Venice itself in a tiny glass works by a quiet quayside. Their workshop is bursting with brightly coloured canes and shelves stuffed full of beads, moulds and tools. The history of beadmaking in Venice dates from the time of Marco Polo when he returned from his journeys with beads from Asia. Local artisians used their glass making skills to reproduce these precious stones for jewellery making and trade.
In Venice and Murano, bead production has historically been womens’ work.During the 1930s there were as many as 30 companies making the seed beads, employing hundreds of women.
August 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Swarovski Crystal Beads
We are now stocking a range of Swarovski’s gorgeous crystal pearls in 4 handy sizes and 6 colours.
Pictured left are the cream ones, other colours available are creamrose, bronze, white & black.
We will be increasing the range over the next few weeks.
Swarovski Pearls are nice & heavy with a flawless warm sheeny finish.
Our Swarovski pearls can be threaded with silk or one of the flexible threads that we sell. You might like to have a go at stringing them in the classic way by knotting them with a pearl knotting tool.
August 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Uncategorized
Lots of newbies to the bead jewellery making world ask us for jewellery making tips and techniques. There is a special section on the Bluestreak Beads website devoted to help and tuition. I have included sections on basic jewellery findings, how to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and tons more including which jewellery tools to choose and a helpful tutorial on the basic techniques of jewellery making from turning a loop in a headpin to fitting clasps and the use of jumprings. It’s not difficult to get started creating your own beaded jewellery.
August 22, 2009 at 9:58 am | Swarovski Crystal Beads
We are gradually changing over our stock of Swarovski crystal bicone beads to the NEW sparkly Swarovski xillion bead as the old 5301 bicone becomes unavailable. Judging on current ordering availability from Swarovski it looks as though about 75% of our stock will be in xillion beads by the end of September. The new bead is copyright protected and with so many counterfeits on the market you can see why Swarovski have launched the new shape with extra cuts for increased brilliance.
All sizes except the 2.5mm bicone bead will be switching to the xillion cut.
They work well together but if you need the old 5301 shape specifically, please get in touch. I’ll post a picture of the new xillion beads in a few days but for nostalgia’s sake here are the old favourites.
5301 Swarovski Bicones
August 20, 2009 at 9:12 am | jewellery chains
While I’m on the vintage theme, we just took delivery of some amazing new cast chain for jewellery making. I can’t wait to get designing with it, It is in antique gold, copper and silver embossed and engraved with rococco patterns and designs. Use it for long charm necklaces and chunky bracelets.
August 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Jewellery kits
The vintage steam punk look is all the rage for accesories this season, have a go at it yourself using odds and ends from your workbox. Chop up your old well worn necklaces & raid them for interestingly shaped beads, add them to some antique plated chain. We sell a great selection of colours but antique gold looks the best for this styling.
You could try making a long charm necklace or a pair of dangly earrings, but if you want to get the Vintage style in a hurry try making this charm bracelet from an ecletic bunch of beads and charms.
Even as a beginner you can learn how to make jewellery easily starting with this kit.
It comes complete with all the beads you need along with full and detailed photographic instructions.
August 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Uncategorized
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