Beading and Jewelry Making

I love working with beads. It’s meditative and relaxing and gives me creative satisfaction. Beading materials can be bought from specialist suppliers in stores and from shops on the internet. You can also shop by catalogue. For me, one of the best ways to buy beads is on the internet as you can really take your time shopping around at any time of day or night from the comfort of your home, plus it’s fun receiving packages. Of course, I also enjoy shopping for beads and supplies in stores where I can go through trays of treasure picking them up by the handful and imagining what I could make. When I travel I always keep an eye out for special beads and jewellery to add to my collection. I love having a well stocked supply of beads, it gives me creative freedom.

I think that it’s important to have a workspace specially designated for my projects. My beading table is very large and I’ve placed it under a window where there’s lots of light and a wonderful view. It’s good to invest in a bead design board but I’ve found that I like to string beads at random, although I do colour group my beads for accessibility. I can be focused on an idea and suddenly I would remember, seemingly from nowhere, a bead I once saw, and that bead would become the focus of my attention drawing the whole idea together. It’s fascinating to see how a piece develops. The right bead combination could really make a statement. I like to keep some of my finished pieces around my beading area as they inspire me, but nothing inspires me more than when I see my handcrafted jewellery worn by someone else. It brings such pleasure to know that someone enjoys it as every piece I make is special to me. It’s important to have good quality stringing materials as it’s upsetting to have your jewelry stretch and sag and fall apart. I always use beading wire with brand names such as Accuflex and Beadalon. I also use natural fiber cords and sterling silver wire.

Handmade beaded jewellery can be made from many things. Some of my favourite beads are glass and crystal beads. India glass beads are made of molten glass and although machine made they look handmade. Lampworked beads are handmade created with hot glass. Czech glass fire-polished beads are hand or machine-faceted. I often find myself leaning towards Swarovski crystals. Their precision cut facets and brilliant sparkle are simply alluring. I also keep a good stock of natural stone and gemstone beads on hand.

When selecting a piece of handmade jewellery, think about where you will wear it. Would the length of this necklace be perfect for the occasion, will it work for me from day to night, or is this bracelette too dressy for work? And these earrings, are they overpowering my look? I like to design casual yet elegant styles, versatile flapper-style necklaces, opera necklaces that are long enough to slide easily over the head, pretty bib and matinee length necklaces, single strand bracelettes that can be paired up as well as multi-strands that can be worn anywhere. Earrings that are simple and easy to wear. The main thing is to wear something that pleases you and that you will enjoy for many years.

Unique Original Handmade Jewelry

Blithe Designs unique jewelry creations are made of the best quality components, comprising gemstones, vintage beads, crystal, vintage glass and art glass beads, silver chain and clasps. Original jewelry designs make exceptional presents for the family, friends and particularly your self. Blithe Designs original jewelry creations are hand-crafted, artisan jewelry of...

Choosing a Bracelet Size

Measure your wrist at the wrist bone and add about half an inch to allow for movement.  I like to wear my bracelets loosely on my wrist but some people like their bracelets to fit snugly.  A bracelet should be comfortable and allow ease of movement.  If a beaded bracelet...

Caring For Beaded Jewelry

Handmade beaded jewellery should be worn in a carefree and lighthearted fashion but some care should be taken . A good tip that is easy to remember in caring for and storing your handmade jewellery would be to remove your jewellery before swimming or bathing as water will weaken the...

Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

Exquisitely made handmade gemstone jewellery can express moods and emotions and reflect different periods of time. To be regarded as a jewel a gemstone must be rare and beautiful and durable enough to withstand handling and use. Not only diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds can be classified as gemstones, aquamarine...

About Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals are simply the best crystal beads, due to their clarity, color and variety. The best of the cutting and polishing processes set Swarovski crystals apart from imitations and those produced by other manufacturers. The distinctive excellence of the crystals comes from Daniel Swarovskis' esoteric recipe for the lead...

About Our Jewelry Designs

Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Beads come in a large variety of shapes and colors from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And of course, Austrian...

Beading and Jewelry Making

I love working with beads. It’s meditative and relaxing and gives me creative satisfaction. Beading materials can be bought from specialist suppliers in stores and from shops on the internet. You can also shop by catalogue. For me, one of the best ways to buy beads is on the internet...

Classic Necklace Lengths

The length of a handmade beaded necklace is a personal choice and handmade necklaces are of varying lengths and styles. Here are some popular traditional necklace lengths but remember a necklace should be chosen to compliment the wearer's style. Bib Necklaces Bib necklaces are multi-strand necklaces that fit just below the...

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Are you wondering what jewellery and accessories will be chic in 2013? Then read on and discover more about the most recent developments in jewelry style and design . In order to make certain that your look does not become stale it is vital that you diversify your jewelry collection and...

Daily Gemstone Guide

Amber Sunday The dominating celestial body for Sunday is the Sun which is the brightest star in the sky. The gemstone Amber is our choice for this day. Like the Sun the colour of Amber generates a sense of strength and energy. Try wearing an Amber necklace or bracelet or even...

A Bit About Beads

Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Handmade beaded jewellery come in a large variety of fashionable designs featuring beads from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And...

Gemstone Zodiac

Below is a selection of birthstones, planetary and talismanic stones for each Zodiac sign, which you might like to have in your jewelry collection.  It could be fun … go ahead and take a look.   Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb.18) Birthstones: Garnet, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Opal, Sugilite Planetary stone: Turquoise Talismanic Stone: Jasper Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Birthstones:...