MINI LESSON: Brick Stitch
Learn the simple Brick Stitch bead weaving technique. With BRICK STITCH, beads are woven and locked into place by snagging the thread loops between them. As you add a new bead, you snag the thread loop (bridge) between them, and pull the bead down to the already completed rows. The BRICK STITCH always begins with a Ladder Row.
MINI LESSON: How To Crimp
Crimping is the technique for securing a clasp assembly to a necklace, bracelet or other jewelry project strung on cable wire. Crimping involves correctly using a crimping pliers to secure the crimp on the wire and create a lock. Also used are horseshoe wire protectors and crimp covers. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Elastic String and Stretchy Bracelets
People tend to hate clasps, so they love elastic string. These instructions with images talk about choosing elastic string, choosing the diameter, and the steps you need to take to minimize memory loss, how to secure both ends, and minimizing breakage.
MINI LESSON: Using Fireline (cable thread) As Your Bead Stringing Material
You always get your best stringing outcome with needle and thread. You get your worst functional outcome with cable wire and crimping. Fireline is a cable thread, and is a great middle ground. Learn how to use this stringing material. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Petersburg Chain Stitch
The St. Petersburg Chain stitch is a relatively simple stitch that generates a long, thin, flat length of beadwork. Traditionally, two lengths are created and connected together up and down the inside edges with a decorative bead. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Jewelry Pricing Formula
Most jewelry designers are not smart about pricing their jewelry. Often, they “underprice” or "overprice" their pieces. They don’t charge for their labor. They feel awkward asking for a higher price. They sometimes overvalue their labor. In either case, there is a lack of knowledge about the true costs of all the parts and activities that go into creating a piece of jewelry, and how to manage all these costs. Learn a formula, with small, detailed step-by-step instructions.
MINI LESSON: Adjustable Slip Knots
Sometimes, when using thicker cords, you do not want to use a clasp, but instead want to make a necklace that can slip over the head, or a bracelet that can slip over the wider part of your hand, and then make the necklace or bracelet smaller to fit, or adjustable in size. Learn two slip-knot techniques. Instructions with images.
MINI LESSON: Right Angle Weave (RAW) Stitch
The RAW Stitch typically is a circle of 4 beads (a Right Angle Weave Unit) connected to another circle of 4 beads (a second RAW unit), with one bead shared. The thread path follows a convoluted “figure 8” pathway. RAW is one of the most versatile and architecturally significant bead weaving stitches. Learn the stitch with these instructions and images.
MINI LESSON: Making Simple and Coiled Wire Loops
When you make dangles, say for earrings or necklaces and bracelets, you need to make a loop so that you can hang the dangle from something or string it on to something. There is a simple loop and a coiled loop. Learn how to use hard wire with round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and a cutters to make both. Instructions with images.
PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: MAHJONG TILE STRETCHY BRACELET
BEAD STRINGING PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: Wear a bit of gaming history around your wrist. It is said that the clacking of tiles during shuffling resembles the chattering of sparrows – “Mahjong”, the word for sparrows! Use mahjong tiles and elastic string to make this attractive bracelet. Instructions with images.
PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: Mala Necklace With Tassel
BEAD STRINGING PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: You are the jewel in the lotus! Your Mala brings you to a focused, quiet, personal, introspective space, mindful of the intentions you want to bring into your life. Learn to make a hand-knotted Mala necklace and a tassel. Instructions with images.