Learning how to make your own beaded jewellery will not only mean that you will have a wonderful new hobby, you will be able to make your own gifts for family and friends.
If you become good enough at making your own jewellery you may even be able to make and sell jewellery to turn a profit. If you do not wish to go that far, it is still a wonderful skill to have and a great thing to teach children in order to give them a new skill and keep them entertained.
How to learn to make your own beaded jewellery
Making your own beaded jewellery is not incredibly difficult. Things like bracelets and necklaces are the best items to start with as they are the most simple. The simplest way to make these items is to thread beads onto a string or cord in a desired pattern and then attach a clasp at the end.
Items like earrings and rings may prove somewhat more difficult. This involves moulding and bending clasps and wire with pliers which is a delicate business. However, learning how to assemble beaded jewellery just requires a little bit of practice and effort and in no time you will be putting together beautiful pieces.
Children’s jewellery making
Jewellery making for children is a great activity to involve your children in. This is not an ideal activity for very young children as there are many small beads and bits and pieces that can be swallowed.
Also, it requires a motor skill level and ability that many children in their first few years of life simply do not have. However, if your child possesses the base abilities, then it is a great activity for entertainment and to learn new skills.
Children can spend hours threading beads together on to strings and coming up with products that they are really proud of. It is also a good way to get your child to make gifts for family members.
Where to find the equipment and tools
There are many different jewellery making kits and boxes available for children at many toy stores. Some are full kits with easy grip tools and different containers of beads and strings and cords.
Other kits are simply for one bracelet or for a few rings. These kits make great birthday presents for young girls and mean that you can get everything you need in one assembled box kit. Box kits containers everything you might need to get started are also available for adults from craft stores. However, another way to go about it is to visit a craft store and assemble your own kit with different bits and pieces.
If you are on a budget, a great way to go about saving money on your new hobby is to purchase a pair of pliers and cutters from a hardware store. You can then purchase all of the necessary beads and strings, clasps and cords from your local craft store.
Visit a plastic store and purchase a tool box container that has several small, secure compartments to store all of your bits and pieces in. Another great way to keep your beads separate and to stop you losing small items is to use pillboxes for storage.
The pillboxes that have several compartments with separate lids in one box are the best kind for the operation, especially as they are clear and you will be able to see which beads are in which compartment.
Some tips and hints on making great beaded jewellery
There are several different tricks to getting beading right, most of which only become clear when the individual has already made several mistakes. To avoid making these mistakes, take note of the following tips:
- When you choose bead combinations, look at the different hole sizes in the beads. Smaller beads may be completely hidden in the stringing holes of larger beads.
- Always use stoppers at the end of strings when you are stringing beads together. Even if you make a knot in the cord, it may not be big enough to ensure that the beads can’t slip out.
- Purchase good quality beads as many beads look cheap and easily breakable.