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In today’s post, I’d like to share a picture of some earings I made to match my recent bracelet.

Earings with glass beads

Earings with glass beads

They were made from the same strand of Solid Oak brand beads. The beads are glass and bronze coloured with turquoise bi-comb beads in between. In fairness most people would have just had enough beads to make the necklace only from the single strand, unless you were spacing them out further with other beads. I just have wrists like sparrows ankles, and made the bracelet with stretch cord, so I had enough spare.

Links

There is quite a collection and they have a PDF catalogue you can download too. It really helped having wrists like sparrows ankles as thanks to that I was able to make this stretch bracelet and a set of earings too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of a bracelet that I made using glass beads.

Bracelet with Glass beads

Bracelet with Glass beads

 The beads were from Hobby Craft in the Solid Oak brand, there were lots of style and options, wooden and stones. If my dexterity was better I could really collect a lot of those ;)

Links

There is quite a collection and they have a PDF catalogue you can download too. It really helped having wrists like sparrows ankles as thanks to that I was able to make this stretch bracelet and a set of earings too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share my third pair of handmade earings.

My third pair of earings

My third pair of earings

The beads are a combination of those from a box from Edinburg wool mill shop and from Sanctuary beads. The findings were from Sanctuary beads. I can see collecting beads as becoming addictive ohh dear, the magpie for colours and shiny things makes another appearance!

This months Virtual Crafting Challenge is Beads, gems and charms. I’m sure you have a stash of beads in the cupboard, why not try combining them with your crafting projects. I’d love to see what you create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Beading Design by Kim Gover

Beading Design by Kim Gover

  • Title: Beading Design with semi precious stones
  • Author: Kim Gover
  • Publisher: David and Charles
  • ISBN: 13:978-0-7153-3011-1    ISBN: 10:0-7153-3011-X
  • RRP £12.99

My Reason for Buying

I haven’t bought this yet.. the book I’m reviewing I found in the library. I wanted it as it had lots of information about different stone and what colours they were, as well as some really nice projects too.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

Introduction, About this book, Materials & Tools, Buying Gemstones

  • Chapter 1; The Stones
  • Chapter 2; The Directory; Projects selector, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earings, Matching sets, other accessories 
  • Chapter 3; Core Techniques
  • Resources 

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Very useful information about buying gemstones, in person as well as online
  • Stones are sorted by colour in the first chapter, Great if you are new and have a colour scheme in mind and need to know which gems come in those colours.
  • In the first chapter, each stone has the following information; Typical colours, Popular forms, Relative cost, combinations and facts.
  • Project selector has a many projects, with close up photos and including a list of beads and materials used
  • Core Techniques covers a selection of wire work for decoration, as fasting and as closures
  • Resource List; has links to online sires, retailers, books and magazines

Cons

Haven’t got any.

Value for Money

Excellent,  Great resource book if you want to use quality stones but have no prior knowledge or experience.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. It’s definately going on my wish list of books I need to buy.

Summing up

The information about stones is fantastic, and suitable of all abilities. The projects section has no actual step by step photos of how projects are created, so prior knowledge, even at a basic level (or with a technique book next to you) will help you get more from this book if you are a complete novice. There is however a close up of each finished piece with a label next to the component parts and a full list of beads and materials used.

This book is ideal if you have made a few pieces before and are looking for new ideas, its great to use for inspiration and as a jumping off point for your own ideas.

I need more practice before I’m ready for the higher quality stones, but I’ll definitely get this book as there are some lovely designs in there and the stone list at the front will be really useful.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a picture of my second pair of earings, that I made a while ago.

My second pair of hand made earings

My second pair of hand made earings

These were made from Beads and from the Edinburg wool mill and also from Sanctuary Beads, the findings were also from Sanctuary beads.

This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge is Beads, gems and charms, why not dig out those beads and have a play. There are so many great tutorials on You Tube to get you started. I also found some really useful books in the library.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Sanctuary Beads Jewellery Starter Kit

Sanctuary Beads; Jewllery Making Starter Kit

Sanctuary Beads; Jewllery Making Starter Kit

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Sanctuary Beads
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing: £14.99

Reason For Buying

Having watched the jewellery making shows on C&C I really wanted to try beading. I didn’t want to spend a lot as due to poor dexterity and RSI, I doublted if I’d be able to do this hobby, but I wanted to try to find out.

Pros/Cons

  • Well known brand; Beadsmith tools & bead board included;
  • Selection of findings for earings, necklaces and bracelets
  • Selection of thread types, Tiger Tail and elastic
  • Beading mat
  • Beading Board
  • Box of Beads of various kinds

Cons

The materials were quite soft and several pins were bent or misshaped. The soft metal was an advantage in my case as it made it easier to bend. Even if you want to upgrade to silver/gold materials later on, its still great for learning the techniques with.

Build Quality

Tools, Board, Beads; Excellent

Findings; variable. Some were mishaped and all were quite soft. No complains given the very reasonable price charged.

Value for Money

FANTASTIC!! Quality tools and a great selection. Everything you need to get you started.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I’m recommending this as the perfect set for anyojne looking to try beading at an affordable price.

Summing up

Superb set! Try out ideas and techniques. A fantastic place to start as everything you need is included. I wouldn’t have bought a beading board if I’d bought all the items seperately, but as soon as I started, discovered the board made laying out designs much easier. The kit I bought was from their Ebay store, I bought the silver set but you can also get the kit with gold findings/wire.

This is THE best starter kit for a new hobby that I’ve ever bought. Try a new hobby for under £15, perfect for newbies and at an amazing price point. Would make a superb Christmas birthday/Christmas gift. Ideal for people of all ages and a great way to get the family together to create something. If you are looking to handmake gifts this is a wonderful kit to get you up and running.

Links

  • Sancturary Beads this is their main site but they also sell through Ebay too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

Compendium of Beading Techniques by Jean Power

  • Title: Compendium of Beading Techniques
  • Author: Jean Power
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-84448-436-2
  • Price RRP; £12.99 (correct at time of writing).

My Reason for Buying

Initially I found this book in the library but it was so good I had to buy it. I am new to jewellery making and wanted a book to tell me about the different tools, bead types, materials used and also some techniques. I will mainly be buying online so needed to know the names of things to search for them.I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Getting Started; explains bead types and sizes. Tools and how to use them. Storage options and also advice about designing your own projects.
  • Stringing; options for materials to string with. Explains where each material are best used and techniques.
  • Wirework; Techniques for decorative wire work and how to make your own findings
  • Beadweaving; Second half of the book dedicated to techniques and tips on weaving with beads

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Clear photos next to techniques and materials
  • Clear explanations of what things are and how to use them
  • Plenty of finished pieces for inspiration

Cons

The only downside to this book, is it is in a compact format,physically smaller than other books. The problem with this is that it does mean that the print gets quite small. A shame as the content is so good.

Value for Money

Excellent! Essential reference book for anyone interested in beading and jewellery making. For the same price as two jewellery making magazines you have a complete reference guide!

Would I buy it Again?

Yes and highly recommend it to everyone.

Summing up

Perfect if you are a newbie to the world of beads and jewellery making. This is a brilliant reference book. Essential to help you find your way around the bewildering choice of beads and their related items. Really useful if you want to get started and want to know what tools/materials are essential and what can be bought later on.

If like me you are buying most of your materials from the internet and don’t have access to classes this book is essential. Know what people are referring too, what materials to use with which kinds of beads and also has a useful guide about bead sizes and quantities.

A must have book for beaders. Would make a fantastic present for a newbie.

Links

Check out this book on Amazon, where you can get it for under £8! (correct at time of writting).

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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