UK's very first National Beading Week (NBW) starts on the 25th July and I have been so excited figuring out what I can do to take part - mostly, it is designing my first ever beaded bunting which I was going to post to the organisers and trawl the NBW website for possible events around the UK that I could attend.
Pink and olive tones can be combined to create really beautiful jewellery. This bracelet shows what a perfect match they are together. The gold really brings out the shimmer and sparkle of the silver-foil beads - especially in the olive coloured beads! And while the wire-working looks complicated, it is a actually a lot simpler than it looks.
Crimps are small metal beads that can be flattened to fix clasps onto the end of jewellery or to fix beads in place on a floating necklace or bracelet. They are one of the basic findings that are regularly used in jewellery-making and are therefore an essential part of the toolbox. They are really easy to use and all you need is either a pair of needle-nose pliers or crimping pliers.
Calottes can be quite confusing. Why use them when you have crimps and folding crimps available? They look so fiddly too - How do you use them? What's the difference between the Knot, Crimp and Bead method? Hopefully, this article will provide some detailed information about calottes that will make them less confusing because once you know how to use them, they are actually really useful little things!
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