Tools And Materials

Wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors Two end bars or a multirow fastener Crimping pliers or flat nosed pliers If you are using a multirow fastener, you will crimp straight onto the fastener. You can thread your work first, then attach the end bars at both ends, but when working on a bracelet it is easier to use French crimps to attach your threads to one end bar before beading. Then thread on your beads, working along the strands to balance them. When the beads are in place, use more crimp to...

Weaving On A Loom

, uaii beads such as rocailles. delicas, and tvads isee page 20) are usually used on the - as are especially good for weaving and work because they are the most uniform in size i J quality Other beads will vary in size within the rte'erii ategories, so you should decide whether or not you are happy with this for your end result. Thread another length of thread onto the beading needle ready for weaving, allowing plenty so that you do not have to make too many joins in your work. Pick up the...

Tubular Netting Stitch

Tubular netting makes lor an interesting necklace and bracelet, and you can also work one netted tube over ar other to produce an impressive It is quit useful to work this ' ' > ''IIr H drinking straw this helps the te IV, hir.il should be kppl '-'anl throughout The needle passes through the second Mack head. 1 Pick up one black and two red beads until you have 15 beads in total, Wrap the beads around a drinking straw and tie in a double knot. Take the needle through the first black bead once...

Decreasing On The Outside Edge

T ic next row is started here, one bend in from the outside edge. I Work square stitch in the normal way until you finish the row before the one you wish to make the decrease on. Thread back as usual through the previous row, then begin to thread through the row just added. Bring the needle out at the place you wish the decrease to begin. Thread on a bead and go back through the bead the thread is coming out of, then back through the bead just added. Continue along the row until you reach the...

Bead Loom Techniques

Beadwork refers to the techniques that usually involve weaving small glass beads onto thread. Beadweaving can be achieved either freehand (see pages 98-129) or using a bead loom. These techniques are long established in history, in many different parts of the world, especially amongst indigenous Americans and a variety of African societies. When using a loom you can either work freehand, designing as you work, or you can draw a graph first and follow it as you would an embroidery pattern. When...

Beading Tip

To keep the tension firm always pull the working thread back Inward you and the lail end ol the thread. If you pull the thread away from your beadwork the Inmlon will slacken and you will t.iigin l< . '.en daylight between the liiigln beads, he needle threaded back ,, the third bugle ,n order fu l,r , , lr ,, , , pout on to odd the next buile he needle threaded back ,, the third bugle ,n order fu l,r , , lr ,, , , pout on to odd the next buile 4 Thread on a third bugle and take the needle...

Getting the tension right

T is certa - tiue to sa> that the iw .ou tre a V > s ' r e 6eSf te ssw . > 1 become x se and rs tv.-t a f> op ng it r -.- t to see .I' e'e to g x -v.r Toe g, a-c the s& acs , CuWJe-r . --n't git t-at -i-tast-c Che -sr fte .-3u .s I r> e tension f 3i S- T5 vot to 9W par r J J ** ' pet r* * * * ** * Ibf lJirr.ii mom im .i iJi.ivyii.il ( iiwrtiirr. I iwur ilir mrJU- is in i n 8 Now for Row 3 1 - ad ' P*' -' * match those directly bate* P * * down through the second wad cf C ',rst 5 As...

Tubular Square Stitch

Tubular square stitch is best worked over an existing cylinder, such as a drinking strM p tube, or pen. It can be used to make rope necklaces, vessels, and tubes. Use ii double knot tii secure the hauls. Use ii double knot tii secure the hauls. 1 Thread on as many beads 3s necessary to tit around your chosen tubular form. Wrap the threaded beads around the cylinder and double knot into place. 1 Thread on as many beads 3s necessary to tit around your chosen tubular form. Wrap the threaded beads...

Rightangle weave

Right .ingle weave is one of the most versatile and fluid .iiti hi, found among the beadweavlng techniques. This makes if a very useful stitch for covering odd shapes increasing and decreasing instantly alters the beadwork to fit over almost any shape. The stitch is so called because the beads sit at right angles to each other. Worked in groups of four beads that link together to form a chain effect, the thread travels a certain path, round and round in opposite circles to give the beadwork...

Using a jig

Reterminate Crystal Cable

A jig is a great tool which was created by a jewelry designer to help jewelry makers achieve uniformity when using wires. A jig is a base plate with a number of holes In it. Into these holes movable pegs can be placed in a range of patterns. The wire is then wound around and between the pegs, creating uniform pieces for earrings, pendants, or spacers. The movement crl the wire around the pegs also strengthens the wire Using a jig lakes some practice, but once the technique e mastered a ig...

Closed Loop Chain

5v tesed oops you can create a chain of set of beads that can't be pulled apart. 4 Thread on the next set of beads, either in the same pattern or with variation, and finish this section as you did before. C two pieces of wire based on the length of your section of beads, plus 2 i inches 6cm extra. Put jr-p length to one side Make the first section of the cham following the instructions for Individual Closed Loops on pages 61-62. Adjust the length me other piece of wire thai was kept as a...

Info

Specular hemalite is the semiprecious form of the mineral which is generally used in bead making. Malachite is an altered Inrm of copper, which is popular as a lt mi-precious stone because of the beautiful banding m the color Malachite beads tend to be associated with Africa and are commonly used in ie elry from Zambia and Zimbabwe These stones are forms of noncrystalline quartz There are many different types lt jasper, such as p cture ,asper. red jasper, or the Dalmatian iaspe shown here. lgs...