The Art of Handmade Bead Jewelry: Jewelry Made from the Heart

Purchase handmade bead jewelry at:

They say anything made from the heart is superior to all alternatives, and the same thought applies to the art that is handmade jewellery. Every kind of jewelry is beautiful, but there’s undeniably something wonderful in knowing the care it took to make a handmade piece. That each and every line was carefully sculpted with a human eye and a human hand, not chiseled out by some machine. Humans have a profound ability to draw out the beautiful from the bland, and where better to do this than in the objects we commemorate to beauty itself? More and more people are coming to see the true gift that handmade jewellery is, and it’s fantastic. There is something in the devotion required to make a beautiful piece that simply adds to the beauty, and that’s an aspect to jewelry those crafted otherwise will never be able to touch. Not to mention how much buying from a real artist helps them in their life and career. There’s a reason a shift is underway in the jewelry world, and why handmade art is at the centre of it all.

Purchase handmade bead jewelry at:


How to Plan a Jewelry Layout

A jewelry design begins with a layout. You will begin a jewelry design by arranging beads in the same order or pattern that you desire your finished piece of jewelry. Plan while the beads are still loose to avoid imbalances and/or a break in the pattern. Proper layouts can save you a lot of time and frustrations. Plastic trays are available for the purpose of jewelry design layouts. They have grooves and places in which the beads can fall into instead of out and away from you. These are available online or in bead retail outlets.

How do you create spaces in your pattern?

Use smaller plain beads, sometimes known as spacers between larger patterned beads to break them apart.

Use jump rings between beads to separate and add dimension.

Use crimp beads along your wire or thread to stop a bead from sliding and leaving an empty space on either side of a larger bead.

Tip: Take time to play around with the spacing of your design. Consider using different sizes of beads if you are using plain beads or use different sizes of the same bead.

Color and pattern is important when planning a layout. There is no hard rule that jewelry pieces should coordinate or even contain multiple shades of the same color. However, many designs are a mixture of just 2 or 3 colors.

Tips for blending colors:

Look for the accent color on a bead in your pattern, then select plain beads to inter space. The idea is to break up the design and keep the patterned beads from overwhelming the finished piece.

Use neutral colors such as white, black or gray throughout your pattern. The idea here is if the finished layout looks too dark or all the same color, using white beads will lighten it up quite a bit. If the piece ends up looking to light, add some brown or black beads.

Use the color wheel to assemble your colors on the beading board.

Tone and saturation of the colors you use also play a part in the finished piece. It is possible to combine several different shades as long as your saturation (how deep the colors are) remain the same.

Reference used: Beading: One Day Beading Mastery written by: Ellen Warren

Purchase handmade bead jewelry at:

How to Make a Brand New Pair of Earrings or Bracelet in a Couple of Hours

Learn to make jewelry using two hole beads! Having only two holes makes them relatively easy and quick to create projects. Two hole beads come in a variety of colors, textures, styles and shapes.

What is required to get started?

Good lighting

A needle and thread (try using braided fishing line for two hole beads)

and a pile of beads

hardware or jewelry components such as clasps, jump rings, chains, etc.

Some brand names of beads to help you get started are:

SuperDuos made by Matubo in Czech Republic

Twin Beads made by Preciosa in Czech Republic

Seed Beads, Japanese Miyuki or Toho

Be highly aware that seed beads are easily crushed to a powder. They are made from glass and will shatter to a powder easily. So be careful when using the seed beads in your designs.

Tools for projects using two hole beads include:

Needles (size 11 or 12 or most projects, your pattern will specify the correct needle size, I would buy only the needle size I need for a project instead of an entire supply of different sizes you might not ever use).

Small Sharp Scissors

Chain Nose and Long Nose Pliers

Bead Mat

Bead Scoop

Awl: This tool is useful for when you find a blocked hole in a bead and also handy for untangling threads.

Two Methods of Attaching a Clasp are:

Using a loop of beads

Using jump rings

Using a loop of beads:

Take thread through bead at the end of piece, a new loop of beads are added going through the attachment ring on the clasp

Take thread back through first bead of the new loop and then through the bead at the end of the piece of jewelry again

Sew around these beads for added strength

Using Jump Rings:

Open and close jump rings by twisting them apart

Place the open jump ring through a loop of beads at the end of the jewelry and through the attachment ring on the clasp and close again

If you would like to learn more about working with two hole beads, check out the book entitled “Learn to Use Two Hole Beads,” with 20 Fabulous Projects, A Beginner’s Guide to Designing with Twin Beads, SuperDuos, and More, written by: Teresa Morse

Reference Used for Book Review: Learn to Use Two Hole Beads by Teresa Morse

Book Review written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan