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29/06/2015

Shape & Size of Beads



The shape and the size of the beads impact on the final look of the craft or jewelry piece that you are making.

For example, if you are doing an earrings project, you can opt to use crystal beads or seed beads or glass beads. If you want something to be your focal point, you can opt to use novelty beads such as butterfly shaped or cross shapes. Long tube shaped beads are good too as they lengthen the earrings but do not make the piece chunky.

If you are making a necklace project, maybe you might consider using special shapes such as star shape or small tubes or Celtic cross. If it is something simple and classic, you can strip a special shape bead on a pendant hook and string in a leather strap.

Other shapes such as large rectangular beads flower beads, square beads or circle hollow beads are good focus beads too. If you want something that is flat, you can use round shell pieces in your jewelry making.

However if you are doing embroidery, you might want to use a combination of seed beads or small crystal beads to add on to the glitter and sparkle.

For ethnic or tribal pieces, you might want to use odd shape beads such as leaf shape or big chunky pieces to create the look. Alternatively, you might just want to paint your own beads to the design you prefer.

Metal beads are good and are readily available in all shapes and sizes. They are heavier and thus you might wish to do a combination so that the jewelry piece is balance and not heavy on the neck or ear. Metal beads are good for creating the antique looking pieces. Wooden beads are usually bigger and might be more suitable for necklace or bracelet projects.

 

 

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26/06/2015

Why Classy Crystals Can Add Aesthetic Value to Your Bracelet



A significant number of people commonly associate the word crystal either with sparkly drinking vessels and containers, or with unrefined and newly-mined shiny rocks without too much value. On the other hand, an even more significant number of jewelry collectors and enthusiasts automatically think of sparkly and shiny materials that can add aesthetic value to a piece of jewelry such as a bracelet. Crystals are good materials for making bracelets because of the sheer ease of shaping them into a variety of forms. Jewelry designers can easily produce shapes such as spheres, cylinders, diamonds, hearts and barrels. The possibilities of shapes for crystal bracelets can only be limited by the imagination.

These qualities enable owners of these bracelets to use these ornaments in combination with a number of ensembles. A bracelet made of crystals can give a touch of understated class to a woman who is wearing the most casual outfit. It can also jazz up a simple black dress for a more festive look. These accessories are simply classic yet versatile pieces that never go out of style. It is because of this versatile quality that make crystal bracelets perfect as gifts for friends, for loved ones or even for yourself. These bracelets are affordable enough without giving the impression that the gift-giver is cheap. What's more, people with discerning tastes in wearing accessories will always certainly appreciate another piece of crystal bracelet in their jewelry collection.

Crystal bracelets can be purchased either as completed pieces or as a collection of individual crystal beads. A customer can choose these beads to suit their individual design needs and to create customized pieces for gifts with a more personalized touch. Many people have some reservations about creating their own bracelets and just decide to purchase ready-made bracelets. They are mostly concerned with two things - their lack of confidence to assemble individual beads into perfectly designed bracelets and the durability of the materials they might receive.

However, crystal beads are easy to assemble into beautiful bracelets with qualities that are comparable to, if not better than store-bought versions. These beads already have tiny holes that can easily accommodate wires that are specially made for this purpose. Also, these wires are made from silver that can durably hold as many beads as one wishes to attach. For added strength, there is an option to double or triple the wires before attaching the clasp and hook to complete the overall look of the bracelet.

The only thing easier about making customized crystal bracelets is buying ready-made ones from online or from brick-and-mortar stores. This option does not make these bracelets any less valuable as gifts. In fact, the variety of ready-made bracelets offered by these stores is almost limitless. With an astounding range of colors and shapes to match the latest trends, any buyer will be spoiled with so much choice. Whether ready-made or hand-made, these bracelets will always be appreciated and will always be here to stay for their classy, classic crystals.

 

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19/06/2015

Making Gemstone Beads With Your Own Hands


Gemstones are naturally-found precious stones. They have been a part of human culture for ages, used in the making of jewelry, in the telling the future and in healing. There is almost no ancient civilization the world has seen that didn't place a great deal of value on gemstones. They were always just thought to somehow be a conduit for the divine, and thought to hold healing powers. The making of gemstone beads can be a kind of delicate process. For instance, beads need to be drilled into so that they can be strung together. Since gems are materials that are sensitive to internal pressure, drilling is usually not possible on beads that are smaller than a quarter-inch in size. You will find that there are many kinds of semi-precious stones that make great material for bead jewelry.

Making gemstone beads at home, you could certainly go with polished stones; but unpolished raw stones can make for a really pretty effective too. While polished stones are polished manually or by machine for a deeply glittering effect with their depth of color and luster plainly evident, unpolished stones can be beautiful in their own quiet way too. You can find them at online jewelry stores. The actual act of drilling beads can be a pretty fun experience. What you need is a workbench with a small vise properly mounted on an edge. The vise is what will hold the stone in place as you actually work on it. It can be easy to scratch your gemstone on a metal vise. You wouldn't want that. You should probably use a little padding with felt to be sure that you protect the stone. Mounting the stone securely on the vise is about the most important thing you can do to prepare. Should it move in the middle of your trying to drill into it, you'll probably only succeed in cracking the poor thing.

What kind of drill exactly will use to drill into a gemstone? What you need is a light cordless drill outfitted with a 1/16" drill bit. You probably want to practice a few times on a block of plastic or something to make sure that you have a steady hand. Drills are not supposed to be plunged into a surface under pressure to work well. When you drill into the gem, you need to not try to plunge in too fast. Apply too much pressure, and one of the two, the gemstone or the drill bit, could easily break. You just need to allow the action of the spinning drill bit to make a tunnel through the gemstone. Pressure usually has no role in the making of a clean hole. You'll need to repeat this for each of the gemstone beads you have on hand.

But before you do, make sure that you study each bead that comes off device. You want to see if you made a mistake on any one that you would like to avoid on the next. Does the hole seem uneven? Is there evidence of an unsteady hand? Does the hole appear to have been made bang in the center or does it appear a little off-center? It isn't technical competence or anything that determines how good you get. It is plain practice, and skill with your hands.

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