2016 Archive

What colour is your Christmas?

What colour is your Christmas?

Traditional or modern?
Pine-scented trees, sparkly baubles, twinkling lights, red-nosed reindeer, ruddy-cheeked Santa, brandy-soaked puddings, holly, ivy, mistletoe and presents galore…
These are just some of the things that shout Christmas louder than any collective jingle of Christmas Number Ones blasted from high street stereos each winter, assaulting us with their dubious Christmas cheer. Bah humbug!

Roll back the blatant commercialism of Christmas though, and underneath [..]

Categories: How to Bead, Jewellery Design

The spirit of the season

The spirit of the season

We delve into the murky depths of All Hallows Eve, and take inspiration from this annual festival of ghoulish remembrance for two of our latest seasonal jewellery kits. Read on to find out a little more about our two-beautiful Autumn-inspired necklaces. As a special Halloween treat, we are also offering 25% off our Autumn Collection including the featured bracelet kits to help inspire your own design journey.

Halloween – why all the fuss?
All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween as i[..]

Categories: Beads, Glass Beads, How to Bead, The Design Studio, Jewellery Making

It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap!

The history of scarves, and how to create a unique statement-piece beaded woollen scarf.
From humble beginnings, scarves have grown from being the most basic of clothing staples to becoming the must-have fashion accessory of the well-heeled lady or gent, and the epitome of sartorial elegance.

The elegant silk headscarf became the epitome of high fashion in the 1950s.
Cultural icons including Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis influenced an entire generation into the wearing of elega[..]

Categories: Beads for Wool

The history of knitting

The history of knitting

Inspired by our exhibition at Yarndale 2016 (24-25th Sept), we’ve delved deep into the colourful history of this most ancient of crafts.
In the beginning
The Danes developed a technique called Nålebinding (which literally translates as ‘binding with a needle’) in around 6,500BC. Known as ‘knotless netting’ or ‘knotless knitting’ in English, Nålebinding predates both knitting and crochet and uses just one needle with an eye.
Nål[..]

Categories: The Design Studio

Flavours of summer - Exploring colour in jewellery design

Flavours of summer - Exploring colour in jewellery design

Nothing shouts summer more than the fruity pop of a sumptuous strawberry, or the citrusy zing of a classic lime-twist mojito. This month, we’ve taken inspiration from some of our favourite summery hues to create two of our most refreshing and vibrant jewellery pieces yet.
Read on to find out a little more about our two beautiful summer-inspired necklaces, and learn how you can use your favourite seasonal tones and hues to inspire your own jewellery design.
As a special treat, we are [..]

Categories: How to Bead

New Swarovski Colours – The Balance Of Nature

New Swarovski Colours – The Balance Of Nature

At Boundless Beads, we pretty much work only with BEADS. We enjoy the challenge of creating beautifulJewellery with beads as our medium. Working with beads requires a good familiarity, specifically with the shape and size; this gives a head start when taking a design from the imagination and bringing it to life. A good palette is essential as personal taste and fashion influences, will effect the shape and colour of the finished design.
One of our favorite collections of beads is the Swarovsk[..]

Categories: The Design Studio

Handmade Wedding Gifts To Treasure

Handmade Wedding Gifts To Treasure

According to research published in 2015, we Brits are well and truly bouncing back from the recession when it comes to our wedding budgets. Last year, we spent an average of £16,364 on the big day; 28 per cent more than we spent in cash-strapped 2014, and a whopping 36 per cent more than the £11,947 we spent in 2010.

Interestingly though, while we now seem far more relaxed about blowing the budget on our big day, the recession does seem to have taught us a thing or two about f[..]

Categories: The Design Studio

Czech glass and Swarovski Macramé Bracelet

Czech glass and Swarovski Macramé Bracelet

Macramé knotting using fine diameter thread
When the small holes in the prettiest glass beads are too small for your normal choice of thread; Griffin Bead Cord is an ideal solution for micro macramé work.
Griffin Bead Cord comes in a variety of diameters, and has a distinctive twist to its form. The tutorial features 0.8mm diameter Griffin bead cord, within this Macramé bracelet design. The needle is integrated within the twist of the Griffin bead cord increasing desig[..]

Categories: How to Bead

Make Designer Hoop Earrings

Make Designer Hoop Earrings

Discover the jewellery making techniques required to createDesigner Hoop Earrings. Easily achieve professional standards, while learning new skills. Explore new design concepts and possibilities.
Most of all discover new ways in which to unlock your own creative potential!

What do you need
The simplest designs often produce the most stunning results.Sterling silver, Black Finish beads and components, are fashioned in conjunction, with Swarovski® Light chrome bicone beads; to cr[..]

Categories: How to Bead

.925 Gold Finish Stardust Earrings

.925 Gold Finish Stardust Earrings

The Charm Pin consists of a 50mm length of wire with a tiny spherical soldered stopper at its base. The fine diameter of 0.4mm wire combined with the temper of sterling silver, features greatly when working with the Charm pin in the finished results of a design. The charm pin is used to create a charm using an 8mm .925 (gold finish) Stardust bead which is then used within the design. The charm pin technique of wrapping, creates a firm and secure finish. The added beauty of working with sterling [..]

Categories: How to Bead

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