How to Bead

If you go down to the woods today.

If you go down to the woods today.

Golden leaves tumble and twist, cheeks glow apple-red with cold, and a brisk wind whips the woodland floor into a frenzy of excitement. The forest is a place of natural exchange, sharing and inspiration, and this month’s ruffle bracelet project was born of such beginnings.
Whistle down the wind
Returning to the studio after an invigorating forest walk, we felt inspired to create a piece of jewellery that reflected the crisp freshness of the breeze, the dancing exhilaration of the lea[..]

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A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

A Tale with a Twist – A Celebration of Preciosa Ornela Seed Beads.

We explore the history of one of our favourite and most versatile beads, the Presiosa Ornela seed bead, and introduce you to a dramatic spiral seed bead necklace suitable for every level of jewellery designer.
Humble beginnings
Our relationship with jewellery dates back many thousands of years. Indeed, the discovery in 2013 of 130,000-year-old Neanderthal eagle talons adorned with deliberate cuts and notches led archaeologists to believe that they had discovered the world’s oldest kn[..]

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Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

Your Colours, Our Design - Personalised Seed Bead Bracelets.

One of the most common things we hear from people who would love to have a go at creating their own jewellery is: “We don’t know where to start and wouldn’t know which colours to choose”.
So here you have it, the perfect beginner’s project, with a simple accompanying step-by-step video and free instructions. And the most exciting bit; we supply the design, YOU choose the bead colours.

Elegant luxury* (*and it won’t break the bank – shh!)
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Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day Masterclass 2017

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and we wanted to invite you all to raise a glass (bead!) in celebration of cherished mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law everywhere!
As a special thank-you to mothers far and wide, we’ve put together a FREE ring-making masterclass which we hope you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends this Mothering Sunday.

We’ve kept the technical aspects of this project super simple so that it can be enjoyed by all abiliti[..]

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Three-step beginner’s guide to necklace making with Czech glass beads.

Three-step beginner’s guide to necklace making with Czech glass beads.

Going ‘back to basics’ with jewellery design doesn’t actually mean creating a piece that looks amateurish or simplistic. Far from it. When you’re working with Czech glass beads, which are vibrant and striking in their own right, it’s often the purest designs which allow the intricacies of the beads to sing the loudest.
Simply the best
This month, we have put together a three-step guide to creating this beautiful triangle drop necklace, which uses only the simp[..]

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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 [..]

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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[..]

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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 [..]

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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[..]

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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[..]

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