- A Brief History Of Beads By : Felicity Walker
What do you think the earliest recorded use of beads is – is your first thought perhaps beadwork created by the Egyptians? Yes, there certainly were a lot of beaded items in Egyptian times, but beadwork has been found dating back to the Stone Age (the Upper Paleolithic period).
- Tiger Eye: Beauty and Culture By : Janet K. Nelson
The enduring history and cultural development of tiger eye jewelry dates from ancient times. The value and beauty of tiger eye as a semi-precious gem stone has made it a staple in personal jewelry collections world wide. The reasons for this long-term popularity are as diverse as they are fascinating.
- Beading Ideas By : Thomas Bridleman
Bead Craft is a simple and fun hobby that anyone, of any age can enjoy. The beauty of bead craft is that it’s so easy to learn the basics, and with only a minimal investment in materials and supplies, even a complete beginner with absolutely no prior experience can begin producing striking finished pieces, and there are literally hundreds of beading ideas on the web to get you started!
- Beading Ideas For Fun and Profit By : Thomas Bridleman
It is fairly simple to turn your beading ideas into saleable products on a small scale, as you will likely give some of your creations away, have others on display around your home, or (in the case of jewelry) be wearing some of your favorite pieces out and about. As word gets out, it’s altogether possible that someone will ask you to make something for them. This kind of organic growth will produce occasional profits and leave you hungering for more, and while gleaning occasional profits for your beading projects is relatively easy, it is significantly more difficult to take it to the next level and turn your hobby into a cottage industry.
- Beading Projects - The Importance of Marketing By : Thomas Bridleman
This information in this article is predicated on two assumptions: That you have one or more beading projects you’d like to make profitable, and that you have some level of inventory at the ready for when sales begin coming in. If that’s you, then this article will outline a few avenues open to you for “passively marketing” your work.
- Making your Beading Projects Profitable By : Thomas Bridleman
One challenge faced by many hobbyists who want to turn their bead craft profitable lies in producing your designs in sufficient quantity to produce sustainable profits. This is especially true if your preference for beading projects runs to necklace/bracelet making, as these typically take longer to produce. This article will focus on things you can do to maximize your productivity, and thus, your profit potential.
- More Beading Ideas For Fun and Profit By : Thomas Bridleman
If you’re interested in bead craft as more than just a hobby, but also as a potential means of putting money in your pocket, then picking the right projects to focus on can greatly influence your success or failure. Below are some of the more popular profitable niches inside the expansive hobby that is bead craft.
- Bead Craft and Patterning By : Thomas Bridleman
One of the most intricate and difficult aspects of bead craft is the notion of patterning. The human eye reflexively seeks out and identifies patterns, and our brains are designed to parse data in smallish, easily organized chunks. Thus, the reason phone numbers, social security numbers, and the like are broken into smallish chunks: 555-1212 vs. 5551212.
- Beads Online vs. Brick and Mortar Shops By : Thomas Bridleman
If you’re new to bead craft, or think you might be interested, one of the first questions that might spring to mind is where you can order a supply of beads online. Fortunately, there are a number of reputable online vendors, but before you race to find them, it might be worth taking a moment to consider the advantages and disadvantages of ordering beads online.
- Learning How to Bead By : Thomas Bridleman
I suppose there are more than a few people who would look at this article’s title, “Learning How to Bead,” and write it off as silly. After all, there’s not much more to the mechanics of beading than there is to stringing popcorn to put ‘round the Christmas Tree, right? How much more is there to say? What else is there to talk about?
The truth, however, is that there is a fair bit more to learning how to bead than just stringing popcorn, and this article will take a closer look at what else you need to know.
- Free Beading Projects - Five Fun Halloween Design By : Thomas Bridleman
If you’re looking for fun Halloween beading ideas to “spookify” things next October 31, then keep reading and we’ll outline five Halloween projects you can try!
- Bead Craft Ideas - A Second Look at Patterning By : Thomas Bridleman
I regard patterning as the single most important aspect of bead craft. A good pattern can cover a multitude of other bead craft design sins, and good crafters will spend a lot of time fiddling with their patterns to get them just right.
- Beading Ideas - Tools of the Trade By : Thomas Bridleman
A topic not much discussed in articles concerning bead craft is what I like to all “optional equipment.” Understandably, most bead craft articles focus on the beads themselves and various discussions revolving around patterning, color selection and so forth, but at least some attention should be given to the optional items of equipment, because they can make your life easier and enhance your enjoyment of bead craft in general.
- Beading Ideas - Five Tips to Boost Your Creativity By : Thomas Bridleman
Are you in a creative rut? Inspiration all dried up? Or maybe you’re just looking for some new ideas to keep both inspiration and interest up! If any of those apply to you, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll find 5 beading ideas that might help kick start your imagination and get you creating again!
- Beading Ideas - Three Tips for Kids By : Thomas Bridleman
If you’ve been doing beadwork for any length of time at all, you know how engrossing it can be. If you have children, it’s only natural that you’d reach a point where you want to share your hobby with them. Below are a trio of being ideas that can help you do just that!
- Beading Ideas - 5 Fun Christmas Designs By : Thomas Bridleman
Christmas is the season of fun, and if you’re a fan of beading and bead craft, then you can use your passion for the hobby to fuel a whole new look for your home this holiday season with a collection of free beading projects! If you’re looking for fun Christmas beading ideas to add to the festive look to your home this December 25, then keep reading and we’ll outline five Christmas projects you can try!
- Glass Beads: Ancient Art Form Still Graces Jewelry of Today By : Lewis Jewlers
For more than 5,000 years, decorative glass beads have been in existence. In fact, it is one of the most ancient forms of art known to mankind. Archaeological evidence points to its earliest existence in Mesopotamia as early as 2340 B.C. With the discovery of fire came various methods to create these tiny ornaments, such as "core-forming," which used a metal mandrel with pieces of glass held over a flame. As the glass warmed and softened, the bead makers would wrap it around the mandrel, creating intricate beads.
- Bead-dazzle: Bead making's Rich and Colorful History By : Lewis Jewlers
The most renowned glass bead making era developed in Venice - the famous Murano glass beads.
- Dichroic Glass Bead Wonders By : Jon Linch
Beads may be created of a variety of resources like seeds, wood and plastic. But cup beads will be the very best versions through the element of looks as perfectly as durability. Cup as being a material is transparent and this will be the reason you can add pulsating shades and textures to these tumbler beads. There are numerous types of a glass beads like handmade dichroic goblet beads, Czech cup beads etc.