Posts by Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca has been playing with beads since her grandma gave her her bead box to play with when she was tiny. Now entranced by color, words and all things handmade, she sells her unique art jewellery at songbead.com and blogs at www.songbeads.blogspot.com and www.artbeadscene.com, working from her home studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her designs are frequently published in magazines on both sides of the pond, and has taught beading and jewelry making for the past 7 years,both locally and at national bead fairs.

Beginner Basics: Make Your Own Jewelry Kit

A selection of beaded jewelry

It can be hard to know where to begin making your own jewelry — so many tools, beads and findings. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here’s a rundown of the essentials to make your own jewelry kit for beading.

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How to Crimp, A Basic Jewelry Making Skill

Example of a bracelet with crimped ends

Crimping is likely one of the first things you did when you started beading. It's easy to do badly but not necessarily easy to do well. In this tutorial, we break down the process so you can successfully make your jewelry super secure every time!

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Working With Wire in Jewelry: A Quick Primer

Step 4. Wire is one of the most common and most useful of all jewelry-making materials, particularly if you are looking to stick to cold connections rather soldering, etc. It is probably one of the first materials you will reach for as a budding jewelry designer, and is one of the most useful and versatile materials you will work with. If you're wondering how to make wirework jewelry, here's a quick primer on getting started! Read more »

How to Make Your Own Jewelry Findings: A Tutorial & Tips

Step 4 So, you’ve been making jewelry for a while. You have perfected your wrapped loops, you’ve got crimping down, and you are developing a discerning eye for which beads and components you really want to work with, but there's something that's still not quite right. Perhaps it's those finishing touches you put to your jewelry: the findings. Don't fret if the construction points that hold your jewelry don't look quite as sophisticated as you'd like. We're here to help! Read more »