7 Ways to Explore Fine Bead Crafts

Thanks to beaders like those of you reading this (no, really — thank you!), bead-weaving and jewelry making have evolved and been accepted by a much wider audience as fine bead crafts. Look at the artists showing their work in any high-end craft show, and you’ll find a healthy selection of artists who represent us beaders and jewelry artists!

If you’re looking to explore more techniques that can help you discover the art of bead crafts, I’ve got seven great suggestions for you!

Combining beads and wire doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds, when you look to the instruction included in Make Wire-Wrapped Jewelry. You’ll learn how to make elegant, freeform wire jewelry using just a few jewelry making supplies that you probably already have in your stash! In addition to becoming more confident with your wire jewelry-making skills, you’ll also become part of the age-old tradition of using wire for handmade jewelry and self-adornment.
Wire jewelry takes a giant leap forward into the 21st century with Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework & Art Glass Jewelry by Kerry Bogert. Learn how to mix colorful craft wire with decadent handmade lampwork glass beads in a variety of wire jewelry-making techniques that will have you thinking about wire jewelry in a whole new way!
Then, of course, there’s the art of bead stringing. It’s no longer just about putting a couple of beads on a piece of wire and finishing the ends with crimps! In this day and age, bead stringing is truly an art all of its own. Beaded jewelry made with bead stringing techniques incorporates the concepts of balance, light, color, and shape, and you can see the best examples of these artistic bead crafts in 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings. Find inspiration from your favorite bead artists, as well as some new and emerging artists with an exciting artistic voice!
We all know the kind of artistry that goes into bead-weaving, and Melinda Barta’s Mastering Peyote Stitch gives you everything you need to know to start crafting your own beaded masterpieces using this time-honored beading stitch. Explore all that peyote stitch has to offer in these timeless beading projects that will give you the skills you need to create your own beaded jewelry designs using this incredibly versatile beading stitch.
The beads we use for jewelry-making today are most definitely not the same as the beads we used even just five years ago! As the art and craft of beadwork evolves, we’ve been treated to a whole lot of brand-new bead shapes, including two-holed seed beads, two-holed Tila beads, drops, daggers, spikes, and more. Learn how to use these beautiful glass beads with all your favorite beading stitches from bead pro Melinda Barta in Beading With Shaped Beads. The possibilities for innovation are just endless!
While many of us enjoy spending lots of hours working on an intricate piece of beaded jewelry, there’s no rule that beaded jewelry has to take a long time to be beautiful. Case in point: the 39 all-new beading projects in the first Quick + Easy Beadwork special issue magazine. You’ll find beaded bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that you can make in just a few hours that capture all of the beauty of bead crafts, for the times when you just want a little something to work on.
Last but not least, learn how to bring out your playful side when you make bead crafts using mixed media techniques. Kristal Wick’s Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin, and Wire takes you step-by-step through easy and popular mixed media bead crafts techniques that you can easily combine with your favorite bead-weaving and bead embroidery projects.

Need another reason to get started? All of these fabulous bead crafts resources are on sale for just $7! Pick your favorites, and start exploring all the ways in which we can turn bead crafts into fine art. (And make sure you check out all the other great resources for bead crafts in the Beading Daily Shop!)

Bead Happy,


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