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Learn How to Make Jewelry by Getting Started With Bead Stringing

As a jewelry making teacher, I often talk to ladies who want to learn how to make jewelry, but they aren't sure how to get started. I can understand this because it isn't always obvious from looking at jewelry pieces to know what would be easy to make, and what would be difficult to make.

Like most things, if you jump in to soon and work on something you're not ready for, you will probably end up being frustrated, start to think you can't do it, and quit. My suggestion is always to crawl before you walk before you run. That way you can quickly build confidence in your abilities and you will enjoy seeing yourself improve as you start to take on more challenging jewelry making projects.

From my experience with new students the best way to learn to crawl when it comes to jewelry making is to learn simple bead stringing techniques first. Doing so will get you comfortable with simple jewelry making techniques, materials, and tools before you move on to try something more difficult. And the nice thing is that you can still make a lot of very beautiful jewelry pieces even with simple bead weaving techniques.

For the most part, bead stringing simply involves running a thin wire or a nylon filament string (that's where the word "stringing" comes from) through the holes in an assortment of beads to create beautiful necklaces, bracelets, or anklets. With all the colors and types of beads available these days the number of different jewelry pieces you can make is virtually limitless.

To complete your jewelry stringing pieces you just need to learn a few simple finishing techiques like how to add a jump ring and a clasp so that you can wear the jewelry piece. You can master those finishing techniques in a short period of time. Once you've done that you will be equipped to create some very nice handcrafted jewelry pieces in no time at all.

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Make Creative Charm Bracelets With Wholesale Charms

Making charm bracelets was a pre-historic pastime spawned from devoted jewelry making. Today, wholesale charms sold in bulk offer a greater variety of designs for modern jewelry makers. Charms are also affordable and easily found in a range of places from online retailers to flea markets. The making process is a fun and enlightening experience to undertake as a career or as a hobby. This type of bracelet remains a popular way to spread passion and fashion.

Jewelers make many different types of charms. They can produce the ornaments in gemstone, pewter, glass or metal material for purchase in assorted colors. The popularity of charm bracelets brings a wide variety of fashion to jewelry making. The most elaborate designs are made to represent the personal interests of the jewelry wearer. Many trinkets and pendants are symbolic expressions of love, companionship, loyalty and faith. Designs may be nautical wheels to represent an interest in the sea, a Celtic symbol to stand for a cultural background, or an artist palette to express a creative mind.

Appreciating the process of making these bracelets requires that the maker know the history. There are charm bracelets over 70,000 years old that were made from available materials like animal bones and shells. Primitive cultures began making and wearing objects that would fend off evil spirits or misfortune. These bracelets were found all over the world, including a German-made one adorned with elaborately carved tusks. Knights from the Middle Ages who rode off to battle carried these accessories as part of their armor. Ancient Egypt contained bracelets that symbolized religion and well-being and also served as an identity for people who would meet the gods in the afterlife. Similarly, Christians of the Roman Empire period hid fish ornaments to use as badges to other Christians. The Jewish students wrote extracts from their law studies and placed them in amulets as adornments to keep by their hearts. The trend of wearing charms continued into the Dark Ages as people wore symbols to represent commonly important factors like family, politics and faith.

Interest in charm bracelets has set off numerous trends throughout history from the Victorian era to post-2000s. After 2000, a new bracelet design let a wearer interchange charms and beads made of silver, gold, or glass for a personalized style. Jewelry collectors revived an interest in vintage jewelry by collecting emblems of the past.

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The Best Thing to Throw at Mardi Gras? Beads of Course!

Beads are to a Mardi Gras Celebration like stuffing is to Thanksgiving, hearts are to Valentine's Day or presents under the tree at Christmas. You just can't have one without the other!

Since beads are the best thing to throw at Mardi Gras parties, events and celebrations, it's helpful to know how to select the best beads since there are such a wide variety available.

Tossing beads into the crowds of revelers has been a tradition since the 1870s. Beads have become highly collectible, so it's a great idea to include several different styles of beads for throwing.

Choose beads by color. Gold symbolizes power, green represents faith and purple reflects justice. Combine all three colors and you have the traditional purple/green/gold color motif most associated with Mardi Gras. Throw beads come in assorted bead sizes as well as differing lengths.

Select elegant and vintage Chechoslovakian glass beads or more inexpensive plastic beads. Molded on thread beads, also called MOT beads, are the most commonplace and the beads are attached directly onto the threading. Hand strung beads are more unique, threaded individually by hand.

Among the most fun and creative choices of throw beads are beads selected by theme. Choose animal themes such as farm animals (cows, chickens, pigs) or zoo and African animals (lions, tigers, zebras). Sports themes are popular for thrown beads, including footballs, helmets, baseballs and basketballs.

How about a fruit and vegetable motif? Beads can feature grapes, apples, berries and oranges. For beads with a tropical flair, choose those with a Hawaiian or Caribbean motif showcasing hula dancers, palm trees, parrots and other colorful tropical birds and flowers.

Pirate themes are always popular and well received, with treasure chests, Jolly Roger flags, doubloons and skulls and crossbones decorating these throw beads.

Fish and sea creatures make for a colorful selection of throw beads. Since music is such an important part of New Orlean's history and the Mardi Gras celebration, why not choose beads that include replicas of jazz trumpets, horns, guitars and saxophones.

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