Sidonia’s handmade jewelry – Losange Bracelet – Beading tutorial

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Materials needed:
11/0 and 8/0 Miyuki Nickel round seed beads;
4 mm Silver glass rounds;
4 mm Swarovski Comet Argent bicones;
Size .006 Fireline beading thread;
Size 12 or 10 beading needle.

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Sidonia’s – Grace Ring – Ring tutorial – Square cabochon tutorial – Beading techniques

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Materias needed:
12mm Swarovski square cabochon, Crystal color;
2.5 and 3mm Swarovski Crystal AB bicones;
15/0 and 11/0 Miyuki, Nickel plated round seed beads;
6lb (0.12mm) Fireline beading thread;
Size 12 beading needle.

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Sidonia’s handmade jewelry – Oriental earrings – Beading tutorial

PDF pattern here:…
Materials needed:
10mm and 3mm Swarovski Bronze pearls;
3mm Swarovski Red Siam bicones;
10x7mm Czech Fire Polished Siam Ruby drop beads;
Miyuki 11/0 and 15/0, Dark Metallic Bronze seed beads, code 457;
Miyuki 11/0, Matte Metallic Dark Bronze seed beads, code 2006;
Size 12 needle;
Smoke fireline thread, 4lb or 6lb.

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Beading Tutorial – Lotus Flower Bracelet

PDF pattern here
Bezel tutorial here

Materials used:
14mm Swarovski Acquamarine Rivoli;
4mm and 3mm Swarovski Aquamarine bicones;
5x2mm Matte Iris Brown Superduos;
Miyuki 15/0 – Matte Met Khaki Iris;
Size B Fireline;
Size 12 beading needle.

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Sidonia’s handmade jewelry – Half Tila Silver Sun Pendant – Beading Tutorial

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Materials needed for this project:
15/0 Miyuki Nickel plated seed beads,
2.5x5mm Miyuki Nickel plated Half Tila beads,
(15) 4 mm Swarovski Comet Argent bicones,
(2) 6 mm Swarovski Comet Argent bicones,
16mm Swarovski Crystal rivoli,
50 cm of Silver Memory wire,
6 in 1 bail making pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutter,
Size 12 or 13 beading needle,
Size 6lb Fireline beading thread.

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Rose Petals Bracelet – Beading tutorial by Sidonia’s handmade jewelry

Rose Petals Bracelet – Beading Tutorial
8x7mm Czech Rose Petal beads: Bronze or Milky Green;
8mm Swarovski Chatons: Golden Shadow or Crystal;
8/0 seed beads: Brown or Nickel/Silver;
11/0 seed beads: Brown or Nickel/Silver;
15/0 seed beads: Brown & Bronze or Opaque Sea Foam Luster & Silver/Nickel;
Size 12 beading needle;
Fireline beading thread, size 6lb.

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Half Tila Bracelet – Beading tutorial by Sidonia

Beading tutorial – beaded bracelet made using 10mm rounds, half tilas, 3mm bicones and seed beads.
Complete list:
10mm Swarovski Burgundy pearls and 3mm Vintage Rose AB bicones;
Half Tlas – code 2035;
Miyuki seeds, sizes 15/0, 11/0, 8/0 – color code 2006.
6lb Fireline;
Size 12 needle.

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Glass Beads


Typically Glass, is a mixture of quartz sand, potash, or soda, heated with lime, and was invented in Egypt, about 9000years ago. Since its inception it has been crafted into beads of various shapes and sizes using techniques invented by the Egyptians and Romans.

Glass beads have become essential in the art of adornment throughout the world and the trading of certain types of glass beads is shrouded in secrecy, Glass beading techniques are still passed down by word of mouth in Venice, and where in the year 1292  glass makers were moved to the island of Murano, and once there were forbidden on pain of death to reveal their secrets or to leave the island.

There are of course many types of glass beads, both simple and sophisticated with integrated colours, comprising of swirls, lines, and intricate pattens of color and design, or alternatively they can be just be a simple clear bead, a single translucent color, or a bold color, but in the hands of an artist they can be developed either singly or collectively to produce stunning pieces of jewelry.

Mosaic Beads… are the most ornate type of glass bead. Originating with the Romans and Egyptians they are built with segments of glass cane, and many of the most beautiful examples of the craftsmanship required to produce this style of bead are Venetian.

Wound beads… are molten glass, which are wound by hand around a metal wire, which is used as a mandrel; this technique is used to create one of the most common types of bead, although a common bead it is can be produced in an enormous rage of colours, sizes, and shapes, to satisfy any requirement.

Chevron Beads… also known as Rosetta or star bead, the chevron is the most popular bead in history, since it’s invention in 15th century Venice more than 100 variations on the bead have been produced.

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Rhodochrosite beads



Rhodochrosite beads are usually made from a stone scientifically referred as Manganese Carbonate. Its name originates from the Greek word,”rhodon” (rose), and “chroma” means (color). It is based from the pink stone and white bands. The best sources of these beads are come from USA, Peru, Argentina, South Africa, and Canada.These beads certainly deserve a place in producing jewelry as well as, for fine crafts. It is often engraved into cabochons and beads for ornaments, but is also used as a sculptural stuff. For its, common treatments: none, for proper care: avoid collision, scratch, insensitive chemicals such as acids, and it has a hardness from 3.5 – 4.

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Swarovski Crystal Bead


Jewellery makers have long known the importance of the Swarovski Crystal Bead,  The unique clarity and the way the facets of the crystal catch the light mean that many jewellery makers will at some point incorporate the Swarovski Crystal bead into their design.

The Swarovski Crystal bead has long been imitated, but the unique high lead content means that many other crystals are seen as inferior. However some products are now coming out of China and it is impossible to tell the difference between the Swarovski Crystal bead and the real thing. That said, the price being charged for the Swarovski Crystal bead imitation is the same price as buying directly from Swarovski and therefore at present there is no real benefit to be had. The other thing to be wary of is that the Chinese crystal beads are being sold under the name Swarovski crystal bead, leading the buyer to believe that they are buying the genuine article.

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Pearl Beads


Pearl Seed Beads

The fresh water pearl beads from China are gorgeous additions to a jewelry maker’s collection. The pearl beads that have their origin in China are of great quality, rivaling real pearls that are expensive, freshwater beads from China are obtainable at wholesale rates from jewelry shops that trade in them directly from China where they originated, jewelry designers can produce wonderful pieces, lavish in styling and design for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and pendants for their clients at reasonable rates. The pearl beads are associated with people who were born in June, and are presented during graduations and also at weddings to the bride.

The earliest known form of the pearl beads from China was in 206 B.C. when the privileged and wealthy people used the beads in numerous Chinese rituals. In imperial funeral rituals, the freshwater pearl beads were placed on the mouth of a dead person to preserve the body and keep it from decomposing. Today China leads in the production of freshwater peal beads. In order to harvest the freshwater beads there is a waiting period of between three to six years. The farmers who harvest the beads in China make use of improved farming techniques to remain competitive in the bead business. After harvesting, most pearl beads are taken to Hong Kong where they are exported to international markets.

Saltwater and freshwater pearl beads are fascinating because they are the only known gemstones, which are from living things. The freshwater pearl beads are found in mussels; whilst saltwater beads are grown in oysters but they the both come about in the same fashion. To manufacture the pearl beads irritants are introduced into the mussels making it impossible for the mussels to expel the irritant; until in the end the irritants covers the mussels with a discharge referred to as nacre.

Freshwater pearl beads are composed wholly of nacre; the nacre gives the freshwater beads an incandescent quality, which is equivalent to ordinary pearls. Freshwater pearl beads can be bought half-drilled for making pendants, rings, and earrings or fully drilled so they are suitable for making bracelets and necklaces. Freshwater pearl beads do not require any polishing or cutting because they are made of shell and are very long lasting, do not readily wear out or damage easily The beads can be found in a variety of colors besides the original white, the other colors of the beads that are available and are very popular include gold, pink, black, peacock blue, orange-pink, and green. They are found in an assortment of shapes, including the more common round and smooth shapes, and some are rough textured for people who prefer rough looking beads.

There are freshwater pearl beads, which are normal in shape, and there are others, which include an oblong shape (Biwa), rounded beads that are flat on one side, diamond, star, coin, teardrop, rectangle and many others. The variety in the beads colors, shapes, and textures allow designers to use these beads for comprehensive range of jewelry.


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Rocailles Beads


Rocailles are the most used type of glass seed beads. They were created in Venice, Italy in the 15th century. These beads have been produced industrially in Bohemia since the 18th century.

These round-shaped seed beads are manufactured using unique technology for cutting glass tubes with round or square holes into various sized pieces which are then rounded and polished when hot and subsequently classed by size and shape.

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Fire Polished Glass Beads


Fire polished beads are a popular type of glass beads which were first made 5 centuries ago with the aim of approximating the appearance of cut gemstones while maintaining the option of stringing the beads. The fire polished beads in the Traditional Czech Beads range are produced in thirteen basic shapes, ten basic cuts and seven types of glass. They stand out due to their lustre which is further enhanced by the wide range of finishes – iris coating, lustre coating, vacuum coating, coatings with precious metals, linings and many others.

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Tanzanite… Brilliant Gemstone

Tanzanite… Brilliant Gemstone

The Tanzanite is a wonderful gemstone that has dazzling looks and it is hailed as being one of the most precious stones of the century. It is named after the East African state of Tanzania; the only place in the world where it has been found The Tanzanite stone was discovered in 1967. The precious crystals grow in deposits on the inside of unusual elevations. For a  long time they were hidden from the eye of Man, until one day some passing Masai shepherds noticed some sparkling crystals lying in the sun,which they scooped up and took with them.

The allure and mystique of the Tanzanite gems can be attributed to the fact that there is only one known source of the mineral. The place where the mineral is found is located in a six-kilometer square parcel of land. The lucky few who have their hands on the Tanzanite gem deposits will most likely pass it on to future generations of their families.

The deep blue of the Tanzanite is fantastic, and runs from ultramarine blue to light violet-blue, The outside layering of the Tanzanite gemstone is normally found in shades of purple and blue however flashes of green, red, orange, yellow and brown are easily noticeable in a Tanzanite gem. The color that most Tanzanite gems are known to bear is the deep blue color. The Tanzanite mineral is also commonly known as the sapphire blue gemstone.

The Tanzanite gems are also widely believed to bear some healing powers, which are linked with the planet known as Saturn. Astrologically all planets are associated with some gemstone. The therapeutic power of the Tanzanite gems is said to be very powerful that it can make a person feel relaxed and it enhances your creative juices the blue color of the gem is what is said to do the above. Besides it is alleged that the gemstone increases the extrasensory powers of an individual. People who own the gem are believed to have creative juices running in their veins at all times.

The uses of the Tanzanite mineral are numerous; the mineral can be used in so many ways especially making jewelry such as earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets, nonetheless, the Tanzanite gem cannot withstand ultrasound and is susceptible to strain and a great deal of care should taken while cutting, polishing, and setting the mineral. When purchasing the mineral you should confirm that the gemstone you are buying bears a rich and deep blue color.

Almost any price you care to name is being asked – and paid! – For Tanzanite gems of good quality and large size. What makes this stone so popular? Is it simply that fantastic color? No, it is also the exclusivity of its origin. The stone is particularly highly prized because it is found in only one place in the whole world. The idea of possessing something that not everyone can own has always been one of the main criteria in the way in which we hold special gems in esteem.





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Buying Beads Online

Buying beads online

Glass, bone, wooden, ceramic, kashmiri, lac beads, and various other types are commonly available to the artist who chooses to buy online, some types may be difficult to locate in bead shops even those serving local or regional markets. So when buying from online sources not only are there more choices of product, the cost of the middleman is eliminated, which can translate to considerable savings, an artist may decide to buy beads online for many reasons, but cost is generally a major consideration.

You will be surprised to find how many beads there are on sale online, so if you buy small packages at craft stores you may be spending entirely too much money finding discount beads online is simple with some basic research with the technology of the Internet, buying beads online is another is a no brainier. Online sources are where you can buy large seed beads from 1/0 rocailles to 6/0 e beads. As beads are a must for all jewelry makers, finding the best way to buy beads at a reasonable price is a priority for every jewelry maker, when buying beading you don’t have to spend a large amount of money to make jewelry or craft pieces to enhance your home and personal style,

Typically you can buy quantities of separate beads, or partially complete beaded bracelets, and bead necklaces that you can add beads too, which would allow you to individually personalize the pieces to reflect your thoughts and ideas, also jewellery findings are available at a discount, from online stores to enable you to make customized items to suit your requirements, but to ensure that you get a great deal on everything you need for your creation, before buying anything, we suggest browsing the vast selection of beads online and although it can be can be quite daunting due to the huge selection of product available. Therefore anyone intending creating a piece of beaded jewelry should have a clearly defined idea of their project and requirements in mind before searching online, you then should be able to quickly find the beads and accessories you need for your project and at a good price…Should you decide that you want to select a particular style of bead necklace for your work piece you might require slightly larger beads than an anklet or earrings, or perhaps you want to add bead-work to a halter-top whatever your plan, there are simply tons of different kinds of beads, so before you buy beads for your project, again visualize what you want the finished product to look like and start from there, and because bead work can start out as simple and quick projects initially, they can and will build your confidence for more complex projects and  in the meantime show what can be achieve whilst  having  fun.

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Bead Types and Styles

Bead Types and Styles

The stringing of beads is one of the earliest art forms known to man and can be traced across civilizations connecting humanity by a common thread. The earliest beads were made of convenient natural materials; when found, these could be readily drilled and shaped, beads nowadays are available in a rage of materials that include Lucite, plastic, crystal, metal and glass, these beads are lightweight and inexpensive and the metal beads will not tarnish or lose their plating.

Seed beads are usually rounded in shape, and are most commonly used for loom and off-loom bead weaving, where as Lampwork glass beads are hand made beads, normally made on a rod or mandrel, for this reason, lampwork glass beads tend to have larger holes.
“Fire-polished” faceted beads are a less expensive alternative to hand-cut faceted glass or crystal, the faceted beads are poured onto a tray and briefly reheated just long enough to melt the surface, “polishing” out any minor surface irregularities from the mold, fire polished beads are defined as faceted cut glass beads that are polished by heating. Most glass beads are pressed glass, mass-produced by preparing a molten batch of glass of the desired color and pouring it into molds to form the desired shape. A smaller and more expensive subset of glass and lead crystal beads are cut into precise faceted shapes on an individual basis.
Modern mass-produced beads are generally shaped by carving or casting, depending on the material and desired effect. Whilst beads are most commonly used for jewelry making, they are also ideal for unique home decorating projects.

Bali Beads are generally a form of partially tarnished, partially polished sterling silver bead initially made on the Indonesian Island of Bali. These beads are now made in many countries in addition to Indonesia including South Korea and India.Many of the designs in Bali beads are instantiations of cultural symbols indigenous to Bali, because of the expense of sterling silver; many Bali-style beads are now made out of a silver-one metal.

African seeds, nuts and beans create cheap jewelry, and carved bone beads have been made for centuries, as have beads made by hammering sheet metal.

India, produces vast amounts of well-executed beads in metal, especially low quality silver, lampwork and wound glass and wood for a fraction of the cost of Czech beads and Venetian. Czech glass beads are made in the Czech Republic, centralized around an area called Jablonec nad Nisou.,Swarovski Austrian Crystal Beads are made by the premier manufacturer of cut glass crystal beads.

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