Paint your wooden beads on your own

The appeal of contemporary wooden beads might dose off when you set sight onto their plain appearance. I understand that there are many colored ones available too, but many of us seem to not find the right appeal in them.

Wooden beads are one of the fundamental components for many handcrafted jewelry projects. There are limitations in terms of their colors & patterns, which is why I present you a basic guide of painting them according to your style, so that you do not feel the need to abide with the rules.

Painting your wooden beads is also meant as keeping them good for long. Their surfaces would not fall dull or shy of appearance, and you could always use color patterns for decoration. You can even make custom ones for a special project or holiday season.

First of all, make sure you have check listed the following supplies:

  • Wooden beads
  • Wooden dowel
  • Board
  • Spray paint
  • Tray
  • Craft colors
  • Screw
  • Old piece of newspaper
  • Brush
  • Sheet of foam – 1’x6”
  • Toothpicks

Step 1: Spray paint

Arrange your wooden beads on a tray in an area where passage of air is good. Spread them out so they do not come in contact with each other and hide each other’s surfaces at corners.

Shake your spray paint can well and spray paint in a back-and-forth direction at a minimum distance of 6”.

Spare 10 minutes to let them dry and then turn the uncolored sides up. Spray paint them 6” apart.

Step 2: Dowel paint

Get your board and attach your dowel vertically onto it. The height must not cross 6”. You need to use dowels which have a diameter smaller than your wooden beads.

String your beads onto the dowel, one at a time.

Use your left hand to hold the bead from the top while you use your right hand to paint it. Take your brush and craft paints to paint it nicely. If you can think of custom patterns then make sure your darkest shade is your first coating.

Turn around the bead and keep painting the left out sides. Take a moment about 15 minutes to let your wooden beads dry up. Take them out, afterwards.

Now, your beads are semi-painted, you need to paint inside. Spread them on a newspaper and start painting inside. Take 15 minutes, as usual to let the paint dry up.

Now, again on your dowel, put your bead and put your left hand’s index finger on top and tight, so that you could paint various details on the surface with your other hand.

Step 3: Use toothpicks and foam

Lay a sheet of foam on your surface of work. Your foam has to be large enough to accommodate 20 wooden beads.

Pin toothpicks into the surface of your sheet. Keep distance in between them, so that your beads do not come in contact with each other.

Put a bead on every toothpick you skewered on the sheet. Then, paint each using your brush and paints and paint in any way you desire.

You are done! How charming do they look now? Try them in a jewelry project. Happy to have helped you with your wooden beads!

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How to make a napkin ring using wholesale beads?

Hello, friends! It is about time that we admit that getting crafty has rewarded us a creative potential that we can unleash in handcrafting various beautiful projects. Today I am going to present you a step-by-step guide on utilizing wholesale beads to make a napkin ring.

It is as easy as it sounds like, and you require the usual materials and some time off your busy schedule. Just think how you could present them in this year’s Thanksgiving Day in November.

So now, let us begin… First and foremost, make sure you have the following supplies ready at hand:

  • Memory Wire bracelets – Gold; each one would make two napkin rings, so feel free to have any number you want
  • Looping pliers
  • Assorted wholesale beads – you could use gold/orange/brown or loose beige wholesale beads
  • Wire shears
  • Green Leaf beads
  • Jump rings – gold, 10mm

Well, I could tell if you have started getting all worried about a memory wire, but the good news is that you could still use any golden wire that is 18-22 gauges if you are short of memory wires. I just used one because I had it already.

Get started using your memory wire shears and cut your coils. For every ring you make, you require exactly 2 loops. Afterwards, you need to keep the wire separate and cut it using wire cutters. Just do not use your regular scissors because it would ruin the scissors blade. Trust me, I have been there and done that; the wire is too strong.

Now grab your looping pliers and make a tiny loop at one of the finishing points of your memory wire or any wire you use. This way, you will prevent your wholesale beads from falling off to the ground. You now also have a good place to hang dangles.

Now the part we all crave for – stringing our beads. It is as amazing as it gets with time how you become so fond of stringing your wholesale beads. The best part is that this is the part where you get all creative and energetic, so enjoy while it lasts.

Anyway, go for a random pattern of stringing around 3 to 5 beads. Then, string 2 green leaf beads. You could make a pattern out of it, but it’s also good to remain undecided. How about getting your little girls to help? In fact, I prefer you could really use the idea. Even if you do not have kids, let your aunt or any kids to do so.

Now that stringing beads is all done, time to make one more loop at the end that is free. In order to form a dangle, simply string 3 to 5 leaf beads over a jump ring. Followed by, thread the jump ring into a loop and close the opening.

That’s it! Quite simple, isn’t it? Look at just what you made. Great job!

I will be back with more crafty tutorials, so stay tuned.

How to make a wooden beads summer necklace?

Summer is around the corner, and the need to wear light also comes down on your jewelry. Summer clothes do not really require jewelry to match with usually, but there are certain ideas that could adorn your summer look on a lateral level.

Today, I present you with another step-to-step guide on a necklace you can make using wooden beads. Let me share you the supplies first. Make sure you have everything ready at hand to work! Just relax, sit tight and focus on each and every step. If you are a small girl, let an elder one to use sharp objects for you. You don’t want to hurt yourself!

Materials:

  • Wooden beads
  • Rondelle beads
  • Gold spacer beads
  • Amazonite beads
  • Metal chain
  • Crimp beads
  • Elastic beading wire
  • Jump rings
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp pliers
  • Bead board (optional to use)
  • White paint (optional to use)

 Step 1: Make a layout of your necklace design using your bead board. Put your wooden beads along with other and form the best design.

Step 2: Form a loop at an end of your beading wire, slide a crimp bead through and using crimp pliers, secure it tightly. Leave a small part out of your wire so your loop remains fixed.

Step 3: String wooden beads and the rest. Your loop will work as a barrier to keep them in one place. Your small wire part will be covered inside your final bead’s hole.

Step 4: Now let me share one professional tip with you:  

  1. Right after you formed a design, trim away the piece of wire in excess, so you are at easy of working.
  2. At the end of your beaded wire, put a crimp bead and a jump ring, and afterwards, form a loop in the strand.
  3. Using one or more pair of pliers and hold your jump ring in place, pull the extension of your loo in order to tighten it down.
  4. Followed by, crimp your bead. Then, use cutters to trim away the wire extension, but leave enough to hide it inside your final bead’s hole.

Step 5: Open up your jump rings using the pliers and slide onto a metal chain. Using pliers again, close the jump rings. It is up to you how much you keep the measure of your chain’s length. Put it around your neck to make a decision. Make any adjustments until and unless you reach a suitable size. Then, cut it.

You are all done! Wasn’t it too easy? I am sure you loved making a wooden beads necklace and shall make more for your family & friends.

If you want to go more crafty and creative, let me share a sumptuous trick with you about painting the wooden beads. Let your imagination and creative head work here and enjoy it all along! You can reach all possibilities of creativity once you keep on making it. Remember, practice makes a woman perfect, too!

Stay tuned on my blog for more step-by-step tutorials regarding handcrafted jewelry!

How to make earrings using wholesale beads?

Are you looking for a simple way to hand craft jewelry? You have come to the right place because today I am going to share with you a tutorial of hand crafted earrings using wholesale beads.

All you need is some time off your busy schedule, and the best thing about learning to hand craft jewelry is that it is basically easy and involves many procedures that are followed in almost all other methods of handcrafting jewelry.

You do not need to worry about supplies because you will need some of the most common materials, you might even find them in your home. I will recommend you the color combination of wholesale beads, but there’s no limit to your own choice!

One thing I would like to clear is that you need size 10/10 wholesale beads. You can still try larger sizes like 6/0 or 8/0. Do not go for 2/0 because it would be excessively large.

Follow the list below for the materials you require:

  • Wholesale beads – silver lined aqua, opaque black and opaque white
  • Brass crimp beads
  • Brass jump rings – 4mm
  • Brass earring wires
  • Bronze color beading wire
  • Crimp pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Sharp scissors

Step 1: Let us begin by cutting length of wire about 4-5”. This length is more than what you require because you might need it later on, and it’s safer because you can always trim off eventually.

Step 2: Grab a crimp bead and place it onto the end point, and pull the short end point back into the crimp. You will have a tiny loop. Now you need to crimp it securely to your cord, so crimp it using crimp pliers.

Step 3: You need a very short length now, so cut the short end, but make sure you don’t cut it absolutely. Take measure of a length around 1/8-1/4”.

Step 4: Let me make it easy for you to string your wholesale beads. You can follow the pattern below:

  • 5x white
  • 2x black
  • 10x aqua
  • 2x black
  • 20x white
  • 2x black
  • 10x aqua
  • 2x black
  • 5x white

But wait, you can still follow a pattern of your own! Make sure your length at the end is somewhat 3-4” long.

Step 5: Once you reach to the end, put one crimp bead, loop the wire end into the crimp bead and add 2-3 wholesale beads more. Lock the crimp bead by your crimp pliers. You are almost there! Now you will have a loop on every end of your flexible length of beaded wire. Then, grab a jump ring and connect the loops simultaneously. Then, put that jump ring to the ring that you have on your earring wire.

That is all! Wasn’t it too simple to make? Look at the clock; took you no time! Thank you for heading out to my blog for this tutorial. Stay tuned for more tutorials using wholesale beads!

Pros and Cons of Magnetic Clasps

Making jewelry items is a hobby of many people. Not only women but some men are also interested in creating new jewelry pieces. You can check out the major jewelry designers of the world and will come to know that the ratio of men jewelry designers is more than women. Every jewelry item made is created with great care, passion and innovation. Quality materials always sell fast and at the best rates. Making jewelry is definitely an art but with the supplies you can’t do anything about that art or talent. When we talk about the supplies, the magnetic clasps are the ones that are used in many jewelry items such as bracelets, necklaces, anklets and such.

Magnetic clasps have become quite popular when it comes to using jewelry findings. Not all designers love to use clasps in their jewelry items but some love to as they find them convenient. These clasps come in different forms and types that are used according to the style of the jewelry item. They are just like a button that has got a loop on the back. You can find these clasps in the market pretty easily. All kinds are available at very affordable prices.

Kinds of magnetic clasps

The usual clasps used in the jewelry items are:

  • Toggle clasps
  • Snap clasps
  • Stainless steel clasps
  • Bracelet clasps
  • Magnetic jewelry clasp

These magnetic clasps can be used in different kinds of jewelry item depending on the preference of the jewelry maker and the style the jewelry item has got.

Below are the pros and cons of the magnetic clasps on the basis of which you can decide on whether to use them or not:

Pros

Clasps with the magnetic field have got tons of benefits to the users. The jewelry designers use them because of several reasons or benefits. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Jewelry that has got clasps with it is easy to put on and remove too.
  • Elderly people can wear the jewelry items easily that have got clasps with them.
  • Clasps add security to the jewelry items and the jewelry won’t unconsciously fall off either.
  • No losing your jewelry anymore and the clasps are strong enough to hold them safely in place.
  • The electric current from these clasps assists in increasing oxygen and heat to the body.
  • Apart from this, clasps also regulate the normal functions of the body and heal shoulder pain, osteoporosis, bed sores, wrist pain and asthma.
  • They increase the worth of your jewelry too.

Cons

The magnetic clasps do not have much disadvantages with them as they widely used but in some cases they do not suit people. Where there are roses, the thorns come along as well. Here are the flaws that clasps carry with them:

  • The jewelry with clasps should not be used in places of the body that can be affected by the magnetic fields.
  • Pregnant women should avoid using the jewelry made with clasps.
  • Heavy pollution and wearing jewelry with clasps can be dangerous to the immune system.

Overall, using clasps with magnetic field in jewelry items works in all situations. Only some rare cases demolish them.

How to make a wrap ring using jewelry making supplies?

It is simply a wonderful fact that many jewelry making supplies take us making accessories that we can’t help but adore ceaselessly. Let me share a tutorial about how to make a wire-wrapped ring.

Now we all know that wire-wrapped is an easy-to-do and easy-to-learn craftwork that boasts sheer elegance once it takes its finishing touch. You will learn of using any wire and any type of bead to craft this ring. So, let us wrap the talking and start learning by each and every step.

But first of all, make sure you are sufficient of the following jewelry making supplies:

  • Silver filled, square hard wire – 20 gauge
  • Swanstrom round-nose pliers
  • Stepped and plain wood ring mandrel set having base
  • Flat-nose pliers having nylon jaws
  • Beads* – 12mm in length
  • Fine tip permanent Marker
  • Ruler

*You can use almost any color or any center-drilled round, rectangular or oval beads.

Now focus and dive your absolute concentration to my step-to-step guide. WARNING: Use sharp jewelry making supplies or pliers under adult supervision if you are a child.

Step 1: Grab your marker and ruler. Measure the center of the 25 inches wire piece and mark it using your marker. Take a bead and put it over the wire, exactly overlapping the center of your mark. Now bend the wire perpendicular using your finger nail at every bead to keep it tight in a place.

Step 2: Now put the bead above your ring mandrel at a place that is twice larger in size than your final ring size. For instance, about the size 9 for a finished ring that is size 7.

Step 3: Next up, start wrapping the shaft. Place a bead over and pull your wire’s each side underneath the mandrel and pull back up on the corresponding side. Then, crossover them over and repeat the previous process; make sure your shaft has four wires thick layer on the bottom side with the ends on top for you to wrap. Here’s a tip: You can use your Nylon jaw pliers to prevent your wire from bending or twisting while you work.

Step 4: Followed by, begin wrapping your bead. The wire placed at one ending point of your bead will move up around one side of the bead to the corresponding end. Your opposite wire will set around the other side of the bead, finishing up on the reverse end.

Step 5: In order to achieve your desired look, keep wrapping the same way around the bead as many times required.

Step 6: Then, pass the wires into the interior of the ring; begin with laying them over the shaft and afterwards, position them underneath and back up into the inside of your ring on the other end.

Step 7: Pull your ring off the mandrel. Now you need each wire measuring 4” to conclude the wrap. If they are longer, cut off until you reach 4”. To compress the shaft wrap flat, use your Nylon jaw pliers.

Step 8: Continue wrapping the wire around the shaft until you reach four wraps at each end of the bead. Cut the wires and leave enough space to push the ends inside the ring using your round-nose pliers.

You’re all done. Get creative with your jewelry making supplies by adding mixed metals or organic beads!

Why Snap Jewelry Is Becoming Popular?

The latest trend in the jewelry collection are the jewelry made from snap buttons. These are originally called the snap jewelry. This funky concept is wide spreading and as people start to get to know these items they want more of them. Snap jewelry is actually very easy to understand and simpler to use too. People who wear them make sure they get the most of it and they do as well. Snap button jewelry is not only for women but it is made for men as well. Funky bracelets, necklaces, rings and much more is being made for them which they can instantly change as they are made from the snap mechanism.

If you are one of those people who have never heard of the snap jewelry and have some questions in your mind that you can’t find answers to then here you are going to know it all. Below are some generic questions that are being asked by every person who is new to the snap concept and it solves all your problems quickly.

snap jewelryWhy is this called snap jewelry?

This jewelry is called snap jewelry because of the presence of snaps in it. Snaps are pieces that are nearly like the snap buttons which are used on clothes and handbags. These can either be plain in design or decorative as well. There are lots of designs from which you can choose the ones you like. You can choose the snaps and the design of the jewelry item according to the occasion and the dress style as well. The great thing about these snap button jewelry is that it can be worn on any sort of occasion. Sizes of these snaps are also available which you can buy according to the jewelry style if it is delicate or heavy.

What makes snap jewelry so extraordinary?

The one thing that makes the snap jewelry so special and extraordinary is that the snaps which come along with it can be replaced without needing to replace the actual jewelry item. You can only change the snaps to add in different colors and designs of snaps to it. Depending on the occasion you can totally change the snaps and make the jewelry item go with your clothes. You can wear these jewelry items on regular basis as well according to the color of the dress you are going to wear. Whether it is your necklace, bracelet, ring or whatever you have decided to wear, once it is able to work with the snap mechanism then everything’s alright.

Are they expensive?

Like all kinds jewelry items the snap pieces also have got their own designs, colors and patterns on the basis of which they hold specific prices. But tell you what, these jewelry items are not at all expensive or unreachable. They are completely affordable. Once you have the jewelry item then you can buy different designs, patterns and colors of snaps for to go with every kind of dress you prefer to wear at work the next morning.

Snap jewelry is completely safe to use and can be easily snapped on and off. These can be worn by people of all ages due to their versatility.