Lampwork beads are the ultimate material for beading and jewelry designs. The uniqueness of each piece can turn an ordinary necklace or bracelet into a work of art. Although inexpensive factory made lampwork beads are available in large quantities, high quality artisan lampwork designs are the...

This is one of the best places to find affordable and reliable storage solutions for beads and jewelry components. My personal favorite is the compartment tray, especially those with a variety of compartment sizes. These little trays can hold a lot of beads, don't take up a lot of space,...

with Miyuki's answer to the peanut seed bead, these little plastic beads with bubbly surfaces were all the rage for crafting in the 70's and 80's. Most craft stores carried them in abundance, along with fun little booklets for making all kinds of 3-D animals and objects with them. I used to...

I'm also including a huge bag of galvanized metallic gold 11/o seed beads, with a little sprinkling of African Christmas beads. Though there are lots of fun possibilities for these beads, I think the whole lot would make a wonderful multistrand necklace. How to Enter To win all of the...

If you're crafty all around the house, and not just at the beading tray, you might just love this DIY net bag project from Honestly...WTF. In just a few minutes, you can turn a plain net bag into a fantastic purse! Irene at Heirloom Attire shares how she turned an old serving tray into...

For those of you not familiar with Chamilia, they are the ultimate in personalized charm bracelets! With hundreds of charms to choose from, you can create a bracelet of your very own design that reflects your tastes - it's very custom and personal! I love charm bracelets! I have two others...

I suppose that I was unsure how I could possibly make another design with the remaining nut beads that could top the lariat, so I've been ignoring them ever since. When I added them to my tray of destash beads, I was a little nervous. Would I end up making just another variation of a spiral...

As always, your answers to the bead question were varied and exciting. This month, we talked about our favorite bead shapes. The winning comment also happened to be the most popular - bicones. These bead shapes are quite common, thanks to their versatility and good looks. Although we often...

For 2012, my challenge will be to finally use beads that have been languishing in my stash for far too long. With tax season rapidly approaching, I've been busy going through my shops, paperwork and bead trays, making spreadsheets, and counting away. While I was at it, I prepared some beads...

With so many beading techniques from all around the world, it's not surprising that your answers were so varied and unique. Pixiloo says that one of her favorite inspirations is African metal beads. Not only are these beauties the ultimate in upcycling, but they have a gorgeous rustic...

 

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