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Some Tips On Creating Your Own Beaded Jewelry
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Impressive beading patterns can be truly inspirational and elevate your beaded jewelry making to a level you never thought possible.Initially when starting out there never seems to be much use of the beading patterns available as you may only be working with a handful of colours and you could be quite possibly stringing them onto bracelets and necklaces in a manner that most beginners would. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that,we all have to start somewhere,but! when you get into the more advanced projects that beading has to offer the need for quality beading patterns and designs will arise.
Creating a beaded necklace or beaded bracelet using a few different coloured wooden beads or glass beads without a pattern is for most relatively easy, but when you intend to make a necklace that drapes around the neck threetimes and has a slightly different pattern on each of those levels the project will be much easier if you have the pattern on paper. As soon as you start to become more technical and move away from simple wooden and glass necklaces to beaded purses,clothing,hair pieces etc then beading patterns become an essential part of your kit.
Working from a quality pattern also reduces your chances of making mistakes and therefore saves time waisting redoing the piece. It will also give you an indication as to whether your project will look right when it is completed. If the colours you are using don't work together or if you have a problem with the pattern you will spot it when you put your pattern on paper.This is a much better option rather than discovering it after hours of working on the beading.
Enjoy Using Your Beading Patterns
Beading becomes a much more enjoyable hobby and you are able to produce the work faster when you work off of a good quality beading pattern, so all you have to do is decide whether you want to go ahead and create your own beading patterns or purchase them. If you are very creative and have a lot of your own ideas as to the jewelry you want to create with beads then you could go right ahead and start making your jewelry with your own patterns.Someone else may have to wait a little longer until they get their creative juices going and would use one of the thousands of patterns or designs available until then.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
If you do decide to create your own beading patterns then a lot of those ideas will come from what you have in your mind and those ideas will be transformed into real life pieces of jewelry.It can be a real thrill to see something you have thought about actually materialise into an item you wear regularly.
Pointers For Creating Beading Patterns
The following are just a few pointers that may help you in the starting up process of making beaded jewelry and put you on the right road to creating patterns that are not only beautiful but are functional as well:
A. Try to get a clear picture of what you want to do with this beading project. Have a idea of the shape and size of bead you want to use along with a few other physical details. For example, if your intention is to make a necklace, earring, and bracelet set think about how many different layers or lines the necklace and bracelet will have and have some idea of the size, shape, and style you want the earrings to be.
B. Determine the colours and types of beads that you are going to be working with. If possible plan a trip to a beading or craft store that sells a vast variety of beads,there you can be sure to find the type,size,shape and look of beads that match your idea perfectly,it may also inspire you to have many other great ideas that you could use as your next project.
C. Go out and get yourself a pad of graphing paper and start playing with some of your patterns on paper. You can then possibly use a coding system with each different bead type or colour corresponding to a different letter, number or colour, or you can go right ahead and draw out your pattern. If you possess some good drawing skills then why not sketch out the jewelry item and use different coloured pens to color or shade your beads to create the pattern. If you try to stick with this plan when you are starting out then at the very least, you will have formed a line of colors and or codes that will show the order of assembly of the beads for each piece of beaded jewelry being created.
Finally from the pattern you have worked out on paper you should be able to look at the design and decide if you like it or not,if so you can then go ahead and follow the beading patterns and create your very own item of beautiful jewelry.