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Beading Patterns
Some Tips On Creating Your Own Beaded Jewelry

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

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

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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