Making Beaded Jewelry Is Easy to Do
By Sam Serio
Making beaded jewelry is an inexpensive and fun hobby that nearly
anyone can do. The materials needed are readily accessible and cost very little money.
Aside from the requisite thread, needle and the beads, there are also some other materials
that the hobbyist can use in making beaded jewelry. Hobbyists can also experiment with
various beading techniques to make interesting and unique creations.
There are several techniques involved in making beaded jewelry.
Stringing is one, and wire-working with beads is another. Various types of string are
available: cords, plastic, twine. Additionally, silk and nylon threads can also be
utilized in making beaded jewelry. Using hemp fiber in beaded jewelry making is a nice
touch it makes for an unusual product and would also be a great topic for
conversation. Wire of various thicknesses is another popular option. Additionally, wire is
used to make beaded jewelry items such as necklaces, hairpins and earrings, and to attach
Beads for jewelry come in all shapes and forms as well. In spite of
beaded jewelrys reputation for being inexpensive, a person can also use precious
gemstones like pearls and precious metals, such as gold and silver, to make beaded dress
accessories. For beginners, however, less costly materials are widely available for making
beaded jewelry: glass, crystal, coral, to name a few. Whatever materials the artist uses,
he or she is easily able to customize the type of beaded jewelry to be worn personally,
given as a gift, or sold to beaded jewelry enthusiasts.
To enhance the overall visual effect of the beads, a number of knotting
and stitching techniques are recommended. There are simple knots and stitches for
beginners, and with practice, they will be able to progress to the more complicated and
fancier methods used in making beaded jewelry. Its interesting to note that knots
have mystical connotations in some cultures. For some East Indians, knots can be used to
curse a person. In Gypsy lore, it is important to untie knots in the clothing of a woman
in childbirth. And the expression tying the knot derives from the ancient
Romans, when the groom would untie the knots of his brides girdle before
consummating the marriage. In which case, it should be untying the knot.
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