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How to Make Jewelry

It is easy to make your own jewelry and it is extremely satisfying. When you finish a necklace or other style and wear it, you feel creative and clever, and you certainly will receive compliments.

You can also decide the color, size, shape, look, and price of the beads and charms, and clasps you include in your design.

For more details about beads and charms click the link.

You can experiment with various colors and lengths to make sure your design is ultra-flattering and easy to wear.

Making jewelry with beads provides a lot of fun, will save you a lot of money, and keep you out of the mall stores. And when you learn a few easy professional tricks for finishing your jewelry, it won’t break or get that “worn-out” look.

Beads by Mail would love to help you become a jewelry designer. Over the past 25 years I have forged friendships with many bead makers and respected sources, and can provide everything you need for your voyage into the world of beads. It is fascinating.

Don’t hesitate to call Jane at 800-572-7920 if you have questions. There is literally nothing I can’t find for you. Almost any bead jewelry you see online or on TV you can make or I can explain how to make it.

Also please remember that Beads by Mail is the only place you can buy beads and get free beads, no coupons, surveys, or hassles, –it is automatic.

Beads Have Been Forever

The earliest use of beads occurred around 100,000 years ago. The first homo habilis in Africa probably attached an animal tooth from a tiger or lion to a piece of sinew and tied it around his neck. Perhaps it symbolized his prowess as a hunter.

Through the ages, every culture has used beads as barter, status symbols, spiritual talisman, expression of religious belief, ornamentation, secret symbols, as a calculator (abacus), and as objects of beauty. In some civilizations, certain beads were reserved for royal personages (sumptuary).

People have devised many ways to wear and use beads: wound into the hair, tied around the neck of a pet and used as leash, as embellishments to pottery, paintings, textiles, and ceremonial and performance costumes, and of course as jewelry worn on the head, in the ears, on the fingers, and almost anywhere else on the body.
The bead provides endless outlets for creativity and aesthetic achievement. Children start stringing beads long before they learn to read.

So what is a bead? It is any object that has a perforation, or hole, that allows the beader to attach it to a cord. Some holes occur naturally. Others must be drilled into the stone, pearl, or piece of glass.

Beads come in a myriad of shapes: round, tubular, flat, cylindrical, leaf, rondel, tiny (seed), flower, melon, rice, potato, or teardrop, to name only a few.

Almost any precious metal or gemstone can be formed into a bead, either by molding, cutting, applying high heat, or faceting. During the 18th and 19th centuries Europeans developed sophisticated technology to produce beautiful glass beads both by hand and mass-produced. Daniel Swarovski was the first bead maker to invent a machine that manufactured beads according to his size and shape specifications. This was in the late 1890s.

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