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  • Baroque Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    This week we’re using the NEW Baroque Bead Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018 to make a gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings! Florals, filigree and lace patterns are making a big trend for Spring/Summer 2017, so this quick but magnificent project is a must have accessory in your jewellery collection! “Harken back to an era of filigree and lace! The Baroque Bead pays homage to the grandeur an...

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  • Simple Filigree Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

    For this week’s Mini-make tutorial we’re keeping things super simple! As Spring and summer approaches you’ll see a lot more of these single strand bracelets on the high street with either a cute connector or charm in the middle. In keeping with the Spring theme, I’ve handpicked a beautiful new filigree tube as the main feature for these leather bracelets! Project Materials Pink Round Leather 2mm C...

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  • Geometric Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    This week’s Mini-Make tutorial combines two trends in one, geometric shapes and mixed metals! These two trends were so big in 2016 that geometric patterns and metallic finishes continue to lead fashion industries and home decor designs. I’ve made two styles of earrings using the geometric soldered ring shapes that can be worn as a matching pair, or asymmetrically for an edgy look! Project Material...

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  • Gold Award Celebration!

    It’s been a big week for us at Beads Direct and we owe you a massive THANK YOU! We’re celebrating our gold award wins from the International Craft Awards, during our fantastic week of achievements. The International Craft Awards are hosted every year by Crafts Beautiful where public vote for their favourites suppliers, demonstrators, websites and a whole range of crafting categories. Not only did ...

  • Sparkle Soutache Pendants by Katalin Appadoo

    These fabulous beaded soutache style pendants are perfect for adding a dash of metallic shine to your party outfits! Follow Katalin’s project below and learn how to create a personalised design with a brilliant range of shapes, mediums and materials. Materials For your pendants: Silver sparkly resin marquise flat back cabochons (BA135) Preciosa pressed glass candy twin hole beads in frosted gold (...

  • Candy Duet Bracelet by Joy Wignall

    We’ve been eagerly waiting to share Joy Wignall’s beautiful bracelet design with you! Joy has used both the 8mm and new 12mm sizes of the Preciosa candy beads, along with twin hole beads and Toho seed beads to make this show-stopping piece that shimmers in purple and gold. You know when you’re holding a quality piece of handmade jewellery when it has a satisfying weight to it and Joy’s bracelet do...

  • Delicate Drop Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    This week’s Mini-Make tutorial is so easy, making it the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers. I’ve picked out the NEW drop earring findings, a delicate earring base with a post in the middle to showcase your favourite beads! Swarovski crystals and semi-precious beads are perfect for this, and we would recommend choosing a bead that’s 6-8mm in size. If you want to use half-drilled pearls ...

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  • Crocus Flower Jewellery by Claire Broome

    Design team member Claire Broome has designed a beautiful floral necklace using Toho seed beads and Preciosa twin hole beads.  Learn how to make a seed beaded necklace made using the St. Petersburg Weave with Claire’s step by step tutorial! You can find more of Claire’s designs on her ToDot Crafted facebook page and also in her shop! “I made this necklace a couple of years ago and love wearing it ...

  • Sweetheart Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    This week’s Mini-Make has been designed by Jo, our warehouse manager! It’s a really sweet project that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, special occasions or just adding a little love and sparkle to your outfit. Swarovski’s 3mm faceted round crystals fit perfectly inside the cute heart spacer beads, and the blush rose colour is a subtle tone that’s perfect for Spring. We love how these earrings dangl...

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  • Sky Blue Bracelets | Mini-Make Monday

    Today’s Mini-Make are these beautiful Sky Blue bracelets, using aqua blue jade beads and a stunning rose gold angel wing charm. Blue is my favourite colour and I couldn’t resist the beautiful tones of these semi-precious aqua blue jade tones. I used rose gold with the blue tones as it works really well together, it also matches with my rose gold watch which is a bonus. You could also try creating ...

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  • Goodbye For Now

    Hi everyone, On Thursday 2nd February I will be leaving the lovely bunch of people at Beads Direct to start my maternity leave! I have worked for BD for over 8 years and everyone here is like family to me. My role as Customer Service Manager means that if you have ever phoned BD, you have no doubt spoken to me! When I joined BD I didn’t know anything about jewellery making but soon got into making...

  • Amethyst Drop Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    For this week’s Mini-Make we are using Swarovski Iridescent purple pearls with Long Magatama beads. We have used our brand new earring drop frames for this design and you can use any choice of beads to add to this frame, simply unclip the wire from the drop frames and start adding your beads! Project Materials 1x 5810 Swarovski Glass Pearls 4mm Cry Iridescent Purple Pk50 (HH266) 2x 5540 Crystal Sw...

  • Gemstone Rings | Mini-Make Monday

    Showcase your favourite gemstones on the brand new gold plated ring base! This is the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers and gemstone lovers. You can easily interchange the feature bead to match your mood and outfit. Why not choose a gemstone to match your personality or one that holds a special meaning to you. What your favourite gemstone? Tell us in the comments below! Mine would have...

  • Paradise Blue Earrings | Mini-Make Monday

    It might be Blue Monday, but that’s no reason to feel down! Bring out your bead stash and get creative with this week’s Mini-Make, inspired by blue tones ‘Island Paradise’, ‘Lapis Blue’ and ‘Niagra’ of Pantone’s Spring Colours for 2017. We’ve paired jade gemstones with a touch of rose using NEW copper plated spiral bead caps to make a delicate pair of earrings with a trending colour combination. F...

  • Gemini Bracelets | Mini-Make Monday

    We’re using all NEW beads for this week’s Mini-Make project, including Preciosa pressed glass flat rounds, Hematite cubes, and rose gold plated polygon rounds. If you love working with shaped two hole beads, this is a really simple project that you can adapt to your own colour preferences and finishes. We made two versions, one using elastic and the other with beading wire, finished with a lobster...

  • New Year’s Necklace | Mini-Make Monday

    Make a stunning set of jewellery for your New Year’s celebrations with epoxy resin clay and crystal chatons! Choose from four jewellery kits with beautiful, handcrafted Nunn Design components to make a necklace and matching earrings in antique silver or antique gold.

  • Aura Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

    As you may have already heard, Sarah Millsop has left Beads Direct for now, but she couldn’t go without making a few bonus video project for you first! For this week’s Mini-Make project, Sarah makes a super sparkly Christmas bracelet with rainbow crystal bicones! Subscribe to the Beads Direct YouTube channel to see more of Sarah’s projects. Project Materials Rainbow Crystal Glass Bicone Beads (ST1...

  • Crystal Scarab Bracelet | Mini-Make Monday

    For this week’s Mini-Make, we’re using the Scarabaeus Green Swarovski crystal with a touch of Crystal Silver Night for a Christmassy feel! Scarabaeus Green is part of the Fall/Winter 2017 innovations made in collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Inspired by the tarnish copper roof of the Paris Opera House, the Scarabaeus Green is the perfect colour for your Christmas designs with shimmering hues ...

  • Farewell Message from Sarah

    As many of you know, I have been guest presenting on Create & Craft for 6 years now and have had the privilege of bringing Beads Direct kits to you since 2014. My role here has consisted of designing, sourcing, making and selling hundreds (if not thousands) of kits, beaded jewellery and filming weekly Take a Make Break tutorials for the Beads Direct YouTube channel as well as guesting our TV shows...

  • Christmas Stocking Earrings | Mini Make Monday

    Since it’s December and Christmas is just around the corner, we’re going all festive for this month’s Mini-Makes! To make this cute pair of earrings, we picked out the silver plated stocking charms from the Christmas Shop and made little presents with Miyuki cube beads. By creating a wrapped pin above the bead, your earrings will have extra movement with a decorative finish! If you’re looking for ...

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  • Pendulum Necklace | Mini-Make Monday

    Geometric shapes and semi-precious gemstones continue to be a non-stopping trend this year, so when the NEW agate connectors and 3D geometric charms arrived, I knew I had the perfect partnership for a Mini-Make Monday project. The 3D geometric hollow diamond charm is so damn awesome (doesn’t it remind you of a space shuttle?) plus it comes in three colours to choose from – antique silver, rose gol...

  • Falling Filigree Leaf Bracelet by Jill Unthank

    Design team member Jill has designed us a gorgeous leather wrap bracelet with rich Autumnal colour and delicate leaf charms. I really love Jill’s choice of earthy Pantone colours for the leather – Spicy Mustard and Potter’s Clay are two of the top colours for Autumn 2016! See more of Jill’s designs on her Facebook page & Etsy shop! Materials Gold plated charm carrier (CR593) Gold plated fancy leaf...

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  • Swarovski Spike Necklace | Mini-Make Monday

    When we received stock of the Swarovski Spike pendant, I knew I wanted to create a design using it, it is such a stunning pendant. The pendant has the Patina affect that gives it an antique look, which I love. I mixed this pendant with sterling silver findings to make it that extra special design. PROJECT MATERIALS 6480 Swarovski Crystal Spike Pendant 39mm Crystal Rose Patina (AC1656) Sterling Sil...

  • Fimo Clay Dragon | Inspiration

    Before Liv from the warehouse team sadly left BD to follow her dream career in teaching, she shared with us an incredible dragon made from Fimo clay.  Liv commissioned her friend Helen O’Conner to create this Fimo dragon based on her son’s design. I posted a picture on Instagram, but you really need to see the sheer skill and talent she has to make such a realistic and detailed mythical beast! I b...

  • Beading Day Out at IJL

    Last week the buying team ventured out for the day to International Jewellery London (IJL). The show is the biggest trade event in the international jewellery industry, it is a brilliant opportunity to see some of the biggest trends right now and meet the people behind the creations. Whilst there we were delighted to see that we are right on trend! We saw lots of pieces that use components we love...

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Generated 6 months ago

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  • NEW Nunn Design Jewellery Kits

    The new Nunn Design kits are perfect for those who want to have a go at using crystal clay, but are not sure where to get started! These cute little kits are neatly packaged and contain everything you need to make their pictured design. Choose from a stunning necklace or earring kit, both available in either antique silver or antique gold. Once made, you have a stylish piece of jewellery handmade ...

  • Macramé Knotted Ring | Mini Make Monday

    Since I first learnt how to macramé knot, I’ve been adding little knotted details into lots of my designs! Once you’ve mastered the simple knotting pattern then the ideas are sure to start flowing for you to get creative with them. Try mixing your coloured threads, adding beads into your knots or even using your macramé sections as functional, sliding clasps. Take a look at more of our pretty macr...

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Generated 6 months ago

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