Beading Tutorial

Light! Camera! Action! Video!

Ice Princess BraceletTo bead or not to bead, that is the question.  Well, you know my answer -- if it stands still long enough, I bead it!  So naturally I have been doing lots of videos.

Spiraling Out of Control

Lately, I have had a thing for spiral weaves.  From Russian Spiral to Dutch Spiral to Cellini Spiral and Double you sense a pattern here?  Intro videos, project tutorials, I've been spiraling out of control, LOL.  😀

Which is my favorite?  What day is it?  Each day, I seem to like one more than another, and the next day it may have changed.

  • I like Russian Spiral if I want to create something fast!
  • I like Dutch Spiral if I want something with an open, lacy effect.
  • I like Cellini Spiral if I want something with a dramatic spiral.
  • I like the Double Spiral when I want something lush, but not overwhelming.

I've been working on a project using triple spiral - yikes!  And should I mention Peyote Spiral, Herringbone Spiral...what can I say, I like tubular weaves!

New Beads, Old Beads

The photo on this page ("Ice Princess") uses a new bead that I got -- long drops.  They are kind of a cross between a Rizo and a Drop.  In any case, I like them, and I wish I had bought more, in other colors.  (Then again, that's the story of my life!)

And my old favorites - size 11 and size 8 seed beads -- figure prominently.  What falls into the "old but new" category is that in my Ice Princess bracelet, I also use some of the Czech seed beads that have been gathering dust in my bead box.  I love the looks of the Czech beads, but I hate that the bead holes are so irregular.  Well, a Double Spiral is great, because I only go through the "wings" once.  And now that I think of it, I really should try them with Russian Spiral as well!

Video, Where Are You?

Well, I have to offer a video for you to watch, right?  And if you guessed it would be the one for Ice Princess, you'd guess right there as well.

So, sit down, put your feet up, grab something to drink and have fun watching!

How to Make Angel Earrings – Two Ideas

If you want to know how to make angel earrings, I've got a video tutorial for you!  I love these style of earrings -- they are fast to make, lovely to look at and can be worn all year long.

I've got two different styles of angel earrings in this tutorial.  One pair uses teardrop beads for the body, the other uses artemis beads.  Make either...or make both!

 On Angel's Wings

I'm doing a little bit of a different take on these earrings.  I've often seen them with teardop bodies and pewter or silver wings.  Those are really pretty, but I wanted crystal, top to bottom.

I tried the butterfly for the angel wings, but that still didn't quite give me what I was looking for.  Then while browsing at my favorite bead store, I found some modular beads.  Hmmm, how would they work?

You'll have to be the judge!  🙂

Here are the supplies you'll need to make these fun crystal earrings.

Pair #1 - Teardrop Angel

  • Two 11x9mm teardop beads.
  • Two 11mm modular beads.
  • Two 6mm round beads.
  • Two 8mm marguerite beads.
  • Two headpins; I used 2 inch headpins, but you can also use eyepins and just make your own.
  • Pair of earring findings.

As for the colors, feel free to use anything you like, but I used crystal for the everything but the halo.  For the halo I used crystal AB.  All beads are from Swarovski.

Pair #2 - Artemis Angel

  • Two 12mm artemis beads.
  • Two 15mm modular beads.
  • Two 6mm round beads.
  • Two 8mm marguerite beads.
  • Two headpins; I used 3 inch headpins.
  • Pair of earring findings.

And of course, all of these are Swarovski crystal beads as well.  I like the way they turned out -- the artemis style makes for a nice angel body.

Colors -- everything was crystal golden shadow, except for the halo (it was crystal AB).  These would look great in just about any color you can think of!'s  the video tutorial, for your viewing pleasure.  🙂

Christmas Tree Earrings Tutorial

I know that as I write this (August), it's a wee bit early for Christmas jewelry.  Then again, it's never too soon to get prepared!  But even if you are reading this in early December, not to worry -- these are fast and fun to make!

O Christmas Tree

The first part of this video tutorial for these holiday earrings is probably old hat to a lot of you.  The last part may not be though, so even if you're use to this technique, you might want to take a look anyway.

The neat part of these is that they are so fast to make.  So if you need a super-fast gift, as long as you have the supplies, you're good to go in a few minutes.

Which reminds me -- here are the supplies you'll need for the first pair:

  • Two 12mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 10mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 8mm marguerite beads.
  • Two 6mm marguerite beads.
  • One 4mm bicone bead.
  • One 6mm cube bead.
  • Two headpins; I used 3 inch headpins, but you can also use eyepins and just make your own.
  • Pair of earring findings.

Not terribly expensive, fortunately.  As for the colors, feel free to use anything you like, but for the video I used emerald for the marguerites, fire opal for the bicone and light topaz AB for the cube.  All beads are from Swarovski.

For the second pair I used

  • Two 12mm artemis beads.
  • Two 4mm bicone beads.
  • Two 4mm cubes beads.
  • Two headpins -- Again, I used 3".
  • Pair of earring findings

And of course, all of these are Swarovski crystal beads.

So -- how about the Christmas tree earrings video tutorial?  Step right this way and enjoy!



Right Angle Weave Earrings Video Tutorial

I've made a right angle weave video tutorial using earrings as the example.  While I also have a video that shows RAW (as it is also called) as a bracelet, these earrings are easier.  Well, faster at any rate!  In fact, this set is easy and fast enough to make a pair of earrings in about a half hour.

About Right Angle Weave

This is one of the hardest beading stitches to get the hang of, but then one of the easiest once you do!  I remember several years ago when I first tried it.  I sat down at the kitchen table with size 11 seed beads and swore that I would not get up until I got the hang of it.

A couple of hours later, the"ah hah!" moment arrived. I'm sure it would have been much faster if I had a video to watch.  So I decided to do a video that will introduce you to right angle weave with a pair of earrings.

You won't need a lot of supplies, and you can make them as long or as short as you want.  I've used larger size beads in this pair, but you can make them larger or smaller.  That's the great part about these earrings -- they are extremely versatile.

Right Angle Weave Earring Video Tutorial

Here are the supplies for this video.

  • Czech druk beads, 6mm, 20 beads.
  • Czech druk beads, 4mm, 12 beads.
  • Size 11 seed beads, less than a gram.
  • Earring findings.  I used sterling silver french wires.
  • Thread; I used Fireline, but you can use Silamide or Nymo if you wish.
  • Needle, size 10 or 12 (whichever you prefer).
  • Pliers (used to open and close the loop on the earring findings).
  • Scissors or other thread cutter.

If you've never done RAW before, watch the video all the way through before you make the earrings.  It's not terribly long -- not quite 10 minutes.  Then once you've done it all the way through, try it again by following along.

Hope you enjoy it!  🙂