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Swarovski Crystal Birthstone Jewellery

Learn how to make Swarovski crystal birthstone jewellery as gifts and presents using simple jewellery making techniques. 

Traditionally, birthstones are natural gemstones that are associated with particular months. Jewellery made using these stones is often given as Birthday gifts.  With stones including emerald and diamond, you can imagine these materials are often out of many people’s price range.

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS – Innovations Launch – Light & Shadow

Swarovski Innovations Launch – Light & Shadow 2017

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before about how excited we get here at The Bead Shop every time Swarovski launch their new ranges. They send us small boxes of joy with sample pieces of new crystal cuts, bead shapes as well as sparkling new crystal and pearl colours.

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Trio Challenge – thinking outside the box!

Soft Flex trio beading wire packs

Thinking outside the box, is one of those odd phrases I’m never entirely sure what people mean when they say it. However I do believe I found myself “thinking outside the box” when the brand new SoftFlex Trios arrived. I wanted to do something a little different with them, my initial thought was to do some simple stringing with some of the colourful wires on show, however the small snippet of an image on the front of the trio set led me down a different path.

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Swarovski Ceralun Clay : Top Tips

Swarovski Ceralun example jewellery

Swarovski Ceralun clay is a wonderful media that allows you to make simple jewellery with maximum impact. The clay comes in 2 parts (resin & hardener), when equal amounts of each are mixed together it forms a clay that can then can have Swarovski crystal chatons, diamantes and stones set into the surface.

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The Evolution of a Design


Hello it’s Steph here. I teach a lot of the workshops at The Bead Shop and design quite a few of the kits too. I regularly get asked how do I come up with my designs so I thought I’d share a little insight as to how our latest design got developed into a kit, which originally started life as a workshop.

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Happy New Year!

The Bead Shop New Year

We hope you’ve all had a great start to the new year. If you’re anything like me you’ve already been asked “have you made any resolutions” way too many times. It’s not something I really do myself, I have in the past but inevitably they lead to disappointment in yourself when you’ve not achieved those ridiculously unrealistic challenges you set yourself. Instead, I have made a resolution with myself to not feel guilty for spending time doing the stuff I love and what I love is creating things!

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Christmas Crafting

The Bead Shop Earrings

With the holiday season creeping up on us I’ve been getting crafty with our Christmas charms. We regularly make our Christmas charms into earrings for customers who want something to jazz up their outfit for their Christmas parties and they are always popular. But I wanted to use the charms to make something a little different.

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Pretty in Pink

The Bead Shop Glass Beads

Hello Steph here! Some of you may already know how much I love right angle weave (RAW), particularly if you’ve been on any of my workshops before. It’s such a versatile beading technique and one that looks more complicated than it really is. We’ve taught many people how to make a right angle weave bracelet on our basic jewellery making class and everyone is always surprised by how easy and relaxing it is to do.

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