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Enamelling with Katie Sanderson

Enamel pendant by Katie Sanderson

We have invited the wonderful enamel artist, Katie Sanderson to write a blog post about her work and inspirations for us! She currently has a selection of work for sale in our window. And is going to be teaching an enamelling workshop here at The Bead Shop in November! Read on to find out more … Read more

Top Tips From My First Time Using Polymer Clay

Tiny Twister Lolly - polymer clay

Hi, I’m Eloise! The newbie here at The Bead Shop. You may have seen me on our Instagram or in store recently. I’ve recently really got into making items from Sculpey clay. So I thought I’d share some top tips from my first time using polymer clay.

When my partner first found The Bead Shop, coming home with a pile of leaflets on workshops and crafty info along with my first pack of polymer clay, I couldn’t have guessed that only months later I would be a member of the lovely team here!

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How to create jewellery with leftover chain

How to create jewellery with leftover chain

Hi Alex here! If you’re anything like us at the bead shop you might have a collection of odd lengths of chain that you have no idea what to do with! I’ve created this blog post to show you how to create jewellery with leftover chain to hopefully inspire you to use utilise the chain you would otherwise throw away. Not only can you help reduce your waste but create beautiful things too.

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Inspiration for how to decorate natural wooden beads

Inspiration for how to decorated natural Wooden Beads

Sometimes being faced with a blank canvas, whether it’s an actual canvas or a bead, can feel a little daunting. So I thought I’d share some inspiration for how to decorate natural wooden beads. Sometimes wanting to find the right colour to go with a particular garment can be enough to spark your inspiration. I have been known to paint my own beads for that very reason.

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Needle felting for the mind

Needle felted Rain bow brooch

Hi, Alex here!
For a while now we’ve been wanting to produce a new needle felting kit to add to our ever growing collection of crafting kits here at The Bead Shop. Steph and Emma are our needle felting experts but we wanted to aim this kit at complete beginners. So for the production of this kit I thought I’d have a go! Needle felting is something I’ve always wanted to try. Inspired by seeing Emma’s adorable needle felted bunny Ralph, I was keen to get involved and I also had a slight ulterior motive… 

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How to make your own Mala Beads

Knotted Mala Bead Necklace

Buddhist prayer beads or malas are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited. They are similar to Catholic rosary beads used in prayer though they tend to have 59 beads and finish in a cross or crucifix. Misbahah are muslim prayer beads, usually in strings of 99 beads.

Mala necklaces consist of 108 beads plus a 109th Guru bead and are used to count the number of times a mantra or breaths are repeated.

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What you need to know about healing crystals

What you need to know about healing crystals

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of healing crystals or which birthstone is associated with each month? Semi-precious gemstones have been used in jewellery and accessories for Millenia. But some people believe semi precious stones and gemstones have specific meanings and uses. Recently there has been a renewed interest in natural crystals and their potential healing qualities. They are thought to help balance energy and enhance wellbeing. Semi-precious gemstone beads can not only be used to make beautiful jewellery, but the stones themselves may have many benefits and properties.

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How to make your own beaded felt bowls

Hi Steph here, I thought I’d show you how to make your own beaded felt bowls! You may have seen these beautiful bowls in our bead shop or on our social media. We launched them for our 20th Birthday party back in January. We wanted an alternative to the plastic tubs that customers use to collect their beads in whilst shopping. We had been on the look out for a while, but hadn’t found anything suitable. That was until I visited the Nottingham Yarn Expo last November where I saw these fun bowls on Joe’s Toes stand. They are a Yorkshire based company producing DIY slipper kits as well as a few other fun felt items.

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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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Fun craft projects so you can keep the kids happy!

Kids Crafts from household items - The Bead Shop Nottingham Blog

I was going to be teaching a series of craft workshops for kids during the Easter holidays at Handmade Nottingham. Unfortunately Covid-19 has other ideas so these have been postponed until the Summer holidays. However I thought as everyone is going to have to be creative in keeping their children entertained at home it would be helpful if I shared the projects with you.

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My 20 favourite things to do in Nottingham!

The Bead Shop Hot Chocolate

Hi it’s Hana here, I’ve noticed recently that we’re getting more people coming to visit us from outside Nottingham. I’m not sure if it’s because there are now less bead shops in the UK or because beading and crafting are becoming more popular. Either way we often get asked what else there is to do and see in Nottingham so I thought share some of my favourite places with you.

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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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