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Free Projects & Patterns

Spider Polymer Clay Beads

Making spider pattern polymer clay beads is easier than you think!

Tools and Materials

Orange Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay
Black Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay

Tools used:
Pasta Machine (or roller with rolling guides)
Sculpey Slicer

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Shrink Plastic Skeleton

Make a fun shrink plastic skeleton, perfect for Halloween decorations or jewellery!

Materials Used

1 sheet of either white or clear printable shrink plastic
8 x 6mm silver plated jump rings

Tools:
Hole punch
Sharp scissors 
Chain nose pliers
Heat gun or oven

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Halloween Charm Earrings

Make some spooky but fun Halloween charm earrings, with some added Swarovski sparkle!

Materials Used

2 x Halloween charms
38 x 4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS XILION beads
6 x 5mm black jump rings
2 x black ear wires
2.5 x coils of bright ring memory wire
Memory Wire cutters

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Quilted Tila Free beading project from the bead shop nottingham

Quilted Tila Bracelet by Debora Hodoya

We have another great exclusive pattern from inspiration squad which Hana has tested out and made in one of her favourite colours.

Materials Used

2g Size 13 seed beads
1.5g Size 11 seed beads
1g Miyuki Quarter Tila beads
2g Miyuki Half Tila beads
(we noticed an error to the listed 1g of the half tilas)
9g Miyuki Tila beads
1 x Trigger Clasp
Beading thread – recommended is D weight (Nymo) or 6lb fireline
Size 12 beading needle
Scissors

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Bondeli Trillium Bracelet by Carolyn Cave

A great design from The BeadSmith Inspiration squad.
An intermediate level project perfect for improvers or those just wanting to make a pretty bracelet. Why not join us on 20th July for a free virtual bead-along class – details can be found on Facebook here.

Materials Used

11g (42 beads) x Paisley Duo Beads
2g (21 beads) x Superduos
2g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour A)
0.5g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour B)
2g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour C)
Clasp of your choice (the example shows a toggle clasp)
2 x 6mm jump rings
Size 10 or 12 beading needle
Beading thread – recommended is D weight (Nymo) or 6lb fireline
Pliers to attach the clasp.

Peyote Stitch Paw print pattern - The Bead Shop Nottingham

Paw-some Paw Pattern

A fun design perfect for all animal lovers, using odd count Peyote stitch. We have useful videos to accompany this project available on our YouTube channel here.

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Materials used for this example

Miyuki Delica beads in DB004 Purple Iris
Miyuki Delica beads in DB355 Matte Rose
Size 10 beading needle
Nymo thread
13mm E hook

Carry On! Carrier Bead Bracelet
by Leslie Rogalski
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

Some simple peyote stitch patterns for beading around a carrier bead!


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Materials

Size 11 Delicas in 4 colours (one matches
carrier)
15 carrier beads
35  4mm faceted Czech glass beads
Fireline 6lb
Beadalon 7 
2 x 4mm jump rings
2 x 6mm jump rings
Trigger clasp
Crimp Tube

Tools
Size 12 beading needles
Cutters and Chain Nose pliers.

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Polymer Clay Statement Necklace
Use Premo! Polymer Clay to make a statement necklace. We have gone for a steampunk style design, but this can easily be adapted to create flowers, leaves or geometric shapes.

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Materials
1 block x Premo! Sculpey accents Bronze
1 block x Premo! Sculpey accents Peacock Pearl
2 x medium trigger clasps
2 x fishhooks
20 x eyepins
42 x 6mm jump rings
Tools 
Clay tools such as a range of cutters, rolling pin & rolling guides, tissue blade. But general craft tools like a craft knife, pins, anything to create a texture can be used too. Chain & round nose pliers to assemble pieces.

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Brick Stitch Diamond Earrings
Make these geometric diamond earrings using brick stitch and Miyuki Delica beads.

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Materials 
Size 11 Delica Beads, in your choice of colours.
2 x 4mm Jump Rings SP
2 x Fish Hooks SP
1 x Reel of Nymo thread, to match the colour of your beads.

Tools 

Scissors, Beading Needle & Chain Nose pliers.

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Beadloom Bracelet
This is a perfect beginner project to get started using the Beadalon Jewel Loom

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Materials

Size 11 Czech glass seed beads in; opaque white, opaque black, opaque red, opaque blue, opaque green

0.2mm black wildfire
The project uses small ribbon ends to finish, but you
could also use a 13mm slide connector which makes
finishing off much easier and neater.

Tools:
A Beadalon Jewel loom
scissors
needle

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Kumihimo Hearts Braid
Use the Square Kumihimo plate to create a flat braid with a heart design. This can be made into a bracelet or a bookmark.

Free Kumihimo Project The Bead Shop Nottingham

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Materials 
5m x 1mm antique gold satin cord
1m x 1mm fuchsia satin cord
2x Small ribbon ends
Trigger Clasp
Extension chain
Tools
Square Kumihimo plate
Scissors

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Button Jewellery Inspiration
Two pages of inspiration to help turn your button stash into jewellery! From bright and colourful to classic and chic, there’s something for everyone!

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Soutache Bracelet 
This colourful bracelet uses the popular Soutache cord and Swarovski beads

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Materials

3 x colours of Soutache braid (we used approximately 35cm each of purple, turquoise and royal blue braid).
17 x 6mm fuchsia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5000 round faceted beads
Nymo thread
2 x fold over ends
2 x 6mm  jump rings
1 x medium antique silver trigger clasp
Tools 
Scissors, size 10 needle and Fabric glue
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Swarovski Briolette Bracelet 
Use the super sparkly Swarovski Briolette beads to create a beautiful bracelet

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Materials

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
9 x 8mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
18 x 6mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
10 x 4mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
FINDINGS & WIRE
Medium Soft Flex wire
1 x medium silver plated toggle clasp
2 x silver plated crimp beads
2 x 3mm silver plated crimp covers

Tools 
Cutters and chain nose pliers.

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Geisha Butterfly Earrings by Ania Szydlowska
These stunning earrings combine wirework and thread, along with Swarovski butterfly beads! Ania won a facebook competition to have this amazing design featured with us.

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Materials

0.6mm gold plated wire
0.8mm gold plated wire
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS butterfly beads
Nymo thread (or take a look at our Gutermann threads for even more colours!)
2 x gold plated spring ends
2 x 5mm bright gold SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS pearl beads
2 x gold plated fishhooks
Tools:
Coiling gizmo
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Cutters

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Brick Stitch Earrings
Learn how to brick stitch around a Quicklink

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Materials

2 x silver plated medium round quick links
22 x 3mm black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5810 pearls
20 x 3mm purple velvet SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads
2 x  sterling silver ear wires
purple Nymo thread

Tools used:
Scissors, size 10 needle and chain nose pliers.

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Medallion Flower Necklace
by Joanne Siverns

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A pretty flower pendant on beaded Nepal chain. Bead Shop customer Jo came second with this design in a Facebook competition!

Materials Used:1 x silver plated medium trigger clasp
2 x 6mm silver plated jump rings
0.15mm x frost wildfire thread
3 x colours size 11 Gutermann seed beads
(Jo used 5560 amethyst8430 green & 1700 orange)
1 x 6mm fire opal SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5000 round bead
5 x 4mm topaz SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads
5 x 4mm light amethyst SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads

 

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Paisley Dot Ring
by Leslie A.Pope
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

A fun ring (or pendant) for you you try, we loved the swirl effect created by the Paisley Duo beads.

Paisley dot Ring by Lesley A.Pope
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Materials
8 Paisley Duo Beads
4 Gemduo Beads
1 Baroque Cabochons (we substituted an 8mm candy bead)
12 size 15 seed beads (we substituted with size 13 seed beads)
1g size 11 seed beads
6bl fireline (we used 0.15mm wildfire)
Size 11 beading needle (we used size 12)
Scissors

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Wire Nest

These fun wirework bird nests, complete with spring coloured ‘eggs’,
are a quick  project – perfect for an Easter pendant.

Free project from The Bead Shop Nottingham

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Materials
1 x silver plated small round quick link
3 x 4mm gem colour SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5810 pearls
(Ivory, Turquoise and Jade)
2m x 0.6mm silver plated wire
1 x silver plated curb, snake or trace chain
1 x 6mm jump ring (optional)

Tools used:
Cutters and round nose pliers.
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Swarovski Star Earrings
These sweet little earrings are great for the festive
party season or make an ideal stocking filler.

free mini project from the nottingham bead shop nottingham

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Materials
To make 1 pair of earrings;

2 x Fishhooks or
your preferred earring components
4 x 5mm Jump Rings
10 x 4mm Swarovski 5328 Xilion beads
(Silver Shade have been used in the example)
80 x Size 11 Seed Beads
(Galvanised Silver have been used in the example)
1 x Size 12 beading needle
Beading thread
(Nymo, SoNo, Fireline or
your preferred fine beading thread).
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Spikey Cocktail Ring
This free project uses the lovely 2 hole
Czech Glass triangle beads to great effect.


free beading pattern spiky cocktail ring

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Materials
To make 1 Spikey Cocktail Ring

1 x 12mm Swarovski Elements Rivoli
6 x 2 hole Czech glass triangle beads
6 x 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads
Size 11 Czech Glass seed beads (approx. 1g)
Beading thread (Nymo, SoNo, Fireline)
0.15mm Supplemax
Size 10 beading needle
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Mini Festive Stars

These little stars are easy to make and would
create a sweet little decoration for your tree,
cards or festive gifts.


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Materials
Makes one star

15 x 7mm Czech Glass Bugle Beads
5 x Size 8 Seed Beads
50cm x Beading Thread
(Nymo, Wildfire, Fireline, or SoNo)
we used 0.15mm Wildfire.
Beading Needle (Size 10)
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Sparkle Tassel Jewellery

This fun jewellery set is ideal for adding a some
sparkle to your festive and party outfits!


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Materials

1 pair of earrings;
60cm x 0.25mm Supplemax
24 x 4mm Swarovski 5328 crystal xilion beads
4 x 5mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
2 x Silver Tassels
2 x Fishhooks or your preferred earring component
2 x Eyepins

1 Necklace;
30cm x 0.25mm Supplemax
12 x 5mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
2 x 6mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
1 x Silver Tassel
1 x Chain (I’ve used a silver plated 28’’ belcher chain)
1 x eyepin
1 x 8mm jump ring
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Beaded Flowers

These flower are ideal for earrings, linking
together to make bracelets or an elegant necklace.


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Materials
Makes one flower
8 x Superduo Beads
8 x Size 8 Seed Beads
24 x Size 11 Seed Beads
50cm x Beading Thread
(Nymo, Wildfire, Fireline, or SoNo)
Beading Needle (Size 10)
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Zoe
by Cora Sparidaans
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

Another two hole bead necklace to challenge you


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Materials

To make 1 Necklace;
3 grams Size 11 Seed Beads
2 grams Size 15 Seed Beads
50 x 3mm Swarovski 5328 Xilion Beads
50 x 4mm Round Glass Beads
100 x Kite Beads
50 x Matubo GemDuo
100 x Super Duos
Fireline
Size 12 Beading Needle
Clasp
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Gemduo of a Bracelet
by Leslie Rogalski
Sponsored by The Beadsmith


The Bead Shop bracelet

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Materials
Makes one flower
40 x Gemduos
20 x Superduos
160 x Superduo  Duets
80 x 2.2mm Miyuki Spacers
Fireline
2 Closed Jump Rings
2 Open Jump Rings
Clasp
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How to Leaflet

Our how to leaflet contains information for you to get to grips with the basics of jewellery making. It details the basic tools and components used for making earrings, bracelets and necklaces as well as the basic techniques needed to complete you jewellery creations! The leaflet is an A5 size publication that you can download and print out.

The bead shop nottingham how to make jewellery leaflet


Stitch Grids

Beadweaving can be a difficult job if you are creating new patterns. If you have the time and patience, a computer and a printer then you can make your designing a little easier by drawing you own stitch grids. For those who wouldn’t want to do this, we have already done it for you! Below are PDF’s of the more popular stitch grids that should help you to design your beadweaving pattern.

Beadloom Grid

This grid is A4, the actual squares measure 7mm x 7mm and there are 27 columns, 39 rows.

Brick Stitch Grid

This grid is A4, the ‘squares’ measure 3.5mm x 7mm and there are 61 squares across and 46 rows.

Peyote Stitch Grid

This grid is A4, the ‘squares’ measure 7mm x 3.5mm and there are 31 squares across and 157 rows down.

Welcome to our page of templates (mostly for the beadweavers) and free patterns (for absolutely everybody) for anyone who would like to have ago at making something quick and easy (in most cases!). We also have our how to leaflet for you to download and printout if you wish.

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