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Jewellery Making Techniques From Around The World

You don’t have to be jetting off around the world this summer to get a taste of another culture. Jewellery making is a doorway to the world, from the intricate Japanese Kumihimo beads to the stunning opulence of Traditional Indian Jewellery. If you’re looking for inspiration for a new jewellery making technique, why not look to far-flung shores for your next big idea. Stock up on supplies and get inspired by our top picks of the best jewellery making techniques from around the world.

Japanese Kumihimo

Kumihibo BeadsKumihimo is a bead braiding technique that looks a lot scarier than it is. Once you get the hang of where your disc, bobbins and kumihimo beads should be, this jewellery making technique is a fun and therapeutic pastime. It has been elevated to the position of an artform in Japan, so you can be assured of stunning results. To get started you’ll need a few specialist items and some tiny kumihimo beads that are available in a range of stunning colours.

Native American Turquoise

Turquoise BeadsTurquoise is a semi-precious stone steeped in legend and history. Known as the fallen sky stone, Native Americans believe that when the rains came, their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into the earth, creating the stone of sky and water. It is found in the Southeastern states in the USA and is commonly used alongside red Jasper gemstones.

Traditional Indian Jewellery

India has enjoyed a 5000-year love affair with jewellery, and the love is still strong today. Traditional Indian jewellery evokes images of gold, lots of bangles, body jewellery and elaborate earrings. The easiest way to get a piece of this trend is with stacking bracelets, which are perfect for the summer.

Austrian Swarovski

Swarovski BeadsOriginally from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Swarovski’s founder moved to Austria and founded the Swarovski company in 1895. In 1982 he patented his energy-intensive grinding process used to create the crystals. They were the height of fashion during the start of the 20th Century and continue to hold a special place in our hearts today. Swarovski beads are an easy way to add a touch of luxe to any jewellery making project.

Nepalese Prayer Beads

Prayer beads enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 90s, and like most other trends from that era, they’re coming back around again. Thanks to the increased interest in yoga and Buddhist principles, more and more people are turning to semi-precious stones for jewellery making. They are traditionally used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, or the number of breaths while meditating.

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Creative Jewellery Displays For Your Online Store

When it comes to running an online jewellery store, making the products is only half of the work. With so many Etsy, Folksy and Ebay stores cropping up every day, finding a unique and appealing way to present your homemade wares is vital to ensuring success. Whether you run a physical store at a local arts and crafts fair, or if you’re looking for creative way to photograph your products for an online store, look to these creative folks for design inspiration to help get you started.

It’s important to note that, although imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, copying another etsy seller’s style is a big no-no. Finding your own unique style and establishing a brand is one of the biggest keys to success in the online jewellery-selling community. Happy selling!

Simple offcuts of wood can create a unique and interesting display for rings and bracelets. These geometric pieces of plain wood make a bold and clean statement and would complement bold and striking pieces of jewellery, or dainty delicate pieces.


Image from: The Merry Thought

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to create a necklace display, this cardboard version is very quick to put together and looks great when photographed. To customise and make it your own, cover the cardboard with a patterned paper.


Image from: Stella + Hodge

A simpler version of this cardboard display is a simple cone which is perfect for displaying bracelets. These are perfect for a craft stall display as well as product photography.


Image from: Georgia P Designs

Although it may take a little more effort, photographing your products with the help of a model will help potential buyers to imagine owning the piece. Enlist the help of a friend and use some creative props that will help your jewellery to pop. Make sure you keep the focus on the jewellery by using the smallest aperture setting your DSLR will allow. If you don’t have a DSLR, you can blur the background using a programme like Photoshop.


Image from: Boho Chic Chic

If you have a few different pieces to display at once, this DIY jewellery hanger is an easy solution for displaying necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Simply place hooks in the bottom of a wooden hanger to create this unique jewellery holder.


Image from: I Spy DIY

And finally, if you’re looking for a super simple way to display earrings, using business cards or luggage tags with your shop name is a great way to help people remember the name of your shop and encourage repeat sales. Printing a set of business cards and using them as a backing for earrings is a cost effective way to present and market your jewellery.


Image from: Joanna Tinley Jewellery

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An Insight Into The Bead Shops New Products

At The Bead Shop we are proud to be constantly refreshing our collection so we can provide the best quality for you. We are extremely passionate about beads and beading, so have introduced some new products just for you!

Plastic Barrel 6x8mm Opaque Light Green Beads

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Pony beads are perfect way to add a little touch of colour to your bracelets, necklaces, keychains and any decorations! If you want something simple, yet electric utilise the plastic barrel light green beads! Whether you’re using a thin cord, or a thick cord, the green beads are inexpensive and versatile!


1mm (18 Gauge) Craft/ Jewellery Wire – 24K Gold Plated – 4 Metres

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Copper wire is a necessity when you’re looking to make any tiaras or hair combs. Our 1mm wire is sturdy and ideal for those looking to make wire wrapped designs. Whether you need it for sturdy bases, frames or wirework projects, 1mm craft/ jewellery wire is exactly what you need!

1.5mm Rattail Satin Cord – Dark Silver – 5m

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Keeping to the cords, next up is the 1.5mm rattail satin cord in dark silver. It is beautiful, smooth and a shiny satin, making it one of the most versatile cords. Perfect for Shamballa Bracelets, Macrame knotwork and Chinese Knotwork, working perfectly with bright colours and large beaded holes. 

Miyuki 4mm Cube Seed Beads – Colour Lined Pink/ Red -10g

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The Miyuki Cube Beads are an alternative to the plastic barrel pony beads. They are a sharper image, offer a new dimension and a different texture. The Miyuki beads can work well with weaved designs or larger stringing materials.

88mm Faceted Bicone Crystal Glass Beads – Mix Colours – 1 String (40 Beads)

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The 88m faceted Bicone crystal glass beads with mix colours is a great traditional set of round glasses beads. With an increase in popularity, a double cone shape and beautiful facets combining into one bead you can use them on their own! They work extremely well with fish hooks and headpins which will make some stunning jewellery!

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