Everything for beading and jewelry making

Everything for beading and jewelry making


Martina Křížová (Maatja beads)
Beads? That’s love for a lifetime. They offer infinite possibilities, combinations, colours. Original jewellery for a ball, to go downtown, for parties as well as weddings. It all depends on your imagination and that’s what I enjoy about it the most.

Basic information and frequently asked questions

People have been decorating themselves with various drilled-through cubes and pieces of wood since times immemorial. Although they were far away from “contemporary” beads, it was the vanguard of subsequent production of glass, wooden and other types of beads. Currently, in addition to these basic ones, we also have lightweight plastic beads, pearl imitations, glass pearls or beads from precious stones and minerals available. We can use them to create not only jewellery, such as bracelets, earrings or necklaces, but various decorations or even whole pictures are still trendy. Combination with various wires, threading materials or soutache cords gives rise to fancy jewellery pieces that you can make in the comfort of your own home. You can find inspiration on special landing pages for Everything about making jewellery from minerals, baby accessories, Mala jewellery or layered bracelets. So let’s start creating so you can have a beadily nice day!

What are the basic types of beads?

Seed beads are the best known ones, they’re very tiny and they’re most often used for bead weaving. Then there are diverse variants of glass, faceted, wooden or silicone beads. Beautiful jewellery can be made from glass pearls or from their lightweight variant - plastic pearl imitations. Plastic beads are made in a wide array of types and they’re also used for making, for example, Christmas decorations. Natural beads from precious stones and minerals or luxurious faceted crystals by the Czech manufacturer Preciosa® Components are very popular. Don’t forget that jewellery needs to be properly taken care of so that it stays like new for as long as possible, we’ll talk about it in the following questions.

I have the beads, what goes with them?

Take a look at the section of jewellery components where you’ll find a generous amount of metal pendants, beads, connectors as well as eyepins and headpins, jump rings and other necessities. Thanks to these findings, you can make an original piece of jewellery exactly according to your wishes - to simplify the search, you can use the filter on the left, where you can easily choose a particular design or colour. In addition to jewellery findings, we also offer original silver-plated and gold-plated components made of sterling silver 925 or components by Amoracast, which you definitely shouldn’t overlook!

If I want to string beads, what do I need to take into consideration when choosing beads and threading material?

First, you need to choose what you’re going to create and whether the threading material should be elastic or not. For bracelets, elastic bead cord is the most popular threading material, various nylon cords are used for sewing and beading strings and wires are then used for stringing. When you choose a suitable type of material, then you need to focus on the hole width of the beads and findings that you’ll be using for crafting. Chosen threading material should be of a smaller size. Therefore, if the bead’s hole width is 0.8 mm, you can choose an elastic bead cord with the maximum width of 0.8 mm, however, we recommend (especially with beads from natural materials) counting in a possible deviation and rather choosing a thinner material. When it comes to bead weaving, in a similar way, it’s also necessary to select a suitable needle and match the threading material to it (so that it can pass through the eye of a needle and then through the bead as well).

What’s looping?

Looping is a very popular and often used jewellery making technique. With the help of looping pliers, you can bend and end eyepins and headpins, jump rings and other findings made of wire. You can then easily place pendants on your jewellery, or you can make the pendants yourself.

I want to take up bead weaving or soutache jewellery making, how do I do it?

If you don’t know how to deal with something, we’ll gladly advise, for example, on our Facebook page.

I like jewellery made from minerals, how do I do it?

We have a whole landing page about making jewellery from minerals, you’ll find it here! You can also take a look at landing pages about making boho jewellery, Mala jewellery or layered bracelets. And we didn’t forget the little ones either, you can find everything about making baby accessories (including nursing beads) here.

How to take care of jewellery?

Jewellery also needs to be taken care of so that it doesn’t lose its shine and can always be your decoration! Don´t forget to use products from the category of cleaning solutions and jewellery polishes and take proper care for your jewellery.

Can I make really luxurious jewellery?

Definitely! In our range, you’ll also find high-quality silver and gold-plated jewellery findings made from sterling silver 925 or Amoracast components that are also made from sterling silver 925 or that are plated with 14ct gold. You can combine these findings with, for example, luxurious Preciosa® Components crystals or beads from minerals and precious stones.

How to wrap a piece of jewellery if I want to give it as a gift?

We offer a lot of gift boxes especially designed for jewellery as well as various gift bags, or you can grab some scissors, glue and, let’s say, kraft paper and make a box according to your own ideas!

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