Diamond is the girl's best friend, but that was long ago. Nowadays, practical women do not mind wearing cheap jewelry as long as it is beautiful and trendy. Handmade beads for jewelry are now sellable to both young and old not only because it is less expensive but also cool and fashionable.
Many hobbyists have turned their hobby into income-generating projects and you could be one of them. If you are fond of beads and jewelries, you can certainly make money out of it. Read on to know about the basics of handmade beads jewelries.
There are various types of bead you can use to make jewelries. Commonly used handmade beads are Swarovski pearls, Czech glass beads, Indian glass beads, Swarovski crystal beads, Semi precious stone beads, Seed Beads, Plastic Beads, Metal Beads, Wooden Beads, Stone beads and Bone Beads. Crystal beads especially the Swarovski crystal beads are much preferred by many because sparkles and very glamorous and most popular is the.
Beading techniques make the foundation of your jewelry of handmade beads. It is an important basic that craftsmen should learn. It will be difficult at first but as you go along you will find it easy and simple.
There are two types of beading techniques and each are further subdivided. Wire beading techniques uses heavy-gauged wires for stronger foundation; the basics that you should learn include making simple loop and S loop. You may also want to know about finishing with clamp by using either a stopper or a knot. Moreover, you should also learn about how to open a jump ring and how to fix the connector.
Beading or weaving technique is another method of making your handmade beads jewelry's foundation. It is very important that you should learn about Peyote Beading Patterns and techniques and also square stitch beading technique. All these techniques are taught at crafts classes and you have the option to enroll in them to enhance your skills.
The handmade beads can be made into different beautiful and unique pieces of jewelries. Projects include earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The simplest project you can make is earrings. You will only need eye-pins and T-pins to complete the entire project.
Use your own website to sell your handmade beads projects. Make sure that your page is attractive, with clear photos to generate traffic. To process sales, put a shopping cart on the page. Also, your page should have the ability to accept credit cards or if not get a merchant account like PayPal.
In the previous article I shared physical properties and some magical characteristics of Gemstone Beads. In the article, at first I would like to give a small introduction of gemstone who are new in this industry and some who want to gain knowledge about beads and cabochons. Let's have a look the meaning of:
Gemstone - A precious or semiprecious stone that may be used as a jewel when cut and polished.
Cabochon: a highly polished gem that is cut convexly but without facets
Grading of Gem Stones
Gemstone and stone beads grading is less formal than gemstone grading as a whole. Still there are some generally accepted rules that determine which grade is assigned to a stand. Grade is assigned based on a letter with A being best and "D" being worst. Note that "D" might be just what you want for a specific project, so don't dismiss them as worthless. Sometimes you might see gem grades of A A A and A A. Those are real gem grades with A A A being near perfect. It's rare for such good quality stones to be cut into beads. They are worth more as faceted gems. The overall quality of the stones in the strand is usually derived from a combination of the classic gemstone qualities of color, cut and clarity. I will include more about grading in the next article but as far as I think you may have some idea about gemstones.
There are various kinds of gemstones like ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine and many more. These gemstones are found in different parts of the world and are imported by the suppliers and exporters direct from the mines as rough stones. These rough stones work as raw material for further processing.
Shape and size:
These rough edged stones are further decided to convert into shapes like oval, round, square, faceted, chips, smooth etc. and size as per the requirement.
Cutting and polishing:
The skilled craftsmen in the manufacturing unit cut and polish the stone using modern machines.
Most however, are cut and polished for usage as jewelry. The two main classifications are stones cut as smooth, dome shaped stones called cabochons, and stones which are cut with a faceting machine by polishing small flat windows called facets at regular intervals at exact angles.
Stones which are opaque such as opal, turquoise, variscite, etc. are commonly cut as cabochons. These gems are designed to show the stone's color or surface properties as in opal and star sapphires. Grinding wheels and polishing agents are used to grind, shape and polish the smooth dome shape of the stones.
Gems which are transparent are normally faceted, a method which shows the optical properties of the stone's interior to its best advantage by maximizing reflected light which is perceived by the viewer as sparkle. There are many commonly used shapes for faceted stones. The facets must be cut at the proper angles, which varies depending on the optical properties of the gem. If the angles are too steep or too shallow, the light will pass through and not be reflected back toward the viewer. The faceting machine is used to hold the stone onto a flat lap for cutting and polishing the flat facets. Rarely, some cutters use special curved laps to cut and polish curved facets.
Finally these gems are used for making beautiful Jewelry. There are many kinds of jewelry tools that help to connect the beads and metals for making necklaces, rings pendants, earrings etc. Silver, Gold and Platinum are mostly used for making jewelry with semi precious and precious beads.
Now that you know the basics, how do you acquire practical knowledge? Visit to the wholesale suppliers and exporters manufacturing units and notice how they process.
Jewelry is so much more than just something pretty look at. Jewelry today is used to commemorate important events, special occasions and people in everyday life. Instead of walking into a standard jewelry store and being forced to choose from ready-made pieces, consider designing your own one-of-a-kind jewelry using gemstone beads.
How To Find A Designer
If you're confident in your own designer abilities, great! Get sketching! But if you're like most people and the thought of designing a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece you'll love to wear is intimidating, find a professional jewelry designer to help. Start by finding local jewelry stores that offers custom design services using gemstone beads. You'll want to be sure in your decision so take a look at recent pieces the designers have created and ask lots of questions of the designer.
Some questions to ask are:
How do they come up with their designs?
Will they be creating the final jewelry piece as well as designing it?
What types of materials are they comfortable using? Are they able to use gemstone beads as well as freshwater pearls?
How long does a typical jewelry piece take to complete?
Cost of design?
Are they able to buy wholesale beads, therefore reducing your cost?
Will your piece be one-of-a-kind or will it be replicated to sell to others?
How To Choose A Design
Once you have a designer, the next step is actually designing the jewelry. If you have ideas, share them with your designer. They'll want to know exactly what you're thinking, especially when it comes to the type, shape and color of the gemstone beads and freshwater pearls. Do you want the jewelry to symbolize someone special using certain beads? Your jewelry designer needs to know what you're looking for in order to create something beautiful that you'll be proud to wear.
Are you looking for just one piece or would you like a matched set of earrings, bracelet and necklace? The designer may have different ideas based on the different jewelry pieces. At this point, your budget is extremely important since the gemstone beads and freshwater pearls will help determine the design. Double check with the designer to make sure they're able to purchase wholesale beads and pearls and pass some of the savings on to you.
Creating The Jewelry
Once you have a design worked out, the wait begins. A quality piece of jewelry won't be finished overnight so patience is a virtue. Ask your designer how long it should take to receive the gemstone beads and freshwater pearls if they had to be special ordered and how long after that it will be before the piece is completed. A beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry designed with your input will be worth the wait.