The Wonderful World of Beaded Jewelry

Bead Embroidery Cuff BraceletWelcome, everyone, to the wonderful world of beaded jewelry!  I’m Gail Nettles, your hostess, and I’m here to teach you how to make beaded jewelry. In these pages you’ll find both video and ebook tutorials, along with some eye candy. And I hope a little dose of fun! :)

Beaded Jewelry, Then and Now

Beaded jewelry has been a part of my life for years.  And when I think about it, it goes all the way back to when I was a child, with macrame, stringing and just being fascinated with the colors, textures and shapes.

For many years I abandoned beaded jewelry, except pearls, in my corporate “dress for success” phase.  After a few years of that, I realized I needed some fun and color back in my life (can you tell I am inspired by color?).

(You can read more about my beading life on the About Me page.)

“Slink Stones” – Right Angle Weave

I’ve come to realize that no matter what beading style you prefer, it’s all about what you like to create.  Hopefully, it’s a fun and rewarding part of your life, too.

So onward to the beading information!

Beaded Jewelry 101, 202, 303 and More – Tutorials!

I love looking at photos of other people’s jewelry, don’t you?  I get inspired by designs, wondering, “how did they do that?” and then trying my hand at the design.  More often than not I fail, but I usually still create something I can proudly wear.

Well, I will have photos for you to enjoy.  And I’m also creating tutorials for those of you who like a design and want to know just how to make it.  Some are free, some cost a tiny sum — but I think you’ll find them worthwhile.  And I also have some free video tutorials of some of the basics of beaded jewelry.

Beaders of all levels are welcome in my “Projects” tutorials!  I’ll have beginner, intermediate, advanced and try-this-at-the-risk-of-your-sanity projects.  :)  Most are in the intermediate range, though.

And let’s not forget about my free “Basics” tutorials!

Every so often I do stray into another area, like Viking Knit jewelry, because I adore Viking Knit chains as necklaces for pendants.  Not to mention having beads included in the styles!

Beaded bracelet with silver, crystals and lampwork.

What Kinds of Jewelry?

Oh boy, if there is a beading style that I haven’t tried, I don’t know what it is!  In these pages I’ll cover beadweaving (primarily seed beads), stringing, bead embroidery, wire jewelry, chain maille and more.

In other words — a lot of different jewelry styles and techniques.

So kick back, get comfortable, and enjoy the wonderful world of beaded jewelry!

Peyote Ring Video Tutorial 3 – SuperDuos Again!

Tailored Band RingHere’s the third free video tutorial for making peyote rings using SuperDuo beads.  This time it’s a little different style from the other two, and it has a more traditional / classic look to it.

Whereas previously in video 1 and video 2 you had been constructing the ring vertically, this time you will do it horizontally.  It’s a little trickier to start, but it’s still pretty easy — not to mention a whole lot of fun!

Why SuperDuo beads and not just regular seed beads?  Mainly because I bought a ton of the 2-hole beads (SuperDuo, Rulla, Brick, etc.) and I wanted to be able to really use them!

The two-hole beads coming out of the Czech Republic have so many neat colors, and they also seem to be just right for using with peyote beading.  Well, herringbone as well, if you watch my bracelet videos, LOL.

Video and Supplies

As with my other videos, just click on the thumbnail to  the right and the video will expand to a more normal size.  (And if you want to see it full-screen, just click the [ ] in the lower right corner.)

Supplies are the same as the last video — SuperDuo beads, size 11 seed beads, beading needle and beading thread.

You’ll need more SuperDuo beads this time, and less in the way of size 11 seed beads.

So, there you have it — three rings, all a bit different, but using SuperDuos.  I hope that you have enjoyed the videos, and that they inspire you to create your own rings!



SuperDuo Peyote Video Tutorial – Ring Style 2

Peyote DuperDup Ring 2You’ve probably seen my first SuperDuo peyote ring tutorial (here’s the link if you haven’t), and so now here is taking that original ring and doing some fun embellishment!

Why Embellish the Ring?

A couple of reasons.  The first is because it’s pretty!  The second is because if you made your initial ring a little too big, this embellishment will tighten up your ring a bit.

But also keep that in mind, if your first ring fits just fine.  If that’s the case, why not just make a second ring and embellish it instead?!?  :D

After all, it’s great to have a variety of rings in different sizes and colors, right?  And they are also kinda like potato chips — it’s hard to stop with just one ring.  Well, that was what I found at any rate!

Supplies and Video Tutorial

To your left is the video tutorial thumbnail.  Click on it and it will expand to a normal size for you to watch.

As to supplies, you’ll need some:

  • SuperDuo beads
  • Beading needle (I used size 11)
  • Beading thread (I typically use either Fireline or K-O)
  • Some size 11 seed beads, in a coordinating or contrasting color.

Relax, put your feet up and I hope you enjoy the video!  Don’t forget that this is video 2, and that there are three videos in the series.  :)

SuperDuo Ring – Peyote Video Tutorial – Ring Style 1

Peyote SuperDuo RingEver wanted to know how to make a peyote ring made with SuperDuo beads?  If you said “You bet!” then you’re in the right spot.  I have not only one but THREE FREE videos on using SuperDuo beads with the peyote beading stitch.

Tutorial 1:  Flat Peyote

In this video, I teach you about making a ring with just a plain flat peyote.  If you’re not familiar with SuperDuo beads, they are relatively recent, from the Czech Republic, and they have two holes (not just one).

This first video teaches you the most basic set of steps for making a ring.  It’s easy and pretty fast, too.  If you’re not familiar with using SuperDuo (or have never used them with peyote beading), then this is the perfect intro for you.

And finally — you don’t need a lot of beads in order to make the ring.  That’s especially nice if you have some odds and ends from other projects, or you just don’t want to buy a lot to start out.

Video Below!

You’ll see a small video thumbnail to the left.  Just click on it and it becomes regular size.  :)   Then all you need to do is sit back, relax and watch the video.

As far as supplies, you’ll need a beading needle (I used a size 11), beading thread and some SuperDuo beads.  That’s it!

I hope you enjou this video.  And remember, I have two more rings to suit your fancy (not to mention your fingers).  :)