Basics Tutorials

The Basics ebook and video tutorials are here, and they are free!  It’s a gift, from me to you.

All of these ebooks were written by me, and with my own photos — they aren’t copied from someone else’s material.

What Are the Basics Tutorials for Jewelry?

The Basics line of ebooks and videos are designed to give you basic information about something.  For example, one ebook tells you all about seed beads; another shows you how to do the peyote stitch.  Or, you can see videos on how to make earring findings (not to mention earrings).

You get enough information to learn a technique or find out about something.  And then sometimes even a project to try out your new skills!

The ebooks are .pdf files, meaning you need a (free) copy of Adobe Reader on your computer.  You probably already have it installed, especially if you’ve gotten your computer in the past 5 years.

Click on the links and they will open in a new page.  You can then save the file to your computer if you like.

As for the videos, they are at the bottom of the posts and all you have to do is click the video, sit back and relax.  :)

It’s as simple as that!  And better yet, you don’t need to fill out any forms or sign up for anything — just enjoy.

Now that you know about the free Basics Tutorials for Jewelry, here they are for you!

  • Beadweaving Supplies: If you’re new to making seed bead jewelry, you may not be familiar with the supplies needed.  Not to worry, this Basics of Beadweaving Supplies ebook will tell you what you need to know!
  • Seed Beads: If you’re new to using seed beads in jewelry, this tutorial is an overview of the sizes, kinds and finishes of these wonderful beads.  So go ahead and check out the Basics of Seed Beads ebook.
  • Peyote, Even Count: Peyote is one of the first stitches that many beaders learn, and some people love it so much that’s all they do!  Here’s your chance to learn this popular (and easy) beadweaving stitch in Basics of Even-Count Peyote ebook.
  • Wrapped Loops:  When I started beading and making jewelry, making wrapped loops was the bane of my existence!  But over the years it’s become much easier, so here’s a video tutorial on Intro to Wrapped Loops (which also covers how to make eyepins).
  • Bead Embroidery:  Ever wonder about the various backings available for bead embroidery?  Then step right up and take a look at an intro to bead embroidery backings.
  • Chain Maille:  If you’re interested in exploring chain maille, then you’ll definitely want the tutorial for chain maille rings.

 

Are There More Ebooks or Videos?

These are all the Basics Tutorials for Jewelry ebooks that I have at the moment, but I’m always adding to the list.  Bookmark this page now, so you can come back and get more ebook tutorials!

Want to see all my video tutorials?  You can find them here.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to also check out my projects tutorials as well — you may find a project or two (or three or…) that tickles your fancy.

7 Responses to Basics Tutorials

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  • Wanda says:

    I truly enjoyed your website. Your pieces are absolutely beautiful and your stories were inspiring.

  • Joann says:

    your infomation on the different projects is awsome. I look forward to making the bracelets as
    soon as my zebra wire comes in. Very clear instruction.. best I have seen in a long time.
    Thank You!

  • Alindas C says:

    Just a question… are there any patterns for the cheaper beads like you pick up at Wal Mart or Hobby Lobby?

    I want to get into beading but I am not willing to spend $35 on beads for a project to learn on but everything I make from the beads I purchase at the above stores always look terrible because the beads are never a true standard size.

    I always buy glass beads because they look better, is that what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks for your response
    Alindas

    • admin says:

      Hi Alindas,

      Hmmm, I usually don’t get the beads at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby. I have done some things with beads from Joann, but honestly, I try to buy the bulk of my beads online. I check out Fire Mountain, Art Beads, Fusion Beads and Whim Beads. When someone has a sale, I tend to stock up. (Oh, I’ve found some good deals on Amazon and ebay as well.)

      I prefer glass beads, as they have the weight necessary to carry off the designs well. Lately I’ve been liking the various Czech beads that have come out — they are fairly inexpensive, yet they look very nice.

      Swarovski glass pearls are also nice — they keep their coating well. I have on a necklace that I probably have worn for 4 months straight and it still looks like new (and I am not gentle with my jewelry, LOL).

      While you can spend a lot, you don’t have to. Sometimes I do sink a fair amount of money into projects….but other times I just want to see how inexpensively I can make something. It’s really a matter of knowing what you want, and then shopping the sales.

      Hope this helps some!

      Gail

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