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December 07, 2022

Double Infinity Looped Wire Ring Tutorial

This new wire ring tutorial is pretty exciting.

It uses one technique to make the double infinity loops, but I've managed to make two different ring styles by turning the wire focal horizontal in one version and vertical in the other. 

This tutorial is for the vertical double infinity wire ring, but helps you understand the differences in the version with the horizontal wire loops.

December 06, 2022

St Petersburg Stitch Garland Bead Bracelet

St. Petersburg Stitch beadwork bracelet

This St Petersburg stitch bead bracelet is like a holiday wreath for your wrist! Made with single St. Petersburg chain, the combination of colors gives it a Christmas holiday feel, but you can wear it all year long.

The beads accentuate the slightly asymmetrical nature of the stitch by alternating the color on each side between red and gold. Here's how to make your own.

St. Petersburg Chain Bead Stitch Tutorial [Single]

Beadwork made with St. Petersburg stitch tends to look complicated. It does have several different steps, but once you get the hang of it, St. Petersburg stitch is actually easy and makes a nice beaded chain quickly. St Petersburg stitch is typically used to make bead chains, but I have also used it to around a wire frame and it's very pretty!

There are two well known variations, Single St. Petersburg chain (above) and Double St. Petersburg chain (below).  They both use the same technique with the double version connecting a second chain using the middle beads. I will publish a tutorial for double St. Petersburg stitch in the future. I love how it makes a chevron or feather shape.

This tutorial will show you how to make the single St Petersburg bead chain.

November 21, 2022

Wire Wrapping Top Drilled Bead Pendant [Book Excerpt]

Top drilled drop shape beads and briolette beads make eye catching additions to your handmade wire jewelry creations.  

Unfortunately, top drilled drop beads can also be challenging to wire wrap, especially for beginners.

There are a variety of techniques for wire wrapping top drilled beads and which one is best for you to use will depend on:

  • the size of the drop bead
  • the size of the drill hole on the bead
  • what size and type of wire material you are using
  • how you plan to use the wire wrapped drop bead in jewelry
  • and how experienced you are with wire wrapping. 

The wrapping technique in this article is one I often use to wire wrap top drilled drop beads. It is especially easy for beginning wire wrappers. 

This is an excerpt from my book Wire Wrap Jewelry Making for Beginners that is available now for purchase on Amazon and some other retailers such as ParaWire.

November 07, 2022

Tips for Rounding Wire Jewelry Cut Ends with Ease

One simple step to improve your wire jewelry making is to make sure your cut ends are smooth and burr free. 

Tools Used to Round Wire

And getting a smooth wire end isn't very hard - if you have the right tools.

October 28, 2022

Creepy Halloween Bead and Wire Spider Earrings

Looking to make something creepy to dress up your Halloween outfit? Then these instructions on how to make a beaded spider is the tutorial for you. 

This project is versatile because you can use different types and sizes of beads - a great stash buster! I'll show you how I made the black spiders dangling on grey silk threads - but feel free to experiment with other sizes and types of beads.

September 14, 2022

Circular Brick Stitch Daisy Flower [Perfect for Beginners]

 When I was first figuring out how to make this pretty beaded flower, I had to try 3 different ways before I got it right. Once I realized how easy it was, I thought I would make a garden full of flowers. Of course, I didn't and just moved on to the next project on my list. 

Beaded daisy instructions by Lisa Yang Jewelry

I figured today was the day I would make more - maybe a pretty red drop bead for the petals with yellow or white (or both) in the center. I was hoping for something resembling a poinsettia. But knowing my bead collection (and lack of organization), my backup plan was black petals, with orange or purple - a little Halloween themed fun. 

Beaded flower tutorial for beginners by Lisa Yang Jewelry

I did finally find the red beads to make this version.  Read on to find out how to make these beginner friendly flowers.

July 12, 2022

Improve Your Jewelry Loops with 6-Step Bail Pliers

 Are you ready to try a new round nose plier for your wire jewelry making?  

This is a comfortable, easy to use round nose plier that will:

  • improve the consistency of your loop size
  • provide nice circular shaped loops
  • allow you to make larger sized loops and curves.
 If that sounds good, then a pair of 6 step looping (aka bail making) pliers is just what you need.

I am a surprised by how long it took for me to use these round nose 6 step pliers for all my wire loop making. I guess old habits die hard, but now I rarely reach for my tapered round nose pliers to make loops. I think these looping pliers are great for beginner wire jewelry makers.

6 step looping bail pliers by BeadSmith

June 01, 2022

Sparkly Right Angle Weave [RAW] Bicone Crystal Bead Tennis Bracelet - It's Easy!

 Do you like sparkle? Then this bracelet is for you. This is a good beginner right angle weave (RAW) beading project.

To make a 7 inch bracelet you will need the following materials: Beading thread (I am using FireLine thread in Crystal), 100 4mm bicone crystals - formerly known as Swarovski but another brand will work, scissors, size 11 delica beads  (Translucent Silver Gray Luster), a clasp, and a beading needle.

April 25, 2022

Taking Pictures Like a Pro with my Fancy Nikon DSLR Camera

 I'm wondering if I'm overselling myself with the title of this post. I don't think so. After all, I've spent the better part of the last month working on understanding basic photography concepts. My camera is indeed a fancy Nikon DSLR. And the photos that I'm taking will be published in a print and online book about making wire wrap jewelry with beads, so they will have to be 'like' professional photographs. Now that I've overanalyzed the title, let's get to the intent of this post...Just capturing what I've figured out so far in case it helps anyone else AND so I know where I'm at currently as I strive to improve.