Sunday, July 25, 2021

How To Use A Bead Board (With Video Talk About Beads)

If you are new to jewelry making you probably have seen bead boards (aka beading boards aka bead design boards) at your local craft store or maybe you've seen them in bead catalogs while shopping for beads and other jewelry supplies. 

When I first started jewelry making and would visit my bead shop I would see these beading boards, but I would always ignore them–probably because they have numbers on them and I a have a pretty strong aversion to math!

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But once I got past learning the most basic of jewelry making techniques–mastering my wrapped loops and collecting all the tools I would need–I eventually sat down to create my first "big" project, a long, hand-beaded necklace, and learned very quickly that I would need to work on a towel or other cloth so that my beads did not roll off of my table and into oblivion! 

It was then that I realized, hey, that bead board may not be too bad of an idea!  And so I purchased my first one, for approximately $5.00 USD at my local Michael's craft store. 

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But although it seemed pretty straight forward, I wasn't 100 percent sure exactly how to use it, and I was also still in my early days of understanding color and different types of beads whether they were stone or glass. It seemed like there was so much to learn.

Now, years later, I have put together a short YouTube video showing you how I use my bead board along with a few useful tips to help you along your jewelry making journey.

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

So head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out, and while you are there, be sure to take a peek at what else is new...

Also in case you haven't heard:

Recently I created a video workshop for how to create stamped molten solder components that you can find here, and afterwards I created another 2-part video workshop to go along with it where I show you how to turn these unique findings into jewelry. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 on my YouTube channel as well. Be sure to check them out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe! 

And be sure to check back again soon - I have some great videos coming up!

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