According to archeologists, beads have been in existence for 20,000 years. Small stone cones that were shaped have been found in archeological digs. The cones are identified as beads because each one has a hole purposely pierced into its top.
After all these years, the enchantment with beads still attracts our attention, practically calling out to us. Beadwork is a soothing, seductive process, a process of one bead then another, rhythmically proceeding forward, compelled by the beader's urge to see the finished creation.
Bead Jewelry Making
Bead jewelry making has a vast and beautiful collection of handmade beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. Find and learn about Handmade beaded jewelry or other beaded items. Pick up and learn beading skills from basic jewelry making techniques to more advance beading stitches and like the Peyote stitch, Ladder stitch, Brick stitch, Square stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Right angle weave, Daisy chain beading, French flower beading, bead embroidery, bead crochet, bead knitting, bead tatting, loom beading, 3D beading and many more.
Find beading tutorials or simply browse the wide collection of beaded jewelry and items created here.
Why buy a gift for somebody or yourself when you can make your own unique and exquisite beaded jewelry, ornaments or even flowers! Beading not only lets you learn a new skill, adopt a new hobby, create unique beaded items as gift, it can even help you set up a small business of either teaching the beading skills you learned or selling your exquisite bead jewelry to earn money from.
1. The longest chain of beads is 10,380.27 m (34,056 ft), and was achieved by Maryann Corey (USA) in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, USA on 10 March 2018. The necklace was created over four months with the help of more than 4,000 students to bring awareness to Lonakana, a non profit offering free cancer retreats for women and children.
2. The largest bead mosaic (image) measures 81.55 m² (877 ft² 114 in²) and was achieved by Cámara de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de Guadalajara (Mexico), at the XXV Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on 20 August 2018. In order to create the mosaic 15 artists worked for about 780 hours, using 30 kg (66.13 lb) of glue to hold in place the 450 kg (992.08 lb) of beads.
- Beads (there's so many different sizes, types, materials, colors of beads that you can choose from)
- Needle (This is optional as it depends on the bead size you are using, it is only useful for very small beads or bead embroidery)
- Thread or String (there's also different types and sizes of threading materials you can choose from depending on your beading project type - wire, nylon, wax cord, elastic cord and more)
- Other tools like cutter, pliers, scissor, burner, tweezers, clips, reamer and more.