Five Steps to Your Best Beads for Making Jewelry
#1 – Find your price range.
When making handmade
beads, price is everything. From the simplest paper beads to super glass beads, your price range decides it all.
So, if you're willing to buy a kiln, then why not go for that next step up?
On the other hand, if this project is something fun for you to do with your child, maybe you should stick to things that are simple and inexpensive. As any mother knows, kids tend to make a mess!
#2 – Figure out what kind of beads you want.
Glass? Paper? A combination?
If possible, try to incorporate what you have on hand.
Do you already own a kiln or torch? Do you have a ton of leftover wrapping paper from Christmas that you've been dying to get rid of?
#3 – Buy or organize your supplies.
Put them together on your workspace, whatever it happens to be. Prep the area by washing it, and dry it thoroughly.
If you're going to be using a torch to fire something, make sure you have all of the necessary safety equipment.
#4 – Get to work!
Craft and mold your new works of art. Remember that it's okay to mess up – mistakes in art are often seen as beauty marks. ;)
Again, remember to use your safety equipment whenever necessary – a face mask, goggles, etc.
Make sure to include a bead hole for your wire!
#5 – Polish your product and turn it into jewelry.
What would your piece look best on? Whether it's earrings, a necklace or an anklet, go Mortal Kombat and finish it!
Then, you'll have your perfect, personal piece of art – a piece you can showcase on your wrist, neck or wherever!
Remember – with handmade beads, you can get exactly what you want, so go ahead and let that imagination out of its box~!
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