Sunday, February 21, 2010

Beading basics...

This is a very basic beaded necklace I made for one of my granddaughters who just happens to like dolphins. I am showing this not for my photographic skills but for the beading basics.
This is a simple single strand necklace. It is a longer length around 20 inches.
There are Standard Jewelry Lengths which are as follows:
Bracelet = 6-7 inches
Anklet = 8-9 inches
Choker = 15-16 inches
Princess = 18-20 inches
Matinee = 23-27 inches
Lariat = 42 inches or more
These are merely suggested lengths and the beauty of making your own jewelry is that you can lengthen or shorten as you wish. For instance bracelets are mostly comfortable at 7 1/2 inches for most people however some prefer a much shorter or longer fitting.
If you use a beading board to lay out your beads it will be helpful as it also has inches marked so you can easily determine the length you are working with.
I am currently making some bracelets for 2010 Christmas gifts for family members. I will be carefully measuring them without the recipient knowing. Hmmm...that will be a trick. LOL
I like to be prepared for gifting long before the time comes. I used to keep a cupboard just for gifts however I ran out of space. Now I dedicate an antique dresser to the task of storing gifts through the year. I buy or make when something strikes my fancy for a specific person. Then I have birthdays and holidays covered when the occasion is here.
I hope you try your beading techniques and share them with us.
I have a new item on the design board that I would love to share soon.


  1. I appreciate the basics. I think I'd like to try some beading but haven't much of a clue. Your creations are very lovely.

  2. Good Morning Sweetie...
    Oh my how I love this necklace. You did a beautiful job, and thank you for sharing the measurements and ideas involved with making one. I have so often walked through all the beading at Michael's and so wanted to create, but there is so much that it is quite overwhelming. I usually pass on after awhile. You may have inspired me to create. Thank you. Your grand daughter will be so tickled.

    I have to tell you I live one street over from one acre farms and every morning on my way out the door, I can hear the rooster crowing. I had to laugh when I saw this beautiful rooster below. Thank you for sharing, as I have often wondered what he looked like. Love it sweetie.

    Have a beautiful Monday morning. Country hugs and much love...Sherry

  3. This is a lovely necklace! Are you on the ball for starting 2010 Christmas. I should do that. I bought all the bead stuff and some beads , took a class then never made another one. ARGG! I don't know why, because I loved it. I should pull them out. I think it's because I will have to read the directions again! In fact, I'm sure that's what it is! I am direction-reading challenged"!!! Thanks for visiting today and everyday. I appreciate you!!!

  4. Lovely necklace - and you're already making Christmas gifts?! - wow!

    I'm in love with that chicken below. I used to have the best time going to state fairs and enjoying the shows in the chicken houses. The colors and plumes reminded me of vegas showgirls LOL.

    Thanks for visiting me, and leaving breadcrumbs for me to find my way here!

  5. This piece is beautiful! Thank you for sharing the helpful beading information. Having all your lovely jewelry waiting in the wings at gift-giving time is brilliant!


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