Monday, August 22, 2011

Crystal Earring Kits - Learn Basic Bead Stitching

I'm excited to tell you about a new line of easy beginner kits in the Jewelry Making Kits section of the store.  They're Crystal Earring Kits from BeadSphere and they're perfect for anyone interested in learning basic bead stitching techniques.

Aqua & Peridot
Crystal Earring Kit
Crystal earrings are a versatile jewelry accessory, perfect for a variety of occasions, ranging from everyday casual to evening formal.

Wear these colorful crystal earrings to dress up a favorite pair of jeans or add sparkle to an elegant dress.

Beadsphere earring making kits include plenty of beads & findings to make one pair of 1-1/2 inch Swarovski crystal earrings.

Being a beginner bead stitcher, I decided to make a pair of these earrings to gain some basic bead stitching skills.  I always like to be able to answer questions for any of the kits we offer in the store and this was the perfect opportunity to learn a new jewelry making skill and provide a closer preview of the kit at the same time.

Fuschia & Black
Crystal Earring Kit
First, here's a look at everything you get in the kit.

Presorted Kit Contents:

- Detailed Instructions & Diagrams
- Swarovski Crystals in 3 Colors
- Miyuki Delica Beads in 1 Color
- Sterling Silver Ear Wires, 1 Pair
- NYMO Beading Thread, 1 Spool
- Beading Needles, 2 Each

There's a generous amount of crystals & beads, so there's no worries about not having enough.

I was especially impressed with how neatly the beads & findings were organized and labeled for easy identification.  It was really nice to not have to sort through a mixture of beads just to get started.  All of the kit contents are presorted and ready to go!

Beads & Supplies
Neatly Organized and Labeled

Detailed Kit Instructions:

The instructions included with the Crystal Earring Kits deserve a special mention.  Beginner bead stitchers will greatly appreciate the detailed step-by-step procedures and color diagrams.

Detailed Instructions &
Full Color Diagrams

Montana Blue
Crystal Earring Kit
You'll only need to have a pair of scissors on hand for cutting thread. Running the thread through wax or a thread conditioner is optional but recommended for added strength and smoother bead stringing.

Being partial to everything blue, I made the Montana Blue earrings.

Thanks to super-clear directions and detailed diagrams, I was able to follow along each step of the jewelry making process without any problems.

The beading needles have a tiny eye, so be prepared with good lighting.  Once you have your needle threaded, you'll find that it's very flexible and glides easily through the beads.  I used a thread conditioner and believe it not only made for smoother stringing, but helped prevent tangling too.

This is an excellent jewelry making kit for beginners to learn about bead stitching and make a set of sparkling crystal earrings in the process.  Your finished earrings will be lovely to wear and perfect for handmade gift giving too!

I had a lot of fun with this earring making project and was very happy with how they turned out.  Here's a snapshot of one of my finished earrings.  Click on the image to enlarge for a closer look.

Montana Blue Crystal Earring

Visit the Jewelry Making Kits section for details on the new Crystal Earring Kits from Beadsphere and to see our complete selection of beaded jewelry kits for beginners and experienced crafters too.

Jewelry Making Resource:

If you're new to jewelry making and would like to learn more, the Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making & Beading Book by Chris Franchetti Michaels is an excellent beginner's guide.

This book covers a wide range of jewelry making techniques, including bead stringing, weaving, wirework, and much more.

You'll learn how to make jewelry with the help of step-by-step instructions, detailed color photos, and helpful tips throughout!

It also includes a variety of beginner & intermediate level jewelry projects to get you started.

Weekend Kits offers a modern selection of Creative Craft Kits for adults, teens, and kids.  Stop by today and be ready to learn a new skill, like bead stitching, on your next Weekend at Home.  Thanks for visiting!

2 comments:

chris-franchetti-michaels said...

Awesome!! Thank you so much for posting about the book! I absolutely love the kits, too. So nice not to have to worry about whether you have the right components, and just focus on learning a new technique.

Anne at Weekend Kits said...

You're welcome Chris! Thanks for stopping by our blog. Your Jewelry Making & Beading book is a great resource for beginners and I'm so glad to be able to offer it in the store.