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The Basics - information and tutorials to get you started beading and jewelry-making!

Everyone has to start somewhere, and since we've covered so many different materials and styles over the years, I thought that I would put together a short list of my best resources and easiest tutorials for people who are just starting out.  Don't be intimidated!  Just pick a something and dive right in!

Beginner tutorials and resources in different media:

Making a textured polymer clay pendant

Wirework basics

Blue heart wire earrings

Leftover bead earrings

Wire up some button earrings

Hammered wire earrings

Royal Pearls necklace

Lampwork basics

Simple lampwork bead earrings

Easy lampwork bead necklaces

Knotted cord necklace

Metal stamped bracelet

CopprClay basics

Knotting a continuous necklace

Seed bead basics

Two-drop peyote beaded beads

Bead embroidery basics

Pretty as you please bracelet

Cloth and sparkle bracelet

Bottle cap pins

Optical lens pendant

Other resources: 

Design series

A practical lesson in choosing colors

Jewelry and beading education

Know your jewelry terms


Best books

Online color training and tools

Online jewelry design tools

Online creativity tools

Online bead and jewelry forums

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