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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.

Recent Tips & Techniques

How to Finish 10mm & 20mm Hand Tooled Leather Straps

Show off this cool hand tooled hand dyed leather by wrapping around your wrist one, two, three, even four times! Below we are showing you several...


How to set a Nunn Design Glass Dome

Using Nunn Design Glass Domes in these beautiful earthy jewel tones is a great way to make a quick but elegant embellishment or focal for any...


Make an E-Hook Leather Bracelet

Learn how to make a leather strap bracelet with an E-hook clasp. With just a few findings and a leather strap, you can make a bracelet in a matter...


Vintaj Artisan Pewter: DecoEtch & Patina

Mackenzie from Vintaj shows us how to easily DecoEtch and patina Artisan Pewter blanks.


D.I.Y. Tassels

I have been seeing tassels everywhere in jewelry, from the runways to fashion magazines to shops around town. Tassels are a really easy...


Setting Rivets with Anvil & Setter Tools

It's pretty simple, once you see it-- The anvil and setter tools will have your rivets in place in no time.


Melting Pot Basics

Are you looking for a quick, easy, virtually no mess way to begin your adventures in embossing and enamel work? This tutorial will teach you the...


Using ‘Swellegant’ Metal Coatings & Colorants

Learn how to color your metal with tips and tricks presented by Christi Friesen.


Crystal Clay

Crystal Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that cures without heat. It's super mold-able and will adhere to nearly anything. This is the same sort of...


Two-Row Pave Bracelet

Add extra sparkle to your look with twice the Pave beads in one bracelet! Here's the low down on the two-row technique.

This...


How to use Katiedid components

These components act as a bezel by providing a variety of channels for designing. Get your creativity caps on-- there's so many ways to use these,...


Making a Memory Wire bracelet

As a little kid, did you ever "wear" your Slinky on your wrist as a fashion statement? Well, this Memory Wire will bring you back to those days,...


How to make a paper bead

Roll your favorite issue of Popular Mechanics or Seventeen into a paper bead using this specialized tool!


Embellishing Leather Cuffs

What can you do with a leather cuff? I've got tips on how to embellish this simple yet beautiful leather into four distinct bracelets.


Vintaj Metallic Patina effects

Check out the line of Metallic Patina by Vintaj and create all new looks to your metal!


Simple Knotted Leather Cord Bracelet

Here's a basic bracelet type: knotting beads into leather cord. It can be dressy or rustic depending on the charms you choose. Learn a few tips on...


The Simple Wire Bracelet

Here we'll make a simple bracelet using beading wire and some of our new Czech Glass beads.

Things to keep in mind:
The...


Humble Beads Head Pins, Two Ways

I'll show you how to take the super-fun Humble Beads head pins and turn them into great focals for a necklace or a pair of earrings.


Decorivets!

Whether you are attaching the decorivet to a piece of leather or metal, or using the decorivet as a link, this tip will show the best way to fold...


Make a Transparent Resin Frame

Create your own backless resin frame using the Vintaj Creative Hoop.


Embellishing a Collage Bracelet

Learn how you can embellish a collage bracelet using 6x6" Paper Pads, Glitter and Resin.


Using the Wire Twister Tool

Make creating Artistic Wire designs more interesting and fun with the Wire Twister!


Using the Beadalon Jump Ring Maker

Make the jump rings you need - in the size and wire gauge you desire - with the exclusive Beadalon Jump Ring Maker.


Using the Vintaj BIGkick™ by Sizzix

The Sizzix BIGkick machine is great for embossing and etching your Vintaj metal blanks.


Making a Fish Tail Braid

One of my earliest memories from school, isn't of school at all, but of my girlfriend's braided hair. Her name was Carrie, and she called it a...


Making a Shamballa Bracelet

The Shamballa Bracelet is very quick and easy to make. It's also a great way to add sparkle to your wrist!


Knitting on a Spool with Soft Flex Beading Wire

Learn how to knit on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire. Not only are there 3 different styles of knitting spools available (3-peg, 4-peg &...


Adding a Focal to Patricia Healey Chain

Every chain we carry from Patricia Healey comes with a curved bar link right in the center, making it super easy to add a pendant.


Vintaj Patina Tutorial

Vintaj Patinas are opaque inks specially formulated by Ranger to adhere to metal and create beautiful, durable patina effects. Available in a...


Place a Transfer Image onto a Channel Bead

Looking for ideas on how to use Nunn Design's Channel Beads and Pendants? Applying a transfer image to them is a great place to start!


Make a Birthstone Pendant

Making this elegant birthstone pendant is as easy as 1-2-3!


Using The Magic Finding

Learn to use the Magic Finding, an innovative connector with limitless possibilities.


Using Rubber Stamps and StazOn

Using StazOn Ink with Rubber Stamps on your metal and other non-porous surfaces is as easy as 1, 2, 3!


StazOn Ink Basics

Learn the basics of using StazOn Ink on surfaces like metal, leather, aluminum foil, plastic, cellophane, acrylic, and glass.


SilverSilk Basics

Learn the basics of stringing with SilverSilk.


Working with WireLace

Want to start working with WireLace? Here are some tips and tricks to get the best results.


Coloring Brass with Inks and Paints

Get ideas, tips, pictures, and more helpful information on coloring brass stampings with alcohol inks and acrylic paints.


Coloring Metal with Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks are great to use on metal. We'll show you everything you need to get started using them in your projects.


Using Paint Dabbers

Paint dabbers are a great way to apply paint to your metal objects without creating a huge mess!


Quick and Easy Ornament Hangers

Want a great way to use that leftover Artistic Wire? Try making ornament hangers!


Learning the Ladder Stitch

The ladder stitch is vital in creating wrap bracelets. In this video, you'll learn how to use the ladder stitch to create a simple single-wrap...


Using Lillypilly Metal Sheets & Discs

Lillypilly’s metal sheets and discs are a playful addition to your metal working collection. It is an incredibly durable, lightweight metal due to...


Using the Sliding Square Knot

The sliding square knot is a great way to finish off your cord or twine bracelets. If you're already familiar with a square knot, this video will...


Using the Square Knot

The square knot is one of the most basic knots you can learn when you're starting macrame. This video will show you how to make a bracelet using...


Using the Half Square Knot

The half square knot gives the effect of flat twisted ribbon. If you already know the square knot, you'll pick this one up in no time. The video...


Non-Identical Twins

I've always resisted symmetry in my jewelry, so I've been thrilled to see the recent emergence of asymmetrical earrings in fashion.

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Using Collapsible Beading Needles

Collapsible beading needles can be especially helpful when working with seed beads and ribbon.


Closing A Jump Ring

If you've been making jewelry, chances are you've had problems getting jump rings to work exactly the way you want them to.


Fixing a Surface Mistake on a Resin Piece

One of my favorite things about the Lima Studios Crystal Clear Resin is that it’s very forgiving! If you make a mistake, you can sand or scrape...


How to Prevent Bubbles in Your Resin

One of the most frustrating things about working with resin is the formation of pesky little bubbles. You think you’ve made a beautiful piece, only...


Tying a Lark's Head Knot

If you're not sure what to do with that donut pendant, just watch this 20 second video!


Sealing Porous Materials for Use in Resin

When using porous materials like paper, photos, and other natural materials in your resin, it’s necessary to seal them. If you don’t adequately...


Using Epoxy with Cabs and Settings

We put together the following instructions to help you get started with your cab & setting projects. The steps below illustrate how to use epoxy to...


Preparing and Using Resin

The following instructions will help you complete a basic resin project using LimaStudios Crystal Clear Resin. Our resin is self-doming, jeweler's...


Rejuvenating Gilders Paste

Does your Gilders Paste look dry and cracked? Try this simple solution to get it spreading like new.


Creating a Leather Link

With leather lacing and wire, you can create a fun little link to use in your projects.


Using a Leather Cord Crimp End

Using crimp cord ends is the easiest way to include leather cord into your designs.


Using a Crimp Cord End with a Feather

Crimp cord ends are a great, easy way to make feather earrings and pendants.


Gluing Feathers in a Cone

Creating eye-catching earrings and pendants with feathers is a breeze using a metal cone, headpin and some epoxy.


Tying an Adjustable Knot

Adjustable knots are a great alternative to using clasps in your bracelets or necklaces.


Apply Gilders Paste To A Stamped Blank

Use Gilders Paste on your stamped blanks. Adding this touch of color will really make your stamped-in patterns pop!


Make a Wire Wrapped Bead Link

This technique explains how to take a bead from your stash and wire wrap a link on each side.


Wire Wrap a Charm

Here's a cute way to turn a bead into a charm: wire wrap it with a head pin and pliers!


Wire Wrapped Cover on a Teardrop

Enjoy wire wrapping? Here's a "messier" take on wire wrapping a bail that creates a cone on a teardrop.


Wire Wrap a Bail on a Teardrop

Wire wrapping comes in all shapes and sizes. Here's one example that we hope you'll love.


Stamping Blanks

Stamping metal blanks is as easy as 1...2...3 with this tutorial.


Replacing Texture Faces on 9-Head Texture Hammer

The faces of a texture hammer can be swapped out using the steps of this easy tutorial.


Using a Helicopter Punch

Helicopter punches look so fun--and they're really easy to use, too. Try this technique out for size and you'll be punching in no time.


Using a Hand Punch

Punching holes in metal blanks is a piece of cake with a pair of hole punch pliers. Read on to find out how!


Hammering Texture on a Blank

This super-simple hammering technique will give you a unique look to every blank you use in your designs--no two are alike!


Crimping Basics

Learn the basics of crimping, one of the most essential techniques to making bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other beading designs.


Using a Crimp Cover

Follow this step-by-step technique to learn the basics of using a crimp cover to hide your crimp beads.


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