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Matt Needs Help Beading

Posted by Matt on November 11 at 01:29 pm

Purpleheart Tree

I’m in need of some expert advice! Since Deidra and I are newlyweds and saving for a house, we decided that instead of buying expensive gifts, we would make something for each other this year. Naturally, the first thing that popped into my head was jewelry. The only problem is, even though I work at Lima Beads, I’ve never even held a beading tool or cracked open a beading magazine.

That’s where you come in. Ali has already agreed to teach me a few beading techniques, but I’m not sure what beads I should be using. So as my first step, I want to choose a Fresh Pick that will be the inspiration for my design.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

First, let me give you an idea of Dee’s style. Her favorite color to wear is brown, but she also wears a lot of deep purples and light blues. She already has a ton of jewelry, but nothing handmade or with natural stones. She likes to keep things simple, light and elegant.

We’ve also just gotten back from our Honeymoon in Costa Rica. Needless to say, we had the time of our lives. As you may already know, I’m a bit of a closet Fresh Picker, so our week in paradise has inspired me to create a few new picks. You’ll see them scattered throughout this post. If you’d like a description about any of the new Picks, let me know.

Los Suenos

Los Suenos

In the comments below, I’d really like to see which Fresh Picks you think I should consider. I think I need a Fresh Pick containing beads I can use with my limited beading ability. This means no filigree balls, donuts, or any other weird things :)

So, if you’ve created a Fresh Pick or noticed one by someone else that could help me get started – let me know about it!

Oil Palm Plantation

Oil Palm Plantation

Any beading techniques for beginners are also welcome. If you have any photos of designs that you think a beginner like me could pull off, I’d love to see them. What tools do you think I’ll need? What stringing material should I use? Should I include any silver, gold, or other findings?

I’m literally starting from scratch. Help!


I’ll be writing about my adventure along the way (complete with photos and maybe a video) – so stay tuned. It should be entertaining at the very least :)



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. CAS
    CAS says:

    Congratulations, on both your wedding and joining the ranks of “beaders”. Your “fresh picks” “Oil Palm Plantation”, “Scarlet Macaw” and “Peltogyne” went straight into my favorites as soon as I saw them. Any of them would make fabulous jewelry.

    What were you planning on making … necklace? … earrings? … bracelet? … all three??? What you make may determine which one would be best. For earrings you wouldn’t want anything too heavy. For a necklace the length may decide things. Is Dee someone who likes long or short necklaces? Does she wear bracelets? You need to let us know a bit more about what you are thinking.

    But know, Matt, that anything that you make will be loved because of the thought and work you put into it.

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    @CAS – Thanks for the encouragement. What I had in mind was a necklace with matching earrings. She usually wears longer necklaces. I don’t think a bracelet would be necessary.

    Did I miss anything? Thanks again for the help.

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    Matt – I just put together a “fresh pick” titled “Merry Christmas Newlyweds” which you might like. I encorporated purples, blues & browns with simple shapes, and two Green Girl pieces I thought appropriate.

  4. Ali
    Ali says:

    I think this is a very sweet idea. Go with basic stringing rather than tackling wire wrapping. It’ll just stress you out.

    I like your first pick in this post because it has romantic inspiration from your honeymoon. Once you decide on beads, just lay them out and start playing with them!

    Most of the beading tools you need you can buy at the hardware store allowing you to maintain your masculinity :-)

  5. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    I’m in love with all the Vintaj Natural Brass components. You can easily add one of their pendants to a strand with jump rings. Your strand could include other Vintaj brass beads, connectors (I like the deco connectors) and purple gemstones and freshwater pearls. The earrings could be easy with the deco connectors and a purple gemstone. I didn’t look for a fresh pick that features these pieces, but there’s probably one similar. Alice

  6. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    How about some pics of Costa Rica scattered around the blog?
    Here are my suggestions based on the hints that she likes browns and purples and blues.
    “Brass and Opals” by me Leslie W if you want to get started in vintaj.
    “Birch Beer” and “Brownies” have great pearls included.
    Lastly “After Years in the Mud” which includes purples and blues.
    Have fun with color therapy together, as that is really what beading is all about, isn’t it? Well, maybe a little texture therapy thrown in too!

  7. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    I just figured out what might be a great way to use “Scarlet Macaw”. The colors are so different that I was stumped. How about a charm bracelet or necklace using beads from all the strands made into charms and then randomly attached to a silver link chain? Or how about a multi-strand bracelet with five or six strands, one strand for each type of bead? Have a great day.

  8. No Photo
    Michele W says:

    You are a doll! Try out Butch Cassidys’ “padre” for some inspiration.??! Let the stones speak for themselves, Lima won’t steer you wrong!

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    Thanks everyone for all of the advice.

    @CAS – “Merry Christmas Newlyweds” is great! I really like the different color pearls that you used. I also agree with Leslie W that your “Birch Beer” pick would work well.

    @Alice P – I’m a pretty big fan of our Vintaj brass as well. Not only does Deidra love neutral colors, she also loves the ‘Antique’ look.

    @Leslie W – I’ve attached a few pictures of our Honeymoon below. I hope you enjoy!

    @Michele W – I agree that it would be hard to make something look bad using stones from Lima.

    Attachment Attachment Attachment

  10. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    Thanks for the pics!!!!

  11. Moonstonea
    Moonstonea says:

    Congratulations!! to you both!

    You might enjoy making


    Check out my picks under MOONSTONEA

    Have a wonder and blessed marriage!
    Thanks! V :)

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    Cathy d says:

    Hi Matt,
    It’s a wonderful idea to create a special necklace to commemorate your first Christmas as newlyweds. Try to work in a garnet or few…. keeps love in your heart and is known as a happy stone. It may even help you as you work your craft because it’s wonderful for creativity. Happy Beading!

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