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Tips & Techniques

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

Using Colourful Soul Jewelry Pop-Outs & Ultimate Paints

Using Colourful Soul Jewelry Pop-Outs & Ultimate Paints

Jess from Vintaj shows us how to use Colourful Soul Jewelry Pop-Outs & Ultimate Paints to create stunning custom components.
DIY Enamel Tile Bead Stretch Bracelets

DIY Enamel Tile Bead Stretch Bracelets

Make your own stretch bracelet using our enamel tile beads!
Tying the Snake Knot

Tying the Snake Knot

Learn to use the snake knot for knotting bracelets and necklaces.
DIY Pom-Poms

DIY Pom-Poms

Pom-poms are on-trend right now! They are being paired with Boho style designs. We also carry many sports related charms, these are such a cute embellishment to cheer on your team and add color. Here at Lima we like using Bakers Twine to create our pom-poms. The cotton in the Bakers Twine...
Bolo Necklace How-To

Bolo Necklace How-To

With just a few basic supplies, make a trendy bolo necklace without breaking a sweat. It's a minimal design, but there's plenty of room for your personal style.
Stretch Bracelet How-To

Stretch Bracelet How-To

In just a few easy steps, make a stretch bracelet with round beads and a charm for a touch of your personal style. Stack the bracelets for a textured and on-trend look!
String a Guru Bead on a Mala Necklace

String a Guru Bead on a Mala Necklace

In this tip, we'll show you how you string a guru bead onto a mala necklace. Start with a mala necklace that is finished except for the guru bead in the middle. Make sure there is enough cord
Using Tassel Caps

Using Tassel Caps

Use pewter tassel caps to make a tassel for a necklace focal, earrings or to embellish a craft project.
D.I.Y. Tassels

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 embellishment to add to a grouping for a necklace focal or even as a charm off a bracelet. There are tons of possibilities and making them is super easy!...
Making a Memory Wire bracelet

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, but here we'll show you how to elevate it to adulthood. Time to get creative!
Vintaj Metallic Patina effects

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

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 how to make this classic piece.
Simple Bracelet How-To Using Beading Wire

Simple Bracelet How-To Using Beading Wire

Here we'll make a simple bracelet using beading wire and some of our new Czech Glass beads. Things to keep in mind: The medium wire used in this video works will with most beads. I really like the 6-8mm beads purely for the aesthetic appeal. This wire is not, however, a good fit for our...
Fish Tail Braid How-To

Fish Tail Braid How-To

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 fishtail braid. My mom only French braided my hair :-) So Carrie taught me how to braid like her hair. We would make all sorts of "friendship style"...
Shamballa Bracelet How-To

Shamballa Bracelet How-To

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

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 & 5-peg) but there are several different ways to knit on each spool.
Adding a Focal to Patricia Healey Chain

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.
Coloring Brass with Inks and Paints

Coloring Brass with Inks and Paints

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

Quick and Easy Ornament Hangers

Want a great way to use that leftover Artistic Wire? Try making ornament hangers!
Ladder Stitch How-To

Ladder Stitch How-To

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 bracelet.
Tying the Sliding Square Knot

Tying 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 show you everything you need to tie a sliding square knot.
Tying the Square Knot

Tying 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 hemp and a few beads.
Tying the Half Square Knot

Tying 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 will show you how to make a simple half knot macrame bracelet with hemp and a few beads.
Using Collapsible Beading Needles

Using Collapsible Beading Needles

Collapsible beading needles can be especially helpful when working with seed beads and ribbon.
Closing A Jump Ring

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.
Tying a Lark's Head Knot

Tying a Lark's Head Knot

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

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 a Leather Cord Crimp End

Using crimp cord ends is the easiest way to include leather cord into your designs.
Tying an Adjustable Knot

Tying an Adjustable Knot

Adjustable knots are a great alternative to using clasps in your bracelets or necklaces.
Wire Wrap a Bead Link

Wire Wrap a 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

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

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 Wrap a Bail on a Teardrop

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

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

Using a Crimp Cover

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