Thursday, July 19, 2007

Beading is Fun

With the variety of beads available and some imagination, one is able to make bracelets, necklaces, chokers, brooches, earrings, hair bands and many more. The list never ends.

Use about 5 varieties of beads and simple thread and needle to introduce beading to your child. Give her a small tool box to put the different beads and completed jewelry. Transparent film containers can also be used to store the different beads. For beginners inexpensive materials such as glass, crystal, coral, etc are widely available for making beaded jewelry. To start out, teach her the stringing technique. Various types of string are available: cords, plastic, twine etc. When you use elastic threads to string your beads you will end up with lovely hair bands (which can also be used as bracelets).

At the intermediate stage, you can introduce her to the technique of wire-working with beads, where one uses wire instead of thread. Wire is used to make beaded jewelry items such as necklaces, hairpins and earrings, and to attach clasps.

As she progresses, you can introduce her to use precious gemstones like pearls and precious metals, such as gold and silver, to make beaded dress accessories. Silk and nylon threads can also be utilized in making beaded jewelry.

Teach your child to experiment with contrasting colours, sizes and textures. Help her to make a complete sets of jewelry like necklace, bracelet and ring so that she can give them as presents to her loved ones and friends for their birthday or for special occasions like Christmas.

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