Beautiful Beaded Bracelets - Jewelry Making for Beginners
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Beautiful Beaded Bracelets - Jewelry Making for Beginners

Handcraft intricate beaded bracelets using a rare skill of jewelry making, ideal for beginners (no needle, no wire)
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Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to handcraft 3 gorgeous & elegant beaded bracelets using a jewelry making technique SIMPLE enough for an 8 year-old to learn, yet UNIQUE enough to be part of Croatian traditional artisan jewelry handcrafting process, officially declared as INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE of Croatia!
Requirements
  • For this beginner-level course, you don't need any previous knowledge or experience in jewelry making - I will teach you everything you need to know!
  • Since these bracelets are made out of tiny glass beads, you should have good enough eyesight to work with them. Basically, if you can count sesame seeds on top of a hamburger bun - you can make these bracelets.
  • You can watch the course lectures all day every day, but unless you GET THE SUPLIES LISTED IN COURSE DESCRIPTION and use them as you watch this course, your beautiful beaded bracelet will forever stay a figment of imagination. Instead of a made-by-you glamourous jewelry. Even by your mother-in-law's standards ;)
Description

Attention all beginners in jewelry making: charming artisan gems, otherwise known as Beautiful Beaded Bracelets are now live here on Udemy!

This is your chance to handcraft your very own unique glass-beads jewelry, unlike any other. See, the jewelry making technique you'll be practicing and applying here is a rare one, as in used only in some parts of continental Croatia, and yet undiscovered by the world.

It dates back more than a century ago, but because it was traditionally taught directly from one generation to another, there are no historical records of the crafting process.
Believe it or not, you've just stumbled on the only place on planet internet where you can learn this unique jewelry making skill.

By the way, don't leave without watching the course introduction video. You'll find out more about the incredible woman, one of the last original creators of this traditional skill, I had the privilege to learn from.

Even though this is an online course, I promise you, it won't feel like it.
I will lead you through the process step by step, thread by thread, glass bead by glass bead. You will watch a live demonstration of the handcrafting process zoomed in and up-close, and it will be as if we are sitting at the same table, crafting our bracelets together.

If you ever have any additional questions along the way, I'll answer them as soon as possible. I check for students questions and messages daily, and know my engaged students by name.
And in case you ever get stuck, or somehow the bracelet you're working on doesn't quite look like it is supposed to, don't worry, you won't have to figure it out on your own, that's why I'm here.

This doesn't mean you should expect crafting beautiful beaded bracelets form this course will be difficult! It's exactly the opposite: crafting process is simple to learn and the bracelets are easy to make.

For example, the only real tool you need to craft these beaded bracelets are pliers. And you'll only use them once to start crafting your bracelet, and once to finish.

Also, no beading needles are required to craft beaded bracelets in this course.
Those thin gremlins are sharper than a new-grown shark's tooth! Whoever said stepping on a lego is the worst pain imaginable, never felt the horror of sticking themselves under a nail with a needle point doing beads stitches. OUCH! It seriously hurts just writing this. Ugh...

Another thing you don't need for this jewelry project is wire. Seriously now, you're here to make jewelry, not to hurt yourself. You don't want to end up with sore, swollen fingers and painful, cramped hands.
The point is for you to wear beautiful jewelry on your wrist, not to go through daily paraffin wax hand spa so that you can recover from your new crafty hobby.

Ok, so then, what will you be using to make these beaded bracelets? You' ll use: your hands :)
Because, all you'll be doing here is stringing glass beads on threads and then interweaving them. Super simple!

It actually resembles lace-making. Except that you're working with nylon threads, not the silk, sawing ones, that tangle easily. Nylon thread doesn't stretch or tangle, but is flexible and strong, so it makes stringing beads a breeze, even if you are a first-time jewelry crafter.

In fact, here's a complete list of all the jewelry supplies you need to craft these beautiful beaded bracelets:

  • Cotton pillowcase, or a cotton sheet

  • Safety pin

  • Spring Ring Clasp + Double Jumpring + 2 Calottes

  • Nylon thread (FireLine 0.009" diameter)

  • 2 stoppers

  • Scissors

  • Round nose pliers

  • TOHO round seed beads (size 11/0)

  • Glass faux pearls (size 4 mm)

  • Tealight candle / lighter

You'll find a downloadable PDF with detailed explanations of each item from the list as part of the first video lesson of every bracelet-making section. You'll know exactly how long the threads need to be, how many beads you need and all that good stuff.


OK, now you know what this course is all about.
Let's make some beautiful beaded bracelets!

Who this course is for:
  • BEGINNERS TO JEWELRY MAKING, with little or no previous experience, looking forward to making their very own first piece of jewerly
  • BEADAHOLICS looking for a original, unique, undiscovered beadwork technique
  • DYS ENTHUSIASTS looking for quick and easy jewerly making projects
  • FASHIONISTAS looking for eye-catching, conversation-starting, exquisite-looking fashion accessory
  • JEWELRY DESIGNERS looking for inspiration in traditional, cultural heritage statement jewelry
  • ANYONE looking for a meditative, relaxing, stress-melting activity/hobby
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 02:24:50
+ Start Here
3 lectures 25:08

Welcome to the Beautiful Beaded Bracelets course!
Take a look at how the bracelets were designed and what's in store for you inside the course.

Preview 08:58

Here you can see all the jewelry supplies used to make beaded bracelets in this course.

You can find a downloadable lists of supplies needed for each individual bracelet in their dedicated sections.

Preview 10:20

Make sure you use flame safely.
If children are making bracelets, make sure they have adult supervision!

WARNING: Must Watch Before Starting!
05:50
+ Simple Beaded Bracelet
5 lectures 35:48

To start handcrafting this simple beaded bracelet, first secure all the threads within the clasp.

WARNING: you'll be using a small flame ( a lighter, or a candle) to melt the ends of threads together. Make sure you do it fast and safely.
If children are making this bracelet, make sure they have adult supervision!!!

Secure All Threads
13:00

You'll learn how to create a "frk" - loop shaped building element of your simple beaded bracelet. And yes, it's easier to make it than it is to pronounce it ;)

Start Adding Beads
08:34

By now, you're a pro at making "frks", so skip the second thread, and make some "frks" on the third one.

Make "Frks"
02:55

Now use the second thread to connect the first thread with the third one.
Congrats, you just made your simple beaded bracelet!

Preview 04:43

To finish making your simple bracelet, connect all the threads with a ring, then melt them using a small flame and hide it all into a clasp.
Be careful using the flame!!!

Finish Your Bracelet
06:36
Ok, It's time for you to apply everything you saw in previous lectures and to handcraft your very own Simple Beaded Bracelet! This is a simple jewelry project, even for a beginner jewelry-crafter. Use this Assignment to practice your new skill and get feedback, from other students and me. Go!
Handcraft Your Own Simple Beaded Bracelet - Jewelry Making Project
1 question
+ Two-Part Beaded Bracelet
7 lectures 44:55

To start making your bracelet, first secure all the threads within a clasp.
WARNING: you will be using a small flame (candle light, or a lighter) to melt the threads together, so be careful - those threads burn fast!

Secure Threads in a Clasp
11:35

Start putting beads on the first thread of your bracelet, and learn how to make a "frk" - a loop made out of beads and a pearl.

Align Beads on First Thread and Make a "Frk"
07:30

You'll use the second thread now to connect the pearls on the first thread, and add some more "frks".
It's easy, just follow what you see in the video!

Connect Pearls and Make New "Frks"
06:12

Repeat what you did with the second thread using the third thread: connect pearls for the second row, and make new "frks" in the third row.

Continue Making Your Bracelet (Third Thread)
03:59

This part is super easy and super fast!
Simply use the fourth thread to connect all the "frks" from the third row.

Connect All the "Frks"
02:31

Use the fifth and the sixth thread to make chains of "frks".
This way your bracelet will have two different parts.

Make Two Chains of "Frks"
04:50

Connect all the threads using the ring, melt them into a knot, and hide it all in the clasp.
WARNING: be careful using the flame to melt ends of the threads together!

Finish Making Your Two-Part Beaded Bracelet
08:18
Ok, It's time for you to apply everything you saw in previous lectures and to handcraft your very own Two-part Beaded Bracelet! It will take you a few hours, but all the steps are pretty simple. Use this Assignment to practice your new skill and get feedback, from other students and me. Go!
Your Finished Two-part Beaded Bracelet
1 question
+ Multilayered Beaded Bracelet
6 lectures 38:01

First, secure all the threads using a clasp.

WARNING: use the flame carefully!
If children are making this bracelet, make sure they have adult supervision.

Connect and Secure Threads
08:20

Making "frks" is easy. Just pick up beads and a pearl and create a loop.

Create a Chain of "Frks"
09:06

Continue making chains of "frks" on the next four threads.

Create Chains of "Frks" on Threads 2 to 5
01:54

Now it's time to use the longest thread.
First you'll learn how to connect "frks" on their right side. This isn't hard to do, but it does take time, and it is delicate.
Good luck! You can do this!

Connect "Frks"
08:06

Here you'll connect the first row of "frks" on their left side and create your first "pužek" ("little snail" in Croatian).
This is the element of the bracelet that looks as an added-on part.

Once you make the first one, go on and continue connecting the remaining rows of "frks".
Stay persistent. You got this!

Connect a Row of "Frks"
03:22

Finish making your Multylayered Beaded Bracelet by adding last 10 beads on all threads, then securing them with a ring and a clasp.

WARNING: you'll be using the flame to melt threads together, just like at the beginning , so please do it safely and carefully!

Finish Making Your Bracelet
07:13
Ok, It's time for you to apply everything you saw in previous lectures and to handcraft your very own Multilayered Beaded Bracelet! It will take you a few hours, but it will be worth the time! Use this Assignment to practice your new skill and get feedback, from other students and me. Go!
Your Finished Multilayered Beaded Bracelet
1 question
+ Congrats, Jewelry Maker!
1 lecture 00:58

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Bonus Lecture: Because Who Doesn't Love Bonuses? ;)
00:58