This ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS Class is a series of 18 video tutorials with over 5 1/2 hours of introductory materials about all types of beads, metals, clasps and stringing materials for the beader and jewelry maker.
These tutorials are taught from the "Design Perspective."
That is, these tutorials are designed to teach you the kinds of choices Beaders and Jewelry Artists make when creating jewelry.
These tutorials are not only a presentation of facts and information.
They are also an introduction to ideas about design, and
they are a tale of how one begins to learn and to work with beads and make jewelry.
Part 1. Preview
This ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS Class
is a series of 18 video tutorials with over 5 1/2 hours
of introductory materials about all types of
beads, metals, clasps and stringing materials for the beader and jewelry maker.
Part 2. What You Will Learn
Over the years, I have found that people who bead and make jewelry
have not necessarily learned how to make the best chocies, when it comes to decide
what beads, clasps, other findings and stringing materials to include,
and what not to include, in a piece.
People too often do not understand quality issues. Many people are
uninformed about workable materials and strategies to make their pieces
more durable, more drape-able, and better able to move with the person, as the jewelry is worn.
Part 3. Some History
Beads are used all over the world,
but not necessarily in the same ways or for the same reasons.
Part 4. Glass Beads
Glass beads are made in many different countries in many different
styles, sizes and shapes. Not every glass bead, however, is alike in quality and usefulness, when making jewelry.
Part 5. Lampwork Beads
There are many ways to make glass beads by hand.
One way is called lampworking. If you understand how these are made,
you will understand why some lampwork beads
crack, chip and break easily, and others do not.
Part 6. Crystal Beads
Crystal beads are very, very popular. People value the extraordinary
brightness of crystal beads, so much so,
that they are often blinded to the wide variety of quality of crystal beads sold in the marketplace.
Part 7. Seed and Delica Beads
Seed beads are little beads that come in all different shapes and colors.
Some work well in jewelry. Others do not. Lower quality seed beads break too easily,
colors may fade or bleed out or rub off; are very irregular;
or have extremely sharp holes. When working with seed beads,
it is important to understand how the quality of the beads you buy
will affect your finished piece.
Part 8. Metals and Metal Beads
When working with metals and metal beads,
it is important to know what the metal is, and what happens to it over time.
And if it has some kind of finish, what happens to that over time.
Part 9. An Introduction To Clasps
There are many, many different types of clasps.
They come in all different prices. Each has pros and cons.
Some work better in certain situations than others. This section is a very brief overview.
In Part 16, I go into much more detail about choosing clasps.
Part 10. Choosing Stringing Materials
There are many different kinds of stringing materials, in all different qualities.
Each year they come out with new ones. The correct choice of stringing material
will be critical to the success of your piece. There are advantages and disadvantages
associated with each type of stringing material. These materials include beading thread,
beading cord, cable wires, cable threads, elastic string, memory wire and hard wire.
Part 11. Tools
Different beading and jewelry making tasks require the use of different sets of tools.
We cover the full range of tools, from beading needles to chain nose and other types of pliers
to cutters, and specialized tools like crimping pliers, loopers and looms.
Part 12. Adhesives
We cover such topics as What glues work best when,
and Why super glue and hot glue have very limited uses in jewelry making.
Part 13. Types of Beading and Jewelry Making
Beading and jewelry making, as hobbies, avocations or careers,
are very creative, very challenging, very rewarding,
and can be very relaxing, as well.
There are many different types or methods of beading and jewelry making.
We cover bead stringing, bead weaving, wire working, among other types.
Part 14. Three Philosophical Approaches To Teaching Beading and Jewelry Making
There are 3 very different approaches for teaching beading and jewelry making. These are, the Craft Approach, the Art Tradition, or the Art and Design Perspective. It matters less which approach
you learn under or prefer to work within. It matters more that you attune your ear, so to speak, to what approach the teacher or how-to-book author is coming from, because, based on the approach, they give you very different advice about what things you should be doing.
Part 15. Managing Support Systems and Areas of Weakness
It is important to understand the architectural basis of each
and any technique you might employ. That means, you understand how that technique enhances things
like movement, drape, flow and durability. And that means,
you understand how that technique might diminish these kinds of things.
Such understanding begins with a discussion of support systems
and how to manage potential areas of weakness.
Part 16. Choosing Clasps
The two most important choices the jewelry designer needs to make first,
or at least concurrently with the design process,
are the choice of stringing material and the choice of clasp. This detailed discussion focuses on clasps.
We go clasp-type by clasp-type, how they are used, and the pros and cons for using them.
Part 17. Other Jewelry Findings:
PART A: Preparers
PART B: Controllers, Adapters
There are lots of other little pieces beaders and jewelry makers use
in the construction of their pieces. These are called Jewelry Findings.
They are called Jewelry Findings because up until the late 1990’s,
most of the pieces didn’t exist. Jewelry makers had to find things and make them work.
We have already discussed clasps. Here we discuss all the other types of findings,
like end bars, separator bars, cones, crimp ends, clamps, bails, rings, connectors and the like.