Sterling Silver and Thai Silver

Sterling Silver and Thai Siver are used in jewelry making just as much as gold is and it’s just as versatile. A lot like gold, there are different types of silver, including plated silver, sterling silver and Thai Silver. Obviously, plated silver is just a layer of the precious metal over a base, but what are the … Continue Reading

Nailing Knotting Beading Technique- Silk Knotting- Prayer Beads- Custom Jewelry

Nailing Silk Knotting Stringing beads on silk and knotting them can take your custom jewelry and beading to the next level. It not only protects your gemstones but it also makes them more fun to wear! This is a beading technique and DIY jewelry making skill has been used for many many years and is … Continue Reading

Jewelry Making Tips and Tricks- DIY Jewelry Making Tips

Beadworks offers a ton of great beading classes, however it’s great to get back to basics sometimes too. It’s very easy to get so caught up with learning new things in our beading classes that we forget about our favorite beading tips and tricks.   Don’t use clear nail polish…ever! When making a stretch bracelet … Continue Reading

Gold Fill v. Gold Plated v. Vermeil – How to tell which is right for you

Gold is as valuable as it is beautiful, but there are limits to what it can do. Gold is one of the softest solid metals on the planet, with only lead or cesium edging it out of the top spot. Mercury doesn’t count since it’s liquid at room temperature and that’s cheating. To get around … Continue Reading

Buddhist Prayer Beads – Learn to Make Your Own Meditation Beads

Anatomy Of Prayer Beads The Beadworks team has been so inspired to make Buddhist prayer beads or meditation beads lately. We have been attending classes at Kaia Yoga in Westport and really working on wellness too. During our classes, we have learned that all the parts that make up the Buddhist prayer beads all have … Continue Reading

Greek Worry Beads

What are worry beads? Worry beads are traditionally from Greece. Worry Beads make great gifts too! Everyone in Greece carries glass or gemstone beads strung on a cord. They are usually strung very loose so they can be flipped around your hand throughout the day. Worry beads are great for people with anxious or busy … Continue Reading