Wire Frames – Tips On Using Wire Frames for the First Time

Tips On Using Wire Frames for the First Time

 

There are 8 shapes in our new Wire Frames collection.

The snowflake wire frame has been a staple in the craft world for over ten years.  We launched our small, medium and large snowflakes in 2012.  Since that time, there have been thousands of snowflakes made and we feature them annually as a wonderful holiday craft.

What makes wire frames such a great craft is that you don’t need many tools (a plier to make loops) and you can use virtually every bead in your stash to make a gorgeous ornament, suncatcher or display piece.

It is a beginner level craft, and while the frames were not designed for children’s crafting, allowing young people to select and load beads onto the frames is an easily supervised craft.  The adult in the room can then use the pliers to close up the prongs. The stainless steel wire is very hard, so you need good hand eye coordination to finish your ornament.

You will discover that they more time you spend adding and removing beads to form patterns, color palettes or design elements, the more projects you will want to try out later.  You can design right on the frames, or lay them down on a mat or a piece of felt and arrange the beads off the wire.

Your wire frames can feature cheap and cheerful beads or high end crystals.

You can turn a sentimental piece of broken jewelry into an ornament by adding the beads to a project.

We’ve seen vintage pearl necklaces re purposed into snowflake ornaments.

You can color match teams, school colors and company logos.

If you are a skilled crafter, you will realize that adding additional wires, fibers and more can turn these simple frames into works of art.

Minimalists and maximalists can work side by side creating.  Each finished piece a wonderful one of a kind piece.

The Sun Wire Frame is a perfect example of what you can do simply, and what you can do if you have some extra skills like Lena Gillespie.

Option One – Simply add beads to the prongs.

Option Two – Lena Gillespie added many more beads with extra wire working.

Coffee, Cream, and Crystal Earrings! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

Gifting handmade this season just got easier with new, Czech seed bead 3- packs! In this class we will adapt a starting square of flat chenille stitch to support a cascading mix of coffee & cream seed beads with gorgeous crystal bicones.

The Recorded Class

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Holiday Bangles With Bead Landing 3-Pack Palettes! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The project PDF  Holiday Bangles
Gifting handmade this season just got easier with new, Czech seed bead 3-packs! Join us for a review of a classic technique, tubular peyote stitch, to create these cheerful bangles in any colors!
The Three Pack Collection We Refer To

These gorgeous palettes of Czech Seed Beads will make designing in color a snap!

The collection for USA is online here.

The collection for Canada is here.

The complete collection is available for viewing in this PDF.

Our first project PDF featuring the new boxes is for these wonderful fringe earrings.  PDF is here.

The Recorded Class

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Preciosa Ornela 2022 Christmas Project PDFs

Part 1 Colorful-christmas-bauble

Part 2 Colorful-christmas-bauble

Crocheted seed bead ball made from PRECIOSA PermaLux!

Brighten up Christmas with colorful seed bead designs! We present a tutorial on how to make a colorful crocheted seed bead ball to decorate your Christmas tree. PRECIOSA PermaLux seed beads will help you create happy and colorful designs. We wish you happy beadworking and a Merry Christmas!

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Project PDF for Beaded Christmas Tree

Project PDF for Bead Belt Accessory

Project PDF for Christmas-reindeer

Project PDF for  Seed-bead-bowl 

Candy-cane

Fringe Earrings With Bead Landing 3-Pack Palettes! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

These gorgeous palettes of Czech Seed Beads will make designing in color a snap! In class, we will introduce the collection, answer questions, and share a sneak peek of upcoming projects!

The collection for USA is online here.

The collection for Canada is here.

The complete collection is available for viewing in this PDF.

Our first project PDF featuring the new boxes is for these wonderful fringe earrings.  PDF is here.

The Recorded Unveiling Event

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Silver Flower on Turquoise Earrings! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  SIlver and Turquoise Flower Earrings

Description of Class: 

In this class we will brick stitch using size 10 Czech Seed beads onto a gemstone heishi (disc) bead. This is an intermediate technique. We have a great intro to this technique available here, from an earlier class where we brick stitch onto a component.

Click here to view our Owl Charm Earrings class.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Basket Weave Bracelet! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Basket Weave Suede

Description of Class: 

Weave a basket of metallic earth tones with new, matte-color metallics
from our Czech Seed Beads 3-Packs. This bead-weaving design is a
variation of ladder stitch. In class we will cover this intermediate project
that integrates the laddering technique. We have a great introductory
class you can review for laddering basics.
Intro to Ladder Stitch Video Link
Abbreviations
S10A

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Lightening Bolt Fringe Earrings – Free Project from John Bead

The Project PDF is here: Lightning Earrings

Danielle Wickes, our Creative Director clearly loves the new Miyuki Czech Coating bead collection.
She has prepared a new Lightening Bolt pattern for everyone to try.
New Miyuki Beads with Czech Coatings
Ten colors in 11/0 and 8/0
Linked here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.