The most popular item to make with beads is jewelry. Beginners usually start out with large plastic type beads and make bracelets and necklaces with them. Then, as they proceed with this hobby, they will use smaller beads. It is not difficult to find dozens of books about beading at your local book stores (such as Popular & Kinokuniya if you were staying in Kuala Lumpur) with different designs and patterns that could give you some ideas of how to proceed with your jewelry projects. For beading purposes, I strongly recommend two of my favourite books, namely "Aspiring Artist's Studio: Beaded Jewelry Design" by Tair Parnes and "Beading with Charms" by Katherine Duncan Aimone.
In Tair Parnes' "Aspiring Artist's Studio: Beaded Jewelry Design", the easiest projects are found in the first four sections and include detailed instructions and photographs of key steps. This book takes you on a colourful journey into a world of infinite artistic possibilities. Artist and author Tair Parnes guides you through 23 projects, clearly described with step-by-step instructions and accompanies by vibrant colour photos . Every earring, necklace, brooch, and bracelet is like a little exhibition of contemporary art plucked from her studio.
"Beading with Charms" by Katherine Duncan Aimone.- The gorgeous pieces featured in this book probably have you eager to start playing with your tools and bead stash. Whether you use the designs as launching points for your own creations or want to achieve the exact same results, you will find this book very useful. If you do not wish to spend money on these books, the Internet can provide a vast resource of free information for your beading projects.
Beading is a hobby many people enjoy and there are many different varieties of beads that you can use to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even watches. Whether you are making a necklace, bracelet, or a watch, the method is the same. Once you have threaded all your beads onto the thread, you will need to tie a tight knot at the end. Cut the loose ends of the knot as close as you can. The knot will pull up into one of the beads. Believe me, once you learn the basics of beading, you will find this hobby very interesting and absorbing. I have been dabbling in this hobby for years and have created lots of artificial jewelry items. One of the greatest things about creating your own jewelry is that you can fashion it to suit any style or wardrobe. Another advantage is that the beading process is rhythmic, soothing and relaxing. Below are pictures of some my creations. I hope my readers would enjoy seeing them.