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Beading Jewelry 101

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Beading Jewelry 101

Beading jewelry 101 is a simple step by step tutorial on the basics to beading for beginners.

With 1 person in mind, you the beginner, learning 2 simple beading techniques using only 3 basic jeweler's tools.

This 1, 2, 3 building block formula for learning how to make simple basic beaded jewelry shared here is what I have been sharing with men, women and children (including my own) for over the past 10 plus years through beading for beginners classes.

Now I'm bringing my classes to a computer near you.

Whether it's necklaces, bracelets, earrings or accessories you will learn it here and I can help. But it all has to start with your desire to learn.

If you are ready, and will spend a little time with me, I will show you the basics you need to learn to have you beading jewelry.

These are easy to follow instructions shared in basic information that I have taught children as young as 6 (although I had my daughter at the age of two stringing beads) and I've had students in their 90's stringing and making necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Yes, you read that right, I have taught 90 something year old, I just wish I had thought to take pictures at that time.

My secret?

I keep the instructions very elementary, basic and simple that anyone can follow.

We all learn differently and you have the opportunity to work at your pace.

If this sounds like something you are looking for then let's get you started learning beading jewelry 101.

Proverbs 20:15 Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

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3 Basic Jeweler's Tools

The tools have it...

When beginning any craft project tools are part of the equation. Beading jewelry is no different.

There are several tools available to you but to keep this simple and basic you only need 3 basic jeweler's tools to get the job done.That's it, just 3.

I won't talk anymore than these three tools so not to confuse you, the beginner.

  1. Chain Nose Pliers
  2. Round Nose Pliers
  3. Cutters

Let's look at the basic tools needed just to give you a visual of what the tools look like.

As we move onto the projects I will explain which tool is used for what and provide greater detail of their use. For now let's just see what they look like.

These tools are affordable and a complete set should run approximately $30 depending as to where you purchase.

I do not find it necessary, in the beginning, to invest a great deal until you are sure you are going to like this.Once you become familiar with the techniques you may then want to consider investing in better tools but that will be a personal preference.

The tools should measure approximately 5" in length or longer for a comfortable fit to an adult hand. Do not be taken in by some of the small cute jeweler tools as I was. These tools are too small for an adult's hands and may create cramping in your hand after repeated use. If children are the students learning then these may be the perfect size for them but even my own children, when they were beginning, used the same jeweler's tool that I did.

If you are ready let's look at each tool individually....

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Chain Nose Pliers - The most essential tool

Chain nose pliers will be your 'go to' tool' for all of your beading projects. Having a couple on hand has been very beneficial in holding things when items were too small to hold with my own hands.

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Round Nose Pliers - another essential tool for your jewelry beading tool kit

Round nose pliers are another essential tool out of the three basic jeweler's tools for your beginners beading tool kit.Pay special attention to the fact that the round nose pliers are very similar to the chain nose pliers. It is very important not to get them mixed up.Look closely at the tips of the pliers when you are picking them up to use them. The chain nose pliers has a flat interior nose where as the round nose pliers are completely round.Best beading tip I can give you here is to make sure you are using the right tool for the right job.

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Cutters - Please use caution these cut and can hurt if mis-used

The cutters, wire cutters, flush cutters, side cutters have many names. The strength of the cutters will also determine the type of materials you will want to use them with.You may need to consider purchasing a few different type of cutters to get the job done. These cutters displayed here will do an excellent job of cutting a soft flexible beading wire for stringing bracelets but will not be strong enough to cut memory wire.Beading tip again is to make sure you use the right tool for the right job.

2 Simple Beading Techniques - to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more

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2 very simple beading techniques are all you will need to learn to bead any basic string jewelry.Once these two techniques are mastered then it will be just a matter of learning the different materials and how to manipulate them to create countless array of looks and designs.

Let's take a quick look at these two simple beading techniques. Ready?

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Beading Technique #1

Crimping Technique ~ Used to Create Bracelets and Necklaces

1 of the 2 simple techniques is called the 'crimping technique'.

This technique is a simple, simple, [did I mention simple?] process.

It is most commonly used to create necklaces and bracelets but depending on the design this technique can be used to make earrings and countless other projects.

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Beading Technique #2 - single or plain loop for earrings and accessories

This second beading technique is called a single or plain loop. This particular technique may need more practice than the crimping technique but it is as essential of a technique to learn.The most common project that uses the single or plain loop are earrings but there are an array of designs and jewelry projects that use the loop technique. Here is a list of just a few.If this is an interest feel free to check out the earring tutorial for a quick view of where to get started.photo credits: Bead At Home

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  • Earrings
  • Cha-Cha Bracelet
  • Charm Bracelet
  • Bookmark
  • Purse Jewelry
  • Cell Phone Jewelry
  • Linked Jewelry
  • Charms
  • Rosary Beads or Necklace

1 Technique, So Many Uses - The single or plain loop

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EarringsPurse JewelryLink JewelryCharmsDanglesEarringEarringsFringe EarringsBookmarkPendents
Earrings
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Beading Craft Magazine - For the beginner

Anyone wanting to learn beading I'm going to share with you my 'go to' tool. I highly recommend this particular beading craft magazine to everyone who sits in my classes.

That would be the 'BeadStyle' magazine.

The projects are geared toward the beginner. Lovely pictures are provided with description and the directions.

You will also find a list of basic techniques along with a glossary in the back of the magazine.

If you are wondering if this is something you may or may not like then a purchase of just one copy I feel with help you with that decision.

The other thing I like are the advertisements of beading suppliers. It is a wealth of information and worth a look. I don't think you will be disappointed.

My Secret Beading Tip for Beginners - Fire Mountain Gems Beading Catalog

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Who Is Your Favorite Beading Supplier?

If I could recommend only one supplier to buy your beading supplies from here is my little secret gem I will share only with you, Fire Mountain Gems beading catalog. [shhhh, let's keep that between us.]

I do like others as well but remember I only had one choice. Here is why.

Fire Mountain Gems was my first beading supply catalog and I was over joyed by the wealth of knowledge filled between the covers of their catalog.

The pictures and description of beading components taught me so much and along with a beading magazine these were my first tools that taught me most of what I needed to know about beading before I even began.

The main thing it taught me was that I definitely wanted to learn MORE and that I was going to like it.

All I needed to do was to find someone to teach me and that is where I can help you.

I would love the opportunity to share with you the easy beading for beginner lessons that I have fine tuned over the past 10 plus years teaching countless people just the basics and then enjoying watching them grow into what they wanted to make of it.

To order your free Fire Mountain Gems catalog contact them directly. You will see first hand why I find this such a valuable tool.

Then when you are ready to begin taking lessons I would be honored to take you step by step to creating your first piece of jewelry.

Beaded Blessings

That is the Question, Wait, What Was the Question?

To Bead or Not To Bead?

  • Yes, I'm ready, let's get started.
  • Already beading but nice to hear someone else's beginning perspective.
  • No thank you, it doesn't interested but thanks for the info anyway.
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R U Ready?

To get started learning how to bead?

There is still so much more to learn about the basics but I don't want to overwhelm you with too much info.

So If you feel this is something that you have been looking for and you are ready to learn more then come on in and let's delve into this easy peasy lemon squeezy hobby.

There is still so much more to cover for your beading for beginner classes, we need to discover the beads and beading supplies, findings, beading craft magazines and we still need to talk more about beading terminology all at the basic beginner level.

This was just a hint of what you need to get started with the basics to give you a taste for what is ahead. If you want to learn more head over to Beading Jewelry 101 to get started in your bead-ginning journey.

Or if you would like to read more of my DIY Jewelry Journal click on the link to see more of what I share.

Before your leave please leave me a comment below to let me know you have been by to visit.

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Share a beginning beading story or a wanna begin beading story. We all have to start somewhere and it's easier when we know we are not alone.

You don't have to do this alone, I'm here to help all who want to learn.

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 Last updated on September 10, 2014

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Margaret Schindel 9 months ago from Massachusetts Level 6 Commenter

Great introduction to making beaded jewelry! :)


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bead at home mom 9 months ago Hub Author

@Margaret Schindel: Thx Mschindel, love teaching others to get a foot up so they can take their beading where it leads them. I'm a mutual fan of your writings as well.


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AnonymousC831 9 months ago from Kentucky Level 3 Commenter

The your lens. Great job.


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VspaBotanicals 9 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Such a fun filled lens!


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bead at home mom 9 months ago Hub Author

@VspaBotanicals: I love talking beginning beading...I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thx for visiting.


ohcaroline 8 months ago

I'm just getting started in beading and am still on bracelets at this point.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@ohcaroline: Bravo! glad to hear you have joined the community I would love to chat more with you how your experience has been for your beginning days. Thx for stopping by and if you need a sounding board plz feel free to contact me.


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LSJ-88 8 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Lovely work. I used to make jewelry a long, long time ago. I still have all of my tools, but my interests have since diverged into other crafty mediums. I really should get back into it...


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annleecakes 8 months ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

Osiyo:All beading of every kind is interesting and fun.Blessings......Annlee


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GrammieOlivia 8 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Looks like a lot of fun! Great tutorial thank you!


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Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Congrat of LOTD! This is such a great lens, and very interesting. It makes me want to take up beading too. Pretty designs and photos!


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DreyaB 8 months ago from France Level 5 Commenter

I just started making beaded jewellery this year as I received a beginners beading kit for Christmas. I wanted to make my own earrings and am loving it and it's simplicity. This has given me a bit more than what I've done already but confirmed I'm doing OK too. Great page and congrats on LoTD. :0)


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Dressage Husband 8 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

Great lens very well done.


getupandgrow 8 months ago

I beaded for a year or so, and everything kept falling apart. Now with this lens (and the tutorial) I know why! Thanks for this info, great lens, and many congratulations.


pratikmewada 8 months ago

Nice lens.... really informative!


tonyleather 8 months ago

Not something I could find time or patience for. Sorry!


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Brite-Ideas 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on receiving lens of the day :)


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Diana Wenzel 8 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

I'm celebrating with you. Wonderful to see you recognized for LotD. You make me want to bead. :-)


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kislanyk 8 months ago from Cyprus Level 1 Commenter

Congrats on the LOTD! I love making jewelry, I also started with beading (later moved on to wire wrapping and chain maille). I still have all my supplies and a ton of beads in various containers. This lens brought me back some fond memories...


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Donna Cook 8 months ago from Denver, Colorado USA Level 6 Commenter

Great lens! I've had an Etsy shop for 6 years and still love making stuff. I always start with a bead board in front of me, sort of like a blank screen for writing. FMG (Fire Mountain Gems) is a terrific one stop shop and they'll send catalogues for free.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@AnonymousC831: thx for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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delia-delia 8 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! I have a whole drawer full of beads and things to make jewelry, yet I can't find the time to do it! Maybe when Spring comes and gets me out of this funk from the bad weather for the last 4 months... Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@LSJ-88: I hear you loud and clear and am all too familiar with that. isn't it a given for anyone that enjoys crafting and working with their hands to delve into many areas? Would love to see what else you do, give a shout so I know where to look. Thx for stopping by for a visit.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@annleecakes: so glad you came by for a visit and I couldn't agree more.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thx so much for your kind words...I appreciate your visit. :)


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Merrci: Well come on in, the water is fine, there is always room for more beading buddies. If you decide to join in please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your beading beginnings easier.


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Im2keys 8 months ago Level 1 Commenter

great instructions and congratulations on lens of the day!


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@DreyaB: I'm so glad to hear you are really enjoying it. I would love to see what you have done so far and connect. My greatest joy in teaching others how to get started is the BIG smile they get when the light bulb goes off of what they just accomplished. Priceless! I never grow tired of seeing it. Thx for stopping by to say hi and sharing.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Dressage Husband: Thx StephenJParkin for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed it. My son caught the beading bug and I share some closeup photos of his hands at work on my teaching website www.beadingjewelry101.com


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Zeross4 8 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Congratulations of Lens of the Day! I have always enjoyed jewelry making, will have to check out the magazine you recommended!


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@getupandgrow: oh how frustrating! I'm sorry to hear that and hope it has not deterred you from continuing to learn. This the very reason I teach in the manner I teach, I like to guarantee every beginner a good start and the key to that is keeping instruction simple and as easy as possible to achieve success. That success builds on confidence and the confidence builds on learning more difficult task but understanding just the basics is the foundation....If I can be of any service or further help plz do not hesitate to contact me.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@pratikmewada: Thank you pratikmewada for stopping by for a visit and your kinds words...glad to hear it accomplished what I set out to do, share information.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@tonyleather: That's alright tonyleather, beading is not for everyone and patience is a key element. thank you though for stopping by and spending some time here....I appreciate it more than you know. Do keep in mind if you should ever know of someone who would like to learn how to make beaded jewelry send them my way I always love getting beginners started.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Brite-Ideas: Thx for your kindness and support you have shown me through our new endeavor of building our community....so glad to have connected.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: Your words are very encouraging...that is exactly what I hope to pull out in others, the desire to want to learn, where they take it from there is up to them...


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@kislanyk: so glad it sent you down memory lane...for some reason I have gotten stuck at the beginning. wire wrapping and chain maille have been on my wish list to learn among other techniques but my desire to learn more is not as great as my desire in showing others how to start and I haven't been able to split my attention. I will head over to find your jewelry pages to see more of what you are doing. Thx for stopping by and so glad to have connected. Beaded Blessings!


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Donna Cook: inspiration at it's best a blank canvas and book full of ideas. thx for stopping by to visit.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@delia-delia: I find down time is just as important for renewing inspiration...get ready to bloom when the Spring flowers release their new palette of creations.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Im2keys: Thx for stopping by and so glad you found it enjoyable.


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Hub Author

@Zeross4: Please do...as long as I've been beading I would think I would have evolved but I am too mesmerized with just the basics and Beadstyle is still my go to magazine for my own inspiration of new beginner projects. Thx for the visit and will enjoy seeing what you do with jewelry making.


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SteveKaye 8 months ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 4 Commenter

This looks like a wonderful craft activity. Congratulations on presenting such an excellent guide.


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jlshernandez 8 months ago

This is exactly what I want to do when I retire. My mom knows how to do all this but she is to far away to teach me. Congrats on LOTD. Thanks for sharing these tips.


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MariaMontgomery 8 months ago from Central Florida, USA Level 5 Commenter

Great lens! Congrats on LOTD. Liked and pinned.


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Nancy Hardin 8 months ago from Las Vegas, NV Level 7 Commenter

Couldn't get the To Beat or Not To Bead question to post my comment. Here's what I would have said: I have no intention of ever attempting this, my hands shake too much. But your lens is beautiful, knowledgeable, and well deserving of LOTD. Congratulations, my friend.


anonymous 8 months ago

Very creative stuff. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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tbonestakes 8 months ago

Very nice lens, my wife does the same thing she's quite consumed with her jewelry designing. Congrats on the lotd!


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favored 8 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

Congratulation on LotD. You're really good at this. Thanks for the steps and info.


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seleen fouad 8 months ago

lovely bracelets, thanks


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Heidi Vincent 8 months ago from GRENADA Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on winning the LOTD, teriann! Great beading lens for beginners.


thebrainmusic 8 months ago

Very artistic and unique...


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lovedislife 8 months ago

Wonderful lens! I learned (should I say 'got to know'?-should learn a lot more) the basic bead making tips. Followed the link to your website and subscribed for your newsletter. Really valuable. I admit that I am not going to get into this hobby immediately but I did not want to postpone my subscription as I loved reading about the techniques that you have explained very well. Thank you :) - Rema


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DreyaB 8 months ago from France Level 5 Commenter

@bead at home mom: I do have some pics that I could share if you suggest where...! :0)


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@lovedislife: hi lovethislife, so very pleased that you found this motivating to take the next step. Glad to have you on board and please by all means if you have any questions never hesitate to contact me, I was in your place at one point and would have loved to have someone to reach out to to walk me through it or at the least to not feel alone.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@thebrainmusic: thank you thebrainmusic, so glad you found it so...I love your description. May I quote you?


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@Heidi Vincent: Thank you for stopping by for a visit, I appreciate your kind words.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@seleen fouad: So glad you enjoyed them, thanks for stopping by to see them.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@favored: Hi favored1, what a surprise it was for me, I'm glad to hear that my passion comes through loud and clear.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@tbonestakes: AH Yes, beading and jewelry making can be very consuming, I'm glad you found it enjoyable and I would truly love to see and hear what your wife does with her jewelry designing. That is where I get my biggest inspiration and I always love making new beading buddies. Thx for stopping by.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@anonymous: thx so much for stopping by, glad you enjoyed.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@Nancy Hardin: HMMM? I wonder what went wrong, maybe 'bug' in process at that moment Nancycarol, but thanks for leaving your comments here. I appreciate the accolades, I'm love my job and I'm glad it comes through.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@MariaMontgomery: Bless you for sharing, my heart leaps with gratitude.


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@jlshernandez: So glad you found your way here and glad to hear you have your sights set on learning. But I must warn you...beading can be addicting so I always caution 'Bead Responsibly'. :)


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bead at home mom 6 months ago Hub Author

@SteveKaye: Thank you so much Steve_Kaye, I truly appreciate your kind words, it fuels the flames of beading passion in me to share more when I hear such things.


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