Unused Bulk Beads, Making Jewelry with Unique Design Ideas

There comes a time for everyone who is in the habit of producing creative material-- regardless of whether your creative energies involve beads, making jewelry pieces or even creating a blog post.

When you first get started in learning how to make wire jewelry or other pieces of jewelry, there are going to be a lot ideas or themes that you will want to create. After some success with the smaller projects you begin to expand your operation. You get extremely ambitious in your endeavors and begin to stock up on your supplies -- from bulk jewellery to bulk beads -- making plans for the great designs and pieces that you will create!

Then it happens....

You're sitting at your desk and NOTHING is coming to you. What are you going to make next. When this happens you should look no further than your bedroom closet.

Look at that new top you bought last week at the mall. You know the one you got for a "steal" off the clearance rack!! No I won't tell your significant other that you raided the rainy day fund for it! :-)

Fashion can be a very inspirational outlet to help you grind out more unique and fantastic pieces

So where do you get your inspiration for your beads making projects? If you have a unique piece of jewelry posted on the internet, please let me know and I will promote it here!
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Trollbeads Blog: Coming Soon...New posts and topics!!

I know that I have not posted to this troll beads blog in a few months; amazing how things can come up and throw off your entire routine.

The good news is that I've decided to expand the topics of this blog so that it doesn't focus only on troll beads but many of the other fascinating objects that make up beading. Expect a couple of projects to be listed as well!!

Discount Beads For Jewelry Making

Save Money with Jewelry Projects

Jewelry making with discount beads is a fun and rewarding hobby that give you a creative outlet for years to come! The basic skills of making jewelry with beads are pretty easy to pick up but some can take a lifetime to master.

Beading projects can be made from inexpensive decorative materials, or from gemstones and precious metals such as gold and silver. The design of your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings is limited only by your imagination. Beaded jewelry symbolizes many different beliefs for different people.

Making jewelry from alternative materials, such as pandora or troll beads, can quickly become a totally new form of jewelry making. These new pieces are built off the foundations and skills of basic bead jewelry making. There are actually a few books that deal with making jewelry out of non-traditional materials.

Discount beads used for making jewelry is fun - and selling it can be both rewarding and profitable. You’ll sell more of your handcrafted jewelry if you concentrate on making jewelry your customers want to buy as you follow your artistic intuition.

Troll Beads: Jewelry Tidbits

Troll beads are created by internationally renowned jewelery designers; designed from Italian Murano glass, natural pearls, semi-precious and precious stones. Trollbeads are amazingly high-quality beads made from a variety of different premium materials and designed by numerous different people and are perfect for those who want to know how to make wire jewelry with unique pieces on them. They work almost like a charm bracelet, allowing the wearer to attach any bead to a chain to make her own piece of bead jewelry with its own story! Troll beads are beads originally created by a Scandinavian company and used in bracelets. They are whimsical and fun and are similar to the popular US "charm bracelets".

Charm bracelets have been the subject of several waves of trends. Queen Victoria wore charm bracelets that started a fashion among the European noble classes. Charms also were worn in the dark ages to represent family origin, religious and political convictions.

Trollbeads are compatible with Chamilia and Pandora beads. Those beads will fit on a troll beads bracelet however the Troll beads will not fit on a Chamilia or Pandora bracelet or chain. They are created by eighteen Danish and internationally renowned jewelry designers.

Troll beads allow you to create your own story with many different symbols, flowers, animals, zodiac signs, colors and materials, there are endless combinations or variations.
They really are remarkable, beautifully-created, and wonderful charms/beads - that take art of creating a bead or charm bracelet so much fun! Not only is it fun, but you can quickly and easily change your bracelet with every whim of desire, or to match any outfit you might wear ANY day!

Genuine troll beads are made from the highest quality raw materials including sterling silver, 18 karat gold, Italian Murano glass, natural pearls, semi- precious stones and amber. They are solid cast beads that simply slide onto the bracelet or necklace and are completely interchangeable. The beads do not lock into place, but move freely.

Start learning how to make jewelry designs that are stunning by adding to your collection of beads by adding troll beads.
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How to Make Jewelry with Trollbeads

Here is a small project that you can use to put all of your newly purchased genuine troll beads to good use. I found this project, created by Kathy Mamet, who has nearly two decades of beading experience and providing classes to aspiring beaders. This a very good project for those that are wanting to learn how to make wire jewelry:

Twisted-Wire Bracelet

Skill level: Beginner
Estimated time: 1 hour
Tools: Chain-nose pliers (flat nose), round-nose pliers, wire cutters
Supplies: 20-gauge brass wire, 1 brass toggle clasp, 45-60 Troll beads with holes large enough to fit the 20-gauge wire.


1. Cut 4 yards of wire. Fold in half. Insert wire through ring on circle portion of toggle and slide to fold.
2. Using chain-nose pliers, make first twist by holding wires together, approximately 1/4 -inch down from toggle. Grasp toggle and twist until twisted wire is approximately 1/8 -inch long. (Note: do not over twist wire)
3. Now separate the wires. About 1/2 inch past the twist, bend one wire into a "U" shape. Slide a bead into the "U." Hold bead and twist until wire beneath forms a twist.
4. Repeat step 3 with the second wire.
5. Using chain-nose pliers, hold both wires 1/4 inch down from beads. Twist beaded section until twist is 1/8 -inch long.
6. Continue steps 3, 4 and 5 until bracelet fits comfortably around wrist, allowing room for adding stick portion of clasp.
7. Cut remaining two wires, leaving each with a 2- to three 3-inch tail. Using round-nose pliers, bend joined wires to 90-degree angle above twist.
8. Make loop by bringing wires over top jaw of round nose pliers. Slip toggle stick into opening of loop.
9. Grasp partial loop with round-nose pliers. Hold wire tails with chain nose pliers and wrap tightly around wire stems beneath loop, two to three times. Trim excess wire.

Let me know what you think of this project and I will try to find more that you can use to make even more of your troll beads jewelry. This is a pretty simple project for those just beginning to learn how to make jewelry.
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Genuine Troll Beads & Books to Help Create Jewelry with Them

Tutorials for Jewelry Making

Well after a long holiday break from updating my how to make wire jewelry blog, I have returned to give all of you the opportunity to find out more about troll beads and the beading hobby by giving you a list of the books that have helped me to become familiar with beading, finding the right tools and workspace...of course in the most economical fashion possible. 

Cause if you're like me, you want to find fun hobbies to do, but really don't have that trust fund to fall back on to pay the bills. So without any further delay here is the list of four books that really helped me:

1. Jewelry Making and Beading for Dummies 

I have always enjoyed the "for Dummies" series of books, due to the simplification of all of the tasks. This one in particular has step by step instruction for beginner projects all the way to the more complex ones that involve things such as wire wrapping and knotting. So whether you want to use trollbeads for making necklaces, key chains or wine charms, you're sure to find the steps to guide you on how to make jewelry on your beading project.

2. The New! Beader's Companion by Judith Durant

Personally, I consider this my beading reference book! This was the second book that I purchased and after getting the basics down, "Beaders Companion" is just that, a companion to provide you with all of the terminology and reference for a huge list of beading techniques. I definitely recommend getting this book after reading a more introductory-type book like the book listed at #1.

3. Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire & Beaded Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller.

Now we have ventured into the arena for the more experienced beaders. After you have done about 3-5 projects of beading together trollbeads, this book will provide you with the information to create more complex jewerly. Sharilyn has a wonderful way of elaborately describing and detailing all of the advanced techniques. Once you've done a few of the ones illustrated in this book, you will be a pro!!!

4. Marketing & Selling your Handmade Jewelry: The Complete Guide to Turning your Passion into Profit by Viki Lareau

This final book is being listed because, after creating several works of art (IMHO!!), I ran across this book at Barnes & Nobles. I thought to myself, what the heck?!! I enjoy making these pieces of jewelry, why not see if I can make some extra spending money. Viki takes a very good approach to describing all of the skills and factors that come into play in presenting, pricing, marketing and ultimately selling your handmade pieces of jewelry. Now this book may not be for everyone, especially those of you who enjoy beading as a simple hobby to relax after a long week! If you want to pad that emergency fund with some extra cash, this might be the way to go.

I hope that you go out and enjoy these excellent books, but more so that you find the passion for creating one of a kind pieces of jewelry with troll beads. You will be creating items that you can't just go down to the local jewelry store or mall outlet to find!!

Stay tuned for the next upcoming post that will include a beginner's level beading project for you. In the meantime, if you want to pick up some beads to get ready to do some beading be sure to follow the link above!!

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