Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More Online Beading Classes

I get a lot of hits from people looking for online beading classes so I'll take the time to list some (feel free to add your own links to tutorials in the comments) new and maybe previously mentioned links for finding beading tutorials, in no particular order;

JewelryLessons.com just launched July of 2008 and it's a very stylish site. The site has articles, tutorials (both free and for sale), a gallery, community boards and other great features. You can also write your own tutorials and then list them on this site for a profit. It is free to register and I really liked the free tutorials as well. There are some really good free beginner tutorials, including making bead links, basic chains, and wire wrapped briolette earrings.

Beaducation.com is another very stylish site! This site offers video lessons for both beginner and advanced projects. Right now they have at least 50 lessons with a lot of them dealing with silver and working with metal. Some of the free videos they offer are Intro to Seed Beads, Intro to Chain Mail and Felted Beads.

Artist Connie Fox's website has photos of her beautiful metal and wire work. She has some free tutorials and videos as well as a studio tour that I highly recommend! I also recommend you check out her gallery as well as her students' gallery for inspiration.

: Jewelry Making
I could not have a list about learning to make jewelry without putting a link to About.com's Jewelry Making page. Tammy Powley has a wonderful collection of links that covers a wide selection of jewelry making topics. She even has a Beginners Corner. This guide covers the instructional, creative and business sides of jewelry making and is a definite place to poke around.

I am a loyal Fire Mountain Gems customer. I have been ordering supplies from them for at least 10 years. They have a huge supply catalog. They also have free learning videos, project ideas and a large gallery of ideas.

Other places to find project ideas are: Michaels, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. You could also search on Youtube.com for some videos. Please feel free to share your favorite online tutorials or if you have one on your own site.

1 comment:

Heather the Mooselover said...

Thanks for sharing these. I am interested in beading but gosh the classes here are almost $50 + additional for materials. And I'm not even sure I want to pick up jewelry making as a hobby yet!