UK Beaders

Other Resources

Here you will find a wealth of different sites, either run by members or added at their recommendation. These sites cover many subjects, advice, tutorials, societies, events, tips and techniques, and any thing else that doesn't fall into jewellery supplies! Click here to jump down to the listings for other forums & online groups.

www.bead-patterns.com/shop/shop.php?category=138
A wealth of free patterns and instructions for a range of techniques, mostly for bead weaving but there's also a great selection of other beading projects too.

www.beadsociety.org.uk
The bead society of Great Britain.

www.beadwork.net
Diary listings for upcoming Beadwork fairs.

http://beadwork.about.com/od/freebeadpatternsstitch/
Dozens of free bead patterns and beading projects arranged by bead stitch type.

www.beadworkersguild.org.uk
Promoting beadwork and the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst bead workers.

www.britishlampwork.co.uk
A great resource for those interested in handmade glass beads.

www.craft-fair.co.uk/Diary.cfm
A useful list of art shows, craft fairs, needlecraft shows, agricultural shows, county shows and other events in the UK where there's a craft marquee or hall.

www.easycrystals.co.uk/crystal-healing-properties.html
This useful site lists the healing properties of crystals - ailment first and then tells you which crystals may help.


www.enioken.com
A talented artist who shares many wire wrapping techniques and sells tutorials among many other things.

www.etsy.com
A great venue for selling your handmade creations (including but not limited to beads and jewellery). Based in the US but also popular with UK buyers and sellers.

www.flickr.com
A very reliable and easy to use picture hosting service.

www.foxdendesigns.com/DelicaPIX.htm
A fantastic Delica colour chart/guide

www.gbuk.org
The Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK) promotes the sharing of information of making glass beads through networking and furthering educational opportunities in the field of glass bead making.

www.glassattic.com
With 1700 pages of information this is the site to answer all your polymer clay questions!

www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com
A wealth of info for those who want to sell their beaded works and jewellery.

www.jdjewellery.co.uk
Site run by UK Beaders member Jen. You will find a great selection of bead weaving patterns by Jennifer Airs, that have featured in a range of publications including Bead Magazine, Beadworkers Guild Journal, and Bead Society Newsletter.

www.jewelrylessons.com
Jewelry Lessons by Eni Oken & friends is a site that has a wealth of tutorials, articles, tips and much more.

www.mailleartisans.org
M.A.I.L. (Maille Artisans International League) is a great resource for those interested in the beautiful art of chain maille.

www.photobucket.com
A very reliable and easy to use picture hosting service.

www.polymerclaycentral.com
More polymer clay resources than you can shake a cane at.

www.rings-things.com/gemstone/index.html
A really useful, searchable index of gemsones brought to you by Rings and Things.

www.royalmail.com
Keep up to date with current Royal Mail postage rates and postage information.

www.rubysbeadwork.com/Thumbnails.html
A selection of beading techniques (mostly working with seed beads).

www.tabletopstudio.com
An amazing amount of useful information on how to improve your photography of your beads and jewellery.

www.urbanmaille.com
Another great resource for those interested in the beautiful art of chain maille, with kits and supplies also available to buy.

www.vistaprint.co.uk
A great place to order free business cards (just pay shipping) with upgrade options at a reasonable price and many other printing services.

www.webpagesthatsuck.com
This site reminds us with humour about what common mistakes can ruin your website, and how you can produce a visitor (and sales) friendly site.

www.wigjig.com
This is a great site to visit for learning basic wire working techniques, tutorials on working with wire, choosing your wire and much more.

www.wigjig.com/jewelry-making/pg21.htm

Wigjigs useful guide on selecting the right wire for your project.

www.wigjig.com/jewelry-tools/WJU/techniques/measures/pg03.htm
Wigjigs invaluable chart listing the millimetre diameter of all common wire gauges.

www.wists.com

A simple and fun way to make and share your own lists of recommendations or wish lists with links from sites all over the net (beady or not).

Beading & Jewellery forums

I know you all love the UK Beaders Forum but sometimes you may need a forum more specific to a particular technique, or maybe an answer from someone in another country. So here are a selection of beading and jewellery making forums. They are brought to you by a wide range of hosts including beading suppliers, magazine publishers, societies and groups or independent hosts. Some are UK only but most have an international membership.

www.beadbuddies.co.uk/forum/index.php
This forum is brought to you by "The bead shed"

www.craftster.org
A huge international forum base covering all types of crafts including jewellery making and beading.

www.frit-happens.co.uk/forum/
Frit Happens is A friendly forum aimed at UK and European glass artists.

www.mailleartisans.org/board/index.php
M.A.I.L. - Maille Artisans International League's forum for those interested in the beautiful art of chain maille.

www.rings-things.com/cgi-bin/forum/ikonboard.cgi
This forum is brought to you by "Rings and Things".


Message boards

Here you will find links to message boards and groups (such as eBay groups, yahoo groups, msn groups) recommended by UK Beaders members.


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/British_Beaders/

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