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Complete Guide to the One Step Looper!

Hey there, fellow bead enthusiasts! It’s your friendly Web Wizard, Travis, and today, we’re diving into the magical world of the One Step Looper. Buckle up because we’re about to turn your wire looping game on it’s head with this nifty tool!

What is the One Step Looper?

Imagine a wizard’s wand for beaders – that’s the One Step Looper! This nifty gadget is here to revolutionise the way you create loops for your jewellery designs. No more fumbling with pliers or struggling to get consistent loops. It’s like having a bead-tying superhero at your fingertips!

Why You Need It:

Efficiency Overload:

Say goodbye to tedious loop-making. With the One Step Looper, each squeeze results in a perfect loop. Efficiency level? Through the roof!!

Consistency is Key:

Achieve uniform loops every single time. Your designs will thank you for the consistency, and your friends will wonder if you’ve secretly enrolled in a loop perfection class.

Time-Saving Wonder:

The One Step Looper is a time-saving maestro. Spend less time wrestling with your tools and more time unleashing your creativity.

How to Master the One Step Looper Like a Pro:

Now that you’re convinced this tool is your new crafting BFF, let’s dive into some tips and tricks to wield the One Step Looper with finesse:

Choose the Right Wire:

Opt for soft wires in medium gauges, like 20g, 22g and 24g. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to step up to precious metal wires like gold-filled or sterling silver. These medium sizes will respond better to the magic touch of the One Step Looper.

Mind Your Tension:

Keep your wire taut but not overly tight. A gentle touch ensures smooth loops without any wire rebellion.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Before tackling your masterpiece, practice on scrap wire. Familiarize yourself with the tool’s rhythm, and soon you’ll be looping like a pro.

Experiment with Bead Sizes:

The One Step Looper can handle various bead sizes, so don’t be shy to experiment. From delicate seed beads to chunky crystals, let your creativity run wild!

Accessorise Your Loops:

Branch out of your comfort zone and try something different! Sdding charms, beads, or jump rings to your loops can make them even more unique. Try creating beaded daisy-chains, beaded lamp shades or curtain tassels. The One Step Looper makes it a breeze to create customised, embellished loops.

Why We Love It:

Crafting Bliss:

Say goodbye to hand cramps and hello to a blissful crafting experience. The One Step Looper turns loop-making into a joyous dance.

Versatility Unleashed:

Whether you’re a seasoned pro like mwa (moi if you’re French), or a crafting newbie, this tool welcomes everyone into the loop-lover’s club. From simple designs to intricate creations, the One Step Looper has your back.

No More Guesswork:

Bid farewell to guesswork and hello to confidence. With the One Step Looper, you’re the master of your loops, every single time.

So where to from here?

There you have it, bead maestros – your fun guide to the One Step Looper! Embrace the loop, unleash your creativity, and let the One Step Looper be your crafting sidekick. Dive into the world of seamless loops and watch your jewellery designs transform into loop-tastic masterpieces.

Where to buy the One Step Looper

Beads N Crystals is the bead shop near you, and we have the complete range of loopers. There are three different loop sizes: 1.5mm, 2.25mm and 3mm, so you can select the perfect loop size. If you’re into fine jewellery, definitely head for the 1.5mm. For heavy tasks, the 3mm has your back. Everyone else will get the most practicality from the medium size 2.25mm tool.

Happy crafting, loopsters!
Travis Out!

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Meet Travis, the New Wizard (sort of) at Beads N Crystals!

Hey, everyone! We’ve got some exciting news for you – we’ve enlisted the help of a new addition to the team in 2024. Please give a warm welcome to Travis, our not-so-average kind-of-work-experience guy. He’s here to sprinkle a bit of chaos, a dash of laughter, and a whole lot of creativity into our digital world.

Travis is not your typical tech genius. In fact, he’s the kind of guy who thinks “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” is designed to give you time to do a little dance! But hey, who needs perfection when you can have a truckload of charm and a heart full of enthusiasm, right!?

We’ve tasked Travis with the important mission of improving our website. Now, before you grab your precious beads and crystals and head for the hills (although we’d prefer the beach – although South Bank is about as far away as we get to go for a day out!), let us reassure you – Travis is a lovable klutz, but he’s got a knack for turning oopsies into “happy little accidents,” as he likes to call them.

Picture this: Travis, armed with a keyboard, and a mouse packed with a few too many LED’s, ready to conquer the vast realm of cyberspace. He’s got a determined look in his eyes, and his fingers are flying across the keyboard like a caffeinated hummingbird on a mission. We swear, it’s like watching a toddler discovering the joy of finger painting – except Travis is knee-deep in HTML, or SQL, or whatever that tech garble is. Don’t ask us!

The best part? Travis is also a closet beader! A natural-born crafter, not that you’d ever guess that at first glance. Get ready for some of the quirkiest posts you’ve ever laid eyes on. From bead-based life hacks to crystal-themed interpretive dance routines (don’t ask, just enjoy), Travis is here to sprinkle a little joy into your crafting journey.

So, buckle up, Beads N Crystals fans, because you’re in for a wild ride in 2024. Travis is here to make your crafting experience a tad more adventurous, a lot more amusing, and just a smidge less predictable. But fear not! Behind that slightly tousled hair is a guy with a heart of gold and a secret genius waiting to be unleashed.

Stay tuned for the misadventures of Travis, the crafty Web Wizard (sort of) of Beads N Crystals. You won’t want to miss a single click, crash, or giggle. Happy crafting, and may your beads be ever in your favour!

Live, Love, Laugh & Loom a Leather Lariat,
the Beads N Crystals Team

See! We’re not ‘that’ kind of bead shop!

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Not as “Gross” as You Think!

Crystals from the Heart of Europe

Hey there bead addicts! It’s Travis here, I’m the new techie work experience guy and I’ll be helping clear up a few beading myths and helping to make beading fun!

Ever wondered why your favorite crystal brands, like Preciosa and Swarovski, love to pack things in weird numbers? I mean, why 144 in a box? Sounds “gross” right!? No, it’s not because they’re secretly trying to gross you out – it’s all about the art and science of crystal packaging, and I’m here to break it down for you in a way that’s anything but “gross”!

So, first things first, what exactly is a “gross”? Well, it’s not that weird kid in the back of the class sticking chewing gum under the desk – it’s a unit of measurement, and in the beading and crystal world, it means a dozen dozens, or 144 to be exact. Now, I know what you’re thinking – why not just say 144? Why make this extra confusing with a word that sounds like it belongs in the biology room?

Quick note here, that’s a dozen regular dozens, not a dozen bakers dozens, or a dozen beaders dozens. That’d be just stupid! Not to mention confusing!

Let’s make this whole thing crystal clear (pun intended)! Packaging crystals by the gross isn’t about confusing you, it’s about making the lives of the crystal gods and the end customers a whole lot easier. Think of it as the crystal community’s way of saying, “Let’s keep it simple, stupid!”

Dividing by 12 is a piece of cake or should I say, crystal? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) There’s a reason we have dozens in many aspects of our lives. It’s easy to count, easy to divide, and it just makes sense. I mean, could you imagine a carton of 11 eggs, or 5 for that matter. It just wouldn’t work.

When you buy crystals in bulk, especially when you’re planning some serious bling for your DIY projects, having them neatly packaged in dozens and gross makes the process a breeze.

Now, here comes the magic of multiplication. If you’ve ever wondered why crystal brands seem to be obsessed with packing small flat back diamantes and bicones in packs of 1440 (which is a gross times 10), it’s because it’s a game-changer! When you’re working on large-scale projects, having crystals in this magical “mass” of 1440 means you can easily calculate how many dozens you need without breaking a sweat.

Imagine this: you’re bedazzling a dance costume, and you need 10 dozen crystals. Instead of tediously counting each crystal, you can just grab a pack, knowing that it contains 1440 sparkly diamantes, and voilà, you have your 10 dozen without the headache. It’s like crystal maths for dummies!

So, the next time you come across crystal packaging boasting a gross or 1440, embrace it! It’s not meant to be “gross” or confusing – it’s a crystal-clear system that simplifies your DIY adventures and keeps the sparkle in your projects. Best part is, they divide evenly down into dozens, sixes and 3’s. Bonus, they’re also even so pairs are a given!

Remember, crystals are all about bringing joy and beauty into your life, not making it grossly confusing. So, here’s to the “not as gross as you think” world of little crystals. Those Czech and Austrian crystal lords are smarter than they may seem!

Quick recap before you go:

  • Dozen = 12
  • Gross = 144 (12 dozen)
  • Mass = 1440 (10 gross, or 120 dozen)
  • All these numbers are even, and they all divide by 3, the beaders magic number!

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out

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UPDATED 30/12/23:

Our phone lines have been restored today. We thank all of our customers for their patience during the repairs caused by the recent storms. We’re all back to normal now.

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Hello Bead-lover Family!

Haven’t we been though a crazy few days! We hope you’re safe, well and not too badly affected by this crazy weather we’ve been having. We’re all safe and well with just a minor casualty. Our inbound phone lines are down until further notice. We still have internet, power and a roof, so all is good. We’re processing orders as normal!

Good news! Our post-Christmas Boxing Day sales are still ON, and we’re trading as normal! Despite the stormy weather causing a hiccup with our phone lines, don’t stress! We’re still here and ready to make your shopping experience amazing.

Online orders? No problem! We’re processing and dispatching them faster than ever. So, even if the wind’s howling outside, your orders are sailing smoothly to you.

Our doors are wide open for our Boxing Day sales this Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, and the welcome mat is out. Come on in and catch some fantastic deals!

Psst, can’t reach us by phone? No worries! For any inquiries, shoot us an email or book a carrier pigeon (just kidding, use email!). We’re here for you, storm or shine.

Thanks for being part of the Beads N Crystals family. We’re making these Boxing Day sales a ripper just for you!

The Beads N Crystals Team

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Christmas Trading Hours

Dear valued customers,

As the holiday approaches, we want to keep you informed about our trading hours during the Christmas and New Year period. Please take note of the following schedule:

Sunday December 24th – CLOSED
Monday December 26th – CLOSED
Tuesday December 27th – CLOSED
Wednesday December 28th – CLOSED

Thursday December 28th – 10am to 3pm
Friday December 29th – 10am to 3pm
Saturday December 31st – 10am to 3pm

Sunday December 31st – CLOSED
Monday January 1st – CLOSED
Tuesday January 2nd – CLOSED

Wednesday January 3rd – 10am to 3pm
Thursday January 4th – 10am to 3pm
Friday January 5th – 10am to 3pm
Saturday January 6th – 10am to 3pm

We will resume normal trading hours from Monday January 8th:
Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to serving you during this festive season. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Wishing you and your family all the best,
Beads N Crystals

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Unveiling the Brilliance: Stainless Steel Findings and the Hypoallergenic Advantage

In the ever-evolving world of jewellery crafting, choosing the right materials is key to creating not only stunning pieces but also ensuring comfort for the wearer. One shining star in the realm of findings is surgical stainless steel, and today, we’re diving deep into its brilliance and the hypoallergenic benefits that make it a game-changer for jewellery enthusiasts.

1. The Stainless-Steel Symphony: A Primer

Stainless steel is more than just a robust alloy; it’s a symphony of durability, versatility, and sleek aesthetics. Comprising iron, chromium, and other alloying elements, stainless steel boasts corrosion resistance, making it an ideal candidate for various applications. In jewellery, its popularity has soared, particularly in findings like clasps, ear wires, and jump rings.

2. The Hypoallergenic Marvel: A Relief for Sensitive Skin

One of stainless steel’s standout features is its hypoallergenic nature. For individuals with sensitive skin prone to irritation or allergic reactions, stainless steel findings act as a gentle saviour. Unlike materials that may contain traces of nickel or other allergens, high-quality stainless steel is known for causing minimal to no skin reactions, making it a perfect choice for those with sensitive ears or skin.

3. Corrosion Resistance: Enduring Beauty

Ever had a favorite piece of jewellery lose its lustre due to tarnishing or corrosion? Stainless steel findings wave goodbye to such worries. Their inherent corrosion resistance ensures that your creations maintain their sheen, even after prolonged wear. This characteristic is especially crucial for items like clasps and earring backs that often come into contact with skin and moisture.

4. Durability Beyond Compare: Jewellery That Lasts

Stainless steel findings are the unsung heroes when it comes to crafting durable jewellery. Their robust nature ensures that your creations withstand the tests of time, resisting scratches, dents, and the wear-and-tear of everyday life. For pieces that are meant to be cherished for years, stainless steel findings provide the structural integrity needed for longevity.

5. Budget-Friendly Elegance: Affordable Luxury

Creating exquisite jewellery doesn’t have to break the bank. Stainless steel findings offer an affordable alternative to pricier materials without compromising on elegance. Crafters can indulge in the luxury of creating high-quality, budget-friendly pieces that radiate sophistication.

6. Design Freedom: Versatility Unleashed

Stainless steel findings open up a world of design possibilities. Their neutral and timeless appearance complements a wide range of materials, from gemstones to glass beads. Whether you’re crafting a classic necklace, bohemian earrings, or a modern bracelet, stainless steel findings seamlessly integrate into diverse design aesthetics.

7. Environmental Friendliness: A Green Choice

For eco-conscious crafters, stainless steel findings present a sustainable choice. The durability of stainless-steel means less frequent replacements, reducing the environmental impact associated with disposable or short-lived jewellery components.

In conclusion, stainless steel findings emerge not only as durable and visually appealing but as champions of hypoallergenic jewellery crafting. Elevate your creations with the resilience and elegance of stainless steel, ensuring that your masterpieces not only dazzle the eye but also comfort the skin. Embrace the brilliance – stainless steel findings are here to redefine your jewellery-making journey.

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Christmas Delivery Cutoff Dates

Important Christmas Delivery Dates: Plan Ahead to have your gifts delivered in time!

Christmas is fast approaching, and to ensure a seamless and festive experience for our valued customers. We want to remind you of the crucial cutoff dates for Christmas deliveries. Planning ahead is key to receiving your orders in time for Christmas day, so let’s dive into the details.

Regular Delivery to Most Metro Areas:

For those in most metro areas, mark your calendars for Sunday, December 17th. This is the cutoff date for regular delivery, ensuring your packages arrive in time to be placed under the Christmas tree.

Express Post for Last-Minute Shoppers:

If you find yourself in need of a little more time, fear not! Our express post option extends the deadline to Wednesday, December 20th. Choose this speedy delivery method to have your gifts in hand just in time for the big day.

Special Considerations for WA and NT Metro Areas:

For our customers in Western Australia (WA) and the Northern Territory (NT) metro areas, please take note of the adjusted cutoff dates.

Regular Post to WA and NT: Your deadline is Wednesday, December 13th. Make sure to finalise your orders by this date to ensure timely delivery.

Express Post to WA and NT: If you opt for express post, the cutoff date is Tuesday, December 19th. Give yourself that extra day for peace of mind and a stress-free holiday.

Attention: Orders with Glues, Gels, and Chemical Products:

We want to make a special mention for orders containing glues, gels, and chemical products. These items may require additional processing time. If you’re looking to expedite your delivery, consider checking out without these items. This will help ensure that the rest of your order reaches you without delay.

Important Note: Aus Post and Couriers Offer No Delivery Date Guarantees

While we strive to provide accurate cutoff dates to enhance your Christmas shopping experience, it’s crucial to note that both Australia Post and courier services do not offer delivery date guarantees, especially during the busy festive season. External factors, such as unforeseen weather events or unprecedented volumes of packages, can impact delivery schedules. We recommend placing your orders well in advance of the specified cutoff dates to allow for any potential delays.

Our team is committed to processing and dispatching orders promptly, but we appreciate your understanding of the unpredictable nature of the delivery process during this time of year. Rest assured, we are here to assist you with any inquiries and tracking information to ensure a smooth and enjoyable shopping experience. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work together to make this holiday season special for you and your loved ones.

Please ensure you place and pay for orders before midnight on the night of the dates advised above and we will have your order dispatched on time to meet the deadlines set by Australia Post.

As the Christmas holiday season tends to get busy, we encourage our customers to plan ahead and take note of these cutoff dates. By doing so, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy a jolly Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and the thoughtful gifts you’ve chosen. Thank you for choosing us as your Christmas holiday shopping destination, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Looking for the best Christmas gift ideas? Never fear! We have the whole family covered with an exceptional range of presents from under $10 to over $100. Check out our comprehensive Christmas Gift Guide now for our biggest gift range ever at unbeatable prices. Together with flat rate shipping Australia wide, and free postage on orders of $100+.

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How To Identify Czech Glass Beads

Czech glass beads are an incredibly popular choice for anyone who makes their own jewellery, decorative pieces and other beaded creations. Whether you’re producing your masterpieces just for family and friends or you create beaded jewellery as part of a small business, Czech glass beads remain a mainstay because of their high-quality production methods and beautiful lustre. 

In order to make sure you’re investing in the best quality beads, it’s important to know the difference between Czech glass and other pale imitations. So, how can you tell if your Czech beads are original? Read on as we get to the bottom of the issue. 

How to identify Czech glass beads

The easiest way to identify Czech fire-polished glass beads is to check for the tell-tale signs of their manufacture. Czech fire-polished beads are first cut by a machine into a faceted shape. Then, they’re heated to soften those facet cuts and create an illuminating surface. Fire-polished beads will have a faceted profile that has softly rounded cuts and be very shiny on the outside. However, they won’t have the crystal clear clarity of crystal glass beads, which are rendered more clear thanks to the inclusion of lead. 

The most popular types of Czech glass beads

There are hundreds of thousands of different types of Czech glass beads — yes, you read that right! As a cottage industry, many small and large manufacturers create individual designs and shapes specific to their artisanal tradition or area of the Czech Republic. If you are looking for genuine Czech glass beads, there are a few styles that are classically created within the Czech Republic:

  • Brick — The name gives this style of bead away. A slim rectangular bead with two holes down its length — brick beads add a lovely fullness to any beading project without adding weight. 
  • Arcos par Puca A crescent-shaped bead with three holes ideal for multi-threading projects.
  • Druks Druk beads are small, smooth, round beads made using the pressed glass method. They can be used to great effect to create large-scale pieces like clutches or adorning clothing for extra texture.
  • Briolette Briolette beads use many intricate facets to create a high-shine finish that mimics the look of semi-precious gemstones and is often cut into a teardrop shape.
  • Candy — These round and shiny Czech glass beads are excellent for a variety of applications and come in a stunning array of colours and finishes for almost any project. 
  • Cali These ovoid-shaped beads feature three holes and are great as spacers or in more complicated beading patterns that form a larger picture. 

How to tell if a Czech bead is original 

Unfortunately, the cottage industry model of Czech glass bead making is both what makes it so diverse and so challenging to track the provenance of a bead. The only way to ensure that you have genuine Czech glass beads is to either consult a Czech glass antique specialist or purchase your Czech glass beads from a reputable retailer like Beads N Crystals. 

Where to buy genuine Czech glass beads

Fortunately, at Beads N Crystals, you don’t have to figure out how to tell if a Czech bead is original — we’ll do that for you! Our collection of Czech glass beads is sourced from authentic suppliers and is guaranteed to have all the lustre, unique handmade touch and superior quality of the genuine article. 
If you’re unsure which Czech glass beads will be best for your beading project, you need help matching supplies for a project or just some inspiration, talk to us! Our friendly team will be happy to help you with anything you need.

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How Are Czech Glass Beads Made

You may have heard of the term before, but what exactly are Czech beads? What’s unique about the making of Czech beads and why did they end up with their name? If you’ve been confused about the term or seen beads described as ‘Czech glass beads’, wonder no longer! 

In this article, we’ll explain how Czech glass beads are made, how the process has evolved over time and what sets these beads apart from the rest. 

Preciosa’s world-leading manufacturing facility in Czechia.

Why ‘Czech beads’?

The process of making Czech beads is an ancient, handmade process that relies on the expertise of well-trained artisans. They take their name from the modern Czech Republic, but these beads and their unique craftsmanship pre-dates the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia and even the modern nation-state. 

In the region known as Bohemia, craftspeople took advantage of the natural deposits of sand, quartz and abundant flowing water to master the art of glass blowing and, in particular, glass beads. Drawing on traditional techniques from the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations, these Czech and bohemian artisans began experimenting with different methods, producing what soon became beads of such extraordinary quality that the name ‘Czech beads’ became synonymous with fine craftsmanship around the world.

How are Czech glass beads made

Because Czech beads have been made for centuries by small family businesses and artisans, the exact methods for making Czech beads are a closely guarded secret. However, the basic process is that large rods of molten coloured glass are pressed into moulds of different shapes and sizes with a needle in between to form a hole. Beads made in this way are called Czech-pressed glass beads. Fire-polished beads are another type of Czech bead, which are roughly cut into faceted shapes and then heated in large ovens, which softens the cut edges, adding lustre and shine in the process. 

Expert craftspeople work tirelessly to produce some of the finest glass products on the planet.

What are Czech beads made of? 

All Czech beads are made from coloured glass produced in the Czech Republic. They’re made from responsibly sourced local Bohemian sand. It’s a lead-free glass and crystal alternative that comes in various colours and can be processed using the fire polishing method to create an even more lustrous and high-shine surface. 

Responsibly sourced Bohemian Sand is the source of silica required to make Czech glass beads.

What’s the difference between Czech beads and Swarovski beads? 

Unlike Czech glass beads, Swarovski beads are made using crystal glass which contains lead and is slightly harder than their glass counterparts. Only beads manufactured by the Austrian company Swarovski can be called by that name. Swarovski crystal beads are often defined by their very precise faceted surface, while Czech glass beads tend to have more rounded shapes. Allowing more room to experiment and create different finishes, they can also be coated with matte finishes, patterns and metallic effects.

Are Czech glass beads only from the Czech Republic?

Yes — Czech beads come from large and small manufacturers in the Czech Republic, now referred to as Czechia. Czech glass beads are still made using traditional and time-honoured techniques, which gives them their reputation for being high-quality. Many small independent jewellers and hobbyists like to work with Czech glass beads because they have various styles and colours and are durable, premium-quality materials. 

Preciosa stands upon centuries of glassmaking tradition and innovation in producing responsibly crafted Bohemian crystal and glass beads.

Where can I buy Czech glass beads?

At Beads N Crystals, we stock an exceptional selection of Czech beads, perfect for creating earrings, bracelets, necklaces, bags, and so much more. Browse our online store and discover the range of high-quality beads, tools and materials to bring your beading ideas to life. 
Looking for something in particular or need more information about a type of bead? No worries! Our friendly team is here to help. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you with all your bead-related questions.

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How To Make Stone Beads

Have you ever found a stone during a bush walk or a pebble on the beach and just become obsessed with its natural beauty? We certainly have. There’s something enigmatic about how nature creates these forms that can’t be replicated. 

If you’ve always admired these forms or have a little collection of beautiful pebbles that are waiting to be used for something, learning how to make stone beads is a great option. It’s a cheap and simple way to transform these beautiful objects into something even more useful and aesthetically pleasing. 

Making stone beads only requires a few tools, a little bit of patience and a steady grip. If you want to master this DIY hack, read on!

How to make stone beads

Making stone beads requires a drill, so it isn’t a good DIY project for little kids or your first time using a power tool. With some safety goggles and a steady approach, you’ll be rewarded with your very own one-of-a-kind stone beads that can be used for earrings, bracelets, necklaces and any other piece you can imagine! 

Stones can crack if you try to brute force them, so make sure to press lightly and take breaks to get the possible result. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Drill or Dremel tool 
  • Small diamond tip drill bit 
  • Clamp, vise grip or block of putty 
  • A pen or pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Spray bottle of water


1. Start by assembling your stones, making sure they are clean. Select your diamond drill bits, bearing in mind that the width of the drill bit will define the size of the finished hole in your beads.

2. On each pebble, mark your hole’s entry and exit points. If you want this to be more even, you can fit a rubber band around the width and length of the stone so that the two bands intersect at a middle point. Mark this cross on each side of the stone with your pen or pencil. 

3. Place the stone in the vise or clamp, or if you don’t have one of these, wedge the stone very securely in a clump of putty. 

4. Spray the marked drill spot with water to stop friction and the drill spot from becoming too hot. You can also place the stone and putty in a plastic container with water covering the pebble.

5. With safety goggles on, hold the drill tip vertically over the marked hole and turn it onto its lowest setting. Gently allow the drill bit to start penetrating the stone. Turn the drill off and check you are happy with the positioning of the hole. Then, continue to drill through the centre of the stone. 

6. When you’re about halfway, release the stone, turn it over, and secure it in place again. Continue drilling until you connect with the first hole. 

7. Sit back and give yourself a pat on the back — you just learned how to make stone beads!

Bring your beaded creations to life with Beads N Crystals

Now that you’ve mastered making stone beads, you may be itching to turn your beads into a fully formed creation. At Beads N Crystals, you’ll find all the materials, tools and high-quality gemstone beads you need to let your creativity run wild. Shop the collection today, or get in touch with us for more tips and tricks on creating beautiful beading at home.