The Techniques Used

Bead Stringing:  the art of hanging one or more beads on to some type of textile which can  be composed of various natural fibers, synthetic fibers or leather. Fine gauge wire can also be used. The beads may be situated directly against each other, they may have other, smaller beads or components separating them, or they may be separated by strategically placed knots. (See Knotting.)

Bead Weaving: the art of sewing seed beads together using special needles & threads that results in a decorative, flexible, mesh-like “fabric”. There are two methods commonly used: “Off-Loom” & “On-Loom” Off-Loom means that your project is created while being held in your hands from beginning to end. This method allows for much free-style creativity. On-Loom means that the weaving process is confined to a Loom which allows for less free-style creativity.

Bead Crochet:  a crochet technique that incorporates beads (and sometimes sequins) into a woven fabric to create a decorative effect. Most bead crochet projects are created by stringing beads onto uncut crochet thread prior to starting the actual process.  At predetermined stitches, the crocheter slides one bead down and weaves it into the fabric. Pre-stringing requires both the bead sequence and the crochet pattern to be fully planned out in advance.

Chainmaille [Weaving]:  the process of linking [weaving] small metal rings together in specific patterns to form a decorative mesh or chain.

Knotting: a technique wherein the stringing medium (traditionally silk thread or another similar, synthetic medium) has knots tied into it as a means of separating the individual beads from each other. The traditional strand of pearls is a well-known example of this technique. Pearls are threaded onto silk, and a knot is tied between each one to not only space them for greater individual prominence but to also keep them from rubbing directly against each other.  This classic design can be varied by adding or using other varieties of beads or varying the number and placement of knots used.

Viking Knit: an ancient Viking method of creating a dense, tubular chain using very thin wire that is wrapped around a dowel in an intertwined repeating loop pattern. Once a desired length is reached, the length of wire is removed from the dowel & pulled [drawn] through a Draw Plate from large holes to the smallest hole that will not break the chain. The chain is then finished using whatever technique is desired.

Wire Wrapping:  one of the oldest techniques for making hand-crafted jewelry.  Wire wrapped jewelry is jewelry made of wire with connections made by hand instead of soldering. This technique is done with some jewelry wire and findings similar to wire (like head-pins) to make components. Wire components are then connected to one another using “mechanical  techniques” [by hand]. This craft is called Wire Wrapping because of this technique of wrapping wire around itself. Wire wrapping techniques are not generally used for mass-produced jewelry; they are primarily used by individual Jewelry Artisans.

Wire Crochet: the same technique is used as when crocheting with some type of textile or leather medium, except in this case, very thin wire serves as the textile medium. Beads and sequins can be incorporated into wire crochet as well.