The Techniques Used

Bead Stringing:  the act of hanging one or more beads on to some type of textile which can  be composed of various natural fibers, synthetic fibers, leather or wire. The beads may be situated directly against each other, or they may have other, smaller beads or components separating them.

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

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.

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.

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

 

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