New blog!!!


Ok I haven’t updated this site for a while but I have been working on some new projects. One of those new projects is a shiny new blog called Hello and Create. The blog will still feature DIY’s, jewellery making and crafts but other posts too!

As much as I love Bead It and Weep I just wanted to have a site where I could write about a wider range of subjects. 2015 and the beginning of 2016 was a time of a massive change in my career and I needed a new blog to keep up with the shift in my interests and ideas.

Thank you to everyone who has read and/or followed this blog and I really hope you come over and to my new blog.

Nikki x


How To | Layered Necklace

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I had a little blogging break but I am back with a bright and bold DIY necklace. This necklace is up of some lovely czech glass beads and super thin sterling silver chain.

How to colourful layered necklace 3How to colourful layered necklace 4I used 6mm faceted fire polished beads in a huge range of colours and a few 6mm smooth round shell beads just to break it up a bit. I listed the colours I used in the “you will need” section in the tutorial below but obviously use whatever colours you like. Just keep the sizes the same and use a few white round beads the same size to stop it becoming too overwhelming.

How to colourful layered necklace

The chain is 0.5mm beading chain which I bought off eBay. You need some little chain ends to attach the clasp. This is simply squished on to the end of the chain with a pair of chain nose pliers.

My necklace is three strands of beads added to 1 clasp. You could make the strands into separate necklaces and then decide how many you want to wear.




How to | DIY coin charm bracelet

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Do you have some foreign coins lurking at the bottom of drawers or kept in a jar? I found a handful the other day and though it was a shame they are hidden away.  So I turned them into a cute DIY coin charm bracelet so I could carry my holiday memories around with me. You can add to it every trip and keep a record of all your travels.

How to make a coin charm bracelet Bead It and Weep 1How to make a coin charm bracelet Bead It and Weep 4How to make a coin charm bracelet Bead It and Weep 2It is very easy to do. You need a low-speed drill and some metal drill bits. A little cutting oil can also help to make the drilling easier if the metal is very hard. I use a simple hand drill and it only takes about a minute (if that) to drill through the coins.

You can make your own bracelet using some loose chain or you can buy ready-made charm bracelets from eBay very cheaply from the crafts section.

I plan to look out more closely for interesting coins to add to my bracelet every time I go somewhere now.


7 things to love about September


Bead It and Weep Things to love about September

Summer might be over but I like September and the approach of Autumn. Here are 7 reasons why I like September.

1. Cosy knitwear – I love my knitwear and now the weather is getting a bit cooler I can wear my chunky cardigans. I have quite a collection of new and vintage knits which I am looking forward to wearing.

2. Leather boots – Cosy cardies go well with leather boots. Ankle or knee high it’s time to get them out from the back of the wardrobe.

3. Favourite TV shows restarting – September is the time when all the good TV programmes start. I have to admit my geeky side is super excited for the new series Doctor Who.

4. Baking – I don’t really feel like standing over a hot stove in the summer so now is the time I bake more. Plus the colder weather makes that comfort food more appealing.

5. Back to school stationery – It has been a little while since I went to school but the urge to go out and buy some new stationery every September remains. Since my son has started has school I can now relive this…except his stationery has more Minions on than I would have chosen.

6. Autumn walks – Nature seems to change rapidly in Autumn. The leaves change colour and fall, berries appear and it is still warm enough to keep your toes while you’re out.

7. Stargazing – Make the most of the darker evenings and to go outside and look at the stars. I like to look for the Milky Way and passing satellites.

What do you like about Autumn?
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How To | DIY agate necklace

I am back on the tutorial posts after my holiday with this great looking DIY agate necklace. I have been practicing a new jewellery making technique using soft soldering. The technique is used in making stained glass but can be used to make jewellery as well. It doesn’t use a open flame so a little easier to use at home than a silver soldering torch (but it still gets very hot but you know to be careful).

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A soldering iron is used to melt tin and is “painted” on to copper tape treated with flux. It is strangely soothing to do. It also gets very hot so watch your fingers. I didn’t use pliers (which was foolish) in this tutorial but I am going to invest in some that can hold the agate slice in the middle and enable to reach all the edges.

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It is quite cheap to buy a soldering iron from eBay and you can even buy starter kits containing the flux, solder and copper tape. A lot of the flux and the solder you can buy contains lead which is not great for having next to your skin and it is illegal to sell jewellery in the EU that contains lead (and nickel but that shouldn’t apply here unless it is in your jump ring and chain but then no one should be selling them to you in the first place.)

How to make a DIY agate necklace


The solder leaves this lovely organic ripple effect over the surface of the tape. You can make it smooth if you slowly run the hot tip of the iron over the metal if that is more your thing.

I have lots of ideas for further projects using this technique including rings and earrings so expect to see my soldering iron again soon…


You will need;

agate slice;

jump ring;

finished chain;

lead free tin solder;

lead free flux;

soldering iron;

copper tape;

heat proof mat;


1.  Measure the length of copper tape you need by wrapping it around the outside of the agate slice. It needs to overlap slightly.

2. Peel the backing off the tape and wrap it around the edge of the agate slice. You need about 1-2mm overhang of tape on each side of the agate slice.

3. Pinch the tape so the edges stick to the front and the back of the agate slice. DO NOT run your fingers along to push the tape down. You will get the mother of all paper cuts.

4. Use the side of your scissors to flatten the tape and remove any wrinkles.

5. Use a small piece of tape to fix the jump ring in place.

6. Paint the flux all over the tape. Don’t worry of you get some on the agate. The solder will only stick to the fluxed copper tape.

7. Heat up your soldering iron and melt some solder on to the tip. Use a heat proof surface.

8. Paint this over the copper tape. Melting more solder on to your solder tip as required. If you get lumps and “spikes” in your solder just push them down with the hot soldering iron.

9. Allow the solder to cool and then wash the remaining flux away. Thread your newly made agate pendant on to a chain and admire your new necklace.
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5 tips to get you started in night photography

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I have just got back from my holiday. I am struggling to adjust to the colder UK weather after 35°C heat we had in France. Where is stay is in the middle of the countryside and, apart from being very sunny in the day, has little light pollution at night. This makes for some stunning stargazingOn clear nights you can see the Milky Way and look all the way into the centre of our galaxy. It is really breathtaking.

On the second photo I managed to capture the big dipper that was nice and clear that night. It does seem to stand out against the background of other stars. You also get a sense of how fast our planet moves. My shutter speeds were only 10 to 30 seconds long but the stars are already starting to streak across the photo as the Earth spins around.

Next time I go back I will make an effort to stay up later to take photos of the Milky Way and not be a lightweight going to bed early.

If you want to give night-time photography ago I have some tips that will help you get started. With winter coming in the UK the nights are drawing in and can be clear (and cold, bbbbrrrr) so there should be some stunning photos to be captured.

Night time photography tips

01. Plan your composition before it gets dark – It becomes surprisingly difficult to compose an image and even to get the horizon straight, especially if you are on uneven ground like I was. Before it gets dark look to see what you want in your image and even set up your camera before it gets dark so you can see what you are doing.

02. Use a tripod – To be able to record any kind of image you need to use shutter speeds from 1 second up to 30 seconds. This is too long to hand hold so you will need a rock solid tripod. Make sure it is set up securely the slightest movement will result in blurry images.

03. Remote shutter release – Again you want to reduce the chances that you camera might move when the shutter is open and even pressing the shutter release button can cause camera shake. Use a remote shutter or the camera’s in-built timer to release the shutter. Oh and don’t touch the camera again until the shutter is closed.

04. Use mirror lock  – Check you camera settings and use the mirror lock to keep the mirror from moving. The mirror moving out the way of the shutter can cause camera shake and as you spent all that time setting up your tripod and shutter release you don’t want the mirror causing blur. If you use a micro 4/3rds camera (which I did for these photos) turn off the screen. The light from it will ruin your night vision. With shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds you might as well enjoy the sky while you wait.

05. Use mid range aperture settings – Use mid range aperture settings between f8 and f16. No camera lens will provide the sharpest image at the minimum or maximum aperture so increase your chances of getting a good image by using a mid range aperture.

Are you planning some starry photographs?

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