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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.


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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How To | DIY leather headband

How to make DIY leather headband 1Due to all this lovely hot weather I have been wearing my hair up all the time and this means an ideal opportunity for a DIY. I had lots of leather strap sitting in my jewellery making stash which I used to make some lovely double strand leather headbands.

How to make DIY leather headband 2I did find this lovely metallic leather strap with chain edging on eBay for a more glam version. I also made one out of distressed brown and some mock croc navy.

I used studs to fix the leather to the elastic. I don’t think a sewing machine would cope with such thick leather. I happen to have the little stud setting tool, it is only a few pounds but you probably could get anyway with a small hammer and a sturdy surface.

I think these look great for a casual boho look when added to a mess bun.


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