There are so many wonderful online beading sites that it’s hard to choose which ones to follow. One of my favourites is The Beading Gem’s Journal.
The site is run by Pearl (yes, that’s her real name), a Canadian beader who shares her love of all things “bead”. Each morning I find an email from her with the latest blog post — what a creative way to start the day.
Pearl’s site is filled with free jewelry tutorials, tips and trends. One of the things I really appreciate is that each post is cross-referenced to related ideas on the site — a boon if you don’t have time to search through previous posts.
If you’d like to browse further check out the Archives. Be sure to leave yourself lots of time for this — it’s a treasure trove. Looking for a seasonal design idea for Hallowe’en or Christmas? Thinking of buying some beading books? Want to learn more about gemstones? Interested in metal work? It’s all there and much more.
Pearl warmly welcomes new contributors.
Do you have an idea you’d like to share with other jewelers? It could be something that has already appeared on your own site. (Pearl recently featured my idea for combining a business card with an easy-to-make earring display.) She’s also looking for ideas created especially for The Beading Gem.
If you’re looking to jump start your creativity, check out the site. 😉