Kits, Instructions, Tutorials  

 

Main Content

KITS AND INSTRUCTIONS

Our Land of Odds...LEARN TO BEAD program
is based on 
The Design Approach:

- Focused on teaching how to make smart choices
- Developmentally-based, where you learn skills in an orderly way, 
and understand how skills build upon each other
- Easy to follow 

 

I develop kits and write instructions with Design in mind. That means that the first part of the instructions for any project , what I call a Project Guide, go into great detail about the choices I made, as if I were Thinking Aloud for you. Choices include materials, clasps, colors, techniques, construction strategies, architectural basics, and sizing. I discuss the reasons I made each type of choice, and identify any compromises I may have made and why. I detail what you should do when certain contingencies arise, such as running out of thread and having to add more, needing to shorten or lengthen a piece, or fixing a mistake where you glossed over a step.

The second half of the instructions go step-by-step, with many images and diagrams to supplement the written instructions. Where I have made key design choices with any one step, I reiterate these from what I wrote in the first half of the Project Guide.

All the kits are characterized by:

- Type of Project (such as bracelet, necklace)
- Skill Level (such as beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Type of Technique (such as bead weaving, bead stringing, wire work, and the like)

The instructions come as a .pdf file on a CD.

On the Land of Odds website, you may purchase either (a) a kit with instructions (.pdf file on a CD), (b) the instructions alone (.pdf file on a CD), or you may download the instructions (.pdf file) onto your computer.

Click on kit name to find descriptions and ordering information. This will take you to the Land of Odds website. Kits available for purchase through Land of Odds.



By completing a purchase of any of my kits and/or instructions, you agree to the terms and conditions:
1. Customers are allowed to make 3 copies of instructions for personal use
2. Permission is required from Warren Feld, LandOfOdds.com, Be Dazzled Beads, or LearnToBead.net, when teaching for fees, with any of my projects


Japanese Garden Bracelet

JAPANESE GARDEN BRACELET

Experience the romance of leisurely meandering over the bridge, around the pond, and through the fragrant flower and tea gardens!

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Intermediate Level
Fringe, Square Stitch, Ladder Stitch, Creating Parabolic Arch
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Caterpillar Espiritu Bracelet

CATERPILLAR ESPIRITU BRACELET

Capture an aspiring, spiritual essence! Learn to create an expressive fringe bracelet using a very large palette of colors and shapes.

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Beginner Level
Fringe, Managing Large Color Palette
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Cobblestones Bracelet

COBBLESTONES BRACELET

The pavement glistens with drops! Dripping with texture, this bracelet begins with a netted base and is embellished with drops and seed beads.

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Beginner Level
Netting
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Curvy Right Angle Weave Bracelet

CURVY RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE BRACELET

Liven up your Right Angle Weave bracelet with some “Curvy” action. Learn the basic RAW stitch.

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Beginner Level
Right Angle Weave
Instructions Digital Download

Abacus Bracelet

ABACUS BRACELET

A fun way to learn square stitch basics, as you play with positive and negative spaces within your bracelet

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Beginner Level
Square Stitch
Instructions Digital Download

Autumn's End

AUTUMN'S END BRACELET

The last flower of the season! The blooms will explode as they burst open with Ndebele, Petersburg, peyote and brick stitches.

Beadweaving Curriculum: Bracelet
Advanced Level
Petersburg Chain and Ndebele Stitches
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

BezelWorks Pendant, Bail and Strap

BEZELWORKS PENDANT

Wear that mystical, bead-bezeled stone close to your heart! Use tubular peyote, circular peyote, and spiral tube Ndebele stitches while exploring design ideas about fringe, edge, bail, surface embellishment and strap.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Necklace Pendant, Bail, Strap
Intermediate/Advanced Level
Tubular Peyote, Circular Peyote, Fringe, Dimensional Peyote, Tubular Ndebele
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Blazing Barnacles Necklace

BLAZING BARNACLES NECKLACE

No need to scrape off these barnacles! Construct your own colony of barnacles using right angle weave and peyote stitches.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Necklace
Intermediate
Right Angle Weave, Tubular Peyote w/Decrease, Starting One Technique Off Another, Use of Components
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Daffodil Cuff

DAFFODIL CUFF

A spring time garden cuff! A simple bead embroidered base highlights delicate daffodils woven with brick and ladder stitches.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Necklace
Intermediate
Bead Embroidery, Brick Stitch 3-D Flower
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Etruscan Collar

ETRUSCAN COLLAR

Create a sophisticated, contemporary Etruscan-style necklace collar! Layer two Ndebele stitched strips, slightly curving the interior edge and embellishing with chain.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Necklace Collar
Intermediate/Advanced
Ndebele Stitch, Color Simultaneity Effects
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Dragon Back Bracelet

DRAGONBACK BRACELET

Daggers are for wearing! Bead crochet a stunning two-sided bracelet – one side using size 8/0 seed beads and the other all glass daggers.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Bead Crochet
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Etruscan Square Stitch Bracelet

ETRUSCAN SQUARE STITCH BRACELET

Wear your inner Etruscan metalsmith! Design a Square-Stitched frame of faceted metal beads surrounding a rich vein of gemstone squares.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Square Stitch, Negative Spaces, Frames and Boundaries
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Etruscan Vine Necklace

ETRUSCAN VINE NECKLACE

Impress with this Tuscany-inspired necklace! Combine Bead Stringing and Netting techniques to make this fun, classy piece.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Necklace
Intermediate
Mixing Techniques; Netting; Bead Stringing
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Garden Walk Bracelet

GARDEN WALK BRACELET

Walk barefoot through the flowers and vines on our Garden Walk! Learn to bead weave with the Square Stitch.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Beginner
Square Stitch
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Hapua Reef Cuff

HAPUA REEF CUFF

Capture the romance of the shallow waters along a tropical lagoon beach! Learn several simple bead embroidery techniques for expressing the artistry of it all.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Cuff Bracelet
Advanced Beginner
Bead Embroidery
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Gwynian Ropes Bracelet

GWYNIAN ROPES BRACELET

A cacophony of shapes interwoven within both orderly and chaotic planes and ropes. Play with fanciful right angle weave combinations of super duos, long magatamas, peanuts, mini drops, crystals and seed beads.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate/Advanced
Right Angle Weave, Shapes, Negative Spaces
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Monet's Garden Bracelet

MONET'S GARDEN BRACELET

A vibrant garden of seed beads! A unique color blending technique with simple fringe enhances this square stitched base.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Square Stitch, Fringe, Color Blending
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Tuxedo Park

TUXEDO PARK BANGLE BRACELET

Strut your stuff through Tuxedo Park on the East Side of Lower Manhattan! Learn how much shaping, interest and dimensionality you can achieve with the simple, basic Brick Stitch.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Advanced Beginner
Brick Stitch
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Ndebele Celebration Bracelet

NDEBELE CELEBRATION BRACELET

Express the joy in your life with this South African ritual-style piece! Utilize several variations of the Ndebele Stitch, including flat, 3 types of spiral tubes, rapid and slow increasing and decreasing.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Basic Stitch and several variations on Ndebele (also called Herringbone)
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

This project adapted as Mother's Celebration Bracelet for Jewelry Television (jtv.com)





What Happens Next Bracelet

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT BRACELET

A fun way to learn simple flat, even-count peyote, as you explore what happens when you vary bead shapes, sizes, and patterns.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Beginnerbr> Basic Stitch and some variations on Flat, Even Count Peyote
Instructions Digital Download

Dara's Bracelet

DARA'S BRACELET

Dara’s bracelet for her special day! Share her excitement with bead woven separator bars separating beautiful islands of bead strung beads.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Right Angle Weave, Peyote (Flat-even, Flat-odd, Tubular), Bead Stringing using needle and thread, Making bead woven multi-hole separator bars
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Gaudi's Barcelona Bracelet

GAUDI'S BARCELONA BRACELET

Become one with the romantic ceramic tilework lining the sidewalks and streets of Barcelona. Gaudi’s vivid, undulating designs are mimicked with circular peyote, right angle weave and segments of Petersburg Chain.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Non-traditional use of Petersburg Chain Stitch; Using 2-hole beads in your design; Right Angle Weave
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download


Warren specially adapted this project as Streetscape: Barcelona for Jewelry Television (jtv.com)





ColorBlock Bracelet

COLORBLOCK BRACELET

Color blends guide powerful auras of light and shadow through space and time! Elevate your right angle weave, embellishment and ladder stitch skills with this ColorBlock Bracelet.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Intermediate
Layered Right Angle Weave, Ladder Stitch, Color Blending based on proportions, Use of Components
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Russian Chain Stitch Bracelet

RUSSIAN CHAIN STITCH BRACELET

Simple elegance! Stitch the Petersburg Chain and Simple Chain techniques to encase a cascading array of sparkling Austrian crystal beads within this rope bracelet.

Beadweaving Curriculum:
Bracelet
Beginner
Petersburg Chain Stitch Turned Into Rope; Chaining Stitch
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download


This project specially adapted as Petersburg Chain Rope Bracelet for Jewelry Television (jtv.com)





Crystal Excitement Bracelet

CRYSTAL EXCITEMENT BRACELET

Strut your bling with crystals! Elegant and exciting, this bracelet will show-case your jewelry-making talents. Learn Bead Stringing using cable wire and the crimping technique.

Bead Stringing Curriculum:
Bracelet
Beginner
Learning to String With Cable Wire and Crimp Beads
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

By The Sea Bracelet

BY THE SEA BRACELET

A remembrance of that beautiful day at the beach! Mementos picked up along the dunes and water's edge, strung on thread. Learn to Bead String using needle and thread.

Bead Stringing Curriculum:
Bracelet
Beginner
Learning to String Needle and Thread
Kits and Instruction CDs
Instructions Digital Download

Pearl Knotting Warren's Way

PEARL KNOTTING WARREN'S WAY

Classic Elegance! Learn a simple Pearl Knotting technique anyone can do. No special tools. Beautiful. Durable. Wearable.

Bead Stringing Curriculum:
Necklace
Beginner
Learn how to hand-knot between beads using a non-traditional method which does not require any tools.
Kit with instructions using 8mm Swarovski crystal pearls
Kits and Instruction CDs, 8mm size beads
Instructions Digital Download with 8mm size beads

Kit with instructions using 10mm Swarovski crystal pearls
Kits and Instruction CDs, 10mm size beads
Instructions Digital Download, with 10mm size beads

TITLE

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud.

MINI-LESSON DOWNLOADS

These 1-2 page downloads take you step-by-step with written instructions, images, and diagrams. Each step is discussed in terms of the key choices (or tradeoffs) you need to make, in order to be succesful with the technique.

How To Crimp

Reviews 4 steps of crimping process. Discuss the crimp pliers and which ones work best. Explains how the jaws of the crimp pliers work. Instructs about selecting crimp beads, using horseshoe wire protectors, using crimp covers, selecting cable wires.

Making Stretchy Bracelets with Elastic String

Instructs about selecting elastic string brand and thickness, design issues and strategies for resolving these, including loss of memory, breaking, and how to connect the two ends. Discusses choosing and using glues, what knot is best, how to prepare the elastic string before using it, and how how to finish off your piece.

Making Simple and Coiled Wire Loops

Reviews the use of tools -- chain nose, flat nose, round nose, and cutters -- and safety issues. Gives step by step instructions with illustrations for making a simple loop. Gives step by step instructions with illustrations for making a coiled loop.

Apply A Pricing Formula For Jewelry (and other Crafts)

Discusses pros and cons of different jewelry pricing strategies. Presents basic math formula for determining a range of fair retail prices, and a range of fair wholesale prices. Discusses when to use retail formula and when to use wholesale formula.

How To String Using Fireline (cable thread)

Lists step by step details for using needle and thread as stringing method. Identifies selecting brands, tying knots, selecting needles, selecting and using waxes, and how to attach a clasp and finish off your piece.


Tying Slip Knots Instead Of Using Clasps With Thicker Cords


Discusses how slip knots make necklaces and bracelets adjustable in length, and are used instead of clasps. Details step-by-step instructions for making a very simple slip knot. Details step-by-step instructions for making a fancier slip knot. Images show LEFT side and RIGHT side in different colors. Shows how to tie a Larks Head Knot.

Attaching End Caps

End caps are used to finish off things like a rope, a tassle, or a thick cord. The lesson details the various types of end caps you might choose from, the type of glue to use, the types of tools you will need. It details step by step instructions for different strategies of finishing off a piece with an end cap.

Right Angle Weave

The right angle weave stitch is described, with step-by-step instructions. Discussed also is the architectural basics of the stitch -- what about managing and controlling it requires a tighter tension, and what about it requires a looser tension.

Brick Stitch

The brick stitch is described with step-by-step instructions. How to start and finish it. How to decrease and increase.

Even Count, Flat Peyote

The even count, flat peyote stitch is described with step-by-step instructions.

Even Count Tubular Peyote

Even count, tubular peyote stitch is described with step-by-step instructions.





ARTICLES OF INTEREST

JEWELRY DESIGN COMPOSITION:
Playing With Building Blocks Called Design Elements


JEWELRY DESIGN PRINCIPLES:
COMPOSING, CONSTRUCTING, MANIPULATION


RE-THINKING THE TEACHING OF COLOR TO JEWELRY DESIGNERS


POINT, LINE, PLANE, SHAPE, FORM, THEME:
Creating Something Out Of Nothing






Video Series: Orientation To Beads and Jewelry Findings

Orientation TO Beads and Jewelry Findings Video Tutorials Series


All my students are required to take an Orientation To Beads and Jewelry Findings class before beginning any technique, project or design theory classes. Here they begin to learn the kinds of choices beaders and jewelry artists make when creating jewelry. This series of 18 short videos encompass this 2 1/2 hour Orientation class, as well as additional 3 hours of introductory information teaching you how best to think about and make choices about how to buy, how to use, and when to use various types of glass, crystal and metal beads and findings, stringing materials, adhesives, techniques, clasps, tools, and more.