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Beading tutorials inspired by India – from bead artists all around the world

Beading tutorials inspired by India – from bead artists all around the world

I strongly believe in cooperation, sharing our experiences, thoughts, ideas to make the world a better place around us. Together, we can be smarter and stronger. From time to time, I like to invite my fellow beading-designers in a post like this, to show their talent. To show, how the same topic, like I’ve been discussing for nearly a month now, inspired them in the past. Let’s have a look at India-inspired jewelry from bead-artists around the world!




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MUMTAZ MAHAL NECKLACE by Helena Tang-Lim (Manek-Manek)



“As for my inspiration, I live in Singapore which is a country of racially diverse cultures. One of those cultures’s the Indian culture with its beautiful kundan jewelry. Visiting Little India, which is a local area where Indians have their businesses, is always inspirational. The colors, flowers and especially jewelry always give me an endless source of ideas. The ornate necklaces with elaborate filigree work showcasing beautiful gemstones were my muse. When it came to naming the piece, it seemed perfectly apropos that I should name it after a woman who had a monument built for her and Mumtaz Mahal, the necklace, came into being. I wish I could say I visited the Taj Mahal but unfortunately that one is still on my bucket list. One day …. ?” says Helena.

Click here for Helena’s e-shop and Facebook page. Her jewelry is PERFECT. There is nothing else to add.




The Jaipur collection’s kits are named after Indian female first names. I used the ones with a positive or encouraging meaning. AESHA, using the L2 Studio’s Warm Yellow cabochons means wish, hope or desire. DAMINI, with the Red Flame cabochons, means lightning or conquering. Choose this if you need more power and strength! The third design, named HANIMA, uses the Crystal Turquoise cabochons. Hanima means wave, referring to changes, up and down cycles in our lives, continuity, and infinity.

The Jaipur collection with the tutorial and kits is available in my webshop.


INDIA peyote triangle by Vezsuzsi


“It’s an older design of mine, simple the colors inspired me to name the triangle 🙂 ”

You can find the tutorial for the peyote-triangle in Zsuzsi’s e-shop.





“Peacock inspired designs in jewelry, clothing, Christmas ornaments, china, etc. have been around for a long time. Peacock feathers have also been used as an item of adornment from times immemorial.

As a little girl, I grew up seeing and listening to peacocks in the backyard. And I have seen peacocks dancing with fanned feathers just before monsoon rains and it is a magnificent sight! I remember collecting peacock feathers from parks, backyards, and playgrounds and tucking them away in my schoolbooks to bring me luck! To this day, I love seeing peacocks in the neighborhood when I go for walks in India.

The glorious sight of the iridescent blue-green feathers of the peacock is my inspiration for this exotic necklace. Prancing Peacock Necklace features a stylized graceful peacock in rich blue-green Swarovski Crystals, Czech beads, and seed beads. Small, dimensional beaded components in crystals and seed beads are stitched together to form a glittering display of peacock feathers. The rope is embellished with feather motif reflecting the colors of the peacock. ” Jay’ll be very happy if you visit her e-shop!





“It was inspired by the traditional henna painting I encountered at the wedding of my brother with his Indian wife. I was very fascinated by the flowing, geometric and floral patterns. They were so very delicate and lively. A glove, like that would be an excellent memory of the event that I could keep forever fresh. It had to be a glove instead of using a clasp because I wanted no interruption in the design. I tried to resemble the flow of the painting, starting with the back of the hand and continuing to make small pieces and fitting them in. However, as for me the colors of life are blue and green, I chose those colors. Most difficult was sewing the glove together with one hand as I didn’t have a model of my arm.”
For more of Frauke’s design please visit her Facebook page.






The necklace was originally designed as a headpiece for Flora, a burlesque-dancer in Amsterdam. She created a scene for herself as moon goddess, and wished to accompany it with a piece of statement jewelry representing the faces of the Moon during the performance. Flora revealed, she regularly travels to India for new inspirations. I didn’t want the design to remain only on pictures as a memory, so I created the “Moon Godess” neckless, or Chandr Devee in Hindi. The 3 color-combinations each representing something connected to nature: River, Sunshine, and Mountain.

The complete Chandr Devee collection (tutorial and kits) here. If you would like to read more about how I created the original tiara for Flora, visit my blog post.



OLIFUN by Vezsuzsi

“I often create animal-shaped designs, the elephant is the biggest animal that inspired me, yet it’s the smallest creature on my jewelry-ZOO.  And since it’s a small elephant, it has to be Indian.”
You can find the tutorial for Olifun in Zsuzsi’s e-shop.



There is a quote by an Indian novelist, Anita Desai:

“Wherever you go, becomes a part of you somehow.”

I can’t think of a better example than the reading above. It doesn’t matter if we travel or dream about a place to visit, whether a picture, experience or story inspires us to create, the most important is to fill our lives with creativity: and that can be beading, too.


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