It is easy to bead your own jewelry, and it can be as simple as putting beads you like together on a length of fish-line, beading thread, or elastic thread with a simple binding attached. You can learn to bead by experimenting on your own, buying a good jewelry making book, or attending a class.
Bead stores, or craft stores that sell beads, are good resources if you want to learn to bead your own jewelry. Besides carrying beads, they often have classes to teach you how to make jewelry with or without beads. Most have pamphlets and books that teach you how to bead as well. You can make beaded bracelets, beaded necklaces, and beaded earrings for yourself and for gifts.
Even if you already bead your own jewelry, you can take more advanced classes or read more advanced books to learn new techniques. You can talk to the staff at bead and craft stores and ask questions and find out about new or different beading products. You can move on from stringing beads to more complicated bead patterns if you wish, such as learning to work on beading looms.
It is a good idea to always be on the lookout for interesting beads you love. If you have a small, but well-loved collection of beads, it is likely your collection will inspire you to bead your own jewelry at some point. The idea is not to spend a lot of money buying beads you may not ever use, but to collect unique beads you really love without spending a fortune.
When you bead your own jewelry, it is usually best to start with simple beading projects. Use your bead collection, maybe buying a few more beads as fillers, to create simple beaded items. Look at pieces of jewelry you already own and wear to give yourself some inspiration before you make your own. Starting a small scrapbook to clip and paste photos of favorite pieces that you see in magazines is also a great idea starter before you begin to design your own.