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Beaded Jewelry Design: A Labor Of Love

Have you ever actually tried to keep track of the hours you spend in creating an original beaded jewelry design? Or if you don’t design your own beaded jewelry, do you ever try to figure out how many hours actually go into stitching up a piece from a beading pattern? When I first started learning…

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Take Your Beadweaving Beyond The Basics

Sometimes, I think that my favorite part of a beadweaving project isn’t just the final, finished piece of beaded jewelry. It’s the story behind the jewelry that I love: how the design was first conceived, how the artist brought it to life, all the little steps along the way and the little bits of coincidence…

Playing With Beaded Ropes to Boost Your Creativity

What is creativity? My dictionary defines “creativity” as: the use of imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work. But creativity can be found in all aspects of our lives, even in the simplest and most mundane of our daily tasks. The whole concept of creativity has been on my mind a…

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What Makes It Mixed Media Jewelry?

Mixed media jewelry has been a hot trend in the DIY world for quite a while now, and I was both thrilled and a little bit scared to see it creeping over into the world of bead weaving, too. The idea of using something other than beads to create jewelry was more than a little…

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My Top 10 Beading Supplies for Bead Stringing

Long ago and far away, I started learning how to bead by stringing beads. It really began when I was still in kindergarten, and my mother would give me bags of beads and buttons and a shoelace for me to play with. My earliest beaded creations were quite fashionable for 5-year-olds in the late 1970s,…

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Beading Frenzy Headed to Philadelphia Next Week!

There is one time of year where your creative spirit can really soar. Let’s welcome back Bead Fest Philadelphia for another exciting year! Bead Fest heads to Oaks, Pennsylvania just 25 miles outside of Philadelphia on August 21-23 (next week!)—and this year’s show, as always, is set to impress! Head to www.beadfest.com to take a peek at…

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A Fancy Beaded Rope For a Lampwork Glass Pendant

My local farmer’s market is one of my favorite places to buy handmade glass beads and handmade jewelry. Last Sunday, I stopped over to see my good friend Annie who makes lampwork glass beads, and picked up a beautiful little glass leaf. Annie was one of my first lampworking friends back when I started learning…