Beads

Sassy Silkies, swarovski crystals pendant, by Kristal Wick. Fabulous Fabric Beads eBook.

Kristal, Crystals, Fabric Beads, Sparkle, and Bling

I first met Kristal Wick in 2004. We were both teaching at a Swarovski Create Your Style, DIY event in Tucson, AZ. Kristal was teaching classes on making her signature fabric beads, Sassy Silkies, after releasing her best selling book, Fabulous Fabric Beads. She then embellished her fabric beads, using them in finished jewelry. Kristal…

Rock Candy, by Karlin Jones from Jewelry Stringing Secret Garden Party collection

How to Make Handmade Jewelry with Special Touches

Whether you have an upcoming dinner party, wedding, or other special event; a new outfit, a vacation at the beach, a holiday office party; or maybe you have a new hairstyle and want to show off a fancy pair of earrings – there’s always a good reason to make a new beaded accessory or piece…

needle felted wool pendant by Tammy Honaman. Needle felted bead is built on sterling silver spool bead; embellished with additional wool roving; strung onto an enameled headpin finished with a wrapped loop

Create Felted Beads and Jewelry

Does fiber call your name and draw you in? Make you want to stop everything and knit, or weave, or felt the minute you see a new skein of beautiful yarn, a newly dyed piece of silk, or after watching wool being spun at the Saturday farmer’s market. I know that’s what happens to me.…

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Shaped Beads Primer: 2-Hole Seed Beads

There are so many new shaped beads out there! Lentils. Tiles. Triangles… How can you resist them? They are so pretty in all their colors and finishes. And each one offers its own unique design possibility. One must focus (or try to focus) to appreciate them individually, as each one has its own beauty, variety,…

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Guide to Triangle Beads

It used to be that the only triangle beads you needed to keep straight were these:        This type of Japanese seed bead has a triangular profile. The style on the left is manufactured by Toho; they have a thin body and the corners are sharp. The kind on the right are made by Miyuki;…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystals

Crystals have made a dazzling statement in jewelry design for centuries. The element of sparkle and the sense of grandeur these minerals add to jewelry is quite obvious, but there are also many facts about crystals that are not so well known. Read on to learn more behind-the-scenes information about this much loved material in…

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Do You Speak Bead? See This Glossary of Must-Know Terms

My husband once overheard me talking to a friend about beading and he gave me the craziest, most confused look I’ve ever seen. Then I realized that it’s probably the same look I give him when he talks about computers! Peyote, frog stitch (ripppit, ripppit), QuadraLentil, SuperUno, culling, Rizo….the list of terms used by beaders…

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Lost Your Jewelry Making Mojo?

Have you ever heard about the Hindu deity called Saraswati? Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of creativity, and she gets a lot less attention than her sisters Lakshmi (goddess of abundance) and Durga (goddess of protection). When you feel the urge to go on a jewelry-making binge and your beading projects are just flowing together…