Behind the Scenes of Beads Baubles and Jewels, Plus a Free Project

One of my fave pleasures of being a designer is sharing my creations with jewelry makers like YOU! I really enjoy having so many venues for show-and-tell: books, classes, Beading Daily, and particularly TV shows. It's always fun and exciting (and a little hair-raising) for me to get ready for a new Beads, Baubles, and Jewels shoot.
I still get a thrill when the red ON AIR sign lights up
outside the studio and we roll.

Over the years, I've done a bunch of segments and there are always some funny bloopers that never make it to the screen but keep me feeling humble. In one of my past segments, I was supposed to show how to apply hot-fix crystals onto a fabric purse using a heat-setting tool. Sounds easy, right? Normally it would have been, except Murphy's Law was in full force that day. Every time the camera guy yelled, "Take #, roll,” I'd apply a crystal to the fabric and it would fall off—while we were filming! You could hear the crew in the studio howling with laughter. Take 2, take 3, take 6. Still no sticking. Finally I realized the gosh-darn tool wasn't plugged in all the way! No heat = no stick. There are many behind-the-scene stories that still make me chuckle. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to witness all the embarrassing outtakes?

In our upcoming Series 1300 for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, I'll be filming a segment with Katie Hacker called "Designs Inspired by Technology". I've been pondering this topic for a couple of weeks now. What does "technology" really mean and how can it be represented in a personal piece of jewelry that you all would like to watch and make? One aspect of technology I've had a long love/hate relationship with is time. Does time seem to be speeding up or what? Some days I have time on my hands and love it! Lately, my days have been heading the other direction and I glare at the clock hands as they tick-tock each minute away.

As I reflected on this topic, visions of clocks kept popping up in my head. The very artifacts for telling time have changed drastically over the ages. From sun dials to old European cuckoo clocks to wind-up clocks; then, electric, battery-run, and quartz clocks. Most of today’s clocks run without a sign of movement (other than the clock hands). Gone are those tiny interlocking gears and wheels that used to power time-telling. Ah, technology!

Making jewelry inspired by time
For all you Beading Daily folks, here’s a sneak peek at my in-progress Beads, Baubles, and Jewels segment project. My creative inner gears and wheels are cranking. I'm thinking of calling it "Timeless" and plan on using my collection of old mini clock parts, bits, and pieces (knew they'd come in handy someday) that I’ll embed with resin into a pendant.

Tiny watch parts, bits and pieces

Empty bezel

Finished piece 
Wearing this piece will always remind me of how precious time is and how quickly it flies!

Come bead with me,



Biding my time with Bling!
FREE Necklace Project
Another way I capture inspiration and figure out cool ways to design new jewelry is by viewing the Beads, Baubles, and Jewels DVD collections. They're great because they never go out of style they are definitely timeless and guaranteed to offer lifelong jewelry-making mentoring! You can buy a copy of the latest release, Beads, Baubles, and Jewels Series 1200 online at

Speaking of gears, technology, and time, this week's FREE project is full of seedy, beady beauty-with a gear thrown in! Jean Campbell's Eau Clair necklace has a gear tucked away in the back of the reversible pendant, along with some fabulous right-angle weave (which I will be learning soon!). 

Got a better idea for my upcoming Beads Baubles and Jewels segment title, "Timeless"? Let me know on

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About Kristal Wick


Residing in breathtaking Colorado, Beading Daily Editor, award winning designer and one of 33 worldwide official Swarovski Ambassadors teaches for CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. Kristal’s creations have been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Canyon Rd. - Santa Fe, Alaska, Cayman Islands, Italy, Germany & the Virgin Islands.

Kristal’s other fashion projects include designing & creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers & dancers.  Kristal also teaches worldwide and on cruise ships.

Kristal released her first self published book in 2005, Sassy Silky Savvy and her latest Interweave Press release, Fabulous Fabric Beads, fall 2008 and has been a best seller in 5 categories on since its release.

Kristal’s latest achievements:

2010 1st place in the K. Gottfried, Inc. Worldwide Design Contest

2009 3rd place in the K. Gottfried, Inc. Worldwide Design Contest

2009 CHA’s Indie Craft Contest

2008 Bead & Button’s Bead Dreams competition

2008 Interweave’s Bead Star competition

2008 3rd place in the international design competition sponsored by the Washington DC Bead Museum, Celebrating Beads.

Kristal has also appeared on HGTV and the PBS shows, Beads Baubles and Jewels and Quilting Arts numerous times. Her designs have been featured in over 35 magazines.

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