The BEST Stringing Ideas PLUS 2 Free Projects!

Oct 30, 2009
Spacer 10x10 pixels 30 Necklace Tips and More in The Best of Stringing Magazine
Have you done something really interesting in your jewelry-making lately? Perhaps you found a unique way to attach a pendant or discovered a new trick for incorporating a clasp? I've been in a bit of a creative rut recently, to tell you the truth. You too? 


Now we can be inspired by 183 great ideas in The Best of Stringing, a just-released special collector's edition filled with favorite Stringing designs. Not only are the magazine's many projects exciting, but so is the feature, Fun with Focals. Together co-author Michelle Mach and I highlight 30 stand-out necklaces–all hand-picked from past issues of Stringing magazine–that demonstrate cool ideas and innovations for designing with focal elements.

Under the Artful Influence
My work has already been influenced by some of these necklaces. For instance, in the photo below you can see how I interpreted Silvija and Taya Koschnick's necklace from The Best of Stringing, by reflecting their way of laying chain on top of beads in my Golden Blush necklace.

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Fun with Focals
Artist Heather Powers was also influenced by our Fun with Focals article. Powers, who has designs featured in The Best of Stringing, is the creative mind (and hands) behind, purveyor of polymer clay beads and finished jewelry, and the interactive blog, In these photos you can see how Powers was inspired by Teri Bienvenue’s idea for a horizontal focal piece to create her own distinct design!

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Free Projects!
I leave you with two brand new, never-before-seen stringing projects. Click each picture to download the instructions for that project. I hope they both inspire you to create your own fun focal pieces. Long live creativity! --Danielle

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What have you designed that was inspired by one of our Fun with Focals projects? Share your ideas here!

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Humblearts wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 9:20 AM
I have been so inspired by the Best of Stringing! I've created a challenge on my blog featuring in the Fun with Focals feature. Stop by to see what my readers and I have been creating!
JenniferJ@43 wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 2:15 PM
I've been working on the projects for Heather's challenge and it has been wonderfully fun!! A great way to get inspired and get busy with new ideas!!
Shugar wrote
on Nov 2, 2009 4:58 PM
I love all the issues! I can gleen dozens of ideas from you magazine. I don't ever copy a project but your pages inspire me to create endless creatons of my own, Thanks!