Kristal Wick's Picks - Top 5 Beadalicious Goodies

Jan 21, 2011

Kristal Wick
Kristal Wick
is the editor of
Beading Daily

I have to admit, one of my favorite things about my job as Beading Daily editor is hearing your stories on Face Book and the Beading Daily Forums.  I love reading how you started on this beady path. Your high points, your low points, what kind of music you listen to while beading, how long you've been beading, why you bead, your inspiration, dog person or cat person, and everything else you bead-chat about. Here are a few interesting things I learned about the Beading Daily community.

  • You come from all over the world with one major common factor, you LOVE beads! You love touching them, chatting about them, shopping for them, trading them, and everything in between (except vacuuming them up-I cringe thinking of the sound).It's good to know we're all on the same page no matter what type of beading you enjoy. To keep you skipping down your beady path, I've picked out a few of my fave projects for you AND as icing on the cake, they're 40% off!
  • Quite a few of you are self-taught, but the majority of you learned from a teacher.
  • Most of you learned a bead stitch first and it was usually peyote.
  • Many of you started making your own jewelry to save money and now spend every cent on beads (you also blame someone else for this fact because they took you into a bead store, showed you a magazine, or book).
  • Many of you have moved into wire and metals.
  • Many of you started to bead as part of your recovery process (accident, broken heart, disability).
  • Many of you make most of your jewelry as presents.
  • Haven't heard reports of any of you starting to bead and then quitting. It's more of an addictive sport.
  • A beady peep loves beads so much, her car's license plate holder reads "One Bead at a Time."

I've handpicked some of my fave jewelry making products from the store to share with my fave beady peeps, YOU! A bunch of them are 40% off so you can get them for yourself or get one of your pals started in beading and this lovely addiction.. oops, I mean hobby!

Beads, Baubles, and Jewels TV Series 1200 (DVD)

One of my favorite series to be on as well as watch! This 4-disc set is packed with 30+ jewelry-making lessons, including over 20 watch-and-learn projects! Learn to make your own chain; stained glass effects; two-drop herringbone; enameling on metal clay; wonderful wire-wrap rings; setting stones in metal clay; dapping tips; better bracelet making; no-kiln metal fusing.

Exploring Resin Jewelry-Making with Susan Lenart Kazmer (Download)

Everything Susan does is fun and exciting! Watch her in 5 watch-and-learn episodes as she shows you step by step how to create one-of-a-kind designs using resin, found objects, special momentos, and other cool mixed media. Susan teaches you to master resin basics such as proper mixing, application, curing, drilling, safety tips, and finishing-all using a non-toxic resin. Learn a variety of fun techniques to make charms, pendants, and more!

Best of Stringing: Birds and Butterflies - 12 Fun Projects (eBook)

For those of us in cold, dark, wintry places this season, what could be a better way to remember springtime than making birds and butterfly jewelry? This is an easy-to-follow, instant download eBook packed with stunning jewelry step-by-step designs, handpicked from the trusted experts at Stringing magazine. Get immediate access to stunning projects and master 12 of the most popular bird and butterfly designs from Stringing magazine. Skip the guesswork with full-color diagrams and detailed tool and material lists. Use endless variations to create even more one-of-a-kind designs!

Best of Beadwork: Romantic Projects (eBook)

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, romantic is definitely "IN." Have fun creating enchanting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings from some of the most beautiful and beloved designs. Boost your skills while working with gorgeous pearls, crystals, and sparkling beads in the Best of Beadwork 12 Romantic Projects. This easy-to-follow, instant download eBook is packed with jewelry projects using 15 different techniques, including peyote stitch, brick stitch, right-angle weave, and many more! Make something special for you AND your BFF!

Fabulous Fabric Beads

I couldn't forget my all time favorite book! I had so much fun writing and sharing all my fabric beadmaking secrets. The instructions have great step-by-step photography. Sidebars and tips plus bonus information on using successful color palettes guide you in making stunning and personal jewelry. An inspirational gallery of art jewelry pieces gives you loads of ideas using your fabric beads in ways you never envisioned. All the projects are inexpensive and use readily available materials or fabric scraps that you already have in your stash. If you like texture in your jewelry making, you'll surely enjoy this book.

 

One thing I know for sure, you all agree that you can never have too many beads (I like to add in chocolate and ka-ching as well). So get going and check out these great beadalicious specials!

The best is yet to bead!

Creatively,


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Njak wrote
on Jan 21, 2011 1:23 PM

My license plates actually say:

OOH SHNY  (oooh, shiny)

My bead store owners plates say:

BEADS RK  (beads rock)

So when we park next to each other, we say:

Oooh, shiny bead rock!!

Thought you would appreciate this Kristal!

Julie

lindapeters wrote
on Jan 21, 2011 2:18 PM

Having started cardmaking at the behest of a fellow work mate.  Then the long lonley time of having to give up permanent work for a life of disability turned my attention to stringing beads.  I thiught there had to be a better way of using findings so embarked on a silversmithing and jewellery making course.  Now begining my second year and still enjoying the challenge of designing exciting quality pieces for myself at the slow rate of two per annumn.  My attention has strayed into the world of quilting.  Never having had an interest in quilting before it was a surprise to learn that it could be a challenge piecing together material to form geometric patterns.  I now have time allocated to all my pursuits and to spending time rcovering from pain and stress (where the stress comes from I don't know...so I think some minfulness training is next!

Pure Pizazz wrote
on Jan 21, 2011 7:18 PM

Love all the posts.  My favs to work with are the wonderful stones and gems that come from the earth.  Amazing!  I love all the astonishing variety our earth produces.  

on Jan 24, 2011 5:12 PM

"To Wrap or Not to Wrap:"  Practice is the key.  The first wrapped loops I ever made were on a Swarovski crystal "charm" bracelet, and they were pitiful.  However, by the time I finished the bracelet - 125 wrapped loops later - I was a Wrapping Diva!  Of course, I had to go back and rework the first 20 I put in but it was a small price for perfection.   LOL!!

Kate