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  • Tomorrow is the last day to enter your designs in the 2014 Bead Star competition! Still not sure if you're ready? Take a look at the lovely work from one of last year's winners, Kat West, and her elegant entry in the glass category: Emergence
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  • For years, the only beading tools that I really needed were a few good pairs of jewelry-making pliers: my chain nose, flat nose, and combination pliers went with me everywhere, along with my heavy duty wire cutters. But when I started exploring jewelry
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  • Check out the Summer 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing to find the season’s hottest jewelry designs. See how to turn everyday materials into stylish jewelry, plus discover the latest trends in metal stamping. Peruse our Fabulous Facets collection to see how our featured jewelry artists use chunky
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  • My first trip to the Tucson gem and mineral shows back in 2012 was such a life-changing experience! Being surrounded by all those beads, the artists, and the energy of the place had me buzzing with creative ideas for weeks after I got home. One of the
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  • Beaded necklaces have always been my favorite type of jewelry to make. Maybe it's because I got started creating peyote stitch and netted amulet bags when I first started beading back in the Dark Ages. Maybe it's because I love the long tradition
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  • Beaded netting is a favorite bead-weaving technique of mine. Why, you might ask? Well, for starters, it's incredibly easy to learn, but creates simply stunning finished projects. Beaded netting can be used with any kind of bead you happen to have
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  • Way back when I decided to go into the jewelry business and start selling my handmade beaded jewelry, I enrolled in a 6-month marketing course for rural artists that was sponsored by a local chamber of commerce. Even though I wanted to find a way to quit
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  • Chexx bracelet designed by Christina Neit, Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year If you're looking to keep up with the newest bead shapes coming soon to a bead shop near you, York Beads has introduced the new Chexx two-hole bead to the world. Chexx
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  • A good friend of mine recently asked me for help making six necklaces that she could give as gifts to some women who had recently helped her. She's a single mom, so money is always tight. I promised her I'd do some searching and see what I could
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  • I don't know about anyone else, but I'm in love with the leather jewelry trend that I've seen the last couple years. My first experience with these leathers was at Bead Fest Philadelphia back in the summer of 2012, when I spent an obscene
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  • It is hard to believe we are already posting guidelines for 2015! With that being said, we are excited to announce our themes and guidelines for the Winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine! Star Struck Star motifs can be seen on everything from
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  • Lately, it seems that no matter what I do or where I go in life, my beads follow me. Even after finishing my 200-hour yoga teacher training program back in March, the beads are following me into my yoga and meditation practice -- last weekend, I taught
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  • Marcia DeCoster was one of my first beading "idols", and someone who inspired me to learn right-angle weave. Working up her beautiful and technically challenging right-angle weave designs has been an enormous part of my growth as a bead-weaving
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  • Bead embroidery wasn't always a favorite beading technique of mine, but once I learned a few tricks of the trade, I found that bead embroidery is a wonderful medium for creative self-expression. It's like painting with beads, and the only limitations
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  • In the last few years, I've learned to love creating wire jewelry, but I'm still not quite comfortable with designing my own wire jewelry projects. Learning some basic wire jewelry-making skills has definitely made me more confident when it comes
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  • There's not a single beader I know who doesn't have a whole drawer full of little bags and boxes of leftover bits and pieces and beads from past beading projects. They just sort of accumulate when we're not paying attention, and pretty soon
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  • Collen Carter was the winner of our February/March 2014 Beading Challenge "Name That Beadwork" giveaway with her suggested name of Lionfish Amulet for the gorgeous beaded necklace made by editor Kate Wilson with the kit of metal findings from
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  • When I'm not blogging, editing, or beading, you can often find me creeping around this site to check the popularity of different blog posts. It's the librarian/researcher in me that just wants to know which subjects interest our readers. So I
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  • From Jennifer: While most people think of ropes and purses when they think of bead crochet, Adele Rogers Recklies thinks very differently. This New York City-based bead artist has been taking bead crochet through uncharted territory with her modern interpretations
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  • This weekend I came across the perfect jewelry project to soften the blow of my post-Easter blues. If you enjoyed Tassel Talk in Jewelry Stringing Spring 2014 and Michelle Mach’s blog post on Ten Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend, I think this necklace
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  • A little over a year ago, I was lucky enough the be the recipient of several pounds of 2-hole Twin seed beads, courtesy of the Preciosa Blogging for Beads program. It set my little beady brain into overdrive as I dug through my stash to see what other
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  • We all love peyote stitch, and it's the perfect beading stitch for making bold, graphic beaded bracelets. And while the thread path for peyote stitch is one of the best beading stitches for relaxing, meditative beadwork, reading those charted peyote
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  • This weekend is Easter, and tomorrow night, I'll be writing up little clues for my six-year-old to hint at where his Easter baskets will be hidden all around the house on Sunday morning. I remember my parents doing this for me and my sister when we
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  • One of the best parts of my job is getting to participate in the Beadwork magazine challenge every now and then -- it pushes me to get back to my beads, and it gives me a reason to learn new beading and embroidery techniques, like soutache! I was equal
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  • Mother's Day is coming up, and if you're like me, you are a last-minute shopper. This year, consider making something for Mom that will mean so much more because you hand-crafted it especially for her! Mom will think of you every time she wears
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  • Beadwork June/July offers a stunning collection that runs the gamut from simple to satisfyingly complex projects. Make an exquisite right-angle-weave flower pendant. Stitch with our new favorite bead shape: the two-hole triangle. Weave a loom-work bracelet with wire. And so much more! Check out the 22
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  • When I don't have an idea for a specific jewelry design, I like to pick a technique and repeat it with several different beads and materials. After making a few samples, I'll often get the spark of an idea for a necklace, bracelet, or pair of
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  • It's finally spring! Oh, yes -- last weekend, my husband and I were able to go for long walks outside without having to layer up in sweaters, jackets, boots, hats, and wool socks. And the longer days! The light! It just makes me want to break out
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  • The way that I learned how to do basic chain maille was through a series of kits and instructions from the wonderful people over at Blue Buddha Boutique . Just as much fun as a beading kit, the chain maille kits at Blue Buddha Boutique include instructions
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  • A few weeks ago, I was asked to submit an application to teach beadwork and jewelry-making at one of my local arts associations over the summer. As part of the application, I had to include a copy of my resume. My first thought was, wow, a resume? I haven't
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  • I can't stop buying little face beads and cabochons. Some of those in my collection are more than five years old and still unused. It's not a lack of ideas that's stopping me. In fact, it's quite the opposite: I have so many ideas that
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  • The stacked-bracelet trend is still going strong! It's easy to get that stacked-bracelet look by using Memory Wire and several strands of your favorite beads. For added interest, insert a fun button in the center. If you've never heard of Memory
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  • Beader (and friend) Kristen Stevens Herringbone stitch is one of my favorite beading stitches for making beaded chains that highlight a spectacular focal bead or centerpiece. It's particularly well-suited for large or heavy focals because its thread
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  • So many of you had so many great tips and ideas for repurposing and spring cleaning your jewelry! It was a tough call, but we finally selected this tip from reader Shelly Gillman as the winner: "My mother-in-law gave me a long, vintage, crystal necklace
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  • For me, right-angle weave has been love at first stitch, and I'll tell you why: the rhythm of the thread path, first moving to one side and then towards the other, is very meditative for me. When I'm deep into stitching with right-angle weave
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  • Like a lot of bead-weaving enthusiasts and artists out there, I got started stringing beads before I picked up a needle and thread and started stitching. When I think back on how I got started with bead stringing, I go back and forth between cringing
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  • Above: Sunflower Bracelet Kit in rose. Below: Sunflower Bracelet Kit in blue. The signs of spring are definitely in the air! And despite the temperatures that still fall into the too-cool-for-my-tastes range and the wool socks that feel as though they
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  • When it comes to using social media to promote your handmade jewelry business, it's easy to get sucked into things like Pinterest without really understanding how your pins can impact sales of your handmade jewelry. It's a lot of fun to create
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  • How to start a new thread in a beading project
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  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to bead like the pros do? Maybe you've wondered what kinds of tips and advice a professional beader would have for someone who wants to turn their hobby into a second career? Well, I asked a few of the wonderful Beadwork
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  • Have you checked out TierraCast’s selection of Quick Kits yet? I recently did and am a big fan of not only the final product but the process as well! These kits are available in a variety of different styles, which means there is bound to be one
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  • Whether you want to boost your jewelry business by selling instructions and tutorials for your own original beaded jewelry designs, or you want to submit your seed bead patterns for publication to a beading magazine (like, maybe Beadwork magazine?), you'll
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  • Even though I still see a good foot or more of snow on the ground outside my window, the calender is telling me that it's almost spring -- and that means it's almost time for wedding season! Up here in the Adirondacks, many couples choose to celebrate
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  • April is Community Service Month. You'll likely soon be reading lots of news stories of big projects such as cleaning up local parks or building houses for those who cannot afford them. While those types of projects are exciting and worthwhile, small
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  • In November and December of last year, I sold a number of sterling silver earrings in a local shop. That's the good news. The bad news? The few unsold pairs came back heavily tarnished. It's not the end of the world, but it has made me pause and
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  • From Jennifer: Warning: Doing kumihimo with beads is totally addicting. If you're thinking about learning how to do beaded kumihimo, you should know that you will fall head over heels for this easy Japanese braiding technique. You'll be buying
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  • A few weeks ago, my husband and my 6 year old son went off on an "adventure" while I was attending a training workshop, and when I arrived home, my son presented me with a few beautiful agate slices that he had chosen for me from a museum gift
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  • Did you start a jewelry business in 2014? Are you thinking about taking the plunge and turning your passion for making handmade beaded jewelry into profits? If you're ready to learn how to get your products and your message out there in the big, wide
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  • With 26 bracelet projects, 3 earring projects, and 8 necklace projects , this issue encompasses a wide range of techniques—all listed in the table of contents’ stitch index so you can find projects that use the techniques you’re most interested in. Or page through and let the vibrant
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  • Beaded earrings don't have to match a bracelet or a necklace. In fact, when I wear earrings I prefer them to be statements all by themselves. Beaded earrings are like little miniature works of beadwoven art. And once you get started, they really are
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  • I love using found objects such as game pieces, coins, buttons, and dollhouse miniatures in my jewelry. It's fun to give old objects a new life. Lately, I've been thinking about making a bead embroidered pendant using a found object instead of
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  • It gives me great hope that the official first day of spring tomorrow will bring the sunny days and warmer temps that many of us have longed for during one of the wettest, coldest winters in recent memory. So get ready to bust out your flirty skirts,
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  • Beaded netting techniques have roots in many cultures around the world. It's incredible to me that vastly different areas of the world have both adopted this easy, versatile beading stitch as a part of their tradition of beading crafts. You can find
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  • Thanks for celebrating National Craft Month with us! Here are the lucky winners of each prize from our sponsors. (Winners will be contacted individually about your prizes.) Congratulations to Liz S.! Fusion Beads 15% off your order. Plus free shipping
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  • Thanks to beaders like those of you reading this (no, really -- thank you!), bead-weaving and jewelry making have evolved and been accepted by a much wider audience as fine bead crafts. Look at the artists showing their work in any high-end craft show
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  • Bezel a crystal chaton with right-angle weave and tubular peyote stitch
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  • When it comes to running a successful beading business, more and more bead artists are turning to selling their original beading patterns direct to customers through online shops like Etsy, ArtFire, and their own websites. Beaders everywhere are hungry
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  • Beaded bangle bracelets are a cinch to size when you use a brick stitch base! Using basic brick stitch with large beads (size 8 or size 6) let you make a substantial-feeling bangle bracelet that will fit you like a glove. Want to try this fast, easy,
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  • I recently took on the exciting task of making my first piece of jewelry! Although I have previously dipped my toes into jewelry making I never made anything too intricate, and it’s been quite a few years! Therefore, it is safe to say I am starting
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  • Right after bead-weaving was invented, someone figured out how to make a beaded bead. I'm sure of it. This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night, thinking about the history and traditions of bead-weaving -- everybody thinks about this
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  • Brass beads painted with Vintaj Patina Inks I'll warn you right now: getting started with mixed media jewelry is a slippery slope. First you start with something easy like using patina inks to color vintage metal components and metal beads, and pretty
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  • I love beaded flowers, as you've probably noticed from the photos in two recent posts (" 10 Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend " and " Create a Seed Bead Flower Accent for Gift Packaging "). I have a feeling I'm not the only one
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  • With spring just a few weeks away, I've been thinking about spring cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, washing windows, and generally making my home feel new again. The same is true of my jewelry. On my desk I have a pile of unloved jewelry that I haven't
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  • So, I've got a half dozen colors of the new O-beads sitting on my bead board, and a handful of round glass druks, and I need an idea for a bracelet making project. Up until now, I've only ever used the O-beads as embellishments for bead embroidery
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  • So, you say you just don't know where to get started with steampunk jewelry ? We have a saying in the practice of yoga and meditation: in order to begin something, just start where you are! I still love the look of steampunk jewelry, even if I don't
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  • Looking at the polymer clay beads by Turtle Soup Beads makes me realize just how far polymer clay has come as a form of bead art since I started beading, almost 15 years ago. With all of the innovations made with surface treatments, glitters, powders
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  • Of all the creative arts, jewelry making is the one that has always held a special place in my heart. It's not just about making great handmade jewelry out of beads and other jewelry supplies, it's about creating something that's unique and
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  • The April/May issue of Beadwork is bursting with fresh ideas for spring! Make flirty peyote bangles, stitch a pair of sparkling reversible earrings, create an exquisite necklace with artistically shaped tubular-herringbone components, and more. Plus, learn Turkish bead crochet, build crystal-cored beaded
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  • Tassels in jewelry have been trendy for at least a year, maybe two. I hadn't paid too much attention until last week when I flipped through the spring 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing ( Beadwork's sister magazine). The magazine features four ways
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  • Guest blogger Amy Blevins is the owner of Bead & Glass Boutique, a full-service bead shop in Pitman, New Jersey. From Jennifer: Do all the new shapes and sizes of glass beads leave you dizzy when you set foot inside your favorite local bead shop?
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  • I think I've only ever made a handful of beaded brooches since I started beading over fourteen years ago, but when I got my hands on a sample of some of the new Nunn Design brooch/pendant findings, I thought it might be fun to fill them up with a
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  • If you regularly follow the Jewelry Stringing or Beading Daily blogs, you may have seen a new face as of late. Well, the staff of Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork is fortunate to have a fabulous new member who will help us keep our heads above water! I'd
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  • The best way I can think of to practice your skills at making wire wrapped loops is to make bead and wire chains. They're easy, fun, and can be used to make so many types of beaded jewelry! Plus, the basic skills for making a wire wrapped loop are
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  • My very first beading project: a peyote stitch amulet bag Do you remember your first beading project? The one that you made when you were first learning how to bead? I do: it was a peyote stitch amulet bag with a bugle bead chain. I don't wear it
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  • Beki Haley, owner of WhimBeads and one of my favorite seed bead pushers, er, sellers, created these beautiful Wild Rose Earrings using some of the new shaped glass beads from Starman. Beki is one of Starman's 2014 TrendSetters, whipping up fantastic
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  • I think beading is cool. Not everyone does, though...I find this especially true when I'm first explaining to a non-crafter what beadwork is: "So, you string beads and make a necklace or something?" "Well that's one way to work
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  • Heather Powers, polymer clay bead artist and bead blogger, has created a new challenge for those of us suffering from a case of beader's block this cold, long winter: The Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge. Over the course of the next 12 weeks, she'll
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  • These days, when I'm not beading, thinking about how to bead, or cleaning up and organizing my bead stash, you're most likely to find me on my yoga mat. Next month, I'll be finishing a 6-month 200-hour yoga teacher training program at a local
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  • I recently fell in love with a necklace and decided I wanted to make my own version(future blog post to come!) My first step was to research and pick my beads. This was WAY more challenging than I imagined, and I will admit it took me all afternoon. Why
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  • Roma, a cubic right-angle weave necklace by Sabine Lippert , is composed of square-shaped units of cubic right-angle weave After chatting with Aussie bead artist Patrick Duggan about his fabulous cubic right-angle weave creations, I felt inspired to share
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  • Our friends at Nunn Design are offering the chance for one lucky Beading Daily reader to win the Winter 2014 Nunn Design collection of jewelry-making findings! This time around, the giveaway prize package includes a jewelry-making kit for making a pair
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  • Crystals and Valentine's Day go together like...chocolate and strawberries? For today's Valentine's Day blog, I thought it would be fun to share a free crystal bracelet project, Bracelet With Heart by bead artist Miwako Nara, from our Create
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  • Are you ready for the annual 30-Day Bead Challenge? Each day in March, Fusion Beads celebrates National Craft Month by offering a series of creative prompts. The challenge begins with "Make a cute pair of earrings" on March 1 and ends with "Go
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  • According to Accessories Magazine , hearts aren't just for Valentine's Day. They'll be popping up throughout the spring on shoes, handbags, clothing, and yes, jewelry. Heart-themed jewelry can be a tricky look to pull off past February 14
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  • Of all my favorite beading tools , I think I love my Mirrix beading and tapestry loom for how easily I can combine my favorite fibers and threads with beads for unique, artistic beading projects. It's not every beading tool that sets my creativity
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  • Australian bead-weaving artist Patrick Duggan He may live on the other side of the world from me, but I can't get enough of the beautiful bead-weaving designs created by Australian beader Patrick Duggan. I was first introduced to Patrick's work
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  • It happens to the best and most prolific of us beaders. Every once in a while, my beading muse up and decides that it's time to take a holiday, leaving me in the lurch. But, really, it's good to take a break sometimes and get away from what I
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  • It's that time of year again! Time to sign up for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson. This year, there will be just ONE day to sign up, and one reveal date, so make sure you mark you calenders, leave a note to yourself, and don't
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  • One of my 2013 New Year's beading resolutions was to learn how to bead with Kumihimo. Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique worked on a round loom tool called a marudai. Alas, I ran out of time at the end of the year and never did learn the craft
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  • Ready to try your hand at some basic beaded kumihimo braids? Just like my other favorite beading techniques, kumihimo can be done with an incredible variety of materials. Before you sit down to undertake your first beaded kumihimo project, make sure you
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  • Drum roll please! We are happy to announce to you our themes and guidelines for the Fall 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine! Wanderlust Travel-inspired jewelry can celebrate where you've been or depict styles worn by a particular culture. Moroccan
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  • Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms has launched their 2014 Social Market For a Mirrix Campaign, and it's your chance to get a free Mirrix loom and show the world what you can do with it! How does it work? Submit an application , and if you're accepted
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  • Stringing beads isn't just the territory of creative women anymore -- in the last few years, more and more men have started learning how to string beads and make jewelry. Among some of my favorite boys who bead are the late Peter Sewell, bead artist
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  • Most of us are here on Beading Daily because, well, we love glass beads! Am I right? Seed beads, pressed glass, vintage glass, handmade lampwork glass -- the list of favorite glass beads goes on and on. If you can imagine a shape, size, or color of glass
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  • Have I mentioned how much I love Downton Abbey? True, I think half the reason I watch it is just for the period clothing and jewelry, but each episode feels like a treasure trove of jewelry-making ideas and inspiration. Apparently, I'm not alone,
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  • Before I ever picked up my first jump ring opener, I always thought that chain maille jewelry had to be made from complex, intricate weaves that used hundreds or thousands of jump rings. And, sure, you could spend days or even weeks putting together a
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  • Celebrate spring with our official “color issue”! Projects are organized into trend-sensitive, color-based collections. The Monochromatic Muse collection pays tribute to designs that rock our world, despite being constructed of beads in just one prominent color. Color also plays a starring
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  • As much as I enjoy making jewelry, I'm always looking for new ways to use seed beads. I love pretty gift packaging, so I've been playing around with ways to adorn packages with bits of beadweaving. I'm especially excited about this idea because
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  • If your 2014 New Year’s resolutions include Be more confident or Get organized, I have some tools up my sleeves to help you tackle these at the very start of the new year! Ask yourself: how often are you guilty of stashing away finished projects
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  • Part of having a successful jewelry business is finding ways to make your business stand out from the rest. But that doesn't mean that you need to spend a lot of money on marketing materials and fancy packaging. Although having some things like business
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  • I'm at the point in my experiments with mixed media jewelry where I will never say never. If you had told me three years ago that I would love making resin jewelry pendants for my bead weaving projects I would have never believed you! But, yes, I've
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  • For many of us, learning how to string beads was the "gateway" that led us to learning about other ways to make beaded jewelry. Bead stringing is a fabulous introduction to the soothing nature of bead work and jewelry making. But bead stringing
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  • In life, I wouldn't call myself a Type A personality, but my hands sure do get that way when I bead. This especially happens when I'm working quickly on a deadline or am striving for tight tension...it's like my fingers become little green
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  • It's easy for me to get into a rut and use the same beads and materials over and over. Or worse, sometimes I feel paralyzed and unable to create anything at all. Do you ever feel that way, too? If so, you might want to enter a jewelry making contest or challenge. A contest, challenge, or blog hop
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  • Jewelry-making goal #4: Use up what I have in my stash. (Who am I kidding?) We're well into 2014, and I've been thinking a lot about what my jewelry-making goals are going to be for this year. I've been spending the last few weeks working
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  • Are you a messy beader? Does your beading table look more like a bead shop exploded than a neat haven for creative bead-weaving? Your messy beading table could win you a set of storage and organizing containers, plus a $50 gift certificate to Happy Mango
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  • Since October, I've been spending three days a month working through a yoga teacher training program, and the hard work and subtle changes that I've been making in my daily life are definitely noticeable. But imagine my surprise when this last
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  • Beaded snowflakes by Stitch Pro Jean Campbell The holiday decorations may all be packed up and put away, but it's still winter here in upstate New York, and that means I'll be busy making bead crafts like beaded snowflakes and beaded stars to
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  • Who said that wire wrapping had to be hard? This Chunky Carnelian Ring wire wrapping project by Christine Hayes is so easy, you can complete it in under an hour! Chances are, you already have most of the tools you need to make this easy wire and gemstone
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  • This is the last blog post in a series on the new Beadwork Designers of the Year. You've met Christina Neit and Leslee Frumin last month and Laura Andrews earlier this month. Now meet the mother-and-daughter design team Glenda Paunonen and Liisa Turunen
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  • Two things have recently inspired me to finally get better organized in my craft room: during a holiday break from work, for some reason my nesting instinct kicked in and I started cleaning out closets and cabinets like crazy, which then carried over
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  • Really, is there anything you can't do with peyote stitch ? Since I figured out how to make a beaded dodecahedron out using right-angle weave, I've been playing around with creating these challenging geometric shapes using peyote stitch to fill
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  • Herringbone stitch goes way beyond just making gorgeous twisted ropes -- it also makes beautiful, organic-looking beaded flowers! In this beading blast from the past, we're happy to share this free beading pattern using herringbone stitch from 2014
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  • Years of trial and error in my beaded jewelry-making endeavors have proven to me that the best tips for beading come from people who love to bead! And looking through the last seven years of jewelry-making blogs here on Beading Daily, I see that there
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  • Recently I've been in the mood to make and wear large, blingy, colorful chandelier-style earrings to contrast the dark, cold winter days; and I'm always up for a beading project that can be stitched quickly. Yesterday afternoon I took about 15
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  • Downton Abbey is back! Have you seen the season premiere, yet? I'm looking forward to seven more weeks full of drama, glamor, and of course, those delicious period costumes and jewelry! Nothing inspires a good necklace making project for me like seeing
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  • I have to admit, half the reason I love watching Downton Abbey so much is for the gorgeous period costumes and jewelry. I love glass beads, the crystals, the diamonds and pearls, and the delicate metal work of Edwardian jewelry, and very often find myself
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  • Above: Beautiful aquamarine rondelles Below: Blue topaz and opal pendant created by Mark Hileman, courtesy of Jewelry Making Daily According to my friends who dabble in Chinese astrology, 2014 -- the Year of the Horse -- means that we may be in for a
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  • Since 2010, I've started off every year with a little beaded earring making challenge to myself: can I make one pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month? I originally started this earring making challenge because beaded earring designs
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  • Beadwork's February/March issue is packed with 18 new jewelry designs, including those from our new designers of the year! Make gorgeous netted flower pendants, learn how to work chenille stitch, glam up your beading with rhinestone chain, and more. Plus, get a peek inside Beadwork Editor Melinda
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  • This is the third blog post in a series on the new Beadwork Designers of the Year. You've met Christina Neit and Leslee Frumin last month. Now meet Laura Andrews. Interviews with the design team Liisa Turunen and Glenda Paunonen will be posted later
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  • It's not very often that this beadweaver uses a metal component in my beading projects and beaded jewelry designs, but I was thrilled to see all the amazing designs in the February/March 2014 Beadwork challenge! The fabulous kit of metal jewelry-making
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  • Coming from someone who doesn't often get to wear sparkly things, I believe that jewelry made with crystals is a good investment. Why? Because crystal jewelry design is timeless -- many of my first crystal beading projects from over ten years ago
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  • Even the name sounds exotic: Shibori ribbon is the newest craze to hit the bead embroidery world, thanks to bead artist Sherry Serafini who began incorporating this hand-dyed silk into her bead embroidery pieces.Shibori ribbon is created by twisting,
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  • I can hardly believe that we're down to the last few days of 2013, and if you're like me, it's time to slow down a bit and try to get all my beading tools and beads organized before I launch into my beading projects for 2014. My problem is
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  • I hope everyone who is reading this is having a beautiful Christmas morning! Here in upstate New York, it will be cold, and it might snow, if we're lucky. And if you're lucky, you or someone you love might have been treated to a few new beading
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  • No doubt about it, enduring winters where the temperature routinely drops to -27 ° F for weeks at a time definitely gives me a good excuse to spend time beading in front of the wood stove with my family. Winter is the perfect time for me to go into
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  • The Edwardian era is one of my favorite epochs in the history of jewelry design. Sandwiched between the time of Queen Victoria of England and the Roaring 20s, the Edwardian era (roughly 1901 through 1920) was characterized by social upheaval, World War
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  • This is the second blog post in a series of interviews with the new Beadwork Designers of the Year. You met Christina Neit earlier this month. Now meet Leslee Frumin. Interviews with Laura Andrews and the design team Liisa Turunen and Glenda Paunonen
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  • It's that time already--time to start planning the Summer 2014 edition of Jewelry Stringin g ! We have some fun ideas for this issue, which I'll share below. Full guidelines are here . But before that there's an important announcement I'd
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  • Add a little sparkle to the season with the Winter issue of Jewelry Stringing . 77 projects celebrate elegance, glitter, and timelessness. These trend-relevant necklace, bracelet, and earring designs are organized into four themed categories: Sparkle, Dazzle, Shine; Chain Meets Fiber; Chain of Thrones;
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  • Herringbone stitch might have been one of the last bead-weaving stitches I learned how to do, but these days, it's always my first choice for making beaded bezels and beaded ropes! This quick, versatile beading stitch can be used to create both flat
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  • A few days ago, a friend of mine was telling me that she just could not figure out how to make wire jewelry . She said that the wire just would not behave for her, and she didn't know what to do about it. Now, this friend also happens to be a very
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  • Every year, the editors of Beadwork magazine choose a panel of outstanding bead artists to be the Designers Of the Year, or DOY. These bead artists present an impressive and innovative array of beaded jewelry designs using some of the latest trends in
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  • I don't know what it is about the winter solstice, but every year around this time, I find myself trying to figure out how to bead projects that will capture as much light and sparkle as possible. When the days get short and the nights get long, I
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  • When beaders say that peyote stitch projects are great for beginners and a favorite among beadweavers, I have to say that I heartily agree. Peyote is the stitch that I started with when I began my first beadstitching project last January, and although
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  • These pretty accessories are sure to turn a few heads at your next holiday soirée. Jennifer Lawrence's subtle yet glamorous look is achieved by simply weaving a vintage necklace through her finished updo. Make your own holiday bling rings-
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  • Do you still have a couple of holiday jewelry making projects left to cross off your list? Are you looking for something sparkly and fun to wear for New Year's Eve? Our friends at Nunn Design and Fusion Beads have teamed up to bring you this beautiful
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  • One of the things that excites me about my evolving wire jewelry skills is the potential to make cool wire jewelry designs, like this Leather Loops bracelet by jewelry artist Jodi L. Bombardier. I love the trend of using leather in jewelry -- it's
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  • A few months ago, the lovely folks at TierraCast sent me a sampler of some of their very cool new products and jewelry making components, and included in the sampler was a set of some beautiful winter and holiday themed charms. Now, I've got so many
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  • Does anyone else remember making crocheted potholders with those little plastic rings for hangers? My mother and my grandmother used to make dozens of those every year, and I discovered that those little plastic rings are great for beaded toggles when
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  • New Beadwork Designers of the Year I'm excited to introduce the new Beadwork Designers of the Year: Christina Neit, Laura Andrews, Leslee Frumin, and the design team Glenda Paunonen and Liisa Turunen. Throughout December and January, I'll be sharing
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  • Calling all jewelry artists! We have just finalized our submissions guidelines and deadlines for the next issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings , and we are so excited to share them with you! As always, this issue will feature 101 stylishly
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  • There's a new bead shape in town! Sabine Lippert, a Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year and creator of the Rizo bead, has introduced another bead shape to the market: the O-bead! Top: O-bead design by Heather Kingsley Heath O-bead designs by Cindy
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  • I can honestly say that I have yet to meet a bracelet making project that I didn't love. Beaded bracelets are what I go to when I need to get out of a creative funk, or to recharge my beading batteries. Very often, I find inspiration for new necklace
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  • Ten years ago, there were few, if any, places where you could purchase and download seed bead patterns instantly from bead artists. Today, a quick search on Etsy or Craftsy will reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of artists selling their seed bead patterns
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  • Oh, how I love twisted herringbone stitch ropes! My first attempt at these essential beaded ropes was not so pretty: made with size 15 beads ( what was I thinking ?), there were more threads showing on that little bit of beadwork than I care to admit
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  • Can you believe it's Thanksgiving Day tomorrow? Boy, this year has flown by! As I think about the holiday that's almost upon us and what it means, I realize I have a lot to be thankful for, both in my personal and work lives. Here are the things
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  • Yep, it's that time of year when I'm counting my blessings, both beady and otherwise, and pearls are at the top of my list of beads for which I'm thankful. I can't think of another type of natural bead that is so mysterious, so beautiful
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  • The Fashion Colorworks beading contest , organized by bead artist Zoya Gutina of My Lovely Beads , is entering its fifth year, and you can be a part of this incredibly worldwide beading competition! Just choose one of three pre-selected color palettes
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  • Just like every other beader I know, I was thinking about why I love earring making so much during the long drive to pick up my son from kindergarten the other day. Because, really, for so many years as a bead artist, I struggled to make intricate, elaborate
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  • The more I practice yoga, the more I discover that my practice can apply to every other aspect of my life -- including my beaded jewelry design ideas. One of the most important concepts to me in all of yoga is the concept of santosha. Santosha can be
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  • Stitch Pro Jean Campbell shares one way to finish a flat peyote-stitch band--with ribbon crimps.
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  • Wire jewelry is certainly one of those jewelry-making techniques that I prefer to learn by watching someone else. Teaching myself how to do bead-weaving was one thing, but learning how to make wire jewelry? Those skills were most definitely outside of
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  • Today, I am honored to be joined by Ashley Lauwereins, the talented marketing specialist for the bead and jewelry groups here at Interweave. While Ashley is a gifted metalsmith, she is new to resin. Here, she shares her experience using resin for the
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  • Tomorrow's vintage glass beads? My stash from York Beads. From Jennifer: Being just four hours away from New York City, you'd think that I might get down there more often. Unfortunately, between work and my family and now my yoga teacher training
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  • Stacked bracelets has proven to be a trend with staying power. Bangles, wrap bracelets, cuffs, braided and beaded bracelets, and leather bracelets are being mixed and matched on wrists everywhere I look! I already have quite a few bead and wrap bracelets
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  • I had almost forgotten how wonderful it feels to actually finish a bead-weaving project -- almost! For NaSeBeMo (National Seed Beading Month), I decided to kick off with a project that I could actually finish before moving on to the mountains of bead
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  • My bead stash holds an embarrassing secret: I save all my false starts, my poor color combos, those "what were you thinking?" beadweaving bits in old Altoids tins. Each tin is a mess. I don't trim the thread ends neatly or weave them in
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  • Brick stitch will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself when I first started learning how to bead. And whenever I want a project that takes me back to my "beginner's mind"
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  • From Jennifer: If you liked today's Beading Daily guest blog from bead artist Jean Power, take a look at some advice from her on how we can get more out of our peyote stitch projects! Peyote Stitch: Versatile and Reversible The only downside of beading
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  • From Jennifer: If anybody on Planet Bead knows about peyote stitch , it's today's guest blogger, Jean Power. Jean has taken peyote stitch in new directions, and her experiments with shape and geometry have created a wave of innovation in shaped
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  • What if you had a magic beading genie at your disposal? You know, the kind that would bring you just about any beading tool you wanted with the snap of his fingers -- if you had that kind of power, what would you ask for? Believe it or not, I think about
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  • Recently as I worked on an earring project featuring size 15° seed beads, I wondered how some of the tiniest micro seed beads could be used in beadwork. I found a few samples online of beautiful Native American beadwork such as dolls, horse collars
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  • On Monday, we sent the Winter 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing off to the printer. Yippee! It's always a great feeling to wrap up a project you've been working on for months and months and months. You'll be able to see this issue for yourself
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  • From Jennifer: If you loved the cover project from the winter 2014 Quick + Easy Beadwork special issue, you'll enjoy this guest blog from designer Yasmin Sarfati -- she designed that fabulous necklace-making project! A self-taught designer, Yasmin
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  • From Jennifer: Are you a jewelry designer looking for a market for your handmade jewelry? UncommonGoods, a Brooklyn-based online retailer is always looking for unique handmade jewelry. Each month, they host a Jewelry Design Challenge where jewelry artists
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  • When you think about holiday jewelry, most folks think about sparkling crystal beads and shiny metallics. But being the kind of "natural" woman that I am, I like to use a lot of gemstones in my holiday jewelry-making projects. Gemstones can
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  • Back in January, after two months of working as Beadwork's associate editor, I decided I was ready to jump on the beading bandwagon. Based on advice from Kate Wilson, Beadwork's project editor, I wanted a project that used mainly peyote stitch
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  • Learning how to work with a torch to create handmade glass beads was one of the best things I ever learned. There was something inspiring about being able to handle the flame of a torch and use it to melt and wind glass roads into my own handmade glass
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  • Happy Halloween! Our friends at Prima Bead have shared this free necklace making project with us, using crystal pearls and bicones, fancy metal chandelier findings, and fun filigree components. Enjoy! Materials: Black Chandelier Charms 5 pk (Prima Bead
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  • Baby, it's cold outside. With the gray days about to set in, it's nice to look forward to time spent in front of the fireplace, curled up with a good book. Days like these make me want to spend more time at home than the summer months typically
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  • Just when I thought I couldn't possibly make any more room in my bead stash for more cabochons , Tina Holden, my Bead Soup Blog Party swap partner from earlier this year, decided to do a major destash in one of her online shops. That meant lots and
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  • We all know about how beads have the power to heal, to tell stories, and to enrich our lives through the meditative nature of off-loom bead-weaving. Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation that has been traveling throughout the United
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  • Every November, writers around the country (and even around the world!) participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Beginning on November 1, the challenge is to write every day with a goal of writing 50,000 words before midnight on November
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  • Get 17 new jewelry designs in Beadwork’s December 2013/January 2014 issue. Make gorgeous peyote-stitch bracelets with stud beads, create an armful of easy RAW bangles, craft a blossoming bracelet with triangle weave, and more. Plus, bezel colorful cabochons for a “painter’s palette”
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  • Learn to form a tubular peyote-stitch rope using 2-hole seed beads
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  • Well, you asked for it, and here it is: a challenging little technique I stumbled upon using two-holed seed beads for right-angle weave. I don't know what it is about right-angle weave that inspires me so when I play with my two-holed seed beads and
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  • You know that saying, "Less is more"? Whoever put together this amazing kit of glass beads, pendants, and findings from Znet Shows did a good job proving that when it comes to beads, "more" is usually better! They "warned"
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  • Have you seen our new free kumihimo eBook yet ? The free kumihimo beading project, Kumihimo Splash, was designed by my friend Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand and guest blogger here on Beading Daily . When Suzanne saw that we were using her very
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  • Anne Vaughan is a jewelry artist and Jewelry Stringing contributor. She recently completed an organization overhaul of her workshop and has agreed to share some of the valuable lessons she learned in the process. Enjoy! Reorganize Your (Studio) Life
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  • Yep, beads make fabulous jewelry, but there are so many great ways to use beads in crafts . Beadwork magazine editor Melinda Barta created this sweet little beaded box using seed beads and a large polymer clay focal bead, showing everyone just how versatile
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  • I got to check one very exciting thing off my bucket list earlier this year: I was a guest on the PBS series Beads, Baubles, and Jewels ! Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have imagined that I would get to appear on this long-running jewelry show
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  • Kumihimo , the ancient Japanese art of braiding, has wound its way into the hearts of beaders around the world. Beaded kumihimo is popping up in beaded jewelry designs using the newest beads and some very old braiding techniques. Some of the first kumihimo
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  • If you follow our Beading Challenge blog, you'll know that in every issue of Beadwork magazine, there's a challenge presented to a few of our editors, and a couple of readers lucky enough to be chosen by the editors. We all receive the same kit
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  • Twice this year, I've bumped into Patti Bullard, the inventor of Wubbers pliers. The first time was at my taping of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels (which you'll get to read about next week), and the second time was at Bead Fest Philadelphia where
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  • My version of right-angle weave with Twin beads. Looks an awful lot like... Kassie Inman's Patchwork pattern for Twin beads. A few weeks ago, I came up with what I thought was a pretty unique version of right-angle weave using Twin two-holed seed
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  • The ancient art of chain maille was regarded as a technological advance in the art of war when it was used to create thick layers of metal rings in order to protect soldiers in battle. Some of these same chain maille weaves and techniques are being used
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a.k.a. "Pinktober." As many as 1 in 8 women are affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives, making it the second most common cancer among women in the United States. So it's
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  • Remember that beaded necklace I talked about in last week's Beading Daily that used the vintage Swarovski crystal beads I bought from my friend Beki's destash sale? Well, as I worked up that necklace base, I made a mistake -- and realized that
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  • Nothing could be more fun than making--or wearing--this stylish Spiro pendant! While at Bead Fest Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I spotted Beaducation's Education Lead, Aisha Formanski, wearing one and I just had to find out more! As it turns out,
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  • The bead scoop is one of those beading tools that doesn't seem very important. At least, it doesn't seem very important until you find yourself with a huge mess of seed beads on your bead mat that need to go back in their respective tubes to avoid
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  • What makes a particular design resonate with people? I'm always excited whenever a new Beadwork issue hits the streets, because I love the feedback our readers give us about which projects they're trying. In the October/November issue, the project
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  • A couple of weeks ago, my friend Beki Haley of Whimbeads decided that she needed to make some room in her bead stash and part with some of her vintage Swarovski crystal beads and components. She said that she wanted to make sure that they went to good
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  • We are enjoying the last few days of warm weather that we are likely to have for a while here in Colorado, so last weekend I decided to pack up a jewelry project to work on at the park. I've been trying to find time to make a project from Quick +
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  • I can hardly believe it, but we're already counting down to the holidays around here. Every time I drive down Main Street in Lake Placid, I see signs announcing the dates of their special holiday events for the merchants downtown! And while it's
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  • The leaves are in full-on color up here in the Adirondacks, and the days and nights are getting noticeably cooler. That means it's time to do a little bead crochet by the wood stove ever evening after dinner, and this beautiful Yellow Leaf Bracelet
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  • From Jennifer: I think I love the stories behind my favorite glass beads for bead-weaving almost as much as the beads themselves! For me, bugle beads bring back memories of when I first started learning how to bead -- I made dozens of pairs of beaded
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  • Not quite ready to let go of summer yet? Me, neither! So, how about giving one last nod to summer and enter to win the Nunn Design Summer 2013 collection of findings? Included in this awesome prize pack are two metal channel bracelets (perfect for filling
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  • Cover a magnetic clasp with tubular peyote stitch
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  • Let's face it: we're busy. We have jobs, families, pets, meals to cook, laundry to be done, and oh, yeah, we have to sleep at some point, too. So there isn't always as much time as we'd like to spend with our beads, that's for sure
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  • One of the hottest trends in jewelry-making is the use of crystal cup chain. Hundreds of tiny crystals all secured in connected bezels make this fabulous jewelry-making component as versatile as it is affordable. Author and jewelry artist Lorelei Eurto
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  • Beadwork by Kelly Angeley The best thing about bead weaving is, of course, the beads! And if you're serious about having fun with your bead-weaving and designing your own beaded jewelry designs, it's a good idea to think about creating a consistent
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  • There are so many new shapes and types of glass beads popping up that sometimes I feel dizzy just thinking about them all! If you take a look at some of your favorite online bead supply companies (like Whimbeads, Artbeads, and even Fire Mountain Gems
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  • Our Fall issue is packed full of inspiring and wearable projects to get your creative juices flowing. Browse through our themed project galleries--Raw Beauty, The Gold Rush, Not Your Grandmother's Pearls, and Bibs & Collars--for stylish, on-trend design ideas. Also included in this issue is our
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  • Welcome to our first-ever special issue dedicated to stylish beadwoven projects that are quick, easy, and extremely fun to make. Whether you’re a novice beadweaver looking for a place to start or an intermediate beader seeking projects you can make in a few hours, you’re sure to find many
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  • After recently letting a friend borrow my new DVD on shaped beads, she asked me to recommend a few projects that use these beads. I immediately thought the list I complied for her would be great for a blog as I know she's not the first person who
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  • There's nothing like a great strand of pearls! Of all my favorite beads and jewelry-making supplies, I think pearls top the list. There's a reason why these little beauties are so precious: each one is the result of a lengthy natural process,
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  • I must say that I am envious of anyone who will be in the New York area a couple of weeks from now and will have the opportunity to stop by the Museum of Arts and Design for LOOT 2013--their 13th annual exhibition and sale of contemporary jewelry. This
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  • Let me paint you a picture of what autumn is like here in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. Believe it or not, the leaves have already started to change color from deep summer green to more brilliant yellows, golds, and reds. We My backyard
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  • One thing I hear from a lot of beaders and see in comments on Facebook is that sometimes people just want a quick, easy project to do in an afternoon so they have something new to wear. I'm also one of those beaders, so I get it. I think that's
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  • I love learning new jewelry-making techniques, and lately, I've been conquering my fear of working with metal and wire. From soldering to stamping -- what's next? Our friends at ImpressArt are giving one lucky Beading Daily reader the chance to
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  • We all know that most well-made bead-weaving projects can tell a story, but sometimes, it's nice to let your jewelry-making projects speak for themselves. When I decided to make beading my career instead of just a hobby, I bought myself a sweet little
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  • New York Fashion Week is in full swing! As much as I enjoy seeing the latest from the fashion industry's greatest, my favorite part of this biannual event is always the seasonal palette that the Pantone Color Institute puts out in conjunction with
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  • After I had such a blast learning how to solder wire at Bead Fest Philadelphia last month, I arrived home to find a new set of Wubbers pliers waiting for me! More wire wrapping projects ? Yes, please! Never in a million years would I ever have guessed
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  • Have you ever had a beaded jewelry design take on a life of its own? It can happen, and it's one of the reasons why I sometimes don't get a lot of sleep at night. My creative bead-brain takes a good thing and then just keeps going, and going,
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  • 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings is back and better than ever with its fourth annual edition! Featuring a compendium of 101 creative, easy-to-make projects with step-by-step instructions, as well as technique tips and a resource guide, it's a must-have addition to any casual or professional
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  • First-time Beadwork contributor Jeanne Evans, whose enchanting bead-crocheted Rivendell Rope graces the October/November 2013 issue of Beadwork , was kind enough to spend a bit of time sharing her insights about the process of creating her necklace, submitting
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  • Q: When is herringbone stitch not really herringbone stitch? A: When you work with two-holed seed beads! When I was one of the lucky recipients of the Preciosa Beads for Blog Post program back in January, one of the first things I discovered was how easy
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  • In her last blog post, assistant editor Chloe Chatenenver announced that the guidelines for submitting project ideas to the Spring 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine are now available. I hope you've had a chance to check them out. We're
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  • While I was at Bead Fest Philadelphia last weekend, I stopped by to see the lovely ladies of Lillypilly Designs and see their new jewelry-making products. I'm always inspired to see what kinds of materials other artist are using in their jewelry-making
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  • One of the things I love about earring making is that (most) beaded earrings can be made in a day or less. Take these Corona Crystal earrings by Pilar Burg from the 2009 issue of Step By Step Beads -- in just a few hours, you can have a set of earrings
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  • Mixed media jewelry is one of my favorite ways to play with new ideas for making handcrafted jewelry. It brings me right back to high school, when I would spend hours experimenting with different materials like fibers and paper for creating found object
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  • If you're a beader who frequents Facebook, you may have seen some of the amazing beadwork created for the Battle of the Beadsmith competition in 2012 and 2013. What is the Battle of the Beadsmith? Steven Weiss, owner of the Beadsmith, created a single
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  • I had the recent opportunity to visit Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee where I got to teach a week-long class in 3-dimensional beading. The questions from the students came like rapid fire, and I volleyed answers right back like some kind
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  • Beadwork’s October/November 2013 issue is full of beading inspiration. Check out the 30 extraordinary winners of our annual jewelry contest. Then, delve into the fabulous collection of projects showcasing favorite techniques from netting to bead crochet.
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  • I don't think I'm ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, but it can't be helped: the leaves here in the mountains are starting to change color, the nights are definitely getting cooler, and in just a few days, the kids will be heading back
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  • I've been doing a lot of cool stuff with metal and wire jewelry lately, stuff that I never thought I'd ever be able to do, much less really enjoy! So far, I've painted metal, colored it with markers, punched holes in it, used wire to learn
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  • Over the weekend, I had the honor of attending Bead Fest Philadelphia for the first time. And, wow, what a show it was! The initial purpose of my trip was twofold: setting up the display of the thirty winning entries in our 2013 Bead Star contest and
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  • I don't often get the chance to bead with friends, so when Stephanie Dixon, aka The Dixon Chick , told me she was coming to upstate New York for her summer vacation this year, I jumped at the chance to spend a day with her. Because it had been so
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  • We are excited to announce our themes and guidelines for the Spring 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine! Soft Jewelry Leather, ribbon, cord, thread, embroidery floss, and fabric are most commonly used as stringing materials and structural components
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  • My very first job out of college was working for a small, non-profit community development organization. When I was hired, the Executive Director told me that she was impressed with my attention to detail, and never would I have guessed at the time that
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  • Have you been thinking about starting a jewelry business selling your handmade beaded jewelry? Do people ask you where they can buy your handmade beaded jewelry when they see you wearing a particularly gorgeous beaded necklace or pair of beaded earrings
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  • It's easy for beginning beaders to get carried away when presented with an array of beading tools . Heck, it's easy for ME to get carried away when presented with an array of beading tools, too! It seems like there's always something new and
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  • The more I play with resin, the more I love it! Lately, I've been experimenting with all kinds of things like adding color to my resin, using fabrics and papers under my resin, and now, I'm starting to use molds to create resin shapes for pendants
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  • This week I'm traveling from Colorado back to the place where I grew up in Central Illinois for my annual family visit. And while I'm kept awake with excitement every night for a week before a visit "home," I always dread the inevitable
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  • I don't know why I put off playing with geometric peyote stitch for so long, if only because I knew that I would suddenly develop a need to buy at least two dozen more colors of cylinder beads to add to my stash. But a couple of weeks ago, I decided
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  • Oh, how I love stitching beads of all types together with right-angle weave ! But I'm one of those beaders who absolutely detests the way my thread shows between the beads, and I don't always enjoy trying to aim the fine point of a permanent marker
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  • Using fibers, cords, leather, and ribbon in beaded jewelry projects is one trend I'll happily embrace for so many reasons! With all the beautiful colors of leather and cord available in bead shops and craft stores, these affordable materials make
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  • From bubbles to buckles, Hercules to Camelot, this year’s Favorite Bead Stitches abounds with fresh, fun jewelry ideas that run the spectrum from casual to dressy, earthy to glitzy. Broaden your jewelry-making repertoire with this crème-de
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  • I can't be the only one out in Beadland who has been tempted by all those gorgeous resin jewelry-making projects out there, can I? One of the reasons I haven't done more with resin is because I just don't like those empty bezels staring back
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  • You still have time to whip up a pair of these sleek and sassy imitation sea glass earrings in time to show them off before the changing of the seasons! What you'll need: 6 opaque spring green 14mm imitation sea-glass button beads (mine are from ZnetShows
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  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE There used to be a time when the term “ bead crafts ” brought to mind bracelets loomed at summer camp, or brick stitch earrings with long fringe that you might buy in the parking lot of a Grateful
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  • Color is so very important to us seed beaders! From the time I first started taking beading classes and working from my first set of seed bead patterns , I've been obsessed with color. The bead shop where I started taking beading lessons didn't
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  • Jean Campbell explains which beading needles to use for which projects
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  • Do you remember where you were 6 years ago, in August of 2007? I certainly do: I was five months pregnant with my son, and I was starting to make plans for launching my own jewelry business. Also that summer, I remember the launch of a new online beading
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  • The next time you need a little inspiration for a bracelet making project, head on over to your local thrift shop, junk shop, or resale shop. Chances are, you'll find loads of inexpensive jewelry that's just waiting to be turned into something
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  • Lately, almost all of the design work I have done on new projects has happened on a deadline. It always seems like I am working against the clock, speeding through projects to meet an upcoming submissions due date, or finish a birthday gift on time, or
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  • When I started learning basic jewelry-making techniques in high school, I did it for a variety of reasons. Most of all, though, I wanted to find a way to create handmade jewelry that would stand out and be completely different from the jewelry I saw in
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  • Beaded beads are quite fascinating little objects, aren't they? I can't help but adore the Zen aspect of them -- a bead made out of more beads! -- and I'm always amazed by the innovation I see in some of the latest beaded bead designs. Since
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  • Handmade beads have a way of capturing your imagination like no other. There's just something about the way a handmade bead looks and the way it feels in your hand that connects with you on a very deep level. The very first beads were all handmade
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  • Here is by far the strongest and most professional-looking finish I've found for attaching bead caps to beaded ropes. This technique requires a little wireworking, but I promise it's easy to master. You'll need: --A beaded rope with ends large
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  • Last summer, assistant editor Chloe Chatenever wrote a blog about the neon trend and how it has made its way to jewelry. Some of you may have rolled your eyes--we have photos from the 80s to remind us that this trend was not a very good idea the first
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  • Starting my jewelry business was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, but it was well worth the effort. As a result of starting my own jewelry business back in 2005, I've made some great friends, learned a lot about myself, and, yes
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  • Earring making projects don't come easily to me. I've always been more of a bracelet or necklace kinda gal, but once in a while, I feel the need to whip up a pair of earrings to match a new sweater or just for a quick gift. In addition to making
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  • Of all the variations that can be worked with brick stitch , circular brick stitch is one of my favorites for making unique components and even beaded mandalas for things like bracelets, earrings, pendants, and even delicate beaded necklaces. Circular
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  • I'm sure you've seen any number of lookbooks online--you know, collections pulled together by individuals or shops, showcasing favorite clothing or jewelry. Pinterest serves the same function. Who among us hasn't gotten lost for hours pinning
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  • Renowned bead artist Marcia DeCoster is today's Beading Daily guest blogger "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." -- Ursula K. Le Guin When you sit down to work on a bead weaving project
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  • The 2013 edition of Beadwork Presents: Favorite Bead Stitches brings you 37 definitive beading projects from 2010, 2011, and 2012 Beadwork issues. This 144-page gem is packed with our editors’ and readers’ favorite projects, offering clear instructions and stunning photography. Projects are
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  • As I was digging through a drawer of supplies the other day, I realized that I own an awful lot of wire for someone who claims that she doesn't make a lot of wire jewelry. How did that happen? It seems that in my travels through Beadland, I've
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  • Gold is definitely the metal a la mode of 2013; while it used to lend itself only to high-end, elegant jewelry designs, gold has quickly become the metal of choice in street fashion and costume jewelry. This transition seems to have paved the way for
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  • In the August/September issue of Beadwork , freshly arrived on newsstands last week, we asked our project contributors to tell us the best beadwork advice they've been given and why. These designers replied with some truly inspiring tips that can
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  • Of all my favorite beading techniques, freeform bead stitching is one of my favorites. It's a form of meditation in motion, and a wonderful way to let yourself relax and learn how to really listen to what your beads are trying to tell you. Freeform
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  • Ever since I purchased my first cabochons from Gary Wilson at my very first Bead Fest Philadelphia back in 2003, I've been obsessed with figuring out how to bead around them so that I can use them in other beaded jewelry projects. And while I love
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  • If you had told me two years ago that I'd be so smitten with my hole punches, I would never have believed you. But it's true: after dabbling in a bit of jewelry-making with metals, I've found that I love using my hole punches for so many reasons
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  • Whether you're a novice jewelry maker or a more seasoned pro, you're surely familiar with common findings, such as crimp tubes, jump rings, and head pins. Today I'd like to discuss lesser-known findings that you might not use as frequently
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  • You may have heard me talk about my drawer full of pearls before, and yes, it's true: I'm a sucker for pearl beads. At every bead show, bead shop, or online bead seller that I visit, the first thing I do is to browse their selection of pearls
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  • Have you ever wondered what methods a professional artist uses to buy glass beads and create color palettes for new beading projects? Bead artist Jill MacKay has created jewelry for television shows like The Guiding Light and Star Trek: The Next Generation
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  • I just got an email the other day from the producers of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels letting me know that the episode I'm featured in will be aired on their website soon! Beads, Baubles, and Jewels is a public television show devoted to jewelry making
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  • Kelly Angeley and I have a lot in common: we both love beads, yoga, and the Blues. Ever since I first laid eyes on some of Kelly's magnificent bead embroidery , I've been a fan of her work. Today, I'm thrilled to have been able to get a sneak
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  • Have you tried chevron stitch yet? This beading stitch has its roots in the cultures of Africa, and it adapts beautifully to modern seed beads and other glass beads to create elegant, sophisticated beaded jewelry. Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year
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  • I never thought I'd say this, but it is nice living in the age of being able to watch what we want, when we want it. The on-demand listing of programs offered through my cable company really comes in handy when I need to distract my preschooler long
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  • Years ago when I was co-owner of a bead shop, we had a wonderful little yarn store just up the block. One summer morning, the owner of the yarn store taught me and one of my business partners how to make these amazing fiber necklaces using all of the
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  • Do you love herringbone stitch as much as I do? Really, there's so much you can do with it -- whether you want to make a beaded bezel for a crystal bead, a beautiful twisted herringbone rope, or a piece of beaded jewelry with a distinctly African
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  • When it comes to my own taste in bracelets and necklaces, I tend towards simpler pieces with clean lines. Earrings, however, are a different story. When I am getting ready for a night out on the town or accessorizing a particularly playful outfit, my
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  • There's something very Zen about making a beaded bead : would the beaded bead exist without the beads used to make it? While I try to wrap my mind around that one, we've put together some fresh beaded beads patterns for you in our free eBook,
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  • I don't know if you've had a chance to pick up the latest issue of Jewelry Stringing yet, but I promise it's packed full of great jewelry to wear with your favorite summer outfits. Although if you're like me, sometimes you shop for outfits
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  • If you've ever seen the amazing beaded necklaces of artist Betty Stephan, you'll understand that Betty is a true master of necklace making . Combining bead embroidery with bead-weaving in art and elegance, her work has won numerous Bead artist
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  • Jean Campbell is Senior Editor of Beadwork magazine. Creating your own beaded jewelry designs is one of the most challenging, but most rewarding, things you can do with your bead-weaving skills. And who better to get design advice from than the always
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  • Last month I posted about the Global Etsy Craft Party --"a one-day celebration of meeting and making." Last night I attended the big event with a few girlfriends, and we had a crafty blast! Whimseybox hosted our local craft party and their lovely
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  • Wedding season is in full swing, so this is the time of year when many of my beading friends who make custom beaded wedding jewelry find themselves knee-deep in orders for custom beaded wedding jewelry. And no wonder: having unique beaded wedding jewelry
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  • It seems that among jewelry-makers and beaders, nothing strikes fear into the heart as quickly as the suggestion of using resin for making mixed media jewelry. I'm a little perplexed by this -- I've seen people who are completely fearless when
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  • Learn the basics about the differences between galvanized vs. permanent finish seed beads
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  • While there is definitely something magical about the look of crystals, my personal style means that I prefer to have crystals play a supporting role, instead of the lead, in most of my beading projects. The good news is that even when crystals take a
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  • Father's Day is just a few short days away! Before you go out to buy your old man yet another necktie, consider giving him a piece of tasteful handmade jewelry instead. And if he balks at the idea of wearing jewelry, you might want to remind him that
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  • I blame it all on Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year Jill Wiseman. Jill is famous for getting hundreds hooked on kumihimo beading through her amazing easy-to-follow classes at big bead shows like Bead Fest Philadelphia. Above: Jill Wiseman gets me
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  • Great beading ideas abound in Beadwork’s Aug/Sept 2013 issue. Learn how to stitch herringbone beaded beads, bead a chevron collar, bezel a gemstone donut, embellish focal beads, and more. Plus, discover 4 ways to make jewelry with Superduo 2-hole beads.
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  • Laura McCabe's necklace, 2013 Saul Bell Award competition It's the time of year for you to get your bead on! There are some great bead contests going on, and I love seeing the different styles and techniques used by artists all over the world
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  • Have you ever made a breathtakingly beautiful piece of beaded jewelry from a set of instructions and been inspired to create your own beaded jewelry designs? It might seem overwhelming at first, but chances are, if you have the skills necessary to make
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  • Celebrate the summer with Jewelry Stringing ’s second annual special mixed-media issue! Experiment with exciting resin, riveting, and patina techniques in 13 step-by-step projects to expand your jewelry-making repertoire and add some great new pieces to your collection. This issue has 77 new jewelry
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  • Only one more week until submissions for our Winter issue are due and I am so anxious to see what our talented contributors have come up with! The four themed categories are Retro, Baby; Days of Kings and Queens; Sparkle, Dazzle, Shine; and Chain Meets
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  • When it comes to substituting one type of bead for another, you'll quickly find out that not all seed beads have been created equal. This is especially true with the dozens of new shapes and types of seed beads available to beaders around the world
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  • Once upon a time, in the middle of a long Adirondack winter, a lonely beader found that she needed a project to keep her occupied while she searched for a job. On a whim, she opened up her old copy of the "White Russian" beading book, and decided
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  • As the temperatures continue to rise and summer gets further underway, I have been noticing a lot of handpieces out and about as well as popping up online. This isn't a trend I have ever sported myself, let alone tried to make, but there is something
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  • Even though I'm no wire expert (at least, not yet!), just like any other craft, before you get started with wire wrapping, it's good to have a firm foundation on which you can build your wire wrapping skills. As I've worked my way through
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  • Pinks and purples are among my favorite colors, so when I heard a podcast recently about "sheer rose" being the hot color of 2013, my ears pricked up. The podcast was from Planet Money , a radio program about what's going on in the global
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  • Today we send the 2013 issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings off to our printer (2012 issue pictured at right). Yippee! We've been working on this issue for months and months. Why? Because it's chock-full of awesome, all-new projects
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  • Just in time for this blog, what should land in my mailbox but a brand-new set of ergonomic jewelry-making tools from Cousin Corporation? It got me wondering, would using ergonomic tools for my wire jewelry-making projects really make that much of a difference
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  • If you're fairly new to jewelry making, it might be difficult at first to determine what type of clasp you should use when designing your bracelet or necklace. Below are seven of the most common. (Photos courtesy of FusionBeads.com) Box clasps are
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  • Welcome to Wonderful Wire Week here on Beading Daily ! This week, I'm going to explore just a few of the ways in which wire jewelry has woven its way into my beading and jewelry-making projects, and I hope you'll enjoy the ride. Not so long ago
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  • Every year we put together a buyer's guide that is chock-full of the latest and greatest beads, findings, and tools. We have quite the collection to share with you in the Fall '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing , but that doesn't hit newsstands
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  • Andrew Thornton is a fine artist who resides in western Pennsylvania. As a well-known jewelry artist and now the owner of the fine art and craft gallery, Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, Pennsylvania , Andrew Thornton has a unique perspective to share with
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  • Needle-threading tips from the Stitch Pro
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  • The key to making successful steampunk jewelry , it seems, is all in the material that you choose. You can really use any kind of jewelry-making technique to create gorgeous steampunk jewelry, if you know what kinds of beads and components work best to
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  • More and more beaders are keeping some kind of photographic journal to document their work on seed bead patterns and beading projects. Are you one of them? I know lots of professional designers who keep a photographic journal of their seed bead patterns
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  • Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., and what better way to observe this day than by honoring some of our enlisted military personnel or veterans with a handwritten note or handcrafted item? Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude sends 100,000 care
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  • Etsy has become a wonderful way for crafters to come together digitally, and now they are using the power of their expansive online network to bring people together at their annual Craft Party. Every year, Etsy designates a specific date and theme for
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  • There are lots of reasons to learn a new craft or a new skill by watching a video. It's convenient, for one thing -- you can watch at home, anytime you want to, and you can stop and start the video wherever and whenever you feel like you need to see
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  • If I knew now what I didn't know then...that's how I feel about everything that I've learned about earring making since I started beading over thirteen years ago. While I spent my time doodling beaded necklace and bracelet designs in my notebooks
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  • Native American beadwork has a rich heritage of symbolism through the use of colors, gemstones, and animal totems to tell stories and convey meaning. If you're looking to infuse your beadwork with a few special and meaningful symbols, check out some
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  • Are you feeling a little beading challenged lately? I was certainly starting to feel sort of sluggish, like my ideas were all stuck in the same rut. Then my next challenge kit from Beadwork magazine landed on my doorstep, and I decided to look around
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  • Looking for an easy way to add a word or phrase to your next jewelry project? Recently I tried out the Micro Engraver from Bead Smith and learned a few tricks by making this easy mixed-media cuff. To make a similar cuff, you'll need the following
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  • It's that time of year again -- I can't believe that summer is back already! Pretty soon, I'll be packing my bags and hitting the road for places like Bead Fest Philadelphia, a couple of trips down to do some serious bead shopping in New York
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  • Submissions guidelines for the Winter issue of Jewelry Stringing were officially posted last week. We have already had some really stellar designs come in, and we can't wait to see the rest of the projects that our new themes inspire you to make!
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  • Why should you learn about beadmaking? Even if you only ever do bead-weaving (or think that you'll only ever do bead-weaving, and nothing else!) knowing a little bit about beadmaking can actually help when you're working on your own beaded jewelry
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  • I recently made a necklace for the Fall issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine using 24-gauge gunmetal wire. As I was sifting through my box of wires deciding which to use for this project, I realized it might be useful to discuss wires...especially the
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  • I got bit by the crafting bug early on. As a child, I watched my mother creating with crochet, knitting, and needlepoint, and some of those designs included beads. Some of those projects were among my first exposure to beading and bead crafts in general
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  • One of the many things that I love about my job is when I get to see new beading products before they're available to the general public. My friend Sunyoung Park of Ezel Findings made my day last week when she sent me their latest innovative beading
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  • It's true -- pearls never go out of style. Whether you like to do bead stringing or bead stitching, freshwater pearls are an elegant and classic addition to any beaded jewelry design. Pearls come in so many different shapes these days that it's
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  • The release of The Great Gatsby has been highly anticipated by many since last year and it finally hit the theaters this past Friday! I haven't seen it yet, but I'm anxious to take in the glamour and grandeur of it all. I've heard that the
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  • I know that many of you have been patiently waiting for the themes and guidelines for the Winter 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing to be posted. Well the wait is over! Details about issue themes, color palettes, Pinterest boards, and deadlines (submissions
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  • I love a good challenge, don't you? How about the challenge of using a cabochon, without a hole, in a piece of beaded jewelry? When I was learning how to bead, I was thrilled to find out that I didn't need to know metal smithing techniques to
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  • If you're familiar with Beadwork magazine then surely you're already aware of the versatility of peyote stitch. One of my favorite things about this stitch is that there are often several ways to achieve the same look, especially when it comes
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  • Wearing my Battle of the Beadsmith piece at last year's Bead Fest Philadelphia with friends. In the last few years, I've seen more and more emerging bead artists who are pushing the envelope with their beautifully over-the-top beaded necklaces
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  • Every so often, it's fun to follow along with someone else's tutorial and not have to invent my own. Such was the case when I received this fun tutorial from Ornamentea in my inbox last week--I knew I had to make these earrings! Not one who typically
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  • From Jennifer: Spring is in full swing here in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, and that means it's time to freshen up my jewelry-making projects with some new gemstones! Whether you love to use gemstones as beads for jewelry stringing
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  • May Day always makes me think of fresh wildflowers, sundresses, maypoles, and bare feet, so you can imagine how grumpy I was to be greeted by a fresh blanket of snow when I woke up on May 1st this year! As I was walking out to my car, bundled in layers
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  • Whenever I teach a beadweaving class, my students always want to know: what was the first beadweaving stitch you learned? (Followed closely by: which beadweaving stitch is the easiest and best stitch to learn?) It only took me a few hours to make my very
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  • I received a note from a beader on Facebook this week asking, "...what are you up to these days?" Boy...other than working a full-time job, fostering a loving relationship, preparing for yet another move (we bought a house!), dealing with an
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  • Have you ever thought about submitting your original beaded jewelry designs for publication in Beadwork magazine? There are many well-known bead artists who got their start in the beading world by doing just that . Do you want to get the inside scoop
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  • From Jennifer: Spring is in full swing right now, but summer is just around the corner, and for the June/July 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine, our editors and readers were asked to take this sand and sea-themed kit of glass beads and jewelry-making findings
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  • Yesterday we put the finishing touches on the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine and sent the files off to the printer. Yay! I think you all are going to like this issue. But don't just take it from me. Enjoy the exclusive preview below
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  • "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign?" ~Albert Einstein When I've run out of storage bags for my UFOs, it's time to start finishing my beading projects. I think Einstein was on to
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  • While warmer weather means it's time to bear your arms and break out the bracelet collection, earrings are a fun accessory during any season! In case you're in the mood to whip up a new pair or two, I've gathered a few varied designs from
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  • After my last couple of experiments with chain maille, I was feeling brave, so I decided to attempt my most difficult chain maille project yet: a Japanese chain maille ball, otherwise known as a dodecahedron. Pretty little dodecahedron balls, all in a
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  • "I think I may have startled a co-worker with my celebratory Snoopy dance!" "It is my birthday this week, and you just gave me the best present I could ask for!" "You have just made my week, how exciting!" "This is very
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  • I happened upon these printed gemstone silk scarves and had to share them! Owned and operated by author, artist, and photographer Jen Altman , Cisthene is an online store that "honors the art of ancient crafts with modern sensibilities" in their
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  • What I'm about to tell you is something that I've never before declared publicly. You may be shocked. You may be appalled. You may even urge me to seek counseling. But it needs to be said, so here it goes: I designed this necklace using just vintage
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  • I've always had a soft spot for vintage beads, and if you look through my collection, you'll find all sorts of old glass and Lucite goodies tucked away in bags and boxes. Suzanne Branca over at A Grain of Sand contacted me recently to let me know
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  • With more options than ever for adding metals in your jewelry-making projects, this is a great time to be a jewelry artist! A couple of years ago, I started experimenting with adding colors to metals when I did some experiments with brass metal beads
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  • As a jewelry artist, do you incorporate ceramic or porcelain beads or pendants into your jewelry designs? How about raku? Awhile back I purchased a beautiful raku pendant at a bead show and, seeing how much it differed from traditional ceramic pieces
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  • We all know that beading is great for relieving stress, but I got to thinking the other day about how beading can "cure" so many other unpleasant things. Now, I'm no medical expert, but I've noticed that my seed bead patterns can cure
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  • One of the themed sections in our Fall '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine is going to be Collar and Bib Necklaces: This structure-driven design trend has been one of the smash hits of jewelry fashion as of late, and I am itching to try my hand
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  • Last week, Beading Daily hit a great milestone -- there are now 20,000 of you who follow us on Facebook ! Isn't that amazing? 20,000 of us who are all connected through our love of beading, beadwork, and jewelry-making! To celebrate, we're giving
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  • From Jennifer: Bead crochet was, without a doubt, one of the most difficult beading techniques that I ever learned. But once I mastered it, bead crochet quickly became a source of inspiration and a great way to give my beady brain a well-deserved break
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  • Find 20 exciting beaded jewelry designs in the June/July 2013 issue of Beadwork. You’ll learn how to make a beautiful soutache necklace and fun beaded tubes for a licorice-leather bracelet. Plus, get 2 ideas for making beaded bracelets with peanut beads.
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  • I've been beading for almost ten years now--ever since I joined the staff of Jewelry Stringing . And over those ten years, I've made lots of beading mistakes. Thing is, those mistakes turn into lessons. Hard-earned lessions sometimes, yes, but
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  • In today's blog I share one of my favorite sidebars from my book Mastering Peyote Stitch, plus a few extra tips and techniques that aren't included in the book. Follow these simple stitching tips and care guidelines to keep the jewelry you devoted
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  • It's not often that I get a long stretch of hours to sit and bead lately, but when I do, I take full advantage of it. Most of the time, I only get a few minutes here and there to sit down and bead, so when an opportunity for a marathon beading session
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  • I'm pretty sure I've been in love with these sandals since last summer. I honestly don't recall when or where I came across this photo, but I've had it saved on my computer ever since. Made by Etsy artist, Gabriela Pomplova , the beaded
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  • Gone are the days when the only shapes of beads we had to choose from were cylinder or round. In the last two years, designers of glass beads have created innovative and exciting shapes of glass beads that have unlimited potential in your own beaded jewelry
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  • I always feel a tad guilty when I make jewelry from a kit. After making jewelry for so many years and seeing firsthand how much work goes into the planning and design stages of each piece, I feel like I am cheating when I use a kit to skip over those
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  • Of all the jewelry-making supplies out there, my favorite (next to seed beads, of course) has to be wire. I wasn't always a fan of wire wrapping techniques, but once I saw just how versatile it is, I started reading up on my wire wrapping tutorials
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  • What reading materials--besides Jewelry Stringing magazine--do you have on your bedside table? Did you know that there are a number of novels out there about beading? It's true. I was browsing Amazon today, and discovered some great-sounding books
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  • Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most powerful. Wire jewelry made with clean lines and bold colors can make just as big a statement as a piece of wire jewelry made with intricate bends and wraps. In fact, it can actually be more difficult to create
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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we like to keep our eyes and ears open to what's hot in the jewelry and fashion industries as a whole, not just what pertains to the type of jewelry we feature in our magazine. I first heard the term "soutache"
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  • Have you tried working with herringbone stitch yet? Whether you're a baby beader just getting started, or you feel comfortable with your bead-weaving skills, herringbone stitch is a great beading stitch to know. When worked with all the great two
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  • I have been EAGERLY awaiting the latest film interpretation of The Great Gatsby (originally slated for a December 2012 premier date), and now we are just a few short weeks away from its May 10th release! With its flapper fashions and extravagant parties
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  • Many of us love to do bead-weaving, and peyote stitch in particular, because of its meditative nature. The gentle rhythms of peyote stitch, along with the little mantras, or sayings, that we repeat to ourselves as we stitch are so soothing and calming
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  • Kelli Burns' Tuscan Tiles bracelet is a beautiful, stylish way to use copper bugle beads. When I first started learning how to bead, I only thought of using bugle beads as fringe for the dozens of peyote stitch amulet bags that I made. Later, I started
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  • I recently rekindled my love of the glass druk when I started designing my Hoarder of Beauty necklace using a handful of Czech glass gumdrop beads. As I was designing the individual components that went into the finished design, someone suggested that
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  • When it comes to favoring a particular type of bracelet design, honestly, I'm all over the board. It just depends on my mood and my outfit. Is your style casual and easy-going? Or do you love the sophistication of more classic pieces? Perhaps bold
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  • Spring has barely spring, but for the past few months we have been calling in submissions for our Fall '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing . Yesterday we finally got to lay them all out and get a look at them. Meetings like this one are definitely one
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  • From Jennifer: Even if you don't recognize her face, you'll surely recognize her gorgeous peyote stitch and crystal bracelets on the cover of this month's Beadwork magazine -- today's guest blogger is Jayashree Paramesh! Jayashree's
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  • A small, flat peyote strip doesn't have to be uninteresting -- there are so many different ways that a strip of peyote stitch can be used! Try this free beading project for an easy peyote stitch bail for use with a crystal pendant or a gemstone donut
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  • I loved Jean Campbell's post last week on the difference between Superduo and Twin beads so much that I thought I'd follow up this week with a few more of the new shaped beads. If you missed Jean's in-depth look at two-hole seed beads, see
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  • Are you a member of the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club from A Grain of Sand ? If not, April might be your lucky month -- A Grain of Sand is having a Design Challenge using a special vintage jewelry-making component included in the April club boxes. The staff
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  • Jean Campbell has long been someone that I look to for information and advice about everything related to beaded jewelry design. Along with her sense of humor and her twenty-plus years of beading experience, she's an absolute treasure trove of tips
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  • The official first day of spring arrived last week, but you sure can't tell it where I live! Just this past weekend, we were hit with one of the more significant snowstorms of the season! But that hasn't put a damper on my desire to create a few
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  • Although lately I've been incorporating more and more glass beads into my bead-weaving projects, when I first started learning how to bead, I used lots and lots of gemstone beads in my designs. There's something about the look of gemstones in
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  • Winter isn't always the most creative time for me--it can be tough to feel motivated when I know that any new jewelry I make will just be covered up with scarves and coat sleeves. But now that spring has officially sprung, I am getting really excited
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  • Oh, yes, even though I always seem to have a hard time coming up with designs for beaded earrings, I love to stitch up earring making projects from other talented beading designers! I really can't get enough of them -- earring making projects are
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  • I had a bead shop owner friend call me a few weeks ago, asking about the differences between Twins and Super Duos, two brand names for the two-hole oval seed beads that are all the craze among beaders right now. She said she'd called around to vendors
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  • Enter the Bead Star contest by March 28th and take advantage of reduced entry fees! (The final deadline is May 24th.) All early bird entries (submitted on or before March 28, 2013) are $15 for the first entry and $5 for each additional entry. All regular
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  • Cynthia Newcomer Daniels Mikki Ferrugiaro Beadwork by Nancy Dale The internet is an amazing thing for beaders like us. If we're looking for a new beading project or pattern to stitch up, all we have to do is search through places like Etsy or Artfire
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  • Swedish bead artist Anna Lindell From Jennifer: One of the awesome things about learning how to bead is being able to connect with other beaders around the world. When I was a competitor in last summer's Battle Of the Beadsmith, I "met"
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  • Have you seen the Spring issue of Jewelry Stringing yet? One of my favorite sections to help curate this time was the Coachella Chic collection, which features a host of stylish indie looks. Very recently, I came across three clever DIY earring and bracelet
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  • St. Patrick's Day is just a few days away! What better way to accessorize your St. Paddy's ensemble than with a piece of handmade green jewelry? If you don't have time to create a design if your own, browse through our collection of eProjects
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  • There's no doubt about it: crystal beads can turn an ordinary beading project into something truly extraordinary. Maybe it's the sparkle, maybe it's the color of the crystal beads, or maybe it's the feeling of pure luxury that you get
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  • Desert Thistle Earrings by Kristen Winter Feb/March 2013 Beadwork We're so excited to announce that we're now accepting submissions for our first-ever Quick & Easy Beadwork, a special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine! Many of today's
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  • So, there I was, in December of 2001: fresh out of college, armed with a degree in environmental science, and ready to save the world. But things don't always work out the way we plan. After a few years working in non-profit community development
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  • One of my favorite sources of inspiration for making beaded jewelry is antique and vintage jewelry. So when my good friend gifted me with a huge box of very special antique beaded jewelry, I decided to repurpose some of the jewelry for new jewelry-making
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  • Have you ever been stumped when trying to figure out which kind of glue to use in your jewelry projects? Here, I've shared a few tips from jewelry designer, Molly Schaller, which originally appeared in the 2011 edition of Handcrafted Jewelry magazine
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  • A few weeks ago we took a look at Pantone's Color of the Year . Now let's dive into their full Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report ! As usual, the new color report has me itching to try out some new color palettes! "With the changing season, the
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  • Bead artist, blogger, and really good cook Cyndi Lavin There are many reasons why I love bead embroidery , but the Zen-like qualities of the process are probably why I return to it over and over again. On the surface, bead embroidery really is very simple
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  • After you read our blog, do you skip on over to the Inside Jewelry Stringing blog ? If you're not already doing so, I highly recommend you check out what our sister magazine is up to. The Jewelry Stringing editors blog three days a week, so you're
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  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something...beaded? Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, and with it, wedding season! And, sure, you know that beaded wedding jewelry is a great way to add another personal touch to
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  • Are you a little intimidated by the idea of making chain maille jewelry ? Jewelry Making Daily 's Tammy Jones felt the same way, so you're not alone! But if you're comfortable with basic wire jewelry making, you'll want to check out this
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  • Inspiring beading projects abound in the April/May 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine. Discover 4 ways to create fabulous jewelry using 2-hole beads. Get tips for improving your spiral herringbone stitch. Nineteen original designs await your needle and thread!
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  • For me (and most of the world) the Oscars are just as much about the haute couture that comes down that red carpet every year as they are about the awards. The 85th Academy Awards aired last weekend, and the stylists to the stars did not disappoint! I'm
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  • Earlier this week, I showed you how to stitch up some easy herringbone bezels for beads , and then how to make a right-angle weave necklace base , all part of my Beaded Jewelry Design week here on Beading Daily . Today, we're going to look at techniques
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  • After a long, cold winter, I always look forward to wearing my bright, colorful spring skirts, and this spring, I think I may have made the perfect beaded necklace to go with them, thanks to this month's Beadwork magazine challenge kit ! I really
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  • I often feel like the Jason of beadweaving in search of the perfect (golden fleece) clasp. Does it exist? Oh, there are lots of pretty toggle, box, and slide clasps, but I just haven't found one that brings the ends of a beaded piece of jewelry together
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  • Just another reminder: the Bead Star contest is back and better than ever! But don't wait to prepare your entry-- THE DEADLINE IS MAY 24! Read more about the contest below, including how you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia
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  • Continuing with your beaded jewelry design project, now that you've made herringbone stitch bezels for the beads, we're going to make the base to which they'll all be attached using right-angle weave. The base I like to use when making these
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  • Warning: Long Story Alert. Last winter, my husband and I took a parenting class with our son's preschool teacher. One evening during class, I started noticing the patterns on the beautiful purple shirt worn by the teacher, and of course, my beady
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  • I find myself grabbing for a favorite pair of silver earrings from time to time, only to put them down again, regretting that I haven't taken the time to clean them. So I figured it's high time for me to dig out these tips on caring for silver
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  • We have been getting some great submissions for the Fall 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. This is shaping up to be a really exciting issue--and (for one more week) you can still be a part of it! Start by reading through our latest set of Contributor
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  • In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I'm addicted to cabochons . If you take a look through my bead stash, you'll find drawers and drawers full of them -- gemstone cabochons, handmade ceramic and porcelain cabochons, even vintage Lucite
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  • My two favorite fashion trends right now (it changes often) are the raw gemstone and druzy components showing up in jewelry! Last weekend I decided to bezel an agate druzy bead with gold to create a new pendant for myself--and I've received a shower
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  • A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of receiving an advance copy of Lark Books ' next release, Suzanne Golden Presents: Interviews with 36 Artists Who Innovate with Beads . It was definitely one of those drop-everything-and-grab-a-cup-of-cocoa moments
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  • Bead Fest Santa Fe is just around the corner (March 14-17)! I always look forward to this annual bead show in beautiful New Mexico. Anyone who has ever been there can tell you why, but here are my favorite things about this sassy southwest show: 1. The
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  • Have you ever thought about entering a jewelry-making competition? Whether your new to jewelry-making, or you've been creating your own beaded jewelry designs for several years, taking that leap and entering your work in a competition can be a fulfilling
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  • As a kid, I spent a lot of time playing in my mother's and grandmother's jewelry boxes. When it was time to play dress-up at my grandmother's house, I always gravitated towards a triple-strand vintage pearl necklace that I eventually wore
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  • When it comes to customizing metal components in my jewelry, I've dabbled in stamping, riveting, embossing, and coloring with alcohol inks, but I have always been intrigued by dapping. As you may know, dapping is defined as the method used to give
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  • My love of jewelry began as an obsession with earrings. Growing up, I would play with the boxes of costume earrings that my grandmother had passed down to me (oh, how I WISH I still had some of those!). Since she collected most of them during the 50's
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  • Design by Tracy Gonzales (for TierraCast) Everywhere you look, leather jewelry is a hot trend. At Bead Fest Philadelphia last summer, I saw lots of leather jewelry-making supplies, from the wonderful "licorice" leather for making fun beaded
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  • Sabine Lippert, one of Beadwork Magazine's Designers of the Year for 2013 has started distributing her newly-designed Rizo beads here in the United States. So far, the response has been fantastic! What is a Rizo? Sabine designed the Rizo bead to fill
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  • Does this blog's title make you think, "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice"? Wondering what this has to do with beads? Well, for starters, Beadwork Senior Editor Jean Campbell and Editorial Director Danielle Fox brought me a few Beadlepoint
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  • Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and keeping with the theme of love and hearts and all things sparkly, A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club had some beautiful vintage jewelry-making supplies in it this month! Take a look at my favorite pics
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  • Have you had a chance to check out the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine? It's our special COLOR issue--our issue devoted to Roy G. Biv (you know: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). For this issue, I wrote a feature
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  • As I go further into my daily practice of yoga and meditation, I'm learning more about the ancient beliefs surrounding the physical and spiritual aspects of the poses. I'm particularly interested in the chakras, or energy centers, that are believed
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  • Mirrix Looms is having a great contest, perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to try bead-weaving on a loom or tapestry weaving. My Mirrix Loom is one of my favorite beading tools. Mirrix Looms are sturdy, well-made, and extremely versatile. Whether
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  • It's true: if you've never used any kind of a torch, the idea of holding something in your hand that's capable of spitting out more flame than a barbecue lighter can be a little intimidating. For years, I used a single fuel torch for making
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  • With Valentine's Day just around the corner, here's an idea for some little beauties you can whip up for yourself or for someone you love. 2 jet 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones (mine are from FusionBeads.com ) 2 ruby 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones
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  • I've just unpacked my bags after spending several days at the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows, shopping, trend-trolling, visiting friends and associates, and soaking in a little sun. Whew! What a great trip. Since I hadn't been to the shows in a
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  • Mardi Gras (aka "Fat Tuesday") is a few days away! While I love the idea of a festival that everyone celebrates with beads, I have often wished that traditional Mardi Gras beads didn't have to look so...cheap. As it turns out, a few DIY
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  • Aside from having really cool and gently used clothing, my local thrift shop is a great place to find craft supplies for my beading projects! I love to dig through the bins of sewing notions and craft supplies, looking for unusual items that I can use
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  • The Spring issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine is blooming with color! In a special feature, the editors of Jewelry Stringing have collected their favorite online resources for color inspiration; with a little help from these handy websites you'll be designing eye-catching jewelry in knockout palettes
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  • Once upon a time, I found myself finishing up a bead embroidered necklace, and as usual, I didn't have a clue as to how I would add fringe to it. After I finished the brick stitch edging, I must have tried six or seven different patterns for fringe
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  • I can't imagine a better way to learn about making wire jewelry than with a few fast and fabulous earring making projects. The best part about making earrings with wire is that you don't need a lot of beads, and you don't need to be a wire
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  • While driving to work the other day, I heard the DJ on the radio point out what's hot in skiwear this winter. I found it interesting that the styles he mentioned align with a number of the trends we've been seeing in jewelry. Terms like color
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  • Another Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! Last year, we had a lot of fun teaching some of our co-workers how to make this Valentine's Day heart charm bracelet (we still see them worn proudly around the office from time to time!). I was sorry
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  • A few years ago, I landed a teaching gig at a large gem and mineral show in western New York. As I walked the floor after my classes, I marveled at how many different gemstone beads were available. It seemed like there were gemstones for every color,
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  • Get ready to design! We just posted the Fall 2013 Jewelry Stringing submissions guidelines and encourage you to take a look. This time, we're seeking designs to fill our four thematic jewelry sections: Raw Beauty, Not Your Grandmother's Pearls
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  • My new stash of two-hole Twin beads has me pretty smitten with their shape and all their design possibilities! In just a few days, bead lovers from all over the world will be descending on the city of Tucson, Arizona for some of the world's best gem
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  • Yes! You have less than 24 hours left to save big on some of my favorite beading resources during the Resolve to Save Sale in the Beading Daily Shop! Why take advantage of this great sale? For starters, you can round out your collection of beading books
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  • A couple of weeks ago, my family piled into the van and we made a road trip down to the Old Forge Hardware Store in Old Forge, N.Y. Now, if you're not familiar with this hardware store, it's more like a department store -- there are three floors
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  • On New Year's Day I spent hours purging - -closets, cabinets, shelves. I still need to do more, and my studio, especially, is in desperate need of sorting and organizing. The Winter 2012 issue of our sister publication, Studios magazine, caught my
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  • There are great free beading projects to be found online, if you know where to look. In addition to the hundreds of great free beading projects you can find here on Beading Daily , we have a new sister site, Stitch Craft Create , where you can find hundreds
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  • Today is the last day that you will be able to share your opinions with us by taking the Jewelry Stringing survey! Simply click on the image or link below, select an answer to each of our 15 questions, and click "Done". http://bit.ly/StringingSurvey
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  • This weekend, January 25-27, 2013, are the signups for Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party ! If you're a bead blogger and have never participated in one of Lori's Bead Soup Blog Parties, this is the time to sign up: there will only be
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  • Some of you might remember Cynthia Newcomer Daniel from last summer when I showed off her amazing beaded necklace entry in the Battle of the Beadsmith. I admire the way Cynthia makes those little seed beads of hers do the most amazing things like mimicking
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  • Though not technically a "beading tool," my photocopier has quickly become my new best friend. Who would have ever thought that this dusty old thing would be able to save me hours of design time and up to weeks of beading? When working up the
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  • Every year, a few of us on the Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork staff get to go to the bead and gem shows in Tucson, Arizona. Our mission: 1.) To discover new beads and findings to share with our readers and 2.) To meet and talk face-to-face with some of
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  • This year, I'm working on some necklace making makeovers using a stash of vintage and antique jewelry that was given to me by a very dear friend from Los Angeles. Many of my original beaded jewelry designs are inspired by vintage and antique jewelry
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  • Are you ready to put your wire wrapping skills to the test? This fantastic Gypsy Wire Bangle by Janice Berkebile is just the thing for you! It takes a little bit of practice to get your wire coils perfectly even, but it's worth it if the result is
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  • This morning I've been watching coverage of the pageantry of the Presidential Inauguration. The commentators pointed out that Michelle Obama has been the most closely followed first lady since Jackie Kennedy. Speculation persists on what her gown
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  • We always have a lot of fun putting together each issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine--we want to make sure you are having just as much fun reading it! So we've written up a few questions that we hope you will take the time to answer. It's easy
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  • My least favorite part of bead crochet has always been stringing all those seed beads on the thread before I start to crochet. There's just no getting around it -- no matter what I try, it always feels like a chore to me. Thankfully, bead crochet
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  • My son has tried to get me hooked on the show Breaking Bad ever since it appeared on Netflix. I'm always happy to have a new show to bead by, and since I beaded through a couple seasons of Weeds , he probably thought I'd like it. But after I watched
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  • Maybe one of your New Year's resolutions was to start selling your handmade beaded jewelry, or to increase sales of your handmade jewelry online. Are you thinking about entering juried shows and competitions with your jewelry in 2013? Then you're
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  • The Bead Star contest is back and better than ever! Read more about the contest below, including how you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia in August. Find more details at BeadStar.com , then enter to win . Complete rules can
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  • Just as I'm thinking about what I want to do with my beading projects and jewelry-making in 2013, what arrives in my mailbox? The January shipment of A Grain of Sand 's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club ! I can never tell what's going to be in each
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  • There's nothing like 650 grams of free Twin beads to get your creativity going, right? Well, last week, I was notified that I was one of four winners of the Preciosa Ornela Beads for Blog Post promotion, and they sent me a box containing 1,000 grams
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  • In yesterday's Beading Daily , we learned about some basic tools for metal jewelry making from metal jewelry artist and instructor Gwen Fuller Youngblood. Today, we'll see how to use those tools to make a pair of lovely mixed metal earrings! Materials
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  • Metal jewelry artist and instructor Gwen Fuller Youngblood Just like bead-weaving led me to learn how to make my own lampwork glass beads twelve years ago, my jewelry making adventures lately have made me interested in learning how to create my own metal
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  • Even if you've never stamped on metal before, you can make these shimmery earrings in just a few easy steps. Here's what you'll need: Circle pendants or blanks (I used 20.5mm antique silver-plated blanks from FusionBeads.com ) Star or snowflake
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  • Pantone (the voice of authority when it comes to all things color) has announced its 2013 Color of the Year : This rich tone conveys a sense of renewal, regrowth, and regeneration, and is intriguing in its complexity: It is simultaneously lively and sophisticated
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  • We beaders have very distinct patterns of behavior, wouldn't you agree? Sometimes, I catch myself doing something, and I think, gee, only a real beader would do something as crazy as this. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Five Warning Signs
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  • Sometimes I like to wear small simple jewelry that barely kisses my wrists, neck, and ears. But when I want to get glammed up, I turn to bold statement baubles and jewels. Jewelry is the best way to turn that drab dress into a head-turner; and when I
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  • One of the best classes I took last summer at Bead Fest Philadelphia was Easy Kumihimo with Beads, taught by Jill Wiseman. Easy, fun, and wildly addicting, I returned home with a whole bag of kumihimo supplies and project ideas, and I haven't stopped
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  • When I take a beading class, I pay attention to more than just the technique that the teacher is showing me. I always sneak a look to see what kinds of beading tools that teacher has. Because, after all, if you want to bead like a pro, there's more
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  • Well, here we are a full week into the new year. Have you found yourself sticking to any of your new year's resolutions? We recently asked our fans on Facebook to share what their crafty resolutions are for 2013 and here's what they had to say
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  • One of the jewelry trends that has been popping up on my radar lately is the use of raw gemstones in jewelry. Instead of the polished, symmetrical bead shapes that we are used to, jewelry designers are embracing the beauty of the natural world by incorporating
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  • If you're looking to branch out into mixed media jewelry in 2013, bead embroidery is one of the easiest ways to get there! Because bead embroidery is such a versatile and fluid beading technique, it's perfect for anyone who wants to experiment
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  • A few years back I treated myself to a "beadcation." If you haven't done this for yourself yet, I highly recommend it! For my beadcation, I choose a trip to breathtaking San Luis Obispo, California to attend classes at Beads on the Vine
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  • It all happens to us from time to time. Even the best beaders find themselves stuck in a "beading rut". No matter what you do, no matter what you try, you just feel like there's nothing new and exciting to be done with your seed beads, right
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  • The February/March 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine is full of beaded jewelry ideas (24 of them!) and revelations. Inside, you'll discover the awe-inspiring winning entries from our Beaded Bead Contest, plus we announce our new line up of Designers of the Year.
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  • It's a brand-new year, and that means it's time for a brand-new challenge in the February/March issue of Beadwork magazine! This time around, editor Melinda Barta took this fun kit of beads from The Creative Fringe and got her punk on with this
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  • Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is the author of I Can Herringbone Herringbone stitch is one of those bead-weaving stitches that can be made to look completely different in the hands of two different bead artists. It's probably one of the reasons I keep
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  • Who would have thought that you can do so many things with just a spool of wire and a couple of pairs of jewelry-making pliers? Wire jewelry is one of those jewelry-making techniques that you can use to create just about anything, from necklaces and pendants
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  • When you think about selling your handmade jewelry online, the first online marketplace that probably comes to mind is Etsy. But there are lots of great alternatives to Etsy for expanding your jewelry business into the realm of online sales. Goodsmiths
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  • My first attempts at beaded beads weren't exactly pretty. I took some beautifully finished wood beads and proceeded to cover them with some of the ugliest peyote stitch I had ever done! But after making a few of those monstrosities, I started to think
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  • Yep. I love vintage jewelry. As a kid, my parents would take me and my sister antique hunting on weekends. We'd drive all over western New Jersey in search of antique radios, clocks, watches, and even antique needlework like crochet and knitting.
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  • Tila bracelet by Eva Willis inspired by the beading project by Susan Charrette-Hood, from the Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013 W.O.R.D. section of Beadwork magazine Would you like to see your beaded jewelry appear in the pages of Beadwork magazine? If you've been
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  • Mixed media jewelry making just got a lot more fun for me. Enter my newest jewelry making toy, er, tool: the Vintaj Big Kick embossing machine. A few months ago, my friend Amy Blevins at Bead & Glass Boutique in Pittman, New Jersey announced that
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  • Well, it's our last post before the holidays. The Jewelry Stringing team will be taking next week off in order to celebrate the season with our families and loved ones. For me, this means driving to my parents' home in Wisconsin with my husband
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  • Suzanne Branca is the owner of A Grain of Sand Of all the crystal beads out there in the wide, wide world, I think I love vintage crystal the best. Maybe it's the history behind it -- I'm such a history geek -- or maybe it's the sense that
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  • With this year coming to a close, it's been fun to look back at some of the free projects we've offered on the Beading Daily and Jewelry Stringing blogs. Here's a list of my top 5 favorites: 1. Editorial Director Danielle Fox's stylish
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  • You only have a few more days to submit your jewelry designs for consideration in 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings ! We already have some really inspiring designs coming in, but with 101 brand-new projects to select, we are eager to see any and
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  • Sometimes, when I can't sleep at night, I try to relax by dreaming up new beaded jewelry design ideas. (I'm not the only one who does that, right?) A couple of weeks ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, I thought about what I was going to do with
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  • Edgy Kumihimo Bracelet by Sue Charette-Hood ( Beadwork , October/November 2012) It's almost that time of year again: time to pull out the old tennis shoes and hit the gym, get rid of all the junk food from the past couple of weeks, and vow to cut
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  • Working on the cutting edge of beaded art, bead artist Darcy Horn is now trying to raise funds for her latest large-scale project, The Beaded Body. During a visit to Albuquerque in 1998, she started learning off-loom bead-weaving, and she says she hasn't
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  • Today is dozen-dozen-dozen day, and to celebrate Interweave is offering great savings on tons of products. I invite you to check out the Interweave Store to find beading books, ebooks, patterns, DVDs, and more at 30% to 70% off. Buy these bargains for
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  • I've really been getting into beading with my glass spike beads from York Beads lately. Now that they come in three sizes, there's a whole new range of options out there for anyone who wants to make their bead-weaving a little more fierce! A few
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  • Today is 12.12.12! We're almost halfway through December, and there are less than three weeks left in 2012. I always get a little nostalgic in December, and I usually take some time to meditate and reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened
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  • Some of you might have noticed that we have a new place to find free beading patterns here on Beading Daily! Our new Member Free Beading Project gallery is open, and anyone who offers free beading patterns of their own design on their blog or website
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  • There's a saying in Zen teachings: "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. But in the expert's mind, there are few." One of the biggest challenges for me as a bead artist, I find, is that I sometimes feel like everything
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  • If you don't have time to give handmade gifts to everyone on your list this year, why not give something that will help those in need? Consider shopping at one of these sites instead of the big box stores and you'll be making a difference in someone's
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  • When it comes to making a character really pop on the silver screen, having the right costume jewelry can be just as important as the clothes that the actor is wearing. There are far too many examples of stunning movie jewelry to discuss in one post,
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  • Lately I've been playing around with combining wire and seed beads in my jewelry designs and found this quick, affordable, and nontoxic way to color sterling silver wire and findings. I used to mix up batches of liver of sulfur to oxidize, but that's
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  • We spend a lot of time decorating our house for the holidays: lights go up around the front door and all around the big back porch, and we collect evergreen boughs from the woods that are tied together with big, red ribbons. I tend to get a little carried
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  • With 28 necklaces, 22 bracelets, and 30 earrings, the Winter '13 issue is packed full of brand new jewelry designs. For the first time, we have the pleasure of announcing the winners of our annual Bead Star competition in Jewelry Stringing magazine. In this edition, you will get step-by-step instructions
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  • Like many of you, my daughter has a December birthday. I'd like to create a special piece of jewelry incorporating her birthstone so I've gathered a few tips from some very helpful web sites with information on birthstones and gemstones. This
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  • It's funny how learning one jewelry making skill can lead to so many others. When I first got serious about learning how to bead, I was mostly doing stringing and making earrings using head pins and eye pins. Then after my mother gave me a beautiful
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  • Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson-Smith It's December 1, and that means it's time to start thinking about all those glittery crystal bead jewelry pieces that we're going to wear for the holidays! True, I don't usually wear a lot of beaded
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  • The Winter '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing hits newsstands in a few days--just in time for the holidays! Giving DIY kits seems to be the trend of this holiday season, so I have decided to choose a design from our upcoming issue and compile my own jewelry
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  • Earlier this year, I started playing with two-part epoxy clay and made some fabulous rings and pendants set with tiny crystal stones. In June, I took at class at York Beads with my bead buddy Betcey Ventrella from Beyond Beadery and got some more inspiration
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  • Seasoned beaders consider their thread like Yo-Yo Ma might his bow, Serena Williams' her racket, or heck, a 14-year-old girl considers her texting keyboard. (You probably know that I'm referring to my own daughter, who is a texting pro...she clocked
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  • This week is an exciting one in the Jewelry Stringing office. We're putting the final touches on our iPad version of the Winter 2013 issue--the first to be available the iPad. It will be available in the Apple Newsstand December 7. We already have
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  • Lexi Erickson is a contributing author to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. From Jennifer: I love buying gemstones, particularly gemstone cabochons. When I look at a beautiful gemstone cabochon setting , I feel as though the wonderful natural colors and
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  • Brick stitch , as I've said before, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first bead-weaving stitch that I felt I had truly mastered, and for a very long time, I used it for all of my beaded amulet bags and most of my beaded jewelry
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  • Soon enough the holiday parties will be in full swing. For inspiration, I've paired a collection of party dresses with select projects from the winter issue of Jewelry Stringing , which is due to hit newsstands on December 11th. You still have time
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  • Have you checked out the Bargains and Blowouts Sale in the Beading Daily Shop ? If not, there's no better time than now! In fact, throughout the weekend you can save an additional 15% off already marked down flow prices when you use coupon code EXTRA15
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  • The holidays are a busy time for everyone, which is why we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that submissions deadlines for 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings and the Summer '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine are right around
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  • Being a history geek, I love to know the whole story behind how things came to be, including many of my favorite bead-weaving stitches. Many of these stitches developed independently all over the world throughout the history of the human race, but chances
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  • There are a lot of things I'm looking forward to in the New Year, but at the top of my list is the return of Downton Abbey (here in the U.S. it's on PBS). I'd almost be willing to bypass the rest of the holidays altogether for the first day
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  • If I had to choose one thing that I love about creating my own beaded jewelry designs, it would be the unlimited possibilities that are presented to me every time I sit down with my sketchbook and my beads. Really, I can't think of another jewelry
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  • If you love beading for the holidays, you'll love this month's finds in the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club from A Grain of Sand ! So many beautiful beads to play with, I hardly know where to start! Everything seemed to glimmer or sparkle or shine
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  • Lori Anderson, the creator of the original Bead Soup Blog Party, is hosting a blog hop in January 2013 called the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop. Meant to honor someone we cherish -- a mother, a sister, a brother, a friend -- this blog hop is all about
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  • I have been enamored with this lemon topaz ring with its ornate etched motif ever since my Summer catalog arrived from Sundance months ago. Over the weekend, I crafted a simple pendant using the embossed metal technique shown in one of my past blogs here
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  • I was expecting to see great things in the Beadwork magazine 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead contest, but, wow, the creativity of the entries really blew me away! I've always been fascinated with beaded beads, and I was really eager to see how folks
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  • Have you heard of wine of the month clubs? Frankly, I never saw the appeal; but in the last year a handful of companies have launched a new take on monthly subscription boxes that I can get on board with. Companies like For The Makers , Whimseybox , and
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  • Who among us can resist the lure of beautiful handmade pearl jewelry ? The legacy of pearls throughout history is as fascinating as it is mysterious: pearls were once a luxury enjoyed only by kings and queens, retrieved from the depths of the oceans and
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  • Back in March, I made my first-ever chain maille jewelry project from a free set of project instructions here on Beading Daily . I was a little nervous when I set out to try it, since wire work has never been my strength in jewelry-making, and I was more
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  • Have you ever been in a class, reading a pattern, or beading with friends and stopped to wonder the difference between "pass through" and "pass BACK through"? Do you often hear references to "tension" and wonder if this refers
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  • I find myself often using slide knots--those knots you can form on leather that slide up and down on the leather, allowing you to shorten or lengthen your piece as desired. It's an easy knot to form and works especially well with simple necklaces
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  • Holidays are always made better with the addition of one of my favorite things -- beads! What better way to celebrate the winter holidays than sharing the love with a few beautiful and joyful bead crafts ? Every year, holiday time gives me a reason to
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  • It's that time again! Time to look at what one of our wonderful editors over at Beadwork magazine has done with the Bead Challenge , come up with a name for that piece, and enter for a chance to win one of the bead kits used to make it! This time
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  • I've been saving back several hanks of coral-colored Czech seed beads in various sizes for a rainy day. Today it didn't rain, but it was a quiet day at the office and I decided to give the bead spinner a go and put together this chunky necklace
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  • Beautiful, easy Snow Tunes resin earrings by Danielle Fox. A few twists of wire and crystals are all you need to create these Sparkling Snowflakes earrings by Chloe Chatenever! It's that time of year again, where I start to think about making jewelry
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  • Inspired by the fringe trend that has found traction in the fashion world lately, I made this pair of super simple, super stylish fringe earrings. I was so pleased with how they turned out that I decided to share them with you! I chose gray beading thread
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  • Looking at a few of my favorite bead weaving stitches, the first thing that I notice is that the beads are lined up in pretty much the same way: rows stacked on top of each other, nice and neat, with a few variations in the alignment of the seed beads
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  • As you've read in a previous post by Mallory Leonard, Sig Wynne Evans has developed a wonderful round robin of healing with her Traveling Bracelets Project. Mallory's blog inspired Sig to design another bracelet that would begin with an Interweaver
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  • A little bit ago, I posted a blog about how much fun the Jewelry Stringing staff had while working on a collection of holiday-jewelry projects. I'm proud to announce that the Create Christmas Jewelry: 12 Holiday Designs eBook is now available here
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  • Why do we love seed bead patterns so much? I recently posted something on the Beading Daily Facebook page about NaSeBeMo (National Seed Beading Month) , and I was thrilled to see that there are as many people out there who are obsessed with working with
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  • I've been so excited about the themes for the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing , one of which is "Modern Cowgirl," that when I came across a sheet of western-themed clip art in our stash, I just had to whip up a fun cowgirl necklace
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  • Little did I know when I first sat down to learn how to bead how many skills I would learn in the coming years! It makes you realize that there's a lot more to making beautiful beaded jewelry than just sitting down and stringing some beads on wire
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  • The lull between Halloween and Thanksgiving is a great time to think about handcrafted gifts that you might want to make in preparation for the holidays this year. Growing up, we would dip candles every year to give as seasonal gifts to our friends and
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  • No matter how much time and care you put into your bracelet making projects, choosing the right clasp can make all the difference in the world. Choosing a clasp that's easy to work, comfortable, and secure for your bracelet making projects might seem
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  • Some of you might remember that last year, my friend and bead artist Dulcey Heller had pondered what would happen if there were a National Seed Beading Month, similar to National Novel Writing Month. I loved the idea, so I declared November to be NaSeBeMo
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  • Although I've made strung jewelry for years, I'm pretty green when it comes to beadweaving. I've quickly fallen in love with the craft, but also hit some frustrating walls I've had to climb along the way. I have the luxury of endless learning
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  • What is it about peyote stitch that keeps us beaders coming back for more? I struggled with peyote stitch when I was learning how to bead -- there was just something about the thread path that I couldn't keep straight in my mind. But once I found
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  • The more I learn about making wire jewelry, the more it brings out my inner science geek. I mean, really, how many people get excited when they start hearing about the molecular structure and malleability of wire when they sit down to make a wire jewelry
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  • One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is being able to try out new tools and materials that I might not otherwise try. I had a blast a few weeks ago trying my hand at embossing metal blanks using the Vintaj die-cutting and embossing machine ( see
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  • We just finished putting the finishing touches on our Summer 2013 Jewelry Stringing submissions guidelines, and we can't wait to see this issue come together! Read through the guidelines and submissions instructions here . (Note: We have made some
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  • Silly me. All through high school and college, I thought that jewelry making with materials like fiber, clay, fabric, and paper was just a fun way to make jewelry. Little did I know that it's actually mixed media jewelry , and when I need to stretch
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  • Cozy up to the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine and enjoy 16 amazing beaded jewelry designs. This issue highlights your favorite shaped beads—peanuts beads, spikes, Super Duos, and more. Plus, get a sneak preview of the 2013 Tucson bead shows.
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  • Bead Fest Texas kicks off tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! There's just something so comforting about being around "my people"-you know, people who fully understand and accept you for being obsessed with beads. People who can
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  • Five years ago, Beading Daily published a question-and-answer blog about how to get published in Jewelry Stringing magazine. I still get many of the same questions, so I decided it would be helpful to revisit the answers, which have changed slightly over
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  • Long gone are the days when I would bead sitting cross-legged on my bedroom floor, scooping my seed beads out of plastic containers and trays. These days, I've got myself a pretty sweet place for beading, and I've armed myself with quite an arsenal
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  • Halloween is arguably my favorite holiday for the fun factor: watching my son get dressed up in his costume, carving pumpkins, and, of course, my favorite fall foods like roasted pumpkin seeds and apple cider donuts. But even if you don't dress up
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  • With the holiday season quickly approaching , some of you may be considering selling your handmade jewelry at a craft show for the first time. A friend recently invited me to join her in selling our handmade jewelry at a small, local craft show. It's
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  • The submissions for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing have been rolling in for weeks, and yesterday we finally had a chance to lay them all out and start making our selections. We always try to seize opportunities to give you all a peek of what
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  • I don't know about anyone else, but I'm totally head over heels for these new striped seed beads from York Beads . Perry Bookstein, the owner of York, has done a pretty good job keeping me supplied with them, and I'm finding all kinds of uses
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  • In yesterday's post , I spoke of Beads of Courage , a remarkable program in many hospitals that enables children battling serious illness to use beads to track and celebrate their medical journeys. When I was learning about Beads of Courage, I had
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  • Jean Baruch is a medical professional with a heart for children. During her early years as a nurse, Jean discovered some gaps in the specialized care aimed at children battling serious illness. She returned to school at the University of Arizona's
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  • One of the main goals of Jewelry Stringing magazine is to teach our readers how to make their own jewelry. We do this by providing thorough step-by-step instructions with every featured design in the magazine. We also have a Technique Focus column in
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  • I've always gravitated towards using metals in my bead-weaving and jewelry making projects. Metallic glass seed beads and metal seed beads are favorite beading supplies of mine, and now I've discovered how easy (and how much fun!) it is to use
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  • When I started doing bead embroidery patterns , I was totally clueless. All I had to go on were the amazing pictures of bead embroidery jewelry by people like Sherry Serafini and Heidi Kummli. There really weren't any good, well-written instructions
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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we've just begun poring over some of the submissions we've received for the spring 2013 issue. One of the themed sections for this issue is "Coachella Chic," named after the annual music festival
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  • As any of my friends will tell you, I am a book lover through and through (although they might say that the phrase "crazed book fanatic" is more apt...). I simply can't pass a bookstore without going in, and hardly ever leave without making
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  • Do you love working with right-angle weave ? This superhero of bead-weaving stitches can do just about anything with any kind of beads that you have handy. When I want to bead just for beading's sake, I'll grab two or three colors of seed beads
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  • A big thank-you to Iris Weiss of Polyform Products for sharing this free polymer clay bead making tutorial with us, and thank you to Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio for creating this tutorial! If you've made some of the big hole polymer clay beads
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  • Learn circular square stitch
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  • The Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork office is always abuzz with activity. It feels like we always have a million things going on at once. Right now, though, our biggest push is to finalize our newest eBook, Create Christmas Jewelry: 12 Holiday Designs
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  • Learning how to make a Skinner blend opens up a whole new realm of possibilities when it comes to bead making with polymer clay. A big thank-you to Iris Weiss of Polyform Products for sharing this free polymer clay bead making tutorial with us. How to
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  • I've found a new appreciation for polymer clay bead making these last few months, and I'm lucky that the lovely folks over at Polyform Products have agreed to supply me with a steady stream of free polymer clay bead making projects! This free
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  • There is something so appealing about a beaded bead: It can sparkle with simple elegance or it can demand attention the moment you enter a room. The beaded bead can change your entire look with one color or with a multihued pattern. It's one of the
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  • Necklace making is such a personal expression of your style, and it's one of the reasons why I love making my own beaded jewelry. I definitely have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and so do you! You may not realize it, but your choices
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  • I'll be the first to admit that posture isn't exactly my strong suit when sitting in front of my computer screen for 8 hours or working on a beading project in my spare bedroom at home. So I've asked the editors of some of your favorite bead
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  • Our last issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings hit newsstands three months ago--and we are already gearing up for the next one! Once again, the issue will be built around 16 different color categories (below). We have 101 brand new projects
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  • Toni Rexroat is the editor of Crochet Me A note from Jennifer: Today's guest blogger is our own Toni Rexroat from Crochet Me . Toni loves how bead crochet edgings allow us to express ourselves, and they're certainly one one of my favorite projects
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  • From beaded bags to full-size headdresses, the tribal-inspired trend dominated fashion blogs and retail catalogs last summer and has continued into fall. Just one fashionable beaded bracelet can be the perfect accent to that earth-toned outfit for an
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  • When I tell people that I'm Project Editor for Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines, the question I get is "So, what do you do ?" So I thought I'd show you a little behind-the-scenes look into what it's like working for jewelry
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  • I get some great inspirations for my beading and wire jewelry making projects from the things my son does in preschool. Just the other day, we made weavings using popsicle sticks and yarn -- do you remember making those as a kid? You glue the popsicle
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  • While I'm relatively new to the art of chain maille jewelry , I've been making my own lampwork glass beads for the last nine years. So when I was at Bead Fest Philadelphia last month with Jewelry Making Daily 's Tammy Jones, I was a little
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to help raise awareness, we're offering a free Facebook cover image that you can download and use for the entire month of October! We want to invite you to use this cover design for your own social
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  • With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to spook up a few appropriately-themed jewelry components, tutorials, and just-plain-fun eye candy! I love the clever use of chain in this spider web bracelet and necklace set. Find the
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  • This year, we've been treated to a whole series of great beaded bead projects in each issue of Beadwork magazine as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration , so I thought it would be fun for the second week of our Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway
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  • As someone who has suffered from migraines and eye strain, I'm always looking for beading tools to make my beading time easier on my eyes. Someone once suggested to me that I try a pair of drugstore magnifiers or reading glasses, but because I'm
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  • Want to keep up with the latest blogs and videos from BeadingDaily.com while you are on the go? There's an app for that! I'm sure you all have been hearing about the iPhone 5 craze that is sweeping the globe. Perhaps some of you even camped out
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  • There's no doubt that if you're reading this, you're someone who knows that there's a special kind of magic in bead weaving . I don't know how else to explain the feeling I get after sitting down with just a pile of beads, a needle
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  • Lately, I’ve been seeing some very inspiring beadwork made with spike beads—so inspiring, in fact, that I finally ordered some for myself. Beware: Designs incorporating these hot new beads are anything but subtle! Today, I share with you a
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  • Did you know you can find free beading projects at BeadingDaily.com? Many of the beading projects were originally featured in Jewelry Stringing magazine. I was looking through the free projects the other day and discovered that many were favorites from
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  • One of the best gifts I ever gave to myself was when I signed up for my first series of lessons to learn how to bead . It was supposed to be a little reward to myself for finishing up my Bachelor's degree after ten years of working my way through
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  • Before I discovered beads, I would make jewelry out of anything I could get my hands on. When we were kids, my sister and I made earrings out of thick watercolor paper, strung bracelets with buttons and thread, and spent hours on tiny needlepoint pendants
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  • While perusing some of the forums on Beading Daily, I noticed that "the stash" seems to be a popular topic. A reader posed the questions, “Do you buy beads more often than you use them up?” and “When you create, do you use
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  • A few weeks ago, the editorial teams from Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines got together to consolidate our office stash of beading materials. As you can imagine, we have A TON of fun materials to play with around here, but for a long time they
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  • Last weekend, I started a new necklace making project using a huge crystal stone and an antique Chinese carving I bought from the FamilyonBikes Etsy shop. Designing the focal point of the necklace was structurally challenging, but I had a clear vision
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  • Sig's Indian Paisley Bracelet: Traveling Bracelet #1 There are many ways to respond to cancer diagnosis. Long-time beader Sig Wynne-Evans bravely accepted news of her uterine cancer earlier this year, underwent surgery in May, and missed three weeks
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  • I can hardly believe that it's already September! But here we are, autumn is coming here in the mountains, and I'm starting to stockpile beads and supplies for my beading and jewelry making projects to get me through the long, cold Adirondack
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  • When I first began my job as an editor for Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines, I had no prior jewelry-making experience. I had no beads, no findings, no wire--nothing. My new coworkers helped me remedy that situation very quickly. The first thing
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  • Chevron stitch is one of those bead weaving stitches that doesn't get enough attention, I think. It's an incredibly useful bead-weaving stitch that can be used to create simple beaded necklaces and bracelets as well as larger, more intricate,
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  • A couple of months ago, Jewelry Making Daily 's Tammy Jones wrote about a very cool stick pearl bracelet she made using wire and a metal cuff bracelet. When I saw her tutorial for her wire jewelry making project, I was inspired to finally use one
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  • Awhile back, I had the good fortune of learning how to emboss on metal from an expert in the field, Jess Italia Lincoln, who is the director of advertising and education at Vintaj Natural Brass Company. Jess held a workshop wherein we created a miniature
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  • One of the things I love about the Beading Daily online community is the Reader Photo Gallery . It's so inspiring for me to look in there every day and see all of the beautiful beaded jewelry made by the members of the Beading Daily community! You
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  • Handcrafted Jewelry is back...and this year it's bigger than ever!
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  • AP Photo by Richard Drew, via CBS News Elizabeth Taylor was famous for much more than her extravagant jewelry collection, but her dazzling diamonds and gemstones didn't exactly go unnoticed, either. The Hollywood star's collection of more than
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  • Okay, I have to 'fess up: I'm one of those people who rolls her eyes when she sees the Christmas and holiday displays being put up in the drugstore or the departments stores before Halloween. And I really despise the hustle and bustle and the
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  • I love my little "corner office" where I have my desk, my computer, and my beading area set up. What I don't love is that because we have a large dog who gets into things, I have to constantly remember to empty my garbage can of thread scraps
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  • First off, let me say how pleased I am to be writing to you from the ether again, this time on Beadwork 's very own page! Editor Melinda Barta has let me loose as my "Stitch Pro" alter-ego, my column in Beadwork magazine. It's here that
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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we've been planning our Spring 2013 issue for quite some time now. In fact, a few weeks ago we released our Contributor Guidelines with all the info you need to know in order to submit your own jewelry designs
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  • Learning how to do peyote stitch was something of a challenge for me. After successfully teaching myself to do other bead-weaving stitches like right-angle weave, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, and netting, I made one peyote stitch amulet bag, and
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  • Last month, I was lucky enough to be able to take a basic kumihimo with beads class at Bead Fest Philadelphia from the amazing Jill Wiseman. It was so much fun, and I picked it up so quickly, that the next day, I signed up for her advanced kumihimo class
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  • My experiences with a group of traveling Tibetan Buddhist monks inspired me to create this peyote stitch prayer box necklace. Some of you may remember a blog I wrote earlier this year about the time I got to spend praying and meditating with a group of
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  • Flat peyote stitch is a great bead-weaving stitch to know, but starting a new piece in flat peyote can be tricky, especially for a beginner. Those first three rows always seem to want to twist in on themselves, and if you're trying to work from a
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  • With so many different kinds of beads out there, it comes as no surprise that beads can be made out of just about anything. Really! I've seen some beads made out of pretty strange stuff -- think moose droppings, bullet casings, and chewed-on pencil
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  • Fall hasn't even officially begun, but here in the office we are busily plugging away on the winter issue of Jewelry Stringing . I'm excited that the winter issue will feature the winning projects from this year's Bead Star competition! If
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  • Every now and then I like to take some time to revisit the basics of beading. After years of making wrapped loops and head-pin dangles, it can be easy to stop paying attention to how I am actually executing the basic techniques and just let autopilot
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  • Whether you love to stitch 'em, string 'em, or just hold 'em in your hand and bask in their glow, glass beads are probably the reason why most of us love beading and beadwork. And with all kinds of glass beads out there for you to use in your
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  • I am absolutely crazy for geometric forms in jewelry, and according to the Pinterest boards, so is everybody else. Geometric jewelry is one hot trend that will carry into fall, and it's easy to incorporate into your collection. A perfectly patterned
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  • So before I go making all kinds of jokes about cutting you off, cutting it out, and cutting to the point, I just want to say this: the beading tools that you use for cutting your favorite beading thread can be serious business! Depending on what type
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  • I purchased this necklace several years ago at a department store. At the time, it was a double-strand necklace, but I really only wanted to wear it long. So I detached a few things here and there, joined it back together, and, voila! One long necklace
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  • This beautiful Painted agate cabochon from Gary Wilson came home with me from Bead Fest Philadelphia. For me, no trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia is complete unless I stop and make a purchase at Gary Wilson's booth. This year, the piece that caught
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  • Yesterday I stumbled upon this idea from Martha Stewart for cute and easy jewelry storage using mismatched teacups and saucers: I set out to create my own version of this adorable display (on a budget, of course), and was pleased to discover that my local
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  • Lillypilly now offers a large selection of fine gauge copper sheets, perfect for mixed media jewelry making projects! The fine gauge copper sheets are available with both patina and embossed patterns on them. It's easy to stitch through the copper
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  • These very cool 36 gauge copper sheets from Lilly Pilly Designs open up a whole new world of design possibilities! Chain stitch using wire makes a great decorative element when working with rustic style jewelry designs. I don't know about anyone else
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  • For some time now I have been lusting after those suede boots with glittery backs. Have you seen them? Not wanting to pay $200 or more for a trendy item like this, I searched the Web for cheaper options and luckily found lots of fun blogs with DIY instructions
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  • Welcome to Inside Beadwork Magazine ! We couldn't be more excited to launch our new blog where, on a weekly basis, we'll bring you up-to-date community events, let you in behind the scenes, share the trends we spot, and simply chat about everything
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  • I was so in love with this neon green Regaliz Greek leather from Antelope Beads that I wanted to make a cheerful yet modern beaded cuff bracelet with it. I adapted a technique I learned from both Sig Wynne-Evans and Gail Crossman Moore to create the little
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  • Have you ever learned a new beading technique that just sent you over the edge, creatively? Ever since I learned how to do kumihimo at Bead Fest Philadelphia this year, my brain has been on creative overload with all kinds of ideas for using this fast
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  • Beadwork’s Oct/Nov 2012 issue boasts 23 fabulous jewelry designs made in your favorite stitches—peyote, herringbone, right-angle weave, and others. Plus, learn more about today’s most popular techniques, such as kumihimo braiding and beading with Tilas.
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  • One of the things I love about hitting the bead shows like Bead Fest Philadelphia is all the great ideas I get for new beading and jewelry making projects! I knew there was something cool in the Antelope Beads booth at Bead Fest when I walked past it
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  • With so many recent styles pointing back toward yesteryears, it's no surprise that gold has hit it big as a primary metal in contemporary jewelry designs. I used to think of it as the metal of my mother's generation, but I've recently caught
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  • On my recent trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia, I made a trip across the river to southern New Jersey, where I got to meet up with the fabulous Amy Blevins and see her gorgeous bead shop, Bead & Glass Boutique . When I travel, I like to seek out small
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  • I can still remember what inspired me to create my first original beaded jewelry design . I was flipping through a book about antique jewelry, and one of the photographs caught my attention. It was an antique seed pearl necklace made up of three components
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  • A few months ago we did a meet-the-editors series of posts, in which you got to know me ( 10 Things You Didn't Know About: Chloe Chatenever ), managing editor Debbie Blair ( 10 Things You Didn't Know About: Debbie Blair ), and our Editorial Director
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  • Tammy Jones is the Online Editor of Jewelry Making Daily From Jennifer: When it comes to wire jewelry making, I'm definitely not an expert. But Tammy Jones over at Jewelry Making Daily can make wire do things I never thought possible! Check out one
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  • If you think it takes a long time to walk through the show floor of a huge bead show like Bead Fest Philadelphia, try doing it where you know just about everyone behind the tables in the booths! Bead Fest Philadelphia was a great time for me to catch
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  • I'm always finding new and exciting things to do with bead embroidery, and during my trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia last week, I found two hot new items to make my bead embroidery go wild! Tilapia Leather from Nature Beads Yep, this is the stuff you
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  • I just received a reminder that the deadline for Soft Flex Company's latest contest is coming up and thought I'd pass on the news. It sounds like a fun contest. All you have to do to enter is create a project using Soft Flex beading or craft wire
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  • Are you someone who is struggling with learning how to do right-angle weave? If so, no worries -- you're not alone. The undulating thread path of right-angle weave can be a tough one to wrap your head around, but once you've mastered this popular
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  • Are you the kind of beader that likes to hit the road with your beads? No matter where I go, whether it's to visit my family in Texas or Nevada, my friends in California, or my favorite bead shops in New York City, I have to travel with my beads and
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  • Well, what can I say? Bead Fest Philadelphia was just completely amazing this year! My first day at the show wasn't actually a day. It was an evening class with none other than the rockin' Jill Wiseman, and the class was Quick and Easy Kumihimo
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  • Anyone who knows me also knows that I'm addicted to cabochons. I don't know why I'm fascinated by them, but I am. The idea that you can take a jewelry making component without any holes, like a cabochon, and turn it into a piece of jewelry using bead-weaving and wire wrapping is still amazing
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  • I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in Colorado, today we are having our first taste of fall. It's 20 to 30 degrees cooler than it's been in months. The sky is overcast. And I'm starting to think about trading my summer
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  • In my last post I talked about the newly published issue themes and guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine (we are now accepting submissions!). We put a lot of work into crafting specific themes for this issue that reflect
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  • I can't think of another bead-weaving stitch that is as versatile as herringbone stitch . Maybe I'm biased - herringbone stitch is, after all, my go-to beading stitch when I want to make a beaded rope for a pendant, a beaded bezel for a cabochon
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  • Want to see some of the newest, coolest beads, findings, and tools? Check out the Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine, available at newsstands next week. This issue includes an expanded shopping-guide section with over 100 of our favorite beading
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  • There are certain tools that no beader should be without when you're learning how to bead . Things like a good set of jewelry making pliers, a good pair of wire cutters, a beading awl, a sturdy bead board or work surface, and a good tape measure or
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  • I had the special privilege of editing projects from Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 , which will hit newsstands September 25. Inspired by Chloe Chatenever's Forget Me Knot necklace and Bianca Howell's and Carla Rogers' Chunky Braided T-Shirt Bracelet
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  • One of the first crafts I learned from my mother was how to crochet, and even if I didn't quite get the hang of bead crochet right away, it is now one of my favorite beading techniques for making beaded ropes. But you can do so much more with bead
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  • We have finally published our updated Contributor Guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. A lot of thought and planning went into the themes for this issue and we can't wait to see the submissions that you all create! Read
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  • A hallmark of the steampunk jewelry style is the use of metals, whether it's a romantic filigree, textured metal stamping, metal findings, or metal chain. The use of metals in steampunk jewelry is a nod to the industrial age, when art, romance, and
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  • I have to say, since I've been receiving my monthly shipments of vintage beads and jewelry making components from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club , I really look forward to seeing what's in each month's box. I love the challenge
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  • Lately I've noticed a growing number of jewelry designers are incorporating brightly colored crystals and other gemstones into their pieces. And this bling isn't just for playing dress-up: saturated pastels, electric neons, and lollipop-like hues
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  • Beaded wedding jewelry , and finely crafted beadwork itself, has come a long way in the last ten years. When my husband and I got married in 2003, I decided to do something a little more adventurous with my beaded wedding jewelry than just your standard
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  • I've really been getting into working with easy wire wrapping projects lately, and these two blank metal cuff bracelets from this month's A Grain of Sand Bead Hoard Curiosities Club just spoke to me as soon as I saw them. They wanted me to wrap
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  • Coloring in this color wheel on my own was a great way to learn more about color theory for bead-weaving. Choosing colors can be the hardest part of any beading project. For a long time, I just chose colors on a whim. If they worked together, I always
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  • What length do you want to make your necklace? Whether you're making a beaded necklace for yourself, as a gift for a friend, or to sell, you'll want to be aware of some common necklace lengths. Necklaces sold in stores and online are sometimes
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  • After my last blog about ways to adjust your beaded necklaces to get the perfect fit, a couple of my co-workers here at Beading Daily asked me how I match up my necklaces with the different necklines of shirts. What a great idea for a blog!, I thought
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  • As we're coming down to the wire with getting Handcrafted Jewelry ready to send off to the printer, I see more and more techniques from this year's issue that I'd love to try! Epoxy clay has been toward the top of my list since we featured
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  • The Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing doesn't hit newsstands until August 21st, but you can get a sneak peak into this exciting issue right now on the Jewelry Stringing site! A few of my favorite things about this issue: - Our contributors have
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  • In addition to 28 beaded necklaces, 20 bracelets, and 26 pairs of earrings, the Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing features a special shopping guide, which includes 100+ of our favorite new beads, findings, and tools. The projects in this issue are broken up into five exciting, themed galleries: Earthly
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  • That's right! Beading Daily is five this month! Five years of beading blogs, beading projects, beading techniques, making new beading friends, and gorgeous beaded art. We've had the likes of Michelle Mach, Jean Campbell, Leslie Rogalski, and the
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  • Are you ready for a sweet glass bead treat? York Beads in New York City has a new shape of Czech pressed glass bead ready for us -- the gumdrop! I got a sneak peek of these little lovelies last week, and now York Beads is ready to show them to the world
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  • I've got Olympics on the brain. Right now, I'm watching "The Fab Five" win the women's all-around gymnastics competition. Michael Phelps just became the most decorated Olympian ever with 19 metals. This is good stuff. In honor of
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  • One of my long-standing obsessions is using found objects in my beaded necklace and beaded bracelet designs. When I inherited a portion of my mother's old jewelry after she passed away in 2008, I started thinking about ways I could use them in new
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  • So, when it comes to beaded ropes, you think you've seen it all, right? Think again. I've just seen a preview of Lark's latest book in their Beadweaving Master Class series, Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes. With this book, Jill has
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  • Beadwork Presents: Favorite Bead Stitches 2012 is back by popular demand . . . now with 34 more favorite Beadwork projects and 6 all-new quick-and-easy designs! This special issue is packed with 144 pages of stunning projects and clear instructions, carefully selected and conveniently grouped into 5
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  • I've had an idea for a particular necklace since I came back from Bead Fest Santa Fe last March. I had picked up these ceramic buttons and pendant from Antelope Beads 's booth with the intention of creating a sentimental piece of jewelry for myself
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  • If you love seed bead patterns, 2011 was a very good year. Beadwork magazine's Designers of the Year included beading legends Carol Wilcox Wells, Sherry Serafini, Cynthia Rutledge, and Kelly Wiese. Beading pattern designers everywhere were pushing
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  • Original necklace from LOFT Blue and gray ribbons Coral and pale yellow ribbons Pearls Perfected by Linda Larsen Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 While I tend to go for classic styles that can be worn for years, I like to have at least one trendy jewelry piece
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  • Chain maille is such a fascinating technique for jewelry-making, but I have to admit, I approached it with more than a little trepidation. Once I got started, though, the rhythm of opening, linking, and closing all those jump rings created the same soothing
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  • Well, the first round of voting in The Battle of the Beadsmith competition ended last week, and the winners have been announced. Much to the surprise of many, my piece, Mother of Dragons, didn't make it into the second round. But, get this: it lost
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  • I know bead spinners are nothing new, yet today was my first time trying one. I've spent hours on various projects stringing one seed bead at a time. This is the tool, I've heard, that would have spared me those hours. Project Editor Kate Wilson
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  • When it comes to versatility in bead-weaving stitches , you can't beat herringbone stitch. I can't think of another beading stitch that offers so much variation! The thread path of herringbone stitch (also called Ndebele stitch because of its
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  • I've been doing a lot of wire jewelry making projects lately, thanks in no small part to my ever-improving wire jewelry making skills. I've discovered that just knowing how to make simple loops, wrapped loops, and jump rings can translate into
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  • This week, we've been doing a lot of planning for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing . And one of the hot trends we're seeing for spring happens to be floral prints. Here, I've put together a little collection of my favorite floral
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  • Confession: In high school I went through a brief punk phase. Wide-leg pants, black-and-red plaid, suspenders hanging down around my knees--the whole shebang. I have since given up the safety pins and thick black eyeliner, but I still haven't been
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  • When I'm working on a necklace making project for myself, I have to pay attention to the length of the finished necklace. I recently realized that I have quite a long neck for someone who is so short, so when I wear very long necklaces (like lariats
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  • The other day, I met with the other jewelry editors and designers here at Interweave in Loveland, Colorado. Believe it or not, we're already planning our Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing . In anticipation of that issue, we got together to discuss
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  • July's shipment from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club held some fabulous finds! I couldn't take pictures of everything in the shipment (or we'd be here for a very long time), but I wanted to share a few of my favorites. (And
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  • I loved these curved metal beads from the July 2012 shipment of A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club. They reminded me of stringing macaroni onto yarn with my mother and sister when I was kid! But their lovely gold finish and their unusual
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  • Beaded broad collars started popping up everywhere about the time that I started learning how to do bead-weaving, but I waited a few years until I really felt comfortable with the stitches before I started experimenting with shaping my beadwork. I was
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  • If you haven't seen it yet, there is some serious beady eye candy over at the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook. Eighty beaders from around the world were selected to compete, and the finished beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and accessories
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  • Don't you just love summer weddings? One of my office mates has been busily planning her nuptials, which will take place later this month. Getting a glimpse of just some of the things that will make her day special has inspired me to see which accessories
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  • Not too long ago, Tammy Jones wrote a great blog over on Jewelry Making Daily about five essential jewelry making techniques for jewelry artists . And it got me thinking -- while my primary interest for jewelry making still remains with my beloved seed
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  • You might remember about a month ago, I had set out to work on my entry for the sure-to-be-fabulous Battle of the Beadsmith, hosted on Facebook by Steven Weiss. The idea was this: Steven would pair up eighty of the world's best (and willing) beaders
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  • The third annual edition of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings is finally here, and this year we have freshened it up with a brand-new look--cover to cover! With 144 pages of brand-new projects, step-by-step instructions, and pro tips, we think this issue is the best yet!
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  • One of the greatest skills that a jewelry designer can develop is restraint. With the overwhelming array of amazing beads, findings, and components that are readily available, I have found that the most difficult part of designing a new piece is choosing
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  • I'm not sure who it was that first thought it might be a good idea to string some beads on yarn before crocheting with it, but whoever it was probably knew that they had stumbled onto something good. Bead crochet ropes are perfect for showing off
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  • I'm a big fan of the dipped furniture/housewares trend. You know, when just the bottom of a chair or a bowl is dipped in paint. Here are some examples of what I mean: Table seen at homelife.com.au . Bowls from Wind & Willow Home. Chair from Folklore
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  • There's no doubt that for many of us, beading is a spiritual practice. For the Native Americans of North America, beads and jewelry were a particularly important part of their spiritual beliefs, and with the introduction of seed beads and smaller
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  • Are you looking for a great bead embroidery project that doesn't take days to do? I've found one for you! During my last shopping spree in the Etsy shop of Lisa Peters Art , I snagged one of her new Mini Flower bead embroidery ring kits. I'd
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  • What do Jean Campbell, Marcia DeCoster, Jean Power, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Sherry Serafini, Nancy Cain, Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, Margie Deeb, Kelly Angeley, Laura McCabe, Lisa Kan, Leslie Rogalski, and Melanie Potter, all have in common? In addition
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  • One thing I like to do every season is start planning my craft and jewelry projects for the upcoming season. I know it's only July, but I wanted to create some pieces I could wear this summer and then transition into fall. After reviewing some of
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  • If you're a regular subscriber to Beadwork magazine, you'll know that this year marks fifteen years of creative, beady goodness in the pages of my favorite beading magazine! And to celebrate, the editors at Beadwork magazine have come up with
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  • When I get ready to start on a new project, I like to lay out all of my supplies so that I can see what I have to work with, and assess potentially interesting material combinations as I brainstorm. The only problem with this method is that by the end
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  • The versatility of right-angle weave never ceases to amaze me. I can think of at least a dozen ways to embellish a single strip of this fabulous bead-weaving stitch . You can shape it without making complicated increases and decreases and just changing
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  • I don't wear bracelets too often, even though I have bags of them in my collection of handmade beaded jewelry. Most of the time when I'm designing a new piece of beaded jewelry, I usually come up with necklace making designs, not bracelet making
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  • After my recent sojourn to Manhattan and my bead-buying binge at York Beads, I came home with an entire hank of Czech farfalle beads. The Czech farfalle beads were the original "peanut" shaped beads made in the Czech Republic with a technique
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  • I really picked out quite a nice haul during last week's trip to York Beads in Manhattan, and I'm so excited to share this first part of my new glass bead stash with you! I've loved Czech glass beads since way before I started bead-weaving
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  • I've been dying to try my hand at metal embossing since coming across some You Tube videos by Sandy Griffiths. She makes it look so effortless, so I thought I'd give it a try on a small scale! Turns out it's super-fun and super-easy! You'll
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  • After all the fun I had searching for neon jewelry to feature in my last Summer Trend blog post , I couldn't wait to write another one! This time: geometric jewelry. It seems like bold shapes, bright colors, and clean lines are popping up everywhere
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  • Beaded necklaces are usually my first choice when designing beaded jewelry, but in the winter, I find myself hunting for some great beaded earrings to wear with my favorite cozy sweaters and turtleneck shirts. I find myself designing beaded earrings more
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  • I love celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays for the patriotic spirit, the food, and the fireworks. Bonus: wearing red, white and blue--a chic color combo if you ask me! So I rounded
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  • Steampunk jewelry is one trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon! This wonderfully creative jewelry making style combines the best of the romantic Victorian era and the development of mechanized industry with just a touch of science
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  • Twin seed beads: the original two-holed seed bead. New SuperDuo two-holed seed beads. After hoarding several colors of Twin seed beads over the last year, I nabbed my first sample of the new Czech SuperDuos during my visit to York Beads in Manhattan last
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  • It's been a while since we've had a Bead-A-Long here on Beading Daily , so I thought it would be fun to cook up a whole month's worth of beaded bracelets for your summer beading pleasure! Beaded bracelets are the perfect summertime beading
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  • When I'm out there selling my finished beaded jewelry, one of the points I like to talk about with my customers is how every piece I make is one-of-a-kind, usually right down to the findings that I use to assemble it. You might think that making your
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  • In a recent blog , Assistant Editor Chloe Chatenever shared a glimpse of how we shoot step-by-step photos for Handcrafted Jewelry at Interweave's in-house photo studio. Several days later, I attended a photo shoot with our associate art director and
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  • What would you wear with the jewelry pieces in the new book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry ? The book's authors, Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto, are giving away two of the necklaces in the book -- the Pompidou Necklace by Lorelei (featured on the cover
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  • Try as I might, I cannot figure out why I thought it was necessary to buy 600 feet of pink embroidery thread to make one necklace when I was in Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. (I am claiming temporary craft-store induced insanity. We've all been there
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  • More and more couples are choosing to add very personal touches to their weddings. Going beyond just picking that song for your first dance as husband and wife, it really is the little details that count when planning the perfect wedding. And that includes
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  • If there were a twelve-step program for bead embroidery and bead embroidery supplies, I should probably look into it. Until then, I'll keep on stitching away on my bead embroidered collars, pendants and cuff bracelets. And to add to my addiction to
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  • This month's Beadwork magazine challenge was done by Melinda Barta, and features a kit of metal bezels and chain. This is what Melinda had to say about her design: "This kit was a real treat because it got me back into designing with resin, a
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  • The only thing I like better than beading, is cooking. I could spend hours in my kitchen with my recipe books, my favorite set of knives, and my trusty cast iron skillet. And in a lot of ways, cooking is a lot like jewelry making: you need to master certain
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  • Want to win a FREE macrame bracelet kit from TierraCast ? All you have to do is come up with a great name for the macrame and animal EuroBead bracelet at right! Actually, there are A FEW more rules: Go to TierraCast's Facebook page , like it (if you
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  • I've been in love with my Mirrix beading loom ever since I took it out of the box back in 2009. It's a well-built, sturdy, and easy-to-use bead loom that can also be used for tapestry weaving. The other thing I love about Mirrix Looms is their
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  • One of the things I love about where I live is that while I'm nestled safely in the heart of the Adirondack mountains, I'm close enough to New York City that I can travel down for an occasional bead binge along 6th and 7th Avenues. And that's
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  • When it's a pearl, amber, or coral! Beads, cabochons and jewelry-making components made of these materials are generally classified as gemstones, but there are some important differences between a true gemstone and a pearl, amber, or coral. Pearls
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  • In last week's blog , I mentioned the fact that my mom was quite fond of the Summer Anklet I shared with you a few weeks ago and subsequently requested one for her birthday! After checking out several different chains online, and doing some major
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  • I'm Kate Wilson, Junior Project Editor for Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. I've been stringing beads for about 15 years, and now I'm jumping into beadweaving. However, I still love and will always continue working on stringing projects
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  • Ah, yes. I can remember the first time I learned how to do circular, flat peyote stitch . I was making little peyote stitch needle cases, and I needed to create a top and bottom for the case. I can remember blindly following the directions without really
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  • Circular, flat peyote stitch is a great beadweaving technique for someone who wants to not only expand their beadweaving skills, but also wants to learn more about shaped and geometric beadwork. When you learn circular, flat peyote stitch, you'll
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  • The Aug/Sept 2012 issue of Beadwork offers 18 exciting, all-new jewelry projects for novice and advanced beaders alike. Featured topics and techniques include: shaping tricks, St. Petersburg stitch, geometric beading, bezeling with Tila beads, and more.
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  • This month's little box from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club was full of fun -- and very useful! -- vintage beads. I've always loved metallic vintage beads, and this month's hoard was full of beautiful metal and metallic
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  • An important part of learning how to bead is learning which jewelry making findings will be most useful to you when it comes to making beaded jewelry that will last. I am always amazed at how the selection of jewelry findings at my local craft store has
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  • I've had a pile of gorgeous Chinese crystal beads sitting on my desk for a long time. Ali Sly from Lima Beads sent them in last year to be featured in Beads 2011 , our annual buyer's guide issue. Ali sent in a ton of colors (thanks, Ali!), but
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  • A very long time ago, when I first started beading, beaded bottles were very popular beading projects. Even though I loved making peyote stitch needle cases, it took me ten long years to discover how much fun stitching beaded netting is around a tiny
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  • I love participating in bead swaps! I've already participated in three of Lori Anderson's fun Bead Soup Blog Parties, and I follow her and a couple of her beading groups out on Facebook. So when she asked for sign-ups for a Pantone Spring Color
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  • Who would ever have thought that I would become so enamored of working with wire? Certainly not me! Wire always seemed to be such an intimidating medium for jewelry-making, and wire jewelry was always something that I admired on other people, but never
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  • After my mom saw the summer anklet I whipped up for my blog a couple of weeks ago, she requested one for her birthday. So I've been doing some digging around for unique chains, trying to get an idea of something that would be suitable for an anklet
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  • One of my best friends is a wonderful mixed-media artist from Burbank, California. Even though our techniques and tools for making art are about as different as you can get, we both enjoy one thing: using color to make beautiful art. I'm always finding
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  • We are hard at work on the upcoming issue of Handcrafted Jewelry and have been in and out of the photo studio all week. One of my favorite things about this special issue publication is that you get to see step-by-step photos for each project. As we were
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  • The other night, I had a dream that I was browsing through a table of Czech glass beads , and they were all on sale for half off their marked price. Imagine how disappointed I was when I woke up, only to discover that there were no new beads in my stash
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  • Imagine walking into your favorite bookstore and buying a new book. You bring it home, read it, and decide that it's a pretty good book. It just needs a few changes. You type the whole thing out on your computer and add a few things, and maybe you
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  • Once upon a time, before I became a beader, I fancied myself a bit of a poet. I found that writing haiku poems was a great way to get warmed up before a long writing session, and I still use them as writing prompts when I'm feeling stuck creatively
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  • Last summer, I started seeing mentions of this product called Crystal Clay floating around in my favorite beading magazine. After seeing some amazing examples of what people were doing with it at the Tucson gem and mineral shows, well, I broke down and
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  • Today's a big day for us. 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings goes to press, which means we hand it over to the printer. Phew! This has been a fun, but challenging issue to work on. Challenging because, well, we had to organize and edit over 100
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  • I really do have the best friends in the world. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a huge box, full of antique jewelry that had belonged to her late stepfather's first wife. Before I go into detail about the jewelry, I want to tell you
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  • What happens when you combine plain wood discs with the sun's rays? Well, probably not much until you paint on a little light-sensitive dye, and then watch the magic happen! These pendants are the result of a little experimentation I did over the
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  • Memories of my summer vacations as kid include big bowls of fresh raspberries from my grandmother's garden, going for a drive to get ice cream with my parents, lazy days spent playing outside with my friends, and of course, spending lots of time doing
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  • Summer is finally here! As hemlines rise, necklines fall, and sleeves get shorter, I find myself itching to make up some new jewelry to complement my summer wardrobe. Neon colors in boldly geometric block patterns are all the rage right now, and I can't
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  • I am quite happy to report that I had so much fun with my last polymer clay bead making project, it appears that I have overcome my fear of bead making using polymer clay! I've been playing with all kinds of tools and techniques for bead making using
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  • Yes, I'm one of those people who sees seed bead patterns in a magazine and just has to make them right away. No, there's no waiting around to place a bead order or head up to my local bead shop to see if they have the exact beads that are called
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  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Danielle Fox The third installment of our series reveals some fun and interesting factoids about our fearless leader, Editorial Director Danielle Fox. 1. She had a paper route in junior high school. 2. She is a pescetarian
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  • The debate rages among beaders as to which beading thread is the "best". Are you a fan of nylon beading threads, or have you cross over to the gel-spun fishing line-type threads? I've heard passionate discourse from both camps as to which
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  • You all got to learn about me in Danielle Fox's post from earlier this week --now it's Debbie Blair's turn in the hot seat! When it comes to Jewelry Stringing 's amazing managing editor, there's more than meets the eye... 1. She has
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  • Almost every state here in the U.S. has a state flower, state bird, or some other symbol that represents the natural beauty found in that particular part of the country. Did you know that most states also have official, designated state gemstones? I did
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning and discovered that I had been invited to participate in the Battle of the Beadsmith on Facebook . Created and run by Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith Company , the Battle of the Beadsmith is basically an elimination
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  • This Wednesday, I had a lot on my beading table, but the two pieces that I wanted to share with you were a couple of beaded necklaces that I created using this month's vintage treasures from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club through A Grain of Sand
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  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Chloe Chatenever In an effort to introduce ourselves, I'm starting this "10 Things You Didn't Know About" series. The first victim, I mean interviewee, is Chloe Chatenever, Jewelry Stringing's
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  • I'm sure I've told the story before, about how the first time I attempted a piece of bead embroidery I wound up chucking it in a drawer for two years before I had the courage to pick it up and try it again. Well, it's been a very long time
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  • If you haven't yet taken a few minutes to check out all the gorgeous beaded jewelry entered in this year's Bead Star competition , now is the time to do it! (Voting ends on Monday, May 28th, 2012. For complete rules, click here .) Voting is easy
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  • Just in time for showing off your tan legs and super-cute sandals this summer, I've created a fun anklet that you can make in a matter of minutes. The finished size of the anklet shown is 9 1/4". What you'll need: 11 dusty rose size 6°
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  • I have a confession to make: even though I get paid to be creative, write about beads, and come up with new beaded jewelry designs, I'm pretty good at sabotaging my own creative work. There are days when I can find a whole list of excuses to send
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  • Voting for our annual Bead Star 2012 competition is well under way, and time is ticking down to the end of the voting period! Make sure your voice is heard by casting your votes before the end of the day on Monday, May 28th. Browse through the categories
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  • In this special mixed-media issue of Jewelry Stringing , you will find step-by-step instructions for four easy, crafty techniques that you can use to customize your jewelry designs. Follow our in-depth Technique Focus tutorial to learn more about how to use bead cones, and browse through our collection
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  • Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After somehow making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent
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  • Do you have favorite beading materials? Those beads and findings you turn to again and again? In the Summer 2011 issue of Jewelry Stringing , I listed my must-have materials. Take a look! (Items are listed from top to bottom.) * Wood rounds. Wood beads
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  • Allison Korleski is Acquisition Editor for Interweave Press As a knitter of many years, I often look forward to carving space in my busy schedule for some time alone with my needles, yarn, and whatever serial program I am currently watching. (I have afghans
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  • I don't know about you, but I've been totally enthralled with the Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year projects from Jean Power. I've always been fascinated by shaped peyote stitch beadwork, and Jean has elevated the simple peyote stitch
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  • Voting has officially begun for Bead Star 2012! Between now and May 28th, we are inviting all BeadingDaily.com members to peruse the designs in our 7 Bead Star voting galleries and vote for their favorites. The winning designs will receive prizes from
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  • The necklace from Enlightened Polymer Clay that served as my inspiration. I've never felt that polymer clay has been a particularly strong set of jewelry making skills for me. After watching a peculiarly talented friend of mine create an entire Lord
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  • I just returned from a much-needed mini-vacation in coastal Oregon. It's so gorgeous and peaceful there--my mind and body always come back relaxed and refreshed. It just so happens I come back inspired, too. Inspired by jewelry. While driving through
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  • I just returned from a much-needed mini-vacation in coastal Oregon. It's so gorgeous and peaceful there--my mind and body always come back relaxed and refreshed. It just so happens I come back inspired, too. Inspired by jewelry. While driving through
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  • When I was a kid, I was interested in making jewelry out of anything and everything. Some of my first handmade jewelry projects were made from not beads, but pieces of thick watercolor paper that I had cut into shapes, painted and sealed, and then glued
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  • Tila beads, Magatamas, and dagger beads. Can you tell me what all three of these have in common? They are all glass beads that were included in this month's Beadwork magazine challenge kit from Artbeads! What would you name this ruffled herringbone
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  • Thankfully, this month's box o' beads from A Grain of Sand 's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club didn't send beads flying to every corner of the room when I opened it, but it did spark a whole new set of ideas for beaded jewelry projects! Just
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  • Are you new to jewelry making? Or perhaps a dabbler with the desire to take it to the next level? Well there are some fabulous resources available to help you learn some new skills. A great place to start would be signing up for a class at your local
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  • Could you survive on a desert island with just three wire wrapping tools? No, it's not that old television show where a group of mismatched tourists gets stranded on a desert island with enough clothing and accessories to last them for years of misadventures
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  • Mother's Day is almost here, and it's not too late to start making something beautiful and handcrafted to let your mom know that you appreciate everything she does for you. Whether your mom loves to make or receive handmade beaded jewelry, or
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  • Are you ready for mother's day? With just under two weeks left until the big day, you still have plenty of time to make up a special custom beaded necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, just for mom! Heck, if she liked the glitter macaroni necklace
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  • Triangulations by Kathie Khaladkar Crystal beads are everywhere these days! When I was at the Tucson bead shows earlier this year, you couldn't turn around without seeing some glitz and glam, and walls and walls of sparkling crystal beads. Truthfully
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  • A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend morning and afternoon prayers with a group of traveling Buddhist monks from southern India, and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism, meditation practices, and traditional Tibetan medicine, art, and music. It was
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  • I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked one year since I started at Beading Daily ! It's been such an amazing year, and I've thoroughly enjoyed all the writing and beading that has gone along with it. Time flies when you're having fun
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  • Yesterday I finally got my copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry , the new Interweave book by Jewelry Stringing contributors Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel. It's gorgeous! I'm sure you've noticed the trend toward jewelry created using leather,
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  • No, really, it's not a joke. I didn't want to start this blog with something like, "A Buddhist monk walks into a bar, and..." But really, did you know that seed bead patterns are actually a lot like Buddhist sand mandalas? Last week
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  • Sometimes, choosing the colors for your beading projects can be the hardest part of the whole project. A friend once suggested that I look to my photographs to create color palettes, so I pulled the colors for a beaded necklace design from a picture that
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  • It may be hard for some to believe, but I've never tried my hand at any type of wire work. Being a life-long crafter, coupled with the fact that I work on a jewelry magazine, has afforded me the opportunity to experiment with lots of materials and
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  • Learning how to swim is like learning a new jewelry making skill. You dip your toes in the water, then your foot, then you wade in until you're knee-deep. By the time the water is up to your shoulders, you realize you might just be in over your head
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  • You still have a few hours to enter your jewelry designs in our Bead Star 2012 competition! Upload your designs to our category galleries by 5pm EST this evening in order to be in the running to be our next Bead Star! One thing we love about the annual
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  • "Where did you come up with the idea for that piece of beaded jewelry?" I hear that all the time when I'm showing someone a piece of my handmade beaded jewelry. And really, if you know where to look, you'll find beaded jewelry design
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  • Great news for those who don't get the program Beads, Baubles & Jewels on their local PBS station: the show is now available for viewing online! Join host Katie Hacker for a new episode every Friday at noon (EST). Here is a photo of Katie (right
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  • Spring in my part of upstate New York means warmer days, open windows, laundry drying in the sunshine, working in the gardens, and lots and lots of outdoor activities. It also brings graduations, weddings, proms, and other special events. And of course
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  • When I was a five-year-old in kindergarten, the teacher went around the room and asked what each of us wanted to be when we grew up. When she came to me, I stood up and proudly said, "I want to be a paleontologist!" What my teacher didn't
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  • I've probably told this story before, but I picked the colors for my Ode On a Grecian Urn beaded necklace project from a picture I snapped of the deer that came to visit us on Christmas Day back in 2008. It was so much fun selecting the colors based
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  • Just yesterday, Earth Day was celebrated in numerous ways across the globe. Events were held to increase awareness of environmental issues and appreciation of the earth's natural environment. In celebration of Earth Day, I’ve rounded up a collection
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  • Who would have thought that you need a first aid kit for beading? True story: the other day, I was browsing in my local big-box craft store for some supplies I needed to finish a project before a deadline. Thinking ahead to some future blogs for Beading
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  • When do you think the Bravo television network is going to create a reality show about jewelry making? After all, they have shows about pretty much everything else! (Potential show names: Project Bead Stash ... Inside the Beader's Studio...America's
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  • The June/July 2012 issue of Beadwork offers 19 innovative jewelry ideas from quick-and-easy to challenging. Get design tips and beading patterns from stitch pros, such as Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, and Jean Power, plus learn 4 ways to bead bezels.
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  • Starting a blog about your beading is a great way to generate interest in your work and promote your online shop. But sometimes ideas for blog posts are hard to come by, even for those of us who blog professionally! (Or maybe I should say ESPECIALLY for
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  • When I was learning how to bead, I made loads of mistakes. Nobody's perfect, right? And that goes double for me, especially when it comes to my beading. Now that I've been beading for many, many years, I'd like to say that I make fewer mistakes
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  • Do you love to do beadweaving on a loom? Mirrix Looms are hands down my favorite beading loom to work on when I'm doing loomed beadwork, and now Mirrix Looms has started their Social Market for a Mirrix program again! In case you haven't heard
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  • Betcey Ventrella from Beyond Beadery and I at The Best Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona This crazy beautiful orange Swarovski crystal stone just captured my imagination! While I was in Tucson, I stopped in to see Betcey Ventrella over at Beyond Beadery and
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  • I've long been an admirer--not a maker--of beadwoven jewelry. Recently, however, I've been inspired to try my hand at a few stitches, specifically ladder stitch, brick stitch , and peyote stitch . I've found the rhythm of stitching beads to
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  • If there's one kind of natural bead that I can't get enough of, it's got to be pearls. I can't help it -- I'm seduced by their luster, their colors, and the softness that pearls give to my beading and jewelry making projects. When
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  • Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you're using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and
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  • When I was in Tucson back in February, some of my favorite purchases were the gorgeous cabochons that I saw popping up everywhere. Cabochons have always fascinated me as a beader, and I love figuring out new ways to incorporate them into my finished beaded
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  • The beginning of April brought me my first box of treasure from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club through A Grain of Sand, and I could barely contain myself as I opened the box. I'm totally addicted to vintage beads and findings, so this was going to
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  • Recently I showed a number of creative ways to display your earring collection . For those of you who make earrings to sell, how do you present them? I adore this idea from Erin Prais-Hintz, featured on the Earrings Everyday blog. She starts with a business
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  • Right-angle weave is one of those love-it-or-hate-it beading stitches, I think, based on what I've seen from fellow beaders, and even from my own experiences designing beadwork. But right-angle weave definitely has its advantages when it comes to
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  • I have been wanting to learn how to do torch enameling for a long time, and luckily for me, working on a project for the upcoming issue of Handcrafted Jewelry was the perfect excuse to try it out! Note: Do not attempt enameling unless you have the proper
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  • Necklace by Giovanna Imperia. Image from Kumihimo Wire Jewelry . Photo by Jack Zilker. Kumihimo is one of those things that has been on my "got to learn it" list for a very long time now, and the more I learn about it, the more eager I am to
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  • While I was in Tucson, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and after I got home, she sent me a little sample of some of their newest products, including these awesome channel beads. The channel beads were meant to be used with resin
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I shared some amazing brick stitch beading projects submitted by our readers, and one that really caught my eye (and happens to also be a class at Bead Fest Spring this weekend!) was the Enchanted Evenings bracelet and necklace
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  • Do you know how to make wrapped-loop bails, tie lark's head knots, or use ribbon ends? If not, I invite you to view the free technique videos I filmed a bit ago. They're all housed on Beading Daily for easy access. We have 15 stringing-related
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  • I think pretty much everyone who learns peyote stitch makes one of "those" bracelets. You know the ones I'm talking about: a wide (or narrow) strip of peyote stitch, usually even-count, with a button clasp on one end. It's probably the
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  • I learned how to crochet when I was four or five years old. My mother and my grandmother had a seemingly endless supply of crochet hooks, yarn and ideas, and my sister and I grew up with a steady supply of warm, handmade crocheted sweaters, hats and vests
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  • Any mixed-media fans out there? I'm so thrilled to be working on my favorite Interweave publication of all, Handcrafted Jewelry magazine, which is entirely devoted to mixed-media jewelry. I couldn't contain my excitement last week when I received
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  • What is it about beaded beads that captures our imagination? The Zen Buddhist in me loves the idea that beaded beads are beads that are made out of...well, more beads! The simplest beaded beads can be made from a strip of peyote stitch or brick stitch
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  • Any Hunger Games fans out there? The throngs of tweens that are flocking to theaters right now aren't the only ones who are excited about this pop-culture phenomenon--jewelry makers all over are creating designs inspired by this story (and they are
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  • When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I remember not feeling nervous or jittery at all -- until some very helpful soul said to me, "You know, everyone is going to be watching YOU." I panicked for about thirty seconds before I realized
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  • Part of my bead stash is one, large drawer that is filled to the brim with strands and small bags of freshwater pearls. Yes, I'm a Pearl Junkie. Stick pearls, baroque pearls, coin pearls, button pearls, potato pearls -- you name it, I have a strand
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  • Do you have an inspiration board? Not Pinterest, but somewhere where you physically display items that inspire you? Here's a sneak peek at the bulletin board in my home office/studio where I've posted magazine and catalog pages, postcards, and
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  • My first misguided attempts at making a herringbone stitch amulet bag were just plain ugly. But ever since then, I've been enthralled by the lovely pattern and texture of herringbone stitch when it's used in beadwork. Herringbone stitch as defined
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  • I don't often work with metal beads and components, so this month's challenge kit from Beadwork magazine was a REAL challenge for me! Give us your best name for this beaded rope necklace! Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win this month's
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  • While I was visiting the Best Bead Show in Tucson this year, I happened to see a small booth set up near the entrance to the show, full of some of the most mesmerizing lampwork glass beads that I have ever seen! The young woman behind the counter was
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  • It's been a long time coming, and everyone has been very, very patient, and I'm so excited that we now have three new Bead-Alongs ready for the month of April here on Beading Daily ! Bead-Alongs can be fun whether you're beading by yourself
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  • It should come as no surprise that I am running out of room to display my ever-growing earring collection. Working on a jewelry magazine has inspired me to make so many pairs that, once again, I am in need of some new storage. I sat down the other day
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  • My first foray into jewelry-making came when I was five years old. My sister and I would dig through my mother's stash of buttons, selecting the brightly colored plastic and sparkling cut glass buttons to use for necklace making . We strung our button
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  • You know you're a star...now it's time to make sure the rest of the beading world knows it, too! Beginning on April 1st, 2012, you will be able to enter your jewelry designs in our Bead Star 2012 competition. Read through the official rules for
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  • I've always joked with my friends that if this whole beading thing doesn't work out, I'm going to pursue my other passion and open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. At home, if I'm not playing with my beads, I'm in the kitchen cooking
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  • Okay, so I've actually known that I'm a bead hoarder for a really long time now, but my status as bead hoarder has been made official by Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand , when she made me a member of her new Bead Hoard Curiosities Club
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  • Basketball fans, show your spirit! These fun new enameled beads from Detroit-based Collegiate Bead Company feature the school colors from colleges and universities across the country, including your favorite in the Final Four. I'll be honest: I personally
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  • Have you ever looked at a seed bead pattern in the pages of a magazine and wondered how you could make it your own? Of course, it's always fun shopping for new beads when you want to make a particular beading project, but that's not always possible
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  • Hard to believe, but while the rest of the world celebrated the first day of spring last week, here at Jewelry Stringing we were busy making selections for our fall issue. As you can see here, every surface was filled with beautiful jewelry. Tabletops
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  • It's almost spring, when a young beader's thoughts turn lightly to those of...new gemstone beads, of course! Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts, so take a look through your bead stash and see if you have any of my top picks for the gemstones
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  • My first trip to Bead Fest Santa Fe was truly a whirlwind experience. Fellow editor Debbie Blair and I packed as much as we could into our brief time there (check out Debbie's visual re-cap of our trip in her recent blog post ). Between getting to
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  • When my sister and I were kids, we assisted my mom when it came time to type up the directions to her knit and crochet projects. We quickly grew accustomed to the abbreviations and terms used in her patterns. How grateful was I when I started working
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  • I've always been more of a "natural" girl when it comes to my metal beads, particularly the gorgeous African brass beads that I've discovered in my favorite bead shops the last few years. But the other day as I was shopping online at
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  • The wait is over! Season 5 of Mad Men premieres this Sunday. Are you a fan, too? Over the summer, my husband and I caught up on the series, so we're greatly anticipating the return of Don, Betty, Joan, Roger, and the rest of the crew. I admit: I'm
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  • I've got a soft spot for brick stitch . It was the first beading stitch that I taught myself that I actually understood, and for a while, I made all of my amulet bags with brick stitch instead of peyote! Even after I learned how to love peyote stitch
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  • My second trip to Bead Fest Santa Fe over the weekend was just as I had expected it to be. It's always nice to catch up with some of the vendors and bead artists that I deal with in my day-to-day job here at Jewelry Stringing . And who can resist
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  • These cabone rings can be found in any craft supply store with the yarn notions and make fabulous focal beads when covered with your favorite beading stitch! I'm a craft store junky. If I have to run into my local bead crafts store to pick up just
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  • Want to open up a whole new world of possibilities in your jewelry making projects? Learning how to use materials like ribbon, cord and leather in your jewelry projects isn't as hard as you might think it is, and it looks oh, so cool! But if you've
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  • No crimping pliers, no wire cutters...no problem ! I ran into a dilemma last week as I was preparing for a weekend trip: I wanted to bring a jewelry project with me to help pass the time during my flight, but knew I wouldn't be able to get any pliers
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  • Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn money doing something you love, like making beaded jewelry? A home based jewelry business is a great way to bring in extra income, and you don't even need to own a gallery or a shop to sell your
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  • What could be better than beading? Beading with a buddy, of course! I don't have too many opportunities to bead with my friends, but since it's National Craft Month and we're all about Passing On Our Passion this month, I set up a "date"
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  • Yes, that's right: we've decided to add two more prize packages to our Pass On Your Passion Giveaway for National Craft Month! We'll select, at random, two more winners who leave a comment on the original Pass On Your Passion blog and tell
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  • THIS WEEK STARTS BEAD FEST SANTA FE 2012 . HERE WE COME! Actually, I personally will not be headed to Santa Fe this year. My coworkers Debbie Blair and Chloe Chatenever have been elected to represent the magazine, though I have fond memories of what is
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  • From Jennifer: A couple of summers ago, I realized that I needed to upgrade my wire jewelry making tools. I had just embarked on a series of projects using beadweaving and wire jewelry making, and as I worked, I realized that my wire cutters, in particular
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  • Our friends Claudia and Elena over at Mirrix Looms have a wonderful challenge for anyone who loves to use their beading loom during National Craft Month! Between March 1 and March 31, make as many loom beaded bracelets as you can using your Mirrix beading
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  • My daughter is only 3, but how she loves wearing mommy's jewelry! We have a lot of fun crafting together and although she's a little too young to do much more than string a bunch of large-hole beads onto yarn, the day will come when she's
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  • I don't often wear bracelets, but I love a good bracelet making project. One of my favorite techniques for bracelet making is bead embroidery using lots of different types of beads and cabochons in all sizes! I used to be of the opinion that bigger
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  • Once you have bezeled your cabochon using peyote stitch, you can continue to work bead embroidery around it. Or, if you want a quick and easy focal piece for a beaded necklace or bracelet that combines bead embroidery and beadweaving techniques, you can
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  • The latest handmade jewelry craze? Hardware jewelry! Nuts and washers abound in the latest posts on DIY craft blogs and online creative communities. Eager to get my hands on some hardware to play with, I headed to my local home improvement store last
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  • Every once in a while, I am assigned a topic to write about here on Beading Daily that pushes the limits of what I know about jewelry-making. This time, it happened to be chain maille jewelry . I've never done anything with chain maille, and I was
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  • I think I've mentioned what a big fan I am of the Sundance Catalog . It's a great source for design inspiration. For instance, lately I've noticed that the catalog has featured a lot of designs with leather cord or lace formed into a clasp
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  • As part of the Fusion Beads National Craft Month Challenge, yesterday's task was to create a color palette. (Or two or three, from what I saw over in the Forums!) I haven't always loved the challenges of working with color when making a new seed
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  • As crafters, why do we love to do what we do? I've met a lot of beaders during the last ten years, and I've even created some new beaders through my beading classes, and they all have one thing in common: they are utterly passionate about beads
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  • From Jennifer: When I was in high school, I loved to experiment with making jewelry out of anything I could get my hands on. Paper, clay, buttons, wire, you name it! Before I settled on beads, I thought that I'd be making art jewelry out of all kinds
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  • Among the treasures I brought back with me from the Tucson gem and mineral shows were these gorgeous vintage Lucite beads from The Beadin' Path . I love the colors and textures of the vintage Lucite beads, and the deep, rich red and gold swirls of
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  • Yes, you read that right! While I was in Tucson, I started hearing about these wonderful large holed pearls, but never had the chance to find some for myself. Once I got home, I was browsing online at A Grain of Sand and discovered that among their "New
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  • I have trust issues with the cabochons I use in my bead embroidery. The first time I tried to use cabochons in my bead embroidery, I just glued them to the bead embroidery backing and started stitching around them. To my surprise and dismay, those cabochons
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  • Ok, so this may require that you dabble in a medium you have never thought about before, but if you're willing to try your hand at a little polymer clay to make your own large-hole beads, it looks like Sculpey--one of the authorities in polymer clay
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  • Hello, my name is Jennifer VanBenschoten, and I am a cabochon addict. I admitted that fact years ago, although I'm not sure how much it's helped me. My cabochon collection seems to be growing exponentially every year with no end in sight. As long
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  • "Work hard, play hard" is a phrase that all of us here at Jewelry Stringing try to live by. There is always plenty of work to go around, but we still make time to have a little fun. Even during crunch times, when our to-do lists get lengthy
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  • Find 20 inspiring jewelry designs in the April/May 2012 issue of Beadwork. Project techniques range from easy bead crochet and netting to intermediate peyote and right-angle weave. Plus, see Bead #2 in our 15 th Anniversary Beaded Bead contest series and learn 4 ways to create picots.
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  • For National Craft Month, I thought I would participate in the Fusion Beads 30 Day National Craft Month Challenge. The Day 1 challenge was, of course, to make a pair of earrings! And I just happened to have a pair of these lovely 14mm Swarovski crystal
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  • It never fails to amaze me when I take a look at all the fabulous jewelry making resources available here on Beading Daily and over on Jewelry Making Daily . If you've done some jewelry making, you'll know that there are loads of great free projects
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  • Today starts National Craft Month! I can't think of a better time to celebrate doing what we love best: beading and jewelry making! This morning, I opened my email to discover an invitation from Fusion Beads to participate in their 30 Day National
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  • So, I have to admit it: I can't get enough of Downton Abbey. I'd seen a couple of blurbs about it, so when it popped up on my Netflix recommendations, I thought, why not? I was hooked after watching the first episode. Set at the turn of the last
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  • Did you watch the Academy Awards this year? Who did you think was best dressed? I vote for Michelle Williams, the My Week with Marilyn actress. I loved her statement-making tomato-red Louis Vuitton dress and the pretty diamond bow pin she wore at her
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  • Once upon a time, I worked in the field of non-profit community development, grant writing and geographic information systems. I enjoyed the work, but most days I would come home feeling very stressed out and, well, fried. To counteract the stress I felt
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  • Do you feel the need to branch out a bit in your beading? Well, all puns aside, my newest beading project obsession is beading around sticks! The beach on Lake Champlain, looking towards Vermont. Photo by Sharon Schenckel. I'm lucky enough that I
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  • If you're like me, you've seen them everywhere --on the arms of celebrities, gracing the pages of Etsy and clothing catalogs--and it looks as though wrap bracelets continue to be one of the hottest trends in jewelry. Last summer, I had the privilege
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  • On today's Beading Daily blog, I talked about how I set out to stitch up some Chevron chain but actually wound up doing a version of right-angle weave known as triangle weave. I thought I'd offer a quick Chevron chain tutorial here for you today
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  • Back in December, I decided to participate in former Beading Daily online editor Michelle Mach's winter snowflake challenge. Michelle offered kits for sale in her online shop that contained some beautiful handmade porcelain components as well as an
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  • "Only four thousand dollars for these crystals? What a deal!" Beads in the refrigerator - again! You might have seen some of these "Stuff People Say" short videos on YouTube and other places around the web, and now, Beadwork magazine
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  • More and more beaders are choosing to buy their materials online. And since the worldwide web has become a veritable buffet of delectable beads and findings that are sold online, who could blame them? While online shopping will never replace a trip to
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  • Growing up, two of my best friends were Chinese girls who had spent several years living in India before coming to the United States. Through them, I learned so much about Chinese culture (and cooking - yum!) that I fell in love with everything about
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  • So there we were, me and Jewelry Making Daily's Tammy Jones at The Best Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona. We happened to stop by and see talented bead artist and lampwork artist Lisa Kan . Tammy's eye went to a tray of beautiful little glass flower
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  • I think this winter is finally starting to get to me. We've had lousy conditions for doing any of the fun things that I love to do in the winter up here: it hasn't been cold enough for any serious ice fishing, and there's definitely not enough
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  • Although I've tried my hand at bead making using polymer clay, I've never considered myself to be particularly good at it. Especially after seeing a friend of mine who created an entire Lord of the Rings chess set out of polymer clay -- I just
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  • If you loved the Mashed Up Hearts project over on our Beading Daily blog, here's a cool variation made to resemble ceramic Raku! Read on to find out how you can win a free kit including a package of Premo! Sculpey clay and the glitters used to create
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  • Yesterday, I wrote about five tips for setting up your online jewelry business . Once you have your online shop set up and filled with inventory, it's time to manage that inventory effectively so that you get the most out of your online jewelry business
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  • Winters in my part of the world are long. And cold. When we can get outside and do fun things like ice fishing, skiing or snow shoeing, it's not so bad. But this winter, there's not enough snow to do much of anything, and I'm starting to long
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  • When designing a necklace around a particular focal bead or pendant, how do you decide what color of beads to use? First, you may want to decide what kind of a statement you are trying to make. Choosing one color scheme over another can dramatically alter
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  • Taking a look at the recent threads in the Beading Daily forums, I see the same question over and over: I just set up my online jewelry shop, but no one is ordering anything from me! What am I doing wrong? It's easy to look at successful sellers on
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  • Yesterday marked the end of another New York Fashion Week. For most people who follow the semi-annual event, Fashion Week is about catwalks, models, and the latest styles from the industry's leading designers. For me, it's about color. Twice a
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  • Bead crafts have been around for hundreds of years. The first bead crafts were probably related to adorning clothing with thousands of tiny beads, but artists soon discovered that they could use beads to craft other items such as baskets, jars, and ornaments
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  • Don't you love these beads?! In my last post , I shared some of my treasures from the Tucson bead shows. One of those treasures was this strand of floral polymer clay beads from Cherry Tree Beads. When I first saw them, I imagined a Wilma Flintstone
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  • When I started learning how to bead with seed beads a long, long time ago, I ordered most of my seed beads from a paper catalog. Yes! A paper catalog! I could look through the pages of this catalog and see all the colors of seed beads that were offered
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  • With Valentine's Day upon us, some of you may be thinking "bling." Well, you don't need Valentine's Day as an excuse to treat yourself or a loved one to a piece of jewelry that you can craft in a matter of minutes! Over the weekend
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  • I came home from the Tucson gem, mineral and bead shows with more than just a new stash of beads. I came home with loads of new ideas! One thing is for certain as I look at my new goodies - I need some new beading tools ! I can't wait to start working
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  • My second (and last!) day in Tucson, I had originally planned to hit The Best Bead Show, To Bead True Blue and maybe sneak over to one of the gem and mineral shows, since my son was asking for geodes and green-and-purple rocks.Little did I know what I
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  • A part of my job that I really love is that I get to be creative almost every day. I am lucky enough to work with people who know the value of getting your hands dirty every now and then, and we all dedicate ourselves to making time to share our hobbies
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  • Making earrings has never been something I feel I'm particularly good at, so back in 2011, I decided to begin each year with a beading challenge to myself: make a pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month. It seemed a bit daunting at first
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  • Anyone who knows me knows that I've always had a thing for dragons. When the movie How to Train Your Dragon came out, it instantly made it onto my list of favorite movies. Without giving too much away, I loved the way it was all about challenging
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  • I was so excited to head to Tucson, Arizona this year for my first-ever experience at the gem, mineral and bead shows! Because it takes me nearly seventeen hours (that's right - seventeen hours!) to get to Tucson from my home in upstate New York,
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  • As many of you know, this was my first year attending the Tucson shows, and I was so excited! I had heard stories about the amazing bead, gem and mineral shows, and saved my pennies so that I could bring home a healthy supply of beads and treasures for
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  • Nothing gives your beaded necklaces and bracelets a bit of character like a handmade lampwork glass bead . These lovely little bits of glass art come straight from the human imagination, and I love the way they can infuse a beaded necklace design with
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  • The Tucson bead shows are always a blast. A nd this year was no exception. I attended the To Bead True Blue show, the Best Bead show, and the Whole Bead show--a mere sampling of the dozens of bead, gem, and fossil shows that occur every year at this time
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  • Celebrate the coming of spring with Jewelry Stringing Magazine's special color issue! Check out our collection of beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in the seasons hottest hues, then read through our "Spring Into Color" feature for tips on how to incorporate the colors of Pantone's
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  • One of the fun things about working on Jewelry Stringing is seeing the variety of materials jewelry designers are using these days. Inspired to create a polymer-clay piece for our mixed-media themed summer issue, I decided to try out Ranger Ink's
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  • Some of the first beadwork I can remember seeing as a child was Native American beadwork in the collections of our local natural history museum. I was totally captivated by the bright colors of the beads and the intricate patterns that were formed on
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  • Everyone has their own creative process. Whether you are making a necklace or writing a novel, you probably have your quirky habits that help to put you in the right mindset to create. Maybe taking a run around the block or fixing your favorite snack
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  • Each beading stitch has its own intricacies and tricks, and flat odd-count peyote stitch is no different. When mastering this popular beading stitch, you have to learn how to make that tricky little turn at the end of every other row. For some beaders
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  • Welcome to our new Jewelry Stringing blog. We're excited to start an ongoing conversation with our jewelry-making buddies: you! On our end, you'll be hearing from me, Danielle Fox, editorial director of the bead group at Interweave; Debbie Blair
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  • Welcome to the new Beading Challenge blog here on Beading Daily! This is where you'll be able to come up with a name for my Challenge pieces in Beadwork magazine - and win a free beading kit! Come up with a name for this beaded necklace, and you could
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