Round-nose Pliers

round-nose pliers

Twisting wire is easily done with round-nose pliers.

Round-nose pliers for jewelry making

These beading tools are essential for making perfect loops and rings. If you can only buy a handful of tools, a round-nose plier should be among them. Choose a pair that has a wide cone toward the base, as these are stronger than the extremely fine ones and less likely to bend.

See also: The Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Making Tools

How to use round-nose pliers


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cover a magnetic clasp with tubular peyote stitch
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jean Campbell explains which beading needles to use for which projects
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Needle-threading tips from the Stitch Pro
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Learn to stitch a beaded snowflake
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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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  • 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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  • I need another beading tool like I need a hole in the head, right? But a couple of weeks ago, I caved in and bought one of the new Big Kick machines from Vintaj, with the idea that I would make some lovely embossed brass pieces for earring making projects
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jean Campbell is the founding editor of Beading Daily. From Jennifer: Steampunk is one jewelry-making trend that is not going away anytime soon! And for good reason, too - it's all too easy to get wrapped up in the romantic, funky findings and materials
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  • I've always had an affinity for natural rock crystals. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and took stock of my beading goals for 2012 with a few New Year's beading resolutions . But then once I started looking over my sketchbooks and designs, I
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  • You'd never know it, but when I got serious about jewelry-making back in college, I started out by doing wire work! Yes, when I began my journey into jewelry-making, I went out and bought a book and tool set that was all about wire wrapping . I still
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  • Beautiful, artistic freeform peyote stitch! It seems that when it comes to freeform peyote stitch , there are two main schools of thought. The first is that this beadweaving technique is a fabulous, artistic and creative use of peyote stitch on a whole
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  • When I first started beading, I found myself sitting in the same position for literally hours. I was so focused on my beadwork that unless I got up to change the video tape that I was watching, I wouldn't move for hours on end. From an ergonomic point
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  • A little bit of bead embroidery goes a long way on a pair of my favorite jeans! Beads make fabulous jewelry, as we all know, but there are so many other crafts that you can do with beads! Crafts with beads can be things for home décor or special
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  • This sparkling crystal bead chain works great by itself or with a special pendant. This project was inspired by an amazing ceramic and crystal pendant I bought from Lisa Peters Art on Etsy . I loved the colors as well as the way Lisa combined the ceramic
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  • Some of the more unusual beads I found at City Beads in New York City . Looking more like a high-end fashion boutique than a well-stocked bead shop, City Beads was an unexpected but delightful stop on my recent New York City shopping trip. For those of
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  • I got to go bead shopping with the fabulous Lisa Peters Russ of Lisa Peters Art! How much fun is THAT? On the second day of my recent trip to New York City, my friends and I went into Manhattan to do some bead shopping between Fifth and Seventh Avenues
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  • Me, my two friends, and all those beads at Beads on Fifth in Manhattan! Some of you may remember that a couple of weekends ago, I decided to take a little break and do some bead shopping in New York City with my friends. Each bead shop that I went to
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  • The Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson-Smith is a perfect example of how crystals can provide sparkle without being front and center. I love bead-weaving with crystals, but I don't think I do it often enough. (Somehow, it just doesn't work for me to
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  • These easy wire wrapped beads make great spacers with more antique trade beads or more organic gemstone beads. Being sort of a newcomer to wire work and wire jewelry-making, I have always admired those folks who can take a piece of wire and bend it (like
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  • Yes, it's that time of year again. When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, there are two types of people. The first type, like my sister, has all the holiday shopping done before the end of August, and everything is neatly wrapped, tagged
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  • Don't get me wrong - I love technology. I love being able to subscribe to my favorite beading magazine and have my issues delivered to my iPad, and I love being able to download movies, music and books without having to wait for the mailman to deliver
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  • This spectacular peyote stitch Bloomin' Bead was designed by Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers . Beaded beads are fascinating for so many reasons. It's more of that Zen-like quality of beadweaving for me: imagine making a bead out of beads! Where
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  • I've been interested in things such as yoga and meditation ever since I took a stress management class in college. (I tend to be wound rather tightly at times!) For years, I used writing as my primary practice when I was looking to do something meditative
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  • I love making beaded bracelets , but bracelet making presents its own unique set of jewelry-making challenges! "Kissing your hand may make you feel very good, but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever." - Anita Loos I think Ms. Loos
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  • November marks six months since I've been here at Beading Daily , and I have to say that I'm thrilled to be able to sit down every day and write about my favorite thing in the entire world - beads! Having the chance to connect and correspond with
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  • The Little Guy 12" beading and tapestry loom by Mirrix Looms is a great gift for yourself or for someone else! My first beading loom was one of those "Native American" beading looms that I got for five dollars from a big box craft store
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  • Yes, I have more than one project on my beading tray in this picture. It's cluttered. I don't even know why that spool of blue Nymo beading thread is there! I don't know if I qualify as a typical beader, but I always find that I have about
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  • Necklace making is something that has always come easy for me. Even now, I find that my sketchbooks are full of more necklace designs than anything else, and I'm always finding inspiration for new designs everywhere. My process for designing and making
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  • When I first started learning how to bead and was learning basic jewelry-making, I loved earring making . I didn't realize it at the time, but making earrings a great way to learn new beadweaving stitches and jewelry-making techniques. Handmade earring
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  • I love using ceramic bead dishes for certain beading tasks. Here is an assortment of my ceramic beading dishes with beads for various projects in them! When I first started beading, I used to pour my seed beads into large, bulky plastic storage boxes
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  • The piece: a twisted herringbone rope accented with two lush tassels of fringe and a crystal flower centerpiece. Come up with the best name for this piece of beadwork, and you win the beading kit pictured below courtesy of Red Panda Beads! Sometimes I
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  • Dangles from an old crystal chandelier make the perfect accent for a braided necklace and belt! You might not believe this, but she's using match sticks to create a necklace! Some of us around here at Interweave were so excited by the new Project
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  • Beadwork magazine chooses some pretty amazing beadweaving artists to feature as their Designers of the Year. These artists teach internationally and are known for both their gorgeous beaded jewelry designs and their innovative uses of traditional off
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  • A couple of my favorite seed bead storage solutions for tubes of seed beads. Back when I was still a baby beader, I ordered my seed beads from a paper catalog. (Wow. Imagine that!) The seed beads arrived in a small box, neatly packaged in plastic tubes
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  • From Jennifer: I love making my own beads out of just about anything. Earlier this summer, I started making fabric flowers that I turned into focal beads, and of course, embellished to within an inch of their lives with other beads. Cate Prato, our wonderfully
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  • The packaging for one of the very first beading kits I ever bought, circa 2000. I can still remember the first beading kit I ever bought. It was for a pair of fringed brick-stitch earrings that looked like shooting stars. The beaded earrings were big
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  • Yep, we beaders are definitely a creative and thrifty bunch. When it comes to our beading supplies, there are lots of items that we "borrow" from other crafts that work just as well when it comes to our beloved beads! Recently, I discovered
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  • As a writer and a bead artist, I'm always fascinated with the stories behind beaded jewelry designs. This beaded necklace also has a great story behind it! The first one of these that I made was for a close friend of mine who lives in Burbank. She
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  • We reached a milestone here on Beading Daily yesterday with the addition of our 10,000 th fan on Facebook ! It's hard for me to believe that there are actually 10,000 of you bead lovers out there who are watching our posts and reading our blogs every
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  • Make Great Handmade Beaded Jewelry with Character! When you're working on a piece of great beaded jewelry, you want to give it character. After all, that's why people make, buy and wear handmade beaded jewelry, isn't it? They want something
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  • Let's face it: selling beadwork and beaded jewelry can be a tough business. Go to any craft show and look at just how many vendors are selling jewelry. You'll find that there are more and more jewelry vendors selling all kinds of handmade jewelry
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  • When I was in high school, I got bit by the jewelry-making bug. I had been experimenting with making jewelry from beads, paper, fibers, buttons and anything else I could get my hands on. A friend of mine was doing a lot of wire wrapping with polished
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  • I've always been one of those "do it yourself" kind of people, particularly when it comes to crafting. I think it must run in my family because my grandmother, who never used any kind of books or patterns for her crochet, made beautiful
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  • One of the things that I've been writing about for a couple of years now are basic beading skills. These are the skills that you'll find yourself using again and again on your beading journey. I've always told my students that learning how
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  • A sample of colored Fireline from Sparkle Spot Bead Shop . This stuff rocks! I love everything about Fireline. Well, almost everything. Ever since I discovered how great Fireline is for making open-backed peyote-stitch bezels and making supple and strong
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  • With a preschooler, a full-time job, a husband, a dog and a gaggle of chickens, there's always something for me to do at my house. And sometimes, sadly, the beading is the LAST thing to get done at the end of the day. But beading is important to me
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  • As my collection of beading tools grows and grows, I find that there are a couple of beading tools that I must have handy when I sit down to bead. My favorite scissors for cutting Fireline and Wildfire are a simple pair of Rapala fishing line scissors
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  • Being a (mostly) self-taught beader, I discovered the advantages and drawbacks of learning my beading skills from books and videos. (That was back in the Stone Age when all we had was a VCR!) It was easy enough for me to follow the diagrams and directions
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  • Gemstone cabochons are one of my favorite beading supplies, and I'm always on the lookout for beautiful hand-cut gemstone cabochons. My friend Carol Dean Sharpe of SandFibers introduced me to Sheila Hoag of Tradewinds Studios and her luscious gemstone
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  • With my son starting preschool in just a couple of weeks, I've suddenly gotten nostalgic for all things back-to-school. Going back to school every September was always exciting for me - I was anxious to learn new things and see my friends after a
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  • I discovered beading while my husband and I were living in a tiny apartment in Lake Placid, N.Y. I was still a college student, finishing up my degree in environmental science, and working as an intern in a small not-for-profit community development organization
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  • I promised this free beading project a couple of weeks ago, and it's finally ready! The Renaissance Diamond Chain Collar is here! I had the idea for this collar floating around in my head for quite a while, and I wasn't quite sure how I was going
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  • So by now, I hope that you have all figured out what colors and materials you are going to use for making Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems necklace for our first Bead Along! I've decided to use some white Howlite chips and some gunmetal lined
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  • One of the challenges of working with handmade focal beads and cabochons is picking out which beads will go with it to create a harmonious color palette. There needs to be a balance between the main colors in the focal bead or cabochon and the accent
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  • I'm probably not the first person to mix chain and bead embroidery, but I certainly love it! I think the first time I saw chain and bead embroidery mixed together, it was in some of Diane Hyde's amazing Bead Punk pieces . I was totally inspired
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  • When I first started beading, all I made was amulet bags. This was back in 1999, and everywhere you looked beadweavers were creating beautiful, over-the-top beadwoven amulet bags. Sometimes I would make a pair of earrings to match a particular bag, but
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  • When I got married, I had to make sure that beads were a part of our special day! When my husband and I were planning our wedding back in 2003, I wanted beads to play a big part in our special day. I had planned on making the jewelry for my bridesmaids
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  • A note from Jennifer: There are two kinds of beading pattern designers in this world: those who can create gorgeous flat peyote patterns and those who can't. Carol Dean Sharpe, owner of Sand Fibers , is definitely one of those who can. Carole's
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  • Learn expert tips for working flat herringbone stitch Find out how to work circular and other variations of this versatile beadweaving stitch Follow large, easy to see diagrams as Melinda takes you through basic herringbone stitch Maybe I'm giving
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  • I can't remember where I first learned this diamond chain stitch, but I love it! It's so easy and so versatile that you can work it up with pretty much any beads you happen to have around. It's fast, too - it only took me about an hour to
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  • My well-loved soft tacklebox is perfect for carrying lots of beads to shows and classes. It's summer, and that means that lots of people are hitting the road for a vacation. I'll be packing up my beads and heading to a couple of beading classes
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  • There's nothing more uplifting for me than to spend an afternoon or a day in a beading class, surrounded by like-minded people who are there to have fun, learn something new, and take home a fabulous piece of beaded jewelry. And if you're heading
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  • I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies
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  • My "Hypnotize Me" bead embroidered pendant uses wire wrapped dangles as fringe. How easy is this? Take a couple of beads and string them on a head pin. Make a wrapped loop, and you've got one of the most versatile components for jewelry
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  • I've seen some pretty bad crimping jobs since I started making beaded jewelry. My own first crimps were pretty darn bad, too. I used the wrong kind of crimp, and I never used a crimping pliers. (I didn't even know what a pair of crimping pliers
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  • I love making peyote-stitch beaded beads. Not only are they simple and fast, but it's also so easy to think up ways to embellish them! These freshwater pearl-embellished beaded beads were inspired by the Lisa Peters Art focal bead that I had in my
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  • Of all my beading mats and beading surfaces, my favorites have to be my Designer's Workpads and my Deluxe Bead Traveler from Designer's Findings and bead artist Diane Hyde . I was introduced to these wonderful work pads through a friend who used
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  • Among some of my most important beading supplies are my many beading mats. Having a good work surface can make all the difference when you're working on a complex beading project, so I usually have three or four different types of beading mats in
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  • My first serious foray into the world of handmade jewelry came with a kit and book about making wire jewelry. (I hadn't yet discovered the joys of off-loom beadweaving.) I learned how to make jump rings, spirals and links and even managed to make
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  • The finished Guinevere's knot necklace with focal bead by Lisa Peters Art. Does anyone else remember those hemp necklaces that were so popular with kids twenty years ago? Yes, I was one of those kids who wore knotted hemp necklaces and bracelets.
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  • Welcome to Free Project Friday! This week's free beading project is an easy banded flat herringbone bracelet, made with seed beads and tiny cube beads. These new cube beads are popping up everywhere, and I couldn't resist adding a selection of
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  • Pretty much every single flat herringbone stitch project that I've seen has a ladder stitch start to it, so I was eager to learn this method for starting flat herringbone stitch. Instead of beginning with a ladder, your herringbone stitch will begin
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  • It seems like every time I turn around, there's a new bead, beading supply or beading tool available at shows and online. I thought I'd ask our panel of experts and artists what their favorite new beading product was. Carol Dean Sharpe: I am completely
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  • I don't necessarily like clutter, even though clutter is sometimes a necessary part of my creative process. Keeping clutter under control can be a challenge for someone like me who lives in a small house. (It's hard enough keeping my son's
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  • I had an idea once for a piece of beaded jewelry. It was based on a piece that I had seen in an online auction catalog from one of the big auction houses, and it was a gorgeous diamond and enamel necklace from the early part of the twentieth century.
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  • The recent price increase for sterling silver really hit me the last time I put together an order for sterling silver clasps and findings. It made me nervous to think that I was going to eventually have to pass on that price increase to my customers,
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  • In the beginning, there were seed beads. And the seed beads were good. As a matter of fact, the seed beads were great. And they were numerous - so many colors and finishes and sizes of seed beads to choose from! A new beader (me) quickly fell to the spell
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  • Nicole's BeadBacking in an assortment of colors If you love to do bead embroidery , I've just discovered a bead backing that beats out everything else I've ever used: Nicole's BeadBacking. This bead embroidery medium was developed by bead
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  • Even though I'm not primarily a wire work person, like most beadweavers, I need a good set of jewelry making pliers in my beading tool kit for those times when I need to attach jump rings and findings or make a set of wrapped loops. I bought my first
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  • Jean Campbell shares 4 design ideas for beaded necklace shapes
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  • Anyone who has ever enjoyed working with beads can’t deny the simple fact that beads have some sort of healing power. There’s just something undeniably life-affirming and uplifting about the joy that you get when you sit down with your beads
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  • Ever since Carole Cypher returned from her adventures in Japan last year, I've been hearing about these amazing new beading needles that she brought back with her. Tulip needles were reputed to be stronger, more flexible, and less likely to bend and
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  • Jean Campbell outlines the 6 wireworking tools you need to make beautiful wireworked jewelry.
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  • Even though I don't do it too often, I love knotting strands of pearls and gemstone beads. There's nothing quite as iconic as a single strand of knotted pearls: I'm thinking of June Cleaver or Jackie O. Pearls add instance elegance and class
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  • Learn how to add fiber to bead loom projects
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  • Q&A with Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, authors of the brand new book, Handcrafted Wire Findings
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  • If you've been making jewelry for a while, you're ready to expand your skills. For many beaders and stringers, that means moving into the realm of making wire jewelry . I know wire can feel a little daunting—I vividly recall my first class
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  • TV . . . It's a glamorous life . . . so they say! Marlene Blessing (Editorial Director, Interweave Books) and I recently had a taste of that life, and we're here to tell you a little about behind the scenes of that so called glamorous life! While
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  • One of the best ways to feed your need to bead is to try out new ways from established pros. Jean Campbell fits the bill on that! I love trying out her tips, and her six steps to perfect wrapped loops is no exception. I’ve always had those little
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  • Beaders are a generous group. They share beads, tips, even their chocolate on occasion. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Beading Daily is the community. There are fun beaders, serious beaders (who don't fool around) and everything in between.
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  • What are you taking on your spring vacation? Try out these 3 all new projects from the Beading Daily store.
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  • 3 Easy Ways to Hang a Pendant
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  • The 83rd Academy Awards are in two days. Sure, I love seeing who wins, who's with whom, even who smiles that fake smile like it doesn't matter when their name isn't called ...(come on, you KNOW you see them do it too). But to tell you the
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  • I am one lucky ducky; I've never wanted to change my name. No, not even once. (Okay, maybe once, when I was seven and couldn't find a cute little wall plaque at the store with my name on it. They always spelled it wrong!) Thanks, Mom. That said
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily This weave is often found in Ndebele beadwork. The herringbone stitches or pattern creates a tough fabric. It's a tricky stitch, but once you get the knack, it can produce wonderful geometric shapes.Use
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  • How to Get the Perfect Crimp Every Time
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  • Do you ever see someone wearing beautiful jewelry, and you'd love to know where she got it but are too shy to ask? I'm not. One of the most delightful fringe benefits of working in the Interweave office with so many creative folks is #1 they usually
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  • Learn Bead Crochet in 7 Easy Steps
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  • I do believe my parents invented the first "Staycation" many years ago when I was in Jr. high School. Minnesota winters are hard and were especially brutal on my poor mom. In an attempt to cheer her up when the temps hadn't risen above zero
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  • Lime soda earring inspiration Do you wire wrap all your loops or not? That is seriously the most popular loopy question! I must confess, up until now I didn't think I needed to wire wrap my loops. Please don't judge . . I have had many excuses
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily OK gang, who received beads for gifts over the holidays? Even if you bought them for yourself, they are the greatest of gifts, right? Beads are always the perfect gift in so many ways. Your entire family and
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of my fave additions to my personal jewelry making has been metals and wire. I love adding textured metals to my fabric beads for loads of fun and unusual textures. So I'm always looking for a few new
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  • Learn the basics to get started wireweaving
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily OK gang: 36, yes, 36 days until the big Ho, Ho, Ho! (I heard you all gulp, now take a nice, deep breath). I've got some great last-minute projects to inspire/haunt you this holiday season (your choice depending
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  • An interview with Kate McKinnon
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily We're in the thick of holiday festivities, and I can't help sharing another fun party idea for all my jewelry-making Beading Daily peeps. I love throwing DIY (Do It Yourself) parties at work. During
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I don't know about you, but I'm an "over-the-top-funky-chunky" kind of jewelry designer. I love textures, 3-dimensional surprises, mixed media, big baubles, and bling. Having had years of experience
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  • It wasn't too long ago that I knew nothing about making jewelry with wire. I started as a beader, for a long time, then dove headfirst into metalsmithing. But wire . . . that was a step I'd missed along the way.
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  • Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a contributing editor to Beading Daily I remember working with wire for the first time. I was all thumbs. My coils were sloppy, my bends weren't sharp, and my loops were kinked. I truly thought I'd
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of my many nicknames is "cupcake." I absolutely adore them in all their cuteness, and am thrilled with their recent increase in popularity. Starting around the turn of the twentieth century, cupcakes
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  • Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a contributing editor to Beading Daily I don't know about you, but my weekly errands usually include a stop at my local bead shop. This week my daughter and her friend were in tow as I spun around
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Many of you Beading Daily peeps have been following my seed-bead escapades for the past couple of months. It's kind of like a reality show, watching someone discover a new addiction and follow their emotional
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily As a teacher in the creative field, one of my greatest delights is taking classes from other teachers. I'm just like you, I pore over the show catalogs, bending the corners of the pages to mark which classes
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily My daughter is one of those young women who can pull off wearing just about anything. Her latest craze is cocktail rings; she wears a different set every day. Her rings du jour sprinkle over her
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  • I don’t know about you, but deep down inside, I’m basically an immediate gratification type of gal. I want my chocolate, weight loss, and jewelry making FAST! Sure, we all love working on masterpieces, but sometimes you need to slip in some
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  • My first wireworking and metal class was years ago. I was so enthralled with the reaction of wire and heat that I never got beyond making ballend head pins with a torch. I just couldn't stop! It was like magic, so simple that even a beginner could
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily I was just looking over the lineup for the next season of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels TV , which has a great set of DVDs that covers the gamut of beading and jewelry-making how-to: beadweaving, wireworking
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . I’m a jewelry designer and writer. In that order. Which means, even though I make a living writing professionally, I consider myself a designer, first and foremost. Like most of you, I adore pictures
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily I don’t know about you, but I have many beautiful things in my stash that I’d like to hang as pendants. Cabochons. Found objects. Tiles. One catch: They don’t have holes to string
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . I am one lucky ducky; I've never wanted to change my name. No, not even once. (Okay, maybe once, when I was seven and couldn't find a cute little wall plaque at the store with my name on it. They always
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  • Here's a typical question that might pop up on a long car trip this summer: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you be glad you packed? Sandwiches, of course. Some colas. A Hollywood tell-all magazine, maybe? That would be for a short
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  • As you read this, picture me packing up a U-Haul for my move across town. I've been in this house for nine years now, and sorting through all the stuff of my life has been daunting. For instance, why do I have two irons-did I think having two might
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  • There's this tale about a woman who would always cut the ends off her pot roast before putting it in the pan to let it bake. Her daughter asked her why she did that, and she realized she didn't know. So she called her sister, who also cut the
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  • Wire isn’t mastered in one take Wirework is not wirework is not wirework. Those of you who have played with or mastered wireworking know what I mean. It’s enticing at first: those wire projects lure you in with their hip metal style. Then
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  • Burn, Baby, Burn In one of my many exciting past artistic lives, I was a raku artist. I created pottery and fired it in a huge raku kiln in my backyard. My fascination with fire, the elements and the drastically varying glaze “surprises” always
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  • Simple and sensational lariats– What’s not to love about lariat designs? They can be tied or looped to suit whatever length you need. Many designs are fast and easy to make: Dangle a pair of big baubles at the ends of a cool chain. Tie clusters
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  • I was a wrapped-loop purist until I met my buddy Jamie Hogsett. Pre-Jamie, I strove to make sure all of my wrapped loops were perfectly and neatly wrapped so that the wrap looked almost mechanical, like a coil slipped onto wire. But after hanging out
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  • Oh no! It’s (insert impending occasion: Mother’s Day, graduation, my BF’s birthday) and I still haven’t made a gift yet! That thought used to send panic through my veins, but not any more. I can whip up some earrings pretty instantly now, but I have a secret ingredient which makes
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  • Get started in a hot jewelry-making trend! So many of today’s stylish jewelry designs seem to include more metal, wire, and chain, so chances are you’ll be tempted to learn to use a torch. Do you have a bit of anxiety about using a flame?
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  • Is your stash keeping up with your creativity? Like many of you, my beading stash behaves like a kudzu vine. It grows anywhere I set it. Take my office, for instance: The closet is full, and its contents have begun creeping across the floor. The books
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  • Beaded Jewelry Design tips you can count on I always knew I was going to art school. I did not need math to be an artist. Guess what? Mom and Dad were right. Artists need math. Not algebra, thank the gods, just a grasp of numbers and relationships. At
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  • Working with cabochons I used to have something called a worry stone. It was a small polished stone with a smooth indentation, offering a tactile path to serenity, like a kid who rubs the satin on a comfort blankie. I have the same sense of “ahhhh”
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  • Trimming Threads In what seems like a lifetime ago already, I was the editor of Beadwork magazine. At Interweave in 1997, Linda Ligon played Spanky, I was Darla, and we said “Let’s have a magazine!” Much like the sewn-together blankets
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  • Can a Bead Lover Love Wire? When you make a pair of earrings, do you start with wire and add beads? Or, do you have beads you want to use and choose wire as your framework? Though I love the linear des ign possibilities in wire itself, I usually use wire
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  • My Metal Seed-Bead Romance I know, I know … you run into beads you love all the time. But I'd like to talk about a different type of love. I’m talking about head-over-heels beady luuuurrrve. The kind of giddy euphoria that makes you spend
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  • Puttin’ on the Glitz This past weekend I was getting ready for a holiday party. I had on a snazzy new outfit, but of the hundreds of pairs of earrings I own, I couldn’t find a single set to wear. Sound familiar? Luckily, we’re beaders
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  • Details make the difference So true! It’s the little things that make your jewelry designs look good. You can spend days or weeks on a jewelry project, but if your finish work is messy, it ruins the entire look. Whether you’re just starting
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  • The allure of pearls Oh, those pearls! They've captivated us for eons, in hues that span the rainbow, with textures and shapes from dewdrops to crusty grain. Lustrous. Shimmering. Exotic. Birthstone of June babies and traditional gift for thirtieth
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  • What's in a name ? I live near this kid named Christian. Nice boy, a little shy, but very polite. "Hi, Christian!" I yell from the porch when he walks to the bus. "Hi, Mrs. Campbell." "Hey, Christian! How's your sister
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  • Make your jewelry special with sparkle ‘Tis (almost) the season to be glam! Even I, ever the industrial chic, seed-beads-4-ever chick, totally love the look of crystal jewelry at this time of the year. There is a magnificent brilliance that only
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  • Hammer Metal to Make Your Jewelry Unique I believe we can make jewelry out of anything. Put things together in a well-crafted, interesting design, and voil à , wearable art. Might not be “art” jewelry at a certain level, but it’s
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  • Hook and eye clasp is hardware chic! Rubber tubing called “spline” is one of my favorite hardware store materials. Commonly used to press around a screen door panel, it’s cheap, easy to cut, comes in a few gauges and shades of gray or
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  • Great Wire Jewelry Deserves Perfect Loops I was doing some domestic spelunking and found a rosary I made before I knew much about wirework. It was a gift I'd made for my son when he was little. I'd invested in stone beads, made the cross in metal
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  • A Quick Guide to Wire Gauge and Hardness Chances are, if you've been making jewelry for a while, you're feeling ready to expand your skills. For many beaders and stringers, that means moving into the realm of wire. But I know wire can feel a little
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  • How do you deal with a necklace design that's perfect but too short? Like most of you, when I design a new necklace I make it to my favorite length. I happen to prefer 16" necklaces because the focal bead sits just perfectly above my “Great
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  • My Style, Your Style! We beaders love a challenge! The challenge of learning new stitches and twists on a technique. The challenge of that “blank page” moment when you spread out your beads and wonder what you’ll make. But the challenge
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  • A few short years ago I decided to quit my day job and attend culinary school. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly on a whim, but I had finally decided to follow my passion and learn the art of creating beautiful cakes and pastries. Although I learned how important it is to work neatly and to mise en place my
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  • I may be the owner of the last reversible skirt in America. To be honest, I've only worn it with the pattened side showing, but I love the idea that I could wear the plain blue side showing if the mood ever struck. I especially enjoy packing that skirt for trips. It lets me pretend that I'm one
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  • Beading Daily turned two on August 1st. When I started several months before our official launch date, there were 1,500 members. Now there are more than 100,000! It's amazing that despite this huge growth, Beading Daily still feels much like it did when it started—a fun place to hang out with your
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  • Remember when you first got your ears pierced and you had to wear a simple post earring for a few weeks while they healed? Geez those weeks seemed interminable. That curious ritual of putting holes in your earlobes was surely a rite of passage. It was either a trip to the mall where some teenage sales
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  • I like chain so much that back in April I spent a full day making my own in a wireworking workshop. Using steel wire, I made my own jump rings, formed my own links, hammered them, joined them, and polished the finished piece. The best tip I learned: once you've figured out the size of wire you need
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  • As a teen, I routinely stuffed my size 9 feet into size 8 shoes, trying to deny that my feet would never be small again. The same kind of denial recently led me to try stuffing a piece of 22-gauge wire (my favorite size!) into the tiny, delicate drilled channel at the top of a lovely Oregon sunstone
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  • Working as a freelance writer and designer has its perks. For instance, right now I’m still in my pajamas, my hair looks like I’ve been on a G-force machine, and it’s 11:00. The commute is very eco-friendly, and the commissary is about ten steps away from my office.
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  • It wasn’t all that long ago that I used nothing but sterling silver in all my jewelry. My ear wires, clasps, jump rings, chain, even crimps, all of it was sterling. Of course, that was back when gas was a dollar, our houses were worth more than we’d ever dreamed , and our 401Ks were making us feel like
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  • In the Summer 2009 issue of Stringing, we present an article about eco-conscious beading, Bead Green: New Earth-Friendly Beading Supplies. In the article, author Melaina Juntti writes, “Nowadays many of us think critically about how our lifestyles and hobbies affect the planet and, coupled with
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  • 6 Reasons We Love to Make Earrings Soon after joining Twitter (under the name BeadingDaily ), I asked jewelry designers to tell me what they liked about making earrings. Within minutes, I was deluged with reasons. Here are just six: 1. "It's
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  • I love playing with wire, don't you? The design possibilities and colors are endless. Denise Peck is considered one of the wonderful wire women influencing wire popularity, trends, and techniques for many moons. I asked her to share one of her fave
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  • Last month I was lucky enough to take an intensive 2-day jewelry making workshop. Not only did I learn a lot in the workshop (notably, how much easier it is to use a jeweler's saw if you don't push down into the metal as hard as you possibly can), but I also learned a lot from my repeated trips
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  • Does this ever happen to you? You wake up and feel the sudden need to start adding, say, starbursts to your designs. So you do. But then the weird thing is you start noticing starbursts everywhere. In other people’s beadwork . . . on T-shirts . . . wrapping paper . . . on the sides of buses . . . It
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  • Recently, Stringing editor Danielle Fox and I were marveling over a necklace that had been submitted to the summer issue by sisters Silvija and Taya Koschnick. It was so simple, yet very appealing, the kind of piece that both of us would feel comfortable wearing often, even though our personal styles
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  • I was just checking out the classes at BeadFest Philadephia and having a nice dream about taking classes from one of the top-notch teachers that will be there this August 21-24. Sometimes it’s hard to make trips like this a reality, but being the superb plotter that I am, I’ve developed a quick plan
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  • I met a well-known bead designer last year who confessed that she sometimes enjoyed mixing high- and low-end components together--beads from her local craft store with some high-end silver or handcrafted art beads or findings. I admitted to her that I did this, too. Looking back, it's funny how we
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  • Like you, I’ve taken classes of all sorts over the years. Most teachers use memory techniques to help you remember lists or a process. For instance, my piano teacher used the acronym (E)very (G)ood (B)oy (D)oes (F)ine so I could remember the lines of the treble clef; in 10th grade typing class
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  • Of course you can! The real challenge is to design something for that amount that looks like it came from a pricey boutique--or Stringing magazine. Danielle Fox, Elizabeth Murray, and I all took the challenge for the Spring 2009 issue. I had so much fun, I decided to make a second "under $25"
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  • Check these pages for instructions, illustrations, related articles/magazines/books, and occasional videos on how to bead , create jewelry, whether you favor bead stitching, stringing, or wireworking. You'll also find links to selected articles on
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  • Thread is one option for stringing material. Popular types include braided thread, nylon thread, pearl cotton, quilting thread, and silk thread. Thread will often need to be conditioned with a wax or conditioner before use to protect it from fraying and
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  • Usually the weather in Minnesota at this time of year makes people cuss and throw things. But I’m happily whistling away as I pack up beading kits and my Bermuda shorts. You see, I get to join 60,000 of my rock, gem, and beading enthusiast buddies and head down to Tucson, Arizona in a couple weeks!
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  • Beading Daily editor Michelle Mach shares photos and news of her first trip to the Tucson Bead Shows, February 2-6, 2009.
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  • Beading Daily readers are full of questions! I was reminded of this when editor Michelle Mach sent me dozens of your questions this month, ranging anywhere from “How do I hang an 18mm heart pendant? Jump rings don’t seem to work.” (use a pinch or prong bail instead) to “How do I remove a crimp cover
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  • Any way you count it, 2008 was a terrific year for Beading Daily! We welcomed Jean Campbell as contributing editor every Wednesday. We also welcomed our magazine editors (Marlene Blessing, Danielle Fox, Denise Peck, Leslie Rogalski, Sara Graham, Melinda Barta) and their thoughts on topics like ethnic
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  • Here's a confession guaranteed to fill up my inbox with reader mail: My favorite beaded watch is made with pretty Kazuri ceramic beads in various shades of blue, silver beads, and a silver watch face. Very simple to make and easy to wear. So what's the big deal?
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  • It’s a cliché and dorky tradition, but my husband and I light a candle and make resolutions on New Year’s Eve. We’re each allowed only one. And those amorphous “I’m going to eat healthier” or “I will strive to be a better person” type of resolutions won’t fly. What we come up with are more like personal
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  • Months ago I asked Beading Daily readers to share their favorite bead-related gifts. If you're still shopping, take a look at these ideas that will fit a range of budgets, including a few that won't cost you a dime!
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  • Along with simple loops, the spiral was the first wire technique I learned. In fact, my mom still wears a pair of earrings that I created back then with 8mm black rounds and a silver spiral dangle. (I try not to cringe when I see them--my technique has greatly improved since then!)
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  • We both know that a handmade piece of jewelry is one of the nicest gifts you can give someone. People love receiving jewelry that was designed specifically with them in mind, and when the wearer knows the designer personally, she’s afforded another layer of bragging rights.
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  • Brick stitch, aptly named for the way the beads sit like bricks in a wall, has to be one of my favorite all time stitches. After building my bead vocabulary with lots of techniques, I still rely on brick stitch in its many forms for most of my signature designs.
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  • In the fall issue of Stringing, the editors (Melinda Barta, Danielle Fox, and Elizabeth Murray) all went shopping at flea markets, antique stores, and thrift stores and with some advice from jewelry designer Mysti Gulsrud, they each created a design using modern components and antique finds.
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  • I don’t know about you, but I’m kind a sucker for those "the-making-of" special features included on DVDs these days. You know, the laugh reels, the director’s commentary, the short history documentaries that provide a backdrop to the movie. I’m not the only one, right?
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  • When I moved into my neighborhood seven years ago I knew it was going to take extreme measures to break the ice with my neighbors. At first meeting, it seemed like we had nothing in common. From politics and religion to level of household cleanliness and meal planning it seemed like we lived in different
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  • Last spring I took a metalworking class with Susan Lenart Kazmer, author of the new book Making Connections. Ever since her beautiful hardcover book came out, I've been thinking about that class. What makes one class good and another amazing?
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  • I recently heard from my high school friend Kristy who was planning on running a race in California to raise money for cancer research. When I saw Sandra Lupo's wire earring project, I immediately bought some half-round silver wire and a 5mm rose Swarovski crystal pearl to make a pendant version
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  • I recently redesigned a pair of earrings using a different gemstone colorway. I found out pretty quickly that the new stones I was using had very small holes. So, with my stash’s head pin box before me, I started trying…22-gauge? Nope. 24-gauge? Nope. (I was starting to feel like a toddler with a shape
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  • Color is such a key element of good design. Yet each of us wrestles now and then with being in a color rut—“I only buy purple beads”—or wondering what shade of blue brings out the best in a new multicolored lampwork pendant. Do you ever watch The View on TV? If so, you’ll
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  • I had all the on- and off-loom techniques down pat before I discovered that bead stringing can be an equally refreshing and creative mind teaser. As a technique for making jewelry, stringing is definitely easier than bead weaving, but once you delve into it deeper, you find there’s a nice design challenge
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  • Every beader has a shopping weakness, that one type of item that you always look for--and buy--nearly every time you enter a bead shop or show floor. My current weakness is not a special kind of bead (though I still manage to buy plenty of those!). My weakness is wide strands of hand-dyed silk, thin
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  • Using a torch can be scary. There's something about holding a flame--no matter how petite and charming--that is a little unnerving. I've taken three classes that used a torch for a small part of the class. I'm not going to lie and say that I'm perfectly relaxed and comfortable around
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  • I've been searching for a delicate way to ask this, but I can't find one, so I'll just be blunt: What's up with beaders and bugs? Does everyone else who beads have the compulsion to make beaded insects? (Take a look at the "Bead a Bug" gallery from the June/July 2006 issue of
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  • Beading and saving money are two topics near and dear to my heart. My Celestial Sparkle necklace was inspired when I could only afford a single strand of borosilicate beads. I wanted to showcase them in a necklace, but everyone who saw the tiny strand said I should just give up and make a bracelet. Luckily
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  • Ah, the time-eating joys of the Internet…I just Googled the word crimp and the #1 entry that came up was the “friendly rap” stylings of The Mighty Boosh, a surrealistic comedy troop that our BBC-viewing friends probably know well. Being from the States, I had no idea! Judging from the half hour I just
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  • When channel surfing the other day I came across a show featuring a home built by its owner. The guy had used recycled materials and industrial cast-offs to create a very modern, fresh space. One of the best features was the staircase, which employed thick steel cable and eye screws as balusters. The
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  • Many seed-beaders don’t realize that beading threads have different widths, strengths, and qualities and blindly buy their thread based on price, color, or availability. But the type of thread you buy is just as important as the beads themselves. Thread truly is the backbone of an off-loom or loomed
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  • Each month, one of the magazine editors will share a free project with Beading Daily. Today's guest editor is Denise Peck, editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and senior editor of Jewelry Artist . An editor by trade and a lifelong
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  • Crimp covers hide a 2mm crimp tube and give a professional finish. To attach, gently hold a crimp cover in the front notch of the crimping pliers. Insert the crimped tube and gently squeeze the pliers, encasing the tube inside the cover. See also crimping
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  • Wireworking Wire is a versatile jewelry design element that may be used to connect chain or beaded links, to embellish beads, to hang pendants, or create a number of elements like head pins, eye pins, ear wires, bails, pin backs, ring shanks, clasps,
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  • Are you new to beading? Are you wondering what can you do with all those beads you have stashed away? Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart shares a quick overview of some common beading techniques: Stringing: This is the first thing most
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  • "Thread is cheaper than frustration." That was some recent advice I received from Bead Expo Philadelphia instructor Liz Smith. I laughed when I read her email because it reminded me of when I started to learn beadweaving. Coming from the world
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  • Wired on Wire Remember your first simple loop? I remember mine. Santa Monica, 1990. It wasn't neat and it wasn't pretty, but it opened up a whole new wirey world to me. I guess you could call it an "entry" technique. Not far behind were
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  • Jeanward Pliershands Did you ever see that movie Edward Scissorhands ? It's a modern-day-Frankenstein fantasy about a young man who's been built with a cacophony of scissors instead of hands. Edward ends up becoming quite a master at haircutting
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  • Recently, I talked with Lindsay Ross, the managing director of the Children's Healing Arts Project (CHAP), a program that teaches hospitalized children as young as three how to bead, along with their families. During the interview, Lindsay remarked
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  • What would you do with $1,500? If you had a $1,500 gift certificate to spend at a huge online bead store, what would you buy? Every kind of gemstone available? Enough seed beads or toggle clasps to last a lifetime? A top-of-the-line set of beading tools
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  • Wahoo! I'm on vacation. A sleepy Florida beach on the Atlantic Ocean where there are so many shells that every step makes a cruuuunch. It's been so nice to take my long early-morning walks, looking out at the thundering waves and see the sun peaking
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  • If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No wisdom here on that question, but I can tell you that if you whisper the word "wedding" in an empty room, everyone within 50 miles will hear you--and regale
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  • Certainly many of you have come in contact with brides. Maybe you were a bride, or maybe you know one. And from what I've sussed, the bridal experience is, well, sometimes worlds away from what a wedding is actually for. I figure there's a fine
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  • What's in a name? Awhile back, I heard from several readers who were having trouble finding the "basket-weave crimp end findings" that Carol Huber Cypher mentions in Mastering Beadwork . I did a little looking around online and only found
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  • Meet Your Favorite Clasp: The Toggle "I never met a toggle that I did not like!" Those were the words of one Beading Daily reader--and more than 50% of the nearly 1,000 readers who voted recently on their favorite clasp agreed! Why do you like
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  • Organization Tips Large and Small Sometimes a small organizational tip can make a huge difference. My headpins are stored in tiny plastic bags and as a result, they are bent every which way. When contest finalist Susan Jacob mentioned that she kept her
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  • The World's Largest Treasure Hunt Every February, beaders and jewelry makers gather in Tucson to meet one another, see what's new, take classes, stock up on beads and supplies, and get inspiration for the coming year. It's an intense two weeks
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  • The Problem with "Just Make Something" My friend Jeanne walked into a local bead shop for a beginning beading class. She was instructed to pick out some beads from the store and "make something" with help from the staff. To me, this
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  • Choosing the Right Bracelet Clasp Beading Daily reader Nicole asked a great question about bracelet clasps. Her "best clasp" question is one of those questions that seems on the surface to be quick and easy. While there are some basic facts
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  • It's easy to be an organized beader--if you've only been to one bead shop in your entire life and your entire "stash" fits in the palm of your hand. Now that I'm a "professional" beader, I can't get by with a tiny plastic
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  • Necklace Ideas from Stringing Magazine When I flip through a beading magazine, I'm not only looking for beautiful pieces of jewelry, but I'm also looking for ideas and inspiration. What unusual techniques or materials can I adapt for my own designs
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  • Oh, Those O-Rings! When was the last time you shopped in a hardware store for your jewelry components? (It's been a couple of months for me, personally.) This week's featured project from the editors of Step by Step Wire Jewelry uses three sizes
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  • Results of the Kitchen Table Poll, or The Very Strange Domestic Habits of Beaders This poll made me feel like I was channeling Margaret Mead! I learned so much about your your cats, your houses, your families, and, oh yeah, your beading habits . . . It
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  • Meet Bead Artist Natasha St. Michael I first learned about Natasha St. Michael's three-dimensional beaded sculptures when looking through back issues of Fiberarts magazine. For those of you not familiar with Fiberarts , this internationally focused
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  • If there was a fire threatening your home and you had only minutes to grab a few things, what would you take? One Beading Daily reader and Beadwork contributor, Cathi Tessier, knows. Cathi was one of the estimated 500,000 people recently evacuated in
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  • Kazuri Beads and Other Good Causes I fell in love with Kazuri beads at a local bead show. ("Kazuri" is the Swahili word for "small and beautiful.") I loved the bright colors of the ceramic beads and once I learned the story behind
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  • Make Your Own Beads with Polymer Clay and Rubber Stamps Isn't it funny how you sometimes start out in one craft and end up going back to it years later? I used to be into rubber stamping--on paper--so this Rubber Stamping Polymer Clay Beads project
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  • A Case of Bead Doom On Wednesday (" Make Your Own Pendant "), I wrote about creating the Love Birds Necklace , my Beadwork challenge piece. After finishing the pendant, I thought the necklace needed something more--like individual seed bead
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  • Fear of Large Butterflies or How to Make Your Own Pendant Only one element in the latest Beadwork challenge--a gorgeous 38 x 46mm brass filigree butterfly--felt large enough to use as a necklace pendant. But, honestly, it was so large it made me feel
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  • Copper, silver, brass, or ? I'm going through a copper phase. The last few necklaces I've made (including "September" pictured at left) have all used copper. I'd blame it on fall--this time of year always makes me want to wear brown
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  • Wild Trellis shows off top-drilled pearls Katie Hacker recently wrote a fun blog entry titled " Then and Now ," where she described the process of pulling out old projects to see how far you've come. (She has a photo of friendships pins
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  • Cassie Donlen When I saw Sandi Wiseheart's Caribbean Breeze Earrings and Melinda Barta's Flower Burst Bracelet, I knew I wanted to talk to the lampwork artist, Cassie Donlen. Her beads are feminine and fun and come in a range of bright colors
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  • On the surface, the Dancing Daisy Necklace by Melanie Brooks Lukacs looks like a traditionally strung necklace—a beautiful, symmetrical pattern with porcelain flower beads in springtime pastel shades and a coordinating flower toggle clasp. Upon
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  • It started out happily enough. I found these wonderful painted beads at my local bead shop (Bead Cache). Over the next few weeks (and more bead shops, Bead Happy and the former Loveland Bead Company), I bought some copper spacers, wonderful wooden beads
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  • Beadwork's managing editor, Melinda Barta, describes her reaction to the June/July challenge kit supplieddd by lampwork artist Cassie Donlen : "The second I opened the kit that Cassie Donlen provided for Beadwork’s Challenge Project and
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  • Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart offers some advice about making wire loops: Even though it may be invisible, the type of string, wire, thread, or cord you choose to make your jewelry is critical to the overall success of the piece. Heavy
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