Tension Bead

A tension bead (or stopper bead) holds your work in place. To make one, string a bead larger than those you are working with, then pass through the bead one or more times, making sure not to split your thread. The bead will be able to slide along, but will still provide tension to work against when you're beading the first two rows.


 


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  • Have you seen the Spring issue of Jewelry Stringing yet? One of my favorite sections to help curate this time was the Coachella Chic collection, which features a host of stylish indie looks. Very recently, I came across three clever DIY earring and bracelet
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  • Bead artist, blogger, and really good cook Cyndi Lavin There are many reasons why I love bead embroidery , but the Zen-like qualities of the process are probably why I return to it over and over again. On the surface, bead embroidery really is very simple
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  • After you read our blog, do you skip on over to the Inside Jewelry Stringing blog ? If you're not already doing so, I highly recommend you check out what our sister magazine is up to. The Jewelry Stringing editors blog three days a week, so you're
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  • 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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  • Just another reminder: the Bead Star contest is back and better than ever! But don't wait to prepare your entry-- THE DEADLINE IS MAY 24! Read more about the contest below, including how you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia
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  • I find myself grabbing for a favorite pair of silver earrings from time to time, only to put them down again, regretting that I haven't taken the time to clean them. So I figured it's high time for me to dig out these tips on caring for silver
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  • We have been getting some great submissions for the Fall 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. This is shaping up to be a really exciting issue--and (for one more week) you can still be a part of it! Start by reading through our latest set of Contributor
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  • Have you ever thought about entering a jewelry-making competition? Whether your new to jewelry-making, or you've been creating your own beaded jewelry designs for several years, taking that leap and entering your work in a competition can be a fulfilling
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  • As a kid, I spent a lot of time playing in my mother's and grandmother's jewelry boxes. When it was time to play dress-up at my grandmother's house, I always gravitated towards a triple-strand vintage pearl necklace that I eventually wore
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  • Have you had a chance to check out the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine? It's our special COLOR issue--our issue devoted to Roy G. Biv (you know: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). For this issue, I wrote a feature
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  • With Valentine's Day just around the corner, here's an idea for some little beauties you can whip up for yourself or for someone you love. 2 jet 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones (mine are from FusionBeads.com ) 2 ruby 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones
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  • I've just unpacked my bags after spending several days at the Tucson Gem and Mineral shows, shopping, trend-trolling, visiting friends and associates, and soaking in a little sun. Whew! What a great trip. Since I hadn't been to the shows in a
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  • Aside from having really cool and gently used clothing, my local thrift shop is a great place to find craft supplies for my beading projects! I love to dig through the bins of sewing notions and craft supplies, looking for unusual items that I can use
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  • The Spring issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine is blooming with color! In a special feature, the editors of Jewelry Stringing have collected their favorite online resources for color inspiration; with a little help from these handy websites you'll be designing eye-catching jewelry in knockout palettes
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  • Get ready to design! We just posted the Fall 2013 Jewelry Stringing submissions guidelines and encourage you to take a look. This time, we're seeking designs to fill our four thematic jewelry sections: Raw Beauty, Not Your Grandmother's Pearls
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  • My new stash of two-hole Twin beads has me pretty smitten with their shape and all their design possibilities! In just a few days, bead lovers from all over the world will be descending on the city of Tucson, Arizona for some of the world's best gem
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  • A couple of weeks ago, my family piled into the van and we made a road trip down to the Old Forge Hardware Store in Old Forge, N.Y. Now, if you're not familiar with this hardware store, it's more like a department store -- there are three floors
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  • Today is the last day that you will be able to share your opinions with us by taking the Jewelry Stringing survey! Simply click on the image or link below, select an answer to each of our 15 questions, and click "Done". http://bit.ly/StringingSurvey
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  • 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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  • We always have a lot of fun putting together each issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine--we want to make sure you are having just as much fun reading it! So we've written up a few questions that we hope you will take the time to answer. It's easy
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  • My least favorite part of bead crochet has always been stringing all those seed beads on the thread before I start to crochet. There's just no getting around it -- no matter what I try, it always feels like a chore to me. Thankfully, bead crochet
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  • The Bead Star contest is back and better than ever! Read more about the contest below, including how you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia in August. Find more details at BeadStar.com , then enter to win . Complete rules can
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  • Pantone (the voice of authority when it comes to all things color) has announced its 2013 Color of the Year : This rich tone conveys a sense of renewal, regrowth, and regeneration, and is intriguing in its complexity: It is simultaneously lively and sophisticated
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  • 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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  • Well, it's our last post before the holidays. The Jewelry Stringing team will be taking next week off in order to celebrate the season with our families and loved ones. For me, this means driving to my parents' home in Wisconsin with my husband
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  • With this year coming to a close, it's been fun to look back at some of the free projects we've offered on the Beading Daily and Jewelry Stringing blogs. Here's a list of my top 5 favorites: 1. Editorial Director Danielle Fox's stylish
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  • You only have a few more days to submit your jewelry designs for consideration in 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings ! We already have some really inspiring designs coming in, but with 101 brand-new projects to select, we are eager to see any and
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  • Today is dozen-dozen-dozen day, and to celebrate Interweave is offering great savings on tons of products. I invite you to check out the Interweave Store to find beading books, ebooks, patterns, DVDs, and more at 30% to 70% off. Buy these bargains for
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  • 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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  • We spend a lot of time decorating our house for the holidays: lights go up around the front door and all around the big back porch, and we collect evergreen boughs from the woods that are tied together with big, red ribbons. I tend to get a little carried
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  • With 28 necklaces, 22 bracelets, and 30 earrings, the Winter '13 issue is packed full of brand new jewelry designs. For the first time, we have the pleasure of announcing the winners of our annual Bead Star competition in Jewelry Stringing magazine. In this edition, you will get step-by-step instructions
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  • 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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  • This week is an exciting one in the Jewelry Stringing office. We're putting the final touches on our iPad version of the Winter 2013 issue--the first to be available the iPad. It will be available in the Apple Newsstand December 7. We already have
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  • Soon enough the holiday parties will be in full swing. For inspiration, I've paired a collection of party dresses with select projects from the winter issue of Jewelry Stringing , which is due to hit newsstands on December 11th. You still have time
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  • The holidays are a busy time for everyone, which is why we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that submissions deadlines for 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings and the Summer '13 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine are right around
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  • I have been enamored with this lemon topaz ring with its ornate etched motif ever since my Summer catalog arrived from Sundance months ago. Over the weekend, I crafted a simple pendant using the embossed metal technique shown in one of my past blogs here
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  • Who among us can resist the lure of beautiful handmade pearl jewelry ? The legacy of pearls throughout history is as fascinating as it is mysterious: pearls were once a luxury enjoyed only by kings and queens, retrieved from the depths of the oceans and
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  • It's that time again! Time to look at what one of our wonderful editors over at Beadwork magazine has done with the Bead Challenge , come up with a name for that piece, and enter for a chance to win one of the bead kits used to make it! This time
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  • I've been saving back several hanks of coral-colored Czech seed beads in various sizes for a rainy day. Today it didn't rain, but it was a quiet day at the office and I decided to give the bead spinner a go and put together this chunky necklace
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  • Beautiful, easy Snow Tunes resin earrings by Danielle Fox. A few twists of wire and crystals are all you need to create these Sparkling Snowflakes earrings by Chloe Chatenever! It's that time of year again, where I start to think about making jewelry
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  • Inspired by the fringe trend that has found traction in the fashion world lately, I made this pair of super simple, super stylish fringe earrings. I was so pleased with how they turned out that I decided to share them with you! I chose gray beading thread
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  • A little bit ago, I posted a blog about how much fun the Jewelry Stringing staff had while working on a collection of holiday-jewelry projects. I'm proud to announce that the Create Christmas Jewelry: 12 Holiday Designs eBook is now available here
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  • I've been so excited about the themes for the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing , one of which is "Modern Cowgirl," that when I came across a sheet of western-themed clip art in our stash, I just had to whip up a fun cowgirl necklace
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  • Little did I know when I first sat down to learn how to bead how many skills I would learn in the coming years! It makes you realize that there's a lot more to making beautiful beaded jewelry than just sitting down and stringing some beads on wire
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  • The lull between Halloween and Thanksgiving is a great time to think about handcrafted gifts that you might want to make in preparation for the holidays this year. Growing up, we would dip candles every year to give as seasonal gifts to our friends and
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  • No matter how much time and care you put into your bracelet making projects, choosing the right clasp can make all the difference in the world. Choosing a clasp that's easy to work, comfortable, and secure for your bracelet making projects might seem
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  • 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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  • One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is being able to try out new tools and materials that I might not otherwise try. I had a blast a few weeks ago trying my hand at embossing metal blanks using the Vintaj die-cutting and embossing machine ( see
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  • We just finished putting the finishing touches on our Summer 2013 Jewelry Stringing submissions guidelines, and we can't wait to see this issue come together! Read through the guidelines and submissions instructions here . (Note: We have made some
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  • Five years ago, Beading Daily published a question-and-answer blog about how to get published in Jewelry Stringing magazine. I still get many of the same questions, so I decided it would be helpful to revisit the answers, which have changed slightly over
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  • Halloween is arguably my favorite holiday for the fun factor: watching my son get dressed up in his costume, carving pumpkins, and, of course, my favorite fall foods like roasted pumpkin seeds and apple cider donuts. But even if you don't dress up
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  • With the holiday season quickly approaching , some of you may be considering selling your handmade jewelry at a craft show for the first time. A friend recently invited me to join her in selling our handmade jewelry at a small, local craft show. It's
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  • The submissions for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing have been rolling in for weeks, and yesterday we finally had a chance to lay them all out and start making our selections. We always try to seize opportunities to give you all a peek of what
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  • In yesterday's post , I spoke of Beads of Courage , a remarkable program in many hospitals that enables children battling serious illness to use beads to track and celebrate their medical journeys. When I was learning about Beads of Courage, I had
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  • One of the main goals of Jewelry Stringing magazine is to teach our readers how to make their own jewelry. We do this by providing thorough step-by-step instructions with every featured design in the magazine. We also have a Technique Focus column in
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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we've just begun poring over some of the submissions we've received for the spring 2013 issue. One of the themed sections for this issue is "Coachella Chic," named after the annual music festival
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  • Learn circular square stitch
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  • The Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork office is always abuzz with activity. It feels like we always have a million things going on at once. Right now, though, our biggest push is to finalize our newest eBook, Create Christmas Jewelry: 12 Holiday Designs
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  • Our last issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings hit newsstands three months ago--and we are already gearing up for the next one! Once again, the issue will be built around 16 different color categories (below). We have 101 brand new projects
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  • When I tell people that I'm Project Editor for Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines, the question I get is "So, what do you do ?" So I thought I'd show you a little behind-the-scenes look into what it's like working for jewelry
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  • With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to spook up a few appropriately-themed jewelry components, tutorials, and just-plain-fun eye candy! I love the clever use of chain in this spider web bracelet and necklace set. Find the
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  • There's no doubt that if you're reading this, you're someone who knows that there's a special kind of magic in bead weaving . I don't know how else to explain the feeling I get after sitting down with just a pile of beads, a needle
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  • Did you know you can find free beading projects at BeadingDaily.com? Many of the beading projects were originally featured in Jewelry Stringing magazine. I was looking through the free projects the other day and discovered that many were favorites from
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  • One of the best gifts I ever gave to myself was when I signed up for my first series of lessons to learn how to bead . It was supposed to be a little reward to myself for finishing up my Bachelor's degree after ten years of working my way through
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  • While perusing some of the forums on Beading Daily, I noticed that "the stash" seems to be a popular topic. A reader posed the questions, “Do you buy beads more often than you use them up?” and “When you create, do you use
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  • A few weeks ago, the editorial teams from Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines got together to consolidate our office stash of beading materials. As you can imagine, we have A TON of fun materials to play with around here, but for a long time they
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  • Last weekend, I started a new necklace making project using a huge crystal stone and an antique Chinese carving I bought from the FamilyonBikes Etsy shop. Designing the focal point of the necklace was structurally challenging, but I had a clear vision
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  • 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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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we've been planning our Spring 2013 issue for quite some time now. In fact, a few weeks ago we released our Contributor Guidelines with all the info you need to know in order to submit your own jewelry designs
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  • 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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  • Fall hasn't even officially begun, but here in the office we are busily plugging away on the winter issue of Jewelry Stringing . I'm excited that the winter issue will feature the winning projects from this year's Bead Star competition! If
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  • Every now and then I like to take some time to revisit the basics of beading. After years of making wrapped loops and head-pin dangles, it can be easy to stop paying attention to how I am actually executing the basic techniques and just let autopilot
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  • Whether you love to stitch 'em, string 'em, or just hold 'em in your hand and bask in their glow, glass beads are probably the reason why most of us love beading and beadwork. And with all kinds of glass beads out there for you to use in your
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  • This beautiful Painted agate cabochon from Gary Wilson came home with me from Bead Fest Philadelphia. For me, no trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia is complete unless I stop and make a purchase at Gary Wilson's booth. This year, the piece that caught
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  • Yesterday I stumbled upon this idea from Martha Stewart for cute and easy jewelry storage using mismatched teacups and saucers: I set out to create my own version of this adorable display (on a budget, of course), and was pleased to discover that my local
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  • Lillypilly now offers a large selection of fine gauge copper sheets, perfect for mixed media jewelry making projects! The fine gauge copper sheets are available with both patina and embossed patterns on them. It's easy to stitch through the copper
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  • For some time now I have been lusting after those suede boots with glittery backs. Have you seen them? Not wanting to pay $200 or more for a trendy item like this, I searched the Web for cheaper options and luckily found lots of fun blogs with DIY instructions
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  • Have you ever learned a new beading technique that just sent you over the edge, creatively? Ever since I learned how to do kumihimo at Bead Fest Philadelphia this year, my brain has been on creative overload with all kinds of ideas for using this fast
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  • 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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  • A few months ago we did a meet-the-editors series of posts, in which you got to know me ( 10 Things You Didn't Know About: Chloe Chatenever ), managing editor Debbie Blair ( 10 Things You Didn't Know About: Debbie Blair ), and our Editorial Director
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  • I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in Colorado, today we are having our first taste of fall. It's 20 to 30 degrees cooler than it's been in months. The sky is overcast. And I'm starting to think about trading my summer
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  • In my last post I talked about the newly published issue themes and guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine (we are now accepting submissions!). We put a lot of work into crafting specific themes for this issue that reflect
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  • 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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  • We have finally published our updated Contributor Guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. A lot of thought and planning went into the themes for this issue and we can't wait to see the submissions that you all create! Read
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  • Lately I've noticed a growing number of jewelry designers are incorporating brightly colored crystals and other gemstones into their pieces. And this bling isn't just for playing dress-up: saturated pastels, electric neons, and lollipop-like hues
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  • After my last blog about ways to adjust your beaded necklaces to get the perfect fit, a couple of my co-workers here at Beading Daily asked me how I match up my necklaces with the different necklines of shirts. What a great idea for a blog!, I thought
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  • The Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing doesn't hit newsstands until August 21st, but you can get a sneak peak into this exciting issue right now on the Jewelry Stringing site! A few of my favorite things about this issue: - Our contributors have
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  • In addition to 28 beaded necklaces, 20 bracelets, and 26 pairs of earrings, the Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing features a special shopping guide, which includes 100+ of our favorite new beads, findings, and tools. The projects in this issue are broken up into five exciting, themed galleries: Earthly
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  • That's right! Beading Daily is five this month! Five years of beading blogs, beading projects, beading techniques, making new beading friends, and gorgeous beaded art. We've had the likes of Michelle Mach, Jean Campbell, Leslie Rogalski, and the
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  • Original necklace from LOFT Blue and gray ribbons Coral and pale yellow ribbons Pearls Perfected by Linda Larsen Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 While I tend to go for classic styles that can be worn for years, I like to have at least one trendy jewelry piece
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  • I know bead spinners are nothing new, yet today was my first time trying one. I've spent hours on various projects stringing one seed bead at a time. This is the tool, I've heard, that would have spared me those hours. Project Editor Kate Wilson
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  • This week, we've been doing a lot of planning for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing . And one of the hot trends we're seeing for spring happens to be floral prints. Here, I've put together a little collection of my favorite floral
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  • When I'm working on a necklace making project for myself, I have to pay attention to the length of the finished necklace. I recently realized that I have quite a long neck for someone who is so short, so when I wear very long necklaces (like lariats
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  • The other day, I met with the other jewelry editors and designers here at Interweave in Loveland, Colorado. Believe it or not, we're already planning our Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing . In anticipation of that issue, we got together to discuss
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  • I loved these curved metal beads from the July 2012 shipment of A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club. They reminded me of stringing macaroni onto yarn with my mother and sister when I was kid! But their lovely gold finish and their unusual
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  • Don't you just love summer weddings? One of my office mates has been busily planning her nuptials, which will take place later this month. Getting a glimpse of just some of the things that will make her day special has inspired me to see which accessories
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  • Not too long ago, Tammy Jones wrote a great blog over on Jewelry Making Daily about five essential jewelry making techniques for jewelry artists . And it got me thinking -- while my primary interest for jewelry making still remains with my beloved seed
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  • What do Jean Campbell, Marcia DeCoster, Jean Power, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Sherry Serafini, Nancy Cain, Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, Margie Deeb, Kelly Angeley, Laura McCabe, Lisa Kan, Leslie Rogalski, and Melanie Potter, all have in common? In addition
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  • One thing I like to do every season is start planning my craft and jewelry projects for the upcoming season. I know it's only July, but I wanted to create some pieces I could wear this summer and then transition into fall. After reviewing some of
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  • I don't wear bracelets too often, even though I have bags of them in my collection of handmade beaded jewelry. Most of the time when I'm designing a new piece of beaded jewelry, I usually come up with necklace making designs, not bracelet making
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  • 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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  • Beaded necklaces are usually my first choice when designing beaded jewelry, but in the winter, I find myself hunting for some great beaded earrings to wear with my favorite cozy sweaters and turtleneck shirts. I find myself designing beaded earrings more
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  • I love celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave! Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays for the patriotic spirit, the food, and the fireworks. Bonus: wearing red, white and blue--a chic color combo if you ask me! So I rounded
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  • Steampunk jewelry is one trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon! This wonderfully creative jewelry making style combines the best of the romantic Victorian era and the development of mechanized industry with just a touch of science
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  • 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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  • An important part of learning how to bead is learning which jewelry making findings will be most useful to you when it comes to making beaded jewelry that will last. I am always amazed at how the selection of jewelry findings at my local craft store has
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  • I've had a pile of gorgeous Chinese crystal beads sitting on my desk for a long time. Ali Sly from Lima Beads sent them in last year to be featured in Beads 2011 , our annual buyer's guide issue. Ali sent in a ton of colors (thanks, Ali!), but
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  • 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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  • Memories of my summer vacations as kid include big bowls of fresh raspberries from my grandmother's garden, going for a drive to get ice cream with my parents, lazy days spent playing outside with my friends, and of course, spending lots of time doing
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  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Danielle Fox The third installment of our series reveals some fun and interesting factoids about our fearless leader, Editorial Director Danielle Fox. 1. She had a paper route in junior high school. 2. She is a pescetarian
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  • You all got to learn about me in Danielle Fox's post from earlier this week --now it's Debbie Blair's turn in the hot seat! When it comes to Jewelry Stringing 's amazing managing editor, there's more than meets the eye... 1. She has
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  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Chloe Chatenever In an effort to introduce ourselves, I'm starting this "10 Things You Didn't Know About" series. The first victim, I mean interviewee, is Chloe Chatenever, Jewelry Stringing's
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  • I have a confession to make: even though I get paid to be creative, write about beads, and come up with new beaded jewelry designs, I'm pretty good at sabotaging my own creative work. There are days when I can find a whole list of excuses to send
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  • In this special mixed-media issue of Jewelry Stringing , you will find step-by-step instructions for four easy, crafty techniques that you can use to customize your jewelry designs. Follow our in-depth Technique Focus tutorial to learn more about how to use bead cones, and browse through our collection
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  • 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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  • Voting has officially begun for Bead Star 2012! Between now and May 28th, we are inviting all BeadingDaily.com members to peruse the designs in our 7 Bead Star voting galleries and vote for their favorites. The winning designs will receive prizes from
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  • Are you new to jewelry making? Or perhaps a dabbler with the desire to take it to the next level? Well there are some fabulous resources available to help you learn some new skills. A great place to start would be signing up for a class at your local
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  • Mother's Day is almost here, and it's not too late to start making something beautiful and handcrafted to let your mom know that you appreciate everything she does for you. Whether your mom loves to make or receive handmade beaded jewelry, or
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  • 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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  • I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked one year since I started at Beading Daily ! It's been such an amazing year, and I've thoroughly enjoyed all the writing and beading that has gone along with it. Time flies when you're having fun
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  • Yesterday I finally got my copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry , the new Interweave book by Jewelry Stringing contributors Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel. It's gorgeous! I'm sure you've noticed the trend toward jewelry created using leather,
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  • 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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  • You still have a few hours to enter your jewelry designs in our Bead Star 2012 competition! Upload your designs to our category galleries by 5pm EST this evening in order to be in the running to be our next Bead Star! One thing we love about the annual
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  • I've probably told this story before, but I picked the colors for my Ode On a Grecian Urn beaded necklace project from a picture I snapped of the deer that came to visit us on Christmas Day back in 2008. It was so much fun selecting the colors based
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  • 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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  • If there's one kind of natural bead that I can't get enough of, it's got to be pearls. I can't help it -- I'm seduced by their luster, their colors, and the softness that pearls give to my beading and jewelry making projects. When
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  • Do you know how to make wrapped-loop bails, tie lark's head knots, or use ribbon ends? If not, I invite you to view the free technique videos I filmed a bit ago. They're all housed on Beading Daily for easy access. We have 15 stringing-related
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  • When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I remember not feeling nervous or jittery at all -- until some very helpful soul said to me, "You know, everyone is going to be watching YOU." I panicked for about thirty seconds before I realized
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  • It should come as no surprise that I am running out of room to display my ever-growing earring collection. Working on a jewelry magazine has inspired me to make so many pairs that, once again, I am in need of some new storage. I sat down the other day
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  • My first foray into jewelry-making came when I was five years old. My sister and I would dig through my mother's stash of buttons, selecting the brightly colored plastic and sparkling cut glass buttons to use for necklace making . We strung our button
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  • You know you're a star...now it's time to make sure the rest of the beading world knows it, too! Beginning on April 1st, 2012, you will be able to enter your jewelry designs in our Bead Star 2012 competition. Read through the official rules for
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  • I've always joked with my friends that if this whole beading thing doesn't work out, I'm going to pursue my other passion and open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. At home, if I'm not playing with my beads, I'm in the kitchen cooking
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  • Hard to believe, but while the rest of the world celebrated the first day of spring last week, here at Jewelry Stringing we were busy making selections for our fall issue. As you can see here, every surface was filled with beautiful jewelry. Tabletops
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  • 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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  • The wait is over! Season 5 of Mad Men premieres this Sunday. Are you a fan, too? Over the summer, my husband and I caught up on the series, so we're greatly anticipating the return of Don, Betty, Joan, Roger, and the rest of the crew. I admit: I'm
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  • My second trip to Bead Fest Santa Fe over the weekend was just as I had expected it to be. It's always nice to catch up with some of the vendors and bead artists that I deal with in my day-to-day job here at Jewelry Stringing . And who can resist
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  • Want to open up a whole new world of possibilities in your jewelry making projects? Learning how to use materials like ribbon, cord and leather in your jewelry projects isn't as hard as you might think it is, and it looks oh, so cool! But if you've
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  • Yes, that's right: we've decided to add two more prize packages to our Pass On Your Passion Giveaway for National Craft Month! We'll select, at random, two more winners who leave a comment on the original Pass On Your Passion blog and tell
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  • I think I've mentioned what a big fan I am of the Sundance Catalog . It's a great source for design inspiration. For instance, lately I've noticed that the catalog has featured a lot of designs with leather cord or lace formed into a clasp
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  • Yes, you read that right! While I was in Tucson, I started hearing about these wonderful large holed pearls, but never had the chance to find some for myself. Once I got home, I was browsing online at A Grain of Sand and discovered that among their "New
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  • I have trust issues with the cabochons I use in my bead embroidery. The first time I tried to use cabochons in my bead embroidery, I just glued them to the bead embroidery backing and started stitching around them. To my surprise and dismay, those cabochons
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  • Ok, so this may require that you dabble in a medium you have never thought about before, but if you're willing to try your hand at a little polymer clay to make your own large-hole beads, it looks like Sculpey--one of the authorities in polymer clay
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  • Did you watch the Academy Awards this year? Who did you think was best dressed? I vote for Michelle Williams, the My Week with Marilyn actress. I loved her statement-making tomato-red Louis Vuitton dress and the pretty diamond bow pin she wore at her
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  • Once upon a time, I worked in the field of non-profit community development, grant writing and geographic information systems. I enjoyed the work, but most days I would come home feeling very stressed out and, well, fried. To counteract the stress I felt
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  • Winters in my part of the world are long. And cold. When we can get outside and do fun things like ice fishing, skiing or snow shoeing, it's not so bad. But this winter, there's not enough snow to do much of anything, and I'm starting to long
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  • When designing a necklace around a particular focal bead or pendant, how do you decide what color of beads to use? First, you may want to decide what kind of a statement you are trying to make. Choosing one color scheme over another can dramatically alter
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  • Yesterday marked the end of another New York Fashion Week. For most people who follow the semi-annual event, Fashion Week is about catwalks, models, and the latest styles from the industry's leading designers. For me, it's about color. Twice a
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  • 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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  • A part of my job that I really love is that I get to be creative almost every day. I am lucky enough to work with people who know the value of getting your hands dirty every now and then, and we all dedicate ourselves to making time to share our hobbies
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  • Nothing gives your beaded necklaces and bracelets a bit of character like a handmade lampwork glass bead . These lovely little bits of glass art come straight from the human imagination, and I love the way they can infuse a beaded necklace design with
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  • The Tucson bead shows are always a blast. A nd this year was no exception. I attended the To Bead True Blue show, the Best Bead show, and the Whole Bead show--a mere sampling of the dozens of bead, gem, and fossil shows that occur every year at this time
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  • Celebrate the coming of spring with Jewelry Stringing Magazine's special color issue! Check out our collection of beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in the seasons hottest hues, then read through our "Spring Into Color" feature for tips on how to incorporate the colors of Pantone's
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  • One of the fun things about working on Jewelry Stringing is seeing the variety of materials jewelry designers are using these days. Inspired to create a polymer-clay piece for our mixed-media themed summer issue, I decided to try out Ranger Ink's
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  • Welcome to our new Jewelry Stringing blog. We're excited to start an ongoing conversation with our jewelry-making buddies: you! On our end, you'll be hearing from me, Danielle Fox, editorial director of the bead group at Interweave; Debbie Blair
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  • What's not to love about beaded bracelets ? I've had a longtime love affair with beaded bracelets. Never met a beaded bracelet I didn't like. They're fun to make, fun to wear, and everyone likes a bracelet or two (try pairing up a couple
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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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  • I use many different types of journals as sketchbooks to keep track of my jewelry designs. Probably one of the most important supplies I keep around for my beaded jewelry-making projects is my sketchbook. Through the years, I've had several different
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  • Aqua Allure by Glenda Payseno Heavenly Hexagons by Mikki Ferrugiaro Hopeless Romantic by Lanai Kinsky Blue Rondo earrings by Laura McCabe Mandala Magic earrings by Maggie Roschyk A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my annual beading challenge to myself
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  • We all love seed beads, that's why we're here on Beading Daily. But there are so many other beads that you can add to your bead-weaving and jewelry-making projects to make them more interesting! With new beads coming out from companies such as
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  • Garden Goddess Necklace by SaraBeth Cullinan Lampwork glass beads are an art in themselves. Hot glass is carefully layered and shaped to result in a striking handmade glass bead for you to use in your jewelry-making projects. Lampwork beads can be created
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  • We all love free beading patterns, there's no doubt about that. Last week, I talked a little about where to find free beading patterns here on Beading Daily . This week, we'll start looking around at other great places on the Internet where you
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  • Free beading patterns - we all love 'em. Free beading patterns means that you can save your money for more beads, or you can just use up the beads you already have! And one of the great things about Beading Daily is that there are free beading patterns
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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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  • Beads 2011 is the ultimate bead-buyer's guide! Discover 330+ must-have beads for 2011 all in one place. Plus, get over 15 fabulous step-by-step jewelry projects! Enhance your jewelry designs and your jewelry-making skills with tips on how to bead with stylish jewelry designs. Packed with 96 pages
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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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  • My Back to Byzantium necklace has been the target of several instances of copyright violation. Which of the following statements is true: A. If you pay someone for a class to learn a particular design, you then own the rights to that design and can use
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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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  • If you've ever seen the awesome and inspiring bead embroidery of artists like Sherry Serafini, you might have been inspired to try your hand at this particular beading technique. Unlike other types of off-loom beadweaving, bead embroidery is the stitching
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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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  • What is steampunk? Steampunk is a style that can be characterized as romantic yet edgy; industrial but artistic. Steampunk is the combination of your favorite science fiction book and your favorite romance novel with equal parts metal and lace. Steampunk
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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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  • Looking for a special gift for someone special? Look no further . In Stringing Winter 2011, you'll find an expanded shopping guide with 16 of our favorite jewelry-making staples this season. Whether you are attending elegant holiday parties or wanting to turn heads on New Year's Eve, you'll
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  • Accessorize your favorite fall fashions with handmade jewelry! Discover unique techniques in 70 inspiring jewelry designs in the Fall 2011 issue of Stringing magazine. This collection of 27 necklaces, 26 earrings, and 17 bracelets is a feast for creative minds! Delve into beautiful burnt orange blossoms
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  • Create boat-loads of bracelets, an army of earrings, and mountains of marvelous necklaces with 101 stunning jewelry designs! 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings is back with 101 more beading projects! Discover quick and easy jewelry designs you can make yourself with the 101 Bracelets, Necklaces,
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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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  • Get great ideas for hot jewelry designs in Stringing Summer 2011! Packed with 70 beaded bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, this issue is brimming with inspiration. NEW THIS ISSUE is our thematic organization of projects. You'll want to check out Toggled Treasures (projects that use a toggle clasp
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  • We're sure you'll be inspired by the 31 beaded necklaces featured in this project-rich magazine. All come with thorough step-by-step instructions so it's easy to recreate the best looks yourself. Short on time but high on creativity? Check out our feature about the best jewelry-making shortcuts
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  • There are a few reasons why you might want to make an open-backed bezel with peyote stitch for a cabochon. An open-backed peyote stitch bezel is great for a transparent cabochon when you don't want to glue it to a backing. Or if you have a cabochon
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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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  • Karla Rosenbusch is the associate editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine From Jennifer: I love making beaded jewelry with gemstone beads, mainly because of the huge variety of gemstone beads available! Today, Karla Rosenbusch of Lapidary Journal
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  • Beaded netting is such an easy beadweaving technique, and one that I think is very often overlooked or ignored by beadweavers in favor of beading stitches like peyote stitch or herringbone stitch. It's been a favorite of mine for creating supple but
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  • Tammy Jones is my bead buddy and the Online Editor for Jewelry Making Daily . I asked her to tell me about her favorite new beading or jewelry making product from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Tammy found these gorgeous new Glinter
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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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  • 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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  • From Jennifer: Do you know Danielle Fox and Debbie Blair? They are two of the fabulous editors here at Beadwork and Stringing magazines. Recently, they decided to throw a jewelry making party, and we thought we'd share their expert advice and show
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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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  • 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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  • When our basement flooded, my beads sought refuge on top of the radiator! My beads are in need of a really good re-organization, and I'm sure that you'll agree after you read this! For years, I've been accumulating beads and findings and fibers
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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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  • Once upon a time, I was totally baffled by color when it came to selecting beads for my beading projects. I would choose colors for a project based on what I liked from my bead stash - sometimes it would work, and sometimes it would be a total disaster
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  • How easy is this? Make a small piece of peyote stitch beadwork. Make sure the ends mesh with each other and then zip it up. You have just created what might be the most versatile piece of beadwork known to humankind: the peyote stitch beaded bead. You
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  • A few years ago, I saw some of my beady friends on Facebook creating the most marvelous beaded pendants and cuff bracelets with handmade ceramic cabochons. Up until then, I had only ever used gemstones for my bead embroidered pieces, and these handmade
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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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  • One of two bracelets I made the summer that my mom passed away. Bracelets are a great way to make a very personal statement with your own handmade jewelry! Summer of 2008 was hard for my family. I was adjusting to being a new mom. I was venturing out
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  • A sampling of the earrings I made during my self-imposed creative challenge: create a pair of earrings every day for an entire month! I don't often wear earrings. Part of that comes from a habit I got into after my son was born - it's just not
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  • Welcome to a new feature on Beading Daily : the Question of the Week! I've assembled a panel of some very talented and well-known bead artists, and every week they'll be answering a question about beads, beadwork or anything related to jewelry
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  • One of the reasons why I love beads and beadweaving and bead stitching and bead stringing (I'll quit while I'm ahead) is the long history behind beads and beadweaving. Beads are endlessly fascinating, and the stories behind the beads themselves
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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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  • I don't know what it is about necklaces, but I make more beaded necklaces than any other type of beaded jewelry. So that's why I'm excited to reintroduce this eBook: 7 Free Beaded Necklace Designs . There is a great variety of necklaces inside
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  • Now you can get 25 amazing mixed-media jewelry designs in the new special issue of Handcrafted Jewelry. Make your mark with unique techniques and brand-new one-of-a-kind jewelry projects in resin, polymer clay, enamel, fabric, and much more.
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  • Try your hand at working with mismatched earrings to learn the secrets of asymmetry
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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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  • Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing and Handcrafted Jewelry is here today to share five resin jewelry -making tips and to talk about a recent project. . .our fabulous eMag: Handcrafted Jewelry Studio . This multimedia magazine features products, techniques
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  • Every year, Interweave’s annual Bead Star competition gives beaders a chance to shine, and it’s time to choose our 2011 stars! The submissions for our fourth issue of Bead Star have been pouring in for months, and we’ve been blown away
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  • Q&A with Tammy Jones I don't know about you, but I love knowing what makes people tick. What inspires a designer/writer/artist, and where did they come from? Knowing this background information gives me a deeper connection and understanding of
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  • 3 Easy Ways to Hang a Pendant
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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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  • How to Get the Perfect Crimp Every Time
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily You'll always find peyote stitch in bead weaving. I started out a mere 4 months ago with the simplest even-count flat peyote stitch and have been in love ever since! I've been threatening to learn a
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  • Learn 4 different knots to use for strung bead designs
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily It's been a fabulous year full of jewelry-making here on Beading Daily, and as I prepare for a fun New Years Eve with friends, I can't help but reflect on all that I've received from Beading Daily
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  • In celebration of Stringing magazine’s fifth anniversary, Interweave presents The Best of Stringing in a downloable format, a 148-page supersized issue packed with 183 stylish, easy-to-make designs for the beaded-jewelry enthusiast. Sure to become a collector’s issue, The Best of Stringing
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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 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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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Every childhood Halloween costume had to look good with snow boots. Growing up in Minnesota was a serious drama every year for many, but in particular, one young girl who ALWAYS wanted to be a ballerina (moi'
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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 . I like to play games with myself. I don't mean childhood games such as Monopoly, Candy Land, or heaven forbid, Twister. The kinds of games I play with myself as an adult are what I like to call "designer
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . Calling all fashion police! It should be mandatory for all jewelry-makers to change their jewelry with the season (of course white jewelry is perfectly acceptable after Labor Day). Add a few more designs to
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily Confession: I collect beading technique swatches like Imelda Marcos collected shoes. My collection is a bit more dorky, a whole lot less expensive, and easier to house, but item for item it may be
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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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  • 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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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . I have had a beadalicious wild ride learning how to seed bead recently. Thanks to my Beading Daily peeps for your suggestions, ideas, and support as I’ve dived into the world of those tiny beauties.
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily One thing I love about what I do for a living is being in constant contact with creative, productive people. Marlene Blessing is just one of those people. I’ve known her for several years,
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  • I've never really believed in the "bad luck" superstitions. You break a mirror and get 7 years of bad luck (heck, I've had that happen without breaking a mirror!). It's bad luck when a black cat crosses your path. It's bad luck
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  • ­We all started at the same place . . . the beginning. Each one of us held beading wire in one hand and a pile of beads in the other, and we began to bead! It's amazing where the jewelry-making path takes us after this hope-filled start. Each
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  • Beading Daily is three years old this week. In this short time, we have grown to more than 220,236 members from nearly every country in the world. That's certainly something to shout about! Here at Interweave, we blew some party horns, ate cupcakes
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  • It all started with YOU, my dear Beading Daily friends! In my June 14 Beading Daily post, I decided to confess, to come clean, to air my dirty laundry, I admitted I am not a seed beader. Not only that, but I've never even tried it. Much too afraid
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  • I've attended a few bead shows lately where I noticed a trend: Middle-aged women with strands of sparkly stuff in their hair. At first I thought it was very silly—something that should be left for the Little Mermaid set or a drunken Mardi Gras
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  • I spent every possible moment of my childhood in a library. I loved the smells, colorful pictures, hushed silence, and the sounds of flipping through the pages of well-worn and beloved books. I continued spending every waking moment in the library as
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  • One of my ongoing burning questions has NEVER been “to bead or not to bead” but rather “WHAT to bead or not to bead.” That is a serious question, is it not? A bead explosion in my closet Seed beading, wireworking, gemstone beading
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  • 4 Ways to Say Stop From stopping wayward advances . . . When I was in college, I studied for a summer in England. Medieval Architecture. I learned a lot, of course, but the real reason I went across the drink was to see the world. I spent my summer session
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  • You’ve probably noticed that big is back as far as necklaces go—just check out the latest issue of Stringing magazine to see some of the boldest designs ever. These big-bead necklaces give flash and interest to the more simple fashions on
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  • How to make your bigger beading better– With our first Bead Fest in Texas coming this October, my thoughts turned to making bigger pieces. After all, Texas is known for its grand scale in everything, so why not jewelry? I mentioned this topic to
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  • Step by step and bead by bead– This may be the most challenging post I’ll ever write––to choose favorite projects from all my years as editor in chief of Step by Step Beads . After all, everything we (Managing Editor Jane Dickerson
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  • Be inspired by art fabric– My friend Jeanne Williamson is an uncommon fiber artist. Along with having her work winning Best of Show at the Quilt National 2005, Jeanne is as prolific as she is creative. In addition to her large mixed-media pieces
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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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  • Florals are sprouting up on every runway this spring, according to all the fashionistas. From dainty, flowery prints to bold blossoms, flower power is back in style on dresses, tops, and accessories. So what do you make to be in vogue this Spring? Beading Daily members are clearly inspired by garden
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  • I was just doing a little spring cleaning and ran across my mom’s jewelry box. It’s filled with what you might expect in a box circa 1958: elegant enamel and crystal brooches, Bakelite bracelets, bold glass cabochon earrings, and a few single-strand pearl necklaces. The pearl necklaces made
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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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  • What’s your favorite tool? I have to agree with the authors, editors, and Beading Daily readers who answered my “What’s your favorite tool?” poll—it’s hard to pick just one. Is it the pliers you use most, your most
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  • Beaders make the world a better place As individual artists, we raise money and awareness for charity and causes, and there are many organizations who dedicate themselves to improving life for people through the art and craft of beads and jewelry. Get
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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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  • Inspired by Big, Bold Beads I was just paging through the wonderful new Spring issue of Stringing magazine and was floored when I came across Wendy Baker’s sumptuous necklaces and bracelets. They are made with new and vintage metal flowers, beads
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  • Combine for convenience Two of my favorite stitches are peyote and brick. The funny thing is, they look almost identical. The beads fit together in the same pattern. Brick looks like peyote turned on its side, or the other way around. They're just
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  • Second Chances As part of my "get organized" resolution, I've been cleaning my studio (a.k.a. "unfinished basement"). One cardboard box in the corner held my first necklaces. Some were badly made, but others were just no longer
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  • How to Wire Spool Knit in 7 Easy Steps One of my favorite toys as a kid was a red spinning wheel. Once the ends of my yarn were attached to pegs on a spindle, I turned the wheel and flipped loops of yarn over the yarn already on each peg. Around and around
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  • A Beading Daily exclusive Here's a special preview of a technique for you. Circular brick stitch is one of my favorite stitches. It's easy to learn and completely adaptable to an infinite variety of bead sizes, shapes, and materials. This is a
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  • Beading Daily Readers' Favorite e-Projects from 2009 This is my first post for 2010, so Happy New Year! Before the holidays I buzzed around the forums chatting with you about what projects you like on Beading Daily . It became clear there were leaders
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  • Simple stringing for ready-to-wear styles I have several fabulously stylish senior women in my life. From my mom to my mother-in-law to my aunts––they all love wearing jewelry. However, many types of clasps are a struggle. Tiny toggles and
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  • Meet our Bead Star 2009 Winners and learn how you could win next year! We love to vote for favorites, don’t we? We choose American idols, dance stars, and even new M&M colors. So when it came to choosing favorite jewelry designs, no wonder more
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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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  • 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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  • Good-luck jewelry On Friday the 13th, is it bad luck to talk about good luck? I’m kidding, I’m not superstitious. But when it comes to wearing lucky talismans, we all do it. I bet you’re wearing one right now. It may not be a literal
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  • Resin rules on Beads, Baubles and Jewels Earlier this year I went to Cleveland to tape a few segments for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels . I brought three cute tops, moisturized my hands, cleaned and painted my fingernails, put anti-frizz gunk in my hair
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  • 30 Necklace Tips and More in The Best of Stringing Magazine Have you done something really interesting in your jewelry-making lately? Perhaps you found a unique way to attach a pendant or discovered a new trick for incorporating a clasp? I've been
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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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  • Storage Ideas for your jewelry We make lots of jewelry but we wear even more. Wearing jewelry is energy in motion–– put it on, take it off, change outfits, change jewelry. Did you ever get all decked out and then spot a piece you forgot you
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  • In 2002 Interweave’s founder, Linda Ligon, and I sat in a hotel lobby in New York to discuss starting a new magazine that solely concerned stringing beads. It was a completely revolutionary idea at the time and, quite frankly, I thought it was a bit nuts; beadweavers like me often viewed stringing
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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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  • Several years ago, I made a pair of earrings that I wanted to submit to a magazine. Normally, I photographed all my jewelry flat on a piece of scrapbooking paper, but these elegant, multi-part dangles looked like a jumbled mess when I tried that.
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  • Falling in Love with Beads I was lying awake in the dark this morning thinking about the first time I really fell in love with beads. Oh, I’d learned how to string macaroni on yarn and fell in love with the beading process pretty early on, but I’m
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  • If you’re like me, you just know when you’ve picked up a good craft magazine. Your mind whirls with ideas. Your fingers twitch in anticipation of creating. Perhaps your heart even skips a beat or two, just like when falling in love . . . or when you find a free piece of dark chocolate on the give-away
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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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  • At first glance, the five necklaces in our latest ebook, Jewelry Making: Beaded Jewelry Projects from Beading Daily: 5 Free Beaded Necklace Patterns, have nothing in common. From a 16" necklace sparkling with a right-angle weave crystal pendant to a 26" rope of simply strung seed beads and
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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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  • Official Rules *** Please see an important update to these rules posted at the bottom of this page.*** Join Beading Daily for its first earring swap and help us celebrate Denise Peck's new book, 101 Wire Earrings . Create a pair of handmade earrings
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  • Have you ever really stopped to look closely at someone’s charm bracelet? Have you ever wondered what inspired them to pick certain charms? Maybe they picked them up on vacations they’ve taken. Maybe they have a theme throughout the bracelet. Or maybe it’s an eclectic mix of hearts, stars, or flowers
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  • Week #1 of Summer Vacation is novel: Hurray! It’s Summer! Picnics at the beach! Canoeing on the creek! Sleeping in! Weeks #2 and #3: Well-planned. Filled with sports, music, and reading classes.
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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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  • I'll never forget the first time I heard back from a magazine editor that she wanted to buy one of my designs. Luckily, the acceptance came by email, not phone, so the editor's hearing wasn't permanently damaged by my shriek of joy. I had no inside connections, no prior publications or jewelry
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  • Before I learned to make my own jewelry, I almost never wore bracelets because my wrist wasn't the "typical" size carried in stores. Bangles and cuffs, with their one-size-fits-many styling, were the exception. Two of my favorite cuff bracelets are in the book Wire Style and suprisingly
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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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  • Almost all the instructions I'd seen for flat herringbone stitch projects started with a base row of another stitch, usually ladder stitch. So when I saw today's free project, I was momentarily flummoxed. Begin herringbone without ladder stich? I felt like the Peanuts character Linus must have
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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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  • 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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  • Name: Cynthia Deis Business: Owner of Ornamentea and Panopolie—two brick-and-mortar bead shops in Raleigh, North Carolina—and the Ornamentea website, www.ornamentea.com . Contact: Ornamentea, 509 N. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603, (919) 834-6260;
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  • Some things are better done solo. Shopping for unmentionable comes to mind. Or flossing. Or, in our opinion, diving (we are still shocked that synchronized diving is an actual Olympic sport!). But writing beading books?
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  • Beadwork Pattern Play Challenge Deadline: August 3, 2009 Did you enjoy seeing how five designers created projects inspired by swatches of pattern in the June/July issue of Beadwork (page 56, Pattern Play Challenge)? Did you check out the two free charts
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  • Sadly, my answer is yes. I adore beads, but that doesn't mean they are always safe in my care. I spill beads onto the sofa and sit on them. I vacuum them up. Occasionally, I break them with my pliers. Once, in a scene suitable for a beading horror movie, I dropped a new lampworked focal bead onto
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  • Sometimes I have a hard time keeping secrets. Especially good secrets. In fact, when I was a kid, I remember getting up really early one Christmas morning (as usual) to see what Santa had left me, then promptly waking up my little sister to spill the beads that the Jolly Old Elf had brought us both much
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  • Many thanks to everyone for sending in just under 100 exciting entries to our Semiprecious Beads Design contest. It was not easy to choose just three winners, but ultimately Leslie Rogalski of Step by Step Beads and I both agreed wholeheartedly on why we selected the ones we did. Every winning piece
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  • Did you have a Sears Wish Book when you were a kid? This was the big Sears catalog packed with toys (and other stuff). I used to spend hours sprawled out on the floor circling all the things I wanted. Even though I rarely received anything on my wish list, it was fun to flip through the pages and dream
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  • I've been looking for an earring project for an April birthday gift and this week's free project from Step by Step Beads, Crystal Corona Earrings, is perfect. The materials (crystal bicones, seed beads, ear wires) are common ones you're likely to have in your stash already or could easily
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  • You know about the beader’s handshake, right? That’s when you walk up to another beadecked beader (maybe someone you don’t even know), stare at their chest, freely pick up the focal piece on the necklace she’s wearing, get a goofy “wow” look on your face, look into
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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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  • Have you ever created a necklace with more than one focal bead? When I saw Katie Hacker's free Perfect Pinwheels necklace from Beadwork, I admired how she managed to use more than one large bead in her asymmetrical necklace. While I've combined smaller beads together to make larger pendants,
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  • I love square stitch. I just finished two square stitch projects--a crazy lavender/lime green/orange/black bracelet for the June/July Beadwork challenge (pictured here) and a heart-themed square for the Bead-It-Forward annual fundraiser.
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  • I don’t wear the latest fashions, have a cutting-edge hairstyle, or know the latest greatest new bands. In truth, my fashion needs don’t require much more than a t-shirt and jeans, long hair means no fussing, and the soundtrack to my life includes music purchased on CDs rather than on iTunes. But there
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  • One-drop peyote stitch begins by stringing an even number of beads to create the first two rows. For step-by-step instructions, see even-count peyote . See Peyote Stitch
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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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  • Wireguards provide a smooth metal channel to protect the stringing material from chaffing against a connector. String a crimp tube, then pass up through one half of the guard and down the other half. Pass the guard and wire through the loop of the connector
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  • When you're starting out, it's easiest to string one or two types of beads together. Combining three or more can be tricky. You'll need to juggle multiple colors and possibly different shapes and sizes. Because of the design skill involved, I thought it would make a great Beading Daily reader
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  • Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads Design Challenge To celebrate the publication of the new book Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads by Kim Gover, Beading Daily is hosting a design challenge! Rules • You must be a member of Beading Daily
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  • A square knot is the classic sturdy knot suitable for most stringing materials. Make an overhand knot, passing through the right end over the left end. Make another overhand knot, this time passing the left end over the right end. Pull tight. See knotting
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  • Lark's head knots are great for securing stringing material to another piece, such as a ring or a donut: Fold the stringing material in half. Pass the fold through a ring or donut, then pull the ends through the loop created and pull snug. See Knotting
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  • The overhand knot is the basic knot for tying off thread: Make a loop with the stringing material. Pass the cord that lies behind the loop over the front cord then through the loop and pull snug. See Knotting
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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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  • You remember the famous line Shakespeare’s Juliet says to her Romeo, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Well, I beg to differ, Miss Capulet. Here in the Stringing and Beadwork offices, we place high importance on names, or, in our case, titles. For
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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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  • To my delight, an advanced copy of my new book, Create Jewelry: Glass, arrived a couple of days ago. It’s been nearly a year since I finished making the projects and writing the instructions. Seeing the projects in print brings back memories of just how much fun this book was to make. Of the four
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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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  • Meet the new editor of Beadwork, Melinda Barta. An interview by editorial director Marlene Blessing.
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  • Some days (OK, most days) you amaze me! In the Reader Showcase area of the forums, I was blown away by Australian member Huan Pham who created the beautiful wireworked seahorse pictured here. Isn't it amazing? View the larger photo in the forums if you want to be impressed by his precise wirewrapping
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  • In the winter issue of Stringing, editor Danielle Fox wrote a great article titled "Jewelry Rules: How to Accessorize 5 Favorite Tops." The basic idea is that different types of necklines work best with different types of jewelry. I found the article fascinating--probably because I've figured
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  • Singers have American Idol. Fashion designers have Project Runway. Cooks have Top Chef. And now beaders have . . Bead Star!
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  • I have a sick kid at home today. She’s barking like a seal, but she doesn’t have a fever so she’s got just enough energy to knock on my office door every half hour. Not too conducive to the technical editing I’m doing this week. So I put her to good use by asking her to organize my jewelry “vault”—the
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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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  • Last year I wrote about beading resolutions. One of my main goals was to try to use a bead loom. And I'm a little embarrassed to admit I didn't quite get around to it. (I did manage to do some loom weaving with yarn, go figure!) I'm not too upset--I learned a lot of new stuff that I didn't
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  • When I read Jean Campbell's post on last-minute gift-giving, I had to laugh when she mentioned pearl jewelry as one of her go-to last-minute gift ideas. Pearls (rather than crystals or gemstones) are definitely my go-to bead type when I'm stumped for a design idea or need a quick project.
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  • My friend Jan recently dragged me to a knitting class. Of course, I knew that we'd need to buy yarn and needles (I do work for Interweave, after all!), but I was suprised to learn that we needed more than two needles, plus a stitch holder and darning needle. (And a crochet hook for those klutzy types
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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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  • 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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  • Have you ever submitted your work to a reader gallery? If you're trying to sell your work or build a name for yourself, submitting your work to a reader gallery is one way to get the word out. The benefits are obvious--it's free, quick (at least the submission part), great exposure, and you usually
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  • If you’re like me, when someone asks you to make a piece of jewelry for them you automatically go to beads, findings, wire, and thread. But after reading through Elements of Style, I think I’ll open my mind a little wider next time.
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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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  • What makes a piece of jewelry a "winter" design? Is it jewelry type? I hardly ever create bracelets for winter because I know they'll just be buried under miles of sweaters and jackets.
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  • Kristal Wick is one of those folks who sparkle with creativity-- just take a look at her colorful new book, Fabulous Fabric Beads! I was lucky enough to catch a few minutes with Kristal before she took off to the International Quilt Show in Houston. I asked her about her signature beads, her love of
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  • A few years ago I tried to make beads from ribbons. Sounds pretty easy, right? Cut a piece of ribbon, roll it up, and glue it. What could possibly go wrong? (How much time do you have?) My beads came apart at the seams and they were easily squashed. I couldn't figure out how much ribbon should overlap
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  • If beads are so small, how could I be running out of storage space? For the last year or so, I've been buying random containers for beads and creating a bead tower in my basement. Sounds cool, but it's actually a little scary! When I was working on submissions for Stringing a few weeks ago, I
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  • We raised $1,143 for two cancer charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research and The Wellness Community, by selling the instructions for the Awareness Ribbon Pins created by designer Kerrie Slade. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first fundraiser a success! Two lucky readers also won the
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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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  • I was cleaning the other day and ran across a bag of marbles. My kids used to run them through these elaborate Rube Goldberg-style obstacle courses they’d create with stuff around the house, the course ending with a little “ting!” against a miniature gong. It brought back a really nice memory. “Wouldn
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  • Do you have someone on your gift list who adores beading or making jewelry? No matter what their passion or skill level is, we have a special holiday subscription offer that’s perfect for them and your gift-giving budget. Step by Step Wire Jewelry
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  • Global, multicultural, tribal, ethnic. These are words we use to describe things that are exotic to us, and not of our national heritage, place of origin, or even time period in which we live. Most of us are very inspired by jewelry that looks exotic, and some cultures’ designs may mysteriously appeal
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  • Do you bead for the holidays? Which ones? Halloween? Easter? Christmas? How about National Chocolate Day (October 28), Poppy Day (November 11), or Read a New Book Month (December)?
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  • There are a lot of beaders who just don’t go to asymmetry first when they’re designing, even though they might want to try. Their natural tendency is to always mirror the two sides in a piece, and they feel they can’t break out of the rut. For those of you who fall into that category, I’ve put together
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  • Whenever I venture into one of the local craft stores, I try to take a detour of the scrapbooking section to look at all the papers. Why would a beader ever care about pretty paper? What can you do with it?
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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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  • Inspiration is truly everywhere. Last night I opened a bag of new Halloween-themed M&Ms and was struck by the colors--lime green, orange, lavender, black. The first thought that popped into my head was not eating them, but draping them on my wrist to see how they would look as a bracelet! (I didn't
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  • I've been thinking a lot about leftovers lately--and not the fuzzy kind in my refrigerator! I'm talking beads. My bead stash has grown conisderably in the last year and with each new project I complete, I have a new challenge--what should I do with the leftovers? Part of my problem is of my own
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  • Contests, Galleries, Giveaways, and Challenges Try your hand at these bead-related contests, galleries, giveaways, and challenges sponsored by Interweave Press. Entries are listed in date order. While we strive to keep this page up-to-date, be sure to
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  • Whether you prefer stringing beads, wire wrapping, or seed-beading, you, like me, love anything handmade. If, dare I say, you have non-crafty friends, they probably think you are crazy for staying up until 2 a.m. just to finish a project.
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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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  • The prospect of spending a week at my brother’s cabin this summer was an absolute thrill for me and my family. My vision included floating in an inner tube on a still lake with no noise other than the “plop” of an occasional fishing bobber. The kids’ visions included wild inner
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  • In the forums, folks are discussing their preparations for the upcoming holiday craft fairs. In addition to the questions about packaging, displays, and pricing, there's another question that occasionally pops up in these types of discussions. With more and more beaders and jewelry makers selling
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  • Every Friday I share a free project on Beading Daily. Today, in honor of Beading Daily's one year anniversary, I wanted to introduce you to a bunch of projects--all the projects from the current season of Beads, Baubles, & Jewels which runs on public television.
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  • Macramé was one of my teenage passions. I used soft, cotton string from the hardware store, and my favorite macramé experiences were wall hangings. I learned all my knots from one book, and would simply start knotting, making it up as I went along. I was in it for the journey, not just the destination
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  • I love combining bits of beadweaving with small bits of stringing or wirework. Check out my Lazy-B Ranch (ladder stitch and stringing) or Love Birds Necklace (daisy chain and wirework) as examples.
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  • Designs by Beading Daily readers that combine beadweaving techniques like square stitch or herringbone with simpler techniques like stringing or basic wirework.
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  • I was delighted that almost 80% buy beads without knowing exactly how they'll use them. Me too! Now that my stash is getting out of control, I try to have at least a general idea--"those beads would make cute earrings"--but sometimes that's as specific as I get. I also found it fascinating
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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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  • In my editor’s letter in the Summer issue of Stringing, I mention how a comment from Beth Garbo, owner of Mystic, Connecticut’s You’ve GOT to be Beading, struck a chord with me: "Our customers love Stringing magazine—it’s awesome to see them inspired by other artists." It made me realize that
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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 I retire from Beading Daily, I want Ed McMahon's job. You know, the guy who drives around handing out those huge million dollar checks?
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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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  • I met Teresa at Bead Expo Portland where she was teaching two classes, including one titled "Monster Mash" which promised to "unleash the secrets of sculptural peyote stitch" by creating fun faces with seed beads. At the show, Teresa was wearing one of her striking pieces and I was
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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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  • Inside My Inbox One of my favorite parts of this job is reading my email. I love your enthusiasm, your willingness to try new things, your ideas, your creativity. Here's a recent sample from my inbox: Amy wants to make jewelry with found objects.
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  • To celebrate the start of summer (and because I really, really like giving things away!), Beading Daily is giving away 3 shopping sprees ($300, $200, $100) to use at local bead shops in the U.S. and Canada. Imagine what you could buy with that money:
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  • Using two needles, one on each end of the thread, string three beads on one of the needles and slide them to the center of the thread. String a fourth bead, passing one needle through from left to right and passing the other needle through from right
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  • The surgeon’s knot is very secure and therefore good for finishing off most stringing materials. Tie an overhand knot, right over left, but instead of one twist over the left cord, make at least two. Tie another overhand knot, left over right, and
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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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  • A Solution for Long Lampwork Bead Several months ago I bought a beautiful purple and green lampwork focal bead. I assumed I would hang it vertically in whatever design I came up with. (That's right, I'm one of those people who buys beads without
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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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  • 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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  • Certain things in life should match: shoes, dinner plates, hubcaps, knitting needles. What about earrings? One of my favorite pair of earrings in college was a cowboy boot and hat set--one silver earring of each. In my mind, the two definitely went together
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  • More than 150 beaders from around the world submitted their beaded jewelry designs to the Glass Bead Challenge! The variety of entries was astonishing--every color palette imaginable and all types of glass beads from crystals and pressed glass to lampwork
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  • Today's guest editor is Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing magazine and author of the new book, Simply Modern Jewelry . Danielle shares her tips for using clothing to inspire jewelry designs. Even if you are already perfectly accessorized, you might
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  • I love American Idol . I love seeing the rags-to-riches, dream-come-true type of experience of the contestants. I love arguing the merits of personality, singing talent, and stage presence with my co-workers--and teasing them that Jason Castro sang "Michelle"
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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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  • Is there anything that Lisa Kan cannot do? I'm sure there must be something, but I couldn't think of anything! A jewelry designer, lampwork artist, and metalworker, Lisa's beads and finished jewelry can be found in Beadwork, Stringing, and other beading magazines. She regularly sells her
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  • My son is a rocker. Long hair, tall and skinny, a bit on the pale side, and a beast with a guitar. He's only twelve, and as far as we know, he's steered clear of the, eh hem, unsavory things sometimes involved with rock and roll. But the issue
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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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  • Inspiring Focal Beads When I asked Beading Daily readers a few weeks ago to tell me about their "problem" beads, lampwork or other focal types of beads were at the top of the list. In most cases, it wasn't that the bead was actually a problem
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  • Isn't It Romantic? I'm not an especially romantic person, particularly when it comes to jewelry design. As I mentioned in an earlier post (" Playing with Color ") I have no pink beads in my bead collection and certainly no heart beads
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  • I'm pleased to introduce Jean Campbell as Beading Daily's new contributing editor. Jean will join us every Wednesday for some serious beading fun! Jean knows her beady stuff, but she's also not afraid to show her zany side. She sent me some
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  • Jean Yates's jewelry designs regularly appear in beading magazines, including Stringing, Beadwork, Simply Beads, and BeadStyle. She also recently published her first jewelry design book, Links. Jean lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband Jim and three of her five sons. Jean's
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  • Introducing Bead Romantique Last fall I saw a preview of the new spring beading books from Interweave. There are some terrific new books coming out, but the one that really captured my imagination was Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan. ( See a preview .) This
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  • I really admire jewelry artists who create every bit of their designs down to a customized clasp, so I was excited when Sandra Lupo offered to share these steps for creating an S-clasp. Sandra has been making jewelry for 20 years in her New Jersey studio
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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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  • It's easy to get in a color rut in beading. Sometimes we don't even realize it! This past Christmas I wanted to make some pink earrings for someone who loves pink. I discovered I had no pink beads at all in my collection. Instead, I had probably
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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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  • Free Project: Caribbean Breeze by Sandi Wiseheart I know, I know. Most of you are probably glancing outside at all the snow and ice on the ground and wondering if I have my calendar wrong. Yes, it's still January and yes, I'm talking about floral
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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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  • Melanie Brooks Lukacs is a clay bead artist who specializes in whimsical porcelain beads. A quick visit to her website, Earthenwood Studio, reveals bead categories like "fairy and critter beads," "wicked trinkets", and "moon and pixie beads." Her original jewelry designs
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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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  • Silver Metal Clay Pendant This beautiful Silver Sea Stone pendant by Linda Kaye Moses is an advanced Precious Metal Clay (PMC) project from Step by Step Beads magazine. It uses a real stone for its shape. A textured sheet of metal clay is draped on each
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  • Submitting Your Jewelry Designs to Magazines Have you ever dreamed of seeing your original jewelry design in a magazine? If you admitted that dream to Stringing editor Danielle Fox, she would say: "Don't be shy--show off your work!" Magazines
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  • Beading Daily Challenge Winners Thirty-four brave beaders took the first Beading Daily challenge: It Takes Two. For this challenge, beaders had to choose two techniques and create an original pair of earrings. Wireworking was definitely the most popular
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  • Can I get you a bracelet with that moose? Does it matter where you sell your jewelry? Over the weekend, I had two very different experiences shopping for beaded items. On Saturday, I went to a craft show in another town. The show, held in a historic building
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Beading Daily ! Why am I thankful for the members of Beading Daily ? Great emails and blog comments, beautiful photos of your projects, helpful tips and suggestions . . . I couldn't do Beading Daily without you! Thank you for
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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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  • 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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  • The First Beading Daily Challenge I'm SO excited to announce the first challenge for Beading Daily members! I was supposed to wait until Friday to announce it, but frankly, I thought I might explode if I waited any longer! The theme: It Takes Two
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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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  • I met lampwork artist Ralph McCaskey at Bead Expo in Oakland last spring. He had a long table full of beads, but honestly, the only ones that I remember are the monsters! Each monster bead has its own personality, which makes purchasing one more like an adoption than a mere financial transaction. Ralph
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  • Happy Labor Day! If you have the day off, I hope you're enjoying yourself! Traditionally, Labor Day has marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall in the U.S., even though summer officially does not end until September 22. I always find this
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  • Many beaders I know got their start making beaded wedding jewelry . When I heard how Rebecca Campbell created the Filigree Drops (from the book, Create Jewelry: Crystals ) for her sister's wedding, I knew I wanted to share her story with you. I hope
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  • Ever have one of those weeks? You rip your skirt getting out of the car, your boss says something upsetting, the grocery store has absolutely no mint chip ice cream . . . And then something happens to put it all into perspective. In my case, I found a
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  • Hello seed beaders! I bet you thought I forgot all about you, didn't you? One of the wonderful things—as well as one of the challenges—about Beading Daily is that every bit of the beading world is being covered. This is a very diverse
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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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  • Necklace by Ashley, a teen member of Ohio Beaders Last year, at the age of 14 1/2, Ashley created this beautiful rhodonite, black onyx, and sterling silver necklace and earring set. ( See a close-up of her project .) Ashley creates a lot of "emergency
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  • Drops of Jupiter coming soon! Ooooooooh, that's so pretty! Are you buying that for Beading Daily ? That's what people kept saying when they walked into my office one morning in June. On my computer screen was a photo of a glass and wirewrapped
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  • I have mixed feelings about fashion trends. On the one hand, I get bored easily and I like to shake things up. On the other hand, I have a considerable collection of embarrassing photos of me wearing trends that, well, let's just say didn't hold
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  • When I first became editor of Beading Daily , I was asked to participate in the Beadwork challenge, where the editors receive the same box of beads and they each make something. It’s always fun to see how everyone approaches the challenge—it’s
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  • Welcome! I'm so glad you're here—please make yourself at home! I'll admit, I've been experiencing just a bit of what one of my friends calls PPA—Pre-Party Anxiety. It always happens to me sometime between the time I invite
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  • The finished (finally!) necklace What did I do that was so outrageous? I went on Beading Daily and promised that I would have something finished to show in one month's time. Now, I know some of you are probably thinking that doesn't sound so bad
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  • We often think of silver rondelles and daisy spacers as just that—spacers that add a bit of silver sparkle here and there in a piece. The Serenity Blossoms necklace features more than 350 small silver beads. The back of the necklace is just silver
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  • A close look at the Moroccan Dreams Necklace reveals a number of design tips: • Seed beads are often overlooked in stringing projects They do take longer to string—it takes 24 size 13 beads to make one inch of this 15 inch necklace! On the
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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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