KipperCat's Favorites

212 years old
North Texas
  • A Four-Sided Rope: a cartoon tutorial

    Let me show you my new animated tutorial of weaving a four-sided rope with one needle and 1 thread. The pic is clickable.
  • Daily Beading Blogs

    Beading Daily's beading blog invites you on a journey with other enthusiasts to advance your skills, and be inspired to make stunning beaded jewelry.
  • How Do I?

    Share tips and techniques.
  • I made a Tree of Life Pendant!

    This is my latest creation. I am quite proud of it. I found some tutorials, they are in my blog if you are interested, just CLICK HERE . I will update the tree of life post tomorrow.
    by yeli
  • Jumping on the Bandwagon ... Pandora request

    While there have been a couple of charm bracelets on here, I've sort of taken that idea and run with it. I wanted to do a Pandora bracelet that makes me think of all of my bead buddies! So what I'm asking for is a beaded bead or a charm from anyone...
    by MysticP
  • Justine Bracelet Tutorial

    Made with a dear aunt in mind, these bracelets are a fun project to do with memory wire, and they don’t look like your typical memory wire project. Coiling the memory wire for the ends is not easy, but it’s worth it … it tightens up...
    by MysticP
  • matsuno seed beads finish durability

    I've been looking at the Miyuki chart which gives durability ratings for their various color numbers. Does anyone know of a similar list for Matsuno beads? How about Toho beads? Here's the Miyuki chart http://www.miyuki-beads.co.jp/english/seed...
  • Photographing jewelry

    Hi everyone! I am a novice photograph (that's being generous to myself) and am looking for a good on-line tutorial to help me become a better photographer - specifically in taking photo's of jewelry I have made. Anybody know of a good website...
  • Re: 3 bead herringbone toggle?

    I think I found it. Marcie posted a cuff with that toggle and she also has a close-up of the toggle on her blog: http://labellajoya.blogspot.com/2010/10/margie-and-me-tuscany-part-2.html Plus you could email her and ask her about how to make the clasp...
  • Re: Asymmetrical Flower Necklace

    LinaG2: Those are pieces from Hil Tribe who are known for them...here is a link. You are going to need about1125-150 swarovski pearls which will not be tht cheap and if you lok at this site...one flower can cost 25.00 so it may be cheaper to get it already...
  • Re: Asymmetrical Flower Necklace

    Try Absolute Crystal Components . I bought some large sliders like that a while back that have 2-3 holes. I just checked and most of them are on closeout now but they do still have some at .99 each. In the regular "sliders" section they have...
    by JSmaz
  • Re: BD Friends Guild on Artfire

    Kippercat, you can definitely join guilds as a free member, I know I did, but I let my activity with them drop off a bit. Kipper and Jeni, if you'd like to email me a picture of your work to go into the banner pool, I'll be happy to get cracking...
    by MysticP
  • Re: Beading Cabachons

    Lizzy: I just took a cabachon bead weaving class, and the instructor showed us her evolution from working with a backing (suede, leather, Lacy's), to creating a solid beaded bezel using size 11 Delicas and a combination of peyote and picot stitches...
    by LitaC2
  • Re: Chan Luu

    hi maureen did you ever find the instructions to make the chan luu bracelet? if not, here ya go... http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/how-to-create-a-beaded-leather-wrap-bracelet.html
  • Re: Color cross-reference chart for Miyuki, Toho Seed Beads

    Found a miyuki/toho conversion chart. Look to the right handside menu there are other charts as well including aikos. http://www.thebeadcellar.co.uk/pages.php?pageid=14 As for Matsuno, I can't find any conversion charts at all but here is the link...
  • Re: DIY display ideas please!

    Here they are, such as they are:
  • Re: DIY display ideas please!

    Cat You may have already seen these,but they are the best looking "home made" displays that I've seen. Jewelry Lessons.com look under 8" faux leather Necklace Stand and remobable base the artist is From the Heartand. And best of all...
  • Re: DIY display ideas please!

    Cat, Good luck in your craft show. A couple of my DIY displays are shown in this thread . I used craft wire to hook two cooling racks (dollar store) together to display earrings. I used plastic plates (dollar store) with silver paper doilies (Walmart...
    by Paka
  • Re: Does anyone know where I found this pattern?

    It's a cute design. I'll have to try a pair!
  • Re: Festival Booth Quetions...

    I have a couple of posts about this in my blog: http://imaginativejewelry.blogspot.com/search/label/JEWELRY%20DISPLAYS I wish you luck!
    by yeli
  • Re: HELP! Had my first request for 50 beaded key rings

    When I do mass projects like that I make a bunch at once (assembly line style) and keep track of my time/materials for the entire project. Make a list of exactly what you use and double your materials cost. Add a price per hour x total time. Add those...
    by JSmaz
  • Re: How do I do mathematical beaded beads

    Hi Boldi, welcome to the forums! Kimmie's right; mathematical beaded beads are right up my alley, so I have a couple of resources to recommend A number of beading books have patterns for mathematical beaded beads. I'd recommend The Art and Elegance...
  • Re: How do I finish cord like this?

    Unfortunately, your pictures aren't coming through and the one that did is pretty tiny, but I think I know what you're looking for. this is a bracelet I did a few weeks ago for a guy friend the red cords are wrapped around the leather creating...
  • Re: how to finish a embroided bracelet

    Ingrid The edge stitching on embroidered piece is called couching but it is really a brick stitch technique. Here are the steps 1. make a small knot in your thread and weave it into your piece over to the edge on the front side of the piece. 2. pickup...
  • Re: how to get dangles to lie flat

    I don't have a Chain sta. I pointed out to my DH when I was first starting, told him for either my b day or Xmas I wanted one, as we were broke at the time. He went to the hardware store got a think piece of pipe about a foot long. He drill holes...
    by Karenra
  • Re: Ideas for packaging jewelry

    Lisa I've bought organza bags from here http://www.yourorganzabag.com/organzabag.htm and it comes out very inexpensive. I think the ones I bought were like 8 cents each. I used the bags from there for my wedding invitation scrolls in silver and was...
    by Cat_P
  • Re: Its tax time - how do you count bead inventory, etc?

    Deb's hubby is a jeweler, or used to be anyway. I think that's who you might be thinking of Sherri. If you just want a simple project calculator, you might download Eni Oken's version for $5. It doesn't do inventory, but at least you can...
  • Re: Jewellery for Men - any ideas?

    I finally remembered to dig up the picture of my first attempt on jewelry for men. It's a herringbone bracelet of hematite colored seed beads. My boyfriend found it too shiny (it's more shiny in real life). What do you think - about the design...
    by troll3
  • Re: jewelry designing

    It depends on the size of the beads and the colors within them - I generally pick a color within the beads to use as an accent but then there are times when I go go for contrast - Using a color wheel can really help for coming up with good accent colors...
  • Re: JULY Bracelet swap Reveal

    Here is a pic of the bracelet and earrings I sent to Lody ~ Swarks and GF seed beads with GF wire corkscrew earrings encasing a string of Swarks. I liked the way it turned out so much I made a set for myself. My sister and BFF liked them so I had to make...
  • Re: Looking for a octahedron bead

    For pollydoodle2 and anyone else who might be interested... there is a ' free' video tutorial for making a crystal ball... here http://jewelry.de-cors.com/2008/03/tutorial-crystal-ball.html Enjoy ladies.....(and gents of course) Lynn
  • Re: making a tubular herringbone rope into 2 strands

    Jo, I think it would depend on how many beads you have in your tubular herringbone rope. For instance, if it was 8 beads, you could split it into two ropes of four, basically your four beads on the right side of the rope would become one strand and the...
    by snybee
  • Re: Measuring for bracelets How to

    The size of the beads (6mm, 8mm, whatever) or whatever else the bracelet is made from need to be taken into account otherwise the bracelet will be too small. I don't really know what you're trying to do with the seed beads but I doubt two extra...
  • Re: Necklace Swap Cycle 3 (July 2010) Reveal

    Yea i did have a pattern. Here is a link to the pattern: http://mybeading.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/beaded-jewelry-beaded-bead-or-beaded-pendant/ Have fun with it. If i can give you a suggestion. Make a practice one so you can see the tension and stuff...
  • Re: Peyote stitching around a wooden ball with delicas

    There is a general method for weaving peyote stitch to make a beaded bead with any size core bead. The larger the core bead, the longer it takes to weave the beaded bead. I suggest starting with about a 12mm core bead. Anything smaller might be difficult...
  • Re: Properly Listing Materials

    Lita, You mean rainbow (or Painted Desert) calsilica DOESN'T come from a secret mine in Mexico? As you said, education about what you use in the design is just as important as the technique and the design itself. Sad to say, it isn't always Chinese...
    by DebWAZ
  • Re: Retail string tags for jewelry

    Like Jeni I make my own. I use a template the size of an address lable to create my tags on my home computer. I drew up a logo scanned that into my computer and now when ever I need it I just print it on the front of my card stock. I then print out a...
  • Re: Ruffle peyote stitch bracelet.

    Here is the link to the page... if you can't get there... Just go to fusionbeads.com and then bead kits, and Peyote ruffle bracelet. http://www.fusionbeads.com/shop/productchart/4971/
  • Re: Show and Tell SSE 15

    This is what I received for Lody ......love them....I was admiring her beaded bead beauties when she posted them, and now I have my very own..... and she made me a matching bracelet as well....the set goes perfectly with what I have to wear to work.....
  • Re: SSE r20-21 - viewing.

    The latest ones I bought were from an e-bay store called Garden Vista. The ones I bought originally I didn't keep a record of where I got them.....oops. It's one thing I really like about the Jewelry Designer Manager software.....I always have...
    by Evalie
  • Re: sterling chain

    Joyce--a ZILLION places. Any of the big online jewelry supply vendors sell chain by the truckload. a few of my favorites: Fire mountain gems: www.firemountiangems.com beadaholique: www.beadaholique.com ornamentea: www.ornamentea.com (they don't sell...
    by Erin@76
  • Re: Stiffening beadwork with future floor polish

    I use the Future too, it works great! (by the way, it's now called Pledge with Future, and in NZ it's called Klear. Here's a link to a pic of the new bottle, and the names of it in all countries where it's sold) I have found, though, that...
  • Re: Stiffening beadwork with future floor polish

    I have used Future floor wax on beaded ornaments, which have crystals, and noticed no change in the beads or crystals over time. I would pour the Future into a bowl and submerge the ornament for a few seconds. Then, I would fish it out with a wooden skewer...
  • Re: Strangulation by necklace

    Oh my, how sad! That's why I always vote for open jump rings, not only in kids jewelry. No matter how expensive or valuable a piece of jewelry is or if it possibly could get lost when using an open jump ring, it sure isn't worth a human life....
  • Re: stretch magic for braclet advice

    Hi Stephanie! Welcome to the BD family! Stretch is not my favorite stringing material, but I've had to learn how to deal with it because I repair stretch bracelets for customers on a regular basis. (Bracelets they bought elsewhere, not ones I made...
    by DebWAZ
  • Re: triple row herringbone start

    When I do Ndbele or Herringbone I want the first two and last two rows to look the same with that ladder stitch, it has more of a finished look to me. When I get to the other end after finishing the final row I go back thru and making uit into a ladder...
  • Re: triple row herringbone start

    This was my tip that was published in B&B. I was happy that they published it, but I wish they had posted a finished photo instead of the one they DID publish. The picture they show is before the thread is removed from the start, so it doesn't...
  • Re: triple row herringbone start

    http://www.beadandbutton.com/en/How%20To/Tips/2010/04/Jump-start%20herringbone%20stitch.aspx This was just published in one of the bead and button magazines. I dont know if this helps, but hope so
    by AnnM@94
  • Re: Twisted Bracelet

    I just posted a free tutorial for a twisted herringbone rope. You can follow the instructions to make a bangle, and I also include instructions for attaching a clasp if desired. You can check it out here: http://beadingbutterfly.com/FREE_Twisted_Herringbone_Bangle_Tutorial...
  • Re: Twisted multi-strand necklace/bracelets

    mamamia! I don't know how I missed this thread yesterday, but welcome here today in any case. I'm sure you will like it here. The way I do this is the same way I learned from Barbara Elbe's and Stephanie Tomlinson's books (it was awhile...
  • Reader Showcase

    Share links to photos of your beading projects.
  • Sidewinder pattern?

    I've searched and searched online for a pattern for the sidewinder bracelet. I started one with a teacher and brought the bracelet home to finish. Teacher is traveling and not available. Now I would like to have the pattern. If you know where I could...
  • Toho color durability

    This chart on ArtBeads lists which colors are prone to certain problems. I've never experienced fading problems with seed beads, but I know many people have. These days I like to cross-check for problems before I buy. There is a similar chart on Miyuki's...
  • wire working videos

    This is a new video on magpiegemstones.com She has 15 short videos, mostly on wirework http://www.magpiegemstones.com/hammeredloop.html
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