Beaded Beads

It’s a bead covered with beads or one made solely out of beads, like a miniature sculpture with a whole in it. You can wear it alone on a chain or incorporate your beaded beads into elaborate pieces of jewelry.

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  • Beadwork August/September is full of projects sure to renew your love of beads. Enjoy projects featuring SuperDuos, while in another, learn to embellish rivolis with Rizos. If you love clever closures, experience one Designer of the Year's new way to conceal clasps. From simple to exquisitely detailed
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  • Maybe it's because I live in the heart of the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, but I love to find inspiration for my beaded jewelry designs from the natural world. Every day, I'm greeted with the experience of being able to live close
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  • The other day as I was rummaging through my pile o' jewelry looking for a pair of earrings, my first thought was, "I don't have enough earrings." It's probably true -- when I sit down to make a piece of jewelry, earrings are usually
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  • A rainbow of seed beads at the Whimbeads bead show booth! I'll never forget the first time I sat down to make jewelry with seed beads. I'd tried all kinds of other jewelry-making techniques: mixed media, wire wrapping, polymer clay...but none
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  • My priorities for beading are basically: 1. Beads 2. Everything else This explains why my studio space is in no danger whatsoever of being featured in one of those beautiful, inspiring magazines like Studios . It would be wonderful to have a studio with
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  • British bead artist Katie Dean is known throughout the UK and the U.S. for her fanciful sculptural peyote stitch beadwork. She's the author of several books on how to make embellished beaded cabochons, sculptural beaded objects, and handmade beaded
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  • Purple Pathways by Leslie Rogalski Beaded Bangles Herringbone Stitch Bracelets by Leslie Rogalski Geared Up Herringbone Stitch Cuff by Leslie Rogalski When was the last time you worked with herringbone stitch? This amazingly versatile bead-weaving stitch
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  • Interweave 's annual Bead Star competition is still accepting entries through June 13, 2014, so there's still time for you to enter! (I'd love to, but you know, I'm an employee and all.) Starting in 2013, Bead Star now accepts beaded jewelry
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  • I love using brick stitch for designing beaded jewelry, but I'm less than thrilled with the sometimes sloppy feel of beginning my brick stitch projects with ladder stitch. Unless I'm using cylinder beads for my first row, I always feel as though
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  • I don't know what it is that I love about beaded ropes, but when I need a beading project to keep my hands busy during a long trip or when I'm in-between beading projects, beaded ropes are what I do. Beaded ropes are so versatile, they can be
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  • You've fallen in love with the art and craft of beadwork; you've spent years perfecting your techniques, learning from books, magazines, and instructors; you've developed your innate artistic voice; and now you've decided to start your
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  • Using a grid drawn on my bead embroidery medium for symmetrical placement of my cabochons I fell in love with bezeling cabochons using off-loom bead-weaving techniques when I first started learning how to bead. But it took me a little longer to warm up
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  • My first trip to the Tucson gem and mineral shows back in 2012 was such a life-changing experience! Being surrounded by all those beads, the artists, and the energy of the place had me buzzing with creative ideas for weeks after I got home. One of the
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  • Beaded necklaces have always been my favorite type of jewelry to make. Maybe it's because I got started creating peyote stitch and netted amulet bags when I first started beading back in the Dark Ages. Maybe it's because I love the long tradition
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  • Beaded netting is a favorite bead-weaving technique of mine. Why, you might ask? Well, for starters, it's incredibly easy to learn, but creates simply stunning finished projects. Beaded netting can be used with any kind of bead you happen to have
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  • Way back when I decided to go into the jewelry business and start selling my handmade beaded jewelry, I enrolled in a 6-month marketing course for rural artists that was sponsored by a local chamber of commerce. Even though I wanted to find a way to quit
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  • Chexx bracelet designed by Christina Neit, Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year If you're looking to keep up with the newest bead shapes coming soon to a bead shop near you, York Beads has introduced the new Chexx two-hole bead to the world. Chexx
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  • I don't know about anyone else, but I'm in love with the leather jewelry trend that I've seen the last couple years. My first experience with these leathers was at Bead Fest Philadelphia back in the summer of 2012, when I spent an obscene
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  • Lately, it seems that no matter what I do or where I go in life, my beads follow me. Even after finishing my 200-hour yoga teacher training program back in March, the beads are following me into my yoga and meditation practice -- last weekend, I taught
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  • Marcia DeCoster was one of my first beading "idols", and someone who inspired me to learn right-angle weave. Working up her beautiful and technically challenging right-angle weave designs has been an enormous part of my growth as a bead-weaving
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  • Bead embroidery wasn't always a favorite beading technique of mine, but once I learned a few tricks of the trade, I found that bead embroidery is a wonderful medium for creative self-expression. It's like painting with beads, and the only limitations
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  • In the last few years, I've learned to love creating wire jewelry, but I'm still not quite comfortable with designing my own wire jewelry projects. Learning some basic wire jewelry-making skills has definitely made me more confident when it comes
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  • Collen Carter was the winner of our February/March 2014 Beading Challenge "Name That Beadwork" giveaway with her suggested name of Lionfish Amulet for the gorgeous beaded necklace made by editor Kate Wilson with the kit of metal findings from
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  • From Jennifer: While most people think of ropes and purses when they think of bead crochet, Adele Rogers Recklies thinks very differently. This New York City-based bead artist has been taking bead crochet through uncharted territory with her modern interpretations
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  • A little over a year ago, I was lucky enough the be the recipient of several pounds of 2-hole Twin seed beads, courtesy of the Preciosa Blogging for Beads program. It set my little beady brain into overdrive as I dug through my stash to see what other
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  • We all love peyote stitch, and it's the perfect beading stitch for making bold, graphic beaded bracelets. And while the thread path for peyote stitch is one of the best beading stitches for relaxing, meditative beadwork, reading those charted peyote
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  • This weekend is Easter, and tomorrow night, I'll be writing up little clues for my six-year-old to hint at where his Easter baskets will be hidden all around the house on Sunday morning. I remember my parents doing this for me and my sister when we
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  • Mother's Day is coming up, and if you're like me, you are a last-minute shopper. This year, consider making something for Mom that will mean so much more because you hand-crafted it especially for her! Mom will think of you every time she wears
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  • It's finally spring! Oh, yes -- last weekend, my husband and I were able to go for long walks outside without having to layer up in sweaters, jackets, boots, hats, and wool socks. And the longer days! The light! It just makes me want to break out
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  • A few weeks ago, I was asked to submit an application to teach beadwork and jewelry-making at one of my local arts associations over the summer. As part of the application, I had to include a copy of my resume. My first thought was, wow, a resume? I haven't
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  • I can't stop buying little face beads and cabochons. Some of those in my collection are more than five years old and still unused. It's not a lack of ideas that's stopping me. In fact, it's quite the opposite: I have so many ideas that
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  • Beader (and friend) Kristen Stevens Herringbone stitch is one of my favorite beading stitches for making beaded chains that highlight a spectacular focal bead or centerpiece. It's particularly well-suited for large or heavy focals because its thread
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  • So many of you had so many great tips and ideas for repurposing and spring cleaning your jewelry! It was a tough call, but we finally selected this tip from reader Shelly Gillman as the winner: "My mother-in-law gave me a long, vintage, crystal necklace
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  • For me, right-angle weave has been love at first stitch, and I'll tell you why: the rhythm of the thread path, first moving to one side and then towards the other, is very meditative for me. When I'm deep into stitching with right-angle weave
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  • Like a lot of bead-weaving enthusiasts and artists out there, I got started stringing beads before I picked up a needle and thread and started stitching. When I think back on how I got started with bead stringing, I go back and forth between cringing
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  • Above: Sunflower Bracelet Kit in rose. Below: Sunflower Bracelet Kit in blue. The signs of spring are definitely in the air! And despite the temperatures that still fall into the too-cool-for-my-tastes range and the wool socks that feel as though they
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  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to bead like the pros do? Maybe you've wondered what kinds of tips and advice a professional beader would have for someone who wants to turn their hobby into a second career? Well, I asked a few of the wonderful Beadwork
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  • Whether you want to boost your jewelry business by selling instructions and tutorials for your own original beaded jewelry designs, or you want to submit your seed bead patterns for publication to a beading magazine (like, maybe Beadwork magazine?), you'll
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  • Even though I still see a good foot or more of snow on the ground outside my window, the calender is telling me that it's almost spring -- and that means it's almost time for wedding season! Up here in the Adirondacks, many couples choose to celebrate
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  • From Jennifer: Warning: Doing kumihimo with beads is totally addicting. If you're thinking about learning how to do beaded kumihimo, you should know that you will fall head over heels for this easy Japanese braiding technique. You'll be buying
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  • A few weeks ago, my husband and my 6 year old son went off on an "adventure" while I was attending a training workshop, and when I arrived home, my son presented me with a few beautiful agate slices that he had chosen for me from a museum gift
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  • Did you start a jewelry business in 2014? Are you thinking about taking the plunge and turning your passion for making handmade beaded jewelry into profits? If you're ready to learn how to get your products and your message out there in the big, wide
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  • Beaded earrings don't have to match a bracelet or a necklace. In fact, when I wear earrings I prefer them to be statements all by themselves. Beaded earrings are like little miniature works of beadwoven art. And once you get started, they really are
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  • Beaded netting techniques have roots in many cultures around the world. It's incredible to me that vastly different areas of the world have both adopted this easy, versatile beading stitch as a part of their tradition of beading crafts. You can find
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  • Thanks to beaders like those of you reading this (no, really -- thank you!), bead-weaving and jewelry making have evolved and been accepted by a much wider audience as fine bead crafts. Look at the artists showing their work in any high-end craft show
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  • When it comes to running a successful beading business, more and more bead artists are turning to selling their original beading patterns direct to customers through online shops like Etsy, ArtFire, and their own websites. Beaders everywhere are hungry
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  • Beaded bangle bracelets are a cinch to size when you use a brick stitch base! Using basic brick stitch with large beads (size 8 or size 6) let you make a substantial-feeling bangle bracelet that will fit you like a glove. Want to try this fast, easy,
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  • Right after bead-weaving was invented, someone figured out how to make a beaded bead. I'm sure of it. This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night, thinking about the history and traditions of bead-weaving -- everybody thinks about this
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  • Brass beads painted with Vintaj Patina Inks I'll warn you right now: getting started with mixed media jewelry is a slippery slope. First you start with something easy like using patina inks to color vintage metal components and metal beads, and pretty
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  • I love beaded flowers, as you've probably noticed from the photos in two recent posts (" 10 Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend " and " Create a Seed Bead Flower Accent for Gift Packaging "). I have a feeling I'm not the only one
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  • So, you say you just don't know where to get started with steampunk jewelry ? We have a saying in the practice of yoga and meditation: in order to begin something, just start where you are! I still love the look of steampunk jewelry, even if I don't
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  • Looking at the polymer clay beads by Turtle Soup Beads makes me realize just how far polymer clay has come as a form of bead art since I started beading, almost 15 years ago. With all of the innovations made with surface treatments, glitters, powders
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  • Of all the creative arts, jewelry making is the one that has always held a special place in my heart. It's not just about making great handmade jewelry out of beads and other jewelry supplies, it's about creating something that's unique and
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  • Tassels in jewelry have been trendy for at least a year, maybe two. I hadn't paid too much attention until last week when I flipped through the spring 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing ( Beadwork's sister magazine). The magazine features four ways
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  • I think I've only ever made a handful of beaded brooches since I started beading over fourteen years ago, but when I got my hands on a sample of some of the new Nunn Design brooch/pendant findings, I thought it might be fun to fill them up with a
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  • The best way I can think of to practice your skills at making wire wrapped loops is to make bead and wire chains. They're easy, fun, and can be used to make so many types of beaded jewelry! Plus, the basic skills for making a wire wrapped loop are
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  • Beki Haley, owner of WhimBeads and one of my favorite seed bead pushers, er, sellers, created these beautiful Wild Rose Earrings using some of the new shaped glass beads from Starman. Beki is one of Starman's 2014 TrendSetters, whipping up fantastic
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  • I think beading is cool. Not everyone does, though...I find this especially true when I'm first explaining to a non-crafter what beadwork is: "So, you string beads and make a necklace or something?" "Well that's one way to work
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  • These days, when I'm not beading, thinking about how to bead, or cleaning up and organizing my bead stash, you're most likely to find me on my yoga mat. Next month, I'll be finishing a 6-month 200-hour yoga teacher training program at a local
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  • Roma, a cubic right-angle weave necklace by Sabine Lippert , is composed of square-shaped units of cubic right-angle weave After chatting with Aussie bead artist Patrick Duggan about his fabulous cubic right-angle weave creations, I felt inspired to share
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  • Of all my favorite beading tools , I think I love my Mirrix beading and tapestry loom for how easily I can combine my favorite fibers and threads with beads for unique, artistic beading projects. It's not every beading tool that sets my creativity
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  • Australian bead-weaving artist Patrick Duggan He may live on the other side of the world from me, but I can't get enough of the beautiful bead-weaving designs created by Australian beader Patrick Duggan. I was first introduced to Patrick's work
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  • It happens to the best and most prolific of us beaders. Every once in a while, my beading muse up and decides that it's time to take a holiday, leaving me in the lurch. But, really, it's good to take a break sometimes and get away from what I
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  • It's that time of year again! Time to sign up for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson. This year, there will be just ONE day to sign up, and one reveal date, so make sure you mark you calenders, leave a note to yourself, and don't
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  • Ready to try your hand at some basic beaded kumihimo braids? Just like my other favorite beading techniques, kumihimo can be done with an incredible variety of materials. Before you sit down to undertake your first beaded kumihimo project, make sure you
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  • Stringing beads isn't just the territory of creative women anymore -- in the last few years, more and more men have started learning how to string beads and make jewelry. Among some of my favorite boys who bead are the late Peter Sewell, bead artist
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  • Most of us are here on Beading Daily because, well, we love glass beads! Am I right? Seed beads, pressed glass, vintage glass, handmade lampwork glass -- the list of favorite glass beads goes on and on. If you can imagine a shape, size, or color of glass
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  • Have I mentioned how much I love Downton Abbey? True, I think half the reason I watch it is just for the period clothing and jewelry, but each episode feels like a treasure trove of jewelry-making ideas and inspiration. Apparently, I'm not alone,
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  • Before I ever picked up my first jump ring opener, I always thought that chain maille jewelry had to be made from complex, intricate weaves that used hundreds or thousands of jump rings. And, sure, you could spend days or even weeks putting together a
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  • As much as I enjoy making jewelry, I'm always looking for new ways to use seed beads. I love pretty gift packaging, so I've been playing around with ways to adorn packages with bits of beadweaving. I'm especially excited about this idea because
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  • Part of having a successful jewelry business is finding ways to make your business stand out from the rest. But that doesn't mean that you need to spend a lot of money on marketing materials and fancy packaging. Although having some things like business
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  • I'm at the point in my experiments with mixed media jewelry where I will never say never. If you had told me three years ago that I would love making resin jewelry pendants for my bead weaving projects I would have never believed you! But, yes, I've
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  • For many of us, learning how to string beads was the "gateway" that led us to learning about other ways to make beaded jewelry. Bead stringing is a fabulous introduction to the soothing nature of bead work and jewelry making. But bead stringing
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  • Jewelry-making goal #4: Use up what I have in my stash. (Who am I kidding?) We're well into 2014, and I've been thinking a lot about what my jewelry-making goals are going to be for this year. I've been spending the last few weeks working
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  • Beaded snowflakes by Stitch Pro Jean Campbell The holiday decorations may all be packed up and put away, but it's still winter here in upstate New York, and that means I'll be busy making bead crafts like beaded snowflakes and beaded stars to
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  • Since October, I've been spending three days a month working through a yoga teacher training program, and the hard work and subtle changes that I've been making in my daily life are definitely noticeable. But imagine my surprise when this last
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  • Really, is there anything you can't do with peyote stitch ? Since I figured out how to make a beaded dodecahedron out using right-angle weave, I've been playing around with creating these challenging geometric shapes using peyote stitch to fill
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  • Herringbone stitch goes way beyond just making gorgeous twisted ropes -- it also makes beautiful, organic-looking beaded flowers! In this beading blast from the past, we're happy to share this free beading pattern using herringbone stitch from 2014
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  • Years of trial and error in my beaded jewelry-making endeavors have proven to me that the best tips for beading come from people who love to bead! And looking through the last seven years of jewelry-making blogs here on Beading Daily, I see that there
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  • Downton Abbey is back! Have you seen the season premiere, yet? I'm looking forward to seven more weeks full of drama, glamor, and of course, those delicious period costumes and jewelry! Nothing inspires a good necklace making project for me like seeing
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  • I have to admit, half the reason I love watching Downton Abbey so much is for the gorgeous period costumes and jewelry. I love glass beads, the crystals, the diamonds and pearls, and the delicate metal work of Edwardian jewelry, and very often find myself
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  • Since 2010, I've started off every year with a little beaded earring making challenge to myself: can I make one pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month? I originally started this earring making challenge because beaded earring designs
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  • This is the third blog post in a series on the new Beadwork Designers of the Year. You've met Christina Neit and Leslee Frumin last month. Now meet Laura Andrews. Interviews with the design team Liisa Turunen and Glenda Paunonen will be posted later
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  • It's not very often that this beadweaver uses a metal component in my beading projects and beaded jewelry designs, but I was thrilled to see all the amazing designs in the February/March 2014 Beadwork challenge! The fabulous kit of metal jewelry-making
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  • Coming from someone who doesn't often get to wear sparkly things, I believe that jewelry made with crystals is a good investment. Why? Because crystal jewelry design is timeless -- many of my first crystal beading projects from over ten years ago
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  • I can hardly believe that we're down to the last few days of 2013, and if you're like me, it's time to slow down a bit and try to get all my beading tools and beads organized before I launch into my beading projects for 2014. My problem is
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  • I hope everyone who is reading this is having a beautiful Christmas morning! Here in upstate New York, it will be cold, and it might snow, if we're lucky. And if you're lucky, you or someone you love might have been treated to a few new beading
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  • No doubt about it, enduring winters where the temperature routinely drops to -27 ° F for weeks at a time definitely gives me a good excuse to spend time beading in front of the wood stove with my family. Winter is the perfect time for me to go into
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  • Herringbone stitch might have been one of the last bead-weaving stitches I learned how to do, but these days, it's always my first choice for making beaded bezels and beaded ropes! This quick, versatile beading stitch can be used to create both flat
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  • Every year, the editors of Beadwork magazine choose a panel of outstanding bead artists to be the Designers Of the Year, or DOY. These bead artists present an impressive and innovative array of beaded jewelry designs using some of the latest trends in
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  • I don't know what it is about the winter solstice, but every year around this time, I find myself trying to figure out how to bead projects that will capture as much light and sparkle as possible. When the days get short and the nights get long, I
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  • When beaders say that peyote stitch projects are great for beginners and a favorite among beadweavers, I have to say that I heartily agree. Peyote is the stitch that I started with when I began my first beadstitching project last January, and although
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  • Do you still have a couple of holiday jewelry making projects left to cross off your list? Are you looking for something sparkly and fun to wear for New Year's Eve? Our friends at Nunn Design and Fusion Beads have teamed up to bring you this beautiful
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  • One of the things that excites me about my evolving wire jewelry skills is the potential to make cool wire jewelry designs, like this Leather Loops bracelet by jewelry artist Jodi L. Bombardier. I love the trend of using leather in jewelry -- it's
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  • Does anyone else remember making crocheted potholders with those little plastic rings for hangers? My mother and my grandmother used to make dozens of those every year, and I discovered that those little plastic rings are great for beaded toggles when
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  • I can honestly say that I have yet to meet a bracelet making project that I didn't love. Beaded bracelets are what I go to when I need to get out of a creative funk, or to recharge my beading batteries. Very often, I find inspiration for new necklace
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  • Ten years ago, there were few, if any, places where you could purchase and download seed bead patterns instantly from bead artists. Today, a quick search on Etsy or Craftsy will reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of artists selling their seed bead patterns
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  • Oh, how I love twisted herringbone stitch ropes! My first attempt at these essential beaded ropes was not so pretty: made with size 15 beads ( what was I thinking ?), there were more threads showing on that little bit of beadwork than I care to admit
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  • Yep, it's that time of year when I'm counting my blessings, both beady and otherwise, and pearls are at the top of my list of beads for which I'm thankful. I can't think of another type of natural bead that is so mysterious, so beautiful
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  • Just like every other beader I know, I was thinking about why I love earring making so much during the long drive to pick up my son from kindergarten the other day. Because, really, for so many years as a bead artist, I struggled to make intricate, elaborate
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  • The more I practice yoga, the more I discover that my practice can apply to every other aspect of my life -- including my beaded jewelry design ideas. One of the most important concepts to me in all of yoga is the concept of santosha. Santosha can be
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  • Stitch Pro Jean Campbell shares one way to finish a flat peyote-stitch band--with ribbon crimps.
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  • Stacked bracelets has proven to be a trend with staying power. Bangles, wrap bracelets, cuffs, braided and beaded bracelets, and leather bracelets are being mixed and matched on wrists everywhere I look! I already have quite a few bead and wrap bracelets
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  • I had almost forgotten how wonderful it feels to actually finish a bead-weaving project -- almost! For NaSeBeMo (National Seed Beading Month), I decided to kick off with a project that I could actually finish before moving on to the mountains of bead
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  • My bead stash holds an embarrassing secret: I save all my false starts, my poor color combos, those "what were you thinking?" beadweaving bits in old Altoids tins. Each tin is a mess. I don't trim the thread ends neatly or weave them in
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  • Brick stitch will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself when I first started learning how to bead. And whenever I want a project that takes me back to my "beginner's mind"
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  • From Jennifer: If you liked today's Beading Daily guest blog from bead artist Jean Power, take a look at some advice from her on how we can get more out of our peyote stitch projects! Peyote Stitch: Versatile and Reversible The only downside of beading
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  • What if you had a magic beading genie at your disposal? You know, the kind that would bring you just about any beading tool you wanted with the snap of his fingers -- if you had that kind of power, what would you ask for? Believe it or not, I think about
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  • When you think about holiday jewelry, most folks think about sparkling crystal beads and shiny metallics. But being the kind of "natural" woman that I am, I like to use a lot of gemstones in my holiday jewelry-making projects. Gemstones can
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  • Happy Halloween! Our friends at Prima Bead have shared this free necklace making project with us, using crystal pearls and bicones, fancy metal chandelier findings, and fun filigree components. Enjoy! Materials: Black Chandelier Charms 5 pk (Prima Bead
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  • Just when I thought I couldn't possibly make any more room in my bead stash for more cabochons , Tina Holden, my Bead Soup Blog Party swap partner from earlier this year, decided to do a major destash in one of her online shops. That meant lots and
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  • We all know about how beads have the power to heal, to tell stories, and to enrich our lives through the meditative nature of off-loom bead-weaving. Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation that has been traveling throughout the United
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  • Learn to form a tubular peyote-stitch rope using 2-hole seed beads
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  • Have you seen our new free kumihimo eBook yet ? The free kumihimo beading project, Kumihimo Splash, was designed by my friend Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand and guest blogger here on Beading Daily . When Suzanne saw that we were using her very
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  • You know that saying, "Less is more"? Whoever put together this amazing kit of glass beads, pendants, and findings from Znet Shows did a good job proving that when it comes to beads, "more" is usually better! They "warned"
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  • Well, you asked for it, and here it is: a challenging little technique I stumbled upon using two-holed seed beads for right-angle weave. I don't know what it is about right-angle weave that inspires me so when I play with my two-holed seed beads and
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  • Yep, beads make fabulous jewelry, but there are so many great ways to use beads in crafts . Beadwork magazine editor Melinda Barta created this sweet little beaded box using seed beads and a large polymer clay focal bead, showing everyone just how versatile
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  • Kumihimo , the ancient Japanese art of braiding, has wound its way into the hearts of beaders around the world. Beaded kumihimo is popping up in beaded jewelry designs using the newest beads and some very old braiding techniques. Some of the first kumihimo
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  • If you follow our Beading Challenge blog, you'll know that in every issue of Beadwork magazine, there's a challenge presented to a few of our editors, and a couple of readers lucky enough to be chosen by the editors. We all receive the same kit
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  • My version of right-angle weave with Twin beads. Looks an awful lot like... Kassie Inman's Patchwork pattern for Twin beads. A few weeks ago, I came up with what I thought was a pretty unique version of right-angle weave using Twin two-holed seed
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  • The ancient art of chain maille was regarded as a technological advance in the art of war when it was used to create thick layers of metal rings in order to protect soldiers in battle. Some of these same chain maille weaves and techniques are being used
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  • Remember that beaded necklace I talked about in last week's Beading Daily that used the vintage Swarovski crystal beads I bought from my friend Beki's destash sale? Well, as I worked up that necklace base, I made a mistake -- and realized that
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  • The bead scoop is one of those beading tools that doesn't seem very important. At least, it doesn't seem very important until you find yourself with a huge mess of seed beads on your bead mat that need to go back in their respective tubes to avoid
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  • A couple of weeks ago, my friend Beki Haley of Whimbeads decided that she needed to make some room in her bead stash and part with some of her vintage Swarovski crystal beads and components. She said that she wanted to make sure that they went to good
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  • The leaves are in full-on color up here in the Adirondacks, and the days and nights are getting noticeably cooler. That means it's time to do a little bead crochet by the wood stove ever evening after dinner, and this beautiful Yellow Leaf Bracelet
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  • From Jennifer: I think I love the stories behind my favorite glass beads for bead-weaving almost as much as the beads themselves! For me, bugle beads bring back memories of when I first started learning how to bead -- I made dozens of pairs of beaded
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  • Let's face it: we're busy. We have jobs, families, pets, meals to cook, laundry to be done, and oh, yeah, we have to sleep at some point, too. So there isn't always as much time as we'd like to spend with our beads, that's for sure
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  • One of the hottest trends in jewelry-making is the use of crystal cup chain. Hundreds of tiny crystals all secured in connected bezels make this fabulous jewelry-making component as versatile as it is affordable. Author and jewelry artist Lorelei Eurto
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  • There are so many new shapes and types of glass beads popping up that sometimes I feel dizzy just thinking about them all! If you take a look at some of your favorite online bead supply companies (like Whimbeads, Artbeads, and even Fire Mountain Gems
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  • Welcome to our first-ever special issue dedicated to stylish beadwoven projects that are quick, easy, and extremely fun to make. Whether you’re a novice beadweaver looking for a place to start or an intermediate beader seeking projects you can make in a few hours, you’re sure to find many
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  • There's nothing like a great strand of pearls! Of all my favorite beads and jewelry-making supplies, I think pearls top the list. There's a reason why these little beauties are so precious: each one is the result of a lengthy natural process,
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  • Let me paint you a picture of what autumn is like here in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. Believe it or not, the leaves have already started to change color from deep summer green to more brilliant yellows, golds, and reds. We My backyard
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  • After I had such a blast learning how to solder wire at Bead Fest Philadelphia last month, I arrived home to find a new set of Wubbers pliers waiting for me! More wire wrapping projects ? Yes, please! Never in a million years would I ever have guessed
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  • Have you ever had a beaded jewelry design take on a life of its own? It can happen, and it's one of the reasons why I sometimes don't get a lot of sleep at night. My creative bead-brain takes a good thing and then just keeps going, and going,
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  • Q: When is herringbone stitch not really herringbone stitch? A: When you work with two-holed seed beads! When I was one of the lucky recipients of the Preciosa Beads for Blog Post program back in January, one of the first things I discovered was how easy
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  • While I was at Bead Fest Philadelphia last weekend, I stopped by to see the lovely ladies of Lillypilly Designs and see their new jewelry-making products. I'm always inspired to see what kinds of materials other artist are using in their jewelry-making
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  • One of the things I love about earring making is that (most) beaded earrings can be made in a day or less. Take these Corona Crystal earrings by Pilar Burg from the 2009 issue of Step By Step Beads -- in just a few hours, you can have a set of earrings
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  • Mixed media jewelry is one of my favorite ways to play with new ideas for making handcrafted jewelry. It brings me right back to high school, when I would spend hours experimenting with different materials like fibers and paper for creating found object
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  • If you're a beader who frequents Facebook, you may have seen some of the amazing beadwork created for the Battle of the Beadsmith competition in 2012 and 2013. What is the Battle of the Beadsmith? Steven Weiss, owner of the Beadsmith, created a single
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  • I don't think I'm ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, but it can't be helped: the leaves here in the mountains are starting to change color, the nights are definitely getting cooler, and in just a few days, the kids will be heading back
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  • I've been doing a lot of cool stuff with metal and wire jewelry lately, stuff that I never thought I'd ever be able to do, much less really enjoy! So far, I've painted metal, colored it with markers, punched holes in it, used wire to learn
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  • My very first job out of college was working for a small, non-profit community development organization. When I was hired, the Executive Director told me that she was impressed with my attention to detail, and never would I have guessed at the time that
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  • Have you been thinking about starting a jewelry business selling your handmade beaded jewelry? Do people ask you where they can buy your handmade beaded jewelry when they see you wearing a particularly gorgeous beaded necklace or pair of beaded earrings
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  • The more I play with resin, the more I love it! Lately, I've been experimenting with all kinds of things like adding color to my resin, using fabrics and papers under my resin, and now, I'm starting to use molds to create resin shapes for pendants
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  • I don't know why I put off playing with geometric peyote stitch for so long, if only because I knew that I would suddenly develop a need to buy at least two dozen more colors of cylinder beads to add to my stash. But a couple of weeks ago, I decided
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  • Oh, how I love stitching beads of all types together with right-angle weave ! But I'm one of those beaders who absolutely detests the way my thread shows between the beads, and I don't always enjoy trying to aim the fine point of a permanent marker
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  • Using fibers, cords, leather, and ribbon in beaded jewelry projects is one trend I'll happily embrace for so many reasons! With all the beautiful colors of leather and cord available in bead shops and craft stores, these affordable materials make
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  • From bubbles to buckles, Hercules to Camelot, this year’s Favorite Bead Stitches abounds with fresh, fun jewelry ideas that run the spectrum from casual to dressy, earthy to glitzy. Broaden your jewelry-making repertoire with this crème-de
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  • I can't be the only one out in Beadland who has been tempted by all those gorgeous resin jewelry-making projects out there, can I? One of the reasons I haven't done more with resin is because I just don't like those empty bezels staring back
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  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE There used to be a time when the term “ bead crafts ” brought to mind bracelets loomed at summer camp, or brick stitch earrings with long fringe that you might buy in the parking lot of a Grateful
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  • Color is so very important to us seed beaders! From the time I first started taking beading classes and working from my first set of seed bead patterns , I've been obsessed with color. The bead shop where I started taking beading lessons didn't
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  • Do you remember where you were 6 years ago, in August of 2007? I certainly do: I was five months pregnant with my son, and I was starting to make plans for launching my own jewelry business. Also that summer, I remember the launch of a new online beading
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  • The next time you need a little inspiration for a bracelet making project, head on over to your local thrift shop, junk shop, or resale shop. Chances are, you'll find loads of inexpensive jewelry that's just waiting to be turned into something
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  • Beaded beads are quite fascinating little objects, aren't they? I can't help but adore the Zen aspect of them -- a bead made out of more beads! -- and I'm always amazed by the innovation I see in some of the latest beaded bead designs. Since
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  • Here is by far the strongest and most professional-looking finish I've found for attaching bead caps to beaded ropes. This technique requires a little wireworking, but I promise it's easy to master. You'll need: --A beaded rope with ends large
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  • Starting my jewelry business was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, but it was well worth the effort. As a result of starting my own jewelry business back in 2005, I've made some great friends, learned a lot about myself, and, yes
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  • Earring making projects don't come easily to me. I've always been more of a bracelet or necklace kinda gal, but once in a while, I feel the need to whip up a pair of earrings to match a new sweater or just for a quick gift. In addition to making
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  • Of all the variations that can be worked with brick stitch , circular brick stitch is one of my favorites for making unique components and even beaded mandalas for things like bracelets, earrings, pendants, and even delicate beaded necklaces. Circular
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  • Renowned bead artist Marcia DeCoster is today's Beading Daily guest blogger "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." -- Ursula K. Le Guin When you sit down to work on a bead weaving project
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  • As I was digging through a drawer of supplies the other day, I realized that I own an awful lot of wire for someone who claims that she doesn't make a lot of wire jewelry. How did that happen? It seems that in my travels through Beadland, I've
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  • Ever since I purchased my first cabochons from Gary Wilson at my very first Bead Fest Philadelphia back in 2003, I've been obsessed with figuring out how to bead around them so that I can use them in other beaded jewelry projects. And while I love
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  • You may have heard me talk about my drawer full of pearls before, and yes, it's true: I'm a sucker for pearl beads. At every bead show, bead shop, or online bead seller that I visit, the first thing I do is to browse their selection of pearls
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  • Have you ever wondered what methods a professional artist uses to buy glass beads and create color palettes for new beading projects? Bead artist Jill MacKay has created jewelry for television shows like The Guiding Light and Star Trek: The Next Generation
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  • Have you tried chevron stitch yet? This beading stitch has its roots in the cultures of Africa, and it adapts beautifully to modern seed beads and other glass beads to create elegant, sophisticated beaded jewelry. Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year
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  • Do you love herringbone stitch as much as I do? Really, there's so much you can do with it -- whether you want to make a beaded bezel for a crystal bead, a beautiful twisted herringbone rope, or a piece of beaded jewelry with a distinctly African
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  • There's something very Zen about making a beaded bead : would the beaded bead exist without the beads used to make it? While I try to wrap my mind around that one, we've put together some fresh beaded beads patterns for you in our free eBook,
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  • If you've ever seen the amazing beaded necklaces of artist Betty Stephan, you'll understand that Betty is a true master of necklace making . Combining bead embroidery with bead-weaving in art and elegance, her work has won numerous Bead artist
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  • Jean Campbell is Senior Editor of Beadwork magazine. Creating your own beaded jewelry designs is one of the most challenging, but most rewarding, things you can do with your bead-weaving skills. And who better to get design advice from than the always
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  • Wedding season is in full swing, so this is the time of year when many of my beading friends who make custom beaded wedding jewelry find themselves knee-deep in orders for custom beaded wedding jewelry. And no wonder: having unique beaded wedding jewelry
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  • While there is definitely something magical about the look of crystals, my personal style means that I prefer to have crystals play a supporting role, instead of the lead, in most of my beading projects. The good news is that even when crystals take a
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  • I blame it all on Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year Jill Wiseman. Jill is famous for getting hundreds hooked on kumihimo beading through her amazing easy-to-follow classes at big bead shows like Bead Fest Philadelphia. Above: Jill Wiseman gets me
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  • Great beading ideas abound in Beadwork’s Aug/Sept 2013 issue. Learn how to stitch herringbone beaded beads, bead a chevron collar, bezel a gemstone donut, embellish focal beads, and more. Plus, discover 4 ways to make jewelry with Superduo 2-hole beads.
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  • Have you ever made a breathtakingly beautiful piece of beaded jewelry from a set of instructions and been inspired to create your own beaded jewelry designs? It might seem overwhelming at first, but chances are, if you have the skills necessary to make
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  • Once upon a time, in the middle of a long Adirondack winter, a lonely beader found that she needed a project to keep her occupied while she searched for a job. On a whim, she opened up her old copy of the "White Russian" beading book, and decided
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  • As the temperatures continue to rise and summer gets further underway, I have been noticing a lot of handpieces out and about as well as popping up online. This isn't a trend I have ever sported myself, let alone tried to make, but there is something
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  • Welcome to Wonderful Wire Week here on Beading Daily ! This week, I'm going to explore just a few of the ways in which wire jewelry has woven its way into my beading and jewelry-making projects, and I hope you'll enjoy the ride. Not so long ago
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  • Andrew Thornton is a fine artist who resides in western Pennsylvania. As a well-known jewelry artist and now the owner of the fine art and craft gallery, Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, Pennsylvania , Andrew Thornton has a unique perspective to share with
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  • If I knew now what I didn't know then...that's how I feel about everything that I've learned about earring making since I started beading over thirteen years ago. While I spent my time doodling beaded necklace and bracelet designs in my notebooks
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  • Native American beadwork has a rich heritage of symbolism through the use of colors, gemstones, and animal totems to tell stories and convey meaning. If you're looking to infuse your beadwork with a few special and meaningful symbols, check out some
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  • Are you feeling a little beading challenged lately? I was certainly starting to feel sort of sluggish, like my ideas were all stuck in the same rut. Then my next challenge kit from Beadwork magazine landed on my doorstep, and I decided to look around
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  • Why should you learn about beadmaking? Even if you only ever do bead-weaving (or think that you'll only ever do bead-weaving, and nothing else!) knowing a little bit about beadmaking can actually help when you're working on your own beaded jewelry
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  • It's true -- pearls never go out of style. Whether you like to do bead stringing or bead stitching, freshwater pearls are an elegant and classic addition to any beaded jewelry design. Pearls come in so many different shapes these days that it's
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  • I love a good challenge, don't you? How about the challenge of using a cabochon, without a hole, in a piece of beaded jewelry? When I was learning how to bead, I was thrilled to find out that I didn't need to know metal smithing techniques to
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  • Wearing my Battle of the Beadsmith piece at last year's Bead Fest Philadelphia with friends. In the last few years, I've seen more and more emerging bead artists who are pushing the envelope with their beautifully over-the-top beaded necklaces
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  • From Jennifer: Spring is in full swing right now, but summer is just around the corner, and for the June/July 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine, our editors and readers were asked to take this sand and sea-themed kit of glass beads and jewelry-making findings
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  • "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign?" ~Albert Einstein When I've run out of storage bags for my UFOs, it's time to start finishing my beading projects. I think Einstein was on to
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  • "I think I may have startled a co-worker with my celebratory Snoopy dance!" "It is my birthday this week, and you just gave me the best present I could ask for!" "You have just made my week, how exciting!" "This is very
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  • We all know that beading is great for relieving stress, but I got to thinking the other day about how beading can "cure" so many other unpleasant things. Now, I'm no medical expert, but I've noticed that my seed bead patterns can cure
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  • From Jennifer: Bead crochet was, without a doubt, one of the most difficult beading techniques that I ever learned. But once I mastered it, bead crochet quickly became a source of inspiration and a great way to give my beady brain a well-deserved break
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  • Last week, Beading Daily hit a great milestone -- there are now 20,000 of you who follow us on Facebook ! Isn't that amazing? 20,000 of us who are all connected through our love of beading, beadwork, and jewelry-making! To celebrate, we're giving
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  • In today's blog I share one of my favorite sidebars from my book Mastering Peyote Stitch, plus a few extra tips and techniques that aren't included in the book. Follow these simple stitching tips and care guidelines to keep the jewelry you devoted
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  • It's not often that I get a long stretch of hours to sit and bead lately, but when I do, I take full advantage of it. Most of the time, I only get a few minutes here and there to sit down and bead, so when an opportunity for a marathon beading session
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  • I'm pretty sure I've been in love with these sandals since last summer. I honestly don't recall when or where I came across this photo, but I've had it saved on my computer ever since. Made by Etsy artist, Gabriela Pomplova , the beaded
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  • Gone are the days when the only shapes of beads we had to choose from were cylinder or round. In the last two years, designers of glass beads have created innovative and exciting shapes of glass beads that have unlimited potential in your own beaded jewelry
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  • Of all the jewelry-making supplies out there, my favorite (next to seed beads, of course) has to be wire. I wasn't always a fan of wire wrapping techniques, but once I saw just how versatile it is, I started reading up on my wire wrapping tutorials
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  • What reading materials--besides Jewelry Stringing magazine--do you have on your bedside table? Did you know that there are a number of novels out there about beading? It's true. I was browsing Amazon today, and discovered some great-sounding books
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  • Have you tried working with herringbone stitch yet? Whether you're a baby beader just getting started, or you feel comfortable with your bead-weaving skills, herringbone stitch is a great beading stitch to know. When worked with all the great two
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  • Many of us love to do bead-weaving, and peyote stitch in particular, because of its meditative nature. The gentle rhythms of peyote stitch, along with the little mantras, or sayings, that we repeat to ourselves as we stitch are so soothing and calming
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  • Kelli Burns' Tuscan Tiles bracelet is a beautiful, stylish way to use copper bugle beads. When I first started learning how to bead, I only thought of using bugle beads as fringe for the dozens of peyote stitch amulet bags that I made. Later, I started
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  • I recently rekindled my love of the glass druk when I started designing my Hoarder of Beauty necklace using a handful of Czech glass gumdrop beads. As I was designing the individual components that went into the finished design, someone suggested that
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  • From Jennifer: Even if you don't recognize her face, you'll surely recognize her gorgeous peyote stitch and crystal bracelets on the cover of this month's Beadwork magazine -- today's guest blogger is Jayashree Paramesh! Jayashree's
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  • A small, flat peyote strip doesn't have to be uninteresting -- there are so many different ways that a strip of peyote stitch can be used! Try this free beading project for an easy peyote stitch bail for use with a crystal pendant or a gemstone donut
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  • Are you a member of the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club from A Grain of Sand ? If not, April might be your lucky month -- A Grain of Sand is having a Design Challenge using a special vintage jewelry-making component included in the April club boxes. The staff
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  • Jean Campbell has long been someone that I look to for information and advice about everything related to beaded jewelry design. Along with her sense of humor and her twenty-plus years of beading experience, she's an absolute treasure trove of tips
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  • Although lately I've been incorporating more and more glass beads into my bead-weaving projects, when I first started learning how to bead, I used lots and lots of gemstone beads in my designs. There's something about the look of gemstones in
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  • Winter isn't always the most creative time for me--it can be tough to feel motivated when I know that any new jewelry I make will just be covered up with scarves and coat sleeves. But now that spring has officially sprung, I am getting really excited
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  • Oh, yes, even though I always seem to have a hard time coming up with designs for beaded earrings, I love to stitch up earring making projects from other talented beading designers! I really can't get enough of them -- earring making projects are
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  • Cynthia Newcomer Daniels Mikki Ferrugiaro Beadwork by Nancy Dale The internet is an amazing thing for beaders like us. If we're looking for a new beading project or pattern to stitch up, all we have to do is search through places like Etsy or Artfire
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  • There's no doubt about it: crystal beads can turn an ordinary beading project into something truly extraordinary. Maybe it's the sparkle, maybe it's the color of the crystal beads, or maybe it's the feeling of pure luxury that you get
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  • Desert Thistle Earrings by Kristen Winter Feb/March 2013 Beadwork We're so excited to announce that we're now accepting submissions for our first-ever Quick & Easy Beadwork, a special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine! Many of today's
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  • One of my favorite sources of inspiration for making beaded jewelry is antique and vintage jewelry. So when my good friend gifted me with a huge box of very special antique beaded jewelry, I decided to repurpose some of the jewelry for new jewelry-making
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  • 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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  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something...beaded? Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner, and with it, wedding season! And, sure, you know that beaded wedding jewelry is a great way to add another personal touch to
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  • Are you a little intimidated by the idea of making chain maille jewelry ? Jewelry Making Daily 's Tammy Jones felt the same way, so you're not alone! But if you're comfortable with basic wire jewelry making, you'll want to check out this
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  • Earlier this week, I showed you how to stitch up some easy herringbone bezels for beads , and then how to make a right-angle weave necklace base , all part of my Beaded Jewelry Design week here on Beading Daily . Today, we're going to look at techniques
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  • After a long, cold winter, I always look forward to wearing my bright, colorful spring skirts, and this spring, I think I may have made the perfect beaded necklace to go with them, thanks to this month's Beadwork magazine challenge kit ! I really
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  • I often feel like the Jason of beadweaving in search of the perfect (golden fleece) clasp. Does it exist? Oh, there are lots of pretty toggle, box, and slide clasps, but I just haven't found one that brings the ends of a beaded piece of jewelry together
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  • Continuing with your beaded jewelry design project, now that you've made herringbone stitch bezels for the beads, we're going to make the base to which they'll all be attached using right-angle weave. The base I like to use when making these
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  • Warning: Long Story Alert. Last winter, my husband and I took a parenting class with our son's preschool teacher. One evening during class, I started noticing the patterns on the beautiful purple shirt worn by the teacher, and of course, my beady
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  • In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I'm addicted to cabochons . If you take a look through my bead stash, you'll find drawers and drawers full of them -- gemstone cabochons, handmade ceramic and porcelain cabochons, even vintage Lucite
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  • A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of receiving an advance copy of Lark Books ' next release, Suzanne Golden Presents: Interviews with 36 Artists Who Innovate with Beads . It was definitely one of those drop-everything-and-grab-a-cup-of-cocoa moments
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  • 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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  • Design by Tracy Gonzales (for TierraCast) Everywhere you look, leather jewelry is a hot trend. At Bead Fest Philadelphia last summer, I saw lots of leather jewelry-making supplies, from the wonderful "licorice" leather for making fun beaded
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  • Sabine Lippert, one of Beadwork Magazine's Designers of the Year for 2013 has started distributing her newly-designed Rizo beads here in the United States. So far, the response has been fantastic! What is a Rizo? Sabine designed the Rizo bead to fill
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  • Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and keeping with the theme of love and hearts and all things sparkly, A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club had some beautiful vintage jewelry-making supplies in it this month! Take a look at my favorite pics
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  • Mirrix Looms is having a great contest, perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to try bead-weaving on a loom or tapestry weaving. My Mirrix Loom is one of my favorite beading tools. Mirrix Looms are sturdy, well-made, and extremely versatile. Whether
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  • Aside from having really cool and gently used clothing, my local thrift shop is a great place to find craft supplies for my beading projects! I love to dig through the bins of sewing notions and craft supplies, looking for unusual items that I can use
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  • I can't imagine a better way to learn about making wire jewelry than with a few fast and fabulous earring making projects. The best part about making earrings with wire is that you don't need a lot of beads, and you don't need to be a wire
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  • A few years ago, I landed a teaching gig at a large gem and mineral show in western New York. As I walked the floor after my classes, I marveled at how many different gemstone beads were available. It seemed like there were gemstones for every color,
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  • My new stash of two-hole Twin beads has me pretty smitten with their shape and all their design possibilities! In just a few days, bead lovers from all over the world will be descending on the city of Tucson, Arizona for some of the world's best gem
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  • Yes! You have less than 24 hours left to save big on some of my favorite beading resources during the Resolve to Save Sale in the Beading Daily Shop! Why take advantage of this great sale? For starters, you can round out your collection of beading books
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  • A couple of weeks ago, my family piled into the van and we made a road trip down to the Old Forge Hardware Store in Old Forge, N.Y. Now, if you're not familiar with this hardware store, it's more like a department store -- there are three floors
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  • There are great free beading projects to be found online, if you know where to look. In addition to the hundreds of great free beading projects you can find here on Beading Daily , we have a new sister site, Stitch Craft Create , where you can find hundreds
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  • This weekend, January 25-27, 2013, are the signups for Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party ! If you're a bead blogger and have never participated in one of Lori's Bead Soup Blog Parties, this is the time to sign up: there will only be
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  • Some of you might remember Cynthia Newcomer Daniel from last summer when I showed off her amazing beaded necklace entry in the Battle of the Beadsmith. I admire the way Cynthia makes those little seed beads of hers do the most amazing things like mimicking
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  • Though not technically a "beading tool," my photocopier has quickly become my new best friend. Who would have ever thought that this dusty old thing would be able to save me hours of design time and up to weeks of beading? When working up the
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  • This year, I'm working on some necklace making makeovers using a stash of vintage and antique jewelry that was given to me by a very dear friend from Los Angeles. Many of my original beaded jewelry designs are inspired by vintage and antique jewelry
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  • My least favorite part of bead crochet has always been stringing all those seed beads on the thread before I start to crochet. There's just no getting around it -- no matter what I try, it always feels like a chore to me. Thankfully, bead crochet
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  • My son has tried to get me hooked on the show Breaking Bad ever since it appeared on Netflix. I'm always happy to have a new show to bead by, and since I beaded through a couple seasons of Weeds , he probably thought I'd like it. But after I watched
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  • Maybe one of your New Year's resolutions was to start selling your handmade beaded jewelry, or to increase sales of your handmade jewelry online. Are you thinking about entering juried shows and competitions with your jewelry in 2013? Then you're
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  • There's nothing like 650 grams of free Twin beads to get your creativity going, right? Well, last week, I was notified that I was one of four winners of the Preciosa Ornela Beads for Blog Post promotion, and they sent me a box containing 1,000 grams
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  • We beaders have very distinct patterns of behavior, wouldn't you agree? Sometimes, I catch myself doing something, and I think, gee, only a real beader would do something as crazy as this. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Five Warning Signs
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  • One of the best classes I took last summer at Bead Fest Philadelphia was Easy Kumihimo with Beads, taught by Jill Wiseman. Easy, fun, and wildly addicting, I returned home with a whole bag of kumihimo supplies and project ideas, and I haven't stopped
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  • When I take a beading class, I pay attention to more than just the technique that the teacher is showing me. I always sneak a look to see what kinds of beading tools that teacher has. Because, after all, if you want to bead like a pro, there's more
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  • If you're looking to branch out into mixed media jewelry in 2013, bead embroidery is one of the easiest ways to get there! Because bead embroidery is such a versatile and fluid beading technique, it's perfect for anyone who wants to experiment
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  • The February/March 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine is full of beaded jewelry ideas (24 of them!) and revelations. Inside, you'll discover the awe-inspiring winning entries from our Beaded Bead Contest, plus we announce our new line up of Designers of the Year.
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  • It's a brand-new year, and that means it's time for a brand-new challenge in the February/March issue of Beadwork magazine! This time around, editor Melinda Barta took this fun kit of beads from The Creative Fringe and got her punk on with this
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  • Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is the author of I Can Herringbone Herringbone stitch is one of those bead-weaving stitches that can be made to look completely different in the hands of two different bead artists. It's probably one of the reasons I keep
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  • My first attempts at beaded beads weren't exactly pretty. I took some beautifully finished wood beads and proceeded to cover them with some of the ugliest peyote stitch I had ever done! But after making a few of those monstrosities, I started to think
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  • Yep. I love vintage jewelry. As a kid, my parents would take me and my sister antique hunting on weekends. We'd drive all over western New Jersey in search of antique radios, clocks, watches, and even antique needlework like crochet and knitting.
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  • Learn to stitch a beaded snowflake
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  • Tila bracelet by Eva Willis inspired by the beading project by Susan Charrette-Hood, from the Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013 W.O.R.D. section of Beadwork magazine Would you like to see your beaded jewelry appear in the pages of Beadwork magazine? If you've been
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  • Mixed media jewelry making just got a lot more fun for me. Enter my newest jewelry making toy, er, tool: the Vintaj Big Kick embossing machine. A few months ago, my friend Amy Blevins at Bead & Glass Boutique in Pittman, New Jersey announced that
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  • Suzanne Branca is the owner of A Grain of Sand Of all the crystal beads out there in the wide, wide world, I think I love vintage crystal the best. Maybe it's the history behind it -- I'm such a history geek -- or maybe it's the sense that
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  • Sometimes, when I can't sleep at night, I try to relax by dreaming up new beaded jewelry design ideas. (I'm not the only one who does that, right?) A couple of weeks ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, I thought about what I was going to do with
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  • Working on the cutting edge of beaded art, bead artist Darcy Horn is now trying to raise funds for her latest large-scale project, The Beaded Body. During a visit to Albuquerque in 1998, she started learning off-loom bead-weaving, and she says she hasn't
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  • Today is dozen-dozen-dozen day, and to celebrate Interweave is offering great savings on tons of products. I invite you to check out the Interweave Store to find beading books, ebooks, patterns, DVDs, and more at 30% to 70% off. Buy these bargains for
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  • 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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  • There's a saying in Zen teachings: "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. But in the expert's mind, there are few." One of the biggest challenges for me as a bead artist, I find, is that I sometimes feel like everything
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  • I need another beading tool like I need a hole in the head, right? But a couple of weeks ago, I caved in and bought one of the new Big Kick machines from Vintaj, with the idea that I would make some lovely embossed brass pieces for earring making projects
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  • It's funny how learning one jewelry making skill can lead to so many others. When I first got serious about learning how to bead, I was mostly doing stringing and making earrings using head pins and eye pins. Then after my mother gave me a beautiful
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  • Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson-Smith It's December 1, and that means it's time to start thinking about all those glittery crystal bead jewelry pieces that we're going to wear for the holidays! True, I don't usually wear a lot of beaded
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  • Earlier this year, I started playing with two-part epoxy clay and made some fabulous rings and pendants set with tiny crystal stones. In June, I took at class at York Beads with my bead buddy Betcey Ventrella from Beyond Beadery and got some more inspiration
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  • Lexi Erickson is a contributing author to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. From Jennifer: I love buying gemstones, particularly gemstone cabochons. When I look at a beautiful gemstone cabochon setting , I feel as though the wonderful natural colors and
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  • Brick stitch , as I've said before, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first bead-weaving stitch that I felt I had truly mastered, and for a very long time, I used it for all of my beaded amulet bags and most of my beaded jewelry
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  • If I had to choose one thing that I love about creating my own beaded jewelry designs, it would be the unlimited possibilities that are presented to me every time I sit down with my sketchbook and my beads. Really, I can't think of another jewelry
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  • Lori Anderson, the creator of the original Bead Soup Blog Party, is hosting a blog hop in January 2013 called the Memories and Thanks Blog Hop. Meant to honor someone we cherish -- a mother, a sister, a brother, a friend -- this blog hop is all about
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  • I was expecting to see great things in the Beadwork magazine 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead contest, but, wow, the creativity of the entries really blew me away! I've always been fascinated with beaded beads, and I was really eager to see how folks
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  • Who among us can resist the lure of beautiful handmade pearl jewelry ? The legacy of pearls throughout history is as fascinating as it is mysterious: pearls were once a luxury enjoyed only by kings and queens, retrieved from the depths of the oceans and
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  • Back in March, I made my first-ever chain maille jewelry project from a free set of project instructions here on Beading Daily . I was a little nervous when I set out to try it, since wire work has never been my strength in jewelry-making, and I was more
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  • Have you ever been in a class, reading a pattern, or beading with friends and stopped to wonder the difference between "pass through" and "pass BACK through"? Do you often hear references to "tension" and wonder if this refers
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  • Holidays are always made better with the addition of one of my favorite things -- beads! What better way to celebrate the winter holidays than sharing the love with a few beautiful and joyful bead crafts ? Every year, holiday time gives me a reason to
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  • It's that time again! Time to look at what one of our wonderful editors over at Beadwork magazine has done with the Bead Challenge , come up with a name for that piece, and enter for a chance to win one of the bead kits used to make it! This time
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  • 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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  • Looking at a few of my favorite bead weaving stitches, the first thing that I notice is that the beads are lined up in pretty much the same way: rows stacked on top of each other, nice and neat, with a few variations in the alignment of the seed beads
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  • Why do we love seed bead patterns so much? I recently posted something on the Beading Daily Facebook page about NaSeBeMo (National Seed Beading Month) , and I was thrilled to see that there are as many people out there who are obsessed with working with
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  • I've been so excited about the themes for the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing , one of which is "Modern Cowgirl," that when I came across a sheet of western-themed clip art in our stash, I just had to whip up a fun cowgirl necklace
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  • Little did I know when I first sat down to learn how to bead how many skills I would learn in the coming years! It makes you realize that there's a lot more to making beautiful beaded jewelry than just sitting down and stringing some beads on wire
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  • No matter how much time and care you put into your bracelet making projects, choosing the right clasp can make all the difference in the world. Choosing a clasp that's easy to work, comfortable, and secure for your bracelet making projects might seem
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  • Some of you might remember that last year, my friend and bead artist Dulcey Heller had pondered what would happen if there were a National Seed Beading Month, similar to National Novel Writing Month. I loved the idea, so I declared November to be NaSeBeMo
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  • What is it about peyote stitch that keeps us beaders coming back for more? I struggled with peyote stitch when I was learning how to bead -- there was just something about the thread path that I couldn't keep straight in my mind. But once I found
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  • Silly me. All through high school and college, I thought that jewelry making with materials like fiber, clay, fabric, and paper was just a fun way to make jewelry. Little did I know that it's actually mixed media jewelry , and when I need to stretch
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  • Long gone are the days when I would bead sitting cross-legged on my bedroom floor, scooping my seed beads out of plastic containers and trays. These days, I've got myself a pretty sweet place for beading, and I've armed myself with quite an arsenal
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  • Halloween is arguably my favorite holiday for the fun factor: watching my son get dressed up in his costume, carving pumpkins, and, of course, my favorite fall foods like roasted pumpkin seeds and apple cider donuts. But even if you don't dress up
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  • I've always gravitated towards using metals in my bead-weaving and jewelry making projects. Metallic glass seed beads and metal seed beads are favorite beading supplies of mine, and now I've discovered how easy (and how much fun!) it is to use
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  • When I started doing bead embroidery patterns , I was totally clueless. All I had to go on were the amazing pictures of bead embroidery jewelry by people like Sherry Serafini and Heidi Kummli. There really weren't any good, well-written instructions
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  • Do you love working with right-angle weave ? This superhero of bead-weaving stitches can do just about anything with any kind of beads that you have handy. When I want to bead just for beading's sake, I'll grab two or three colors of seed beads
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  • I've found a new appreciation for polymer clay bead making these last few months, and I'm lucky that the lovely folks over at Polyform Products have agreed to supply me with a steady stream of free polymer clay bead making projects! This free
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  • There is something so appealing about a beaded bead: It can sparkle with simple elegance or it can demand attention the moment you enter a room. The beaded bead can change your entire look with one color or with a multihued pattern. It's one of the
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  • Necklace making is such a personal expression of your style, and it's one of the reasons why I love making my own beaded jewelry. I definitely have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and so do you! You may not realize it, but your choices
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  • Toni Rexroat is the editor of Crochet Me A note from Jennifer: Today's guest blogger is our own Toni Rexroat from Crochet Me . Toni loves how bead crochet edgings allow us to express ourselves, and they're certainly one one of my favorite projects
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  • From beaded bags to full-size headdresses, the tribal-inspired trend dominated fashion blogs and retail catalogs last summer and has continued into fall. Just one fashionable beaded bracelet can be the perfect accent to that earth-toned outfit for an
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  • While I'm relatively new to the art of chain maille jewelry , I've been making my own lampwork glass beads for the last nine years. So when I was at Bead Fest Philadelphia last month with Jewelry Making Daily 's Tammy Jones, I was a little
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  • With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to spook up a few appropriately-themed jewelry components, tutorials, and just-plain-fun eye candy! I love the clever use of chain in this spider web bracelet and necklace set. Find the
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  • This year, we've been treated to a whole series of great beaded bead projects in each issue of Beadwork magazine as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration , so I thought it would be fun for the second week of our Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chevron stitch is one of those bead weaving stitches that doesn't get enough attention, I think. It's an incredibly useful bead-weaving stitch that can be used to create simple beaded necklaces and bracelets as well as larger, more intricate,
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  • One of the things I love about the Beading Daily online community is the Reader Photo Gallery . It's so inspiring for me to look in there every day and see all of the beautiful beaded jewelry made by the members of the Beading Daily community! You
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  • Okay, I have to 'fess up: I'm one of those people who rolls her eyes when she sees the Christmas and holiday displays being put up in the drugstore or the departments stores before Halloween. And I really despise the hustle and bustle and the
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  • Learning how to do peyote stitch was something of a challenge for me. After successfully teaching myself to do other bead-weaving stitches like right-angle weave, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, and netting, I made one peyote stitch amulet bag, and
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  • Last month, I was lucky enough to be able to take a basic kumihimo with beads class at Bead Fest Philadelphia from the amazing Jill Wiseman. It was so much fun, and I picked it up so quickly, that the next day, I signed up for her advanced kumihimo class
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  • My experiences with a group of traveling Tibetan Buddhist monks inspired me to create this peyote stitch prayer box necklace. Some of you may remember a blog I wrote earlier this year about the time I got to spend praying and meditating with a group of
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  • With so many different kinds of beads out there, it comes as no surprise that beads can be made out of just about anything. Really! I've seen some beads made out of pretty strange stuff -- think moose droppings, bullet casings, and chewed-on pencil
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  • Fall hasn't even officially begun, but here in the office we are busily plugging away on the winter issue of Jewelry Stringing . I'm excited that the winter issue will feature the winning projects from this year's Bead Star competition! If
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  • 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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  • These very cool 36 gauge copper sheets from Lilly Pilly Designs open up a whole new world of design possibilities! Chain stitch using wire makes a great decorative element when working with rustic style jewelry designs. I don't know about anyone else
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  • Lillypilly now offers a large selection of fine gauge copper sheets, perfect for mixed media jewelry making projects! The fine gauge copper sheets are available with both patina and embossed patterns on them. It's easy to stitch through the copper
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  • I was so in love with this neon green Regaliz Greek leather from Antelope Beads that I wanted to make a cheerful yet modern beaded cuff bracelet with it. I adapted a technique I learned from both Sig Wynne-Evans and Gail Crossman Moore to create the little
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  • Have you ever learned a new beading technique that just sent you over the edge, creatively? Ever since I learned how to do kumihimo at Bead Fest Philadelphia this year, my brain has been on creative overload with all kinds of ideas for using this fast
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  • Beadwork’s Oct/Nov 2012 issue boasts 23 fabulous jewelry designs made in your favorite stitches—peyote, herringbone, right-angle weave, and others. Plus, learn more about today’s most popular techniques, such as kumihimo braiding and beading with Tilas.
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  • One of the things I love about hitting the bead shows like Bead Fest Philadelphia is all the great ideas I get for new beading and jewelry making projects! I knew there was something cool in the Antelope Beads booth at Bead Fest when I walked past it
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  • On my recent trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia, I made a trip across the river to southern New Jersey, where I got to meet up with the fabulous Amy Blevins and see her gorgeous bead shop, Bead & Glass Boutique . When I travel, I like to seek out small
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  • I can still remember what inspired me to create my first original beaded jewelry design . I was flipping through a book about antique jewelry, and one of the photographs caught my attention. It was an antique seed pearl necklace made up of three components
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  • If you think it takes a long time to walk through the show floor of a huge bead show like Bead Fest Philadelphia, try doing it where you know just about everyone behind the tables in the booths! Bead Fest Philadelphia was a great time for me to catch
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  • I'm always finding new and exciting things to do with bead embroidery, and during my trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia last week, I found two hot new items to make my bead embroidery go wild! Tilapia Leather from Nature Beads Yep, this is the stuff you
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  • Are you someone who is struggling with learning how to do right-angle weave? If so, no worries -- you're not alone. The undulating thread path of right-angle weave can be a tough one to wrap your head around, but once you've mastered this popular
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  • I can't think of another bead-weaving stitch that is as versatile as herringbone stitch . Maybe I'm biased - herringbone stitch is, after all, my go-to beading stitch when I want to make a beaded rope for a pendant, a beaded bezel for a cabochon
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  • There are certain tools that no beader should be without when you're learning how to bead . Things like a good set of jewelry making pliers, a good pair of wire cutters, a beading awl, a sturdy bead board or work surface, and a good tape measure or
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  • One of the first crafts I learned from my mother was how to crochet, and even if I didn't quite get the hang of bead crochet right away, it is now one of my favorite beading techniques for making beaded ropes. But you can do so much more with bead
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  • A hallmark of the steampunk jewelry style is the use of metals, whether it's a romantic filigree, textured metal stamping, metal findings, or metal chain. The use of metals in steampunk jewelry is a nod to the industrial age, when art, romance, and
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  • I have to say, since I've been receiving my monthly shipments of vintage beads and jewelry making components from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club , I really look forward to seeing what's in each month's box. I love the challenge
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  • I've really been getting into working with easy wire wrapping projects lately, and these two blank metal cuff bracelets from this month's A Grain of Sand Bead Hoard Curiosities Club just spoke to me as soon as I saw them. They wanted me to wrap
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  • Beaded wedding jewelry , and finely crafted beadwork itself, has come a long way in the last ten years. When my husband and I got married in 2003, I decided to do something a little more adventurous with my beaded wedding jewelry than just your standard
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  • Coloring in this color wheel on my own was a great way to learn more about color theory for bead-weaving. Choosing colors can be the hardest part of any beading project. For a long time, I just chose colors on a whim. If they worked together, I always
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  • What length do you want to make your necklace? Whether you're making a beaded necklace for yourself, as a gift for a friend, or to sell, you'll want to be aware of some common necklace lengths. Necklaces sold in stores and online are sometimes
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  • After my last blog about ways to adjust your beaded necklaces to get the perfect fit, a couple of my co-workers here at Beading Daily asked me how I match up my necklaces with the different necklines of shirts. What a great idea for a blog!, I thought
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  • 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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  • One of my long-standing obsessions is using found objects in my beaded necklace and beaded bracelet designs. When I inherited a portion of my mother's old jewelry after she passed away in 2008, I started thinking about ways I could use them in new
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  • So, when it comes to beaded ropes, you think you've seen it all, right? Think again. I've just seen a preview of Lark's latest book in their Beadweaving Master Class series, Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes. With this book, Jill has
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  • If you love seed bead patterns, 2011 was a very good year. Beadwork magazine's Designers of the Year included beading legends Carol Wilcox Wells, Sherry Serafini, Cynthia Rutledge, and Kelly Wiese. Beading pattern designers everywhere were pushing
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  • Chain maille is such a fascinating technique for jewelry-making, but I have to admit, I approached it with more than a little trepidation. Once I got started, though, the rhythm of opening, linking, and closing all those jump rings created the same soothing
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  • Well, the first round of voting in The Battle of the Beadsmith competition ended last week, and the winners have been announced. Much to the surprise of many, my piece, Mother of Dragons, didn't make it into the second round. But, get this: it lost
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  • When it comes to versatility in bead-weaving stitches , you can't beat herringbone stitch. I can't think of another beading stitch that offers so much variation! The thread path of herringbone stitch (also called Ndebele stitch because of its
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  • I've been doing a lot of wire jewelry making projects lately, thanks in no small part to my ever-improving wire jewelry making skills. I've discovered that just knowing how to make simple loops, wrapped loops, and jump rings can translate into
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  • 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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  • 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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  • July's shipment from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club held some fabulous finds! I couldn't take pictures of everything in the shipment (or we'd be here for a very long time), but I wanted to share a few of my favorites. (And
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  • Beaded broad collars started popping up everywhere about the time that I started learning how to do bead-weaving, but I waited a few years until I really felt comfortable with the stitches before I started experimenting with shaping my beadwork. I was
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  • If you haven't seen it yet, there is some serious beady eye candy over at the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook. Eighty beaders from around the world were selected to compete, and the finished beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and accessories
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  • Don't you just love summer weddings? One of my office mates has been busily planning her nuptials, which will take place later this month. Getting a glimpse of just some of the things that will make her day special has inspired me to see which accessories
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  • Not too long ago, Tammy Jones wrote a great blog over on Jewelry Making Daily about five essential jewelry making techniques for jewelry artists . And it got me thinking -- while my primary interest for jewelry making still remains with my beloved seed
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  • You might remember about a month ago, I had set out to work on my entry for the sure-to-be-fabulous Battle of the Beadsmith, hosted on Facebook by Steven Weiss. The idea was this: Steven would pair up eighty of the world's best (and willing) beaders
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  • I'm not sure who it was that first thought it might be a good idea to string some beads on yarn before crocheting with it, but whoever it was probably knew that they had stumbled onto something good. Bead crochet ropes are perfect for showing off
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  • 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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  • If you're a regular subscriber to Beadwork magazine, you'll know that this year marks fifteen years of creative, beady goodness in the pages of my favorite beading magazine! And to celebrate, the editors at Beadwork magazine have come up with
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  • The versatility of right-angle weave never ceases to amaze me. I can think of at least a dozen ways to embellish a single strip of this fabulous bead-weaving stitch . You can shape it without making complicated increases and decreases and just changing
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  • I don't wear bracelets too often, even though I have bags of them in my collection of handmade beaded jewelry. Most of the time when I'm designing a new piece of beaded jewelry, I usually come up with necklace making designs, not bracelet making
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  • After my recent sojourn to Manhattan and my bead-buying binge at York Beads, I came home with an entire hank of Czech farfalle beads. The Czech farfalle beads were the original "peanut" shaped beads made in the Czech Republic with a technique
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  • I really picked out quite a nice haul during last week's trip to York Beads in Manhattan, and I'm so excited to share this first part of my new glass bead stash with you! I've loved Czech glass beads since way before I started bead-weaving
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  • Beaded necklaces are usually my first choice when designing beaded jewelry, but in the winter, I find myself hunting for some great beaded earrings to wear with my favorite cozy sweaters and turtleneck shirts. I find myself designing beaded earrings more
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  • Steampunk jewelry is one trend that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon! This wonderfully creative jewelry making style combines the best of the romantic Victorian era and the development of mechanized industry with just a touch of science
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  • Twin seed beads: the original two-holed seed bead. New SuperDuo two-holed seed beads. After hoarding several colors of Twin seed beads over the last year, I nabbed my first sample of the new Czech SuperDuos during my visit to York Beads in Manhattan last
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  • It's been a while since we've had a Bead-A-Long here on Beading Daily , so I thought it would be fun to cook up a whole month's worth of beaded bracelets for your summer beading pleasure! Beaded bracelets are the perfect summertime beading
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  • When I'm out there selling my finished beaded jewelry, one of the points I like to talk about with my customers is how every piece I make is one-of-a-kind, usually right down to the findings that I use to assemble it. You might think that making your
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  • More and more couples are choosing to add very personal touches to their weddings. Going beyond just picking that song for your first dance as husband and wife, it really is the little details that count when planning the perfect wedding. And that includes
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  • This month's Beadwork magazine challenge was done by Melinda Barta, and features a kit of metal bezels and chain. This is what Melinda had to say about her design: "This kit was a real treat because it got me back into designing with resin, a
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  • One of the things I love about where I live is that while I'm nestled safely in the heart of the Adirondack mountains, I'm close enough to New York City that I can travel down for an occasional bead binge along 6th and 7th Avenues. And that's
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  • Ah, yes. I can remember the first time I learned how to do circular, flat peyote stitch . I was making little peyote stitch needle cases, and I needed to create a top and bottom for the case. I can remember blindly following the directions without really
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  • The Aug/Sept 2012 issue of Beadwork offers 18 exciting, all-new jewelry projects for novice and advanced beaders alike. Featured topics and techniques include: shaping tricks, St. Petersburg stitch, geometric beading, bezeling with Tila beads, and more.
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  • This month's little box from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club was full of fun -- and very useful! -- vintage beads. I've always loved metallic vintage beads, and this month's hoard was full of beautiful metal and metallic
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  • An important part of learning how to bead is learning which jewelry making findings will be most useful to you when it comes to making beaded jewelry that will last. I am always amazed at how the selection of jewelry findings at my local craft store has
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  • A very long time ago, when I first started beading, beaded bottles were very popular beading projects. Even though I loved making peyote stitch needle cases, it took me ten long years to discover how much fun stitching beaded netting is around a tiny
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  • I love participating in bead swaps! I've already participated in three of Lori Anderson's fun Bead Soup Blog Parties, and I follow her and a couple of her beading groups out on Facebook. So when she asked for sign-ups for a Pantone Spring Color
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  • Who would ever have thought that I would become so enamored of working with wire? Certainly not me! Wire always seemed to be such an intimidating medium for jewelry-making, and wire jewelry was always something that I admired on other people, but never
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  • After my mom saw the summer anklet I whipped up for my blog a couple of weeks ago, she requested one for her birthday. So I've been doing some digging around for unique chains, trying to get an idea of something that would be suitable for an anklet
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  • The other night, I had a dream that I was browsing through a table of Czech glass beads , and they were all on sale for half off their marked price. Imagine how disappointed I was when I woke up, only to discover that there were no new beads in my stash
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  • I really do have the best friends in the world. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a huge box, full of antique jewelry that had belonged to her late stepfather's first wife. Before I go into detail about the jewelry, I want to tell you
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  • 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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  • Yes, I'm one of those people who sees seed bead patterns in a magazine and just has to make them right away. No, there's no waiting around to place a bead order or head up to my local bead shop to see if they have the exact beads that are called
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning and discovered that I had been invited to participate in the Battle of the Beadsmith on Facebook . Created and run by Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith Company , the Battle of the Beadsmith is basically an elimination
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  • This Wednesday, I had a lot on my beading table, but the two pieces that I wanted to share with you were a couple of beaded necklaces that I created using this month's vintage treasures from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club through A Grain of Sand
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  • I'm sure I've told the story before, about how the first time I attempted a piece of bead embroidery I wound up chucking it in a drawer for two years before I had the courage to pick it up and try it again. Well, it's been a very long time
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  • If you haven't yet taken a few minutes to check out all the gorgeous beaded jewelry entered in this year's Bead Star competition , now is the time to do it! (Voting ends on Monday, May 28th, 2012. For complete rules, click here .) Voting is easy
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  • 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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  • Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After somehow making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent
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  • I don't know about you, but I've been totally enthralled with the Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year projects from Jean Power. I've always been fascinated by shaped peyote stitch beadwork, and Jean has elevated the simple peyote stitch
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  • I just returned from a much-needed mini-vacation in coastal Oregon. It's so gorgeous and peaceful there--my mind and body always come back relaxed and refreshed. It just so happens I come back inspired, too. Inspired by jewelry. While driving through
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  • I just returned from a much-needed mini-vacation in coastal Oregon. It's so gorgeous and peaceful there--my mind and body always come back relaxed and refreshed. It just so happens I come back inspired, too. Inspired by jewelry. While driving through
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  • Tila beads, Magatamas, and dagger beads. Can you tell me what all three of these have in common? They are all glass beads that were included in this month's Beadwork magazine challenge kit from Artbeads! What would you name this ruffled herringbone
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  • Thankfully, this month's box o' beads from A Grain of Sand 's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club didn't send beads flying to every corner of the room when I opened it, but it did spark a whole new set of ideas for beaded jewelry projects! Just
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  • Mother's Day is almost here, and it's not too late to start making something beautiful and handcrafted to let your mom know that you appreciate everything she does for you. Whether your mom loves to make or receive handmade beaded jewelry, or
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  • Are you ready for mother's day? With just under two weeks left until the big day, you still have plenty of time to make up a special custom beaded necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, just for mom! Heck, if she liked the glitter macaroni necklace
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  • Triangulations by Kathie Khaladkar Crystal beads are everywhere these days! When I was at the Tucson bead shows earlier this year, you couldn't turn around without seeing some glitz and glam, and walls and walls of sparkling crystal beads. Truthfully
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  • 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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  • No, really, it's not a joke. I didn't want to start this blog with something like, "A Buddhist monk walks into a bar, and..." But really, did you know that seed bead patterns are actually a lot like Buddhist sand mandalas? Last week
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  • Sometimes, choosing the colors for your beading projects can be the hardest part of the whole project. A friend once suggested that I look to my photographs to create color palettes, so I pulled the colors for a beaded necklace design from a picture that
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  • Learning how to swim is like learning a new jewelry making skill. You dip your toes in the water, then your foot, then you wade in until you're knee-deep. By the time the water is up to your shoulders, you realize you might just be in over your head
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  • "Where did you come up with the idea for that piece of beaded jewelry?" I hear that all the time when I'm showing someone a piece of my handmade beaded jewelry. And really, if you know where to look, you'll find beaded jewelry design
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  • Spring in my part of upstate New York means warmer days, open windows, laundry drying in the sunshine, working in the gardens, and lots and lots of outdoor activities. It also brings graduations, weddings, proms, and other special events. And of course
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  • When I was a five-year-old in kindergarten, the teacher went around the room and asked what each of us wanted to be when we grew up. When she came to me, I stood up and proudly said, "I want to be a paleontologist!" What my teacher didn't
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  • I've probably told this story before, but I picked the colors for my Ode On a Grecian Urn beaded necklace project from a picture I snapped of the deer that came to visit us on Christmas Day back in 2008. It was so much fun selecting the colors based
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  • The June/July 2012 issue of Beadwork offers 19 innovative jewelry ideas from quick-and-easy to challenging. Get design tips and beading patterns from stitch pros, such as Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, and Jean Power, plus learn 4 ways to bead bezels.
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  • When I was learning how to bead, I made loads of mistakes. Nobody's perfect, right? And that goes double for me, especially when it comes to my beading. Now that I've been beading for many, many years, I'd like to say that I make fewer mistakes
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  • Betcey Ventrella from Beyond Beadery and I at The Best Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona This crazy beautiful orange Swarovski crystal stone just captured my imagination! While I was in Tucson, I stopped in to see Betcey Ventrella over at Beyond Beadery and
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  • If there's one kind of natural bead that I can't get enough of, it's got to be pearls. I can't help it -- I'm seduced by their luster, their colors, and the softness that pearls give to my beading and jewelry making projects. When
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  • Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you're using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and
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  • When I was in Tucson back in February, some of my favorite purchases were the gorgeous cabochons that I saw popping up everywhere. Cabochons have always fascinated me as a beader, and I love figuring out new ways to incorporate them into my finished beaded
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  • The beginning of April brought me my first box of treasure from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club through A Grain of Sand, and I could barely contain myself as I opened the box. I'm totally addicted to vintage beads and findings, so this was going to
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  • Right-angle weave is one of those love-it-or-hate-it beading stitches, I think, based on what I've seen from fellow beaders, and even from my own experiences designing beadwork. But right-angle weave definitely has its advantages when it comes to
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  • Necklace by Giovanna Imperia. Image from Kumihimo Wire Jewelry . Photo by Jack Zilker. Kumihimo is one of those things that has been on my "got to learn it" list for a very long time now, and the more I learn about it, the more eager I am to
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  • While I was in Tucson, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and after I got home, she sent me a little sample of some of their newest products, including these awesome channel beads. The channel beads were meant to be used with resin
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I shared some amazing brick stitch beading projects submitted by our readers, and one that really caught my eye (and happens to also be a class at Bead Fest Spring this weekend!) was the Enchanted Evenings bracelet and necklace
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  • I think pretty much everyone who learns peyote stitch makes one of "those" bracelets. You know the ones I'm talking about: a wide (or narrow) strip of peyote stitch, usually even-count, with a button clasp on one end. It's probably the
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  • What is it about beaded beads that captures our imagination? The Zen Buddhist in me loves the idea that beaded beads are beads that are made out of...well, more beads! The simplest beaded beads can be made from a strip of peyote stitch or brick stitch
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  • When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I remember not feeling nervous or jittery at all -- until some very helpful soul said to me, "You know, everyone is going to be watching YOU." I panicked for about thirty seconds before I realized
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  • Part of my bead stash is one, large drawer that is filled to the brim with strands and small bags of freshwater pearls. Yes, I'm a Pearl Junkie. Stick pearls, baroque pearls, coin pearls, button pearls, potato pearls -- you name it, I have a strand
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  • My first misguided attempts at making a herringbone stitch amulet bag were just plain ugly. But ever since then, I've been enthralled by the lovely pattern and texture of herringbone stitch when it's used in beadwork. Herringbone stitch as defined
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  • I don't often work with metal beads and components, so this month's challenge kit from Beadwork magazine was a REAL challenge for me! Give us your best name for this beaded rope necklace! Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win this month's
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  • It's been a long time coming, and everyone has been very, very patient, and I'm so excited that we now have three new Bead-Alongs ready for the month of April here on Beading Daily ! Bead-Alongs can be fun whether you're beading by yourself
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  • My first foray into jewelry-making came when I was five years old. My sister and I would dig through my mother's stash of buttons, selecting the brightly colored plastic and sparkling cut glass buttons to use for necklace making . We strung our button
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  • I've always joked with my friends that if this whole beading thing doesn't work out, I'm going to pursue my other passion and open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. At home, if I'm not playing with my beads, I'm in the kitchen cooking
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  • Okay, so I've actually known that I'm a bead hoarder for a really long time now, but my status as bead hoarder has been made official by Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand , when she made me a member of her new Bead Hoard Curiosities Club
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  • Have you ever looked at a seed bead pattern in the pages of a magazine and wondered how you could make it your own? Of course, it's always fun shopping for new beads when you want to make a particular beading project, but that's not always possible
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  • It's almost spring, when a young beader's thoughts turn lightly to those of...new gemstone beads, of course! Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts, so take a look through your bead stash and see if you have any of my top picks for the gemstones
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  • When my sister and I were kids, we assisted my mom when it came time to type up the directions to her knit and crochet projects. We quickly grew accustomed to the abbreviations and terms used in her patterns. How grateful was I when I started working
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  • I've got a soft spot for brick stitch . It was the first beading stitch that I taught myself that I actually understood, and for a while, I made all of my amulet bags with brick stitch instead of peyote! Even after I learned how to love peyote stitch
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  • These cabone rings can be found in any craft supply store with the yarn notions and make fabulous focal beads when covered with your favorite beading stitch! I'm a craft store junky. If I have to run into my local bead crafts store to pick up just
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  • Want to open up a whole new world of possibilities in your jewelry making projects? Learning how to use materials like ribbon, cord and leather in your jewelry projects isn't as hard as you might think it is, and it looks oh, so cool! But if you've
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  • Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn money doing something you love, like making beaded jewelry? A home based jewelry business is a great way to bring in extra income, and you don't even need to own a gallery or a shop to sell your
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  • What could be better than beading? Beading with a buddy, of course! I don't have too many opportunities to bead with my friends, but since it's National Craft Month and we're all about Passing On Our Passion this month, I set up a "date"
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  • Our friends Claudia and Elena over at Mirrix Looms have a wonderful challenge for anyone who loves to use their beading loom during National Craft Month! Between March 1 and March 31, make as many loom beaded bracelets as you can using your Mirrix beading
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  • I don't often wear bracelets, but I love a good bracelet making project. One of my favorite techniques for bracelet making is bead embroidery using lots of different types of beads and cabochons in all sizes! I used to be of the opinion that bigger
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  • Once you have bezeled your cabochon using peyote stitch, you can continue to work bead embroidery around it. Or, if you want a quick and easy focal piece for a beaded necklace or bracelet that combines bead embroidery and beadweaving techniques, you can
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  • Every once in a while, I am assigned a topic to write about here on Beading Daily that pushes the limits of what I know about jewelry-making. This time, it happened to be chain maille jewelry . I've never done anything with chain maille, and I was
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  • As crafters, why do we love to do what we do? I've met a lot of beaders during the last ten years, and I've even created some new beaders through my beading classes, and they all have one thing in common: they are utterly passionate about beads
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  • As part of the Fusion Beads National Craft Month Challenge, yesterday's task was to create a color palette. (Or two or three, from what I saw over in the Forums!) I haven't always loved the challenges of working with color when making a new seed
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  • Hello, my name is Jennifer VanBenschoten, and I am a cabochon addict. I admitted that fact years ago, although I'm not sure how much it's helped me. My cabochon collection seems to be growing exponentially every year with no end in sight. As long
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  • For National Craft Month, I thought I would participate in the Fusion Beads 30 Day National Craft Month Challenge. The Day 1 challenge was, of course, to make a pair of earrings! And I just happened to have a pair of these lovely 14mm Swarovski crystal
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  • Find 20 inspiring jewelry designs in the April/May 2012 issue of Beadwork. Project techniques range from easy bead crochet and netting to intermediate peyote and right-angle weave. Plus, see Bead #2 in our 15 th Anniversary Beaded Bead contest series and learn 4 ways to create picots.
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  • Once upon a time, I worked in the field of non-profit community development, grant writing and geographic information systems. I enjoyed the work, but most days I would come home feeling very stressed out and, well, fried. To counteract the stress I felt
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  • Do you feel the need to branch out a bit in your beading? Well, all puns aside, my newest beading project obsession is beading around sticks! The beach on Lake Champlain, looking towards Vermont. Photo by Sharon Schenckel. I'm lucky enough that I
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  • Back in December, I decided to participate in former Beading Daily online editor Michelle Mach's winter snowflake challenge. Michelle offered kits for sale in her online shop that contained some beautiful handmade porcelain components as well as an
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  • Yesterday, I wrote about five tips for setting up your online jewelry business . Once you have your online shop set up and filled with inventory, it's time to manage that inventory effectively so that you get the most out of your online jewelry business
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  • Winters in my part of the world are long. And cold. When we can get outside and do fun things like ice fishing, skiing or snow shoeing, it's not so bad. But this winter, there's not enough snow to do much of anything, and I'm starting to long
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  • Taking a look at the recent threads in the Beading Daily forums, I see the same question over and over: I just set up my online jewelry shop, but no one is ordering anything from me! What am I doing wrong? It's easy to look at successful sellers on
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  • Bead crafts have been around for hundreds of years. The first bead crafts were probably related to adorning clothing with thousands of tiny beads, but artists soon discovered that they could use beads to craft other items such as baskets, jars, and ornaments
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  • I came home from the Tucson gem, mineral and bead shows with more than just a new stash of beads. I came home with loads of new ideas! One thing is for certain as I look at my new goodies - I need some new beading tools ! I can't wait to start working
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  • My second (and last!) day in Tucson, I had originally planned to hit The Best Bead Show, To Bead True Blue and maybe sneak over to one of the gem and mineral shows, since my son was asking for geodes and green-and-purple rocks.Little did I know what I
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  • Making earrings has never been something I feel I'm particularly good at, so back in 2011, I decided to begin each year with a beading challenge to myself: make a pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month. It seemed a bit daunting at first
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  • I was so excited to head to Tucson, Arizona this year for my first-ever experience at the gem, mineral and bead shows! Because it takes me nearly seventeen hours (that's right - seventeen hours!) to get to Tucson from my home in upstate New York,
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  • As many of you know, this was my first year attending the Tucson shows, and I was so excited! I had heard stories about the amazing bead, gem and mineral shows, and saved my pennies so that I could bring home a healthy supply of beads and treasures for
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  • Nothing gives your beaded necklaces and bracelets a bit of character like a handmade lampwork glass bead . These lovely little bits of glass art come straight from the human imagination, and I love the way they can infuse a beaded necklace design with
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  • The Tucson bead shows are always a blast. A nd this year was no exception. I attended the To Bead True Blue show, the Best Bead show, and the Whole Bead show--a mere sampling of the dozens of bead, gem, and fossil shows that occur every year at this time
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  • Some of the first beadwork I can remember seeing as a child was Native American beadwork in the collections of our local natural history museum. I was totally captivated by the bright colors of the beads and the intricate patterns that were formed on
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  • Everyone has their own creative process. Whether you are making a necklace or writing a novel, you probably have your quirky habits that help to put you in the right mindset to create. Maybe taking a run around the block or fixing your favorite snack
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  • Welcome to our new Jewelry Stringing blog. We're excited to start an ongoing conversation with our jewelry-making buddies: you! On our end, you'll be hearing from me, Danielle Fox, editorial director of the bead group at Interweave; Debbie Blair
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  • Welcome to the new Beading Challenge blog here on Beading Daily! This is where you'll be able to come up with a name for my Challenge pieces in Beadwork magazine - and win a free beading kit! Come up with a name for this beaded necklace, and you could
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  • This week, I'm stitching away on a bead embroidered collar that I want to wear during my trip to the Tucson shows next week! This week, I'm frantically stitching away on a bead embroidered collar in hopes that I will have it finished in time for
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  • It's important to find the right online marketplace for your jewelry business. If you're ready to expand your jewelry business and start selling your handmade beaded jewelry online, you're in luck: there are more options for selling your jewelry
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  • The first set of beaded rings came out exactly as I had envisioned them! The second set of beaded rings were destined for my UFO drawer. Oh, well! I have a friend who, as part of her New Year's resolutions, wants to become a beader who "does
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  • I've always had an affinity for natural rock crystals. A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and took stock of my beading goals for 2012 with a few New Year's beading resolutions . But then once I started looking over my sketchbooks and designs, I
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  • This Wednesday, I am frantically trying to get caught up on my Earring-a-Day challenge. Yes, fellow beaders, I got behind over the weekend on my earring making challenge, but at least I have a good reason: we took some time to celebrate my son's fourth
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  • As a recovering lampwork glass addict (I still have the torch, the kiln and all the glass in my garage workshop!) I have a soft spot for fabulous handmade lampwork glass beads . At a bead show, my first instinct is to check out which glass bead artists
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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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  • Beading the Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork by Wendy Ellsworth I've always loved the beautiful beadwork of Wendy Ellsworth , but I didn't know that she had written a book until I stumbled across it while
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  • The February/March issue of Beadwork is full of firsts! See the first projects from our new (and extraordinary) designers of the year: Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, Jean Power, and sister duo Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubick. And check out the first beaded bead in our 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest
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  • You'd never know it, but when I got serious about jewelry-making back in college, I started out by doing wire work! Yes, when I began my journey into jewelry-making, I went out and bought a book and tool set that was all about wire wrapping . I still
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  • Beautiful, artistic freeform peyote stitch! It seems that when it comes to freeform peyote stitch , there are two main schools of thought. The first is that this beadweaving technique is a fabulous, artistic and creative use of peyote stitch on a whole
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  • 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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  • Why do I love tubular herringbone? Oh, let me count the ways! I first discovered this fantastic stitch when I was just a beginning beader and for some reason, I had a tough time figuring out how to work flat herringbone. One of my beading friends suggested
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  • Among some of the many New Year's Resolutions that are sure to be made this weekend, I'm sure that a fair number of beady folks out there are going to want to start their own beading blog. And why not? I love reading the adventures and misadventures
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  • A little bit of bead embroidery goes a long way on a pair of my favorite jeans! Beads make fabulous jewelry, as we all know, but there are so many other crafts that you can do with beads! Crafts with beads can be things for home décor or special
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  • I can hardly believe that we're in the last few days of 2011! While most folks are making New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or exercise more, I'm thinking about how I can cram more beading into the coming year. I'll sit
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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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  • From Jennifer: Even though this blog was originally written about metalsmithing and jewelry-making, I found it to be appropriate for those of us who work primarily with seed beads as well. We all want to create artistic and beautiful jewelry, and Lexi's
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  • Beaded chains are very symbolic to me. Tonight is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year here in the northern hemisphere. Years ago when I was a writer of poetry and short fiction, I would always celebrate the winter solstice by lighting a
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  • This sparkling crystal bead chain works great by itself or with a special pendant. This project was inspired by an amazing ceramic and crystal pendant I bought from Lisa Peters Art on Etsy . I loved the colors as well as the way Lisa combined the ceramic
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  • First place winner, Beaded Jewelry Category, 2011 Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest First place winner, Finished Jewelry Category, 2011 Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest Are you ready to enter a beadwork competition? Bead artist Zoya Gutina has posted
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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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  • Some of the fabulous metal sequins, buttons and trims I bought in New York City! While M & J Trimming isn't technically a bead shop, for anyone who loves to create beaded jewelry and accessories of all kinds, this is the place to go! I'd heard
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  • The Citrine beads in Amber Leaves and Flowers by Susan Price Johnston will help encourage new creative thoughts. Gemstone beads have always appealed to me. It must be something about all those geology classes I took in college - at least they were good
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  • These are some of my favorite beaded earrings from the earring making challenge I did in January of 2011. I can hardly believe that it's almost 2012! This year just flew by, which is, of course, what I say every year at this time. Over the years,
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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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  • The Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson-Smith is a perfect example of how crystals can provide sparkle without being front and center. I love bead-weaving with crystals, but I don't think I do it often enough. (Somehow, it just doesn't work for me to
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  • 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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  • I was very happy with the progress I made on this bead embroidered collar for the Etsy Beadweavers' Challenge. So, here it is, December first! I can hardly believe that we are down to the last month of 2011, and that November went by so quickly! Some
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  • Oh, yes, I'm one of those people that decorate the house with beads every holiday season. My beads bring me so much joy throughout the year that it only seems natural to incorporate them into my holiday decorating and gift-giving, too! Seed bead patterns
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  • How much would you charge for a beaded necklace like this? This morning, as some of you may know, I received a message on Etsy about a particular piece that I have listed for sale in my shop . It went something like this: "about your necklace are
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  • As we all know, taking great photos of your beadwork can be difficult even on a good day. If you sell your finished beadwork or beaded jewelry on Etsy or ArtFire, you know just how important good, detailed photographs are for making sales. When customers
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  • It's Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., and now that we've got the leftovers in the refrigerator and are settling in to decorating for the holidays, I thought I'd ask our panel of artists and experts why they are thankful for their beads
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  • A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is new to beading told me that she had become bored and frustrated with her necklace making projects. She wanted a way to shape some of her favorite bead-weaving stitches for necklace making without having to learn
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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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  • Seed beads are beautiful to look at, but they also give us joy in so many other ways! Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., and while we are seated around our table with my family, I will be thinking about the things that I am most thankful for
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  • This summer, I started playing around with resin after seeing some absolutely beautiful resin pendants and earrings at my local farmer's markets and craft shows. It seemed easy enough: measure, mix, and pour. My first few resin pendants and earrings
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  • Don't get me wrong - I love technology. I love being able to subscribe to my favorite beading magazine and have my issues delivered to my iPad, and I love being able to download movies, music and books without having to wait for the mailman to deliver
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  • This spectacular peyote stitch Bloomin' Bead was designed by Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers . Beaded beads are fascinating for so many reasons. It's more of that Zen-like quality of beadweaving for me: imagine making a bead out of beads! Where
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  • I've been interested in things such as yoga and meditation ever since I took a stress management class in college. (I tend to be wound rather tightly at times!) For years, I used writing as my primary practice when I was looking to do something meditative
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  • From Jennifer: I can hardly believe that it's already time for me to start thinking about holiday jewelry-making! Even if you don't have a lot of time to make new beaded jewelry for the holidays, you can still make a statement by using certain
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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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  • Necklace making is something that has always come easy for me. Even now, I find that my sketchbooks are full of more necklace designs than anything else, and I'm always finding inspiration for new designs everywhere. My process for designing and making
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  • Brass bead embroidery blanks can be used to create beaded necklaces, pendants, collars, bracelets and earrings. My first bead embroidery project was a bracelet cuff bracelet was stitched using a lightweight aluminum cuff bracelet form that I purchased
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  • Before you start selling your beadwork, it helps to understand who your customer is. We've all seen them: you go to a craft fair, a farmer's market, or a fine-art show. There are loads of people selling their jewelry, and there's usually at
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  • James, a professional shoe designer, offers assistance and advice to David. For just a few minutes while watching the second episode of Project Accessory the other night, I really, really wanted to be one of those contestants and get ten minutes at the
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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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  • Learn cubic right-angle weave wen you make Marcia DeCoster's Tesserae Necklace. Right-angle weave has always been a favorite beadweaving stitch of mine, ever since I made my first project with it back when I was taking beadweaving lessons at a local
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  • Dulcey Heller , a Beadwork magazine contributor and beader extraordinaire, mentioned that today begins National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it's known to those who love to write. The concept is that you have the entire month of It would take
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  • I don't usually go for Halloween jewelry, but these handmade ceramic components from Lisa Peters Art were just too good to pass up! It's no secret that I'm totally addicted to the beautiful handmade ceramic beads and components from Lisa Peters
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  • It took me a very long time to figure out how to take great photos of my beadwork and beaded jewelry, and I still find that sometimes I have days when my photos just don't come out right. My mother and her brother were both gifted photographers, so
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  • Dangles from an old crystal chandelier make the perfect accent for a braided necklace and belt! You might not believe this, but she's using match sticks to create a necklace! Some of us around here at Interweave were so excited by the new Project
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  • My little Mirrix bead and tapestry loom is a far cry from the huge floor loom my mom had when I was a kid, but it makes weaving so much fun! My mom had a floor loom for weaving fibers when I was a kid, and the thing was a monster. I can remember on more
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  • Beadwork magazine chooses some pretty amazing beadweaving artists to feature as their Designers of the Year. These artists teach internationally and are known for both their gorgeous beaded jewelry designs and their innovative uses of traditional off
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  • Naming my beadwork is probably the hardest part of the whole process for me. A good name can mean so much when you are trying to convey an idea or a concept through a piece of beadwork or beaded jewelry. To me, choosing a good name for a piece of beadwork
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  • When my friend came over to bead the other day, she asked me a very good question : How do I get to be fluent in a lot of different beadweaving stitches? She asked me a great question. It's nice to be comfortable enough with all of the major beadweaving
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  • This was the very first time I had to create a color wheel by myself! Margie gave me easy exercises to do that helped me become more comfortable using light, pastel colors. Then the fun came when I got to put together my own color palettes based on my
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  • Look at all the goodies in this beading challenge kit from The Hole Bead Shop ! I was lucky to snag one! I can still remember my first beading challenge. I was still a relatively new beader, and I had only recently mastered peyote stitch. The owners of
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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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  • My finished piece of bead embroidery for Beading For a Cure. A couple of years ago, I sat in my favorite coffee shop one morning looking for something to blog about. Betcey Ventrella of Beyond Beadery suggested that I check out the amazing projects that
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  • Read more about Margie and her work on Margie Deeb.com From Jennifer: Sometimes, I just feel like tearing apart a piece of beadwork. Has that ever happened to you? There are just times when I finish a piece of beadwork and I don't like anything about
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  • From Jennifer: I love making my own beads out of just about anything. Earlier this summer, I started making fabric flowers that I turned into focal beads, and of course, embellished to within an inch of their lives with other beads. Cate Prato, our wonderfully
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  • I admit it - in addition to being a math geek, I'm also a history geek, particularly when it comes to the history of self-adornment and fashion. For me, knowing the history of a particular custom or fashion makes creating my own beaded necklaces that
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  • Beautiful blooming spring to fabulous fall foilage. Lovely Leaves are always on our minds. Loopy Leaf Slide Cascading Leaves Leaf Link Bracelet and Earrings by Dottie Hoeschen by Cheron Gelber by Jane Dickerson Tatted Leaves Bracelet Tree Of Life Turquoise
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  • My Tallulah's Pearls necklace reflects the classic look of fine freshwater pearls. For hundreds of years, the only people who wore pearls were royalty and nobles, and later, the fabulously wealthy who could afford them. Today, the good news is that
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  • The packaging for one of the very first beading kits I ever bought, circa 2000. I can still remember the first beading kit I ever bought. It was for a pair of fringed brick-stitch earrings that looked like shooting stars. The beaded earrings were big
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  • We know you are gonna fall (and fall hard) for these awesomely autumn projects! Topaz Riches Ruby Starburst Choker Red Tube Necklace and Bracelet by Linda Gettings by Barbara Grainger by Nancie M. Wiseman Perfect Red Swinging Starlets Autumn Drops by
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  • Who's crazy about feathery friends? That would be us AND we bet you'll be jumping on the trendy bandwagon soon enough. Sakura Nesting Eye of the Peacock Lariat by Kelley Angeley by Michelle Mach by Kerrie Slade Three Little Birds Chirp-Chirp Who
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  • Yep, we beaders are definitely a creative and thrifty bunch. When it comes to our beading supplies, there are lots of items that we "borrow" from other crafts that work just as well when it comes to our beloved beads! Recently, I discovered
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  • Well, wow! I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since we finished the first Beading Daily Bead Along! It took me way longer to finish my piece than I thought it would, but here it is, and I love it. Here it is! My Net Full of Gems! If
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  • My Victorian Infinity Necklace was the first original beading project I ever had published in Beadwork magazine! Did you know that Beadwork magazine is celebrating fifteen years of fabulous beading and beaded jewelry designs? I can hardly believe it!
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  • As a writer, I love a good story, and my latest beading project has a great one behind it. There are many stories behind the Storyteller Beaded necklace I created with a resin pendant I made myself and my favorite beading stitches. When my sister and
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  • As a writer and a bead artist, I'm always fascinated with the stories behind beaded jewelry designs. This beaded necklace also has a great story behind it! The first one of these that I made was for a close friend of mine who lives in Burbank. She
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  • Leftover beads? What are those? Oh, that's right - those are the dozens of tiny plastic bags you have in your bead stash that contain just a few beads. For me, they are everywhere: at the bottom of every drawer, mixed in with my seed bead drawers
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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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  • Celebrate the 15th Anniversary with the December/January issue of Beadwork magazine!
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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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  • Go on, glam it up! Hit this fall season with super stylish (and stunning) jewelry designs! Little Black Dress Earrings Gold Glamour Netted Jewel Earrings by Marcia DeCoster by Kristy Abner by Amy Haftkowcz Baroque Earrings Glamour Girl Necklace Nice Rock
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  • Make Great Handmade Beaded Jewelry with Character! When you're working on a piece of great beaded jewelry, you want to give it character. After all, that's why people make, buy and wear handmade beaded jewelry, isn't it? They want something
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  • Let's face it: selling beadwork and beaded jewelry can be a tough business. Go to any craft show and look at just how many vendors are selling jewelry. You'll find that there are more and more jewelry vendors selling all kinds of handmade jewelry
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  • So, you've taken the plunge and learned how to do Viking knit! Wow! You've worked out the kinks (literally) with your wire and have completed a beautiful, supple piece of Viking knit chain that is...well...just sitting in your hands. Viking knit
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  • A couple of years ago, I started seeing this wonderful variation on St. Petersburg chain popping up in magazines and in finished beadwork on Etsy. I was never particularly fond of St. Petersburg chain, but double St. Petersburg chain makes a beautiful
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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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  • From Jennifer: Margie Deeb is an internationally known author and bead artist. She has written two books about color specifically geared for bead artists, and is a popular instructor at Bead Fest. If you've ever felt intimidated by using color theory
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  • When I was in high school, I got bit by the jewelry-making bug. I had been experimenting with making jewelry from beads, paper, fibers, buttons and anything else I could get my hands on. A friend of mine was doing a lot of wire wrapping with polished
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  • Did you make it to the party? The Bead Soup Blog Party , that is! Lori Anderson of Pretty Things has been running this little event called the Bead Soup Blog Party for a couple of years now. The concept was simple: people sign up by giving their names
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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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  • I come from a long line of crafters. When I was a kid, all of my sweaters, hats, scarves, and mittens were crocheted by my maternal grandmother, and all without a pattern! When my sister and I were kids, my mom, thinking she would keep us out of trouble
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  • One of the things that I've been writing about for a couple of years now are basic beading skills. These are the skills that you'll find yourself using again and again on your beading journey. I've always told my students that learning how
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  • A sample of colored Fireline from Sparkle Spot Bead Shop . This stuff rocks! I love everything about Fireline. Well, almost everything. Ever since I discovered how great Fireline is for making open-backed peyote-stitch bezels and making supple and strong
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  • With a preschooler, a full-time job, a husband, a dog and a gaggle of chickens, there's always something for me to do at my house. And sometimes, sadly, the beading is the LAST thing to get done at the end of the day. But beading is important to me
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  • 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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  • With my son starting preschool in just a couple of weeks, I've suddenly gotten nostalgic for all things back-to-school. Going back to school every September was always exciting for me - I was anxious to learn new things and see my friends after a
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  • So by now, I hope that you have all figured out what colors and materials you are going to use for making Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems necklace for our first Bead Along! I've decided to use some white Howlite chips and some gunmetal lined
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  • One of the challenges of working with handmade focal beads and cabochons is picking out which beads will go with it to create a harmonious color palette. There needs to be a balance between the main colors in the focal bead or cabochon and the accent
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  • I'm probably not the first person to mix chain and bead embroidery, but I certainly love it! I think the first time I saw chain and bead embroidery mixed together, it was in some of Diane Hyde's amazing Bead Punk pieces . I was totally inspired
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  • When I first started beading, all I made was amulet bags. This was back in 1999, and everywhere you looked beadweavers were creating beautiful, over-the-top beadwoven amulet bags. Sometimes I would make a pair of earrings to match a particular bag, but
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  • When I got married, I had to make sure that beads were a part of our special day! When my husband and I were planning our wedding back in 2003, I wanted beads to play a big part in our special day. I had planned on making the jewelry for my bridesmaids
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  • A note from Jennifer: There are two kinds of beading pattern designers in this world: those who can create gorgeous flat peyote patterns and those who can't. Carol Dean Sharpe, owner of Sand Fibers , is definitely one of those who can. Carole's
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  • 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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  • As much as we all love beads and are constantly inspired by them, sometimes it helps to take a little creative break and step away from the beads (and the computer!) for a while. I practice yoga every morning before breakfast, and my morning stretches
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  • These gorgeous handmade porcelain slides by Marsha Hedrick were enough to make me want to get back into making bead crochet ropes! Making bead crochet ropes was one of those things that I struggled with mightily until I had one of those "a-ha!"
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  • Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the warm days and the cool nights, the smell of freshly made apple cider and the amazing colors that we see on the mountains here in upstate New York. And, of course, I can remember when I first started
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  • I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy using beads and making jewelry. I always say that it's my mother's fault - she was a fabulous knit, crochet and needlepoint designer, and whenever she ordered her supplies she would include a
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  • There's nothing more uplifting for me than to spend an afternoon or a day in a beading class, surrounded by like-minded people who are there to have fun, learn something new, and take home a fabulous piece of beaded jewelry. And if you're heading
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  • Last week, I shared some pictures and a little story about how my husband and I have begun our transformation of our basement back into a beading studio and office for me after our problems with flooding this spring. And I have to admit, now that we've
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  • I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies
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  • My Victorian Infinity Necklace was inspired by an antique seed pearl necklace. I can remember how much I loved trying on my mother's and my grandmother's jewelry when I was a little girl. (I think most little girls love to do that, right?) But
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  • My "Hypnotize Me" bead embroidered pendant uses wire wrapped dangles as fringe. How easy is this? Take a couple of beads and string them on a head pin. Make a wrapped loop, and you've got one of the most versatile components for jewelry
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  • Now you can create all of the most popular projects from Step by Step Beads magazine in the new ultimate collector's edition Best of Step by Step Beads -available for the first time! Packed with tons of easy-to-follow illustrations and colorful photos, Best of Step by Step Beads shows new beaders
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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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  • Beaded earrings don't have to match a bracelet or a necklace. In fact, when I wear earrings I prefer them to be statements all by themselves. Beaded earrings are like little miniature works of beadwoven art. And once you get started, they really are
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  • I love making peyote-stitch beaded beads. Not only are they simple and fast, but it's also so easy to think up ways to embellish them! These freshwater pearl-embellished beaded beads were inspired by the Lisa Peters Art focal bead that I had in my
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  • 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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  • My first serious foray into the world of handmade jewelry came with a kit and book about making wire jewelry. (I hadn't yet discovered the joys of off-loom beadweaving.) I learned how to make jump rings, spirals and links and even managed to make
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  • When you design your own beadwork, finding inspiration for your beading projects is an important part of the whole process. Finding new sources of inspiration can help you grow and evolve as an artist. I've found that staying open to new sources of
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  • The finished Guinevere's knot necklace with focal bead by Lisa Peters Art. Does anyone else remember those hemp necklaces that were so popular with kids twenty years ago? Yes, I was one of those kids who wore knotted hemp necklaces and bracelets.
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  • Guest blog by Kelli Burns of The Hole Bead Shoppe Lucite's color diversity, lightness, endless variety of shapes and inexpensive price makes it a must for today's thrifty designer - and it can be recycled! Every design that we've had in a
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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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  • Wild optimism made me think that one strand of keishi pearls would be enough to complete an embellished spiral rope necklace. I fell in love with these silvery-green keishi pearls the moment I saw them on the Lima Beads website . I'm a sucker for
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  • Summers here in the Adirondack Mountains can be hot. Maybe it's just because we're all so used to spending four or five months dealing with sub-zero temperatures, but as soon as the mercury rises, all I can think about is sitting in the pool and
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  • Welcome to Free Project Fridays! I'll be posting a new free beading project every Friday here on Beading Daily , so stay tuned for some great new beading projects! The Jazzy Herringbone Bracelet made by adding little groups of embellishments to a
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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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  • I had an idea once for a piece of beaded jewelry. It was based on a piece that I had seen in an online auction catalog from one of the big auction houses, and it was a gorgeous diamond and enamel necklace from the early part of the twentieth century.
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  • The recent price increase for sterling silver really hit me the last time I put together an order for sterling silver clasps and findings. It made me nervous to think that I was going to eventually have to pass on that price increase to my customers,
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  • In the beginning, there were seed beads. And the seed beads were good. As a matter of fact, the seed beads were great. And they were numerous - so many colors and finishes and sizes of seed beads to choose from! A new beader (me) quickly fell to the spell
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  • Nicole's BeadBacking in an assortment of colors If you love to do bead embroidery , I've just discovered a bead backing that beats out everything else I've ever used: Nicole's BeadBacking. This bead embroidery medium was developed by bead
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  • Ode On a Grecian Urn Necklace It's no secret that I love herringbone stitch in all of its variations. After learning how to do tubular herringbone stitch, I decided to try some experiments with flat herringbone stitch. I decided to start playing with
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  • Seed beads are beautiful. And not just because they're little and shiny - for me, the beauty of seed beads lies in the fact that you can do so much with them! Sure, you can string them all by themselves or stitch them together in a simple peyote stitch
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  • Even though I'm not primarily a wire work person, like most beadweavers, I need a good set of jewelry making pliers in my beading tool kit for those times when I need to attach jump rings and findings or make a set of wrapped loops. I bought my first
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  • So, the first thing that you should know about me is that I'm a total cabochon freak. I love beading with cabochons. One of the things that I always find to be a fun challenge when I'm stitching up a beaded cabochon necklace is what kind of fringe
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  • Jean Campbell shares 4 design ideas for beaded necklace shapes
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  • Viking knit is one of those things that I always admired but never figured that I'd be able to do. My first attempts to learn Viking knit were pretty much disastrous - being a primarily self-taught beadweaver, I figured I'd be able to learn Viking
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  • When I inherited my mom's jewelry after she passed away, a necklace in her collection caught my eye. It was obviously very old (Mom loved vintage jewelry, just like me!) and made from some sort of plastic, either Lucite or Bakelite. A short length
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  • I loved the idea of using these sparkly fibers to make some easy Italian-style beaded jewelry! Every once in a while, I feel like I need to take a break from beadweaving . Don't g et me wrong, beadweaving will always be my first love when it comes
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  • Ever since Carole Cypher returned from her adventures in Japan last year, I've been hearing about these amazing new beading needles that she brought back with her. Tulip needles were reputed to be stronger, more flexible, and less likely to bend and
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  • 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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  • Jean Campbell gives 4 great examples on how to personalize your jewelry designs
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  • Learning peyote stitch opened up a whole new dimension in beadwork for me. I felt like one of those cartoon characters who suddenly gets superhuman powers, then sits back and cackles and says, "Now I will RULE THE WORLD!" Maybe peyote stitch
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  • Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a huge fan of working with wire (except for the projects I made from Rachel Nelson Smith's fabulous book, Seed Bead Fusion .) But sometimes it pays to know your way around a set of wire-working tools, especially
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  • Hello Beading Daily Community! Some of you might already know me —I'm Jennifer VanBenschoten, and I've been a contributor to Beadwork magazine for a few years now. I'm incredibly excited to introduce myself to you now as the new online
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  • If you've been making jewelry for a while, you're ready to expand your skills. For many beaders and stringers, that means moving into the realm of making wire jewelry . I know wire can feel a little daunting—I vividly recall my first class
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  • There is only one thing better than cracking open a new beading book, watching a brand-new beading DVD, or downloading a beading resource that you can't wait to use: sharing the experience with friends. Explore our top picks from the Interweave store
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  • Packed full of stunning seed bead stitched projects the August/September 2011 issue of Beadwork covers so many topics including easy peyote-stitched tube jewelry, our first ever Albion stitch project, and the winners of the Beadwork VII Challenge: The Beaded Earth are revealed!
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  • I have to give a big shout out to Katie Dean and her FAB beaded cakes. She sent me the cutest cake customized for Bling (my puppy) trimmed in pink (her fave color)...To die for, seriously! I asked Katie to tell me a bit about herself and the lovely beady
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  • It's time for this beady gal to set sail! I am leaving Interweave as the Beading Daily editor. It's been more than delightful sharing our morning coffee each day, dishing all things beady, and I thank all my beady peeps for joining in. We've
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  • I love hooking up with other author/designers and chat about creativity. I really enjoyed my visit with Sharilyn about her new book/DVD set, Wire Art Jewelry Workshop . Here's more fun tidbits about wire jewelry from Sharilyn. " Everyone asks
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  • I feel there's a very fine line between "normal" interest and obsession. In the beading world this line isn't thin, fine, or slightly fuzzy, it's darn near invisible! So, I'm sure many of you can relate to crossing over this
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  • I don't know about you, but I LOVE behind-the-scenes pictures and stories. They're like a secret peek into something more...the inner sanctum, where the magic happens! I love bloopers and outtakes from movies. It's great to see that everybody
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily This weave is often found in Ndebele beadwork. The herringbone stitches or pattern creates a tough fabric. It's a tricky stitch, but once you get the knack, it can produce wonderful geometric shapes.Use
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  • Puppy Bowl Some of you will watch football, some will watch Puppy Bowl (my fave on Animal Planet ), some will bead. Some mutitaskers will do all of the above . . . a common theme here is competition (slightly less obvious with the Puppy Bowl strategy
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  • Learn Bead Crochet in 7 Easy Steps
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  • Learn how to form a peyote-stitch ruffle in 5 easy steps
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  • It's always fun to look back on the past year, and see what was shaking! Beading Daily is no exception! I've gathered Beading Daily posts with the most comments and most popular (views) from 2010. It's been interesting learning about all you
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I've discovered one of the most important aspects of nearly anything and everything is "in the details." Jewelry making is certainly no exception! Sure, you want your pieces to be stunning in the
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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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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily OK gang, who received beads for gifts over the holidays? Even if you bought them for yourself, they are the greatest of gifts, right? Beads are always the perfect gift in so many ways. Your entire family and
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  • Change Your Look with Beads
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Seed beads have changed many a life. Recently, mine! Ask my vacuum cleaner (you all know the dreaded sound of sucking up seed beads!). I'm still happy with my beloved peyote stitch and want to get up the
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Many of you Beading Daily peeps have been following my seed-bead escapades for the past couple of months. It's kind of like a reality show, watching someone discover a new addiction and follow their emotional
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Finally! The weather has snapped from a season of sweltering 90s to fall 60s-70s with the cool evenings in the 50s. I'm sorry you sun bunnies but I must confess, I love winter. I love snow; I love sipping
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily My daughter is one of those young women who can pull off wearing just about anything. Her latest craze is cocktail rings; she wears a different set every day. Her rings du jour sprinkle over her
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . My recent o bsession with seed beads has completely changed how I view my DIY (Do It Yourself) world, as well as added hundreds of new projects to my "must do" jewelry-making list. I love sharing
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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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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . There is only one thing better than cracking open a new beading book, slipping a brand-new beading DVD into your computer or downloading a beading project that screams your name: sharing the experience with
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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 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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  • My mommy won’t stop beading, but she said she’d give me three bones if I bark about my favorite sparkly projects for this blog. I’m not so good at this computer thing since I’m only one year old (Sunday was my barkday) plus typing
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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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  • Here's a typical question that might pop up on a long car trip this summer: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you be glad you packed? Sandwiches, of course. Some colas. A Hollywood tell-all magazine, maybe? That would be for a short
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  • ­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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  • Last week, as I took things off the walls of one place to move into the place where I live now, I realized how important it is to me to be surrounded by beautiful bits of inspiration. I like to live with things that not only give me visual joy, but also
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  • As many of you Beading Daily readers know, I recently came clean on the fact that I'd never done seed beading. Shortly after my confession, I had a lovely seed-bead soiree with my peeps, so my secret is no longer a secret. In fact, it's turned
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  • Inspiration has millions of sources. Where to find inspiration? Nature seems to be the #1 answer, although I've found it in other quite odd sorts of places: a car wash, ice cream shop, the airport, even a mall (the tables in the food court had the
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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 had a longtime love affair with beaded bracelets. You name the bead, I love it. 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 of different bracelets
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  • As a beadweaver, stitching an interesting chain is enough to keep me occupied as I while away the evening hours. I find that doing the same stitch over and over, without really having to pay attention to a pattern, is not only meditative, but serves as
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  • My, oh my, does this shindig look like a grand time! Playing with this winning bunch of wireworking masters couldn’t be more entertaining. Wonderful wire and metal techniques for all levels from beginner to intermediate will be explored October
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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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  • Simple and sensational lariats– What’s not to love about lariat designs? They can be tied or looped to suit whatever length you need. Many designs are fast and easy to make: Dangle a pair of big baubles at the ends of a cool chain. Tie clusters
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  • 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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  • A Little Chat with Katie Hacker One of the best things about being part of the beading community for so long is gaining friends such as Katie Hacker. A dynamo of a woman, Katie has touched the beading community with her classes, books, lots of advice
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  • Please welcome Eunny Jang, the editor of Interweave Knits . Yes, this is Beading Daily , but if there's one thing beaders and knitters and all of us have in common, it's a desire to find new ways to be creative. In that light, Eunny is here to
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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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  • Make it for Mother Mother is a verb as well as a noun, just like the word bead. Anyone can mother another person (or pet), even guys. Mothering is layered with many activities: caregiver, friend, doctor, financial adviser, banker, chauffeur, maid, event
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  • Many of us on Beading Daily have a creative history that includes fabric and fiber arts. Here to tempt us to bring fabric and beadwork together is Pokey Bolton, Editorial Director for Quilting Arts, with some enticing examples of beaded art fabrics. Please
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  • New materials, diverse style Inspiration comes from many places, and sometimes the same sources inspire you in a surprising new way. Recently, I was once again admiring the work in Ancient Modern , Ronna Sarvas Weltman’s polymer clay and wire book
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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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  • I’m sure this happens to you, too: Every once in a while I run across a clever idea that gets me so excited that I run back to my studio and try it out. Just that thing happened when I was down in Tucson in February this year. I’d stopped
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  • Make it personal Anyone remember a song called “What Are Words Worth?” by the Tom-Tom Club? They chanted about the power of words and their impact on others who hear or read them. Words and letterforms—even in foreign alphabets or as
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  • Working with cabochons I used to have something called a worry stone. It was a small polished stone with a smooth indentation, offering a tactile path to serenity, like a kid who rubs the satin on a comfort blankie. I have the same sense of “ahhhh”
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  • What is the Tucson Bead Show? Tucson during the bead shows is impossible to describe. It is not “a bead show,” not even “bead shows.” It’s a universe of about 50 independently produced venues of beads, gems, jewelry, minerals
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  • Can a Bead Lover Love Wire? When you make a pair of earrings, do you start with wire and add beads? Or, do you have beads you want to use and choose wire as your framework? Though I love the linear des ign possibilities in wire itself, I usually use wire
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  • Marlene Blessing is the editorial director o f Beadwork A Treasury of Beadwork in 1 CD A challenge was put to the editors of Beadwork to choose their favorite sources of inspiration from the entire year of 2007. This is the year presented in Beadwork
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  • Last year I traveled to the Tucson bead shows with a friend who will remain nameless a) because most of you know who she is, and b) you’d just be dang jealous. You’d not only be jealous because I got to travel with her (she’s one of
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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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  • It’s not only a new year, but a new decade ! Can you believe it? Just think about what you were doing ten years ago. I was the editor of Beadwork magazine with a toddler toddling about, a wild-man kindergartner, a husband getting his umpteenth degree
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  • W h e n I was an illustration student at the University of the Arts, one of my pals was a jewelry major. She always had copies of Lapidary Journal around, and they were a great reference for me when I painted anything with jewelry in it. Later, my rendering
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  • Puttin’ on the Glitz This past weekend I was getting ready for a holiday party. I had on a snazzy new outfit, but of the hundreds of pairs of earrings I own, I couldn’t find a single set to wear. Sound familiar? Luckily, we’re beaders
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  • 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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  • Welcome to the new Beading Daily ! I've chatted with many of you on our forums since the new Beading Daily magically appeared last week, and it's been so much fun hearing your reactions of delight and surprise. Your pleased responses have made
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  • How Do You Learn? Like many of you, beadwork wasn't my "gateway craft." You know ... the craft you first really got hooked on. The one that turned the extra closet in the hallway from a nice place to store winter coats and hide holiday presents
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  • So you want to seed bead? Welcome to my world! Above all other mediums, seed beads have been my biggest passion. I began beading with seed beads, and though along the way I fell in love with many other mediums and types of beadwork, nothing compares to
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  • Start the New Year with creativity! 2009 is drawing to a close, and I just can’t believe it. I think I’m still waiting for summer, which may have occurred in Minnesota on June 20 between 2:16 p.m and 2:48 p.m. I must have been taking a nap
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  • There is life after jewelry: mixed-media art! Please welcome today's special guest, the features editor from Cloth Paper Scissors , Cate Prato. She is bringing you a festive way to use beads and more in a seasonal project that will add sparkle and
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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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  • How to stitch beadwork that lasts It was a close friend’s birthday recently, so I made a card, printed out some photos, and included a CD. I put the items in a paper envelope, but realized the CD would break. So I added a piece of thick cardboard
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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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  • Great Wire Jewelry Deserves Perfect Loops I was doing some domestic spelunking and found a rosary I made before I knew much about wirework. It was a gift I'd made for my son when he was little. I'd invested in stone beads, made the cross in metal
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  • How do you deal with a necklace design that's perfect but too short? Like most of you, when I design a new necklace I make it to my favorite length. I happen to prefer 16" necklaces because the focal bead sits just perfectly above my “Great
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  • Practice, practice, practice... with 5 free necklace patterns ! I recently chatted on the Beading Daily forums about whether we consider ourselves beginner, intermediate or advanced. Many people think being advanced means you get it perfect the first
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  • My Fair Beader I attended the 20 th anniversary celebration of the Upper Midwest Bead Society last weekend. The event was a proper high tea, complete with sandwiches and cakes, lacy tablecloths, and flowers everywhere. You know, I tend to get a little
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  • “Ooh” and “aah” were just two of the reactions heard while Beadwork’s editors were judging the entries to our latest contest. The June/July 2009 issue of Beadwork challenged readers to create a project using pattern as inspiration and, as you are about to see for yourself, the results were phenomenal
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  • Ay . . . Me wee lass and I attended a Celtic festival over the weekend. It was a sunny celebration that included toe-dancing girls with bouncing curls, haunting bagpipe tunes, monstrous yet noble hounds, and muscular legs protruding from woolen plaid skirts. Other than the point at which I unwittingly
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  • My husband and I will be married 20 years next month, so I was thinking about something to get him as a gift. We always go practical (he set the tone with the Listerine incident of 1985), so I was thinking of something more fun, like tickets to a musical or a weekend at a spa . . . Okay, okay, I guess
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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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  • See the beautiful designs created by Beading Daily forum members in the Flower-Inspired Challenge!
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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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  • “It has been taped, cut short, knotted, stuffed into a baggie, wrapped on a spool, and just plain ignored.” In the August/September issue of Beadwork, Master Class author Nancy Cain urges us not to forget about our little ol’ tail thread. In fact, Nancy teaches that utilizing our tail thread is the key
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  • I was in Cleveland last week taping a few segments for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. It’s so much fun to go to the taping of this show because the Green Room is always filled with wonderful jewelry-makers I know or who I’ve heard about but I’m just meeting for the first time. It’s a great opportunity to
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  • As anyone who has every seen me at a bead show knows, I find beads with words irresistable. So when I saw that the new free project from Cloth Paper Scissors involved adding words to beads, I knew this was a project I'd have to try for myself.
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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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  • Take a look at one of my recent bead purchases--tagua nut circles. Do you see the problem? No? Neither did I, until I started trying to design with them last weekend.
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  • Queen Elizabeth I . . . the color ‘cornflower’ . . . Yoda . . . What do they have in common? Apparently, according to the online personality quizzes I’ve been taking lately that tell me things like which famous figure, color, and Star Wars character I am, it’s me! I know they’re not exactly scientific
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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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  • On August 2, 2008, my life changed forever. My fiancé Michael got down on one knee, took my hand, and asked me to marry him. The first words out of my mouth (wet with joyful tears) were, “Absolutely, 100 percent, yes!”
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  • A Lifetime Supply of Wire When I started working with wire, my local bead shop talked me into a 20-foot spool of silver craft wire for practicing wrapped loops. I left there convinced that I had bought a "lifetime" supply of wire. It took me
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  • I'm thrilled to introduce today's guest editor, Robin Atkins. Robin is a nationally known bead artist and author of four books, including Beaded Embellishment, a book she co-authored with Amy C. Clarke (now Amy Clarke Moore). Her two current passions are fabricating sculptural pieces and combining
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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 admit I was a little hurt when a recent survey revealed only about 25% of Beadwork readers follow our instructions bead by bead. Here at Beadwork our editors and illustrator spend countless hours to make our instructions accurate and easy to follow. However, it’s been about six years since the last
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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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  • Did you enjoy Marlene Blessing’s profile of Betcey Ventrella’s beaded beginnings (Beadwork, April/May 2009, page 44) as much as we did?
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  • My 13-year-old announced at the dinner table the other night, “There’s too much junk in the basement. We need to give it away or throw it away.” Wow! I thought. This coming from a boy whose bedroom floor is a sea of candy wrappers and Gatorade bottles? Maybe change IS coming?
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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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  • In my beginner tap class we practice the basic steps over and over. Single taps, single flaps. The fun part is adding sounds to the basic taps, taking a shuffle and making it double shuffle, then combining basics into a time step, a double time step, a triple buck time step! The more sounds we make,
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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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  • The first reader gallery of 2009 includes designs by 35 readers from all over the world, including Mexcio, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Germany. From simple strung necklaces to a Victorian-style beaded bag with size 15 beads to a bead embroidered pin, you'll find something to love in this gallery
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  • If you look at my current resume, there isn’t a section called Rewards. No presidential citations or even an “Employee of the Month” award. I’d put them on there if I had any… Well, I guess in the sexist 70s the high school band voted me “Best Legs”, but I’m not sure that would add to my credentials
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  • It was Valentine’s Day, 1985…my husband and I had been dating for a couple years…and this was the day I knew romance, poetry, and flowers wouldn’t be a big part of our relationship: He gave me a bottle of red-colored Listerine.
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  • A few weeks ago, we taped thirteen segments for the 2009 spring season of the PBS-TV show Beads, Baubles & Jewels, which airs in June. Our theme this time was “Taking your jewelry-making to the next level,” and all our final projects and step-outs were completed immediately following the holiday
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  • Last weekend I took a break from my beads and tried my hand at Viking Knit, a type of wirework that creates beautiful wire cords that you can fashion into bracelets and necklaces. For months, I've been admiring some Viking knit bracelets the same way I admire a wonderful painting: Wow, I wish I could
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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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  • Ladder stitch is one of those stitches that rarely gets any attention in its own right. Instead, it's used mainly as a foundation for other stitches. Many brick stitch patterns begin with a row of ladder stitch, as do some herringbone stitch patterns. In Mastering Beadwork author Carol Huber Cypher
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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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  • 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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  • A month ago I asked the staff at Interweave to choose a felt bead and make something with it. Anything! They could add any materials they liked, use any techniques, and make any kind of finished object.
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  • What would you do with one felt bead that measures one inch in size? Make a Christmas ornament or decoration? A piece of jewelry? Here are some ideas from the Interweave staff--many of whom had never done any beading before.
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  • I was at Diane Fitzgerald’s studio recently. I’ve been there before—she’s a home girl (lives in Minneapolis, too), and we get together for lunch now and then. But this time my visit was a little different. This time I was bowled over by the sheer amount of Diane’s beadwork. I swear there was double the
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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 it's been your dream to see your project published, but have felt nervous about the submission process, you'll find inspiration in Lynn Davy's story. One of her first submissions was to the "Bead Boy" reader challenge in Beadwork magazine two years ago. She might never have worked
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  • Ever get in a creative rut? I do all the time. What works for me is to clean my beading table. Not only is it nice to have a clean surface to work on, but seeing all the beads I’ve forgotten about helps wake up my imagination.
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  • What can a passionate seed bead artist who’s just eighteen accomplish? Anything she wants! I first saw Scarlett Lanson while she was viewing the stunning crystal creations in Swarovski’s annual design contest display during this year’s Tucson Bead Shows. Little did I know that this young woman in jeans
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  • Brick stitch, aptly named for the way the beads sit like bricks in a wall, has to be one of my favorite all time stitches. After building my bead vocabulary with lots of techniques, I still rely on brick stitch in its many forms for most of my signature designs.
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  • Michelle Mach reminded me this week that the deadline for Beadwork VI: The Beaded Book is coming up December 18. Always ripe for a challenge, but woefully short on time and, quite frankly, a bit lazy, I got to thinking about the quickest way I could make beaded “pages.”
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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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  • Today I'm sharing a column by color expert Margie Deeb who writes the "Colorworks" column in every issue of Step by Step Beads. This column on using black (originally published in the January/February 2008 issue) will give you several ideas on how to combine black with other colors or with
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  • One of the things I love most about jewelry is the diversity it affords (no pun intended!). Sure, I drool over the Tiffany’s catalogs, and gawk at the windows in the Diamond District when I’m in New York City. But my favorite pieces of jewelry contain no gold and no precious stones. Instead
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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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  • 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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  • When I moved into my neighborhood seven years ago I knew it was going to take extreme measures to break the ice with my neighbors. At first meeting, it seemed like we had nothing in common. From politics and religion to level of household cleanliness and meal planning it seemed like we lived in different
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  • 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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  • A quick chain maille necklace is like a quickie meal at an exclusive 5-star restaurant. It just isn't possible!
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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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  • 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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  • 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've been searching for a delicate way to ask this, but I can't find one, so I'll just be blunt: What's up with beaders and bugs? Does everyone else who beads have the compulsion to make beaded insects? (Take a look at the "Bead a Bug" gallery from the June/July 2006 issue of
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  • Over the weekend, I flipped through a couple of books looking for different things to try. Making Colorful Wire and Beaded Jewelry by Linda Jones had some tips on what not to do, so of course I thought I'd try those things! Sometimes, as crazy as it sounds, it helps me to make those mistakes and
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  • I have a style, more than one, actually. Along the way from there to here, in the many years I have been making adornment, my work took on a certain look. The shapes of my designs, the materials and techniques, and especially the colors I choose have become part of my identity as an artist. Sometimes
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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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  • Beads show up in the oddest places. I'm not talking about in my sofa cushions or in the kitchen rug (though I find plenty of beads there), I'm talking large beaded hood ornaments for your car! If you've ever wondered what to do with some of your beads besides create jewelry, take a look at
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  • One of the best things about being able to design jewelry is to be able to create a personalized, unique gift especially for a specific person. When a good friend of mine adopted her second child from China, I created a pair of earrings for her that combined mahogany obsidian from Colorado and jade from
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  • Back in April, I wrote about how I sketched the design for my chain maille necklace ("Rambling Rose"). I had so many emails from beaders who also sketched their designs that I decided to ask everyone--Do you sketch your designs? More than 1,300 responded and only 26% answered "no"
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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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  • Beading Daily reader Penny S. wrote: "I have a problem with button and loop closures, particularly on bracelets. If the loop is large enough to go over the button, it slips off the button and the bracelet falls off. If it is tight enough to keep the bracelet from slipping, it's too small to
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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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  • Want to create your own beaded designs in brick stitch or peyote stitch? Use this handy graph paper to plan out your project.
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  • Want to create your own beaded designs in brick stitch or peyote stitch? Use this handy graph paper to plan out your project.
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  • Inspired by a Beading Daily Reader Today's post marks a Beading Daily first: my challenge project for Beadwork's June/July issue was directly inspired by one of you! When Beading Daily reader Bethany sent me an email asking me about creating jewelry
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  • Exit from your foundation row of beads or fabric. String a length of beads plus 1 bead. Skipping the last bead, pass back through all the beads just strung to create a fringe leg. Pass back into the foundation row or fabric. Related free articles: 4 Fringe
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  • Wireworking Wire is a versatile jewelry design element that may be used to connect chain or beaded links, to embellish beads, to hang pendants, or create a number of elements like head pins, eye pins, ear wires, bails, pin backs, ring shanks, clasps,
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  • 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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  • Beading Daily reader Christine K. wrote, "I am a brand-new beginner now attempting to learn the off-loom stitches. Although I am generally skilled with crafts that use one's hands (e.g., I can both crochet and knit), my learning of beading stitches
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  • Books and Beads! Frog and Toad are Friends, Guinness Book of World Records, Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls . . . Ever since I heard that Beadwork's new international juried exhibition would combine books and beads, titles of my favorite
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  • Recently, I talked with Lindsay Ross, the managing director of the Children's Healing Arts Project (CHAP), a program that teaches hospitalized children as young as three how to bead, along with their families. During the interview, Lindsay remarked
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  • What would you do with $1,500? If you had a $1,500 gift certificate to spend at a huge online bead store, what would you buy? Every kind of gemstone available? Enough seed beads or toggle clasps to last a lifetime? A top-of-the-line set of beading tools
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  • Attention Beading Men: This post does not refer to you, not one bit. I asked a knitter friend recently what she thought knitters like to make most for the men in their lives. She said, "Oh, come on. Most knitters would rather spend the time making
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  • I went at little bead crazy at Bead Expo Portland . Maybe it was the crazy weather (sun-rain-hail-snow!). Maybe it was the fact that the last bead show I attended was back in September and I was feeling a bit bead deprived. Maybe it was the huge bead
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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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  • Let’s Get On with the Show! There’s no business like show business! I bet Ethel Merman would love bead shows. Can’t you just imagine her in all her Everything’s Coming Up Roses style, dancing to each booth, dangling strands of
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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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  • If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No wisdom here on that question, but I can tell you that if you whisper the word "wedding" in an empty room, everyone within 50 miles will hear you--and regale
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  • Certainly many of you have come in contact with brides. Maybe you were a bride, or maybe you know one. And from what I've sussed, the bridal experience is, well, sometimes worlds away from what a wedding is actually for. I figure there's a fine
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  • Nothing makes a room full of jewelry designers more excited than hearing news of an upcoming wedding. Want proof? The Beadwork editors and I recently met with Hwa Soo Park of Ezel Jewels , a talented designer who creates her own tiny, delicate findings
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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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  • On Wednesday, Jean Campbell talked about not wearing her beaded rings until she was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo who apparently lived by the jewelry motto "more is better"! I confess do not wear my beaded rings either. (I'm sensing the
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  • The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis recently held an incredible Frida Kahlo exhibit. I've always admired her work, but now that I've seen her paintings up close, I'm a fan. Many of you know the story of her soap-opera life. . . . It overwhelmed
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  • Today contributing editor Jean Campbell tells us how to age gracefully (or not) with the help of that ancient beauty secret--beaded bracelets. Even though I'm still in the single bracelet phase of life, I'm happy to know that I can look forward
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  • The World's Largest Treasure Hunt Every February, beaders and jewelry makers gather in Tucson to meet one another, see what's new, take classes, stock up on beads and supplies, and get inspiration for the coming year. It's an intense two weeks
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  • 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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  • 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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  • I never used to wear jewelry to the grocery store, but after reading about all the sales that Beading Daily readers have had standing in the checkout line (" Your First Sale "), I'm rethinking that business strategy! Here are a dozen more
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  • Creating the Flower Girl Barrette Writers are often advised to imagine their ideal reader and write for that person. A recent Beadwork challenge proved to me that this advice could be adapted for jewelry designers as well. Free Project: Flower Girl Barrette
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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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  • have never sold a beaded item that I've made. I've come close more than once, including one time at work when two coworkers were arguing over how much a necklace of mine should sell for! (And not in the way you might assume--they actually kept
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  • Beading Goals and Dreams for 2008 Try a new technique or new materials this year. (Pictured: Montee Magic Earrings by Katherine Schwartzenberger) I hate resolutions. They seem so stuffy and unrealistic, often stemming from negative feelings about ourselves
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  • y Holiday Beading Above: One of my holiday gifts decorated with a ceramic snowman bead from Studio 59 . I've finished my holiday beading! It helped that my list was short this year--two pairs of earrings, a purple chain maille bracelet, and a few
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  • Easy Beaded Snowflake Ornaments View the snowflake gallery It's that wonderful time of the year. Well, wonderful for some; wonderfully stressful for others with not only the holidays, but all that year-end, wrap-up stuff at work. I decided to offer
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  • I have a growing collection of bugle beads that I don't know what to do with. Red bugle beads, silver bugle beads, green, blue, purple . . . (Am I the only one who buys beads with not even the foggiest idea for project?) Every once in awhile, I pull
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  • From Lump of Clay to Beautiful Bead I asked bead artist Melanie Brooks Lukacs to describe her process for transforming clay into beads. Even if you never create your own beads, it's fascinating to see how much work goes into a single handmade bead
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  • I continue to be amazed by the generosity of the beading community. A few months ago, I casually mentioned to Amy Clarke Moore that some of my Beading Daily readers wanted to learn more about bead embroidery. Not only did she create this fabulous free
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  • Holiday Gift Ideas from Beading Daily Readers Beaded holiday pin by reader Karen Nicholson "YES!!!!" "Are you serious?!?" "Are there any other kind?" That how 95% of you answered the question: "Will you be making beaded
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  • December 2007 Need some ideas for holiday beading? Check out these projects by Beading Daily readers. Alphabetical by first name. Please be aware that when you click on these links, you will be leaving the Beading Daily website and visiting personal websites
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  • Aaron Amy R. Anna-Liza Nicole Michelle Liz Amy M. Barbara Danielle Darcy Nancy D. Jodi Ian Nancy S. Debbie Sandi Kat Chevette Rebecca Shelly Susan Tammy
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  • Do you use buttons in your jewelry? When I was a little girl, I inherited a large jar of buttons from my grandmother. By using them in jewelry, I can not only appreciate their beauty and uniqueness, but also maintain a connection with my family. One common
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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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  • Holiday Beading Projects Are you making any beaded gifts this year? Over the weekend, I made my first beaded holiday gift--a quick necklace for my stylish new office mate. (I'll share a photo next week.) I also have two pairs of chain maille earrings
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  • Welcoming a New Jewelry Designer A few weeks ago, I had an email from a new jewelry designer. She enjoys working on projects like Leslee Frumin's right-angle weave necklace, Puttin' on the Ritz. (Her version is pictured at left; instructions are
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  • Why We Love (and Hate) Beaded Home Decor How do you feel about beaded home decor? Love it? Hate it? While I do find some beaded home decor appealing (especially napkin rings!), I also have this practical, Midwest sensibility that kicks in around beaded
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  • Oh, Those O-Rings! When was the last time you shopped in a hardware store for your jewelry components? (It's been a couple of months for me, personally.) This week's featured project from the editors of Step by Step Wire Jewelry uses three sizes
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  • Making Ladder Stitch Beads Step by Step Beading Daily Reader Chris O. asked for illustrations for this week's featured project, the Lazy-B Ranch Bracelet . I took some quick step-by-step photos at my kitchen table. I used dark thread so that you could
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  • Does This Look Familiar? A normal person might see a familiar face and have trouble remembering that person's name. As a beader, I've discovered a similar problem: I recognize the beadwork, but I can't figure out where I've seen it before
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  • Ladder Stitch Beaded Bead Bracelet a.k.a. "Lazy-B Ranch" Bracelet I made this Western-inspired bracelet for the December 2007/January 2008 Beadwork challenge. At the time I designed it, I had just attended a local rodeo and was absolutely fascinated
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  • Results of the Kitchen Table Poll, or The Very Strange Domestic Habits of Beaders This poll made me feel like I was channeling Margaret Mead! I learned so much about your your cats, your houses, your families, and, oh yeah, your beading habits . . . It
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  • November 2007 Click on the individual or organization name to see larger images or more beaded projects (where available). Please be aware that when you click on these links, you will be leaving the Beading Daily website and visiting personal websites
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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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  • Peyote Stitch Magic Wand This week's featured project, Star-Topped Magic Wand by Sylvia Becker, is from a sold-out issue of Beadwork magazine. Here's why I chose this holiday project for Beading Daily : Inspiration. I like projects that serve
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  • An Interview with Katie Hacker I think it's close to impossible to bead for any length of time and not come across some of Katie Hacker's work in a beading magazine, book, or at one of the large bead shows in the U.S. Katie is the author of Hip
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  • Beaded Home Decor Trend Everywhere I go, I'm seeing more and more beaded home decor items--bead-covered bottles, wineglass charms, beaded lampshades, bookmarks, picture frames, napkin rings. Even Wal-Mart is carrying items like beaded curtain rods
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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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  • Three Bead Embellishment Tips " If the beads move around on the thread , the stitch uses too much thread for the number of beads. When you complete a stitch, put the needle into the fabric a little closer to the beads so that the beads are snug on
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  • The $100 Dollar Beaded Quilt "It's only money." Do you believe that? Take a look at a recent piece by Robin Atkins, who writes the Beadlust blog and who developed the " bead journal " project. She used a REAL $100 bill in her beaded
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  • The Sparkle of Silver (And Other Favorite Metals) Rectangle Bangle by Stephanie Everett features silver wire. Who doesn't love silver? Apparently, not many! More than 1,000 readers voted in the latest poll ("What's your favorite metal?"
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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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  • Copper, silver, brass, or ? I'm going through a copper phase. The last few necklaces I've made (including "September" pictured at left) have all used copper. I'd blame it on fall--this time of year always makes me want to wear brown
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  • I love bags. There's something that's just so appealing about having a pretty bag that you can tote your stuff in, whether a lipstick or a laptop. Other women may fuss about shoes, but for me, it's all about the bag! Over the weekend I worked
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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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  • 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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  • Back in April, I took a fun polymer clay butterfly class with Janet Farris at Bead Expo . Rather than scale down my butterfly into something that could be worn, I added the beaded wire body and magnets to the back and put it on my refrigerator near my
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  • Valerie Hector has juried into top craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC and her work has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City. She is author of the book, The Art of Beadwork , and her articles have
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  • Preview the Interweave staff challenge projects here and then take a look at the full project catalog , complete with the stories behind the designs, larger photos (you can even zoom in for close-ups!), and designer bios.
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  • Meet Designer Heather Hall Topic: People and Events When I was reviewing past Beadwork projects, I kept returning to Heather Hall's " Sacred Healing Bag ." This little peyote stitched bag has a huge personal story behind its creation. I
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  • Cassie Donlen When I saw Sandi Wiseheart's Caribbean Breeze Earrings and Melinda Barta's Flower Burst Bracelet, I knew I wanted to talk to the lampwork artist, Cassie Donlen. Her beads are feminine and fun and come in a range of bright colors
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  • Sooner or later, most beaders try to make their own beads. (In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm thinking about the PMC class I have scheduled this weekend, and the resin class I signed up for at BeadFest this August.) What's your current bead
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  • Inspired by the Quilt Journal Project , bead artist Robin Atkins invited beaders to participate in a year-long bead embroidery journal project beginning June 2007. Each month, more than 200 participants create one beaded page per month for one year. Here's
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  • Dustin and Michelle work on their tins at Bead Expo. Are you ready for a seriously addictive beading technique? Dustin Wedekind, author of Getting Started with Seed Beads , showed Sandi Wiseheart and I how to create "Terrifically Tacky Tins"
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  • Blogger Christina of San Francisco described Bead Expo as " total bead overload " and I'd have to agree. Sandi and I knew it was time to go home on Monday when we were both were coming up with so many new beading designs that we could no
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  • Has your wire ever developed a kink or bend in it while you're working on a project? Arlene Baker in her book, Beads in Bloom , offers this advice: “Even though you do your best to avoid kinks, from time to time you will get them in the spool
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  • Have you ever wondered who made the first beaded flowers? According to Arlene Baker, author of Beads in Bloom , “The craft dates to the Middle Ages and was introduced in Venice where bead production was a widely practiced trade by highly skilled
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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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  • Tips for designing and finishing beaded necklaces, including the use of piano wire, fishing line, bead boards, how to prevent fraying, and using end knots.
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