Mixed Media Jewelry

If you love combining your passion for art with your passion for jewelry making, mixed media jewelry is the perfect way to wear your art on your sleeve – or as a necklace, bracelet or earrings. Creating jewelry with mixed media techniques lets you make handmade jewelry that is as unique as you are. Paints, inks, and altered art can be turned into beautiful jewelry using just a few easy-to-learn jewelry-making techniques. Take your art jewelry to a whole new level when you create mixed media jewelry!


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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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  • As we're coming down to the wire with getting Handcrafted Jewelry ready to send off to the printer, I see more and more techniques from this year's issue that I'd love to try! Epoxy clay has been toward the top of my list since we featured
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  • 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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  • Original necklace from LOFT Blue and gray ribbons Coral and pale yellow ribbons Pearls Perfected by Linda Larsen Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 While I tend to go for classic styles that can be worn for years, I like to have at least one trendy jewelry piece
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  • 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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  • Not too long ago, Tammy Jones wrote a great blog over on Jewelry Making Daily about five essential jewelry making techniques for jewelry artists . And it got me thinking -- while my primary interest for jewelry making still remains with my beloved seed
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  • What do Jean Campbell, Marcia DeCoster, Jean Power, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Sherry Serafini, Nancy Cain, Diane Fitzgerald, Leslie Frazier, Margie Deeb, Kelly Angeley, Laura McCabe, Lisa Kan, Leslie Rogalski, and Melanie Potter, all have in common? In addition
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  • 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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  • 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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  • When I'm out there selling my finished beaded jewelry, one of the points I like to talk about with my customers is how every piece I make is one-of-a-kind, usually right down to the findings that I use to assemble it. You might think that making your
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  • In a recent blog , Assistant Editor Chloe Chatenever shared a glimpse of how we shoot step-by-step photos for Handcrafted Jewelry at Interweave's in-house photo studio. Several days later, I attended a photo shoot with our associate art director and
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • One of my best friends is a wonderful mixed-media artist from Burbank, California. Even though our techniques and tools for making art are about as different as you can get, we both enjoy one thing: using color to make beautiful art. I'm always finding
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  • We are hard at work on the upcoming issue of Handcrafted Jewelry and have been in and out of the photo studio all week. One of my favorite things about this special issue publication is that you get to see step-by-step photos for each project. As we were
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  • Last summer, I started seeing mentions of this product called Crystal Clay floating around in my favorite beading magazine. After seeing some amazing examples of what people were doing with it at the Tucson gem and mineral shows, well, I broke down and
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  • What happens when you combine plain wood discs with the sun's rays? Well, probably not much until you paint on a little light-sensitive dye, and then watch the magic happen! These pendants are the result of a little experimentation I did over the
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  • I am quite happy to report that I had so much fun with my last polymer clay bead making project, it appears that I have overcome my fear of bead making using polymer clay! I've been playing with all kinds of tools and techniques for bead making using
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  • 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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  • When I was a kid, I was interested in making jewelry out of anything and everything. Some of my first handmade jewelry projects were made from not beads, but pieces of thick watercolor paper that I had cut into shapes, painted and sealed, and then glued
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  • Could you survive on a desert island with just three wire wrapping tools? No, it's not that old television show where a group of mismatched tourists gets stranded on a desert island with enough clothing and accessories to last them for years of misadventures
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  • 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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  • It may be hard for some to believe, but I've never tried my hand at any type of wire work. Being a life-long crafter, coupled with the fact that I work on a jewelry magazine, has afforded me the opportunity to experiment with lots of materials and
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  • Learning how to swim is like learning a new jewelry making skill. You dip your toes in the water, then your foot, then you wade in until you're knee-deep. By the time the water is up to your shoulders, you realize you might just be in over your head
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  • 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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  • Just yesterday, Earth Day was celebrated in numerous ways across the globe. Events were held to increase awareness of environmental issues and appreciation of the earth's natural environment. In celebration of Earth Day, I’ve rounded up a collection
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  • Who would have thought that you need a first aid kit for beading? True story: the other day, I was browsing in my local big-box craft store for some supplies I needed to finish a project before a deadline. Thinking ahead to some future blogs for Beading
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  • 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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  • I have been wanting to learn how to do torch enameling for a long time, and luckily for me, working on a project for the upcoming issue of Handcrafted Jewelry was the perfect excuse to try it out! Note: Do not attempt enameling unless you have the proper
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  • Any mixed-media fans out there? I'm so thrilled to be working on my favorite Interweave publication of all, Handcrafted Jewelry magazine, which is entirely devoted to mixed-media jewelry. I couldn't contain my excitement last week when I received
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Yes, that's right: we've decided to add two more prize packages to our Pass On Your Passion Giveaway for National Craft Month! We'll select, at random, two more winners who leave a comment on the original Pass On Your Passion blog and tell
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  • I 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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  • From Jennifer: When I was in high school, I loved to experiment with making jewelry out of anything I could get my hands on. Paper, clay, buttons, wire, you name it! Before I settled on beads, I thought that I'd be making art jewelry out of all kinds
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  • I have trust issues with the cabochons I use in my bead embroidery. The first time I tried to use cabochons in my bead embroidery, I just glued them to the bead embroidery backing and started stitching around them. To my surprise and dismay, those cabochons
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  • 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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  • Today starts National Craft Month! I can't think of a better time to celebrate doing what we love best: beading and jewelry making! This morning, I opened my email to discover an invitation from Fusion Beads to participate in their 30 Day National
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  • With Valentine's Day upon us, some of you may be thinking "bling." Well, you don't need Valentine's Day as an excuse to treat yourself or a loved one to a piece of jewelry that you can craft in a matter of minutes! Over the weekend
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  • 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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  • 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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  • November marks six months since I've been here at Beading Daily , and I have to say that I'm thrilled to be able to sit down every day and write about my favorite thing in the entire world - beads! Having the chance to connect and correspond with
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  • Necklace making is something that has always come easy for me. Even now, I find that my sketchbooks are full of more necklace designs than anything else, and I'm always finding inspiration for new designs everywhere. My process for designing and making
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  • When I first started learning how to bead and was learning basic jewelry-making, I loved earring making . I didn't realize it at the time, but making earrings a great way to learn new beadweaving stitches and jewelry-making techniques. Handmade earring
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Tammy Jones is my bead buddy and the Online Editor for Jewelry Making Daily . I asked her to tell me about her favorite new beading or jewelry making product from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Tammy found these gorgeous new Glinter
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  • Need a little spice in your life? Look no further. Mixed media (and Handcrafted Jewelry 2011) is all you’ve been waiting for and more. Discover 22 brand-new jewelry designs using simple techniques and fabulous materials!
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  • Watch and learn exciting new jewelry-making techniques with Handcrafted Jewelry Studio eMag Living in a rural part of New York, I love how I can download a video or a digital magazine and start learning a new jewelry making technique almost instantly
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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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  • 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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  • Now you can get 25 amazing mixed-media jewelry designs in the new special issue of Handcrafted Jewelry. Make your mark with unique techniques and brand-new one-of-a-kind jewelry projects in resin, polymer clay, enamel, fabric, and much more.
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  • I'm one of those people that have resisted buying any kind of e-reader because I like my books and magazines in print. I like the pages and the smell of the ink on a fresh magazine. The only thing I don't like about my back issues and books is
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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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  • 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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  • Whether you're looking for an elegant dangle necklace or glamorous stitched earrings, you'll be sure to find it in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine.
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  • Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing and Handcrafted Jewelry is here today to share five resin jewelry -making tips and to talk about a recent project. . .our fabulous eMag: Handcrafted Jewelry Studio . This multimedia magazine features products, techniques
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  • Making resin jewelry is a great pastime and can also help to keep you fashionably current. On top of that handcrafted jewelry makes a wonderful gift. Not only is it a gift from the heart, it also can be designed to be a totally personal piece, incorporating
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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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  • TV . . . It's a glamorous life . . . so they say! Marlene Blessing (Editorial Director, Interweave Books) and I recently had a taste of that life, and we're here to tell you a little about behind the scenes of that so called glamorous life! While
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  • Here's more of my chat with Helen Driggs, Senior Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist . Q: What's your fave project in the upcoming April issue? A: I have to pick the Sagenite Pendant by Roger Halas. I love purple, and those notched bezels
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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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  • Springtime is right around the corner (I promise!). We've all been buried a few times this winter in the cold white stuff, and the lush green grass and delightful floral breezes seem eons away, but now is the time to BELIEVE! I love making jewelry
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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 When it comes to the world of creativity, are you schizophrenic like me? I started down the artistic path eons ago in stained glass, then moved into pottery, fused-glass jewelry, silk painting, and fabric embellishment
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Lexi Erickson is no stranger to soldering, melting metals, and burned bangs, but then everybody has to start somewhere! Lexi has been teaching high school and college metals for over twenty-three years and currently
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I'm really excited about our new eMag, Handcrafted Jewelry Studio . I am over the top excited! It's our first multimedia magazine that uses live links and video to illustrate all kinds of fun projects
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I like to pass along freebees and contests you beady peeps may enjoy. This is a new Facebook give-away from my pals Jess at Vintaj and Susan Lenart Kazmer at Objects & Elements. I'm a huge fan their
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  • Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a contributing editor to Beading Daily I recently packed up my 1998 Honda Civic and drove to Colorado to make a video on personalizing your jewelry. Seemed like that little old vehicle of mine was filled
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of my fave winter traditions is donning my snowman flannel sheets on the bed. Call me crazy, but I love winter and snowmen! Of course Mother Nature isn't cooperating with 70 degree weather today in lovely
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  • Get out your tools and ready your creativity! Handcrafted Jewelry, a brand-new special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine, is a beginner’s guide to mixed-media jewelry projects.
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I don't know about you, but I'm an "over-the-top-funky-chunky" kind of jewelry designer. I love textures, 3-dimensional surprises, mixed media, big baubles, and bling. Having had years of experience
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily As a teacher in the creative field, one of my greatest delights is taking classes from other teachers. I'm just like you, I pore over the show catalogs, bending the corners of the pages to mark which classes
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  • 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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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily What can I say about Susan Lenart Kazmer (SLK for those "in the know")? I've had the pleasure of taking her classes, teaching, brainstorming, sharing trade show stories, and sipping the grape together
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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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  • 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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  • Bead shopping at home OK, has anybody gone shopping...in her own studio? I did. Inspired by Denise Peck's new DVD, Making Bezels with Stones and Other Found Objects, I went shopping in my studio for interesting goodies and found objects to bezel.
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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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  • Marlene Blessing is the editorial director Who knew that all those years of lovingly rolling yummy cookie dough into even little balls would prepare me for making polymer beads? That's exactly what I discovered this weekend when I finally stopped
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  • When people ask what I do for a living, I usually tell them I'm a beader. It always gets those silent little brain wheels turning..."Did she just say she was a beater?" My out-loud spelling, "b-e-a-D-e-r", plus a quick air-sewing
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  • I find metals exciting, intimidating, fun, alluring... most of the time. Dabbling in metals is one thing: jumping off the cliff and diving in, quite another. I asked our metal expert and managing editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Helen Driggs
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  • Who doesn't like charms? They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, themes, and mediums. You can buy them or better yet, make your own. But, be warned, making charms can become highly addictive. I started out doing a few for my pals and now I do them
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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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  • Mixed media jewelry is a buzz term these days, but really, we all do it throughout the day: If you’re a cook, you might put chocolate chips into your chili, letting the sweet, rich flavor meld with the salty spark of the chili-infused broth. If
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  • Step by step and bead by bead– This may be the most challenging post I’ll ever write––to choose favorite projects from all my years as editor in chief of Step by Step Beads . After all, everything we (Managing Editor Jane Dickerson
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  • Be inspired by art fabric– My friend Jeanne Williamson is an uncommon fiber artist. Along with having her work winning Best of Show at the Quilt National 2005, Jeanne is as prolific as she is creative. In addition to her large mixed-media pieces
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  • 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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  • Resin Bezeling Trick I do a lot of beadwork: tiny needles, thin thread, and infinitesimal beads. I do this at home, of course, but sometimes also in public. If you BIP (bead in public), too, you know the activity makes people very curious and usually
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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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  • What if I did more than think about making metal jewelry? I’ve been guilty of what-iffing everything to death lately. . . . What if I would have pursued that med-school degree? What if I had stayed on the coast? What if we got rid of our mortgage
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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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  • My Bead Fest Wire class wish list Hey, everyone! Although I have been working on Beading Daily blogs for months now, most of you don’t know me. My name is Erin Carey and I am the Beading Daily intern at Interweave. I have helped with most of the
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  • If you’re like me, you just know when you’ve picked up a good craft magazine. Your mind whirls with ideas. Your fingers twitch in anticipation of creating. Perhaps your heart even skips a beat or two, just like when falling in love . . . or when you find a free piece of dark chocolate on the give-away
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  • Have you ever really stopped to look closely at someone’s charm bracelet? Have you ever wondered what inspired them to pick certain charms? Maybe they picked them up on vacations they’ve taken. Maybe they have a theme throughout the bracelet. Or maybe it’s an eclectic mix of hearts, stars, or flowers
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  • 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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  • Have you ever used one of those wire bangle bracelets with loops around the edges? They're usually silver and come in several diameters with 16 rings or loops. Typically, people will attach beads or charms to the rings using wrapped loops. I did this myself with my Gypsy Magic project for Creative
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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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  • 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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  • Check these pages for instructions, illustrations, related articles/magazines/books, and occasional videos on how to bead , create jewelry, whether you favor bead stitching, stringing, or wireworking. You'll also find links to selected articles on
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  • Beading Daily editor Michelle Mach shares photos and news of her first trip to the Tucson Bead Shows, February 2-6, 2009.
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  • Last year I wrote about beading resolutions. One of my main goals was to try to use a bead loom. And I'm a little embarrassed to admit I didn't quite get around to it. (I did manage to do some loom weaving with yarn, go figure!) I'm not too upset--I learned a lot of new stuff that I didn't
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  • Kristal Wick is one of those folks who sparkle with creativity-- just take a look at her colorful new book, Fabulous Fabric Beads! I was lucky enough to catch a few minutes with Kristal before she took off to the International Quilt Show in Houston. I asked her about her signature beads, her love of
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  • 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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  • I seem to spend a lot of time in waiting rooms. Pediatricians, orthodontists, veterinarians, tutors . . . music studios, hockey rinks, gymnasiums. Hanging out in those dull places makes me think I’d like to make a few changes. Replacing the in-ceiling fluorescent lights with adjustable true-color lights
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  • Contests, Galleries, Giveaways, and Challenges Try your hand at these bead-related contests, galleries, giveaways, and challenges sponsored by Interweave Press. Entries are listed in date order. While we strive to keep this page up-to-date, be sure to
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  • Silence is (not) golden Silence is not really golden--at least for beaders. Seventy-four percent of nearly 1,000 beaders who voted in the latest poll bead while listening to music! Rock was the first choice (27%), followed by classical music (24%). Pop
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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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  • When I was new to polymer clay, one of the first books I bought was Polymer Clay for the First Time by Syndee Holt. No one I knew had ever heard of polymer clay, let alone used it, so I relied on Syndee's book to unlock the secrets of Skinner's
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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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