Necklace Making

Necklace making is a great jewelry design for beaders to practice, because the opportunities are endless. Be inspired to make necklaces with beads from the numerous free resources at Beading Daily.


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  • Brick stitch beading was the very first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself how to do, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. While it's not as "glamorous" as peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, or right-angle
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  • Melanie Potter was one of my earliest influences and inspiration for learning how to bead. Her stunning intricate beaded jewelry designs using chevron chain, herringbone stitch, and peyote stitch inspired me to learn more about bead-weaving, and eventually
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  • I make more beaded necklaces than any other type of jewelry, so I'm all about the beaded jewelry designs in this free eBook! Inside, you'll find a variety of necklace making projects, including beading stringing, peyote stitch, and other off-loom
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  • From Jennifer: I remember how excited I was to film a couple of segments for a craft show last year, so I really loved today's guest blog from Erin Prais-Hintz, all about her experience meeting Jean Campbell and filming some great jewelry-making and
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  • For most of us, our introduction to beaded ropes came by way of making tubular versions of our favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitches, or by creating a classic spiral rope. There's something incredible about watching a few rounds of bead stitching
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  • We've all been there: you start working on a piece of beadwork, and just when you think you know what you're doing, you realize that you've made a humongous mistake. It's a beader's worst nightmare! (Well, that and running out of size
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  • There used to be a time when I only used leather in my jewelry-making projects as a way to back my bead embroidery. Not anymore! Now that leather jewelry is hitting fashion runways everywhere, I'm indulging in my love of creating jewelry using leather
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  • Is your beaded jewelry in need of a little romance? Click on the image to go to video page If you're a fan of romantic, vintage-inspired beaded jewelry, you'll love Beadwork magazine Designer Of the Year Kelly Wiese's signature style: elegant
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  • So many bead-weaving stitches, so little time! Just when I think I've found my favorite bead-weaving stitch or technique, another one grabs my attention with a new twist or a variation. But time and time again, I find myself coming back to these three
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  • I've always thought that chevron stitch is like the Cinderella of the bead-weaving world: you might not think that it looks like much at first glance, but once you see just how many things you can do with this off-loom bead-weaving stitch, you'll
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  • So, I was thinking the other day, and don't be mad, but really, it's time for me to start thinking about holiday gifts. I have a lot of people that I want to include on my list this year, including some of my favorite yoga teachers, my son's
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  • For someone who struggled to learn how to do peyote stitch, I sure do use it a lot these days! Once I mastered the basic thread path, I realized that there's a whole lot of cool stuff you can do with peyote stitch: everything from making beaded bezels
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  • Are you looking to add a little romance to your beading projects? Kelly Wiese, Beadwork magazine Designer Of the Year and author of Beaded Allure , knows how to use seed beads to create elegant, romantic beaded jewelry. Using just a few crystals and pearls
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  • You'll have to wait another few days to hear all about my trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia this year, but oh, my! The food, the friends, the fun! So many vendors, so many beads: crystals, glass, ceramic, polymer clay, paper, and of course, gemstones
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  • Maybe it's because I love history, but I'm totally enamored of vintage beads, cabochons, and jewelry-making supplies. That's probably why I love all the goodies from A Grain of Sand that I've been hoarding in my stash for the last few
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  • Back when I started learning how to bead, as I began to collect beads of all types, sizes, and shapes, I also began to collect jewelry-making findings. Lots and lots and LOTS of jewelry-making findings. Head pins, eye pins, clasps, ribbon ends, cord ends
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  • One of the perks of being the online editor for Beading Daily is that I get to preview a lot of great beading resources like books, magazines, videos, and online courses. So I jumped at the chance to preview the new Seed Bead Botany course, taught by
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  • I love making beaded necklaces, and when I sit down to design a piece, it's usually a necklace. For a few years, my necklace making projects were all big, bold, and showy -- the bigger, the better. But lately, I'm starting to think differently
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  • What's not to love about bead netting ? This open-weave beading stitch creates a flexible, supple beaded fabric that can be used to create beaded jewelry in so many ways! Whether you want to make a strong beaded rope using netted beadwork, or a series
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  • Ever since I made my first spiral rope, I've loved to make beaded ropes out of seed beads and my favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitches, and with the new TierraCast Maker's Collection of cord and rope ends with coordinating clasps, I was inspired
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  • In all my years of doing bead-weaving, I've only ever attempted one piece of jewelry meant for a man. For me, anyway, figuring out how to bead for a man is really, really difficult! Even though a lot of my beadwork leans towards gender-neutral colors
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  • When I first learned how to do herringbone stitch, the only way I could understand the thread path was to make herringbone tubes and ropes. So, that's what I did. And I made lots of herringbone ropes. Lots and lots and lots...until they eventually
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  • What's the best way to jazz up your off-loom bead-weaving projects? With bead embellishments , of course! Embellishing with beads is a fun way to play with your design skills while learning how to create unique beaded jewelry. And there are so many
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  • I can still remember the day I bought my first beading book by Diane Fitzgerald. It had been a tough day at work, and I knew that I needed some bead therapy that night. On the way home, I made a humongous detour to my favorite local bead shop, where I
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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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  • 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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  • A good friend of mine recently asked me for help making six necklaces that she could give as gifts to some women who had recently helped her. She's a single mom, so money is always tight. I promised her I'd do some searching and see what I could
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • If you follow our Beading Challenge blog, you'll know that in every issue of Beadwork magazine, there's a challenge presented to a few of our editors, and a couple of readers lucky enough to be chosen by the editors. We all receive the same kit
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  • Twice this year, I've bumped into Patti Bullard, the inventor of Wubbers pliers. The first time was at my taping of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels (which you'll get to read about next week), and the second time was at Bead Fest Philadelphia where
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Handmade beads have a way of capturing your imagination like no other. There's just something about the way a handmade bead looks and the way it feels in your hand that connects with you on a very deep level. The very first beads were all handmade
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The key to making successful steampunk jewelry , it seems, is all in the material that you choose. You can really use any kind of jewelry-making technique to create gorgeous steampunk jewelry, if you know what kinds of beads and components work best to
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we like to keep our eyes and ears open to what's hot in the jewelry and fashion industries as a whole, not just what pertains to the type of jewelry we feature in our magazine. I first heard the term "soutache"
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I've been saving back several hanks of coral-colored Czech seed beads in various sizes for a rainy day. Today it didn't rain, but it was a quiet day at the office and I decided to give the bead spinner a go and put together this chunky necklace
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  • Beautiful, easy Snow Tunes resin earrings by Danielle Fox. A few twists of wire and crystals are all you need to create these Sparkling Snowflakes earrings by Chloe Chatenever! It's that time of year again, where I start to think about making jewelry
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  • Do you love working with right-angle weave ? This superhero of bead-weaving stitches can do just about anything with any kind of beads that you have handy. When I want to bead just for beading's sake, I'll grab two or three colors of seed beads
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  • Necklace making is such a personal expression of your style, and it's one of the reasons why I love making my own beaded jewelry. I definitely have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and so do you! You may not realize it, but your choices
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Lately I've noticed a growing number of jewelry designers are incorporating brightly colored crystals and other gemstones into their pieces. And this bling isn't just for playing dress-up: saturated pastels, electric neons, and lollipop-like hues
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ah, yes. I can remember the first time I learned how to do circular, flat peyote stitch . I was making little peyote stitch needle cases, and I needed to create a top and bottom for the case. I can remember blindly following the directions without really
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  • This month's little box from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club was full of fun -- and very useful! -- vintage beads. I've always loved metallic vintage beads, and this month's hoard was full of beautiful metal and metallic
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  • An important part of learning how to bead is learning which jewelry making findings will be most useful to you when it comes to making beaded jewelry that will last. I am always amazed at how the selection of jewelry findings at my local craft store has
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The necklace from Enlightened Polymer Clay that served as my inspiration. I've never felt that polymer clay has been a particularly strong set of jewelry making skills for me. After watching a peculiarly talented friend of mine create an entire Lord
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  • Tila beads, Magatamas, and dagger beads. Can you tell me what all three of these have in common? They are all glass beads that were included in this month's Beadwork magazine challenge kit from Artbeads! What would you name this ruffled herringbone
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  • 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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  • 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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  • "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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I remember not feeling nervous or jittery at all -- until some very helpful soul said to me, "You know, everyone is going to be watching YOU." I panicked for about thirty seconds before I realized
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  • It's been a long time coming, and everyone has been very, very patient, and I'm so excited that we now have three new Bead-Alongs ready for the month of April here on Beading Daily ! Bead-Alongs can be fun whether you're beading by yourself
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  • My first foray into jewelry-making came when I was five years old. My sister and I would dig through my mother's stash of buttons, selecting the brightly colored plastic and sparkling cut glass buttons to use for necklace making . We strung our button
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  • Okay, so I've actually known that I'm a bead hoarder for a really long time now, but my status as bead hoarder has been made official by Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand , when she made me a member of her new Bead Hoard Curiosities Club
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  • THIS WEEK STARTS BEAD FEST SANTA FE 2012 . HERE WE COME! Actually, I personally will not be headed to Santa Fe this year. My coworkers Debbie Blair and Chloe Chatenever have been elected to represent the magazine, though I have fond memories of what is
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Among the treasures I brought back with me from the Tucson gem and mineral shows were these gorgeous vintage Lucite beads from The Beadin' Path . I love the colors and textures of the vintage Lucite beads, and the deep, rich red and gold swirls of
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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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  • 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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  • I came home from the Tucson gem, mineral and bead shows with more than just a new stash of beads. I came home with loads of new ideas! One thing is for certain as I look at my new goodies - I need some new beading tools ! I can't wait to start working
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  • Nothing gives your beaded necklaces and bracelets a bit of character like a handmade lampwork glass bead . These lovely little bits of glass art come straight from the human imagination, and I love the way they can infuse a beaded necklace design with
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When I first started learning how to bead and was learning basic jewelry-making, I loved earring making . I didn't realize it at the time, but making earrings a great way to learn new beadweaving stitches and jewelry-making techniques. Handmade earring
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  • I 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Perhaps it's my inner ADD child, or maybe it's just part of being a creative person, but I get sidetracked very easily. For example, I was tech editing Lynn Davy's project for the October/November 2011 issue of Beadwork magazine last week
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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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  • 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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  • Even though I don't do it too often, I love knotting strands of pearls and gemstone beads. There's nothing quite as iconic as a single strand of knotted pearls: I'm thinking of June Cleaver or Jackie O. Pearls add instance elegance and class
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  • 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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  • What are you taking on your spring vacation? Try out these 3 all new projects from the Beading Daily store.
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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 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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  • 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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  • Wire isn’t mastered in one take Wirework is not wirework is not wirework. Those of you who have played with or mastered wireworking know what I mean. It’s enticing at first: those wire projects lure you in with their hip metal style. Then
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Turquoise dreams I love big saguaro cactus, the tall desert sentinels that look like they have arms at odd angles. They must be the most iconic cacti of all cacti. But I don’t want to use their image or shape, or coyotes or bucking broncos for that
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • A few short years ago I decided to quit my day job and attend culinary school. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly on a whim, but I had finally decided to follow my passion and learn the art of creating beautiful cakes and pastries. Although I learned how important it is to work neatly and to mise en place my
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  • I may be the owner of the last reversible skirt in America. To be honest, I've only worn it with the pattened side showing, but I love the idea that I could wear the plain blue side showing if the mood ever struck. I especially enjoy packing that skirt for trips. It lets me pretend that I'm one
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  • Falling in Love with Beads I was lying awake in the dark this morning thinking about the first time I really fell in love with beads. Oh, I’d learned how to string macaroni on yarn and fell in love with the beading process pretty early on, but I’m
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Of course you can! The real challenge is to design something for that amount that looks like it came from a pricey boutique--or Stringing magazine. Danielle Fox, Elizabeth Murray, and I all took the challenge for the Spring 2009 issue. I had so much fun, I decided to make a second "under $25"
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  • I like experimenting wtih non-seed beads for beadweaving, so I was intrigued--and a little frustrated--when I saw the photo for this week's free project, Net Full of Gems by Linda Richmond. As you can see, the white necklace with seed beads and white gemstone chips is on a white background, making
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  • I don’t remember when I first became aware of sterling silver jewelry that was purposely NOT shiny. When I think of the hours I’ve spent over the years trying to shine up my sterling pieces! I bought every chemical, every cloth, every dip I saw that promised my jewelry would come out looking
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  • When I read Jean Campbell's post on last-minute gift-giving, I had to laugh when she mentioned pearl jewelry as one of her go-to last-minute gift ideas. Pearls (rather than crystals or gemstones) are definitely my go-to bead type when I'm stumped for a design idea or need a quick project.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Meet Your Favorite Clasp: The Toggle "I never met a toggle that I did not like!" Those were the words of one Beading Daily reader--and more than 50% of the nearly 1,000 readers who voted recently on their favorite clasp agreed! Why do you like
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  • Organization Tips Large and Small Sometimes a small organizational tip can make a huge difference. My headpins are stored in tiny plastic bags and as a result, they are bent every which way. When contest finalist Susan Jacob mentioned that she kept her
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  • 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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  • Inspiring Focal Beads When I asked Beading Daily readers a few weeks ago to tell me about their "problem" beads, lampwork or other focal types of beads were at the top of the list. In most cases, it wasn't that the bead was actually a problem
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Necklace Ideas from Stringing Magazine When I flip through a beading magazine, I'm not only looking for beautiful pieces of jewelry, but I'm also looking for ideas and inspiration. What unusual techniques or materials can I adapt for my own designs
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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Case of Bead Doom On Wednesday (" Make Your Own Pendant "), I wrote about creating the Love Birds Necklace , my Beadwork challenge piece. After finishing the pendant, I thought the necklace needed something more--like individual seed bead
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  • Fear of Large Butterflies or How to Make Your Own Pendant Only one element in the latest Beadwork challenge--a gorgeous 38 x 46mm brass filigree butterfly--felt large enough to use as a necklace pendant. But, honestly, it was so large it made me feel
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  • Copper, silver, brass, or ? I'm going through a copper phase. The last few necklaces I've made (including "September" pictured at left) have all used copper. I'd blame it on fall--this time of year always makes me want to wear brown
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  • 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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  • A close look at the Moroccan Dreams Necklace reveals a number of design tips: • Seed beads are often overlooked in stringing projects They do take longer to string—it takes 24 size 13 beads to make one inch of this 15 inch necklace! On the
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  • Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart describes her experience with the April/May 2007 Beadwork challenge kit supplied by lampwork artist Cindy Gimbrone . "Cindy Gimbrone calls her lampwork spirals "The Spiral of Kronos." There
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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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