Pearls

We are drawn to the sensuous beauty of pearl jewelry, to their soft contours, and most of all to the warm, persistent light that seems to glow from within these unique gems. Kings and queens have filled royal treasuries with pearls and worn impressive jewelry made with pearls to proclaim power and regency. Movie stars and fashion legends have greeted their public draped in glamorous pearls. Brides and debutantes have favored pearls as the gem of purity and fidelity. For those who cherish the radiance of pearls and who wish to make signature beaded jewelry with pearls, today’s affordable and varied supply of freshwater pearls is truly a beader’s delight.


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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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  • We have finally published our updated Contributor Guidelines for the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. A lot of thought and planning went into the themes for this issue and we can't wait to see the submissions that you all create! Read
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  • I have to say, since I've been receiving my monthly shipments of vintage beads and jewelry making components from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club , I really look forward to seeing what's in each month's box. I love the challenge
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  • I've really been getting into working with easy wire wrapping projects lately, and these two blank metal cuff bracelets from this month's A Grain of Sand Bead Hoard Curiosities Club just spoke to me as soon as I saw them. They wanted me to wrap
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  • Beaded wedding jewelry , and finely crafted beadwork itself, has come a long way in the last ten years. When my husband and I got married in 2003, I decided to do something a little more adventurous with my beaded wedding jewelry than just your standard
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  • That's right! Beading Daily is five this month! Five years of beading blogs, beading projects, beading techniques, making new beading friends, and gorgeous beaded art. We've had the likes of Michelle Mach, Jean Campbell, Leslie Rogalski, and the
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  • 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 I'm working on a necklace making project for myself, I have to pay attention to the length of the finished necklace. I recently realized that I have quite a long neck for someone who is so short, so when I wear very long necklaces (like lariats
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  • The other day, I met with the other jewelry editors and designers here at Interweave in Loveland, Colorado. Believe it or not, we're already planning our Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing . In anticipation of that issue, we got together to discuss
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  • Don't you just love summer weddings? One of my office mates has been busily planning her nuptials, which will take place later this month. Getting a glimpse of just some of the things that will make her day special has inspired me to see which accessories
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  • One of the greatest skills that a jewelry designer can develop is restraint. With the overwhelming array of amazing beads, findings, and components that are readily available, I have found that the most difficult part of designing a new piece is choosing
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  • I'm not sure who it was that first thought it might be a good idea to string some beads on yarn before crocheting with it, but whoever it was probably knew that they had stumbled onto something good. Bead crochet ropes are perfect for showing off
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  • 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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  • 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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  • What would you wear with the jewelry pieces in the new book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry ? The book's authors, Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto, are giving away two of the necklaces in the book -- the Pompidou Necklace by Lorelei (featured on the cover
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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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  • When it's a pearl, amber, or coral! Beads, cabochons and jewelry-making components made of these materials are generally classified as gemstones, but there are some important differences between a true gemstone and a pearl, amber, or coral. Pearls
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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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  • I really do have the best friends in the world. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a huge box, full of antique jewelry that had belonged to her late stepfather's first wife. Before I go into detail about the jewelry, I want to tell you
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  • Summer is finally here! As hemlines rise, necklines fall, and sleeves get shorter, I find myself itching to make up some new jewelry to complement my summer wardrobe. Neon colors in boldly geometric block patterns are all the rage right now, and I can't
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  • I'm sure I've told the story before, about how the first time I attempted a piece of bead embroidery I wound up chucking it in a drawer for two years before I had the courage to pick it up and try it again. Well, it's been a very long time
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  • If you haven't yet taken a few minutes to check out all the gorgeous beaded jewelry entered in this year's Bead Star competition , now is the time to do it! (Voting ends on Monday, May 28th, 2012. For complete rules, click here .) Voting is easy
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  • Voting for our annual Bead Star 2012 competition is well under way, and time is ticking down to the end of the voting period! Make sure your voice is heard by casting your votes before the end of the day on Monday, May 28th. Browse through the categories
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  • Voting has officially begun for Bead Star 2012! Between now and May 28th, we are inviting all BeadingDaily.com members to peruse the designs in our 7 Bead Star voting galleries and vote for their favorites. The winning designs will receive prizes from
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  • Are you new to jewelry making? Or perhaps a dabbler with the desire to take it to the next level? Well there are some fabulous resources available to help you learn some new skills. A great place to start would be signing up for a class at your local
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  • Mother's Day is almost here, and it's not too late to start making something beautiful and handcrafted to let your mom know that you appreciate everything she does for you. Whether your mom loves to make or receive handmade beaded jewelry, or
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  • Are you ready for mother's day? With just under two weeks left until the big day, you still have plenty of time to make up a special custom beaded necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, just for mom! Heck, if she liked the glitter macaroni necklace
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  • Triangulations by Kathie Khaladkar Crystal beads are everywhere these days! When I was at the Tucson bead shows earlier this year, you couldn't turn around without seeing some glitz and glam, and walls and walls of sparkling crystal beads. Truthfully
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  • 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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  • 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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  • If there's one kind of natural bead that I can't get enough of, it's got to be pearls. I can't help it -- I'm seduced by their luster, their colors, and the softness that pearls give to my beading and jewelry making projects. When
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  • Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you're using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and
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  • When I was in Tucson back in February, some of my favorite purchases were the gorgeous cabochons that I saw popping up everywhere. Cabochons have always fascinated me as a beader, and I love figuring out new ways to incorporate them into my finished beaded
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  • The beginning of April brought me my first box of treasure from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club through A Grain of Sand, and I could barely contain myself as I opened the box. I'm totally addicted to vintage beads and findings, so this was going to
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  • Right-angle weave is one of those love-it-or-hate-it beading stitches, I think, based on what I've seen from fellow beaders, and even from my own experiences designing beadwork. But right-angle weave definitely has its advantages when it comes to
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  • I think pretty much everyone who learns peyote stitch makes one of "those" bracelets. You know the ones I'm talking about: a wide (or narrow) strip of peyote stitch, usually even-count, with a button clasp on one end. It's probably the
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  • I learned how to crochet when I was four or five years old. My mother and my grandmother had a seemingly endless supply of crochet hooks, yarn and ideas, and my sister and I grew up with a steady supply of warm, handmade crocheted sweaters, hats and vests
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  • What is it about beaded beads that captures our imagination? The Zen Buddhist in me loves the idea that beaded beads are beads that are made out of...well, more beads! The simplest beaded beads can be made from a strip of peyote stitch or brick stitch
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  • When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I remember not feeling nervous or jittery at all -- until some very helpful soul said to me, "You know, everyone is going to be watching YOU." I panicked for about thirty seconds before I realized
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  • Part of my bead stash is one, large drawer that is filled to the brim with strands and small bags of freshwater pearls. Yes, I'm a Pearl Junkie. Stick pearls, baroque pearls, coin pearls, button pearls, potato pearls -- you name it, I have a strand
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  • You know you're a star...now it's time to make sure the rest of the beading world knows it, too! Beginning on April 1st, 2012, you will be able to enter your jewelry designs in our Bead Star 2012 competition. Read through the official rules for
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  • I've always joked with my friends that if this whole beading thing doesn't work out, I'm going to pursue my other passion and open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. At home, if I'm not playing with my beads, I'm in the kitchen cooking
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  • The wait is over! Season 5 of Mad Men premieres this Sunday. Are you a fan, too? Over the summer, my husband and I caught up on the series, so we're greatly anticipating the return of Don, Betty, Joan, Roger, and the rest of the crew. I admit: I'm
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  • I think I've mentioned what a big fan I am of the Sundance Catalog . It's a great source for design inspiration. For instance, lately I've noticed that the catalog has featured a lot of designs with leather cord or lace formed into a clasp
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  • 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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  • Yes, you read that right! While I was in Tucson, I started hearing about these wonderful large holed pearls, but never had the chance to find some for myself. Once I got home, I was browsing online at A Grain of Sand and discovered that among their "New
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  • So, I have to admit it: I can't get enough of Downton Abbey. I'd seen a couple of blurbs about it, so when it popped up on my Netflix recommendations, I thought, why not? I was hooked after watching the first episode. Set at the turn of the last
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  • I think this winter is finally starting to get to me. We've had lousy conditions for doing any of the fun things that I love to do in the winter up here: it hasn't been cold enough for any serious ice fishing, and there's definitely not enough
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  • Although I've tried my hand at bead making using polymer clay, I've never considered myself to be particularly good at it. Especially after seeing a friend of mine who created an entire Lord of the Rings chess set out of polymer clay -- I just
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  • If you loved the Mashed Up Hearts project over on our Beading Daily blog, here's a cool variation made to resemble ceramic Raku! Read on to find out how you can win a free kit including a package of Premo! Sculpey clay and the glitters used to create
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  • My second (and last!) day in Tucson, I had originally planned to hit The Best Bead Show, To Bead True Blue and maybe sneak over to one of the gem and mineral shows, since my son was asking for geodes and green-and-purple rocks.Little did I know what I
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  • Making earrings has never been something I feel I'm particularly good at, so back in 2011, I decided to begin each year with a beading challenge to myself: make a pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month. It seemed a bit daunting at first
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  • I was so excited to head to Tucson, Arizona this year for my first-ever experience at the gem, mineral and bead shows! Because it takes me nearly seventeen hours (that's right - seventeen hours!) to get to Tucson from my home in upstate New York,
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  • 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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  • Jean Campbell is the founding editor of Beading Daily. From Jennifer: Steampunk is one jewelry-making trend that is not going away anytime soon! And for good reason, too - it's all too easy to get wrapped up in the romantic, funky findings and materials
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  • What's not to love about beaded bracelets ? I've had a longtime love affair with beaded bracelets. Never met a beaded bracelet I didn't like. They're fun to make, fun to wear, and everyone likes a bracelet or two (try pairing up a couple
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  • I really didn't intend on using all these crystal pearls in my bead embroidered collar. But they found their way in, just the same! I really wasn't planning on using pearls in my latest big piece of bead embroidery. This piece was the first large
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  • We all love seed beads, that's why we're here on Beading Daily. But there are so many other beads that you can add to your bead-weaving and jewelry-making projects to make them more interesting! With new beads coming out from companies such as
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  • Some of the more unusual beads I found at City Beads in New York City . Looking more like a high-end fashion boutique than a well-stocked bead shop, City Beads was an unexpected but delightful stop on my recent New York City shopping trip. For those of
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  • Me, my two friends, and all those beads at Beads on Fifth in Manhattan! Some of you may remember that a couple of weekends ago, I decided to take a little break and do some bead shopping in New York City with my friends. Each bead shop that I went to
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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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  • From Jennifer: I can hardly believe that it's already time for me to start thinking about holiday jewelry-making! Even if you don't have a lot of time to make new beaded jewelry for the holidays, you can still make a statement by using certain
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  • When I first started learning how to bead and was learning basic jewelry-making, I loved earring making . I didn't realize it at the time, but making earrings a great way to learn new beadweaving stitches and jewelry-making techniques. Handmade earring
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  • Learn cubic right-angle weave wen you make Marcia DeCoster's Tesserae Necklace. Right-angle weave has always been a favorite beadweaving stitch of mine, ever since I made my first project with it back when I was taking beadweaving lessons at a local
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  • 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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  • My Tallulah's Pearls necklace reflects the classic look of fine freshwater pearls. For hundreds of years, the only people who wore pearls were royalty and nobles, and later, the fabulously wealthy who could afford them. Today, the good news is that
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  • Pump, pump, pump it up! Pump up your peyote stitch! Nola Bracelet Peyote Sunburst Bracelet Squared by Nancy Zellers by Jennifer VanBenschoten by Diane Hertzler Patchwork Paradise Pearly Mosaic Peekaboo Bangle by Marilyn T. Aronson by Lisa Kan by Nancy
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  • We reached a milestone here on Beading Daily yesterday with the addition of our 10,000 th fan on Facebook ! It's hard for me to believe that there are actually 10,000 of you bead lovers out there who are watching our posts and reading our blogs every
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  • Looking for a special gift for someone special? Look no further . In Stringing Winter 2011, you'll find an expanded shopping guide with 16 of our favorite jewelry-making staples this season. Whether you are attending elegant holiday parties or wanting to turn heads on New Year's Eve, you'll
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  • Celebrate the 15th Anniversary with the December/January issue of Beadwork magazine!
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  • Create boat-loads of bracelets, an army of earrings, and mountains of marvelous necklaces with 101 stunning jewelry designs! 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings is back with 101 more beading projects! Discover quick and easy jewelry designs you can make yourself with the 101 Bracelets, Necklaces,
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  • One of the things that I've been writing about for a couple of years now are basic beading skills. These are the skills that you'll find yourself using again and again on your beading journey. I've always told my students that learning how
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  • Karla Rosenbusch is the associate editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine From Jennifer: I love making beaded jewelry with gemstone beads, mainly because of the huge variety of gemstone beads available! Today, Karla Rosenbusch of Lapidary Journal
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  • I promised this free beading project a couple of weeks ago, and it's finally ready! The Renaissance Diamond Chain Collar is here! I had the idea for this collar floating around in my head for quite a while, and I wasn't quite sure how I was going
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  • One of the challenges of working with handmade focal beads and cabochons is picking out which beads will go with it to create a harmonious color palette. There needs to be a balance between the main colors in the focal bead or cabochon and the accent
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  • I love the days when I get the newest issue of Beadwork magazine. Those are the days when I treat myself to a cup of tea or hot chocolate, something yummy to eat, and I let myself take a couple of hours to kick back and read that magazine from cover to
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  • I had so much fun participating in the Mirrix Weave-A-Long a couple of weeks ago that I've decided to have a Bead Along here on Beading Daily! What is a Bead-A-Long? A group of beaders get together (online, of course) to make the same project and
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  • A note from Jennifer: There are two kinds of beading pattern designers in this world: those who can create gorgeous flat peyote patterns and those who can't. Carol Dean Sharpe, owner of Sand Fibers , is definitely one of those who can. Carole's
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  • Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the warm days and the cool nights, the smell of freshly made apple cider and the amazing colors that we see on the mountains here in upstate New York. And, of course, I can remember when I first started
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  • I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy using beads and making jewelry. I always say that it's my mother's fault - she was a fabulous knit, crochet and needlepoint designer, and whenever she ordered her supplies she would include a
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  • I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies
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  • My Victorian Infinity Necklace was inspired by an antique seed pearl necklace. I can remember how much I loved trying on my mother's and my grandmother's jewelry when I was a little girl. (I think most little girls love to do that, right?) But
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  • I love making peyote-stitch beaded beads. Not only are they simple and fast, but it's also so easy to think up ways to embellish them! These freshwater pearl-embellished beaded beads were inspired by the Lisa Peters Art focal bead that I had in my
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  • How easy is this? Make a small piece of peyote stitch beadwork. Make sure the ends mesh with each other and then zip it up. You have just created what might be the most versatile piece of beadwork known to humankind: the peyote stitch beaded bead. You
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  • A few years ago, I saw some of my beady friends on Facebook creating the most marvelous beaded pendants and cuff bracelets with handmade ceramic cabochons. Up until then, I had only ever used gemstones for my bead embroidered pieces, and these handmade
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  • Wild optimism made me think that one strand of keishi pearls would be enough to complete an embellished spiral rope necklace. I fell in love with these silvery-green keishi pearls the moment I saw them on the Lima Beads website . I'm a sucker for
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  • Summers here in the Adirondack Mountains can be hot. Maybe it's just because we're all so used to spending four or five months dealing with sub-zero temperatures, but as soon as the mercury rises, all I can think about is sitting in the pool and
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  • Welcome to Free Project Fridays! I'll be posting a new free beading project every Friday here on Beading Daily , so stay tuned for some great new beading projects! The Jazzy Herringbone Bracelet made by adding little groups of embellishments to a
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  • One of two bracelets I made the summer that my mom passed away. Bracelets are a great way to make a very personal statement with your own handmade jewelry! Summer of 2008 was hard for my family. I was adjusting to being a new mom. I was venturing out
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  • Welcome to a new feature on Beading Daily : the Question of the Week! I've assembled a panel of some very talented and well-known bead artists, and every week they'll be answering a question about beads, beadwork or anything related to jewelry
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  • One of the reasons why I love beads and beadweaving and bead stitching and bead stringing (I'll quit while I'm ahead) is the long history behind beads and beadweaving. Beads are endlessly fascinating, and the stories behind the beads themselves
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  • Jean Campbell shares 4 design ideas for beaded necklace shapes
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  • When I inherited my mom's jewelry after she passed away, a necklace in her collection caught my eye. It was obviously very old (Mom loved vintage jewelry, just like me!) and made from some sort of plastic, either Lucite or Bakelite. A short length
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  • I 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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  • Try your hand at working with mismatched earrings to learn the secrets of asymmetry
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  • Lately, instead of buying brand-new sterling silver clasps, findings, and beads, I've been turning to a few new sources. First, I've been practicing my wire working skills to make my own earring findings and clasps using my favorite sterling silver
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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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  • 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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  • Every year, Interweave’s annual Bead Star competition gives beaders a chance to shine, and it’s time to choose our 2011 stars! The submissions for our fourth issue of Bead Star have been pouring in for months, and we’ve been blown away
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  • Packed full of stunning seed bead stitched projects the August/September 2011 issue of Beadwork covers so many topics including easy peyote-stitched tube jewelry, our first ever Albion stitch project, and the winners of the Beadwork VII Challenge: The Beaded Earth are revealed!
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  • Learn how to use acrylic floor finish to firm and protect beadwork designs
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  • Beaders are a generous group. They share beads, tips, even their chocolate on occasion. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Beading Daily is the community. There are fun beaders, serious beaders (who don't fool around) and everything in between.
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  • It's time for this beady gal to set sail! I am leaving Interweave as the Beading Daily editor. It's been more than delightful sharing our morning coffee each day, dishing all things beady, and I thank all my beady peeps for joining in. We've
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  • I'm pleased to introduce you to the new First Lady (and editor) of Beadwork magazine, Mindy Brooks. I asked her to give me the scoop on her background. Here's w hat she shared with me, "I've been a craft enthusiast from the time I learned
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  • I am one lucky ducky; I've never wanted to change my name. No, not even once. (Okay, maybe once, when I was seven and couldn't find a cute little wall plaque at the store with my name on it. They always spelled it wrong!) Thanks, Mom. That said
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  • Do you ever see someone wearing beautiful jewelry, and you'd love to know where she got it but are too shy to ask? I'm not. One of the most delightful fringe benefits of working in the Interweave office with so many creative folks is #1 they usually
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  • Lime soda earring inspiration Do you wire wrap all your loops or not? That is seriously the most popular loopy question! I must confess, up until now I didn't think I needed to wire wrap my loops. Please don't judge . . I have had many excuses
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I have to admit, one of my favorite things about my job as Beading Daily editor is hearing your stories on Face Book and the Beading Daily Forums. I love reading how you started on this beady path. Your high
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I've discovered one of the most important aspects of nearly anything and everything is "in the details." Jewelry making is certainly no exception! Sure, you want your pieces to be stunning in the
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  • Learn 4 different knots to use for strung bead designs
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily It's been a fabulous year full of jewelry-making here on Beading Daily, and as I prepare for a fun New Years Eve with friends, I can't help but reflect on all that I've received from Beading Daily
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of my fave additions to my personal jewelry making has been metals and wire. I love adding textured metals to my fabric beads for loads of fun and unusual textures. So I'm always looking for a few new
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I’ve been VERY good this year (well, that depends on who you ask, “good” is such a relative term). Please bring me blue beads, green beads, pink beads, black beads, heck make it an assortment
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I've been lucky enough to make the annual trek to Tucson's winter gem and mineral mania for many years now-first as a vendor selling my fabric beads before I was "discovered" in my booth by
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily OK gang: 36, yes, 36 days until the big Ho, Ho, Ho! (I heard you all gulp, now take a nice, deep breath). I've got some great last-minute projects to inspire/haunt you this holiday season (your choice depending
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of the best parts of working in a creative environment such as Interweave is playing with my co-workers. As well as beaders, there are knitters, sewers, stitchers, metal workers, and many other skilled colleagues
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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 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 . I like to play games with myself. I don't mean childhood games such as Monopoly, Candy Land, or heaven forbid, Twister. The kinds of games I play with myself as an adult are what I like to call "designer
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . Calling all fashion police! It should be mandatory for all jewelry-makers to change their jewelry with the season (of course white jewelry is perfectly acceptable after Labor Day). Add a few more designs to
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . A familiar crisp, cool, clean fall breeze blows through my studio as I write. Are you beady peeps ready for fall as much as I am? This scorching summer turned me into a slightly crabby, unmotivated, less than
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . There is only one thing better than cracking open a new beading book, slipping a brand-new beading DVD into your computer or downloading a beading project that screams your name: sharing the experience with
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . I am one lucky ducky; I've never wanted to change my name. No, not even once. (Okay, maybe once, when I was seven and couldn't find a cute little wall plaque at the store with my name on it. They always
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily One thing I love about what I do for a living is being in constant contact with creative, productive people. Marlene Blessing is just one of those people. I’ve known her for several years,
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  • Beading Daily is three years old this week. In this short time, we have grown to more than 220,236 members from nearly every country in the world. That's certainly something to shout about! Here at Interweave, we blew some party horns, ate cupcakes
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  • As many of you Beading Daily readers know, I recently came clean on the fact that I'd never done seed beading. Shortly after my confession, I had a lovely seed-bead soiree with my peeps, so my secret is no longer a secret. In fact, it's turned
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  • I've had a longtime love affair with beaded bracelets. You name the bead, I love it. Never met a beaded bracelet I didn't like. They're fun to make, fun to wear, and everyone likes a bracelet or two (try pairing up a couple of different bracelets
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  • I am a lover of factoids. Some people don’t appreciate this. They shake their heads and call me a Know-It-All. But I just can’t help it. I love knowing the details about life and sharing them profusely in an extremely nerdy way. I’ll
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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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  • Oh no! It’s (insert impending occasion: Mother’s Day, graduation, my BF’s birthday) and I still haven’t made a gift yet! That thought used to send panic through my veins, but not any more. I can whip up some earrings pretty instantly now, but I have a secret ingredient which makes
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  • I was just doing a little spring cleaning and ran across my mom’s jewelry box. It’s filled with what you might expect in a box circa 1958: elegant enamel and crystal brooches, Bakelite bracelets, bold glass cabochon earrings, and a few single-strand pearl necklaces. The pearl necklaces made
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  • Make it for Mother Mother is a verb as well as a noun, just like the word bead. Anyone can mother another person (or pet), even guys. Mothering is layered with many activities: caregiver, friend, doctor, financial adviser, banker, chauffeur, maid, event
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  • Is your stash keeping up with your creativity? Like many of you, my beading stash behaves like a kudzu vine. It grows anywhere I set it. Take my office, for instance: The closet is full, and its contents have begun creeping across the floor. The books
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  • Mutual attraction: beads and wire My passion for all things beady has taken me to new levels of determination, levels of obsession . . . and I know you all know what I’m talking about. We practice and practice an element of our craft to get it right
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  • White House Jewelry Trendsetters Our First Ladies' personal styles have reflected both their times and their personalities. Julia Grant loved emeralds, sapphires, and rubies––a sign of her Victorian times, perhaps. Nellie Taft, First Lady
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  • What is the Tucson Bead Show? Tucson during the bead shows is impossible to describe. It is not “a bead show,” not even “bead shows.” It’s a universe of about 50 independently produced venues of beads, gems, jewelry, minerals
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  • It’s not only a new year, but a new decade ! Can you believe it? Just think about what you were doing ten years ago. I was the editor of Beadwork magazine with a toddler toddling about, a wild-man kindergartner, a husband getting his umpteenth degree
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  • Meet our Bead Star 2009 Winners and learn how you could win next year! We love to vote for favorites, don’t we? We choose American idols, dance stars, and even new M&M colors. So when it came to choosing favorite jewelry designs, no wonder more
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  • The allure of pearls Oh, those pearls! They've captivated us for eons, in hues that span the rainbow, with textures and shapes from dewdrops to crusty grain. Lustrous. Shimmering. Exotic. Birthstone of June babies and traditional gift for thirtieth
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  • There is life after jewelry: mixed-media art! Please welcome today's special guest, the features editor from Cloth Paper Scissors , Cate Prato. She is bringing you a festive way to use beads and more in a seasonal project that will add sparkle and
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  • Keep it together with wire. It’s my birthday this week and, according to a friend, I’ve officially arrived to the point in my life where people will start saying “Yes, Ma’am!” when I ask them to do something. Boy, if she’s
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  • How to stitch beadwork that lasts It was a close friend’s birthday recently, so I made a card, printed out some photos, and included a CD. I put the items in a paper envelope, but realized the CD would break. So I added a piece of thick cardboard
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  • Fashion with Passion My daughter, her friends, and many of my grown women friends have all read the popular gothic romance Twilight . I’ve been resisting because delving into the lives of a bunch of lovesick hormone-laden teen vampires sounded pretty
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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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  • 7 Great Tips to Maintain your Chain! When I wrote Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs , I couldn't wait to share the 50 fabulous necklace and bracelet designs. So many designs using all kinds of chain! Later on, as my favorite brass chain
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  • “Ooh” and “aah” were just two of the reactions heard while Beadwork’s editors were judging the entries to our latest contest. The June/July 2009 issue of Beadwork challenged readers to create a project using pattern as inspiration and, as you are about to see for yourself, the results were phenomenal
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  • One of the fascinating things about beading is that just by changing the beads you can make a project look completely different. Take the Triple Quatrefoil by Tina Koyama, one of the featured projects in our latest free ebook, Right Angle Weave: Beading Daily Presents 5 Free Beadweaving Patterns. In
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  • Ask anyone in the jewelry trade what makes a good gem and the standard answer is "rarity, beauty, and durability." The problem is that many people take these ideas to mythic proportions and believe that all gems have to be all three of these things. Here's why they do not.
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  • Several years ago, I made a pair of earrings that I wanted to submit to a magazine. Normally, I photographed all my jewelry flat on a piece of scrapbooking paper, but these elegant, multi-part dangles looked like a jumbled mess when I tried that.
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  • At first glance, the five necklaces in our latest ebook, Jewelry Making: Beaded Jewelry Projects from Beading Daily: 5 Free Beaded Necklace Patterns, have nothing in common. From a 16" necklace sparkling with a right-angle weave crystal pendant to a 26" rope of simply strung seed beads and
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  • “It has been taped, cut short, knotted, stuffed into a baggie, wrapped on a spool, and just plain ignored.” In the August/September issue of Beadwork, Master Class author Nancy Cain urges us not to forget about our little ol’ tail thread. In fact, Nancy teaches that utilizing our tail thread is the key
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  • I like chain so much that back in April I spent a full day making my own in a wireworking workshop. Using steel wire, I made my own jump rings, formed my own links, hammered them, joined them, and polished the finished piece. The best tip I learned: once you've figured out the size of wire you need
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  • As a teen, I routinely stuffed my size 9 feet into size 8 shoes, trying to deny that my feet would never be small again. The same kind of denial recently led me to try stuffing a piece of 22-gauge wire (my favorite size!) into the tiny, delicate drilled channel at the top of a lovely Oregon sunstone
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  • Before I learned to make my own jewelry, I almost never wore bracelets because my wrist wasn't the "typical" size carried in stores. Bangles and cuffs, with their one-size-fits-many styling, were the exception. Two of my favorite cuff bracelets are in the book Wire Style and suprisingly
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  • 6 Reasons We Love to Make Earrings Soon after joining Twitter (under the name BeadingDaily ), I asked jewelry designers to tell me what they liked about making earrings. Within minutes, I was deluged with reasons. Here are just six: 1. "It's
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  • I am so a Summer girl. Warm weather means lighter clothing in both color and fabric weight, so I can wear jewelry against my skin instead of around a turtleneck--so many more parts to adorn, from throat and ears, to arms, wrists, ankles and even toes. (I have to admit I can’t get comfy wearing toes rings
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  • A few years ago I tried my hand at being a retail jewelry designer, with my line consisting of mostly bracelets. I’ll admit, I really stunk at it. Not only were my designs a bit out of touch (too funky) for my mostly middle-aged Midwestern market, many of the bracelets were sized too small! I quickly
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  • Last month I was lucky enough to take an intensive 2-day jewelry making workshop. Not only did I learn a lot in the workshop (notably, how much easier it is to use a jeweler's saw if you don't push down into the metal as hard as you possibly can), but I also learned a lot from my repeated trips
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  • Many thanks to everyone for sending in just under 100 exciting entries to our Semiprecious Beads Design contest. It was not easy to choose just three winners, but ultimately Leslie Rogalski of Step by Step Beads and I both agreed wholeheartedly on why we selected the ones we did. Every winning piece
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  • I invited three active Beading Daily forum members to make something with a piece of hand-dyed silk ribbon that I had picked up from Class Act Designs in February at the Tucson bead shows.
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  • On August 2, 2008, my life changed forever. My fiancé Michael got down on one knee, took my hand, and asked me to marry him. The first words out of my mouth (wet with joyful tears) were, “Absolutely, 100 percent, yes!”
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  • A Lifetime Supply of Wire When I started working with wire, my local bead shop talked me into a 20-foot spool of silver craft wire for practicing wrapped loops. I left there convinced that I had bought a "lifetime" supply of wire. It took me
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  • Did you have a Sears Wish Book when you were a kid? This was the big Sears catalog packed with toys (and other stuff). I used to spend hours sprawled out on the floor circling all the things I wanted. Even though I rarely received anything on my wish list, it was fun to flip through the pages and dream
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  • I've been looking for an earring project for an April birthday gift and this week's free project from Step by Step Beads, Crystal Corona Earrings, is perfect. The materials (crystal bicones, seed beads, ear wires) are common ones you're likely to have in your stash already or could easily
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  • I admit I was a little hurt when a recent survey revealed only about 25% of Beadwork readers follow our instructions bead by bead. Here at Beadwork our editors and illustrator spend countless hours to make our instructions accurate and easy to follow. However, it’s been about six years since the last
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  • I met a well-known bead designer last year who confessed that she sometimes enjoyed mixing high- and low-end components together--beads from her local craft store with some high-end silver or handcrafted art beads or findings. I admitted to her that I did this, too. Looking back, it's funny how we
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  • Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads Design Challenge To celebrate the publication of the new book Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads by Kim Gover, Beading Daily is hosting a design challenge! Rules • You must be a member of Beading Daily
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  • 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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  • Thread is one option for stringing material. Popular types include braided thread, nylon thread, pearl cotton, quilting thread, and silk thread. Thread will often need to be conditioned with a wax or conditioner before use to protect it from fraying and
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  • To my delight, an advanced copy of my new book, Create Jewelry: Glass, arrived a couple of days ago. It’s been nearly a year since I finished making the projects and writing the instructions. Seeing the projects in print brings back memories of just how much fun this book was to make. Of the four
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  • It was Valentine’s Day, 1985…my husband and I had been dating for a couple years…and this was the day I knew romance, poetry, and flowers wouldn’t be a big part of our relationship: He gave me a bottle of red-colored Listerine.
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  • A few weeks ago, we taped thirteen segments for the 2009 spring season of the PBS-TV show Beads, Baubles & Jewels, which airs in June. Our theme this time was “Taking your jewelry-making to the next level,” and all our final projects and step-outs were completed immediately following the holiday
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  • Usually the weather in Minnesota at this time of year makes people cuss and throw things. But I’m happily whistling away as I pack up beading kits and my Bermuda shorts. You see, I get to join 60,000 of my rock, gem, and beading enthusiast buddies and head down to Tucson, Arizona in a couple weeks!
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  • Meet the new editor of Beadwork, Melinda Barta. An interview by editorial director Marlene Blessing.
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  • Some days (OK, most days) you amaze me! In the Reader Showcase area of the forums, I was blown away by Australian member Huan Pham who created the beautiful wireworked seahorse pictured here. Isn't it amazing? View the larger photo in the forums if you want to be impressed by his precise wirewrapping
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  • Singers have American Idol. Fashion designers have Project Runway. Cooks have Top Chef. And now beaders have . . Bead Star!
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  • I have a sick kid at home today. She’s barking like a seal, but she doesn’t have a fever so she’s got just enough energy to knock on my office door every half hour. Not too conducive to the technical editing I’m doing this week. So I put her to good use by asking her to organize my jewelry “vault”—the
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  • Any way you count it, 2008 was a terrific year for Beading Daily! We welcomed Jean Campbell as contributing editor every Wednesday. We also welcomed our magazine editors (Marlene Blessing, Danielle Fox, Denise Peck, Leslie Rogalski, Sara Graham, Melinda Barta) and their thoughts on topics like ethnic
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  • Here's a confession guaranteed to fill up my inbox with reader mail: My favorite beaded watch is made with pretty Kazuri ceramic beads in various shades of blue, silver beads, and a silver watch face. Very simple to make and easy to wear. So what's the big deal?
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  • When I read Jean Campbell's post on last-minute gift-giving, I had to laugh when she mentioned pearl jewelry as one of her go-to last-minute gift ideas. Pearls (rather than crystals or gemstones) are definitely my go-to bead type when I'm stumped for a design idea or need a quick project.
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  • My friend Jan recently dragged me to a knitting class. Of course, I knew that we'd need to buy yarn and needles (I do work for Interweave, after all!), but I was suprised to learn that we needed more than two needles, plus a stitch holder and darning needle. (And a crochet hook for those klutzy types
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  • We both know that a handmade piece of jewelry is one of the nicest gifts you can give someone. People love receiving jewelry that was designed specifically with them in mind, and when the wearer knows the designer personally, she’s afforded another layer of bragging rights.
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  • What can a passionate seed bead artist who’s just eighteen accomplish? Anything she wants! I first saw Scarlett Lanson while she was viewing the stunning crystal creations in Swarovski’s annual design contest display during this year’s Tucson Bead Shows. Little did I know that this young woman in jeans
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  • In the fall issue of Stringing, the editors (Melinda Barta, Danielle Fox, and Elizabeth Murray) all went shopping at flea markets, antique stores, and thrift stores and with some advice from jewelry designer Mysti Gulsrud, they each created a design using modern components and antique finds.
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  • What makes a piece of jewelry a "winter" design? Is it jewelry type? I hardly ever create bracelets for winter because I know they'll just be buried under miles of sweaters and jackets.
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  • Today I'm sharing a column by color expert Margie Deeb who writes the "Colorworks" column in every issue of Step by Step Beads. This column on using black (originally published in the January/February 2008 issue) will give you several ideas on how to combine black with other colors or with
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  • If beads are so small, how could I be running out of storage space? For the last year or so, I've been buying random containers for beads and creating a bead tower in my basement. Sounds cool, but it's actually a little scary! When I was working on submissions for Stringing a few weeks ago, I
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  • One of the things I love most about jewelry is the diversity it affords (no pun intended!). Sure, I drool over the Tiffany’s catalogs, and gawk at the windows in the Diamond District when I’m in New York City. But my favorite pieces of jewelry contain no gold and no precious stones. Instead
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  • We raised $1,143 for two cancer charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research and The Wellness Community, by selling the instructions for the Awareness Ribbon Pins created by designer Kerrie Slade. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first fundraiser a success! Two lucky readers also won the
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  • Global, multicultural, tribal, ethnic. These are words we use to describe things that are exotic to us, and not of our national heritage, place of origin, or even time period in which we live. Most of us are very inspired by jewelry that looks exotic, and some cultures’ designs may mysteriously appeal
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  • Do you bead for the holidays? Which ones? Halloween? Easter? Christmas? How about National Chocolate Day (October 28), Poppy Day (November 11), or Read a New Book Month (December)?
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  • I recently heard from my high school friend Kristy who was planning on running a race in California to raise money for cancer research. When I saw Sandra Lupo's wire earring project, I immediately bought some half-round silver wire and a 5mm rose Swarovski crystal pearl to make a pendant version
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  • I recently redesigned a pair of earrings using a different gemstone colorway. I found out pretty quickly that the new stones I was using had very small holes. So, with my stash’s head pin box before me, I started trying…22-gauge? Nope. 24-gauge? Nope. (I was starting to feel like a toddler with a shape
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  • Looking for inspiration for fall jewelry? Check out these necklaces, earrings, and bracelets by Beading Daily members.
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  • Color is such a key element of good design. Yet each of us wrestles now and then with being in a color rut—“I only buy purple beads”—or wondering what shade of blue brings out the best in a new multicolored lampwork pendant. Do you ever watch The View on TV? If so, you’ll
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  • Whether you’re a stitcher or a stringer, chances are you run across beads with too-small holes. You have choices: 1) jam your needle or wire through the bead, often resulting in frustration and a broken bead; 2) throw the bead over your shoulder (like with salt, it’s considered good luck); or 3) use
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  • There’s magic in stones, and I’m not just talking about some of their mystical properties. (Certain of them are supposed to be good for everything from courage, to protection, love, and foretelling the future.)When Jamie Hogsett and I recently produced our latest book, Create Jewelry: Stones, I was fascinated
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  • When I was in my teens, platform shoes came into fashion. Remember Elton John on his tall elevator boots? My mother was quick to point out that she’d worn platform shoes all through the '30s and '40s. Of course, I was not in a position to recall the '30s or '40s. But when bell bottoms
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  • Every Friday I share a free project on Beading Daily. Today, in honor of Beading Daily's one year anniversary, I wanted to introduce you to a bunch of projects--all the projects from the current season of Beads, Baubles, & Jewels which runs on public television.
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  • I help out at one of my local bead shops every so often. As one of the store managers mentioned, it helps sate “Jean’s need for adult conversation.” That pathetic reality aside, I also like to be at the shop to see and hear about what other beaders are making and doing. It’s a
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  • I've been searching for a delicate way to ask this, but I can't find one, so I'll just be blunt: What's up with beaders and bugs? Does everyone else who beads have the compulsion to make beaded insects? (Take a look at the "Bead a Bug" gallery from the June/July 2006 issue of
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  • I was delighted that almost 80% buy beads without knowing exactly how they'll use them. Me too! Now that my stash is getting out of control, I try to have at least a general idea--"those beads would make cute earrings"--but sometimes that's as specific as I get. I also found it fascinating
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  • Beading and saving money are two topics near and dear to my heart. My Celestial Sparkle necklace was inspired when I could only afford a single strand of borosilicate beads. I wanted to showcase them in a necklace, but everyone who saw the tiny strand said I should just give up and make a bracelet. Luckily
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  • Each month, one of the magazine editors will share a free project with Beading Daily. Today's guest editor is Denise Peck, editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and senior editor of Jewelry Artist . An editor by trade and a lifelong
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  • Inside My Inbox One of my favorite parts of this job is reading my email. I love your enthusiasm, your willingness to try new things, your ideas, your creativity. Here's a recent sample from my inbox: Amy wants to make jewelry with found objects.
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  • Pearl knotting is traditionally done with silk thread, placing a knot between each bead to prevent them from rubbing against each other. Gently pre-stretch the silk by pulling it inch by inch through your thumb and forefinger. Silk thread generally comes
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  • Healing Beads After experiencing a frustrating year of health concerns, doctors, and hospitals in 2007, I started seeing a naturopath. I'd never been to a natural healer and can't claim I welcomed Diane into my life without a big dose of skepticism
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  • "Thread is cheaper than frustration." That was some recent advice I received from Bead Expo Philadelphia instructor Liz Smith. I laughed when I read her email because it reminded me of when I started to learn beadweaving. Coming from the world
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  • A Solution for Long Lampwork Bead Several months ago I bought a beautiful purple and green lampwork focal bead. I assumed I would hang it vertically in whatever design I came up with. (That's right, I'm one of those people who buys beads without
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  • What would you do with $1,500? If you had a $1,500 gift certificate to spend at a huge online bead store, what would you buy? Every kind of gemstone available? Enough seed beads or toggle clasps to last a lifetime? A top-of-the-line set of beading tools
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  • Beading Dangerously The Beadwork challenge kit for the April/May issue didn't look dangerous. Provided by Bead It !, the kit contained garnets, seed beads, metal rounds, pearls, rondelles, fire-polished rounds, and a clasp. Not a subtle, dainty clasp
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  • I went at little bead crazy at Bead Expo Portland . Maybe it was the crazy weather (sun-rain-hail-snow!). Maybe it was the fact that the last bead show I attended was back in September and I was feeling a bit bead deprived. Maybe it was the huge bead
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  • Certain things in life should match: shoes, dinner plates, hubcaps, knitting needles. What about earrings? One of my favorite pair of earrings in college was a cowboy boot and hat set--one silver earring of each. In my mind, the two definitely went together
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  • Meet Designer and Dreamer Lisa Kan Have you ever dreamed about quitting your job and beading full time? Lampwork artist and bead designer Lisa Kan had the same dream. In 2001, she was a quality assurance engineer when she began lampworking. Now she sells
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  • If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No wisdom here on that question, but I can tell you that if you whisper the word "wedding" in an empty room, everyone within 50 miles will hear you--and regale
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  • Nothing makes a room full of jewelry designers more excited than hearing news of an upcoming wedding. Want proof? The Beadwork editors and I recently met with Hwa Soo Park of Ezel Jewels , a talented designer who creates her own tiny, delicate findings
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  • My son is a rocker. Long hair, tall and skinny, a bit on the pale side, and a beast with a guitar. He's only twelve, and as far as we know, he's steered clear of the, eh hem, unsavory things sometimes involved with rock and roll. But the issue
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  • Inspiring Focal Beads When I asked Beading Daily readers a few weeks ago to tell me about their "problem" beads, lampwork or other focal types of beads were at the top of the list. In most cases, it wasn't that the bead was actually a problem
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  • Isn't It Romantic? I'm not an especially romantic person, particularly when it comes to jewelry design. As I mentioned in an earlier post (" Playing with Color ") I have no pink beads in my bead collection and certainly no heart beads
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  • I'm pleased to introduce Jean Campbell as Beading Daily's new contributing editor. Jean will join us every Wednesday for some serious beading fun! Jean knows her beady stuff, but she's also not afraid to show her zany side. She sent me some
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  • Introducing Bead Romantique Last fall I saw a preview of the new spring beading books from Interweave. There are some terrific new books coming out, but the one that really captured my imagination was Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan. ( See a preview .) This
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  • Creating the Flower Girl Barrette Writers are often advised to imagine their ideal reader and write for that person. A recent Beadwork challenge proved to me that this advice could be adapted for jewelry designers as well. Free Project: Flower Girl Barrette
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  • It's easy to get in a color rut in beading. Sometimes we don't even realize it! This past Christmas I wanted to make some pink earrings for someone who loves pink. I discovered I had no pink beads at all in my collection. Instead, I had probably
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  • Choosing the Right Bracelet Clasp Beading Daily reader Nicole asked a great question about bracelet clasps. Her "best clasp" question is one of those questions that seems on the surface to be quick and easy. While there are some basic facts
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  • Free Project: Caribbean Breeze by Sandi Wiseheart I know, I know. Most of you are probably glancing outside at all the snow and ice on the ground and wondering if I have my calendar wrong. Yes, it's still January and yes, I'm talking about floral
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  • y Holiday Beading Above: One of my holiday gifts decorated with a ceramic snowman bead from Studio 59 . I've finished my holiday beading! It helped that my list was short this year--two pairs of earrings, a purple chain maille bracelet, and a few
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  • Easy Beaded Snowflake Ornaments View the snowflake gallery It's that wonderful time of the year. Well, wonderful for some; wonderfully stressful for others with not only the holidays, but all that year-end, wrap-up stuff at work. I decided to offer
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  • Welcoming a New Jewelry Designer A few weeks ago, I had an email from a new jewelry designer. She enjoys working on projects like Leslee Frumin's right-angle weave necklace, Puttin' on the Ritz. (Her version is pictured at left; instructions are
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  • 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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  • Make Your Own Beads with Polymer Clay and Rubber Stamps Isn't it funny how you sometimes start out in one craft and end up going back to it years later? I used to be into rubber stamping--on paper--so this Rubber Stamping Polymer Clay Beads project
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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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  • From your wrist to the table: The Faerie Queen Cuff Beads for dinner? Not literally, of course. I may not wear a lot of glittery jewelry myself, but I love seeing my table dressed up! A much smaller version of the Faerie Queen Cuff makes a beautiful napkin
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  • The original Faerie Queen Cuff My version of the Faerie Queen Cuff I don't think I've ever followed project instructions exactly, down to the last bead. (Except, of course, when editing projects for Beading Daily .) Frankly, one of the things
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  • Many beaders I know got their start making beaded wedding jewelry . When I heard how Rebecca Campbell created the Filigree Drops (from the book, Create Jewelry: Crystals ) for her sister's wedding, I knew I wanted to share her story with you. I hope
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  • In a recent survey, 44% of Beading Daily readers named crystals one of their favorite types of beads. Most crystal fanatics are fascinated by the sparkle and shine of crystals, but I find the names of the crystal colors intoxicating: rose alabaster, padparadscha
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  • Ever have one of those weeks? You rip your skirt getting out of the car, your boss says something upsetting, the grocery store has absolutely no mint chip ice cream . . . And then something happens to put it all into perspective. In my case, I found a
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  • Hello seed beaders! I bet you thought I forgot all about you, didn't you? One of the wonderful things—as well as one of the challenges—about Beading Daily is that every bit of the beading world is being covered. This is a very diverse
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  • Wild Trellis shows off top-drilled pearls Katie Hacker recently wrote a fun blog entry titled " Then and Now ," where she described the process of pulling out old projects to see how far you've come. (She has a photo of friendships pins
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  • My green pearl nightmare! I spent the weekend experimenting with color. For my first experiment, I used Jamie Hogsett's Champagne Necklace (from the new book, Create Jewelry: Pearls ) as my inspiration. I used a narrower ribbon and thinner wire (26
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  • The Y-necklace (along with The Rachael haircut) was one of the lasting effects from the popular TV show Friends . As you can see from the photo, the Y-necklace is named for its "Y" shape. A recent article in JCK.com mentions the comeback of
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  • The Challenge The idea behind the Beadwork challenge is simple: give different designers the same materials and see what they create. The August/September 2007 kit was from Lady Bug Beads and contained seed beads, Czech pressed-glass beads, crystal bicones
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  • “Perhaps we all need a little tiara magic in our lives. . .”—Sandi Wiseheart, Faerie Crown designer For those of us who are not afraid to let our inner princess out—at least in the privacy of our own home—the Faerie Crown
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  • Beadwork's managing editor, Melinda Barta, describes her reaction to the June/July challenge kit supplieddd by lampwork artist Cassie Donlen : "The second I opened the kit that Cassie Donlen provided for Beadwork’s Challenge Project and
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  • If you're ready to move slightly beyond a basic strung necklace, try the Lovely Lariat Tassel . It starts out like a very long—more than 4 feet—single strand of Swarovski crystals, seed beads, pearls, carnelian rondelles, cintrine beads
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