Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Recent publications: September


Creative Beading Vol. 11: The best projects from a year of Bead&Button magazine

Beads: A History and Collector's Guide by Stefany Tomalin

All the Twos: 30 Fabulous Projects with Two-hole Shaped Beads by Teresa Morse

Arapaho Women's Quillwork: Motion, Life, and Creativity by Jeffrey D. Anderson

Crochet Jewelry: The Ultimate Modern Crochet Jewelry Projects for Beginners (Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets) by Alice Anderson

Crochet Jewelry: The Complete Guide To Making Amazing Necklaces, Earrings And Bracelets - Plus 5 Fashionable Crochet Jewelry by Kimberly Howard

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry: From Monogrammed Pendants to Embossed Bracelets--30 Easy Jewelry Pieces from HappyHourProjects.com! by Adrianne Surian

Simple Jewelry: Handcrafted Designs and Easy Techniques by Clair Wolfe

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pre-Black Friday sale at Fire Mountain Gems right now

Fire Mountain Gems now has over 11,000 items on sale up to 63% off! The sale covers a huge span of product categories, from beads to finished jewelry, and even includes items from other mediums such as scrapbooking and leatherworking. Without a doubt, there is something for everyone at this sale. Please note that the items listed below contain affiliate links.


Sterling Silver and Enamel Heart Charm 

Retail Price: $55.75
Sale Price: $30.42

Faceted Glass Bead Cubes, 16-inch Strand

Retail Price: $9.00
Sale Price: $4.36

Freshwater Pearls, Pkg of 3 16-inch Strands 

Retail Price: $20.03
Sale Price: $9.68

Swarovski Crystal Sew-on Drop, Pkg of 2

Retail Price: $1.64
Sale Price: $1.36

Large Turquoise Chips
15-inch Strand

Retail Price: $10.66
Sale Price: $4.95

Butterfly Chain with Lobster Claw Clasp

Retail Price: $9.59
Sale Price: $4.53

Faceted Double Cone Glass Beads, 16-inch Strand 

Retail Price: $6.59
Sale Price: $3.20

Black Glass Teardrops
16-inch Strand

Retail Price: $9.43
Sale Price: $4.59

Polymer Clay Bead Mix
Pkg of 30

Retail Price: $6.47
Sale Price: $1.25

Monday, September 26, 2016

Square-cornered jasper bead embroidery tutorial - part one


There are many methods of stitching square or rectangular bezels, both in bead weaving and in bead embroidery, but by far my favorite method is the herringbone corner.  I recently came across this extremely deep jasper cabochon that I bought years ago, buried down at the bottom of my stone stash.  Ok, time to dust it off and show you the easiest square or rectangular bezel you ever want to see!



1. As usual, stitch a row of back stitch around the stone with size 11/0 seed beads.  To make it easier to see, and to set off the architectural look of this style, I put a slightly different color seed bead right in each corner.  Keep an even number of beads on each side, not counting the corners.  Run your thread through all the stitches a second time to cinch them up, and tack down on the back of the foundation fabric.  Come up so that you have passed through a corner bead and one additional row bead.  Begin peyote stitch down to the next corner.




2. When you reach the next corner bead, skip it and add two seed beads over top of it.  Repeat around, adding two beads at each corner.  In the following rows, these two beads will be the base for a herringbone stitch, which will hug the corner.  I added several more rows because of how deep my stone is, and in the final two rows I switched to size 15/0 seed beads, using size 11/0s only on the corners.  For the final row, I added a single bead at the top of the herringbone stitches just to finish them off.




3.  I added one more row of back stitched seed beads around the bezeled cabochon, and cut out the piece.  I also cut a piece of backing fabric to match.

Next week I'll show you how I finished it off.  It's a simple little pendant, but I like it!


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part two


The first three steps for this bead embroidery tutorial were posted last week and can be found at the link!

Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.



4. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best!  Last week I was left wondering whether to add more accent beads around the outside of the design as well as in the middle.  Obviously I decided no.  The cabochons are pretty busy, and I really didn't want to stitch something that would detract too much, so I added a row of silver-lined size 11/0 seed beads plus a row of size 8/0s in the same color as the first row of back stitched outline beads.  Then I cut out the piece and cut a backing piece of fabric to match.




5. Edging brick stitch all around the outside, through both layers of fabric to hide the stitching on the back and to finish the raw edge.




6. I added only one size 15/0 seed bead to each edging stitch.  Can you see the thread colors?  Step 5 was done with dark thread, while for Step 6 I switched to white.




7. Stitch a square stitch bail on the back of the piece.  You could do this before doing Steps 5 and 6, but sometimes it is a bit difficult to judge exactly where to place it so your piece is balanced when it's asymmetrical like this one.  I just stick a beading needle straight into the back and let it dangle until I find the right spot.




8. Finished!  It took longer to make the cabs than it did to stitch up the piece :-)


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Friday, September 16, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!



Section Five is Live!
The free Tiny SAL is almost halfway done, but there's still plenty of time to get involved. Find out how to get the charts.

Silhouette Foil Print & Cut: How to Save Time & Money
This Silhouette Foil print and cut project should be quick and easy. It will be for you if you follow the tips Eileen learned along the way.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Resources: Kumihimo, Macrame, and Jewelry Resin

Frequently, Fire Mountain Gems publishes content that teaches you new skills.  Here are three of the most currently popular art forms and the resources they offer.  Note that the links to products are affiliate links, but just so you know, the vast majority of my online and catalog shopping is through FMG.  I don't recommend what I don't like!


Kumihimo
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings. 

Resources

Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas
Supplies

Macrame
Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to product a lace-like pattern. It's often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs as well, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings. 

Resources

Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas
Supplies


Jewelry Resin 
Use jewelry resin to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating. 

Resources

How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant 
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas
Supplies

Monday, September 12, 2016

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part one

Isn't it nice when you find a way to redeem a mistake?  That's exactly what I'm trying to do here in this latest bead embroidery tutorial!  I made these flat jelly roll polymer clay pieces several years ago, and was less than thrilled with how they turned out.  By far the biggest disappointment was that I should have placed them over scrap clay to get a rounded shape rather than leaving them flat.

Still, live and learn...and use what you have rather than always buying more!  That seems to be my motto this fall :-)

So grab your free copy of Chapter one of Every Bead Has a Story, and join me in making lemonade out of lemons!


1. Adhere your cabochons to a piece of foundation fabric.  I used glue this time instead of double-sided tape, because I am a little more fearful of pieces popping off since they are totally flat rather than rounded.  


2. To begin, I added a row of back stitch around each shape with size 11/0 seed beads.  Make sure your bead count ends up an even number.  I then added one row of peyote stitch with the same beads, and one row of peyote stitch with smaller (size 15/0) beads.  Cinch the top row in to cover the edges.  For the piece shown above, I've also already added one more row of back stitch around the shape.  




3. I continued encircling each shape with a bezel, and started adding some larger beads to the center portion.  I think some more of these large beads will appear at some random spots outside the center too, or maybe some pearls...

Join me for Part Two next week and find out!


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