Friday, May 26, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!


Cost saving tips for jewelry production

Agate and crystal necklace and bracelet tutorial

Memorial Day grilled chicken recipes

Easy copper and aluminum pendant project

Fudgy chocolate brownies


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A patriotic-inspired design by Fire Mountain Gems


Do you remember making these little flag pins?  I still see them pop up around Memorial Day or July 4th, but how about something a bit more sophisticated for your less casual occasions?


Patriotic Bib Style Necklace Tutorial




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Recent publications: January through May 2017



500 Bead Weaving Patterns for Bracelets by Emilie Ramon

Spellbound Beaded Tassels: Decorative Tassels & Inspirations by Julie Ashford

Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness by Kristen E Vincent

Geometric Beadwork (Volume 1) by Jean Power

Dragons, Crystals & Chainmaille: Jewelry to Inspire Your Imagination by Jane Danley Cruz

Beautiful Beadweaving: Simply gorgeous jewelry by Isabella Lam

Beginner's Guide to Beadweaving by Diana Rehfield

The Art of Tatting Jewelry: Exquisite Lace and Bead Designs by Lyn Morton

Soutache: How to make beautiful braid-and-bead embroidered jewelry and accessories by Donatella Ciotti

Making Electric Jewelry (Makers as Innovators) by Amy Quinn

Jewelry: From Pearls to Platinum to Plastic by Ulysses Grant Dietz and Newark Museum

Leather Bracelets: Step-by-step instructions for 33 leather cuffs, bracelets and bangles with knots, beads, buttons and charms by Nihon Vogue-Sha

One Jump Ring: Endless Possiblilities for Chain Mail Jewelry by Lauren Andersen

Jewelry Made with Wire & Fiber by Nealay Patel

Monday, May 22, 2017

A practical lesson in choosing colors for your beadwork - part one


I love working with focal pieces that allow for many different possible color choices. My friend Jeanne Kent, of New Terra Artifacts also loves to mix colors, so I find myself drawn to many of her gorgeous fused glass pendants and beads. But I’ve learned that not everyone enjoys the uncertainty and the ambiguity quite as much as Jeanne and I do! In fact, whenever I make a piece using one of Jeanne’s glass masterpieces, I always get lots of questions from other beaders on how I chose the bead colors to go with it.

Do you wish that you could be braver with color? Try picking a multicolored focal piece like one of Jeanne’s pendants, and I’ll show you how I go through the process of making those color decisions.

Many times, I just haul out my tubes of beads and lay them out to look at color combinations, but sometimes I use paint strips instead. To illustrate the process for this article, I decided to use paint strips because they photograph better than tubes of beads. And paint strips are free…can’t beat that! If you don’t have a fully stocked bead cabinet, I would highly recommend stocking up on paint strips, lots of them, and then take the appropriate ones with you when you go to buy beads.

Of all the different color schemes that exist, I find that there are several that are the most useful in beadwork, appearing over and over in different artists’ work. The ones I see and use most frequently are neutral, monochromatic, complementary, analogous, analogous-complementary, and triadic. There are many others, but I believe that these are a really good start.  We'll look at the first three today, and the last three next week.



A neutral scheme (above) involves allowing a hue to be surrounded by black, white, and grays. In jewelry making, we often add the metallic colors to the list of neutrals. In addition, some designers consider browns to be neutral as well.

Personally, I don’t often place a colorful focal piece into a black and white setting, but it is an option worth considering. More frequently, you may decide to use only a metallic color with your focal piece, such as when you hang a colorful pendant from a gold chain. As you examine how your piece looks with neutrals, you can also take that time to decide which metal color, if any you will be using.

Although this focal piece has both silver and gold dichroic glass in it, I far prefer the look of the gold beads with it. And I definitely do not like the look of the neutral black, gray, and white!



There are two very strong candidates for monochromatic schemes to go with this centerpiece: green and blue. By laying out the paint strips, I find that I prefer the blues, and I still like the gold metal color much better than the silver. If you feel differently, don’t worry! This is preference, not pure science.

A monochromatic color scheme can include as many different tints, tones, and shades of the basic hue as you desire, so be sure to consider all the possibilities before narrowing down too much.




A third color scheme to consider is called complementary. The opposite color on the color wheel is added to your dominant color and causes that color to pop more. Often, a tint or tone of the complement is chosen rather than another pure hue. I set up paint strips to see what each of my monochromatic choices above would look like if I added their complement.

Once more, I like the look of the blue set better. The pale orange (the complement of blue) seems to pick up the golden tones of the dichroic glass. The pink (red is the complement of green) just doesn’t seem to go with the colors of the focal piece as well. It’s possible that we could find a different pink, or could try burgundy instead, but I still think that I would like the blue and orange better. 

Next week, we'll look at analogous, analogous-complementary, and triadic schemes, and I'll make my final choice.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gifts for jewelry designers from Fire Mountain Gems

Jewelry designers are definitely creative types and with all the beautiful pieces they make, what do you even get them as a gift? Our friends at Fire Mountain Gems know just what every jewelry designer needs! Whether you are looking for jewelry making tools, organizers or supplies, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has you covered.  


Top Gifts for Jewelry Designers

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring/Summer trends in jewelry for 2017


Whether you follow the trends or not, it's always helpful to know what is going on around you :-)  Even those who make OOAK works of art can sometimes find inspiration in the newest looks to walk the runways.  So, here's what's up for Spring and Summer:

Super thin chokers
Layered necklaces, lots of chains
Statement or "Art school" earrings, large and long
Tassels
Arm cuffs which spiral upwards on the arm
Multiple rings
Statement piece necklaces, long, large, and with a pendant
Raw mineral slices as pendants
Fantasy ear cuffs
A single large earring
Fabrics used in jewelry pieces

When you combine these looks with the current colors, the overall mood is much lighter and brighter than it's been for awhile!


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Pantone's Color of the Year 2017



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