Monday, August 03, 2015

Purple pleated silk shibori ribbon bracelet


I mentioned in the introduction to my e-book Arm Candy that I've been using older jewelry bits and bobs in my work for quite a long time, but decided to spend some energy figuring out how to integrate them more fully into mixed media bead embroidery pieces. It all started with an Avon pendant that became the centerpiece for this bracelet (above). Since it wasn't a particularly valuable or sought-after pendant, I didn't hesitate to snip it apart and reuse it.



The rhinestone bracelet (above) was a completely different matter. I had been extremely reluctant to do anything with it because it was so beautiful and well-made, but it was also missing too many unique large rhinestones to still be valuable except as parts. Cutting it apart liberated me and started me on a new(ish) path.

Here in picture form are the highlights of how these pieces became a new bracelet. You can find step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.

In depth instructions on working with shibori ribbon are found in chapter three of Bored By Back Stitch, which also covers how to put together a cuff bracelet in much more detail. Alternatively, instructions for cuff bracelets are also found in Arm Candy.



















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Friday, July 31, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!



Magnolia and Driftwood Arrangement
How to make paper magnolia flower and bud, then arrange them on a piece of driftwood. Finish the arrangement with a hummingbird perched on a petal to drink the flower's nectar.

Craft Tip Time
Have you wanted to try to crochet cute stuff toys but weren't sure where to start? Here's a quick tip for you.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew was asked to make a special ring. See how it turned out!


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recent publications: July 2015



Native Stripes: a pattern set for Bead Crochet Ropes by Judith Bertoglio-Giffin

Creative Beading Vol. 10: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead&Button Magazine by Editors of Bead&Button Magazine

Stringing & Linking Jewelry Workshop: Handcrafted Designs & Techniques by Sian Hamilton

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Beading & Making Jewellery: A Practical Visual Handbook Of Traditional And Contemporary by Ann Kay and Lucinda Ganderton

DIY Wrap Bracelets: 25 Designs Using Beads, Thread, Charms, Ribbon, Cord and More by Keiko Sakamoto

Charm Love Friendship Bracelets: 35 Unique Designs with Polymer Clay, Macrame, Knotting, and Braiding by Sherri Haab

Handcrafted Metal Findings: 30 Creative Jewelry Components by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson

Stringing & Linking Jewelry Workshop: Handcrafted Designs & Techniques by Sian Hamilton



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Monday, July 27, 2015

My all-time most popular tutorial posts

I have been writing this blog since 2005!!  That's TEN YEARS.  Unbelievable.  I thought it might be fun to take a look at the top-traffic posts of all times during these years.  Some of them, I'll be honest, I can't quite figure out why.  Must be well-linked off site!










Sparkling rivoli pendant  October 2010




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Friday, July 24, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!



Table Transformation
Cherie transforms an old table into a fun piece for the living room.

Art Bead Scene
Meet Julie of Uglibeads, one of our fantastic new Art Bead Scene contributors (and FYI, her beads are the opposite of ugly!)

Silhouette Studio - Tedious Tasks Made Easy
Silhouette Studio conquers two card making issues. Two-sided projects don't align well with desktop printers. Many pieces mean tedious cutting & varied results.

Connie Gee's SAL
Connie has started up a free SAL. Join the Connie Gee's Stitchers group on Facebook to share your progress photos. Find out how to get started.

Robot Love
Enjoy some fun amigurumi & learn about a few crafting giveaways.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Check out Andrew's new bronze creations and find out what he plans to do with them!


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book review: Craft Camp



Are you going to need to entertain children or grandchildren this summer?  If so, then you might want to think about picking up a copy of Lark's Craft Camp.  There are over 40 projects, arranged in four sections of increasing difficulty, time consumption, and adult help needed.



The Basics section in the beginning covers the materials you will need.  They are mostly all easily found locally in supermarkets, hardware and craft stores, so you won't spend all your time trying to source the projects.


The projects are marked as to which must have adult supervision.  They are designed by many different designers, so you will get a wide variety of styles and themes.



I really like these milk carton tea lights, shown above.  I can see making those with my own granddaughter this summer.  And for those of you who like polymer clay, look at these cute bookmarks below:


Overall, this is a very enjoyable volume, and I am quite happy to have some of the suggestions for our family vacay this summer!


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Resin "opal" pendant



This little resin "fire opal" is so small that I decided to use size 15/0 seed beads for the entire bezel.  Only the second back stitch row and the edging brick stitch uses size 11/0s.  The entire pendant is smaller than a quarter.

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.



1. Use a small piece of foil under the resin "opal" to make it sparkle when using a dark foundation fabric like this.  Stitch a simple peyote stitch bezel around the tiny cabochon, and add more rows of back stitch all around if desired.



2. Sandwich a soldered jump ring in between the foundation fabric and the backing fabric, and stitch edging brick stitch through both layers.



3. I added short stacks of antique size 20/0 seed beads to each edging bead, and added another jump ring so that my chain would slip through the pendant at the correct orientation.

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