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Monday, September 15, 2014

Herringbone fern leaves

Awhile ago (quite awhile ago now!), I asked for your input on a project I was considering, consisting of the pleated shibori silk ribbon flowers shown above and which fabric to choose for the background.  Well, I chose the brighter fabric, even though it was a busier print, because I couldn't get past how the marbling pattern picked up touches of the orange flowers.

Anyway, my next dilemma came when I was trying to figure out what sort of leaves to make for my fantasy orange calendula flowers.  Their leaves are actually more spiky than they are ferny, but hey...they're my flowers, right?

I found these brilliant little fern shapes in Melissa Grakowsky's book I Can Herringbone (my review is at the link).  With several color modifications, I think they're going to work out really well.  Time to finally start tackling putting this piece together!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!

Blue Glass Sculpture
Cherie makes a blue glass sculpture for her home.

Snap out of it Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews the wonderful new book by Jamie Cloud Eaken, Bead Play with Fringe, Techniques, design, and projects.

Is There a Clay Recipe Suitable for an Essential Oil Diffuser Pendant?
A reader was looking for a clay recipe to make essential oil diffusers. Read Eileen's answer.

Ornament Prototype
Crafty Princess is planning ahead for the holidays with this super simple sewn felted ornament project.

Resin Crafts Blog
Halloween and resin go hand in hand if you shop in dollar stores!

Carmi's Art/Life World
The summer project of creating a dozen crazy cuffs is right on track. Number eleven is elephant themed.

A Bead A Day
Did someone say Sparkle? Lisa's come up with a new mantra: sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! Join her as she obsesses over shamballa beads.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giveaway: an overflowing handful of buttons!

Do you remember the soft wrapped cuff bracelet I made last month from the buttons I received from The Bead and Button Company, UK? Well, they were very generous, much more generous than I will be capable of benefiting from all by myself!

I have some more ideas for using some of the buttons, including more embroidery projects and maybe some wrap bracelets, but I thought it would be really great to be able to share the wealth with someone else, so....


Would you like to win these pretty painted lightweight wooden buttons? Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here telling me what projects you would do with the buttons and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I won't be able to contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, cyndi at mazeltovjewelry dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: Sept 17, 2014  

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Leftover bead earrings

Here's a little project that used up some leftovers from quite a few previous projects!  In fact, the materials come from 4 different suppliers!

Materials & Tools
Round leverback ear wires (Fire Mountain Gems)
Twisted round jump rings (Fire Mountain Gems)
Czech glass beads (The Best Beads)
Head pins (Rings & Things)
Lightweight chain (Michaels)
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

1. Cut two lengths of chain, each approximately 3 inches.

2. Attach the beads to the chain by creating wrapped loops with the head pins.  Attach leaves with large jump rings, and add a few decorative jump rings to the last link of the chain.

3. The small loop on the bottom of the leverback ear wire opens, so you won't have to add any more jump rings to the top.

4. Make the second earring to match (or contrast if you prefer!) with the first.

Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!

Guitar String Jewelry
Video podcast episode 4 including some "rockin" jewelry and a little fiber too.

Where to Find Cheap Unique Craft Supplies
I bet you have your own sources for inexpensive craft supplies. Here are some of my faves. Do you have any others?

Resin Crafts Blog
A good experiment in resin layering results in some one-of-a-kind "cubes of resin."

A Bead A Day
Ready for a crafty weekend? Lisa just discovered a crafty necklace project that inspires creativity!

Mini Canvases
Cherie makes some mini canvases for her office.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Book review: Beading All-Stars

Eleven beading superstars, 20 gorgeous all-new projects (not reprints from other books!), how could you not want this book, Beading All-Stars?  This is a Lark Book, so you know the photography is beautiful and the attention to detail is superb.

Do what exactly are the details?  Each designer has a brief bio, and then right into her projects.  Rinse and repeat.  At the back of the book is a brief glossary and several pages of basic techniques that are used by the various designers.  This allows them to get right to the point in their own instructions, but if you are a beginner, you will need to read through the appropriate parts of this section first before attempting the projects.  In my opinion, it's a good way to do it, because intermediates and advanced beaders don't want to get bogged down, but beginners need this information!

The book's level is really aimed at more experienced beaders, but don't let that stop you if you're determined to bead like a super-star!  The roster of internationally known and respected authors and teachers includes the following:  

Marcia DeCoster * Jamie Cloud Eakin * Mabeline Gidez * Melissa Grakowsky Shippee * Diane Hyde * Amy Katz * Rachel Nelson-Smith * Glenda Paunonen and Liisa Turunen (a mother/daughter team) * Sherry Serafini * Anneta Valious

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Monday, September 01, 2014

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