Friday, May 29, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!

Glass Cobalt Bottle Flowers
Cherie makes some glass garden flowers out of cobalt bottles and bowls.

Marshmallow Clay Recipe & Information
Clay artist Eva Stosic has taken the term marshmallow clay to a new level and uses real marshmallows in her air-dry marshmallow clay recipe!

Amigurumi Cuteness
Princess Knits is hanging out her shingle, which includes some adorable bunnies and bears.

Art Bead Scene
Check out what Erin has selected for our perfect pairings this week

Honey Inspired Jewelry
See what Andrew and the other participants of the Sweet Honey Challenge created!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Bead Journal Project: May 2015

I made a slashed rectangle for this month's Bead Journal Project piece.  I saw one of these once that was really long, and was hanging from one of its corners so that it sort of spiraled down with the center slashes gaping open.  I liked that one a lot.  My own attempt...not so much!  I didn't have time to do one that was long enough to get the full effect, so maybe I should have just saved it for another month.

Here's what the felt looks like after you've slashed it.  You can see that all you have to do is alternate between slashing the middle and the sides.  

January 2015: Wavy raised circle form
February 2015: Crescent form

March 2015: Orb form
April 2015: Pyramid form
May 2015: Slashed rectangle form

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Friday, May 22, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!

Blocky Layout Makeover: Scrapbooking Outside the Box
Eileen took a layout from blocky to eye-catching with a makeover of a scrapbook page commemorating those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Surviving Disney & Comforting Crochet
Crafty Princess talks a little about the Disney cruise she went on recently and the comfy crochet baby afghan she is working on.

Connie Gee's Designs
Connie shares a recent finish along with information about where you can find the pattern and what she used to complete it.

Glass Garden Mushrooms
Cherie brings up an oldie but popular post on her blog about glass garden mushrooms.

Art Bead Scene
Check out Claire's art bead picks to get your juices flowing for our May challenge!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book review: Easy Jewelry Making

Easy Jewelry Making was compiled from the pages of BeadStyle magazine, and includes more than 50 projects from the magazine's eleventh year of publication!  If you don't subscribe to BeadStyle, this is a great way to get the best of the best projects.  The projects are arranged by materials - crystals, stones, glass, pearls, metals, and mixed media.  There is great variety, and most projects can be done using other materials than those shown, which is good, because there are no sources provided.  That's a problem for those who want to duplicate the projects exactly, but is a great jumping off point for those who prefer to go their own way.

There are many good points to this volume.  The projects are easy, you will learn lots of good basic skills in many areas of beading, all while making fun pieces.  There are great tips included to help you go beyond the project.  There are also tips on how to do things better and faster, and their is fashion advice scattered throughout!

Best of all is the breadth of basic skills covered.  Just check out this list: knotting, finishing, weaving, wrapping, crimping, color blending, epoxy clay, working with chain, attaching charms, designing with color, wire wrapping, working with leather, using memory wire, getting necklaces to drape nicely, using a jig, and MORE!

Is that enough to get you started?  :-)

One of my favorite pieces is this beauty by Dana Meredith, called Nature's Treasures:

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Faerie Bells, revisited

There are some designs that you come up with that end up being worth repeating, and Faerie Bells was one of those for me.  I was a little surprised to find that how different each of the pieces ended up looking though!

Amethyst Faerie Bells Necklace

Using Moonstone

Using larger "sea glass" nuggets

An elaborate pearl necklace

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Friday, May 15, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!

Bead Board Video
This brief video shows how to use a bead board to design beaded jewelry.

Craft Lights and WIPs
Connie tells about her latest WIPs along with a new wrinkle that her craft lamp has thrown into her stitching plans.

Art Bead Scene
Check out Mary's round up of books covering the history of beads - fascinating stuff!!

Decoupage Glass Vase Organizers Have Many Uses
Eileen created hers to organize paint brushes and foam pouncers. But decoupage glass vase organizers can be put to many uses. Use the cubes as candy dishes or to hold pens and pencils.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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