Thursday, June 22, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!

How to take a (summer?) break from your blog

Is your jewelry business ready to hire help?

How long did it take you to make that...?

Who is your target customer?

Destashing unwanted components

The first 6 income streams for bloggers

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BeadDreams winners!

There are stunning entries in all the categories for BeadDreams 2017, but I have to agree with the People's Choice winner...

Draco Volanti
Daryl Adams, 2017
Daryl's piece also won first place in the metalwork category!  See all the winners at the link above.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rummage Sale through June 26, 2017 at Fire Mountain Gems

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Orinoco Flow - a bead embroidery necklace

Orinoco Flow was featured in Sandra Salamony's publication 1000 Jewelry Inspirations, but somehow, I never ended up doing a tutorial for it.  I only have a few step-out photos, but even though it looks complicated, it isn't really that hard if you've got some basic bead embroidery skills already.

The center piece of turquoise was wrapped with wire as shown, and then was stitched to the foundation fabric (ultra-suede) around each wire.  I cut out the portion of fabric that showed through the center of the donut, and later also cut through the backing fabric in the same spot.

After I stitched down all the cabochons, I surrounded them with various numbers of rows of back stitch.  Then I began to fill in all the gaps with short stack stitches.  Besides seed beads (sizes 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0), I also used turquoise, amazonite, and pearls.  I used bright gold size 15/0 seed beads as stoppers on the top of each stack stitch so that there would be unity in the piece.

When the piece was fully stitched, I cut it out with a 1/8 inch edge, and then stitched the front to some backing fabric with edging brick stitch.  All of the stitches I used can be found in the free chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Go get yourself a copy if you don't already have it!

Free e-book chapter!

To assemble the final necklace, I added the dangles from the center on beading wire, used the edging brick to anchor the beaded portions of the straps, and added picots with size 15/0 seed beads through the rest of the edging beads around the outside.  I used smaller wired donuts to attach the multiple strand beaded portions of the straps to the single strands.  The chain makes it adjustable. 

This necklace will take you many hours to make (I think it took me about 30 hours) but it is oh so worth it!

Copyright 2017 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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!

Rediscovering "lost knowledge"

Profiting from jewelry that's time consuming to make

Teaching and learning

An adorable coat for a special child

Stone-setting tips for metal clay

Working productively at home

12 Cherry recipes

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Budget beads from Fire Mountain Gems - $3 and under!

$1 and under Beads

Get designer quality beads at a fraction of the cost; like the Bead, Peridot (natural), Mini Chip, Mohs Hardness 6-1/2 7. Sold Per 15-inch Strand. This gorgeous 15 inch strand will work with an array of styles and doesn't break the bank.
For the most out of your money, try the Bead, Millefiori Glass, Multicolored, Small Chip. Sold Per 34-inch Strand. This strand adds an array of color to any jewelry piece and is sold per 34 inch strand!

$2 and under Beads

With summer right around the corner, we're sure you and your readers have seasonal ideas on the brain. The Bead, Coral (bleached), White, 5x1mm-15x3mm Cupolini, Mohs Hardness 3-1/2 4. Sold Per 16-inch Strand adds that special something to any summer themed piece. Let your followers know not to delay! This 16 inch strand at an unbeatable price has limited quantities.
Keeping with the above summer theme, add a gorgeous teal blue pearl to your coral. The Pearl, Cultured Freshwater (dyed), Teal Blue, 8-10mm Flat-sided Potato, D Grade, Mohs Hardness 2-1/2 4. Sold Per 15-inch Strand is a perfect combination!

$3 and under Beads

A huge trend that's always popular this season is anything Boho. Have on-trend fun and save some cash with the Bead Mix, Antiqued Silver-coated Plastic, 12x9mm-22x13mm Mixed Shape Tribal Designs. Sold Per 2-ounce Pkg, Approximately 50 Beads. Add these to a fringed bag or make the perfect layering necklace for that go-to maxi dress.

Can't seem to find the perfect accessory for your LBD (Little Black Dress)? Then it's time to create the perfect one! Use the Bead, Glass Rhinestone Silver-finished "pewter" (zinc-based Alloy), Clear, 11x7mm Oval 6x3mm Hole. Sold Individually or Swarovski® crystals and silver-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), Pacific opal, 3-3.2mm rose montées with 0.4-0.6mm hole (53100), SS12 gem for an accessory that works for any special occasion.
There are so many options to choose from at any price range. Take a look and see what inspires you!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Night Sky - a beadweaving and wire necklace tutorial

Mixing lampwork glass beads with seed beads results in a piece with a lot of great texture and variation.  I started by making some matched pairs of beads in shades of blue, mostly cobalt, which featured dichroic glass, enamels, and foil.  I also made one larger tabular piece to use as a focal bead.  My final choice for this necklace included the focal bead, 5 matched pairs to surround it, and 1 extra bead for the end of the chain.  When choosing the beads you wish to use, whether you make your own beads or buy them, pick enough to equal about 5 to 6 inches when strung on wire.    

Lampwork glass beads with 3/32 inch holes (one focal bead plus matched spacers and one extra)
18 gauge sterling silver wire
Black Nymo O
5 grams of blue/purple 8/0 seed beads
2 – ½ inch pieces of silver French wire
2 – 2 ½ inch pieces of 20 gauge sterling silver wire
2 – 7mm bead caps
2 sterling silver cones
2 – 4mm cobalt glass rounds
4 – 3mm sterling silver rounds
2 sterling silver headpins, 2 inches long
2 sterling silver daisy spacers
2 ½ inch piece of sterling silver chain
Sterling silver hook

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Measuring tape
Sharp scissors
Beading needles

1. Lay out your lampwork beads in the order you desire.  Measure the length of the beads in total.

2. Cut one piece of 18 gauge wire ½ inch longer than the length of the beads.  Cut a second piece 3 inches longer than the length of the beads.  Slide all of the beads onto the shorter length and center them.

3. Slide the second piece of wire through, but bring the wire to the front of your central focal bead instead of through its hole.  Center the beads on this wire as well.

4. Use your round nose pliers to create a couple of graceful curves in the exposed wire in the center.  

5. Create wrapped loops on each end.  Clip off the shorter wires even with the first bend you make with the longer wire to create the wrapped loop (shown below).  File it smooth before wrapping the longer wire around both wires.  Bend the whole piece into a gentle curve.  There is a tutorial for making a wrapped loop at the link.

6. Create two lengths of spiral stitch using size 8/0 seed beads.  I made each of mine a little over 5 inches long.  There is a tutorial for doing a simple spiral stitch at the link.

7. When your spiral strands are the length you desire, stitch the thread back down and up a few of the beads to anchor it on each end.

8. To attach the spiral strands to the wired lampwork, use one tail on each strand to stitch through a bead cap and through a ½ inch piece of french wire. Take the wire-covered thread through the wrapped loop of the lampwork piece and stitch back up through the bead cap.  Anchor the thread through some of the beads and repeat, carefully stitching back through the french wire a second time.  It will stretch to accommodate a second pass, and if you are careful, you will not distort the spring-like structure.  Anchor the thread well in the spiral beads, and repeat on the other side.

9. Using a piece of 20 gauge wire, make a small loop on one end.  Attach the free end of one spiral strand to this loop, stitching through it and weaving through the top beads several times to anchor it well.  Repeat with the other strand.

10. Thread a cone, a 4mm cobalt glass round, and a 3mm sterling silver round on each wire.  Create a wrapped loop around the sterling silver chain, 2 inches on one side and ½ inch on the other.  Attach the hook to the shorter piece of chain.

11. Slide your extra lampwork bead onto a headpin, surrounded by 2 daisy spacers and 2 sterling silver rounds.  Create a wrapped loop around the end of the longer piece of chain.

Copyright 2017 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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