Wednesday, April 01, 2015

New products from Fire Mountain Gems

I received samples and product sheets on some of the new products available from Fire Mountain Gems.  Visit the link above, and search on the highlighted text below:



Preciosa Twin Roller Beads

Great for use as spacers, or to mix with other two-holed beads.  Available in packages of 30 in a variety of opaque and transparent colors.


Preciosa Glass Triangle Drops

Lightweight flower petal shaped beads, many with a sheen, frosted, or ab treated.



Leather Findings

Working with leather and beads is all the rage right now...and FMG has the findings you'll need, including washers, brads, spacers, and ends.



Glass Micro Beads

Perfect for use with resin, polymer clay, or other molding materials.  Also useful for scrapbooking and non-jewelry crafts.  Available in opaque and transparent colors.



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bead Journal Project: March 2015



Here is my third piece for the 2015 Bead Journal Project, combining beaded crazy quilting with 3D forms.  This month, my form is an orb.

I've been fascinated with trying to create round shapes for a long time.  One of the best ways I've found is to create an orb...it won't be a perfect sphere, but then again, perfection is over-rated, don't you think?



1. My form uses a tennis ball style shape.  I've marked the middle of each "side", which you can easily do by folding your shape in half.  These marks will go on the inside, but are necessary in order to help you line up the forms when you stitch them together.  You need to cut out two of these.



2. I added a bead embroidered motif to each circle.  The motifs can be found in Bored By Back Stitch.  This one is a chevron stitch.



3. Looks like fancy breasts, doesn't it?  There...I said it, so you can all stop giggling :-)



4. To stitch together, line up one of the end hash marks with one of the middle ones.  Use pins and stitch around the edges with beaded blanket stitch, using embroidery floss.

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

March 2015: Orb form

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Friday, March 27, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!


Embossed Spring or Easter Card Designs
Embossing adds a special touch to cards. Eileen shares four examples with directions. Change the words for cards to welcome spring.

Pipe Cleaner Ring Tutorial
Here is a fun video showing how to make pipe cleaner rings...these are great for parties, fish extenders, etc....

Free ABCDiamond Cross Stitch Pattern
Connie has added a new freebie over at Connie Gee's Designs that was inspired by motifs from antique sampler patterns. Since the design is full cross stitch only there are many options for stitching it up.

New Pillows
Cherie makes some pillows to go with her new slipcovers.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Blue heart wire earrings



I made these cute little earrings for a friend for her Valentine's Day date, but it occurred to me that they would be a great springtime addition to anyone's earring wardrobe in any color desired.  And to make it even better, they were soooo easy!



1. Thread a heart (or other shape) with some small spacer beads on a head pin.  Turn a wrapped loop and clip the end.  Repeat for the second earring.



2. Using paddle shaped head pins, thread on some accent beads.  Turn a wrapped loop with these as well.



3. Take a piece of 18 or 20 gauge wire, about 5 inches long, and turn a circle with one end a bit shorter than the other.



4. Thread on the two pieces you made in steps 1 and 2, along with a couple more accent beads on each side of them.



5. Take hold of the longer wire end with chain nose pliers, and bent it at a 45 degree angle, aiming up and away from the beads.  With the shorter wire end, wrap it two or three times around the longer end that you just bent.  Using round nose pliers and chain nose pliers, turn a loop with the longer wire end.  You can either wrap it as well, or just turn a simple loop.  Clip off both ends and smooth with a file (not shown).



6. Add the ear wire of your choice.  I chose shepherd's hooks.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!



Bead a Pirate and Crush Some Yarn
This latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast is packed with fun crafting: beaded pirate dreadlocks, yarn love, knitting, and crochet.

Comfy Quilt Cross Stitch Pattern
The free Comfy Quilt pattern was one of the first patterns Connie added. She chose her favorite colors for the design but it is easily changed to reflect your own color selections.

All About Glass Sculptures
Cherie has taken her glass sculpture obsession to a new level!

From Dollar Store Plastic Bargain to Elegant Easter Eggs
How to transform inexpensive plastic eggs into lovely Easter ornaments. Place them on stands, hang them as ornaments or display several in a bowl or basket.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads



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