Friday, March 24, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!


Chandelier earrings - a tutorial

Ask a Lawyer - legality in the maker world

Copyright law for artists

New themes available from Blogger.com

Peanut butter swirled brownies recipe

How to sell your jewelry to shops and boutiques

Wire wrapping with a figure-8



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Monday, March 20, 2017

Jewel bead embroidery pendants - a tutorial




A couple of years ago, while visiting my daughter, I found an interesting necklace during one of our vintage and junk shop forays.  My best guess is that the necklace is from the 1980s...big, sparkly, and slightly over-the-top!  The resin "gems" are supposed to look like opals.  Sort of.  It was only $20 for all those potential cabochons!


The gems were all linked together, and it was extremely easy to unattach a few of them with a simple pair of pliers.  After stitching them down (around the prongs) to a piece of foundation material, I added a few rows of back stitch with size 11/0 seed beads, used edging brick stitch to attach a backing (as shown below), and added picots in size 15/0 seed beads around the raw edges.  The final step was to add a square stitch bail to the back so that they could be worn as pendants.

Each one took only an afternoon or an evening to complete!



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, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.

Another of my e-books, Arm Candy, goes into a lot of detail about how to attach just about any type of vintage jewelry piece into your mixed media bead embroidery.  Although the projects in it focus on bracelets, the general information is applicable to making pendants, necklaces, and earrings as well.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

heART beats from other blogs!


When Editing Ruins Your Article
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, what can you do?

Sharon Boggon's new book
Brand new crazy quilting book available for pre-orders!

How to price jewelry made with seed beads
No, there is no *one* perfect answer

Using Pinterest to promote your jewelry

Homemade Wheat Thins!!

Repurposing an old wristwatch

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - bead embroidery, part two


Last week, I posted the first half of this list of bead embroidered bracelet tutorials from our archives.



Pretty As You Please bracelet





Candy wrapper bracelet   And another






Soft cuff bracelet





Gypsy Rose bracelet   Tutorial





Shibori ribbon bead embroidered bracelet





Mobius bracelet





Steampunk layered bracelet   Another similar bracelet


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Monday, March 06, 2017

Bracelets projects galore! - bead embroidery, part one


Here we are, back to bracelet projects!  I just didn't realize how many I had posted here since this blog began.  Over the last few weeks, I've posted round-ups of the tutorials we have here on wirework bracelets, fiber bracelets, and beadweaving/stringing bracelets.  So today, we will turn our attention to the first half of the bead embroidery tutorials in the archives.  Next week...part two!


Destiny, bead embroidered cuff




Ribbon cuff bracelet   Similar bracelet using a tape measure




Flat cuff bracelet




Peyote spiral ring bracelet




Bead embroidered bracelet with cabochons




Another flat cuff bracelet





Pleated silk shibori ribbon cuff


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