Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yay for Heather!


Congratulations to Heather, who owns Enchanting Accents!  She is the winner of the $30 gift card from The Best Beads!!


Recent publications: October 2014


How to Make Jewellery Charms from Polymer Clay: 50 Exquisite Step-by-Step Projects for All Skill Levels by Jessica Sharpe

How to Make Fingerprint Jewelry - Quick-Start Guide (Silver Fingerprint & Keepsake Jewelry Book 1) by Maggie Bergman

Bead Crochet Basics: 22 Jewelry Projects by Candice Sexton

Textured Bead Embroidery: Learn to Make Inspired Pins, Pendants, Earrings, and More by Linda Landy

Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond: Knotted Jewelry with Beads by Raquel Cruz

Seed Bead Chic: 25 Elegant Projects Inspired by Fine Jewelry (Lark Jewelry & Beading Bead Inspirations) by Amy Katz

Timeless Wire Weaving: The Complete Course by Lisa Barth

Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components by Michelle Mach

Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: The Next Steps in Painting with Fire by Barbara Lewis


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bead Journal Project: October 2014


I have not completed my Bead Journal Project piece for October, but at least I've gotten a good start.  I'm not going to show you what it's going to become...you'll just have to wait till November, and hopefully I'll have been able to complete it by then.

Shown above is a small section, featuring metal mesh ribbon from Fire Mountain Gems, Czech glass daggers from The Best Beads, and the embroidered form of St Petersburg chain stitch from Bored By Back Stitch.


Here are the rest of my Bead Journal Project pieces so far:
January
February

March
April

July
August

September



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Friday, October 24, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!


Carmi's Art/Life World
A pocket watch becomes a pendant with Pebeo paints, a rub on and resin.

John 3:16 and Art
Cherie uses the Bible verse from John 3:16 as inspiration for art.

Episode 7: Addicted to Amigurumi
Enjoy some amigurumi goodness in this seventh video podcast from the Crafty Princess Diaries.

Postcard Art Inspired by Desiderata
Is anyone not inspired by Max Ehrmann's Desiderata? Eileen signed up for a postcard art Desiderata theme swap and couldn't stop at just one.

Art Bead Scene
Color Palettes featuring the Art Beads of Margit Boehmer. Bright, Beautiful and not to be missed!

A Bead A Day
Is it possible to live a sparkly dream? Lisa says, YES! She's sharing some exciting Swarovski news this week.

Jewelry artists tackle the same materials and come up with creative results
Andrew hosts design challenges on his blog. Check out the different approaches each participant took in the reveal for the Royal Feather kit!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book review: Unexpected Findings

By Michelle Mach
Interweave/F+W; $22.99
I can guarantee that many of your favorite designers contributed to this fun volume by Michelle Mach.  Unexpected Findings, published by Interweave, features more than 50 projects that all rely on one or more of the great new findings available today.

The first section outlines just what these findings are.  Since many different names are used for some of them, the photos in this section are very helpful.  "Oh, so that's what that's called!"  Following immediately is information on other materials and tools that you will need, insuring that this is a book even beginners will enjoy.


The projects are quite varied, in technique, materials, and style, as you would expect from such a wonderful cast of designers.  One of my favorites is how Michelle turns filigree ring bands into a sweet pair of earrings (p 42), shown above, and how Erin Siegel makes very clever use of both ribbon ends and cord ends in a pair of leather earrings (p 28), shown below.



And I love this necklace by Molly Schaller (p 57), featuring all the colors of the sea, and appropriately named Tidal Treasures:


In the back, all the resources are listed in case there are any items that you simply must have, but throughout, you are still encouraged to create your own variations...it's entirely up to you!



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beads giveaway from The Best Beads!


My friend Ekaterina, from The Best Beads, is giving one of my lucky readers a $30 gift card to her shop!!  Although you can use the winnings for any beads you wish, she would especially like you to notice the great variety of Wheel Beads that she carries.  Ekaterina writes:



"These are 6mm Wheel Beads from Matubo Beads (Super Duo manufacturer). I have the whole color range of these beads (19 colors). They can be used as an O-bead."  

So if you've been interested in trying out O-beads, or any other wonderful Czech glass beads, now's your chance!


GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! 

Would you like to win this $30 gift card? Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here telling me what you like about Czech glass beads 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: October 28, 2014  


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Wrap bracelets - part two

My favorite bracelet so far...
Last week was Part one of this wrap bracelet tutorial.

So, did you try making any of these?  Have you made some in the past that you'd like to show off?  Just drop me a line, and I'd love to share your work with everyone!



6. Following Pam's lead from last week, I made this one with waxed linen and Nymo thread, but with no embroidery floss.




7. Stone chips can be used instead of regular beads or crystals.  I used a plasticized cord and Nymo thread to make the amethyst bracelet, satin cord and Nymo for the turquoise one.



8. It occurred to me that a boot lace would make an awesome (and inexpensive) stand-in for leather cording.  4mm magnesite beads (from Auntie's Beads) are strung on with black Nymo thread.


9. When you get to the end, tie an overhand knot right up against the last bead, and another knot far enough away to accomodate the button.  Glue or Fray Check the ends, and trim when dry.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

heART beats from other blogs!



Carmi's Art/Life World
Fun saying in resin filled bottle caps will make you smile today.

Taking a Fall Drive
Cherie uses the colors of fall as inspiration for some new pictures.

A Bead A Day
Think it's okay to go crazy with sparkle? Lisa does too! Stop by A Bead A Day to see her latest find!

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene Editors take the October Monthly Challenge using Milton Avery's painting Autumn as inspiration.

Homemade Halloween Cupcake Topper
Make these darling Halloween cupcake toppers to delight the kids. Just grab the free printable and have fun.



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