Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bead Journal Project: April and May

April Bead Journal Project piece

May Bead Journal Project piece


For the first time ever, I've fallen behind in my commitment to participating in the Bead Journal Project.  Life happens sometimes, and you just have to roll with it.  It's kind of embarrassing that this is the year I've been a slacker, because I specifically picked to do little buttons with watch faces knowing that each would only take an hour or so!

Oh well.

Here are my pieces for April and May.  April is blue to remind me of how rainy that month usually is...in fact, it's the beginning of Mud Season in New England :-)  I made my piece for May in a riot of colors to symbolize how happy I am that Spring is almost upon us!


Link to tutorial
January Button
February Button
March Button

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Improving your blog


Do you have a jewelry blog? If so, you already know that it's not a matter of "if you write it, they will come." While it might depend upon your goals whether or not you care whether they come, if you'd like to have more than just your closest circle of friends (online or off) reading your blog, you really have to pay attention to your content.

Only a very few people can manage to build an audience by just free associating or ranting. The rest of us need good solid content. But that content can vary a lot: a picture journal of your projects, information on how you actually create your pieces, industry news. It all depends upon what your goals are for your blog. Are you trying to build a circle of friends, or are you trying to get a book deal? Something in between?

Here are some articles that may help you to either nail down your goals, or to improve what you're already doing:

Rajesh Setty has written about the 9 ways people respond to your content online. It's really good to think this through if you are trying to build repeat visitors.

Craftzine reports on an e-book by Diane Gilleland called Creating a blog audience. Diane already has a book out called Making a Great Blog. You can find links to both on the Craftzine link.

A guest post on Problogger discusses 10 Little-known ways to get traffic to your blog.  Very helpful!

When you are feeling less than inspired, Alyson Stanfield's post Steal these blog post formulas may nudge you back in the direction of good writing. 

If you are interested in monetizing your blog, take a look at Problogger's One month crash guide to money blogging.  It's not everything you need to know, but it's a really good start to see if you are interested. 



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Monday, June 27, 2011

Book review: Handcrafted Wire Findings

 

Did you know that book and magazine editors really hate to see a wonderful piece of artisan-made jewelry ruined by a common off-the-rack clasp?  Did you know that you've got a much better chance of getting your pieces accepted by all but the beginner project publications if you make the findings yourself? 

Once you see just how easy it is to make your own stunning custom findings, you'll never go back.  Between this book, Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, and All Wired Up by Mark Lareau, you will quickly gain all the skills you need. 

After they cover wire basics, Denise and Jane take you through the process of creating ear wires, links, S-hooks, single hooks, toggles (like that stunning wrapped toggle on the cover!), bails and spacers.  Some of my personal favorites are the vine ear wires (p 38), wired ring links (p 54), and textured corkscrew links (p 58). 

This book is published by Interweave Press, so you know that all the instructions have been tested and re-tested!




Saturday, June 25, 2011

A sale not to be missed



Did you see Jean's announcement yesterday about Andrew Thornton's Virtual Yard Sale?  Don't miss it...there are tons of giveaways and major deals to be scored!



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Friday, June 24, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


 
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Andrew Thornton, a wonderful person and a member of our group, is having a "Virtual Yard Sale" as he calls it . Check it out on Jean's blog and then go have FUN! 

About.com Jewelry Making
Looking to make some easy metalsmithing jewelry? Take a look at these new jewelry videos.  

Art Bead Scene
Looking for some creative jewelry displays? So is ABS Editor Heather Powers. Come check out what she's found.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi's new ring features a rock garden!  

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie opens a weekend bead store at her local artist market and has lots of pictures of her booth to share.

Resin Crafts!
Resin Crafts has a great tutorial showing you how to create a pendant with a spoon.  


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wire artist: Andrea Trank



From earth science teacher to jewelry designer, Andrea Trank owns Heaven Lane Creations. Her crotchet beaded necklaces and bracelets feature Czech glass, semi-precious stones, crystals and dramatic toggles in silver or copper. Each piece is custom designed and takes shape in her sunlit studio on Heaven Lane in Fort Myers Florida. Andrea has been beading for ten years and has recently branched out into wire and bead crotchet, Kumihimo, bead embroidery, bead weaving and leather knotting. Her jewelry designs can be viewed on two websites:  http://www.christinescottartifuliving.com, through facebook at Heaven Lane Creations, or at her etsy shop, Andrea Trank.





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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yay for Erika!




Erika Towle is the winner of the fabulous new book Creating Glass Beads! Congratulations, Erika!!



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Book review: 500 Silver Jewelry Designs

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal (500 Series) 

How do you define what is a good book?  Sometimes I'll call a book good if it teaches me a new technique that I've been wanting to learn.  And sometimes it's because a book is full of beautiful inspiring work, those pieces that we in "the biz" like to call eye-candy.  Well, how about when there are lots of pieces that challenge you to rethink what you think you know, and you don't really like some of them?  But you can't stop looking at them?

I'd say that's a new category of good book, wouldn't you?

That's the experience I had with 500 Silver Jewelry Designs by Lark Publishing.  Talya Baharal, the juror is part of a new breed of silversmiths.  The pieces she chose range from classic to completely not-at-all classic, and at first I was confused as I leafed through the gallery.  I found my answer when I went back and read the introduction that Talya wrote:

Intent to shock, intent to alter our perceptions of what jewelry is, intent to evoke symbols of memory and historical significance, intent to redefine our ideas about beauty and challenge our preconceived notions of good craftsmanship - these are some of the concepts behind works made in silver today. 

Ok, that kind of explains it, so I went back for another pass.  Seen in that light, my impressions began to change.  I was only familiar with the work of a couple of the artists, but I was able to find many more to love.  I was very struck by the work of Yeonmi Kang, and had to run and see if she had more work online.  The cuff bracelets at the link are similar to one that is in the book.  Another that I really loved was Melissa Borrell, who makes these amazing topography necklaces.    By the time I finished immersing myself in this book, there were still some whose work I didn't care for, but I'm not saying who!  You might just love them.

So, my tastes are still pretty classic when it comes to silver work, but I'm stretching a bit :-)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Creative Options for Jewelry Displays



A guest post by Heather Green

Whether you're selling your jewelry at a craft show or through an online vendor like Etsy, your presentation is key to drawing in customers and increasing your sales. Your displays should show off the personality of the jewelry, highlight its style, and show your customers the fabulous possibilities for how they can wear your creations. An ornate statement necklace might look beautiful laying on a table or a simple bust, but its possibilities for wear might not seem obvious, making it seem more like a beautiful piece of art than the funky fashion statement that makes an outfit. When you display your finished pieces for sale, put as much creativity into how they are presented as you do in creating them. Here are just a few ideas:

Frames

Show off your necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry items as the pieces of art they are. Find some funky or vintage frames in different colors, styles, and finishes, and hang or post your items in the middle. You can choose to hang necklaces in the open frame, or you can add a decorative backing and use it as a posting board for earrings or necklaces. Experiment with different colors and textures for both the frames and the backgrounds to best compliment the pieces you display.


Mobiles

These make great displays for necklaces and some bracelets. You can be creative in your style and choose a classic cascade of dowels, or you can choose something more eclectic with wire rods, branches, or sculpted clay. Hang it so that the necklaces fall at eye level. Not only will your display be sure to attract attention, but it will also help to create levels at your sales table, drawing the eye to different featured pieces.


Busts

Don't limit yourself to the simple black and white neck busts of department stores and craft fairs everywhere. Look in vintage stores and thrift shops for old art busts, and dress them up with your jewelry. These can be old Roman and Greek gods, small cherubs, or even woodland creatures. These make great displays for contrasting pieces that have some edge. (An antique necklace on an antique bust would just wash out...) You can also look for old department store mannequins and dress them up with a little flair. Add a pair of sunglasses, paint on some lipstick, or add a feather hat. Show off the attitude behind your jewelry, and create an interesting display piece that draws in customers.


Dress Forms

The springy surface of dress forms make them ideal for displaying pins and brooches. Cover your mannequin with a canvas of beautiful pins, and you'll create a visually stunning display that's also easy to transport (no need to take them all off at the end of the day!).


Found Objects

Display items for jewelry are limitless. Jewelry doesn't have to be carefully displayed around a nice bust or laid out neatly on a display tray. Try draping necklaces over shells or driftwood, layering bracelets in small drawers and ceramic dishes, or perching rings on the branches of a small tree or flowering plant.
Be as creative as you can with your displays, and always keep in mind the style you want to convey with your jewelry.

Bio: Born and raised in North Carolina, Heather Green has worked as a fashion and beauty consultant as well as freelancing for various wedding, fashion, and health publications. She currently acts as the resident blogger for Online Nursing Degrees where she’s been researching neonatal nursing programs as well as http://www.onlinenursingdegrees.org/types/neonatal.htm.

Copyright 2011 Heather Green, all rights reserved


Monday, June 20, 2011

Passion Flower necklace - using a wire armature



I love the look of freeform peyote stitch criss-crossing its way through a wire armature, especially if I can find some really striking object to use for the centerpiece. I had already started on a freeform piece when I came across my friend Amy E. Fraser’s collection of polymer clay medallions. Amy is an extremely prolific and creative artist whose first love is painting. Based upon a series of enchanting women that she painted, Amy designed many series of medallions. She calls the collection Exalted Beauty. I had a hard time choosing, but finally settled on a floral medallion that Amy made in the colors I was working with.


Materials and Tools:

20 inches sterling silver wire, 14 gauge
Seed beads, #8s and #11s
3-5 assorted glass floral beads, 4-10mm
Nymo O
Polymer clay floral medallion (available from Exalted Beauty)
20 inches of beading wire, .019” diameter
25-35 assorted glass beads, 6-10mm
2 sterling silver crimp tubes, 2mm
Sterling silver toggle clasp

Ball peen hammer
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Measuring tape
Beading needles
Scissors
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1. Assemble a collection of seed beads and assorted accent beads that you might use. I like to gather up twelve or more colors that I think I might work, and make my final selections as I go. I mostly stick with size 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads, but tube beads and some slightly larger beads are nice for texture and variety.


2. Bend heavy gauge sterling silver wire into a curving shape, approximately 4 inches long from end to end. I used 20 inches of 14 gauge wire to create a shape similar to what you see in the photo above. Form a loop at each end and hammer the wire flat with a ball peen hammer.

3. String 4 inches of seed beads in blocks of colors. Peyote stitch along the band with the same colors, doing two complete rows. Weave the band through the sterling silver armature.

4. Starting at one end, peyote stitch around the outer wire. Stitch along one edge of the peyote band, wrapping the thread around each wire that you cross on your first pass. This will be covered by future work. Peyote stitch around the outer wire at the other end.


5. Stitch back and forth from end to end along both the outer and inner edges of your peyote band with freeform peyote and netting stitch. Add beads of different sizes and colors as you please. Skip some stitches, stringing on extra beads, to create arches in your work. Anchor your piece to the armature as you work by weaving in and out of the wires.




6. Build up the texture in the center portion of your freeform work by adding additional arches with seed beads. Add ruffles to these arches by adding three beads at a time instead of just one. For your final rows along the bottom edge, add some larger decorative beads. I added a few glass floral beads. Stitch through the bail of your medallion with small seed beads, attaching it firmly to the rest of the piece.



7. To wear my freeform piece, I created a 17 inch beaded strand with a toggle closure. This gives the option of wearing the strand alone or with the elaborate centerpiece. Cut a 20 inch piece of beading wire, and alternate small and large beads evenly along the entire strand. I used assorted glass beads from 6 to 10 mm in the same colors as my seed beads, and alternated them with size 8/0 seed beads. Use small seed beads at each end and a crimp tube to attach the toggle clasp parts.



Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. 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 17, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


Resin Crafts!
Resing crafts has a special $200 give-a-way ending June 21

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Cyndi Lavin, multi media artist and beader extraordinaire, has added a new chapter to her e-book! Please read my review of it! Her book is now 5 chapters long and is filled with great ideas and beauty -- irresistible! Plus, as you may know,the first chapter continues to be a FREE download! Hooray!  

The Bead Dreamer
Ever wonder if the Knew Concepts red jeweler's saw frame is really better? Charlene shares her take on it.  

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Want a "post-Bead&Button Show" stash of jewelry-making goodies? Enter to win this week's Thursday Giveaway! 

A Bead A Day
Earrings make great gifts in a hurry for yourself and friends! Lisa shares a few newly made pairs using both sparkly and vintage beads!

About.com Jewelry Making
Get in the mood for summer jewelry fun with two turtle jewelry tutorials from Tammy.  

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene dishes up some lovely sunshine - come get some!  

Beads & Books
Have you ever wondered how much traffic websites such as Etsy or ArtFire get? Michelle shares a free online tool that gives you quick website statistics.  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi is experimenting with Apoxie Sculpt!  


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wire artist: Gem Designs by Lee


Artist: Lee
Website: By the Sea Designs


I create mostly earrings using wire sculpture and wire wrapping techniques. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and designed to bring out the beauty of the gemstones. Earrings are challenging because they have to be mirror images of each other as well as the same width and length and they are all done free hand. My goal is always to provide a beautiful, original piece of jewelry that is affordable, and will last and I use only quality gemstones and metals (14k gold led and Argentium sterling silver). My prices range so there is something for everyone.








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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book review and giveaway: Creating Glass Beads

Creating Glass Beads: A New Workshop to Expand Your Beginner Skills and Develop Your Artistic Voice 

Jeri L Warhaftig is already the author of one very fine Lark publication on glass bead making, so you might not think there's a need for another.  Wrong!  Creating Glass Beads is different in scope and design from any other how-to book I've ever seen.  Jeri introduces ten beads as projects, each one covering multiple intermediate and advanced techniques, from constructing hollow beads and mirroring the insides to creating advanced stringers and trying out lapidary work.

Here's the kicker: Jeri has invited fourteen project testers to try out her instructions and see what happened.  I don't know about you, but I'm extremely thankful to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't always get it right the first time!  And the variety of styles that grow from Jeri's instructions will also be inspiring to everyone who likes to color outside the lines anyway!  The step-by-steps are really clear, with excellent photographs, but the message is also clear: do what you want with these ideas!

***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

Here's the best part: you now have a chance to win this book!  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: June 22, 2011

    


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picture Jasper Curl Wrap Bracelet - a tutorial by Paul Bishop

 
Many of you are familiar with Paul Bishop's work from his website Bishop Wire & Bead. You'll also recognize his name and his style from the artist profile that he shared with us here and the other wire wrapping tutorials that he's written for us.  Let me tell you, we're extremely fortunate to have this new tutorial by Paul, because wire wrapping is not my strong point! So, thank you Paul so very much for blessing us again!

As with Paul's other tutorials, it looks long, but it is filled with detail and advice.


TO MAKE WHAT YOU SEE, YOU NEED:
- Annealed black steel wire
- Picture jasper nuggets/barrels
- Hammer
- Anvil/steel block/surface that won't get hurt by hammering
- Flush wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers (two or one and flat nose pliers)
- ball point pen cap/chopstick or something with a strong blunt point

I used 19 gauge wire for this project because the holes in the picture jasper were fairly large.

The wire is annealed black steel which you should be able to get very cheaply at a hardware store. My 50 feet (15.25 metre) roll of wire cost less than $5. I use this and copper wire as practice wire. When you think steel, you usually think of it as very hard. This wire is not. Even at 19 gauge it is actually very soft. We will strengthen it by hammering.


TO DO IT YOUR WAY:

You need all the same things except your choice of wire and stones.

Start with picking your stones. Round or oval stones with holes through the long axis work best with the bead cages you'll make.

Next, choose your wire for the links through the stones. The wire needs to fit through the stone comfortably but no more. A little play is fine as this will allow the bead to roll. The wire must bear the weight of the stones well.



HOW MUCH WIRE TO MAKE A CAGE?

Take a piece of string and wrap it three or four times around the stone with the largest middle, keeping the wrap perpendicular to the direction of the hole. This is a gauge for the MINIMUM of how much wire you'll need to make a bead cage for one of the stones. Three wraps is generally good for round stones, four or more for nuggets/barrels.


MAKE THE CAGE

1. Cut a wire that length and straighten it.
2. Use the round nose pliers to make a small loop at both ends in opposite directions. It will look like a very long, skinny s (or if you're a math geek, an integral symbol). These loops should be just big enough for the wire to go through.
3. Holding the loop in the chain or flat pliers with the straight wire sticking out, push the wire toward the loop to start a tight spiral.
4. Move the spiral so the pliers hold onto the newest curve and push the wire again.
5. Do the same on the other side, alternating back and forth to come closer to the center of the wire, trying to keep the spirals the same size and tightness.
6. Using the pen or chopstick, push one spiral up in the center to separate the coils a little into a dome shape.
7. Do the same to the other spiral, making sure you push it out the other way.
8. With the center of the wire in the middle, gently fold one half of the spiral over onto the other so the domes point away from each other. Do not push it flat, just gently bend it together like a clamshell. This is a bead cage.


CAGE THE BEAD

Take one stone and insert it into the bead cage. The fit might be tight, but you can push the domes further out, and/or undo the spiral a little by twisting each end in opposite directions toward the center wire (like loosening a spring). The stone's hole should line up with the centers of the spirals.


MAKE IT A LINK

1. Working directly from the spool, straighten the end of the wire and push it through the centre of one spiral, through the bead and out through the other spiral.
2. Use the round nose pliers to make a simple loop. Do not overlap the wires, just get them very close.
3. Push the caged bead away from the loop.
4. Lay the loop on the edge of the hammering surface and hammer the loop fairly flat. Be careful not to hit the bead, and don't make the wire too flat. Well-flattened wires become sharp-edged.
5. Use the chain nose pliers to gently push the loop closed again. The loop is much harder than before and the wire is also more brittle.
6. Push the caged bead back up to the flat loop.
7. Measure off enough wire and make another simple loop of similar size.
8. You can't push the bead away from the hammer this time, so be very careful hammering the loop. Gentle strikes without raising the hammer too high work best.
9. Again, use the pliers to close the link if the ends separate.

That's one caged stone link. You can experiment with the length of the double-spiral wire to get more loops in a cage.

In my design, caged stone links alternate with similar links with no stone. The no-stone links are shorter and the S-spirals smaller and more stretched, but the construction and loop hammering is the same.

Repeat "Make The Cage", "Cage the Bead" and "Make It A Link" to make as many caged bead as you need. Make no-stone links as you need for your chosen pattern.

To connect the component links, either twist a link loop open slightly and attach it to the next and close the loop, or put two loops on an open jumpring and close the jumpring.



THE CLASP

1. Working from the wire coil, put a loop on the end and start a spiral with a little looseness.
2. After two or three full turns, make a sharp bend in the wire and pull it up past the other end of the spiral in a slight curve. It should start to look like an eye.
3. Imagine a line through the center of the spiral crossing the first bend. At the point where this line crossed the at the other end of the spiral, make another sharp bend and pull it back down the other side of the spiral.   It should really look like an eye now.
4. Just past the middle of the spiral, leave enough to make a small loop, cut the wire and make the loop by curling the wire back onto itself away toward the last bend.
5. Bend the wire and tighten the spiral a little to get the sharp bends and center aligned.
6. Put the clasp on the hammering surface and hammer it, flipping it over every few strokes to even out the spread.
7. The wire will flatten and the spiral might undo a little. If that happens, gently bend the clasp back into shape.


ATTACHING THE CLASP

Hook one end of the bracelet over the loop, past the first bend to the second, then gently push the spiral into the outer wire to close the gap. This will keep the loop from sliding off the clasp.

To wear the bracelet, hoop any loop over the other end of the clasp. It will notch into the bend and hold itself in place.

My bracelet will fit up to a 9 inch wrist. If someone has a smaller wrist, the wearer can simply hook it further up the bracelet. Some people don't mind the excess weight dangling down, some do. All you have to do is open the loop and take the excess off.

For someone who likes large stone necklaces, adde a few extra components to an existing bracelet to create one. Alternately, join two bracelets. To make earrings, make caged stone components with one loop end and one spiral end and put them on earwires.


Copyright 2011 Paul Bishop. All rights reserved.



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Wire artists: Perfectos Dragones line from JousJous



Website: JousJous


Perfectos Dragones was founded by a group of graphic, industrial, and fashion designers during Argentina's economic collapse (1999-2002). During this time, Perfectos Dragones placed an emphasis on giving a new direction to traditional jewelry materials since Gold, Silver, and Platinum were no longer available. The collective aims to create beautiful jewelry that is unique and eco-friendly, focusing on utilizing unconventional materials.




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Wire artist: Leah Hitchcock



Artist: Leah Hitchcock
Website: Michon Design

About 10 years ago, when I started my jewelry business, I was an artsy single girl in my early 20s. I could stay up til 3 am crocheting 28g wire into a collar if I wanted to.

Fast forward to now, I'm in my 30s and am a wife and mother of a 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl, and work part time. While I still love designing and making jewelry, the only reason I'm up til 3 am these days is if one of the kids is sick! I'm taking a break from making jewelry to sell, and focusing on just making things for myself and to give as gifts. Since I rarely have more than 15 minutes or so to work (if that), my design focus is on making something that I love, quickly. I'll use pretty much anything to make jewelry these days - paper, shrink plastic, and ink, for example, in addition to wire, metal, and beads.



I recently transformed my old jewelry selling website into a general purpose blog, where I write about all my creative interests - currently, in addition to jewelry making with mixed media, I'm into cooking, paper crafts, and any kid-friendly projects that my 3 year old can work on.




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Friday, June 10, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!



Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei put together a nice collection of items that would be great for your Art Bead Scene challenge entry this month.

Resin Crafts!
Resin Crafts blog has a post introducing shrinky dink to resin.  

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean "reviews" a few items from the fabulously lush and unique online bead store, ARTBEADS! See what she does with some of the materials which she purchased there!  

A Bead A Day
If you enjoy using photos in your jewelry creations, stop by A Bead A Day to pick up some simple instructions for making label holder necklaces!  

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy has a new Twitter account and an updated Facebook page for her site. Please like & follow her!  

Art Bead Scene
Come see what ABS has in store for this month's challenge!  

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Barbe shows off The Queen and her Industrial Chic Crown

Beads & Books
Michelle shares two different summertime necklaces she made using components from Earthenwood Studio.
 
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has featured her "Waiting for the bus" ring.  

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy's put together a few of her favorites and come up with a sweet ring.  

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Wire artist: Gayle Tillem Benator


Artist: Gayle Tillem Benator
Website: Gila Leah

I’m an “accidental” artist, who combines my latent love of fashion and Judaism; along with my ethic of good materials, quality and service in creating wearable art. I’m passionate about bringing forth beautiful designs that look good and that people can wear and use with pride. These attached images are of a Jewish themed sterling silver, turquoise, dyed freshwater pearls and seed beads necklace; tarnish resistant sterling silver his n her Jewish book marks with turquoise, coral and pink opal; and sterling silver Jewish themed wine charms with aquamarines.








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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Copper bead necklace - part two



Starting with the copper beads that I showed you on Monday, I wired together a necklace with copper wire and chain, and some fabric beads.

Materials and Tools

Copper beads
Fabric
Plastic straws
Glue
Yarn or ribbons
Glass beads
Copper wire, 18 gauge
Copper chain
Copper lobster claw
Jump rings

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Measuring tape




1. Cut some long triangles of fabric and roll up a set of fabric beads around cut pieces of straw, using a bit of glue to anchor them at the beginning and the end.  Add yarn or ribbons if desired. Allow to dry thoroughly.


2. Create links with the copper and the fabric beads, alternating with short pieces of chain. I chose to make a double strand. For the copper beads, add a glass bead to each end and turn wrapped loops around the chain. For the fabric beads, slip onto a length of wire and add size 6/0 seed beads to stabilize them before turning the loops.


3. Add chain and a lobster claw or other clasp that you desire to the top.

Part one
Part two

Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. 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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