Friday, November 29, 2013

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!



Art Bead Scene
Check out our Happy Thanksgiving Post - and a round up of contributors' Black Friday promotions!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean has a blast from the past, jewelry wise, at her pad. See her blog for info!

About.com
Fun for fall....with these super cute acorn beads made using real acorns.

Resin Crafts Blog
Penny for your thoughts! The penny is now out of circulation in Canada. Creating a memento of it is easy with Jewlery Clay.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Icon imagery is showcased in this magazine cover necklace Carmi submitted to Perles et cetera magazine.



   Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Special offer from Art Jewelry Online



Velina Glass contacted me with this very special offer for you, but you must take advantage of it very soon!  Starting now, Black Friday and ending on Cyber Monday, you will receive 25% off your purchase from Art Jewelry Online when you use the promo code art-jewelry.



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book review and giveaway: Project - Necklaces




Project: Necklaces, published by Kalmbach Publishing, has a wonderful array of 30 necklaces for beginners and intermediate beaders.  All the projects can be found in previous issues of Bead & Button magazine, and are all fully-tested winners.

The introduction has all the info you'll need on tools and materials, the techniques that you'll use, and how to fit a necklace properly.  This fitting section is the best part of the book besides the projects with very useful tips.  The rest of the book falls into four sections: stringing, single stitch pieces, combined techniques, and wirework.

My favorite piece is by Stephanie Eddy




  GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!
Would you like to win a free copy of this book?  Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully.  Leave me a comment here 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: December 3, 2013.


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Bead Journal Project: November 2013

Double St Petersburg Chain Stitch, in process

Do you like St Petersburg Chain Stitch?  I've never been a really big fan until I started this year's Bead Journal Project.  As soon as I began to see how helpful St Pete's could be for filling in large bead embroidered areas, I began to really love it, especially after the stitch pattern became automatic.  This is a complicated stitch, particularly the Double St Petersburg chain stitch, which I used here, but it is really worth working on and mastering the flow.

Double St Petersburg Chain Stitch, finished

All of my seed beads and the faceted rounds came from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.  The central bead cabochon came from The Best Beads.








Bored By Back Stitch will teach you how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches.  Learn how beadweaving stitches can be morphed into beautiful bead embroidered motifs, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads.
The specific motifs you will learn are designs that use embroidered forms of basic peyote, Cellini spiral peyote, brick, Russian spiral, herringbone, chevron chain, right angle weave, square, African helix, and double or single St Petersburg chain.  In addition, there are step-by-step instructions for three projects to help you use your motifs.  The e-book is available now, 127 pages, $3.00 US.  

January plus explanation for the series
February
March
April

May

June
July

August
September
October

Copyright 2013 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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Friday, November 22, 2013

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!



Carmi's Art/World Life
While most people would turn gifted fabric into a quilt or clothing, Carmi felt it was best to showcase it in a bib necklace.

Resin Crafts Blog
This week Carmi shares her newest bezels made from painted gilded samples from her journal.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Cindy Wimmer's great wireworking book, The Missng Link -- it is wonderful!

About.com Jewelry Making
Copper is the new silver....as in much more affordable and thus much more popular. Here are loads of jewelry tutorials that include copper.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's not too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.


















Ear cuff jewelry by Rings&Things


















Vintage watch and zipper bracelet by Carmi Cimicata















Wordy hairpins by Alicia Dirago




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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book review: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders



Kristal Wick has written a new book for Lark Books, called Metal Clay 101 for Beaders.  This is the second book in the "101 for Beaders" series.  The first, you might remember, was Candie Cooper's Metalworking 101 for Beaders (my review).  I gave that book very high marks, and same goes for this one.  Kristal has a very easy to read and follow style of writing and illustrating her work.

If you haven't ever gotten involved in metal clay before, you might just be amazed by the variety of forms that are now available.  Kristal's purpose in writing the book is to show you how to make pieces that will integrate with your current beadwork: focals, beads, bead caps, bead frames, toggles, charms, connectors, links, pendants, bracelet ends, and end cones.  Imagine having a toggle set for your necklace or bracelet, custom made!  Wouldn't that be great?  Well, Kristal will show you how.  There are 30 projects that combine metal clay components with beautiful beads.

Puzzle Bracelet...one of my favorites
Kristal covers PMC Sterling, PMC3, BronzClay, Fastfire BronzClay, and CopprClay, and all the techniques you'll need to work with them successfully.  She also includes some beginner bead and wire techniques that you'll need for the projects.  But the meat of the book is about making your own beautiful, unique, completely original components for your work!



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Bezel Effects project - part three



Well, I could have saved myself some time, but projects just don't always go the way we want!


Starting with my plain hinge bracelet (see Part two from last week), I decided to do some bead embroidery around one of the Bezel Effects bottle caps I made (see Part one) and use it for a central cabochon.  The plan was to use two more plain bottle cap cabs on the sides.



That's where things went wrong, although not terribly wrong!  The beaded cab was just too big for the central platform.  In fact, once I looked at it a bit more closely, I realized that almost any amount of beading was going to make it too big.  Oh well...time for plan B.


I actually think that the plain Bezel Effects bottle cap cabochons are more in keeping with the rustic vintage hinges.  And now I have a left over stitched piece to use in another project!  Yay!

Bezel Effects paints, resin, and hole-punch tool from PJTool

Here are all the parts of this tutorial in case you missed anything:
Part one
Part two
Part three


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


A Bead A Day
Do you get bead obsessed? Stop by A Bead A Day, where you will find a kindred spirit sharing her latest bead obsession.

Resin Crafts Blog
If you have ever wondered about how to make unique cabochons for jewelry designs, this new EasyCast video should be a big help!

Art Bead Scene
Check out how ceramicist, art bead artist and jeweller Kylie Parry updates and personalises her holiday packaging!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean enjoys some special jewelry creativity with the help of the season's first snow, some friends, and a camera!




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Save 30% on Jewelry Downloads at Interweave

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's not too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.


Recycled paper jewelry by Mark Montano


















Handmade beads e-book by Beading Daily



















Falling Water necklace by Papernstitch




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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book review: Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects



There's a new collection in town, and you're going to want to have a look if you would like to do bead embroidery.  Jamie Cloud Eakin writes that the purpose of her new book, Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, published by Lark Books, is "to advance your knowledge of design and construction for bead embroidery jewelry."  If you've already read Jamie's other books, you'll know the techniques, stitches, and basic process, but she has included it in the back for those who may be new.  And I really think beginners are the best audience for this wonderful book.  Here's why:

Jamie has arranged the book to take you through ever-increasingly complex forms, starting with pendant style necklaces, both plain and fringed, and moving on to what Jamie calls "totems", which are more complicated pendant forms.  Next come necklaces with more than one focal element, from simple panels all the way to a complete collar that sports a whole collection of beads (including the one shown on the cover.  From there, Jamie moves to asymmetrical collars or necklaces, and finishes with earrings, a pin, and some bracelets.  The book encourages you to sizes, styles, and colors of stones and beads, and many many tips are included to help you make your piece truly your own.

A Jamie Cloud Eakin piece similar to one in the book

An interesting tip that Jamie includes involves the necklace bead strand for pieces that have them.  She suggests choosing the strand colors before doing the embroidery.  I do the exact opposite, but there you have it...see what works for you!

This is why she is one of my favorite bead embroidery artists, even though our styles are so very different: her designs are beautiful, well-balanced, very wearable, and visually delightful.  They are not so complicated that it will take you the rest of your life to finish.  Yup.  I really like her work!




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Monday, November 11, 2013

Bezel Effects project - part two



While I waited for my Bezel Effects paints to dry (see Part one from last week), I deconstructed a disk-style bracelet and added some holes to the hinges where they were needed.  Along with some jump rings, these were the materials I needed to make this hinge bracelet which will feature some of the Bezel Effects cabochons that I made.


1. Separate the bracelet into 3 sections with 2 disks each.  Keep the clasp attached to 1 section.  Save the rest of the chain for another project.


2. Use PJ Tool's two-hole punch to add holes as needed to the hinges.



3. This shows the chain from the back.  I used 2 jump rings on each end to attach the chain to the hinges.



4. Here's what it looks like from the front.



5. And here is the completed hinge bracelet frame.  Add more jump rings if you need more length as you work.

Next week, I'll show you how the Bezel Effects cabochons work with this bracelet!

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!



Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi's new colour palette for this month's challenge piece by C├ęzanne.

A Bead A Day
Looking for a super quick, easy AND versatile project? Just change the ribbon color and make one for all your friends!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean is hosting a giveaway on her blog for Scott David Plumlee's wonderful new book, SILVER SOLDERING SIMPLIFIED, and it is a very special giveaway--it is INTERNATIONAL! How Great!!!


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Thursday, November 07, 2013

It's not too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.

















5 Minute vase necklace by Michelle L














LED hair bow by Becky Stern



















Faux lampwork paper beads by Craft Test Dummies



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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Beautiful bead embroidery by Veralynne Malone


I received a lovely message from Veralynne, who wanted me to know that she had found my e-book Bored By Back Stitch to be inspiring!  Well, that is music to my ears and eyes, especially since she attached a couple of pictures of the piece she made using the St Petersburg chain stitch!  Veralynne graciously allowed me to share them with you here...isn't this a pretty piece?  Besides her blog (linked above) you can also contact Veralynne through her Etsy shop and you can read more about the challenge she was responding to in her blog post.




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Monday, November 04, 2013

Bezel Effects project - part one

Bezel Effects bracelet by ImpressArt

I recently received some fun new paints to play with from PJ Tool.  Now maybe you're wondering what paints have to do with beads and jewelry, but stick with me!  PJ Tool is calling the new line "Bezel Effects", and it includes these very cool solvent-based paints from Pebeo which can easily be poured into a bezel, either a single color or mixed with other paints.  Then the magic begins as the solvents cause the colors to pool and separate in unpredictable ways.

After they have dried, you can add epoxy resin to the tops to created a finished glassy domed look.  I found them quite entertaining to play with and enjoyed using both bezels from ImpressArt and "homemade" bezels like bottle caps and closet slide hardware.  Here is the process in a nutshell, and next time I'll show you the piece that I made.  Here's a hint...it's going to use some of the hinges that I showed you a few weeks ago that I picked up in Astoria Oregon!!


1. Gather a selection of bezels and found objects to use as bezels.  The bezel with the loop came from PJ Tool.



2. After mixing and drizzling the paints into the bezels, use a large bowl to keep them from being accidentally touched or having dust/cat hair/other debris embed by mistake.



3. This is a single color that has simply been poured into the PJ Tool bezel.  Isn't that honeycomb effect cool?  This is one of the "Prisme" colors.



4. So here is a different look.  I spilled some of the paint (two colors mixed) onto the waxed paper I had under the bezels.  After it dried, I peeled it up and added it to a bezel that had already been heat treated and scuffed.  It doesn't fill the bezel perfectly, as you can see, but when I poured the resin over it to seal it in, all the cracks were leveled off.  It's got a great rustic look now.



5. After pouring the paint and letting it dry, the surface is slightly shiny but sort of unfinished looking, and will be vulnerable to scratches.



6. Adding a dollop of epoxy resin to the top of each bezel gives a glassy smooth and slightly domed finish to the bezels.  Let these cure back under the tupperware bowl.

Next week, I'll show you what I'm doing with some of these Bezel Effects cabochons!

Part one
Part two
Part three

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