Friday, September 30, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Take a look at the bracelet that Andrew created for Sarajo Wentling's Honey Do Challenge!

Resin Figurine Repair Step-by-Step
Rescuing old inventory of Christmas figurines: how to determine type of paint to use, prepare for painting, match colors and match finish coat.

Alligator Gar Scale Earrings!
What are "Alligator gar scales" you might ask? Well, check out this video from Tappingflamingo. Terry Jeanette will explain all about it....

Happy Birthday Silhouette Accordion Card
A folding screen card is a cute variation on an accordion fold card because it’s made to resemble a room divider screen. How to make one with your electronic cutter or with stamps and hand punches.

Window to the Soul
Check out Cindy's version of this pattern, available on Etsy. Decide your own color choices!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pre-Black Friday sale at Fire Mountain Gems right now

Fire Mountain Gems now has over 11,000 items on sale up to 63% off! The sale covers a huge span of product categories, from beads to finished jewelry, and even includes items from other mediums such as scrapbooking and leatherworking. Without a doubt, there is something for everyone at this sale. Please note that the items listed below contain affiliate links.

Sterling Silver and Enamel Heart Charm 

Retail Price: $55.75
Sale Price: $30.42

Faceted Glass Bead Cubes, 16-inch Strand

Retail Price: $9.00
Sale Price: $4.36

Freshwater Pearls, Pkg of 3 16-inch Strands 

Retail Price: $20.03
Sale Price: $9.68

Swarovski Crystal Sew-on Drop, Pkg of 2

Retail Price: $1.64
Sale Price: $1.36

Large Turquoise Chips
15-inch Strand

Retail Price: $10.66
Sale Price: $4.95

Butterfly Chain with Lobster Claw Clasp

Retail Price: $9.59
Sale Price: $4.53

Faceted Double Cone Glass Beads, 16-inch Strand 

Retail Price: $6.59
Sale Price: $3.20

Black Glass Teardrops
16-inch Strand

Retail Price: $9.43
Sale Price: $4.59

Polymer Clay Bead Mix
Pkg of 30

Retail Price: $6.47
Sale Price: $1.25

Monday, September 26, 2016

Square-cornered jasper bead embroidery tutorial - part one

There are many methods of stitching square or rectangular bezels, both in bead weaving and in bead embroidery, but by far my favorite method is the herringbone corner.  I recently came across this extremely deep jasper cabochon that I bought years ago, buried down at the bottom of my stone stash.  Ok, time to dust it off and show you the easiest square or rectangular bezel you ever want to see!

Materials + Tools

Red jasper cabochon
Red jasper top drilled bead
Other red jasper beads and cabs
Note - the exact cab and bead that I had are no longer available.  The cab at the link above has a drilled hole, which you will need to fill with a decorative bead.  I added the link to "Other" so that you could substitute if you'd prefer.

Seed Beads
Size 11/0:
Iris bronze
Iris peacock
Silver-lined purple

Size 15/0
Transparent rainbow dark gold

Nymo beading thread, size O, black
Beading needles
Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede
Double sided tape

1. As usual, stitch a row of back stitch around the stone with size 11/0 seed beads (Iris bronze).  To make it easier to see, and to set off the architectural look of this style, I put a slightly different color seed bead right in each corner (Iris peacock).  Keep an even number of beads on each side, not counting the corners.  Run your thread through all the stitches a second time to cinch them up, and tack down on the back of the foundation fabric.  Come up so that you have passed through a corner bead and one additional row bead.  Begin peyote stitch down to the next corner.

2. When you reach the next corner bead, skip it and add two seed beads over top of it.  Repeat around, adding two beads at each corner.  In the following rows, these two beads will be the base for a herringbone stitch, which will hug the corner.  I added several more rows because of how deep my stone is, and in the final two rows I switched to size 15/0 seed beads (Transparent rainbow dark gold), using size 11/0s only on the corners.  For the final row, I added a single bead at the top of the herringbone stitches just to finish them off.

3.  I added two more rows of back stitched seed beads around the bezeled cabochon (Iris peacock and Silver-lined purple), and cut out the piece.  I also cut a piece of backing fabric to match.

Next week I'll show you how I finished it off.  It's a simple little pendant, but I like it!

This post contains affiliate links
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part two

The first three steps for this bead embroidery tutorial were posted last week and can be found at the link!

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.

4. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best!  Last week I was left wondering whether to add more accent beads around the outside of the design as well as in the middle.  Obviously I decided no.  The cabochons are pretty busy, and I really didn't want to stitch something that would detract too much, so I added a row of silver-lined size 11/0 seed beads plus a row of size 8/0s in the same color as the first row of back stitched outline beads.  Then I cut out the piece and cut a backing piece of fabric to match.

5. Edging brick stitch all around the outside, through both layers of fabric to hide the stitching on the back and to finish the raw edge.

6. I added only one size 15/0 seed bead to each edging stitch.  Can you see the thread colors?  Step 5 was done with dark thread, while for Step 6 I switched to white.

7. Stitch a square stitch bail on the back of the piece.  You could do this before doing Steps 5 and 6, but sometimes it is a bit difficult to judge exactly where to place it so your piece is balanced when it's asymmetrical like this one.  I just stick a beading needle straight into the back and let it dangle until I find the right spot.

8. Finished!  It took longer to make the cabs than it did to stitch up the piece :-)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

Section Five is Live!
The free Tiny SAL is almost halfway done, but there's still plenty of time to get involved. Find out how to get the charts.

Silhouette Foil Print & Cut: How to Save Time & Money
This Silhouette Foil print and cut project should be quick and easy. It will be for you if you follow the tips Eileen learned along the way.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Resources: Kumihimo, Macrame, and Jewelry Resin

Frequently, Fire Mountain Gems publishes content that teaches you new skills.  Here are three of the most currently popular art forms and the resources they offer.  Note that the links to products are affiliate links, but just so you know, the vast majority of my online and catalog shopping is through FMG.  I don't recommend what I don't like!

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings. 


Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas

Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to product a lace-like pattern. It's often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs as well, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings. 


Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas

Jewelry Resin 
Use jewelry resin to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating. 


How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant 
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas

Monday, September 12, 2016

Triple cabochon bead embroidery tutorial - part one

Isn't it nice when you find a way to redeem a mistake?  That's exactly what I'm trying to do here in this latest bead embroidery tutorial!  I made these flat jelly roll polymer clay pieces several years ago, and was less than thrilled with how they turned out.  By far the biggest disappointment was that I should have placed them over scrap clay to get a rounded shape rather than leaving them flat.

Still, live and learn...and use what you have rather than always buying more!  That seems to be my motto this fall :-)

So grab your free copy of Chapter one of Every Bead Has a Story, and join me in making lemonade out of lemons!

1. Adhere your cabochons to a piece of foundation fabric.  I used glue this time instead of double-sided tape, because I am a little more fearful of pieces popping off since they are totally flat rather than rounded.  

2. To begin, I added a row of back stitch around each shape with size 11/0 seed beads.  Make sure your bead count ends up an even number.  I then added one row of peyote stitch with the same beads, and one row of peyote stitch with smaller (size 15/0) beads.  Cinch the top row in to cover the edges.  For the piece shown above, I've also already added one more row of back stitch around the shape.  

3. I continued encircling each shape with a bezel, and started adding some larger beads to the center portion.  I think some more of these large beads will appear at some random spots outside the center too, or maybe some pearls...

Join me for Part Two next week and find out!

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Friday, September 09, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew's Creative heART Challenge is going full steam ahead! See his latest creations for this project! If you like rubies, you'll be in for a treat!

Make a Donation Can for Your Favorite Charity with Laser Image Transfers & Cut Vinyl Text
Here are two methods to create designs that conform to uneven surfaces like the ribbed surface of this can.

Tiny SAL - Get Involved
Section three of the free Tiny SAL has been posted - find out how to get started.

Snap out of it, jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Metalsmithing Made Easy, A Practical Guide to Cold Connections, Simple Soldering, Stone Setting, and More! by Kate Ferrant Richbourg--a great book

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Book review: Modern Beaded Lace

As a lacemaker, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel realized one day that a bead could be a stand-in for a knot of lace.  Since she was also a beader, this became the start of something seriously lacy!  Rather than forcing beads into traditional lace stitches though, Cynthia figured out how to use traditional beadweaving stitches and let the results resemble lace.  This is really good news for those of us who enjoy beadweaving but have never dabbled in lacemaking.  Modern Beaded Lace is an intermediate skill level book, and you really need to be familiar the beadweaving, or be willing to spend some time working on the stitches, which have excellent illustrations.

Cynthia introduces us to the basic vocabulary, including the three main elements of lace -- figures, cordonnets, and ground -- and she promises that each project uses one or more of these elements in its design.  She also includes a primer of types of lace (think Hardanger, bobbin, tatting, etc) and each project tells you which lace inspired it.

Before you launch into the projects, Cynthia takes you through what beadweaving stitches are used for the different elements of lace, and she refreshes you on how to do the stitches.  This includes fringe, ladder, herringbone, netting, peyote, RAW, Russian snake, and square stitch.  And Cyndithia also discusses her actual design process for those who want to step out and create their own designs.

Looking through the projects, you can easily see how motifs from, for example, a necklace, would make a nice pair of earrings.  The design possibilities will take you far beyond the projects in this book if you desire to follow the lacy path!  Published by Interweave.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Black glass pendant bead embroidery tutorial - part two

Last week in Part One, I showed you the first few steps in getting your bead embroidery project set up and started.  Today we'll finish off the beaded bezel and the backing.  This is a quick and easy bead embroidery project, especially if you are a beginner.  I would also invite you to go get the free download of Chapter one of my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story, which will walk you through the stitches and materials if you've never done this before.  Chapter two has detailed instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel.  

1. Working off the back stitched row of size 11/0 seed beads, add rows of peyote stitch until you reach the very top of the donut.  At that point, switch to a smaller size of beads (size 15/0 is what I use), and add one or two rows to cinch in the top over the edge of your donut.  

I've added two rows because of the shape of the top edge of my pendant, and also for added security.  Remember from last week, my donut is stitched down at the top, so even though I've only used double-sided tape, I will not lose my donut even if the worst happened and it popped out of the bezel.  Do what you need to do to ensure this doesn't happen!

2. You can see in this shot that I've added another back stitched row outside the foundation row of size 11/0 beads.  Then I cut away the foundation fabric to within 1/8 inch of the outer row, being careful not to clip any threads.  I have also cut the foundation fabric out behind the hole in the donut.  This is optional, but I think it's a nice touch.  

3. Lightly tape or glue the top to a piece of backing fabric in order to cover all the stitching.  Apply edging brick stitch through the two pieces of fabric all the way around, and then add short stacks of smaller (size 15/0) seed beads to each edging bead.  These stitches are also covered in Chapter one of Every Bead Has a Story.  

See how the stitching covers the raw edges of the two pieces of fabric?  You will also need to cut a corresponding hole now in the backing fabric if you cut one in the foundation (inside the donut hole).  I simply whip stitched the two pieces of fabric together inside the hole, but if the hole is extra big, you could add a row of edging brick stitch with beads if you wanted.  Mine is too small for that!

I added a black jump ring to match the bail wire, and it's now hanging on a simple rubber necklace cord.   

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