Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yay for KJ!!

KJ, who writes KJ's Beadacious Beads, is the winner of our last giveaway package from Cherry Tree Beads!  Congratulations, KJ!!

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Wire resources and tutorials from our archives

Basic Wirework informational and suppliers links

Book reviews:
   Wire Wrapping
   101 Wire Earrings
   Contemporary Copper Jewelry
   Chain Style
   Lacy Wire Jewelry
   Classic Chain Mail Jewelry
   Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders
   Making Beautiful Bead and Wire Jewelry
   Handcrafted Wire Findings

Some simple tutorials:
   Making a wrapped loop
   A multi-strand necklace with wrapped loops
   A "leftover" toggle necklace
   Creating a wire and ribbon necklace
   A freeform seed bead necklace on a wire armature
   Copper necklace with wire links
   A wire wrapped beach rock
   A Crocheted wire necklace
   A "sea glass" necklace
   Circuit breaker necklace
   Faerie Bells
   Chain maille bead earrings
   Freeform peyote on a wire armature

Tutorials by our wire guru, Paul Bishop:
   Making a wire wrapped flower
   A free-form wire wrap
   A spiral on a flat pendant
   Sodalite Delightful
   Briolette suspension
   Wire wrap bracelet

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Black Sparkle Ring: a wire wrapping project

A guest tutorial by Beads Direct

To make this sensational Black Sparkle Ring, you will need
Silver plated beading wire, 0.5mm (W38)
Aluminum silver beading wire, 2mm (W203)
Czech 8mm glass beads ,hematite (BG529)
Czech 8mm glass beads ,jet (BG407)
Crystal glass heart beads , black (BG1289)
Crystal glass twisted coin beads , smoky (BG1262)

In three easy steps...

STEP 1 Wrap your aluminum wire 3 times around your chosen ring shaper (you can use anything tubular that is the right size for your finger) leaving an end of approx. 3cm at one end, and the coiled wire at the other. Wrap the end of wire around 2-3 times to hold everything together. Snip off any excess wire if necessary.

STEP 2 Snip around 10cm of silver wire and thread on a bead. Holding the bead close to the wire ring base, wrap each end of silver wire around the base. Position the bead where you would like it on the ring, and then start to wrap the thick wire around it.

STEP 3 After a few wraps, add another bead and wrap the wire around this bead and the one you added before. Keep adding beads and wrapping in this way. You can stop after just a few beads if you’d like a simple ring. When you’re happy with the size of your ring, post the end of the wire through the middle of the ring and pull it out through a gap in the beads and snip off any excess wire.

 The same ring with different colors!

For more great tips, ideas and more videos check out the Beads Direct website!
Copyright © 2011 Beads Direct

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


Carmi's Art/Life World
Resin + chocolate = great new bezels!

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
It's a Tangle Tutorial. Come make a pair of "Well-Loved" earrings!  

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Lumber everywhere! Melanie's wood-grain components are popping up in Beads 2011, on the Vintaj blog as the Art Bead Partner of the month, and at Art Bead Scene in a huge giveaway!  

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei's birthday brought big changes to her jewelry studio this week, come on over and watch her vlog.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean had a wonderful time creating a necklace set using both Artbeads and Earthenwood Studio components together, as she a blogging and design partner for each! See what she designed ! You might think the end result is as as yummy as she does !!!  

The Bead Dreamer
Stick beads, gemstones and wood earring findings inspire a necklace and matching earrings - both made using the same wood findings!  

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew hosts one of the biggest Thursday Giveaways EVER! You could win TWELVE coin pendants from his Shop!  

A Bead A Day
Featured Designer, Genea, creates some very happy beads and shares how she works them into gorgeous jewelry pieces!  

About.com Jewelry Making
Find out how you can use your beading skills to help raise money for an Autism center.  

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene is having a giveaway. Come check it out!  

Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
It's jewelry "Re Do" time and a giveway of the finished piece  

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wire artist: Gia Scarano

Artist: Gia Scarano
Website: Earth Art Fire

Earth Art Fire is the creation of Gia Scarano, who currently lives in Oakland, California. Her style of wirework is the result of traveling, meeting great teachers, and the independent study of ancient traditions from all over the world.

Since graduating Boston University in 2003 with a degree in anthropology, she spent most of her time between Hawaii and South America farming and making art. The influence of two years learning in South America is evident in her style of wirework, as is the heartsong of four years of Pele's influence. Manning a chipper shredder, hauling fertilizer and moving boulders of lava by day, going to yoga, and twisting sterling silver with other metals to elegantly frame gems and crystals by night, she passed her time gathering strength living off the grid before heeding the call to California.

Earth Art Fire Jewelry can be found in the Bay at Yeah Baby in Fairfax, Gioia in San Anselmo, Pkok on Hight St SF, Siamese Dream on College Ave in Berkeley, and the Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland. Gia can be found hosting seed sowing workshops and participating in community building events all over the Bay. She puts a loving, healing intention in each piece, and welcomes custom work if you already have a crystal or design in mind. May we all be empowered to create that which brings the most joy and peace. Namaste.

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Wire artist profiles from the archives

Three Owls by Terry Pugh

Along with the new artists that we've met this month, I think you'll be very inspired by visiting some of the talented people we've profiled previously!

Wendy Van Camp

Kelly Alvarez Mace

Penny Purdie

Leah Hitchcock-Ybarra

Deborah Kwitney

Bernadine Stoopman

Olivia Competente

Puakea Soares-Mercado

Paul Bishop

Kathy Pine

Bonnie Riconda

Arriel Goodwin

Terry Pugh

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yay for Laura!

Laura Thykeson, writer of Taz's Corner, is the winner of the wonderful package of Cherry Hill Beads from last week.  Congratulations to Laura!  One more package to go, boys and girls...enter today! 

Surprise package #6 from Cherry Tree Beads!

This is the last fabulous giveaway package from Cherry Tree BeadsBill and BeBe Edwards, the owners, sent me so many wonderful beads to share with you that we have decided to give them away in smaller lots, so here comes the final one, package #6!


Here's what's in package #6 (shown above):
Base-metal beads, rondelles with floral design
Base-metal beads, barrels with double circles
Base-metal silver-colored toggles

Would you like to win them?  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: May 31, 2011. 

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Wire artist: Jessica Russell

Artist: Jessica Russell
Website: Tumbleweed Bead Co

Our pieces are handcrafted in the United States using all recycled metals featuring natural stones. Our jewelry is versatile, feminine, and eco-friendly. I started Tumbleweed in 2003 and love being able to express my creativity in fun, wearable designs.

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Wire artist: Jelena Louie


Artist: Jelena Louie
Website: Change of hART

Change of hART is a small jewelry and wedding flower design studio based in Wichita, KS. It is owned and operated by Jelena Louie, a Textile Design graduate of FIDM, Los Angeles, CA who, after attempting to make a name for herself in the realm of fine art (painting) and wearable art, had a change of heart and decided it was time to change the art form as well. She then apprenticed with a jeweler in Sitka, AK for two years.
Jelena's branching into beaded and wire wrapped jewelry began in 2003, and she has drawn her inspiration from nature's bounty ever since. Techniques Jelena most frequently uses in her jewelry design are wire wrapping and wire knitting, metal stamping, knotting, and stringing. In her wedding floral designs, she combines fabric, feathers, beads, crystals, and rhinestones to mimic natural flowers "with a twist."

Knit and Pearl

Jelena was an active member of California Silk Artists group in Santa Monica, CA from 1999 to 2003, and Baranof Arts and Crafts Association in Sitka, AK from 2005 to 2008. In 2010, she won the 1st place in the Jewelry category at the Halstead Fine Art and Craft Festival in Halstead, KS.  She exhibited annually at Sitka Artisans Market and Baranof Arts & Crafts Association Annual Show and Sale from 2005 to 2007, as well as at numerous other fine art and crafts shows in California, Alaska, Kansas and Texas. Her jewelry was featured at Scanlon Gallery in Ketchikan, AK, Clayworks Gallery in Newton, KS, and currently some of her designs can be purchased at The Onion Tree boutique in Wichita, KS. Jelena's designs also appeared in the July 2010 issue of the Naked City Wichita magazine.

Citrus Punch

Details on the lovely pieces featured here:

Top: Sterling silver, gemstone, pearl, and shell multi-strand statement necklace, "Nautilus" This 4-strand, multi-gemstone, one-of-a-kind necklace sports swirls borrowed from the pattern of a nautilus shell. Heavy gauge sterling silver wire has been carefully wrapped and hammered to form a unique pendant bail and hook-and-eye clasp, while shells combine with multiple gemstones in a frenzy of ocean colored strands: turquoise, apatite, amazonite, aquamarine, and blue lace agate for water; peridot, serpentine, nephrite jade, and green aventurine for seaweed; pink opal and freshwater pearls for seafoam, and just a touch of pink coral to pull it all together.

Middle: Copper wire knitted cuff bracelet with freshwater pearls, "Knit & Pearl"
A new twist on knitting, this one-of-a-kind cuff style adjustable length bracelet was made with genuine freshwater pearls on fine gauge copper wire knitted by hand on regular bamboo knitting needles. Very light weight, unique, and elegant. Fits wrists from 5.5 inches to 7.5 inches in circumference and closes with an adjustable copper toggle clasp.

Bottom: Sterling silver, gold fill, and multi-gemstone opulent necklace, "Citrus Punch" This elegant, opulent, one-of-a-kind 18 inch necklace features a large faceted carnelian drop pendant with carved carnelian flower and a mixture of gemstones: garnet, citrine, peridot, and carnelian combined with freshwater pearls. Wire wrapped links are made from alternating sterling silver and gold-filled wire. Necklace closes with a flower shaped sterling silver and citrine clasp.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


Beads & Books
If you're in a creative rut, you might want to read what Michelle learned from interviewing bead artist Betsy Youngquist.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi tests a package of Shrinky Dink for ink jet printers in order to make a new bracelet.

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
Bright Colors are everywhere - here's a rewind on how to put some color into your designs!  

Resin Crafts!
Carmi creates a ring combining Envirotex Lite resin and resin clay! 

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean received the most wonderful email from Pasty Evins! You must read it --it will make you, as an artist, think!

The Bead Dreamer
Charlene shares a bracelet made with moon beads, owl charms and thoughts on how we are more alike than different  

A Bead A Day
It's Bead Mix week on A Bead A Day! Do you have a favorite bead mix you'd like to share? Stop on over!  

About.com Jewelry Making
It's hot, and it's here - summer time! Enjoy our summer with these jewelry making and other crafting ideas.  

Art Bead Scene
Copper is the new silver! Here are some copper-y ideas for you!  


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wire artist: Patricia Chauvin

Artist: Patricia Chauvin
Website: MightCat Creations

I make all types of jewelry from wirework to basic stringing, metal stamping, handmade clay beads, crystal and mostly glass beads. I have been designing as a hobby for over 10 yrs now.

The bracelet up above is my popular spiral end cuff bracelet using black and white spiral beads, I have done a few of these and have entered one of these cuffs in a competition for beadaholique website and won in the top ten winners, a lifetime website with Artfire.com.

The second picture (above) is a herringbone weave wire work making a necklace. The third picture (below) is my wirework earrings using Turquiose beads. I do a few vendor shows here and there when I can. Would love to make this my full time job some day.

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Wire artist: Sandra Merwe

Artist: Sandra Merwe
Website: Sandra

My inspiration is taken from a multitude of sources; fashion runway, interior and furniture design, travel, diverse cultures, current events, historical accounts, fine art, to name a few. The images featured are from a collection entitled "delicate". The materials are a mix of 14 KT gold, sterling silver, raw cut pyrite and Swarovski crystals.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wire artist: Ruth Borsky

Artist: Ruth Borsky
Website: Beads-on-a-Wire

I have been making beaded Kipot (plural for Kipah) for about 4 years. A Kipah is a head covering or hat. In the case of my creations, I make colorful hats for women to wear to Jewish religious services. However, I have made kipot for brides as well as women attending special occasions who want to complete their outfits.

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Wire artist: Ann Skydell Harmon

Artist Ann Skydell Harmon sent me information about the fabulous success she is experiencing with her recycled and upcycled wearables:

Ann-Made, LLC (Palm Bay, FL) has been enjoying great success with our environmental, eco-chic wearable art in the form of bracelets, earrings and pendants handcrafted in America from repurposed, post-consumer soda can tabs. Because these items are so unusual, eco-friendly and priced right, they also make great gifts. Our line is carried in over 200 shops, galleries and museums in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The jewelry can also be purchased through our on-line store.

Not only is the jewelry very cool and quite beautiful but the mission of the company is to do as much good all around as possible. Among the things we do to achieve this goal is to purchase our tabs from local non-profit groups (paying substantially more than the aluminum recyclers to help support their causes), print all of our packaging on 100% recycled stock, cut down used (but clean) cartons to support the packaging and donate a portion of our sales to environmental causes.

No "green washing" here. We are honored to carry the Green America Seal of Approval for social and environmental responsibility. We are extremely proud to have earned this endorsement after an in-depth screening process.

We've also had some terrific media attention. Last year we were a guest on Fox Business Network's "Selling It". You can view the video on the home page of our web site, www.AnnMadeArt.com. Ann-Made will be featured in First Magazine for Women as well. This issue will be on the stands May 16, 2011.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yay for Sandi!

Sandi Lee James, who writes Do Be Do Bead Do, is the winner of the fabulous package of jasper!  Congratulations, Sandi!

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Surprise package #5 from Cherry Tree Beads!

And yet another fabulous giveaway package from Cherry Tree BeadsBill and BeBe Edwards, the owners, sent me so many wonderful beads to share with you that we have decided to give them away in smaller lots, so here comes package #5!


Here's what's in package #5 (shown above):
Chinese crystal 12mm round AB
Dark smoky quartz rice
Gold color base-metal clasp

Would you like to win them?  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: May 24, 2011. 

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Wire artist: Vanessa Walilko

Artist: Vanessa Walilko
Website: Site: Kali Butterfly

I create wearable art from thousands of tiny metal rings made from aluminum wire. My passion is pushing the boundaries of traditional craft by creating pieces of art. With chainmail, I love creating the unexpected with wearable, fashionable clothing pieces. I also love making statement jewelry pieces that are lightweight and musical.

I've been making jewelry since I was eight, but it's only been in the past two years that I've made my love of making a career. During that time, my chainmail fashion and jewelry have been featured in national exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My work has also won international awards, such as top honors in the British Bead Awards and the Bead Dreams competition.

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Wire artist: Sunflower

Sunflower has an etsy shop called Made by Sunflower that you simply must see if you love wire-wrapped jewelry.  She writes:

My real name is Kornelia.  I come from Poland. I make jewelry for 5 years, it's my work and my hobby and I love it.

Look at these gorgeous pieces!  Such beautiful delicate balance and precision. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


Barbe Saint John
Barbe talks about Lark Books latest Call for Entries

Beads & Books
Michelle shares the pearl and crystal necklace she made for the Artbeads.com challenge. 

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has a new pendant to work with to create the copper rose necklace.

Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
Cindy's come up with a primary color variation on the double dip ring.  

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
The Earthenwood Design Team has been hatching up some beautiful jewelry designs using Melanie's ceramic egg charms and pendants!  

Resin Crafts!
To launch a week of pouring resin into bezels Carmi showcases two different floral techniques.  

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean discusses the giveaways--Go for it!!!-- and the call for Entries from Lark Publishing Company  

The Bead Dreamer
It's not always easy to get the length of a bracelet correct - especially if large beads are involved. Charlene shares a tool that can help.  

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew debuts several new items in his Shop, including these NEW skeleton keys!  

A Bead A Day
Do you ever miss a piece of jewelry you made as a gift? Lisa is contemplating creating a copy of the bracelet she made for her Mom for Mother's Day!  

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy is having fun with filigree and brass charms, which includes a new bracelet tutorial.  

Art Bead Scene
Want to personalize your jewelry designs? Here are some suggestions from the Art Bead Scene.  


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bead embroidery by Stacey Dowhower Gibson

Stacey's version of SunShower!

I received an email last Saturday which made me feel that the entire journey of writing my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story, has been worth it!

Wow. Just wow. How cool is it that Stacey took the basic pattern and ran with it like that, adding all the extra special touches that make it uniquely hers?  And can you believe that this is her first bead embroidery project ever?  Stacey doesn't have a website with her beadwork on it (yet!), but she sent me some more information on herself and the things she likes to make:

I have a lot of pics of the kind of stuff I like to do in my facebook albums, it's under 'Stacey Dowhower Gibson.' I enjoy crafts of every kind, and have tried a little bit of just about everything, but my top three are beads, polymer clay and styrofoam sculpting. I was a big fan of the Carol Duvall show and miss it horribly! I am teaching myself to bead, and most of the things I have done have been patterns or variations thereof, I am just getting confident enough to start trying to design my own pieces. It's been difficult to find things on bead embroidery, and I was so thankful to come across your ebooks. I seem to favor art projects that combine one or more techniques, and am thinking of getting my polymer clay back out to make more fancy cabochons for my bead embroidery! :D

As far as beading, it was mostly to make little gifts for family and friends... then my aunt started a Native American Education program and asked me to teach little projects for them. It's open to everyone, and we have a new project every 1-2 weeks. I enjoy that immensely, because I like to see people get so delighted as their projects start taking shape, and love when they tell me they thought they would never be able to do anything like that and here they are with sparkly little works of art that they did themselves. That is so rewarding!

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wire artist: Meg's Crochet Jewels

Artist: Meghan
Etsy shop: Meg's Crochet Jewels

My name is Meghan. I make crochet jewelry and one of my favorite mediums to work with is wire. It creates a very unique and beautiful piece of art.

I have been crocheting all of my life and the switch from yarn to wire and beads was an easy one for me. I actually didn't know that others were doing it too until after I started doing some research on crochet jewelry and even found a few books on it.

I design all of my pieces and am constantly coming up with new ideas and plans. Its so fun discovering the possibilities of what you can create with wire and a crochet hook.

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Wire artist: Nomi Joyrich

Nomi Joyrich owns Bead Works Inc in Franklin, Michigan. It is the oldest beaded jewelry store in the state.

The store offers classes to all ranges of experiences (beginners, intermediates and experts) and is loaded with a staff with over 25 years of combined experience, who are experts in repairing, re-stringing, modernizing heirloom jewelry, wiring and knotting. Bead Works also carries original works of beaded and patterned purses and vintage jewelry.

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