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Showing posts from October, 2012

Recent publications: October 2012

Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash by Lori Anderson Rings by Melanie Blaikie Hair Accessories by Sarah Drew Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama by Thom Atkins Metal Clay Techniques by Sue Heaser Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk!: Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry by Kathy Sheldon The Absolute Beginners Guide: Working with Polymer Clay by Lori Wilkes Make me I'm yours...Jewelry: Over 20 gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings by Various Contributors Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Metal fabrication books

Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry by Helen Harle Simple techniques and recycled can you beat that? Mixed Metal Mania by Kim St Jean A fabulous manual that will take you through beginner techniques right into intermediate. Heat, Color, Set and Fire by Mary Hettmansperger Surface effects for fabrication artists who have mastered the basics. Rustic Wrapping by Kerry Bogert An amazing section on adding patinas to metal. Metal Magic by Kim St Jean Picks up where Kim's first book left off.  Great projects and techniques. Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry by Laura Poplin Merge your chain mail mania with other materials, like textured metal. Metalworking 101 for Beaders by Candie Cooper Want to add creative metalwork to your beaded designs? Metal clay books Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Metal fabrication projects from the archives

She Walks in Beauty necklace She Walks in Beauty necklace Leaves necklace Rock On! pendant Darth pendant Casting jewelry Copper bead necklace Copper necklace with patina "Hope" bracelet  Metal Clay tutorials and resources   Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Hurricane Sandy

I may possibly be offline for a few days.  Even if a few more posts show up, I may or may not be able to approve your comments or answer your questions.  See you soon, I hope!

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!

  Carmi's Art/Life World Sometimes you just need to make yourself something with whimsy...hence my new Mickey and Minnie necklace! Resin Crafts! This week Carmi turns some pastic rings into fabulous new beads!   Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean is preparing ahead for "Frankenstorm" in the East by reminding people to be ready for the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party! For the detail, see Jean's blog! A Bead A Day Halloween jewelry? Lisa's featuring a variety of great designs and designers leading up to Halloween. Jewelry Making Tammy talks about making a fused glass color graph.   Art Bead Scene Guest blogger Heidi Post shares a tutorial on building a fun and practical earring shadowbox display   Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Metal jewelry artists from the archives

Renee Lemoncelli and Roberta Hawkins Ling-Yen Jones Heather and Kerry Alice Collins Renee Lemoncelli and Roberta Hawkins Jessica Lillie Joseph Rissin Kharisma Ryantori Sommers Diane Perry Elena Kriegner Joan Rhodes Pam Brown Judy Grum   Fred and Janis Tate Metal clay artists Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Book review: Push Jewelry

  Push Jewelry The entire Push series by Lark Publications is designed to explore the outer limits of each discipline it covers.  Already there are Push volumes covering Paper, Stitch, and Print, and you can find reviews for these books posted on Mixed Media Artist .   These are not project books, and they are not even coffee table books filled with work that you will love.  In fact, I didn't love any of the work in Push Jewelry .  There were pieces that I liked, pieces that provoked me to think, pieces that challenged my sense of what jewelry is.  Even though the work is wonderfully photographed, and the books are beautifully presented, these are far from being typical eye-candy books.  Some of the work may even gross you out...but it WILL get you thinking, guaranteed.  I recommend this book, but with several reservations and a big caveat.  The reservations: Do not expect to learn how they do what they do.  Do expect to enter the process and the mind of the artist, and

Update on my sequined quilt

Sequins...beads...both have holes, right?   I really enjoyed taking part in the Sequintastic September challenge that my friend Sarah organized.  The tutorial that I worked up is posted over on Mixed Media Artist for any of you that are interested in more details. Sequined quilt - part one Sequined quilt - part two   Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Make your own "Darth" pendant

During one of the fabulous bead swaps hosted by my equally fabulous friend Lori Anderson , I was paired with Cindy Wimmer Muse .  Besides a bunch of seed beads in wonderful metallic colors that I love so very very much, Cindy included this round cool filigree pendant just for fun. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with it, but when I received the package of tools from ImpressArt , it all came together.  There were a couple of round copper blanks that were the perfect size to hide underneath the pendant to make a cool three layered pendant...with a secret message.  My family all have adopted "Darth" names for each other (from Star Wars), and my nickname is Darth Pyro.  Although I wouldn't exactly want to proclaim that to the whole world, it charmed me to think that I could wear it in secret and only reveal it to whomever I wanted.  But now all of you will know too.  Hmmm... Materials and Tools Two filigree pieces, preferably different sizes and shapes J

Unusual Beads From India - Maruti Beads

I was approached recently by Maruti Beads , creators of some of the most beautiful and unique beads I've seen in a long time.  Was I familiar with their beads?  No.  Would I take a look at their website?  Of course.  Would I like to see a package of the beads and examine the quality for myself?  You betcha!  Aren't these gorgeous? All of the styles that Maruti makes (Kashmiri, Lac, and some of their own proprietary Maruti) are handmade beads made by master craftsmen in India.  Look at the know that each one of these is a work of art, painstakingly created one at a time.   We don't even have a category on our Suppliers page (link up in the tabs at the top of Beading Arts ), so I added their link directly to that page. I plan to make several pieces in the near future that use these beads, but I couldn't wait that long to show them to you.  So stay tuned! Some of the Kashmiri and Lac beads look similar at first glance, but they are mad

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!

  Art Bead Scene Pantone has its Autumn color reoprt out for 2012 and Heather shows some great inspiration for using those colors with a selection of her art beads . Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi starts to teach tarn ring making and learns something from a child instead.   Resin Crafts! Lucky vintage coins are transformed into lucky resin bezels! Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean has some exciting whoops and yells for the brand new magazine, Australian Digital Magazine, which she will be working for with her beloved editor Kelly with whom she formerly worked for four years at Au Beading. This fab new mag. could not be more exciting. Jean gives just a few of the the reasons why! Jewelry Making Shrink plastic is back, and Tammy takes a look at a new book all about it.    Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Metal artists: Fred and Janis Tate

The last time we traveled to Portland OR to see our daughter, we were fortunate to be there over the Labor Day weekend when they hold Art in the Pearl , a fine arts and crafts festival.  There were some very fine jewelers represented, but none better (in my opinion) than Fred and Janis Tate .  It seems appropriate to introduce you to their work during Metal Month, because they are extraordinary fabricators!   Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Book review: Showcase 500 Rings

How I love these 500 series books by Lark Publishing !  Showcase 500 Rings is no's a visual feast of gorgeous and challenging rings that will make you sigh with delight one moment and have you scratching your head the next.  How in the world would anyone wear that...? I was really in love with all the non-traditional materials chosen for inclusion in this book: resin, polymer clay, fabric and fiber, and base metals were well-represented.  Some of the rings I hated, but I'm not going to tell you which, because those may be the very ones you love the most!  So here instead are some of my favorites. Isabelle Posillico made Aqua Satellite , which is featured in the large image on the cover.  Classically beautiful, but still arresting with the unconventional swirls.  Sofie Boons constructed a ring series called The Memory of Scents .  These are fabric rings filled with scented gold dust which leaves behind a smudge and a scent everywhere the wearer goes. 

Cold Connections guide available

Jewelry Making Daily has made this wonderful little e-booklet available free!  Visit the link and download your copy today.  Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Rock On! pendant

I wanted to try my hand at making a bezel style inspired by Kim St. Jean in Mixed Metal Mania , but with a considerably different set of materials, tools, and techniques.  Trust me, mine turned out much much less impressive than hers.  Kim uses real metal sheets, and since I had none, I aluminum can!  Kim would probably prefer that I didn't even link her name to this particular piece, but I had a lot of fun making it nonetheless!  Now that I've got the basic idea, I think I could probably make one that looks an awful lot better ;-) Materials and Tools Aluminum can Stone Future floor polish Paper Copper metal blank, rectangular Eyelets Black acrylic paint 26 gauge craft wire Jump rings Old scissors Black marker Metal hole punch (ImpressArt) Eyelet setter Metal stamps (ImpressArt) Brass brush Wire cutters Chain nose pliers 1. Use an old pair of scissors to cut apart your can. 2. Apply Future floor polish to the stone y

Bead & jewelry blogging round-up! Jewelry Making Hemp and beads and your own two hands equals a super long fabulous necklace. Art Bead Scene Heather has some beautiful examples and tips for using the new Vintaj patinas on metal . Carmi's Art/Life World A simple twist and some pinning results in a recycled t-shirt rose.     Resin Crafts! A vintage postcard with dried edelweiss is the inspiration for a new bracelet!   Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean reports on a cozy Autumn email from Cynthia at the lovely jewelry and craft store, Ornamenta .  A Bead A Day It's all about perspective when designing, especially when it comes to scary Halloween projects! Beads once thought of as pretty now take on a menacing vibe!   Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Metal artist: Judy Grum

Judy Grum Gems by Judy At Gems by Judy, you will find pieces in a wide variety of different mediums. My personal favorite is metal smithing. I love to take a raw piece of metal and see the transformation resulting from cutting, embossing, texturizing, and bending it into its final form. I also enjoy trying out new finishing and different texture techniques on the metal. Achieving the finished product requires a bit of engineering to determine the best construction method to arrive at the desired result. Different elements may then be applied with either cold or hot connections to create magical pieces. My jewelry business began less than a year ago. I had taken a silver metal clay class the prior summer and discovered my passion for jewelry making. This year, I obtained my certificate as a Precious Metal Clay Artisan with Rio Grande . This certificate provides the qualifications to teach the art, and at some point I would like to instruct others. My

Yay for Sharon!

Congratulations to Sharon, who writes MoonRae's Art, Thoughts, Whatever !  She is the winner of Candie Cooper's fabulous new book Necklaceology ! 

Book review: Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you integrated chain mail with other materials, like textured metal, leather, wire, and beads?  Well, Laura Poplin has given this a great deal of thought, and has come up with a marvelous new book, Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry . The introduction covers the basics of all the different materials that you'll be working with.  Most attention, of course, is paid to the jump rings that you'll use to construct your chain mail, including helpful charts so that you know you're choosing the right rings for the project.  I wouldn't say that this is really a beginner's book, but a highly motivated beginner could definitely enjoy working through some of the projects. Unconventional Chain Mail Jewelry  actually covers only 5 different chain mail weaves, which surprised me at first.  However, the variations are endless, as I soon learned, so my opinion now is that limiting the weaves to some basics like these was a very

Book review: Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop

 As chain maille gains in popularity year by year, wonderful new books keep appearing that will help you get started.  This new volume from Interweave Books was written by Karen Karon.  Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is a terrific beginners book, and will no doubt be of interest to those with experience too.  Karen covers all the basics of materials and techniques, but she has added some amazing "next step" information to each chapter that everyone will love: speed weaving tips!  Wow, I'm still working on getting my jump rings to be the right size :-) Never fear about that either, because Karen has a terrific series of charts at the end with the aspect ratio problem all spelled out for you.  Not being a lover of math, I'm so happy that someone else has done it for me ;-) Karen covers seven different popular chain maille weaves, with a project included to use the new skills in each section.  These weaves cover the three types: chain, sheet, and unit weaves.  Th

Twisted wire copper bracelet

After reading through Kerry Bogert's fabulous book Rustic Wrappings ( my review is here ), I was yearning to try one of her projects.  I posted about the experience in more depth on Mixed Media Artist , but let me just say here that this bracelet is one of my new faves.  Probably not going to end up selling it.  Nope!  That patina ended up just about as good as any I've ever done. Copyright 2012 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. Technorati Tags: handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss to Me - part two

Last week I showed you how I used the tools from ImpressArt to stamp out a pendant for a new necklace .  Today, I want to show you how I used their metal hole punch to make a cool hand-fabricated chain to go with it.  Materials and Tools 12 Gauge wire Rub and Buff Krylon matte acrylic spray Jump rings Pendant from Part one Wire cutters Ball peen hammer and block Brass brush Torch Metal hole punch (ImpressArt) Chain nose pliers Round nose pliers 1. Cut pieces of thick craft wire to equal lengths. 2. Hammer one end flat, give the wire a half twist and hammer the other end flat so that one end is vertical and the other is horizontal. 3. Use a brass brush to roughen up the metal. 4. Torch each wire to roughen up any remaining color coating. 5. Add holes to each end. 6. Dab on Rub and Buff in desired colors.  Let it dry thoroughly and spray lightly with Krylon matte acrylic spray. 7. Use two jump ring