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Showing posts from May, 2014

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Mixed Media Artist Will this be the summer that you add altered books and handmade journals to your repertoire? Beachy Souvenir Copper Coin Earrings These drop earrings were made using souvenir pressed coins from Busch Gardens and Sea World in San Diego. Pressing them through the machine is fun, but then you get home and wonder, "What am I ever going to do with these?" Here's one solution! Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean has some free and very cool project tutorials, including one she created herself! These include a variety of cool techniques--sure to appeal to all creative people! Of Faces and Fairies Charlene finds some gorgeous handmade fairy face pendants and charms she just has to share Learn to Knit Yippy - doo - dah - day! With the help up the Knit Lab Craftsy class, the Craftsy Princess is learning to knit, for real! Art Bead Scene Check out Claire Lockwood's neat tutorial for using flower bud beads to create som

Yay for Deborah!

Congratulations to Deborah Kelroy!  She is the winner of a copy of  Break the Rules Bead Embroidery !  

Recent publications: May 2014

Beaded Gifts: Beautiful bracelets, bags, and more (Threads Selects) by Editors of Threads Ultimate Beading Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques (C&B Crafts Bible Series) by Marie Clayton Dallas Lovett's Woven Bead & Wire Jewelry: 25 Gorgeous Projects (Lark Jewelry & Beading Bead Inspirations) by Dallas Lovett Break the Rules Bead Embroidery: 22 Jewelry Projects Featuring Innovative Materials (Bead Inspirations) by Diane Hyde Creative Designs Using Shaped Beads by Anna Elizabeth Draeger Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Bead Journal Project: May 2014

Tidal Pools Link to Tutorial I've been wanting to play around with shibori ribbon for quite some time now!  I got waylaid by soutache braid for a few projects, but it didn't really satisfy my deepest urges.  Shibori now...that's a different story.  I've actually experimented with creating some shibori fabric myself for a quilt, but the beautiful shibori ribbons that I bought are a far cry from my fabric, which was coarse muslin, not silk.  Still, it gave me an appreciation for the process. So, for my Bead Journal piece for May, I used shibori ribbon stitched to interface-backed fabric as the foundation for a cuff bracelet.  It is backed with an ultra-suede type fabric.  I didn't end up with any of the fabric foundation showing, so that might have been kind of a waste, but it did help me to settle on colors. I did end up using a few of the bead-weaving stitches that I've adapted for bead embroidery (see Bored By Back Stitch ), but mostly I use

heART beats from other blogs!

A Facebook Request Help a Crafty Princess out and learn how to "like" and also get blog update notifications through Facebook. Mixed Media Artist So many collage little time! Sunday Morning with Lynne Lynne Suprock of Simply Pretty Things stopped by for a playdate with Andrew. Check out what they made! Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Tool suppliers for beaders and jewelry makers

There are many good basic tools available at any full-service catalog aimed at beaders and jewelry makers , but there are also a few specialty tools which are worthwhile pointing out separately: ImpressArt Metal stamping supplies, including blanks CraftOptics The best lighted magnifiers or prescription lenses in the world. Coiling Gizmo Any coils, anytime! Rio Grande   Metal clay tools, among many many other things Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Book review and giveaway: Break the Rules Bead Embroidery

Extremely inspiring is the phrase that came to me over and over again as I read through Diane Hyde's new book Break the Rules Bead Embroidery , published by Lark Books .  Diane will take you to visit some very interesting new places as you consider how to combine your beloved bead embroidery with stringing and bead weaving. Frankly, some of the projects have only the teeniest bit of actual embroidery in them, and that may end up disappointing you if you're looking for another book on large-scale embroidery design.  But if you're looking for innovative design, I don't see how you could lose with this book. There are five groups of projects, based upon where the inspiration may be found: household notions, craft stores, hardware, toy box, and antique treasures.  The techniques section pays particular attention to cutting and drilling different materials, which is very helpful for future projects. GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!  Would you like to win a copy of this boo

Jewelry and beading forums

Forums have changed a lot over the past few years, with blogs and facebook groups filling in and taking up more of our time.  Good forums still exist, though, and it can be a lot of help to belong to one where you can get feedback, advice, and fellowship!  Since some facebook groups operate almost the same as a forum, I've included a few here for your consideration, as well as some online forums that are still going strong! Jewelry Making at About.Com Creative Wire Jewelry Bead&Button forums Wearable Art at WetCanvas Bead Collector Network To find facebook groups to join, try this Beading search  or this Jewelry search Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Cloth and sparkle bracelet - a mixed media button bracelet

I made this bracelet years ago, and only realized recently that I never told you how it was done!  Since it's now officially spring in New England, it seems like as good a time as any to share it.  I don't have any in-progress shots, but it's so easy, I think we'll get by this time without them. 1. Find some buttons that you want to use together on your bracelet.  I chose two silly little flowers, two vintage bling-bling buttons, and three button blanks that I could dress up.  You can find these blanks at any fabric store and most craft stores. 2. Choose fabric that matches your theme.  My theme was happy silly bling...can you tell?  Cover the buttons according to the package directions. 3. Using thin craft wire, two-part resin, or both, attach your buttons to the platforms on the bracelet.  I used wire since my buttons were all shank style, but then I also added a drop or two of epoxy for extra security. Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. No

heART beats from other blogs!

Mixed Media: Adding Layers Cherie creates a mixed media picture with her favorite colors. Get Your Felt On Tammy takes a look at a book from Schiffer Publishing that's all about felt and felt making. Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean reviews a lovely set of paintbrushes by showing what they do! It's party time! Andrew celebrates the Grand Reopening of Allegory Gallery in their new location! Check out the recap of the event. A Bead A Day Sometimes you just need a little jewelry pick-me-up to make a work Friday a little more fun. Lisa is sharing her Fun Friday jewelry and would love to hear about yours!

Fiber suppliers for beaders and jewelry makers

Soy Silk Roving I like to be able to share reliable suppliers with you from time to time.  If I haven't personally checked them out, then someone I know and trust has.  Believe me, I've checked out most of them...that's how bad my fiber addiction has become!  I'll be adding this list to the Suppliers link that is always available up in the tabs at the top of the page, so you don't need to bookmark it. Marion's Jewels in Fiber Cords and threads of all different types.  I buy her C-Lon nylon bead cord. Aria Design Studio A distributor of pleated shibori ribbons, created by ShiboriGirl. Beyond Beadery Another distributor of ShiboriGirl ribbons. Ribbons and Silk Silk ribbons and sari fabrics ArtBeads Soutache braid Dharma Trading Fabrics and fibers, ready to dye.  All your fabric paints and dyes as well. Dyeing for Colour Soy silk roving and other fibers MeinkeToy The home of every type of fiber goodness you can imagine. Sources fo

Business tips from the blogosphere - Spring 2014

Things change.  Has your website, blog, and marketing plan kept pace?  Here are my recent picks from my favorite sites: BloggingPro Unique website building tools 7 Types of headlines that will turn on people's attention like magic Designing an MBA Should you have one shop or two? How I grew my Pinterest followers About Freelance Writing 4 Reasons you probably shouldn't write a book Rena Klingenberg Color schemes for the 2014 color of the year She only wears "real" jewelry Pantone Fall colors Jane Font Etsy vs Big Cartel: which one is best for you? All Indie Writers Content theft 101 Resources for freelance writers Luann Udell Return to me (Not!) Jewelry Making Daily Pantone's Spring Color trends Beading Daily How to bead like a Designer of the Year Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Yay for Robbie!

Robbie, who writes Robbie's Paw Prints , is the winner of the metal findings and charms from Fire Mountain Gems !  Congratulations, Robbie!

Jewelry and beading business tips

All of Beading Arts business posts Tutorials Education Suppliers Color and fashion forecast sources: Pantone Fashion Trendsetter College Fashion Business focus for 2014 Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 - Radiant Orchid The best business advice for 2013 - part one The best business advice for 2013 - part two The complete guide to getting started on pinterest Business or hobby? Pricing your jewelry Home jewelry parties Ethics in jewelry making The business of art A reader question about publishing Magazine submissions for beading and jewelry What would you do? series Getting publicity without breaking the bank Improving your blog Are you ready to make better art? Starting a jewelry business Legal details for your jewelry business Social networking your jewelry The official etsy handbook Website traffic Finding an art agent or gallery Jewelry business finance More on writing for magazines

Bead embroidered turquoise pendant

Do you see a pattern forming? :-)  After last week's pink pendant, I decided to go ahead and show you another of my "trial run" pieces.  It's fun to practice on smaller works!  1. I bezeled an oval-shaped bead, using a classic peyote bezel style.  See the tiny black beads at each end?  They are size 15/0 seed beads instead of size 11/0 seed beads so that it will pinch in on the ends.  Next I added an additional row of peyote and morphed it into RAW, which I continued for a couple of rounds.  The last row is short stack stitches. 2. The whole piece is edged with edging brick stitch, as usual. 3. I added stacks and accent beads to the edge. 4. The usual square stitch bail for the back... 5. ...and it's done! Step by step instructions for all the stitches and techniques shown in this e-book Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for

heART beats from other blogs!

Creating a Poetry Book Cover Cherie talks about the process in designing the cover for her latest poetry book. Call for Bird Nests Yarn crafters are being called on to help out some baby birds by knitting and crocheting tiny nests for them. Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean writes about a reunion which she had with her sister and her cousins last week which included great memories, delicious food, and jewelry! Mixed Media Artist Do you want to be able to add digital effects to your mixed media artwork? Here are some places to start... A Bead A Day Are you taking time to yourself to allow creativity to flow? Lisa gifted herself with a Saturday and was inspired to create! What will a group of jewelry designers make working from the same materials? Check out what the participants of the Deep Waters Challenge made! Each of the pieces is inventively unique! Resin Crafts Blog What else can you do with resin filled bezels? Why make art cards!

Suppliers to get you started

Tagua nut beads Here is a list for you which will be updated as we go, of various  Suppliers  that I've found to be reliable and good to deal with. So that you don't have to bookmark it, you can always find this link in the tabs at the top of the page.  Seed bead suppliers Vintage bead suppliers Czech glass bead suppliers Gemstone bead suppliers Swarovski crystal suppliers Antique and trade bead suppliers Full-service catalog suppliers Venetian and Murano glass bead suppliers Metal bead suppliers Polymer, clay, and porcelain bead suppliers Tagua nut beads  Indian "Bollywood" beads   Fiber and fabric suppliers Tool suppliers

Book review: Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

When I first came across Eva Sherman's designs, stumbling upon her blog, my first reaction was a gasp of pure lust.  Well, lucky lucky me...and you too for that matter...because Eva is the coauthor of a new Kalmbach book called Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry , along with Beth Martin.   How can jewelry made from metal and wire be organic, you ask?  There are two parts to the answer.  First, the forms made with the metal and wire are very loose and organic in nature, and second, The designs feature sea glass, beautiful stones, and pearls.  There are also some crystals thrown in for bling, but to my eye they are mostly secondary.  It's the matte-finished glass and stones, along with the pearls that are the real stars. The basics section of this book teaches an array of techniques that are a bit different from most other jewelry books.  While you'll find the expected "Creating a wire-wrapped loop" and "Creating a flat spiral", you'll also learn

Metal giveaway!

Here is the second giveaway packet from the new product stash I received from  Fire Mountain Gems and Beads  last month!  Aren't these cute? Birdcage charms Ring blanks GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!  Would you like to win these bead strands? 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: May 13, 2014

Bead embroidered pink pendant...or is that "Radiant Orchid"?

In the process of preparing to write the second chapter of Bored By Back Stitch , I made a LOT of these little pendants to try out my ideas.  Since some of my favorite colors happen to coincide with Pantene's favorite color this year, I fell under the spell of Radiant Orchid!     1. This one started out with a bezeled flat rectangular bead.  I added RAW to the top half and chevron stitch to the bottom. 2.  All the holes were filled in with appropriately sized beads.  The larger ones are 4 mm. 3. I added short stack stitches the whole way around. 4.  Add backing fabric with edging brick stitch all around the outside and decorate with short stack stitches  ( Free instructions available ).  A square stitch bail finishes off the back. 5. And done!  I wear it on a black rubber cord. Step by step instructions for all the stitches and techniques shown in this tutorial. Copyright 2014 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, res

heART beats from other blogs!

Golden Glass Sculpture With Solar Lights Cherie makes a couple solar lights for the yard using plates and ashtrays. Resin Crafts Blog Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin can be combined to create new dimensional objects and jewels. Mixed Media Artist Is it possible to know too many techniques for creating background papers for your mixed media projects? Cyndi thinks not! Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean has a review and a giveaway of a fantastic new book by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, WIRE + METAL, 30 Easy Metalsmiting Designs, at her blog! Hooray! Egg Earrings Complement Eggs in Nest Charm Bracelet Make these quick, easy, eminently wearable earrings to go with the Eggs in Nest Charm bracelet Eileen shared last month or to wear on their own. New Novel & Quilts! This new novel has some online freebies you can get right now, including the first few chapters as well as a quilt pattern that is featured in the book. Finding Inspiration in R

An Alkeme stamped cabochon tutorial

I showed you some new metal products available from ImpressArt called Alkeme , and now I'd like to share with you how easy they are to work with!  The metal blanks have the look of silver, but are much less expensive and are softer (read easier) to work with when you're stamping.  I gathered up the tools that I received from ImpressArt and went to work, with far greater immediate success than when I worked with copper. 1. Tape your Alkeme blank down to the steel block and use a pen to mark the edges of the tape to help you place the letters properly.  I wanted mine a bit uneven vertically, but I also wanted good horizontal placement, so the tape really helped. 2. Use a wire brush on the blank if you want to rough it up a bit.  I used black acrylic paint and wiped it deep into the indentations.   3. I bezeled this piece to use in my last Bead Journal Project necklace . 4. Two other Alkeme pieces ended up in my BJP necklace too: washer blanks that