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Showing posts from August, 2015

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Art Bead Scene Check out Mary's review of the new book 'Handcrafted Metal Findings' - it looks awesome! Connie Gee's Designs Connie has added a new free pattern to her site. It is the first in a series of vase-themed patterns inspired by motifs from vintage samplers. Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to Be Done! Jean reviews the spectacular new book, Fine Art Wire Weaving by Sarah Thompson -- what a great design book! Lost Earring Cleverly Replaced Eileen lost one of the earrings the very first time she wore this pretty set. Don't you just hate when that happens? Video Book Review The Crafty Princess takes a look at a new book called "Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet." How to Sew a Pillow This easy pillow tutorial uses scrap fabric (from an old receiving blanket) to make a perfect pillow for a little kid's rest time. Christian Art Greeting Cards Cherie introduces some new greeting cards she's made with her artwork.

Recent publications: August 2015

Jewelry Making: Step by step Guide To Creating Your Own Original And Unique Jewelry by Julia Riley Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry: Timeless Techniques with a Twist by Dylon Whyte Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads: 30 Stunning Beadwork Designs Inspired by Treasures from Ancient Civilisations by Mortira Natasha van Pelt Diamond Weave: A complete guide to mastering the bead world's newest stitch by Cath Thomas and Gerlinde Lenz 30 Minute Jewellery: What Can You Make in Half an Hour or Less? by Beverley McCullough Brace Yourself!: A collection of bracelets patterns with unique beads, stones and tatted lace by Victoria Clarke Fine Art Wire Weaving: Weaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs by Sarah Thompson Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

Tutorials from the blogospehere

A rockin' ear cuff I have a huuuuuge backlog of these wonderful tutorials saved in my blog-reader.  It's past time to share some of them... Add shine and gloss to your beads with resin Create a resin charm bracelet How to make colorful metal jewelry designs Adjustable neckwire for pendants A rockin' ear cuff Understanding different soldering iron tips Wire gauge guide: make your own wire findings and finish them properly Stamp your own longitude and latitude bracelets Art deco macrame bracelet Fascinators Technorati Tags: bead embroidery , handmade beaded jewelry , wearable art , beads , jewelry , necklace , mixed media , beading

heART beats from other blogs!

Treasure Hunt Connie's added a new pattern to her Etsy shop called Treasure Hunt. It would be great for an ornament or card. DIY Chalkboard Sign Getting ready for back to school? This easy chalkboard sign is made out of a canvas and is a great prop for first day of school photos. Whiten Yellowed Plastic Do you know how easy it is to whiten plastic yellowed by age? Eileen demonstrates on her Ott task lamp and also whitened a Braun juicer with awesome results! Everything old is new again. Doll Experiment Wrap Up Malibu Barbie is back to give a wrap up of the doll crafting experimentation, good and bad.

Business tips from the blogosphere

So many great ideas to help you make your business more profitable, your displays more sleek, and your life less cluttered! Shows A low-cost jewelry riser for your jewelry displays Visual merchandising: display by color Marketing The best email marketing platform of 2015 5 must-read design books for bloggers Jewelry photography basics Branding your jewelry through packaging Customizing Blogger templates 7 Ways to build your brand in the blogosphere Adding perceived value with a story Life in general Organize your studio

Portal to Dreams

Ohmygosh...I made this piece, Portal to Dreams , such a long time ago, but somehow I think I neglected to ever write about it!  This was back when I wasn't as careful to get good process pictures, so I only have a few to show you.  But the basics of making a piece like this are actually fairly simple.  You can get pretty much all the details you need by going through my step-by-step instructions found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story .  There you'll learn stack stitch, edging brick stitch, how to back and finish a piece with a clean edge, and how to make and attach the beaded straps. The sodalite slab that I used for a centerpiece had a hole cut into it, so I took advantage of that by doing some gold wire wrapping.  At the bottom of the stone, I fashioned a wrapped loop to later allow dangles to hang freely.  The beadwork surrounding the stone was done entirely in stack stitch, mostly with larger beads at the top of smaller sized bead "stalks

heART beats from other blogs!

Good Morning Starshine Card Designed in Silhouette Studio How to make and design one-of-a-kind greeting cards in Silhouette Studio. Amigurumi Tip #2 This video tips helps you pick out the perfect amigurumi pattern for success. The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Dreaming Tree is the latest challenge hosted by Andrew. See what the participants made from the fluorite-inspired design kit! Art Bead Scene Check out this sweet summer necklace tutorial from Mary! Diamond Two is Posted Connie has posted the second section of her free SAL - there's still plenty of time to join in on it. She also added a new free pattern this week, so be sure to check that out as well.

Book review: Modern Chain Mail Jewelry

We just can't seem to get enough chainmaille!  Now there is this new offering from Kalmbach , Modern Chain Mail Jewelry written by Marilyn Gardiner for chainmaille enthusiasts.  The organization of this book is a bit different from most.  After a brief introduction to tools, materials, and basic techniques, Marilyn showcases 21 beautiful projects that utilize a variety of woven components.  These components, a total of 18, follow the projects and appear in their own section.   Though this may seem cumbersome at first, I believe it gives the book real lasting value as a reference for the future.  It's much easier to locate the motif you with to make for your own creative work when it is not buried in the midst of the instructions for a specific project. Though the projects are all necklaces, many have suggestions and challenges to make bracelets and earrings from matching motifs.  The book is not a beginner text and the projects are somewhat complex, but there are such cl

heART beats from other blogs!

Wire Jewelry Video Learn a little about metal wire used for jewelry making in this new video. Connie Gee's SAL Works in Progress Several stitchers from the Connie Gee's Stitchers group shared photos of their stitch-along works in progress. It is interesting to see how each stitcher is putting her own spin on the project. Do You Suffer from Craft Room Envy? Embrace Your Space! Don't suffer from craft room envy. It's satisfying to work with what you have and make it better. See two working craft rooms and their happy owners. The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton The July selection for the Inspired by Reading Book Club was, "Swamplandia!" by Karen Russell. See what the participants were moved to create after reading the book!

Book review: Coastal Crafts

Ok, who doesn't love beachy decor?  If you have a beach house, rent a room for a week, or just love the color refreshing colors, Cynthia Shaffer's Coastal Crafts, published by Lark, might be for you! Most of the materials you will need are really easy to find in your local craft or hardware store, but Cynthia includes some instructions that will make one of the more difficult items to find -- drift wood -- into one of the easiest.  That's because she's going to teach you how to make your own !  Yup.  And she also covers how to clean shells properly so that you won't have a stinky mess on your hands when you next return to your beachy home. There are wonderful clear photos for each project, and instructions with plenty of step-by-steps, so that even if you've never tried making household decor items before, you'll find it really easy.  There are also templates included for projects that otherwise would need drawing skills (which I do not hav

Book review: Soldered Alchemy

Soldered Alchemy: 24 Jewelry Projects Using New Soft-Solder Techniques By Laura Beth Love Fons & Porter/F+W; $24.99 Every now and again comes a book with techniques and projects that are completely new and unique.  This is such a book.  We all like to think that we can look at old materials in innovative ways, but I'm pretty sure you will not have thought of this: turning plain old soft solder into stunning pieces of jewelry.  Take a look at Soldered Alchemy by Laura Beth Love. Now I know what you're thinking...we've all seen bezels done with copper foil and soft solder.  And if that's all this book covered, well...yawn!  But that's only the beginning. Laura Beth Love changes your perspective on solder, using it not just as a supporting material, but as a superstar and art material in and of itself.  She arranges her projects in a cumulative fashion so that even if you are new to wirework and soldering, the skills you build will grown as you w

Purple pleated silk shibori ribbon bracelet

I mentioned in the introduction to my e-book Arm Candy that I've been using older jewelry bits and bobs in my work for quite a long time, but decided to spend some energy figuring out how to integrate them more fully into mixed media bead embroidery pieces. It all started with an Avon pendant that became the centerpiece for this bracelet (above). Since it wasn't a particularly valuable or sought-after pendant, I didn't hesitate to snip it apart and reuse it. The rhinestone bracelet (above) was a completely different matter. I had been extremely reluctant to do anything with it because it was so beautiful and well-made, but it was also missing too many unique large rhinestones to still be valuable except as parts. Cutting it apart liberated me and started me on a new(ish) path. Here in picture form are the highlights of how these pieces became a new bracelet. You can find step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including ba