Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Scandinavian Inspiration for DIY Jewelry

It's time for another Pretty Palettes Challenge with Erin Prais-Hintz and Bead Gallery® by Halcraft. This month, our inspiration image is this Scandinavian print fabric: 

I love this playful design! And, the chair placed in front really makes it pop for me. There's something sweet about that combination of the bold pattern with natural rattan. 

For the palette, I grabbed a bunch of beads from Michaels: red glass faceted rondelles, matte gold bicones, brown/black three-cuts, small antique brass rounds and two sizes of garnet rounds for a subtle red/black hue. 

Here's what I made! I like the way the textures play off of each other and reflect the dimensional look of the pattern on the fabric. The trickiest part of making this type of necklace is figuring out the spacing for the graduated strands and the color block pattern. I definitely recommend using a bead board!

I decided to attach a clasp to each strand so they can be worn together or layered with other necklaces. (Extension chains or jump rings added to the ends make it easy to adjust the drape, too.) If you wanted a longer necklace, you could fasten them together end-to-end. Or, if you want less movement from the strands, then you could attach them to a multi-strand end connector. The rest of the materials are things you probably already have in your stash: Beadalon 19 and crimps. 

See what everybody else made over on the Halcraft blog! How has the Bead Gallery inspired you?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Leather & Bead Stacking Bracelets

Here's a project I made for Halcraft's Inspiration Blog...these are going to be super fun for summer. Come on, sun! Choose from over 800 Bead Gallery beads, or dig through your stash and pick out a few favorites. You'll also need leather cord, Artistic Wire and basic tools.
Find printable PDF instructions here. All materials are available at Michaels. (If you're looking for other colors of leather cord, you can find almost 100 colors at
I like these beads together, but you could sure branch out into other color schemes. The Pretty Palettes blog hop has given me a lot of new ideas about color. Now I have a Pinterest board all about color stories for fresh ideas! What's your favorite palette at the moment?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Preview Beads, Baubles & Jewels!

Get a sneak peek at series #2200 that starts airing on PBS stations nationwide this month!

Our theme is Make It Tonight and Wear It TomorrowEach episode features a jewelry artist showing how to make creative jewelry using easy-to-find supplies and innovative techniques. The artists and designers share everything you need to know to create one-of-a-kind designs and build your skills. I share my own favorite tips and techniques with a Beading Lesson in each episode.

See what's on our show and find a description of each project with links to the photos, materials and instructions at our website. Guests include: Abbi Berta, viewer Leslie Rocha, Nealay Patel, Erin Prais-Hintz, Ashley Bunting, Eva Sherman, Melissa Grakowsky Shippee, Wyatt White, Brenda Schweder, Kate Richbourg, Amee Sweet-McNamara, Tammy Rae Wolter. 

Look up TV listings for your area (or somewhere you want to visit!), buy DVDs of the entire series - or the ones you've missed - and learn more at

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pretty Palettes: Inspired by Lavender

This month's inspiration for the Pretty Palettes challenge is so peaceful that I can practically smell the lavender. In fact, I keep a little jar of dried lavender flowers on my desk for stressful days. One sniff and I'm transported! When I shopped for beads, I looked for beads that invoked that same peaceful feeling.

These are the beads and components I chose based on the color palette. The tassel brings in the lavender color and the green foliage in the picture is a fun excuse to use some of my favorite Czech glass beads. I love those mottled greens! The abalone shell and pearls have that iridescent sheen that picks up the lavender highlights and the AB crystals bring the sparkle!

Ta-da! At first, I thought I'd knot the whole strand, but then I decided to use tiny silver beads in-between instead. They give the look of knots and make the long, continuous strand super flexible. I'm excited to wear this! Plus, I think a trip to Carolee's Herb Farm is in order...

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Tassel Time!

I love tassels of all kinds, from chain to beads and every kind in-between. This is an old necklace that I updated for my Tucson trip by adding a leather tassel to the bottom. Now, it's one of my favorites again!

The dream catcher-looking component is an Artistic Wire® Wrappers circle pendant from Beadalon. I wrapped it with 22-gauge wire and Swarovski crystals and pearls from Dreamtime Creations. The leather tassel is from Leather Cord USA and I used a thick gauge TierraCast jump ring to attach it to the pendant. The giant Swarovski crystal bead at the top gives the pendant some nice weight and prevents it from sliding around when you're wearing the necklace. 

It's an easy DIY for girls' night or makes a good, meditative project when you need to de-stress! Here's a video of an old favorite project with a similar theme from my friend Fernando Dasilva.

You'll find more ideas like this on my Pinterest boards and over at All of the products I used here are from our sponsors on the program. They love to hear from viewers, so please let them know you love watching BBJ by leaving a note on their Facebook pages! 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pretty Palettes: Jewelry Inspired by the Sky

This month's Pretty Palettes Inspiration is an amazing photo from the NASA website, where there's a different picture of the universe every day.

I love the description of this picture: "To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To others, it may appear as the eye of a giant. Given poetic license, both are correct. Pictured above is a standard fisheye view of the sky — but with an unusual projection. The view is from a perch in New Zealand called Te Mata Peak, a name that translates from the Maori language as “Sleeping Giant”. The wondrous panorama shows the band of our Milky Way Galaxy right down the center of the sky, with the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds visible to the right. The red hue is atmospheric airglow that surprised the photographer as it was better captured by the camera than the eye..." (from  

My dragon-obsessed daughter would probably think it's the eye of a dragon. Whatever you want to call it, this unusual glimpse at the sky inspired me to create this necklace: 

I'm calling it my Sky Portal Necklace. I chose the pink and purple Bead Gallery® beads first and they kept winding themselves into a circle like the "eye" in the photo. The wire had to be antique brass to reflect the color palette, but it took me a little while to figure out how to make a circular component that would look somewhat ethereal but be substantial enough to hold its shape. 20-gauge German-Style wire from Beadalon turned out to be the ticket. I added a double-strand of beaded chain to work in a little more color.

Share your own designs and see what Erin Prais-Hintz, Molly Schaller, Andrew Thornton and other Pretty Palettes Challenge participants are making this month over on the Halcraft Inspiration Blog.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Create TV: Hooray!

Beads, Baubles & Jewels will air on Create® TV starting February 6th! 

Mondays and Fridays at 11:30am and 5:30pm EST

Create® TV is a nationwide channel delivered courtesy of your local public television station. Presenting the best of public television's lifestyle programs, Create TV is produced and distributed by American Public Television (APT), WNET and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS.

Create® TV is currently brought to you by local public television stations in markets across the country, representing more than 76% of households in the United States. This means that Create TV may be seen in the majority of major US markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, Cleveland, Charlotte, Orlando, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Check your cable or satellite provider to find Create TV.

If you don’t have cable, don’t worry! Create TV is also offered as a free, digital television broadcast service by many local public television stations. To receive Create TV this way, you must have a recent model television set or a converter box that has a new DTV tuner built in. On local digital television broadcasts, Create TV is typically available as an additional 'multicast' service provided by your local public television station.