Thursday, August 28, 2014

Labor Day Giveaway

Jewelry making is a labor of love and I'm sure there will be lots of jewelry making going on this Labor Day weekend! I've been doing some stamping on leather and I'm just loving it. I might even break out some metal blanks this weekend and get really busy.

Beaducation sent me some of their most popular stamps to give away to one lucky blog reader. Besides being fun and trendy, their  design stamps are also:
     - made in the USA from USA steel
     - precision engraved for sharp, clear designs
     - made from tempered steel for extreme durability
     - engraved so you know where to hold your thumb for proper positioning



This stash-building set includes these original design stamps: two 3mm love birds, "three flowers", spiral bracket and the (currently) sold-out sugar skull. The winner will also receive a DVD of six popular video classes for a total retail value of $64. Pretty awesome, right?

It's easy to enter! Please click on the Rafflecopter box below. US Residents only, please, and bonus points for following Beaducation and/or Beads, Baubles & Jewels on Facebook. 

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Beaducation is a new sponsor of the show and we're super thrilled to have them on board! Here's stamping pro Lisa Niven Kelly and me outside the set of Beads, Baubles & Jewels with our Beaducation goodies in-hand. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August Color Inspiration


I love the fun, vibrant colors in Erin Prais-Hintz's Pretty Palettes August Challenge, don't you? The darker colors deepen the turquoise/coral combination and make it fresh for Fall. I went a little more coral with the orange/pink color and used antique brass accents in place of the lighter brown color...I can't wait to see what everyone else made!



Shopping for beads is always fun, but I especially like standing there with the palette in my hand, looking for the best combination of colors, shapes and sizes for the design that I'm envisioning. The beads I chose are made from different materials: wood, stone, glass, shell and metal, which all mix together to create a lot of texture. Plus, the different materials make the colors feel different, too. The faceted glass and bamboo coral beads are the same hue but there's a subtle difference in the intensity.  



Ta-da! This is the necklace I made. I worked on it in the car while my family drove home from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We tried to squeeze a little more summer into our summer this month. I missed some scenery while experimenting with the pattern and bead placement but it was a relaxing way to pass the time - and I made sure to look up from my bead tray every now and then!


Here are a few of the sights from our trip. I think I feel another color palette coming on! Maybe some blues, sand, ocher and a little bit of rust? It would be fun to create a necklace inspired by these photos to keep as a memento of our adventures.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bead Fest Philly


My bracelets and I are off to Bead Fest Philadelphia! I'm excited to catch up on what's new from some of my favorite vendors, see what's buzzing at the show and meet up with my beading friends. 

In case you want to make some bracelets like these: Top one is a leather cuff from Leather Cord USA with a mustache riveted onto it (try these colorful mustaches on sale). Center one is flat Artistic Wire bent into a bangle with a TierraCast infinity symbol in the center. The stripy bangles are Made with Love recycled rubber. I added charms to some but these are blank.

Now, I must-ache you a question: what's your favorite thing to look for at a bead show?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School, DIY Style


It's back to Jewel School! Registration is open for the 5th annual Jewel School Customer Appreciation Event in Knoxville, TN, Sept. 11-13. I'll be teaching how to make these pipe knot earrings and a bolo wrap bracelet using beautiful leather cording from Leather Cord USA

Event participants can take classes for three days for just $25. It's a great opportunity to try out a lot of the products you've seen on Jewel School with some of your favorite instructors.

I'm excited to spend a few days with Jewel Schoolers and am looking forward to the special live show on Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 10am-noon EST. We're going to have a bunch of exciting new products to give your Fall jewelry designs a fresh infusion of creativity.  



This is one of my projects from the workshops last year. The black and white cording is made from suede that's printed and then stitched together around a cotton core. It's super soft! The pendant is one of my Katiedids™ channel findings with bolo cord inside. 

There are still a few more days to enter the Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge. Entries are due August 17th. What are you waiting for? I'd love to see your design in the gallery!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Color Palette Challenge

Color is one of the big reasons I love to make DIY beaded jewelry, but I tend to go to the same combinations again and again. That's why it's fun to participate in a challenge from time to time. This month, Erin Prais-Hintz's July Pretty Palettes Challenge for Halcraft USA is mint, yellow and gray. Mmm...lemon sorbet with mint leaves! Here's what I made:


Sometimes when I'm stuck for ideas, I imagine an outfit that needs an accessory. My necklace would add a fresh pop of color to any of these basics:


Erin is doing the big reveal today over on the Halcraft USA Inspiration Blog, so stop over and see what she made, too. I'm excited that she's a guest on series 2100 of Beads, Baubles & Jewels! She'll walk us through the process of choosing a palette and finding beads that work with your color combination. She has some great tips about texture, using metallic colors and more. This episode won't air for a few months, so stay tuned :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Unplugged Creative Play


Hey everybody! I'm back in Cleveland this week to film Hands On: Crafts for Kids, which will broadcast nationwide on PBS stations later this year. Jenny Barnett-Rohrs from Craft Test Dummies is here co-hosting and we had a big day taping her crafty jellyfish idea and a bunch of other fun projects for families to make together. 


These are some of the projects that I'm making on the show. My kids helped me make the models and we can't wait to play with them when I get back home! There are a lot of bloggers contributing projects this season, too, including Heather Mann from Dollar Store Crafts.  And, artist and educator Franz Spohn is here presenting art tips and techniques.

We're all sending big hugs to Candie Cooper, who's making jewelry and doing spin art on the lawn at the Wabash White House on Friday. For those of you waiting for the big drawing for Candie's new book Earringology, from my blog last week: The randomly chosen commenter is Tina Secrist. Drop me a line, Tina, and I'll send your book out to you! Here's one of my favorite clips from last year's series of Hands On. Let's be neighbors!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Easy Hammered Earrings, Knotting and More


The first episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels series 2000 is running online this week! Candie Cooper kicks off our new format, with each week dedicated to one jewelry maker and his/her favorite techniques and projects.  

This week on the show, Candie's sharing a simple technique for making hammered, layered earrings and introduces us to a new knotting method using the tabletop Knot-a-Bead from Beadalon. I also present a beading lesson each week. This week, our project is making a coiled color block bracelet.




To celebrate our series, we're giving away a copy of Candie's new book, Earringology. It's packed with projects and inspiration and you're going to love it! Leave a comment to enter. I'll collect comments for one week and then randomly choose a name. Check back to see if you've won!

You'll find an overview of Beads, Baubles & Jewels series 2000 and all of the projects here. Of course, you can also watch the series on PBS. Click here to find local listings