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. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Learn, Shop & Share in Tucson

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It's almost time for the Tucson Gem Shows again - I'm getting excited! I've even starting packing my bags a little early. (Which is so very unlike me!) I think it's because Tucson is a great place to be in February: decent weather, my beady peeps are there and Beads, Baubles & Jewels is on TV four days a week on Arizona Public Media! Here are a few highlights:

I'll be demonstrating jewelry making techniques with some of my friends in the wholesale room at at To Bead True Blue all week from February 1-6. There are lots of new products to see this year! I'll be with Leather Cord USA 10-1 and Beadalon 3-6 each day. I'll also be stopping by to hang out with TierraCast and BeadMaster, so come and say hi if you're in town for the shows! 

Join me Wednesday night at the Beads of Courage HQ in the Metal Arts Village to learn how to make this bracelet trio. Leather Cord USA, Beadalon, Dakota Stones, TierraCast and ImpressArt are providing the supplies so the $30 fee goes to benefit this awesome program for kids who are dealing with long-term illnesses and their families  Relax, have fun, and let's make some jewelry together!

Ashley Bunting will be demonstrating jewelry making techniques for Xuron and is teaching four super cool classes at To Bead True Blue. This coiled parachute cord bracelet is one of her classes and it's from her new book, Fiber &; Cord Jewelry. I'm hoping she'll present her secret technique on Beads, Baubles &; Jewels next season!

Candie Cooper will be designing on the fly in the Jesse James Beads booth again this year. Don't you love their sparkly bead combos? Check out her book, Earringology, for fresh ideas on earrings, along with sketches so you can see her design process. I'm planning to stop by the booth just so I can see how Candie and Sarah accessorize their cute fashions with a new necklace/bracelet/earring combo each day!

Catherine Bickford is doing several Art Night Out classes this year, too. One workshop is the Talisman Necklace that she presented on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. Learn how to choose symbols with personal meaning, gemstone attributes, emboss/patina metal and do easy wire-wrapping. Fun!

Check out all of the To Bead True Blue workshops and demonstrations with the artists you've seen on Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Susan Lenart Kazmer, Christi Friesen, Lisa Pavelka, Julie Picarello, Jodie Bombardier, Linda Hartung, Stephanie Eddy, Lauren Andersen The Chainmaille Lady, Kieu Pham Gray. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 16, 2015

DIY Leather Jewelry and More

It's a brand-new season of Beads, Baubles & Jewels! We're kicking it off with Melissa Cable, author of Beautiful Leather Jewelry. I especially love her easy technique for creating ripple-effect leather and bead bracelets! It's so simple but it makes a huge difference in making bracelets that lay nicely on the wrist. 

In my Beading Lesson, we'll focus on some instant gratification wire wrapping using Bead Gallery® beads from Halcraft USA with Artistic Wire®. I'm loving gemstone nuggets right now and they make great focal points for dramatic rings.

You can watch on your local PBS station or tune in online Friday, Jan.16th at noon EST where episode #2101 will run for a week. I hope you'll join us this season as we create Today's Heirlooms with new twists on traditional jewelry-making techniques!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? I always say I'm over them, but then I end up making a few unofficial ones anyway. This year, I want to worry less and celebrate more! This month's Bead Gallery® Pretty Palettes challenge is perfect for tonight's celebrations...

I love the mixed metallics and wanted some pointy or triangular beads to mimic the geometric look. And, can you see the little disco balls peeking out from amongst the flowers? I wanted some beads that would recreate that effect, too.

I headed over to Michaels and grabbed a big, sparkly pendant, crystal beads on a chain, gold-plated spikes, black teardrop beads and the gold chain you see here. I started laying out the beads and then decided on a cascade effect for maximum sparkle. 

Check out everyone else's designs for the Pretty Palettes challenge over on the Halcraft inspiration blog. You'll also find tons of inspiration in my book, Necklaces 101 (Hot Off The Press). And, be sure to check out Erin Prais-Hintz's tips for choosing beads on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. Here's to a creative, fun 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

DIY Metal Bangles, Leather Cuff Bracelets & More

It's bracelet mania this week on Beads, Baubles & JewelsPatti Bullard stops by to make metal bangle bracelets and talk about different kinds of pliers. I show how to make a  leather cuff bracelet and embellish it in a variety of ways, including stamping. You can watch the whole episode by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage. Or, check your local PBS schedule for current listings. 

Earlier this month, we filmed the next series of the show, which will start airing on TV in May 2015. We have a great variety of guests and projects with lots of inspiration and ideas! There's something for everyone, whether you want to get started making jewelry or are looking for ways to take your projects to the next level.

Wyatt White introduces some exciting new tools, Ashley Bunting shares a fresh take on parachute cord, Erin Prais-Hintz and l talk about planning a jewelry making party, and lots more. Be sure to follow Beads, Baubles & Jewels on Facebook for weekly updates.

Did you know you can access all of the projects you see on Beads, Baubles & Jewels for free? No registration is necessary and there's an overview of each series so you can pick your favorites. There's also a special deal on DVDs - hurry while it lasts!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pretty Palettes: Fall Jewelry Inspiration

Hooray for Fall! Only a few more weeks until it's officially winter, so we're celebrating the season of the Pumpkin while it lasts. I hope you have a very peaceful Thanksgiving with family and friends and a maybe you'll even have a little time for jewelry making this weekend! Here's some color inspiration to get your wheels turning...

For this month's Pretty Palettes challenge with Bead Gallery beads from Halcraft USA, Erin Prais-Hintz picked this color palette from Design Seeds. I love the graduated tones and took this color palette with me to Michaels, where I picked out my beads. 

I chose stone and glass rounds in several colors from the palette, along with hematite color drop charms and findings to represent the grays. The hematite color chain is from Beadalon. The gray really tones down the orange and makes it look a lot subtler than if this same necklace was made in bright silver. Antique gold would look pretty, too!

This design evolved a lot as it sat on my work table for the last couple of weeks. I tried it a bunch of different ways but kept coming back to the idea of staggered drops off the chain. I like the way the first and second beads repeat on all of the drops but the third and fourth beads are only on every other drop to give it some visual depth. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Get a Blast of Creative Inspiration

Every season is a labor of love and this time around we have an amazing line-up of artists, authors and jewelry makers who share their ideas for making jewelry that's inspired by the past but perfect for today. With one guest expert per episode, you can learn a whole new technique to fuel your jewelry making fire. 

The new series 2100 of Beads, Baubles & Jewels starts airing for the first time this week - Oregon gets it first! Other stations will start rolling it out over the next couple of months. 

Here are some handy links: 
See what's on the show: materials lists and instructions.
Check out our preview: Series 2100 YouTube playlist.
Use the station finder to check local PBS listings.
Watch a new episode every Friday on the homepage.
Buy a DVD of the whole series so you can watch it now!

We couldn't make Beads, Baubles & Jewels without support from our sponsors. Please show them some love! Visit or shop their sites, like their Facebook pages and tell them how much you enjoy the program: Beadalon, Halcraft, Dreamtime Creations, Leather Cord USA, Bead Storage Solutions, Miyuki, Beaducation, Artbeads, and Dakota Stones. They love hearing from you!