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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Giveaway Results & More

I've loved reading your comments on my Giveaway Tuesday post from last week. Thank you all for participating! You have so many creative ideas on the burner. It's inspiring to see what you're making this summer.

Cindi won my random drawing.* This was her comment: "I've been making anklet bracelets with leather and beads, lots of stack bracelets, earrings are a fun go to when I need a quick pair to match my outfit. I would love, love to win this kit. Also am exploring making bracelets on the loom."

I've been working on the Jewel Loom this week and am frantically getting ready for filming the next series of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, too. Watch Facebook for photos and updates from the studio. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the great authors and designers who are sharing techniques and projects with us.

My friends at Dreamtime Creations also asked me to share info about their awesome contest: You could win a trip to the Swarovski North America HQ, plus a bunch of crystal goodies. The deadline for that one is June 30th, so be sure to enter soon. 

Have a great weekend! 

*Cindi, please drop me a line via email (you'll find it on my site with your mailing address. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Let's Celebrate! It's Giveaway Tuesday.

Well, my bags are ALMOST unpacked from the Bead & Button Show! I'll share pix of my beady treasures soon, but in the meantime I want to post pix of some of the folks who inspire me to keep on keeping on...

Beadalon did a special promotion at the show where customers could take and 
post a selfie with their favorite new product and receive a free gift. 
Here are repeat student Dona and I hamming it up.

Ally and her family watch Beads, Baubles & Jewels and 
this was her second year taking a class with me. So fun seeing her again!

I'm excited that I'll be seeing Andrea in a few months at JTV's Jewel School 
Customer Appreciation Event (free workshops!) Sept. 11-13. 

Loved this trio from my Bedazzling Cuff Bracelet class! 
Here we are showing off our bracelets. 

I'm declaring today Giveaway Tuesday. One person is going to win a kit from my Bedazzling Cuff Bracelet workshop. It includes Beadalon 49 satin silver, crimps and Upper Clasp; Bead Gallery beads and focal element from Halcraft USA; pewter beads from TierraCast and step-by-step instructions.

Leave a comment with what you're making this summer. I'll collect comments for one week and will announce the winner next week here on the blog. Have a great week!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pretty Palettes: Design Inspiration

I'm excited to be collaborating with Erin Prais-Hintz on this month's Pretty Palettes challenge. Each month, Erin chooses a color palette and then heads to her local Michaels store to find corresponding Bead Gallery beads. 

Everyone is invited to play along. At the end of the month, Erin does a big reveal. I love this sort of challenge because it forces me to break out of my usual color choices and try something new. Plus, Erin is going to be my guest on Beads, Baubles & Jewels!

This palette from Design Seeds is called "Flora Hues." I have peonies in my front yard that are almost exactly this color. They smell so good and I love their big, lush blossoms. 

Here's my necklace! At first, I thought it was going to be three strands of beads suspended between the lengths of chain. Once I started playing with the beads, though, I wanted to see them in stacks instead of rows. (I know that sounds weird, but there you go.) 

Beaded head pins turned out to be just the right look. This would look pretty with a sundress, but it also happens to match the hoodie I'm wearing today. Perfect! Check out everyone else's finished pieces over at Halcraft's Inspiration Blog.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Pearl Jewelry for June

I'm guest blogging over at today. They sent me a collection of pearls, peridot and delicate sterling components and asked me to write about using them. I got on a roll and I just couldn't stop! Read the article here

Friday, May 23, 2014

Double Needle Weave

Double needle weave is one of my favorite bead stitches because you can do so many different things with it. Leave it plain, embellish the surface, change the beads to change the look. This is one of my classes for the Bead & Button Show

Since the bracelet uses Beadalon wire instead of thread, it has more structure and you don't need to use needles on the ends. The beads make a pretty cuff on their own or you can use a focal element like I did with this version. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, so cue frantic packing of kits and last-minute preparations at my house, along with squeezing in family QT before Milwaukee. What are you making this weekend? I'll be beading in the car - again!

Friday, May 09, 2014

DIY for Mother's Day

I love costume jewelry and have been saving pretty pieces to use in the right project someday. Inspiration strikes when you least expect it. Yesterday, in the midst of everything else, I noticed this station chain in my studio and thought, "Hmmm...." Next thing you know, I'm digging through my Grandma's jewelry box looking for unmatched earrings! Wouldn't this make a great DIY Mother's Day gift? 

To make the bracelet:
1. Choose earrings - this is the hardest part! Some clips are easier to cut off the backs than others and flat surfaces work better than curved ones on the bracelet. Take at look at the backs when you're deciding, too.
2. Use an old pair of jewelry cutters to cut off the earring backs. 
3. The stations on my chain were too close together for my earrings, so I separated the links as shown in the third photo above.
4. Glue earrings to the flat pads on the chain and let the glue dry with the earring facing up so gravity helps hold the pieces together.
5. Use jump rings to links the earring components together and attach a clasp to one end. 
That's it!

Here's another project featuring vintage earrings from Beads, Baubles & Jewels that would make a great gift. It's a multi-strand bracelet that I made for my sister to wear in her wedding. One our Grandmother's earrings covers the clasp. Happy Mother's Day!