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THE JEWELLERY MAKING MAGAZINE

January
2014

INSPIRING

PROJECTS

INSIDE

Mix it up!
Combine fabric,
yarn and felt to
create gorgeous
tactile jewellery

In Stitches!

Beautiful bead stitching


ideas in this issue!

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Fresh jewellery making ideas for the New Year!

Issue 76 UK 4.50

Recipes
For...
Leftover
fabric
scraps!

Top 8 handbag charms in mustard yellow and vibrant amber


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Hello
H

appy New Year to you all! Welcome to the January 2014 issue of
Beads & Beyond. We will start the year as we plan to go on, so this
issue of Beads & beyond is bursting with lots of creative jewellery

ideas!

To kick us off we have another wonderful Kumihimo bracelet by the talented


Pru McRae. We had such an overwhelming positive response to Prus work
over 2013 we just had to ask her back for more! This time Pru uses knitting
yarn to create a wonderful chunky bracelet decorated with delicate seed
beads. Find Twilight Ice on page 10.
If you love using fabric and sewing techniques in your designs, you will enjoy
our recipes for Fabric Beads this month. Helen Dickson has come up with 8
different beads for you to try using gorgeous silks and fabrics (page 52). Trish
Latimer has also used felt in her Tons of Texture project combine fabric,
metal and glass to create her lovely layered necklace!
If bead weaving is your thing, then we have a gorgeous stitched bracelet
in delicate frosty shades on page 71 by Vicky Prichard, plus an adorable
project by Jean Power using dagger beads see page 39.
Also not to be missed this month is our meet and greet interview with Eva
Thissen. Eva is an incredible polymer clay artist and we think youll just love
her inspiring designs! Turn to page 36.
All the best for a happy, healthy and creative 2014!

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Editors choice
Selling our makes online is one of those things that
takes a little nudge and a bit of confidence, so to help
you on your way Hazel Ward has written a great article
about selling on Etsy. So what are you waiting for...
turn your hobby into your business! See page 58.

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The Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery, based at Coldrenick Farm,
near Bodmin in Cornwall, runs a wide variety of classes all year round for
all levels in a beautiful, countryside location close to beaches and tourist
attractions. Everything you need, including all materials and VAT are
included in the price. Brighten up the dull days of winter with a craft class!

Classes in January 2014


Metal Clay Taster Class - 9th January 10am-1pm - 30
This three hour taster class is designed for complete beginners to silver metal clay. In a
relaxed class, youll learn about silver clay and make two or three small items of jewellery.
Well show you how to work with silver metal clay using simple tools which you may
already have at home.

Beading Taster Class - 9th January 2pm-5pm - 24


This three hour taster class is designed for complete beginners to jewellery making. In a
relaxed class, youll learn about some basic techniques and make two or three small items
of jewellery. Well show you how to work with beads and wire using simple tools which
you may already have at home

Sterling Silver Metal Clay Class - 16th-17th January - 250


This relaxed two day class is a great follow on from the beginners metal clay classes. During
the two days you will make at least five items and fire and finish them to a good standard.
This course is designed to take your skills to the next level and introduce you to the newest
member of the metal clay family.

Intermediate Metal Clay Class - 18th-19th January - 250


In this relaxed two day class, youll find it is a great follow on from your beginners metal clay
knowledge. During the two days you will make at least five items , fire and finish them to a
good standard. This course is designed to take your skills to the next level.

Advanced Metal Clay Class - 20th-21st January - 250


This relaxed two day class is a great follow on from our intermediate metal clay class. During
the two days you will make at least five items, fire and finish them to a good standard. This
course is designed to take your skills to the next level.

Button Jewellery Taster Class - 25th January 10am-1pm - 24


Fun and relaxing this is a great way to spend a morning and make something new and
exciting to take home. With tutor and artist Kirsten Becker, you will learn a variety
of ways to thread buttons and beads so that they complement each other. Learn about
necklace designs and the best ways to work with different colours. During the class you
will make a felt and button brooch, button necklace and button earrings.

Felt Making Taster Class - 25th January 2pm-5pm - 36


In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere you will be introduced to the exciting techniques of the
felt-making process using colourful merino wool tops. With tutor and artist Kirsten Becker,
you will be given step by step instruction and guidance and shown how to make a flat piece
of felt. As part of the workshop, be prepared to get your hands wet and do some rolling!

Gift Vouchers are Available for all Classes

Cash vouchers are available directly from our website which make a great gift for the crafty person in your life. Minimum
amount is 10 up to a maximum of 500 so if youre struggling to think of a gift for someone, how about giving the gift of a
class? Buy directly through our website products page.

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contents
January 2014 Issue 76

Featured Projects
10 Twilight ice
A stunning kumihimo project using
knitting yarn embellished with tiny
silver beads, we show you how to
make a bracelet and necklace set

14 Bluebells necklace
Link together a wonderful array of
artisan beads and findings to create
this asymmetric necklace with a
bohemian feel. Create a matching
bracelet and earrings too!

30 Tiny textures
Combine tiny tactile beads with
handmade ceramic components, to
create a bracelet that is full of textural
detail

38 Delightful daggers
Add texture, interest and drama to a
brick stick bangle using dainty dagger
beads

46 Lacy ladder bracelet


Using a simple right angle weave, let
sparkling crystals show off in this easy
to wear bracelet perfect for your New
Years Eve parties!

60 Shining shards
Add gorgeous texture to your
lampwork beads by adding shards of
glass its not as scary as it sounds!

64 Copper coils
Grab a helping hand from nature to
create your own stunning antique
copper wirework beads, mix them up
with lava beads to create a headturning jewellery set

71 St Mortitz bracelet
Bead stitch beautiful frosted pearl twin
beads into pretty circles and connect
together to create a fabulous wintry
bracelet!

74 Tons of texture
Combine an assortment of materials
to create this texture filled project
including fabric, metal and glass!

82 Quick make
In minutes create a set of drink glass
charms using leftover crystals, ideal
for those New Year celebrations!

Features
25 Designer challenge
Four different designers use the same
pack of beads to create three different
striking pieces of jewellery

42 Top 8
This month we are featuring the Top 8
handbag charms in mustard yellow,
amber and grey

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52 Recipes for...
8 ideas for using up your leftover
fabric scraps in our recipes for... fabric
beads

58 Everything Etsy
Take the plunge and sell your makes
online we talk you through the pros
and cons

70 Shopping for...
Bead mixes!

Regulars

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08 Retail therapy
This months round up of the hottest
new products and the latest trends

20 Subscription offer
Check out our great subscription offer
this month!

22 Spotlight
The Spotlight is on three books, as
well as the blog of the month and the
website of the month

36 Meet and greet


This month we interviewed polymer
clay artist Eva Thissen

48 Inbox
We answer your emails, take a look at
our favourite uploads to the readers
gallery this month and keep you up to
date with our Facebook activity!

81 Sneak preview
Take a look at whats coming next month

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We have a
fabulous
selection of siam
Czech glass to
giveaway

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Rustic Reds

Big Bead Little Beadhave extended their range of beautiful Czech


glass beads, including these striking siam reds perfect for bringing
some warmth to your winter jewellery designs. Choose from cathedral
beads, crackle glass, daggers, picasso finish, pressed hearts and
flowers, glass rings and simple fire polished faceted rounds. Prices
from 35p for a pack of 10 tear drop beads.
For Czech glass beads and more log onto www.bigbeadlittlebead.com

Wire, Wire And More Wire!

As you all know, we love wire at Beads & Beyond! So we were


delighted to hear that Beadsisters have added some new fancy wire
to their stock. They already stock half round, square and twisted
wire in copper, silver and gold plated plus vintage bronze colour but
now they welcome black colour round and square profile wire in two
gauges (0.7mm and 1.00mm). Prices start at 4.25.
Youll be spoilt for choice at www.beadsisters.co.uk

retail therapy
This months round up of
the hottest new products
and the latest trends.

How to enter our giveaway


competitions
Complete your giveaway coupon online and stand a chance
of winning one of our giveaways this month. This means its
completely free to enter online as you save the cost of the
stamp!
To complete your giveaway form online just log on to:

www.beadsandbeyondmagazine.com
Click on the giveaways button and complete the details.

The closing date for giveaways shown in this issue is


8th January 2014. Good Luck.

Bell Flowers

The Bead Shop Manchester have added these adorable Czech glass Bell
Flowers to their ever growing stock. However, it was the colour range that
caught our eye; with over 40 colours to choose from we were in Czech glass
heaven! The fluted Bell Flowers measure 6mm x 8mm and the hole runs
through the centre of the flower. Try using these beads in a simple strung
bracelet, or use them in bunches to create dangles or even combine them
into your intricate beadweaving designs. Prices start at just 1.25 for a pack
of 25 beads.
Visit www.the-beadshop.co.uk to see the full Bell Flower range.

If youd still like to use traditional mail to enter, please send a postcard or
sealed down envelope to Giveaways, Beads & Beyond Magazine, Traplet
Publications Ltd Traplet House, Pendragon Close, Malvern, WR14 1GA.
Make sure you write on the postcard the names of the items you would like
to enter the draw for. If youd like to be entered in all the giveaway draws
that month just write ALL. Also include your name and address and dont
forget the stamp!

See www.beadsandbeyondmagazine.com for terms and


conditions of entry.

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We have
a Fox
Bookmark kit
to giveaway

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Gorgeous Jasper!

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Beads Direct are renowned for their wonderful collection of semiprecious beads, but when we heard about these gorgeous snake skin
jasper beads we just had to take a look! Available in both a diamond
shape (18, 20 and 30mm) and a square (from 10mm up to 25mm)
these beads are a mix of shades from tan to chocolate brown, with grey
and beige inclusions. Each bead has a varied appearance so each one
of your makes will be different to the next! Prices start from 1.79.
For a generous selection of jaspers log onto www.beadsdirect.co.uk

Fantastic Fox Bookmark!

Foxes, you may love them or loathe them, here at Beads & Beyond we
think they are rather sweet so we were delighted when The Spellbound
Bead Company sent us this nostalgic bookmark kit to play with! The kit
comes complete with all the beads and findings you need to weave this
little wonder plus some brilliant instructions that explain every step in
great detail, plus diagrams! All you will need is a pair of scissors and
some chain nose pliers. The fox bookmark kit is available for 8.50.
To see all of their latest kits go to www.spellboundbead.co.uk

Hammer Time!

Those of us who work with wire, sheet metal or metal clay probably rely on
our trusty hammers at some point or another. So we were jumping for joy
when we discovered that Mail Order Beads are now selling a solid metal,
interchangeable hammer! There are 12 heads to choose from in total
including six smooth (flat nylon, domed nylon, flat stainless steel, domed
stainless steel and flat brass) and 6 textured heads (stripes, weave, thin
circles, wide circles, speckles and dots). The faces are securely held onto
the two faces of the hammer by a screw collar. This hammer has the
benefit of being used as a chasing hammer and to create texture too. It
also features a rubber grip. So, shall we form an orderly queue?!
Pick up an interchangeable hammer
from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk for just 34.95.

Twin Seed Beads

Our creative minds are positively buzzing with idea overload after
we caught a glimpse at these fantastic twin seed beads! The
exclusive Czech two-holed seed bead opens up a world of design
opportunities, especially when you see the colours available! The
oval shaped beads measure 2.5mm x 5mm and these Preciosa
Twin Beads are sold in 50gram bags. Prices start from 1.95 for a
mixed coloured bag, or 2.95 for a single colour.
See the full range plus a lot more at www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk

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Find us on

Find our projects monthly in Beads & Beyond

Visit our shop


open 7 days a week
In The Craft Centre,
50/56 High St,
Market Deeping,
Peterborough, PE6 8EB
Tel: 01778 346810
info@riversidebeads.co.uk

Riverside Beads exclusive coloured snowflakes

now back in stock only 2.85 for 100

www.riversidebeads.co.uk
Its Kumihimo Time
Starter Kits and Beaded Kits
All your
Kumihimo
needs in
one place
Threads
Galore

Clasps A Plenty

Discs
and Bobbins

For all your Bead Making Needs call in at The Bead Room @ Boxes and Busts,
Unit 19, Ty Verlon Ind Est, Cardiff Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 2BE
Tel: 01446 701230. Opening hrs Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm
Or visit us on www.boxesandbusts.co.uk

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About our designer...


Pru McRae

My lifelong interest in jewellery wearing and


making took a different turn when I discovered
kumihimo braiding four years ago. I find it has
allowed me to find my own style by combining
interesting fibres and textiles with traditional
jewellery making methods. I have recently set up
a website to help others to explore the wonderful
world of kumihimo jewellery. Find lots of free
inspiration and instruction at
www.prumihimo.com

Kumihimo braiding is used


to make Pru McRaes
statement bracelet in soft
tones of purple, sprinkled
with silvery spheres of ice.

twilight

kumihimo

he process of kumihimo braiding gives strength and


structure to virtually any type of flexible cord, yarn
string or ribbon. In this design knitting yarn is used to
give a soft contrast to the shining, silver-lined seed
beads. Raid your knitting bag or explore wool shops to
find interesting colours and textures to make this design
your own. Whatever you choose, the result will be
flexible and comfortable to wear and the huge range of
colours and finishes available provides limitless design
potential. The bracelet is made using basic Round Braid
and 16 slots on the disk. However, it is no more complex
than using 8 slots and produces a really chunky braid.

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kumihimo

Do not
just rely on a
tape measure to
determine the correct
length for the bracelet. A
chunky bracelet like this
needs to be longer than a
thin one, so check it
around the wrist.

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Kumihimo disk, 16 bobbins


(optional), clip-on weight or small
bag of coins weighing 50-75g,
wire cutters, round nose pliers,

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16cm 0.8mm Wire


2 Jump rings
Strong thread
Glue suitable for use with fabric

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Make bracelet to fit


1 Ball of 4ply knitting yarn
10m Thin cord, such as SLon
cord
10g size 8 Silver lined crystal
seed beads
2 Cones
1 Clasp
2 size 6 Seed beads

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gather these supplies...

Cut 32 lengths of yarn each measuring


1m. Divide the lengths into 8 bundles
of 4. Cut 8 lengths of thin cord measuring
125cm. Tie the yarn and cord together at
one end in an overhand knot and position
a bundle of yarn in the following slots on
the kumihimo disk, 32, 1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24
and 25. Position the thin cord in slots 4, 5,
12, 13, 20, 21, 28 and 29.

Thread 40 to 50 seed beads onto each


of the thin cords. It can be difficult to
maintain the correct tension when thick and
thin yarns and cords are worked together.
Solve this problem by adding one or two
heavy beads to the cords, after the seed
beads, and securing them with a stopper
bead. Wind the excess yarn and cord onto
bobbins, if being used.

Continue braiding until the required


length has been reached, taking into
account the length of the cones and clasp.
Before finally deciding on the length,
stretch the braid and let it relax back into
shape. Remove the thin cords from the
slots and tie them together across the
braid to prevent unravelling. Remove the
braid from the disk.

Attach the weight to the knot and


commence braiding. Hold the disk with
32 at the top. Move the yarn in slot 1 to slot
15 and the cord in slot 17 to 31. Turn the
disk to the right, so that 28 is at the top and
move the cord in slot 28 to 11 and the cord
in slot 13 to 27. Turn the disk so that 24 is
at the top and continue braiding in this
manner for 3 cm.

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Add the beads to the braid by sliding a


seed bead up the thin cord, pressing it
against the braid and keeping it in position
by tucking it under the thin cord. Keep it in
position with a finger if necessary.
Subsequent moves will lock the bead in
place. Add a bead every time a thin cord is
moved.

Bind either end of the braid, close to


the beads, tightly with thread. Trim the
excess braid to approximately 1.5cm.
Apply glue to the complete end, including
the binding and leave to dry. Trim the end
again and shape it to fit the cone, taking
care not to cut the binding.

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polymer clay

Variation...
Icy Pendant

Cut 8cm wire and push it through the


braid, just inside the binding. Push
approximately 1cm through. Bend the two
ends of the wire together, twist them and
trim the shorter end. Thread on a cone,
followed by a small bead and turn a
wrapped loop. Repeat for the other end.

HERES HOW: To make a delicate


version of this braid as a matching
necklace, work the braid with single
strands of yarn in slots 8, 9, 16, 24, 25
and 32 and thin cord in slots 1 and 17.
Thread seed beads onto the thin cords.
Braid for 2cm without beads and then
drop a bead into the braid every time the
thin cords are used. Finish the braid ends
and attach cones using wrapped loops.
Attach a pendant to a lobster clasp.
Join the necklace by threading the clasp
through both of the wrapped loops.

Open a jump ring and thread on the


ring of one end of the clasp and the
wrapped loop. Close the jump ring. Repeat
for the other end of the bracelet. During
wear the seed beads keep the braid away
from the skin, protecting it from soiling.
However, as long as waterproof glue has
been used the bracelet should tolerate
gentle washing, if necessary.

shopping guide
Kumihimo equipment from Boxes and Busts
www.boxesandbusts.co.uk 01446 701230
Beads and clasp from Crystals and Ice
www.crystals-and-ice.co.uk 02920 233136
Cones from The Southampton Bead Shop
www.thesouthamptonbeadshop.co.uk 02380 678466
Knitting Yarn from Black Sheep Wools
www.blacksheepwools.com 01925 764231
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linking

bluebells
necklace
Combine rustic antiqued brass findings and chain with
dyed silk cord, waxed linen cord, Czech glass and
artisan-made components to create this asymmetric
Boho-feel jewellery set. By Rebecca Anderson.

gorgeous shades, so if this gentle rose/blue/chocolate


love to incorporate interesting and unusual
colour scheme doesnt appeal to you, then you can
textures into my jewellery, albeit in a fairly subtle
recreate these designs in your own colour palette,
fashion. I would describe myself as a mixedwithout missing out on the silk cord element. Its also
media jewellery artist, and I often work with cords,
very reasonably priced, and is wonderfully tactile.
fibres and ribbons within my designs, along with
Make sure you store it carefully to keep it clean I
handmade components in all sorts of different media,
wrap mine in tissue paper, making sure of course to
wire, chain and beads. This is a really easy way to
keep it away from metals. Its a good idea
add an extra textural and tactile element to
to store any jewellery containing silk
your jewellery and there are loads of
ribbon by itself, to keep it in the best
different options available on Etsy,
Knotting beads
condition possible. There are
and at some of my favourite online
onto fibre can be tricky.
plenty of other types of cord and
bead shops (listed in Shopping
Practice with a spare piece of
ribbon you could use in this
Guide) linens, silks, cottons,
cord beforehand, and then cut the
project as well
manmade fibres there is a
beads off to reuse. The most important
www.smittenbeads.co.uk
whole world beyond beads
thing when creating a knot is to make sure
has some lovely hand-dyed
ready to explore! Its fun to
that the nub of the knot the part where
chiffon ribbons available,
layer these materials together,
the fibres cross is directly next to the
and
its always worth having
using different techniques
bead. Position that right next to the bead
a search on etsy.com for
stringing, knotting, linking and
you are knotting against and then
unusual and unique materials.
wirework: try combining all of
slowly reduce the size of the loop,
using your fingernails to
these together in one piece.
secure.
Knotting is one of my very
favourite jewellery-making
I have added brass chain into this
techniques. It can take a little practice,
layered look, and selected one of
but once you get the hang of it, it can be a
my personal favourite types rollo chain.
very relaxing and enjoyable technique. Make sure you
This consists of small fat round links, and is a nice
dont knot more than you need though it can be
alternative to curb or cable chain. Because each link
difficult (if not impossible!) to undo knots once they
is what I would describe as chubby, you can use a
are in place, and theres nothing more frustrating than
fairly thin chain, but it will still be sturdy.
having to start knotting again simply because you
have one or two too many beads in a strand.
I added hand-dyed silk cord this chain.
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About our designer...


Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson has been designing


and making jewellery for as long as she
can remember! Initially inspired by her
creative mum and grandma, she loves
light, colour, stories and sharing her
passion for handmade with others. You
can find her unique, one-of-a-kind pieces
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gather these supplies...


Necklace length measures 48cm
Handmade ceramic flower pendant
Hand-dyed chocolate silk cord
Williamsburg blue 4ply waxed linen cord
Pink cruller-cut glass rondelles
Rose rondelles
4mm Rose glass rounds
Vintaj brass 7mm jump rings

Heres how...

Vintaj brass 10mm jump rings


1mm Antique brass wire
Vintaj brass hook
Vintaj brass rollo chain
Jewelry Cement

tools required...

Round nose pliers, chain nose pliers,


cutters, scissors

Cut a 14cm piece of 1mm wire and


turn a double-wrapped loop about
6cm along. Take a handmade ceramic
flower pendant and pass the wire through.
Repeat a second wrapped loop to close,
angling both loops upwards.

Cut a 40cm piece of chocolate dyed


silk cord, and attach it to the left hand
jump ring with a larks head knot to form a
double strand. Tie both ends to the 10mm
ring from step 2.

Cut a 50cm piece of Williamsburg blue


waxed linen cord, and centre it on the
10mm ring from step 2, using a larks head
knot. Add a double knot behind this to
secure.

Attach a 7mm brass jump ring to each


wrapped loop from step 1. Attach an
18cm piece of rollo chain to the left hand
ring, adding a 10mm jump ring to the other
end.

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Waxed linen cord is a strong and supple fibre to knot with more
flexible than man-made fibres and therefore creates a superior
drape, but much less expensive than silk knotting cord.
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Slide on a 4mm rose round onto one


of the linen strands, and knot directly
behind. Repeat this action with both
lengths of cord, until you have an
approximately 16cm double strand of
knotted beads. Knot both together onto a
large brass hook to complete, dabbing
with Jewelry Cement.

Cut a 30cm piece of waxed linen cord


and centre this on the right hand jump
ring from step 2. Holding the two ends
together, cut them across at an angle
using sharp scissors or cutters, and gently
twist together to make as fine a point as
possible.

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To make a
quick bag charm, take a
15mm brass jump ring and
add a large brass lobster clasp.
Tie on pieces of linen cord and
ribbon using larks head knots to
centre, adding beads to the linen cord
as desired. Add bead dangles too,
and even a length of chain or
two for a chunky, textural
bag charm.

Pass the double strand of cord


through a rose glass rondelle and knot
snugly behind. Repeat until you have three
rondelles, two cruller-cut rondelles and a
further rondelle. Double knot the two cords
to a 10mm jump ring.

Slide a pair of rose rounds onto each


cord tail from step 7. Knot to secure
the beads, and your necklace is complete!

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Drop Earrings
HERES HOW: Measure out a 6cm piece of rollo chain.
Slide a 4mm rose round and a blue rondelle onto a brass
headpin and turn a wrapped loop to close, attaching this to
the end of the chain before closing. Attach a brass earwire
to the top, and repeat in full for your second earring.

Layer Bracelet
HERES HOW: Cut two 34cm pieces of chocolate silk
cord and measure out a 17cm piece of large link
etched brass chain. Attach the chain to a 10mm jump
ring, and centre both pieces of cord onto the ring with
larks head knots. Knot the ends of the cord onto the
end link in the chain and add a large hook clasp to this
link also. Cut a 50cm piece of waxed linen cord and
knot it onto the loop in the hook clasp. Knot on a
series of glass beads I have used a mixture of
rondelles and rounds in an undulating pattern. When
you have 17cm of beads, knot to the 10mm jump ring.
Add two further 10mm jump rings to create a small
extender, attaching a couple of bead dangles to the
last ring. Knot on 4mm rounds to the cord tails, then
cut two 10cm pieces of cord and centre them near to
the cord ends using larks head knots. Knot on further
rounds to these and your bracelet is complete!

Ribbon Bow Earrings


HERES HOW: Slide a blue rondelle and a pink
cruller-cut rondelle onto a brass headpin. Close
with a wrapped loop, attaching this to a 10mm
jump ring. Cut a 6cm piece of silk cord and knot
onto the wrapped section of the headpin. Tie a
second knot to secure, and trim the tails to the
desired length. Attach a brass earwire to the
jump ring and repeat in full for second earring.

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Simple Chain
Pendant
HERES HOW: Slide a
rose rondelle and a
handmade lampwork
rondelle onto a brass
headpin. Add a couple of
size 11 seed beads so
that they slide within the
lampwork bead, to
stabilise it. Attach this to a
42cm length of rollo chain
using a 7mm jump ring.
Attach a further 7mm
jump ring to one end of
the chain, and a lobster
clasp to the other (using a
5mm jump ring). Attach a
few small rose rounds to
the centre of the chain,
using brass headpins and
wrapped loops.

Linen Earrings

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handmade ceramic
pendant for a large flower
button for a fun and playful take on
this textural necklace! You could
even try layering different sized
buttons for a whimsical look, wiring
or knotting them together. Use
plastic buttons to keep the
weight down if you like
light necklaces.

HERES HOW: Cut an


18cm piece of blue waxed
linen cord and centre on a
7mm brass jump ring.
Double knot behind the
larks head knot to secure.
Slide on a pink cruller-cut
rondelle and a rose rondelle
and knot snugly behind,
leaving two tails below.
Slide on one or two rose
rounds onto each tail, knot
behind so that the rounds
hang down on tails, leaving
one a little longer than the
other. Add a brass earwire
to the 7mm ring and repeat
in full for second earring.

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shopping guide
Handmade ceramic pendant www.etsy.com (Jubilee)
Czech glass beads and waxed linen cord
www.thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com
Hand-dyed silk cord and Vintaj chain from Beads and more by Louis
www.beadsandmorebylois.co.uk
Vintaj brass components and antique brass wire from Smitten Beads
www.smittenbeads.co.uk
Lampwork rondelle www.etsy.com (Beads by Clare Scott)

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This months Spotlight is on three very different books, the blog of the
month and the website of the month. Reviewed by Joanne Tinley

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The artist behind Tree


Wings Studio is Rebekah
Payne, and to say that
she makes beads would
be an understatement!
Rebekah is a wonderfully
talented sculptor who
creates tiny treasures
from polymer clay,
adding textures, paints
and stains and often
using her own moulds
to form beads and
pendants inspired by
nature. Having dabbled
in jewellery making for
many years, Rebekah
began experimenting
with polymer clay after
being gifted with clay
and books by her family.
At first she just made
beads to use in her
own jewellery designs
but as more and more
designers asked her to
make beads for her too
she realised that that was what she enjoyed the most, and her Tree
Wings Studio shop on Etsy is always popular. She says that she
loves how making her own beads enables her to take her designs
in any direction anything she can dream up, she can make, and
she makes anything from woodland creatures to dragons! I love
the detail she puts into her work and the soft colours that she
uses. Most recently her Queen Annes Lace flower beads and
pendants have caught my eye and I have treated myself to a set
for a special project.
Rebekahs blog is full of beautiful photos of her creations, together
with stories about her inspiration. She also writes for the Art
Jewelry Elements blog and often shares on there how some of her
creations are made.
To see more of Rebekahs beautiful work visit
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Book review Showcase 500 Art


Necklaces
This is yet another
beautifully presented
and inspirational book
by Lark Jewelry and
Beading. The 500
necklaces shown
off to great effect
have been created
by 475 international
designers, and what I
find most inspirational
about this book is the
wonderful combination
of materials that
they have used.
For example Deb
Karashs necklace
titled Gift combines
copper decorated with
coloured pencils with
diamonds set in silver.
Many designs have
a close-up photo as
well as the main image
which gives a better
impression of how the
piece looks hanging
rather than flat, or a
look at the inside of a
locket for example.

Some of the designs


included in the
collection are definitely
statement pieces, as
you would expect from
a book showcasing the
best of art jewellery,
but the majority are
perfectly wearable.
However, they all give
ideas that can be
translated into smaller
pieces of jewellery or different materials ideas for unusual clasps for
example. All in all, this is a wonderful book that you will dip into again
and again.
Showcase 500 Art Necklaces (ISBN 9781454703525) was
published by Lark Books in July 2013. It is available from
www.amazon.co.uk priced at 17.99.

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The Scientific Wire Company may not


have the prettiest website around, but
their website is a wonderful treasure
trove of wire in every metal, colour and
gauge that you can think of and then
some! Established over 40 years ago as a
company supplying wires for, as their name suggests, scientific
purposes, they are now based in Essex.

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The Scientific Wire Company have an excellent stock of popular


jewellery making wire such as natural copper and coloured
copper wires, silver and gold plated, bronze, brass and sterling
silver, plus more unusual knitted wires and beautiful multitoned twisted wires. I have ordered some of the last, four wires
in lovely shades of purple twisted together that the website
description states will give a stripy effect when they are wrapped
around an object. I look forward to experimenting with them!
This is just a small sample of their stock though, and the website
also includes a gallery of designs that customers have sent in to
showcase how the many different wires can be used.
Once you have chosen your wires ordering through the website
is easy and the company aim to dispatch all orders within 24
hours. The difficult thing is choosing which wires to add to your
shopping cart in the first place!
Visit The Scientific Wire Company at www.wires.co.uk

spotlight

Book review
Parachute Cord
Craft

Parachute cord, or survival cord


was originally used during World
War II when paratroopers would
recycle their cord into belts and
harnesses, then became popular
with hikers and is now available
in a lovely range of colours for
crafters.
The 22 projects in Parachute
Cord Craft use plaiting,
macram knots or threading
the cord through chains to
create lanyards, key fobs
and even mug cosies as well
as necklaces and bracelets.
My favourite is the Josephine
Knotted Necklace which, despite
being made with such a basic
material, is a lovely elegant
design. Each project has step-bystep coloured diagrams and clear
instructions, and each is quick to
make. I think
that they would
be perfect for
introducing
children to
knotting,
especially as
parachute cord
is very forgiving
with any knots
made in it easy
to undo.
Priced at 6.99, the Parachute Cord Craft (ISBN 9781574213713)
was published by Design Originals in July 2013 and is available
at www.amazon.co.uk

Book review I CAN Right Angle Weave

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We have
a copy to
giveaway

VE

AWAYS

All in all, this is a beautifully and thoughtfully laid out book that will help
anyone master right angle weave.

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There are 25 projects divided into 7 chapters that each cover a different skill in using
RAW, for example increasing and decreasing, making tubes and making beaded
beads. The techniques, and the projects, increase in difficulty as the
book progresses. Each project is accompanied by wonderfully clear
diagrams that would give even complete beginners the confidence that they
can produce a beautiful piece of jewellery.

E
GIV AWA

Mabeline Gidezs new book is a continuation of Lark Jewelrys popular I CAN series,
and is a fantastic resource for both beginners and more experienced beaders. Like
the author I found right angle weave a difficult stitch to master, with most diagrams
that I could find only confusing me more. The beauty of right angle weave projects
encouraged me to keep trying, but things would definitely have been a lot easier
for me if Mabeline had been able to write her book a few years ago! Mabeline has
written the type of book that she wishes had been available when she was teaching
herself this wonderfully useful stitch, and she has produced a fantastic resource.

I CAN Right Angle Weave (ISBN 9781454703662) is published by Lark Jewelry and
Beading. It is available from www.amazon.co.uk priced at 16.99.

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designer
challenge

Four different designers use


the same pack of beads to
create three different pieces of
jewellery.

his month our designer challenge participants were sent a gorgeous selection
of semi-precious stones kindly supplied by Precious Sparkle Beads. The
packs included some beautiful semi-precious chips, amethyst heart beads and
wonderful silver components and findings. Ready for the challenge this month are
Lisa ORourke, Sarah Perrett, Debbie Kershaw and Rowena Hayter.
We sent each designer a selection of beads
kindly supplied by Precious Sparkle Beads

To order any of the beads shown please log on


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

When I opened the beads, I loved the delicacy of the gemstone beads contrasted with the chunky, silver
findings. I felt the connectors and square beads had a tribal look to them, so I decided to use them together to
create a tribal style bangle. I knew I would have to use either fine wire or thread with the other beads as their
threading holes were so small. I decided to create a focal bead by stitching the rose quartz beads together with
Fireline. The amethyst chips were perfect for some delicate earrings.

Lisa ORourke

Quartz Ladder Necklace


HERES HOW: Using fireline, thread on two quartz rectangles.
Go back through the first bead from the opposite direction to
create a loop of thread. Pull the thread to align each bead so they
sit side by side and go back through the last bead to connect the
next one. Add nine beads in total and join the first and last beads
together to form a ring. Embellish the sides of the ring by
threading on three small pink beads at a time and threading the
needle through the next quartz rectangle until youve covered the
sides of all the beads. Cut three lengths of cord 38cm long,
thread on your bead and glue on some cord ends. Add a lobster
clasp.

Amethyst Droplet Earrings


HERES HOW: Cut 12cm of silver Beadalon wire and thread on
eight amethyst chips with small pink seed beads in between.
Thread both ends of the wire through a small pink seed bead, an
amethyst heart and another seed bead. Crimp a loop in the wire
to attach it to an earring finding, trim the wire and cover the crimp
with a silver crimp cover. Add a dot of glue to the top amethyst
chip on each side of the earring to make sure the chips stay
symmetrical.

Tribal Bangle
HERES HOW: Cut 25cm of 1mm silver plated wire and make a
wrapped loop at one end. Before you finish the loop add the silver
plated clasp. Thread on a silver plated square bead and a
connector bead. Using 0.5mm silver plated wire, make three
wraps around the bangle and thread on a chrysoprase chip. Hold
the bead against the bangle and wrap tightly. Then make two
more wraps to secure the bead. Repeat to add seven more
beads, finish with three wraps and trim the wire. Thread on the
other silver connector and square and finish with a wrapped loop,
remembering to put the other end of the silver clasp in the loop
before you finish the wrap.

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1mm silver plated wire, pink cotton cord, Beadalon silver


stringing wire, findings from Beadsisters
www.beadsisters.co.uk 01776 830352
Pink miyuki seed beads from Southampton Beads
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I love semi-precious beads so I was really excited when I opened the package in the post. I love amethyst and
rose quartz and I was really taken with the soft green shade too, they were the perfect thing to brighten up a grey
afternoon! They were a lot more delicate than I would usually use which I liked because it made it more of a
challenge, but I was really pleased with the results.

Rowena Hayter

Wrap Bracelet
HERES HOW: Divide your chips up into little sections; you will
need between 15 and 19 depending on the size of your wrist. Cut
a length of beading wire a little bit longer than you want the
bracelet to be (it wraps around your wrist three times) and thread
on a crimp bead and a jump ring. Take the wire back through the
crimp bead and squash it flat so you have a little secure loop with
the jump ring securely trapped in it. Begin threading on your
chips, adding a spacer bead between each section. Finish off by
crimping onto the other jump ring and attach a clasp.

Heart to Heart Earrings


HERES HOW: Thread an amethyst chip, a heart bead
and another amethyst chip onto a headpin, trim the end
and turn a loop. Repeat but using an eyepin this time,
taking care that the loops are lined up. Add three chips
onto an eyepin and again turn a loop on top. Connect the
three components together using jump rings and add a
fishhook on top. Repeat to make a second earring.

Quartz Pendant

You will also need...

All other beads, findings and threads from The Spellbound


Bead Co www.spellboundbead.co.uk 01543 417650

HERES HOW: Thread a spacer bead, a feature bead and


another spacer bead onto an eyepin, trim the end and turn a loop.
Trim two headpins down by a third and another two headpins by
two thirds. Keep one headpin at full length. Thread onto each one
a spacer bead, a quartz rectangle and another spacer bead and
turn loops at the top. Using a jump ring attach them to the bottom
of your feature bead. Thread two quartz rectangles onto eyepins
and turn loops on top. Attach the feature bead onto the centre of
a chain and add the two rectangles into the chain either side,
using jump rings. Finish by adding a clasp.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I was pleased with the mix of beads in my parcel as I love working with semi-precious materials and weaving the
chips together gave a lovely effect for the necklace. The charms on the bangle worked well you could use this
technique for the whole piece as the rolled loops sit together to create a pretty silver base.

Sarah Perrett

Cluster Earrings
HERES HOW: Take a 55mm headpin and thread on a small
silver bead, a metal daisy spacer, three semi-precious chips,
another daisy spacer and a 26mm length of black tube. Turn a
loop and attach this to a silver ear hook to make the earring.
Repeat to make a matching pair.

Precious Cluster Necklace


HERES HOW: Thread a toggle clasp onto a 68cm piece of
beading wire, double-up, thread on a metal bead, crimp to
secure. Thread a bead cone and large bead to sit inside. Separate
the wires, thread four semi-precious chips onto each. Thread one
wire through a semi-precious heart, then thread the other through
the opposite direction, pull tight. Thread a chip over both wires,
repeat the pattern twice more and thread two metal beads and a
metal tube onto one wire and a metal tube onto the other. Repeat
the pattern to match the other side. Take the wires back through
the beads, crimp and trim. Attach a length of chain to each of the
toggles. Attach a clasp to the other end to finish.

Cluster Bangle
HERES HOW: Cut a loop and a half of memory wire, roll a loop
at one end and attach a trigger clasp with a jump ring. Thread on
a small metal bead, a 26mm section of black tube and a metal
daisy spacer. Make up eight charms by threading semi-precious
chips onto 25mm ball pins and rolling down loops. Thread these
onto the wire followed by another daisy spacer. Repeat these
steps three more times, threading on black tubing and eight
charms and the daisy spacers, then end with a section of black
tube and a metal bead. Roll a loop on the other end of the
memory wire and attach an extender chain to finish.

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designer challenge

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I really love the colours and shapes of this months challenge beads. The silver findings have a lovely chunky and
rustic feel and the gemstone colours complement each other perfectly. I decided to add some gunmetal wire to
create a vintage feel with the necklace, then wanted to use the lovely silver findings to their best advantage with
the bracelet and earrings.

Debbie Kershaw

Flower Power Necklace


HERES HOW: Take a long length of 0.4mm wire, place your
middle three fingers together and gently wrap the wire around and
around your fingers. Pull the wire off of your fingers and pinch in
the centre and wrap the tail around the centre to secure. You will
be left with a bow shape. Fan out the petals at both sides. Repeat
this process then wire the two bows together to make a flower.
Take six rose quartz rectangles and wire together into a flower
shape with an amethyst heart at the centre. Next cut 50cm of
0.9mm wire and twist into a larger flower shape, (hammering for
strength and texture). Attach flower pieces together with wire tails
and hang onto a beaded length. Finish with cotton cord knotted
and fastened with cord ends.

Bell Earrings
HERES HOW: Take three headpins or eyepins and thread a
gemstone onto each one. Hold the pins together at the desired
lengths and wrap around a length of 0.4mm wire to secure the
pins in place. Thread on your bead cap and turn a loop at the
top of the remaining pins. Thread a jump ring through the loops
and attach an earring wire.

Rustic Flower Bracelet

HERES HOW: Take a workable length of 0.4mm or 0.6mm


(whichever will fit through your gemstones) and thread one square
bead to the centre. Take the right hand wire tail and thread on
seven chrysoprase chips, bring the wire back on itself along the
top of the square and thread through the centre square bead
again and pull tight. Repeat this with the left hand tail and another
seven chips, making a frame for the square bead. Next thread
onto each side, one fancy tube connector and eight chips. Turn a
wrapped loop at each end to secure and add on your silver S
clasp with a jump ring each side.

You will also need...

Gunmetal 0.9mm, 0.4mm or 0.6mm wire from The Scientific Wire


Company www.wires.co.uk 01371 238013
Cotton cord from Hobbycraft stores www.hobbycraft.co.uk
01202 596100
All other findings, beading wire, headpins, earring wires from the Cousins
range from Docrafts Ltd www.Docrafts.com 01202 811000

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stringing

tiny
textures
Piggies, pinches, peanuts and pellets - Claire
Lockwood combines these tiny tactile beads
with handmade ceramic components, to create
a bracelet that is full of textural detail.
gather these supplies...
Bracelet length measures 22mm
1 Bronze and pearl lustre handmade ceramic
bowl dropper
10 8mm Mustard piggy beads
6 16mm Ceramic disc beads
4 15x10mm Grey wooden rondelle beads
1 15x12mm Handmade pitted ceramic bead
2 10x3mm Antique silver patterned bead caps
1 17x27mm Antique silver toggle clasp
1 7.5mm Silver twisted closed jump ring
1m 4ply Natural cream Irish waxed linen
5 grams Stone peanut beads
5 grams Sandstone peanut beads
10 3mm Gold lined black diamond seed
beads

About our designer...


Claire Lockwood

I have been making beaded


jewellery for about three years. I like
to work with a wide variety of
materials, including vintage pieces
and artisan components. I also sell
my own handmade beads in my
online bead shop,
www.somethingtodobeads.etsy.com

20-25 3x5mm Blue lustre pinch beads


20-25 4x6mm Silver pellet beads
Large arte metal jump ring

tools required...
Flush cutters, bead mat, flat nosed pliers,
hypo-cement glue

shopping guide
Handmade ceramic bowl dropper from Scorched Earth
www.scorchedearthonetsy.etsy.com
Ceramic disc beads from Earthbutter Beads www.earthbutterbeads.etsy.com
Handmade pitted ceramic bead from Happy Fallout
www.happyfallout.etsy.com
Toggle clasp, peanut beads, Irish waxed linen, wooden rondelles, arte metal
jump ring, silver bead caps from Smitten Beads www.smittenbeads.co.uk
Pinch beads and pellet beads from The Old Bicycle Shop
www.oldbicycleshop.co.uk
Piggy beads from The Curious Bead Shop www.thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com
Twisted silver jump ring from Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com

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stringing

his bracelet makes use of a variety of


small beads that lock together when
strung, creating interesting textures. They
are teamed with handmade ceramics that
are rich in surface detail. This attention to
texture is carried through to the silver
metal elements, as the toggle clasp, the
bead caps and the jump rings each bear
different patterned finishes. Colours are
kept muted so the focus is all placed on the
contrasting shapes and surfaces.

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stringing

Heres how...
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Take 1m of cream waxed linen, fold it


in half, and attach a toggle clasp at the
middle point, using a larks head knot and
an overhand knot, leaving two equal
lengths with which to work. Start threading
the two lengths through the piggy beads.
These beads have two holes one in the
centre and one at the side. With each
working length, alternate the hole you
thread through. Add five piggy beads then
tie an overhand knot.

Thread both lengths through a ceramic


disc, a wooden rondelle, another
wooden rondelle, a pitted ceramic bead,
and a wooden rondelle, tying an overhand
knot between each bead. Then add two
ceramic discs and a silver bead cap you
do not need to knot between these beads.

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Cut 40cm of cream waxed linen, fold it


in half, then knot it at the point of the
fold, around your working strands, pushing
the knot up inside the bead cap. You now
have four lengths of linen. Add a gold lined
seed bead to each of the four lengths,
pushing the seed beads up inside the bead
cap.

Treating the two peanut strands as


one strand, plait your 10cm lengths
together. Then, taking the two shorter
lengths of waxed linen, knot off and secure
your plaited section. Add glue to this knot
to strengthen it, and cut off the loose ends
of your shorter lengths.

Take a large arte metal jump ring and


thread it onto your plaited section.
Then thread a silver bead cap onto your
remaining lengths of waxed linen.

Taking your strands individually, add


10cm of matt stone peanut beads to
one strand, 10cm of matt sandstone
peanut beads to another, 10cm of blue
pinch beads to another, and 10cm of silver
pellet beads to your last strand. Then, add
a gold lined seed bead to each strand.

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beads used in this


project are available in a
wide range of colours.
Search online for piggy
beads, pinch beads and
peanut beads (also known
as farfalle beads) to find
the colour palette that
suits you.

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On each of your loose ends of linen,


thread a blue pinch bead, a silver
pellet, a stone peanut bead and a gold
lined seed bead. Knot these beads in
place then trim the ends, creating two
beaded tassels.

Bring the large arte metal ring to


the mid point of the bracelet. Open
the ring and add the ceramic bowl
dropper, to create a central focal for your
bracelet.

Next, thread on two ceramic


discs and tie an overhand knot. Add
a wooden rondelle, and tie another
overhand knot. Then add another ceramic
disc and knot again.

Thread on five piggy beads as


described in step 1 and tie an
overhand knot. Take a twisted silver closed
ring, cut it open with flush cutters and
attach to the bar of your toggle
clasp. Then, attach the ring to the end of
your bracelet, knotting twice.

Variation...

Farfalle Skinny Bracelet

HERES HOW: You could make a stack of these bracelets in different colours. To make
one: cut 30cm of waxed linen and attach a ceramic dropper to one end using a larks head
knot and an overhand knot. Start threading on stone peanut beads. About 15mm along
add four sandstone peanuts, three blue pinch beads, another three sandstone peanuts,
then continue adding stone peanuts until you have a 16cm strand. Add a silver pellet bead
then another 5cm of stone peanuts. Fold this last section in two and knot the end next to
the silver pellet, making a loop to hold your focal and fasten your bracelet.
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step-by-step project

Meet and Greet


Winter Night earrings

Jewellery that tells a story

Applying minuscule pieces of


clay with a sharp needle onto
solid clay bases. Experimenting
with styles and motifs on the
same background colour

Q Can you tell us about your career until this point


and when you started making jewellery?
A My name is Eva Thissen, and I am the artist behind the
polymer clay jewellery studio EvaThissen. I reside in a small
town called Herne in Nordrhein-Westfallen, Germany, with my
husband Stefan. I am trained as an architect, but only worked
as one for just a short period of time.
Art and design are my passion, and to make a living from crafting
was always my dream. In the beginning, in 2006, I experimented
with illustration and sold handmade greeting cards with polymer
clay tops at some art galleries in Cambridge, UK, where I have
lived for few years. The owner of an art gallery once suggested
that I should try making jewellery, and the idea stuck in my head.
I took time researching and building up design concept. It was
not a mere question of style, as I love the simple modern line and
at the same time admire the detailed filigree pieces that I saw at
the V&A museum. I was looking for a concept that goes beyond
whichever style I would choose later. Then I realised that it has
always been the story behind a piece that attracted me the most.
I knew then, that I want to create wearable art that tells a story
a piece of jewellery that tells you something about yourself and
therefore is dear to you.
I choose the surface of the polymer clay to deliver the themes,
and my early creations were hand-painted polymer clay pendants.
I like the idea of treating my polymer clay pendant as a canvas for
my illustration.
I later explored ways to give a more dimensional feeling to
the pictorial pendants using the method known as appliqued
technique. Using a sharp needle, I apply tiny pieces of clay onto
the surface of my polymer clay to make imageries. Starting with
simple forms of flower petals, then birds, and now I can make
more complicated shapes like human figures.

Q What inspires
your jewellery makes?
A To be honest, anything or anyone could be an inspiration from
childrens storybooks, vintage porcelain and textile, poems and
people too. When I lived in England, the V&A museum was the
best source of inspiration. Although imaginations are endless, not
all ideas can be executed and end up being a wonderful piece of
wearable art.
I live in a small city, and its wonderful as I need peace while
experimenting with a design. But every now and then I take time
to visit bigger cities to get a better idea about my target market,
to see those who might wear my pieces. The tall lady that sits in
the corner of the cafe might want a pair of long-dangling earrings
for the opera, or that cheerful student might like to have some
whimsical brooches on her fabulous jacket. People can be a great
source of inspiration.
Q What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A My shop hasnt been open constantly for long. Every now and
then I close it to work on ideas and exploration. But lovely e-mails
and feedback from satisfied customers bring me the greatest joy.
I also got few offers from publishers to write books and tutorials.
Although it is so gratifying, I dont think that there is anything new
about the technique that I am using.

Flower brooches

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This month we interviewed amazing polymer


clay artist Eva Thissen. Eva tells a story
within each piece of her wearable artwork and
we couldnt wait to find out more about her!

Q What is your favourite piece?


A I am always excited about the actual projects that Im working
on, at the moment I love my new Autumn and Winter pieces.
But I treasure some of my oldest pieces, my experimental handpainted polymer clay that I made long before I began selling.
Those were pieces that I created purely for the sake of idea and
idea alone, without considering that anybody may like them or
not. They are really un-wearable, but I love them!
Q What is your favourite product to use and why?
A Polymer clay. Some years ago, I took a short course of
silversmithing in Florence, Italy, to learn about the possibility
of working with other materials. But I still prefer to work with
polymer clay. I find this material flexible and perfect to deliver
my design concept.
Q What outlets do you use to sell your jewellery?
A So far I sell my jewellery exclusively online at my Etsy shop. Im
planning to open my Dawanda online shop next year.

Whimsical pieces

The new Autumn/Winter


2013 collection

Q Can you tell us a bit about your studio and where it is


based?
A I work from home, and my work place takes up a small part of
our living room. Working from home offers me the freedom and
flexibility, but it could also be tough to stop working, especially
when exploring new ideas. It takes great amount of self-discipline
and be consistent with my work hours.
Q Whose work in your field do you admire and why?
A A US polymer clay artist Genevieve Williamson. Her technique
in texturing and carving polymer clay turns this humble material
into something unusual and exciting.
Q What is your favourite technique to use?
A At the moment, Im still very excited in exploring the appliqued
technique on polymer clay and I am still refining my style.
Q Do you have anything exciting planned for the
coming year?
A I hope to still be able to do exactly what I am doing now.
Where? Hopefully in my own studio somewhere in an exciting
city like Cologne (better be in a quiet corner though!). In the
meantime, I want to attend courses to learn new jewellery-making
techniques. I will never stop learning.
Q What advice would you give to someone who is keen
to learn more about making jewellery?
A I think it is still too early for me to give advice to other fellow
artists. But I always say to myself: Try to create something that
only you could create.

Further details

To see more of Evas work please log onto the following:


Evas Etsy site: www.evathissen.etsy.com
Evas flickr site: www.flickr.com/margrietje
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bead stitching

delightful
daggers
A dramatic piece using dagger beads to add
texture, interest and drama to Jeans brick
stitch bangle.
gather these supplies...
Bracelet diameter measures 6.5cm
Approximately 55 dagger beads
Approximately 12g size 8 seed beads
Beading needle and thread
Scissors

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you bead
tubular brick stitch,
your starting position
rotates but changing direction
every round means you never
have to worry about lining up
the daggers so they sit in
the same position.

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I have been beading for about 12 years


and loved it from the first time I put beads
to thread! I love everything to do with
beading writing, teaching, drawing
diagrams and of course shopping for
them. I am lucky that I get to travel the
World with my work and see beadwork
and new trends spread around the globe.
You can see more of my work at
www.jeanpower.com.

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All supplies from Boundless Beads www.boundlessbeads.com
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bead stitching

agger beads are perfect for


adding a whole new look to a
piece of beadwork. Their shape, size
and colour all add up to create a
striking piece. If you want to have a
more subtle variation then you can
use smaller daggers or drop beads.
You could also space the daggers out
by only adding them every fourth
round or cluster them closer together
by adding them every round the
choice is yours! The diagrams will
show your work as flat but in reality
it will be a tube.

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bead stitching

Heres how...
1

Using a 75cm length of thread pick up


two seed beads and circle through the
first to join them and then the second to be
in the right place to continue. Pick up
another seed and circle through the
second and then the new one to add and
reposition.

You will now bead brick stitch by


attaching new beads by looping around
the loops of thread which separate the
beads in the base/previous round. Pick up
two seeds and take your needle under the
loop closest to where you are, whether left
or right doesnt matter.

Repeat adding new beads until you


have five in total. Bring the first and last
beads together and circle through the first
one to join the ends and the last one to be
in the correct position to continue. This is
your ladder stitch base.

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Take your needle back through the


second bead to be in the correct place
to continue. Pull on your thread to make
sure you have looped around the loop and
your work doesnt come loose. You will
always begin each round with two beads
as this hides your thread.

Pick up one dagger bead and loop


around the next loop working in the
same direction as before. Take your needle
and thread back through the new bead.
Add two more seed beads in this way.

To end every round you need to


secure the last bead added to the first.
Thread down the first bead picked up.
Loop around the one loop of thread you
havent yet attached to and then thread
back through the bead.

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The dagger
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Daring Daggers
Necklace

HERES HOW: To make a


matching necklace repeat Steps
1-8 until you have beaded as
much as you wish using dagger
beads. Then continue adding
extra rounds of brick stitch just
using seed beads to extend your
necklace. Return to your tail
thread and using brick stitch also
extend this end. Stitch a clasp on
to finish the necklace. If you also
want to make a clasp cover then
ladder stitch together enough
beads to slide over your necklace
and then add rounds of brick
stitch using seed beads to extend.

Repeat Steps 3-6 to add a new round


BUT only use seed beads and make
sure you work in the opposite direction.
Changing direction is important as it
means that when you come to add
daggers they will sit in the same spot each
time.

Repeat adding alternating direction


and beads rounds, finishing with a
round of daggers. Make sure the
beadwork will comfortably slide over your
hand. Bring the ends of the work together
lining them up so that the daggers all sit in
a straight line on the outside edge of your
work.

Lastly youll zip the ends together


replicating adding a new round but
using beads in your base rather than new
ones. Thread up the appropriate seed on
your base and down the next. Loop
around the next loop of thread on your last
round and back up the same seed.

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Continue as though adding the


other three beads in your base and
at the end make sure to replicate adding
the first bead also.

Daring Daggers Earrings


HERES HOW: Small sections of the
design are great to thread onto hoop
earrings for a co-ordinated look.

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top 8
top 8

Be inspired by this months Top 8


handbag charms. Combine mustard
yellow, amber and grey to create
an understated addition to your
handbag or an eye-catching focal!

handbag charms
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This easy to make bag charm can be adapted in many ways


to suit your personality! Bag charms are a simple and effective
way to inject new life into old accessories. Beads and supplies
from www.the-beadshop.co.uk 0161 274 4040

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Make this statement wirework charm for your handbag using


miracle beads and beautiful vintage bronze wire. The weave is
sturdy enough to keep its shape. Beads and supplies from
www.beadsisters.co.uk 01776 830352

This looped handbag charm is a great way to hang your


favourite beads and charms so they can follow you round all
day! Simply thread on jump rings between each bead and attach
your beaded dangles. Beads and supplies from
www.jillybeads.co.uk 01524 412728

Use two bronze finish metal connectors to form the


foundation of this bead fringed handbag charm. Add
gorgeous, vibrant yellow dagger beads to add a blast of colour!
Beads and supplies from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com
01462 438233

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Make this bag charm in just one hour using jump rings and
large hole pony beads. The result is a lovely cascading dangly
handbag charm! Beads and supplies from
www.beadsisters.co.uk 01776 830352

A sweet little owl sits perched above a long feather charm and
a pool of Swarovski Crystals! A great project to practice your
wrapped loops. Design by Kate Griffiths

Use a wire weaving technique to add stability and create a


dream catcher type effect in this subtle bag charm. Add a
hint of colour with a beaded dangle drop.
Design by Rebecca Hughes

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projects featured in this article log on to
www.beadsandbeyondmagazine.com and
click on the Top 10 link.

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This understated bag charm features a stunning focal bead


and so really doesnt need much else! This little project can be
made in just a few minutes so perfect for a last minute gift. Beads
and supplies from www.jillybeads.co.uk 01524 412728

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bead stitching

lacy ladder
bracelet
About our designer...

Heidi Summers, Riverside Beads


I am a designer and teacher for
Riverside Beads, I also have a shop
called Heidis Handmade Jewellery
& Gifts. I live for crafting and
jewellery making.

Create this stunning


bracelet using a
variation of a right
angle weave with
gorgeous crystal
highlights.

Heres how...
1

Cut 2 metres of Nymo and condition it


on your wax by running the thread in
one direction through the wax. Thread on
three seed beads, a pearl and another
three seed beads, take the beads down
the thread leaving about a 10cm tail at the
bottom. Pass the needle through the loop
on the clasp and then back through the
first three seed beads and pearl and last
three seed beads. Pull to create a circle.
Then pass the needle through the loop
again. Once the threads are pulled through,
tie a knot in them and add a drop of nail
varnish to secure.

Pass the needle back through the pearl.


Add a seed bead, pearl, seed bead,
pearl, seed bead, pearl and a seed bead.
Pass the needle through from the opposite
side of the pearl from which the thread is
coming out.

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bead stitching

iverside Beads offer


bead weaving for all
levels, this elegant pearl
and crystal bracelet and
necklace is ideal for
beginner to intermediate
and once you have
mastered the pattern, its
a quick piece to recreate
in a variety of colours.

gather these supplies...


Bracelet length measures 20cm
Approx 48 3mm 4mm crystal rondells
Approx 73 4mm glass pearls
Size 11/0 seed beads
1 Magnetic clasp
Nymo
Bees wax

tools required...
Needle, beading mat

Pass your needle through the seed


bead, pearl, seed bead and pearl that
you just added, exit from the pearl ready to
add your next set of beads on.

Repeat these steps adding 3 pearls


and four seed beads until the bracelet
is long enough for you (remember to add
just over a centimetre to the length it will be
once the other half of the clasp is added).

On the last pearl you add before the


clasp, only add 3 seed beads, go
through the loop of the clasp and then add
3 more seed beads and pass the needle
back through the pearl as shown.
Take the needle back through the
seed beads, the clasp and the other
seed beads and then pass the needle up
through the pearl. Pass the needle through
the single seed beads next to the last seed
beads you have added.

shopping guide
All materials needed for this project from Riverside Beads,
Market Deeping, Peterborough www.riversidebeads.co.uk
01778 346810

Add two seed beads, a crystal and two


further seed beads and pass the needle
through the next single seed beads to create
a fringe.
Working on the opposite side of the
bracelet, pass the needle through the
single seed bead next to the pearl. Add two
seed beads, a crystal and two seed beads
and pass through the single seed bead on the
other side of the pearl. Exit the pearl through
the single seed bead at the bottom. Pass the
needle through the pearl to the right and then
up through the seed bead, pearl and seed
bead to the left. Continue this pattern to the
end of the bracelet exiting out of the last pearl.
Pass the needle up the three seed beads next
to the clasp and through the loop on the other
side of the loop and tie the Nymo off to the tail
of Nymo at the loop. Add a drop of nail
varnish. Pass the needle through the next
three seed beads and snip off.

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to admit I dont normally use much chain but thought it worked really well with this necklace. The
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It was great to see a tutorial
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Helen at Hobbycrafts in
Exeter last year and really
liked her work. I saw her
again last weekend and
couldnt resist buying some
beads. I have attached
a photo of a necklace
featuring one of her beads,
along with some stars and
sparkle, just right for the
party season!
At the show I also saw some interesting pinch-bails from Beads with Attitude.
They come in pairs and you just add a feature bead to make almost instant
earrings or pendants. The blue donut beads were lampwork from Meagan
Lily that I bought to make into earrings and they worked just perfectly. We are
lucky to have such talented people in this part of the country.
Best wishes,
Helen, Devon
Hi Helen,
We too love Helen Goricks
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We are lucky enough to feature
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THE JEWELLERY
MAKING MAGAZINE

Macram Bracelets
By Claire N Harley

January
2014

INSPIRING

PROJECTS

INSIDE

Mix it up!

Combine fabric,
yarn and felt to
create gorgeous
tactile jewellery

In Stitches!

Beautiful bead stitching


ideas in this issue!

Recipes
For...
Leftover
fabric
scraps!
Fresh jeweller y
making ideas for
the New Year!

Top 8 handbag charms


in mustard yellow
and vibrant amber

Send us an email

If you have something to share with us, a


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you have made or need a question
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recipes for...

recipes for...
Fabric Beads

Create your own beads


from scraps of fabric,
Helen Dickson has eight
different techniques for
you to try.

Helen Dickson

shopping guide
Sheer Fabric, plastic rings, leather, wire, metallic sewing thread, Hot-fix fabric, eyelets,
faux suede, Sari ribbon from Abakhan www.abakhan.co.uk
Seed beads, spacers and jewellery findings from The Bead Trail www.thebeadtrail.co.uk
Fabric, felt, fabric glue, cover buttons from Hobbycraft www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Mini wooden spools from Country View Crafts www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk
PVC tubing from Lush Lampwork www.lushlampwork.com

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Loop the Loop!

Simple fabric wrapped plastic rings,


embellished with fine wire.

Method

Begin wrapping the ribbon


through the plastic ring leaving
a 5cm tail. The ribbon is naturally
crinkled which will add texture as
you wrap the ring so dont worry if it
is uneven.

Once the ring is completely


covered knot the two ends
together as tightly as possible. Trim
off the excess ribbon close to the
knot.

Thread a big eye needle with


the fine craft wire and wrap
around the fabric covered ring in
a random manner so that you get
flashes of colour. Snip the ends of
the wire and press into the fabric.

Ingredients

Silk sari ribbon


1cm Diameter plastic
rings
0.20mm Coloured wire

Serving Suggestion
The emerald sari ribbon
consists of torn strips of
beautiful silk fabric with
lots of lovely frayed
edges to add interest to
your beads. It works
really well threaded
through chunky chain or
on its own to make a
funky necklace. Why not
try wrapping chunky
curtain rings to make
links for a faux fabric
chain.

Flower Power

Create dainty little flowers with tiny


scraps of fabric held together with
colourful eyelets.

Twisters

1
2
3

Wrap wire with sari ribbon and coil


around a knitting needle to make twisted
beads.

Method

Cut a 25cm length of silver


plated wire and using the
Sharpie pen mark 7cm along each
end of the wire.

Glue the wire where you have


made a mark and begin to
wrap the sari silk tightly around the
wire until you reach the second
mark, add a drop of glue and trim
the excess. Roll the silk and wire
between your finger and thumb to
seal the glued ends.

Begin wrapping one end of


the exposed wire around the
knitting needle keeping the coils
close together. Continue wrapping
the silk covered section and
opposite end of bare wire. Use wire
cutters to neaten the ends of the
wire.

Ingredients

Twisted silk sari yarn


Fabric glue
22 Gauge silver plated
wire
Sharpie pen
Knitting needle

Serving Suggestion
This method is a great
way to make a bangle.
Make one continuous
bead, thread onto a
heavier gauge wire making
a loop at each end and
bend into an oval or circle
shape. Add jump rings
and a clasp to finish off.
Try using different gauges
of wire to make different
sized beads.

Glitter Balls

Transform a humble wooden bead with


luxurious sheer fabric and metallic thread.

Ingredients

Fabric scraps
Felt scraps
Eyelets and setting tools
Bondaweb
Bigshot die cutter
Sizzix die Place card &
Method
Iron Bondaweb onto the reverse flowers 657722
of your chosen cotton fabrics to
avoid fraying.
Serving Suggestion
Use a variety of fabrics
to create the different
Die cut two felt and two fabric
layers. Sheer fabric will
flower shapes for each bead
you wish to make. The die cuts the add interest without
adding bulk to your
flower shape and the centre hole.
Remove the paper backing from the flower beads. Longer
stem eyelets would
fabric flowers.
enable a much deeper
layered flower to be
Lay the eyelet upside down on
your setting mat and assemble made, an ideal way to
the flower layers. I sandwiched two make a unique focal
bead. Shapes can be
felt flowers between two cotton
fabric flowers. Use a small hammer hand cut toyour own
and the eyelet setting tool to secure design if you dont have
a die cutter.
the layers of fabric together.

recipes for...

Ingredients

Sheer fabric
Needle
Metallic thread
Unfinished wooden
beads

Method

Serving Suggestion

Tear strips of sheer fabric


approximately 2cm wide
depending on the size of your
wooden bead. Tearing will leave a
lovely frayed edge.

Different effects can be


achieved by painting the
wooden beads before
wrapping with fabric and
thread as hints of the
base colour will show
Thread the strip onto a big eye through the sheer fabric.
needle and stitch the fabric over Fancy bead caps really
finish off these beads
the bead through the hole until it is
which could be used as
covered.
necklace links or simply
threaded onto elastic for
Repeat the process with
metallic thread until you achieve a glamorous stretchy
bracelet.
the desired effect.

2
3

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recipes for...

Twisters

Glitter
Balls

Loop
the Loop!

Flower
Power

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recipes for...

Its A
Wrap!

Plastic
Fantastic

Borrower
Beads!

Fanciful
Focal

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recipes for...

Plastic Fantastic

Combine plastic, fabric and metal to create


stylish mixed media beads.

Ingredients

Method

Cut a strip of fabric 2cm x


10cm long. Fray the edges by
withdrawing threads.

Stick a small piece of doublesided tape onto the PVC tubing.


Peel off the backing paper and
attach to the end of the fabric. Roll
the fabric tightly around the tubing.
Glue down the end of the strip.

Use a craft knife to trim away


the tubing close to the fabric so
that 1/4cm is visible at each end.
Slide a closed jump ring over the
fabric to complete the bead.

Linen fabric scraps


PVC tubing
Closed metal rings
approx 1cm
Fabric glue
Double-sided tape

Serving Suggestion
Alternate the fabric
beads with spacer beads
to create a lightweight
necklace or bracelet.
Measure your wrist and
make one long tube
bead fastened with a
metal connector for a fun
bracelet. Thread on
coloured rubber hoops
or wrap with wire or
beaded thread to vary
the look.

Fanciful Focal

A stunning focal bead using a metal


cover button and hot fix fabric.

Method

Remove the wire shank and


discard. Cut a felt circle large
enough to cover the dome of the
button and attach with double-sided
tape.

Hand or die cut a flower motif


from the hot fix fabric and iron
onto the right side of a 7cm circle
of the base fabric. Position over
the metal button and fold the raw
edges over the teeth of the button,
smoothing out any wrinkles before
attaching the back plate. Glue a
circle of felt over the metal button
back.

Ingredients

Fabric scrap
Felt
Hot fix fabric
38mm metal cover bead
Size 8 seed beads
Beading thread and
needle
Bale
Fabric glue

Serving Suggestion

Show off this stunning


focal bead by simply
threading the bale with
two matching colours of
faux suede. Complete
Stitch a ring of seed beads to
with cord ends for a
the edge of the focal bead.
professional looking
Attach a bale with a small jump ring. finish.

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Its A Wrap!

Roll funky mock croc leather to make


simple but unusual beads.

Method

Lay the leather wrong side


up on a cutting mat. Draw an
elongated triangle 2cm x 10cm.

Cut out the triangle using a


metal edge ruler and craft knife
to get a neat finish. Repeat the
process for the number of beads
required.

Lay the leather triangle wrong


side up and spread a little glue
on the widest end about 1cm up
from the bottom edge so that it
doesnt stick to the knitting needle.
Roll the leather tightly around the
knitting needle. Add a dot of glue to
the point of the leather and hold in
place for a few seconds. Slide the
bead off the needle and leave to dry.

Ingredients

Leather scraps
Fabric glue
Metal edge ruler and
craft knife
Knitting needle

Serving Suggestion
Rolled beads are quick
and easy to make and
can be created in a
variety of shapes and
fabrics. Use beads and
wire to make links for
bracelets and necklaces
or create unique earrings
from single beads by
adding beads and
eyepins.

Borrower Beads

Wrap fabric, wire and beads around


miniature wooden cotton reels.

Method

1
2

Cut a strip of fabric wide enough to wrap around the mini


spool. Glue in to position overlapping the edges.

Thread the finer wire with the


seed beads whilst still attached
to the main reel. Thread one end
through the hole in the spool and
begin wrapping in a random fashion
sliding beads up as you go. Trim the
end and push down the opposite
end of the spool.

Make a wrapped loop with the


heavier gauge wire, thread on a
mushroom spacer, the mini spool,
mushroom spacer and make the
second wrapped loop. Use the
pliers to tweak the beaded wire
around the spool to tighten up any
loose sections.

Ingredients
Miniature wooden spools
Cotton fabric scraps
Fabric glue
Silver plated wire, 22 and
26 gauge
Size 15 seed beads

Serving Suggestion
Use large jump rings to
make links between the
reels or add lengths of
chain. Attach individual
reels to ear wires and
add bead clusters to the
bottom loop for a pair of
unique earrings.

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Are you ready to start selling your handmade jewellery? Take a look
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he signs are all there: for every


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allows crafters and artists to sell their
handmade items and supplies. When you
sign up to sell on Etsy, you will be given
your own shop page, which you can
customise in a variety of ways. Unlike
building your own website, you dont
need a lot of technological know-how to
begin selling.
Before You Begin
Although setting up a shop is free, listing a
piece of jewellery for sale will cost you
twenty pence, for a period of four months.
When the listing expires, you can choose
to renew for another four months. When
you sell something, you will also pay Etsy
3.5% of the price of the listing.

Although setting up a
shop is free, listing a piece
of jewellery for sale will
cost you twenty pence, for a
period of four months.

Setting Up
When you first begin youll need to pick a
shop name as well as a user name.
Spend some time thinking about what
you want your name to reflect,
because it will be your business
name on Etsy and appear in
your web address. Etsy also
provides a space for a
customized banner of
760x100 pixels. This is a
great opportunity to
stamp your personality on
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pictures of your work or style. A simple


banner can be made in Photoshop or
Paint, but if youd prefer a professional
touch, try contacting one of the graphic
designers selling on Etsy or use one of the
many free online banner programs.
Dont forget to add information to your
About page too. You can include text,
photographs and links which will all help
create a sense of connection between you
and your customers.
Shop Policies
Adding a set of clear guidelines to your
shop policies area will help protect both
you and your customers from legal or other
issues, so be sure to fill this section with
information about your refund and return
policies, and shipping and payment terms.
Its also helpful to think about how you will
deal with missing parcels, posting
internationally, and adding extra time for
custom orders.

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feature

Theres a strong community element on Etsy which can help you


with promoting your shop, solving problems, and, unfortunately,
procrastinating when you should be creating!

Community
Theres a strong community element on
Etsy which can help you with promoting
your shop, solving problems, and,
unfortunately, procrastinating when you
should be creating! In addition to help
forums, Etsy offers the ability for sellers to
create or join teams groups of creators
who share something in common, whether
its a commitment to promoting each
others work, or a shared skill like
metalworking.
You can also have a go at making a
Treasury, which is a gallery curated by

Creating a Listing
When you first click the Add a new listing
link, youll be taken to a streamlined page
where you can fill in all the details about
your piece of jewellery and add a catchy
title and description. For each item you list,
you can have one featured photograph
which will show up first, and four additional
shots. Its a good idea to use these extra
slots to show different angles and closeups of your jewellery. As with all longdistance selling, clear, eye-catching
pictures are important. When Etsy buyers
search or browse the website, they will
typically be presented with page upon
page of photographs, so its necessary to
take product shots that stand out.

users. Its considered impolite to include more than one of your own items in a Treasury
though, so make sure you share the love around!
Promoting Your Shop
To get your work seen, link your Twitter and Facebook accounts to your Etsy shop using
their simple links. This will allow you to easily promote your products to your followers
and fans. If youre more into visual platforms, you can also use the Pin It Pinterest
buttons in your shop to share your pictures and drive traffic to them (just remember to pin
other peoples work more than your own to keep in line with Pinterests rules). Want to try
traditional advertising? Etsy offers sponsored search adverts which you can purchase to
make your listings appear at the top of relevant searches.

Selling on Etsy
Pros:

Etsy is oriented towards handmade products: as such their customer base


are more likely to appreciate the work and love that goes into your creations.
Around 1.8 billion page views were received by Etsy in September 2013:
thats a lot of potential customers!
New features based on seller feedback are rolled out quite regularly. Recent
changes includes gift certificates, easier shipping options, and automation for
downloadable products (perfect for those who sell tutorials!)
Cons:

Since Etsy has so many sellers, its easy for your work to get lost amongst the
crowds of competing items. This is a particular problem in a popular category
like jewellery, so dont rely on Etsy only to bring your shop traffic promote
elsewhere too.
Merchandise from large factories, and
mass-produced goods can sometimes
slip in amongst the handmade items; a
violation of the Etsy ethos but still a
common problem.
The fees can add up quickly,
particularly if youre regularly renewing
your items and using search adverts.

Further Information

The UK Etsy Blog: www.etsy.com/blog/uk


To find out more about UK Distance Selling
regulations see: www.gov.uk
For more advice for selling on Etsy go to
Etsypreneur: http://etsypreneur.com
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lampwork

Make your own metallic look


shards and use them to
decorate lampwork beads that
will make jewellery pieces
really sparkle at New Years
Eve parties. By Helen Gorick.

shiny
shards

or a long time I was a bit


scared of making shards and
avoided them but once I took the
plunge there was no stopping me
and its actually a little addictive!
You can buy them ready made
but making them yourself opens
up lots of opportunities to
experiment with the colours and
once youve practised a bit it
really becomes quite simple.
Apart from your lampwork set
up, you dont need any expensive
equipment and can practice with
any glass. Shards are great for
adding a bit of texture to your
work if you leave them slightly
raised or you can melt them in
for a different look.

Heres how...
1

We want to build a hollow ball on the


end of the blowpipe so warm the end
of it and the effetre black rod gently until
they both start to glow. Wind the glass
onto the end of the blowpipe taking care
not to block the hole in it.

Start to build your hollow adding each


wrap slightly off to one side of the
previous one, working away from the
blowpipe to make a small cup. I find a
manageable size is a ball about 2-3cm in
diameter so continue until you have an open
end about this size.

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About our designer...

gather these supplies...


1 Rod of Effetre black 591064
1 Double Helix Triton

Helen Gorick

Originally trained as a silversmith, Helen


works fulltime from her home studio in the
glorious Devon countryside. In 2008 she
discovered the colourful world of
lampworking and it soon became the main
focus of her work. You can find out more
about Helens beads and various tuition
days at www.helengbeads.co.uk

tools required...
A blowpipe mandrel, a heatproof container to
break the glass into I use an old Pyrex jug, a
marver to break the glass from the blowpipe,
tweezers, a mandrel dipped in bead release.

Begin to reduce the size of each wrap,


to gradually close the ball. Be careful
not to let it get too cold, remember it is
hollow so it is more vulnerable to thermal
shock. Dont get it too hot either otherwise
it will collapse. Continue until you have
completely sealed it.

Now you can puff harder but still rotate


the pipe as you go, as it expands you
can be more forceful until the glass stops
moving. Dont make the mistake of puffing
hard at first, thats when you can burst the
bubble and have bits of fine glass flying
around!

Hold the bubble over a heatproof


container and use a marver to tap the
glass where its attached to the blowpipe to
break it off. Plunge the end of the blowpipe
into cold water to remove the rest of the glass.
Break the bubble into smaller pieces to use.
Make a round bead using the black. Spot
heat where you want to attach your
shard. Using tweezers stick the black side of
the shard to the bead and just outside of the
flame warm slowly, gently pushing the shard
onto the bead. Flash in a reduction flame until
it shines.
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Glass and tools from Tuffnell Glass


www.tuffnellglass.com 01262 420171
and Off Mandrel www.offmandrel.com
01414 290102

Work with a
dry blowpipe
otherwise there is the
danger of building up
steam inside the
pipe.

shopping guide

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Now you need to cover the black ball


with the Triton. Start back near the
blowpipe and layer the Triton on top of the
black, its a little tricky to see the join in each
wrap as the colours look the same in the
flame. Remember to keep everything warm.

Carefully heat the ball of glass until


glowing evenly, taking care not to let it
droop by rotating it constantly. When the
glow is even all over, take it out of the
flame, continue rotating and give tiny,
gentle puffs into the blowpipe until you see
it begin to expand.

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wirework

copper
coils

Use Rebecca Handys seriously addictive technique and


grab a helping hand from nature to create your own
antiqued wire copper coil beads!

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Although jewellery making tends to require a neat,


f you hadnt already noticed antiqued and aged
precise finish in this instance the more rugged and
effects are extremely popular in the world of
organic the wire beads the better the texture as an end
jewellery making at the moment and admittedly my
result.
favourite look! Over the past few weeks this led me to
want to learn more about techniques and processes
I would describe the style of this jewellery as discreetly
that would patina and antique various metals. Liver
lavish as the materials are earthy but sophisticated and
of sulphur is probably the most used method to
would also be great as a unisex range with its subtle
add depth to silver and copper jewellery. If you are
masculine edge.
anything like me though I am a little put off by the use
of chemicals (call me accident prone if you like!). I have
When choosing the wire you are going to use
since discovered a fantastic method that oxidises
for this project you need to be very wary
copper and silver in the same way that liver
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an anti tarnish protective coating and
Yes, an egg! This project comes with
I have used
in this instance these variations
a warning as it is seriously addictive!
pre bought antiqued
of wire will not work for this
When I first discovered it I was
copper wire in my variation
process. If you are unsure of the
coming home every evening from
projects but you can create
descriptions given by the supplier
my studio boiling a batch of eggs!
your own antiqued copper wire
and pins using the same egg
its well worth contacting them as
Its like your own mini chemistry
method mentioned in the
I have found even when buying
experiment yet super safe and you
main feature.
some wire that does not state anti
can even get the kids involved.
tarnish they have proven to be so
when trying this technique. Generally
It is important to me that my jewellery
speaking an anti tarnish finish is an
not only has beautiful beads such as the
absolute bonus particularly if you sell your work
amazingly rustic lava stone beads and beautiful
through fairs or local stores but not in this instance.
hand faceted Pyrite beads used in this project (a little
This however is all part of the experimental process.
indulgent but well worth it in my book) but to also
I have found this fascinating as along the way I have
have my own fabricated elements. These coil beads
tested out various silver plated findings and have
are great to make and the technique is easy to grasp.
found out which of the findings in my extensive stash
Youll find once you get into a rhythm you can make
are the most resilient to tarnish.
quite a batch of these beads in an hour or two ready to
be oxidised at a later date.

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wirework

About our designer...


Rebecca Handy

Rebecca designs and makes all her


fabulous jewellery from her Museum based
studio based in Stourbridges historic glass
quarter. She has great enthusiasm for hand
fabricated elements and loves to work with
opaque beads and elements with a muted
colour palette - full of texture and lots of
detail. Find out more about Rebecca at
www.rebeccahandy.co.uk

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wirework

gather these supplies...


Bracelet length measures 19cm
120cm 0.8mm Copper wire
10cm 1mm Copper wire
42 6mm Black Lava stone beads
10 6mm Hand faceted pyrite rondelle
beads
50cm 7 Strand Tiger tail

Heres how...

4 Antique copper crimps


1 6mm Antique copper jump ring

tools required

1 Egg, 1 seal tight bag, toothbrush, 0000


grade wire wool, Renaissance wax, cocktail stick, chain nosed pliers, round nosed
pliers, cutters, marker pen

Cut a 40cm length of 0.8mm wire.


Wrap the wire around a cocktail stick
until you reach just over a centimetre. Do
not coil the wire too tightly as you will not
be able to remove it from the cocktail stick
later on!

Make three more wire beads as


described in steps 1 and 2. Hard boil
an egg for 10 minutes and leave to cool for
2 minutes. Once the egg is cool enough to
handle cut the egg in half with the shell left
on.

Continue to coil the wire back and forth


in a random manor occasionally
crossing the wire over for added texture.
Make sure the wire bead looks even and
not too thick in the middle. Remove from
the stick and hide the ends using chain
nose pliers.

Place the egg halves in a seal tight


bag and then squash the egg with
your hands until the egg has broken apart.
Place the coiled beads inside the bag while
the egg is warm and seal tight.

Did you know...

Pyrite is often more commonly known as fools gold. It is available


in many shapes and sizes to use in your jewellery projects!

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The hand
faceted pyrite
rondelles are exquisite but
quite indulgent. If you wanted
a similar look with a friendly
budget try gunmetal Czech
fire polished crystals
instead.

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Thread five lava beads onto the Tiger


tail covering any excess wire
remaining. Follow with a coil bead and five
pyrite beads. Add 16 lava beads and finish
the strand by attaching it to a jump ring
and securing with a crimp. Thread any
excess Tiger tail back through the beads
and trim.

If desired remove some of the


oxidation by rubbing the beads with
0000 grade wire wool. Following the
manufactures instructions finish by sealing
and protecting the surface with
Renaissance wax.

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Create a clasp by making a wrapped


loop with a 10cm length of 1mm wire.
Wrap the wire around a marker pen. Finish
with an eye loop. Hammer and oxidise or
use a pre bought clasp instead. Use a
crimp to attach a 25cm length of tiger tail
to the hook.

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Leave for several hours or overnight


dependant on the effect you desire.
Repeat with a second egg if needed.
Rotate the bag every few hours so it
oxidises evenly. Once oxidised rinse the
beads in water and scrub lightly with an
old toothbrush to remove any remaining
egg.

Attach a second length of Tiger tail as


in step 7 to the clasp. Thread on 14
lava beads followed by one coil bead, one
lava bead and another coil bead. Add five
pyrite beads and a further five lava beads.
Attach the strand to the jump ring as in
Step 8.

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gauges to use for these


beads are 6mm, 8mm and
1mm. However, make sure you
aim to use soft wire particularly
with the thicker gauges. 4mm
wire does work but is more
difficult to clean with wire
wool.

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All Wrapped Up Necklace


HERES HOW: Create three coil beads as in
the main project. Cut two 15cm lengths of
curb chain. Attach a 20cm length of Tiger tail
to one of the chain lengths using a crimp.
Thread on two lava beads, one coil bead,
four lava beads and five pyrite beads
covering any excess wire. Follow with one
coil bead, one lava bead, another coil bead
and a final lava bead. Attach to the second
length of curb chain using a crimp. Thread
any excess Tiger tail through the beads and
trim. Use a jump ring to add a clasp to the
end of one of the chain lengths and a jump
ring to the other side to finish.

Texture Drop Earrings


HERES HOW: Create two coil beads as in the main
project. This time make them slightly shorter in length
and use 0.6mm wire. Create your own ear hooks by
using 0.8mm wire. Work from the spool and create a
loop at the end. Measure 3cm from the loop and bend.
Measure 3.5cm down and trim. Hammer to harden
and oxidise if desired as in the main project. Create a
paddle pin by hammering the tip of a length of wire.
Thread a pyrite bead and coil bead on and finish with a
double wrapped loop. Attach to the ear wire and
repeat for the other earring.

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Rustic and Refined Bracelet


HERES HOW: Create three coil beads. This time create a large bead using
1mm silver plated wire and two copper beads using 0.6mm wire. Create your
own S hook clasp using 1mm silver plated wire. Attach a 25cm length of Tiger
tail to a 7mm jump ring using a crimp. Thread on nine lava beads, followed by
one pyrite bead, one copper coil, one pyrite bead and the silver plated coil bead.
Follow with a pyrite bead, copper coil, a final pyrite bead and nine lava beads.
Attach a 7mm jump ring to the end using a crimp. Thread through any excess
and trim. Add the S hook clasps to the jump rings to finish.

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Twist and Twirl Chain


Earrings
HERES HOW: Create two coil beads as in
the main project. This time make them smaller
and use 0.6mm wire. Cut two lengths of 2cm
length of curb chain containing approximately
13 links each. Cut a 10cm length of 0.6mm
wire and create a small loop. Thread on one
end of the chain and complete with a double
wrapped loop. Thread a coil bead onto the
wire and create another loop. Thread the
second length of chain and complete with a
double wrapped loop. Using chain nose pliers
turn the loop on an ear hook by 90 degrees so
it is facing forward. Attach the chain ends to
the ear hook and repeat for the other earring.

Organic Bead Bracelet


HERES HOW: Create a coil bead as in the main project. This time make the
bead slightly shorter but fatter in the middle. Cut two lengths of curb chain
containing 28 links in each. Cut a 12cm length of 0.6mm wire. Create a loop and
thread on one of the chain lengths. Finish with a double wrapped loop and then
thread on one pyrite bead, the coil bead and a final pyrite bead. Create a loop
and thread on the second length of chain completing with a double wrapped
loop. Finish by adding a clasp using a jump ring and another jump ring at the end
of the chain.

shopping guide
Copper and silver plated wire from The Scientific Wire Company
www.wires.co.uk 01371 238013
Lava stone beads from JSR Beads www.jsrbeads.co.uk
Pyrite rondelles from Your Beads and Findings
www.stores.ebay.co.uk/YOUR-BEADS-AND-FINDINGS
Antique copper curb chain, findings and clasps from Big Bead Little Bead
www.bigbeadlittlebead.com 01462 438233
Renaissance wax from Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com
01872 573888
Tiger tail from Beadmaster www.beadmaster.com 01924 240947

Primitively Pretty Pendant


HERES HOW: Create a coil bead. This time make
the bead slightly shorter but fatter in the middle. Cut
three lengths of curb chain containing six links in
each. Cut a 12cm length of 0.6mm wire. Create a
loop and thread on the three chain lengths. Finish
with a double wrapped loop and then thread on one
pyrite bead, the coil bead and a final pyrite bead.
Create a large double wrapped loop to finish and
thread the pendant on to a pre assembled chain.

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shopping for

shopping for...

bead mixes

Colour combinations can be an area of jewellery


making beaders struggle with most, so why not
try one of these fabulous bead mixes to base your
designs around

Marshmallow Rose
glass pearl mix,
2.60 for 50g from
www.jillybeads.co.uk

Cane glass bead mix, 3.00 for 50


from www.the-beadshop.co.uk

Semi-precious bead soup mix, 3.50 for


175g www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk

Sandy pebble glass mix, 4.50 for 50g


from www.smittenbeads.co.uk
Round coloured lava mixed beads 8mm, 1.65 for
25 beads from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com

Cranblu clearly blended mix, 2.20 for 33g


from www.jillybeads.co.uk

Party pack mixed wooden beads, 1.95


for 1000 beads from
www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk

Banoffee glass pearl mix, 2.60


for 50g from www.jillybeads.co.uk

Redange clearly blended mix, 2.20


for 33g from www.jillybeads.co.uk

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st moritz
bracelet

bead stitching

Frosted pearly
twin bead rings
make a wintery
bracelet in Victoria
Pritchards easy
to make design.

About our designer...


Victoria Pritchard

Vicky has been beading for over twenty


years. As a member of the Spellbound
team she enjoys being inspired by what
she sees her customers buying. Her
current passion is playing with twin beads,
but is likely to be distracted by something
else shiny soon. When not playing with
beads she enjoys watching motorbike
racing, reading and other crafty pursuits.

shopping guide
All materials from Spellbound Bead Co in Lichfield
www.spellboundbead.co.uk 01543 417650

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gather these
supplies...
Finished Bracelet length measures
23cm
5g Pearl grey twin beads (A)
5g Pearl lilac twin beads (B)
5g Pearl pale blue twin beads (C)
2g Frost transparent crystal size 10

seed beads (D)


2 6mm Crystal fire-polished faceted
glass beads (E)
A reel of white Nymo D beading thread

tools required...
A size 10 beading needle, pair of
scissors

Heres how...

f you have not used twin beads


before this is a great introduction
to these addictive little treasures.
Each little ring is made with ten Twin
and ten seed beads. The rings are
made in sets of three and then linked
together to make the final design.

Prepare the needle with 1.2m of single


thread and tie a keeper bead 50 cm
from the end. A keeper bead is a spare
bead of any type tied to the thread with a
simple knot to act as a temporary stopper.

Thread on 10A. Pass the needle


through the same hole on the first A
bead again to make a ring. To make it firm
pass the needle through the same hole on
the A beads all around the row to emerge
from the first A bead again. Pass the needle
through the outer hole on the same A bead
note it makes a strap of thread to the side
of the bead.

bead stitching

Thread on 1D and pass though the


outer hole of the next A bead. Repeat
around the ring to complete the outer edge.
Pass the needle through the new row again
to make it firm the needle should emerge
from the outer hole on the first A bead.

Thread on nine repeats of 1B, 1D.


Thread on 1B and pass the needle
through the D bead added in step 4 to
complete the outer edge of the new ring.
Pass the needle through the row again to
make it firm.

You now make the link to the next ring


thread on 1D. Pass the needle
through the outer hole of the A bead and
the new D bead again to make a square
stitch.

Pass the needle through the outer hole


and then the inner hole on the first B
bead. Pass the needle through all of the
inner holes of the B beads twice to
complete the ring. Remove the needle and
leave the thread end loose.

Did you know...


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bead stitching

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Remove the keeper bead and attach


the needle to this thread end. Pass the
needle through the beads around the outer
edge of the ring to emerge from the D
bead opposite the second ring. Repeat
steps 4 to 6 to make a B bead ring from
this position to complete a row of three
rings.

Lay the rings out in a diagonal pattern


so the A bead ring at the centre of
each set touches the top and bottom rings
of the neighbouring row. Place the two ring
rows at either end. Use the thread ends
still attached to the rings to make the
square stitched connections (as in step 4)
between the diagonals.

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HERES HOW: Just make two linked rings


following steps 1 to 6. I used the B and
C beads but you might want to choose
differently. Slip an ear fitting through the top
ring and you are finished.

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the colours makes


such a difference here I
have used a neutral seed bead
but swap it for black and the
bracelet is suddenly very dressy
add diamante settings to the
centre of the rings and you will
be ready to party.

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To make the clasp bring one of the


thread ends through to emerge
from the bead at tip of the last ring. Make a
bead tag at the first end separating the
two E beads with 3D beads. Make a bead
loop of 17D at the other end. Finish off all
the thread ends neatly and securely.

St Moritz Earrings

Repeat from step 1 to make another


set of three rings using B beads for the
central ring and C beads for the other two.
Repeat until you have three sets of each
colour combination. Make one set of two
rings only with A and B beads and one
using A and C beads.

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texture

Create this texture filled necklace using fabric,


metal and glass! Trish Latimer shows us how.

gather these supplies...


Necklace length measures 60cm
Turquoise felt
Turquoise felted star
1 20mm Turquoise felted bead
12 12mm Purple felted beads
Red embroidery floss
Red waxed linen cord
Approx 2m 0.9mm Gunmetal wire
14 8x6mm Turquoise crystal beads
Approx 60 Dark red 4mm seed beads
Approx 13 Purple 4mm seed beads
Antique gold chain
4 Jump rings
Lobster clasp
Ribbon in purple, turquoise
Turquoise eyelets
Wadding

About our designer...


Trish Latimer

Trish Latimer is a mixed media artist


with a passion for colour and a flair for
all things quirky! Whether its a messy
paint creation, or a delicate beaded
jewellery piece, Trish is equally at
home! See more of her work at
www.inkpaintbeads.blogspot.co.uk

tools required...

Large eye needle, scissors, Crop-A-Dile

shopping guide
Felt star and beads from BeansBeads
www.stores.ebay.co.uk/beansbeads
Waxed linen cord and wire from Smitten Beads
www.smittenbeads.co.uk

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s a mixed media artist, I love


bringing all kinds of textures
into my work. I think combining
the rough with the smooth, the
shiny with the matt, the hard and
soft surfaces together just add that
extra interest to any piece of art!
To me, jewellery is no different.
As well as mixing up colour
combinations, I like to mix things
up in the texture department too.
For my necklace and bracelet set, I
have combined soft fabrics with
hard glass beads, with a little metal
wire and chain thrown in. My felt
focal point is even more tactile
because I have stuffed it slightly to
give it an extra squishy feel! The
glass beads are facetted to give a
subtle sparkle, a nice contrast to
the matt effect of the felt beads.
Loads of texture, loads of fun!

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A long needle
with a fairly large eye
is essential when threading
felt beads. Wire by itself will
not go through, but beading
wire or linen cord threaded on
a needle works like a
dream!

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Cut two identical circles from turquoise


felt, then stitch a felted star securely to
one circle. I have used a bright contrasting
colour of embroidery floss.

Stuff the piece with a little wadding,


then finish off the blanket stitching to
close the gap.

Holes need to be created in the felt


piece, so it can be joined to the other
jewellery components. I have used paper
crafting eyelets and a Crop-A-Dile to do
this. Use the Cop-A-Dile to punch your
hole, insert the eyelet then squeeze the
tool so the eyelet closes tightly. Create a
hole in opposite ends of the felt disc.

Place the other felt circle underneath


your star sewn piece, then join them
together using blanket stitch see blanket
stitch instructions. Leave a gap for the
stuffing!

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Create three beaded strands. I have


threaded a strand of felt beads and a
strand of seed beads onto red linen cord,
then created a crystal strand using
wrapped loop wire links. Each strand is
slightly longer than the next, in order to
create a drape effect.

Attach the strands to the eyelet. As


the felt beads and seed beads were
strung on linen cord, just tie the cord
through the eyelet. Use an extra length of
cord to attach the wire link to the eyelet.

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How to blanket stitch...

To add more texture, tie ribbon and


extra waxed cord around a wire loop
above the felt bead as shown.

Variation...

Triple Strand Bracelet

Thread some linen cord through a felt


bead, thread on a jump ring, then take
the linen cord back down the felt bead.
The jump ring should be held in place. Tie
the ends of the cord to another jump ring
and trim. Attach the remaining ends of the
beaded strands to one of the jump rings.

Add chain to the piece, using wrapped


wire loops joined to the jump ring and
eyelet. Add a lobster clasp.

For those who would like a textural piece,


but dont quite want to go as far as ribbons
and stuffed felt, this bracelet combines the
three beaded strands from the necklace into
a matching bracelet. Create three beaded
strands. A simple length of seed beads on
waxed cord, a felt bead strand, and
a length of wire wrapped
crystal beads. Each length
is roughly 7.5 inches long.
The strands are simply tied
to a fancy lobster clasp
and a washer to finish.

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Use up your odd leftover crystals to create a set of drink


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8 6mm Crystal bicones, various colours


8 Different kinds of gemstone chips
Ring memory wire
8 Ball ended headpins

gather these supplies...

Katy Leitch

hese little drink glass charms make a great gift. They


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Cut pieces of ring memory wire you need a complete circle plus about a 1cm overlap for the loops for each charm. Turn a loop in
one end of the memory wire pieces.
Choose eight crystals that coordinate with your chosen gemstone chips or other beads. Thread each of the crystals onto ball
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