Crescents & Moons

Designed by Dwyn Tomlinson I thought I would give the crescents – the 2 hole crescent beads a try. I also had some candy beads on my bead mat, and the next thing you know – I had come up with this! Super simple, but remarkable elegant. I’ve been enjoying wearing it non-stop since I made it! Instructions Stringing is very easy. Using fireline and a needle, I strung on a stop bead (go twice through a largish bead, which acts as a stopper, and can be easily removed later), and then start with: 1 11/0 seed bead 1 crescent …

Zebra Crossing

by Rosemary Beasley Even though there must be well over a thousand types of jasper, zebra jasper has to one of the most interesting in appearance with its white banding on green. I did a simple strung necklace 18” long using beading wire and crimps. The green of the zebra jasper is complemented by the Swarovski crystals in “Turmaline” and “Mahogany” (we have some left in these colours) and copper accents. Since this necklace is strung, you can make it longer or shorter as you wish or add more crystals. And of course, you could make a bracelet or earrings …

Bead Embroidery – Cat Patch Fever

Thought I would share with you this time-lapse of this little cat embroidery from the Bead Embroidery Kits. This is a smaller version of the wall hanging, and took me only a few days of odd hours here and there to complete. It is designed to be a patch – sewn-on to clothing, but I might make it into a brooch instead – not decided yet. Or I might add velcro to the back for easy removal. Because with the dogs – I have nothing that I am confident that I would not have to wash – and I am …

Summer Daze – 3 in 1 Necklace

BeadFX Inspiration – Anne Marie Desaulniers I was thinking summer when I collected these beads, but that was quite a while ago. I put them in a safe place, and promptly lost them! So, when I finally unearthed them, I found out that all of the frosted glass beads were on special, for 40% off. I’m not actually sure if this colour selection is still available*, but if it’s not, we can suggest alternatives. The vibe I was looking for was cool, calm, fresh, summery, and oh so wearable! My original design was for a single strand necklace, but then …

Project of the Week: Spring Leaves

Last week we celebrated the start the coming Spring by creating a Sun Pendant. This week we celebrate the leaves and budding flowers with a fun and colourful pair of earrings! These earrings feature the new Monstera Leaf charms. Normally these charms are antique silver but we are adding colour using nail polish, giving them an enameled look. A short length of fine curb chain dangles with lots of spring colour using 4mm beads. I used some leftover Swarovski crystals in colours from my stash but 4mm fire-polish beads, pearls or druks would be just as fun. Let’s get started! …

Sun Pendant

Spring is coming so let’s celebrate by bringing the Sun into our wardrobe! This week’s project features brick stitch using the 42mm Wire Hoop and cube beads in two sizes: Miyuki 4mm cubes and 1.8mm cube. The finished pendant measures 2 3/4″ across; you can make it smaller by using a smaller hoop and/or smaller beads. With this technique, you will see the thread; choose a thread colour that blends with the hoop colour if you don’t want it to stand out too much. Pull a wingspan of thread and thread your needle. Tie the thread with a double knot …

Project of the Week: Wire and Stone Bracelet

I love stones and easy-to-wear bracelets. While I’m not a wire worker, I do like to make simple projects. This is one of those projects! The bracelet is done using one piece of wire. I find 22 gauge ParaWire works very well; it is pliable enough to easily wrap yet has enough hardness to maintain a shape. I’ve used 10mm round stone beads, but you can also use the same size pearls, druks, fire-polish or regular glass beads. Make it longer, for a collar-length necklace. Let’s get started! This project takes a surprising amount of wire. I have a 6.25″ …

Project of the Week: Turquoise and Copper Chainmaille Bracelet and Earrings

Have you tried chainmaille? It is the art of joining jump rings to create beautiful jewellery. It also makes you an expert in opening and closing jump rings! This week’s project features the turquoise colour of the recently introduced 10mm bighole rondelle beads. There are several colours available, but I love turquoise. I also like to combine turquoise with copper! The chainmaille necklace is reminiscent of Japanese patterns, but not quite as intricate and much more approachable if this is your first foray into this interesting technique. Although not made or sized for chainmaille, I’ll be using two sizes of …

Project of the Week: Beading down the Centre

Every so often, a finding comes along and looks interesting, but we really don’t know what to do with it. Centreline findings are like that; they look interesting but what do you do with them? Centreline findings are easy to use and make quick and interesting jewellery for yourself or for gifts. Today I’ll be using a bright silver cuff. Notably the findings have an open space down the centre (hence the name) with holes on both sides that accept stitching. The space fits both three size 11/0 Delica beads and three size 11/0 Miyuki seed beads (Toho seed beads …

Project of the Week: Bee’s Knees, part 3

Welcome back to our Bee’s Knees bead embroidered pin series! In the first two classes we created a design using one of the new Trio of Bees cabochon. Last week, we did the stitching and looked at some design considerations to make our pin more interesting. For a recap, you can see Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Today in our final series class, we are going to finish our pin by adding an ultra suede backing, the pin back and finish the edge with beads. Let’s get started! Our first task is to cut away the excess foundation …