April 17, 2014

New Ebook Now available!

I spent the day yesterday putting together this little ebook that includes 4 different projects featuring this new seed beaded chain technique. I start off with a simple Single chain stitched with seed beads, and move on up to a blingy Rhinsestone cup chain and Magatama Bracelet design. Ohhh Fancyyyy. :)

Each project requires 3 basic tools- Cutters, or Scissors, Flat Nose and Chain Nose Pliers and the supplies list isn't too bad for each one either. Each project features a materials list, just like you'd see in your favorite beading magazines.  And a supplies list so you can know where I got the pretty clasps and beads I used for these 4 projects.

All I ask is that you really use your imagination when using this technique in your own designs because the possibilities are endless. There are so many different directions you can go, just by changing up the shape of bead, or playing around with different textures and finishes!

The ebook is about 28 pages long and is in a PDF format that can be printed or downloaded to any device.  A total steal, at just $15.00!
If you have any issues or questions about the ebook, please feel free to email me.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do!

A few people have asked me what size Cup chain I used for the project- it's 18ss, that's coming from the Nunn Design website. It's the largest size they sell. And I'm not sure where it can be purchased, retail. 
The Cube beads, in the Flower Bee bracelet are 3mm.

April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014

A new Week

Happy? Monday!

I started the day off, just right. I met a girl who is now working at the museum where I used to work. Her name is Clare and she lives a few blocks up my street- she walks in the morning, so I offered to keep her company if she wanted a walking partner. Today was our first walk and I can't tell you how invigorating it was to chat with a new friend, and get some major exercise too. The area around here is really hilly- so the walk was challenging and at times I had trouble with the chatting part as I was huffing and puffing but no pain, no gain. I can't wait to go again later this week!

Today, in the studio.....

This sweet little owl inside a stump, made by the talented Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio- was perfect simply knotted on waxed cotton cording with one of Elaine Ray's Tree pendants, and a lamp work bicone from Beads of Passion. It's for sale, here.

I grabbed some of my new beads from last weekend's bead show, and threw together this Cicada necklace with some cotton cording and chain. Those gorgeous blue kyanite beads were wire wrapped onto the chain, and then I knotted some as dangles at the focal. Loving how this turned out. It's Reserved.

A new House and Home bracelet with an Elukka house, Ceramic Golem Studios lentil, and floral round, and a few lamp work beads from The Orange Bell. The Earthenwood acorn finished the whole piece off nicely. It is available for sale, here.

My friend Grace Neff sent me a little care package of beads last week and included this absolutely STUNNING vintage button and I put it into this knotted necklace with the reproduction glass ovals from Stinky Dog Beads, and some brass spacers, chain and linen cording. Love how this one turned out, the colors are really nice. It is available for sale here.

This last bracelet is a new take on my beaded chain bracelets that I've been developing. I got some cool matte green Magatamas beads from Allegory Gallery and this was the first time I used this shape in this new style bracelet. I really love the texture these beads give to the look. Instead of adding a bead in the center of the 2 chains, I grabbed some Rhinestone chain from Nunn Design, and cut the length, and started "sewing" it onto the center of the 2 chains, with linen cording. But for some reason, when I got to the end of the rhinestone chain, it had shrunk. So I ended up with about an inch and a quarter of chain left, without the rhinestones. Luckily, I think quickly on my feet, and find this cool ladybug clasp in my stash from TheaToo. It worked perfectly! I attached it to cover that end of chain, and then added the hook half of the clasp to the other end.

The clasp came with a matching ladybug/leaf earring pair, so I made some matching earrings to go along with it!
The bracelet is fairly small- about 6.75-7 inches.

I will be listing this set for sale in the morning on Etsy.

It is available for sale here! 

April 11, 2014

Wowza COLOR Explosion!

SOMEbody is having some fun with color these days! Nancy has an update planned for today at 12:00 est. at Round Rabbit Extra.  Be sure to be quick on the draw, as these pendants are going to FLY out of the shop.  She updates each type of pendant in 20 minute intervals. So just keep refreshing your page, until you see them start popping up and put em in your cart as fast as you can!!

Happy and LUCKY shopping!

April 10, 2014

Another Bracelet

I ordered a few more colors of these cool single drilled Uno Duos or super unos- I can never remember the name of them. And got more chain too. Excited about this new design- yesterday I added a bead in between the 2 chains while weaving the beads on, and I like the look but it proved difficult to keep the beads standing upright. I think maybe a faceted rondelle would work better. Or a round. Something small like 4mm.  

I like the way the extra bead makes the chain almost disappear completely giving the illusion a bead weaved piece. 

I am playing around with the idea of offering a tutorial on this technique. If I just had more TIME!

April 7, 2014

Completely Smitten

I've always loved the look of bead weaving designs but have never had the patience to learn the technique. I gotta tell ya, I love the way these bracelets turned out today. I used the new seed beads that I got from Twisted Sistah Beads and Fiber- they are funky little drop shapes, and worked perfectly to weave with this bicycle chain.

If you like the feel of bead weaving, with a little extra weight from the chain/ artisan made findings,  these bracelets will be perfect for you! They are all 7.25 inches long.

The far left, is a gold/green iridescent seed bead, and I used a great handmade bronze toggle from Starry Road Studio, and some filigree leaves from Vintaj Brass Co.

The middle is pewter chain, teal picasso seed beads, and a bee/flower pewter clasp from Green Girl Studios.

And then the far right, is pewter chain with pewter color seed beads, a pewter toggle button from Mamacita Beadworks, and I made the steel wire toggle, and I used a Mykonos dragonfly charm from Stinky Dog Beads.

They are listed here, on etsy.

April 5, 2014

Innovative Bead Expo

Decided to drive down to Syracuse today to check out the Innovative Bead Expo. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety for a smaller show.  It has been a few years since I've gone to this one. Got to say Hi to my friend Anne at Gardanne Beads, and picked out some pretty glass and enameled pieces from her booth.
I love chatting with Anne about business and it's also so nice to catch up on the non-business stuff too. I definitely wish she lived closer!

Also picked up some strands-

Some green opal. Metallic Cats Eye and Blue kyanite

A few strands of this awesome matte finish Hematite, and some Yellow jasper- great shape

Some jade rondelles and these pretty faceted stone rounds which I have no idea what they are. any suggestions?

Stocked up on some interesting new Seed beads shapes from Twisted Sistah Beads and Fiber

Snagged a few new shapes from Marsha Neal Studio at the D7 Booth....

Met some new artists too such as Ren Farsnworth of Designs in Glass....

and pjBeads where I found some adorable lamp work earring pairs.

Gosh,  I just love bead shows.

April 3, 2014

Sponsor Feature: Judith Johnston Beads

Happy Thursday! 

Well. I'm headed back to work this morning. I was lucky enough to get a little part time gig at the Wellin Museum at Hamilton College helping them with their collections database.  I'll be there twice  a week and will no doubt have some trouble getting back into the swing of my business/ + job. But I know you'll bear with me right!?  I think it will be a good opportunity to be around some art again, and I love the local museums in this area. The Wellin is actually a brand spankin new museum that was just built on the campus at Hamilton. It's a lovely building and I am excited to get the grand tour today. As with any change, I'm a little nervous but I'm sure it will go well.

For today I wanted to share with you some fabulous beads by a new ad sponsor. Meet Judith Johnston. She runs a nice little bead shop over at Etsy and you should check that out when you have some time.

Judith creates lamp work beads and also creates jewelry with her beads. The best of both worlds, I'd say! She sent me a few earring pairs, and I was able to play around with 2 pair yesterday.

This first set are lovely green and coral lentils with such detail and depth. I wire wrapped them with some copper wire and some coral rounds.

She also sent me this set of silvered Plum beads, that I wire wrapped with some glass rings, and ribbed lamp work rounds from Gardanne Beads.  I love the colors in this pair, the photo doesn't do them justice at all.

You'll see Judith's ad over in the side bar with the sponsor ads. Keep checking in for new work and enjoy your beads if you get any, which I think you should, because they are fantastic.

April 2, 2014

Have you met Linn Warme

Wanted to introduce you to a new friend, Linn Warme. Lin is a popular blogger, and runs 2 really great blogs that showcase Etsy items. Check them out, The Very Best of Etsy, and Etsy Finds: The Best Finds on Etsy.

She also has her own Etsy shop where she sells some amazing and whimsical art and jewelry both inspired by nature. Here are some of my favorites that are available right now...

April 1, 2014

Handmade Wire Findings Winner is....


Please contact me with your mailing address!

Thank you all for your comments this week!

I know you'll definitely benefit from this book and if you haven't ordered it yet, put it on your wish list for sure!

It's only $15.08 on Amazon!

March 31, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Handcrafted Wire Findings

Good Monday Morning! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am doing another GREAT Book review and giveaway! It's a really bad hair day and I keep mucking up the video so today will be an old fashion no video blog post. Sorry.

Today I am talking about Handcrafted Wire Findings by my friends Jane Dickerson and Denise Peck. Superheroes in the bead world especially at Interweave Press, these ladies have teamed up on a fabulous technique filled book on creating your very own jewelry components using wire. 

Other jewelry technique books lightly cover wire techniques in the front section but this new book is an extensive collection of basic, intermediate and advanced techniques. 

If you have ever been frustrated with wire this book is a wonderful addition to your arsenal of how-to books because it offers very detailed instructions on various styles of ear wires, clasps, and links. I love the step by step photographs the most because as a very visual person, seeing it taught this way helps me wrap my head around the technique. 

Although they use Silver wire in this book, you can adapt other metal wire for most of the projects, such as copper steel and brass.  Learning to create your own findings will transform your jewelry designs from average to over the top and most importantly one of a kind. 

The only thing I was disappointed with is that there aren't any finished jewelry projects using the findings. There is a small gallery section at the back of the book. However this would not deter me from buying it.

For just $22.95 this bible is worth every penny and will ensure that you are never without that one special component again, as you'll have the knowledge and power to create whatever you need, as a moments notice!

I am giving away one copy to a random winner - go ahead and leave a comment on this post and I will choose the winner tomorrow morning around 9am eastern standard time.

Pass the love along and share on your favorite social media and leave a comment for each share for extra entries!!

Good luck to all!

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED. Winner has been chosen.

March 29, 2014

My Latest Publications

You can see my designs in some recent magazine publications out on shelves now, such as,

April 2014 issue
They published a great tutorial on a beautiful necklace design that I created using Nunn Design components.


May 2014

I wrote an article for this issue about the Dos and Don't's of Jewelry Photography AND wrote a great tutorial on crafting an art bead multi strand bracelet.

Spring 2014

I wrote a tutorial on a Chunky wood beaded necklace that features a cool Anne Choi Bead!

March 28, 2014

I could use your help

It was a really good start to the first day back in the studio after a short hiatus. This was the first bracelet I crafted. Had almost the whole thing together, and had to take it all apart. I really really REALLY hate doing things twice, but the leather rivet  was upside down and the flower was right side up. Didn't realize it of course, until the whole thing was knotted. Not only that but I realized I had forgotten to tie overhand knots on one side of one of the red Glass ovals. This was before I decided to use the pewter spacers between each of the oval beads. At the start, I was going to leave it as just linen cording. I am glad I changed my mind.

As soon as I pulled out that Scattered Light flower from my stash that has literally been hidden away for several YEARS, I knew I was going to regret it. But after that long, you sometimes just HAVE to pull out that ONE GREAT COMPONENT because it's the only thing that will work for a design.

The glass ovals have 2 holes, that line up perfectly with the links on the back of the flower. There can't be a more perfect component out there, or can there be??

As soon as it was all together, I got that feeling. You know the feeling, don't you? That tingle in your gut that tells you, Yep, you done good. I just knew this was a successful design. I was confident with it. Thrilled with it really.  And I immediately wanted to make more of them.

But that DAMNED flower. This was the only one I had.  And so I decided to keep this one. And see if I can hunt down either another flower component like this one. Or something that would be comparable and work in the same way.

Here is a photo of the backside of the flower. The loops are at the top and bottom and cord goes through them horizontally. This is key for this design.

I need your help! If you could help me find a component, preferably something Floral that has these 2 links on the backside, lined up in this same way to accommodate the cording, I would be able to recreate this design again.  I know so many great and talented metal clay artists out there, is this something you could create for me??

Keep your eyes peeled, and holler if you find something!

March 27, 2014

1000 Beads WINNER is...

C o n G r a T u l A t i O n s  
goes to ......................


Woo hoo!!

Thank you all so much for commenting! I am hoping to bring more great books like this to you in the future!!

Barb, please email me your address!

March 26, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: 1000 Beads

1000 Beads
420 pages
Color photos on every page
Juror- Kristina Logan

I forgot to mention in the video that this collection was handpicked by juror Kristina Logan, and she did a phenomenal job I tell ya.

Leave a comment, Winner will be picked tomorrow around 4pm est.
Lark will ship the book to the winner directly!

Good luck to all!

March 25, 2014

I Blog Jewelry- Joining me?

Boy Oh Boy does time fly!  Here we are just one day away from my newest installment of webinars. Tomorrow at 1pm est. I will be LIVE - talking all about how to set up a Blogspot blog and how to Use it for your Jewelry Business.

Sign up now, here at Interweave Store- the live event is $19.99 and I will be answering your questions LIVE immediately following the presentation.

Join ME for a web seminar dedicated to using Blogger, a popular online blogging site. Keeping a blog isn't just an online journal of sorts, but rather an experience to connect to the online jewelry community. I will walk you through each step in setting up an account, arranging the layout, and customizing the blog to be cohesive with your jewelry brand.

In this web seminar you'll learn:

  • What kind of content and information to share on your blog.
  • How often to post for maximum effectiveness.
  • How to drive traffic and maintain the audiences you do get.
  • Important blogging etiquette.
  • How to use your Blog as a selling tool.
  • And much more!
Hoping to see you all tomorrow!

March 24, 2014

Think Spring

Jade Scott Update today at 2pm Central Time!  So many pretty Spring-inspired pendants this month, I can't stand it!  Love the pretty filter she used on your photo too- really showcases the Pastel colors.

Sorry for the delay on today's book review! I am working on it!

March 23, 2014

The Winner is....

My Gosh I am so sorry for the delay! I forgot all about announcing the giveaway winner!
.... the winner of the Bead Soup Polymer beads is....

Angi Mullis

Thank you all for commenting!  And thank you Andrea for this generous giveaway!

Angi, please email me with your mailing address!

March 21, 2014

Featured Ads: Bead Soup Beads

This past week I added a new blog sidebar Ad for Bead Soup Beads.  Andrea Dix is the proprietor of this Etsy shop specializing in Handmade polymer clay beads, some ceramic beads,Enamel and Resin and a nice variety of Czech glass. For the purpose of her Ad, she is promoting her handmade polymer beads, and has generously donated a few beads for a giveaway!

If you would like to enter to win this beady giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. For extra entries, please pass the good word along on your favorite social media and be sure to come back and leave a comment for each share! Good luck to all, I will pick a random winner on Sunday morning, eastern standard time.

In the meantime, be sure to check out BeadSoupBeads!