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hello... ...and welcome to issue 4 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. With the whole CB&J team having caught the jewellery and beading bug, our ofﬁce is awash with tools, ﬁndings and an abundance of beads. In fact, every morning we eagerly await the arrival of the post van to get a sneaky peek at the latest masterpieces created by our incredibly talented Design Team! Sandy Kidulis kick-starts this issue with a sumptuous array of shell-inspired designs on page 12 and shows you how to incorporate these natural wonders into your jewellery and beading. Perfectly pink and elegantly girlie, Sandy’s designs are not to be missed. But if pink isn’t your thing, fear not – there is plenty more for you to sink your teeth into, including a vintage extravaganza on page 20 and Madeleine Rollason’s introduction to bead weaving on page 26. Judith Hannington goes tropical with seed beads on page 44 as she shows you how to create an abundance of designs including memory wire rings and bracelets, book charms and necklaces, all inspired by life on the reef. Su Pennick is also on-hand to guide you through the art of spirelli on page 66, presenting an eye-catching collection of projects for you to try your nimble ﬁngers at. Gemma Gray offers up a timeless set of black-and-white makes on page 56 and, if you want to add a splash of colour to your creations, turn to page 86 and
EDITORIAL Editor – Diane Grimshaw Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editors – Roy Birch, Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Anna Wright, Jamie Stuttard, Justine Moran, Lee Jepson Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Judith Hannington, Sandy Kidulis, Tracey McPherson, Sarah Gibbs, Helen Sadler, Chloe Menage, Madeleine Rollason, Sally Carver, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Lindsey Hopkins, Debbie Wood, Carolyn Schulz, Gemma Gray, Judith Walton, Anna Weller, Su Pennick, Rebecca Webster, Sarah Austin, Jane Kharade, Gill Teasdale.
“I love the versatility of the vintage look. Dressed up or down it always looks perfect!”
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embrace the colour combo of the season – red, white and blue – in all its glory. Sarah Austin puts the wow-factor into chain maille on page 76 as she swaps metal rings for something a little more contemporary, and Judith Walton has been having great fun creating a delicious tiara on page 62. With all of this and so much more besides, including Dawn Cotton Fuge’s wire-wrapped wonders on page 32 and Tracey McPherson’s dazzling wedding cake topper on page 16, I think I’ll leave you to it. Have a great month!
PS... Issue 17 of our sister title Creative Cardmaking is now on sale. Packed full of ﬂower-inspired summer designs and crafting tips, the magazine also comes with free papers and die-cut images. Get your copy now – available from your local craft shop.
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What’s inside this issue of 12 SEA BREEZE
Add shells and a touch of pink to your jewellery with Sandy Kidulis’s inspiring designs
Win some amazing prizes in our fabulous giveaways and competitions
56 BLACK & WHITE
86 COOL BRITANNIA
Monochrome is always striking and desirable. Add these pieces to any outfit for a classic look
Enjoy vibrant, colourful makes that are bang on-trend for this summer
20 CLASSIC BEAUTIES
Embrace the fashionable vintage look with this issue’s stunning makes
We bring you the very latest beading and jewellery making tips and ideas
66 SPIN A WEB
26 PERFECTLY WOVEN
Stand out from the crowd with these fun and funky spirelli creations
Madeleine Rollason is onhand to guide you through this traditional technique
regulars 06 News
What’s new in the world of jewellery and beads
10 Readers’ Letters
All your questions answered
Win tickets to the unmissable Stitch and Creative Crafts show
54 What’s Cooking?
Your ideas, views and top tips
Our resident bead chef rustles up a pair of perfectly matching fused glass earrings
70 Subscription Offer
£££s worth of products up for grabs
37 What’s On
Don’t miss out on the hottest jewellery show and class dates this summer
50 The Bead Doctor
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72&90 Designer Gallery
We showcase your inspiring creations
Indulge in a little retail therapy with our pick of the products this issue
Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides
Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making
The lowdown on all the tools of the trade
98 Coming Next Issue
A peek at what’s coming up in issue 5
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features 38 The Bead Challenge
We asked a trio of talented designers to get creative with the same mix of beads. Check out what they came up with...
66 Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave...
Spirelli string art has been enjoying a renaissance. Su Pennick shows how to incorporate it in your jewellery making
12 A Rose-Tinted Summer
Sandy Kidulis presents a stylish collection of shell-inspired designs just perfect for summer
16 Let Them Eat Cake
Tracey McPherson creates a stunning wedding cake topper using wire, crystals and beads
44 Tropical Treats
For this issue’s seed bead feature, Judith Hannington has taken inspiration from the sea, and the real and mythical creatures residing there
74 Daisy Chain
A perfect accessory to your summer wardrobe, update a classic with this delightful daisy necklace
56 In Black And White
Classic yet contemporary, monochrome jewellery can have a real dramatic quality. Gemma Gray makes a stylish statement with this striking set
76 Stretch Your Imagination
Sarah Austin puts a modern twist into her chain maille designs to cool, contemporary effect
20 Vintage Chic
Don’t let the vintage trend pass you by! Here’s how to make stunning creations with an antique look
58 Tantalising Transfers
80 Button Up!
62 Have Your Cake
85 Total Eclipse
Sally Carver delivers the latest instalment in her lampwork series
Judith Walton gets creative with polymer clay to make an eye-catching tiara with a sweet theme
32 Lemon Drops
64 Love Affair
86 Rule Britannia!
26 Sun, Sand And Sea
Madeleine Rollason uses bead weaving to create a pair of earrings inspired by holiday memories
28 The Heat Is On
Give your summer jewellery a citrus sparkle with these fresh designs incorporating wire-wrapping
Why not incorporate papercraft products into your jewellery making? Judith Hannington shows you how
Anna Weller goes all-out romantic and girlie with a contemporary lovebirdinspired design
The ever-versatile button comes in a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and materials, making it the perfect feature for a wealth of jewellery designs Shimmering lime and white beads create an illusion of a solar eclipse on this stunning four-strand bracelet Fly the ﬂag this summer in the bold, nautical, bang-on-trend colours of Cool Britannia
PRECIOUS CAUSE Jack McNaughton, a two-and-a-half year old from Perth in Scotland, suffers from cerebral palsy, leaving him unable to walk or stand alone. Now he is being helped on his way towards life-changing surgery by local bead and jewellery store Precious Sparkle Beads.
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INDIAN SUMMER Add a touch of Indian charm to your jewellery makes with these bright and beautiful Kashmiri beads available from The Bead Store. Available in round, tube and shaped varieties, Kashmiri beads, also known as Lac beads, bring colour, an explosion of detail and a fabulous look
Jack is a cheeky, happy little boy who requires specialist equipment and intensive physiotherapy on his lower body to maintain his current physical abilities. Due largely to his own great determination, he is continuing to make physical progress but it’s very hard and sometimes painful for him to deal with. Jack’s family are desperate to give him the change of surgery in America, where there is a specialist doctor with more than 20 years’ experience in a procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhozotomy. This operation has a 100% success rate and would allow Jack to start school walking like his friends instead of using a wheelchair. Dawn Cotton Fuge of Precious Sparkle Beads has been working with Jack’s mum Stacy to raise money for his operation. Dawn is donating a number of jewellery pieces she’s made both as projects for magazines and as personal creations, which will be auctioned off at a fundraiser later in the year. Dawn and Stacy would hugely welcome donations of jewellery pieces from other artisans for the auction. Anyone wishing to donate items can send them to Dawn at Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ, marked ‘Jack’s Fund’. Donations can also be made directly via the PayPal account at email@example.com (please ensure that you tick the gift aid/donation box)
to your creations. These Kashmiri beads are all handmade by individual craftsmen in the Indian holy city of Varanasi, so as well as an amazing bead you’re also getting an authentic addition for your projects. See the full range of Kashmiri beads online at www.thebeadstore.co.uk or call 01726 844999
MILLEFIORI STORY Milleﬁori beads are a fabulous way to add pretty glass detail to your projects, and are available in delicate shades and patterns as well as immensely vibrant designs. Totally Beads stocks a great selection of Milleﬁori beads, giving you amazing choice when it comes to adding these elements. Choose from silver-foiled and goldstone options, or opt for a shaped bead from the impressive range of square, star, heart and round varieties available. Sold on 16” strings, there’s a fabulous array of designs, including ﬂoral, marbling and stripes. To see the range of Milleﬁori beads and other jewellery products available visit www.totallybeads.co.uk or call 0845 094 3594
MIYUKI MAGIC The Bead Trail at Blakemere Craft Centre in Cheshire has introduced this lovely new range of galvanised seed beads from Japanese manufacturer Miyuki. More hardwearing than traditional galvanised seed beads, these new Duracoat beads are intended to be more suitable for use in jewellery making. All 22 delicious colours in the collection are priced at an introductory offer of £2.65 for a 10g tube. Visit The Bead Trail where you can browse at your leisure through thousands of beads and jewellery-making products. Rebecca and her team at the store are always happy to offer help and advice, and beginners’ jewellery-making courses are held regularly – keep an eye on the ‘Course’ section of the website or call for details. Open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, The Bead Trail is one of over 30 individual shops at Blakemere offering unique crafts and gifts. Hot meals and drinks are also available throughout the day in the on-site restaurant. Visit www.visitblakemere.co.uk for directions and details of forthcoming events. For details of all the Miyuki colours available, visit www.thebeadtrail.co.uk or call 01606 884127
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NEWS HEAD-DRESS TO IMPRESS Take a look at these stunning new Swarovski and freshwater pearl tiara kits available to buy from The Bead Shop Manchester. The kits are currently available in cream and purple sets, each containing full instructions and a box to protect your creation, as well as all the essentials needed for a beautiful tiara. Kits include tiara bands, craft wire, freshwater pearls and a huge selection of Swarovski pearls, bicones and beads
COMPLETELY SPELLBOUND These lovely bright ﬂower and ceramic beads from The Spellbound Bead Company are just the ticket for fabulous summer makes. The new glass beads come in a range of different colour mixes and sizes and you can get your hands on strings from just £3.50 and even buy some individually. Launching this month are four new Spellbound Simples kits. All retail for £9.95 and are aimed at experienced beaders who are looking for quick makes, beginners, and those who want to try out a new technique. Be sure to check out the Garland necklace and Sundae necklace and earring set! Expect to see a new book based on the popular Spellbound Christmas kits this autumn. This 96-page release will feature 16 of the most popular Spellbound kits, as well as two new designs – keep checking the website for updates. Launch is scheduled for
to provide you with a truly stunning products set for an amazing ﬁnished result. You can also choose from ruby, white, blue and pink Swarovski tiara kits for beautiful gemmed headwear. Simply ideal for weddings, proms, summer balls and more... For more details go to www.the-beadshop.co.uk or call 0161 232 7356
October, but pre-orders for the book are already being taken both online at www.spellboundbead.co.uk and by phone on 01543 417650. RRP is £12.95 and all orders received by 10th October will qualify for free delivery. There will also be a set of bead boxes launched alongside the publication, each containing a selection of the beads most used in the book, plus needle and thread. There will be eight small boxes retailing at £14.45, each containing a speciﬁc colourway (eg. blue and silver or red and gold), and two large selections, retailing at £44.95, one with silver accents and a choice of colours and one with gold accents and a choice of colours. Anyone buying a book by the end of October will be eligible to enter a draw to win one of the new bead boxes – there are two large and eight small boxes up for grabs! For more details of Spellbound products go to www.spellboundbead.co.uk or call 01543 417650
METAL MANIA Check out this great selection of silver and gold-plated metal beads and charms available from The Bead Shop Scotland. Designs range from anchors to hearts, bead cages to enamelled chairs and more. Silver-plated metal beads start from 10p each, with gold-plated metal beads starting at just 5p each. All the beads and charms are available from both the Haddington and Edinburgh stores, so take a trip for a closer look! For more details visit the website at www.beadshopscotland.co.uk or call Haddington on 01620 822886 or Edinburgh on 0131 343 3222 We have 10 sets of these beads to give away worth £3 each, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J04 Bead Shop Scotland, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 6th August 2010
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NEWS GRANDE DESIGNS
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Designer-jeweller Jessica van Zanten began the London Jewellery School in 2008 so that she could teach fun and professional classes, sharing her wealth of knowledge with other artisans. Over the past two years the school has thrived and now offers hundreds of regular classes throughout the year, with evening, weekday and weekend courses to ﬁt into even the busiest schedules. A number of certiﬁcation classes are available, including Art Clay Certiﬁcation Levels 1 and 2, Level 1 Certiﬁcate in Jewellery Making and a ﬁve-day Intensive Jewellery Business course.
ALL IN GOOD TIME! Create an endless combination of beautiful beaded watch straps for perfect gifts and jewellery pieces with the new selection of watch faces available from the Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. There are currently two styles to choose from – oval and square – and each silverplated watch face is nickel compliant and features three connectors on both sides,
As well as fun classes covering popular techniques such as beading and wire, glass, silver and how to add colour, you can also book your very own jewellery party! Be it for children or adults, London Jewellery School parties can be held at a London venue of your choice or you can visit the School premises for three hours of jewellery making in London’s Hatton Garden. Parties cost £40 per person, for a minimum of six people. For details of upcoming classes, availability, jewellery parties and more, visit www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk, email info@londonjewellery school.co.uk or call 020 3176 0546 making them easy and versatile to use. Priced at £4.25 each or £14.95 for a pack of six. The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd has been trading since January 2000. The company specialises in all types of beads, ﬁndings and tools in retail and wholesale quantities, along with books, magazines, and various types of beading kits and accessories. A popular series of workshops is also run in-store, offering a variety of classes for a wide range of abilities. Hana Glover (above), director of The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, has recently been awarded Outstanding Young Manager in this year’s Nottinghamshire STARS awards, following nomination by her team. The awards recognise excellence in tourism, culture, leisure and hospitality.
These fabulous Patera Grande jewellery ﬁndings are great for those who like to create their own pendants. Ideal for use with melting pots and UTEE, commonly used for papercrafts, you can colour, ﬁll and embellish your own pendants using the great choice of silver antique ﬁnish circle, oval, rectangle and square single-loop Patera Grande pendants. Adding embellishments to melted UTEE before it sets is a great way to further your creations, so you can also ﬁnd a fun selection of miniature metal embellishments available, including hearts, dragonﬂies and ﬂowers. RRP: £4.99 for pendants; £1.29 for embellishments For more details on melting pots and the jewellery ﬁndings available, visit www.joannasheen.com or call 01626 872405
Hana says: “It’s fantastic to be put forward for this award and I’m so pleased that I won. I was up against managers from some massive companies so it’s great as a small business to be recognised locally.” Hana started the business with partner Robin when she was just 18 years old. She had been interested in beads and jewellery since childhood and is now a published author of two beading books. Hana has also studied jewellery design and silversmithing, and in her spare time makes fused glass pendants and lampwork beads, which are a popular product both online and in the shop. For more information visit the website at www.mailorder-beads.co.uk or call 0115 958 8899 We have 12 square and oval watch faces to give away (six of each), so for your chance to win them send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J04 Watch Faces, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 6th August 2010
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Beads, ﬁndings and a herd of other stuff.... GO NUTS FOR DONUTS After reading the shopping pages in issue 3 I have been inspired to make a donut bead necklace – it was the simple string of shell donut beads that inspired me to do this! I am looking for something a little more speciﬁc for my creation – I want jade or similar donut beads to go with a rather fetching evening outﬁt I’m yet to wear. Any ideas would be great. Janet Button, Berkshire
SHAPE UP! Hi Diane and all at Creative Beads & Jewellery. Firstly, let me say how much I enjoy the new magazine – I started out with issue 2 and by the time I was halfway through I knew I’d have to get issue 1 as well! I have now subscribed and am very much looking forward to future issues. I’m getting in touch because I want to start making my own fun pendants to use on my creations. I’ve always made quite basic jewellery before,
CB&J:Thanks for writing in Janet, we’re glad to hear that the shopping pages can inspire our readers! We’ve had a look and have found some rather lovely 3cm Green Aventurine donut beads available from The Bead’s Knees (www.thebeads knees.co.uk; 0115 922 8585). Also take a look at the more yellow Serpentine or New Jade donut beads.
mostly with my Brownie Pack or with my children, but I now want to have a go at something a little more challenging. Fimo sprung instantly to mind as it’s such a fun material to work with. I have run craft sessions with my girls where they’ve made brooches and Christmas decorations so I ﬁgured I’d try this before branching out into more complex things. I’ve decided that letters would be a great exercise for the Brownies to make and
your LETTERS We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email letters@ practicalpublishing.co.uk or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL I have just received a fabulous prize from Beads Unlimited following my entry to your competition in issue 1. The beginner’s pack I won includes everything I could possibly want, and then some! As a newcomer to this craft, I ﬁnd your articles on tools and ﬁndings very useful, and I love the variety of photo work in the new magazine and wish you every success for the future. Lyn Muller, Surrey
also a really nice way to personalise things. Are there moulds available to create letters as pendants? Also, how do I then go about attaching the pendants to the cord? I’m clueless where this kind of thing is concerned! Melanie Edge, by email CB&J: A Brownie Pack crafting? That brings back some good memories Melanie! I remember making safety pin brooches in my Brownie Pack and loved it, and I am
CB&J: It’s great to hear that you liked your prize so much Lyn. It just goes to show that it’s always worth entering even if you don’t think you’ll win – you just might get lucky! Thanks also for letting us know
what you liked about the magazine. It always helps to get constructive feedback, whether good or bad, as it guides us towards making Creative Beads & Jewellery a better magazine for all its lovely readers.
sure your girls like getting crafty as well! Take a look at the letter moulds available from The Polymer Clay Pit (www.polymer claypit.co.uk; 01483 565800). There is a great selection of Sculpey ‘push moulds’, which could be exactly what you’re looking for. There are a few letter moulds, as well as some more advanced shapes for flowers and more if you feel adventurous! When it comes to attaching your monogram pendants to cord, there are a couple of different
methods you can use. You can pierce a hole through the Fimo creations before you bake them so you can feed the cord directly through the pendant. Alternatively, you can pierce a hole vertically in the pendant with an eyepin and remove the pin before baking. Once the Fimo is cooked, you can insert the eyepin again, glue it in place and feed the cord through the eye. There are many different eyepins available from Beads Unlimited (www.beads unlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777).
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SPACED OUT I wondered if you could give me a hand ﬁnding a nice selection of silver-effect spacer beads. I want to try my hand at a bit of home décor in the form of beaded curtain decorations and, given that the curtains are black and white, I ﬁgured I’d
stick to the same colour scheme, with a touch of silver to break it up. Any suggestions would be greatly received. Sam, by email CB&J: No problem Sam! There’s a wealth of silver-effect spacer beads available in all shapes and sizes, so
really it depends on whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or will know what you like when you see it. You can try Regal Crafts (www.regalcrafts.com; 01582 667400) as it has a good selection of different sizes, patterns and finishes to browse through.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
Where can I buy blank ring ﬁndings? I want to attempt a ring for my mum’s anniversary present as something personal and a little bit different. Goldplated would be preferable, but silver will do if you can’t ﬁnd gold. Mrs P Watts, by email
CAPS OFF Bead caps seem to give a different look to larger beads than headpins – they make a real feature on the piece of jewellery. I’ve been looking in my local shop for a while now, but as yet haven’t seen any. Can you give me the names of a few shops that sell bead caps so I can have a look at what’s available? Carrie P, by email CB&J: Certainly Carrie. Have a look at the bead caps sold by the following retailers for a good number of choices: Beadaholics (www.beadaholics.co.uk), B for Beads (www.b-for-beads.co.uk; 01352 755532), E-Beads (www.e-beads.co.uk; 0207 367 6217) and The Bead Shop Manchester (www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 232 7356).
Can you tell me where I can get the large curved silver ﬂower pendant that Judith used in her choker pendant piece in issue 1? F Kinnie, Leicestershire CB&J: We’ve asked Judith about the curved flower pendant and she tells us it’s available from Smitten Beads. The pendants are currently just £1 each – visit www.smittenbeads.co.uk or call 01225 789515.
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CB&J: Thanks for contacting us Mrs Watts, what a lovely idea for your mum’s present, I’m sure she’ll love it! You can buy both gold- and silver-plated ring findings from The Bead Shop Scotland, (www.beadshopscotland. co.uk; Haddington 01620 822886 or Edinburgh 0131 343 3222). These are available in a variety of looks, from adjustable to sieve and loops.
I keep seeing a lovely curvy silver bookmark used in designer projects in the magazine and am desperate to ﬁnd one. I always hold a little stall at my children’s school fête selling bits and pieces I’ve made, and I know beaded bookmarks would go down a treat! Angela Dorry, by email
CB&J: Thank you for getting in touch, Angela. The bookmarks you describe are available from The Bead Shop Scotland, (www.bead shopscotland.co.uk; Haddington 01620 822886 or Edinburgh 0131 343 3222) and also from Charm Supplies (www.charm supplies.co.uk; 01332 863370).
JEWELLERY SHELL BEADS
a ROSE-TINTED SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER
Sandy Kidulis goes back to nature this issue with a stylish collection of shell-inspired designs just perfect for summer
IN THE PINK
Sandy at Sandstones International has many years experience in jewellery design, and buying beads and equipment from all over the world. She is particularly drawn to pearls, turquoise, coral and jade, and is always on the lookout for the high-quality and interesting-shaped beads that inspire her to create beautiful jewellery.
• 18 x pink shell beads (8x6mm) • 9 x raspberry 20mm shell void beads • 21 x fuchsia freshwater pearls (5-6mm) • 21 x rose 4mm fire-polished Czech glass beads • 15 x rose 6mm quartz • 7 x purple rose dyed jade • 2 x pyramid-shaped metallic spacer beads
• 2 x French knot metallic spacer beads • plum seed beads • 110cm of Beadalon 7-strand wire • silvertone toggle • 2 x silvertone jump rings • 2 x silvertone crimps
TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors or side cutters
TO CREATE Thread a crimp bead onto your beading wire so it is sitting about 2cm from one end, then turn the short end of the wire back on itself and thread back through the crimp bead. Using your flat-nosed pliers, squash the crimp bead
so it traps the beading wire in a small loop. Trim any excess wire from the short end using your cutters. Take your flat-nosed pliers and open a 4mm jump ring. Attach to your toggle clasp, then through the loop of wire formed in Step 1, before closing again.
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JEWELLERY SHELL BEADS Now the fun bit! Start threading on beads in any order or combination that you like. Try not to be too regular – random looks best. If you start with a shell bead, the hole is large enough to hide the little tail of wire next to your crimp bead. Here I followed a rough pattern of five or six seed beads followed by a group of about three larger beads (which beads in particular doesn’t matter – it’s entirely up to you). Repeat two or three times, then thread on a void bead (with several seed beads and a largish bead in the centre), then continue with the rough pattern. There are nine void beads in the necklace shown here, occurring every 7-8cm. Just keep threading on beads until you reach your desired length – my finished piece was 100cm, including the clasp, and can be worn long or wrapped around twice. To secure your necklace, thread on a crimp bead and, as in Step 1, turn the short end of the wire back on itself and thread back through the crimp bead and the last bead, pulling on your wire until you have formed a small loop. When you are happy with the tension, squash the crimp flat with your flat-nosed pliers and trim any excess wire with cutters. Open a jump ring and attach the T-bar of your clasp to the loop you formed at the end of your necklace. Close the jump ring.
PRETTY IN PINK TO CREATE Section 1: Thread one micro-crimp bead, one Czech glass bead, one shell bead, another Czech glass bead and another micro-crimp bead onto your beading chain, and push the cluster of beads along until they sit together at the centre. Using flat-nosed pliers, squash the micro-crimp beads so that they hold the group in place. Section 2: Lay the necklace flat in front of you. Working from the left of Section 1, thread on one micro-crimp bead and push it along until it is 3.5cm away from the
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk, where you can also buy the ‘In the Pink’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’ necklaces in kit form
existing micro-crimp. Squash this new microcrimp, then thread on one Czech glass bead, one freshwater pearl, another Czech glass bead and another micro-crimp, pushing them along until they touch the newly squashed crimp of Section 2. Squash the left-hand micro-crimp and Section 2 is now complete and static. Section 3: Still working from the left, thread on a microcrimp bead and push it along until it is 3.5cm away from Section 2. Squash it, then thread on a Czech glass bead, a shell bead, another Czech glass bead and another micro-crimp. Push them along and secure against the squashed crimp bead. Section 4: Still working from the left, thread on a micro-
crimp bead and push it along until it is 3.5cm away from Section 3. Squash it, then thread on a Czech glass bead, a freshwater pearl, another Czech glass bead and another micro-crimp. Secure them against the squashed crimp bead. Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 for the right side of your necklace. Next, thread on a clamshell (make sure the hook portion is pointing towards the end of necklace) and a 2x2mm crimp bead. Squash the crimp close to the end of beading chain and ensure it doesn’t move. Use your fingers to push the cup of the clamshell together to hide the crimp and to secure the tab. Open a 6mm jump ring with flat-nosed pliers. Attach to the tab
on your clamshell, then close the jump ring. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for the other side of the necklace. Then open the small jump ring on the lobster clasp and attach to the tab on the clamshell. Close the jump ring to secure the clasp.
MATERIALS • 3 x pink shell beads (8x6mm) • 4 x fuchsia freshwater pearls (5-6mm) • 14 x rose 4mm firepolished Czech glass beads • 17” of sterling silver 0.6mm beading chain • 2 x sterling silver clamshells • sterling silver 6mm jump ring • 2 x sterling silver crimps (2x2mm) • 14 x sterling silver micro-crimps
TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters (if you prefer a shorter necklace)
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JEWELLERY SHELL BEADS
MATERIALS • silvertone ear wires • 20cm of silverplated 0.6mm wire • 2 x metallic heart beads (15x13mm) • 2 x raspberry shell teardrop beads • seed beads
TOOLS • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers • side cutters
Cut 5cm of silverplated wire and thread on a shell teardrop bead so it is sitting in the middle. Using your fingers, bend the wire into the shape of a triangle so that both ends are pointing upwards and forming a bail for the bead to sit on. Take one of the wire prongs and wrap it over and round the other prong several times, close to the top of the bead. Trim any excess. Now working on the other prong,
take flat-nosed pliers and form a right angle up against the wire wrap you have just made. Place roundnosed pliers just above the bend and, with your free hand, curve the top piece of the wire back towards you, shaping it tightly over the top of the pliers. Keep curving until you have formed a loop. Remove the round-nosed pliers and trim the excess tail of wire with cutters. Cut another 5cm length of wire and form a loop at one end
using flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers. Open this loop slightly using a pair of flat-nosed pliers and join it to the loop you have just created at the top of the shell teardrop. Close the loop again to secure the two pieces together.
PINK SHELL DANGLE EARRINGS
Now thread on a metallic heart and a seed bead, then follow Step 3 to create a loop at the top of the wire. Open the loop on your ear wire and attach to the loop you have just made. Close the loop. Repeat for the other earring.
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You can adjust the drop of the earrings by altering the direction of the loops – just use flat-nosed pliers to turn loops gently in the right direction until the earrings hang correctly
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JEWELLERY SHELL BEADS
PINK CHARMS NECKLACE TO CREATE First make all your charms and set them to one side. You will need: 2 x French knot charms. Thread a seed bead, a French knot bead and another seed bead onto a headpin. Make a loop and trim the excess wire. Attach to a jump ring. 1 x heart charm. Thread a seed bead, a metallic heart and another seed bead onto a headpin. Make a loop and trim the excess wire. Attach to a jump ring. 4 x Czech glass charms. Thread a seed bead, a Czech glass bead and then another seed bead onto a headpin. Make a loop, trim any excess wire and attach to a jump ring.
2 x rose quartz charms. Thread a seed bead, a rose quartz and another seed bead onto a headpin. Make a loop, trim any excess wire and attach to a jump ring. Thread a crimp onto your Beadalon wire and follow Steps 1 and 2 of the ‘In the Pink’ necklace on page 12, except that the jump ring used in this project is 6mm not 4mm. Then thread on five jump rings – these hide your crimp. Next, thread on a shell bead, five jump rings, another shell bead and another five jump rings, followed by a jade bead. Thread on five jump rings, a shell bead, another five jump rings, another shell bead, five jump
rings, a third shell bead, five more jump rings and a jade bead. Then repeat this sequence in full. Thread on a Czech glass bead, a metallic heart, five jump rings, one freshwater pearl, one shell teardrop, another freshwater pearl, five jump rings, a shell bead, five jump rings, a freshwater pearl, a shell teardrop and another freshwater pearl. Thread on two jump rings, a Czech glass charm, two jump rings, a French knot charm, two jump rings, a rose quartz charm and two jump rings. Now for your centrepiece! Thread on a freshwater pearl, a shell teardrop, a freshwater pearl, two jump rings, a Czech
glass charm, two jump rings, the heart charm, two jump rings, a Czech glass charm, two jump rings, a freshwater pearl, a shell teardrop and a freshwater pearl. Now repeat Steps 5, 4 and 3, reversing the instructions so that your finished necklace is symmetrical. Thread on a jade bead, five jump rings, a shell bead, five jump rings and another shell bead. To secure your necklace, thread on a crimp bead and then follow Steps 6, 7 and 8 of the ‘In the Pink’ necklace. Finally, open five jump rings and slide them into position over the newly crimped bead to hide it, closing each one as you go.
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MATERIALS • 18 x pink shell beads (8x6mm) • 12 x fuchsia freshwater pearls (5-6mm) • 6 x rose 4mm fire-polished Czech glass beads • 2 x rose 6mm quartz • 6 x purple rose dyed jade • 6 x raspberry shell teardrop beads • 3 x metallic heart beads (15x13mm) • 2 x metallic French knot spacer beads • plum seed beads • 55cm of Beadalon 7-strand wire • silvertone toggle • 173 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • 2 x silvertone crimps • 3 x silvertone headpins
TOOLS • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers • wire cutters or sharp scissors
let them eat
TRACEY McPHERSON DESIGNER
Tracey is the owner of Brilliant Beads, a high-street retail bead and jewellery shop located in beautiful Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northumberland coast. Designing has been Tracey’s passion since a young age, and for the past six years she has been designing and selling her jewellery in Northumberland and Scotland. When she is not designing, you’ll find Tracey busy in her bead shop, running jewellerymaking workshops and undertaking bespoke commissions for wedding jewellery and tiaras. Wedding workshops are also available, consisting of a full day’s tuition on making tiaras, hairpins, fascinators and even cake toppers! Brilliant Beads will also be introducing weekend break workshops from this summer for all those who dream of a getaway surrounded by beads and breathtaking countryside.
CAKE With the wedding season in full swing, Tracey McPherson has those finishing flourishes covered with an elegant and individual wedding cake topper he real beauty of Tracey’s gorgeous design is how easily it can be adapted to suit the style and theme of any wedding simply by changing the colour scheme of the elements used or incorporating different embellishments. For a more romantic feel, try including wired butterﬂy embellishments in your design – or go all-out with heart-shaped creations. Or for something a bit different – but bang ontrend – why not try placing a vintage brooch in the centre of your cake topper instead of a ﬂower? There are so many ways you can create a stunning wedding centrepiece so be inspired, get creative and let your imagination run wild!
TO CREATE Cut three lengths of 12g wire, each
You can make this cake topper as large or as small as you like – just remember to adjust the quantity of beads It is quicker to make all your strands first before attaching any to the holder
measuring 30cm. Straighten by running pliers along the wire, then bend each piece of wire into a leaf shape, as shown in Fig 1. Cut five lengths of 12g wire, each measuring 50cm. Straighten the wires and make into larger leaf shapes, leaving 34cm at the bottom of each one (Fig 2). This is so that later it can be fastened to a bouquet holder or piece of dowling, which will be inserted into the cake. Cut five lengths of 18g wire, each measuring 25cm. Straighten with nylon pliers, then curl around a mandrel to make small spirals (Fig 3). Individually thread seven lilac 12mm glass pearls onto 40cm lengths of 26g wire (Fig 4). Place the pearl in the centre of the wire and twist. Repeat Step 4 using 50 Swarovski crystal bicones (Fig 5). Threading them individually gives you greater control over where to place your beads at the end. Cut a 50cm length of 26g wire. Thread on a rose crystal, position in the centre of
the wire and twist for 2cm, then attach another bead onto one of the wires. Repeat so you have five beads in total on one wire stem. You will need three of these strands in total. Cut a 30cm length of 26g wire and attach three 5mm glass pearls, as shown in Fig 6. Group together at the centre of the wire and twist. Repeat this process to make three strands. Start to attach the beads to your holder, as shown in Fig 7. Attach the three small wire leaves and secure with florist tape.
MATERIALS • • • • • • • • •
artificial rosebud florist tape 1m of ribbon bouquet holder 7 x 12mm round glass pearls 50 x Swarovski crystal AB bicones 15 x rose 6mm bicones 9 x 5mm glass pearls 12g, 18g and 26g tarnish-resistant wire
TOOLS • wire cutters • mandrel • nylon-coated flatnosed pliers
Attach five crystal bicone strands between each leaf and secure. Attach the five large leaves to the outside and secure with tape. Add the three strands of rose crystals, then attach the five strands of spiral wire made in Step 3. Attach the seven strands of large lilac pearls, the strands of grouped pearls, then 35 strands of crystal bicones. Thread wire through the bottom of an artificial rose and place in the centre of the cake topper (Fig 8).
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STEPH GIBBS DESIGNER
CHLOE MENAGE DESIGNER
HELEN SADLER DESIGNER
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS… Steph has a background in design and textiles and has been making jewellery for over 10 years. She is currently a workshop tutor at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. Steph has a love for anything vintage and enjoys creating nostalgic pieces. Chloe has been making jewellery for about four years and is also a
chic I f you, like us, think that silver or goldplated jewellery can sometimes be a little too bright, you’ll love the new trend among jewellery makers for antique ﬁndings. This ‘vintage revival’ and inclination towards nostalgic fashion is also increasingly visible on the high street. Antique ﬁndings are great because they don’t tarnish. There are lots of different styles of antique ﬁndings available right now, at a range of costs. These ﬁndings work with a wide variety of beads, so the best thing you can do is experiment – have the conﬁdence to mix bright ﬁndings with muted antiques, or why not use old jewellery combined with new shop-bought
workshop tutor at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. She enjoys experimenting with styles and techniques to create elegant and beautifully feminine designs. Helen is the visual merchandiser for The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, where she uses her passion for jewellery and talent for combining colours to create some stunning designs.
Don’t let the vintage revival pass you by! Steph, Chloe and Helen show you how to make stunning on-trend creations with an antique look
ADDING A PATINA
BEFORE beads? Crystals and glass beads can often look particularly spectacular against duller ﬁndings.
AGEING WELL As well as ready-tobuy antique ﬁndings it is also possible to add a patina yourself. There are two common techniques to achieve this vintage effect. The ﬁrst is to use liver of sulphur, which can be bought from most jewellery or metal-working companies, and gives a fairly consistent ﬁnish. Although techniques differ between brands, the process usually involves diluting the liver of sulpher with a few drops of water, then either dipping the item in the solution or applying with a brush. An alternative
AFTER method that you can try is to use a hardboiled egg. Although the results may be less consistent than with the liver of sulphur, it can add a unique look to the piece. Firstly, hard boil an egg, peel it and chop it in half. Next, place the egg in a sealable bag with the jewellery that you wish to tarnish (for best results, scrape out the yoke and crumble it in the bag). Leave the bag securely sealed for 824 hours, depending on the strength of your required result.
WRAPPING FILIGREE If you’re using antique ﬁndings, it is well worth looking at ﬁligree. Most ﬁligree comes with an antique ﬁnish and can completely transform a bead or pendant. It
can be used by itself, as seen in the linked necklace on page 21, or used as a wrapping technique with ﬁligree stones or items that don’t have holes. When incorporating ﬁligree-style ﬁndings into your jewellery, ﬁrst think how it will be secured. Will it hold itself, or will you need to ﬁx it in place? We ﬁnd it best to use bail-making pliers to bend and fold pieces, and nylon-jawed pliers for holding and ﬂattening the ﬁligree without scratching and spoiling the patina. Be especially careful when working with crystal as it is easily scratched. Enjoy creating your vintage makes – they are so on-trend, yet so timeless. Get ready to hear the compliments start rolling in!
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NEED TO KNOW
A patina is a film or surface on bronze or similar metal, it is usually produced by oxidisation over a long period of time
CLASSIC DECO STYLE NECKLACE TO CREATE Layout the square filigree pieces in a ‘V’-shape, with one central square (point up) at the base and two rows of five from each top side. Join all the squares together using 4.5mm jump rings on the corner holes. Using two pairs of pliers, twist the rings open so they do not distort. Attach a diamondshaped filigree piece to the bottom corner of the central square, as shown. Cut four 3cm lengths of chain and attach one from each corner of the two end squares. Cut two 12cm pieces of chain and use
a jump ring to join the two shorter pieces to a longer piece. Use jump rings to attach the toggle clasp components to each end of the long pieces of chain, using a 6mm ring for the bar part of the toggle.
MATERIALS • Trinity Brass Co.™ silver Petit Peanut Chain • 11 x antique silverplated square filigree • 1 x antique silver-plated diamond filigree • 1 x 18mm antique silverplated etched square • 1 x silver-plated engraved floral toggle bar • 1 x 6mm silver-plated jump ring • 28 x 4.5mm silver-plated antique jump rings
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TO CREATE Create six dangles by threading a pair of beads of each colour onto headpins. Make a loop and wrap the excess wire around the space between the loop and the beads. Open a 4mm jump ring, thread on one dangle of each colour and close. Open a 6mm jump ring and thread on the smaller disc and a 4mm jump ring. Take the ring through the hole in the top of the large loop, making sure it sits at the back with the dangles at the top and the hammered sides facing up. Use a 4mm jump ring to attach a fishhook to the 6mm jump ring. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 to make the second earring.
GYPSY RING EARRINGS
MATERIALS • 2 x brass fishhooks • 6 x brass headpins • 4 x 4.5mm Vintage Patina™ jump rings • 2 x 6mm Vintage Patina™ jump rings • 2 x 22mm Vintage Patina™ hammered circle pendant • 2 x 54mm Vintage Patina™ extra large hammered ring pendant • 4x4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion/Bicone bead Dorado • 4x4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion/Bicone bead Red Magma • 4x4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion/Bicone bead Golden Shadow
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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, 7 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY; www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 01159588899
KNOTTED NOUVEAU NECKLACE intermediate
MATERIALS • 1m Trinity Brass Co.™ Vintage Patina ™Petit Peanut Chain • Vintage Patina™ Nouveau fold-over bail • 1 x Vintage Patina™ eyepin • 1 x Vintage Patina™ headpin • 12 x 4.5mm Vintage Patina™ jump rings • 1 x 6mm Vintage Patina™ jump ring • 1 x Vintage Patina™ trigger clasp • 1 x 25mm Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS disc pendant • 1 x 4mm Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone
TO CREATE Fold the filigree bail in half at the join, then squeeze it so that the edges are about 4mm apart. Slide it over the disc pendant so that its sits snugly, as shown in Fig 1. Make a loop on the end of an eyepin. It is important that the loop is a similar size (and angle) as the eyepin loop. Thread the eyepin through the hole in
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the centre of the pendant and carefully pinch both sides so that the loops meet (facing forward). Secure them with a 4.5mm jump ring. Cut the chain in half and thread both lengths through the jump ring. Use a 4.5mm jump ring to attach the two chains at one end to a trigger clasp. Join the chains together at the other end with a 6mm jump ring. Join 10 4.5mm jump rings together to create an extension chain and attach this to the 6mm jump ring. To make a dangle, thread a bicone onto a headpin and
attach it to the last ring with a wrapped loop. Make knots in the chain approximately 5cm away from the centre. Try to make sure
there is equal tension on each side (having the clasps already attached will make it easier to keep the chains the same length).
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MATERIALS • 1 x silverplated elasticated charm bracelet • 20cm gold-plated medium Figaro chain • 15cm silver-plated small Figaro chain
Charms: • 1 x silver-plated Heart In Heart charm • 1 x Trinity Brass Co.™ Vintage Patina ™ Floral Vintage lock • 1 x Trinity Brass Co.™ Vintage Patina ™ Dream Affirmation tag • 1 x silver-plated Winged Heart • 1 x gold-plated Winged Heart • 1 x gold-plated decorative heart • 1 x silver-plated decorative heart • 2 x gold-plated solid heart
• 1 x gold-plated large hollow heart • 1 x silver-plated heart locket • 1 x silver-plated Jubilee toggle clasp • 1 x silver-plated Heart and Arrow toggle clasp • 1 x silver-plated Heart Sister clasp • 1 x gold-plated Heart Sister clasp • 1 x silver crystal Murano Heart • 7 x 4mm Dorado SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone • 4 x 4mm Garnet SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone • 2 x 5mm Garnet SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone • 6 x silver-plated headpins • 6 x gold-plated headpins
VINTAGE LOVE CHARM BRACELET TO CREATE Use the rings that are already on the elasticated charm bracelet to attach the charms, spacing them evenly along the bracelet. Make dangles using two or three bicones on headpins, mixing the different platings to
create a varied effect. Use wrapped loops for security. Cut short lengths of chain (2-3cm): five of medium Figaro and four of small Figaro. Attach these chains to jump rings on the bracelet. Use a headpin to attach the Murano
heart with a wrapped loop. Ensure that all the charms and dangles are relatively evenly spaced and that there are no gaps. Once the bracelet is complete, place it in a sealable bag with a hard-boiled egg and follow the instructions on page 20.
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COURTING BUTTERFLY BROOCH
TO CREATE Cut 25cm of wire, wrap it around the central holes of the butterfly, then through and around the bottom hole of the brooch back until it is secured behind the butterfly, as shown in Fig 1.
Using the same piece of wire, attach the three Metallic Lt Gold beads by wrapping it around the centre of the butterfly from top to bottom. Trim the excess and fold in the ends. To secure the rest of the brooch back, use a tiny amount of wire to loop through the filigree and under the second brooch hole. Twist the ends together until it is secure and flatten the ends against the butterfly. Trim any
excess wire. Repeat Steps 1 to 3 for the second butterfly. Cut 10cm of chain and use a 4.5mm jump ring to attach the chain to the bottom left wing of the first butterfly, as shown. Use a jump ring to attach the other end of the chain to the bottom left wing of the second butterfly, three links from the end of the chain to create a dangle. Use a wrapped loop to attach a 4mm bead to
the bottom link. Using eyepins and headpins, create dangles with a selection of beads and attach them to the tips of the wings. Use wrapped loops when connecting the dangles. Use a 4mm jump ring to attach a 12cm length of chain to the right wing tip of the first butterfly. Join the other end to the right tip of the second butterfly, ensuring the chains are crossing over each other.
• 22cm Trinity Brass Co.™ antique silver Petit Peanut Chain • 2 x antique silver filigree butterflies • 40cmx0.3mm gunmetalcoloured wire • 2 x 20mm silver-plated small brooch backs • 8 x antique silver headpins • 2 x antique silver eyepins • 4 x 4.5mm antique silver jump rings • 6 x 4mm Metallic Light Gold SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads • 4 x 5mm Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads • 1x 5mm Crystal Copper SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads • 2 x 6mm Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads • 4 x 4mm Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads • 3 x 4mm Crystal Copper SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads
MADDIE’S BEAD SHOP
SUN, SAND and SEA
Madeleine Rollason uses bead weaving to create a pair of elegant earrings inspired by happy holiday memories
MADELEINE ROLLASON DESIGNER
ABOUT MADELEINE… Madeleine Rollason is the owner of Maddie’s Bead Shop and she has long had an obsession with beads. She offers workshops to goups and individuals on all aspects of beadwork. Madeleine is also the author of Beginner’s Guide to Bead Work and Beginner’s Guide to Bead Netting. Contact Details: Maddie’s Bead Shop www.maddiesbead shop.co.uk Tel: 01582 472247
I love the colours of these earrings, they remind me of many idyllic Mediterranean holidays. You can of course use any colours you like to suit your mood or wardrobe – I chose size 12 delica beads and used a beading technique known as brick stitch. This technique gets its name from the bricklike pattern it forms, and it creates a ﬁrm and even piece of work ideal for small projects such as earrings. Although you can use any type of small bead, I recommend delica beads as the symmetrical shape gives a smooth, clean ﬁnish to your project – happy beading!
TO CREATE To begin you need to create an eightbead foundation row in ladder stitch, from
which subsequent rows will be worked. String your needle with 45cm of thread and, following the pattern as shown, pick up two beads and slide them 10cm from the end of the thread. This tail end will be woven into your work at a later stage. Pass through the beads again, then pick up one bead. Pass through the previous bead and the one just strung and pull your thread taut so that the beads sit neatly next to each other (keeping your thread taut throughout your work will keep the tension consistent and firm, giving a smoother finish). Repeat this process until you have built the foundation ladder, adding one bead at time and working in a figure-ofeight pattern (see Fig 1).
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.maddiesbeadshop.co.uk; 01582 472247 www.creativebeadcraft.co.uk; Tel: 01494 778818
To begin the next and subsequent brick stitch rows, pick up two beads and pass your needle under the closest loop of the previous row. Pass back up the last bead you added (see Fig 2). Complete the row by picking up one bead at a time, then taking your needle under the next loop and back up the bead just added (see Fig 3). Continue working back and forth across the work, repeating Steps 2 and 3, adding beads as shown. When you have completed the pattern, weave in any excess thread by
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weaving back through several beads, knotting occasionally for extra security, then cut off any excess thread. Add new thread in exactly the same way, coming out from the bead you want to continue working from. To complete your earring, you need to add a nine-bead loop to which you are going to attach the earring stud. Weave in a new thread, coming in at the fourth bead along the top of the earring (see Fig 4). Pick up nine yellow ceylon beads and go down through the fifth bead. Go back up the fourth bead and back through all nine beads
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Do not turn your work as it may make you lose your place. Always work back and forth across each row
and the fifth bead again, pulling your thread tight to close the gaps between the beads (see Figs 5 and 6). Weave any excess thread back in between the beads as before.
MATERIALS To add the earring stud, gently open the loop on the earring stud loop using a small pair of pliers. Hook your earrings onto the loop and prise the stud shut.
MADDIE’S BEAD SHOP
To help prevent your thread from tangling, run it through some Thread Heaven or lip balm Always keep the tension tight when beading in brick stitch to give a much firmer finish
• 2g orange silver-lined delica beads (db-45) • 2g light yellow ceylon delica beads (db-203) • Nymo thread (size D) in a complementary colour • beading needle (size 10) • 1 pair earring studs
TOOLS • sharp scissors • pliers
the HEAT is o TIGER DANGLE PENDANT SALLY CARVER DESIGNER
Visit our website at www.practical publishing.co.uk for step-by-step guides (as featured in issues 2 and 3 of the magazine) to making and decorating lampwork beads, plus all the top tips and safety information you need to get started
ABOUT SALLY… Sally Carver has been making glass beads since 1999 after seeing a jewellery-making book by chance. The thrill of discovering that it was possible to make glass beads at home was so powerful that she changed career completely and began to make glass beads professionally. She now teaches others to make lampwork glass beads and also makes her own beads and jewellery under the name Redhotsal.
rods – one away from you, one towards you (Fig 4). You have to do this quite quickly and keep going until the rods stiffen up. Cut off the twisty in the same way as you would a stringer and put it to one side – remember not to touch it until it has cooled down (Fig 5). Make a long skinny barrel using amber glass (Fig 6). You can do this by making the bicone bead as outlined in the Lariat project in issue 3, using less glass. Apply the twisty to the surface of the amber barrel in a random manner (Fig 7). Don’t worry if the twisty overlaps itself, but take care not to stretch it or you will lose your tiger stripes. Melt this in until the surface of the bead is totally smooth. You can marver gently to
5 TO MAKE THE LONG TIGER FOCAL: Take a rod of black and white glass, one in each hand, and gently heat about 2cm of the end of each rod, as seen in Fig 1, below. Try to keep the rods hot, but not droopy, and make them touch, allowing an overlap of 25mm (Fig 2). Gently melt the glass together to form an olive-shaped ball (Fig 3). Don’t twist the glass at this point because you want to keep the two colours completely separate. When you have a homogenous ball of glass take it out of the heat, wait for a few seconds, then gently pull it apart while twisting the two
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NEED TO KNOW
Sally Carver delivers the latest instalment of her popular series with a lampwork pendant and charm bead choker
A marver is a tool used in glass work, generally made from polished steel. Warm pieces of glass are rolled onto the marver to control the temperature and adjust the shape. Because of the high specific heat capacity of steel, it can absorb the heat from the glass
MATERIALS • white, black, amber and clear (006) effetre glass • medium 2.4mm steel mandrels (coated with Fusion Bead Release) • large 3mm mandrel for amber ‘collar’ bead • graphite marver • sterling silver chain
• sterling silver headpins of various length • Hill Tribe silver leaf charm and hammered jump rings • sterling silver split rings • 4mm topaz Swarovski bicones • microfibre thong or suede
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on maintain the desired shape – an elongated lemon shape is ideal (see Fig 8). You now need to encase this bead in clear glass (Fig 9). Don’t worry if you don’t get it right first time – encasing is a difficult technique to master but the tiger pattern is very forgiving so it’s all right to leave some gaps. When encasing, start at one end of the bead (I prefer the right) and coil the clear glass around the
bead, making sure the coils overlap (Fig 10). You’ll find it easier if the bead is not in the flame at all and the clear rod is. Melt in the encasing. Marver a little to keep a good shape and dot squiggles of amber randomly over the bead’s surface (Fig 11). Allow this to melt in and go smooth.
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MASTERCLASS LAMPWORK CHARM BEAD CHOKER advanced
everything in flat. Using an Ink Blue stringer, add dots centrally on top of the pink ones (Fig 3). Melt everything in until it is flat. Take great care to do this gently or your pattern will start to slide and distort in the heat (Fig 4). Allow the bead to stiffen, then heat each large spot individually, plunging a hole in the centre using a steel pick (Fig 5). Don’t let the holes close up in the heat. Allow the bead to cool a little and stiffen up while heating a pea-sized gather of clear glass. Apply this gather over one of the central holes and immediately pull the rod clear – just like applying a large spot. Try to completely cover each spot in one go and work your way around the bead (Fig 6). Do the same with the outer spots until they are all covered (Fig 7). Apply more clear glass to any uncovered parts of the bead between the first clear dots. The aim is to completely cover the bead with dots of
MATERIALS • Lime Green, Ink Blue, Light Pink, Tomato Red and clear (006) effetre glass • large 5mm mandrels (coated with Fusion Bead Release) • graphite marver • stainless steel pick • sterling silver rivets • two-part epoxy resin • silicone tubing and fastener
The plunged-eye focal bead starts as a slim barrel of Lime Green transparent glass. Use a mandrel to form the bead, making sure the ends are straight and parallel. Aim for a length of 2cm, as shown in Fig 1, below. Add large dots in pink – sometimes it’s easier to use the rod rather than a stringer for big dots. Position them as accurately as you can (Fig 2). Using a thin stringer, add little Tomato Red dots between the pink dots, and gently melt
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TO PUT TOGETHER THE PENDANT: Make another round tiger bead using more twisty and another plain amber bead. Finally, make a small cylinder bead out of amber glass using a 3mm mandrel. Thread the tiger bicone bead onto a headpin with a crystal bicone at each end. Make a wrapped loop in the headpin and thread on a silver Hill Tribe beaten jump ring before closing the loop and wrapping the stem (see Fig 1, above). Repeat this procedure for the other beads and the
leaf charm, adding small sections of chain to vary the lengths. For strength, use split rings to attach the chains to the large Hill Tribe jump rings (Fig 2). Cut 100cm of thong and thread on the four dangles so that they hang in the middle. Thread both ends of the thong through the largerhole ‘collar’ lampwork bead. Slip a silver bead onto the thong and pull everything down to the centre (Fig 3). Finish off with a clasp of your choice or, for a more casual look, knot the ends of the thong (Fig 4).
WHERE TO BUY
Bead-making lessons and educational DVDs are available from Sally Carver at Redhotsal Designs. For more information call 01455 440361, visit www.redhotsal.co.uk or email email@example.com The glass and equipment used is available from Hamilton Taylor; 0141 429 0102, Off-Mandrel; www.off-mandrel.com, Glassworks; www.glassworks.be, and Plowden & Thompson; www.plowdenthompson.co.uk; 01384 393398
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clear, as seen in Fig 8. Melt this in slowly and gently. If the coverage is relatively even, the bead will form a barrel shape (Fig 9), but if the shape is poor add extra clear glass rather
than over-marvering (if you marver too much at this stage the bead pattern will distort). Create two small round plain beads in green and two in blue, using 5mm mandrels.
Never make glass beads without taking proper safety precautions. Clear your surroundings of anything flammable and make sure you have good ventilation before you light your torch. Don’t forget to wear goggles and – obviously – never touch the beads when they’re hot
If you are happy working with silver you can line the beads with silver tubing, which looks lovely. An alternative method, if you want the charm-bead look, is to glue in sterling
silver rivets (Fig 10). Mix some two-part epoxy resin and apply a little cement around the top of each bead hole using a cocktail stick (Fig 11). Drop in a sterling silver rivet, remove any excess glue
and allow to dry. Repeat with the four spacer beads. Making the choker is simple – cut the tubing to your desired length and thread the beads (Fig 12). For greater variety, simply mix and match with other charm beads. To finish, secure the choker with your choice of fastening.
NEED TO KNOW
Large-holed charm beads are very fashionable at the moment and look great on thick chain, thong, or, for a modern twist, silicone tubing
DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER
Give your summer jewellery a citrus sparkle with these lovely, fresh designs incorporating wire-wrapping techniques
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JEWELLERY WIREWORK WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Precious Sparkle beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264
NECKLACE Begin by making the focal feature. Cut a 6-7” length of 0.4mm sterling silver
MATERIALS • sterling silver 20mm chandelier clutch hoops • earring ball posts • 2 x 11mm lobster clasps • 4 x closed rings (5mm or 6mm) • 7mm jump ring • 4 x 2mm crimp beads • 3 x lemon quartz faceted heart briolettes (2 medium, 1 large) • 56 x light aqua blue 4mm bicones • 74 x light green 4mm bicones • 15” strand of lemon quartz faceted ovals • 15” strand of peridot 3mm round beads • Beadalon 49-strand 0.13” or 0.15” beading wire • sterling silver 0.4mm wire • 28 x headpins (11⁄2”)
TOOLS • crimp pliers • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers • cutters
wire and place the large briolette onto it so that there is a small amount coming out of one end. Bend at the top to form a ‘V’. Pinch the two wire ends together between your fingers and cut one end just a few millimetres above the briolette. Use your roundnosed pliers to make a loop in the longer length of wire and begin wrapping it from just below the loop around both wires down to the top of the briolette. Continue wrapping all the way back up, trim any excess at the top and tuck in the end. Wrap four lemon quartz ovals and eight green bicones on headpins. Open a jump ring and string on the bicone and lemon quartz loops, with the latter spaced out after two bicones. After six have been
added, put on the briolette followed by six more wrapped bicones and ovals. Close the jump ring and set aside. Begin to construct the necklace by attaching a lobster clasp to a closed ring, securing the closed ring to a 20” strand of wire with a crimp bead. Pull tight, crimp in place and trim any excess wire. String four peridot beads, a green bicone, a lemon quartz oval and
another green bicone, then repeat the sequence. Change the pattern slightly by stringing four peridot beads, bicones in green, then blue, then green, a lemon quartz oval, then another sequence of greenblue-green bicones. Repeat five times, alternating the green/blue sequence of bicones on each side of the ovals for variety. Add two more bicones, then string on
the focal feature by stringing it through the jump ring. Thread two extra bicones onto the other side and repeat the pattern so that the two sides are a mirror image of one another. After the last four peridot beads, string on a crimp bead and a closed ring. Thread the wire back through both, pull tight, crimp the crimp bead into place and trim any excess.
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BRACELET Begin by wrapping six green and six blue bicones onto headpins. Set aside. Attach a lobster clasp to a closed ring by opening the jump ring on the clasp. Take an 8â€? length of stringing wire and thread it through the closed ring, a blue bicone and a crimp bead. Feed the wire back through the bicone and the crimp. Pull tight and trim the short end of wire to be flush with the end of the crimp. String the following sequence: green
bicone, blue bicone, green bicone wrapped loop, lemon quartz oval, blue bicone wrapped loop, blue bicone, green bicone, two peridot 3mm beads. Repeat a further four times. To complete the bracelet, repeat the pattern once more, but leave off the peridot beads. Instead, string a green bicone, a crimp bead and a blue bicone. Add the closed ring, then feed the end of the wire back through the blue bicone and crimp bead. Pull tight, crimp in place and trim off any excess.
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DROP EARRINGS Cut two 6-7” lengths of 0.4mm sterling silver wire. Put a briolette onto the first piece of wire so that there is a small amount coming out of one end, then bend at the top to form a ‘V’. Pinch the two wire ends together between your fingers and cut one end a few millimetres above the briolette. Use your roundnosed pliers to make a loop in the longer length of wire and begin wrapping it from just below the loop around both wires
down to the top of the briolette. Continue wrapping all the way back up, trim any excess at the top and tuck in the end. Take another piece of wire and complete a wrapped loop. Put on a green bicone. Begin to wrap the other end, but attach to the loop in the briolette before completing your loop. Take another piece of wire and complete a wrapped loop. Add a green bicone, a lemon quartz oval and another green bicone. Begin a wrapped loop
but attach to the loop on the previous section before completing it.
Open the loop on the earring post with chain-nosed pliers
and attach the completed dangle. Close the loop.
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HOOP EARRINGS Take two chandelier clutch hoops. You will need to make a total of six dangles (three for each side). For the first type, wire-wrap a lemon quartz bead. Then put a blue bicone on a headpin and begin a
wrapped loop. Attach to one of the loops on the wrapped lemon quartz bead and complete the wrap of the headpin. Trim any excess. Repeat this a further three times. For the centre dangles, begin by wire-wrapping a green bicone, then a blue
bicone, remembering to attach to one end of the green before completing the second wrapped loop. Finish by putting a lemon quartz bead on a headpin and beginning a wrapped loop, attaching it to the loop end of the blue bicone before completing it. Trim any excess.
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
CHALLENGE We asked our trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of beads – with delightfully different results! FLOWER HAIR CLIP TO CREATE Remove the closing bar and spring bar from the hair clip. Mix up a little epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use it to adhere the large flower to the opening
1 JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER JUDITH SAYS...
I love bead mixes, so working with a fully co-ordinated set was a real delight. One of my favourite bead materials is Lucite – its lightness makes it really versatile and the large Lucite beads are perfect for adding focal impact to a piece without lots of weight. Flowers always appeal to me so mixing and matching the silver and Lucite beads meant lots of design options.
end of the hair clip, aligning the bead hole with the hole in the clip. Cut a 30cm length of beading wire and position a pearl halfway along it. Add six more pearls, threading your wires in a ladder fashion so that they cross each other through the centre of each bead. After about 24 hours, you can safely add these beads to the clip as follows: fix your ladder of pearls to the clip by threading the beading
THIS ISSUE’S BEADS... Sumptuous shades of turquoise and lilac lend themselves effortlessly well to this issue’s design challenge. All the beads featured were supplied by Bead Time (www.beadtime.co.uk) wires through the hole in the clip at the opposite end to the flower, wrap around a couple of times, then through the first bead to secure. Cut a 70cm-long piece of beading wire and position a silver bead halfway along it. Push the two ends of wire through a small purple flower, then through the centre of the blue flower and the hole in the hair clip. Take both wires around the support bars of the closing mechanism a couple of
For a step-by-step illustrated guide to creating plain and wrapped loops, see our techniques glossary on page 92
times to secure, then separate them and wrap one around one side and one around the other just once. Thread the wire ends from opposite sides through the first pearl so the wires cross inside the bead. Wrap them around the clip and continue along it, securing each bead. Work back the other way in the same fashion, securing the original ‘ladder’ wires between the beads to the clip. Take care not to pull down too tightly and risk breaking them. Tuck the wire ends under the clip and secure with a dab of glue before reassembling the clip.
MATERIALS WHERE TO BUY All the additional silver findings, components and stringing materials used here are available from www.bead-exclusive.co.uk
• Bead Challenge bead mix • silver 40mm hair clip • silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver 2mm round bead
TOOLS • epoxy glue • scissors
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE PEARL BRACELET TO CREATE Cut two 8cm lengths of Tigertail wire. Thread a crimp
onto the end of one, then thread the wire through your lobster clasp before looping round and going back through the crimp bead. Set the crimp
using pliers, then hide with a crimp cover. Repeat for one end of the other length of wire, adding a necklace tag to the loop.
Thread the wires with pearls and silver beads, finishing with a silver flower bead. Add a crimp to the end of each bead, then bring the wire back through the crimp and one pearl before pulling snug to create a small loop. Set the crimp, trim the wire end and hide the crimp with a crimp cover. Thread four of the headpins with crystals and two with pearls, then create a
wrapped loop in the end of each before trimming the wire and squashing snug between the wire wraps and the bead. Thread the eyepin with silver beads, alternating these with beaded headpins and silver drop flowers. Create a plain loop at the end of the eyepin snug to the final silver bead before opening the eyes and attaching the beaded pearl wires.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver 7-strand Tigertail wire • 2 x small silver crimps • 2 x silver crimp covers • lobster clasp and extension chain • silver eyepin • 9 x silver headpins • silver 22-gauge (0.8mm) wire
FLORAL NECKLACE TO CREATE Make up seven beaded headpins using the purple flowers with a blue crystal in their centres and two beaded headpins using the blue flowers with purple crystals in their centres. Create a small loop at the top of each, snug to the flower base. Cut a 20cm length of silver wire and form a plain loop in one end to create an eye. Thread the purple drop bead onto this wire then create a wrapped loop at the top of the bead, but instead of trimming the end continue wrapping the wire right down the bead to the bottom. Trim and tuck in the wire end snug with the eye.
Cut a 40cm length of Tigertail wire. Thread a crimp onto one end, then thread the wire through your lobster clasp before looping round and going back through the crimp bead. Set the crimp using pliers, then hide with a crimp cover. Add beads to your wire in the pattern shown here or by creating your own design, adding two of the purple flower headpins either side of the centre and the wire-wrapped drop at the centre. Finish the other end of the necklace using a crimp bead and cover as before, attaching the extension chain to the Tigertail wire loop. Thread the eyepin with the remaining flower headpins, spacing them out into a group of two and a
group of three with crystals. Create a plain loop at the end of the eyepin snug to the final crystal and attach the leaf charm to the loop. Attach the eyepin to the bottom of the wrapped drop.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver 7-strand Tigertail wire • 2 x small silver crimps • 2 x silver crimp covers • lobster clasp and extension chain • silver eyepin • 9 x silver headpins • silver 22-gauge (0.8mm) wire
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
BRACELET LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER LINDSEY SAYS... I’d just bought some thick-gauge craft wire to try my hand at a tiara, but instead decided on a bracelet for my first 3 Ways Challenge project! The twist on the batch of wire is what inspired me to go for a multiwrap bracelet. I love a good set of earrings and the heart beads and bicones in this kit screamed out to be made into a pair! I’ve seen a lot of bag charms around recently, so thought I’d have a go at making one myself for something a little bit different.
TO CREATE Manipulate thickgauge wire to wrap comfortably around the wrist, overlapping the back of the wrist twice. Use round-nosed pliers to curl up one end, attach a floral charm and close. Attach headpins to a selection of the beads and charms, with jump rings on others for added ‘dangle’. Feed loose beads, beaded headpins and jump rings onto the bracelet until a 1” length of wire remains. Again, use roundnosed pliers to curl up the open end, attach a floral charm and close.
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• Bead Challenge bead mix • jump rings • headpins • thick-gauge craft wire
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters
MATERIALS If you’re having trouble stretching your wire into a larger form for the wrist, try wrapping it around something and leaving it overnight. A fizzy drink can worked a treat for me!
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE PHONE/BAG CHARM TO CREATE Feed a selection of beads onto two eyepins. Attach the first eyepin to the mobile
MATERIALS • • • • •
Bead Challenge bead mix jump rings headpins eyepins mobile phone charm cord
TOOLS • round-nosed and flatnosed pliers
phone charm cord with a jump ring through the eye. Attach the second eyepin to the jump ring. Attach a selection of beads to headpins and attach one to the eye on the second eyepin. Create a cluster of beads in the centre of the charm by attaching the remaining beads on headpins to the jump ring.
EARRINGS TO CREATE Feed a selection of beads onto an eyepin and attach to an earring finding. Attach heart beads to a headpin and affix this to the bottom of the eyepin. Attach a jump ring to the earring finding. Add a selection of beads onto three headpins, attaching to the jump ring. Repeat Steps 1-4 to create your second earring.
When creating matching pieces like earrings, make each section at the same time for both earrings. This way you’ll get better symmetry and lengths when curling and cutting findings
WHERE TO BUY All the findings, wire and mobile phone charm cord used here are available from www.beads direct.co.uk; 01509 218028
MATERIALS • • • • •
Bead Challenge bead mix jump rings headpins eyepins earring findings
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
DEBBIE WOOD DESIGNER
ABOUT DEBBIE… Debbie loves all things beady and particularly likes to work with wire. She has written many jewellery projects for magazines, and designs and teaches for Bead Time. In her spare time she is a full-time mum to her two gorgeous boys. If she could wave a wand and make a dream come true, it would be to have her own bead shop!
DEBBIE SAYS... I was very excited at the prospect of making some jewellery with Lucite flowers. It’s a real opportunity to show off lovely Lucite, which I think gets overlooked. The bracelet I made because I just love all things jingly jangly! The colours make me think of a sea of French Lavender, hazy days, a glass of wine...
TO CREATE Cut the heads off six 75mm headpins – these are for the focal beads that make up the base of the bracelet. Turn a wrapped loop at one end of the pin. Thread on a focal bead and turn a wrapped loop at the other end. Trim off any excess and squash in any sharp ends (Fig 1, below). Repeat for the other focal beads. Open an oval jump ring and attach one end of the clasp to the loop of a focal bead, then close (Fig 2). Continue attaching the focal beads to form the bracelet base. Attach
MATERIALS the extension chain to the opposite end. Take a 50mm headpin and thread on a bead. Turn a wrapped loop at the end, trim off the excess and squash in the sharp end using chain-nosed pliers (Fig 3-5). Divide the beads, including any precast charms, into groups of two or three, and plan where you want them to sit on the bracelet. Open up a jump ring and hang three charms onto it (Fig 6). Attach to the jump ring between the first and second focal beads, closing securely. Repeat this process with two charms at the same
• Bead Challenge bead mix • silver-plated 50mm soft headpins (MPC23-8S) • 6 x 75mm headpins (MPC23-5) • heart trigger clasp (MPC06-20) • extension chain • 18 x oval 6x4mm jump rings (OOR-1)
TOOLS • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers • easy wrap pliers (optional) • cutters
point, but on the other side of the jump ring. Keep adding charms all the way along the bracelet (Fig 7). If there are any charms left over, decorate the end of the extension chain (it can look a bit boring if you don’t).
3 TOP TIP
FRENCH LAVENDER CHARM BRACELET
If you don’t want a heavy bracelet, only add one set of charms between the focal beads
CLUSTERED FLOWER NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut the memory wire in half, so that you now have a semicircle. Use roundnosed pliers to turn a double loop at the end of the wire (Fig 12, right). Place each of the Lucite flowers and beads onto the short ball headpins. Use round-nosed pliers to roll the tip of the headpin down to the bead, producing a coillike effect (Fig 3). Repeat this process until you have used all your headpins or beads, then thread all the ‘coils’ over the memory wire (Fig 4). Spread out all your beads evenly, particularly the Lucite flowers so that they are not all grouped together at one end! Push all the ‘coils’ close together, then trim off any excess memory wire, leaving approximately 1” at the end (Fig 5). Finish by turning a double loop at the end of the memory wire with your round-nosed pliers. Cut two equal pieces of suede at your desired length and
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 100 x 25mm ball headpins with 2mm ball (MPC23-15) • heart toggle clasp (PB52-36) • loop of bracelet-sized memory wire (MWB 110mm) • 2 x oval 7x5mm jump
thread each piece though the loops on either side of the wire. Make sure the ends are perfectly in line
rings (OOR-1) • 50cm of suede • 2 x 11x5mm box closer crimps
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • memory wire cutters • scissors
and secure with box closers. Finish by attaching the clasp using jump rings to the box closers (Fig 6).
LUCITE FLOWER BROOCH TO CREATE Cut a 50cm length of 1mm wire and anchor this to the brooch pin, making sure that the long end comes up through the middle hole (Fig 1). This will ensure that the wire flower is central. Loop the wire round to form a petal shape, twist at the base to secure, and repeat to form five petals (Fig 2). Wrap the remaining wire tightly underneath a few times, then trim off the excess. Cut a piece of 0.4mm wire to approximately a metre in length (or as long as you can manage) and secure to the brooch by
wrapping in. Make wire twists or ‘stalks’ topped with crystals and glass pearls around the petals (Fig 3). Add the large Lucite flower, followed by a smaller Lucite flower and a ‘stopper’ crystal (Fig 4). Place all three in position on top of the brooch and push the wire back down through the flower holes. Wrap underneath to secure.
MATERIALS • • • •
Bead Challenge bead mix brooch pin (MPC38-20) 1mm jewellery wire 0.4mm jewellery wire
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • cutters
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.bead time.co.uk
If you run out of wire, just tuck in the end and introduce a new piece www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
rom mermaids to starﬁsh, these beaded creatures are perfect for children’s summer holiday crafting, so get out your beads and wire and share your beading bug! Each project has a beading diagram, showing the colour and layout of the beads in the design, and instructions to show you how to begin and when to add features to the main patterns (such as the mermaid’s hair or the ﬁsh’s ﬁns and
TROPICAL treats For this issue’s seed bead feature we take inspiration from the sea, and the real and mythical creatures residing there
tails). There are also diagrams illustrating the main process for designs with a block of beads (see opposite). Starﬁsh, for example, are created using a string of beads that is drawn up into shape in the second stage of beading – this is highlighted in the diagrams by the wire coloured red.
CHOOSING BEADS We have used a selection of colourlined and metallic beads, which have a multicolour sheen and
catch the light beautifully. You can use either size 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads, the latter being the smallest available. Using the bigger size will simply result in your ﬁnished piece being slightly larger than ours. For little ﬁngers, the largersized beads will be more manageable for making the creatures – they are also easier to handle with threading materials, especially when you want to pass more than one material through a hole. If you are using
the smaller beads, select those with the largest holes for any multi-threaded beads.
THREADING TIPS We have combined our beaded creatures with memory wire and elastic nylon thread to
create ﬁnished projects. Both materials take a little patience to thread with beads but result in easy-to-wear jewellery pieces. There are a couple of easy tips for ﬁnishing these threading materials. The ends of memory wire can be simply formed into a loop, which prevents the beads falling off and also means that the ends are neatly tucked in. Nylon thread can be ﬁnished with a knot, with a small dab of superglue applied to hold it ﬁrm. The knot can be positioned inside a crimp bead to hide and secure it. This thread is particularly suitable for children’s jewellery as there are no ﬁddly clasps involved and the piece is ﬂexible and simple to wear. It is also perfect for creating unique beaded journal wraps, as the mermaid project opposite demonstrates.
WHERE TO BUY All the beads featured here can be purchased in a variety of sizes from www.stitchncraft.co.uk Coils of memory wire are available from www.bead-exclusive.co.uk, nylon thread from www.beadsbylili.com and 34-gauge beading wire from www.jillybeads.co.uk
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SEED BEADS MERMAID JOURNAL WRAP TO CREATE Thread a 50cm length of wire through a single blue bead and fold the wire in half around it. Thread both wire ends together through the 6mm purple bead, then separate them and add the first two-bead row of the mermaid’s body. Bead the second body row, then thread seven blue AB beads onto one wire. Bring the end around the final bead and back through the remaining six before pulling the arm beads snug to the body. Repeat on the other wire end.
before trimming. Cut four or five 10cm lengths of wire for the hair and thread all of these through the very first bead above the mermaid’s head. Add a different number and colour of beads to both ends of each length of wire, securing by taking the wire around the last bead and threading it back through at least four of the others before pulling snug and trimming. Push a headpin up through one of the silver-lined blue lengths of hair and use pliers to create a wrapped loop in the headpin above the beads. Cut a length of elastic thread to wrap around the notebook and thread with a random selection of beads, attaching the mermaid using the headpin loop about halfway along the beading. Check for fit around the notebook before tying the ends of the thread in a knot. Apply a dab of superglue to the knot, trim the ends when dry and cover the knot with a crimp cover, squeezing it shut with pliers. Embellish the notebook front with patterned paper and slide into your beaded wrap.
8 BASIC SEALIFE BEADING TECHNIQUES Fix your first bead (or row of beads) onto the wire. Complete the second and third
1 2 1
rows. Start wire looping around the first row of beads so that it is neatly tucked between this
and the second row. Create a fin.
Create a tail.
Follow the beading diagram above to complete the mermaid’s body, then create the tail as follows: Thread eight purple beads onto one wire, take the wire around the last bead and thread it back through the last-butone bead before pulling snug. Add six more purple beads to the wire, then thread the end through the last row of the body. Repeat to create the tail fin on the other wire end, then thread both ends back through the second-tolast body row to secure
MATERIALS • blue lined AB beads • aqua silver-lined beads • dark plum and indigo metallic iris beads • purple 3mm bugle beads • purple 6mm round bead • silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver headpin • elastic nylon thread • silver crimp bead • small Moleskine notebook • Doodlebug Design and BasicGrey patterned papers
TOOLS • scissors • round-nosed and chainnosed pliers
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SEED BEADS TO CREATE Starting with the top of the octopus’s head, fix the first row of beads centrally onto a 30cm length of beading wire. Follow the beading diagram (right) to complete the octopus’s body, then take the ends back
MATERIALS • aqua silver-lined beads • metallic indigo iris and forest green iris beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • coil of ring-sized memory wire • mobile phone charm strap
OCTOPUS PHONE CHARM
• scissors • memory wire cutters • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
FISH SHOAL BRACELET TO CREATE For the green-bellied fish, cut a 40cm length of beading wire and, starting with the mouth, fix the first row of two beads centrally onto the wire. Follow the beading diagrams (right) to complete five rows, then add five green beads to the wire at the top of the fish (for the fin). Bring the wire around the fifth bead
MATERIALS • blue blue AB beads • dark plum, indigo iris and forest green metallic iris beads • crystal silverlined beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • 3 x continuous coils of bracelet-sized memory wire
TOOLS • scissors • memory wire cutters • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
and back through the other four before pulling the beads snug to the body. Bead rows six and seven of the body then add three green beads on the wire at the fin side of the body. Thread wire through the fifth bead of the first part of the fin, then back through the three new beads before pulling the beads snug to the body. Bead the final two rows of the body then add five green beads onto one wire. Bring the wire around the fifth bead and back through the fourth before pulling snug. Now add three green beads to the same wire and thread the end back through the final
row of the body. Repeat the beading on the other wire to complete the fish’s tail, then thread both wires back through a couple of body rows to secure before snipping the ends. Create the stripy fish in the same fashion, forming the fin at the end of the fourth and sixth rows using five, then three, green beads. Create the dotty fish, forming the fin
at the end of the fourth and sixth rows using five then two green beads and making the tail using six then three green beads. Use round-nosed pliers to shape one end of the memory
wire into a loop, making sure the end is tucked in snugly. Thread beads onto one complete rotation of the wire, then slide the dotty fish onto the wire through the sixth row of the body.
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SEED BEADS and trimming. Use round-nosed pliers to shape one end of the memory wire into a loop, making sure the end is tucked in snugly. Thread with beads to just short of halfway, then slide on your octopus through the first row of beads. Add beads to the ring wire to within 1cm of the end, then use round-nosed pliers to create a finishing loop, ensuring the end is tucked in snugly. Squeeze the beaded ring of wire until the loops lay snugly together before threading onto the jump ring on the phone charm strap.
through the last couple of bead rows to secure before trimming. Cut four 10cm lengths of wire and thread them through the groups of two beads along the last row of the body. Add eight silver-lined blue beads to both ends of each wire, securing by taking the wire around the last bead and threading it back through at least four of the others before pulling snug
TO CREATE To create each starfish, cut a 40cm length of beading wire and fix the first green bead about 15cm from the end. Using the ring beading diagram on page 48 as a guide to creating these larger starfish, thread eight blue beads onto the long wire end then take the end around the last bead and back through the seventh bead before pulling snug. Thread on four blue beads, followed by a green bead. Take the wire around the green bead and back through it again before pulling snug. Repeat to create the five starfish arms,
leaving off the last green bead. Thread the wire end back through the first green bead and draw all your beads up into a ring. Thread on one clear bead, then thread the wire back through the next green bead along the ring. Repeat around the circle and pull snug to draw up the centre of the starfish. Take each wire end around and through a couple of central beads to secure them before snipping off. Take a 40cm length of elastic thread and thread with alternate bugle and green beads.
After about eight repeats, thread one starfish through the bead at the tip of one leg. Add three more bugle and seed bead repeats to the thread before adding the next starfish, then the same again for the final starfish. Continue beading the nylon thread until you have enough beads to fit the wearer’s wrist snugly, then tie the ends of the thread in a knot. Apply a dab of superglue to the knot, trim the ends when dry and cover the knot with a crimp cover, squeezing it shut using pliers.
MATERIALS Add beads to the bracelet for just less than one rotation of the wire, then add the stripy fish through its fifth body row. Add more beads to the bracelet so that the final fish will be the other
side of the first and slide it on through its sixth body row. Bead the bracelet to within 1cm of the end, then use round-nosed pliers to create a finishing loop, ensuring the end is tucked in snugly.
• aqua silver-lined beads • metallic forest green iris beads • crystal silver-lined beads • purple 3mm bugle beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver crimp bead • elastic nylon thread
TOOLS • scissors • chain-nosed pliers • superglue
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SEED BEADS STARFISH RING
Start by beading your ring base. Bend one end of your memory wire using round-nosed pliers to form a small loop but don’t close this fully. Use chain-nosed pliers to bend the loop at 90º to the coils, with the loop facing inwards. Ensure that the wire end is facing downwards towards the interior of the ring coils. Thread your wire coils with green beads, then make a similar loop at the other end of the wire and again bend the loop through 90º to point towards the beaded coils. Hook each loop over the beaded wire, then use your chain-nosed pliers to very gently squeeze the loop shut – this will also encourage the loop to flatten out
slightly and the wire end to be tucked neatly out of reach. Take great care not to slip and break any of your beads. To create your starfish, cut a 40cm length of beading wire and fix your first purple bead about 15cm from the end. Using the beading diagram as a guide, thread six blue beads onto the long wire end
then take the end around the last bead and back through the fifth bead before pulling snug. Thread on two blue beads, followed by a purple bead. Take the wire around the purple bead and back through it again before pulling snug. Repeat to create the five starfish arms, leaving off the last purple bead.
Thread the wire end back through the first purple bead and draw all your beads up into a ring. Thread on one clear bead, then thread the wire back through the next purple bead along the ring. Repeat around the circle and pull snug to draw up the centre of the starfish. Use both wire ends to secure the starfish to the memory ring by repeatedly
• blue lined AB beads • dark plum and forest green metallic iris beads • crystal silver-lined beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • 3 x continuous coils of ring-sized memory wire
TOOLS • scissors • memory wire cutters • round-nosed and chainnosed pliers
wrapping the wires around the two outer rotations of the beaded memory wire and back up through the starfish. Secure the ends by threading them through and around several of the starfish beads.
Although children can complete the bead stringing for these projects and learn about the other basic components, make sure you check their knots and, for safety, do not allow them to use superglue Take care when using pliers to create loops on memory wire that is strung with beads – one slip of the pliers and you may break the beads. Work slowly and ensure you grip the wire firmly to avoid accidents (again, this is best carried out by an adult)
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bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or a jewellery dilemma? Ask our expert Carolyn Shulz for the answers ...with Carolyn Schulz ABOUT CAROLYN… Carolyn has been involved in almost every aspect of the craft industry for the last 25 years. She started out as a hobbyist, making her own creations at home and selling them at craft fairs and to local specialty stores. Carolyn went on to write several books and became the editor of three UK craft magazines. Beads played an important part in two of Carolyn’s books and over the last 20 years she has unintentionally become an expert at teaching jewellerymaking techniques! In addition to private courses and personal tuition, she teaches creative jewellery at West Herts College and also writes a regular column for the largest craft magazine in the US, Creative Home Arts. For the last six years, Carolyn has served on the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, an international trade association for the creative industry. Although born and educated in California, Carolyn lives here in the UK but flies across the Atlantic 8-10 times a year. As a result, she is acquainted with the styles and trends both in the US and Europe.
YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND I started making earrings about three months ago and have decided to have a go at my ﬁrst bracelet. I’ve only ever made quite basic earrings so am not really that ‘up’ on different techniques for creating jewellery, but I’ve noticed that a lot of memory wire bracelets feature beads on pins that have been looped multiple times and then fed onto the wire. What’s the best (and easiest!) way to do this? Gemma Knowles, by email
decorative, and also that clusters of these loops tend to hide the main structure of the piece. It’s also a good technique for creating movement on your jewellery, and great for clusters. The best way to go about creating your loop is ﬁrst to put your bead onto the headpin or eyepin. Grip the very end of the open tip of the pin with a set of round-nosed pliers. How far along the
plier jaws you grip the end will determine the size of your loop so you need to consider how big you want it to be before you start. Use a pair of ﬂatnosed pliers to grip the pin above your bead, leaving a few millimetres of space to allow a little movement from your bead. Hold the ﬂat-nosed pliers still and turn the roundnosed pliers, gripping the tip of the pin, away from yourself to create the ﬁrst part of the loop. Release the grip of the round-nosed pliers slightly and rotate them within the loop you’ve just made. Twist again away from yourself, ensuring that the next loop sits nicely alongside the one you ﬁrst created. Repeat this process until you have looped along the
CB&J: Thanks for emailing in, Gemma, and well done on deciding to branch out! You’ll have to send us some samples of your rings – and bracelets once you get the hang of them – so we can put them in the gallery for you. A lot of beads on memory wire bracelets and other jewellery creations are indeed on multi-looped eyepins and headpins. Reasons for this include the fact that it makes a single addition a lot more
CB&J: Sounds like a
I’d like to incorporate ribbon into my next three-set project for a much softer look. I’ll be wearing a very ﬂoaty garment to my daughter’s wedding, which I think metal accessories would be too harsh for. Any clue how I could go about this? Birgit Pascha, by email
great idea to me, Birgit, and a fabulous way to introduce a non-typical jewellery element into your projects. You can happily use ribbon as a stringing material and also add it as a decorative accent to your beaded makes. Pick a good-quality ribbon that’s not too thick – sheer ribbons are perfect – and feed it
full length of the pin up to your ﬂat-nosed pliers. You can then remove the ﬂat-nosed pliers and continue the coil right up to your bead if desired. Loops done! Now just feed the loop onto your memory wire and get to work creating that bracelet!
CRYSTAL CLEAR How can I be sure I’m buying ofﬁcial Swarovski beads and crystals when making my purchases? I see many stockists selling them, but am also aware that there are probably a lot of fake Swarovski elements for sale. Is there any way I can guarantee through a needle to use it as stringing. You can then add ribbon knots as spacers or smaller beads to create your desired effect. You can also add ribbon accents to your creations by simply tying on lengths at selected intervals or feeding some ribbon onto headpins and eyepins along with your beads. Su Pennick created some lovely examples in her ‘Soft Touch’ article last issue, so be sure to take a look at those for further inspiration.
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BEAD DOCTOR PANDORA’S BOX I adore the look of the Pandora bracelets that are so popular at the moment, but unfortunately my purse won’t stretch quite so far for a single piece of jewellery. I’m going to try making my own similar-styled bracelet at a fraction of the cost - the only
that what I’m buying is actually Swarovski, or anywhere on the shops’ website that I can see this? Elaine Mathews from Dorset
problem is that I have no idea where to start! Karen Little from South Wales
CB&J: Thanks for getting in touch, Karen. Pandora bracelets are lovely, aren’t they? Let’s see if we can’t help you ﬁnd your budget answer to these desirable pieces... Take a trip over to
store that displays the ofﬁcial ‘Create Your Style’ logo as shown above your question. In the UK these are direct Swarovski clients.
RETRO TREATS CB&J: It is nice to know that what we’re buying is deﬁnitely what’s advertised and one of the reasons the Swarovski Xilion bead replaced the bicone was to prevent forgery. To the untrained eye, however, it can be hard to tell! For peace of mind, artisans should buy from the Create Your Style Recommended Store, Shiney Company (www.shineyrocks. co.uk), which has stores in Bristol (0117 300 9800), Bath (01225 332506) and Stroud (01453 753609), or from a
I adore the idea of making sweets as beads and have loved the Bead Shop Scotland articles with all those different sweet-based designs. Very inspiring! I’ve taken the ﬁrst steps to making my own in that I’ve bought the pink, yellow, green and blue Fimo, but I haven’t yet taken the bold step of actually creating anything, and haven’t been able to ﬁnd any silicone to make the mould. I used to be addicted to ﬂying saucers when I was little and am determined to create a whole range of accessories with them as feature beads! Emma, by email
www.lushlampwork. co.uk and look at the selection of big-hole beads, which are designed and created speciﬁcally to ﬁt Pandora, Trollbead and Lovelinks Universal-sized bracelets. There’s a selection of different colours and ﬁnishes for you to choose from for real variety.
CB&J: You can’t beat a good helping of sherbet! That sounds like it’ll be a very colourful range of creations, Emma, and it’s great news that you were inspired by what you read in the magazine. The silicone for creating your mould can generally be found in branches of HobbyCraft (visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk to locate your nearest store) or you can buy a selection online from www.modelshop.co.uk HAIR RAISING I thought the Brilliant Beads hair accessories article in issue 3 was fabulous and I loved the ﬂoating bead effect on the beaded hair fascinator. It made me think of a very feminine solar system! I’ve got a mass of colourful beads and wires ready for me to try making my own, but I haven’t been able to ﬁnd the tiara frames in anything other than silver and gold. I’m thinking bright and bold, so can you point
me in the right direction? The Beads By Lili beach-style projects were just the kind of brights I’m talking about! They were fabulous! Kelly B, by email
CB&J: It’s great to hear that you’ve been inspired by the Brilliant Beads article, Kelly, and you’re showing real creativity by taking the idea and making it your own with your idea for a bright and bold colour scheme! I’ve had a good look for you and have found a few different places you could try. If you’re thinking bright and bold colours, perhaps a plastic band FABULOUS FLORALS The ﬂower charms Jenny Williams used on her projects in issue 2 were just darling! Can you tell me how to go about making them? Gloria Williams from Powys
would be the way to go for your creations. Although nowhere near as hardy as their metal alternatives, these bands certainly come in the range of colours I think you’re looking for. Take a look at www. all4accessories.co.uk, where you can pick up a pack of three pink, blue and red brightly coloured bands for just £1.20. Be sure to also take a look in your local supermarkets, and Claire’s Accessories if you have a store nearby. I bought my last batch of everyday headbands from Sainsbury’s and they were great value!
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CB&J: I thought they were beautifully done, so it’s great to know you do too, Gloria! You can actually buy the violets Jenny used direct from www. jennysbeadbox.co.uk or by calling 0845 165 0339. They are available to purchase in a selection of colours, as well as in the form of roses and clusters of ﬂowers. For making your
own polymer clay ﬂowers, take a look at some of the videos available on YouTube (there are plenty!) for real-time instructions. There are also a wealth of tutorials available online if you do a search, and for reading material be sure to get hold of a copy of Making Miniature Flowers with Polymer Clay by Barbara Quast.
The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show isit a Stitch and Creative Crafts Show this autumn and you will ﬁnd inspiration whether you are an experienced crafter, a beginner or are simply looking for a new hobby. The Manchester show provides your ﬁrst opportunity after the summer to stock up on all your favourite craft products and source those hard-toﬁnd supplies, all under one roof. You will be able to learn new techniques from experts and a wide selection of exhibitors will be present with all the latest in cross stitch, sewing, cardmaking, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribbon craft, papercrafts, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, découpage, crochet and many more popular stitch and creative crafts.
Ideal World Create and Craft presenter Stephanie Weightman will be running a brand-new set of workshops at the show. Stephanie is a passionate crafter with a vast range of skills, and is well known for her lively, fun and very informative demonstrations. She aims to make crafting approachable, fun and something for all the family. Places are limited and so it is advisable to book well in advance. Other highlights of the three-day show include the Beading Workshop, run by FindingBeads4U, on making unique jewellery and Christmas decorations, and various make & take sessions run by expert crafters. The next Stitch and Creative Crafts Show takes place at Manchester Central from Friday 3rd to
Sunday 5th September 2010. Show opening times are Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Book in advance and you can save £2 using the promotional code PR2. Admission on the door is £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions, accompanied children under 16 go in free of charge.
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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
This issue Judith Hannington makes use of a glass grinder to help create perfectly matching fused glass earrings
width as the diameter required, cutting down on waste glass. Although a small square piece of glass will round out when ﬁred in a kiln, starting off with a circle produces a far more regular outcome. The instructions for this earring project demonstrate how to simply achieve this. Earrings are a slightly more demanding project than the creation of one-off pieces for pendants, brooches or other single bead pieces, as a matching pair is desirable. Take time with measuring, cutting
and grinding your glass to achieve the best match and always try to cut your glass pieces side by side from a sheet. Working each step for both earrings will also help to maintain an identical outcome. Remember to work safely when cutting and shaping glass, both by hand and with a grinder. I purchased an eye shield for my grinding machine, which consists of a stand that supports a sheet of glass so that any ﬂying particles cannot reach my face or eyes. Ensure you wear safety glasses if
you don’t have this sort of set-up. The grinding head is embedded with diamond particles so that the glass is ground to a smooth ﬁnish with very little chipping. Whilst your ﬁngers are safe, if they come into contact with the head it will shorten your ﬁngernails! The step-bystep photos show how to manage small pieces of glass using a grinder so you have control of the glass and of the ﬁnished shape. The ﬂowers on these earrings are created using fused stringer balls – perfect for fashioning unique pieces of jewellery. You
can arrange them in any design on the surface of your fused glass circles, using any colour of stringer, and they can be fused into the base glass as little or as much as desired – or, indeed, not ﬁred but glued on using an epoxy-based adhesive.
glass grinding machine is an indispensable tool when working with glass – when I ﬁrst bought mine I wondered how I had ever managed without it. Time spent practising accurate glass cutting and breaking with hand tools is an essential part of the learning process, but a glass grinder means that slightly wonky breaks can be rescued and curved edges and shapes can be created with ease from small pieces of glass. Small circles can be shaped from a square of glass with the same
Snap stringer pieces over a large cloth that will contain any splinters, allowing you to dispose of them safely
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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN STEP BY STEP 1
MATERIALS • Pink Bullseye 2mm 90coe opal glass • Light Pink Striker Bullseye 2mm 90coe transparent glass • turquoise and purple 2mm 90coe opalescent stringers • Fuseworks kiln paper • Bullseye Glastac glass-fusing glue • earring bails and ear wires
TOOLS • • • • •
glass cutter glass breaking pliers glass grinding machine Fuseworks Microwave Kiln microwave oven
TO CREATE Cut two 14mm squares of transparent glass and two 12mm squares of opal glass. Run all four sides of each glass piece lightly along your grinding head so that any of the sharp edges are removed (Fig 1). Round the corners of each piece of glass, working opposite corners first to make pushing the glass against the grinding
head easier (Fig 2). Use the two printed circles (below, left) as a guide to shape your pieces of glass completely round, then wash and dry them. Stack the glass circles on kiln paper on your kiln base with the larger transparent pieces on top. Place the kiln in your microwave oven and position the lid on (Fig 3). Fire the pieces so that the glass is fused but still fairly flat. Wash the kiln paper from the reverse once you have annealed the glass so it is fully cold.
Use pliers to snap small pieces of glass off your two stringers, as seen in Fig 4 – aim for 15 turquoise pieces, each about 3mm in length, and six purple pieces in pairs of 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm. Fire in the microwave on a fresh piece of kiln paper until they have balled up. Once fully cooled, wash the kiln paper residue from each. Place your fused glass circles on a fresh piece of kiln paper on your kiln base. Apply a small dab of fusing glue to the surface and arrange six turquoise stringer balls in a circle in the centre (Fig 5). Choose a suitably sized purple ball and drop it into the middle of the flower. Leave the glue to fully dry then place the kiln in the
microwave with the lid on and fire the earrings again in order to fuse the flowers to the base glass. For a raised finish you want the balls to be tack-fused but not beginning to flatten out, as pictured on the finished earrings. Once fully cold, use a cocktail stick to apply epoxy glue to the bails to secure them to the back of the fused glass pieces (Fig 6). Once the glue is cured, complete your earrings by fixing the bails to the loops on the bottom of the ear wires.
WHERE TO BUY The Fuseworks Microwave Kiln, together with many replacement and add-on Fuseworks products, can be purchased from www.madcowbeads.com. The Fuseworks Starter kit comes with all the basic tools required for fusing glass (except for breaking pliers), together with a book illustrating glass cutting and fusing techniques For all your fusible glass supplies visit www.creativeglassguild.co.uk Glass grinding machines can be purchased online from a variety of retailers including www.creativeglassguild.co.uk and www.warm-glass.co.uk. The Glastar Super Star II grinder featured here is available from www.tempsfordstainedglass.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
in BLACK and WHITE Classic yet contemporary, monochrome jewellery can have real dramatic quality. Gemma Gray makes a style statement with this striking set
NECKLACE TO CREATE Measure and cut a 70cm length of ribbon. Using the head end of a headpin, push the ribbon through the centre of a tea-dyed spotty bead. Move the bead to the centre of the ribbon and tie a knot either side. Add a black bone tube to each side in the same way (you may need to use your pliers to help push the headpin through the bead) and move to either side of the knots. Tie another set of knots
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ABOUT GEMMA… Gemma is inspired by everything around her, from colour and form to the materials she uses. By using many traditional techniques with contemporary ideas, she creates jewellery with her own individual style.
to secure in place. Add another teadyed spotty bead on each side and knot in the same way. Next add a black tube on each side and knot, then another tea-dyed spotty bead on each side and knot. Repeat the process with a further black tube and tea-dyed spotty bead on each side. Measure and cut a 60cm length of ribbon. Add a blackand-white spotty bead to the centre of the ribbon and tie a knot on both sides of it. Next add a white tube on either side and knot.
Add a black-and-white spotty bead on either side and knot. Repeat with a further white tube and black-andwhite spotty bead on each side. Trim the ribbons to the desired length. Place one set of ends into a ribbon crimp and squeeze closed using the flat part of the multi-pliers. Repeat on the other end to attach the crimp. Open a 5mm jump ring and attach to one of the ribbon crimps. Add a trigger clasp and close. Add a jump ring to the other ribbon crimp.
• 7 x white 38mm bone tubes (BNAA3802) • 12 x black 38mm bone tubes (BNAA3801) • 2 x black 25mm bone tubes (BNAA2501) • 9 x black-and-white spotty 12mm bone rounds (BNAE122) • 17 x tea-dyed spotty 12mm bone rounds (BNAL121) • 3m of black 12mm organza ribbon (RNOG1201) • 4 x silver-plated ribbon crimps (RCRSP) • 2 x silver-plated 10x6mm trigger clasps (TRGSP) • pack of 6 silver-plated long ballwires (LBWSP) • pack of 25 silver-plated 5mm jump rings (JR5SP) • pack of 12 silver-plated headpins (HPSP) • pack of 4 silver-plated plain cups (PCSSP)
TOOLS • multi-pliers
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BEADS UNLIMITED BRACELET TO CREATE Cut three 30cm lengths of ribbon. Tie a knot approx 5cm from the end of one piece of ribbon. Add a black-and-white spotty bead and tie a knot the other side to secure. Add a white tube and tie a knot. Add another blackand-white spotty bead and knot, then another white tube and knot. Repeat with a third black-andwhite spotty bead, a third white tube and a final black-and-white spotty bead. Repeat Step 2 to create your second and third beaded lengths, using black tubes and tea-dyed beads, as shown. Trim the ribbons to the desired length. Place one set of ends into a ribbon crimp and squeeze closed with the flat part of the multi-pliers.
Repeat on the other side. Open a 5mm jump ring and attach to one of the ribbon crimps. Add a trigger clasp and close. Add a jump ring to the other ribbon crimp.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beads unlimited.co.uk 01273 740777
EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a plain cup onto a headpin, followed by a tea-dyed spotty bead. Add a 25mm black tube.
Using the roundnosed part of the multi-pliers, bend the headpin into a loop. Attach the long ballwire and squeeze the loop closed. Repeat to make the second earring.
JEWELLERY RUB-ONS AND GLAZE
TRANSFERS JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER or the projects featured here I have focused on applying rub-on transfers and glaze to metal components, and with the seemingly endless array of papercrafting rub-ons available there really is something to suit everyone. The designs are embellished with self-adhesive crystals and gems, frequently
used in cardmaking, and the raindrop-style gems are particularly suitable as they can be sliced into pieces using a craft knife – perfect for adding a little sparkle along the edge of a design. Featured here are two main styles. Firstly, different areas of the metal component are embellished with individual rub-ons, or portions of them, so that some of the base component remains visible. This is well suited to metal products with an antique ﬁnish as they often have a slightly rustic surface, and is a great introduction to the technique. Secondly, the entire surface of the component is covered, creating a coloured enamel-type effect
WHERE TO BUY You can buy rub-ons and rub-on tools from several high-street and online papercrafting stores. The Pink Martini Designs rub-ons are available from www.bananafrog.co.uk and the Daisy Bucket Designs rub-ons can be purchased from www.craft-emporium.co.uk Ranger Glossy Accents glaze is available from www.craftobsessions.co.uk A whole variety of metal base components, including all those used for these projects, are available from www.globaholic.com 58
There are so many different materials to use for jewellery making that allow you to create unique and individual pieces, and products traditionally associated with the papercrafting world are no exception... GETTING PROFESSIONAL RESULTS WITH RUB-ONS AND GLAZE Place your pieces on a standard drinks coaster to glaze them so you can pick it up and look at eye level at the quantity of glaze on them – this is especially useful if you have multiple components for earrings or charm bracelets and want to check they have an equal glaze layer. when glazed. This is perfect for use on smooth, shiny metal components. You can choose your rub-ons accordingly, selecting very small designs for the former method and larger designs for the latter. To successfully cut up a rub-on image before application, use very sharp scissors or a craft knife and cut through both the carrier paper and the protective backing. Try to cut through in one smooth action to avoid damaging the rub-on, and also avoid touching the tacky back of the
To trim excess rub-ons from around the edge of a ﬂat component, hold the component in one hand and slice off the excess using a craft knife, holding the knife perpendicular to the metal edge. For recessed components, simply run the tip of the knife right around the edge of the recess
and lift off any excess design. To encourage the glaze to ﬂow in a particular way (eg. away from a pendant hole), simply prop the component up on the edge of a piece of paper or thin card in order to create a very slightly angled surface.
image. A lollipop stick is handy for rubbing the design off the carrier sheet onto your project and many manufacturers supply one in the pack. However, a rub-on tool with a smooth metal head is invaluable for easy, smooth transfer of the rub-on. When applying the glaze, the main trick is to ensure that it goes all the way to the edges of the piece. With ﬂat metal shapes this is achieved by keeping the bottle nozzle over the edge of the metal during application. The glaze will naturally be
sucked back onto the component’s surface, ensuring edge-to-edge coverage. With recessed metal components, the glaze should be pushed towards the lip of the recessed area so that it makes contact all around. Always start by outlining the shape and then ﬁll in the centre, and remember that the glaze will shrink down as it dries so always apply enough that there is a slightly domed shape when wet. If any air bubbles have formed in the wet glaze, make sure you prick them immediately with a pin.
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JEWELLERY RUB-ONS AND GLAZE TO CREATE
Cut a small starburst rub-on image from the sheet and apply off-centre to the flat pad on the bangle. Trim with a craft knife to remove the excess. Apply a concentric circle design rubon to the centre of the starburst and trim to fit the recessed pad. Attach a large crystal to the centre of the design and three smaller crystals along one of the starburst lines. Apply a layer of glaze and rest the bangle over a bottle or similar object so that the pad is held level until the glaze is dry.
MATERIALS • silver bangle with flat pad mount • Pink Martini Designs Pink Squirrel rub-ons • Papermania crystals
PICTURE FRAME PENDANT TO CREATE Trim a flower image from the rub-on sheet so that it will fit towards one corner of the pendant. Apply the image to the pendant and trim any excess as
MATERIALS • silver picture frame pendant • Pink Martini Designs Pink Squirrel rub-ons • Ranger Glossy Accents glaze • Papermania Shimmer Dots • 5 x 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 5 x silver eyepins • fine trace chain with clasp • silver jump ring
TOOLS • craft knife • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
• Ranger Glossy Accents glaze
TOOLS • craft knife
necessary from the edge of the recessed area. Apply a concentric circle design rub-on to the centre of the flower, then attach a self-adhesive Shimmer Dot in the centre. Apply a layer of glaze to the recessed area of the pendant, completely covering the rub-on design. Thread the crystals onto the eyepins and create a plain loop in the end of each pin, close to the bead. Cut the chain in half and connect each cut end to a blue crystal eyepin. Add a green crystal eyepin to each before bringing the ends together into the loop of the final blue crystal eyepin. Hang the dry glazed pendant from a jump ring connected to the bottom of this final eyepin.
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JEWELLERY RUB-ONS AND GLAZE MATERIALS • 9 x silver oval doubleloop mounts (for an 8” bracelet) • Pink Martini Designs Pink Squirrel rub-ons • Ranger Glossy Accents glaze • Papermania Shimmer Dots • 8 x silver eyepins
TO CREATE • 8 x 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals • silver lobster clasp and tag
TOOLS • craft knife • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
Lay out your oval mounts in a line and apply half a rub-on flower to the edge of the recessed pad of each so that the flowers vary in position and colour along the bracelet design. Cut small selfadhesive Shimmer Dots in half and apply one half to the centre of each flower. Apply a layer of glaze to each pad and set them aside to dry. Thread the crystals onto the eyepins and create a plain loop in the end of each pin, close to the bead. Attach the glazed oval mounts together using the beaded eyepins and finish the two ends of the bracelet by attaching the clasp and tag through the final eyepin loops.
FLORAL ‘ENAMELLED’ EARRINGS TO CREATE Apply the rub-ons to the round silver discs. Once successfully adhered, trim the excess from around the edge and in the hanging hole using a craft knife. Add a small selfadhesive Shimmer Dot to the flower centres before applying a good layer of glaze over the surface of both discs, avoiding the hanging hole. Thread the eyepins with the Swarovski crystals and silver beads and create a wrapped loop in the ends. To finish, attach the eyepins to the ear wires and, once dry, hang the discs from the eyepin loops.
MATERIALS • 2 x silver 10mm round discs • Daisy Bucket Bloom rub-ons • Ranger Glossy Accents glaze • Papermania Shimmer Dots • 2 x 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals
• 2 x silver eyepins • 4 x silver small barrel beads • silver fish-hook ear wires
TOOLS • craft knife • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
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JEWELLERY RUB-ONS AND GLAZE TO CREATE
OVAL FLOWER PENDANT
Start by cutting the rectangular flower rub-on very slightly longer than the pendant. Save the remaining part of the rub-on for the Patchwork Pendant project below. Apply the rub-on to the pendant and, once successfully adhered, trim the excess from around the edge and in the hanging hole using a craft knife. Add three small self-adhesive Shimmer Dots to the edge of the pendant before applying a good layer of glaze over the surface, avoiding the hanging hole. Thread the eyepin with the Swarovski crystal and silver beads and create a plain loop in the end, snug to the
PATCHWORK ‘ENAMELLED’ PENDANT TO CREATE The rub-on image on this pendant is assembled in four parts. Start by cutting the dotty strip of rub-on from the edge of the rub-on frame image and apply this to the left side of the pendant. The plain green strip on the right is cut from both sides of the bottom half of the flower rub-on left over from the oval pendant. The join is hidden halfway up by the blue flower rub-on, which should be cut in half and applied over the top. As each of the rub-on images is successfully adhered, trim the excess from around the edges using a craft knife. Make sure there
is no rub-on on the hanging hole extension – trim straight across in line with the top of the pendant and lift away if necessary. Add self-adhesive Shimmer Dots to the dotted design and the flower centre before applying a good layer of glaze over the pendant surface, avoiding the hanging hole. Thread the headpins with Swarovski crystals and create a plain loop in the ends, snug to the bead. Attach
final bead. Attach the eyepin to a short length of fine chain and add this to the necklace chain with a jump ring. Once it’s dry, hang the pendant from the bottom loop of the eyepin.
MATERIALS • silver oval pendant • Daisy Bucket Bloom rub-ons • Ranger Glossy Accents glaze • Papermania Shimmer Dots • 6mm Swarovski bicone crystal • silver eyepin • silver 2mm round beads • medium-weight belcher chain with clasp and extension chain • short length of fine belcher chain • silver jump ring
TOOLS • craft knife • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
all the headpins to a single jump ring and attach this to the chain. Hang the two remaining jump rings together from the beaded jump ring and, once dry, hang the pendant from the bottom ring.
MATERIALS • large silver dog-tag style pendant • Daisy Bucket Bloom rub-ons • Ranger Glossy Accents glaze • Papermania Shimmer Dots • 6 x 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals
• 3 x 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 9 x silver headpins • 3 x silver jump rings • silver chain with clasp
TOOLS • craft knife • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers
Pop each cupcake onto a cocktail stick to enable you to varnish them easily. Once the cupcake has been varnished, push the cocktail stick into a piece of polystyrene to allow it to dry
Judith Walton gets creative with polymer clay to create an eye-catching tiara with a sweet theme JUDITH WALTON DESIGNER
TO CREATE Condition the brown clay and create three balls measuring 2.5cm. Shape the bottom of each ball so it forms a cupcake shape. If it is too tall, gently push the rounded top down – your cake needs to be about 2cm tall at this stage. Condition the white Fimo and roll it out so it is approximately 2mm thick. Place your cupcake onto the white Fimo and cut around the base, leaving a 1.5cm overlap to form the cake case. Gently pull the white clay up to
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ABOUT JUDITH… Judith makes fun characters and jewellery from polymer clay and enjoys working with beads, wire and the Melt Pot. She regularly demonstrates jewellery making and the Melt Pot at Graphicus open days.
form the cupcake case so that it is level all the way around. Any excess clay can be cut off and the edges smoothed down. Using your needle tool, hold the cupcake on its side and gently indent the white clay at intervals to form the creases in the case. Roll a piece of white and a piece of red clay to make two long thin sausage shapes. Hold them together at the top and gently roll the pieces using the palm of your hand until you have a long red and white twisted piece to use as the icing. Flatten the tip of the long clay piece and place it on your cupcake where you want the icing to begin. Wrap this around until you reach the top of the cake. Cut off any excess clay. Add a small round ball of red Fimo for the cherry on top of the icing. Make another two cupcakes in the same way. Use different coloured icing for different effects (this is also a good way of using up any scraps of leftover clay).
Put the cupcakes into the fridge for 10 minutes – do not let them touch or they will stick together. To flute the edges of your cupcake cases, gently insert the tip of the needle tool between the ridges and wiggle it about so you create a small hole. Use a skewer to create the holes for the wire in your cupcakes – it needs to be wide enough to accommodate the two pieces of 18-gauge wire. Try to keep the skewer straight as it goes through the clay and gently rotate it as you push – this way it less likely that your cupcake will be pushed out of shape. Place your cupcakes onto a dedicated clay tray lined with silicon paper and cure in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes at 110ºC. Don’t be tempted to cook them for longer; burnt polymer clay can give off toxic fumes. Once cooled, pop each cupcake onto a cocktail stick and coat with Fimo water-based varnish. Push the cocktail sticks
into the polystyrene and leave to dry. Cut six pieces of the 18-gauge wire to measure approximately 17cm. Pass two pieces of wire through the hole in your cupcake and leave 5cm sticking out at the top. Grasp the two lengths of wire directly below the base of your cake and twist the pieces together for 1.5cm. The two lengths you have left will fasten
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your cupcake to the tiara. Take one of the top wires and bend it around a pencil or metal crochet hook to form the spiral. Repeat with the other wire. Finish another cupcake in the same manner. For the third cupcake, insert the two wires and leave 5cm sticking out at the top. Grasp the two lengths, as before, and evenly twist for 3.5cm. Finish the spirals as you did earlier.
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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Graphicus www.graphicus.co.uk; 0800 783 2243 Glue a seed bead to the end of each of the six spirals, as shown. Place the tallest cake at the front in the middle of the band. Take the lefthand wire and push it underneath, down and around the back of the band. Wrap the wire approximately three times around the band, finishing at the back. Cut off any excess wire and, using your pliers, flatten it against the
band. Do exactly the same with the righthand piece of wire. Place the other two cupcakes each side of the first and attach to the band. Finish the wire in the same way. To position your seed beads around the tiara, begin by neatly wrapping the 26-gauge wire 5.5cm from the end of the band, keeping the wires tightly together but don’t overlap them for 5mm. Thread your
beads – you can use all one colour or several different colours – but I would suggest threading no more than 16 beads at a time. Begin to wrap your beads around the band. Hold two beads at the front while pulling the wire around the back. Hold the next two beads at the front and pull the wire around. The beads should form a natural slant as you continue around the band.
When you reach the first cupcake, place the beads as you wrap the wire going up the spiral, but when coming down wrap only the wire to help secure the beads. Continue in this manner until you are approximately 6cm from the end of the band. To finish, wrap the wire tightly for 5mm and cut off the excess at the back. Use pliers to flatten the wire.
MATERIALS • silver tiara band • 1 x 56g block brown soft Fimo clay • 1 x 56g block white soft Fimo clay • Fimo water-based gloss varnish • small amount of red, purple and green soft Fimo for cake toppings • needle • metal or wooden skewer • cocktail sticks • piece of polystyrene • 105cm 18-gauge silver coloured wire • 120cm 26-gauge silver coloured wire • 200 x seed beads
BIG BEAD LITTLE BEAD
ANNA WELLER DESIGNER
ABOUT ANNA… From a background studying theatre design and costume history, Anna now focuses her creative energies on jewellery design and the online bead shop www. bigbeadlittlebead.com. Big Bead Little Bead prides itself on offering vintage and one-off artist-made beads not available elsewhere.
Turn a loop at the end of the wire and wrap the end three times before trimming. Thread on a fuchsia crystal bicone followed by the lovebird charm, then another fuchsia bicone. Thread on a crystal silver-lined seed bead, a black opaque seed
MATERIALS • polymer clay lovebird charm • silver-plated 0.6mm craft wire (40cm) • 30 x fuchsia 4mm crystal bicones • black opaque seed beads (11/0) • crystal silver-lined seed beads (11/0) • 4 x mother of pearl olives (7x4mm) • 3 x silver-plated 38mm headpins • silver-plated 6mm jump ring • 18” silver-plated chain with clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
Anna Weller goes all-out romantic and girlie this issue with a contemporary lovebird-inspired design destined to make you stand out from the crowd
AFFAIR bead, a crystal silver-lined seed bead and a fuchsia crystal bicone. Put a bend in the wire using your fingers – this creates one half of the ‘V’ shaping at the top of the heart. Keep threading on the same sequence of a crystal silver-lined seed beed, a black seed bead, a crystal seed bead and a fuchsia bicone until you have added 13 fuchsia bicones in total (11 from the bend in the wire). Add another crystal silver-lined seed bead, a black seed bead and another crystal seed bead. Use your fingers to gently curve the wire. Create a loop in the wire and wrap it once. You will now be creating the second side of the heart to mirror the first half, so keep an eye on the shape you are making. Start the second half with a fuchsia crystal, then continue with the sequence as before. Use your fingers to shape the wire to match the other side. Once you have threaded on your 12th bicone, finish off with a last set of three seed beads. To join the two halves of the heart, wind the wire between the fuchsia bicone and the crystal silver-lined seed bead on the bend on the first section. Take the wire up vertically and allow a straight section of approximately 5mm, then create a loop
and wrap the wire back down to the top of the heart again. Trim and neaten the end of the wire. Onto one headpin thread a mother of pearl olive, crystal silver-lined seed bead, fuchsia bicone, black seed bead and crystal seed bead. On the second pin, thread a crystal seed bead, black seed bead, crystal seed bead,
mother of pearl olive, fuchsia bicone, mother of pearl olive, crystal seed bead, black seed bead, and crystal seed bead. On the final pin, thread a fuchsia bicone, a black seed bead and a mother of pearl olive.
On each headpin, trim the wire and turn a loop. Use the dangles to decorate the loop beneath the heart. Use the 6mm jump ring to attach the completed pendant to the silver chain.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Big Bead Little Bead; www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233
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TANGLED SU PENNICK DESIGNER
pirelli involves winding a length of coloured thread around ﬁxed points to make geometric patterns – for the designs featured here, the ﬁxed points are created by beads threaded onto memory wire rings. The threads are then passed between the beads, which hold them in place. The thread is wound around the ring to end up back in its original starting
Spirelli string art has been enjoying a renaissance of late. Here Su Pennick shows you how to incorporate it into your jewellery making
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position, creating a web-like, symmetrical, geometric pattern. The pattern can be varied depending on the number of beads between each ﬁxed point. If the thread is wound from one side of the ring to the opposite side and then back to the bead next to the starting point, and so on, moving the ﬁxed point one position around the ring each time, you will achieve an effect like
the spokes of a wheel. Other effects can be created by winding the thread to other ﬁxed points around the circumference of the ring rather than straight across – these points must be at equal distances around the ring for the pattern to work. This type of design has been used in the large pendant for the necklace on page 67. The ring of beads has been divided into four, and the thread
wound around each of these in turn rather than being taken across the ring. Memory wire is ideal for creating spirelli rings as it retains its circular shape. If, however, you ﬁnd that a gap forms between the beads once the wire has been threaded, do not keep adding more and more beads as this will create a distorted shape rather than a clean circle. Once all the thread is wound
around the beads it will help to hold the ring together, but winding the larger rings can be tricky as they warp easily. The important thing is not to put too much tension on the thread so that it doesn’t distort the shape of the ring. Why not try using two, or even three, different coloured threads wound in different patterns on the same ring?
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BASIC TECHNIQUE Cut a length of memory wire that is one whole ring plus a quarter. Thread this with beads until the ring length is full, leaving the extra quarter empty. Tuck the empty quarter ring inside
the beaded wire to form a closed loop. Use only half the thickness of embroidery thread. Tie the end of the thread between two of the beads, leaving a 10cm length. Wind the thread across the ring, between
two beads, and back, under the ring, to the gap to the right of the starting point. Take the thread across the ring again to the gap to the left of the first winding. Bring the thread back, under the ring, to the next gap on the right.
Continue in this way until the thread ends up back at the starting position. Wind the end of the thread around the gap in the ring and tie it to the starting end. These can then be used to attach the ring to others.
JEWELLERY SPIRELLI When choosing beads ensure that the hole is big enough to accommodate two lengths of memory wire Add a little clear glue to the knot where the ends of thread have been tied together. This will prevent them from working apart
NECKLACE TO CREATE Create one braceletsized ring and one ring-sized ring by following the Basic Technique as outlined above. Tie the two rings together with the ends of the thread. Cut a length of Tigertail. Attach one end to a jump ring and hold in place with a crimp bead. Thread the wire with rainbow beads, ending with a crimp bead and clasp. Tie the spirelli pendant to the middle of the necklace, ensuring that the knot is kept to the back of the pendant. Add a spot of glue to the knot. When this is dry, trim the ends.
MATERIALS • Beadalon stainless steel memory wire (large bracelet and ring sizes) • The Craft Factory 4mm rainbow beads • DMC Jewel Effects polyester embroidery thread (E3837) • Tigertail • 2 x silver crimp beads • 2 x silver 7mm jump rings • silver clasp
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MATERIALS • Beadalon stainless steel memory wire (necklace size) • The Craft Factory 4mm rainbow beads • DMC Jewel Effects polyester embroidery thread (E3837) • lilac Paper Cellar round beads • 6 x silver 7mm jump rings • silver 0.8mm wire • 2 x small feathers
TO CREATE Create five spirelli rings following the Basic Technique on page 67. Take a ring and thread a lilac bead onto one of the ends of thread that have been tied together. Tie both threads together, then tie them between the beads of a second ring. Continue until all five rings are tied together. Add a bead to the end threads and tie to one half of a toggle clasp. Cut a length of thread and tie it to the other end of the bracelet. Thread a bead and tie to the other half of the toggle clasp. Add a spot of glue to all knots and trim the threads when dry.
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MATERIALS • Beadalon stainless steel memory wire (ring size) • The Craft Factory 4mm rainbow beads • silver toggle clasp
• DMC Jewel Effects polyester embroidery thread (E3837) • lilac Paper Cellar round beads
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JEWELLERY SPIRELLI DREAM CATCHER TO CREATE Create a large spirelli ring following the Basic Technique on page 67. Create five dangles from silver wire – one long, two medium and two short using a combination of beads as shown. Attach the dangles to the bottom of the ring with jump rings. Form a loop in another length of wire and thread six beads onto it. Form a large, wrapped loop and trim the end of the wire. Attach this to the top of the spirelli ring with a jump ring. Use glue to stick the two feathers together. Thread a lilac bead onto the ends and glue to the threads of the ring.
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TO CREATE Create two spirelli rings following the Basic Technique on page 67. Take one of the rings and thread a lilac bead onto one of the thread ends, then tie both ends together.
EARRINGS Thread a lilac bead onto wire and form a loop at each end. Attach one of the loops to the spirelli ring with a jump ring and the other loop to an earring wire. Repeat for the second earring. Add a spot of glue to the knots at the base of each earring. When dry, trim the ends of the thread.
• Beadalon stainless steel memory wire (ring size) • The Craft Factory 4mm rainbow beads • DMC Jewel Effects polyester embroidery thread (E3837) • lilac Paper Cellar round beads • 2 x silver 7mm jump rings • silver wire • earring wires
Don’t use a thread that is too thick. Remember that the thread wound between each of the beads adds to the length of the circumference of the ring and you may find that halfway round there is not enough room left to accommodate any more threads
WHERE TO BUY Beadalon memory wire is available from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk All other supplies used here are available from www.hobbycraft.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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Take inspiration from these beautiful pieces and share your own creations with us – we’d love to see them
EARRINGS BY MARGARET BAINES FROM SHROPSHIRE MATERIALS
• Mad Cow Beads glass beads • Mad Cow Beads seed beads • black findings
GREEN GLASS PENDANT BY CAROLINE EDGE FROM LEICESTERSHIRE MATERIALS • • • • •
green glass bead silver-plated wire brown leather thonging jump rings clasp
FRESHWATER PEARL NECKLACE BY EMMA ANSTEY FROM SWEDEN MATERIALS • Natural White, Peacock and Pink freshwater pearls • silver-plated 2mm spacers • beading wire • crimps • heart-shaped clasp • jump rings • calottes
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THE BEAD TRAIL
daisy CHAIN A perfect accessory to your summer wardrobe, update a classic with this delightful daisy necklace. Rebecca Webster shows you how
DOUBLE-EYED DAISY CHAIN
MATERIALS • 20g of size 8 seed beads (colour A) • 10g of size 8 seed beads (colour B) • selection of beads in different sizes • nylon beading thread • size 12 beading needle
TO CREATE String a 1m length of beading thread (Nymo, Sono, or KO) using a size 12 beading needle. Nymo thread will need conditioning with beeswax or Thread Heaven, Sono and KO will not. Leave a 12” length at the end to attach beads. Pick up four petal beads (colour A) and two eye beads (B). Take the needle back through the first bead, as shown in Fig 1. Pick up four more petal beads and take the needle through the fourth bead to complete a circle around the two eye beads (see Fig 2). Pick up three petal beads and two eye beads, then take the needle through the last bead of the first flower, as shown in Fig 3. Pick up three more petal beads and go
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through the petal bead before the centre bead to complete the flower. Continue with Steps 2-5. It is unlikely you’ll finish the project without joining thread. Do this by tying an overhand knot around
the old thread snug to your work, then keep beading with the new thread. After a few more daisies, return to the old thread ends and stitch into the work, tying a couple more knots between beads as
you go along. When you have the desired length, re-thread the tail end and add a sequence of your chosen beads. Finish with a seed bead to create a stop bead, then go back through
all the other beads. Work the thread into the main body of the design, knotting between the beads in a couple of places before cutting. Repeat this on the other side to finish.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Trail, Workshop 22, Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2EB; www.thebeadtrail.co.uk; 01606 884127 74
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SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER
STRETCH your imagination Sarah Austin puts a modern twist into her chain maille designs by using synthetic rubber o-rings in addition to traditional jump rings
ABOUT SARAH… Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history, which led her onto starting her own maille shirt. This was abandoned when she discovered coloured jump rings and the fact that you can use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.
EUROPEAN 4-1 CUFF
TO CREATE Place four o-rings onto an open pink jump ring and close. Position the o-rings as if at four ‘corners’ by gently patting them. Place an open violet jump ring through two o-rings from Step 1 and add two new orings (see Fig 1 below). Close the jump ring. Repeat Step 2 using alternate pink and violet rings until you have a chain length of 25 coloured rings and 52 o-rings. To widen the chain, link one pink jump ring through two orings at the top of the
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chain and add two new o-rings, as in Fig 2. Link one violet jump ring through two edge rings and one of the new o-rings added in Step 3. Add a new o-ring and close
(see Fig 2). Continue adding o-rings using alternate pink and violet jump rings until your chain is four o-rings wide. Join the two ends of the cuff by linking a
violet jump ring through two o-rings from one end and two
corresponding o-rings from the other end as in Fig 3. Repeat twice.
MATERIALS • 104 x black EPDM rubber o-rings (id 6.4mm, 1.63mm) • 39 x pink anodised aluminium jump rings (id 6.8mm, 1.64mm) • 39 x violet anodised
aluminium jump rings (id 6.8mm, 1.64mm)
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 07870 751833 76
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BEADSISTERS MATERIALS • 102 x blue EPDM rubber o-rings (id 6.4mm, 1.63mm) • 51 x turquoise anodised aluminium jump rings (id 6.8mm, 1.64mm) • 51 x gold anodised aluminium jump rings (id 6.8mm, 1.64mm) • scraps of wire or thread
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
ROUND MAIL BANGLE TO CREATE Follow Steps 1-4 of the European 4-1 cuff shown opposite, alternating the gold and turquoise jump rings, until the chain is 33 coloured aluminium rings long and three o-rings wide.
Join the chain as in Step 5 of the European 4-1 cuff. (Your cuff may seem too large at this point but the inner diameter will decrease when you join the sides to form the round maille.) Next, join the corresponding sides of the cuff with two pieces of wire or thread, leaving about three sets of o-rings in between (see Fig 1 below). Link one jump ring through two o-rings from one side and the two corresponding o-rings from the other
side as in Fig 1. Make sure you are using the matching coloured jump ring for the row. Link one coloured jump ring through
Remove the ties and repeat until you have joined the two sides of the bangle all the way round.
the bottom two o-rings joined in Step 4 and the next two corresponding o-rings below (again, as shown in Fig 1).
JAPANESE WEAVE CUFF
ring. Continue adding o-rings in this way until you have a chain 17 pairs of o-rings long. Make a second chain following Steps 1 and 2. Then make two more chains using black o-rings and pink jump rings. Link the first pair of blue o-rings of one chain with the first pair of black o-rings of another chain using two pink jump rings. Continue joining corresponding pairs of o-rings along the length of the chains, as shown in Fig 1 (below). Repeat Step 4 with the remaining two chains. Join them so the two blue chains form the edge of the cuff with the black chains in the middle. Finally, link the corresponding o-rings at each end of the cuff with the appropriate matching coloured rings.
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TO CREATE Link two glow-inthe-dark o-rings and two blue EPDM o-rings with one turquoise jump ring. Repeat with a second turquoise ring. Lay out the o-rings so that each pair has one glow-in-the-dark and one EPDM o-ring. Using a turquoise jump ring, link one glow-in-the-dark o-ring and one blue EPDM o-ring to one of the pairs of o-rings from Step 1. Repeat with a second turquoise jump
1 This weave requires pairs of o-rings. As glow-inthe-dark rings are more expensive, pair them with an EPDM o-ring underneath
• 36 x blue silicone glow-in-the-dark o-rings (id 6.4mm, 1.63mm) • 36 x blue EPDM rubber o-rings (id 6.4mm, 1.63mm) • 72 x black EPDM rubber o-rings (id 6.4mm, 1.63mm) • 72 x turquoise anodised
aluminium jump rings (id 5mm, 1.29mm) • 180 x pink anodised aluminium jump rings (id 5mm, 1.29mm) • scraps of wire or thread
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
GUIDE Delightfully cute, buttons add a modern twist to your stylish creations
SWAROVSKI AB ROUND CRYSTAL BUTTON
Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.61
Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 25p
These precision-cut buttons from Swarovski provide inspirational design possibilities. Use them with other crystal beads to create some really stunning designs, or use with semi-precious or glass beads to give that extra sparkle to your jewellery! Sold singly or per pack of 48. Swarovski article number 3014
Each crescent moon bead measures approximately 30x15mm and is drilled top to bottom. Available in blue, green, light orange, orange, pink, red and purple. Sold individually
These striking volcano buttons come in a selection of sizes to suit your jewellery needs
SWAROVSKI SQUARE CRYSTAL BUTTON
Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.22
Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 10p
CRYSTALLIZED SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Stockist: Shiney Rocks www.shineyrocks.co.uk Tel: 01225 332506 RRP: from £1.80
Stockist: Shiney Rocks www.shineyrocks.co.uk Tel: 01225 332506 RRP: 40p This fancy, acrylic, Light Amethyst button measures 16mm and has a silver-foil effect backing
ACRYLIC HEART Stockist: Shiney Rocks www.shineyrocks.co.uk Tel: 01225 332506 RRP: 40p Available in a selection of different colours, these fancy acrylic buttons add much love to your jewellery makes
LARGE FLAT ROUND ACRYLIC BUTTONS Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 80p A mixed colour bag of 10 bright acrylic buttons measuring 28x4mm and with two 5mm holes
RAINBOW RIDGE ACRYLIC BUTTONS Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 75p A mixed colour bag of 10 bright acrylic buttons that measure 24x3mm and have two 2mm holes
GREEN AT HEART BUTTONS Stockist: Skrapz www.skrapz.co.uk RRP: £4.85 These beautifully bright buttons come in packs of six different colours, with a variety of sizes for each
Shell beads add elegance, texture and intrigue to your designs. These fabulous beads are available in numerous colour variations
These precision-cut buttons from Swarovski are available in a selection of beautiful colours. Sold singly or per pack of 24. Swarovski article number 3017
COLOURFUL PLASTIC BUTTON MIX Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: £2 A mixture of 10 colourful plastic buttons such as hearts, animal shapes, stars, flowers and many more. Sizes vary from 14-38mm
DISC SHELL CHARMS
These shell disc charms are available in a selection of beautiful colours and each measures approximately 15mm. Sold individually
HEART SHELL BEADS Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 20p Each bead measures approximately 20x20mm and is available in brown, dark orange, grey, light orange, orange, pink, purple, green, tangerine, white and yellow. Sold individually
STICK BEADS EARTHY BUTTON ASSORTMENT PACK Stockist: Handy Hippo www.handyhippo.co.uk Tel: 01753 539222 RRP: £2.05 This lovely selection of earthy buttons includes various tones of pink, green and burnt orange
BABY BLUE BUTTON ASSORTMENT PACK
Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: £4 Top-drilled stick shell beads. Sold in 16” strings that include approx. 100 beads with each one measuring 5mm wide and 10-20mm long. Available in blue, green, pink, red and purple
FUNKY 60S FLOWERS
Stockist: Handy Hippo www.handyhippo.co.uk Tel: 01753 539222 RRP: £2.05
Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.95
Add a mass of alternative blue accents to your projects with this Baby Blue assortment
Bag of 10 funky 60s-style, flower-shaped, Aquadyed shell beads. Measures approx. 30mm
COFFEE & CREAM BUTTON ASSORTMENT PACK
RETRO 60S ROUNDS
Stockist: Handy Hippo www.handyhippo.co.uk Tel: 01753 539222 RRP: £2.05 Monochrome is always a popular choice, and this great pack of buttons brings you coffee and cream tones
Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.80 Bag of 10 fabulous retro 60s-style, Candy Pink-dyed shell beads. Measure approx 21x27x3mm
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Magical monochrome is always a stylish look. Create your own black & white beauties with these delightful materials
RAINBOW SHELL CHIPS
GLASS TUBE BEADS
Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 99p
Stockist: BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 80p
Slightly flat, pretty, rainbow-dyed shell beads in a beautiful array of colours. Chips measure between 47mm wide, 8-15mm long and 1-2mm thick, and are sold in 20g bags. The actual amount per bag and thickness can vary between batches
10 glossy black glass tube beads. Approx. 8x20mm, but handcrafted so may vary slightly
MOTHER OF PEARL CARVED LEAVES Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £5.47 These Mother of Pearl beads have wonderful variations and patterning in beautiful whites and creams. Sold per 16” strand, giving you approx. 42 beads
Hand-drilled, pretty Paua shell leaf beads. Sold in packs of six
RIVER SHELL BAROQUE PENDANTS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.45 These river shell pendants are an interesting baroque drop design. The carved design presents many hanging points so you can add beaded dangles to these unusual pendants. Sold in a variety of colours in packs of two, the beads measure approx. 26x45mm
ASSORTED COLOURFUL SHELL PENDANTS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.50 Packs include a random assortment of 10 different colourful designs. Pendants are randomly assorted so shapes, sizes and designs may vary
COFFEE MOTHER OF PEARL ROUNDS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £5.87 These Mother of Pearl beads feature wonderful colour variations, creating stylish swirling patterns in the coffee-coloured bead. Sold in 16” strands, giving you approx. 44 beads
YO-YO LAMPWORK BEADS Stockist: BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.10 A bag of six striking, swirly lampwork beads designed and handmade specially for BeadsbyLili! The beads measure approx. 15x12mm with a generous 4mm hole. Hand-crafted so allow for slight variation in size
GLASS LEAF BEADS Stockist: BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.25 Bag of 10 wide-shaped glass leaves measuring 15x14mm with a hole at the top for threading or wiring
POM-POM BEADS Stockist: BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: from 18p Available in a selection of sizes including 12, 15 and 16mm, these crochet beads can be used for some lovely effects
PAUA LEAF BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £4.35
Black & White
LAMPWORK HEART PENDANT Stockist: BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £2.25 A gorgeous black & white lampworked heart pendant with integral glass bail for threading. Very easy to make into a necklace – just add some organza ribbon or thonging. Approx. 25mm, but hand-crafted so there may be slight variation in size and pattern
RETRO MONOCHROME PENDANT Stockist:BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 85p This monochrome acrylic pendant totally fits with the current trends for all things black & white! These pendants are lightweight and acrylic but still quite chunky. They measure 50.5x5mm and the hole in the middle is 22mm
FUNKY BUMP BEADS Stockist:BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.75
CHALK WHITE CZECH GLASS FIRE-POLISHED BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.99 These beads from the Czech Republic are machinefaceted then polished by glazing inside a red-hot oven. This gives them a beautiful, glistening colour with a softer look and smoother feel at a considerably lower price than crystal. Beads measure 8mm giving you approx. 50 beads
SPOTS & STRIPES Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.32 These striking glass beads offer mixed shapes in one temporarily strung strand. The spotted oval beads and striped, flat-round beads are fun and funky, for great bold designs. Sold in 7” strands, offering around 10 beads with seed bead spacers. Flatround beads measure approx. 18x17mm, oval bead approx. 12x17mm
OFF-WHITE JAPANESE TOHO SEED BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.01 Japanese seed beads (or rocailles) from Toho are great for any project that requires size 11 seed beads. Tubes are a generous 14g (approx.), containing around 1850 beads. Also available wholesale in 100g bags
MONOCHROME LEAF MIX
A bag of six beads measuring approx. 15x12mm with 1-2mm hole. Handcrafted so allow for slight variation in size
Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.40
FROSTED ACRYLIC STAR FLOWER BEADS
Each pack of black & white leaf beads comes with a variety of different shapes, and shades of brown and blue. The beads have a metal loop attached, which makes them ideal for charm bracelets and small pendants for necklaces. Sold in packs of 25g, giving you approx. 30 beads
Stockist:BeadsbyLili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 97p Bag of 25 gorgeous frosted acrylic star flower beads that measure 7x13mm with a hole through the centre for threading or wiring
JANE KHARADE DESIGNER
BUTTON up! The ever-versatile button comes in a kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and materials, making it the perfect feature for a wealth of different jewellery designs
ABOUT JANE… Jane has been crafting all her life and started by making cards for family and friends as a young child. She trained as an architectural stained glass designer and over the past decade has developed her skills in many crafts, including interior design. She has contributed to a number of lifestyle magazines, and one of her main interests will always be jewellery making. uttons are a joy to work with because they come in an inﬁnite array of interesting shapes and colours, and are made from such a diverse collection of materials, ranging from synthetics, such as plastic and acrylic, to natural bone, wood and shell. Old clothing and charity shops can be a wonderful source of unusual buttons, and an inexpensive way to start collecting them. With many of us being guilty, albeit unintentionally, of hoarding buttons, the
projects featured here provide the perfect excuse for you to sort them all out and create some unique and beautiful pieces of jewellery incorporating some of them. Shell buttons rate as some of the most beautiful – and pricey – in the world and are very distant relatives of the pearl. In times gone by, buttons made from molluscs, blacklipped shells, oysters and abalones were shockingly expensive and only ever used to adorn the clothing of the wealthy.
Shell buttons have now become readily available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Dyed vibrant colours or left natural, and used as embellishments on textiles, accessories and jewellery, they are a stylish design statement. Intricate patterns and fretwork can now be cut quickly into shell buttons using lasers. The iridescent surface of the shell used to make buttons is layered, and actually similar in composition to that of natural pearls, giving both a simple and timeless beauty.
WHERE TO BUY Blue flower, Baltic round, turquoise round, white flower, pink round, cerise square and smokey flower buttons are available from www.totallybuttons.com; 01403 754633 Blue pearl buttons are available from Creative Crafts & Hobbies; 01527 550770 Unlimited Colours buttons, charm bracelets, ring blanks, brooch backs and flat-backed crystals are available from Efco Hobby Products; efco.sinotexuk.com; 01737 245450 All other buttons used here were recycled from clothes or accessories All other findings are available from www.cooksongold.com; 0845 100 1122
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JEWELLERY BUTTONS RING
TO CREATE Push a ring blank into a piece of Plasticine to hold it in position whilst the ring is being worked on. Mix up the epoxy resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and glue a 23mm flower button centrally to the ring blank. Check that the ring blank is sitting perfectly straight in the Plasticine, and not at an angle. Leave the glue to cure; as the epoxy resin is quick drying, five minutes will be enough. Glue a 17mm flower button centrally to the 23mm flower button. Working quickly, place a small white flower button onto the 17mm flower button. Push the white button down with a cocktail stick, and as the glue oozes out of the button hole, use tweezers to add a flatbacked crystal.
MATERIALS Please note that the quantities listed are enough to complete all projects
• 7 x clear 3mm flatbacked crystals • aqua and dark pink thread • aqua embroidery thread • fabric pen • epoxy resin (quick dry) • Plasticine • turquoise 16mm organza ribbon (56cm) • aqua 4mm satin ribbon (56cm) • dark pink and turquoise felt
BUTTONS • 4 x small Colours Unlimited buttons • 4 x large Colours Unlimited buttons • 7 x blue pearl buttons • blue 23mm flower button (S4236) • Baltic 35mm round button (S4065) • 8 x turquoise 11mm round buttons (S4105) • 6 x white 10mm flower buttons (S4087) • 6 x pink 10mm round buttons (S4015) • 7 x cerise 12mm square buttons (S4128) • 5 x smokey 15mm flower buttons (S4095) • 2 x 17mm flower buttons • pink 25mm round shell button • pink 10mm round shell button • 2 x 20mm round shells
FINDINGS • 23 x 7mm jump rings (NVH H70) • 22 x 5mm jump rings (NVH L50) • 11 x 6mm jump rings (NVF L17) • 41cm loose trace chain (WVT S00) • brooch back • small bolt ring • earring hooks (NVK 058X) • charm bracelet • ring blank
TOOLS • 2 x pliers • tweezers • sewing machine
EARRINGS TO CREATE Use a pair of pliers to open up the loop on an earring hook, thread on a 5mm jump ring, then close the loop tightly. Open up a 7mm jump ring. Slip it onto the 5mm jump ring, then thread on a cerise square button and close the jump rings. Thread another 7mm jump ring through the hole in the bottom of the button, and add a 5mm jump ring onto that. Open another 7mm jump ring and add a blue pear-shaped button. Slip it onto the 5mm jump ring. Make sure all the jump rings are closed tightly, and repeat the process to make the other earring.
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TO CREATE Using loose chain is a great way to easily make customlength necklaces and pendants, especially if you prefer shorter pendants, as you only pay for what you use. Attach a small bolt ring to one end of a length
1 FELT CORSAGE intermediate
TO CREATE Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut a piece of dark pink felt
into a 50mm-diameter circle. Draw on a 35mm inner circle with a fabric pen and cut into the felt at 4mm intervals up to the line. Cut out a 35mmdiameter circle of turquoise felt, draw on a 25mm inner circle, and cut into the felt at
4mm intervals so that a frilled effect is created on both pieces. Place a 17mm flower button on top of a 25mm pink shell button, and position them centrally on the turquoise felt. Use dark pink thread the same shade as the felt and sew them together onto the turquoise felt. Mix up the epoxy resin and glue a small pink button into position using a cocktail stick. As the epoxy resin oozes out of the button hole, pick up the flat-backed crystal with tweezers and carefully place it into position. Once the glue has cured completely overnight, use dark pink thread to sew the brooch back to the reverse of the corsage.
of trace chain and a 5mm jump ring to the other. Find the middle of the trace chain and add a 6mm jump ring. Count five links either side of the central jump ring and add another two 6mm jump rings. Keep adding 6mm jump rings with five spaces between them until there are 11 jump rings in total. Attach two 7mm jump rings to each
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of the cerise square buttons, then suspend them from every other jump ring. Thread a 7mm jump ring from each of the turquoise buttons and attach the turquoise buttons to the cerise buttons via a 5mm jump ring. Complete the pretty summery look by threading a single-holed pink shell button onto each of the remaining jump rings.
TO CREATE Take a piece of turquoise felt and cut it into a 3.5x30cm strip. Lay 56cm lengths of turquoise organza ribbon and aqua satin ribbon over the felt and pin all three together. Those experienced at sewing can stitch the ribbon to the felt while the pieces are pinned together; alternatively, tack them together prior to machine stitching. Once the ribbons have been stitched to the felt, pull the end of the thread down through the ribbon to the back of the choker and tie the two ends of cotton in several tight, secure knots. Repeat at the other end of the choker.
Gently fold the choker in two and mark the central point with a fabric pen. Thread a darning needle with embroidery thread, lay a turquoise button on top of a Baltic button, and sew
them on together. Either side of the large Baltic button, sew on a medium two-tone pink button. Sewing on all the buttons individually means that if one falls the rest stay put.
Either side of the two-tone pink buttons, layer 20mm round shell buttons with turquoise buttons and sew these on. Finally, add another two-tone pink button at each end to complete the look.
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JEWELLERY BUTTONS CHARM BRACELET
TO CREATE Lay the charm bracelet on a flat surface and attach five 7mm jump rings at equal intervals along the bracelet. Open the jump rings using two pairs of pliers (push the ends of the jump rings away from one another in opposite directions rather than just pulling them apart, as this will cause the jump rings to distort). Attach four 5mm jump rings between the 7mm jumps rings, and thread a smokey grey flower button onto each one. Make sure all the buttons are face up and attach them to the links of the bracelet via another 5mm jump ring, then close the jump rings tightly. Mix up the epoxy resin according to the manufacturerâ€™s
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instructions and, working quickly, glue five 10mm white flower shell buttons centrally to five blue pear-shaped buttons, using a cocktail stick to manoeuvre each one into the centre. Push the flower buttons down with the cocktail stick and, as the glue appears at the top of the button holes, carefully position flat-backed crystals in the middle. Once the glue has cured completely, thread the finished blue buttons onto the 7mm jump rings on the bracelet, and close the jump rings. Thread four 6mm jump rings at equal intervals along the bracelet and attach four small two-tone pink buttons to complete the look.
If you are thinking of making these as gifts â€“ or even if you are keeping them yourself â€“ it is well worth investing in sterling silver findings if your budget will stretch, as the pieces will last for years
Shimmering lime and white beads form a halo of light around jet black crystal, creating the illusion of a solar eclipse on this stunning four-strand bracelet
GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER
TO CREATE Bunch all four strands of Beadalon together, making sure the ends are level. Thread all four through a crimp bead, then through the loop of one part of the toggle. Thread them all back through the crimp bead again, leaving a tail of 6cm, then squash the crimp bead using a pair of chain-nosed pliers. Thread a 6mm Xilion onto all four of the strands and the four tail strands, making eight in total. This will be a very tight fit but they will all go through! If any tails
protrude, trim carefully with side cutters. Separate the four strands into two groups of two. Work one side of the pattern using two strands as follows: thread one white opal then one lime bead onto both strands. Separate the strands and pass one through one side of a square bead. On the other strand, thread two white opals, one lime bead and two more white opals. Bring the stands together and thread them both through one lime bead and one white opal. Repeat this
sequence with the other two strands. Bring all four strands together and thread them through an 8mm Jet Xilion. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 a further four times. On the fourth repeat, at the end of the sequence, use a 6mm Xilion instead of an 8mm Xilion. Thread all four strands through a crimp bead, then through the loop of the other part of the toggle. Thread them
all back through the crimp bead again, and then back through the 6mm Xilion. Pull everything tight along the length of the bracelet in order to accentuate the square pattern. Pull any slack through the crimp bead and the 6mm Xilion (but not so tight that the bracelet becomes inflexible). Squash the crimp bead using chain-nosed pliers. Using side cutters, trim the strands close to the base of the Xilion.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jillybeads.com; 01524 412728
JillyBeads is a friendly, fun, family-run business based in the north of England, which was created in 2001 out of a love for beautiful beads, together with a desire to run an online business. The team at JillyBeads is always on the lookout for new, tantalising and useful products, and enjoys challenges set by customers. The dynamic website is regularly updated with exciting goodies, along with creative design ideas to tempt and inspire. Gill Teasdale is one of the resident designers for JillyBeads and her work features regularly in the beading press and on the company’s website.
MATERIALS • Crytallized Swarovski Elements: • 5 x Jet 14mm Square Double Hole Beads • 4 x Jet 8mm Xilion beads • 2 x Jet 6mm Xilion beads • 60 x white opal AB2X 4mm Xilion beads • 30 x lime 4mm Xilion beads • 4 x 35cm lengths of black 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • 2 x Gun Metal crimp beads • Gun Metal circular toggle
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
JEWELLERY Fly the flag this summer in the bold, nautical, bang-on-trend colours of Cool Britannia. Judith Hannington demonstrates how using a colour scheme as a starting point can result in fabulous pieces in a whole variety of styles
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
ometimes the choice of beads available to you when creating your own jewellery can be more than a little overwhelming. Starting with a speciﬁc colour scheme is a great way of channelling your ideas and creating colour-matched jewellery to suit your mood or outﬁt. Similarly, by focusing
on colour when you are bead shopping, you can often spot a particular bead design and challenge yourself to create a piece around it. I chose the on-trend colour scheme of red, white and blue for this feature to show you a variety of quick projects so, whether you favour large funky pieces or more delicate designs,
you can step out in style sporting your own custom-made jewellery. Several of the beads used in this feature have fairly large holes, which are suited to threading materials such as cords and ribbons. However, it is very simple to successfully use largeholed beads with smaller threading materials – and indeed
with eyepins and headpins – and also incorporate bead caps
into the design. The main potential problem is that the beads will move about on the threading material, making them look untidy on the ﬁnished piece. When combined with bead caps it also means the bead hole may be revealed, which looks unprofessional. The trick is to ﬁll the bead hole with small beads once the bead is strung so that it is held centrally on the thread or wire. Seed beads are very useful for this but any small bead will work if it will slide into the hole. Don’t forget, all the beads used here are colour co-ordinated so you can mix and match elements from different designs to suit your own taste. Most of the beads included are available in a whole range of colours so you can limit your palette to just two of the featured colours or create a single design in any number of different colourways.
WHERE TO BUY The majority of the coloured beads and findings used in these projects are available from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk You can buy the silver sea-themed charms and silver beads plus the cane glass beads from www.globaholic.com Silver double bead caps are available from www.bead-exclusive.co.uk
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JEWELLERY FLOWER POWER PENDANT TO CREATE Make a single knot in the leather cord about 20mm from the end. Thread both ends of the cord up through the flower bead. The short end will now be hidden within the bead and should not be visible inside the central hole – trim the end if necessary. Make a knot in the centre of the flower bead, snug to the hole where it emerges. Use your pricking tool inserted into the knot to ensure
it is slid as close to the bead as possible. Thread a sparkle bead onto the cord and tie a knot the other side before threading the cord through the top half of the flower. Push the other end of the cord down through the top hole of the pendant as far as it will go. Knot the cords together, sliding the knot down to the top of the flower bead. Trim the cord to the desired length. Use chain-nosed pliers to fix a coil end onto both halves, squeezing the end of the coil tight against the cord. Finish with a lobster clasp.
MATERIALS • red acrylic flower bead • red and white 10mm round sparkle Lucite bead • blue Indian leather cord • silver coil cone ends
• silver lobster clasp
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • pricking or similar pointed tool
SEALIFE BAG CHARM For step-by-step illustrated instructions on forming plain and wrapped loops in headpins and eyepins, see our techniques glossary on page 92
TO CREATE Thread a silver bead, the barrel bead and another silver bead onto the eyepin and create a wrapped loop at the top. Attach to the keyring using the large jump ring. Thread your red, white and blue beads onto eyepins, with a silver bead top and bottom, then create a plain loop in the end of each, snug to the final silver bead. Attach a silver charm bead to the plain loop on each eyepin. Attach three different lengths of chain to the bottom of the barrel-beaded eyepin and hang the charm components from the chain.
MATERIALS • large keyring component • blue barrel bead (10x7mm) • blue rondelle bead • red and white 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads • silver eyepins • silver 2mm round bead
• silver seahorse, shell and fish charm beads • small link chain • large silver jump ring
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
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MATERIALS • red and white lampwork beads • blue oval glass beads • silver 4mm double bead caps • silver eyepins • silver 2mm round beads • tiny seed beads • bolt ring and tag
TOOLS • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Cut a length of wire about 60mm longer than the desired finished necklace length. Thread a crimp bead onto one end, and pass the end through the bolt ring then back
MATERIALS • red, white and blue cane glass bead • blue silver-lined seed beads • red opaque seed beads • Beadalon 7-strand nylon-coated wire • bolt ring and tag • silver 3mm round beads • silver spacer rondelle beads • silver crimp beads • silver crimp covers
TOOLS • crimping pliers
TO CREATE Thread a silver bead, bead cap and lampwork bead onto an eyepin. If you wish to keep it central, add two or three tiny beads to fill the core of the lampwork bead, then
through the crimp bead, forming a loop. Set the crimp using the pliers, trim the excess wire and fix a silver cover over it. Thread on enough blue seed beads to complete just under half of the necklace, then add one, two and three red beads alternating with a single blue bead. Add a silver round bead and rondelle, then your cane glass bead. Fill the centre of the cane glass bead with seed beads if necessary to keep it central on the wire. Add beads to the other half of the necklace in order to make it symmetrical.
using the blue oval glass beads. Connect all the beaded components together using their plain loops. Check the fit of the bracelet and add more components as necessary to achieve the desired length. Finish with a bolt ring and tag.
Create four doubleended eyepin components using red lampwork beads but without the bead caps, and four components
finish with a bead cap and silver bead. Create a plain loop in the end of the eyepin, snug to the final bead.
Thread on a crimp bead, then pass the wire through the tag and back through the crimp bead, forming a loop. Pull the wire so that the beads are snug on the necklace, then
set the crimp using pliers. Trim the excess wire and fix a silver cover over it.
CANDY CANE NECKLACE
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JEWELLERY TO CREATE
Thread a silver bead and a bead cap onto a headpin, followed by a cube bead. Thread small beads onto the headpin to fit inside the cube bead core, centralising it on the pin. Finish with a second bead cap and a silver bead. Create a wrapped loop in the end of the headpin and attach the loop to an ear wire. Repeat the steps to make a matching pair of earrings.
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MATERIALS • stripy 10mm acrylic cube bead • silver headpins • silver 2mm round beads • silver 4mm double bead caps • silver fish-hook ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Attach two lengths of chain to each end of the connector bar using a jump ring. Cut the chains to the desired length, then attach each component of the clasp to the cut ends using jump rings. Try to ensure the chains are not twisted and are of identical length before you fix them. Thread a silver bead, a bead cap and a blue bead onto a headpin, followed by a second bead cap and silver bead. Form a plain loop in the headpin, snug to this final bead. Attach the beaded headpin to an eyepin, then thread the eyepin with a silver bead, Swarovski crystal and another silver bead before forming a plain loop, snug to the final
bead. Attach to the central loop on the connector bar. Create the two beaded headpins either side as follows: silver bead, blue glass oval, silver bead, Swarovski crystal, and three silver beads to finish. Create a plain loop in the end and attach to the connector, two holes along to the right and left. Create the final outer dangles using a Swarovski crystal on a headpin finished with a plain loop.
DOUBLE CHAIN NECKLACE
MATERIALS • red and white 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads • blue oval glass beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver headpins and eyepins • silver 7-loop twist connector bar
• silver jump rings • silver trace chain • silver bolt ring and tag
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
designer Each designer featured wins a Miyuki bead jewellery kit worth £12.70 kindly donated by The Bead Shop Scotland
Be inspired by these fabulous designs and send your own creations in to us – we’d love to see them
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BY CAROLINE EDGE FROM LEICESTERSHIRE MATERIALS • • • • •
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BUTTERFLY THREE-TIER FLOATING NECKLACE BY ANN DRUMMOND FROM CHESHIRE MATERIALS • clasp • jump rings • butterfly and dragonfly charms
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seed beads wire clamps crimps jewellery wire
STRAWBERRY BRACELET BY JENNY MILTON FROM SUSSEX MATERIALS • • • • • •
thick-gauge jewellery wire headpins jump rings various glass and plastic beads seed beads strawberry and mushroom charms
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Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects
OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS
Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers – either two pairs of flat-nosed, or one flat-nosed and one
To open the jump ring, bring one pair 2 of pliers towards you, opening the jump ring like a door rather than pulling
Slide your component onto the ring, 3 then reverse the action of your pliers to bring the ends neatly back together.
FORMING A PLAIN LOOP This is the simplest way of creating a loop on a headpin, eyepin or a length of wire, ready for connecting to other components.
Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 90º bend close to nosed pliers, and rotate the pliers away towards you and grip the wire again. the bead using a pair of chain-nosed or from you to start curling the wire. Continue rotating the wire and repositioning flat-nosed pliers.
your pliers until the loop is formed.
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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES CREATING A WRAPPED LOOP A wrapped loop is stronger than a simple loop, as it is completely closed and is perfect for heavier pendants and for creating links.
Trim the wire end to 3cm above the 1 last bead, then use a pair of chainnosed pliers to make a 90º bend a short
Hold the wire just above the bend Position the bottom jaw of your pliers 2 3 using round-nosed pliers, and wrap the into the curved wire and complete the end of the wire over the top jaw. curve to form a loop. Your wire end
distance above the bead.
Holding the loop flat using chainnosed pliers, grip the wire end using flat-nosed pliers and wind it around the stem to cover the gap between the loop and the bead.
should be back at the 90º angle.
Trim the end of the wire using cutters, and flatten it against the stem using flat-nosed pliers to squash any sharp edges.
Stringing materials, such as cord or ribbon, can be knotted and the knot covered with a clam calotte. Stiffer stringing materials, such as nylon beading wire, should be ﬁnished with a crimp, which can then be covered with a clam calotte.
USING CRIMP PLIERS
Position the crimp bead in the ridged 1 section of your pliers and squeeze to curl the crimp.
Position the crimp bead back in the 2 oval section of your pliers, ensuring it is sitting vertically, then squeeze gently to compress the crimp to a smooth, rounded shape.
Simply thread a calotte onto your stringing material, tie a knot or ﬁx a crimp at the end, then slide the calotte back up to the end and close the two halves for perfect concealment.
From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials... ‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of ﬁnishes; bronze and copper ﬁndings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are speciﬁcally looking for hypo-allergenic ﬁndings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour ﬁnishes.
CLASPS Used to join the ends of a bracelet or necklace together, either manually or magnetically, clasps are available in a variety of designs. They can be simple wire components or highly decorative pieces that can be an integral part of jewellery design.
EYEPINS Instead of having a ﬂat or decorative head, eyepins have a looped ‘eye’ that enables other components to be attached directly to them.
JUMP RINGS These are simple wire loops that are used to connect different components. Standard jump rings can be opened and closed, and you can purchase jump rings that are soldered closed when added security is required.
THREAD Thread encompasses many different materials, both manmade and of natural origin, and should be chosen according to the beads in your design. Silk is perfect for threading pearls and semi-precious stones, while nylon is more suited to glass beads. You need to be able to tie a knot in the thread that is large enough to stop the beads coming off, so take this into consideration. Flat threading materials such as ribbon and suede lace are perfect for large-holed beads, and can be ﬁnished with coils or box calottes to secure the end to your clasp.
SPLIT RINGS Split rings are similar to jump rings, but with two rotations of wire. They are used when added security is required. Unlike closed jump rings, they can have components added to them in the same way that keys are attached to a key ring.
EAR WIRES Fish hooks are the standard ear wires used to create dangly earrings, but beaded designs can also be hung from ball and pin earrings, or even clip-on bases for non-pierced ears.
HEADPINS Similar to a standard sewing pin, headpins are commonly used to make dangly elements in a piece of jewellery. Standard headpins have a ﬂattened top, but common variations include ball pins and pins with decoratively beaded ends.
STRINGING MATERIALS: CHAIN There are many different chain designs made from several different metals – or modern polyester for a lightweight but chunky alternative. Use small lengths of chain in a design to link different components, or single links from a large open chain as part of a feature pendant.
WIRE Wire is sold by both length and weight, and is categorised by its gauge (the thickness of the wire). The following table describes the uses for the most common wire gauges. Gauge
Binding, knitting and weaving Threading small, delicate beads. Binding and twisting Wirework with crystals and medium beads Wire-wrapping large beads and creating wire components Bold, chunky wireworked designs
Coloured wires are usually copper with an enamel coating. Tigertail is a speciality twistedsteel beading wire with a nylon coating, while Soft Flex wire is similar but more ﬂexible and less prone to kinking. You can buy solid or plated silver and gold wire, and plated wire is often a good economical option (silver-plated wire won’t tarnish as quickly as solid silver). Memory wire, available in ring, bracelet and necklace sizes, is a stainless steel wire that never loses its shape. It is sold in coils that can be cut into individual rounds, strung with beads and ﬁnished with an end cap.
TOOLS of the trade
Get to grips with your jewellery-making tool kit – we guide you through the essential contents and their applications for professional-looking results
Also known as snipe-nosed pliers, these have ﬂat jaws on the inside and rounded jaws on the outside and are designed for precision jobs such as creating wrapped loops.
Pliers with round jaws that taper to a point are used for forming loops and curves and are ideal for creating your own jump rings.
These pliers have ﬂat faces on both sides of the jaws and are used for gripping wire and jewellery components while you are working on them, and for bending and ﬂattening wire.
MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS
Although chain or ﬂat-nosed pliers will sufﬁce to ﬁx crimp beads, crimping pliers give a neat, professional ﬁnish. They are two-stage pliers, speciﬁcally designed to crush and fold crimp tubes to ﬁx the position of beads on stringing material and to secure the ends.
These pliers will handle cutting lengths of soft wire and trimming headpins and eyepins. The jaws are angled for a clean, ﬂush cut.
Memory wire cutters are essential if you want to use this sturdy wire for creating jewellery, as it will damage the jaws of regular wire cutters.
NYLON-JAW PLIERS Nylon-jaw pliers are identical to ﬂat-nosed pliers except that the jaws are moulded from plastic and are used to handle soft precious-metal wires and components that could be easily marked or dented.
WIRE-WORKING TOOLS If you are keen to create your own wire components, a chasing hammer and steel stake are essential for ﬂattening and workhardening (toughening) wire shapes. Chasing hammers are lightweight and easy to handle, and steel stakes on which to hammer your work have an ultra-smooth surface to eliminate the chance of marking your pieces.
BEADING TWEEZERS A pair of beading tweezers is handy for managing tiny seed beads and unpicking knots in stringing materials.
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