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“Perfect for feeding my addiction for all things sparkly, this bracelet is at the very top of my wish list”

hello... ...and welcome to issue 5 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Our Design Team has been busy creating a plethora of jewellery and beading projects to keep you inspired, and as a selfconfessed magpie and a glutton for anything sparkly, this issue certainly doesn’t disappoint. The only drawback is that my wish list is becoming ever longer! Gill Teasdale and Jill Turton deliver a spectacular Swarovski Crystal Pearls extravaganza on page 12, showcasing the elegant and timeless appeal that has long been associated with pearls. But if you thought pearls were reserved for wearing with twinsets and tweed, think again! Bang on-trend and effortlessly chic, our feature will have you hooked in no time. Debbie Wood gets creative with wire and semi-precious stones for her collection on page 20 with amber hues and coiled wire combining to create an array of eye-catching designs, while Su Pennick uncovers the delights of grunge paper jewellery on page 24 and shows you how to incorporate this most unlikely of mediums into your designs. Jo Lochhead is feeling floral on page 44 with a colourful array of acrylic designs all destined to evoke the wow-factor, and Judith We love to see the jewellery pieces made by our talented readers, so for a chance to be featured in our Designer Galleries, please send your creations (or photographs) to CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL or email lindsey.hopkins@practicalpublishing.co.uk

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 Sarah Austin, Melanie Brooke, Shona Burton, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Sandy Kidulis, Jo Lochhead, Alison Mander, Su Pennick, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Carolyn Schulz, Gill Teasdale, Jill Thomas, Jill Turton, Anna Weller, Vivienne Whitty, Debbie Wood

Whilst every care is taken in the writing, research and preparation of this magazine, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors in articles or advertisements, or for the contents of websites reviewed. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged.

Hannington is serving up a myriad of makes from her microwave kiln on page 52. If you, like many of us, fall in love with designer pieces but not with their price tags, Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy have the perfect remedy on page 32 as they inspire you to steal the high-street vintage look by recreating the jewellery pieces for yourselves. Half-drilled beads are the order of the day for Sandy Kidulis on page 58 and beadweaving is put through its paces by Jill Thomas on page 62. Alison Mander is knitting with wire on page 80 with an exquisite collection of striking designs and Vivienne Whitty is using wooden beads as the focus for her jewellery pieces on page 66. With all of this and much more besides, I think I’ll leave you to it. Have a great month!

Editor diane.grimshaw@practicalpublishing.co.uk

PS... Issue 18 of our sister title Creative Cardmaking is now on sale. Packed full of papercrafting tips and ideas, the magazine also comes with irresistible NitWit Collections papers and die-cut images absolutely free. Get your copy now – available from your local craft shop.

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What’s inside this issue of 32 HIGH FASHION

GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Re-create stunning vintagestyle designs in delicate dusky pink, peach and cream tones

Win some amazing prizes in our fabulous giveaways and competitions

44 FLOWER POWER

INSPIRATION

Florals are big at the moment and these bold colourful makes are sure to get you noticed

We bring you the very latest beading and jewellery-making tips and ideas

66 WONDERFUL WOOD

12 PEARL APPEAL

Embrace the natural beauty of wood with these tactile, chunky wooden creations

Vivid colours and fashionable designs bring these beautiful pearls bang up-to-date

80 KNITTING WITH WIRE

38 BEAD CHALLENGE

Put your knitting skills to good use and create stunning jewellery with wire

Three gifted designers are given the same set of beads – see the fabulous results

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What’s Cooking? Judith Hannington reveals all about the different stages of fusing

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91 What’s On

06 News

70 Subscription Offer

92 Techniques

10 Readers’ Letters

72&90 Designer Gallery

94 Findings

46&75 Competitions

78 Shopping

We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads Your ideas, views and top tips Win tickets to the Ultimate Bead And Stamp Exhibition, and Fiskars goodies

50 The Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

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Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and be inspired for less! We showcase your inspiring creations

Indulge in a little retail therapy with our pick of the latest products this issue

87 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

Don’t miss out on the hottest jewellery show and class dates this summer Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making

95 Tools

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

98 Coming Next Issue

A peek at what’s coming up in issue 6


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features 44 Funky Flowers

66 Wooden Heart

48 Indian Summertime

74 Totally Topaz

Tap into flower power and make a statement with this funky asymmetrical jewellery by Jo Lochhead

Keep track of those late summer evenings with this eye-catching watch bracelet by Stephie Hall

Let the natural beauty of wood shine through with Vivienne Whitty’s necklace and earring set

Incorporate simple flower designs into your jewellery for a striking, yet elegant, effect. Shona Burton demonstrates

12 Pearls of Wisdom

Jill Turton and Gill Teasdale of JillyBeads bring you exciting makes with Swarovski Crystal Pearls

20 Hot Wired

Debbie Wood gets creative with her wire and pliers to create exquisite jewellery designs with an individual touch

52 What’s Cooking?

Judith Hannington lifts the kiln lid on different fusing stages, whether you’re firing pre-cut glass shapes or cutting and grinding your own designs

58 Last Of The Summer Wine

Sandy Kidulis showcases the use of halfdrilled beads with these simple yet sumptuous pieces in late summer shades of rich burgundy and champagne gold

80 Wire Wool

Knitting with wire produces dazzling designs with a bohemian twist. Alison Mander shows us how it’s done

86 Big In Japan

An excellent introductory piece for beginners, this Japanese chain maille weave is truly delightful

24 Beauty And The Beast

Su Pennick explains why this drablooking medium is perfect for making focal pieces for jewellery

28 A Dazzle Of Dragonflies

The shimmering dragonfly takes centre stage in this issue’s seed bead focus and Judith Hannington replicates it perfectly

32 Modern Vintage

Vintage-inspired high-fashion designs by Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock

38 The Bead Challenge

We asked our trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of beads – with delightfully different results!

62 Three Of Diamonds

Beadable items allow you to create beautiful gifts from carefully woven beads. Jill Thomas shows us how

89 Stringing The Blues!

Anna Weller combines regal golds and blues for a beautiful multi-strand necklace fit for a 21st-century queen

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THINK PINK, IT’S FRIDAY! Liven up your Fridays for a good cause this October by organising a fun activity at work, school or home for the Pink Fridays Breast Cancer Care appeal. Breast Cancer Care is encouraging people nationwide to celebrate the most relaxed day of the working week throughout October, Breast Cancer

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Awareness Month, by taking part in the charity’s Pink Fridays fundraising campaign, to support the 46,000 people who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. Getting involved with Pink Fridays is easy to do and can include anything from a tea break in the office with pink food and drinks, to wearing something pink to your morning meetings. So why not host a pink pamper party, bake pink cupcakes (for a really simple recipe go to www.breastcancer care.org.uk/pinkfridays), or make some gorgeous pink jewellery to spread the message? Breast Cancer Care ambassador Lisa Snowdon says: “I’ve been an ambassador for Breast Cancer Care for five years now and I always look forward to October. It’s a chance to get all my friends and family together, have fun and make a real difference. “More than 3,000 people will be

MAGNETIC ATTRACTION Have you ever struggled to put on or remove a bracelet? Yes, us too! But there’s no need to get yourself in a twist any more thanks to some fabulous bracelets now available from the beads and findings experts at Globaholic. Direct from America, these ingenious inventions give you a wire bracelet with magnetic clasps, and adding your own creative sparkle couldn’t be easier. Simply unscrew one end, feed on your beads, screw the end back on and there you have it! A simple snap-together

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magnetic mechanism meaning you’ll never struggle again. Bracelets measure 20cm in length. For more information go to www.globaholic.com

diagnosed with breast cancer this October alone. By holding a Pink Friday party, however small, you will help to ensure Breast Cancer Care can be there for each and every one of them. I’m going to see if I can organise one in the office this year – it’s about time they donned some silly pink outfits!” Register now for a free Pink Fridays fundraising kit, full of party ideas and fundraising tips. Visit www.pinkfridays.org.uk or call 0870 164 9422

CHESHIRE CRAFTS The Craft Shop at Winnington Lane in Northwich, Cheshire, was newly opened in October 2009 and is now fully up and running, offering a range of creative workshops and demonstrations, as well as a whole host of crafting materials for all your hobby needs. You’ll find a selection of monthly jewellery workshops for just £10, where you can come along and create two items, learning new and often unusual techniques. Classes are two hours long, but do sometimes vary depending on the project. Pop in and visit the friendly staff, or give them a call for further workshop information and bookings. The Craft Shop, Weavervale Garden Centre, Winnington Lane, Winnington, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4EE; Tel. 01606 79965


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NEWS SUMMER FUN These bold and brilliant beads from The Bead Shop Scotland are available right now to ensure your summer makes really pack a punch. Choose from Cherry lentil beads for a decidedly fruity experience at just 30p each (wholesale also available),

or go cute and cheeky with the array of polymer lips (90p each) and hearts (60p each) for modern pieces. Cherry lentils are available in green and black variations, polymer hearts in black, red, rainbow and glittered purple, and polymer lips in red and pink. Check out all the products available for your jewellery needs at www.beadshopscotland.co.uk or by visiting the stores in Edinburgh (0131 343 3222) or Haddington (01620 822886)

To win this selection of beads worth £5.40 send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J05 Summer Sizzlers, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 3rd September 2010

CHARMED, I’M SURE! If you’re looking to personalise your creations, then look no further than these delightful alphabet charms, now available from B for Beads. Each platinum-plated alphabet charm measures approximately 9x13mm and is finished with a loop top for simple jump ring attachment. At just 40p each, they’re perfect for adding initials to bracelets and full names to more decorative projects. To order go to www.b-forbeads.co.uk or call 01352 755532 for more details

RETRO REVIVAL These fabulously retro Jablonex square beads are awash with vibrant colour and available in four funky designs from Beads Unlimited. Paying homage to the 60s and 70s with their discotastic spotty, chequered and oil-lamp designs, you can bring a dash of retro style to your modern-day projects. Prices are also frozen in time at just 15p per bead, with big discounts for small wholesale quantities. Add further funk to your creations with a fabulous array of plastic-coated wire, sold on the reel in 10m lengths. Great for one-off projects or design sets, reels can also be purchased in 100m and 500m lengths for those with a big order to fill! Nine irresistible colours are available, and prices start at just 60p for 10m, £3.95 for 100m and £9.95 for 500m. Beads Unlimited has recently been declared the Craft Business Magazine Best Bead Wholesaler. Delighted

proprietor Geoff Ellis said: “The last award I received was for the 25-yards breaststroke and that was, well, longer ago than I care to remember, so I can only say that I am extremely chuffed!” For more information and to see the amazing range of jewellery and beading products available, go to www.beadsunlimited.co.uk or call 01273 740777

We have three prizes up for grabs thanks to Beads Unlimited. Each winner will receive a mixed bag of Jablonex beads and nine reels of plastic-coated wire worth £12.90, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J05 Beads Unlimited, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 3rd September 2010

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NEWS MORE THAN METAL This fabulous new release in the Design & Make series from A&C Black includes a whole host of methods and techniques for creating jewellery using aluminium. Aluminium is a very versatile and easily obtained material (think drinks cans!), which can be manipulated and decorated in a multitude of ways. Coloured Aluminium Jewellery is brought to you by successful studio jeweller Lindsey Mann, and in these pages she covers various techniques from painting and drawing on aluminium to low-tech colouring, submersion dyes, resists, digital printing and more to colour your aluminium pieces. The book features the work of a number of artisans, with colouring techniques and project inspiration accompanied by clear instructions and colour photos. A worthwhile investment for the avid jewellery maker. RRP: £16.99. Go to www.acblack.com or call 020 7758 0200 for more details

CREATIVE CLASSES You can now take your pick from more than 30 workshops over the coming months at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd. The team at the store is pleased to announce that the new timetable is packed with even more technique and project classes, meaning budding jewellery makers can learn to make jewellery with resin, silver clay, dichroic glass and shrink plastic.

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

We have six copies of Lindsey Mann’s new book to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J05 Aluminium Jewellery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 3rd September 2010

Other new classes include the Wrapped Trinity Brass™ Necklace, Sparkly Swarovski Cuff and Create Your Own Watch. A range of popular old workshops have also returned including wire knitting and Swarovski Elements Ocean Drop Necklace. The Bead Shop team is excited to be working with esteemed bead designer Kerrie Slade, who will be teaching a Bead Woven Daisy class on two dates this year.

Bling on a budget! Linda Jones, jewellery designer and author of several books, including her bestselling Creating Wire & Beaded Jewelry, now brings you her latest title, Making Beautiful Bead & Wire Jewelry. Inside are step-bystep project instructions and photographs for 30 contemporary looking designs that are quick and easy to make using materials old and new. From old buttons and broken necklaces to pebbles from the beach, washers and bolts – all can be transformed into stylish pieces of jewellery that won’t break the bank. Making Beautiful Wire & Beaded Jewelry is a treasure trove of creative ideas for beginners and experienced crafters alike, fun to do and sure to inspire all. Making Beautiful Bead & Wire Jewelry is published by Cico Books at £12.99 and is available from all good book shops. Call 01256 302699 or visit www.cicobooks.co.uk

We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a fantastic project, perfect for intermediate to advanced bead-weavers. There will also be kids’ classes for the summer holidays and fabulously sparkly workshops closer to Christmas. Workshop prices include all beads and materials, and you can take home everything that you make. Fairtrade refreshments are also provided and all participants receive a 10% off voucher to spend in the shop. Places fill up fast so to book yours and see the full list of workshops available visit www.mailorder-beads.co.uk, or call 0115 958 8899 to request a printed timetable


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Beads, findings and a herd of other stuff....

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 MOUTHWATERING MISSION! I’m very much a creative kind of soul, and have been making various bits and bobs since I was four when my Nan taught me how to knit! Over the years I’ve tried my hand at cardmaking, scrapbooking and altered art, and in the past few months have been dabbling in a little jewellery making as well. I tend to go a bit overboard with my purchases and can never throw anything away so I’m lucky that I have an entire room to devote to my various passions! I’m now looking to make a very big and bold necklace and have chosen a metallic 5mm cord for my base. Can you point me in the

SIMPLY CHARMING I love the appeal of a simple charm bracelet and remember having a lovely one with rocking horses when I was little. I wondered if you could tell me where I can get nice, bargain-priced charm bracelet blanks so I can put together a selection for my nieces? Emelia, Essex

right direction for a selection of fabulous focal beads I could use, as I’ve not been able to find the right ones at my local beading shop? I’m thinking strawberries and cream! Gloria Little, Leicestershire CB&J: Thanks for getting in touch, Gloria – you certainly sound multi-talented! You’ll have to submit some of your work for our designer galleries.

Help! I can’t get enough of stripes! I think I’m going through a phase! This year I finally got down to my target weight after a couple of years of dieting and decided to celebrate by treating myself to an all-new summer wardrobe. It would seem that I have developed entirely new tastes thanks to my new-found confidence, as before I would only wear plain colours to try to hide the bulge! Thanks to my new wardrobe, I’m now looking for a huge array of stripy beads so I can make

jewellery to go with everything. It’s that age-old craft hobby addiction, I’m afraid. Start off trying one piece, then two, then three, and before you know it you’re making pieces to go with every outfit you own! With my new wardrobe, that’s a lot of jewellery! Dorothy Fox, by email CB&J: Congratulations Dorothy! We reckon you deserve to indulge yourself in just a little more retail therapy, so down to business! Stripy beads, you say? Beads by Lili, we say! Go to www.beadsbylili.com to see a great selection of stripy beads in all the colours and styles you could imagine, from subtle stripes to downright retro.

FAKING IT!

www.thebeadshop.co.uk for silver-plated and antique silver charm bracelet blank options, priced at a bargain £1.50 each. These have a simple trigger catch

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In terms of fabulous focal beads, we know just the ones. We’ve recently been drooling over these Branello beads, available from B for Beads. There is a huge range of colours and patterns to choose from, including a few different strawberry and cream combinations. These Branello beads start at 50p each. Go to www.b-for-beads.co.uk to see the full range or call 01352 755532 for more details.

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fastening and work well with all kinds of designs, from packed-to-the-hilt to simple and sparse.

I have been making jewellery for about three months now and have had my eye on some metal charms for about half of that time. I don’t have a lot of money, but really like how beads and the metal look together. Do you know of a cheaper option? Mel Norman, Merseyside CB&J: When all else fails, try acrylic! There’s a lovely selection of acrylic charms in metallic effects available from Totally Beads at www. totallybeads.co.uk or by calling 0845 094 3594. These are just £1 for approximately 30 charms, which can stretch a long way when combining them with beads.


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LETTERS

STAR LETTER PAPER, SCISSORS, STONE A big hello and thank you to all the team at Creative Beads & Jewellery for a lovely magazine. I just picked up issue 4 at my local craft shop and I think you have me hooked! I’ve only ever made a few birthday cards for friends and family in the past – I have lots

POT LUCK I have a kind of recycling system on the go where beading is concerned. I buy little ziplock bags of seed beads, make my creations, then use the bags to store, protect and sell my pieces in. The only problem is that I often have leftover seed beads with nowhere to store them. In the past, I’ve bought little twist-lid storage pots, which are stackable, and just had these sitting on the shelf in my lounge. The problem is that they don’t hold so many beads and it often means I’ve got lots of pots full of the same colour combinations. I wondered if you knew of any better storage I could invest in that may help me sort out the shelf once and for all? Janet Nixon, by email

of supplies but am always short on time, so just haven’t been able to really delve into my love of crafts. With retirement approaching, I’ve decided that now is the time to really get myself motivated and just have a go! I’m going to try making a selection of simple pendants using

mainly my papercraft supplies, since I’ve built these up over the years (retirement isn’t going to allow me a big investment in jewellery supplies, unfortunately). The only thing I’m lacking is a good backing. I’ve considered using chipboard shapes, but these seem a little lightweight to me and I want to use my rub-ons and stickers, coupled with some glitters and Ranger Glossy Accents. For Glossy Accents I need a good sturdy base to prevent curling as it dries. Any suggestions? Nancy Warde, Gloucestershire CB&J: Congratulations on your retirement, Nancy! We hope you’ll

CB&J: Of course, Janet! It’s well worth having a look at Storage4Crafts. You’ll find a huge selection of all kinds of craft storage options, both small and large scale, so are sure to find just the thing for those leftover seed beads. Visit www.storage4crafts.com

have lots of spare time to play with and not find yourself busier than ever! The perfect backing for you to use would be ETTER TAR L is issue’s Star S Stampbord. th orth of riter of It has an ultraThe w ceives £50 w stash re Letter and jewellery smooth, clay g in d by d a be finish that can be donate s.com ly d in k bead altered in all kinds adcow www.m of ways to add colour, and you can combine this with inks, never buckle – so you paints, stamping and can apply Glossy Accents more to add decoration. to your heart’s content! The absorbency of the Stampbord is available clay’s surface is such to buy in various packs that no matter how from www.graphicus. saturated it becomes, co.uk or by calling the Stampbord will 01833 695958.

or call 0800 048 8606. It’s also worth checking out bead and jewellery stockists, as they often offer a great selection of storage ideas. Try The Bead Shop Scotland (www.bead shopscotland.co.uk; 01620 822886) for another great range.

CROCHETED CREATIONS I’ve been buying Creative Beads & Jewellery since issue 1 and I just love it. You have a great range of different projects and I’m a particular fan of Marnie Foot’s crocheted creations from issue 3. I’d be a bit nervous to try crocheting with wire to start with, so wondered if you could direct me towards thread or cord I could experiment with first? Debbie Entwistle, by email

CB&J: They are fabulous makes aren’t they, Debbie? For something softer on your hands, C Lon threads available from The Spellbound Bead Company are perfect. The 0.5mm diameter C Lon thread comes in a wide range of colours with 77m per bobbin, so it should last you a while! It’s great for micro-macrame, bead crochet and stringing. Visit www.spellbound bead.co.uk or call 01543 417650 for more details.

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Twinset and pearls? Forget it! Jill Turton and Gill Teasdale of JillyBeads grab handfuls of stunning Swarovski Crystal Pearls to bring you something altogether more exciting

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hen you think about pearls do you think prim, proper and respectable, or daring cutting-edge design? If it’s the former then think again! Pearls have moved on from their ‘twinset’ image and are no longer regarded as the staple uniform of the preppy upper classes. New vivid colours and shapes intertwined with the traditional creams mean that pearls have universal appeal and, whether you favour a gothic style or something a little more sedate, the design possibilities with pearls are endless. Swarovski Crystal Pearls are really at the

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forefront of the current pearl trend. These ultra high-quality imitation pearls have long been a favourite of the customers, designers and proprietors at JillyBeads. Naturally occurring pearls are extremely rare and are highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty. This scarcity has led to the cultivation of pearls farmed from pearl oysters, known as freshwater pearls, as well as the production of imitation pearls for costume jewellery. Traditionally the quality and lustre of these has been poor, but the masterminds at Swarovski set out to pioneer the manufacture of a “perfect imitation”.

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The result, Swarovski Crystal Pearls, have a crystal core and an innovative silky smooth coating for a “natural pearl lustre”. As jewellery makers, we find Swarovski’s Crystal Pearls perfectly weighted with a cool feel that convincingly creates the illusion of the genuine article. Added to this is the very practical assurance that the pearls are resistant to UV light, washing, dry cleaning, perspiration and perfume – all important when making quality jewellery to stand the test of time. The colour range begins with the traditional cream but moves through shades of gold, copper, brown,

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pink, reds, purple, blue, green, greys and blacks. The recently added Crystal Mystic Black and Crystal Coral, which have a beautiful high-gloss lacquer finish, add a modern twist to the selection. The extensive range of sizes and shapes stretches from tiny 3mm rounds, perfect for spacing and weaving, in millimetre increments up to 12mm. There is also a giant 14mm bead, and the larger sizes are available with large holes to accommodate chunkier stringing materials. Wavy, Drop and the latest Baroque pearl shapes complete the collection. The most natural partners for these pearls are Swarovski Elements. The contrast of iridescence and sparkling brilliance produces a perfect combination. Also, try mixing them with Swarovski findings such as rondelles or Channels and Chatons.

The recently released Fusion Concepts and Ceramics also produce elegant results. The aim of these projects is to throw new light on designing with Swarovski Crystal Pearls. Whilst we know traditionally produced knotted strings of pearls and wedding jewellery and tiaras will always have a place, it’s time to look ahead and see fresh inspirational pieces mixing new textures and unconventional mediums such as leather, chain and matt metals. We want to think more youthful, quirky and alternative, and the Swarovski ranges enable you to experiment with striking colour combinations and clusters of different sizes, textures and shades. Try out the new designs featured here – they are all eye-catching and achievable, and, surprisingly, they use only basic techniques to get great results.

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MASTERCLASS PEARLS A smooth wave of graduated tones makes this very simple necklace a visual delight. A stunning crystal ring pendant completes the stylish, sophisticated look.

TO CREATE Thread a seed bead onto a 65cm length of silk and move it to about 5cm from the end. Knot it onto the silk, apply a spot of glue and allow to dry. Pass the needle through the hole on the knot cover, from inside the ‘clam’ to the outside, and slide it up to the knotted seed bead. Close the knot cover over the knot. Thread the pearls in the following order: five Cream, five Platinum, five Light Grey, five Dark Grey, five Tahitian, five Black, five Mystic

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Black. Now add all 30 3mm pearls, then repeat the sequence with the larger pearls, but this time working backwards. Thread a knot cover onto the silk (from outside to inside), then add a seed bead. Pull the thread to take up any slack, but not so much as to make the necklace rigid. Tie a knot incorporating the seed bead, dot with glue and allow to dry before trimming the end and closing the knot cover over the knot. Wind the trigger catch onto one of the split rings, then slip each of the split rings onto one of the knot cover half loops and use your pliers to close the loop, holding the split rings securely. Hold the two ends of the necklace

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MATERIALS together and pass the middle of the length a little way through the ring pendant, then pass the two ends through the loop formed in the necklace and pull it gently to grip the ring. Adjust the tension as necessary until the ring is held evenly in the 3mm pearls.

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• black 0.75mm beading silk (with beading needle) • antique silver 12mm trigger catch • 2 x antique silver knot covers • 2 x antique silver split rings • GS Hypo Cement or super glue

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Crystal Pearls • 10 x Dark Grey 6mm Crystal Pearls • 10 x Tahitian 6mm Crystal Pearls • 10 x Black 6mm Crystal Pearls • 10 x Mystic Black 6mm Crystal Pearls • 30 x Mystic Black 3mm Crystal Pearls • 2 x 11/0 seed beads in any colour

• 10 x Cream 6mm Crystal Pearls • 10 x Platinum 6mm Crystal Pearls • 10 x Light Grey 6mm

• round-nosed or chain-nosed pliers • scissors

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jewellery doesn’t get much easier than this! And you don’t even have to choose your own colours – you can cheat and use a ready-prepared kit, available in six colourways at £5.95 each from JillyBeads.

TO CREATE Tie a loose knot in one end of a 30cm length of Stretch Magic and thread the following in order: Bordeaux pearl, 7mm jump ring, Maroon pearl, jump ring, Copper pearl, jump ring, Peach pearl, jump ring, Coral pearl, jump ring. Repeat the pattern twice. You may need to use a bead reamer to work off the excess colour coating that impedes some of the holes in the Crystal Pearls to allow the thickness of the Stretch

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MATERIALS • 17 x antique copper 7mm jump rings • antique copper 5mm jump ring • antique copper Doodle Daisy metal dangle • 0.7mm Stretch Magic

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Crystal Pearls 3 x Coral 12mm Crystal Pearls 3 x Maroon 12mm Crystal Pearls 3 x Peach 12mm Crystal Pearls padparadscha Xilion 10mm heart pendant

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • scissors

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Tones and shades are blended to create a wave effect of colour in this beautiful but simple, right-on-trend bracelet. The only skills you need here are the ability to open and close a jump ring and tie a knot – making stunning

Magic to slide through more easily. Open a 7mm jump ring and slip on a daisy, then hook it around one of the jump rings on the bracelet and re-close. Open another 7mm jump ring and slip on the heart, then re-close. Open the 5mm jump ring and hook it through the jump ring on the heart and the jump ring on the daisy, then re-close. Undo the knot in the Stretch Magic and tie the two ends together using a reef knot (left over right and through, then right over left and through), ensuring that the beads fit snugly together and there is no Stretch Magic showing. Stretch the bracelet to check it’s secure, then trim the ends.

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MASTERCLASS PEARLS PEARLY PLAITED BRACELET DESIGNED BY JILL TURTON

MATERIALS • 2 x antique silver 3:1 connectors • antique silver Fronds toggle clasp • 2 x antique silver split rings • 6 x silver-plated 3mm crimp covers • 6 x silver-plated crimp beads • bright Beadalon 49-strand wire • 3 x mini bead stoppers

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 18 x Powder Almond 10mm Crystal Pearls • 23 x Cream Rose 8mm Crystal Pearls • 30 x Black 6mm Crystal Pearls • 60 x Platinum 3mm Crystal Pearls • 65 x Peach 3mm Crystal Pearls

TOOLS • crimping pliers (optional) • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

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The fashionable nude colour palette gives this sumptuous bracelet a cool, contemporary twist.

TO CREATE Cut five 35cm lengths of Beadalon. Thread the first 5cm of two lengths of wire through a crimp bead, then the end hole on a 3:1 connector and back through the crimp bead. Push the crimp up quite close to the connector, allowing the small loop of wire to move fairly freely, then squash the crimp bead with the crimping or chain-nosed pliers and trim the short end. Cover the crimp bead with a crimp cover. Onto one of the wires, thread all the Peach pearls, and onto

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the other all the Cream Rose pearls. Place a bead stopper onto both threads close to the last beads, to prevent beads falling off whilst you work. Thread the first 5cm of another length of wire through a crimp bead, then through the central hole of the same 3:1 connector and back through the crimp bead. Secure as before, trim the short end and close a crimp cover over the crimp. Thread onto the wire all the Powder Almond pearls and add a bead stopper as before. Repeat with the remaining two lengths of wire, threading all the Platinum pearls onto one length and all the

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black pearls onto the other, and attaching a bead stopper holding the two wires together close to the last beads. Lay out the strands in straight lines. Working as if both double strands are one, plait the pearl lengths together, wrapping over about eight times so that the Powder Almond pearls are back in the middle of the group. Remove the bead stopper from the Powder Almond strand and thread on a crimp bead, then pass the wire through the central hole in the second 3:1 connector (making sure its decorative side is facing the same way as the first one) and back through the crimp bead. Pull the wire to

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take up any slack, without causing the wire to go rigid, so that it is quite close to the last bead and the connector. Squash the crimp, trim the end and close a crimp cover over it as before. Repeat Step 6 with the other two pairs of strands, keeping both wires in each together. Wind a split ring onto the single loops on each of the 3:1 connectors, then wind one of the toggle clasp parts onto each one.

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MASTERCLASS PEARLS MELLOW MALLOWS NECKLACE DESIGNED BY GILL TEASDALE

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Cut the cost and create a very different feel to this design by using organza ribbon or several strands of thong instead of the toggle bracelet

MATERIALS A variety of shapes, shades and sizes of Crystal Pearl combine effortlessly with the gun metal chains and findings in this statement piece.

TO CREATE Cut a 19cm piece of wire and thread a crimp bead about 5cm onto one end. Pass the short end through the left small loop on the bottom of a dakhla disc (dome upwards), then back through the crimp bead. Push the bead close to the dakhla disc and squash the crimp bead with chain-nosed pliers. Trim the short end to about 1cm. Thread the 14 Platinum pearls onto the wire, making sure the short tail is hidden inside the first couple of beads, then add a crimp bead and pass the wire through the corresponding end hole on the other dahkla disc and back through the crimp bead

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and the last bead. Pull the wire taut but not rigid, then squash the crimp with chain-nosed pliers and trim the end. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 using 27 of the Vintage Rose Xilions on a 20cm piece of wire, and threading the first link of a 38-link length of medium curb chain onto the wire before adding the Xilions, and the last link at the other end of the chain after the last Xilion, prior to adding the crimp. Open a 5mm jump ring, slip it through the same hole on one of the dakhla discs and the last link of a 41-link length of medium curb chain, then re-close. Repeat to attach the other end of the chain to the other dakhla disc. Continue in the same manner, adding to the central small hole on the

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bottom of the dakhla disc the black pearls on a 21cm piece of wire, including a 33-link length of extension chain as in Step 3, and the Powder Almond curved pearls on a 22cm length of wire. Attach a 34-link length of extension chain with jump rings as before. Next, to the righthand small hole on the bottom of the dakhla disc add the 45 3mm white pearls on a 24cm piece of wire and 17 of the grey Baroque pearls, including with them a 58-link length of medium curb chain. Attach a 46-link length of extension chain with jump rings as before. Thread onto an eyepin a Xilion, a grey Baroque pearl and another Xilion. Bend the pin over by 90º close to the last bead and trim to 7mm. Grip the tip with round-

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nosed pliers and roll a loop, but before fully closing, hook it through the top loop on the dakhla disc. Repeat to make and attach another link for the other dakhla disc. Make two more links in the same way, using a 3mm black pearl, a Powder Almond curved pearl and another 3mm black pearl on each one, and ensuring the loops are fully closed. Open a 7mm jump ring and slip it through the free loop on one of the Baroque links and one of the loops on one of the Wavy pearl links, then re-close. Repeat this on the other side of the necklace. Cut the bracelet in half using side cutters. Open a 7mm jump ring and slip it through the free loop on one of the Wavy pearl links and the last

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• gun metal toggle bracelet • 2 x gun metal dakhla disc connectors • 4 x gun metal 7mm jump rings • 6 x gun metal 5mm jump rings • 4 x gun metal 1” eyepins • 12 x gun metal crimp beads • gun metal medium curb chain • gun metal extension chain • bright Beadalon 0.03mm 7-strand wire

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 14 x Platinum 6mm Crystal Pearls • 17 x Black 6mm Crystal Pearls • 45 x White 3mm Crystal Pearls • 4 x Black 3mm Crystal Pearls • 14 x Powder Almond Wavy Crystal Pearls • 19 x Light Grey 8mm Baroque Crystal Pearls • 31 x Vintage Rose 4mm Xilion beads

TOOLS • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers • side cutters

link in one half of the bracelet, then re-close. Repeat with a jump ring on the other end to complete the necklace.

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MASTERCLASS PEARLS

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA NECKLACE DESIGNED BY GILL TEASDALE advanced

MATERIALS • 2 x gun metal 4mm knot covers • 2 x gun metal split rings • gun metal 12mm trigger catch • gun metal medium curb chain • gun metal 1” headpin • black Nymo beading thread • 3 x medium flexible beading needles • Hypo Cement or other beading glue • Thread Heaven thread conditioner (optional but highly recommended) • 2 x 11/0 seed beads in any colour • 3 x 6/0 seed beads in any colour or a mini bead stopper

This highly decorative necklace evokes memories of the grandeur of an Edwardian visit to the opera but would be equally at home in the present day worn to a prom or ball. Or why not dress it down to create a more gothic feel?

TO CREATE Cut three 1.5m lengths of Nymo.

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the stop beads. Separate the needles and onto the one with two threads, add a 3mm, a 6mm and another 3mm pearl. On the single needle and thread, add two 3mm pearls, one Xilion and two more 3mm pearls. Keep pushing the beads down as you work. Bring the needles and threads together and pass

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 29 x Black 6mm Crystal Pearls • 212 x Black 3mm Crystal Pearls • 9 x 9mm Dark Grey Wavy Crystal Pearls • 46 x Fern Green 4mm Xilion beads • 8 x Fern Green 10mm Xilion heart pendants • Fern Green 18mm Xilion heart pendant

TOOLS • scissors • side cutters • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

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(‘Strand 1’) thread a 3mm pearl, a Xilion, a 3mm pearl and a Wavy pearl. Onto another strand (‘Strand 2’) thread two 3mm pearls, a Xilion and two more 3mm pearls, then pass this needle through the Wavy pearl, making sure it goes through in the opposite direction to Strand 1. Pull tight. Repeat Step 4 in full. Onto Strand 1, thread two 3mm pearls, one Xilion and another 3mm pearl. Pass the needle back through the Xilion, then thread two more 3mm pearls and a Wavy pearl. Onto Strand 2, thread two 3mm pearls, a Xilion and two more 3mm pearls, then pass this needle through the Wavy pearl, making sure it goes through in the opposite direction to Strand 1. Pull tight. Repeat Step 4 once, Step 6 twice, Step 4 once, Step 6 once and Step 4 twice, omitting the last Wavy pearl. Pass Strands 1 and 2 through a 6mm pearl. Now work with Strand 3. Pass it through the first three beads on Strand 2.

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Next, thread on two 3mm pearls, one Xilion, two more 3mm pearls and one 10mm heart. Pass the thread back through two 3mm pearls and one Xilion. Thread on two 3mm pearls. Pass the needle through the second Xilion on Strand 2. You have linked the dangle to the main necklace. Repeat this step a further three times. Pass the needle through two 3mm pearls, one Xilion, one 3mm pearl, one Xilion, one 6mm pearl, one Xilion, one 3mm pearl and finally the 18mm heart. Pass the needle back through the previous six beads, then thread on two 3mm pearls. Thread the needle through the next Xilion on Strand 2. Repeat Step 9 four times, linking along through the Xilions on Strand 2 as you go. Pass the needle through the next two 3mm pearls on Strand 2, then through the 6mm pearl that Strands 1 and 2 have passed through. Complete the side of the necklace in the same way as the other side, remembering to thread two strands into one needle and at the end thread all three through a 3mm pearl. Pull all the strands and ease the beads along so that the pattern is together but not too tight. Onto each end

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of the necklace, thread all three strands through the loop on the knot cover, then through an 11/0 seed bead. Tie the threads tightly around the seed bead, apply a small spot of glue, allow to dry, then close the cover. Hook split rings onto the loops on the knot covers and close the loops. Wind the last link on a 5cm length of curb chain onto one of the split rings and the trigger

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catch onto the other. Slip the last Xilion onto the headpin, bend the pin over by 90º and trim to 7mm, then roll into a loop

and, before fully closing, hook it onto the last link of the free end of the chain.

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MASTERCLASS PEARLS ANGEL ICE NECKLACE DESIGNED BY GILL TEASDALE advanced

MATERIALS • Angel Wings Silvery Spacer • 4 x Silvery 7mm bead caps • 2 x Silvery 11mm bead caps • silver-plated Curly Wurly dangle • Silvery butterfly charm • Silvery mini dragonfly • 2 x antique silver 8mm filigree rounds • 36 x antique silver 7mm jump rings • 7 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • 3 x antique silver 1” eyepins • 6 x antique silver 1” headpins • 2 x antique silver 2” headpins • 2 x antique silver crimp beads • Beadalon 0.3mm 7-strand wire • silver leather 1mm thong • 2 x antique silver end fasteners (6x3mm) • 2 x antique silver split rings • antique silver heart trigger clasp

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 10 x White 12mm Baroque Crystal Pearls • White 12mm Crystal Pearl • White 11mm Drop Crystal Pearl • Mauve 11mm Drop Crystal Pearl • White 9mm Wavy Crystal Pearl • 16 x White 3mm Crystal Pearls • Crystal 21mm Polygon Drop pendant • Mauve 6mm Crystal Pearl • Crystal Foiled Baby (9mm) Pendular Lochrose • 3 x Cyclamen Opal 6mm Rounds • Crystal 10mm Round • 2 x Cyclamen Opal AB 6mm Xilions • 4 x Cyclamen Opal AB 4mm Xilions • Crystal 15mm Cosmic Oval

TOOLS • side cutters • flat-nosed, round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

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This chunky necklace oozes with boho style and incorporates a wealth of techniques, making it ideal to perfect those skills.

TO CREATE Thread a white Drop pearl, Angel Wings and a 6mm Cyclamen Round onto a 2” headpin. Using flat-nosed pliers, bend the pin over by 90º. Trim to 7mm with side cutters and roll into a loop using round-nosed pliers. Do not close. Thread a 4mm Xilion, 11mm cap, 12mm round pearl, 11mm cap and 4mm Xilion onto a 2” headpin. Turn to create a loop. Thread a 3mm pearl, a 7mm cap, a 10mm Round, a 7mm cap and a 3mm pearl onto a 1” headpin. Turn to create a loop. Make five more dangles, all on 1” headpins, using one Wavy pearl, one 6mm Cyclamen Round, one

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6mm Xilion and two 4mm Xilions (one bead on each headpin). Thread a 6mm pearl onto an eyepin and turn to create a loop. Slightly open the eye of the eyepin, slip the Lochrose onto it and close. Open a 5mm jump ring and slip a butterfly onto it before closing. Thread a 6mm Xilion onto an eyepin and turn to create a loop. Hook the 6mm Round dangle onto the centre top loop of the Curly Wurly. Close. Hang the 6mm Xilion dangle onto the eye of an eyepin. Close. Thread a 7mm cap, an upside-down mauve Drop pearl and a 7mm cap onto the eyepin and turn to create a loop. Open a 7mm jump ring, thread it through the Polygon Drop, and close. Open another 7mm jump ring, thread it onto the Cosmic Oval and a 4mm Xilion dangle, then close. Open a

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5mm jump ring and hook on the dragonfly and the other 4mm Xilion dangle. Close. Hook this jump ring onto the Wavy pearl dangle, and hook this cluster onto a 5mm jump ring. Close the loop on the dangle. Squash a crimp bead onto the very end of a 15cm length of Beadalon. Thread on four 3mm pearls, one 6mm Round and seven 3mm pearls. Pass the Beadalon back through the Round. Thread on seven 3mm pearls, pass back through the Round, then thread on another three 3mm pearls. Push the beads tightly together, forming a bow. Thread on another crimp, squashing it tightly next to the last pearl, and trim the Beadalon close to the crimp. Open a 7mm jump ring and hook it through one side of the bow before closing.

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Onto a 60cm silver leather thong, thread a filigree round, three 7mm jump rings and a Baroque pearl. Continue alternating jump rings and pearls nine times more. End with three jump rings and a filigree round. Centre the beads on the thong, then tie an overhand knot at each side close to the filigree rounds. Using the picture as a guide, hang a dangle onto the middle jump ring of each group of three jump rings, using the remaining 5mm jump rings as necessary and fully closing all the loops. Decide on the finished length of necklace, trim the leather and attach an end fastener to each end by squashing over each side with flatnosed pliers. Wind a split ring onto the loop of each end fastener and wind the trigger catch onto one of the split rings.

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shapes flat using a steel block and chasing hammer this will ‘work harden’ them. You don’t need to invest in special equipment to work with wire – when you are starting out roundnosed and chain-nosed pliers and a pair of side

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cutters will be all that you need. If you move on to working with hard wire, it is useful to invest in some more heavy-duty cutters, and it is well worth stretching to a pair of nylon-jawed pliers as well, to avoid marking your wire. If you are

using ordinary chainnosed pliers, it is important to grip firmly as marks occur when the metal slips.

When purchasing pliers, always try before you buy if possible to find a fit and grip that suits you.

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HEART NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut nine 16cm lengths of 1mm wire. Turn a loop at the midpoint of the wire using roundnosed pliers. Using a rounded object such as a pen or knitting needle, create the top of the heart shape. Repeat on the other side. Cross over the ends of the wire to your desired heart length and wrap the shortest end around the other piece of wire twice. Trim the excess and squeeze flat the sharp end using chain-nosed pliers. You can make more hearts at the end if you wish to make a longer necklace. Thread your desired bead or crystal onto the remaining long end of wire. Using roundnosed pliers, start a spiral then switch to chain-nosed pliers to complete it. You will need about 4cm of wire for the spiral so trim off any excess before starting.

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TO CREATE Follow Steps 1 and 2 of the Heart Necklace instructions, using two 16cm lengths of wire. Slide on a small charm to hang from the loop of the wire heart, then

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complete the heart as in Steps 3 and 4 of the necklace project. Use an earring hook or create your own using 0.8mm wire. To do this, make a basic loop, leave a short stem above it, then use a pen or knitting needle to curve the wire around, as shown in the earring finding (below).

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1mm wire 1.2mm wire jump rings assorted beads and crystals as desired

TOOLS • round nosed and chain-nosed pliers

Cut eight 3.5cm lengths of 1.2mm wire to create the links. Hold the end of the wire at the bottom of the round-nosed pliers and create a basic loop. Repeat on the other side so that you have a figure ‘8’. Open up 17 7mm jump rings (more if you have made extra hearts and links) and connect the hearts and links together so that there are four running down each side, with the ninth heart connected by jump rings only. You may wish to decorate this last heart pendant with a few charms. Finish with a readymade clasp or make a clasp as in the Amber Necklace project on page 22.

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0.8mm wire 1mm wire 1.2mm wire purple 6mm glass pearls • purple 8mm bicone crystals

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When hammering shapes flat or to create ‘dimples’, be careful not to hammer over a join or crossing of the wires as this will create a weak point

TOOLS • round-nosed and chainnosed pliers • wire cutters • pen or knitting needle

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WIREWORK

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AMBER SWIRLS NECKLACE

TO CREATE Cut three 22cm lengths of 1.2mm wire. Thread a bead onto the midpoint of the wire and turn a wrapped loop. Do

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not trim off the excess. Repeat on the other side. Using round-nosed pliers, begin to turn a spiral on one wire end. Use chain-nosed pliers to firmly grip the spiral and continue to turn it until you are happy with the position. Repeat on the other side. Cut four 8cm lengths of 1mm wire and thread though each of the complementing beads.

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Use a file for the ends of sterling silver wire. However, if you file the ends of silver-plated wire you are sometimes left with a lot of copper showing through

Turn a wrapped loop at each end and trim off any excess. To make the ‘S’ shape links of chain, cut eight 8cm lengths of 1.2mm wire. Use round-nosed pliers to start the spiral (as in Step 2) and repeat for the other side. If you have a steel block and chasing hammer, you could hammer these to work harden them. Cut 12cm of 1.2mm wire to create the clasp. As before, create

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a spiral shape, then bring the wire straight up and use roundnosed pliers to angle it sharply back down and push it closely against the opposite side of the spiral. Turn another spiral shape until it sits directly underneath the larger spiral. Hammering will strengthen the piece. Cut 6cm of 1.2mm wire and turn a single, small loop at one end. Leaving 1.5cm, turn the wire

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1mm wire 1.2mm wire amber-style beads large ceramic beads jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters

back on itself. At the other end, turn a small spiral, then hammer to strengthen. Finish by opening 16 7mm jump rings and linking the necklace together.

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WIREWORK MATERIALS • • • • •

1mm wire 1.2mm wire amber-style beads large ceramic beads small jump rings

AMBER SWIRLS EARRINGS

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters • pen or knitting needle

TO CREATE Cut a 14cm length of 1mm wire. Create a wrapped loop at one end of the wire, then thread on the bead. Use roundnosed pliers to start a spiral on the tail end of wire, then switch to chain-nosed pliers to complete. Firmly push the opposite end of wire up and against the bead. Repeat Step 1 to create a spiral at the bottom. Either use a preformed earring hook or make your own using sterling silver 0.8mm wire. To do so, make a basic

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loop, leave a short stem above it, then use a pen or knitting needle to curve the wire around. Attach the amber bead to the earring finding using a small 3-4mm jump ring.

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AMBER FRAME BRACELET

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0.8mm wire amber-style beads toggle clasp oval jump rings (4x6mm)

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Cut six 40cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Thread a bead onto the midpoint of the wire and turn a wrapped loop, leaving a stem on each side of approximately 4mm. Do not trim off

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the excess. Repeat on the other side. Use your fingers and thumbs to keep the wire close to the bead as you smooth it down to the opposite loop. Take both wires, wrap around the loop

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BEADS GRUNGE PAPER

NEED TO KNOW

SU PENNICK DESIGNER

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BEAUTY and theBEAST Su Pennick gives us the lowdown on grunge paper and explains why this drab-looking medium is in fact perfect for making focal pieces for jewellery

WHAT IS GRUNGE PAPER? At a glance, grunge paper looks like a piece of regular grey paper but there is so much more to it than meets the eye. It is almost a cross between paper and fabric, and is extremely hardwearing – it can be distressed, embossed, inked, stamped, sewn or cut without losing its shape or tearing. Manufactured by papercrafting giants Ranger Inc under the Tim Holtz label, grunge paper is available from craft stores nationwide

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ts name may not immediately entice, but grunge paper really can produce gorgeous results. This unassuming paper can be stamped and cut or shaped using punches or a die-cutting machine to produce practically any shape you want  – and colouring it is easy too. Inkpads are a particularly versatile way of adding colour as they can be mixed and blended and used to stamp patterns onto the grunge paper shapes. Layers of colour can be built up to produce your desired effect, and the shapes can then be stamped, glittered or varnished depending  on the end use. It is advisable to apply ink to grunge paper with a blending pad rather than directly from the inkpad as this gives more control over the evenness of the covering. It is also easier to blend colours this way without crosscontamination of the inkpads. It is a good idea to heat set each coat of colour with a heat gun before adding the next. Any stamping should also be heat set before varnishing. As can be seen in these projects, 3D shapes, particularly flowers, are easy to create by removing petals and gluing parts

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of those that remain together. Ranger Glossy Accents is  ideal as an adhesive  for this job, especially if it is also being used as a varnish for the coloured flowers. Grunge paper’s  really remarkable property is its ability  to be moulded to create curls and curves. The petals shown here were curled to give a more dimensional effect to the flowers. However, curling should be the last process that is carried out on the actual flowers as any wet medium, such as glitter glue, varnish or ink, that is added to the grunge paper will simply undo all the curling and flatten the shape out again. To curl the edges of grunge paper they need to be heated and rolled around a cylindrical object, such as a pen, while still warm. Once they have been left to cool they should retain their shape as long  as they are handled carefully during your jewellery construction. The other great advantage of grunge paper is that it is  also lightweight, meaning that even large shapes made  from it will not weigh down and distort the piece of jewellery it is attached to.


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BEADS GRUNGE PAPER GRUNGE PAPER FLOWERS 6-STEP TECHNIQUE Use a StãzOn inkpad to stamp a flower shape onto

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grunge paper, then cut out. For a larger open flower, punch a hole in the middle and make a cut between two of the petals to the hole. For the flower buds, remove two petals, cutting to the centre of the flower. Use blending foam to colour both sides of the flower with the

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first shade of ink. Use a second piece of foam to blend a second colour of ink onto the ends of each of the petals, not forgetting to colour both sides of the flowers. Heat set. Add more coats of ink for a stronger colour effect. Stamp the face of all the flowers with a swirl design using a third, contrasting ink. Heat set. Bend the cut shape around and, using

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Glossy Accents, glue the petal on one side of the cut – or the gap where petals have been removed – to the underside of the petal on the other side. Hold in place while drying with a mini peg or paperclip. Once dry, varnish with a coat of Glossy Accents (this is best painted on rather than applied straight from the bottle). Heat the flower and, while still

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warm, roll each of the petals around a pen to curl them. Thread a silver bead onto a headpin and push this through the bud-shaped flowers. Wind the excess wire around a pair of round-nosed pliers to form a coil. Thread the larger flowers onto lengths of 0.6mm wire, along with a silver bead.

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MATERIALS • Ranger Tim Holtz grunge paper • Autumn Leaves Flower Sketch by Rhonna Farrer and Swirls v2 by Rhonna Farrer clear stamps • Royal Purple StãzOn inkpad • Pearlescent Oyster, Crimson Copper and Starlight Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpads • Ranger Glossy Accents • 11 x silver Stardust Ball 6mm beads • silver headpins • silver-plated 0.6mm wire • silver 5mm jump rings • silver clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers

NECKLACE TO CREATE Create three large ‘open’ flowers following the 6-Step Technique above. Cut a 30cm length of wire and thread a silver bead to its centre. Bring the two ends of wire together

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and thread them through one of the grunge paper flowers. Flatten out the ends of wire behind the flower to hold it in place. Form a loop approximately 1.5cm from the flower, using round-nosed pliers. Thread on a silver bead and make

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another loop. Thread a second bead and flower onto the wire approximately 1.5cm from the second loop and flatten the wires behind them to hold in place. Form another set of loops and bead at the end of the wire, along with a third loop for connection

to the rest of the necklace. Repeat this for the other half of the flower section of the necklace. Cut four 6cm lengths of wire and form the two loops and bead design in the middle of each. Form a loop at each end and use 5mm

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jump rings to attach two to each end of the flower section. Cut four lengths of wire measuring 4cm and form the two-loop design without the bead in the middle of each. Form a loop at both ends and attach two to each end of the necklace. Add a clasp to finish.

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BEADS GRUNGE PAPER

EARRINGS TO CREATE Create two budshaped flowers following the 6-Step Technique on page 25. Thread a silver bead and flower bud onto a headpin. Bend the headpin so that it is at a right angle to the back of the flower and holds the bead in place within the flower.

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BRACELET • Ranger Tim Holtz grunge paper • Autumn Leaves Flower Sketch by Rhonna Farrer and Swirls v2 by Rhonna Farrer clear stamps • Royal Purple StãzOn inkpad • Pearlescent Oyster, Crimson Copper and Starlight Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpads • Ranger Glossy Accents • 16 x silver Stardust Ball 6mm beads • 16 x silver headpins • silver-plated 0.6mm wire • light-coloured cord • 2 x fold-over clasps • heart-shaped toggle clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Create 16 budshaped flowers following the 6-Step Technique on page 25. Thread a silver bead and flower bud onto

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a headpin. Use roundnosed pliers to form a coil from the rest of the headpin wire. Repeat this for the other 15 flowers. Cut 32 5cm lengths of 0.6mm wire and use your round-nosed pliers to form them into coils. Attach a foldover clasp to one end of a 16cm length of light-coloured cord. Thread on one of the wire coils. Thread on a flower bud, followed by two wire coils. Continue with this pattern to end with a single wire coil. Fix a second foldover clasp to the end of the bracelet and attach a heart-shaped toggle clasp to finish.

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BEADS GRUNGE PAPER MATERIALS • Ranger Tim Holtz grunge paper • Autumn Leaves Flower Sketch by Rhonna Farrer and Swirls v2 by Rhonna Farrer clear stamps • Royal Purple StãzOn inkpad • Pearlescent Oyster, Crimson Copper and Starlight Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpads • Ranger Glossy Accents • 4 x silver Stardust Ball 6mm beads • 2 x silver headpins • ear wires

Form a loop approximately 2cm from the top of the headpin. Thread on a silver bead, then form another loop to attach the dangle to an ear wire. Repeat for the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • Ranger Tim Holtz grunge paper • Autumn Leaves Flower Sketch by Rhonna Farrer and Swirls v2 by Rhonna Farrer clear stamps • Royal Purple StãzOn inkpad • Pearlescent Oyster, Crimson Copper and Starlight Silver Brilliance Dew Drop inkpads • Ranger Glossy Accents • silver Stardust Ball 6mm bead • silver-plated 0.6mm wire • ring blank

RING TO CREATE Create a large grunge paper flower following the 6-Step Technique on page 25. Thread a silver bead and flower bud onto the middle of a 10cm length of wire. Flatten out the wire to hold the bead in place. Wind the ends of the wire around

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WHERE TO BUY Stardust Ball beads are available from Kim’s Crafts, 4-8 Coventry Road, Hinckley, Leics LE10 0JT; www.kimscrafts.co.uk; 01455 619080 Grunge paper and inkpads are available from www.craftbarnonline.co.uk to form a flat circle at the back of the flower to produce a more solid base for attachment

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SEED BEADS DRAGONFLIES

a JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

DAZZLE of dragonflies

The shimmering dragonfly takes centre stage in this issue’s seed bead focus as Judith Hannington shows you how to perfectly replicate its delicate, symmetrical form with wire and beads ll the beaded dragonflies featured here follow the same basic pattern and technique, as shown below, and the projects demonstrate different ways of incorporating these charming seedbead creatures into your jewellery designs.

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These projects can be created in any colour scheme and by mixing and matching with different styles of seed and bugle beads – take inspiration from nature as dragonflies come in many shapes and colours. The main thing to bear in mind is the larger

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the beads you choose, the floppier the final piece will be, especially when using the ultraflexible 34-gauge beading wire. For compact designs choose either size 11 or size 15 seed beads as your main bead and mix and match with slightly larger beads

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by selecting the largest holed beads from your standard seed bead collection or by using bigger beads such as the fabulous teardrop seed beads featured here – a perfect functional and aesthetic choice.

WHERE TO BUY All the beads featured here can be purchased in a variety of sizes and colours from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Reels of 34-gauge beading wire are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk

DRAGONFLY BEADING ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES The basic pattern starts at the dragonfly’s head, with the first row incorporating the eyes.

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for wing tips and bodies as desired. The trick with wing tip beads, particularly when these will be used as the connection to findings, is to choose beads with as large a hole as possible. This can be achieved simply

The beads for both this first and second row are threaded onto the wire, then one wire end is passed around and through just the second row of beads again before being pulled snug (Fig 1).

The wings are worked at the end of the third and fourth row (the basic pattern for a single wing is shown in Fig 2). It is sometimes desirable to have both sets of wings sharing some of the beads. This can be achieved during the beading process (Fig 3) or as a by-product of attaching to a jewellery finding. The tail is formed on both wires, which are brought together as one. They can be secured at the end of beading the tail as shown here in red by being threaded back up through the tail

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SEED BEADS DRAGONFLIES BROOCH TO CREATE Cut 60cm of wire and secure one end through two holes as if sewing a button, but leave about 2cm of wire on the short end. Starting with the long wire end and the innermost ring of six holes, come up through one hole, thread on three matt purple seed beads and go down through the central hole. Repeat for all six holes. Now come up through a hole in

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the next ring of 12 holes, thread on three seed beads and go down through an adjacent hole in the inner ring. Repeat around the 12 hole ring so that a pair of these holes is beaded into a single inner hole. Repeat the threebead process from the outer ring of holes

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to the adjacent ring and from one outer hole to its neighbour so that the surface of the sieve is completely covered. Twist the wire ends together to secure and snip them short. Using the beading diagram as a guide to the colour and number of beads in each row, follow the Essential Techniques opposite to create the beaded dragonfly on 50cm of beading wire.

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The wings are formed separately using red seed beads and bugle beads and all four follow this identical pattern: seed, bugle, seed, bugle, two seed. Take the wire around the final seed bead and back through the last but one before adding a sequence of bugle, seed, bugle. Thread the wire back through the first wing bead and the body row before continuing. Once the beading is complete, finish the wire ends off through the tail but do not snip them short. Use the wire ends to secure the dragonfly to the beaded sieve by threading up and down through the sieve holes and through the dragonfly’s body before snipping the wire end short. Insert the brooch back onto the sieve and use flat-nosed pliers to squash the tabs down onto the sieve to secure.

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MATERIALS • gold-lustre red seed beads • silver-lined amber seed beads • amber frosted AB bugle beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver 22-gauge beading wire • silver bullet clasp

TOOLS • scissors • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw pliers • side cutters • metal file

beading wire. The wings are formed separately using amber seed and bugle beads and all four are comprised of an identical pattern as follows: seed, bugle, seed, bugle, three seed, bugle, seed, bugle. Then thread the wire back through the first wing bead and the body row before continuing. Once the beading is complete, finish the wire ends off through the tail. Take a 12cm length of 22-gauge wire and create a small closed loop in one end using round-nosed pliers. Grasp the loop flat in your chainnosed pliers and rotate the wire around the loop to create a small open spiral. Bend the wire end away from

MATERIALS • purple semi-matt seed beads • light amethyst matt AB seed beads • gold-lustre red seed beads • ruby red frosted AB bugle beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • sieve brooch blank

TOOLS • scissors • flat-nosed pliers

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the spiral as illustrated in Fig 1 (right). Trim the wire end to the length required and use a metal file to gently shape the end into a softly rounded point. Cover the end with a bullet clasp. Cut a 30cm length of 34-gauge wire,

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fold in half and thread each end through the two bugle beads that lie together between one pair of wings, through the body row and through the bugle beads on the opposite wings. Go around the seed bead alongside, then back through it and the

set of bugle beads. Now use these wires to fix the dragonfly to the wire spiral by threading up and down through the dragonfly’s body, then around the wire. When secure, finish the ends by threading them through a couple of body rows.

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SEED BEADS DRAGONFLIES LIGHT CATCHER TO CREATE Using the beading diagram as a guide to the colour and number of beads in each row, follow the Essential Techniques on

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• silver-lined amber seed beads • purple semi-matt seed beads • silver-lined purple bugle beads • amber frosted AB bugle beads • light amethyst 3.4mm drop beads • 34-gauge beading wire • bracelet memory wire (1½ rotations) • small suction cup with hook

TOOLS • scissors • memory wire cutters • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

HAIR CLIP TO CREATE Using 60cm of wire, create a snug ladder of amber bugle beads in the same way as the body of the dragonflies are formed by threading each wire from opposite ends through a single bead and pulling snug. Make the ladder long enough to cover the hair clip top and add a red bugle bead two beads before the end.

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MATERIALS • purple semi-matt purple seed beads • gold-lustre red seed beads • amber frosted AB bugle beads • ruby red frosted AB bugle beads • light amethyst 3.4mm drop beads • silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver blank hair clip

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Remove the closing bar and the spring bar from the hair clip and secure the end of the ladder of bugle beads to the clip by threading the wires repeatedly through the hole at the hinge end. Snip the ends short. Take an 80cm length of wire under the clip and bring the ends up and through the last bugle bead in the ladder. Wrap them around under the clip and through the next-butone bugle bead. Repeat to secure the whole length of ladder to the hair clip. Do not snip the ends. Using the beading diagram as a guide to the colour and number of beads in each row, follow the Essential Techniques on page 28 to create the beaded dragonfly on 45cm of beading wire.

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identical sequence as follows: seed, bugle, seed, bugle, drop, bugle, seed, bugle. Thread the wire back through the first wing

bead and the body row before continuing. Once the beading is complete, finish off the wire ends through the tail.

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SEED BEADS DRAGONFLIES and all four follow this same sequence: bugle, seed, bugle, drop, bugle, seed, bugle. Once the beading is complete, finish off the wire ends through the tail. Use round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers to curl and shape one end of the memory wire bracelet into the top hanging hook, then thread on enough bugle beads to cover one complete rotation of the wire. Bend the wire end at an angle to secure the beads, then make a gently curved loop in the end before sliding on your beaded dragonfly through one wing’s drop bead. Use round-nosed pliers to tighten the memory wire loop to secure the dragonfly.

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NECKLACE TO CREATE Using the beading diagram as a guide to the colour and number of beads in each row, follow the Essential Techniques on page 28 to create the beaded dragonfly on 45cm of 34-gauge beading wire. The wings are formed joined together, using purple seed beads, amber bugle beads and purple drop beads and all four follow this identical pattern: bugle, seed, bugle, drop, bugle, seed, bugle. Once the beading is complete, finish off the wire ends through the tail. Cut your nylon beading wire to the desired length plus 10cm. Thread a crimp bead and the lobster clasp onto one end, then bring the wire around the clasp and back through the crimp to create a small loop.

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body beads. Tuck the wire ends under the clip and secure with a dab of glue if necessary, before reassembling the clip.

Set the crimp using pliers and snip the looped wire end short. Thread on seed beads to halfway along the wire (use the largest holed beads you have to cover both wires from the crimp). Thread on your dragonfly using a drop bead on a top wing, then complete the seed beading the other side, again finishing with at least three largeholed beads.

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Thread on a crimp bead and the final loop of the extender chain, then bring the wire end around the chain link and back through the crimp bead and at least three seed beads before pulling snug. Snip the wire end, draw the loop out fractionally so the end disappears inside a seed bead, then set the crimp to finish.

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MATERIALS • silver-lined amber seed beads • purple semi-matt seed beads • amber frosted AB bugle beads • light amethyst 3.4mm drop beads • 34-gauge beading wire • nylon-coated 7-strand beading wire • silver crimp beads • silver lobster clasp • silver extension chain

TOOLS • scissors • crimping pliers • flat-nosed pliers

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JEWELLERY STEAL THE LOOK

modern

VINTAGE

AMANDA PICKSTOCK DESIGNER

JANE PURDY DESIGNER

Vintage-inspired designs in delicate, dusky peach, pink and cream tones have taken the fashion industry – and the high street – by storm this season. Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock from Shiney Company show you how to steal the look! how-stopping vintage style is surprisingly simple to recreate. Add a corsage, some yummy pearls and a little bit of sparkle, and you’ve got a jewellery collection fit for an Alist celebrity! The necklace and bracelet featured here are easy to make and they demonstrate some professional and

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ABOUT SHINEY COMPANY… As the UK’s only Swarovski recommended store, Shiney Company is committed to offering a high level of service, innovation and a wide range of Swarovski components online and at its three shop premises in Bristol, Bath and Stroud. In addition to a fabulous product selection and friendly, knowledgeable advice, the team offers jewellery-making classes, children’s parties and hen parties. See the website www.shineyrocks.co.uk for more information.

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secure stringing techniques using hard crimps, wire guardians and crimp covers. To stretch the skills of the more accomplished wire workers among you, we’ve added some tricky wiring with the Pearl Solo ring on page 34. You’ll need strength in your fingers and confidence in your technique to make a neat version of this statement ring – it’s a challenge!. We like to include items not necessarily designed for use in jewellery such as haberdashery favourites like satin ribbon roses. These make very pretty embellishments and are easy to add by threading through ribbon, then stitching at the back. We’ve used peach roses in our earrings to soften the silver chandelier components. To complete the chains with a top-class finish, we’ve used wrapped loops to attach each


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JEWELLERY STEAL THE LOOK

OPAL ESSENCE BRACELET TO CREATE Thread a hard crimp onto the wire, followed by a wire guardian. Before threading the wire back through the crimp, loop the wire guardian through  one of the loops on 

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MATERIALS • 8 x Peach 8mm Swarovski Elements Rounds • 8 x White Opal 8mm Swarovski Elements Rounds • 12 x White 10mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls • 24 x diamante rondelles • White Opal Swarovski Elements single set oval stone • silver-plated 2-strand bar clasp • silver-plated mother and son link chain (7cm length)

• 2 x silver-plated 4.8mm jump rings • 2 x 28cm lengths of Bright 7-strand 0.018” diameter Beadalon jewellery wire • 4 x silver-plated hard crimps • 4 x silver-plated wire guardians • 4 x silver-plated 4mm crimp covers

TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters or flush cutters

String the beads in the following order, following each bead with a rondelle: peach crystal, white pearl, white opal crystal, white pearl, peach crystal, white pearl, white opal crystal. Thread the wire through the holes on the single set stone and string the other side, reversing the order of the beads. Repeat Step 1, this time looping through the other side

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crystal directly onto the chain. This is a great technique for charm bracelets as it’s very secure and removes the need for jump rings. Our customers tell us that turning a neat wrapped loop is always a challenge when making the transition from beginner to intermediate, so we’ve broken it down step by step so you can clearly see how to connect it directly to the chain and keep it neat. The pretty necklace on page 36 is a twofor-one design – it’s a brooch and necklace! Here, we’ve chosen  a delicate off-white corsage and glued  on our own brooch back. You may want to pay a visit to a highstreet fashion store and pick up a low-cost corsage in the colour of your choice – these can be used successfully in this project as long as you make sure the brooch pin is large enough to go over the crystal strands.  To keep down the cost of the collection we’ve mixed in some glass pearls with precious Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls. Given the choice we’d always opt for Swarovski Elements but on this occasion we wanted 16mm pearls, which are currently unavailable in the Crystal Pearl range.  Four basic jewellery tools are required to complete these projects – chain-nosed pliers, flat-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers and side cutters or flush cutters. Our findings, chain and wire are silver-plated in keeping with the delicate colour scheme. 

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of the clasp. Repeat Step 2. Repeat all steps for the other side.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from the Shiney Company stores at: 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP; 01225 332506 4.11-4.12 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH; 0117 300 9800 27 High Street, Stroud, Glos GL5 1AJ; 01453 753609 or online at www.shineyrocks.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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JEWELLERY STEAL THE LOOK If the shape of the band distorts as you are working, push it back onto the ring stick to reshape

MATERIALS • 1m length of silverplated 0.8mm wire • peach 16mm glass pearl

TOOLS • ring stick/mandrel • flush cutters • nylon-jaw and chain-nosed pliers

PEARL SOLO RING TO CREATE Starting in the middle of the wire, wrap around the mandrel, positioning it two sizes larger than you require. Wrap so that you have three complete turns, being careful not to cross the wire, as shown in Fig 1 (below). Arrange the remaining lengths so

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that one of the wires is approximately 12cm longer than the other. Cross the wire at the middle and twist twice. Lift the longer wire and thread on the pearl, letting it rest approximately 8mm from the base of the wire. Bend the wire and pearl over the band, away from the twist (Fig 2). Slide the ring off the stick. Place your

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index finger inside the ring and your thumb on top of the pearl and keep this hold so as not to lose the shape. Feed the long wire through and around the band next to the pearl. Take care to pull it tight and keep the wire neat. Take it round the band one more time (Fig 3). Straighten the wire you have been working with using the nylon-jaw pliers.

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Begin winding it around the pearl, diagonally from the base to halfway up the pearl without overlapping the wires (Fig 4). Continue until you are left with approximately 8-10cm of wire. Take the wire to one side of the pearl and wrap around the band three times without overlapping. Trim the wire 2mm past the edge with the flush cutters. Push the end

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under the band with the chain-nosed pliers and squash so there are no sharp ends (Fig 5). Wrap the other wire around the base of the pearl in the same way, ending on the other side when there is enough wire to finish off as before (Fig 6). Take the wire to one side of the pearl and wrap around the band three times without overlapping. Trim the wire 2mm past the edge with the flush cutters. Push the end under the band with the chain-nosed pliers and squash so there are no sharp ends. Push the ring back onto the mandrel to shape and stretch if necessary (Fig 7).

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JEWELLERY STEAL THE LOOK MATERIALS • 2 x 3-loop chandelier parts • 4 x 12-link lengths of silver-plated medium curb chain • 2 x 17-link lengths of silver-plated medium curb chain • 10 x silver-plated 4.8mm jump rings • thin soft headpins • 2 x peach satin ribbon roses • 2 x silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • 36 x Light Peach 4mm Swarovski Elements AB2x Xilion beads

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters

ROSES ARE FOREVER EARRINGS TO CREATE Attach a 17-link piece of chain to the centre of a chandelier part with a jump ring, then attach a shorter piece each side. Attach a jump ring onto the back of a satin rose and connect

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to the jump ring at the top centre of the chandelier. Connect another jump ring through the green satin loop and onto the same jump ring to keep the rose upright. Thread a thin soft headpin through a 4mm Light Peach Xilion and grip 2mm from the top of the bead with the tip of the round-nosed pliers. Turn the pliers

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to make a right angle. Release your grip and slide the pliers into the right angle so they are approximately 5-6mm away from the tip. Bring the end of the headpin up and over the pliers with your hands, so it points downwards. Change your grip so that the loop is on the bottom of the pliers and pull the

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headpin around the back of the loop, before adjusting your loop to sit centrally with the headpin at a right angle again. Before wrapping, gently open the loop a little and slide it onto one of the outer chains, two links down from the top. Grip the loop with chain-nosed pliers and pull the end of the headpin around

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to wrap the loop two or three times. (Don’t overlap the wrapping if you want a neat, professionallooking finish.) Once the wrapping meets the bead, snip the excess headpin with the cutters and carefully tuck the end of the wire in by squashing with the tip of the chain-nosed pliers. Decorate each chain with six crystals, attached every 2-3 links with one at the very bottom. Push the tip of the round-nosed pliers into the loop on the bottom of the ear wire. Gently pull away to open the loop and attach to the loop in the middle of the chandelier part to complete the earring. Repeat all steps for the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x 36cm lengths of peach 7mm organza ribbon • 2 x 36cm lengths of white 3mm microfibre cord • 2 x 36cm lengths of cream 6.5mm satin • 4 x silver-plated large folding crimps (cord ends) • 2 x silver-plated 6.8mm jump rings • silver-plated vintage-style clasp • 2 x 12mm round patterned links • 6 x silver-plated wire guardians • 6 x silver-plated 4mm crimp covers • 6 x silver-plated hard crimps • 38mm brooch back • jewellery glue • Bright 7-strand 0.018” diameter Beadalon jewellery wire • 88 x ivory 8mm glass pearls • 8 x peach 16mm glass pearls • 102 x Light Peach Swarovski Elements AB2x Xilion beads

TOOLS • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

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HARMONY NECKLACE AND BROOCH TO CREATE Remove any unwanted foliage or clips from the back of the corsage and glue on a brooch back with super glue or jewellery glue. If you are using a corsage from a highstreet store, it may already have a brooch pin in place. Using a 50cm length of Beadalon, thread on a hard crimp followed by a wire guardian. Before threading the wire back through the crimp, loop the wire guardian through the 12mm silver link.

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Thread the wire back through the crimp, pull tight and squash the crimp securely with chainnosed pliers. Trim the excess from the short end and cover the crimp with a crimp cover. Thread on the beads in the following order: one crystal, one pearl, three crystals, one pearl. Repeat this sequence three times, then thread on one crystal, one pearl, three crystals and 16 pearls. Reverse the pattern to mirror the other side. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with a 52cm length of Beadalon. String it in the same way, following this pattern three

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times: two crystals, one pearl, three crystals, one pearl, one crystal. Next string one pearl, three crystals, six pearls, one 16mm pearl, one pearl, another 16mm pearl, one pearl, a third 16mm pearl and six pearls. Reverse the pattern to mirror the other side. String a 56cm length of Beadalon as follows: three crystals, one pearl, three crystals, one pearl, one crystal. Repeat the sequence, omitting the first three crystals, twice more. Next, string one pearl, three crystals, six pearls, one 16mm pearl and one pearl. Continue alternating

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the large and small pearls until you have strung five 16mm pearls in the centre. Reverse the pattern to mirror the other side. Gather a length of organza ribbon, satin and micro-fibre cord, fold in half and feed through one of the 12mm links, pulling the ends though the loop to form a lark’s head knot. Separate the ends into two groups of three and attach a folding crimp (cord end) to each. Repeat Step 8 on the other side and attach the clasp with a jump ring to the two folding crimps on each side. Attach the brooch across the three strands to finish.

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CHALLENGE We asked our trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of beads – with delightfully different results! LINDSEY SAYS...

LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

KEYRING TO CREATE Feed different combinations of beads onto headpins and coil the open ends. Attach each set of beads onto a jump ring, then to a different chain on the keyring. Thread beads onto an eyepin and attach to the bottom of

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It was interesting to create two very different styles of necklace using the same bead mix. Floating necklaces are feminine and elegant, and the gold beads among this mix were crying out to be part of one! The colours also give it some substance – floating necklaces based

on pale or nude shades can be so delicate as to be barely there. The other design is more contemporary – I saw a bag charm not so long ago that was a length of chain with all the bead detail towards the bottom, so thought I’d try creating a necklace in a similar style.

THIS ISSUE’S BEADS... Golden oranges and reds combine effortlessly with deep purples for this issue’s bead mix. All the beads featured were supplied by Beads by Lili (www.beadsbylili.com)

the chain. Secure a coiled set of beads on a headpin to the eye. Add another jump ring to the eye with coiled headpin beads attached.

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You can create a more decorative look to your projects by coiling the open ends of headpins and eyepins and attaching them with jump rings. It also gives more movement to the piece, which is great for bracelets and charms

• Bead Challenge bead mix • jump rings • headpins • eyepin • keyring

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE FLOATING NECKLACE

TO CREATE Attach one end of your jewellery wire through a necklace finding and secure using a crimp. Feed a crimp onto the wire and flatten where you want to start your floating design. Add the beads in your chosen pattern and secure the other end with a crimp. Repeat until your floating design is finished. Secure the other end of the wire through a necklace finding with a crimp and attach a clasp.

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Bead Challenge bead mix clasp necklace findings jewellery wire crimps jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

CHAIN NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut the chain to size and add your necklace findings and clasp.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • jump rings • headpins • chain • clasp • necklace findings

Attach another length of chain to the centre link on the chain and allow it to hang. Feed your beads onto headpins, coiling the ends of some and leaving the others open. Secure your beads to the bottom section of the hanging chain, with one bead attached where the chain joins the necklace.

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TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

WHERE TO BUY All the findings used here are available from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk and www.beadsdirect.co.uk

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

INDIAN SUMMER BANGLE

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • copper-plated memory wire (bracelet size) • copper-plated 2mm crimps • copper-plated wire • copper-plated 6mm jump ring

MELANIE BROOKE DESIGNER

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • memory wire cutters

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With hoop earrings being so on-trend this summer, I couldn’t resist using some of the beads to make these dangling beaded charm earrings in red and purple with antique copper findings. I really loved the amber tones in the bead mix and decided to use bright copper memory wire for

the bangle to complement them – I wanted the wire to show so crimped the beads into place along it to secure them. I knew I could go to town with all the beads that were left so, using the acrylic pebble as my focal bead, I made a multistrand extravaganza of a necklace!

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TO CREATE Cut 4-5 loops of memory wire using memory wire cutters so as not to blunt your ordinary pair. Make a loop in one end of the memory wire with round-nosed pliers. Thread on a crimp, followed by a small group of beads (mixed seeds and larger beads as desired), then add another crimp. Position the group of beads approximately 3cm from the memory wire loop end and use chain-nosed pliers to squash the first crimp bead in place – you will need to squeeze really tight to get it to hold onto the wire. Slide the group of beads up to the secured crimp, then

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gap before turning a loop with roundnosed pliers. Use a couple of short lengths of copper craft wire to make two leaf beads into wired charms, then add one directly to the memory wire loop and attach the other with a 6mm jump ring to stagger them slightly.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE INDIAN SUMMER HOOPS TO CREATE Make the charm beads by threading one golden seed bead and one red 6mm round bead onto a long headpin, then trimming the wire and turning a simple loop on the end. Repeat seven times. Make the wire swirls by threading a purple 4mm round bead onto a long eyepin, bending the wire over at right

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • antique copper ear wires • antique copper hoop findings • antique copper headpins • antique copper eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

angles, then grasping the tip of the wire end with round-nosed pliers and turning a loop. Switch pliers to chain-nosed or flatnosed pliers and hold the loop tightly while curling the wire around to make the swirl shape. Repeat seven times. Thread a teardropshaped crystal bead onto a long eyepin and bring the wire up straight on one side so that the loop end sits above the bead by approximately 5mm. Wrap the remaining wire around the stem and squash the end of the wire neatly with chain-nosed pliers. Make sure the loop is facing sideways rather than to the front. Using the picture as a pattern to guide you, thread a mix of seed beads, bicones and charms onto the

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wire hoop finding, making sure the teardrops are central to the design. Attach the ear wires directly to the loops on the hoop findings if you want the earrings to face forwards, or attach them using small jump rings if you want them to face sideways when being worn.

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beads, one red 3mm seed bead, five golden 2mm seed beads, one red 10mm round bead. The second strand is threaded with this repeat pattern of beads: one long golden bugle bead, one purple 4mm round glass bead. The third strand is threaded with five golden 2mm seed beads, followed by this repeat pattern of beads: one purple 3mm seed bead, two golden 2mm seed beads, one purple bicone, two golden 2mm seed beads, one purple 3mm seed bead, two golden 2mm seed beads, one amber faceted oval bead. Finally, add five

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MATERIALS • brown beading thread (size 6)

TOOLS • Big Eye Needle • scissors • glue (optional)

TO CREATE Start by cutting three long lengths of beading thread – approximately 1m each – and use a Big Eye Needle to help thread all the beads

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golden 2mm seed beads at the end. Once each strand is beaded to the desired length (sufficient to slip over the head), thread all the ends through a purple 10mm bead, a red 15mm spacer bead and the acrylic pebble bead. Bead the ends of all the threads with leftover beads and add glass leaves or teardrop crystals to the very ends before knotting in place. It works well to take the threads back up through a bead or two before knotting. Carefully trim the thread ends with scissors and apply a dot of glue to the knots to help secure them.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE FLORAL BOOKMARK TO CREATE Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue following the manufacturer’s guidelines and glue one purple and six red seed beads onto the large purple glass bead in a flower shape, as shown. Set aside to dry overnight. Thread nine ball pins with a red seed bead and create a plain loop in the end of each one, snug to the bead.

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bead. Add another red seed bead and a crimp. Thread the wire through the hole in the bookmark, back through the crimp and seed bead, and down into the purple bead. Push the wire end down through the focal bead so that the loop on the bookmark is pulled snug, then set the crimp to secure.

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TO CREATE Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue following the manufacturer’s guidelines and glue eight red seed beads horizontally around the widest part of both lampwork beads. Set aside to dry overnight. Thread a gold bead, a purple bead and one of your beaded lampwork beads onto an eyepin, followed by another purple bead. Create a wrapped loop in the end of the eyepin. Repeat for the other lampwork bead. Thread an amber seed bead, a red seed bead and another amber seed bead onto a ball pin

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • small gold wiggle bookmark • gold ball pins • gold flexible beading wire • epoxy glue

TOOLS • crimping pliers • round-nosed and flatnosed pliers • side cutters

and create a plain loop snug to the final bead. Repeat to make six dangle components. Attach three of the beaded headpins to the bottom of each lampwork eyepin using one, two or three jump rings to stagger them. Attach the eyepins to the ear wires using wrapped loops.

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Epoxy glues are available in a variety of strengths, with the strongest having the longest setting time. I usually use 5-minute epoxy for lightweight jewellery projects, mixing the two parts on a scrap of card and leaving the glue for a couple of minutes before using

For a step-by-step illustrated guide to creating plain and wrapped loops, see our techniques glossary on page 92

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • gold ball pins • gold eyepins • gold small and large jump rings • gold flexible beading wire • gold open-link chain with clasp

TOOLS • crimping pliers • round-nosed and chainnosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE For the bottom flower component, thread a ball pin with a flower bead, adding amber and red seed beads in the centre as shown. Create a wrapped loop in the end of the ball pin. For the central flower component, thread an eyepin with the flower and seed

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through the crimp bead. Draw up the wire snug into a small loop, feeding the end back through the barrel bead. Snip the wire end, draw the loop out fractionally so it disappears inside the barrel bead, then set the crimp to finish. Attach the chain and the remaining flower components using small jump rings or the eyepin loops.

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WHERE TO BUY All the gold findings, components and stringing materials used here are available from www.bead-exclusive.co.uk and www.smittenbeads.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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Tap into flower power and make a statement with this funky asymmetrical necklace and earrings set. Fashion is ablaze with large, graphic florals this year, and these colourful outsize daisies really hit the mark!

NECKLACE TO CREATE

Cut three lengths of 0.14” Flex-rite wire, each measuring 80cm. Feed all three strands through the hole in one of the calottes (with the calotte cups open

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JO LOCHHEAD DESIGNER

ABOUT JO… Jo Lochhead has been designing and making jewellery for more than 10 years. In 2004 she opened her first bead shop and now runs two ‘real’ shops and an online business. All the beads on the bracelet here were handmade individually by Jo, her sister or her partner Andy.

MATERIALS • acrylic flower bead • strand of jet 14mm faceted glass beads • 2 x strands 4mm faceted Czech glass beads (85 beads) • 10mm faceted Czech glass bead • 0.14” Flex-rite wire • clasp • split ring • 2 x calottes • 2 x jump rings • necklace extender • 4 x crimps

TOOLS • wire cutters • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers

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upwards). Thread two crimp beads onto the ends of the three pieces of wire and squeeze both crimps securely with chainnosed pliers. Trim any excess wire. Close the cups of the calotte over the

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flattened crimps, pinching the ‘hinges’ with chain-nosed pliers for a neat finish. Using roundnosed pliers, make a complete loop from the hook on the calotte. Attach a jump ring to the calotte hook.

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through one 14mm faceted glass bead. Repeat eight times, finishing with one 4mm Czech bead on each strand. Thread all three strands through one side of the large flower bead. Thread one 10mm bead onto all three strands, positioning the bead in the middle of the flower. Thread the three strands through the other side of the flower. Repeat the pattern of three 4mm Czech beads and one 14mm jet glass bead 14 times to complete the other side of the necklace. Thread on a calotte and squeeze two crimps firmly inside, snug to the beads. Follow Steps 2 and 3 to finish, attaching the clasp this time.

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• 2 x jet 14mm faceted glass beads • 10 x 4mm faceted Czech glass beads • earring findings • 6 x headpins • 20-gauge wire

Make a wrapped loop on one end of a 10cm length of 20gauge wire, attaching the loop to an earring finding before wrapping. Trim any excess wire. Thread one 4mm Czech glass bead onto the wire, followed by one 14mm jet glass bead and another 4mm Czech glass bead. Make another wrapped loop with the other end of the wire. Trim any excess wire.

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Try using coloured or black wire to complement the colours of your chosen beads.You could also use clear nylon, so that the Czech beads appear to ‘float’ between the larger glass beads

TOOLS • wire cutters • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers

Add three 4mm Czech beads onto the bottom loop, using the headpins to make simple loops. Repeat the process to create the matching earring.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop Scotland stores in Edinburgh and Haddington, East Lothian; www.beadshopscotland.co.uk; 01620 822886 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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Artisan reative Beads & Jewellery has 25 pairs of tickets to give away this month for Artisan: The Ultimate Bead and Stamp Exhibition, taking place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd October 2010. Artisan is the only exhibition dedicated to jewellery making and rubber-stamping, setting it apart from general craft exhibitions, and has an exhibitor list made up exclusively of suppliers from these two specialist areas. Over 60 exhibitors will be selling beautiful beads, charms, polymer and precious metal clays, glass-making kits, the latest designer

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stamps, paints, texture and mica products, plus books and tools. Spellbound Beads will have pre-launch copies of its new Making Christmas Decorations book and its new range of jewellery kits, as well as existing kit designs and starter boxes. In addition to all the beautiful beads on sale, there are lots of fantastic features arranged to inspire visitors, including demonstrations of the latest techniques in jewellery making, wirework, polymer clay and lampwork bead making. Browse Beadbuyer’s gorgeous semi-precious beads, and don’t miss Clare John showcasing the vibrant, versatile jewellery technique of cold enamel and resin. Carole McAllister will be demonstrating how to make beautiful pieces using dichroic glass, and Claire Vize from Lady Luck Jewellery will be revealing a variety of polymer clay techniques. Plus: Lampwork Taster Sessions – Visitors can

try their hand at making glass beads at one of these ‘tasters’ with specialist glass supplier Plowden & Thompson. A Brilliant Experience – Helen O’Neill at The PMC Studio is putting together a collection of more than 100 pieces of high-quality jewellery made from precious metal clay, produced by artists across the UK including Emma Gordon (Scotland), Amy Surman (Oxford) and Mary Myers (Devon). Jewellery Maker of the Year – Place your vote to decide who the winner will be! Choose your favourite pieces from the stunning display of shortlisted entries in this hotly contested competition. And if you thought you couldn’t fit any more into a show, think again! There are three fantastic workshops running on both days, at which you can make a beautiful wirework and Swarovski Crystal bracelet with Creative Moments, craft silver jewellery using Precious Metal Clay with The PMC Studio and try bead loom weaving with Silvar Design

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ABOUT STEPHIE… Stephie Hall has been beading all her life and particularly enjoys working with crystals and silver to make sparkly jewellery. She sells her creations at www.stardustand sparkles.co.uk. Stephie is a freelance designer for madcowbeads, which stocks a huge range of Czech fire polished beads plus lots of other beads, findings and tools for jewellery making. There is always something new or unusual on the website, with the team working tirelessly to source those hard-to-get items alongside lots of old favourites. Buy securely online at www. madcowbeads.com

MATERIALS • Fireline nylon beading thread • 4 x antique copper flower beads • 8 x red seed beads (size 8) • 32 x 4mm round Czech fire polished beads in 7 colours (I used Carnelian, Golden Amber, Purple Ice, Rose Pink, Matte Copper, Apricot Ice and Violet Ice) • 8 x 6mm round Czech fire polish beads in 2 colours (I used Carnelian and Matte Copper) • antique gold toggle clasp • gold watch face • E-6000 adhesive

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beads again, forming a loop (Fig 2). Do the same in the opposite direction with the other needle and tie in a tight double knot to keep the loop shape. I use two pairs of pliers to pull the threads tight. Thread both needles through a seed bead, a flower bead and another seed bead, then add crystal beads to form a second loop, repeating the loop formation and knot

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TOOLS • 2 x flat-nosed or chain-nosed pliers • 2 x beading needles • sharp cutting snips

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Keep track of time on those summer evenings with this eye-catching watch bracelet design in a myriad of seasonal shades

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.madcowbeads.com

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from Step 1 and adding a seed-flower-seed bead sequence again (Fig 3). Pass both needles from front to back through the loop on the toggle clasp. From the back, bring them through the centre of the two threads between the toggle and your strung beads. Pull tight to bring the toggle close to

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the strung beads, then pass the threads to the back and knot tightly, as in Fig 4. Thread each thread back through the seed-flower-seed bead sequence and snip. Add a tiny dab of jewellery glue to the knot on the toggle. Repeat for the other half of the watch bracelet.

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LARGER THAN LIFE I have trouble ensuring that my jump rings are properly closed and sometimes I lose ‘bits’ when I’m out and about. Do you have any tips for ensuring jump rings are securely closed? Louise Carmichael, by email

CAROLYN SAYS... The best way to work with jump rings is with a pair of flat-nosed and a pair of round-nosed pliers. Make sure you grip the jump ring with the flat-nosed pliers about 2mm from the split, and grip the other side with your roundnosed pliers. Carefully move your hands in opposite directions,

VINTAGE PRIDE I inherited a gorgeous necklace of antique beads from a dear great aunt, but unfortunately it’s broken and there aren’t enough beads to repair the necklace at a wearable length.

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slip the ring onto the piece and close by reversing the above. I’ve found that not being able to see closely enough is one of the main reasons people have trouble closing jump rings, so the solution can be quite simple – use magnification! There are many different forms of magnifying glasses available, but my favourite is the headband magnifier and lens pack from Siesta Frames. The headband is worn around your forehead with the magnifier lenses on an adjustable visor. The headband magnifier comes with a 1.6x magnifications

lens for £15.99 from www.siestaframes.com The lens pack has three lenses – 2x, 2.5x and 3.5x – for £7.99, also from Siesta Frames. Alternatively, you could try the range of

magnifying clip-on and free-standing lamps that are available from Daylight. Go to www. daylightcompany.co.uk to see the full range, or call 020 8964 1200 for more details.

Can you suggest what I can do to make a fulllength piece? Susan Jones, Berkshire

special, so understandably you want to repair or reconstruct the necklace. There are several things you could do and only you can choose which will suit the beads and your own taste best. The first option would be for you to remove all the beads and make your own creation using them. This way you can adapt the piece for the modern era and to suit your own style. Alternatively, you could add other beads in contrasting colours that will frame and enhance the antique beads. For example, silver or gold spacer beads or sparkling

crystals. Check out your local beading store and craft events. I love to hunt around at car boot sales for discarded jewellery with beads that I can recycle, so consider this as well. You could even keep your eyes peeled when passing clothing or charity shops and see if there are any jewellery items for sale that you could dismantle and use. You might also consider using chain or metal rings between your beads, for a more modern interpretation. You could even use chain or ribbon at the ends of the necklace to give length without changing the original design of the piece.

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BEAD DOCTOR GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS I would like to make a pearl necklace with knots between the pearls. Can you tell me what length of cord I need to make an 18” necklace? Zoe Bailey, by email

CAROLYN SAYS... The general rule for the length of thread needed when knotting between beads is three times the finished length, so for an 18” finished necklace you would need about 138cm. If you want to be more precise, you

ON SAFARI My granddaughter loves animal prints and I would like to make her a necklace using beads along this theme. Can you tell me where I can find a selection of animal print beads? Dora France, Carmarthenshire

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can measure a length of thread, string a bead and make a knot. Go back and measure the remaining length of thread and subtract that from the length of thread you started out with. That will tell you how much thread one bead and one knot takes (assuming all your beads are the same size).

for zebra print beads and found them at www.dizzybeads.co.uk. The website has a good choice of different prints, colours and shapes starting at just 99p for 25 beads. Choose from cow, zebra, giraffe, leopard and tiger prints – and more. Plus there’s a great Fimo bead mix for just £1.25.

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Do you have any suggestions for an inexpensive way to clean my jewellery? The various solutions on the market seem very pricey and I’m not convinced they won’t harm my precious pieces! Karen Mablethorpe, Buckinghamshire

If you have jewellery that is tarnished and you would like a quick and easy way to clean it, mix together equal amounts of regular toothpaste and bicarbonate of soda. You can use a normal toothbrush to clean your jewellery pieces as the bristles on it are designed to reach into

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I received a silver bracelet for my birthday that is a bit too tight for me to wear. It’s a chain bracelet with lots of beads dangling from it and I’ve tried to find the same chain without success. Any suggestions for what I could do? Caroline Swift, by email

If the bracelet is just a bit too tight, why not consider a simple extender chain? This will allow you to adjust the bracelet for a customised fit and you can find a good selection at Jewellery Enchantments (www.jewellery enchantments.co.uk, 01249 443715).

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calotte. This exploded when I came to put it on the first time. The second attempt saw each seed bead wire through the calotte and in its own crimp to secure. Shortly after putting it on, one of the wires came loose and shot beads everywhere. I discovered that this had effectively been cut by so many wires going through the base of the calotte. Please help make it third time lucky! Ann Drummond, Cheshire

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I’m currently on my third attempt at making a sixtier seed bead necklace and swiftly losing the motivation to do it a fourth time! My problem is keeping the seed bead strings securely within the calottes. On the first attempt I had six strings of seed beads, three long and three short. I had the three long ones fed through one crimp and the three short ones through another, and both secured within the

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I have so nearly completed a very complicated piece using seed beads, but I’ve spotted a bead in the wrong spot and have heard that I can break the bead rather than tear out my work. Please tell me what I can do? I’ve been working on this piece for such a long time and just can’t face starting again! Melanie Timmins, by email

Depending on the pattern and where the extra seed bead is positioned, you can indeed break the bead. Before doing that, consider whether this will leave slack in the thread and whether this can be pulled out. It is also important to be really careful so that you don’t break the thread in the process – a much more serious situation than having to tear out some of your work. To

break the bead, push it up away from the thread with your finger. Pinch the bead, perpendicular to the hole, above the thread with flat-nosed pliers until it breaks. Avoid flying glass by breaking beads under your bead mat or a towel, or while wearing protective glasses.

difficult spaces, but an electric toothbrush is even better as it rubs many times more than you could by hand. Rinse the toothpaste and bicarbonate of soda mixture off with warm water and blow dry your piece of jewellery with a

hairdryer, but be sure to dry the piece completely or oxidation will come back quickly.

Oh no! How terrible to see something you’ve spent so long on come apart. Have you tried using multiple calottes for the different tiers? I’ve found that three wires/ nylon strings is the limit for avoiding calotte interference. Try securing your short wires through one pair of calottes and your long through another. You can attach both to the same jump ring, it’ll mean there’s less pressure on each calotte to hold all that weight.

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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER re-cut glass is a great place to start when fusing, as glass cutting is the most difficult part of the complete process. The Hot Pot glass featured here comes in a variety of shapes and colours in both translucent and opaque forms. You can layer different colours or mix and match shapes for a variety of designs. These projects feature two different stages of fusing for dimensional or smooth pieces. Tack fused is the stage at which two or more pieces of glass have got hot enough to bond together but not

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This issue Judith Hannington lifts the kiln lid on different fusing stages, whether you’re firing pre-cut glass shapes or cutting and grinding your own designs

COOKING? so hot that they have merged smooth or melted flat (see Figs 1a and 1b). You can choose the length of firing for the desired effect and remember, you can always fully fuse your base glass, add the dimensional layers once cold and fire again to the tackfused stage.

Full fusing entails firing the glass until it has completely bonded smooth. There are no lumps and bumps or edges where one piece of glass met another (see Figs 2a and 2b). During the firing of the glass, it is perfectly acceptable to open the microwave and very gently tilt-lift the lid of

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the kiln to see what is happening. So long as you don’t lift the lid off completely or take more than a quick peek there will be no detrimental effect to the glass – always wear protective mitts when doing this. Remember, the fusing process will continue after the microwave is turned

off and the kiln removed from it to cool, so always err on the just-underdone side. You can always put your cold glass on a fresh piece of kiln paper and fire it again but you cannot reverse an over-fused project. With observation and a little record keeping of time taken to tack or

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN Roughen the surface of your silver findings before applying epoxy glue so that the glass will adhere securely to the mount section. A few simple cross-hatched lines created with a sharp implement will do the trick – just take care not to scratch any visible portion of the finding

fully fuse different projects, you will soon learn the stage at which to stop firing for the effect you require. I got the best results with the glass used here by firing on the medium setting on my microwave, even though it is only a 600 watt oven, which is the smallest available. In terms of tools, the pre-cut shape projects require just your microwave, a microwave kiln and some kiln paper – this lines the base of the kiln so that your glass doesn’t fuse to it. Newly available from Mad Cow Beads is bio-soluble kiln paper, which is completely user-safe and friendly. It is currently sold in 1mm, 2mm and 3mm thicknesses, the thickest version being

perfect for all your dimensional projects. To cut sheet glass into your own shapes, you will require a glass cutter and some pliers. Running pliers work by snapping the glass in two along the score line created with your cutter. Breaking pliers can be used to grasp glass to snap smaller pieces off along a score. I use a combination of the two. Take care when handling glass because of sharp edges and its fragile nature. Before fusing glass pieces, it is advisable to wash them in hot soapy water to remove any oily residues, even if that’s only fingerprints. Once washed, make sure that the glass is thoroughly dry before fusing and handle it as little as possible.

WHERE TO BUY The Fuseworks microwave kiln kit, together with many replacement and add-on Fuseworks products including the bottle stopper blank, sheets of Baoli glass and the Hot Pot pre-cut glass shapes and accessories, can all be purchased from www.madcowbeads.com All the silver mounts used here can be purchased from www.dichro-findings.co.uk

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MATERIALS • clear Hot Pot 3.5cm glass circle • black opal Hot Pot 3.5cm glass circle • red opal Hot Pot 2cm glass heart • 90coe millefiori mix glass slices • kiln paper • silver pendant mount • black rubber cord • silver coil ends, bolt ring and necklace tag • epoxy glue

TOOLS • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven

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TO CREATE Stack the clear glass circle onto the black glass circle on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base. Position the red heart on top with a millefiori slice in the top-right curve (see Fig 1, below). Position the kiln base in your microwave and place the lid on top before firing the glass until it is fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and

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allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before opening. Remove the lid and leave until completely cold. Discard the kiln paper and wash any remaining residue from the glass. Dry the glass thoroughly. Mix up a small quantity of epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply a tiny amount to the flat surfaces of the pendant mount before positioning on the back of the fused glass (see Fig 2). Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours before attaching your stringing material. Note: The fused glass is actually attached to the reverse side of the pendant mount.

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MILLEFIORI BROOCH TO CREATE Stack the clear glass circle onto the black glass circle on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base. Place the millefiori slices randomly onto the surface, leaving a small space between them and the

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MATERIALS • clear Hot Pot 3.5cm glass circle • black opal Hot Pot 3.5cm glass circle • 90coe millefiori mix glass slices • kiln paper • silver medium oval brooch mount • epoxy glue

TOOLS • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven

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MATERIALS • clear Hot Pot 2cm glass circle • black opal Hot Pot 2cm glass circle • red opal Hot Pot 2cm glass heart • 90coe millefiori mix glass embellishments • kiln paper including 3mm bio-soluble paper • silver small round brooch mount

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the lid on top before firing the glass until it is fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before opening. Remove the lid and leave until completely cold. Repeat the process with a single glass heart, firing for just long enough to soften all the ground edges. Position the fused circles on a fresh piece of kiln paper on your kiln base and position the heart on top, propping the unsupported edge on a piece of 3mm kiln

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paper cut to shape (see Fig 1, above) – a £1 coin makes a perfect template cutting edge. Fire until just tack fused, then cool. Discard the kiln paper and check the glass is clean. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue following the manufacturer’s instructions and apply to the surface of the flat pad on the brooch setting before positioning on the back of the fused glass (see Fig 2). Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours.

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN edges of the clear glass circle (see Fig 1, below). Position the kiln base in your microwave and place the lid on top before firing the glass until it is tack fused. The base of the millefiori slices should have just merged with the glass circles, and similarly the two glass circles to each other. Remove the kiln from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before opening. Remove the lid and leave until

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completely cold. Discard the kiln paper and wash any remaining residue from the glass. Dry the glass thoroughly. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue following the manufacturer’s instructions and apply a tiny amount to the surface of the flat pad on the brooch setting before positioning on the back of the fused glass (see Fig 2). Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours.

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sheet, leaving a tiny white border all around. Follow the instructions on the pack for applying them one at a time to your fused glass (see Fig 2). Fire the piece again on a fresh piece of kiln paper in your oven, following the rub-on guidelines. If the rub-on appears white when you have a peek, fire again until the colour and outline return. Repeat Step 3 for cooling the kiln and glass. Discard the kiln paper and check the glass is clean. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue following the manufacturer’s instructions and apply to the surface of the flat

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• white opaque 90coe Baoli 3mm glass • red opaque 90coe Baoli 3mm glass • Fuseworks fusible floral decals • kiln paper • silver leaf pendant mount • red 1mm cord • silver coil ends, bolt ring and necklace tag • epoxy glue

TOOLS • glass cutter • running/breaking pliers • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven • tweezers

pad on the brooch setting before positioning on the back of the fused glass. Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours. Attach a double length of cord to your pendant through the bail, securing the ends with coils before attaching your bolt ring and necklace tag (see Fig 3).

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN

MILLEFIORI SCARF CLIP advanced

Cut a square of red glass the same size as the diameter of a 10p coin. Score and snap off the corners using your glass cutter and breaking pliers, then grind the shape

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MATERIALS • red opal 90coe Baoli 3mm glass • 90coe millefiori mix glass slices • kiln paper • silver scarf clip mount • epoxy glue

TOOLS • glass cutter • running and breaking pliers • glass grinding machine • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven

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into a circle the same size as the coin. Place the glass on kiln paper on your kiln base and arrange three millefiori slices on the surface (see Fig 1, right). Position the kiln base in your microwave and place the lid on top before firing the glass until it is fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before opening. Remove the lid and leave until completely cold. Discard the kiln paper and wash any remaining residue from the glass. Dry

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the glass thoroughly. If at this stage your fused glass has rough or spiky edges, you can grind them off gently by holding the glass at an angle with the reverse side facing the grinding head. Fire the glass a second time to bring back the shine. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply a tiny quantity to the surface of the flat pad on the scarf clip setting before lowering the fused glass onto it (see Fig 2). Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours.

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN GRAPES BOTTLE STOPPER advanced

MATERIALS

TO CREATE Unscrew the top of the bottle stopper blank and draw around the shape to create a template for grinding your glass. Cut a rectangle of white glass and a rectangle of black glass the same dimensions as your template, then remove the corners by scoring and snapping them off with your breaking pliers. Shape both pieces on your grinder so that they fit within the outline of your template. The black piece can be just slightly smaller than the white for a really neat, fused finish.

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to 4mm in length – and place on a piece of fresh kiln paper on your kiln base. Fire these until they have formed nice round balls, then repeat the cooling and cleaning process (see Fig 1, above). Apply a small puddle of glue to the surface of your fused glass and

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manufacturer’s instructions and apply a tiny amount to the surface of the flat pad on the bottle stopper before lowering the fused glass onto it. Leave to dry in a level position for at least 24 hours.

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SANDSTONES

last of the SUMMER WINE SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

ABOUT SANDY… Sandy at Sandstones International has many years experience in jewellery design, and buying beads and equipment from all over the world. She is

Sandy Kidulis showcases the use of half-drilled beads with these simple yet sumptuous pieces in late summer shades of rich burgundy and champagne gold

particularly drawn to pearls, turquoise, coral and jade, and is always on the lookout for highquality and interestingshaped beads that inspire her to create beautiful jewellery.

BURGUNDY CZECH PEARL STUDS

TO CREATE Place your studs, with pegs facing upwards, in a suitable position for gluing. They will need to remain like this until dry, so I recommend that you insert them

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bead is lowered in, so don’t add too much. Lower your first half-drilled bead slowly onto the peg. (Fig 2). Have a piece of kitchen roll ready to soak up any excess glue, which might spoil the finish on the bead. Repeat the process for the second stud. Leave the earrings until the glue has completely dried. The manufacturers’ instructions usually recommend 24 hours to ensure total bonding.

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MATERIALS • 2 x Burgundy halfdrilled 8mm round Czech glass pearls • 2 x sterling silver studs and backs for half-drilled

into some Blu Tack to keep them steady. Next, place a dab of BeadFix glue in each cup (see Fig 1, below). This is a runny liquid glue and some will be displaced when the

6mm+ beads • Beadalon BeadFix Superfast Adhesive • Blu Tack

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SANDSTONES BURGUNDY CZECH PEARL NECKLACE TO CREATE Place the pendant/ peg finding into some Blu Tack with the peg sticking upwards (see Fig 1, right). Next, place a small dab of BeadFix glue in the cup, being careful not to use

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too much. Lower the halfdrilled bead slowly onto the peg. It is advisable to have a piece of kitchen roll to hand to soak up any excess glue that may be squeezed out right away. Be careful as glue will spoil the finish on the bead. Leave until the glue has dried completely. The manufacturers’

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MATERIALS • Burgundy half-drilled 8mm round Czech glass pearl • sterling silver small cup peg/pendant for

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2:1 connector. Now thread one Bali spacer, one Aubergine 6mm Czech glass pearl, and another Bali spacer onto a 3cm length of sterling silver wire. Using round-nosed pliers, turn a loop at the top end of a spacer bead. Turn the work over and turn a loop at the other end so that your bead and spacers are secure. Trim any excess wire with cutters, then attach one end of this arrangement to the third loop of the 2:1 connector. Using flat-nosed pliers, join three 4mm jump rings together to form a chain. Link the top jump ring on the chain through the loop at the bottom of the Bali spacer/Czech pearl arrangement. Make sure your halfdrilled pearls are dry in the pearl cups, then join the Swarovski drop onto the bottom of your chain. To finish, link in the remaining two half-drilled Czech pearls to form the pendant drop.

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INDIAN SUMMER CZECH PEARL NECKLACE TO CREATE Using the technique described in Steps 1 and 2 of the Indian Summer Czech Pearl Earrings on page 60, glue one Burgundy and one Aubergine Czech glass half-drilled pearl onto large pearl cups and leave to dry. Do the same for the Swarovski drop onto the small cup and leave to dry. Thread a crimp and the jump ring end of a lobster clasp onto a 22cm length of Beadalon beading

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wire. Thread the end of the wire back through the crimp and pull to create a small loop. Squash the crimp flat to secure the lobster clasp, and trim any excess wire. Thread on Czech glass full-drilled pearls in the following sequence: 8mm Burgundy, 6mm gold, 8mm Aubergine, 6mm Burgundy, 8mm gold, 6mm Aubergine. Repeat this pattern four times, then thread on one 8mm Burgundy, one 6mm gold, one 8mm Aubergine and one 6mm Burgundy. Thread on a crimp, then thread the wire through one

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of the loops on the 2:1 connector. Take the wire back through the crimp and squash to secure the line of pearls to the connector. One half of your necklace is complete. Take a second 22cm length of Beadalon and repeat Step 2, but this time secure the 6mm jump ring into place instead of the lobster clasp. When you have threaded on all the pearls and a crimp, secure this line of beads to the next available loop on the

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk

half-drilled bead • sterling silver chain • Beadalon BeadFix Superfast Adhesive • Blu Tack

MATERIALS • gold halfdrilled 11.5x6mm Swarovski pearl • Burgundy half-drilled 8mm round Czech glass pearl • Aubergine half-drilled 8mm round Czech glass pearl • sterling silver pearl cup (small cup) • 2 x sterling silver pearl cups (large cup) • 2 x silver Bali spacer beads • sterling silver 22g half-hard wire • sterling silver 2:1 connector • Beadalon 0.38mm 7-strand beading wire • sterling silver lobster clasp • sterling silver 6mm heavyweight jump ring • 4 x sterling silver 4mm heavyweight jump rings • 10 x Burgundy fulldrilled 6mm round Czech glass pearls • 9 x Aubergine fulldrilled 6mm round Czech glass pearls • 10 x gold full-drilled 6mm round Czech glass pearls • 10 x Aubergine fulldrilled 8mm round Czech glass pearls • 10 x Burgundy fulldrilled 8mm round Czech glass pearls • 8 x gold full-drilled 8mm round Czech glass pearls • 4 x sterling silver crimp tubes (2x2mm) • Beadalon BeadFix Superfast Adhesive • Blu Tack

TOOLS • wire cutters • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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SANDSTONES MATERIALS • 2 x sterling silver earring studs with 3mm ball and open ring plus backs • 2 x 4cm lengths of 22g half-hard sterling wire • 4 x silver Bali spacer beads • 2 x gold full-drilled 8mm round Czech glass pearls • 2 x sterling silver 3:1 connectors • 6 x sterling silver pearl cups (large cup) • 2 x Burgundy halfdrilled 8mm Czech glass pearls • 2 x Aubergine halfdrilled 8mm Czech glass pearls • 2 x gold halfdrilled 8mm Czech glass pearls • 26 x sterling silver 4mm 20g jump rings • Beadalon BeadFix Superfast Adhesive • Blu Tack

TOOLS • wire cutters • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Place the six pearl cups into Blu Tack with pegs uppermost (see Fig 1, below) and apply a small amount of BeadFix glue into each cup. Gently lower each half-drilled pearl into place then leave to dry. You now have three pairs of half-drilled beads mounted onto pearl cups (Fig 2). On a 4cm piece of half-hard wire, add one Bali spacer, one gold Czech glass pearl, and another Bali spacer. Using round-

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nosed pliers, turn a loop at the top end of a spacer bead. Turn the work over and turn a loop at the other end so that your beads are secure. Trim any excess wire with cutters. Repeat so you have two pieces the same (Fig 3). Using flat-nosed pliers, link together four jump rings in a chain. Thread an Aubergine pearl cup onto the jump ring at the bottom of the chain and attach the top jump ring of the chain to the left-hand ring of a 3:1 connector.

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Next, make a chain out of six jump rings and attach a gold pearl cup to the middle ring of the connector. Make a chain from three jump rings and attach a Burgundy pearl cup to the righthand ring of the connector. Repeat with the other 3:1 connector and components, reversing the position of the two outside beads so you have a mirror image (Fig 4). Attach the top ring of one of the 3:1 connectors to the loop on the gold pearl/spacer bead arrangement made in Step 3. Repeat for the second earring.

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bead arrangement created in Step 3. Repeat for the second earring (Fig 5).

Now you have mastered gluing half-drilled beads onto pearl cups, you can create an array of beautiful earrings. For a simple, elegant look try them on studs with an open ring to create a drop, or put them on earring wires

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MURANO GLASS AND CZECH PEARL NECKLACE TO CREATE Using the technique described in Steps 1 and 2 of the Indian Summer Czech Pearl Earrings on page 60, glue four half-drilled pearls onto large pearl cups and leave to dry. Thread one silver Bali spacer, one Aubergine 6mm fulldrilled Czech pearl and another Bali spacer onto a headpin and form a loop. Trim any excess wire. Thread a Bali spacer, the Murano feature bead and another Bali spacer onto a 6cm length of sterling silver wire and form loops at

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each end of the bead (the top loop should be large enough to take the organza ribbon, and the bottom loop small). Make sure the glued half-drilled pearls are dry. Then, using the four jump rings to form a chain, thread the four half-drilled pearl charms and the Bali spacer/6mm pearl arrangement at intervals onto the small loop at the bottom of the Murano bead. To finish, thread the large loop at the top of the Murano bead onto your desired length of organza ribbon.

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MATERIALS • 20mm Mars Bombe genuine Murano bead • 4 x silver Bali spacers • sterling silver 20g half-hard wire • sterling silver headpin • 4 x sterling silver pearl cups (large cup) • Aubergine half-drilled 8mm Czech glass pearl • gold half-drilled 8mm Czech glass pearl • 2 x Burgundy halfdrilled 8mm Czech glass pearls • Aubergine full-drilled 6mm Czech glass pearl • 4 x sterling silver 4mm heavyweight jump rings • organza ribbon • Blu Tack

TOOLS • wire cutters • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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GJ BEADS

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JILL THOMAS DESIGNER

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Beadable items allow you to create beautifully-patterned gifts from tiny, carefully woven beads. Jill Thomas lifts the lid on this art

ABOUT JILL… Jill started beading as a hobby more than 25 years ago and turned it into a full-time business in 1994 with GJ Beads. The company now includes a retail store in St Ives and a showroom and warehouse in St Erth, along with a thriving web and mail-order company. Jill teaches weekly beadwork classes at the warehouse in St Erth and is always developing new ideas and projects.

MATERIALS For all projects • 10g of size 15 Delica beads in your choice of main colour (MC) – I used matt Cantaloupe AB (DBS0852) • 5g of size 15 Delica beads in your choice of contrast colour (CC) – I used silver-lined red orange (DBS0043) • 5g of size 15 Delica beads in your choice of accent colour (AC) – I used gold lustre transparent red (DBS0105) • beadable needlecase (NCASE-1) • beadable slimline pen (PEN-SLIM01-1) • beadable keyring (KEY-RING-01) • KO beading thread

TOOLS • beading needle • sharp scissors • bead mat

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hese clever beadable projects make fantastic gifts for your friends and family. The needlecase would be ideal for a mother, grandmother or girlfriend who enjoys needlecraft, embroidery or patchwork, while the barrel keyring –

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in suitably masculine shades – is a great gift for a man, or indeed anyone passing their driving test and buying a car. You can go a step further with the slimline pen and make it part of a thoughtful gift set, making or buying a lovely notebook or diary and choosing

beads in matching or co-ordinating colours. The pattern used here is best suited to beaders with previous experience of peyote stitch. The beadable designs are all worked in the same way; created as a flat piece of peyote stitch, then placed around the barrel of the beadable

item and ‘zipped up’ to secure. The barrel of the keyring and the two barrels of the slimline pen are the same size, so you can use the same chart, but the barrel of the beadable needlecase is larger in length and diameter and its design chart reflects this.


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GJ BEADS and weave away in the same way.

TO ASSEMBLE Place the finished beadwork around the barrel of the beadable item and ‘zip’ the high beads together. When you look at the two working edges of the beadwork, you will notice that the ‘high’ beads are offset – simply stitch through a high bead from one side then the high bead from the other side to zip the work together. To finish,, weave the working thread through about 10 beads to hide it away and trim the thread neatly. Remove the stop bead left at the start, re-thread the needle with this tail of thread and weave that away in the same way.

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Thread the needle with 1.5m of KO beading thread. Thread on one AC as a temporary stop bead, slide it down and position it 20cm from the end of the thread – this will be removed later. Following the design chart and starting from the bottom-left corner, pick up the full row of ‘high’ and ‘low’ beads – one CC, 11 MC, one CC, 11 MC, one CC, 11 MC, one CC and 11 MC. Reading the chart from right to left, pick up one CC, miss a bead and stitch into the next bead, then pick up one MC, miss a bead and stitch into the next bead. Follow the chart to the end of the row. Continue following the charts from left to right then right to left until the beadwork is complete.

KO beading thread. Weave through about 10 beads, changing direction twice so that the new thread does not pull through, and ensure that the needle and thread emerge from the same bead as the old thread. Work

two rows of peyote stitch, then return to the tail of thread left

WHERE TO BUY All the materials for this project, including refills for the slimline pen, are available from GJ Beads; www.gjbeads.co.uk; 01736 751070

Size 15 Delica beads (made in Japan by Miyuki) are the smallest beads in production today. As they are so tiny, they have very thin walls. When adding new threads and weaving away tails of thread, only stitch through one bead at a time – if you stitch diagonally through two or more beads you may have some casualties

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Try to match or tone your beading thread to the colour of beads in your project. KO beading thread is a relatively new substitute for Nymo beading thread, which is colourfast, abrasion and tangle resistant, and available in 12 colours. The thread comes pre-waxed and can be knotted tightly

SLIMLINE PEN TO CREATE Prepare your beading thread by following Step 1 for creating the needlecase on page 63. Following the design chart and starting from the bottom-left corner, pick up the full row of ‘high’ and ‘low’ beads – 44 MC. Now reading the chart from right to left, pick up one MC, miss a bead from the first row and stitch into the next bead. Pick up another MC, miss a bead and stitch into the next bead. Add beads in this way all along this row. Continue following the charts from left to right then right to left until the beadwork is complete. If you need to add new thread, follow Step 5 of the instructions for creating the needlecase on page 63. Repeat for the other part of the pen barrel.

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KEYRING TO CREATE Follow the design chart and instructions for the slimline pen above. You will only need one flat piece of peyote stitch, not two.

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WOODEN JEWELLERY

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VIVIENNE WHITTY DESIGNER

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Vivienne Whitty lets the natural beauty of wood shine through and creates a chunky necklace, bracelet and earring set

ABOUT VIVIENNE… Vivienne Whitty is the founder of The Beads Nest in Cardiff (www.thebeadsnest. co.uk). The Beads Nest opened its doors in 2006 after Vivienne decided to turn her hobby of beading into a full-time business. She now enjoys creating unique pieces of jewellery using beads from around the world.

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WOODEN JEWELLERY

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each strand of wire. Bring all three strands together and thread on a large wooden bead. Keep the three strands together and add more small wooden beads to the necklace. I used approximately 27 small beads on each side to reach the desired length. Attach a large crimp, a large spring clasp and a crimp cover. Remove the temporary clamp and repeat Step 4 to complete the other side.

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• Tigertail wire • 1 x strand red coral beads • 1 x packet small wooden rondelle beads • 2 x 30mm wooden beads • 1 x 15mm springloaded clasp • large-hole crimps • 2 x 5mm crimp covers

TOOLS: • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

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WOODEN JEWELLERY

MATERIALS • Tigertail wire • 14 x red coral beads • 12 x small wooden rondelle beads • 2 x fish hooks • 2 x calottes • 2 x crimps

TOOLS: • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

EARRINGS TO CREATE

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and a crimp onto both ends until the beads form a ring. Using your pliers, flatten the crimp inside the calotte. Cut off any excess wire and close the calotte. Add an earring hook to complete. Repeat this process to create the matching earring.

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BRACELET TO CREATE

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MATERIALS • 1 x strand red coral beads • 1 x packet small wooden rondelle beads • 2 x 30mm wooden beads • 1 x 15mm springloaded clasp • large-hole crimps • 2 x 5mm crimp covers

TOOLS: • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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Take inspiration from these beautiful pieces and share your own creations with us – we’d love to see them

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FLORAL TWO-SET

Each designer featured wins a fabulous product set kindly donated by The Beadery

BY CAROL SMALLEY FROM STAFFORDSHIRE MATERIALS • • • • • •

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ORANGE SPICE NECKLACE BY CLARE WILLMORE FROM KENT

Tigertail glass pearls and leaves Lucite flowers seed beads faceted glass beads findings

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gold-plated chain findings carnelian nuggets Swarovski bicones glass, plastic, wooden and metal beads

CROTCHETED PENDANT BY CAROLINE EDGE FROM LEICESTERSHIRE MATERIALS • • • • •

brown glass bead gold wire seed beads clasp jump rings

Want to see your masterpiece on these pages? Please send your best creations to: Designer Gallery, Creative Beads & Jewellery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL. Don’t forget to include your name, address and a list of the materials you used. NB: Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for your projects to be returned. Alternatively, send a JPEG image to lindsey.hopkins@practicalpublishing.co.uk with the subject CB&J Designer Gallery.

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BEADING CRAFTY

ABOUT BEADING CRAFTY Beading Crafty Ltd has been supplying beads in and around the Midlands area for the past three years. The team is very passionate about beads and the bespoke jewellery that it makes. The store also offers bead kits in all the current Swarovski colours for £14.99 in the hope of inspiring others to create their own stunning makes. Shona and the rest of the team will be demonstrating their craft at the Heart of England Bead Fayre in Warwickshire on the 16th and 17th October.

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TOPAZ TO CREATE Thread a wire protector onto the centre of a piece of cord, then thread a size 11 seed bead onto each side. Cross the two ends of the cord through the centre of a Golden Shadow bicone (or alternative base colour). Thread two Golden Shadow bicones onto each side of the cord, then cross and thread through the sixth bead. Add beads each side and cross again through the 11th bead. Repeat this process until you have achieved your desired bracelet length, crossing the cord on every fifth bead. Make sure that the two pieces of cord exit the final bicone bead.

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Place a seed bead onto both lengths of cord, then thread both through a wire protector, making sure they cross at the top of the protector. Retrace your steps by threading the cord back through the seed beads, crossing at the last bicone and the third bicone on each side. Place the first Topaz bicone (or alternative ‘flower’ colour) onto each end. Cross the cords through a seed bead, then place another Topaz bicone onto each length. Continue threading through the Golden Shadow beads, adding a Topaz flower every third bead along. To finish, thread the cord round to one

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SHONA BURTON DESIGNER

Incorporate simple flower designs into your jewellery for a striking, yet elegant, effect. Shona Burton shows you how

Keep even tension on the cord throughout the entire process to avoid any buckling

side of your bracelet and tie and cut the ends. Fix a 7mm split ring to one end and a 5mm clasp to other.

MATERIALS • 76 x Golden Shadow Swarovski 4mm crystal bicones • 40 x Topaz Swarovski 4mm crystal bicones • 14 x seed beads (size 11) • 1 x 5mm split ring • 1 x 7mm split ring • 1 x lobster clasp • 2m 0.2mm nylon filament cord • 2 x wire protectors


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COMPETITION

Fiskars Over £400 worth of Fiskars products up for grabs! e have eight sets of Fiskars goodies up for grabs this issue, worth over £50 each! Each set includes a hand drill with four differentsized bits capable of drilling through wood, plastic, paper and metal foil, and a selection of hand punches that can punch thin leather, metal foil, felt and cardstock. This is a great set of products for artisans wanting to branch out from bead creations and try their hand a different aspect of jewellery making by incorporating fabrics and other mediums.

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Each winner will receive: • Craft drill • Flower hand punch • Heart hand punch • Small circle punch • Medium circle punch • Large circle punch

For your chance to win one of these prize sets, send your name and address on a postcard to CBJ05 Fiskars, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 3rd September 2010.

Visit www.fiskarscrafts.co.uk for details of the range of Fiskars products, plus exciting projects, tips and techniques and sign up to receive a regular newsletter.

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BEAD GLOSSARY

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There are literally hundreds of bead varieties with which to create your own jewellery, and if you add to that the array of sizes, colours and textures on offer you have a huge number of possibilities. If you are entering the world of jewellery making for the first time, the following descriptions may help guide your bead purchases CRYSTAL

PEARLS

METAL

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Crystal is made by adding lead oxide to glass to give a dazzling sparkle. Crystal beads come in many shapes, sizes and colours and are faceted to give brilliance – the term applied to how light is reflected within the bead. Swarovski of Austria is renowned for the brilliance of ` its crystal beads and this is due to the high lead content.

GLASS Glass is the most popular medium for beadmaking, with three traditional methods used for production. Firstly

‘winding’, whereby glass heated to a temperature high enough to make it workable is wound around a steel wire and fashioned with tools. Rods of glass called ‘stringers’ can be used to add detail to a bead’s surface and these are referred to as ‘lampwork’ beads. Venetian beads sit in this category and are made from very highquality Murano glass. Drawn glass beads are formed by pulling a strand of glass from a hot ‘gather’. An air bubble incorporated into the glass before pulling the strand forms the bead hole

and the strand is cut into individual beads, which are subsequently cooked to round the edges. Seed beads are mechanically extruded in this fashion and this gives them their regular appearance and size. Pressed beads are created in the Czech Republic from molten glass formed in moulds, which can then be heat-tumbled until shiny. This process is called fire polishing. The beads can be smooth but are more often faceted and are a great alternative to crystal beads. Dichroic is a multilayer coating placed on glass using a process

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known as thin film coating. Originally created for use within the aerospace industry, the coatings are formed using metal oxides and quartz. The glass can have up to 50 coatings and the principle characteristic is the difference between the transmitted and the reflected colour, causing a change when viewed from different angles. Dichroic glass beads tend to make great feature pieces with glittering appeal.

SEMI-PRECIOUS BEADS (OR GEMSTONES) These beads come from all over the world and are available in many different shapes. They can be purchased individually or as strings. As a natural material, they vary from bead to bead and often contain flaws, which add to their appeal. Semi-precious beads can be smooth or faceted and are used

in healing and linked to months so are ideal for use in special birthday pieces.

shaped feature pendants to metal-effect beads and spacers.

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METAL PEARLS Pearls are available as natural or cultured gems and glass or plastic beads so there is an option to suit all budgets. Pearl beads can add a pretty iridescence to a piece of jewellery and work well used as single accents or as a strand.

SHELL Including mother of pearl, which is the iridescent coating on the inside of a mollusc, shells are very popular for beading and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and dyed colours.

ACRYLIC An economical and lightweight choice, acrylic beads are available in an evergrowing array of designs, from small coloured beads and

From beads to charms, the selection is vast and there are options to suit all budgets. Remember to keep both plated and pure metal beads – particularly silver ones – in airtight bags away from bright light to limit tarnishing.

OTHER MATERIALS Beads are also made from a whole variety of more unusual materials, including horn, bone, wood, ceramic and fabric. Some stores sell beads created from locally and ethically sourced materials and may feature beads created by local designers. Visiting a bead store is a great way to get a feel for your personal favourites and having a browse on the web will give you access to the vast range of beads available.

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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GUIDE Half-drilled beads are ideal for earrings, pendants and more. Affix them with a little glue and an eyepin or peg and loop setting for beautiful results MALACHITE TEARDROP Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £3.99 This malachite teardrop bead is a beautiful green with striped tonal markings. These high-quality beads are finished to a premium standard

Half-drilled beads

ROUND LAPIS LAZULI BEAD Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from 85p Available in 4mm and 6mm sizes, these bold blue beads feature pretty golden flecks

SILVER PEG AND LOOP Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: 35p each

Sold individually in 4mm and 6mm sizes, these half-drilled jade beads are a rich, deep green

ROUND CARNELIAN BEAD Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from 17p Available in 4mm and 6mm sizes, get a warm cherry red feel with these half-drilled carnelian beads

ROUND BLUE LACE AGATE BEAD Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from 23p These elegant blue lace agate half-drilled beads are perfect for subtle or vintage pieces

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Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: £1.95 each Add a slightly more decorative element to your creations with these 9ct gold pegs with 3mm bead caps

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OPAQUE BLUE BEADING WIRE Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.85

Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: £2.25 per pair

Suitable for all your wire bead designs, this 0.2mm wire is ideal for use with the Wire Jig and Coiling Gizmo. Sold on a reel of 175m

These sterling silver earstud settings come with a loop for attaching drops and a cup for 4mm half-drilled beads. Great for ear and dangle detail!

COLOURED ENAMEL-COATED WIRE

PENDANT SETTING Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: £3.75

RING SETTING

Fans of purple will love the shades present in these amethyst half-drilled beads

BLACK ENAMELLED BEADING WIRE

This lovely 0.2mm (32 gauge) wire is great for wire twisting, knitting or crocheting. It comes in a very generous reel of 175m

Turquoise is already the big colour this year, so why not incorporate these beautiful beads into your projects?

Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from £1.15

This is high-quality gold and silver-plated (on copper) wire. The medium 0.5mm wire is good for designs with small-hole beads or where you want more flexibility. There is 6m of plated wire included; 3m of gold-plated and 3m of silver-plated

GOLD PEG WITH LOOP AND CAP

Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from 52p

ROUND AMETHYST BEAD

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.91

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.87

This design is reminiscent of trees dripping with berries or coral under the sea, so it looks great with bright beads or pearls nestled into the cups. Simply glue your selected half-drilled beads onto the pegs for a stunning pendant and earrings

ROUND TURQUOISE BEAD

GOLD AND SILVER ASSORTED COILS

This is the ideal finding for attaching a looped fastening to your half-drilled beads. Simply apply a little glue to the peg and insert into the bead for secure attachment

ROUND JADE BEAD Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: from 49p

Wirework is a great way to show off your jewellery and beading skills in a contemporary style, and there are some wonderful colours and finishes available

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.75 Available in 10 1m coils, each of a different colour, this fine-to-medium wire is ideal for designs with small-hole beads or where you want more flexibility. It is suitable for twisting, binding, knitting or wrapping

AQUA WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 10m of 0.6mm aqua-coloured wire

Stockist: Kernowcraft www.kernowcraft.com Tel: 01872 573888 RRP: £4.75 There are lots of beautiful sterling silver adjustable ring settings available from Kernowcraft, ideal for use with half-drilled beads and in a selection of styles

BRIGHT RED WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 This 0.6mm bright red wire is ideal for Christmas wire crochet and is sold in a 10m coil


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Keep it hot and humid this season with a fabulous array of Indian-style summer shades INDIAN RED SWAROVSKI 4MM BICONE

GREEN WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 0.6mm striking green wire comes in a 10m coil – perfect for those nature-inspired makes

OLIVE WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 This lovely and unusual olive-coloured 0.6mm wire is sold in a 10m coil and is great for autumnal beading designs

SILVER-PLATED WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 Beads Unlimited has a large selection of silver-plated wires in a range of gauges and coil lengths

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.68 With 16 facets, these diamond-shaped Swarovski crystal beads are great for projects requiring sparkle. Available in packs of 24 beads, or a gross (144 beads) wholesale

GOLDFISH SEED BEADS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 70p A 10g bag of goldfish silver-lined Czech seed beads at 11/0 size

FACETED BLUE CONNECTORS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 70p The 10mm circular glass in these connectors is faceted on both faces, and would work nicely as focals for earrings. The metal frames are a brass/pale gold colour

Indian summer CANE GLASS BEADS Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: £3.71 These lovely 10mm twistedstripe cane glass beads are a brilliant white and bold pink mix, and are sold in packs of six

KASHMIRI OLIVE BEADS Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: £1.13 Sold in packs of four, these handmade Kashmiri olive beads are 13x10mm with a 3mm hole

JONQUIL/BURNT ORANGE LINED TOHO BEADS Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: 94p These 3.5mm Toho beads are sold in 10g packs

VINTAGE RESIN BEADS BRASS WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beadsunlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 Why not try brass wire weaving for a different look? You’ll find a selection of coil lengths and wire gauges at Beads Unlimited

COPPER WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beads unlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £1.95 This copper wire is great for vintagestyle makes and is available in a selection of gauges and lengths

GOLD-PLATED WIRE Stockist: Beads Unlimited www.beads unlimited.co.uk Tel: 01273 740777 RRP: £3.95 Gold-plated wire is available from Beads Unlimited in 0.4–1.0mm thicknesses and 4–15m lengths

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbealittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 40p Vintage green and copper 10mm resin beads. These green rounds feature delicate geometric patterns picked out in copper

TURQUOISE INDIAN GLASS MIX Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: £4.25 This 20–40mm silver-foil Indian glass bead mix comes in 100g bags and features beautiful glass nuggets in different shapes and sizes. There are approximately 9–10 beads per pack

RED INDIAN GLASS MIX

ROUND GREEN TURQUOISE BEADS Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: £1.41 Available in 4–16mm sizes, these 16mm beads come in packs of 10 (16mm beads sold individually)

OPAQUE BLUE TOHO BEADS Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: 68p These opaque blue Toho beads are approximately 3.5mm in diameter and come in 10g packs

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: £3.40

LINED TOHO CUBE

10–20mm large Indian glass bead mix featuring beautiful glass nuggets in a mix of shapes and sizes with hole sizes of 1–2mm. There are approximately 27–30 beads per pack

A fabulously vibrant Toho bead sized at 4mm and lined in aqua/purple. Available in 10g packs

Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: £1.63

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WIREWORK KNITTING

ALISON MANDER DESIGNER

ABOUT ALISON… Alison Mander designs and makes knitted and crocheted wire jewellery. She discovered coloured craft wire not long after she had discovered yarn, having taken up knitting as a busy adult in search of a hobby that would encourage her to sit down and relax. She was quickly hooked and now makes Tilia jewellery (www.tiliajewellery. com) at her home in rural Suffolk.

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WIRE WOOL Knitting with wire produces dazzling designs with a bohemian twist. Alison Mander shows you how nitting with wire is a fun and immensely satisfying way to create funky, unusual jewellery. The variety of stones, beads and coloured wires available gives you an enormous number of possibilities, and if you don’t already have the few necessary tools, they are cheap and easy to obtain. The beaded projects

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require some planning and preparation – choosing beads and designing a balanced layout – but the knitting itself is quick and easy and you’ll soon have a dazzling piece of handmade jewellery!

BASIC METHOD Design: Lay your beads onto a bead mat or piece of felt, alternating larger beads with smaller

ones and keeping the largest beads near the middle (not at the edges). Leave the wire on the spool and thread your beads onto it, starting at the top left of your pattern and working through each row from left to right. If the project uses two strands of wire, put the ends of the two spools of wire together first, then twist them for a centimetre or so. Casting on: Leaving

a 15cm ‘tail’ of wire, make a slip knot and put it on a needle. Pull fairly tight to give a snug fit, but leave plenty of space for the other needle. Cast on the required number of stitches. Knitting: To knit the first stitch, insert your needle in the usual way, then pause and pull a bead up the wire so that it touches the needle in your right hand. Now knit the stitch so that the bead sits within it. Continue to knit the rest of the first row, adding beads


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Cast on five stitches, leaving a tail of about 15cm. Knit until the strip measures approximately 20cm in length. Cast off, leaving another 15cm tail. Coil the strip along one of the long edges, pinching it together as you go, and allowing the other long edge to splay out. Use one of the tails to stitch through all the layers on the pinched side only and make several stitches right through the centre in different directions. The secured side forms the back of the brooch. Adjust the front of the coil by pushing the layers away from the centre so that they resemble the layered petals of a rose. Feed one of the tails of wire through the centre of the coil from back to front. Thread the bead onto the tail of wire, then feed the wire back through the centre to the back of the piece,

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as stated in the instructions for that particular piece. Some projects require you to bead every stitch and others alternate a beaded stitch with a plain one. Note that the side with beads is the ‘right’ side (the front or outside) of the piece. Knit the next row with no beads – this is the ‘wrong’ side (the back or inside) of the piece. Continue by alternating beaded rows with plain rows (without beads), as shown in the project instructions. Casting off: Unless otherwise specified, always finish with a beaded row. Knit the beads into the stitches as usual as you cast

off, counting the stitches carefully (especially if you are beading alternate stitches, as it’s easy to lose track at this stage). Cut the wire, leaving a 15cm tail, and pull the wire through the last stitch. Finish: Weave the two ends of the wire through the piece so that they reach the same point (on the front or back, as specified), and tie in a single knot. Thread a single crimp bead onto the two strands of wire and press it flat with the snipenosed pliers as close to the knitting as possible. Trim with wire cutters and use the pliers to hide the crimp among the beads.

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pulling it tight. Sew one more stitch with the tail on the back of the brooch to secure the bead, then use it to stitch the safety pin onto the back of the brooch. If necessary, sew a few more stitches with both tails to bring them to the same point. Tie the tails with another single knot before crimping and trimming the ends of the wires.

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MATERIALS • 5m lilac 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • metallic silver round fire polished 6mm crystal bead • small safety pin (about 1.5cm) • silver-plated crimp bead

TOOLS • 3.25mm (size 10) knitting needles • wire cutters • snipe-nosed pliers

Wire Knits www.searchpress.com Contemporary Knitting for Textile Artists www.anovabooks.com Knitted Wire Jewellery www.northlightshop.com Wire Jewellery: 25 Crochet And Knit Wire Designs To Make www.thegmcgroup.com

WHERE TO BUY You can buy enamelled copper wire from The Scientific Wire Company; www.wires.co.uk Bead suppliers www.empirebeads.co.uk; www.beadsdirect.co.uk; www.e-beads.co.uk; www.beads.co.uk and www.beadworks.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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WIREWORK KNITTING

TURQUOISE TUMBLECHIP RING

TO CREATE Twist the ends of the wires together. Thread all the tumblechip beads onto the double wire. Cast on four stitches, leaving a 15cm tail.

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MATERIALS • 2m Supaclear 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • 2m 0.315mm Ice Blue enamelled copper wire • 20 x turquoise tumblechip beads • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads

TOOLS • 2.75mm (size 12) knitting needles • wire cutters • snipe-nosed pliers

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Stitch one row with a bead in every stitch, followed by one row without a bead. Repeat four times so that you have used all 20 beads. Continue to knit without beads until the whole piece is the correct size to fit around your finger. The number of rows required will depend on the gauge of your knitting as well as the size of your finger, but you should start checking the fit after about 12 further rows. (Remember to allow for the cast-off row.) Cast off. Use one of the tails to stitch the two

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ends of the strip of knitting together to form a ring. Tie the tail in a single knot around an adjacent stitch, then weave the two tails through the knitting to reach the same point. Tie together, crimp and trim.

TOOLS AND WIRE Enamelled copper wire (also known as coloured craft wire) is malleable and comes in a wide range of colours. For knitting, 0.315mm is the ideal diameter. Using two strands together helps make a sturdier piece, and

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beginner

This project involves knitting with two strands of wire, which is slightly harder on the fingers but produces a ring that is both robust and comfortable to wear Don’t cast on (or off) too tightly, as a looser edge will make it easier to shape your piece at the end

also allows you to blend colours if you wish. Use any knitting needles you like, as the wire won’t damage them. The only other tools you’ll need are a pair of snipe-nosed pliers (jewellers’ pliers with a non-serrated surface and tapering tips) and

a pair of edge cutters (wire cutters that have the cutting blade on the edge, rather than the end – they operate like scissors and allow you to cut very close to your crimp bead). A pair of tweezers and a beading mat are very useful but not essential.


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WIREWORK KNITTING

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If any beads are a bit wobbly you can thread the ends of the wire through them as you finish off the piece to stitch them in more tightly

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TUBULAR CRYSTAL EARRINGS intermediate

TO CREATE Thread seven purple, seven indicolite and seven tanzanite beads onto the wire and cast on seven stitches, leaving

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If you haven’t knitted before, any book about knitting with yarn will teach you the basics. You just need to be able to cast on, knit and cast off. You don’t even need to be able to purl! If you make a mistake, the only solution is to undo everything and start again with a fresh piece. Wire doesn’t like being knitted more than once, unlike yarn, and becomes brittle if reworked. But don’t despair – these are small pieces, and the wire doesn’t cost much

with plain stitches between them, like this: •-•-•-•. Row 2: knit without beads. Row 3: knit the first stitch without a bead, then alternate. Use three beads for this row: -•-•-•-. Rows 4 and 5: knit as rows 2 and 1. Rows 6 and 7: knit as rows 2 and 3. Continue in this way until you have only three beads left on the wire. Knit the first stitch of the final row without a bead and the second stitch with a bead. Now cast off (still alternating beaded stitches with plain ones).

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Roll the piece into a tube shape (with a tail of wire at each end), and use one of the tails to stitch the long edges together. The two tails are now at the same end and need to be tied together. Feed them back through the tube, pull taut and cut flush with the end. They will spring back slightly so that they are hidden within the tube. Repeat steps 1–8 for the second earring, making sure that you have the same colour at the top of each one.

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Use the pliers to open the loop on each ear wire and attach to the top of each knitted tube.

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MATERIALS • 1.5m Supaclear 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • 14 x purple velvet Swarovski 4mm crystal bicone beads • 14 x indicolite Swarovski 4mm crystal bicone beads • 14 x tanzanite Swarovski 4mm crystal bicone beads • pair of silver ear wires

TOOLS • 2.75mm (size 12) knitting needles • wire cutters • snipe-nosed pliers

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WIREWORK KNITTING

SQUARE PENDANT intermediate

Lay out your beads onto a mat, alternating large beads (6-10mm) with small ones (4mm). Our design follows this pattern (right). Thread all the beads onto the

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wire (see the ‘Design’ section on page 80). Cast on five stitches, leaving a 15cm tail. Stitch one row with a bead in every stitch, followed by one row without bead. Repeat four times.

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MATERIALS • 2 x spools Ice Blue 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • 4 x 4mm lilac round fire polished crystal beads • 6 x 4mm aqua round fire polished crystal beads • 2 x 4mm lilac round crystal pearls • 4 x 6mm aqua round pressed glass beads • 2 x 6mm lustred purple round fire polished crystal beads • 2 x 6mm aqua round fire polished crystal beads • 8mm aqua round fire polished crystal AB bead • 2 x 10mm lustred turquoise round pressed glass beads

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• 2 x 6mm aqua pressed glass heart beads • 40cm turquoise ribbon or cord • 2 x silver-plated ribbon ends • 2 x silver-plated jump rings • 5cm silver-plated chain • silver-plated crimp bead

TOOLS • bead mat or felt square • beading tweezers (optional) • 2.75mm (size 12) knitting needles • wire cutters • snipe-nosed pliers

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Continue to knit without beads until you have enough plain knitting to cover the back of the piece (about eight more rows). Cast off. Fold the plain knitting behind the beaded section and use one tail to stitch the top and bottom together so that the whole piece forms a flattened loop. Tie the tail in a single knot around an adjacent stitch. Take the tails of wire to the same point on the front of the piece, tie them together, crimp and trim. Hide the crimp among the beads. Thread the pendant onto ribbon or cord and finish off by crimping the ribbon ends. Add

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This pendant uses two strands of wire for a chunky look, but you could choose to use a single strand (or slightly larger needles) for a more delicate style


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WIREWORK KNITTING MATERIALS • 8m lilac 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • 8m dark blue 0.315mm enamelled copper wire • 13 x 8mm pressed glass heart beads: (6 translucent purple, 4 frosted lilac, 3 frosted clear) • 5 x 7mm translucent amethyst pressed glass flower beads • 58 x 4mm round fire polished crystal beads: (12 lilac, 12 purple, 12 AB amethyst, 11 metallic silver, 11 clear) • 26 x 6mm round pressed glass beads: (7 lustred light amethyst, 7 AB amethyst, 6 metallic silver, 6 clear) • 11 x 8mm round fire polished crystal beads: (4 AB amethyst, 4 metallic silver, 3 purple) • 72 x 2mm metallic silver seed beads • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • silver-plated toggle clasp

TOOLS

BEADED CUFF

• bead mat or felt square • beading tweezers (optional) • 4mm (size 8) knitting needles • wire cutters • snipe-nosed pliers

advanced

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TO CREATE Take some time to get the layout of your beads just right – move them around on the mat until you are happy with the balance of colour, size and finish. The bead designs suggested on these pages are for guidance only – use your imagination!

Lay out your beads onto a mat in a pattern you are happy with. Our design follows this pattern (below, left). Note that you should alternate a row of five beads with a row of four beads. You should have 25 rows of beads (you may not need all of them). Thread all the beads onto the wire (using the two strands together), and between each row thread three seed beads onto the wire. Cast on nine stitches, leaving a 15cm tail. Knit the first row with a bead every other stitch: •-•-•-•-• (five beads in this row, as shown (left)).

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around the nearest stitch and use it to attach the ring of the toggle clasp (take the wire through the attaching loop a few times for security). Tie again, thread the tail through a bead, crimp and trim. Repeat at the other end to attach the bar of the toggle clasp. Position the bar about 0.5cm from the edge of the knitting, and thread the wire through the toggle’s attaching loop and back through the knitting several times. Wrap the wire tightly around this connecting piece of wire for a neat finish before tying the tail around a stitch, as at the other end, and passing it through a bead. Crimp and trim.

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BEADSISTERS SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER

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 could use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.

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An excellent introductory piece for beginners, this Japanese chain maille weave is truly delightful

JAPAN

• 68 x red enamelled copper jump rings, internal diameter (ID) 3.2mm, gauge 0.81mm (A) • 16 x bright aluminium jump rings, ID 5mm, gauge 1.29mm (B) • 16 x bright aluminium jump rings, ID 6.9mm, gauge 1.29mm (C) • 2 x bright aluminium jump rings, ID 10.3mm, gauge 1.63mm (D) • 2 x 25mm silverplated eyepins • 2 x 8mm black fire-polished Czech glass beads • pair of ear wires

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TOOLS

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• 2 x chain- or flat-nosed pliers • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

As an alternative, you could make these earrings using subtlecoloured jump rings instead of bright ones

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eyepin on the large jump ring (D). Repeat with a second ring (B), as seen in Fig 1 (right). Thread two red rings (A) onto one ring (C). Link the ring (C) through the next two red rings on the large ring (D) and two red rings joined to rings (B) from Step 3. Repeat with a second ring (C), as seen in Fig 2. Thread two red rings (A) onto one ring (B). Link the ring (B) through

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the next two red rings on the large ring (D) and two red rings joined to rings (C) from Step 3. Repeat with a second ring (C). Repeat Steps 4 and 5 twice. Link one ring (C) through the last pair of red rings added, the remaining two rings on the large ring (D) and the two red rings added in Step 3. Repeat with a

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second ring (C). Link one red ring (A) through one pair of rings (C) and your ear wire. Repeat with a second ring (A). Repeat the process in order to create the other earring.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 07870 751833


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BIG BEAD LITTLE BEAD

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ANNA WELLER DESIGNER

ABOUT ANNA…

BLUES

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.

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping tool or flatnosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Cut four 30cm lengths of 7-strand beading wire. Taking each one in turn, thread on a gold-plated crimp,

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place, close the calotte cup and hook), then thread a random sequence of beads using up the remainder of the metal beads. Finish with another calotte, threaded the opposite way round to usual, and close both parts of this. Take the two wire ends and thread through a crimp, a calotte and a seed bead, then finish as before. Attach 11cm and 22cm lengths of curb chain between the two calottes strung on the longer length of wire. Use the final link in the chain as you would a jump ring. Use two jump rings to attach this ‘bib’ piece to the single loop on the necklace ends. To finish the necklace, attach a 10cm length of curb chain to the single loop on one of the other necklace ends, then add a jump ring and trigger clasp to the final necklace end.

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MATERIALS • 7-strand 0.38mm beading wire • 12 x gold-plated 2mm crimps • 12 x gold-plated calottes (7x4mm) • gold-plated curb chain (7x4mm links) • 15 x gold-plated 6mm jump rings • 4 x gold-plated necklace ends for 3-strand necklaces (15x6mm) • gold-plated 13mm trigger clasp • 5g of sapphire silverlined 11/0 seed beads • blue chrysanthemum 35mm cloisonné bead • 40 x gold-plated 4mm metal bicones • 10 x gold-plated 6mm metal bicones • 12 x gold-coloured 8mm metal beads • 12 x gold-coloured 6mm metal beads

Anna Weller combines regal golds and blues for a beautiful multi-strand necklace fit for a 21st century queen

a gold-plated calotte and a seed bead, positioning them approximately 5cm from the end of the wire. Pass the shorter tail end of the wire back through the hole in the calotte and the crimp, then neatly close the calotte cup and the hook. Close the crimp using a crimping tool or flat-nosed pliers. Thread onto each of the prepared wires sapphire silverlined seed beads, interspersed randomly with 38 of the 4mm gold-plated metal bicones, until you have a sequence of beads 19cm in length. Thread on a crimp, a calotte and a seed bead, then pass the tail end back through the calotte and crimp and close both the calotte (including the hook) and the crimp. The tail end can be tucked through the beads and trimmed.

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Using a jump ring, connect one end of each beaded wire to the outside loops of one of the three-strand necklace ends. Attach a 19cm length of curb chain to the central loop, also via a jump ring. Loosely plait the three lengths, then connect the other ends to the other bar connector in the same sequence as for the first. Repeat the process so that you have two sections of plaited chain and beads. Take 25cm and 28cm lengths of beading wire and thread them together through the blue chrysanthemum cloisonné bead. To the top of the cloisonné bead, thread onto the two wires a 6mm goldplated metal bicone, a crimp, a calotte and a seed bead. Finish the wire ends, calotte and crimp as before.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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Be inspired by these fabulous designs and send your own creations in to us – we’d love to see them

GALLERY

Each designer featured wins a Miyuki bead jewellery kit worth £12.70 kindly donated by The Bead Shop Scotland

MORNING SKYE BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA

www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Haddington 01620 822886 Edinburgh 0131 343 3222

MATERIALS • lavender, peach and pink 19-gauge 5/32” silvered enameled copper jump rings • clasp

COOL SUMMER THREE-SET BY ANN DRUMMOND FROM CHESHIRE MATERIALS • nylon • seed, glass and plastic beads • split and jump rings

DEEP SEA THREE-SET BY MARNIE INGRAM FROM SOMERSET

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earring findings chain bracelet shell charms headpins and eyepins calottes

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seed beads nylon earring findings calottes heart charm clasps crimps

Don’t be shy! Share your creations with us and you could see them on our gallery pages! To submit your work for publication either email an image in jpeg format to lindsey.hopkins@practicalpublishing.co.uk or send your project with a stamped addressed envelope for return to CB&J Gallery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL.

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14TH AUGUST

21ST AUGUST

28TH AUGUST

11TH SEPTEMBER

THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND (BSS) BEGINNERS’ SILVER JEWELLERY TECHNIQUES CLASS

BSS LOOPS & DANGLES CLASS

BSS SILVER FINGERPRINT CHARMS CLASS

SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS ART CLAY SILVER RINGS CLASS

Haddington, East Lothian www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

Haddenham, Nr Cambridge www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749853

The Bead Shop Edinburgh www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 0131 343 3222

The Bead Shop Edinburgh www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 0131 343 3222

22ND AUGUST THE SCOTTISH BEAD FAIR

29TH AUGUST

19TH SEPTEMBER

CRAFT FAIR

BEADWORK FAIR

BSS FELTED CREATURES CLASS

Perth Concert Hall, Perth www.scottishbeadfair.com

Haddington, East Lothian www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

Vinopolis, London www.beadwork.net

BSS NECKLACE STRINGING CLASS

Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen www.jlfairs.co.uk 0845 392 3415

15TH AUGUST

21ST AUGUST SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS ART CLAY SILVER NATURE CAPTURE & MOULDING CLASS

Haddenham, Nr Cambridge www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749853

26TH AUGUST The Bead Shop Edinburgh www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 0131 343 3222

26TH AUGUST BIJOUX BEADS RINGS & PINS CLASS

Bijoux Beads, Shaftesbury www.bijouxbeads.co.uk 01225 482024

The Bead Shop Manchester has beading classes running through the week and on Saturdays. Classes range from total beginner level to making tiaras or hair combs, bead weaving and wire wrapping, and the team can also cater for birthday and hen parties. All the classes are held in the new workshop next door to the shop in Afflecks Palace, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW. There is also a 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop after the class. To book a class you can ring the shop on 0161 833 9950, or to view all the classes go to the website at www.the-beadshop.co.uk.

Bedazzle Beads, in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, runs daily Stay & Make sessions through the week and on Saturday mornings. The team also runs beginners’ workshops on a Saturday afternoon to learn how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, including the cost of materials. New monthly projects are added every month and run on a Sunday from 11am. For full details, please visit www.bedazzlebeads.co.uk or call 01924 408273.

25TH – 26TH SEPTEMBER GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

29TH AUGUST

Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

THE BEADWORK FAIR

The de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire www.beadwork.net

26TH SEPTEMBER 29TH AUGUST

THE EDINBURGH BEAD FAIR

BSS CLUSTER NECKLACE CLASS

Corn Exchange, Edinburgh www.edinburghbeadfair.com

The Bead Shop Edinburgh www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 0131 343 3222

3RD – 5TH SEPTEMBER THE STITCH & CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW

Manchester Central www.sccshows.co.uk 01822 617744

5TH SEPTEMBER THE LONDON BEAD FAIR

Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury on Thames www.westofenglandevents.co.uk 01747 830666

9TH SEPTEMBER BIJOUX BEADS WIREWORK CLASS

Bijoux Beads, Shaftesbury www.bijouxbeads.co.uk 01225 482024

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd offers a wide range of workshops including the popular Crystallized Swarovski Elements courses as well as basic jewellery making, Wig Jig, wire, polymer clay and beadweaving classes. Prices include all materials (unless otherwise stated) and fairtrade refreshments. All classes are held at the Nottingham city centre shop. For dates and to book a place at any workshop please visit www. mailorder-beads.co.uk or call 0115 958 8899.

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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES

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TECHNIQUES

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

round-nosed pair.

it apart.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FINISHING ENDS

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.

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GLOSSARY FINDINGS

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FINDINGS

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.

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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

Thickness (mm)

Use

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0.4

24

0.6

20

0.8

18

1.0

16

1.2

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.


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GLOSSARY TOOLS

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

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

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.

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

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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