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...and welcome to issue 6 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. As always, our Design Team has been pulling out all the stops to bring you a sumptuous array of techniques, styles and designs to keep you inspired! With Christmas (albeit distantly) on the horizon, why not have a go at creating your own unique jewellery pieces to give as gifts this year? Dawn Cotton Fuge kickstarts this issue with an eye-catching and contemporary jewellery collection on page 12, which is perfect for all occasions and suitable for all levels of jewellery maker from beginner through to advanced. If you favour bold, statement jewellery pieces, don’t miss Vivienne Whitty’s silverinspired feature on page 16. Created almost entirely from pieces of silver tubing and a selection of silver beads, these fabulously funky pieces are surprisingly simple to make. Judith Hannington and Aurora Lombardo are cooking their own beads this month. Judith gives us the lowdown on microwave kilns on page 20 with a selection of fused beads incorporating radiant dichroic glass, while Aurora enlists the help of a tabletop kiln for her foil-inlaid delights on page 42. The colours of the season are showcased in all their glory this issue with an eclectic array 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

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of jewellery pieces suitable for a whole host of tastes and budgets. Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy unveil their Jangalore Secrets collection on page 24, fusing gold-tinted roses with opulent shades of burgundy and pink. Elsewhere, Gill Teasdale incorporates sun-kissed, autumnal hues into her creations on the cover and on page 32. With the current trend for bright, oversized watches sweeping the fashion world, we thought we’d create our own. From elegant timepieces to all-out bling, turn to page 52 for everything you need to know to get you started. From flower beads and metal charms to chains and suede, eclectic style with an edge is the order of the day for Emily Kersh’s Class of 2010 collection on page 76, while Indian paint beads are put through their paces on page 82. With all of this and much more besides, I think I’ll leave you to it. Have a great month!

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What’s inside this issue of 24 INDIAN SUMMER

GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Everyone’s taking gold this issue with stunning seasonal pieces that really shine

Snap up some great prizes in our fabulous giveaways and competitions

76 STUDYING STYLE

INSPIRATION

An eclectic mix of charms, chains and suede for stand-out jewellery with teen spirit

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

66 DO THE POLKA

32 SHADES OF AUTUMN

Our guide to the fun side of lampwork art – dots, spots and harlequin designs

Try different linking techniques in evocative Middle Eastern style with these fabulous pieces

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52 MODERN TIMES

Silver tubes and clusters of silver beads combine to make a contemporary statement

Fresh and funky watch straps making the most of bright shades and modern materials

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90 What’s On

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40&88 Designer Gallery

92 Techniques Glossary

We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

19&87 Giveaways

We showcase your inspiring creations

50 The Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

71 Competition

£££s worth of products up for grabs

Win tickets to the unmissable Creative Crafts Shows in Belfast and Esher, Surrey

20 What’s Cooking?

74 Shopping

Judith Hannington uses dichroic glass to add shimmer to this issue’s fused beads

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

94 Findings Glossary

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making

95 Tools Glossary

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

98 Coming Next Issue

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features 38 Pretty In Pink

Jo Lochhead has created a pretty, feminine collection that dances with crystals and pearls for a wonderful vintage feel

62 Snow White

Melissa Todhunter whisks up a frosted white and clear beaded bracelet that will make the perfect day-to-night accessory to any outfit

66 Dot To Dot

Rachel Bishop uses her own glass stringers to put together a selection of bright, funky lampwork beads for some irresistibly fun jewellery pieces

12 Out of Africa

Dawn Cotton Fuge combines African amethyst with sterling silver and gemstones in warm, earthy tones for this stunning collection

16 Tubular Belles

Creating statement pieces of all-silver jewellery is easier than you think! Vivienne Whitty shows you how

24 Jangalore Secrets

Join in the gold fever this issue as Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy deliver a sumptuous feast of shimmering creations with a hint of Eastern promise

42 The Midas Touch

Aurora Lombardo goes for gold with a beautiful array of glass beads, inlaid with shimmering metal foils and fused in a tabletop kiln

48 Autumn Haze

Float into autumn with Gemma Gray’s sensuous back-to-nature collection in glowing shades of russet, gold and amber

52 A Matter Of Time

Keep time in style with one of Judith Hannington’s funky, up-to-the-minute watch strap designs, showcasing a kaleidoscope of different colours, materials and techniques

72 Golden Cascade

This lovely cascading necklace in the natural golds and rich browns of autumn combines rustic charm with just a touch of sparkle

76 Class Of 2010

Off to college? Emily Kersh’s eclectic mix of vintage flowers, cute candy beads, edgy metal charms, chunky chain and tons of texture is far too cool for school

28 Three Little Beads

Samantha Berman conjures up three very different silver beads using the magic of Precious Metal Clay

32 Well Connected

Gill Teasdale’s Moroccan-inspired set in gorgeous, sun-kissed tones of orange, copper and brown will evoke dreamy holiday memories

58 Through The Looking Glass

Su Pennick raids her papercrafting stash again this issue to create some fantastic, easily-personalised pendants using versatile Memory Glass

82 Brush Strokes

The talented team at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) gets artistic this issue with fabulous Indian paint beads

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NEWS FRENCH FANCIES Jo Lochhead, owner of The Bead Shop Scotland, was recently invited to take part in a festival celebrating all things Scottish in the French country town of Aubigny-sur-Nere, south of Paris. Aubigny-sur-Nere has close historical connections with Scotland and is the twin town of Haddington, where The Bead Shop Scotland is based. Indeed, Aubigny’s own pipe band (inspired by Haddington’s award-winning pipe band), attended the festival, along with other bands from all over France. The opportunity to sell beads and jewellery in the sun at a bustling festival was certainly not to be passed up, so Jo packed some boxes of beads and set off. The two-day journey was most definitely worthwhile – Aubigny is a beautiful market town full of flowers and wonderfully tempting shops (but no bead shop!). In a sizzling 38°c, Jo practised her high-school French and was kept busy from 9am till 7pm selling a range of beads and accessories. The shoppers’ favourite items proved to be all kinds of floral hair accessories and corsages – and The Bead Shop Scotland’s

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NEW? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of beading and jewellery VINTAGE REVIVAL Most styles come back into fashion at some point and, with the vintage revival now in full swing, be sure to take a look at these sparkling options from Big Bead Little Bead. A fabulous selection of vintage clasps is now on sale (sold as new since they’re all original stock, held by manufacturers and never put to use), including... Vintage Lemon/Pearl Richelieu Satinore three-strand clasp: Richelieu was a brand of Joseph H Meyer

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famous handmade miniature food beads. The highlight of Jo’s trip to Aubigny was a visit to the local patisserie, which sold an incredible range of cakes and pastries, all works of art in their own right and far too pretty to eat! The shop owner was delighted with her gift of handmade polymer clay fruit tarts, in exchange for a photo opportunity – inspiration comes to us when we least expect it! For a wide range of jewellery and beading products visit The Bead Shop Scotland online at www.beadshopscotland.co.uk, or phone the Haddington shop on 01620 822886 or the Edinburgh shop on 0131 343 3222

Bros, an American costume jewellery company founded in 1911 whose speciality was simulated pearls, known today as cats eye or moonglow. These clasps date from the 1940s or 50s and are signed on the reverse with the Richelieu name. The clasp is of the push-in type and, measures 19x16x9.5mm. £3.50 Vintage Art Deco diamanté three-strand clasp: These are gorgeous silver-plated clasps with crystal diamanté glass stones. Three loops on each part of the clasp allow it to be attached to three-strand designs. The clasp size including side loops is 22x13.5x5.5mm. The clasp fastens with a slide-in hooked ‘tongue’ that also acts as security

should the clasp fall open, and the back of the clasp is inscribed ‘Made in England’ as these are unused stock from a UK-based jewellery manufacturer. Missing stones have been replaced with vintage Swarovski glass chatons. £5.95 Vintage Sterling Silver Art Deco diamanté two-strand clasp: This fabulous sterling silver clasp with crystal diamanté glass stones has two loops on each side of the clasp to allow it to be attached to two-strand designs. The width of the clasp including side loops is 22x9x4mm. The clasp fastens with a slide-in hooked ‘tongue’ that also acts as security should the clasp fall open. The back of the clasp is inscribed ‘Sterling Silver’ and the clasp is unused stock from a UK jewellery manufacturer. Missing stones have been replaced with vintage Swarovski glass chatons. £9.95 Check out these elements and other vintage and one-off components by visiting www.bigbeadlittlebead.com


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NEWS METAL MANIA There are two great new releases from GMC for fans of metal jewellery in the form ofThe Art of Metal Clay and Chain and Bead Jewelry. The Art of Metal Clay is a comprehensive introduction to working with this fabulous medium to create stunning objects. Learn how metal clay can be textured, moulded, carved and sculpted to create gorgeous beads, bracelets, pendants, earrings, rings, boxes and more. In Chain and Bead Jewelry: Creative Connections, chain maille expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewellery makers of all skill levels how to incorporate beads into a variety of chain maille weaves to create stunning pieces. Readers are guided through the basic skills required and given detailed information on traditional designs. You’ll also find more than 20 wire wrapping and bead setting techniques that We have copies of both books to give incorporate beads into a variety of designs, away to three lucky winners, so for your chance to be one of them send your name with step-by-step instructions for both and address on a postcard to CB&J06 GMC, simple and complex designs. Both books Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, are priced at £16.99 Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, To get your copy or read more about these Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive new releases go to www.thegmcgroup.com by 1st October 2010 or call 01273 477374 for more information

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There are two new terrific products now available from Mad Cow Beads. The BeadSmith Colour Design Wheel is already proving popular and is ideal for colour matching and co-ordination when designing your next creation. If your jewellery-making muse ever exits the building, this handy tool is a must-have! As well as demonstrating co-ordinating colours, the Design Wheel suggests tone and contrast, is pocket-sized and made from tough coated cardboard for longevity. For keen wireworkers, the new BeadSmith Multi-Mandrel would be a great addition to the tool set. It’s a 4-in-1 wire shaper, so you can use a single tool to create, circles, squares, triangles and ovals, and is perfect for all manner of jewellery elements including dangles, clasps and spirals. Both products are priced at £4.49. For these essentials and more visit www.madcowbeads.com or call 0844 357 0943

These metal-plated acrylic beads are ideal for creations where real metal might weigh you down. Available in copper-coated with a silver or copper coloured finish and in a variety of different shapes and sizes, these beads look like metal but are much lighter, making them perfect for projects that require large beads. Priced from 99p. For more details go to www.beadsdirect.co.uk or call 01509 218028

SOFT SPIKES AND STICKY STUFF Take a look at these fabulous new products now available from JillyBeads. Easy to make and even easier to wear, this little soft-spiked bracelet can be put together in next to no time, and yet is something out of the ordinary. Available in three gorgeous colour combos – candy pink and white, grenadine and lime, and bronze lustre and teal – this head-turner can be snapped up for just £2.60! Great for party favours or just to treat yourself, these little beauties fit nicely in one of the lovely JillyBeads gift bags. A dinky sticky bead mat for keeping small beads and parts in place is also now available. This terrific tool features a tacky surface (that leaves no residue), and can be used as a mini bead board for beading on the go! Just rinse and dry to refresh the sticky surface. Attractively priced at £2.95! Furthermore, JillyBeads has a new two-piece mandrel set for wirework. Useful for making consistently sized loops, circles and coils in wire, each mandrel has five diameters – the smaller one has 1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm and 5mm options, and the larger one offers 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm and 10mm. Rubber sections make for easy gripping and the mandrel itself is sturdy carbon steel. This useful tool is priced at £4.70. All these products and more are available from www.jillybeads.com

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NEWS CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS Try a new way to shop for all your Christmas crafting supplies with the relaxing experience that is Crafts for Christmas and Hobbycrafts, at the SECC, Glasgow on 28th–31st October and the NEC, Birmingham on 4th– 7th November. Hobbycrafts, the UK’s largest creative crafts show, returns this year bigger and better than ever with over 200 exhibitors bringing together the best from the world of craft. Find an unrivalled choice of supplies, from nostalgic toys to beautiful necklaces, ceramics, paintings and more. You will be able to speak to the exhibitors and learn how to use card, beads, yarn and stamps for a wide range of creative crafts including cardmaking, papercraft, cross stitching, parchment craft, beading, scrapbooking, jewellery making and more. Enjoy handson mini workshops and demonstrations galore to discover the latest trends, ideas and handy hints. And find treats that will capture every heart, young or old, with the British Toymakers Guild. The Guild demonstrates why traditional toys are still popular, with beautiful handcrafted dolls and teddy bears, scooters and character chessboards on show. Get creative at the UK’s liveliest and biggest art materials show, Art Materials Live (only at Birmingham, at the same venue and time as Hobbycrafts), where

leading professionals offer arty insights and free demonstrations to inspire and enthuse. Every day one lucky visitor will win a day’s painting course with artist Bee Morrison covering watercolour techniques for landscapes and flowers. Join one of the hands-on workshops organised by The Artist & Leisure Painter magazine, learn the art of calligraphy by attending one of the free workshops or enter the ‘Simply the Best’ painting competition to showcase your talent and have your work exhibited at the show! Thirty finalists will also have their work featured in the Leisure Painter magazine in 2011, and the ‘People’s Choice Winner’ from the show will claim £150 of vouchers to spend in any HobbyCraft store. If you are looking for a shopping experience away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, or you just need to stock up on supplies, make sure you visit Crafts for Christmas, Hobbycrafts and Art Materials Live for a truly enjoyable and inspirational day out that will leave you with loads of new ideas for a very crafty Christmas! To buy tickets visit www.ichf.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 01425 277988

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away that enable you to visit all three of these stunning shows, so for your chance to win a set send your name and address on a postcard to CBJ06 Crafts for Christmas, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 1st October 2010

WIRED BEAUTIFUL Wired Beautiful is a fabulous new book featuring over 30 projects on the numerous ways jewellery makers can utilise wire in their projects. Featuring a complete basic techniques section, this latest release from bestselling author Heidi Boyd demonstrates her beautiful design skills with wire jewellery. Beginners will learn everything involved with working with wire, while more experienced artisans will enjoy Heidi’s fresh design approach and great techniques. Each chapter includes stepby-step photos and expert instruction for each project, as well as inspirational variations. RRP: £16.99 For more details and to see the great range of books available from David & Charles, go to www.davidandcharles.co.uk or call 01626 323200

MY LITTLE PONY There’s a stunning selection of 6mm Czech glass pony beads now available from Beadsisters. Priced at £1 for 20 and £4.25 for 100 plain beads, or £1.10 for 20 and £4.75 for 100 matt or iris colours, these glass beads make for some truly beautiful makes. There are 13 6mm colours available, including matt silver and gold, purple iris and matt turquoise, as well as 17 9mm colours to choose from. With their large holes these beads are great for using alongside the popular chain maille technique, as well as threading with cords and ribbons. To see the full range of Czech glass and other beads available, go to www.beadsisters.co.uk or call 07870 751833 for more information

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We have five copies of Wired Beautiful to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CBJ06 Wired Beautiful, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 1st October 2010


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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 HUNGRY FOR MORE I fell in love with Sandy Kidulis’s ‘In the Pink’ necklace the second I turned the page in issue 4. In a bizarre way, it made me feel quite hungry, but let’s move on! I now want to build on that and recreate the design in lovely, scrummy chocolate tones and wondered if you could tell me where I can buy some chocolate-coloured alternatives to the rosy products that Sandy used? Thank you in advance. Mary Harrison, London

YOU’VE GOT MAILLE! As a huge fan of chain maille, I was bowled over by Sarah Austin’s colourful rubber o-ring bracelets in issue 4. I’ve only ever seen these made from traditional metallic colours, as that’s all I’ve ever been able to find for my own jewellery making, so to see Sarah’s brightly coloured designs was a real pleasure! Thanks so much for including them and also telling me where I

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WOVEN WONDERS I was really inspired by Madeleine Rollason’s bead weaving article in issue 4. What a fabulous new technique for me to delve into when making jewellery! I’ve been beading for a long time now so am used to tackling quite advanced projects. I wonder just how complex a design I could create using this weaving technique? Emily Richards, Wiltshire CB&J: Bead weaving is one of our favourite techniques, Emily, and Madeleine’s creations

CB&J: We all loved Sandy’s necklace too, Mary. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? And we do understand that hungry feeling – it’s just so yummy it makes you think of food. Bring on the raspberry ripple! When it comes to

can buy these fun jump rings. Barbara Barry, by email CB&J: You’re very welcome, Barbara! We try to include as much variety as possible where traditional jewellerymaking techniques are involved, so it’s great to hear that you enjoyed Sarah’s

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were great fun for summer. In theory, you could make your own bead weaving designs as complex as you like. Be careful not to go too big, though, as you could end up with your woven designs curling, and be sure to keep your stitching tight for a firmer finished piece. It would be a good idea to invest in some mathematical grid paper (available in most stationery stores), and use different coloured pens to draw out your designs first. Using this method, you’ll avoid making any mistakes as you’ll effectively be working from a pattern.

getting the bits and bobs together for your own chocolate-inspired creation, definitely visit the Sandstones online store at www. sand-stones.co.uk. You’ll find everything that Sandy used for her projects, plus some suitably scrumptious chocolate alternatives!

modern take on chain maille. Keep your eyes peeled as we will be featuring more ways to bring this timeless technique bang up-todate in future issues.

ORIGINAL ISSUE I have already subscribed to Creative Beads & Jewellery from issue 2 onwards, but was unable to obtain issue 1 at my local beading store. Please let me know if I can order it direct. Su Millross, by email CB&J: You can indeed, Su! Just head to our web shop at www.practicalpublishing. co.uk where you can buy back issues of all our craft titles, including Creative Beads & Jewellery.


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own products into the projects. We wish you the best of luck with your next creations – although we’re sure you won’t need it! We hope this Mad Cow Beads prize will help with your gathering of supplies for any pieces of jewellery you have planned for the future.

STAR LETTER NO.1 FAN! I just had to write in to say thank you for starting such a great magazine! I picked up issue 2 from my local HobbyCraft, hoping for something to keep me occupied during the football. Well, it certainly did that! I enjoyed it so much that I went straight back to the shop and bought issue 3 – and even ordered a back copy of issue 1. I now have so many ideas and projects I

FROSTED FINISH My daughter loves the Sweet Delight bracelet from the Perfect Recall article in issue 1 and I’d like to make her one. Could you please advise of a stockist of the frosted tubing as I have searched everywhere online and can only find black. Heather Woodruff, by email CB&J: The frosted tubing in this project was actually cut from

want to try out! So far I’ve made a wire-wrapped hematite and rhinestone watch following the great project in issue 2, and I was so inspired by Ruth Hughes’ gorgeous ‘Romancing the Stone’ necklace in issue 3 that I made an amethyst version from some beads and findings I

already had stashed away. My next project will be the Byzantine chain maille bracelet from issue 1. I hope you enjoy looking at my pictures as much as I have enjoyed making – and wearing – my lovely new jewellery! Xia Mortimer, by email

hollow lengths of Scoubidou, the children’s knotting activity toy. There’s a selection of great colours available in multipacks from www.amazon.co.uk and www.glittergirl.co.uk, although make sure that they’re hollow (not the solid variety) before buying. It’s also worth checking out kids’ craft sections at HobbyCraft and other similar stores. Hope this helps, Heather!

ALL CHAINED UP I’m quite new to jewellery making, and received issue 1 of CB&J as a gift. In it is an article by Tina McLean from MailleQueen. I’ve been interested in learning how to do chain maille for a while now and was hoping to contact Tina about one of her courses. However, when I went to look on her website, it advised me that MailleQueen has now closed down for the immediate future. Please could you let me know how I can get in contact with Tina? Many thanks. Esther Little, by email CB&J: Thank you for your email, Esther. Sadly, MailleQueen is indeed closed for the immediate future, but

CB&J: Thank you so much for your lovely letter, Xia. It’s great to hear that you not only enjoy reading Creative Beads & Jewellery but you are so inspired by its contents! Your jewellery designs are fabulous – well done for making the most of your stash and incorporating your

there is a wealth of other chain maille classes you could perhaps consider. Simply run an online search for ‘chain maille class’ and look for a course that is local to you. Alternatively, we found a variety of chain maille classes and workshops available at www.inthestudio.co.uk; 01509 569890, www. agnesdr.com and www. thedragonflycompany. com; 07971 539961.

R LETTE STAR f this issue’s orth of riter o The w ceives £50 w sh tter re ery sta Star Le g and jewell by beadin ly donated s.com kind wbead o c d a www.m to be able to crack out the old paper punches and get going making shaped felt pieces for modern jewellery. Chloe Lister, by email CB&J: Felt really is a fabulous product. There’s no reason why products from all walks of craft can’t cross over into other areas, so we also enjoyed seeing what Jane did with felt for her issue 4 makes. Punches are an ideal way to get instant, shaped embellishments for your projects, so it’s a great idea to think about using them when working with felt.

FABULOUS FELT I really enjoyed Jane Kharade’s felt article in issue 4. Having started cardmaking about seven years ago, and moved onto jewellery about 18 months ago, it’s great

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BEADS AUTUMNAL GEMSTONES

out of DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER

Dawn Cotton Fuge combines African amethyst with earthy tones and sterling silver for this stunning collection

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MATERIALS Beads and tools to complete all projects • 15” strand of garnet 4mm round beads • 15” strand of African amethyst faceted roundels • 15” strand of hessonite garnet faceted ovals • 8” strand of light brown banded agate long drops • 36 x Amethyst Purple 4mm Czech glass bicones

TOOLS • crimp pliers • chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers • cutters • round mandrel

LOOPED NECKLACE TO CREATE Bend the length of 0.6mm wire into a round shape using a mandrel. The circle needs to be about 1.5cm in diameter, leaving a short piece of wire at one end and a much longer piece at the other. Use your chain-nosed pliers to pinch both loose ends of wire together and snip the shorter piece to about 0.5cm. Bend the longer piece at 0.5cm and make a

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loop at the top using round-nosed pliers. Wrap the long wire round both 0.5cm pieces until it is neatly wrapped and the circle is tightly closed. Take the length of 0.4mm sterling silver wire, cut off a 2” piece and set aside. At the top of the circle, bend the loose end of wire around the wire loop to secure. There will be a rough edge sticking out. Wrap the wire four times around the circle (bring the

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wire through the loop towards you). On the fifth loop, add a garnet bead and wrap the wire around the circle again. Wrap the wire on its own four more times. On the fifth wrap, add an amethyst bead and complete the wrap. Continue in this way around the entire circle, ensuring each wrapped section is evenly spaced. When you reach the top, wrap the wire around the base of the hanging section

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of the pendant. Finish by wrapping the wire up around the top, previously wirewrapped section. Trim any excess wire and neaten using a pair of chain-nosed pliers. Take an agate briolette drop, thread onto wire and complete a wrapped loop. Attach to the bottom of the round wire-wrapped focal with a 5mm jump ring. Hang the pendant from the chain by threading the chain through the

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MATERIALS • approx 20” sterling silver chain • 6” sterling silver 0.6mm half-hard wire • 12” sterling silver 0.4mm soft wire • 2 x sterling silver 5mm jump rings • sterling silver 5mm closed ring • lobster clasp

eye of the pendant’s loop. Attach a jump ring with a lobster clasp to one side of the chain, and a jump ring with a closed ring to the other side.


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BEADS AUTUMNAL GEMSTONES AUTUMN NECKLACE TO CREATE String a crimp tube, a garnet round bead and a closed ring onto your wire. Thread the wire back through all three and pull it tight. Use your crimp pliers to crimp the tube in place by folding and flattening it. String an amethyst bead followed by a garnet round. String on beads in the following pattern: hessonite garnet oval, garnet round, amethyst bead, bicone, amethyst bead, garnet round. Repeat four times. Complete the pattern with one hessonite garnet oval. The next, focal, section of the pattern is as follows: garnet round bead, amethyst bead, agate

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long drop, amethyst bead, garnet round, hessonite garnet oval. Repeat this sequence four more times, ensuring the agate drops are graduated in size so that the largest

bead is in the middle of the necklace. Now string the following pattern four times: garnet round bead, amethyst bead, bicone, amethyst bead, garnet round,

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hessonite garnet oval. Finally, string a garnet round, an amethyst bead, a crimp tube, another garnet round and a closed ring. Feed the wire back through the closed ring and the

garnet and crimp beads. Pull the wire tight and crimp the bead. Trim any excess wire and attach the lobster clasp to one of the closed rings using a jump ring.

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of the wire-wrapped briolette, and complete the wrapping of each headpin to secure. Attach two of the remaining four beads on headpins to each of the two chain links above this. Finish the wraps to secure. Open a 5mm jump ring, put it through the top loop of the chain in the cluster and close. Drop the open end of the sterling silver chain through the jump ring to string onto the focal cluster.

TO CREATE Take a piece of 0.4mm sterling silver wire and wirewrap a large banded agate briolette, stringing on the 1cm piece of chain before you complete the loop and wrap all the wire to secure in place. Wind all the excess wire neatly around and under the loop, but not extending too far down or the briolette won’t be able to move. Add headpins to three 4mm round garnet beads, four amethyst bicones and three hessonite garnet faceted ovals. Begin a loop with your round-nosed pliers at the top of each headpin. Add six beads (two of each type and three on each side) to the loop

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BEADS AUTUMNAL GEMSTONES

BRACELET

MATERIALS • 9” length of 49-strand 0.015” Beadalon wire • 2 x 2mm crimp tubes • 2 x sterling silver 5mm jump rings • 2 x sterling silver 5mm closed rings • lobster clasp

LOOP EARRINGS TO CREATE Begin by making the wire cages. Wrap one length of 0.8mm wire around a plastic mandrel, approximately 4cm from the top, so it is 1cm wide. Take the piece off the mandrel and gently spread out the rings. Using roundnosed pliers, bend each loose end of wire at the top and bottom to make closed rings. Repeat this step with the second piece of wire and set aside. Take a 4” length of 0.5mm wire, create a wrapped loop at the top and string on a garnet round bead. Put the top loop of the silver coil you have just made onto the wire, followed by a bicone, a hessonite garnet oval, a garnet round and another hessonite garnet oval. Slip the wire all the way down

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(without any beads falling off!) so you can slide it back up through the bottom loop of the coil (you can pull the loops apart a little more if necessary). String a bicone and a garnet round bead, then complete another wrapped loop at the bottom of the piece. Repeat to create a matching piece for the second earring. Take two small banded agate long drops and wire-wrap them. At the point that you make the loop using round-nosed pliers, string them onto the bottom loop of the coil section of the earrings you have just made. Complete the loops and wrap the wire neatly so the drops are attached securely to the bottom of the earrings. Trim any excess wire and neatly fold in the edges. Attach an ear wire to the top of each earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x 6” lengths of sterling silver 0.8mm half-hard wire • 12” sterling silver 0.5mm soft wire • 2 x sterling silver ear wires

TO CREATE String a crimp tube and a closed ring onto the length of wire. Feed the wire back through both and pull tight. Crimp the tube by folding and flattening. String

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BEADS AUTUMNAL GEMSTONES a bicone and a garnet round bead. Attach a closed ring to the first one with a jump ring so you have three rings in total. Next string the following pattern: agate long drop, bicone, amethyst bead, garnet round, hessonite garnet oval, garnet round, amethyst bead, bicone. Repeat three times. String one more agate long drop, a bicone and a garnet round, then thread on a crimp tube and a closed ring. Feed the wire back through the crimp tube, pull tight and crimp in place. Trim any excess wire. Open the ring of the lobster clasp and attach to the closed ring at the end.

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SWIRL EARRINGS TO CREATE Take a 5” length of wire and use roundnosed pliers to create a circle at one end. Wind the wire with your fingers around the circle you have started. (You may find it easier

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to hold the circle in the jaws of your chainnosed pliers and use your free hand to bend the wire round, making the swirl as you slowly move its position in the pliers). Once you have wound the wire approximately five times, use chainnosed pliers to create a right angle. This will make the wire point upwards so that the swirl is a flourish at the bottom and can be used like a headpin.

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WHERE TO BUY All beads and tools used in these projects are available online and in store from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264 Sterling silver wire and chain is available from www.cooksongold.com www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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THE BEADS NEST

TUBULAR VIVIENNE WHITTY DESIGNER

Creating statement pieces of silver jewellery is easier than you think! Vivienne Whitty shows you how

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

NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut three 60cm lengths of Tigertail. Thread 10 silver beads onto each length, and cluster in the centre of the wire. Thread all three lengths through one silver tube. Repeat with 10 beads on each wire and another tube. Then thread five small silver beads down each wire before threading all three lengths through a silver tube. Repeat. Repeat Step 3 on the other side of the necklace so it is symmetrical. To finish, add spacers, crimps and a clasp as shown.

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THE BEADS NEST MATERIALS • 2 x packets small silver beads • 4 x thin silver tubes • 0.8mm elastic • large crimps

BRACELET TO CREATE Cut three pieces of 0.8mm elastic, each measuring 30cm in length. Thread all three pieces through a silver tube, then add 10 small silver beads down each length of elastic. Repeat this a further three times. When finished, knot all the elastic together and add large crimps to secure.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.thebeadsnest.co.uk; 029 2049 1218

EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut one 15cm length of Tigertail. Add large and small silver beads, then join the two ends together and thread them both through a silver tube bead. Add a calotte, then a crimp bead and squeeze the crimp inside the calotte. Cut off the excess Tigertail, close the calotte, then add an earring hook to finish. Repeat to complete the pair.

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GIVEAWAYS PAPER CELLAR BEAD SETS

CITRINE CHIP STRINGS

10 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £2.97 EACH

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These bead sets, donated by Paper Cellar (www.papercellar.com, 0871 871 3711), include three packs containing long pink, small red and wooden beads.

These fabulous 36” citrine chip strings have been donated by Big Bead Little Bead (www.bigbeadlittlebead.com), and include a beautiful mix of amber, cream and yellow colours.

ACRYLIC BUTTERFLY BEAD SETS 6 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £6.80 EACH Beads by Lili (www.beadsbylili.com, 01249 651769) has donated these lovely, bright acrylic butterfly bead sets, which include eight different colour sets with six butterflies in each.

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NATURE CHARM BRACELET KITS 5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £10 EACH B for Beads (www.b-for-beads.co.uk, 01352 755532) has donated five stunning charm bracelet kits suitable for those with a current skill level ranging from beginner to intermediate. After completing this kit, you will have the skills to design and create your own unique charm bracelets. (Presentation box not included.)

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN

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Judith Hannington introduces us to the delights of dichroic glass for this issue’s kiln bead feature

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layers, each less than 30-millionths of an inch thick. Care needs to be taken when cutting dichroic glass so that you don’t flake the edge of the coating. It is difficult to grind into

shape once cut as you risk damaging the edge of the coating, so you want to aim for a perfect cut first time. The projects here require clean-cut lines for the best effect and this is achieved by

scoring a coated strip using a glass cutter. Use a ruler or similar firm edge to keep your cutter straight and apply just enough pressure to lightly score the glass strip on its uncoated side. Too


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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN WHERE TO BUY Visit www.madcowbeads.com for the Fuseworks supplies, including the Fuseworks starter kit that has all the basic tools and equipment you will need (apart from glass breaking pliers) together with an instruction book demonstrating the basic techniques of glass cutting and microwave fusing, and a variety of projects The Bullseye glass and dichroic strips are available from www.warm-glass.co.uk and the silver mounts can be purchased online from www.dichro-findings.co.uk much pressure from the cutter (or indeed the ruler) will result in the glass breaking, most likely in the wrong place! If you are using a ruler, remember to make adjustments for the space between the cutter blade and ruler edge. The strip can easily be snapped by hand along the scored line, but for very small pieces, nylon-jaw pliers will come in handy and won’t cause damage to the glass or coating. When fusing, you can either go for dimension or a fully fused piece. Retaining a little dimension means ‘cooking’ the glass until the two base pieces are fused but the dichroic pieces have not yet levelled with the base. Lifting the lid of the kiln slightly to have a quick peek during the fusing process will enable you to see the progress. Always remember that glass continues to fuse a little even after the microwave has stopped, so it’s best to be cautious over what you think is slightly underdone than to go too far. When observing progress, look closely at the edges and corners of the base glass pieces to ensure

they are fused smooth. For a smoother finish to your pendant, continue until the glass glows bright orange and the dichroic pieces are almost completely levelled with the base. Figure 2 of the Mosaic Bangle design on page 22 shows a ‘finished’ glass square. The base glass pieces have fused together, yet the dichroic pieces remain dimensional. The image of the Triangle Pendant below, however, has not yet reached the desired stage of fusing. The base glass pieces have not fused together – this is particularly noticeable at the still-angular corners. Because of the shape and size of this project, by the time the base glass pieces have fused there will be less dimension in the dichroic glass layers, particularly near the top of the pendant, so a smoother, flatter shape is achieved.

STRIPED PENDANT TO CREATE Cut a 17mm length of 6mm dichroic strip and three 5mm lengths of 3mm dichroic strip, using nylon-jaw pliers to snap your score lines for the tiny pieces. Cut a 13x21mm piece of black glass and an identical piece of clear glass and stack them, clear over black, onto a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base with the dichroic pieces – or noodles – positioned on top (see Fig 1, right). Fuse the glass in your microwave until the two base pieces are fused together, but the dichroic layers still have dimension.

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tightly to the cord to secure. Attach a lobster clasp to the coil loop. Thread your pendant onto the cord and finish the other end with a coil and tag.

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MATERIALS • black Bullseye 2mm 90coe opalescent glass • clear Bullseye 2mm 90coe glass • 3mm and 6mm 90coe dichroic strips (warm colour end) • kiln paper • silver-plated pendant mount • stringing cord, coil ends and clasp • epoxy glue

TOOLS • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven • glass cutter • glass running pliers • nylon-jaw pliers

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KILN BEADS MICROWAVE KILN MATERIALS MOSAIC BANGLE

• black Bullseye 2mm 90coe opalescent glass • clear Bullseye 2mm 90coe glass • 3mm and 6mm 90coe dichroic strips (warm colour end) • kiln paper • silver-plated bangle blank • stringing cord, coil ends and clasp • epoxy glue

TOOLS: • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven • glass cutter • glass running pliers • nylon-jaw pliers

TO CREATE Use the template in Fig 1 (right) as a guide to cut a piece of black and a piece of clear glass. When breaking the glass using glass-running pliers, start from the end of the score that is at the lesser angle to the glass edge.

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Use the template again to score and break the dichroic strips. Use different ends of the two noodles to achieve the colour variation. Assemble the glass onto a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base (Fig 2). ‘Cook’ the glass in a microwave oven until the desired stage of fusing has been reached. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave with the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Remove the lid and leave the glass until completely cold. Clean the kiln paper residue from the pendant then attach a bail to the reverse of the pendant using epoxy glue. Set aside to dry. Join two lengths of cord together at one end by inserting them into the coil and

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TO CREATE Cut two 7mm lengths of 6mm dichroic strip and two 6mm lengths of 3mm dichroic strip, using nylon-jaw pliers to snap your score lines on the tiny pieces. Cut a 19mmsquare piece of black glass and an identical piece of clear glass and stack them, clear over black, onto a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base with the dichroic pieces positioned on top

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(see Fig 1, left). Fuse the glass in a microwave until the two base pieces have fused together, but the noodle still has dimension (Fig 2). Remove the kiln from the oven and leave with the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Remove the lid and leave the glass until completely cold. Clean the kiln paper residue from the fused glass and use epoxy glue to attach the glass to the bangle mount. Set aside on a level surface to dry.

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JEWELLERY GOLD

AMANDA PICKSTOCK DESIGNER

JANGALORE SECRETS Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock deliver a sumptuous array of golden creations this issue, all with a hint of Eastern promise

JANE PURDY DESIGNER

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. old is a big hit in the accessory market right now. Add a touch of Bollywood glamour and you’ve got Shiney Company’s Jangalore Secrets collection, which includes a necklace, bracelet and ring in pretty pink, amorous amethyst and sweet peach. Of course, being the Shiney Ladies,

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we couldn’t resist packing it with delicious Swarovski Elements crystal beads, pearls and pendants for that added touch of luxury! Wear it on a late summer’s evening with something special, or dress up a t-shirt during the day. As well as gold being ‘the new silver’, when you add gems to gold, you’ve just turned a homemade necklace into a designer piece of couture jewellery!

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projects! They are so versatile and easy to use – add a 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead to the middle using a headpin and simply work the rose into your project. The roses are also avilable in silver in two different sizes. In these projects, we wanted to make a charm bracelet that was strung differently to chain, so flexible jewellery wire (or Tigertail) seemed like a cheap, accessible alternative. We chose Beadalon 7-strand, 0.018”diameter wire as it is strong, durable and doesn’t kink too much.

INSIDE KNOWLEDGE If you can turn a loop using round-nosed pliers, squash a crimp and open a jump ring, you’ll be well on your way to creating our Jangalore Secrets jewellery collection. The ring may require a little more confidence in the wirework department, with wrapped loops and beads becoming the charms but, with a little practice, you’ll have all the skills you need. The most important thing when making the ring is to keep a firm grip to ensure a neat band. 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). We also recommend having a pair of nylon-jaw pliers on hand to straighten out any unwanted kinks in the wire. We hope you enjoy making this collection. If, like us, you struggle to stop the chains becoming wrapped around the bracelet or necklace, feel free to customise. These dangles are designed to jingle and jangle, but you may prefer them shorter, thinner or left out entirely.


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JANGALORE RING TO CREATE Starting in the middle of the wire, wrap it around the mandrel, positioning it two sizes larger than you require. Wrap the wire so that you have three complete turns, being careful not to cross the wires. Arrange the remaining lengths so that they are equal. Cross the wire at the middle and twist twice, then slide the ring off the mandrel. Place your index finger inside the ring and your thumb on top of the twists. Feed one of the wires through and around the band near the twists to make a loop. Wrap the wire around again, this time taking care to pull it tight and keep the wire neat. Wrap one more time around the band so the wraps sit together. Trim the wire 2mm past the edge using flush cutters. Push the end under the band and squash using chain-nosed pliers so there are no sharp ends. Feed the other wire through and around the band, and make another loop. Repeat

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one of the loops on the ring. Grip where you have attached using chain-nosed pliers and pull the end of the headpin around to wrap the loop two or three times. Once the wrapping meets the bead, snip off the excess headpin using flush cutters and carefully tuck in the end of the wire using chain-nosed pliers. Repeat this process to decorate the ring with all your different beads.

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• Light Rose 10mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • 2 x Amethyst 10mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Amethyst 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Light Rose 8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet beads • Amethyst 8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet bead • Peach 12mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl • Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl • gold-plated large rose • 60cm gilt or gold-plated 0.8mm wire • 11 x gold-plated 50mm thin/soft headpins

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

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JEWELLERY GOLD MATERIALS The materials list is split into groups for ease of construction. The necklace and bracelet require the same materials with a few adjustments, as noted in italics

GROUPS 1 & 6 • Cyclamen 10mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements opal heart pendant • Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Light Rose 8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet bead • 7cm gold-plated fine chain • 5cm gold-plated fine chain • Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Gold Stardust bead

GROUPS 2 & 7 • Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl • Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Amethyst 8mm Briolet bead • 7cm gold-plated fine chain • 5cm gold-plated fine chain • Light Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • teardrop locket on a jump ring For bracelet, replace with Amethyst 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead inside a large gold flower bead

GROUPS 3 & 5 • Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl • 7cm gold-plated fine chain • 5cm gold-plated fine chain • Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Light Rose 8mm

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Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet bead • Cyclamen 10mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements opal heart pendant

GROUP 4 • Light Rose 10mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • Peach 12mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl • Amethyst 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion inside a large gold flower bead • 7cm gold-plated fine chain • Amethyst 18mm Twist bead Remove for bracelet • Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Amethyst 8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet bead • Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Gold Stardust bead For bracelet, replace with Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead followed by Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearl

STRUNG SECTIONS • 16 x Peach 4mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls • 16 x Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Light Rose 6mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Briolet beads • 4 x Light Peach 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

FINDINGS & STRING • 2 x 35cm lengths Satin Copper 7-strand 0.018” dia Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • 4 x gold-plated wire guardians • 4 x gold-plated hard crimps • 2 x gold-plated 5mm crimp covers

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JANGALORE NECKLACE & BRACELET TO CREATE Thread a crimp and wire guardian onto a strand of flexible wire. Thread the wire back through the crimp

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TOOLS • round-nosed, flatnosed and chainnosed pliers • side cutters or flush cutters

and squeeze using chain-nosed pliers. Trim any excess wire from the short end. Repeat Step 1 using another piece of wire. Hold the two wires together so that the crimps sit next to each other, then cover both crimps with a 5mm crimp cover. Set aside. Referring to the seven groups of charms listed in ‘Materials’ opposite, thread the beads using thin/hard headpins to make either a wrapped loop or a simple loop that overlaps slightly (like a split ring). Separate the two strands of wire and thread an Amethyst 4mm Xilion followed by a Peach 4mm Crystal Pearl onto one strand. On the other strand, thread a Peach 4mm Crystal Pearl, followed by a 4mm

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JEWELLERY GOLD Take care when squashing the crimp covers. You may need to position the pliers near where the cover meets to get a clean edge and a neat closure

Finish the ends in the same way as you did at the start: connect a jump ring to one end of the section and attach to a piece of Mother and Son link chain, adding a jump ring to the end. Attach the other piece of chain in the same way to the other side and finish with a jump ring and clasp.

Once you have threaded all the beads, you may need to adjust how the teardrop lockets sit. Open the jump rings and turn them round so they sit the same side as the gold rose beads

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials and tools 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; 01173 009800 27 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ; 01453 753609 or online at www.shineyrocks.co.uk

You can adjust the size of the bracelet by stringing the beads closer together or further apart. For a smaller size, leave out Group 7 (as in our example) as the clasp adds extra length

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Samantha Berman shows us how to create three very different beads using Precious Metal Clay

SAMANTHA BERMAN DESIGNER

aking your own beads using Precious Metal Clay, or PMC, is easier than you may think, and the end results are stunning. Here I have created three different beads to give you a taste of the various effects you can achieve – two of the designs incorporate cork clay as a core and the third is a lentil

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and has been totally won over by Precious Metal Clay and its creative opportunities since first working with the product three years ago. Now a member of the PMC Guild with a Diploma in PMC

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Proficiency, she runs workshops in the Hertfordshire area to introduce other jewellery makers to the material, and loves watching their faces as the clay is transformed into pure silver!

bead. Cork clay is used as a core to build the bead around. It air-dries in about 24 hours and perishes in the kiln, leaving the bead moulded into the shape you designed. Once dried, this type of clay cannot be re-moistened so it is important to keep it in an airtight container. Cork clay is ideal for use in bead making as it lets you create any size or shape that you desire.


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BEADS PMC TO CREATE Roll out PMC onto a texture sheet to a thickness of four stacked playing cards, ensuring everything is well lubricated with Badger Balm or olive oil. Using circular cutters, create two circles and smooth any rough edges with your clay-shaping tool or a wet paintbrush. Next, gently place the clay circles into lubricated measuring spoons to create a curved shape. Leave them to dry (see

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MATERIALS • PMC3 • PMC3 paste • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • Teflon sheet • Badger Balm or olive oil • texture stamp or sheet • water spray

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LENTIL BEAD

If you are new to working with PMC, there was an illustrated step-by-step guide to the basic technique in issue 3 of CB&J. Visit www.practicalpublishing.co.uk to obtain back issues

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BEADS PMC For more information on PMC, the Metal Clay Academy is a great place to start. The independent website at www.metalclayacademy.com lists a variety of FAQs and resources, as well as details of suppliers and classes. For more technical information and a handy users’ bulletin board, visit the PMC Guild at www.pmcguild.co.uk

PMC-COVERED BEAD

MATERIALS • PMC3 • PMC3 paste • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • Teflon sheet • prepared cork clay bead • Badger Balm or olive oil • texture stamp or sheet • water spray

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TO CREATE Roll out PMC  into a long strip to a thickness of four stacked playing  cards, ensuring that the strip is wide enough to cover the cork clay bead. Run a toothpick through the centre of your cork clay bead. Coat the bead with PMC paste, then carefully wrap your rolled clay around it. Pinch the clay together at the top edges where the toothpick is (see

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Fig 1, right) and, using your tissue blade, cut away the excess.  Use PMC paste and a clay-shaper tool to join the edges so that the whole bead is covered.   You can now add texture and/or roll out more clay and create various shapes to adhere to the bead using PMC paste. You may also choose to do some syringe work on the bead at this stage. Leave to dry.  Roll a ball of  PMC to a thickness

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of four stacked playing cards. Lubricate two small circular cutters and cut out two donut shapes, which you  will then paste around the holes where the toothpicks are. Leave to dry. Carefully remove the toothpick from the bead. Sand the bead where necessary. Fire the bead in a kiln at 750ºc for  20 minutes (you must use a kiln for this as the cork clay core will need to safely burn

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BEADS PMC TO CREATE Thoroughly lubricate the clay extruder with Badger Balm or olive oil and affix the circular attachment. Place your clay inside and gently extrude a length of clay (see Fig 1, right).

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that the clay touches at various points all around the bead so that when the core burns out you are left with a complete bead. You may choose at this point to roll out more clay and create small shapes to paste onto your bead. Roll some clay to a thickness of four playing cards. Lubricate two small circular cutters, cut out two ‘donuts’ and paste around the holes where the toothpicks are. Leave to dry.

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need to safely burn out). It is important that the kiln does not get too hot or the inner core could melt the silver. Different kiln temperatures vary, so bear this in mind when firing your bead.

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This Moroccan-inspired set in gorgeous sun-kissed tones of orange, copper and brown will evoke dreamy holiday memories. Based on linking and connecting techniques, it is deceptively easy to make, as Gill Teasdale of JillyBeads reveals

ABOUT JILLYBEADS… JillyBeads is a friendly, fun, family-run business based in the north of England, which was created in 2001 out of a love for beautiful beads, together with a desire to run an online business. The team at JillyBeads is always on the lookout for new, tantalising and useful products, and enjoys challenges set by customers. The dynamic website is regularly updated with exciting goodies, along with creative design ideas to tempt and inspire. Gill Teasdale is one of the resident designers for JillyBeads and her work features regularly in the beading press and on the company’s website.

MATERIALS • New England Fall Faraway Fusion Mix • 10 x antique copper filigree tubes • antique copper medium curb chain • antique copper extension chain • Satin Copper 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • 3 x antique copper dakhla discs • 3 x antique copper moon connectors • 4 x antique copper split rings • 16 x antique copper 5mm jump rings • antique copper 7mm jump ring • 34 x antique copper

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 24 x Coral 3mm Crystal Pearls • 24 x Brown 3mm Crystal Pearls • 24 x Copper 3mm Crystal Pearls • 9 x Coral 6mm Crystal Pearls • Coral 8mm Crystal Pearl

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

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DAKHLA NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut two lengths of Beadalon measuring 25cm. Thread one strand through a crimp, a split ring and back through the crimp, leaving a tail of 5cm. Squash the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. Thread on 3mm pearls and filigrees in the following sequence:

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ECTED WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jillybeads.com; 01524 412728

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to 9mm and roll into a loop. Before closing, slip it onto the top loop of the bottom centre disc. Ensure it hangs centrally before fully closing. Attach a 7mm jump ring to the bottom middle loop of this disc, then a 5mm jump ring to the 7mm jump ring. Make five dangles (this time trimming to 7mm) to attach to the 5mm jump ring, using the larger beads from the mix and the 10mm coral pearl. Make 20 more dangles, layering up beads from the mix, and eight dangles using the 6mm coral pearls. Hang five dangles on the bottom middle loops of moons and three dangles on the remaining loops on discs, hanging one coral pearl dangle onto each loop.

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DAKHLA EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a 3mm copper pearl and a 6mm coral pearl onto a 1” headpin. Use flatnosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, side cutters to trim the end to 9mm and round-nosed pliers to roll it into a loop. Slip it onto the top loop of one of the discs and ensure it hangs evenly in the centre circle before fully closing. Thread a coral pearl onto a 1” eyepin, bend the pin

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left of another disc; bottom middle of the same moon to the top of another disc; top of the second disc to top left of the remaining moon. Using jump rings, link the top left loop of the left-hand moon to the last link of one 40-link length of extension chain and one 61-link length of medium curb chain, and also to one of the split ring ends of the pearl strand. Repeat with the righthand moon. Onto the other end of the chain lengths and split ring of the pearl strand, wind a spilt ring. Wind the bolt ring onto one of the split rings and the last link of the chain extension onto the other. Thread a 3mm copper pearl and a 6mm coral pearl onto a 1” headpin. Bend the pin over by 90°, trim

over by 7mm and roll into a loop, hooking onto one of the bottom loops of the disc before fully closing. Repeat twice more, hooking dangles onto the remaining loops. Using 1” headpins, make 12 dangles incorporating the smaller beads from the mix (layered as necessary), turning the pins as in Step 1. Hang four dangles on each of the free eyepin loops, closing securely. Slightly open the loop on one of the fish-hook earwires

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using round-nosed pliers and hook it onto the top loop of the dangle, making sure it will face the right way. Close. Repeat Steps 1-4 to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • New England Fall Faraway Fusion Mix • 2 x antique copper dakhla discs • antique copper fish-hook ear wires • 6 x antique copper 1” eyepins • 26 x antique copper 1” headpins

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 8 x Coral 6mm Crystal Pearls • 2 x Copper 3mm Crystal Pearls

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

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JEWELLERY LINKING TECHNIQUES TO CREATE Create four 4-link lengths of antique copper chain. Thread a 6mm coral pearl onto a 1 “ eyepin, bend the pin over by 7mm and roll into a loop, hooking on the last links of two of the chain lengths before fully closing. Open two jump rings, hook the other end of the chains onto them, then hook one jump ring onto each of the top loops of a moon. Close. Open another jump ring and slip it onto the bottom loop of the moon. Close. Using 1” headpins, make up one dangle using a 3mm copper, 6mm coral and 3mm brown pearl, and four more using the smaller beads from the mix (layer as necessary), turning the pins as in Step 1. Hang the dangles on the bottom jump ring, closing each one securely.

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• New England Fall Faraway Fusion Mix • 2 x antique copper moon connectors • antique copper fish-hook ear wires • 2 x antique copper 1” eyepins • 10 x antique copper 1” headpins • 6 x antique copper 5mm jump rings • antique copper chain

TO CREATE Open a jump ring, slip through side loops on two of the moons, then close. Repeat with the other side of the moons, making sure they are both facing the right way (decorated sides facing upwards) and are joined together forming a circular area. Repeat a further four times. Open a jump ring, join two of the connected moon circles together, then close. Repeat until all the connected moons are joined. Wind a split ring onto one of the end bottom loops of the connected moons and one of the toggle ends. Repeat at the other end

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 5 x Coral 6mm Crystal Pearls

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

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

with the remaining toggle end. Open an eyepin slightly, hook it through one of the jump rings connecting the sides of the moons together, then close. Thread a 6mm coral pearl onto the eyepin. Bend the pin over by 7mm, roll into a loop and hook it onto the jump ring on the opposite side before fully closing. Repeat a further four times. Using 1” headpins, make 20 dangles using the smaller beads from the mix (layer as necessary), turning the pins as in Step 4. Hang five dangles on each of the jump rings linking the bottoms of the moons together, closing as you work.

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JEWELLERY LINKING TECHNIQUES BAG CHARM TO CREATE Cut three 3-link lengths and three 6-link lengths of antique copper extension chain, and three 13-link lengths of medium curb chain. Open three jump rings. Place two dakhla discs back to back, lining up the loops, then slip a jump ring and the last link of one of each length of chain onto each pair of loops. Close the jump rings. Select nine larger feature beads and make dangles by slipping each one onto a 1” headpin. Bend the pins over by 7mm, roll into a loop and hook one onto the end of the last link of each of the lengths of chain before fully closing. Using 1” headpins, make 15 dangles using the smaller beads from the mix (layer as necessary),

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turning the pins as in Step 3. Hang five dangles on each of the jump rings joining the bottoms of the discs together, closing each securely as you work. Thread a 10mm pearl onto the 2” headpin and make a wrapped loop – push the bead down firmly, bend the wire around using round-nosed pliers 1cm away from the bead, and rotate the pliers to form a loop. Hold the loop with round-nosed pliers and, using chain-nosed pliers, wrap the end around the pin towards the bead. Trim and tuck in the end.

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Use the wire to make a wrapped eyepin loop – slip the end of a 15cm length of wire through the two loops at the top of the paired discs and the pearl dangle. Form a loop, wrap the wire three or four times, then trim and tuck in the end. Slip a 10mm pearl onto the wire, thread the wire through the large connecting loop on the bag clip, and wrap the link as before.

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MATERIALS • New England Fall Faraway Fusion Mix • 2 x antique copper dakhla discs • antique copper fish-hook ear wires • 6 x antique copper 1” eyepins • 26 x antique copper 1” headpins

COPPER BOOKMARK

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TO CREATE For a different look, try using lengths of chain and clusters of beads for a bookmark, as in the bag charm

Cut Beadalon into 9cm,10cm,11cm, 12cm and 13cm lengths. Slip each length in turn through a crimp, then through the jump ring on the bookmark and back through the crimp, leaving a 1cm tail pulled through. Squash the crimp using chainnosed pliers. Select five feature beads from the mix and put to one side for the ends of the strands. Randomly thread beads onto a strand,

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: • 8 x Coral 6mm Crystal Pearls • 2 x Copper 3mm Crystal Pearls

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

tucking the tail within the first few beads, ending with a feature bead and leaving a 2cm tail. Thread a crimp, push the beads and crimp snugly up the strand, then squash the crimp (the extra length of Beadalon is to give something to grip while crimping). Trim the Beadalon close to the secured strand. Repeat with other four strands.

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MATERIALS • New England Fall Faraway Fusion Mix • rosy copper squiggly bookmark • Satin Copper 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • 10 x antique copper crimp beads

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

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MATERIALS For all projects • 1m open-link chain • filigree butterfly charm • approx 100 x 4mm+ beads in co-ordinating colours • spacer beads • 6 x jump rings

• 100 x headpins • 2 x earring findings • 2 x toggle clasps

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

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This pretty collection, shimmering with pearls, crystals and a secret butterfly, has a wonderful vintage feel. Jo Lochhead shows you how to recreate it

As a finishing touch, add a couple of beads to the necklace at the clasp

JO LOCHHEAD DESIGNER

ABOUT JO…

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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. Many of the beads she sells are handmade individually by Jo, her sister or her partner Andy.

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For illustrated step-by-step instructions on forming loops in headpins, eyepins or lengths of wire (as required for attaching the beads here), see our essential techniques glossary on page 92

NECKLACE TO CREATE Using wire cutters, cut a piece of chain the desired length for your finished necklace (excluding the drop). Attach the toggle clasp components to either end of the chain using two jump rings. (Open the jump rings using flat-nosed pliers,

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and remember to open and close them like a hinged door rather than pulling apart.) Cut approximately 10cm of chain for the necklace drop. Find the middle of the chain and attach the drop using a jump ring. Arrange your beads into shades of colour from light

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to dark and size from smallest to largest. Beginning at the junction of the drop and working downwards, attach beads starting with the largest and darkest in colour, working down towards the end of the drop. Attach two beads to each link of the chain, using simple

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THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND EARRINGS TO CREATE Using wire cutters, cut two short lengths of chain, one of 4cm and one of 3cm. Open the loop at the base of the ear wire using round-nosed pliers. Attach the two pieces of chain and close the loop securely. Attach a small, pale-coloured bead onto the last link of the longest piece of chain. Add two more beads, one larger and darker, on the third link from the bottom of the chain, and the largest and darkest on the fifth link from the bottom. Repeat to make 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

BRACELET TO CREATE Using wire cutters, cut two lengths of chain (an average wrist size is 7� or 18cm, but bear in mind that the clasp is part of this). Attach the toggle clasp to each end of both pieces of chain (the bracelet is made from a double length of chain) using jump rings. Create three dangles of beads in different sizes and tones.

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

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IRENE’S GARDEN BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM CANADA

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3 x silver butterfly charms hummingbird charm purple and green seed beads faceted glass beads beading thread jump rings clasp

BUTTERFLY GARDEN NECKLACE

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Lucite flowers Swarovski crystals large gold butterfly charm glass seed beads

mixed green glass beads glass butterfly beads plastic beads gold-plated findings gold-plated chain

MATERIALS • silver-plated 1mm-diameter, hand-hammered and shaped wire • silver wire • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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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We’ve received a fantastic response to our regular microwave kiln feature and been inundated with requests for projects using a tabletop kiln too. Aurora Lombardo has risen to the challenge triumphantly with an eye-catching array of beads featuring foil inlays ABOUT AURORA… Aurora is the owner of The Jazzy Jewelz Studio in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, a friendly jewellery-making studio offering a range of beading workshops, glass fusing classes, and jewellery-making parties for children and adults. For those who feel creative but live too far away to visit, The Jazzy Jewelz Studio online shop sells jewellery-making kits and party packs for all skill levels. Aurora herself is an experienced designerjeweller, specialising in glass and silver jewellery. Her work is supplied to selected shops and galleries in the UK and Italy – you can see more at www. aurora lombardo.com. To find out more about about The Jazzy Jewelz Studio, visit www.thejazzyjewelz studio.co.uk or call 07905 888256.

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mbarking on a glass-fusing adventure is surprisingly simple, with a glass kiln the only really substantial outlay required. If you only plan to make small items of jewellery, you may want to consider a small tabletop kiln such as the Paragon SC-2, the Prometheus Pro-1 or the EFCO 110. These can be safely operated within the confines of a home and are very versatile as they can also be used for enamelling

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and firing silver and gold clay and small ceramic pieces. In addition to a kiln, other tools you will find you need from the beginning are a goodquality oil-filled glass cutter to score the glass and a pair of running pliers for breaking the glass along the scored lines. Although glass fusing is something that can be done in the home, proper consideration should always be given to the possible hazards posed by glass shards and

hot glass. Where possible, it is advisable to set up a working area, perhaps in a spare room or a garage, dedicated to the sole purpose of glass cutting and fusing. It is also very important to wear safety goggles when scoring and breaking glass and protective glasses (with side shields and infrared and ultraviolet light protection) when viewing hot glass in the kiln. Never leave a kiln unattended during the firing process.

Fused glass beads can be created very simply by cutting sheets of glass into the desired shapes, combining the pieces in several layers and then heating them in a kiln. By varying the temperature and length of time the glass is left in the kiln different levels of fusing can be achieved, determining the overall appearance of the finished piece. Heating the glass between the temperatures of 730°c and 780°c will cause the pieces to melt just


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Before scoring or cutting any glass, put on your safety goggles. Lay your glass sheet on a clean, level surface and use a waterproof marker to draw the desired shape onto the glass. It is not possible to score glass along a 90° bend in one single movement and two cuts will be needed to obtain a square or a rectangle. Holding your cutter perpendicular to the glass, score along the first pattern line from one edge of the glass

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own kiln to learn the exact temperatures needed to achieve a particular effect. Whatever the level of fusing you want  to obtain, in order to fuse successfully, the glass pieces must be compatible – ie. have the same coefficient of expansion (coe). This

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enough to bond securely to each other with each piece retaining its individual character (tack fusing). The temperature for a full fuse ranges from 780°c to 840°c. At these temperatures  the glass pieces will flow together and  fully fuse, resulting  in a glass bead with a smooth glossy surface. Please note that these temperatures are only a rough guide as so much depends on the individual kiln. You will need to test and log results from your

will ensure that the glass will expand and contract at the same rate when heated or cooled. If your glass is not the same, stress will build up where  the different pieces  are joined and your fused project will crack. Glass that  is manufactured specifically for fusing is frequently ‘tested compatible’ or guaranteed to be  a certain coe. Fusible glass is available to buy in  an ever-increasing assortment of colours, textures and patterns,

A comprehensive guide to glass fusing can be found in Contemporary Warm Glass: A Guide to Fusing, Slumping and Kiln-Forming Techniques by Brad Walker, published by Four Corners International and available from www.amazon.co.uk

sheet to the other in one continuous movement, trying to maintain an even pressure on the glass. To break the glass, place your running pliers on the score line and squeeze them

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gently. You should now have a strip of glass that is the width of your required square or rectangle and the length of the original sheet. To obtain your base shape, score along the remaining pattern line and break as before.

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Never go over a score twice as this will damage your cutter Keep a small brush close to your workstation and use it to clear the area of any glass chips you might have created cutting your glass

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providing the glass artist with unlimited freedom of expression. By opting to combine compatible glass in different colours and textures, some very interesting effects can be created. Incorporating inclusions between layers of glass can also add depth and interest to your piece. In the three projects here I’ve used silver wire and

gold and silver foil, but copper, palladium and platinum can also be used in the form of foil, leaf, mesh or wire. Beside their decorative effects, metal wire inclusions, as you can see with the ‘Daisy Flower Bangle’ on page 44, can also have a functional role and can be used to integrate loops into your finished pieces.

WHERE TO BUY Glass fusing supplies and equipment are available from www.tempsfordstainedglass.co.uk and www.warm-glass.co.uk Jewellery pliers, metal beads and findings can be purchased from www.beadsales.co.uk For a wide range of tubular mesh ribbons, visit www.wires.co.uk Craft punches are available from www.monocodirect.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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DAISY FLOWER BANGLE

MATERIALS • black opal 2mm Bullseye glass • clear 2mm Bullseye glass • Black Cherry CBS dichroic glass on thin black • 22k gold foil • silver 1mm fine wire • sterling silver faceted bangle wire • Glastac fusing glue • kiln paper

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TO CREATE Cut a 40x30mm piece from both the black and the dichroic glass and a 43x33mm piece from the clear glass. Clean the glass pieces of any impurities such as cutting oil, grit or fingerprints, and dry. Put a piece of kiln

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plate to flatten the area of the wire that will be inserted between the layers of glass. Position the wire loops on the black glass rectangle so that about 5mm is on the glass, while the loop is left exposed. Add a tiny dab of glue to

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Metal foils are very thin and tricky to handle – placing your metal foil between two sheets of notebook paper will facilitate the cutting and release of the shape from the body of the punch keep them in position. Set aside until the glue is dry. Place the dichroic glass, coated side up, over the black glass. Cut the flower design out of the gold foil using the punch and position it on the surface of the dichroic glass. Finally, add the clear glass over the metal foil and carefully align it with the other two pieces of glass. Place in the kiln and fire until the piece is fully fused. Let the kiln cool down gradually to room temperature. Once cold, remove your fused piece and wash away any kiln paper residue from the back. Attach the bangle wire to one of the loops using roundnosed pliers.

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MATERIALS • white opal 2mm Bullseye glass • fracture-streamer 3mm decorative glass • 22k gold foil • kiln paper • gold-plated bail • epoxy glue • leaf green and chartreuse 15mm tubular mesh ribbon • 10 x gold-plated tube beads • 2 x gold-plated ribbon crimps • trigger clasp • 2 x jump rings

Many other materials can be added to fusing glass, such as mica powders, fibre paper, shapes, organic materials such as leaves, and even air bubbles – when it comes to inclusion, experimentation is definitely the key!

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glass fusing kiln glass cutter running pliers mini butterfly craft punch • flat-nosed pliers • tweezers • knitting needle

BUTTERFLY NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut two 25x30mm pieces from both the white and the decorative glass. Clean the glass pieces of any impurities and dry. Put a piece of kiln paper on the kiln shelf and place the white glass piece over it. Punch a butterfly design from the gold foil and place it on the surface of

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the white base glass. Stack the decorative glass over the white glass base and foil butterfly. Place in the kiln and fire until the piece is fully fused. Let the kiln cool gradually to room temperature. Once cold, remove your fused piece and wash any kiln paper residue from the back. Use a cocktail stick to apply a little

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epoxy glue to the goldplated bail and attach it to the back of the pendant. Leave the glue to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut 60cm of both leaf green and chartreuse tubular mesh ribbon. Slide the chartreuse wire inside the tubular green mesh with the help of a knitting needle.

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Roll the mesh into a slim cord and thread the fused pendant centrally on it. Add a gold-plated tube bead each side of the pendant. Keep adding the remaining eight gold tubular beads, spacing them evenly along the cord. Leave about 3-4cm of space between the beads so that you can fan out the mesh.

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Gently pull the edges of the mesh ribbon away from the centre to create a stretched-out area, ensuring you pull both layers at once. Repeat this seven times, leaving the remaining part of the necklace as cord. Trim the cord down to the desired necklace length. Add a ribbon crimp to one end of the cord and secure it in place by squashing with flat-nosed pliers, then attach a jump ring to the loop. Do the same to the other end of the necklace, this time attaching the trigger clasp to the loop.

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SWIRL CUFFLINKS TO CREATE Cut two 25x16mm pieces from both the green and the clear glass. Clean all the glass rectangles of any impurities and dry. Put a piece of kiln paper on the kiln shelf and place the two green glass pieces over it. Cut two swirl designs from the silver foil using the punch and position them carefully on the surface of the green glass pieces. Place a clear glass piece on top of

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FLOATING NECKLACE ABOUT GEMMA… Gemma is inspired by everything around her, from colour and form to the materials she uses. She has created her own style of jewellery by combining many traditional techniques with contemporary ideas.

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TO CREATE Cut a 40cm length of nylon. Thread on a crimp and a trigger clasp, then take the nylon back through the crimp. Squeeze the crimp using flat-nosed pliers, place a crimp cover over it and squeeze to close. Cut 6cm of nylon. Add a crimp and crimp cover to the end in the same way as before. Thread on a

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bead of your choice and another crimp, but don’t squeeze it yet. Thread the 40cm length of nylon through the crimp. Move the crimp along the nylon to 2.5cm from the previous covered crimp. Squeeze and add a crimp cover. Thread a second bead onto the 6cm length. Attach a crimp to the end of the wire, squeeze and add a

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Float into autumn with Gemma Gray’s beautiful back-to-nature collection in glowing shades of russet, gold and amber

crimp cover. Repeat the process to add beads to the 40cm length, varying the length of the short sections between 5cm and 6cm. Thread a crimp and a 7mm jump ring onto the end of the 40cm length of nylon, then thread it back through the crimp. Squeeze the crimp using pliers, place a crimp cover over it and squeeze to close.

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BEADS UNLIMITED BRACELET TO CREATE Cut an 18cm length of nylon and thread on a crimp and a trigger clasp. Take the nylon back through the crimp, squeeze using flat-nosed pliers, place a crimp cover over it and squeeze to close. Repeat Steps 2-4 of the Floating Necklace instructions opposite, but add two short lengths to each section to create a fuller bracelet. Add a jump ring to finish the clasp in the same way as on the necklace.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777

to one end of each length. Thread on the beads of your choice. Thread all the nylon lengths through a crimp with the longer length protruding 1.5cm above the crimp. Squeeze the crimp flat and add a crimp cover. Thread a crimp onto the longer length, and bend the nylon into a loop and back into the crimp. Squeeze the crimp flat and add a crimp cover. Using flat-nosed pliers, open the loop of a long antique gold ballwire and attach to the loop in the nylon. Close the loop in the ballwire. Repeat Steps 1-3 to complete the matching pair.

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bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or a jewellery dilemma? Ask our expert Carolyn Shulz for the answers ...with Carolyn Schulz ABOUT CAROLYN… Carolyn has been involved in almost every aspect of the craft industry for the last 25 years. She started out as a hobbyist, making her own creations at home and selling them at craft fairs and to local specialty stores. Carolyn went on to write several books and became the editor of three UK craft magazines. Beads played an important part in two of Carolyn’s books and over the last 20 years she has unintentionally become an expert at teaching jewellerymaking techniques! In addition to private courses and personal tuition, she teaches creative jewellery at West Herts College and also writes a regular column for the largest craft magazine in the US, Creative Home Arts. For the last six years, Carolyn has served on the board of the Craft and Hobby Association, an international trade association for the creative industry. Although born and educated in California, Carolyn lives here in the UK but flies across the Atlantic 8-10 times a year. As a result, she is acquainted with the styles and trends both in the US and Europe.

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CAROLYN SAYS...

I was inspired by the Kashmiri beads in the News pages of issue 4 and would like to have a go at making my own versions of them. I have a nice stash of Fimo and a whole selection of seed beads in various colours at the ready, but I’m not sure how best to go about successfully mixing the two. Chris Birch, Northumberland

The technique to use for creating these types of bead with Fimo would vary depending on what shape of bead you wanted to make – let’s assume that you’re going for a circular one. Start off by warming and rolling your Fimo into a ball. Lay out the selection of beads you want to

add, and gently press the Fimo onto them (making sure your Fimo is warm and pliable really helps with this). Once the beads are sufficiently inset in the clay, roll it again to recreate your ball. You can continue in this fashion to create the desired effect, piercing your bead hole once all the beads have been added.

BOXED IN I’ve just finished making a lovely sparkly bracelet using 6mm Swarovski cubes. The problem is that I didn’t use any spacer beads and, as a result, I now have a straight line of cube beads because the bracelet won’t bend! Any suggestions? Gloria Miller, Stirlingshire

CAROLYN SAYS...

RING-O-ROSES I’m a big fan of highly decorative rings and think they can look absolutely fantastic, but I haven’t the first clue how to go

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about making them myself. I was having a close look at those in the London Jewellery School news piece in issue 4, and it all looks very complicated to me. Can you help? Margaret Mills, Leicestershire

CAROLYN SAYS... If you’re stuck you could always try taking up one of the classes that the London Jewellery School offers.

Take a look at what’s available by visiting www.londonjewellery school.co.uk or call 020 3176 0546 for more details. The rings look complicated because of all the wire twisting you can see along the band, but if you break it down the technique is actually quite simple. Start by securing your wire at one side, where your design will start, and thread on your first bead. Wrap the wire around the band again and add your next bead. As you add each

It’s an unfortunate situation, Gloria, especially since you’ve finished stringing your piece. I’m afraid the only solution is to start again, adding rounded spacer beads to allow the piece to bend. Check out www.e-beads.co.uk, 020 7367 6217 – it has a great selection of Swarovski beads in all shapes and sizes.

bead, wrap the wire a little further along the band until you reach the opposite side to where you began. To add further height and detail to the design you can wrap across the band again, adding more beads and securing the wire with a wrap each time.


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BEAD DOCTOR SPARKLING SEED BEADS Could you advise me of the best way of cleaning seed beads, as I don’t want to do any damage to my precious collection? Dora, by email

CAROLYN SAYS... The best method to use depends on whether the seed beads are loose or part of a jewellery piece. I tend to give my seed bead pieces a gentle wash in warm water and simply clean them with my hands. When using threads for my seed bead creations, I generally soak the thread first to tackle shrinking, so consider this before immersing your jewellery in water. If the beads are yet to be used and are loose, just

IT’S GETTING AWAY! I have a fabulous pearl bracelet that I made from what was originally a necklace, but the toggle clasp I used has a nasty habit of coming open when I wear it. I’ve come very close to losing this piece many times; can you help? J Mables, by email

make up a mild solution of dishwasher liquid and warm water. You can then set them out on a towel to dry, but make sure the holes are facing up. I don’t use them myself, but be extra careful with beads that have any kind of outer coating that may scratch or wash off. In situations like these, try washing just one bead and allowing it to dry to see how it survives before you do the whole lot!

ALL THUMBS I’m all thumbs when it comes to fastening clasps. If I manage to grasp the clasp open with the connector in my other hand, by the time I get round the back of my neck my grip has popped loose! I’ve been keeping my eye out for bigger clasps that are easier to grip, but have had no luck so far. Can you tell me where I should be looking? Louisa Vaughan, by email

can be really fiddly and a downright pain to fasten. Have you tried toggle clasps? These fasten by simply pushing the tubular end through the hooped element, or you could consider barrel clasps, which are the screw-together variety. Take a look at

CAROLYN SAYS... I know the feeling, Louisa! Some clasps

CAROLYN SAYS... I think the most likely problem is that you have too much slack on the bracelet, and this gives the toggle the opportunity to become loose and open. If your bracelet hangs

from your wrist by a significant amount then this will be a recurring problem. Try removing some of the length and reattaching the toggle, or take the toggle away completely and use a lobster claw or barrel clasp instead for peace of mind.

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Bracelets Premature baby 3.25” Newborn

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Necklaces Children’s necklaces include a ‘grow chain’ for further adjustment 3-7 years

STICK TOGETHER I loved Judith Hannington’s ‘Tantalising Transfers’ projects in issue 4 and am planning on visiting my local branch of HobbyCraft soon to get my hands on a nice selection of rub-ons and some glaze. I wondered if it was also possible

www.bigbeadlittle bead.co.uk for a nice selection. You might also want to think about using magnetic clasps – these can be a real godsend as very little effort or grip is involved in putting the two ends together. For magnetic clasps look at www.beadsunlimited. co.uk, 01273 740777.

to use this technique with stickers rather than rub-ons? Jemma Miles, by email

so much, Jemma. Rub-ons are a great product to use for all kinds of

CAROLYN SAYS... Judith will be delighted to know that her craft crossover article has inspired you

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demonstrated so well in her article. You can indeed use stickers with this technique – you just need to make sure they’re well secured and that there are no air bubbles underneath and you will have no problems at all.

KIDS CREATIONS I want to make a necklace for my fouryear-old niece for her birthday and have a selection of lovely fairy charms, pink and purple beads and other bits and bobs to use. The only problem is that I want it to be a surprise for her and her parents, so can’t get the tape measure out to find the exact size. Is there such a thing as a children’s necklace length guide? Mary Blathe, by email

CAROLYN SAYS... Luckily there are guides you can use in situations like this, and an online search will bring up a few with slight variations. I tend to go by the figures shown here as a good basic guide.

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JEWELLERY WATCHES

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hunky, brightly coloured watches are bang on-trend right now and these Narmi faces are perfect for tailoring the highstreet look to suit your own tastes and budget. They are available in a range of colours and are sturdy, quality faces, ideal for adding your own strap design using a number of different jewellery and beading techniques. The chunky nature of these faces means

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attachment option as they can have different stringing materials fixed to them via metal jump rings or form part of an expandable chain maille strap, allowing you to dispense with a clasp. Cotton cord can easily be fixed around the watch bars ‘tag style’, or nylon thread used to secure smaller beads along the length of the bar. The instructions here contain diagrams detailing the different attachment methods. The watch straps I’ve included are

Keep time in style with one of Judith Hannington’s funky, fashionable watch designs, showcasing a kaleidoscope of different colours, materials and techniques

colour co-ordinated to the watch faces but, of course, there’s nothing to stop you making a multi-coloured design, mixing and matching your favourites. The rubber rings are available in a variety of colours, too, so you can co-ordinate them with the face surround rather than matching them to the dial. All the projects can be altered in length to suit the wearer. Simply add or remove some of the beads, while maintaining the pattern, or fix an extra

jump ring before attaching the clasp. Most of the designs featured here have very short pattern repeats, making accurate sizing simple. For longer repeats, such as in the ‘Orange Candy’ design on page 55, the second lampwork repeat could be composed of just a single bead to shorten the strap, or to lengthen you could add an extra repeat of either single or double lampwork beads. The clasp is an important element of a watch strap. Toggle and bar clasps are easy to use but the strap must be narrow enough near the bar for the clasp to function. Lobster clasps are effective and secure – you can choose large or small styles but bear in mind that the wearer may need assistance in doing up a very small clasp. Magnetic clasps should be avoided as they are not secure enough, and barrel clasps are too fiddly for watches. Combining the ring component of a toggle and bar clasp with a lobster clasp gives a nice, chunky attachment and works well with wider strap designs.


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JEWELLERY WATCHES

BEAD TIME Using nylon thread and seed beads gives a subtle elastic quality to this beaded watch and the width of the strap allows it to sit snug to the wrist.

TO CREATE Cut two 75cm lengths of nylon

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green Narmi watch face large green seed beads silver eyepins fine nylon beading thread • bar and toggle clasp • silver crimps • superglue

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers

thread and join the ends together using a dab of superglue. Repeat with another two threads and leave to dry. Use each glued pair as a single strand for each half of the watch strap. Position a bead centrally on one of the threads, take both ends around the watch bar and thread them in opposite directions back through the bead, as shown in Fig 1 (below right). Add a bead onto one thread end, take the thread around the watch bar and thread it back through the bead. Take it again around the watch bar between the two beads and again back through the

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bead in the opposite direction. Pull the thread snug to secure the bead. Repeat so that you have four beads secured to the bar (Fig 2). Thread an eyepin through the four beads and create a simple loop at the opposite end, as snug to the bead as possible. Thread four beads onto another eyepin and again create a simple loop at the end. Take

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the thread ends on your watch through the beads on the eyepin from opposite sides and pull snug (Fig 3). Repeat this process with as many beaded eyepins as necessary to make the desired strap length, reducing the number of beads on the eyepin to three, then two, then one as you near the end. After the final single-beaded

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JEWELLERY WATCHES FUNKY BAG CHARM A really quick and easy project, perfect for those occasions when you want to dispense with a wrist watch. Keep it permanently on your bag and you’ll never lose track of the time!

TO CREATE Thread the flower bead onto an eyepin and create a simple loop with the

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MATERIALS • Hot Pink Narmi watch face • large key fob • pink acrylic pearl beads • pink flower bead • silver eyepins • silver headpin • silver jump rings

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

CITRUS BURST Traditionally used to create sheets of chain maille, this European 4-in-1 design is perfect for an expander-style strap when created using rubber rings – it stretches over the hand but shrinks snugly to the wrist once in position.

TO CREATE Put four rubber rings onto an orange jump ring and close the ring. Lay out the rings as shown in

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Fig 1 (below). Put two rubber rings onto an orange jump ring and add to the formation from Step 1, as shown in Fig 2. Continue adding pairs of rubber rings using an orange ring until the strap is the length required – it should be snug on the wearer’s wrist. You can stop at this point for a narrow strap or add another row of rubber rings alongside to make a wider strap, as shown in Fig 3.

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MATERIALS • orange Narmi watch face • orange anodized aluminium jump rings id 5mm, 1.29mm • white EPDM o-rings id 6.4mm, 1.63mm

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

Connect each end of the strap to the watch face using orange jump rings through rubber rings wrapped around the watch face bar, as shown in Step 1 of the ‘Lime Pickle’ design on page 56.

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JEWELLERY WATCHES end of the pin, snug to the flower. Thread the headpin with a small pink bead and make a simple loop in the end, snug to the bead. Hang this from the flower eyepin and attach a jump ring to the opposite eye. Thread a large pink bead, the jump ring with your flower component and a second pink bead onto an eyepin. Create a simple loop in the end to create a doubleended eyepin. Repeat Step 3 using a jump ring with the key fob attached. Fix these two components to either side of the watch face, using jump rings threaded through the eyes of the beaded pins and around the watch bar.

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ORANGE CANDY These stripy acrylic beads are lightweight, balancing out the weightier lampwork beads and producing a fun, chunky style with a simple-tocreate design.

TO CREATE Begin by creating the four coil cord ends you will need. Wrap wire tightly around a knitting needle, making sure all the coils are snug to each other. Snip into two lengths and bend the last rotation and a half of wire

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out from one end of each coil to create the clasp attachment. Fold four 25cm lengths of cord in half and attach to either side of the watch face as shown in Fig 1 (below). Keep the folded cord ends together and use each as a single strand. Working one side of the strap at a time, thread two lampwork beads onto each cord and secure with a knot. Thread a large stripy bead onto both cords together, then separate out again and secure with a knot in each double cord. Add two more lampwork beads, knot the cords and finish with another acrylic bead.

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Secure all four ends together with a knot, trim the ends to 1cm long and add a dab of superglue before inserting them into your silver coil. Squash the end of the coil flat against the cords to secure. Repeat the steps to create the other half of the watch strap, then add a lobster clasp to one of the coils to finish.

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MATERIALS • green Narmi watch face • bright anodized aluminium jump rings id 5mm, 1.29mm • white EPDM o-rings id 6.4mm, 1.63mm • silver 15mm round links • small and medium green lampwork beads • green seed beads • silver eyepins • silver jump rings • lobster clasp

LIME PICKLE The chunky silver links of this watch slide about around the beaded links, giving a little fluid width and movement while still displaying a light, delicate style.

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two rubber rings and two jump rings for each side by folding each rubber ring around the watch face bar and securing with a metal jump ring through the folded loops (see Fig 1, below right). Make up the beaded eyepins as follows: Thread four eyepins with a large bead and make a simple loop in the end, snug to the bead, to create double-ended eyepins. Thread four eyepins with a seed bead, a small green lampwork bead and a seed bead, and make the second eye in the end of each as before. Secure each large single bead eyepin

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Give yourself the option of mixing and matching different straps to one watch face by using decorative clasps to join the strap to the face. The strap can then be one continuous length as one of the clasps is also used for taking the watch on and off

inside two round silver links using jump rings. Connect pairs of these silver links together using the small beaded eyepins to create the two halves of the watch strap. Join each pair of jump rings on the watch face bars together with a single ring, connecting the strap pieces to this

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The coloured surface on the jump rings can mark or chip when handling with pliers, so to protect your rings whilst working wrap each jaw of your pliers with tape

HOT PINK This is a traditional Byzantine chain design, which, when worked with these jump ring sizes, produces a fluid, loose-linked strap.

TO CREATE Put two silver and two pink closed jump rings onto an open pink jump ring and close the ring. Follow the path of this

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single ring with another pink ring, then open out the chain so that your two silver rings are on the left (see Fig 1, below). Fold back the last two rings and pinch them between your thumb and index finger to hold them back (Fig 2). Part the two horizontal rings (Fig 3). Put a single open silver jump ring through the rear of the

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two pinched-back rings, revealed between the parted rings. Close the ring and follow the path of this silver ring with another (Fig 4). Put two closed pink rings onto an open pink ring, then put this ring onto the last two rings on your chain. Close this pink ring and follow its path with another. You now have six linked rings on your Byzantine chain, as at the end of Step 1.

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ring to connect one pair of the parallel chains together. Add the toggle ring to the other pair in the same way. Secure the two lengths of chain together on both sides of the strap using pairs of pink jump rings through the horizontal rings of the chain. 

MATERIALS • Hot Pink Narmi watch face • pink anodized aluminium jump rings id 5mm, 1.29mm • bright anodized aluminium jump rings id 5mm, 1.29mm • white EPDM o-rings id 6.4mm, 1.63mm • lobster clasp • ring component from a toggle clasp

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Su Pennick’s inspiring quest to incorporate her papercrafting stash into her jewellery making takes on timeless appeal this issue with the use of the ever-versatile Memory Glass

patterned background, as shown with the Dragonfly design on page 60.

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here are a wealth of items from the papercrafting world that make a very successful transition to jewellery making. Many, such as rubons, grunge paper and Ranger Glossy Accents, have been showcased in recent issues of Creative Beads & Jewellery. In the projects here, I use Memory Glass to show you that it really is worth searching through your craft stash for

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additional items to make eye-catching jewellery pieces. As the name suggests, Memory Glass is a thin plate of glass used to enclose mementos or artwork. In its most basic form, a photograph or patterned paper can be sandwiched between two glass slides for display purposes. The slides can either be held together by metallic tape, or fitted into a purpose-built frame that incorporates a ring for attachment to

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other items, such as chain or cord. Memory Glass comes in 1½x1½”, 2x2” and 1x3” sizes, along with frames of corresponding dimensions. The frames are available in various colours, including Black Patina and Antique Copper, so there is something to suit all projects.

COLOUR YOUR MEMORIES You may wish to decorate the glass to really make your designs stand out. I

find that alcohol inks are best to colour glass, then you can either stamp a design or create a relief effect as desired. Metal leaf can also be applied to the glass slides using double-sided punch tape, which is similar to double-sided tape but can be used in conjunction with paper punches and dies. The tape is attached to the glass with metal leaf applied to it, which can be very effective when used with a

Memory Glass can be given a more dimensional feel with the inclusion of Memory Capsules. These are small, shaped plastic troughs that are the same size as Memory Glass. They can be filled with small trinkets or charms, and attached to a glass slide before it is enclosed inside a frame, as seen on the Key Pendant on page 61. Try combining alcohol inks, patterned paper and Memory Capsules to create your own truly unique makes. Perfect for creating eye-catching and fashionable jewellery, Memory Glass can also be used to make personal gifts or stylish keepsakes to treasure a special memory. Don’t forget to let us see your own finished Memory Glass pieces!


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JEWELLERY MEMORY GLASS Cut a piece of patterned paper INKED AND STAMPED MEMORY GLASS 3 to fit the size of the

TO CREATE Apply a few dots of Stonewash alcohol ink onto one end of a felt pad and Pesto ink

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away immediately with a cloth or tissue – a clear, relief area is left where the stamped ink has been removed.

glass slide. Stamp this with the key image from the clock stamp set using a Timber Brown StãzOn inkpad. Sandwich the stamped paper between the inked glass (the inked side should be facing the paper) and a clear glass slide. Place the glass ‘sandwich’ into the frame and close securely.

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WHERE TO BUY All Ranger products are available from www.alteredelement.co.uk Graphic 45 patterned paper can be bought from www.stampeezee.co.uk The Beadery dark turquoise bead set is available from www.hobbycraft.co.uk The Beyond Beautiful Antique Copper Findings starter pack is sold at www.therange.co.uk

TO CREATE Follow the step-bystep instructions above to create your stamped Memory Glass pendant. Thread the pendant centrally onto the suede cord, thread a large turquoise bead either side of it and tie

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a knot on both sides. Thread a cylindrical bead on each end and tie another knot to secure in place. Repeat this process on each end 2cm down the cord, then tie another knot to keep in place.

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• 1x3” Ranger Memory Glass • 1x3” Polished Chrome Ranger Memory Frame • The Beadery dark turquoise bead set (4683) • Stonewash and Pesto Ranger alcohol inks • Autumn Leaves Spring Swirls clear stamp • Clock 1 PaperArtsy rubberstamp set • Timber Brown StãzOn inkpad • Graphic 45 Communique 12x12” patterned paper • brown suede cord with clasp • 7mm jump ring

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JEWELLERY MEMORY GLASS GLITTER GIRL TO CREATE Cover one side of a glass slide with a mixture of Ginger alcohol ink and Pearl Mixative and set aside. Cut out the girl image from patterned paper, then use a Ranger pen nib to add turquoise ink to her blouse, hat and eyelids. Add glitter glue to the blouse and hat, and leave to dry. Sandwich the image between two glass slides, ensuring the inked slide is at the back. Place the whole glass sandwich into a frame and close securely. Cut the required length of Tigertail and attach to a clasp, holding it in place with a crimp bead. Thread the Tigertail with beads from the set in a random order and

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DRAGONFLY • 1x3” Ranger Memory Glass • 1x3” Antique Copper Ranger Memory Frame • The Beadery dark turquoise bead set (4683) • Graphic 45 Communique 12x12” patterned paper • Glue Dots double-sided punch tape • Beyond Beautiful antique copper findings pack (3601001) • dragonfly punch • copper leaf • soft brush

TO CREATE Punch three dragonflies and attach them to a glass slide using doublesided punch tape. Adhere copper leaf to the other side of the tape and gently press

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down. Use a soft brush to remove the excess leaf and reveal your dragonfly shape. Cut a piece of patterned paper to the same size as a glass slide. Sandwich this between the decorated slide (copper leaf side facing the paper) and a clear slide. Place into a Memory Frame and close securely. Attach the glass pendant to a length of chain from the findings pack using a jump ring, then add a clasp to the end of the chain. Thread nine eyepins (from the findings pack) with beads from the set. Trim the wire and form a loop in each. Attach these, in sets of three, to the chain as shown.

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JEWELLERY MEMORY GLASS MATERIALS • 1x3” Ranger Memory Glass • 1x3” Antique Copper Ranger Memory Frame • The Beadery dark turquoise bead set (4683) • Ginger Ranger alcohol ink • Pearl Ranger Mixative • Graphic 45 Communique 12x12” patterned paper • turquoise inkpad • Ranger brush tip pen nibs • Crystal Ranger Stickles glitter glue • Beyond Beautiful antique copper findings pack (3601001) • Tigertail • 2 x crimp beads • jump ring

attach the glass pendant to the middle of the cord using a jump ring. Attach a jump ring to the end of the Tigertail, holding it in place with a crimp.

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MATERIALS • 1x3” Ranger Memory Glass • 1x3” Antique Copper Ranger Memory Frame • 1x3” Ranger Memory Capsules • The Beadery dark turquoise bead set (4683) • Graphic 45 Communique 12x12” patterned paper • Tim Holtz Idea-ology locket key • dragonfly charm • turquoise inkpad • Ranger brush tip pen nibs • Crystal Ranger Stickles glitter glue • Beyond Beautiful antique copper findings pack (3601001)

KEY PENDANT TO CREATE Cut a piece of patterned paper to the same size as a glass slide. Use a pen nib to apply turquoise ink, add glitter glue and leave to dry. Glue a dragonfly charm and key onto the patterned

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paper and cover with a Memory Capsule. Place two glass slides behind the patterned paper and place inside a frame. Thread four eyepins from the pack with two oval beads and a small flower spacer bead. Thread another four eyepins with two oval

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beads and a leaf bead on each. Form loops in the ends of each of the eyepins. Cut six six-link lengths of chain from the pack and attach to the beaded eyepins with jump rings, as shown, attaching the Memory Glass pendant at the centre.

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ABOUT EMPIRE BEADS… Empire Beads supplies beads and beading components to both wholesalers and crafters via its userfriendly website. The Empire Beads promise is to provide “every bead for everybody”, meaning it offers products to cater to all styles and tastes, including Czech glass, semi-precious gemstones, and Swarovski crystals and pearls. The team wants to bring your unique designs to life!

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This pretty white and clear beaded bracelet will make the perfect accessory to any outfit

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it onto the chain. Repeat this with all of the beads, linking 20 of them through both pieces of chain, five through one piece and five through the other. Cut one link of chain off each end, then open it. Add the links to each end. To attach the fob clasp, open up the link at the end of the bracelet. Attach one component of the clasp and close the link using pliers. To finish, repeat at the other end.

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MATERIALS • silver curb chain (iron-based) • 5 x white Czech glass opal beads • 7 x white Czech glass oval beads • 3 x matt satin 6mm glass pearls • 3 x clear 6mm crackled glass beads • 4 x white 12mm Czech glass round beads • 3 x clear 13mm Czech

crystal oval beads • 2 x clear 16mm Czech glass oval beads • 3 x clear 18mm Czech glass shield beads • 30 x silver 2” headpins • silver fob clasp

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

WHERE TO BUY All the products used here are available from www.empirebeads.co.uk; 01235 527335. For European orders, visit www.empirebeads.eu


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BEADS LAMPWORK

dot to DOT Rachel Bishop uses stringers to create a selection of bright, funky lampwork beads for some irresistible fun jewellery pieces

ABOUT RACHEL… Rachel has been making jewellery for seven years. She fell in love with lampwork beads after seeing Sally Carver`s designs online six years ago, and decided she too wanted to create beads like that. Three years ago, Rachel had a lesson with well-known lampworker Manda Muddimer and she hasn’t looked back since. She gains inspiration for her bead designs from where she lives in the north of Cornwall between Bodmin Moor and the Atlantic. You can purchase Rachel’s glass beads and jewellery from www.puffafish jewellery.co.uk

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BEADS LAMPWORK ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE – PULLING STRINGS Before you start decorating your beads you will need to know how to pull stringers. Hold the glass rod in your left hand and heat the end of the rod in the flame until it is glowing and about the size of a pea (Fig 1). Take the rod out of the flame and allow it to cool slightly – count

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or all the projects featured here you will need to use stringers to decorate your beads. Stringers work a little like a glass-depositing paintbrush and can help you create some stunning, intricate designs. You can start by creating simple polka dot beads and, as you become more confident and gain greater control of the stringer, you can progress onto beautiful scrollwork designs.

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BEAD BASICS Warm your prepared mandrel in the flame until you see it glow

to five to make sure you have left it long enough (Fig 2). With your pliers or tweezers in your right hand, pinch the

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orange. Choose the glass you want to work with and begin to melt it. Hold your mandrel just below the flame and place the molten glass onto your mandrel, winding it away from you in a fluid movement. If you are struggling to get the glass on your turning mandrel, you have not heated your glass rod enough. Do not force it or you risk breaking the bead release on your mandrel and cracking your bead. Keep the glass in the flame so you can keep building up your bead. When you have enough glass on your mandrel, bring it up into the

end of the melted glass. Pull the glass rod with your left hand to make a stringer, as shown in Fig 3 (I find it easier to keep my right elbow on my workstation when doing this). If you pull

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flame, continuing to wind your mandrel so the bead is shaped. When you are happy with the shape of your bead (and this will take lots of practice!), bring it out of the flame, turning the mandrel away from you all the time, so it can cool.

KEEP YOUR COOL Beads need to cool slowly to ensure they don’t break or crack from thermal shock. Vermiculite is ideal for this – it is available in garden centres and is not expensive to buy. It is a good idea to have your vermiculite in an old slow cooker that you can keep switched

the glass rod quickly you will have a thin stringer; pull it slowly for a thick stringer. Wait for the stringer to stiffen, then use your pliers to break it off the main glass rod (Fig 4). Let it cool

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completely before picking it up with your hands.

MATERIALS • glass rods • didymium glasses • needle-nosed pliers or tweezers

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on or an old ceramic pot that you can preheat to keep warm. Alternatively you can use a fibre blanket – simply place your beads between two pieces of the blanket and they will be sufficiently cool in about 45 minutes. I use annealing bubble (a lightweight insulating material made up of thousands of tiny silica balls) to cool my beads, stored in an old ceramic bowl covered with a shower cap when not in use! The annealing bubble is great because the beads take up to three times longer to cool than when using

vermiculite or a fibre blanket, resulting in fewer stressed and broken beads. Before you insulate your bead ready for batch annealing, you must make sure that it is cool enough. I do this by placing the bead under the table so I can see when it has stopped glowing orange. If you place your bead in the insulation too soon it may become misshapen, pitted or disfigured with pieces of fibre, annealing bubble or vermiculite. If you don’t have your own kiln, Tuffnell Glass (see ‘Where to buy’ on page 68) will anneal beads for you.

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BEADS LAMPWORK

WHERE TO BUY Glass, mandrels and bead release are available from www.tuffnellglass.com Annealing bubble is available from www.mangobeads.co.uk

MATERIALS • 37 x polka dot lampwork beads • 76 x turquoise 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 38 x silver 8mm Greek ceramic discs • 4 x crimps • 2 x silver 3mm saucer beads • toggle clasp • Tigertail

POLKA DOT BEADS

MATERIALS • bead release-coated mandrels • didymium glasses • turquoise effetre glass • coral effetre glass • ivory effetre glass • turquoise, coral and ivory pulled stringers • vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble • kiln

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TO CREATE Begin by warming your mandrel and glass rod in a flame and start to make your bead using the base colour (Fig 1, below). Take the bead out of the flame and wait for the glow to disappear. Pick up a stringer in a contrasting colour and, using the heat from the righthand side of the flame, place a dot in

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the centre of the bead (Fig 2). Rotate the bead a half turn so the raised dot you have made is at the bottom of the bead. Place your second dot at the top of the bead, on the opposite side to the first dot (Fig 3). Rotate the bead a quarter turn and place another dot between the first and second dots. Repeat on

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the other side (Fig 4). Place dots around the shoulders of the bead, above the gaps left by the four central dots. The result will be a spiky-looking bead, as shown in Fig 5. Return the bead to the flame and gently melt in the raised dots so the surface of the bead is smooth (Fig 6). Let the bead cool slightly before putting it into your kiln, vermiculite or annealing bubble to cool down.

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POLKA DOT NECKLACE TO CREATE Thread a turquoise bead followed by a silver ceramic disc, another turquoise

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bead and a lampwork polka dot bead onto a length of Tigertail. Repeat this sequence until you have used all the beads. At one end of the wire thread a crimp, a silver saucer bead and another crimp before fixing on one part of the clasp. I used two crimps on each end of the necklace for added security, as this is a relatively heavy piece. Repeat the crimpsilver bead-crimp pattern at the other end of the necklace and attach the other part of the clasp. Cut off any excess wire (I try to do this next to a lampwork bead so that any ends can be tucked into the bead).

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BEADS LAMPWORK

MATERIALS • bead release-coated mandrels • didymium glasses • light turquoise effetre glass rod • coral, turquoise and ivory 2-3mm stringers • vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble • kiln

TO CREATE Make your base bead in turquoise and keep it warm in the top of your flame (Fig 1, below). (It is particularly important to keep your bead warm throughout this process or you risk parts of it pinging off.)

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Using an ivory stringer, place four evenly spaced dots around the centre of the bead and a dot on each of the shoulders as if making a polka dot bead (Fig 2). Do not melt the dots in fully. With the coral stringer, place dots on top of each of the raised ivory dots. Let the glass on each dot stiffen slightly before moving on to the next or you will end up with dots that lean to one side. Melt them in just a little so that the dot starts to look layered (Fig 3). Repeat the above, this time using the turquoise stringer, so there are three layers (Fig 4). Remember to keep the bead warm by

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wafting it through the top of the flame. Apply two more layers of dots; first an ivory layer that is melted in slightly and then a coral layer to finish. Melt in again gently to make sure that all the layers on the dots are secure (Fig 5). Give the bead a final bathe in the top part of the flame then place in the annealing bubble when cool enough.

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Opal Xilion bead and another silver bead. Add a bumpy bead, a silver bead, a Swarovski bead and a silver bead to each side of the bracelet. Repeat this with a turquoise bumpy and an ivory bumpy bead. Add the last two layered dot beads and repeat the pattern with the silver, Xilion, silver and bumpy beads until you are happy

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TO CREATE Thread the layered dot bead (the central bead) onto your wire. On each side add a silver bead, a Sand

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with the length. Finish with a toggle clasp for easy wearing.

MATERIALS • 3 x layered dot lampwork beads • 12 x mini bumpy lampwork beads • 16 x Sand Opal 4mm Swarovski Xillion beads • 30 x silver .925 saucer beads • silver Thai toggle clasp • crimp beads • Tigertail

Online, www.frit-happens.co.uk is an active forum for all lovers of lampwork, while www.lampworketc.com carries discussion boards and bead classifieds. Useful books include Passing the Flame by Corina Tettinger and Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins, both available at ww.amazon.co.uk

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BEADS LAMPWORK

HARLEQUIN BEAD

MATERIALS • bead release-coated mandrels • didymium glasses • coral effetre glass rod • light turquoise effetre glass rod • ivory effetre glass rod • coral stringer • vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble • kiln

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TO CREATE Make your base bead in coral and remove from the flame, as shown in Fig 1 (below). Wait for the glow to leave the bead. Warm the full rod of ivory in the flame until it is ready to use. The ivory is going to be used as a full rod-sized stringer. Place a dot of ivory in the centre of the bead (Fig 2). Rotate the bead a half turn and place

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another dot of ivory on the opposite side (Fig 3). Carefully place two ivory dots between the first and second dots around the belly of the bead. Repeat so you have six dots around the middle of the bead (Fig 4). Heat the rod of turquoise glass. This is to be used as a full rod-sized stringer. (Remember to keep your bead warm all

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the time by wafting it in and out of the top of your flame.) Place six dots of turquoise on both shoulders of the bead (Fig 5). Melt in all the raised dots until the bead is smooth and round. You should see the dots distort into diamond shapes (Fig 6). Take your coral stringer and carefully place dots on the ‘corners’ of the diamond shapes (this will create a better shape and disguise any less than perfect diamonds). Do not melt these raised dots in completely (Fig 7). Once cooled, place your finished bead into annealing bubble.

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HARLEQUIN EARRINGS TO CREATE Open the loop on an eyepin and attach the silver heart charm. Close the loop. Thread on a turquoise and a silver bead, then your lampwork harlequin bead, followed by another silver and turquoise bead. Make a wrapped loop at the top of an eyepin and snip off any excess wire. Open the loop on the ear wire and attach the eyepin. Close. Repeat to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x harlequin lampwork beads • 4 x turquoise 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 4 x silver 3mm saucer beads • 2 x Karen Hill Tribe Heart charms • 2 x eyepins • 2 x silver ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

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time, the Minature Needlework Society will be displaying its work. The society encourages all forms of miniature work using needle and thread, and will be holding ‘have a go’ sessions with expert needleworkers. Furthermore, the Northern Ireland Beaders Guild will be running its highly popular bead workshops, plus there’ll be displays from the Ards Bobbin Lace Enthusiasts, Guild of Machine Knitters, The Federation of NI Women’s Institute and The Ulster Guild of Weavers & Spinners, to name but a few. Features at the Surrey show include Make & Take workshops with Margaret Beale, and fusing fabric sessions, demonstrations and displays from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and Japanese Embroidery Guild. Plus, there’s the chance to discover the intricacies of wearing a traditional Japanese ceremonial kimono with live demonstrations throughout the day from Geisha Events.

FURTHER INFORMATION The Belfast Creative Crafts Show takes place at Kings Hall, Belfast, 11 – 13th November and The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show is held at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher, 20th – 22nd January 2011. Show opening times are 10am – 5pm every day, except for a late night in Belfast on Thursday 11th November, which is open until 7pm. Book in advance and you can save £2 using the promotional code PR2. Using this code, you will also benefit from a half price catalogue voucher and free entry into a prize draw to win up to £300 worth of craft vouchers to spend at the show! Admission on the door is £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions, with accompanied under 16s free of charge. To book in advance, visit w.sccshows.co.uk. With every four tickets booked in advance, you will get a fifth ticket absolutely free!

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This lovely cascading necklace in the natural golds and rich browns of autumn combines rustic charm with just a touch of sparkle for wear-anywhere appeal

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TO CREATE Thread a 1m length of gold wire up through the bottom of a glass heart, bring it down the back and twist at the bottom (see Fig 1, below). Now wind the wire around the jump ring at the base of the heart (Fig 2). Repeat with a second heart, attaching it to the jump ring beside the first (Fig 3). Continue until all six hearts are secure (Fig 4). Do not trim the wire. Create three sprigs as follows: take a

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ABOUT BEAD EXCLUSIVE… Bead Exclusive is run by mother and daughter team Sue Rhodes and Sam Haydock from their business premises and showroom in Torquay, Devon. Both Sue and Sam come from creative and artistic backgrounds, and they share a mutual passion for jewellery and beads.

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attached, twist the wires at the back of the flower together, creating a stalk. Cut three 52cm lengths of waxed cotton, two light brown and one dark brown. Attach the box calottes and clasp to the ends. Cut three 10” lengths of waxed cotton, two light brown and one dark brown. Pinch them in half, creating a small loop. Place the loop under the mid-point of the longer lengths from Step 4 and thread the ends over the top and

6” length of wire, fold it in half and thread on a Swarovski crystal. Twist into place. Separate the wire into two strands, add an AB coated rocaille to one and twist on. Do the same on the other side, then twist both wires together down to the bottom (Fig 5). Secure each sprig individually in the centre of the flower, wrapping the wire carefully around the jump ring. Once all the sprigs are securely

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back through the loop, securing the strands onto the main necklace (Fig 6). Pull tight so they hang from the centre. Take the stalk of the wired flower and fold it back on itself to create a hairpin bend. Thread this through the centre point of the main necklace (exposed within the loop from Step 5) and pull through so that the flower is hooked on. Wind the wire back on itself and trim. Add a dab of superglue to this area, adhering the

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threads of waxed cotton to the back of the flower stalk. Treat the end of each of the ‘dangle’ strands with superglue, allow to dry and cut to a fine taper. Thread three rocailles and a 6mm foiled bead onto each one, positioning the beads at different heights so that you get a staggered cascade. Knot below each set of beads and dab each knot with superglue. Allow the glue to dry, then trim off any excess waxed cotton (Fig 7).

MATERIALS • gold 0.315mm craft wire • 6 x 8mm glass hearts • 6mm jump ring • 4 x 4mm Swarovski bicones • 8 x gold size 8 AB coated rocailles • 6 x gold foiled 6mm beads • 12 x gold lined size 8 rocailles • 6 x clear brown size 8 rocailles • light brown 1mm waxed cotton • dark brown 1mm waxed cotton • 2 x gold large box calottes • gold beehive barrel clasp

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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GUIDE Dive into the vintage revival by creating stunning antique-style jewellery VINTAJ BRASS CORD END Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.13 Sold in packs of 10, these fold-over cord ends are a great way to finish and secure your work

VINTAJ BRASS EYEPIN Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 78p These eyepins are a lovely addition to your vintage designs and are sold in packs of 20

Antique findings

BRASS OXIDE BUNGEE BRACELET Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £3.99 This bracelet has pre-attached jump rings to enable your beads to be added. The elasticated bracelet stretches from 6”

COPPER-PLATED EARWIRES Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £1.50 You can buy these earwires with beads in sets of five pairs, which works out at just 30p per pair. A wholesale option is also available, with 20 pairs costing £3

TRINITY BRASS HOOP PENDANT Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.38 This gold filigree hoop pendant measures 28mm in diameter

VINTAJ BRASS SPACER/ CRIMP COVER Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 90p Brass spacer beads provide a lovely finish to your designs and are sold in packs of 10

COPPER THREE-STRAND CONE BEAD Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 77p

Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £1.60 These copper-plated toggle clasps are sold in pairs and make a lovely finishing touch to vintage projects

HEADPINS Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £2.50 These 2” antique copper headpins are sold in packs of 100. Also available in an antique gold finish

CALOTTES

These cone beads have a chunky feel and will sit slightly proud. Made of copper, they are nickel and lead-free with a hole measuring approx. 3mm. Sold in packs of two

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: 40p

GOLD-PLATED JUMP RINGS

Sold in packs of 20, these bronze finish calottes measure 4x7mm with a 4mm cup size

Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshop scotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £2.50 Perfect for vintage-style makes, these 8mm jump rings come in packs of 100. Also available in a 5mm size

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TRIGGER CLASP Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbead littlebead.com RRP: 50p These bronze finish trigger clasps are sold in packs of five and measure 7x13mm

Turquoise is already the colour of the year, so create your own vivid makes using this must-have colourway OPAQUE BEAD SELECTION Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: 99p Beads measure from 5x7mm to 9x15mm, with various different shapes included. This selection contains approximately 35 beads, but the mix and number of beads can vary. Sold in a 50g pack

SPOTS & STRIPES Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.94 These striking glass beads offer mixed shapes in one temporarily strung strand. The spotted square beads and striped flat oval beads are fun and funky, and perfect for bold designs

DARK TURQUOISE HEARTS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.48 Sold in 12” strands, these lovely heart glass beads have silver-foil lines on the inside of the dark turquoise bead for a metallic appearance

4MM ROUND BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.49 Sold in 16” strands of approximately 106 beads

FREEFORM SIDE-DRILLED PENDANTS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.29 These semi-precious, chalk turquoise freeform pendant beads are lovely and vibrant in colour, each with its own unique shape and varying in size between 30–90mm. Sold in packs of three

MIYUKI 4MM SQUARE SEED Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.45 From Miyuki Shoji, these 4mm-square beads reflect light in every direction and add interesting dimension and texture when mixed. Square beads measure approximately 3.5–3.7mm square, and are the perfect complement to seed beads. Approximately 120 beads come in a 12g tube


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Turquoise

Make a major statement with this fab selection of eye-catching focal beads

Focal beads

SWIRL DISCS PENDANT FLORAL SPACERS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbead littlebead.com RRP: £1.10 These vintage turquoise glass flower spacer beads measure 4x7mm and are sold in packs of five

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.29 This medium-sized, twisted disc-shaped, murano-style glass pendant is stunning, especially when it catches the light. The glass pendant has silver, gold and white coloured swirls, making each pendant unique, and can be used with leather, ribbon or suede.The pendant is approximately 40mm with a hole measuring approximately 5mm and is available in a selection of colours

CUSHION BEADS

ACRYLIC HEART PENDANT Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: 35p each A silver glitter heart acrylic pendant measuring 23x25mm with a 9mm inner hole

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbead littlebead.com RRP: 30p each

TEARDROP PENDANT

RETRO 60S PENDANT

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.49

Stockist:Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 85p

Turquoise howlite square cushion beads measuring 6x15mm. Howlite is naturally a white gemstone with veining, but it is often dyed to resemble other stones

This beautiful, open teardrop glass pendant is metallic gold with a coloured design, making it a stunning addition to any jewellery piece. Use with chains or leather for a simple yet elegant design, or mix with other glass beads for a more intricate look. Pendants measure 36–38x48–50mm and are sold singly in a lilac presentation box

This retro-style pendant is available in a selection of colourways and measures approx. 38mm in diameter

LAMPWORK BIRDS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: £15 Antoni and Toby are a pair of lampwork birds measuring approximately 22x9mm. Each bead has a vertical hole allowing for stringing, or adding to wire, head or eyepins. Made for Big Bead Little Bead by Studio Marcy, an American lampwork artist with a flair for characterful pieces

SUGARED ROUNDS

SQUARE PENDANT

Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £2.50

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A lovely, powder pink heart pendant measuring 50x59mm, with a centre opening of around 20mm

These jet glass square pendants measure approximately 30mm and are available in a selection of colours

PEACE PENDANT

SMALL LIME HEART

Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.99

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: £3.50

Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: 90p

Sold in sets of 10, these 8mm round sugared beads are seriously delicious!

Both small and large glass heart pendants are available in colours including lime, crystal, black and teal

GLASS CUBE BEADS

STAR PENDANT

Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 80p

OPEN HEART PENDANT

Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh 01313 433222 RRP: £1.20 These lovely large pendant measures approximately 40mm

A bag of 10 10x10mm glass cube beads

Each stunning large peace glass pendant is handmade and inlaid with flecks of gold and coloured glass. The pendant measures 50mm square with a 3.5mm hole

PINK QUARTZ PENDANT Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 0207 367 6217 RRP: £2.28 A beautiful doughnut-shaped pendant made from pink quartz, measuring 30mm in diameter with a 10mm inner hole

LEAF PENDANT GLASS TUBE BEADS Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: 80p

Stockist: Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: Haddington 01620 822886, Edinburgh Tel: 01313 433222 RRP: £1.20

Handcrafted, glass tube beads, sold in sets of 10 and measuring approximately 8x20mm

Sold individually, these leaf-shaped pendants are available in large and small sizes and a range of colours

COSMIC TRIANGLE Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 0207 367 6217 RRP: £6.22 A Bermuda Blue Swarovski Cosmic triangle pendant measuring 20mm

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of CLASS EMILY KERSH DESIGNER

ABOUT EMILY… Emily has been involved with beads for more than 17 years. The Bead Shop Manchester is a family business, started in 1993, but in the past Emily has branched off with her own businesses, selling beads and her jewellery at Ibiza markets, then opening a shop on the island with her father. She even studied fashion and started a clothing label with a friend, but beads called her back! Since 2000 she has been involved full-time with The Bead Shop, helping to run the business, designing kits and jewellery for the website, and teaching beading classes. Emily is self-taught and always on the lookout for new techniques and designs to inspire her. She particularly loves working with Swarovski crystal and pearls – or anything that sparkles really!

MATERIALS • 1m black-plated large belcher chain • 1m silver-plated large belcher chain • faux suede thongs in three colours • 7 x mixed sweet charms • 5 x silver/antique silverlook charms I used: phone box, feet, safety pin, Jolly Roger, skull • 7 x silver 50mm headpins

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SUGAR N’ SPICE BAG CHARM beginner

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

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of the long and short lengths of suede (see Fig 1, below). With the medium length (I have used the red), attach a leather crimp to either side, place the suede into the crimp and close one side then the other over it. Attach the feet charm onto one side with a jump ring. Place a plastic spacer on each of the headpins, then a

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop Manchester, Afflecks Palace, 35 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG; www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 833 9950 sweet and another spacer bead. Turn a loop snug to the beads on each headpin. Lay all the chain lengths out flat alongside one another and place your sweet

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charms randomly along them using jump rings (Fig 2). Attach all the ends of the chain and suede using jump rings, and attach to the bag charm (Fig 3).

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JEWELLERY TEEN STYLE SPARKLE SNOWFLAKE RING beginner

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MATERIALS • silver-plated 10-loop bling ring • 18 x silver-plated 50mm headpins • 6 x light pink 6mm AB star beads • 6 x silver-plated 4mm stardust beads

beads on headpins. Turn loops on all the headpins. Attach one star bead headpin to the first loop of the ring, then continue attaching them to alternate loops (Fig 2). Place the stardust beads onto the remaining loops, then add the rhinestone rounds to any of the loops on either side to complete.

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NATURE CHUNKY CHAIN NECKLACE TO CREATE

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cutting off the excess (see Fig 1, below). Use jump rings to attach the large leaf pendants onto links on the chain. Attach the three flowers to the silver chain using jump rings. Take the shorter length of large curb chain and weave the rattail cord through the links – starting at the top, thread it through the link from underneath, go over the top of two links, then down and underneath the next two, continuing until you reach the end (Fig 2). To finish, tie a double knot in either

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large oval jump rings • olive 3mm flat faux suede • light blue 3mm flat faux suede • natural 3mm flat faux suede • purple 3mm rattail cord • 2 x antique silver different large leaf pendants • 3 x antique silver large flower pendants

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end through the last link and cut off the excess. Attach all the chain lengths to the connectors. Start with the longer length of large black chain, attach a jump ring to the last link and attach this to the first hole of the connector. Repeat with the silver chain, then the

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JEWELLERY TEEN STYLE

VINTAGE FLOWER KILT PIN intermediate

MATERIALS • black-plated 55mm 7-loop kilt pin • 1m black-plated 4x5mm link steel trace chain • 7 x black-plated 7mm jump rings • 6 x black-plated 50mm eyepins • 4 x black-plated 50mm headpins • pastel pink 18mm Fimo rose bead • lime green 18mm Fimo rose bead • pink 15mm Fimo flowers bead • grey 12mm Fimo flower bead • 2 x grey spotted 15mm Czech glass hearts • purple 10mm faceted glass drop • black 10mm faceted glass drop • clear 10mm faceted glass drop • olivine 10mm faceted glass drop

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a loop, and attach the bottom loop to the chain connected to the second heart (Fig 2). Cut a 16cm length of chain. Measure 6cm from the end, then place the 18mm pink rose bead onto an eyepin, turn a loop and attach to the split chain as before. Cut three pieces of chain: 13-links, 10-links and sevenlinks long.

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eyepin and create a wrapped loop to attach it to the bottom of the three links of chain. Next place the green drop onto an eyepin and attach this to the loop from the grey flower (Fig 5). Attach the purple drop to the third loop on the kilt pin with a jump ring, then attach the clear drop to the fourth loop and the black drop to the fifth. Next attach the longer side of the chain with the pink rose to the sixth loop, and the eyepin of the pink flowers bead to the seventh (Fig 6). Attach a jump ring to the green rose, then attach the other end of the long chain with the hearts to this, and close through the first loop on the pin. To finish, attach the last remaining chain end to the second loop with a jump ring.

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JEWELLERY TEEN STYLE MATERIALS • 1m silver-plated large belcher chain • 1m black-plated large belcher chain • 1m silver-plated 4x5mm link steel trace chain • 11 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • 3 x silver-plated thick 7mm jump rings • 8 x silver-plated thin 8mm jump rings • silver-plated large heart clasp • antique silver-plated love heart pendant • 3 x red 18mm Fimo flower beads • 4 x Crystal AB 12mm Swarovski 2-hole octagon connectors • 6 x Light Siam 11x5.5mm Swarovski drop pendants • 6 x Crystal AB 11x5.5mm Swarovski drop pendants • silver-plated 0.6mm craft wire • silver-plated 0.8mm craft wire

ROMANTIC ROSE BRACELET TO CREATE

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wrist at the end). Cut a 20cm (approximately) length of 0.8mm craft wire and hold with round-nosed pliers a couple of inches from the top. Bend the wire back on itself, open the pliers slightly and rotate them clockwise, then push the wire back over the top of the pliers. Move the pliers back to the start position, and pull the wire underneath around the pliers to make a loop. Attach the chain you cut to the loop, hold the loop with flat-nosed pliers and twist the wire around the stem to make three or four wraps (see Fig 1, below), then cut off the excess wire and squeeze the end so that there are no sharp edges. Place on a rose bead, then repeat the loop-forming process from Step 3 but this time placing the wire in the pliers at the fatter end and ensuring the pliers are as close to the bead as possible (Fig 2). Before you make the loop, move the pliers to the thinner end, so the

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loop is not too big, and attach to the long length of chain. Make the wraps and cut the excess wire as before. Count three links along from the wrapped rose and attach another rose as before. Repeat with a third rose, and attach the last few links to finish. You may need to make the first and last bits of chain longer or shorter depending on your wrist size. Measure it alongside the cord you first cut. Cut the black belcher chain as

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you did with the silver, then attach the Swarovski octagons in four sections, placing a thin 8mm jump ring through each side to link them to the chain (Fig 3). Measure against the rose wrapped chain for size. Cut 15-20cm of 0.6mm wire, thread it through the top of a Swarovski drop pendant, wrap the shorter end round 2-3 times (Fig 4) and cut off the excess. Create a small loop as in Step 5 with the wire held in the thinner end

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of the pliers. As you go, continue to wrap over the bead, covering the top (Fig 5), then cut off the excess and flatten with flat-nosed pliers. Repeat with the other Swarovski drops. This technique does take a bit of practice, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – the look is supposed to be a bit messy! Cut the silver trace chain a little longer than the other two, and use 5mm jump rings to attach the drops along its length, spacing them as evenly as possible (Fig 6). Cut a length of black or silver belcher chain (I used silver here) and attach the love heart charm to the end with a jump ring (Fig 7). Place a 7mm jump ring through the loop on the heart clasp and thread on the roses chain, then the Swarovski octagons and finally the drops (Fig 8). Repeat on the other side, threading on the chain with the heart charm first – this is your extension chain to adjust the size.

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CHLOE MENAGE DESIGNER

BECKY PAGE DESIGNER

ANA ROSA RICO MORFIN DESIGNER

ABOUT THE DESIGNERS…

tutor at the store. Becky is a designer at The Bead Shop Robin is co-owner of The (Nottingham), using her eye Bead Shop (Nottingham) for colour to create bright and Ltd. He enjoys designing with fun designs. Ana moved to wire and is the author of two England from Mexico three beading books. Chloe has been years ago. She now works at making jewellery for about the store and loves to make four years and is a workshop earrings that really stand out.

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LOOPS AND SWIRLS Set out the pegs in the WigJig. Place a large super peg at the top and a small super peg at the bottom, approximately 1cm apart, and place a normal peg in the last hole on either edge (see Fig 1, below). Cut 60cm of 1mm wire and straighten using nylon-jaw pliers. Using round-nosed pliers, make a loop at one end and slot over the right-hand peg so the loop is facing the super pegs. Using your thumb and forefinger, take the wire around the large super peg in an anti-clockwise

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direction. When you get back to the top, take the wire around the small super peg in a clockwise direction. Take the wire under the left-hand peg and around it clockwise, ensuring the wire is straight between the super pegs. Lift the piece carefully off the WigJig and trim the loop. Using nylon-jaw pliers, grip the loop and, keeping close to the loop, press the wire using your thumb to coil it into a spiral. Keep folding the spiral until it sits inside the ‘S’ shape. Repeat this process for the larger side of the connector.

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To create the square-bottomed centre connector, keep the small super peg where it is and replace the large super peg with three normal pegs in a triangle shape. Move the small right peg up to the right-hand side of the small super peg (Fig 2). Create this piece as before. Cut a 15cm length of 1mm wire, make a loop and attach to the top of the central connector before wrapping closed. Thread on a crystal, a paint bead and another crystal. Make a second loop and connect it to a rounded connector. Finish by wrapping until the wire meets the crystal. Add a second connector in the same way, ensuring the small parts of the ‘S’ shape are either side of the linking

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TO CREATE

Using a WigJig in your jewellery making is a great way of creating unique elements to showcase chunkier beads, such as the Indian paint beads featured here Using wrapped loops for large swirl links results in eye-catching and individual pieces

bead. Finish with a wrapped bead link. Repeat for the other side, ensuring that the links sit as a mirror image. Use a 6mm jump ring to attach a trigger clasp and add an 8mm jump ring on the opposite side to act as the other clasp component. To make the drop pendant, start the wrapped link as usual but continue wrapping the wire until it covers the top of the paint bead. Finish with a wrapped loop.

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MATERIALS • 3m silver-plated 1mm wire • 7 x purple oval Indian paint glass beads • 14 x Crystal 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • silver-plated medium trigger clasp • silver-plated 8mm jump ring • silver-plated 6mm jump ring

TOOLS • WigJig Olympus-Lite Plus • 5 x WigJig pegs • small super WigJig peg • large super WigJig peg • nylon-jaw pliers • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers

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THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM) MATERIALS • 18cm purple 1mm waxed-cotton cord • 2 x silver-plated 8mm jump rings • 4 x silver-plated metal ball beads • 2 x purple round Indian glass paint beads • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires

MATERIALS • 1m purple 2mm waxed-cotton cord • 2 x purple/pink round Indian glass paint beads • 2 x blue Indian round glass paint beads • 2 x green/pink round Indian glass paint beads • 2 x purple round Indian glass paint beads • 2 x turquoise round Indian glass paint beads • 5 x purple 8mm wooden beads • 5 x black 8mm wooden beads • 4 x green 8mm wooden beads • 4 x pink 8mm wooden beads • 4 x silver-plated envelope clasps • 4 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • silver-plated 6mm jump ring • silver-plated 8mm jump ring • silver-plated trigger clasp

TO CREATE Cut two 50cm lengths of 2mm cord and knot together, approximately 6cm from one end.

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Thread both ends through a purple/pink paint bead. Thread a purple wooden bead onto one thread and a blue wooden bead onto the other. Bring the threads together again by threading on a second paint bead, then thread a green wooden bead onto one piece of cord and a pink wooden bead onto the other. Alternate the two colour sets of wooden beads with the five colours of paint beads to create a pattern, as shown. Knot the threads together after the last paint bead has been added and attach envelope clasps to the ends of both cords. Using 5mm jump rings, attach an 8mm jump ring to one side and a 6mm jump ring and trigger clasp to the other side.

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THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM) WHERE TO BUY

KNOTTED DANGLE EARRINGS

All materials used here are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd; www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 9588 899

TO CREATE Cut a 9cm length of cord, loop it around an 8mm jump ring and pull the ends through in a slip knot, so that the cord hangs at different lengths: approximately onethird on one side and two-thirds on the other side. On the shorter end, thread a metal ball bead and tie a double knot. On the longer end, thread a paint bead and a metal ball bead, then tie a double knot. Repeat for the second earring and add fish-hook ear wires to both.

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MATERIALS • 4 x purple oval Indian glass paint beads • 2 x silver-plated metal ball beads • 50cm silver-plated 1mm wire • sterling silver fishhook ear wires

TOOLS • wire cutters • nylon-jaw pliers • round-nosed pliers

SPIRAL EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut 25cm of 1mm wire and straighten using nylon-jaw pliers. Using round-nosed pliers, make a loop in the end of the wire. Using nylon-jaw pliers, grip the

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loop and, keeping it close to the loop, press the wire using your thumb to coil it into a spiral. Keep folding the spiral, re-adjusting the pliers as necessary. Thread on the beads and make a wrapped loop at the top. Wrap any excess wire firmly around the

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beads so that it spirals around them all the way to the bottom. Secure the wire end by wrapping it twice around the wire above the coil and cut the excess. To finish, open the loop of the fish-hook ear wire and attach to the wrapped loop.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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

GALLERY

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

MATERIALS

PHONE CHARM

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phone charm finding plastic beads split ring headpin eyepin round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

BUTTON TWO-SET BY ANN DRUMMOND FROM CHESHIRE MATERIALS • • • • • • •

seed beads nylon buttons earring findings calottes clasps crimps

MAGNETIC BRACELET BY CLAUDIA BLACK FROM ESSEX MATERIALS • magnetic beads • pearls • nylon

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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 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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DIARY

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11TH SEPTEMBER

23RD – 26TH SEPTEMBER

1ST – 2ND OCTOBER

14TH – 16TH OCTOBER

SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS ART CLAY SILVER WORKSHOP

HOBBYCRAFTS SHOW

ARTISAN BEAD & STAMP EXHIBITION

PINS & NEEDLES SHOW

Haddenham, Nr Cambridge www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749953

Westpoint Centre, Exeter www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa www.artisanshow.co.uk 01926 614101

25TH – 26TH SEPTEMBER

17TH OCTOBER

18TH SEPTEMBER

GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

1ST – 3RD OCTOBER

SHINEY ROCKS CRYSTAL TIARA AND WIRE FASCINATOR WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS WORKSHOP

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

CRAFTS FOR ALL SHOW

Shiney Company, Bristol www.shineyrocks.co.uk 01173 009800

19TH SEPTEMBER BEADWORK FAIR

Vinopolis, London www.beadwork.net

26TH SEPTEMBER THE EDINBURGH BEAD FAIR

Corn Exchange, Edinburgh www.edinburghbeadfair.com

The Bead Shop (Manchester) Ltd runs beading classes throughout the week and on Saturdays. Classes include beginners, making tiaras, bead weaving, wire wrapping and hair combs, and it can also specifically 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, and there is a 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop after each class. To make a booking call 0161 833 9950, or to view all the classes go to www.the-beadshop.co.uk

The University of the West of England (UWE) Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, Bristol www.craftsforall.co.uk 01179 151702

2ND OCTOBER SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS RESIN CASTING WORKSHOP

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National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham www.westofenglandevents.co.uk 01747 830666

23RD – 24TH OCTOBER Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate www.beadwork.net

Haddenham, Nr Cambridge www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749953

3RD OCTOBER BEAD SOCIETY SHOW

Uxbridge College, Middlesex www.beadsociety.org.uk

7TH – 10TH OCTOBER THE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW

Alexandra Palace, London www.twistedthread.com 01394 288521

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BEADWORK FAIR

THE 4TH LAKELAND BEAD FAIR

Bedazzle Beads, Heckmondwike, runs daily Stay & Make sessions throughout the week and on Saturday mornings. It also runs beginners workshops on Saturday afternoons to learn how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, which includes all the materials. New 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

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne www.initialj.co.uk 01661 886814

Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith www.jlfairs.co.uk 08453 923415

10TH OCTOBER WELSH BEAD FAIR

The Village Hotel, Cardiff www.westofenglandevents.co.uk 01747 830666

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd offers a wide range of workshops, including the popular Crystallized Swarovski Elements courses, basic jewellery making, WigJig, wire, polymer clay and beadweaving. Prices include all materials (unless otherwise stated) and Fair Trade refreshments. All classes are held at the Nottingham city centre shop. For dates and booking please visit www.mailorderbeads.co.uk or call 01159 588899


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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

28

0.4

24

0.6

20

0.8

18

1.0

16

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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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