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...and welcome to issue 7 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. With the nights drawing in and the opportunities for spending evenings out in the garden becoming less frequent, I find this time of year perfect for jewellery making. During the summer months there never seems to be enough time to indulge as there are always jobs to be done outdoors, but as you can’t really do the gardening in the dark (and barbecue season is well and truly over), you can now spend your evenings creating – totally guilt-free! And the fabulous pieces that our Design Team has been creating are certain to keep you inspired for the foreseeable future at least. With the fascination for charm bracelets showing no signs of abating, we have ideas aplenty this issue. Jill Thomas gives her seed beads a charmed makeover on page 12 as she creates an ingenious bracelet with removable charms made entirely from woven seed beads, while Mel Brooke uses an array of beads, stones and findings to create three very different but equally glorious designs on page 38. Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy deliver We love to see the jewellery pieces made by our talented readers, so for a chance to be featured in our Designer Galleries, please send your creations (or photographs) to CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL or email lindsey.hopkins@practicalpublishing.co.uk

EDITORIAL Editor – Diane Grimshaw Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editors – Roy Birch, Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Anna Wright, Jamie Stuttard, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Rachel Bishop, Rachel Bland, Mel Brooke, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Steph Gibbs, Gemma Gray, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Lisa-Kim Heron, Rae Holmes, Lindsey Hopkins, Phoebe Hulme, Claire Humpherson, Sandy Kidulis, Aurora Lombardo, Pandora Mayo, Shona Perkins, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Laura Sclanders, Jill Thomas, Linda Whitefield Whilst every care is taken in the writing, research and preparation of this magazine, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors in articles or advertisements, or for the contents of websites reviewed. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged.

a show-stopping collection of twisted wire and bead creations on page 28. Elegantly styled in a black and red colour combination, these versatile delights are perfect for dressing up or down. Black is also the order of the day for Stephie Hall this issue as she conjures up a dramatic collection of statement pieces on page 82. Aurora Lombardo lifts the lid on silversmithing on page 32 with fabulous results, while Rachel Bishop is adding crushed glass to her lampwork creations on page 58. Gemma Gray offers up an array of stylish hair wear ideas on page 48 and we bring you our latest Bead Challenge on page 52. With all of this and much more besides, I think I’ll leave you to it. Have a great month!

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CONTENTS

What’s inside this issue of 82 BLACK MAGIC

GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Gothic charms, antique-style metal, chain and dark beads combine in dramatic style

Snap up some great prizes in our fabulous giveaways and competitions

58 ART OF GLASS

INSPIRATION

Use coloured and crystal frit to add fabulous swirled effects or texture to lampwork beads

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

32 HAMMER & TONGS

38 LIKE A CHARM

Our guide to silversmithing kicks off with all you need to know about cold metalwork

Capture the spirit of the season with must-have bracelet styles in the colours of the catwalk

28 HOT NIGHT OUT!

48 TALKING HEADS

Give flowers a sultry evening makeover with this sensational beaded jewellery set

A collection of gorgeous, shimmering hair accessories to liven up any look

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46 Competition

06 News

All your questions answered

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

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

18&86 Giveaways

50 Bead Doctor

52 The Bead Challenge

Our three designers work their individual magic with another gorgeous bead mix

62 Subscription Offer

£££s worth of products up for grabs

Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and be inspired for less!

40&88 Designer Gallery

74 Shopping

We showcase readers’ top creations – plus how to get your work on our pages

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Win unmissable crafts show tickets!

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Indulge in a little retail therapy with our hand-picked selection of products

90 What’s On

Don’t miss out on the hottest jewellery shows and class dates this autumn

92 Techniques Glossary

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

A peek at what’s coming up in issue 8


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features 12 Sewing The Seeds

Create a lovely gift or personal piece in the form of this intricate woven beaded bracelet using warm autumn shades

32 Under The Hammer

In the first part of our beginner’s guide to silversmithing, Aurora Lombardo introduces the art of cold metalwork

38 Charm School

Mel Brooke conjures up an enchanting array of charm bracelet designs, all bang on-trend and ablaze with the hottest colours of this season

66 Ring The Changes

Judith Hannington employs a range of materials and beading styles to create an array of contemporary rings perfect for any occasion

14 Get Your Rocks On!

Dawn Cotton Fuge uses wire, chunky briolettes and faceted stones in bold colour schemes for stylish jewellery that's guaranteed to make an impact

20 Bugle Call

Pandora Mayo weaves bugle and seed beads for a striking bracelet that will look spectacular in any colour scheme

72 Remember Me 42 Finders Keepers

The talented team at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) shows you how to create your own findings and turn them into masterpieces in their own right!

48 Let Your Hair Down

Shona Perkins showcases the versatility of memory wire with a multi-stranded colourful beaded bracelet and a very different design using coils and charms

76 Bollywood Girl

Day or night, these pretty, surprisingly quick-to-make pieces in vibrant colours will give any outfit a fun, flirty feel with a hint of glamour

Add some vibrant colour and shimmer to your outfit, whether it's everyday denim or something dressier, with Gemma Gray's dazzling hair accessories

24 The Bold And The Beautiful

78 Everything’s Rosy

Sandy Kidulis’s fabulous statement pieces mix bold, chunky silver beads and gorgeous teal and purple for a look that is absolutely of the moment

28 Flamenco Nights

Capture all the flair and sultry style of Spanish Flamenco with Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock's hot evening look

Laura Sclanders creates a sparkling set in shades of pink and warming coffee and cream, ideal for autumn

58 Broken Glass

Rachel Bishop demonstrates the spectacular results you can achieve by incorporating frit (ground glass) into your lampwork bead creations

82 Her Dark Materials

Make a statement with Stephie Hall’s fashionably dark pieces, incorporating black beads, chain and gothic charms

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NEW? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making POPPY APPEAL Over the 11 years that Pandorion has been selling beads, the store has been involved in numerous charity appeals. Two years ago, as well as donating to the appeal, owner Pandora Mayo made herself a poppy brooch to wear at a Remembrance Sunday ceremony. This started Pandora thinking that she could support the British Legion by selling some of her pieces and creating kits from the designs. She decided that every time one of these poppy kits was sold, a donation would be made to the charity. Furthermore, if the beaders who bought the kits were willing, they could make extra projects for her to sell on behalf of the cause.

This year, Pandorion has released two new designs in aid of the appeal and hopes to add more each year. Kits are sold all year round, so you don’t have to rush your design and can take your time to complete your projects. By buying the Pandorion poppy kits, which have so far been purchased as far afield as Canada,

you’ll be helping this very worthwhile cause. To see one of Pandora’s stunning bracelet designs, turn to page 20. For more details on the poppy kits and classes available at Pandorion, visit www.pandorion.co.uk or call 01206 868623

We have a box of each colour and size, worth over £10 each, to give away to six lucky readers, so to be in with a chance of winning them send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J07 Beads Unlimited, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 29th October 2010

SPECIAL DELIVERY There are some lovely new presentation solutions available in Beads Unlimited’s hugely popular black and turquoise range. Whether you’re sending a handmade piece for Christmas, or sell your jewellery for a living, the range of gift boxes and organza bags is well worth a look. Beads Unlimited also stocks pretty jewellery boxes in pink and gold,

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which will add an ideal finishing touch to your creations. Organza bags in an array of colours, jewellery boxes in assorted shapes and colours, and delicate ribbon all ensure that your gifts are perfectly packaged! For more details, visit www.beadsunlimited.co.uk or call 01273 740777


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NEW PRODUCTS WHAT’S NEW TWENTY TO MAKE

HALLOWEEN CHARMERS Take a look at these fabulous little Halloween charms, which are perfect for fun, party jewellery. Each charm has been handmade in polymer clay exclusively for Big Bead Little Bead by designer Lisa-Marie Newman. These fun embellishments are sold in sets for £10, or you can contact Big Bead Little Bead direct to buy them singly. All charms have vertical holes to allow them to be added to a headpin or eyepin. Visit www.bigbeadlittlebead.com to see the full range of charms available, or call 01462 438233

WORK OF HEART A very special, unique necklace has arrived in the UK as part of its fundraising and inspirational journey around the world! Mothers For All, a charity that

Take a look at these two great new releases from Search Press. Falling under the Twenty to Make series umbrella, Tasty Trinkets and Celtic Jewellery are packed full of inspiration. Charlotte Stowell demonstrates a wide range of polymer clay food accents using simple modelling techniques in Tasty Trinkets, encouraging you to make and bake chilli charms, dolly mixtures, fondant fancy earrings and more. In Celtic Jewellery, Amanda Walker showcases her work with a Celtic theme, in designs including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms. Both releases include 20 fantastic designs with clear step-by-step instructions.

Search Press is offering £1 off the price of these books and free UK P&P. To take advantage of this offer, call 01892 510850 and quote Creative Beads & Jewellery. For more creative titles go to www. searchpress.co.uk or call 01892 510850

supports women who care for children that have been orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS, has created a necklace of paper beads that is now travelling the world to raise funds. The one-off piece is made from papers displaying recipes, which are traditionally handed down through the generations. The necklace has now arrived in the UK – to custodian Chrissie Sherwood, founder of the Oundle, Cambridgeshire-based business Injabulo. “It was such a surprise to receive this unique artefact,” Chrissie said, “not to mention the privilege of being able to

help it on its worthy journey. We work alongside the Mothers For All project, and have been delighted with the high-quality products it is able to manufacture from waste paper. This necklace has really taken it to another level though, as it brings the spirit of their culture to us too!” Custodians of the necklace are asked to raise funds while it is in their possession, then send it on to another recipient to do the same. Raising money for the cause was something that Chrissie was more than happy to do. She said: “When you see the lives these ladies live and hear about the traumas they have overcome, it really is humbling. They have no previous skills, and yet are soon able to earn a good, fairtrade, wage for their efforts. This can be literally lifechanging for them, as well as helping them to care for children who have lost a loved one to AIDS.” Mothers For All manufactures jewellery crafted from beads made from recycled paper. The jewellery is sold to raise funds to help, house and feed orphaned children and families who have been devastated by HIV and AIDS. This necklace’s journey can be followed online, as can the ladies’ stories who made it to spread their inspirational tales across the world. To find out more about the necklace and its journey, or to make a donation to the Mothers For All charity, visit www.injabulo.com and click on the ‘News’ link

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NEW PRODUCTS WHAT’S NEW LUSH BUTTONS These pretty, handmade glass buttons with bright colours, spots, dots, hearts and more, are new from Lush Lampwork. Each button is made by hand from coloured glass rods, which are melted and shaped in the flame, then slowly kiln-cooled for lasting strength. Fabulously, no two buttons can ever be the same! For a truly individual finishing touch to your own projects, visit www.lushlampwork.co.uk to see the full range of repeatable designs and one-off buttons as well as glass beads and finished jewellery. Shank and two-hole button styles are available and commissions are welcome if you’re searching for something special to match your make. Julie Fountain, the artist behind Lush Lampwork, also gives one-to-one tuition in the art of glass bead (and button!) making from her home studio in Malvern, Worcestershire. RRP: from £2.50 per button To see the beads available, or to book tuition, visit www.lushlampwork.co.uk or call 07906 651846

We have a set of the new glass buttons to give away worth £17, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J07 Lush Lampwork, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 29th October 2010

SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL OUR READERS! Just spend £10 or more at www.lushlampwork.co.uk and quote CBJ Button Offer to receive a free handmade button sample with your order. Offer ends 31st December 2010

BEADING CRAFTY Back in issue 5 we incorrectly printed the name of the Beading Crafty project designer and omitted her picture. Apologies to the talented Shona Perkins for this error. You can see more of Shona’s inspiring work on page 72 this issue. For a quality selection of jewellery and beading products, as well as bespoke jewellery pieces, visit www.beadingcrafty.com or call 01926 858442 for more information

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BEADING WORLD CUP RESULTS At the start of the summer, when World Cup fever was building and hopes hadn’t yet been dashed, Beads Direct launched a competion of its own. Conscious that many jewellery makers were set to become football widows for three weeks, the team decided to run a contest to keep them entertained. The Beading World Cup – sponsored by Beadalon – had arrived! Entrants were invited to incorporate a Beadalon product into a piece of jewellery, designed to represent any of the 32 countries taking part in the World Cup. In just over a week, Beads Direct were delighted to have received more than 300 entries from across the globe!

All entries were uploaded to the Beads Direct Facebook page where they were voted for by the public (accounting for 50% of the final score) and a panel of four Beads Direct judges. The winning designs, by 16 designers from different countries, won the chance to progress to Round Two (as well as picking up some new Katiedids from Beadalon). New designs were submitted at each stage, until just two designers made the final – Isabela Tanasa of Greece and Gloria Simpson of Australia. Voted for by the public, Isabela was eventually crowned champion, winning a huge selection of goodies including a trophy, champagne, a £200 Beads Direct gift voucher, and Beadalon tools and wires. Beads Direct was impressed by all the many entries, and the hard work put into each piece of jewellery. Congratulations to Isabela, and all who took part! Visit the Beads Direct Facebook page for news of upcoming competitions, or visit www.beadsdirect.co.uk for a stunning selection of jewellery products


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Welcome to The Bead Hive York Here at the bead hive we pride ourselves on our unique and stylish beads from all around the world, as bead lovers we are always finding amazing new products from places such as the Philippines, India, China, Czech Republic and Germany.

1DIS5CO% UNT Why not visit our new website and take the advantage of 15% Off. Type in code BEADHIVE-YORK10 on check out. Over the next few months we will be constantly adding new products!

If you are visiting York, why not check out our section for classes and book yourself in. Bead Hive York Ltd (Shop) 11 College Street, York YO1 7JF Tel: 01904 642020

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LETTERS

For all your beading requirements, visit:

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

MORE METAL I thoroughly enjoyed the series of PMC articles in earlier issues of Creative Beads and Jewellery

as I particularly like making jewellery that focuses on metal elements. I have been creating charms, pendants and other pieces using PMC for some time, and look forward to reading more metal jewellerythemed articles in your magazine to gain inspiration. Megan, by email

CB&J: Metal can create a wonderful variety of jewellery pieces and we hope you enjoyed all the different techniques we featured in the PMC series. As a fan of metalwork, you should check out Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop by Mary Hettmansperger. This is a fascinating book with a host of projects combining sheet metal, PMC, mesh, wire and more to make some striking creations. Visit www.thegmcgroup. com or call 01273 477374 to purchase a copy.

MADE TO MATCH I just wanted to send you a quick email to say how inspired I was after reading the latest issue of Creative Beads & Jewellery. I am new to jewellery making, having been encouraged to give it a go after reading your fabulous mag. I love so many of the designs you feature and decided to create some pieces using my favourite colours (the

idea being that if they turned out OK, they’d match the clothes in my wardrobe)! Selena Adams, Peterborough CB&J: Thank you for getting in touch, Selena, we’re glad you love CB&J! We reckon you’ve done a great job, despite being so new to jewellery making. The earrings are so elegant, and we think they’re brilliant!

FEELIN’ HOT, HOT HOT! I thought the addition of chilli charms on Clare Willmore’s designer gallery piece was inspired! I would never have thought to include charms like this when making my jewellery; I always stick to standard beads and metal charms. From now on I will consider using any kind of embellishment so long as the colours co-ordinate. Lorraine Barber, Essex CB&J: Clare’s piece

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was great wasn’t it? The addition of the chilli charms was indeed a good idea, and certainly made this piece super spicy! Have a good look around and consider all

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kinds of charms, and the materials they’re made from, before making your purchases. Fruit, vegetables and even little characters can all be great additions to jewellery.

I really enjoyed Su Pennick’s take on using papercraft products to make jewellery and wondered if she also makes cards? Gemma, by email CB&J: Su Pennick can turn her hand to pretty

much anything crafty! She has been a popular designer for our papercraft magazines for a long time and you’ll frequently see her wonderful cards and home décor pieces featured in our sister titles Simply Cards & Papercraft and Papercraft Essentials.


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LETTERS

www.empirebeads.co.uk STAR LETTER MOTIVATED MUM I haven’t been making jewellery for long, but I am already addicted! I started a year or so ago by visiting the

Hobbycrafts show at the NEC where, after buying a few beads and findings, I casually made one or two bits and pieces. I decided that I needed some more motivation so I booked a table at my children’s school

fête. That gave me just two months to make enough pieces to cover a stall, along with back-ups in case I sold anything! Panic set in, but I had the reason I needed to get everything out and start making! The fête went well and I received a lot of compliments on my jewellery from the other mums. I have now opened my own little store on Etsy (a social commerce website),

and hope to make a little money this way. In the meantime, I’ll keep on jewellery making between changing nappies! Caroline Edge, Leicestershire CB&J: What a great way to get yourself motivated Caroline. Well done! To give you a hand with your future makes, there is an Empire Beads prize on its way to you that includes pliers, books and bead kits. Enjoy!

Judith’s step-by-step guides and you’ll be well on your way!

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R tar LETTE STAR f this issue’s S ellery o ner tic jew The wineives a fantas donated c e ly r Letter king kit kind eads ma pire B by Em ebeads.co.uk p m ir www.e LAVENDER’S BLUE I love the French Lavender charm bracelet by Debbie Wood featured in The Bead Challenge in issue 4, and would really like to have a go at making it myself. Can you tell me which beads were used so I can buy them? I have been to the Beadtime website and found the big focal beads, but I am not sure about the specific smaller beads and haven’t got

a clue where to look. Hannah Power, by email CB&J: Hi Hannah, we’ve had a look and have found most of the beads used in this feature, so head again to the website at www.beadtime.co.uk and search for blue disc beads, blue round beads, bell-shaped flower charms, flower spacer beads and a small filigree leaf. With regard to the smaller

round purple beads used, Beadtime told us that they were recently removed from the site in a stock refresh, but there are numerous other similar beads available that could be used instead.

READY TO COOK I’ve been inspired by your magazine and particularly enjoy Judith Hannington’s microwave kiln articles. In the past I have just done seed beading and other similar techniques, but Judith’s articles have really encouraged me to go one step further and attempt something a little bit more ambitious. I’m currently waiting for my microwave bead kiln to arrive – along with pre-cut glass

shapes and sheets – and I cannot wait to get started! Emma Carmel, by email CB&J: Judith will be delighted to know she’s inspired you to go a step further and try making your own glass creations. Just take your time and plan carefully what you want to make before getting started. Follow

The JillyBeads creations in issue 5 were simply stunning. The pieces were so elegant and the colours so beautiful, I can only imagine how wonderful they must look in the flesh! I have decided to try to recreate the Mellow Mallows necklace as a gift for my sister on her 30th wedding anniversary. Marie Edwards, Berkshire CB&J: Sounds like your sister is in for a real treat, Marie! These were truly stunning designs from the talented girls at JillyBeads.

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BEADS WIRE & GEMSTONES

get your DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER

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Dawn Cotton Fuge uses chunky briolettes, faceted stones and wire in bold colour schemes for stylish jewellery that’s guaranteed to make an impact

ROCKS on!

To complete all copper projects • carnelian faceted nuggets • carnelian faceted drop briolettes • strand bloom jade 6mm round beads • strand bloom jade 8mm round beads • 7 x copper 14mm wire ball beads • copper S-clasp • copper 14mm toggle with 25mm bar (style 2) • copper 26-gauge Beadalon German Style wire • copper 24-gauge Beadalon German Style wire • copper 22-gauge Beadalon German Style wire • bronze Beadalon 0.018” 49-strand wire • 2 x copper-plated 1.8mm crimp tubes

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

CLOVER LEAF – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE Cut a piece of wire approximately 4” long and string three briolettes onto it. If they are different in size, ensure the largest is in the middle. Move them along so that there is around

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of wire. Wrap the long wire around a few times down towards the briolettes. Cross the wire diagonally from the top right to the bottom left and bring it back up over the

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back. Wrap around the top once more, this time wrapping behind from the bottom right to the top left, then around the stem again. You can do each diagonal cross twice if you would prefer the clover to have a more wire-wrapped appearance and be more secure. Finish off by wrapping the extra wire around the top at the base and trimming the excess with cutters.


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BEADS WIRE & GEMSTONES COPPER NECKLACE

In this design, the toggle forms part of the focal of the necklace and attaches at the front

TO CREATE Begin by separating the toggle clasp into two sections by removing the jump ring holding the two halves together and put the jump ring to one side. Cut a piece of 24-gauge wire to measure 3”. Complete a wrapped loop on one side and string on an 8mm bloom jade bead. Begin a wrapped loop on the other side of the bead but, before completing it, add one half of the toggle clasp. Complete the loop and trim any excess wire. Create a chain of beads using wire-wrapped loops

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and beads all the way around until you reach the other end, and finish by wirewrapping the last link to the other half of the toggle clasp. When creating the wrapped links, use the following bead pattern after the first 8mm bloom jade bead: carnelian nugget, 8mm bloom jade bead, copper bead, carnelian nugget, 8mm

bloom jade bead, 6mm bloom jade bead, 8mm bloom jade bead, three 6mm bloom jade beads, 8mm bloom jade bead, 6mm bloom jade bead, 8mm bloom jade bead, carnelian nugget, copper bead, 8mm bloom jade bead, carnelian nugget, 8mm bloom jade bead. For the focal, cut a piece of 24-gauge wire and create a large

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wrapped loop at one end, making sure it is big enough to go around the wire in the round section of the toggle clasp and hang as a dangle. Attach to the clasp before completing the wrapped loop. Add a copper bead and complete the loop at the other end. Make a clover leaf focal using

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26-gauge wire and three carnelian briolettes, and following the instructions in the ‘Essential technique’ box opposite. Finish by attaching this to the copper bead section on the drop using the copper jump ring set aside at the start. Close the jump ring to secure in place.

bead, then wrap the wire around the top of the bead to make a spiral design and trim the excess. Make five wrapped beads in this way.

Cut a piece of bronze Beadalon wire to about 9½” in length to allow plenty of excess. Secure the wire through the jump ring on one side of the S-clasp using a crimp tube and trim the excess. String the following sequence: 6mm bloom jade, copper bead, 6mm bloom jade, dangle, 6mm bloom jade, carnelian nugget, 6mm bloom jade, dangle. Continue in this pattern until you have a bracelet that fits your wrist. Alternatively, as wedid here, mix up the sequence slightly in the middle for a more random look. When you have reached the other end, add a crimp tube and attach to the other side of the S-clasp by crimping in place and trimming the excess.

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BEADS WIRE & GEMSTONES

MATERIALS To complete all black and white projects • black onyx briolettes • Biwa side-drilled stick pearls • black onyx faceted cube beads • sterling silver 0.4mm wire • sterling silver chain • 2 x lobster clasps • 2 x 5mm closed rings • 4 x 5mm jump rings • silver daisy focal • sterling silver ear wires

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

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ONYX AND PEARL BRACELET TO CREATE Cut sterling silver chain to your required bracelet length. Lay it out on the table and work out how to evenly space beads along it. Here, we started 10 links in and made a wrapped loop to attach to the

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chain every subsequent 10 links. Take eight equal lengths of wire and wrap a tight small loop at the bottom of each so they are like headpins. Put a black onyx cube onto each one and begin wrapped loops at the top. Before completing each loop, attach them one by one to the chain, making sure

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they are all on the same side of the chain so they hang evenly. When you are happy with the positioning, complete each of the wrapped loops. Cut another eight equal lengths of wire and make them into headpins as before, this time adding a Biwa pearl to each one. Evenly space four to each end of the

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chain and complete wrapped loops on the wire as with the black onyx segments. Attach a jump ring to one end of the chain. On the other end, attach a jump ring with the daisy focal dangling from it. Attach that to another jump ring, already attached to the lobster clasp, to complete.

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BEADS WIRE & GEMSTONES BLACK ONYX NECKLACE

WHERE TO BUY TO CREATE Cut sterling silver chain to your desired necklace length and find the centre – this is where you are going to attach the clover leaf focal. Start making the

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focal, following the ‘Essential technique’ instructions on page 14, but before closing the wrapped loop, string on the middle segment of the chain. Complete the wrapped loop, permanently

securing the focal to your necklace. Create four headpins from sterling silver wire and attach a Biwa pearl to each. Begin wrapped loops on the top of each one, then lay the

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All the materials used here are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264 chain out flat and evenly space the loops at the front above the clover focal. Once you are happy with the positioning, complete the wrapped loops

on the chain and trim the excess. Use jump rings to attach a lobster clasp to one end of the chain and a closed ring to the other.

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Cut a piece of wire and create a wrapped loop on one end. Add a black onyx faceted cube to the wire and create another wrapped loop at the other end, ensuring the bead is held tight. Trim the excess wire. Cut another piece of wire and wrap a small, tight loop at the bottom to make it into a headpin. Add a Biwa pearl to the wire and begin a wrapped loop at the top. Before closing the loop, attach it to the bottom loop on the black onyx cube bead section. Complete the wrapped loop and trim the excess. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the other earring. Attach an ear wire to each.

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PANDORION

BUGLEcall PANDORA MAYO DESIGNER

Pandora Mayo weaves bugle and seed beads for a striking bracelet that will look spectacular in any colour scheme

ABOUT PANDORA… Pandora has been playing with beads for more than 20 years. She started out doing craft fairs, then 11 years ago she sold her home to buy a shop – and lived in it for the next two and a half years! To begin with, other beaders ran workshops for her, but Pandorion then became a City & Guilds centre for bead needle weaving, and Pandora undertook a City & Guilds teaching course. She now teaches the workshops and courses herself, as well as creating designs and writing patterns. She really enjoys seeing individual students progress and finds it very rewarding to be able to pass on her knowledge to others – both in the classroom and through distancelearning courses, via post or the internet.

TO CREATE With approximately 2m of thread on your needle, pick up two bugles. Go back down through the first bugle and back up through the second, leaving a 12” tail. Pick up another bugle and go up through the previous one then down through the last one (see Fig 1, below).

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Work this ladder stitch to the length required for your wrist, making it approximately 1” shorter than needed to allow for the clasp, and ensuring that you have an even number of bugles. When the ladder is complete, go back through the work again to ensure the bugles sit neatly side by side.

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Pick up two seed beads and go through the second thread loop of the foundation row, keeping the tension even (Fig 2). Do not pull it too tight as this can cause the work to bend or distort. Working the rows one side at a time helps with the tension.

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MATERIALS • bugles • size 11 seed beads in two colours • 8mm bead (for clasp) • Nymo or other beading thread • thread conditioner

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PANDORION bracelet. This will give you a row of seed beads brick stitched along one edge of the ladder foundation. At the end, work through the bugles to add a row of brick stitch on the other side. Complete a second row of brick stitch on each side (Fig 5). Add an edging row using contrasting coloured seed beads as follows: pick up one

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bead and go down through the next seed bead of the second row (Fig 6). Go across and up through the next bead, then pick up another contrast bead and go down through the next seed bead (Fig 7). Repeat Step 10 all the way to the end of the bracelet, then go through Steps 9 and 10 for the other side.

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ADDING THE FASTENER Take the needle through the first bugle. Pick up seven seed beads, a large crystal and a seed bead. Go back through the crystal and the next seed bead, pick up six seed beads, then go back through the opposite end of the first bugle again (Fig 8). Work through these toggle

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beads as many times as the beads will allow. Be aware that the edge of the bugle could rub the thread.

COMPLETING THE LOOP Always add on the toggle bead before creating the loop. Coming out of the end bugle, pick up seven seed beads, then pick up enough beads to create a

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circle to go over the fastener bead. You will have to work this out as you go – it needs to slip over the bead but not too loosely. When this is completed, go back through the seventh bead added previously, then pick up six more beads and go back through the bugle. Work through these beads as for the fastener (Fig 9).

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Pandorion, 29 East Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 2QX; www.pandorion.co.uk; 01206 868623 The only other stockist of Pandorion kits is Two Cats Crafts, Unit 22 Menta Business Centre, 21-27 Hollands Road, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8PU; www.twocatscrafts.co.uk; 01440 706041

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JEWELLERY CHUNKY PIECES

BOLDand the BEAUTIFUL the

SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

ABOUT SANDY… Sandy at Sandstones International has many years experience in jewellery design, and buying beads and equipment from all over the world. She is particularly drawn to pearls, turquoise, coral and jade, and is always on the lookout for high-quality and interesting-shaped beads that inspire her to create beautiful jewellery.

These fabulous statement pieces mix bold, chunky silver beads and the gorgeous iridescent teal and purple of peacock feathers for a look that is absolutely of the moment

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.sandstones.co.uk; 08452 240843

MATERIALS • 32cm 7-strand 0.38mm Beadalon beading wire • 2 x silvertone metallic 22mm donuts • 2 x silvertone metallic 17mm ovals • 16 x teal AB 4mm glass druk beads • 16 x Purple Iris 4mm glass druk beads • 2 x silvertone headpins • 2 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silvertone earring wires • 4 x silvertone crimp beads

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

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through the crimp bead to form a loop, then pass each end of the wire through a teal druk at either side of the crimp. Secure the loop, as in Step 3 of the Chain Reaction Necklace opposite. Cut an 8cm piece of beading wire and

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thread on a crimp bead and eight purple druks. Working into the same donut, repeat Step 2. Now thread a metallic oval onto a headpin and, using round-nosed pliers and wire cutters, form a loop at the top of the arrangement.

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Attach this to the teal druk loop so that it forms a dangle. Open a jump ring and add an earring wire and the purple druk loop. Close the jump ring. Repeat Steps 1-6 to complete the matching earring.

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JEWELLERY CHUNKY PIECES TO CREATE Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and 18 teal AB druk beads (see Fig 1, below). Thread on a metallic donut. Pass both ends of wire through the crimp bead to form a loop, then pass each end of the wire through a teal druk at either side of the crimp (Fig 2). Take the ends of the beading wire in each hand and pull the loop tight. Squash the crimp with chainnosed pliers to trap the beading wire and make sure the loop holds firm. With sharp scissors, cut both pieces of excess wire as close to the beads as possible (Fig 3). Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire and thread on a crimp bead and 18 Purple Iris druk beads. Working with the same donut, repeat

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CHAIN REACTION NECKLACE Steps 2 and 3 (Fig 4). Repeat Steps 1-4 a further four times so that you have five of these double loops and donuts in total (Fig 5). Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and 18 matte silver druk beads. Use this silver link to join together two of the double loop and donut ensembles you made in Step 5 (Fig 6). Secure the link by squashing the crimp bead in the

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same way as before. Repeat Step 6 a further three times until all the double loop and donut ensembles you made in Step 5 have been joined together to form a chain (Fig 7). Open two jump rings and join them to the druk bead loop at one end of the necklace. Close the jump rings (Fig 8). Open two jump rings and loop each one through the jump rings you positioned in Step 8 (Fig 9). Close

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MATERIALS the jump rings. Repeat a further eight times until you have a double loop chain. Open a jump ring and loop it through the end of your chain. Close the jump ring (Fig 10). Now working at the other end of the necklace, form a double loop chain in exactly the same way, following Steps 8 and 9. Open a jump ring and loop it through the end of your chain and the

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TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • sharp scissors

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CHAIN REACTION BRACELET TO CREATE

MATERIALS • 84cm 7-strand 0.38mm Beadalon beading wire • 5 x silvertone metallic 22mm donuts • silvertone metallic 17mm oval • 4 x silvertone metallic 10mm round French knot beads • 54 x teal AB 4mm glass druk beads • 54 x Purple Iris 4mm glass druk beads • silvertone headpin • 4 x silvertone eyepins • 7 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silver-plated lobster clasp • 6 x silvertone crimp beads

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

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Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and 18 teal druk beads. Thread on a metallic donut. Form a teal druk loop as in the Chain Reaction Necklace on page 25, and squash the crimp to secure. Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp and 18 purple druks. Loop it through the donut from Step 2 and thread on a second donut, before forming a purple druk loop as before. Squash the crimp to secure. Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire.

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Thread on a crimp bead and 18 teal druks. Loop it through the second donut, then thread on a third and form a loop. Squash the crimp to secure. Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp and 18 purple druks. Loop it through the third donut and thread on a fourth. Form a loop and squash the crimp to secure. Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and 18 teal druks. Loop this through the fourth donut and thread on a fifth. Form a loop and squash the crimp to secure.

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Cut a 14cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp and 18 purple druks. Loop it through the fifth donut and form a loop. Squash the crimp to secure. Next, thread a metallic oval onto a headpin and, using round-nosed pliers and wire cutters, form a loop at the top of the bead. Make a chain of five jump rings and join it to the purple druk loop. Attach the metallic oval headpin you created in Step 8 to the other end of the jump ring chain. Join the lobster clasp to the end

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teal druk loop using two jump rings. Thread a metallic French knot bead onto an eyepin and, using round-nosed pliers and wire cutters, form an identical loop at the other end. You should have a loop either side of the bead. Repeat this a further three times until you have four French knot arrangements in total. One by one, attach each of these French knot arrangements to the middle four druk bead loops in the bracelet, opening and closing the eyepin loops to secure.

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JEWELLERY CHUNKY PIECES

CHUNKY BEAD NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut a 9cm piece of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and 10 purple druk beads. Make a small loop from these beads. Repeat so you have four of these loops. Take the remaining length of beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and loop on the T-bar of the toggle clasp. With the crimp 1-2cm from the

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pearl, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk, metallic oval, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk, metallic oval, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk loop created in Step 1, shell pearl, purple druk, shell pearl, three metallic donuts, shell pearl, purple druk, metallic oval, purple druk, shell pearl, purple druk loop, shell pearl, purple druk, shell pearl. Thread on three donuts – this is the central point in the necklace. The pattern is symmetrical, so now reverse the threading

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sequence in Step 3 to complete the other side of the necklace. Thread on a crimp bead and the loop at the base of the toggle clasp. As in Step 2, turn the short end of the wire back on itself and thread back through the crimp bead and the last bead, pulling on the wire until you have formed a small loop, trapping the toggle. When you are happy with the tension, squash the crimp with crimping pliers and trim the excess wire with scissors. You don’t want an unsightly gap between your last bead and the crimp, but if the tension is too

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MATERIALS • 92cm 7-strand 0.38mm Beadalon beading wire • 9 x silvertone metallic 22mm donuts • 6 x silvertone metallic 17mm ovals • 24 x dark teal 10mm round South Ocean shell pearls • 64 x Purple Iris 4mm glass druk beads • silver-plated ellipse toggle clasp (14x24mm) • 2 x silver-plated crimp covers • 6 x silvertone crimp beads

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • sharp scissors

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JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI & WIREWORK

AMANDA PICKSTOCK DESIGNER

FLAMENCO nights

Sizzle in Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock’s latest collection, which combines a dramatic colour scheme and elegant evening look for breathtaking Spanish flair

FLAMENCO FLOWER NECKLACE

JANE PURDY DESIGNER his sparkling flower collection, made with wire, seed beads, Swarovski Elements crystal beads and pearls, is surprisingly versatile. The necklace works well in a variety of coloured wires – we’ve chosen a sultry black-and-red theme for an evening look with a Spanish twist, but try making it with silver wire teamed with blue crystals and pearls to wear everyday with a plain t-shirt and jeans. One of the reasons we love this design is that once you have mastered the basics of twisting the wire, you can make the flower in many sizes and colours and even layer it for a 3D look, in a similar way to how we have made the fascinator. Smaller flowers look great if you want something more petite, or you can even make a necklace with several

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develop your own style. Four basic jewellery tools are required to complete these wirework projects: chain-nosed, flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers, and side cutters or flush cutters. We also recommend having

nylon-jaw pliers handy to straighten out any unwanted kinks in your wire.

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


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JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI & WIREWORK FLAMENCO FLOWER – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE

TO CREATE Take two 1.25m lengths of 0.5mm wire and begin twisting them together in the middle. Make five twists, then add a bead onto one of the wires. Take the other wire around the side of the bead and continue twisting after the bead. Make a further four twists, add another bead, take the other wire around the side, and continue twisting. Repeat so you have three beads on the wire. Make 10 twists and reverse the pattern to

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match the other side, ending with five twists. Bend the wire around and twist together twice where the twists start and finish in order to secure the first petal shape. Working off either side of the wires, repeat the process until you have five petals. Wrap two of the wires neatly over the centre. You can now shape the petals by opening out the base and pinching the tip until you are happy with them. Bring all four wires to the middle of the

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approximately 18cm on one side and 24cm on the other so the flower sits to one side. Trim the wires before you add the finishings to make it a length to suit you. Thread a bead onto each wire so it sits close to the centre of the flower, followed by a

soft crimp. Squash the crimps using either a crimping tool or your chain-nosed pliers to hold the beads and flower in place. Decorate the two strands with crystals and pearls, separated by crimps. Allow movement of the beads by spacing the crimps out. Now thread a calotte onto both wires on each side, followed by a hard crimp. Squash the hard crimp firmly, trim the excess wire and close the calotte over the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. Roll a loop on the end of each calotte using the tip of your round-nosed pliers. Open a small jump ring and attach with a clasp to one side of the necklace. Attach a jump ring to the other.

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threading stringing wire through the back wires when you construct your piece, so don’t pull them too tight. Bend and shape the centre twists to form a cluster. Thread a bead onto one of the wires and let it fall into the middle, then trim the wire approx 3cm above the bead. Grip the end of the wire using roundnosed pliers and make a spring coil, winding the wire towards the widest part of the pliers. Repeat on the remaining three wires to complete the flower.

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We recommend that you practise twisting two pieces of wire together before you begin the project to see how tight your twisting is and check whether the recommended number of twists is enough to achieve the size of flower you require. Everyone will have a different tension when twisting! Don’t twist too tightly or the wire may break when you twist it at the base to secure

MATERIALS FOR THE FLOWER • black 0.5mm craft wire • 30 x assorted red and black 4mm Swarovski Elements crystals and pearls (for petals) • 8 x assorted red and black 6mm Swarovski Elements crystals and pearls (for flower centre)

FOR THE NECKLACE • black 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • 30 x assorted red and black 4mm/6mm

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TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters or flush cutters • crimping tool (optional)

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JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI & WIREWORK

BEADED MEMORY WIRE NECKLACE

MATERIALS FOR THE FLOWERS • black 0.5mm craft wire • 10 x Jet AB 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 8 x Light Siam 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 8 x Jet AB 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

FOR THE NECKLACE • 2 x necklace-size memory wire hoops • 24 x Dark Red Coral 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • black opaque size 8 Miyuki rocailles (15g will make the necklace and the bracelet)

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TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters or flush cutters • crimping tool (optional)

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TO CREATE Create two Flamenco flowers following the instructions in the ‘Essential technique’ boxout on page 29, but this time adjusting the number of twists to make smaller flowers and using just two 3mm crystals on each petal (one on each side as shown). Finish the centres with 4mm crystals in Light Siam and Jet AB. Thread two pieces of memory wire through the wires in the centre at the back of one of the two flowers, so they are slightly spaced out. Move the flower to the middle of

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wire to turn loops on the end of each finished length using roundnosed pliers. Thread the remaining beads onto headpins with co-ordinating seed beads either side to create eight bead charms. Trim the headpins so that there is just 1cm protruding from the bead and use your round-nosed pliers to turn a loop. Open a silver jump ring and thread on four bead charms, then link the jump ring through the two loops you created on the end of the memory wire necklace. Repeat on the other side.

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JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI & WIREWORK MATERIALS FOR THE FLOWERS • black 0.5mm craft wire • 10 x Jet AB 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 8 x Light Siam 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 8 x Jet AB 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

FOR THE BRACELET • 2 x adult bracelet-size memory wire hoops • black opaque size 8 Miyuki rocailles (15g will make the necklace and the bracelet) • ruby silver-lined size 11 Miyuki seed beads (less than 5g) • 24 x Dark Red Coral

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BEADED MEMORY WIRE BRACELET

MATERIALS • black 0.5mm craft wire • black oxide tiara band (Alice-band style) • 40 x Siam 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads (for tiara band) • 6 x Siam 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads (for flower centre) • 2 x Dark Red Coral 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads (for flower centre)

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TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters or flush cutters • crimping tool (optional)

Don’t get carried away or you’ll have a bulk of unsightly wire. Use the remaining wires to create a cluster in the middle as outlined in the ‘Essential technique’, and twist five sprigs for decoration. Make the sprigs by following and adapting Step 5 of the ‘Essential technique’, making the lengths longer to create a spray effect. Complete the design by finishing the wire ends as in Steps 7 and 8 of the ‘Essential technique’.

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to have symmetry or a pattern. You can see which results you prefer and follow that method for both the necklace and bracelet.

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FLAMENCO FLOWER FASCINATOR Start with a 2.5m length of 0.5mm wire and wrap the band neatly from one end. Make approx. 40 wraps, then begin adding a single 4mm crystal every 10 wraps to embellish. To do this, thread a crystal onto the wire and let it fall to meet the band. Place the crystal on the band and continue wrapping. Continue wrapping until you have added 15 crystals. Leave any remaining wire and start again at the other side of the band, this time adding 25 crystals. Continue wrapping the wire so there is a section of the band that has only wire and no crystals. You may need to join new wire while you are wrapping the band. Make sure you join at least four wraps

size 11 red seed beads to decorate the wire. We have chosen a random approach to decorating the wires to show that it is not always essential

away from the place where you add a bead, preferably in the middle of a plain wrapping section. When you join, finish the wire off by snipping on the underside of the band and squash the sharp end using the tip of your chain-nosed pliers. Wrap the new wire round the band and slide it up to meet the join, then cut

the short end and squash in place. The join should barely be visible with no sharp ends. Make a Flamenco flower starting with a 1.5m-2m length of wire. Follow the basic instructions in the ‘Essential technique’ boxout on page 29, but this flower should have seven petals, each decorated with four Jet

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crystals. Continue to add another layer of five petals using the remaining wires, making these petals smaller with only three crystals on each. Don’t cut any remaining wires. Place the flower onto the band and use the remaining wires to attach it by wrapping very tightly, securing the flower as you go.

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SILVERSMITHING A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

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HAMMER In the first part of our jam-packed guide, Aurora Lombardo introduces the art of metalwork in jewellery making and creates a stunning pair of hammered earrings

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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abricating metal is, for me, one of the most exciting areas of jewellery making. It allows you to transfer your own design from paper to sheet metal – and  thus create a huge variety of original three-dimensional adornments such  as unique feature pendants, beads or even clasps to use as

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focal points in your designs. Although  the idea of learning metalwork, with its industrial overtones, may seem intimidating at first, We hope to demonstrate, in this two-part introduction to the art, that with just a few basic tools and simple techniques, it is possible for anyone to create beautiful, eye-catching and stylish pieces.

WHICH METAL? A variety of metals can be used in jewellery making, including brass, bronze and copper  as well as silver,  gold, platinum and palladium. Most can be bought in a variety of useful forms such  as sheet, wire and tubing. Sheet metal is available in various thicknesses, with your choice dependent on

your project and its function. As a general rule, a thickness of 0.5-0.7mm is suitable for charms, dangles and earrings while thicker metal sheets (1-1.2mm) work better for pendants and cuffs.  Copper is a great material when you start practising metalworking as it  is inexpensive and easy to work with.

MAKING METAL DISCS Metal discs can  be bought directly from some jewellery supplier shops, but it is easy and cheaper to make your own from sheet metal. You can use either  a piercing saw or a disc cutter. Getting

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the perfect circle with a jeweller’s saw can  be a little challenging and time consuming, expecially if your design includes several circles. A disc-cutting tool makes the job of cutting multiple discs faster and easier. 

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A high-quality disc cutter should give a good clean cut, but if necessary you can file down small imperfections on the edge using an emery stick or a file

STEP BY STEP Set your disc cutter on a nice sturdy

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surface and place the metal sheet between the die plates, under the hole corresponding to your desired size. Next, insert the appropriate cutting punch for the hole, and strike it sharply with a hammer a few times to punch out a disc. Finally, lift both  die plates and recover the disc from underneath the cutter.

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SILVERSMITHING A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

FIND OUT MORE

The first thing you need in order to start working with metal  is a solid bench or table, preferably placed in a dedicated working area. Good lighting is very important so it is advisable to invest  in an adjustable  table lamp fitted  with a daylight bulb. Safety is also crucial, so always keep a fire extinguisher close  to your working  area, wear eye protection when drilling and pickling, and a dust mask when you are filing and polishing. When working  with metal, the quality of the tools you use will affect  its’ performance. Visit a specialist jewellery-making tool store and invest in good-quality tools from the start as  they will do the job more effectively than cheaper ones and  are likely to last a lifetime. The list below covers the tools a beginner needs to learn a few basic metalworking techniques. As you experiment and  find your own preferences, you can gradually add new tools to your collection until your workshop is fully equipped.  • bench pin • jeweller’s saw 

ADDING TEXTURE Texturing metal  gives it character  and interest. Several techniques can be  used involving tools  to manipulate the metal’s surface. Hammering is a  very simple way to give your design a different look. It will mark the surface of the metal, changing  its appearance and  the way it reflects light. Any metal hammer can be used to imprint a pattern and, depending on its

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and blades • flux, solder  and pickle • mini hand-held butane torch • soldering block • tweezers • selection of files (large, flat and  half-round, and a  set of needle files) • selection of pliers  • sandpapers or  emery sticks in various grades • hobby drill (used  for drilling and polishing) • shears or cutter • mallet

For further information about metalwork, we recommend The Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques by Jinks McGrath and Jewellery Making Techniques Book by Elizabeth Oliver, both available from www.amazon.co.uk

shape and size, a whole variety of texturing effects can be achieved. The round side of a ball pein hammer, for example, will leave circular indentations in the metal sheet, while the chisel  end of a cross  pein hammer will create linear marks. Specialist texturing hammers are also available to buy. These hammers have different textures  on either side of the

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head and are a worthwhile addition to your toolbox. It  is a good idea to practise with some scrap metal until you perfect the look you want, before taking this technique to your final piece.

STEP BY STEP Select the appropriate hammer for the pattern you want  to imprint. You can hammer pieces of sheet metal before  or after cutting  them into the shape you desire.

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Place the metal sheet or disc on  a steel block and strike it sharply  with the head of the hammer. Start from one end and move across your metal piece, spreading the blows evenly. Keep hammering until you are happy with the pattern achieved. A variety of interesting effects can be obtained by varying the strength and angle at which the metal is struck  or by hammering  the metal sheet consecutively in  two different directions. It is  also possible to enhance textures  by colouring and polishing the metal so that the crevices are darker and the burnished raised surfaces appear brighter by contrast.

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• hammer (ball pein) • dapping block  and punches

THE TECHNIQUES When working  with metals, a variety of methods can be used to create shapes, textures and connections, with  or without using heat. Cutting, drilling, texturing, piercing, bending, forming and riveting are all examples of cold metalworking techniques.  Annealing, soldering and fusing, on the other hand, require the use of  a torch and are therefore referred  to as hot metalwork. All these techniques are straightforward to learn although they will require a bit of practice.

WHERE TO BUY Metal supplies, tools and equipment are available from www.palmermetals.co.uk, www.suttontools.co.uk and www.cooksongold.co.uk Antique copper findings can be purchased from www.cjbeaders.co.uk

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Use a centre punch to make an indentation in the metal prior to drilling. This will help hold the drill bit in position when starting to drill a hole

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SILVERSMITHING A BEGINNER’S GUIDE HAMMERED EARRINGS

NEXT ISSUE Aurora gives us the lowdown on applying heat to metalwork to create eye-catching jewellery pieces

TO CREATE Cut two 25mm discs from the copper sheet using a disc cutter as described in the boxout on page 32. Texture them using the round end of a ball pein hammer over a steel block.

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correctly in the disc cutter and punch an identical 10mm hole. Place one disc on a wooden block and secure it in position using a small clamp. Drill a 1.2mm hole for attaching the ear wires. (Always wear safety glasses when drilling.) To make the ear wire, cut a 55mm length of copper wire. Make a small loop at one end of the wire using a pair of roundnosed pliers. Thread on a copper bead and

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a 4mm Swarovski crystal. Use roundnosed pliers to bend the wire just above the crystal. To make the hook section, wrap the earring wire around the largest jaw of the bail-making pliers as shown below. Hammer the hook on a steel block using the flat side of the ball pein hammer to flatten and strengthen it. Attach the ear wire to the disc to finish your earring. Repeat the process to complete the matching pair.

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BEADS BY LILI

CHARM ABOUT MEL… When Mel launched www.beadsbylili.com she had a hunch that beading and jewellery making would become popular in the UK. Like many others, she started out designing and selling jewellery pieces at local craft fairs but, she says, “it was difficult to source interesting, fashionable beads, so I began to spend a lot of time working on that to the point where the bead side of the business took over”. So Beads by Lili was born, with the strapline ‘We dream of beads’ because, Mel says, “beading and fashion is my passion and I literally would dream of beads!”. She continues: “I have always tried to source interesting things that are a little different and feel that in an everexpanding marketplace there needs to be someone offering a range of exciting products at a competitive price. I want to help and encourage people to take their ideas and make them into something that’s fun, funky and unique!”

MULTI-STRAND CHARM BRACELET TO CREATE Double over the waxed cord and attach a 16mm jump ring with a lark’s head knot (you will find videos

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Mel Brooke conjures up an enchanting array of charm bracelets, all ablaze with the hottest colours of this season

showing how to do a lark’s head knot on YouTube). Separate the strands and tie simple knots at 2cm intervals until the bracelet is long enough to fit around your wrist (allowing for clasp attachments). Do not pull the knots too tight as you will need to attach charms later. Hold both cord ends together, make a loop and attach them to a second 16mm jump ring with a lark’s head knot (bring all strands through the loop). Work along the strands as before, tying knots at 4cm intervals. When you get back to the first jump ring loop each end

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glass pearls, a single 6mm glass round bead or Czech crystal, or a 4mm glass pearl plus a 12mm faceted round crystal. Make a loop at the top of each one. Attach the bead charms to the knots by gently loosening them and threading a 6mm or 10mm jump ring through with a bead charm. Tighten the knots back up. Make sure you space out the bead charms to fill any gaps as you work. Finally, attach the clasp halves to each end using two 6mm jump rings linked together and attached to the 16mm jump rings.

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MATERIALS • 1.5m brown 1mm waxed cord • Nude 6mm round glass beads • dark brown 4mm glass pearls • teal Czech crystals • teal 12mm faceted round crystals • toggle clasp • 1” headpins • 2 x 16mm jump rings • 4 x 10mm jump rings • 16 x 6mm jump rings


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BEADS BY LILI TRADITIONAL BEADED CHARM BRACELET

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsbylili.com. For enquiries, call 01249 651769

TO CREATE Cut a length of large oval link chain long enough to fit snugly around your wrist. Connect the halves of a toggle clasp to the ends of the chain using jump rings, then check the fit of the bracelet (it should now be a comfortable ‘drape’ fit). Use headpins and eyepins to make lots of bead charms with wire-wrapped tops. Add a bead cap to the ends of a few

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TWISTING DRAGONFLY CHARM BRACELET TO CREATE Cut 3-4 circles of bracelet-sized memory wire using memory wire cutters. Turn a loop on one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread three large glass pearls onto ball tip headpins and use round-nosed pliers to coil the wire ends down to the tops of the beads. Squash the coil with flat-nosed pliers to make it neat. Thread a bead cap and a waxed cord bead onto a 50cm headpin and use round-nosed pliers to coil the wire ends as in Step 2. Repeat to make another two.

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• bracelet-size memory wire • Soft Cream 14mm acrylic round beads • clear chunky crackle tubes • purple 16mm glass pearls • antique silver small acrylic pumpkin beads • antique silver small acrylic dragonfly charms • pink and purple 4mm glass rounds • Hot Pink Czech crystals • purple 8mm glass pearls • fuchsia and pink 14mm waxed cord beads • crystal 10mm glass heart beads • silver-plated 10mm bead caps • 7mm jump rings • silver-plated 0.6mm wire • silver-plated 2” headpins and ball tip headpins

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

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer GALLERY

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

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

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AMBER GLOW BY CHRISTINE YOUNG FROM COUNTY DOWN

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size 11 seed beads large glass beads toggle clasp calottes Nymo thread beading needle

SILVER PENDANT MATERIALS • cabochon (bought from a market stall in Brittany!) • grey silver-lined size 11 seed beads • grey size 15 seed beads

PEACOCK NECKLACE BY HELEN MAC FROM OXFORDSHIRE

BY BEVERLEY ABBERLEY FROM STAFFORDSHIRE • silver 3mm glass pearl beads • Tigertail • silver findings

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Peacock 5/6cm freshwater pearls natural white 7mm freshwater pearls silver-plated 6mm wire 4mm jump rings metal leaf connectors

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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COMPETITION

The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show

WIN a pair of show tickets

Win a pair of tickets to an upcoming show! et a head start on your creative crafts for 2011 and treat yourself to a trip to The Stitch and Creative Crafts Shows. We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, 21st-23rd January, 10 pairs for Manchester Central, 4th-6th February and 10 pairs for Towerlands Park, Braintree, Essex, 17th-19th February.

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The Stitch and Creative Crafts Shows provide the perfect opportunity to stock up on products for all kinds of crafts, including cross stitch, sewing, scrapbooking, cardmaking, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, ribboncraft, papercraft, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, découpage, crochet and many more. Plus you can combine your

shopping experience with demonstrations, workshops and expertrun features. Book in advance and save £2 using the promotional code PR2. Admission on the door is £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions, with accompanied children under 16 free of charge. Book now by visiting www. sccshows.co.uk and with every four tickets purchased in advance, you’ll get a fifth free!

2011 SHOWS • Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey 21st-23rd January 2011 • Manchester Central, Manchester, 4th-6th February 2011 • Towerlands Park, Braintree, Essex, 17th-19th February 2011 • The Malvern Showground, Malvern, 11th-13th March 2011 • The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, 7th-10th April 2011 • Kings Hall, Belfast, 14th-16th April 2011

We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away to each of the Esher, Manchester and Essex shows in January and February, so for your chance to win a pair send your name and address on a POSTCARD to CB&J07 SCCS Esher, Essex or Manchester, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 29th October 2010.

For more details on The Stitch and Creative Crafts Shows or to book tickets, visit www.sccshows.co.uk or call 01822 614671

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BEADS UNLIMITED

let your GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER

HEADBAND 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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Add some vibrant colour and shimmer to your outfit, whether it’s everyday denim or something dressier, with Gemma Gray’s dazzling hair accessories

HAIR down

TO CREATE Cut a 170cm length of Elasticity. Thread an 8mm sky blue bead onto the Elasticity and place it in the centre. Thread a 6mm aqua bead and a 6mm sky blue bead onto each side. Thread an 8mm aqua bead onto one length, and pass the other end through the other side of the bead to make a

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circle. Pull tight. Thread a 6mm sky blue bead and a 6mm aqua bead onto each side. Thread on an 8mm sky blue bead and pass the other end through the bead to make a circle. Pull tight. Repeat until you have added all your beads, ending the last circle by threading each end of Elasticity through either side of

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the first 8mm bead and pulling tight. Thread one end of the Elasticity through the circle of beads until it reaches the other end of Elasticity. To give your knot extra strength, simply pass the end of the Elasticity back through the knot a second time. Feed the Elasticity through a few beads and trim off any excess.

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MATERIALS • 60 x sky blue 6mm faceted glass beads • 60 x aqua 6mm faceted glass beads • 15 x sky blue 8mm faceted glass beads • 15 x aqua 8mm faceted glass beads • 170cm clear thin Elasticity

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BEADS UNLIMITED MATERIALS • small 60mm hair slide • 10 x sky blue 4mm faceted glass beads • 10 x aqua 4mm faceted glass beads • 3 x sky blue 6mm faceted glass beads • 3 x aqua 6mm faceted glass beads • 30cm clear thin Elasticity

TOOLS • pliers • wire cutters

SMALL HAIR SLIDE TO CREATE circle. Pull tight. Thread a 4mm sky blue bead and a 4mm aqua bead onto each side. Thread on a 6mm sky blue bead and pass the other end through the bead to make a circle. Pull tight. Repeat the process until you have added all your beads.

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Thread a 6mm sky blue bead onto your 30cm length of Elasticity and place it in the centre. Thread a 4mm aqua bead and a 4mm sky blue bead onto each side. Thread a 6mm aqua bead onto one end, and pass the other end through the other side of the bead to make a

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second 8mm bead and thread it through one side of the flower charm a few times to keep it in place. Thread underneath the beads and attach the other side of the flower charm. Add two more flowers in the same way – one in the centre and one at the other end of the hair slide. Use the flat part of your pliers to flatten out any sharp pieces of wire.

FLOWER HAIR SLIDE

TO CREATE Cut a manageable length of wire (you can cut more as required), thread through one of the holes in the hair slide and twist into place.

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beaded section securely to the hair slide through the holes at each end.

Thread on nine 8mm beads starting with aqua and alternating the colours so you also finish with aqua. Thread the wire through the second hole a few times to

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keep it in place. Thread on three 4mm sky blue beads, wrap around the side of the first 8mm bead and pull tight. Wrap the wire around between the first and second 8mm beads. Thread on three 4mm beads, wrap around the opposite side of the next bead and wrap

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the wire between the second and third beads in the same way. Repeat in this ‘figure of eight’ style until each 8mm bead has three 4mm beads on each side. Wrap the end of the wire to keep in place. Trim off any excess. Cut another length of wire. Attach it to the

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MATERIALS • large 80mm hair slide • 54 x sky blue 4mm faceted glass beads • 4 x sky blue 8mm faceted glass beads • 5 x aqua 8mm faceted glass beads • 3 x antique silver 15mm flower charms • silver-plated 0.4mm wire

TOOLS • pliers • wire cutters

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BEAD DOCTOR

bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or a jewellery dilemma? Ask our expert Carolyn Schulz 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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TARNISHED TIARAS I’m making tiaras with silver-plated wire and am wondering if I should use sterling silver to reduce the risk of tarnishing? I’m concerned that sterling silver will be very expensive. I also want to send one of my tiaras to a friend for her daughter’s prom, but am worried it’ll get squashed in the post. Is there a good way I can package it up to make sure it arrives safely? Emma Fairfax, by email CB&J: Silver and gold-plated wires do tend to tarnish over time, but then so does sterling silver. If you’re making bespoke tiaras for people you could offer them the option, but it will obviously add more to the overall cost if sterling silver is used. In terms of posting your tiaras, use a good sturdy box coupled with tissue paper and bubble wrap. Add a soft bubble wrap bottom to the inside of the box (use a couple of layers) and sit the tiara on top of it. Scrunch up individual sheets of tissue paper and carefully pack these around the tiara to protect it. You can even add an extra layer of cardboard on the inside of the box if you want to be extra sure!

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VINTAGE PIN RING I’ve got a very special ring that is too big for me to wear without constantly worrying about losing it. I’ve currently got a length of Sellotape around one side of the band, but obviously that’s a bit unsightly! I’ve been thinking about getting it shrunk and wondered where I should go and how much it will cost? The ring was originally

LEATHER CLOSURES I’m wanting to make a leather wrap bracelet and plan to use a toggle clasp but I’m not sure how best to attach it. I want to leave loose fringed ends as well as adding a

made from a gold pin and so is very delicate. I’m not sure if this will make the task more difficult. Pauline Mariner, by email CB&J: Most reputable jewellers would be able to at least offer advice on where to have this done, if they weren’t able to do it themselves. In terms of cost, this would depend entirely on the

clasp so there are different options for securing it. Can you please advise? James Clarke, by email CB&J: It shouldn’t be a problem to use a toggle clasp and leave fringed ends for tying the bracelet, but there

company and method used to reduce the size of your ring. My own suggestion would be to look at incorporating the ring into another jewellery piece, such as having it as the focal point for a necklace. It sounds to me like it could be a family heirloom, so it would be a shame to alter it. Bring it up to date by adding it to another piece with modern colour. are a couple of things you should consider. The toggle clasp may be a little uncomfortable sitting against the skin if the fringed edges have been used to tie the bracelet, so carefully consider the placement of the toggle in relation to your wrist. A lot of toggle clasps are attached to jewellery pieces with jump rings, so securing the components to your bracelet shouldn’t be difficult. A simple drilled hole in each end of the leather should suffice for its attachment.


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BEAD DOCTOR ALLERGY ADVICE COMING UNSTUCK I’ve been making metal embellishments and combining them with glass, but the glued connection doesn’t seem 100% secure. Do you think I could be using the wrong glue, or should I stop trying to attach these two components together? Marjorie Clewes, by email CB&J: You certainly shouldn’t stop trying to combine glass and

DISCOLOURED CREATIONS I use a variety of different metals when making jewellery. However, sometimes the silver pieces I wear adopt a kind of copper look to them, although they do nothing to my skin. This can even happen over the course of a single day! I know you can buy coatings if

metal, as you can create some truly stunning finished pieces using these two mediums! Assuming you’re using a strong adhesive that is designed for this kind of work, it could be that your metal is a little ‘dirty’ and therefore not sticking securely. Try cleaning the metal by rubbing it gently with a little steel wool or sandpaper.

you’re allergic to certain metals, but it seems more the case that the metal is allergic to me! How can I seal the finish? Mrs M Finch, Gloucestershire CB&J: Generally it’s the acids in our skin and sweat that causes discolouration of metals and the wellknown green-finger syndrome! I’d recommend nickel-plating one of your silver jewellery pieces to see if it makes any difference. Another way to tackle discolouring jewellery, and especially that which colours your skin green, is to coat it with clear nail varnish. A light coat on the area that touches your skin can often prevent any transfer of sweat to the jewellery.

I bought your magazine as I’m thinking about having a go at making a bracelet. My mum is 60 in a couple of months so I’d like to make her something special, and I thought I’d get some ideas and advice before I went shopping as I’m a total novice. I enjoyed your magazine very much and am planning to try to make several of the featured bracelets, but the problem is that both my mum and I have nickel allergies. I didn’t see anything about any of the findings or beads being nickel-free for the pieces I want to make, so I’m planning to use sterling silver whenever I can. Do you know if most of the jewellerymaking materials are nickel-free? Is this an industry norm, or do I have to look at every individual item to find out if it

RIGHT ON THE BUTTON! I’d like to make a series of button jewellery pieces and need to find a good adhesive that’s strong enough to stick them onto brooch pins and rings. Can you recommend any adhesive that would be perfect for the job? Daphne Morgan, by email CB&J: A great adhesive for this kind of task would be Hot Stuff Special T glue. It’s as strong as superglue but a little thicker, giving you a lot more control. And as you don’t need

contains nickel? Please help as I don’t want to buy the products and start a project before I know. Hannah Power, by email CB&J: It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying the magazine and that the projects have inspired you. Unfortunately, nickelfree findings are something you’re going to have to look out for, as those who suffer from a nickel allergy are a much-overlooked minority! Most of the time you’ll find that nickel-free findings and elements are clearly marked, but on occasion you will have to go hunting for them as it’s far from an industry norm. Your best bet might be to find a stockist that has a good variety of nickel-free elements and just keep ordering your bits and pieces from the same place so you don’t have to check every time. I’ve browsed to use a lot, one bottle goes a long way! Buy online at www.bead shopscotland.co.uk or call 01620 822886. One top tip for affixing items to flat metallic surfaces it to scratch the surface of the metal where you’ll

online for you and have found a couple of stores that sell various ‘essentials’ and other pieces, so see if you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Gregory Knopp (www.gregory-knopp. co.uk) sells a lot of The Bead Cafe products from Craftime, which state they are nickel-free. You’ll find a good selection of ear wires and hoops, clasps, pins and more here. Alternatively, Madcowbeads (www.madcowbeads. com) sells a selection of nickel-free charms and bead caps. Hope this helps!

be sticking the embellishment. This allows you to firmly secure the first layer to the metal – but obviously you have to be careful to only scratch the area that the embellishments will cover.

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS

RING JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

ings have always been one of my favourite items of jewellery to make. They can be created for all manner of occasions, from everyday wear to special events, and therefore be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. You don’t have to consider the length of your sleeves or the shape of your outfit’s

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neckline – just pick your favourite beads and away you go! A wide range of bead styles work when making rings as there are many different ways of creating a ring base or attaching beads to a ready-made base. Simple ring projects can be completed in just a few minutes (plus some glue drying time) and can have as

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much impact as elaborate designs. Flat-pad ring blanks are the perfect choice for creating quick rings and are available in fixed ring sizes or with expandable bands as featured here. Beads and cut-stone or glass cabochons can be attached to them using epoxy glue (a two-part high-strength glue requiring you to mix an identical portion of

the resin and hardener to create a permanent adhesive). Rings are inevitably prone to knocks and bangs and it is therefore advisable to use epoxy glue with a longer setting time than the usual five minutes for added strength. Make sure that whatever you are attaching to the pad also has a flat contact point, and make a few scratches with a sharp

implement on the metal pad to encourage a secure bond. Ring blanks with a sieve-style base are a good choice for multi-bead projects, and beads can be attached to them using a variety of fine stringing materials. I like using wire because once pulled tight, it stays nice and snug, but you have to be careful not to kink and therefore weaken the wire. Care must also be taken to draw wire slowly through the sieve holes so that the metal edges don’t cut it – there are few things more frustrating than to be nearing the end of a project and have your wire break! A variety of methods can be employed to create rings using basic stringing materials. Heavy-gauge wire can be shaped around a mandrel and you can add as few or as many beads as you wish to the design to create elegant or quirky and unique wirework rings. Beading threads can be used with tiny seed beads to make really pretty ring bands and slightly larger beads can be added as focals. The technique used for these rings can also be used to frame larger beads for use in glued designs as they can be completed as individual components.


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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS CIRCLE WEAVE BAND

Thread both ends in opposite directions through a single green seed bead and pull them snug. String five more beads onto each thread end and continue again from Step 2 to form two more bead circles. Repeat the circular pattern, now replacing the Czech beads with purple seed beads and using just three green seed beads on each thread to surround them. Continue the pattern until you have a snug fit around

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your finger and use the central seed bead (from your original 11 in Step 1) to thread the ends through in opposite directions. Pull the threads tight and secure with a small knot. Thread the ends through a central

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purple seed bead and, from opposite directions, through the next shared green bead before tying another knot. Add a tiny dab of super glue to the last knot and, once dry, snip the thread ends. Turn the ring inside out to conceal the knots.

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Mix epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and glue the ring blank to the back of the large flower bead. Glue the headpin into the rondelle bead and the rondelle to the Lucite flower. Once the glue is cured (leave overnight), trim the

• purple large flower bead • small Lucite flower bead • dyed turquoise rondelle bead • silver headpin • silver 10mm flat-pad ring blank • epoxy glue

TOOLS • side cutters

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For best results when using 30-minute epoxy glue, mix it up and leave it for about 10-15 minutes before applying to your project. Don’t leave it too long or it will become thick and stringy

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headpin to about 2mm. Mix a small amount of epoxy glue and place a little into the bead hole (in the centre of the flower on the ring blank) and around the stub of the headpin on the reverse of the Lucite flower. Position the two components together and leave in a level position until fully dry.

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS FLYING SAUCER RING TO CREATE Make a wrapped loop in one end of a 12cm length of 0.8mm wire. Add three purple disc beads and four green seed beads alternately onto the wire, and create an identical wrapped loop at the other end.

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MATERIALS • green lustre seed beads • purple glass spacer disc beads • silver-plated 1mm and 0.8mm wire

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

LUCITE FEATURE FLOWER RING TO CREATE String 19 green seed beads centrally onto a 30cm length of thread. Pass both thread ends together in the same direction through the purple miracle bead. Follow Steps 3 and 4 from the Circle Weave Band project on page 53 to encircle the miracle bead with the seed beads, finishing

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with a final green shared seed bead. Pass one thread end back through the miracle bead and tie the ends together in a secure knot. Pass one end back through the bead and knot again in the same way. Secure a small square of coarse sandpaper to a scrap of cardboard and sand the back of the flower bead to make a flat surface (take care not to sand the petal tips). Feed the nylon thread ends on

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your encircled bead through the flower and secure it in the centre of the flower using epoxy glue. Put tension on the thread ends to pull the encircled bead snug to the flower. Once the glue is fully cured (leave overnight), snip off the thread ends, mix up a little more epoxy glue and adhere the flower to the flat pad of the ring blank. Place in a level position until this glue has cured.

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MATERIALS • green lustre seed beads • large Lucite flower bead • purple 8mm miracle bead • silver 10mm flat-pad ring blank • epoxy glue

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS Cut a 25cm length of silver-plated 1mm wire and wrap it around the ring mandrel in a loose 5½-rotation spiral. Use round-nosed pliers to curl one end of the wire into a loop facing outwards from the ring. Open the loop sideways, attach one end of the beaded component from Step 1 and close snugly. Adjust the ring for size at this point by tightening or loosening the spirals around the mandrel. Trim the second wire end directly in line with the first loop and form a loop here too. Fix the other end of your beaded component to this loop so that it lies at a slight angle across the ring.

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BEADFRAMED DONUT RING TO CREATE Cut a 40cm length of wire and thread on 28 seed beads, positioning them centrally. Bring the long end of the wire around and thread it through all the beads again, pulling them into a snug circle. Sit the circle of beads on the circumference of the sieve blank and weave one wire end in and out of a couple of the holes to secure, but do not snip off the end. Use the other wire end to overstitch the beaded circle to the ring through the outermost row of sieve holes. Ensure that the wire slips

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down between the beads each time you pull it snug. Thread the wire end in and out of a couple of the holes to bring it to the centre of the sieve. Thread the wires from opposite directions through the 4mm bead, then down again and back up separately through a few sieve holes before twisting to secure. Snip the ends, then flatten and twist down against the sieve base. Glue the donut bead into the centre of the ring using a little epoxy glue and set aside in a level position to dry overnight. Cut a 20cm length of wire and thread on seven seed beads. Create a circle as

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before and thread one end through three more beads so that the ends are opposite each other. Push the ends down through the sieve base between the donut bead and the 4mm central bead, then back up through a different hole, over the circle’s wire and back down repeatedly to secure. Wrap the ends around the ring shank under the sieve before pushing the coils snug and trimming.

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green small donut bead purple matte seed beads purple 4mm plastic bead silver 34-gauge beading wire • silver 20mm sieve ring blank • epoxy glue

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS

MATERIALS • green lustre and purple matte seed beads • purple 8mm miracle bead • nylon mono-filament thread • super glue

TOOLS • scissors

FRILLY WEAVE FLOWER RING TO CREATE String 20 green seed beads onto a 60cm length of thread. Pass both thread ends together

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in the same direction through the miracle bead, positioning them so that one end is about half the length of the other. Follow Steps 3 and 4 from the Circle Weave Band project on page 53 to encircle the miracle bead with the seed beads. Finish with a final shared green seed bead. Add two purple seed beads to the long thread end and pass it through the first green seed bead again. Add two more purple beads and thread the end through the nextbut-one green seed bead around the circle.

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Continue adding two purple beads and threading into alternate beads on the original green circle until you have gone all the way around. Thread the end back through the first green bead and the first purple bead in your second row. Add a purple seed bead, then thread through the next purple seed bead in the second row. Continue to add a single purple seed bead between all the original purple beads in turn until you reach the start again.

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Work your thread back through the beads to meet the other thread end and tie a secure knot. Thread in opposite directions through a single bead and tie another secure knot. Add a dab of super glue to this knot and snip the end short when the glue is dry. Feed a 50cm length of nylon thread through two of the outermost row of purple beads in line with the miracle bead hole. Adjust the position so both ends are the same length and create the ring band as with the Circle Weave Band project

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on page 53, using green and purple seed beads. To draw up the band, thread the ends in opposite directions through two of the purple beads in the outer row of the frill and back through the central purple bead in the last woven circle, then from opposite directions through the shared green bead. Tie a secure knot, add a dab of super glue and trim the ends once the glue is dry. Turn the ring inside out to conceal the knots.

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY RINGS

SWIRLY WIRED DONUT RING TO CREATE Cut a 25cm length of 1mm wire and create a small stacked coil centrally by wrapping the two ends of the wire around the tip of round-nosed pliers twice, making sure you finish with the ends at opposite sides of the spiral.

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Use flat-nosed pliers to bend the wire ends through 90º close to the spiral so that they are perpendicular to it. Thread the wire ends through the centre of the donut bead and splay them out at 180º to one another so that the wire spiral is pulled snugly onto the bead. Use nylon-jaw pliers to gently squash the spiral onto the face of the bead.

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scraps and snip into two coils. Slide one coil onto one end of the ring and move it around one rotation of the ring band. Continue moving it around the band so that the wire end slides into the coil again. Continue moving the wrapping coil around the ring band until it sits just beyond the donut bead, then snip the ring band end short

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(in line with the end of the coil). Make sure the coil ends are squashed snug to the ring band and repeat for the other side.

MATERIALS • green small donut bead • silver-plated 1mm and 0.8mm wire

TOOLS • ring mandrel • side cutters • round-nosed, flat-nosed and nylon-jaw pliers

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CBJ07 pp58-61 Puffa Fish Frit_Beading 10/09/2010 09:19 Page 58

LAMPWORK BEADS USING FRIT

broken GLASS Rachel Bishop introduces the art of incorporating frit into your lampwork bead creations with some spectacular results 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

rit is the official name given to glass that has been crushed or ground into small pieces. Once it has been crushed, it is then sifted and sorted by size. From a jewellery perspective, frit is most commonly available in two sizes: a big, chunky frit that is similar in size to sea salt crystals and a

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to learn what suits you best.

RACHEL BISHOP DESIGNER

THE SCIENCE BIT Frit is generally 96coe, which is different to the 104coe Effetre/ CiM/Reichenbach glass you use for making beads. This won’t cause you any problems as long as you stick to the 5% rule – that is, ensure the frit you apply is no

more than 5% of your bead’s total make up. There are numerous ways of dipping your frit: you can put it onto a marver, or into a teaspoon or saucer – as long as it is fireproof, it doesn’t really matter what you choose to use. a silver bead, another Xilion bead and another silver bead. Add a silver wavy tube, a silver bead and a Xilion bead. Add your first lampwork bead, another Xilion, a silver bead and a silver wavy tube and repeat this pattern until you have incorporated all the silver wavy tubes. Finish the necklace by stringing on a silver bead, a Xilion bead, another silver bead and another Xilion bead, then attaching a silver jump ring and fastening with a crimp bead. Cut off any excess wire and cover the crimps with crimp covers for a professional finish.

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MATERIALS FRIT BEAD • Dark Lavender Effetre glass rod • pink frit blend • bead stringing wire • 11 x frittie beads • 26 x 4mm Swarovski Xillion beads • 26 x silver 2mm 925 beads • 12 x silver 925 wavy tubes • silver lobster clasp • silver jump ring • crimps • silver crimp covers

smaller version that is sugar-crystal size. Frit is available in a whole kaleidoscope of colours, giving you the option to buy single colours as well as tried-and-tested artisan blends. It is usually sold in pots but some suppliers who sell samples of frit in small bags so you can try different colours and blends

NECKLACE TO CREATE THE BEAD Create your base lampwork bead until you are happy with the shape (see Fig 1, right). I have used transparent glass for this project because it is stiffer than opaque glass and thus easier to control. While the bead is still glowing, roll it in the frit on the marver so you have a good covering (Fig 2). The bead needs to be still glowing and hot so the frit will stick to

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it. Be gentle in the rolling motion and pressure so the bead doesn’t become misshapen. Gently melt in the frit at the top part of your flame until your bead is smooth all over (Fig 3). Wait for your bead to cool slightly (until the glow has gone) and place it

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in your annealing bubble, vermiculite or fibre blanket.

TO CREATE THE NECKLACE Attach a lobster clasp to one end of the beading wire and fasten into place with a crimp bead. Thread on a Xilion bead, followed by

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LAMPWORK BEADS USING FRIT

TO CREATE THE BEAD Make your base lampwork bead in the colour of your choice – you can be as subtle or loud as you like with your colour as you have no

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matching up to do (see Fig 1, below). While the bead is still glowing, roll it in the lead crystal frit on the marver (Fig 2). Be gentle in the rolling motion and pressure so the bead doesn’t become misshapen. Let your bead cool slightly and, using the top part of your flame, very

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gently start to melt the frit. Remember, you don’t want to melt the frit in fully, just slightly so you have some texture (Fig 3). Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time – the beauty of this process is that you can melt the frit in completely and then reapply some more until you achieve your desired effect. Let your bead cool slightly until the glow has gone and then place in annealing bubble.

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lampwork bead onto the headpin. Repeat this sequence twice and finish by adding the 2mm silver bead at the top. Make a loop in the headpin and thread this through the silver bail. Complete the loop and wire-wrap the top of the pin. Cut off any excess wire. Thread the finished pendant onto the silver chain.

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glass rods lead crystal frit 3 x sugared beads 4 x silver saucer beads silver 2mm 925 round beads • silver 925 headpin • silver 925 bail • silver 925 ready-towear chain

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prepared mandrels marver didymium glasses annealing bubble, vermiculite or fibre blanket • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

WHERE TO BUY Glass, mandrels and bead release are available from www.tuffnellglass.com Frit in single colours, blends and sample packs is available from www.offmandrel.com, www.kazkebab.etsy.com and www.beadgoodies.com

TO CREATE THE NECKLACE Thread a silver saucer bead and a

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LAMPWORK BEADS USING FRIT

TO CREATE THE BEADS Create your base lampwork bead (see Fig 1, below). I have used an opaque pale pink glass for this project to showcase the swirling. While the bead is still glowing, roll it gently into the frit on the marver and melt in (Fig 2). It doesn’t matter too much if your bead doesn’t stay in perfect shape at this point. While your bead is still in the flame, stop turning your

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mandrel and let the glass move in the heat and begin to distort the frit. When you see the glass droop (Fig 3), slowly start turning your mandrel again and the swirl pattern will start to appear. Reshape your bead to your desired shape (Fig 4) and place it into your annealing bubble when cool enough.

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TO CREATE THE BRACELET Fix one part of the toggle clasp to

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one end of the beading wire and fasten with a crimp bead. Using 11 of the swirled lampwork beads, string beads onto the wire in the following sequence: Xilion, silver bead, Xilion, lampwork bead, Xilion, silver bead, Xilion. Complete the end of the bracelet by adding a jump ring fastened to the second component of the toggle clasp, then secure using a

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Beads need to cool slowly to ensure they don’t break or crack from thermal shock. Vermiculite (available inexpensively in garden centres) or a fibre blanket are ideal for this, but my preference is for annealing bubble – a lightweight insulating material made up of thousands of tiny silica balls

crimp bead. Cut off any excess beading wire. For a finishing touch, thread a silver bead, Xilion, lampwork bead, Xilion and silver bead onto the silver headpin and attach to the jump ring.

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pink opaque glass rod pink frit blend bead stringing wire 12 x swirled lampwork beads 26 x 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads 13 x silver 2mm beads silver headpin toggle clasp jump ring 2 x crimp beads

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QUICKSILVER BEAD EARRINGS TO CREATE THE BEADS Form your basic lampwork bead in a single colour of your choice (see Fig 1, below). While the bead is still glowing, roll it in the lead crystal frit on the marver (Fig 2). Be gentle in the rolling motion and pressure so the bead doesn’t become misshapen. Let your bead cool slightly and, using the top part of your flame, very gently start to melt

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the frit (Fig 3). Let your bead cool off again for a moment. If you are using a hothead torch, turn it up high. If you are using a dual fuel torch, either turn up your propane or turn down your oxygen. Wave your bead though the top of the yellow part of the flame, where there is less oxygen. This is a reducing flame and will give the frit a lovely metallic finish (Fig 4). Don’t hold the bead in the flame or it will

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turn sooty. When the bead has cooled sufficiently, place it into your annealing bubble, vermiculite or fibre blanket.

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TO CREATE THE EARRINGS Take a silver headpin and thread on a 2mm bead, 4mm bead and lampwork bead, followed by a second 4mm bead and 2mm bead. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the headpin and snip

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off any excess wire. Attach the finished dangle to a silver ear wire. Repeat to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • • • • • • •

glass rods lead crystal frit 2 x lampwork beads 4 x silver 4mm rounds 4 x silver 2mm rounds 2 x silver headpins ear wires

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prepared mandrels marver didymium glasses annealing bubble, vermiculite or fibre blanket • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters

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CBJ07 pp72-73 Beading Crafty_Beading 14/09/2010 15:37 Page 72

BEADING CRAFTY

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Versatile memory wire is perfect for all kinds of multi-stranded and coiled bracelet effects, as Shona Perkins proves with two very different but equally desirable pieces

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

MATERIALS • 24” silver-plated bracelet memory wire (2½” dia) • 42 x assorted colourful 12mm Fimo beads • 45 x silver 4mm spacer beads • 8 x silver 6mm spacer beads • 2 x silver-plated 40mm eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed and general purpose pliers • memory wire cutters

TO CREATE Cut your memory wire coils into 8” lengths. Using roundnosed and general purpose pliers, bend

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FIMO FLOWER GARDEN BRACELET around one end of each coil length. Do this by holding each length of wire in turn with the roundnosed pliers in your secondary hand, then taking the end of the coil with the general purpose pliers in your dominant hand and winding it over the round-nosed pliers to create a loop. Ensure that these loops are properly closed so the eyepins you thread on later will not come adrift. You can do this by

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giving the loop a gentle closing squeeze using general purpose pliers. Thread one 4mm spacer bead and one 12mm Fimo bead alternately onto the coils, until there are 14 floral beads on each wire length. Finish with a spacer bead on each coil. Create loops at the end of the coils, ensuring they are the same size and equally close to the final beads on each wire length. This will help to keep the bracelet

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sitting neatly round the wrist and avoid one or more of the coils buckling, which will put the bracelet under strain. Take one eyepin and thread on a 6mm spacer bead, a coil loop, another 6mm spacer, a coil loop, a 6mm spacer, a third coil loop

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and a final 6mm spacer bead. Again, use pliers to make a loop at the other end of the eyepin. This then allows the eyepin to anchor the three coil strands together. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the other ends of the coils to complete the bracelet.

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Keep checking your work as you thread. The tautness of the memory wire can effect how evenly your beads lie. If your work is not well balanced, the extra weight on one side will pull the beads under your wrist, where they won’t be visible

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To start, put your seed beads, 4mm spacer beads and 12mm brown round beads to one side. Thread all the other beads individually onto their own headpins. Make a closed loop directly above each bead and cut off any excess wire. Repeat the process with two 12mm brown beads, in each case threading a seed bead onto the headpin first. Using your roundnosed and general purpose pliers, bend around one end of your 22” coil of memory wire, as in Step 1 of the Fimo Flower Garden bracelet opposite. You now have your components ready to thread as you need them. Start by threading 25 seed beads onto your wire coil. Then thread on a 4mm spacer bead, a gold faceted bead, a potato pearl, a crackle bead, a 10mm cream pearl, a crackle bead, a potato pearl and a gold glass pearl. Finish this small cluster by threading the coil with another 4mm spacer bead. Next, thread on 50 seed beads and repeat the cluster sequence from Step 3.

Thread on a 4mm spacer bead as before, followed by 25 seed beads and another 4mm spacer. For the main focal cluster, thread on a potato pearl, a 12mm brown bead, a crackle bead, a 10mm cream pearl, a 20mm leaf bead, a 10mm cream pearl, a crackle bead, a 12mm brown bead, a 6mm gold glass pearl and a potato pearl. Thread on a 4mm spacer and 25 seed beads, then repeat the

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cluster sequence from Step 3 with a final spacer at the end. Finally, thread seed beads (approximately 100) to the end of your work. The four clusters should be sitting opposite each other around the coils, which looks good and also helps to balance the

The measurements given here will enable you to make a coil bracelet to comfortably fit a 6½” wrist, so you may need to make adjustments. The basic technique can also be adapted to make stunning necklaces and rings (as above). You may wish to accommodate symmetric and abstract designs, but remember to remain aware of weight balance when making them bracelet on the wrist. Once you are happy that the clusters sit where you like them and that your pattern

is as you want it, create a closed loop at the end of your coil and cut off any excess wire.

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Once perfected, double looping or wrapping each cluster bead will prevent them from falling off with wear

MATERIALS • 22” bracelet memory wire (2½” dia) • 227 x amber silverlined size 11 Miyuki seed beads • 5 x cream 10mm glass pearls • 8 x orange freshwater potato pearls • 4 x gold 6mm glass pearls • 3 x gold 6mm faceted beads • 2 x brown 12mm round beads

• 8 x brown 4mm crackle beads • 8 x silver 4mm spacer beads • 30 x gold 50mm headpins • 20mm acrylic leaf focal bead

TOOLS • round-nosed and general purpose pliers • memory wire cutters

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CBJ07 pp76-77 Bead Shop Scot_Beading 13/09/2010 14:43 Page 76

THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND

BOLLYWOOD These quick-to-make pieces look stunning with jeans or an evening dress. The random mix of beads gives the necklace an easy-going feel, while the vibrant colours could be straight off a Bollywood set

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LISA-KIM HERON DESIGNER

LINDA WHITEFIELD DESIGNER

LARIAT NECKLACE TO CREATE Arrange all the beads, crystals and charms into separate groups. Thread the beads with small holes onto headpins, then make a complete wrapped loop with each crystal. You can also thread two or three crystals, or a combination of a crystal and goldplated charms, onto one headpin. Bearing in mind that the finished length of the lariat should be approximately a metre, lay out the beads and crystals on headpins in

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the order they are going to be attached to the cotton cord. Thread the large gold-plated heart charm onto one end of the cotton cord. Tie a knot securely around the loop of the charm (glue may be added later and the excess cord trimmed). Thread a single bead of your choice onto the cord and knot it close to the large

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heart charm. Leaving a space of approximately 2cm between each bead or group of beads, continue to knot beads and charms onto the cotton cord, occasionally grouping them together for a chunkier look. Finish off the lariat at the other end with a large group of beads to balance the look of the necklace.

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Lariats are brilliantly flexible pieces of jewellery – wear them doubled around your neck for a choker, looped over for a longer necklace, wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet, or even as a delicate-looking belt

MATERIALS • 2m red 1mm cotton cord • approx 50 x assorted 4–20mm+ beads and crystals • gold-plated large heart charm • 12–15 x gold-plated small charms • 8–10 x gold-plated rondelle spacer beads

• 30 x gold-plated headpins • 12–15 x gold-plated jump rings • GS Hypo Cement glue

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THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND

MATERIALS • gold-plated earring findings • 4 x gold-plated headpins • 2 x gold-plated filigree flowers • 15cm gold-plated fine chain • 2 x 8mm Swarovski crystal bicones • Plum 10mm round wooden beads

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

EARRINGS TO CREATE Make a simple loop in one end of a headpin. Cut the head off the other end of the pin. Thread an 8mm crystal onto the pin. Trim the wire down to 1cm and make a loop. Before closing the loop, attach it to a filigree flower. Make a simple loop in one end of a headpin. Before closing the loop, attach it to the other

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side of the filigree flower from Step 3. Cut the head off the pin and thread on a 10mm round wooden bead. Trim the wire down to 1cm and make a simple loop. Before closing the loop, attach three short pieces of goldplated chain – this looks most effective when the pieces are different lengths (for example, 1cm, 2cm and 3cm). Repeat to create the matching earring.

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

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CBJ07 pp78-79 Crystals & Ice_Beading 13/09/2010 15:33 Page 78

CRYSTALS AND ICE

everything’s LAURA SCLANDERS DESIGNER

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MATERIALS • 220 x Golden Grains 1.8mm Miyuki Cube Mix • 1.5m Ice Pink twisted aluminium chain (4x5.2mm) • 1m silver-plated 1mm copper wire • 4m silver-plated 0.4mm copper wire • 138 x dark brown transparent matte Miyuki Delica beads • 44 x Rose 3mm Czech fire polished beads • 22 x Rose 6mm Czech fire polished beads • 34 x Black Diamond Indian glass rectangles (8x4mm) • 76 x Cocoa 4mm Czech glass pearls • 3m illusion cord (0.25mm) • 12 x silver-plated 2mm bead crimps • 12 x silver-plated 3mm crimp covers • silver-plated ear wires • 12 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • silver-plated 13mm trigger clasp • silver-plated 3-strand sliding clasp

CAFÉ AU LAIT NECKLACE TO CREATE

This pretty, sparkling set in shades of pink and warming coffee and cream is the perfect match for an autumn day

one end of the wire, and wind the other end around the wire circle to secure. Trim and file the ends. Secure one end of a 1m length of 0.4mm wire around the wrapped loop of the pendant. Thread on a 6mm Rose bead and wrap the wire back through the loop to secure it against the pendant. Wire wrap through the circle three more times, then add

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a 3mm bead followed by three wraps and another 3mm bead. Follow this pattern until the pendant is filled. Secure the end of the wire and trim. Attach one end of a 35cm length of illusion cord to the pendant loop with a crimp and crimp cover. String on five random Miyuki cubes, then one pearl. Repeat this pattern for 28cm, then thread on a crimp, create a loop

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and crimp in place. Repeat the process for the other side. Cut two 25cm lengths of chain (67 links) and attach one to the pendant above the cubed strand using a jump ring. Repeat on the other side. Crimp one 30cm strand of illusion cord through the pendant. String a rectangle, three Delica beads, a pearl and another three Delica

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beads. Repeat this pattern for 23cm, then create a loop and crimp closed. Hide all the crimps with covers. Gather the chain, the cubed strand, and the Delica strand from one side of the pendant and attach them all to a jump ring. Repeat for the other side, attaching the trigger clasp to the jump ring as well.

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CRYSTALS AND ICE RING O’ ROSES BRACELET TO CREATE Wrap a 25cm length of 1mm wire around a 3cmdiameter tube. Secure the loose wire ends by wrapping them around the wire circle. Trim and file any rough ends. Follow Steps 2 and 3 for creating the necklace to complete the focal. Create a crimped loop to attach a 15cm length of illusion cord to one side of the focal, between two 3mm beads. Thread on a rectangle and a pearl and repeat this three times, finishing with another rectangle. Crimp another loop at the end. Repeat this process directly opposite the strand from Step 2, making sure all the

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crimps have covers. Cut two 7cm lengths of chain (18 links) and use a jump ring to attach one to the focal between the illusion cord and a 6mm bead. Repeat on the opposite side so the bracelet is symmetrical. Repeat again on both sides so that the beaded illusion cord is now ‘sandwiched’ between two lengths of chain. Attach jump rings to the ends of the beaded cords and chains. Lay out the bracelet and your sliding clasp. Starting at the right, attach the top jump ring to the top loop of one side of the clasp, the cord to the middle and the other chain length to the bottom, so that they lie parallel and do not cross. Repeat on the other side, making sure the clasp will close correctly.

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ROSE BLUSH EARRINGS TO CREATE Wrap a 7” length of 1mm wire around a 2cm diameter tube. Make a wrapped loop with one end of the wire and wind the other end around the wire circle to secure. Trim and file the ends. Repeat so you have two focals. Secure one end of a 0.5m length of 0.4mm wire around the wrapped loop. Thread on a 6mm bead and wrap the wire back through the loop to secure it against the pendant. Wrap the wire through the circle

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three more times, then add a 3mm bead followed by three wraps and another 3mm bead. Follow this pattern until the pendant is filled. Secure the end of the wire and cut. Cut a 2.5cm length of chain and carefully open one link. Slip the open link through the wrapped loop of the earring focal and close. Repeat for the other earring. Carefully open the loop at the end of an ear wire and slip on the end of the chain. Close the loop and repeat for the other earring.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Crystals and Ice Bead Shop, 7 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, South Wales CF10 1BB; www.crystals-and-ice.co.uk; 0845 108 6484 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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CBJ07 pp82-83 MadCow Gothic_Beading 14/09/2010 12:55 Page 82

JEWELLERY GOTHIC STYLE

her DARK STEPHIE HALL DESIGNER

GOTHIC CHOKER TO CREATE String 10 black 6mm crystal beads onto a 15cm length of

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Stephie Hall creates a set of memorable statement pieces with a fashionably dark, dramatic twist

28-gauge wire to form a ring, and tie once in an overhand knot. Using chain-nosed pliers, pinch the two wire tails together to make a single-wrapped loop with both strands of wire. Trim the ends and repeat until you

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have three black rings and two purple rings. Use your fingers to gently manipulate the rings to correct the shape if necessary. These black and purple rings will appear alternately across the necklace. Cut a 35cm length of Acculon wire. Crimp the ends into a loop and thread 50 seed beads. Thread the wire through the top two beads of a black beaded ring (on the opposite side to the wrapped loop), add a further 11 seed beads and then a purple beaded ring. Add 11 more seed beads, followed by a ring

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until all the rings are on the wire. Add 50 seed beads and crimp the end into a loop. Cut four 19-link lengths of chain and four 35-link lengths of chain. Cut a 38cm length of Acculon wire, and thread on 50 seed beads and the two bottom beads of the first ring (one on each side of the wrapped loop). Thread on the end of a 35-link chain and a 19-link chain, then 13 seed beads, followed by the other ends of the two lengths of chain. Repeat along the length of the wire, linking up the bottom of all the beaded rings and ensuring your wire

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is behind the wrapped loops each time. Add crimp bead covers to all the crimp beads and use 5mm jump rings to attach the two pairs of loops together at the ends. Add two more 5mm jump rings to each ring to form a short chain and attach a clasp to the end of one ring. Use the remaining 5mm jump rings to attach spider charms between the top two beads of each ring. Use your fingers to shape the ring so that the spiders’ legs rest on the beads. Cut two 6cm lengths of 22-gauge wire. Thread a small

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JEWELLERY GOTHIC STYLE

materials GOTHIC EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut two 10cm lengths of 22-gauge silver wire. Make a beaded wrapped-loop link with a 4mm bead, a Bali-style bead and another 4mm bead, capturing a small cross in one loop. Attach the other end to an ear wire and repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create the second earring.

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TOP TIP

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• antique gold Acculon 7-strand 0.22” wire • gunmetal black 3x4mm cable chain • 296 x transparent black 3mm seed beads (size 8) • 12 x Deep Violet 4mm round Czech fire polished crystal beads • 20 x Deep Violet 6mm round Czech fire polished crystal beads • 30 x Jet Black AB 6mm Czech fire polished crystal beads • 5 x antique silver 8mm Bali-style swirly egg beads • 3 x antique silver 20mm cross charms • 2 x antique silver 12mm moon & star charms • 5 x gunmetal 20mm spider charms • antique silver 40mm cross pendant • silver 28-gauge and 22-gauge non-tarnish craft wire • 11 x gunmetal black 5mm jump rings • gunmetal black 12mm lobster clasp • 2 x gunmetal black ear wires • 4 x silver-plated 1x2mm crimp beads • 4 x silver-plated 4mm crimp bead covers

To lengthen the choker, add more jump rings to the short chain at the back. To shorten the choker, reduce the number of seed beads used on the outer sections of the beading wire

cross onto one length and create a wrapped loop. Add a 4mm purple bead and thread on the wrapped loop at the base of the outermost beaded ring, before creating another wrapped loop to secure the dangle. Repeat for the outermost ring on the other side. Follow the same procedure with two 10cm lengths of wire, attaching a moon & star charm, followed by a 4mm bead, a Bali-style bead and another 4mm bead to the wrapped loops on each purple ring. Cut two 6cm lengths and one 10cm length of 22gauge wire. Thread the

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large cross onto a 6cm length and create a wrapped loop (this needs to be a large loop to allow the pendant to dangle freely). Add a 4mm bead and create another wrapped loop. Use the 10cm length to make a wrapped-loop link containing a 4mm bead, a Bali-style bead and another 4mm bead, and capturing the top loop of the previous link at one end. Use the remaining wire to create a wrapped-loop link with a 4mm bead, attaching the dangle to the wrapped loop at the base of the central beaded ring.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.madcowbeads.com; 0844 357 0943 (4.30pm-7pm)

TOOLS • flat-nosed, round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • wire cutters

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GIVEAWAYS ANTIQUE-EFFECT BRACELET SET

TOHO BEAD SETS 8 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £4.93 EACH

8 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £3 EACH The Bead Shop Manchester (www.the-beadshop.co.uk, 0161 232 7356) has donated eight gorgeous charm bracelet sets. Each winner will receive an antiqueeffect silver-plated (trigger clasp) charm bracelet and an antique-effect copper-plated (toggle clasp) charm bracelet.

These lovely purple Toho beads have been donated by E-Beads (www.ebeads.co.uk, 0207 367 6217). There are four varieties, in 10g bags.

SMALL GREEN JEWELLERY MAKING KIT 6 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £7.50 EACH Globaholic (www.globaholic.com) has donated this lovely assortment of green beads, plated metal findings and threads, all packaged in a sevencompartment storage box.

GIVEAWAYS

TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a POSTCARD, along with the name of the product you want to win, to CB&J07 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 29th October 2010.

Over £200 worth of prizes to be won! STORAGE4 CRAFTS STORAGE SET 1 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £21.06

This perfect storage set for beads, findings and more has been kindly provided by Storage4Crafts www.storage4crafts.co.uk, 0800 048 8606.

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POLYMER CLAY BOOK SET

CRYSTALLIZED SWAROVSKI ELECTRIC DREAMS BLING RING KIT

1 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £29.98

5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £10.95 EACH

The winner of this giveaway will receive a copy of Clay So Cute! by Sherri Haab and The Complete Book of Polymer Clay by Lisa Pavelka.

Shiney Rocks (www.shineyrocks.co.uk) has donated these beautiful bling ring kits that include all the beads and findings needed for a stunning creation. (Shiney Rocks stores are situated in Bristol 0117 300 9800, Bath 01225 332 506 and Stroud 01453 753 609.)

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Unit 32, Basepoint Enterprise Centre Stroudley Road Basingstoke RG24 8UP The Bead Base is Basingstoke’s only dedicated bead shop. We sell beads to suit all budgets. By the string, in packets and individually in our popular pick’n’mix section. We stock tools, findings, threads, guide books and more. Everything you need to make your own fashion jewellery. T: 07749027634

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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

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

BY ANA BAIRD FROM CO DOWN MATERIALS • • • •

blue wire acrylic beads seed beads fluffy ribbon

FLOWER & CHARM BRACELET BY JANET BAKER VIA EMAIL

MATERIALS • • • • • •

28-gauge wire chain bracelet Lucite flowers and leaves charms seed beads jump rings

MELODIOUS SONNET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • wire • beads • toggle clasp

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

what’sON 7TH – 10TH OCTOBER

Image supplied by Beads Unlimited, www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777

16TH OCTOBER

THE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW

WIREWORK CLASS

Alexandra Palace, London www.twistedthread.com 01394 288521

The Brighton Bead Shop, Brighton www.beadsunlimited.co.uk 01273 740777

9TH OCTOBER

AM: SHRINK PLASTIC JEWELLERY PM: STARLIGHT RING

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, Nottingham www.mailorder-beads.co.uk 0115 958 8899

17TH OCTOBER

THE MIDLANDS BEAD FAIR

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

20TH OCTOBER

30TH OCTOBER

AM: AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE PM: RESIN PENDANTS (PART 1)

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, Nottingham www.mailorder-beads.co.uk 0115 958 8899

30TH OCTOBER

SILVER FINGERPRINT CHARMS CLASS

The Bead Shop Scotland, Haddington www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

10TH OCTOBER

CHAIN MAILLE CLASS

Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith www.jlfairs.co.uk 0845 392 3415

The Brighton Bead Shop, Brighton www.beadsunlimited.co.uk 01273 740777

10TH OCTOBER

23RD OCTOBER

Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey 01903 884988

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

31ST OCTOBER

SWAROVSKI PEARL KNOTTING CLASS

23RD – 24TH OCTOBER

HARROGATE BEAD FAIR

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

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate www.beadwork.net

RIGHT-ANGLE WEAVE NECKLACE CLASS

THE 4TH LAKELAND BEAD FAIR

WELSH BEAD FAIR

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

CHUNKY ROPE CHAIN MAILLE CLASS

13TH OCTOBER

FINDINGS TECHNIQUE CLASS

The Brighton Bead Shop, Brighton www.beadsunlimited.co.uk 01273 740777

14TH OCTOBER

POLYMER CLAY DAY

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, Nottingham www.mailorder-beads.co.uk 0115 958 8899

14TH – 16TH OCTOBER

23RD – 24TH OCTOBER

GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucester www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

28TH – 31ST OCTOBER

PINS & NEEDLES SHOW

HOBBYCRAFTS SHOW

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

SECC, Glasgow www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711

30TH OCTOBER

THE BIG BEAD SHOW

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NEC, Birmingham www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711

6TH NOVEMBER

AM: DICHROIC GLASS JEWELLERY PM : RESIN PENDANTS (PART 2)

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, Nottingham www.mailorder-beads.co.uk 0115 958 8899

6TH NOVEMBER

CHRISTMAS FIMO CHARMS CLASS

The Bead Shop Scotland, Haddington www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

6TH – 7TH NOVEMBER

3RD NOVEMBER

The Brighton Bead Shop, Brighton www.beadsunlimited.co.uk 01273 740777

4TH NOVEMBER

ALL-DAY BASIC JEWELLERY MAKING

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd, Nottingham www.mailorder-beads.co.uk 0115 958 8899

Bedazzle Beads, Heckmondwike runs daily Stay & Make sessions through the week and on Saturday mornings. It also runs Beginners Workshops on a Saturday afternoon to learn how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, which includes the cost of 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 90

4TH – 7TH NOVEMBER

HOBBYCRAFTS SHOW

GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

The Bead Shop (Manchester) Ltd offers beading classes everyday Monday to Saturdays. Classes include beginners, making tiaras, bead weaving, wire wrapping and hair combs, and it can also specifically cater for birthdays and hen parties. All the classes are held in the new workshop next 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 the class.To book a class, ring the shop on 0161 833 9950, or to view all the classes go to www.the-beadshop.co.uk


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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES

glossary of

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 90Âş 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

fabulous

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

1.2

Binding, knitting and weaving Threading small, delicate beads. Binding and twisting Wirework with crystals and medium beads Wire-wrapping large beads and creating wire components Bold, chunky wireworked designs

Coloured wires are usually copper with an enamel coating. Tigertail is a speciality twistedsteel beading wire with a nylon coating, while Soft Flex wire is similar but more flexible and less prone to kinking. You can buy solid or plated silver and gold wire, and plated wire is often a good economical option (silver-plated wire won’t tarnish as quickly as solid silver). Memory wire, available in ring, bracelet and necklace sizes, is a stainless steel wire that never loses its shape. It is sold in coils that can be cut into individual rounds, strung with beads and finished with an end cap.


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GLOSSARY TOOLS

TOOLS of the trade

Get to grips with your jewellery-making tool kit – we guide you through the essential contents and their applications for professional-looking results

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

Also known as snipe-nosed pliers, these have flat jaws on the inside and rounded jaws on the outside and are designed for precision jobs such as creating wrapped loops.

Pliers with round jaws that taper to a point are used for forming loops and curves and are ideal for creating your own jump rings.

These pliers have flat faces on both sides of the jaws and are used for gripping wire and jewellery components while you are working on them, and for bending and flattening wire.

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS

Although chain or flat-nosed pliers will suffice to fix crimp beads, crimping pliers give a neat, professional finish. They are two-stage pliers, specifically designed to crush and fold crimp tubes to fix the position of beads on stringing material and to secure the ends.

These pliers will handle cutting lengths of soft wire and trimming headpins and eyepins. The jaws are angled for a clean, flush cut.

Memory wire cutters are essential if you want to use this sturdy wire for creating jewellery, as it will damage the jaws of regular wire cutters.

NYLON-JAW PLIERS Nylon-jaw pliers are identical to flat-nosed pliers except that the jaws are moulded from plastic and are used to handle soft precious-metal wires and components that could be easily marked or dented.

WIRE-WORKING TOOLS If you are keen to create your own wire components, a chasing hammer and steel stake are essential for flattening and workhardening (toughening) wire shapes. Chasing hammers are lightweight and easy to handle, and steel stakes on which to hammer your work have an ultra-smooth surface to eliminate the chance of marking your pieces.

BEADING TWEEZERS A pair of beading tweezers is handy for managing tiny seed beads and unpicking knots in stringing materials.

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NEXT ISSUE

coming

NEXT TIME

Here’s a preview of what you’ve got to look forward to in issue 8....

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Exquisite designs for the party season

ALL WRAPPED UP Perfect gifts for Christmas

FESTIVE FANCIES Beaded delights to adorn your home

On sale 29th October 2010

STYLISH STENCILLING Create your own unique stencilled design

UTEE BEADS Master the art – we show you how

PLUS an abundance of inspirational beading and jewellery projects, all the latest product news and trends, and much more! Creative Beads & Jewellery is available from newsagents and through beading, jewellery and craft stores. If you want to guarantee that you don’t miss an issue, you can ask your local store to place a regular order for you. Once set up, your copy will be held for you to collect. Simply complete this form and hand it in at your nearest bead or craft store or newsagent. Dear Store Owner Please reserve me a copy of Creative Beads & Jewellery TITLE Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms ............................... First Name............................ Surname.......................................................................................... Address............................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ Postcode ...........................................Tel .........................................

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