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Towcester RaceCourse Friday 8th April & Saturday the 9th Ticket price £20 a day, £30 for two days children under 12 free, 12 - 16 half price Open 10 - 5 Ticket price includes Artist demonstrations, meet and great the Artists, torch taster sessions, Lampwork village sales area, large sales areas of Lampwork glass, tools, kilns and Kits and other Suppliers, competitions, free parking, entry to the Charity Auction plus buy a two day Ticket and get free entry into Sundays bead fair.

For more information or to buy tickets visit :- www.tuffnellglass.co.uk

tuffnelglass@yahoo.co.uk

01262 420171

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Towcester Bead Fair Sunday April 10th 2011

Ticket price £4 each children under 12 free Held on two floors the bead fair Offers a wide Collection of bead suppliers, tools, kits, Lampwork beads, seed beads, crystals and books.

Open 10 - 4 pm Free Parking

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hello... ... and welcome to Issue 9 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. I am very excited to be taking over as editor this month – just as the Christmas party season hits full swing! If you’re still looking for the perfect piece of jewellery to help you sparkle on that big night out, CB&J is fizzing over with fabulous ideas. Judith Hannington’s pretty silver necklace on page 34 is unusual and elegant, and if you want something that will really turn heads, the talented team at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) has woven a dazzling array of glitzy geometric crystal designs starting on page 30. Plus there are fused glass pieces in bright festive colours on page 42 and unique creations incorporating beautiful lampwork beads on page 48. ’Tis the season to be jolly, and we have fun, vibrant makes galore this issue! From wirework Christmas tree earrings to rainbow chain maille, you can certainly stand out in style. And if your decorations are looking a little tired this year, we have all the ideas you need to give your home a festive makeover too. You’ll find an irresistible tree topper on page 26, fabulous beaded candle holders and napkin rings on page 86, and clever frosted wine glass charms (and more) made from polymer clay on page 62. 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 – Anna Wright Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editor – Roy Birch Sub-Editors – Jamie Stuttard, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Rachel Bland, Mel Brooke, Lynn Firth, Steph Gibbs, Hana Glover, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Rae Holmes, Lindsey Hopkins, Karen Jordan, Sandy Kidulis, Jane Kharade, Mandy Nash, Christine Neville, Su Pennick, Gill Teasdale, Melissa Todhunter

53 “I love the unusual wirework and stunning lampwork tiles on this truly individual bracelet”

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.

If you’re still planning some last-minute gift making, Sandy Kidulis has a plethora of wonderful ideas in contemporary pink and black (with compulsory sparkle) on page 12. Or surely no one could fail to be captivated by the gorgeous wintry cuff on our cover – find out how to recreate it on page 38. Finally, before the preparations really pick up pace, treat yourself to a bit of me-time to catch up on the latest jewellery-making products and trends and be inspired. Mandy Nash has got us all excited with her stunning, shimmering aluminium creations on page 18, and Su Pennick reveals a technique for creating personal, vintage-style charms on page 80 that is so simple it’s almost cheating! Happy beading...

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

PS... Issue 22 of our sister title Creative Cardmaking is now on sale. Packed full of papercrafting tips and ideas, and with a new look, the magazine comes with free Debbi Moore Designs papers and die-cuts. Get your copy now – available from your local craft shop.

PUBLISHING & ADVERTISING Publishing Assistant – Janice Whitton janice.whitton@practicalpublishing.co.uk Specialist Retail Account Manager – Chris Cooke chris.cooke@practicalpublishing.co.uk Tel: 01625 855023 Advertising Sales Executive – Cathy Campbell cathy.campbell@practicalpublishing.co.uk Tel: 01625 855005 Group Sales Manager – Kevin Edwards kevin.edwards@practicalpublishing.co.uk Advertising Co-ordinator – Rachael Edmunds Financial Director – Karen Battrick Managing Editors – Diane Grimshaw, Gavin Burrell Associate Publisher – Iain Anderson Publishing Director – Dave Cusick Managing Director – Danny Bowler Chairman – Robin Wilkinson The publisher welcomes contributions from readers. All such contributions and submissions to the magazine are sent to and accepted by the publisher on the basis of a non-exclusive transferable worldwide licence unless otherwise agreed in writing prior to first publication. Such submissions are also subject to being used, reproduced, modified, published, edited, translated, distributed and displayed in any media or medium, or any form, format or forum now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose, in perpetuity.

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CONTENTS

What’s inside this issue of 18 YES, YOU CAN!

INSPIRATION

Everything you need to know to make stunning, iridescent aluminium jewellery pieces

Packed with exclusive projects and the very latest products, trends and ideas

12 A-LIST APPEAL

GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Using Celebrity Crystals for beautiful, contemporary girly gifts in stylish black and pink

Snap up some great prizes in our fabulous giveaways and competitions

86 STAR IN THE MAKING

80 OLD-STYLE CHARM

Combine bright beads and wirework for fun, innovative Christmas decorations

How to use brads and your choice of papers for personal vintage-look charms in minutes

48 NIGHT ON THE TILES

30 IN PERFECT SHAPE

Wonderful, individual designs showcasing unique lampwork tiles, barrels and heart beads

Master the technique of right angle weave for spectacular, on-trend geometric designs

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

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89 What’s On

06 News

60 Subscription Offer

90 Techniques Glossary

10 Readers’ Letters

66 The Bead Challenge

92 Findings Glossary

78 Shopping

94 Tools Glossary

84 Giveaways

98 Coming Next Issue

We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads Your ideas, views and top tips

24&72 Competitions

Win unmissable craft show tickets and fabulous beads, findings and tools!

36 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

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Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and get more inspiration for less! Our three designers work their individual magic with another gorgeous bead mix Indulge in a little retail therapy £££s worth of products up for grabs

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

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making The lowdown on all the tools of the trade A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 10


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features 34 On A Starry Night

Need an evening look? This elegant silver necklace is sparkly yet sophisticated with just a glimmer of colour to bring it to life

58 Over The Rainbow

Sarah Austin reveals how to link and 'knot' jump rings for fun chain maille pieces that are bursting with colour

38 Winter Garden

Go wild with wire and beautiful, bold, nature-inspired beads to create this absolutely gorgeous bracelet in lovely wintry shades

12 Handbags And Gladrags

Wire-wrap Celebrity Crystals into beautiful flowers, then weave them into one-of-a-kind pieces for glamorous girly jewellery and gifts with real star quality

62 Christmas Crackers

18 Let It shine

If you have never considered using aluminium for your jewellery, Mandy Nash’s stunning creations and insider tips are guaranteed to convert you

26 Deck The Halls

Designer Stephie Hall combines beautiful wirework with festive beads and charms for some lovely seasonal decorations and fun matching earrings!

30 From All Angles

Weave sparkling Swarovski crystals and iridescent square and seed beads for up-to-the-minute geometric designs with plenty of glitz and glamour

42 Festive Cheer

Judith Hannington demonstrates the striking effects you can achieve by fusing sheet glass with frit, stringers and rods in vibrant seasonal colours

Use Fimo clay, silver leaf and alcohol inks to create a faux dichroic glass look with pretty Christmas motifs that shines brilliantly in the light

74 Crystal Maze

Master right angle weave to create fabulous crystal rings that will put the sparkle in any party outfit

48 Technicolour Dreams

80 Paper, Scissors, Stone

54 Silver Belles

86 Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Lampwork beads can be works of art in their own right. Gill Teasdale shows how to present them to perfection in dazzlingly distinctive jewellery designs

These lovely light-catching Czech glass beads are set off perfectly by simple silver-lined bugles in an on-trend geometric design

Su Pennick reveals how brads designed for papercrafting can be transformed into interesting and individual charms

Get creative with wire and bright, festive beads for beautiful table decorations that will give your Christmas dining the wow! factor

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SHOW AND TELL Towerlands Park, Braintree, Essex is the exciting new venue for The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show, which is an ideal opportunity to stock up on your favourite products and have a great day out at the same time! There are theatres where you can learn new techniques from the experts and a wide selection of exhibitors with all the latest in cross stitch, sewing, cardmaking, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribbon craft, papercraft, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, découpage, crochet and many more popular stitch and creative crafts. Nancy Watt and Ideal World Create

and Craft presenter Stephanie Weightman will be hosting their highly popular workshops at the show. Places are limited so advance booking is advised. You’ll find a whole host of interesting and informative activities, including silk painting, knitting, crochet and felting workshops, Make & Takes and plenty of on-stand demonstrations offering lots of great ideas to inspire all crafters, from beginners to experienced enthusiasts! The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show takes place at Towerlands Park on 17th-19th February 2011. Opening times are 10am-5pm, Thursday to Saturday. Admission on the door is £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions with accompanied children under 16 free of charge. But book in advance and you can save £2 using promotional code PR2. For more details go to the website at www.sccshows.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 01822 617744 We have five pairs of tickets to give away to the Towerlands Park, Braintree, show so for your chance to win, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J09 SCCS Braintree, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 23rd December 2010

RHINESTONE WONDERS Be sure to check out the glorious selection of new rhinestone beads now available from The Bead Shop Manchester. Perfect for adding a touch of glitz and glamour to your projects, these rhinestone rounds are available in both 6mm

MIYUKI MAGIC Take a look at these beautiful new Miyuki jewellery kits, now available from beading specialist Thread A Bead. These kits include all the beads, findings and instructions you need to make a stunning creation and are ideal for jewellery makers of all ability and experience levels. The range of new kits available means there’s sure to be the perfect piece for you, whether it’s a Christmas gift or a present to yourself! With the festive season in mind, be sure to also check out all the amazing trinkets, decorations and more you can make with the extensive range of Thread A Bead patterns and bead sets. For more information and to see the full range available go to www.threadabead.com

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For the chance to win tickets to more fabulous Stitch and Creative Crafts Shows, taking place later in the year in Worcestershire, Somerset and Belfast, turn to our great competition on page 24!

and 8mm sizes in a selection of bright colours, and look amazing on their own or combined with other beads on necklaces and bracelets. These new additions are being sold at 50p for 10 6mm beads and 75p for 10 8mm beads, or you can buy in quantities of 100 at a slightly cheaper rate. To see the new additions and browse the other great jewellery supplies, visit www.the-beadshop.co.uk or call 0161 232 7356 for more information


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NEWS READ ALL ABOUT IT!

BIGGER AND BETTER Small family-run business Bedazzle Beads is celebrating its fourth year with a move from the Ponderosa Business Park, Heckmondwike, to Oxford Road in the nearby village of Gomersal, West Yorkshire. The move will allow Bedazzle Beads, originally set up by husband-and-wife duo Lisa and Richard Jagger, to expand its operation with a dedicated teaching room and children’s party room to meet crafters’ demands. The business has gone from strength to strength over the past three years. Offering a wide selection of exclusive beads, findings and tools for the hobby and home-based business markets, Lisa and Richard have seen huge growth in the popularity of their jewellery-making classes as well as an increase in requests to host children’s parties. Lisa says: “We are thrilled with the success of the business, which started as a hobby for me. Many of our customers create their own unique jewellery to save money and have gone on to set up their own home-based businesses and websites to sell their own handmade jewellery. “With the move to new premises, we will be able to offer a dedicated teaching environment for larger groups, as well as a fun party room for children’s jewellery-making parties.” The new store opens on Saturday 8th January 2011 at 10am, with an introductory 30% discount off all purchases in-store on the day. Everyone is welcome! For more details or for information on the products and classes available, go to www.bedazzlebeads.co.uk or call 01924 408273

There are two must-have books for lampworkers and jewellery makers now available from GMC Publications. If you’re a practising studio jeweller or aspiring hobbyist, The Ultimate Jeweler’s Guide is right up your street! Straightforward and richly illustrated with colour photographs, graphs, templates and charts, this new release puts every aspect of the jeweller’s art in the palm of your hands. Esteemed jeweller and teacher Joanna Gollberg has created this hardworking guide to basic metallurgy, materials, tool making, and setting up an efficient, ergonomic and safe studio. Stepby-step technical demonstrations cover everything from shaping and joining metal to surface treatments, mechanisms, stone settings and beading. RRP: £17.99 Meanwhile, Kimberley Adams has released an eye-catching guide to inspire all potential lampworkers. You’ll find all the most popular kinds of lampwork bead contained within the pages of The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, with basic instructions explaining how to light the torch, wind and cool the bead, and shape the glass. As your lampwork skills develop, you can experiment with

enamel, using mica dust to form an iridescent sheen, and applying silver, gold and copper leaf to layers of glass. The most advanced projects are truly remarkable, from sculptural beads to beads that encase images of stars, rainbows and even faces. RRP: £12.99 For more information on these releases and the extensive collection of other titles available from GMC Publications, visit www.thegmcgroup.com or call 01273 477374 We have five copies of each book to give away so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to either CB&J09 Glass Beadmaking or CB&J09 Jeweler’s Guide, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 23rd December 2010

CREATE-YOUR-OWN CHRISTMAS Facing Christmas on a budget this year? You’re certainly not alone, but the London Jewellery School has come up with one great money-saving solution. The team at the UK’s largest jewellery training centre, based in London’s Hatton Garden, is now running ‘Make your own Christmas presents’ jewellery-making classes. For just £35 you can spend the evening with an expert jeweller and all the materials you need to surprise friends and family with a bright and sparkly gift. You’ll be shown how to create a range of earrings, necklaces and bracelets and will leave with two or three handmade pieces in a gift bag, safe in the knowledge

that yours will be the most original presents under the tree! With courses running every Friday evening until the 17th December, makeyour-own is also a lot more fun than braving the shopping-mall crowds! All materials and refreshments are provided and you need no previous experience. Classes are held at the London Jewellery School, 213 Hatton Square Business Centre,16-16a Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ. Booking is essential to secure your place. Simply make your booking online at www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk or call 020 3176 0546

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DON’T MISS MAKE IT Make it is the biggest craft event in Southern England, attracting top companies in the craft world and thousands of enthusiastic visitors each year. Indulge in three fun-filled Make it shopping days, pick up tips from free stand demonstrations, learn new techniques in the workshops, sit in on a free Make & Take session, see all your favourite exhibitors and meet lots of new ones too! Choose from thousands of paper and card craft, bead craft and home hobby craft products, kits and materials. Where? FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6XA When? 25th-27th February 2011 Opening times: Friday 25th and Saturday 26th, 10am-5pm; Sunday 27th, 10am-4.30pm (disabled access from 9.30am each morning) Tickets: Advance prices £6-£15, with the three-day pass only available in advance. Entry for children under 16 is free. For tickets call the hotline on 0844 477 1000, or for group bookings call 01784 880890. For more details, visit www.make-it.org.uk We have five pairs of tickets to give away to the Make it show, so for your chance to win, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J09 Make it, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 23rd December 2010

LOOMING MARVELLOUS Fans of bead weaving will be pleased to hear about the recently released Indian beading loom from The Craft Factory. The art of bead weaving is centuries old, but you can bring the technique bang up-to-date with this new release, which helps you to create and weave bracelets, belts, necklaces, earrings, brooches, keyrings and more with the ever-popular seed We have five beading looms to give bead. This set of three Indian beading looms is away, so for your chance to win one send your quick to set up, easy to use and measures name and address on a postcard to CB&J09 315x60x70mm. RRP: £21 Beading loom, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 For stockists details, contact The Craft Factory Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, by emailing crafts@stockistenquiries.co.uk or Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 23rd December 2010 calling 01453 883581

MISSING LINK Beads Unlimited has discovered the missing link with this amazing selection of new round or oval chain. This fabulous find is available in three different finishes and starts at £3.95 a metre with big discounts for small wholesale quantities. You can also make festive giving a doddle with Beads Unlimited’s brand-new gift cards. Plus, for 50p extra, Beads Unlimited will print a gift card with your own individual message. If you wish, the team can even send the personalised card and token straight out to your jewellerymaker friend or relative, making it a perfect last-minute gift option.

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For more details and to see the extensive range of products available, go to www.beadsunlimited.co.uk or call 01273 740777 We have two different prize sets to give away this issue! Two readers will win 1m lengths of oval chain in each finish, worth £15.80, and three will win a personalised gift card worth £10.50. For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a postcard to either CB&J09 Missing Link or CB&J09 Gift Card, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 23rd December 2010


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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 BEADHIVEDEC 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 SEED BEAD CONVERT Thank you so much for the detailed instructions on making your own seed bead bracelet and shaped embellishments in Issue 7. Like Cassie, whose letter was published last issue, I’ve found the idea a little daunting in the past – but now I can’t wait to get going. Seems you can teach an old dog new tricks! Gloria Birch, Somerset CB&J: We’re glad to hear Jill Thomas’s

BLACK MAGIC The ‘Flamenco Nights’ projects in Issue 7 were sensational and just what I needed for inspiration for my Halloween outfit.

design has shown you how to conquer a new technique, Gloria. You can easily stamp your own individual style on her ideas with a

You’re never too old for fancy dress and I’ll certainly be the belle of the anti-ball with my take on this jewellery! More of these please! Candice, by email

different choice of colour scheme. Do send us some images of your seed bead creations – we’d love to see them!

CB&J: We can only imagine what your costume must have been, Candice! Please send us some party pictures so we can see your creation in all its glory!

BEAD CHALLENGE The bead mix for the Bead Challenge in Issue 7 was stunning. I loved the colours and

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variations supplied by the sponsors, so a round of applause from me for their choice on that one. Secondly, I thought that Lindsey’s cluster design earrings were just lovely. Did she use an earring finding for these as I can’t see one on her materials list? I’ll definitely be trying this design myself and am currently trying to convince some friends to have our own little bead challenge! Mary Winchmore, by email CB&J: Lindsey tells us that she didn’t have any spare ear wires that were the same colour as the other findings and metal embellishments in this Bead Challenge, and so she made her own from one of the eyepins in the set provided. Curl the pointed edge round in a hoop and feed through the eye on the pin, then turn and

twist the pointed edge to secure it in a loop. Your own bead challenge sounds like a wonderful idea. Let us know how you and your friends get on.

MEMORIES IN THE MAKING What beautiful summery beads Shona Perkins used in her ‘Remember Me’ article in Issue 7! I loved the colours and designs on the Fimo beads and even the random strung design, which I felt really added to the bracelet’s appeal. J Edmunds, by email CB&J: Fabulous, aren’t they? They’re certainly bringing back memories of sunny summer days! The lovely matte-finish decorated Fimo beads Shona used for this project can be bought from Beading Crafty (www.beadingcrafty.com; 01926 858442).


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www.empirebeads.co.uk telling us about the products that will soon be available. I was particularly delighted to see the reader offer on the great Lush Lampwork GLORIOUS buttons in Issue 7, as GLASSWORK I’ve previously bought I would just like to some of their deep say that I think each red heart pendants issue of CB&J is and they really are getting better and something special – better. I like the way lovely handmade, the ‘What’s New?’ stylish glass. section keeps us up to Then there are date with what’s on all the projects – the market, as well as so easy to follow, with the glossary of techniques and tools R pages showing us E T T E STAR Lner of this how to obtain that The winStar Letter special finish. And issue’s a fantastic if we do have r e s receive Beads vouch problems then k e ir .u p o £50 Emmpirebeads.c there’s always the www.e Bead Doctor to sort us out and the Designer Galleries for some fresh new

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PERFECT PRESENTATION I’m already looking past Christmas and ahead to the new year! I’m just so excited that I’m going to be attending my first show and holding a stand. I’m happy with the jewellery I hope to sell but am a bit concerned about how to package it. I don’t want to just hand it over, and I was thinking that presentation or gift

boxes would look professional. Is there a good stockist that you – or other readers – could recommend? Gloria, by email CB&J: Alphapack is a good one to take a look at, Gloria. There’s a huge selection of gift and presentation boxes available at a range of prices, with everything from high-quality card to leatherette boxes and organza bags. Check out the website www.alphapackuk.co.uk or call 0845 519 0994.

ideas. Oh, let’s not forget the super giveaways! Creative Beads & Jewellery is fast becoming the best beading magazine on the market. Keep up the good work and here’s looking forward to the next issue! Phillip Rowland, Derbyshire

CB&J: It certainly sounds like you’re a big fan, Phillip! Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoy Creative Beads & Jewellery. Enjoy your Star Letter prize – and look out for fabulous Lush Lampwork projects in CB&J very soon!

the new techniques in your magazine. I have loads of beads and findings in different colours, shapes and sizes, and I would like to encourage people that are thinking of making jewellery to go

ahead and have a go. It’s such a wonderful experience. When my friends come to my house I always encourage them to make a bracelet or two! Louise Horton, by email

I live in Canada and I currently have Issue 5 of CB&J in my hand. I wanted to let you know that I was really inspired by all the beautiful pearl jewellery so I went out and bought some pink dyed freshwater pearl chips and created this Raspberry Dip bracelet (below)! I enjoy the lustre of pearls and I love the colour! I used pink pearl chips, pearlised beads, glass beads, metal rings and a pink crystal faceted teardrop on this bracelet – along with some of the beads I received from you folks, compliments of The Beadery, when my work was published in the Designer Gallery in a previous issue of Creative Beads & Jewellery. They’re wonderful! Thank you for looking at my work and for an inspiring magazine! Kind regards from Canada. Wendy Manz, Winnipeg

EARLY START I’m 11 and I started making jewellery in the summer holidays before I started high school. I really, really enjoy this hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out lots of

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SANDSTONES

handbags and SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

GLADRAGS Wire-wrap Celebrity Crystals into beautiful flowers, then weave them into one-of-akind pieces for glamorous girly jewellery and gifts with real star quality

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SANDSTONES CRYSTAL FLOWER – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE

MATERIALS • 5 x Celebrity Crystal ovals • Celebrity Crystal Puffy Rondelle • seed bead • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 26-gauge wire

wire and thread on a crystal oval. Wrap the short end of the wire back over the outside of the bead and turn the wire round the long end a couple of times to secure. Trim the short end flush. Thread on a crystal and turn the long end of the wire back over the outside of the bead (leave a gap between the two beads

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of 5-6mm). Wrap the wire round a few times to secure, finishing halfway between the two beads. Thread on a crystal and repeat Step 2, so that the third petal is between the first and second petals. Repeat Step 2 to create the two remaining petals. Bring your wire to the front of the

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flower. You can twist the beads so that exposed wires are at the back of the flower. Thread on a Puffy Rondelle and a seed bead so that they are sitting in the gap between the petals. Take the wire back through the Puffy Rondelle only, and pull all the wire through to the back of the piece. Wrap the wire in and

out of the petal stalks a few times to secure, then trim the spare wire flush.

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CRYSTAL BAG CHARM TO CREATE Follow Steps 1-4 for creating the earrings on page 14. Join one end of the filled bead frame to

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your bag charm clasp. Make a crystal flower following the Essential Technique above, using an 11” length of wire and

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five Pink ovals, one Jet Puffy Rondelle and one charcoal seed bead. Link the completed crystal flower to the bottom of the jump ring chain using another jump ring.

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• Platinum Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm oval • Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm oval • 6 x Pink Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm oval • 2 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 11x8mm ovals • Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 3 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 2 x crystal AB fire polished Czech glass 4mm round beads • charcoal size 8

seed beads • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 26-gauge wire • sterling silver flower bead frame (21x20mm) • Silvertone eyepin • 6 x Silvertone headpins • 6 x Silvertone 6mm jump rings • Silvertone bag charm clasp

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

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SANDSTONES TO CREATE Cut a 13” length of silver-plated 26-gauge wire and follow the Essential Technique on page 13 to create your crystal

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flower. Do not trim the excess wire at the end. When the flower is formed, there should be several

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inches of spare wire still available to use to secure the flower to a hairgrip. Wrap this round and round the

grip and in and out of the petals until you are satisfied that the flower and hairpin are joined securely. To

finish, weave the wire in and out of the flower a few times, then trim the spare wire flush.

another seed bead on a headpin. Link five jump rings together to form a chain and attach the six charms you made in Steps 1 and 2, in any sequence you like. Thread an eyepin through one hole of a flower bead frame, and add a seed bead, a

crystal AB round bead, a Jet Puffy Rondelle, another crystal AB round bead and another seed bead. Thread the pin through the second hole in the bead frame so the line of beads fills the void. Using the method in Step 1, form an eyepin loop to secure the beads to the frame.

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• 5 x Celebrity Crystal ovals in the colour of your choice – I used Jet, Rose Opal and Pink • Celebrity Crystal Puffy Rondelle in the colour of your choice – I used Jet and Rose Opal • charcoal size 8 seed bead • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 26-gauge wire • hairgrip

TOOLS • needle-nosed pliers • side cutters

CRYSTAL EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a seed bead, a Platinum oval and another seed bead onto a headpin, then use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim with cutters to about 7mm, then grip the top of the pin with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop.

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Join one end of the bead frame to a lever-back ear wire, and attach the other end to the chain/charm arrangement you made in Step 3. Repeat to create the second earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x Platinum Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 2 x Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 2 x Pink Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 4 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 11x8mm ovals • 2 x Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 4 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 4 x crystal AB fire polished Czech glass 4mm round beads • charcoal size 8 seed beads • silver lever-back ear wires • 2 x sterling silver flower bead frames (21x20mm) • 2 x Silvertone eyepins • 12 x Silvertone headpins • 10 x Silvertone 6mm jump rings

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

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SANDSTONES CRYSTAL FLOWER BRACELET TO CREATE Thread a seed bead, a Platinum oval and another seed bead onto an eyepin, then use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by

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90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim to about 7mm, then grip the top of the pin with roundnosed pliers and roll a loop. Repeat twice to make three of these connectors in all. Use the same method to make two Jet connectors, one

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Rondelle, another crystal AB 4mm round bead and another seed bead. Thread the pin through the second hole of the bead frame. Repeat so you have two identical flower connectors.

Join the connectors in the following sequence: Platinum, Jet, Rose Opal, flower, Platinum, flower, Pink, Jet, Platinum. Join the components of the toggle clasp to each end using 6mm jump rings.

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MATERIALS seed beads • 2 x sterling silver flower bead frames (21x20mm) • silver-plated toggle clasp • 9 x Silvertone eyepins • 2 x Silvertone 6mm jump rings

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

CRYSTAL PHOTO HOLDER TO CREATE Using round-nosed pliers, turn a loop in one end of a 24” length of 20-gauge wire. Then grip this loop with flat-nosed pliers and turn round and round in a circle to form a large, loose spiral (this will hold pictures, cards or mementos). When you are satisfied with the size of the spiral, bend the wire back through 90° using round-nosed pliers and thread on a variety of crystals and glass beads. To form the base of the photo holder, carefully turn the wire using your hands – it

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• 3 x Platinum Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • Pink Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 2 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 11x8mm ovals • 2 x Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 4 x crystal AB fire polished Czech glass 4mm round beads • charcoal size 8

MATERIALS • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 20-gauge wire • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 26-gauge wire • assorted crystals and fire polished glass beads in colours of your choice

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

should spiral round and round, gradually getting wider. Use a 24” length of 26-gauge wire to bind the free end of 20-gauge wire to itself to make the base secure, then randomly thread on crystals, wrapping the 26-gauge wire round and round until you are satisfied with the design.

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SANDSTONES CRYSTAL FLOWER NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 5 x Platinum Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 3 x Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 9 x Pink Celebrity Crystal 13x10mm ovals • 13 x Jet Celebrity Crystal 11x8mm ovals • 25 x Rose Opal Celebrity Crystal 4x6mm Puffy Rondelles • 14 x Hematite fire polished Czech glass 4mm round beads • 19 x crystal AB fire polished Czech glass 4mm round beads • charcoal size 8 seed beads • silver-plated Beadalon German-style round 26-gauge wire • silver-plated toggle clasp • 18 x Silvertone eyepins • 7 x Silvertone headpins • 19 x Silvertone 4mm jump rings • 2 x Silvertone 6mm jump rings

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

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TO CREATE Make three crystal flowers – one Pink and two Jet – as described in the Essential Technique on page 13. Thread a seed bead, a Platinum oval and another seed bead onto an eyepin, then use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim to about 7mm, then grip the top of the pin with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Make four of these connectors in total. Join one connector to the first and third petals of the Pink flower, using 4mm jump rings. Thread a seed bead, a Rose Opal oval and another seed bead onto an eyepin and, using the same technique as in Step 2,

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make two connectors. Attach one to each of the Platinum connectors either side of the Pink flower using 4mm jump rings. Attach a Jet flower to the Rose Opal connector on each side using a 4mm jump ring. Make two Pink oval connectors in the same way as before and attach one to the other side of each of the Jet flowers. Attach the remaining Platinum connectors from Step 2 to the two Pink connectors. Thread a seed bead, a crystal AB 4mm round bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle, a Hematite 4mm round bead, another Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle, another crystal AB 4mm round bead and another seed

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bead onto an eyepin. Make six of these connectors in total. Join three together and link to the Platinum connector at the end of the necklace. Repeat on the other side. Add the two components of the toggle clasp to each end of the necklace using 6mm jump rings. Now make the dangles for the Pink flower: Thread a seed bead, a Rose Opal oval, a Hematite 4mm round bead and a crystal AB 4mm round bead onto a headpin. Link it to an eyepin threaded with a seed bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle and another seed bead. Join the other end of the eyepin to the fourth petal of the Pink flower with a 4mm

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jump ring. Take another headpin and thread on a seed bead, a Platinum oval, a Hematite 4mm round bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle and a crystal AB 4mm round bead. Attach to the fifth petal using a 4mm jump ring. Make a chain of seven 4mm jump rings and attach one end to the jump ring on the fourth petal and the other end to the jump ring on the fifth petal. Attach a central dangle – consisting of a seed bead, a Hematite 4mm round bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle, a crystal AB 4mm round bead and another seed bead on an eyepin – to the middle ring of the chain. Thread a seed bead, a Jet oval, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle and another seed bead onto a headpin and attach with a loop to the bottom of the central dangle. Make a dangle for each of the two Jet flowers by threading a seed bead, a Jet oval, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle and another seed bead onto a headpin. Attach to the lower inner petals of the flowers, as shown, with 4mm jump rings. Thread a headpin with a seed bead, a Pink oval, a Hematite 4mm round bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle and a crystal AB 4mm round bead. Make a loop and link to an eyepin threaded with a seed bead, a crystal AB 4mm round bead, a Rose Opal Puffy Rondelle, a Hematite 4mm round bead and another seed bead. Repeat to make a second identical dangle and attach to the jump rings between the Platinum and Rose Opal connectors on each side.

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM

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nodised aluminium is a fabulous material! You can create big, bold pieces of jewellery because it is so light, but far more exciting is the fact that you can dye it, as bright or subtle as you choose. The colour often baffles people – I’m frequently asked by

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people looking at my aluminium pieces if they are enamelled or painted? And the answer to both questions is no! The anodising of aluminium is an industrial process, a form of electroplating, that puts a hard, protective coating of aluminium oxide on the surface of the aluminium, which prevents it corroding. Useful for engineering purposes but for the decorative artist the bonus is that this oxide layer is both transparent and porous, so it can be dyed just like fabric, and when sealed creates a permanent tough surface. Although it is possible to anodise aluminium yourself, it is something of a hit-and-miss process and involves a rather nasty selection of acids. However, it is possible to buy pre-anodised sheet aluminium that is unsealed and ready to colour. This material is produced for sign printing and for many years it was only available in bulk, but it is now possible to buy it in smaller quantities. The sheet comes in varying thicknesses – here, I am using 0.7mm as it is thin enough to cut with shears but strong enough to make your jewellery durable.

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resist the dye. It is therefore necessary to dye and seal it before making it into jewellery. As the sheets are approximately A3 size and thus too large to work easily, they need to be cut beforehand. Hold the sheet with either tissue or kitchen towel and cut it into workable sizes with a pair of shears (see Fig 1, below). These could be quarters, eighths or smaller depending on the size of your dye baths. Any shallow container can be used as a dye bath – plastic is preferable and old food trays work perfectly. You will need to prepare your dyes in advance – you can use either the special dyes formulated for dyeing anodised aluminium or fabric dyes such as Dylon, but these may not give such an intense colour. The dyes come in powder form and need to be mixed with water. They can be used at room temperature or heated to speed up the dyeing process. A microwave is fine for this, but care must be taken not to overheat as this will start the sealing process. The dyes can be kept in airtight containers for future use. In industry, the pre-anodised sheets

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM The projects on these pages can be adapted depending on your equipment. The twist collection can easily be made with basic tools, the circle collection requires a circle punch and the heart necklace a jeweller’s piercing saw. If you have mastered the use of a piercing saw then there are endless possibilities as to the shapes you can create

are primarily used for screenprinting with specially prepared inks – here, I am using permanent felt-tip markers, which provide a cheaper, more accessible but equally effective method of producing a pattern on the aluminium. There is no going back when colouring aluminium – you cannot remove mistakes so the best approach is to prepare small pieces with allover patterns. These look most attractive when cut, and this approach produces less waste and allows plenty of flexibility with your designs. Taking care not to touch the metal with your fingertips (hold the corner with a piece of tissue or paper towel), draw a design over your sheet with permanent felt-tip markers. Use as many colours as you like – interesting effects occur when two colours overlap but do not fill the whole sheet in order for the dye to fill in the

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background (Fig 2). You can also apply a pattern on the reverse so you then have two sides to choose from. Immerse your sheet in a dye bath using plastic tweezers (Fig 3), turning from time to time and making sure it is not overlapping other sheets as this will prevent the dye from penetrating evenly. How long you leave the aluminium in the dye bath depends on the intensity of colour you require – it can be anything from 15 minutes to 12 hours! When the desired colour has been attained, the sheet needs to be sealed in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 minutes. This closes the pores of the oxide surface, creating a permanent finish. If the sheet is not sealed, the colour will bleed out and could stain both clothes and skin. Once the sheet is sealed, rinse and dry it, and it is ready to create your jewellery.

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM EARRINGS WITH A TWIST

MATERIALS TO COMPLETE ALL PROJECTS • 0.7mm pre-anodised aluminium sheet • aluminium or Dylon dyes • permanent felt-tip marker pens • assorted beads • ear wires • kilt pin with rings • Tigertail beading wire • bolt ring or lobster catch • split ring • crimps • silver-plated chain • silver-plated 5mm jump rings • silver-plated headpin • ribbon

TOOLS • plastic tweezers • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw pliers • needle files • various grades of emery paper • burnisher (optional) • drill and 1mm drill bit • centre punch • circle punch • jeweller’s piercing saw with blades • bench peg • kitchen towel or tissue • shallow plastic containers • old saucepan • ruler

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TO CREATE Using a pencil or felt-tip pen, carefully mark two 45x6mm strips on your coloured aluminium sheet (colour and seal it first, following the instructions on page 19). These measurements can be adapted to suit your personal taste. Cut out the strips with a pair of shears, and flatten them using a nylon or wooden mallet on a wooden surface. File the edges of the strips with a needle file so they’re not sharp. You may

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wish to rub some emery paper over the edges to further smooth them, and burnish them to create a crisp, shiny edge (you can do this with the side of a pair of round-nosed pliers if you do not have a burnisher). With a pair of flat-nosed pliers (ideally nylon-jaw) in each hand, grip either end of one strip about 1mm in from the edge. Turn in opposite directions with each hand to create a neat twist (see Fig 1, above right). Repeat with the other strip but turn in

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the opposite direction to create a mirrored pair of strips. Drill a small hole in the middle of each end of the strips, about 1mm in from the edge. You may wish to mark with a centre punch first to ensure that you do not slip and mark the aluminium. If you twist a larger-size drill bit gently over the hole, it will remove any burrs. Attach your chosen ear wires though the holes using pliers.

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM NECKLACE WITH A TWIST TO CREATE Using a pencil or felt-tip pen, carefully mark nine strips on your coloured aluminium sheet, ranging in size from 40x6mm to 55x6mm (these measurements can be adapted to taste). Cut them out and flatten them using a nylon or wooden mallet on a wooden surface. Follow Steps 2-4 for the twisted earrings opposite. Thread each strip onto your desired length of Tigertail, alternating with a bead of your choice (I used multicoloured bugle beads). Finish by attaching your chosen fastening.

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM

For a fun, less formal finish to your pieces, you could try coloured chain and jump rings, picking out one of the shades in your aluminium. Alternatively, ribbon, as used on the heart necklace, gives a softer, more feminine feel

HEART NECKLACE Use a pencil or felt-tip pen to carefully mark a heart shape on your coloured aluminium sheet. Cut round your marked outline with a piercing saw (see Fig 1, below). File the edges of the heart with a needle file so they’re not sharp. You may wish to rub some emery paper over the edges to further smooth them, and burnish them to create a crisp, shiny edge (it is possible to achieve this with

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the side of a pair of round-nosed pliers if you do not have a burnisher). Drill a 1mm hole at the top and bottom of the heart, about 1mm in from the edge. You may wish to mark with a centre punch first to ensure that you do not slip and mark the aluminium. If you twist a largersize drill bit gently over the hole, it will remove any burrs. Thread a bead of your choice onto a headpin and create a loop above the bead, passing it through the hole at the bottom of the heart before closing. Attach a jump ring to the top of the heart and thread your desired length of ribbon, chain or Tigertail through it to finish the necklace.

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JEWELLERY USING ALUMINIUM CIRCLE NECKLACE TO CREATE Using a circle punch, cut three circles – one 15mm, one 14mm and one 13mm – from your already-coloured aluminium sheet. Follow Steps 2-3 for the circle earrings, right. Attach a jump ring to each circle. Take another jump ring and attach the 15mm circle to the back of the 14mm circle. Repeat to attach the 14mm circle to the 13mm circle. Attach a chain through the jump ring of the 13mm circle to complete the necklace.

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MADCOWBEADS

deck the HALLS Stephie Hall combines beautiful wirework with festive beads and charms for some lovely seasonal decorations and fun matching earrings! CHRISTMAS TREE STAR TOPPER STEPHIE HALL DESIGNER

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TO CREATE Cut five 7” lengths of 18-gauge wire. Bend each in half to form star points and spiral the final 1½” of wire ends in slightly open spirals (see Fig 1, below left). Use the remaining 18-gauge wire to form a circle 2” in diameter, with the shape formed at the centre of the wire. Bend the tails so they’re pointing straight down from the circle.

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Bind them together by wrapping the top inch of the tails with 28-gauge wire (Fig 2). Flatten the circle and star points with flat-nosed acrylic pliers. Pinch in your wire ends. Bind one star point to the top of the circle at both spirals so the tip is directly opposite the circle tail wrap (Fig 3). Bind the next star point to the first at the spiral, then to the circle. Continue until all the star points

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are securely attached (Fig 4). Spiral your circle tails around a stepped mandrel (Fig 5) and form loops at the end. Bind these loops together with 28-gauge wire. Form garlands across all the points of the star by wrapping 28-gauge wire and adding seed beads (Fig 6). Wrap a 5mm jump ring to the top centre of the circle. Add a Christmas

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charm to the wrapped jump ring using a second jump ring.

MATERIALS • 50” silver-plated 18-gauge wire • 15’ 28-gauge wire • approx 200 size 8 seed beads • Christmas themed charm • 2 x 5mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed, chainnosed and flat-nosed (ideally acrylic) pliers • sharp cutting pliers • round stepped mandrel

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acrylic) pliers. Cut a 3” piece of 28-gauge wire and wrap it 4-5 times around the bottom spiral of your tree. Add a crimp bead, crimp, then add a 4mm bead (see Fig 1, above). Trim and wrap the wire around the next spiral up (Fig 2). Repeat all the way up the tree, going round the spiral (crimping is not needed on the top spirals with smaller gaps between them). Wrapping can be very fiddly – use your

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• 24” silver-plated 18-gauge wire • 66” 28-gauge wire • 22 x Czech fire polished 4mm beads • Czech fire polished 6mm bead • 16 x 2mm crimp beads • Christmas charm • silver-plated 3mm chain

TOOLS • round-nosed, chainnosed and flat-nosed (ideally acrylic) pliers • crimping pliers • sharp cutting pliers • round stepped mandrel

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

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CHRISTMAS TREE EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut a 9” length of wire and wrap it around the smallest step on the mandrel, leaving a tail of about 2”. Holding the first wrap on the mandrel with one finger, spiral the wire down to the next step. Continue spiralling to the sixth step. Wrap the wire all the way around the bottom of the sixth

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step (see Fig 1, above right), then remove from the mandrel. Shorten the overall length by squeezing the circles of the spiral gently together. Hold the smallest wrap in your round-nosed pliers and twirl the wire around the widest part, then bend so it’s facing straight up. Add a 4mm bead, then form a loop with

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the tail. Trim the excess wire. Slide a crimp up your tree to where you want your top 4mm bead to be, and crimp. Add your 4mm bead and a second crimp. Repeat for another three 4mm beads, working your way down the tree. Bend the bottom tail of wire so it goes straight across the centre ‘bottom’ of

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your tree. Make another bend to form the trunk. Form a loop with the bottom tail (Fig 2) and slip on a star charm before wrapping the loop. Reshape the tree if needed using your fingers and flat-nosed pliers. Add an ear wire to the loop at the top of the tree. Repeat for the second earring.

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MATERIALS • 18” silver-plated 22-gauge wire • 10 x Czech fire polished 4mm beads • 16 x 2mm crimp beads • 2 x star charms • ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed, chainnosed and flat-nosed (ideally acrylic) pliers • crimping pliers • sharp cutting pliers • round stepped mandrel

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This wonderful Beading Starter Pack comes in its very own tote bag to keep everything together - a really super gift this Christmas. See the “New Arrivals” section on the website.

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JEWELLERY RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE

from all STEPH GIBBS, RACHEL BLAND, RAE HOLMES & HANA GLOVER DESIGNERS

ABOUT THE DESIGNERS… Steph is a designer and workshop tutor at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) and has dabbled in a variety of jewellery making and beading techniques for many years. She has recently turned her hand to bead weaving. Rachel has been creating beautiful jewellery for almost six years and has a flair for colour and design. She teaches many of The Bead Shop’s workshops. Rae’s background lies in art and design, and she has been working with beads within mixed media art for many years. She currently works at The Bead Shop, where she is nurturing her newfound love of jewellery making. Hana has owned and run The Bead Shop for more than 10 years, and combines her skilful eye for colour with dichroic glass and bead weaving to fantastic effect.

IRIDESCENT SQUARES DESIGNED BY STEPH GIBBS TO CREATE Cut two 70cm lengths of SuppleMax. Thread

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22 seed beads onto one length, then thread both ends through one seed bead in the same direction. Thread a further five beads onto each strand. Thread each end of the strand though the same hole in a Tila bead in opposite directions – this is a cross-over bead. Then thread five seed beads onto each strand. Thread a Tila bead onto each strand, add five more seed beads, then cross over in another Tila bead. Thread the second piece of SuppleMax through

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the other hole of the Tila bead added in Step 2. Thread one seed bead onto each side of the new thread, then thread through the other holes in the next Tila beads. Add one more seed bead to each side and cross over in the last Tila. This square forms the basic pattern. Using the same thread from Step 4, making sure both threads are coming out of the top of the bracelet, thread five seed beads onto each side. Thread a Tila bead onto each side, followed by five seed

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beads, then a crossover Tila bead. Now working with the other thread, add one seed bead either side, then go through the Tila beads. Add one seed bead to either side, then cross over in the last Tila bead. You should see that the seed beads around the square shapes have overlapped. Carry on with the pattern, ensuring the squares overlap the same way each time. Stop when your bracelet fits your wrist. After the last square shape, fasten off the threads on the inside of the square.

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MATERIALS • 140cm clear 0.25mm SuppleMax thread • 5g Blue Iris Miyuki Tila beads • 15g Iridescent Purple size 10 seed beads • Volcano 12mm Swarovski Elements button

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JEWELLERY RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE BLING LINK NECKLACE DESIGNED BY RACHEL BLAND TO CREATE Separate the Xilion beads into nine piles of 33 beads (three piles of each colour). Cut a piece of Wildfire approximately 30cm long and thread a needle onto each end. Thread on three Xilion beads, followed by a crossover. Continue with the pattern of one bead on each thread and then a cross-over until you have used all 33 beads from one pile. To complete the first link, thread back through the first Xilion in a cross-over. Now thread back through your work and tie a knot on each side before cutting off the excess thread. Start to weave another link in a different colour using the same method. Before completing it, thread it through your first link, then finish in the same way as before. Continue weaving the links and connecting them to create the chain. Alternate the three colours as you go until you have a chain of nine links. Thread one of each colour of the Xilion beads used for the links onto a headpin. Using round-nosed pliers, make a loop above the beads and trim off the excess wire. Cut six pieces of chain, each 15cm long. Attach an 8mm jump ring to each end of your woven links

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• 100 x Jet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 100 x Light Metallic Gold 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 100 x Jet AB2x 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4m black 0.15mm Wildfire thread • 90cm small cable chain

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2 x 8mm jump rings 4 x 6mm jump rings headpin silver-plated large trigger clasp

TOOLS • 2 x size 12 beading needles • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

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JEWELLERY RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE MATERIALS • 3m black 0.25mm Wildfire thread • 25 x Purple Velvet 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 10 x Indicolite 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 45 x Purple Velvet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 50 x Indicolite 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 50 x Indicolite 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 100 x Jet AB2x 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • sterling silver cable choker

TOOLS • 2 x beading needles

SPARKLY STARS CHOKER DESIGNED BY HANA GLOVER TO CREATE Onto a 1m length of Wildfire, thread one 4mm purple Xilion, three 5mm purple

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Xilions and another 4mm purple Xilion, then cross over in a 4mm purple Xilion. Thread a 4mm purple Xilion, then a 5mm purple Xilion onto each strand, then cross over in a 5mm purple Xilion (see Fig 1, below right). Add a 5mm then a 4mm purple Xilion to each strand and cross over in a 4mm purple Xilion. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have used 25 4mm and 25 5mm Xilion beads. Cross the strands over in the first 5mm bead and pull tight to form a ring. Add a 5mm blue Xilion to one strand, then thread through the next 5mm cross-over bead in the ring. Do the same with the other strand and pull tight. Continue adding 5mm blue Xilions in the same fashion until

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all 10 beads are used and the star is formed. Tie a small knot on each side and weave in the ends. Follow the same steps to make two smaller blue stars with purple centres, using 3mm and 4mm blue

Xilions for the outer ring and 4mm purple Xilions for the centre. Thread the choker through two points of a blue star, then through one point of the purple star and through two points of the other blue star.

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another 4mm Xilion. Thread each strand through a 6mm Xilion in opposite directions – this is a cross-over bead. Thread a 4mm Xilion onto each strand, followed by a 4mm cross-over bead. Thread a 3mm Xilion onto each strand to complete the sequence. Thread

on a 4mm cross-over bead (this replaces the clasp at the beginning) to continue the pattern. Repeat the pattern until your piece measures 16cm in length (if you want your bracelet to be bigger or smaller, you will need to alter the number of beads accordingly). Stop the pattern after the 6mm Xilion. Using the right strand, thread a 4mm Xilion followed by the corresponding loop of the clasp and another 4mm Xilion, which is a cross-over with the other strand. Thread through the other loop of the clasp, then through a 4mm Xilion followed by a 6mm cross-over bead. Use one strand

to weave back through the beads and clasp to secure it. Work in the same way back down the length of the bracelet, mirroring the pattern and anchoring the thread through all the beads along one side to incorporate them into the pattern. When you reach the end of the bracelet, thread though the loops of the clasp (go in the opposite direction to the first strand the second time so that the clasp lays flat). Once you are happy that the clasp is secure, thread your strands back through a few beads, tie them off and thread through a further few beads before cutting off the excess thread.

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MATERIALS • 150cm clear 0.25mm SuppleMax thread • 36 x Capri Blue 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 116 x Dark Indigo 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 24 x Ruby 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • silver 2-strand clasp

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CRYSTAL WOVEN BRACELET DESIGNED BY RAE HOLMES TO CREATE Cut a 150cm length of SuppleMax. Thread on a 4mm Xilion, then go through one loop of the clasp and add

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JEWELLERY RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE • 140cm clear 0.25mm SuppleMax thread • 2 x silver-plated headpins • 2 x silver-plated eyepins • 2 x silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • 96 x Capri Blue 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 12 x Blue Zircon 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

TOOLS • 2 x beading needles

CUBE CREATION EARRINGS DESIGNED BY STEPH GIBBS

bead marked with a star on Fig 1, below. Thread one more bead onto this strand, then add a cross-over bead. Carry on building up rows back and forth, anchoring the thread into the previous row each time (Fig 2). Stop once you have threaded 37 Xilions, and bring the ends of the strip round to join each other. Add a bead to the outside strand and anchor though the prominent bead on the other end, then add a cross-over bead. Anchor each thread through the next bead, then add another cross-over bead to form a ring. Take one thread through an adjacent bead and add a bead to the left thread, then add a cross-over bead. Anchor through the next two beads in the outer ring. Add a cross-over bead and anchor as before. Repeat for the last bead (Fig 3). Weave the threads through to the other side and repeat. Using the Blue Zircon Xilions, thread three beads onto a small piece of thread and cross over in a fourth bead, fastening the threads to form a ring. Thread a 3mm Blue Zircon Xilion

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JEWELLERY EVENING WEAR

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TO CREATE

MATERIALS • necklace-size memory wire • silver-plated 8mm sparkly rounds • Karen Hill Tribe Silver pendant set • small sparkle oval ring • Violet 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones • Violet 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones • silver 2mm and 3mm round beads • silver tube beads • silver headpin • silver eyepins • silver 6mm jump rings • silver extension chain • silver small lobster clasp

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To make the dangle components, attach two jump rings to the top of each Karen pendant. Use the second jump ring on the largest pendant to connect it to the oval ring. Make up the beaded headpin for the centre of the oval ring using silver round beads and a large crystal. Use round-nosed pliers to make a simple loop in the end of the headpin, snug to the final bead. Secure the headpin inside the oval ring by hanging it from a jump ring.

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Cut the memory wire so that there is a 1” gap between the two ends. Use round-nosed pliers to turn a loop in one end of the wire, making sure the end is rotated beyond its starting point to create a fully closed loop with no sharp edges. Thread crystals, sparkly rounds and tube beads onto the memory wire, together with the prepared dangle components. For the largest dangle, thread the memory wire through the jump ring that also connects the beaded headpin.

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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

This elegant silver necklace is sparkly yet sophisticated with just a glimmer of colour to bring it to life

in the end snug to the final bead. Connect one to each end of the memory wire. Add a lobster clasp to the free end of one eyepin connector and an extension chain to the other.

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Perfect for a special black-tie event at Christmas, this necklace can easily be made using any colour of Swarovski crystal to complement your outfit. Using a connector chain allows you to adjust the length to suit

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


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BEAD DOCTOR

bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers

COLOURFUL ALTERNATIVE I want to expand my jewellery skills and try colouring my own metal for a variety of different effects and uses. How can I do it and what do I need? Jody Glance, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… There’s a range of different ways to colour metal. Preanodised aluminium is one of the most common metals for colouring, although you can anodise your own aluminium if you want to get really technical (take a closer look at www.creative-

DREAM ON! Where can I get the ‘fluffy ribbon’ that Ana Baird used on her lovely blue

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chemistry.org.uk). You can use all kinds of techniques for colouring anodised aluminium, such as hand-painting, dipping, spraying and more. Check out Mandy Nash’s fantastic introduction to this Dreams necklace in the Designer Gallery in Issue 7? Emma Baxter, Derbyshire

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technique, and her stunning creations using it, on page 18. And if you’re inspired to take it further, there’s a great new book due for release mid-January called Anodized! by Clare Stiles. She covers all

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… This ribbon is also commonly known as fibres and can add lovely texture to projects. You should find it at most haberdashery stores, or even papercraft stockists. There’s a great selection of fibres available at www. charmedcardsand crafts.co.uk (or call 020 8659 0737).

aspects of colouring your aluminium with tools, materials, techniques, step-by-step guides and more – so pre-order your copy (RRP: £12.99; www.waterstones.com)!

LET’S TWIST AGAIN! Where can I buy the twisted wire used on the beaded memory wire bracelet on page 31 of Issue 7? Claire Maybank, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… The twisted wire used on this project (shown above) was actually something the girls at Shiney Company created with 0.5mm craft wire. You can get the same effect by holding two lengths of

wire together, securing one end and twisting the lengths. Just stop twisting every time you want to add a bead and shape the unbeaded wire length around the bead before starting to twist again.

SECURED WITH SEEDS I saw a lovely seed bead loop as a fastener on a bracelet in Issue 7 and wondered how secure they are when compared with the more conventional clasps? What’s the best way to make sure a seed bead loop doesn’t come undone? Hilda McGuire, by email

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bead bracelet (shown above) you’re talking about, Hilda. A seed bead loop like this is a way of adding a softer finishing ‘clasp’ if you want to avoid the use of metals for aesthetic or practical reasons. It’s a good idea for sufferers of metal allergies as, combined with nylon cords, you can be 100% sure that your creations are metal-free. When compared with the more conventional metal clasps, however, seed bead loops aren’t generally as reliable. Metal itself is unlikely to snap, and the attachment point is generally a clasp or clip with a high breaking point. With seed bead loops you’re effectively relying on a button to keep the bracelet

in place, so this type of fastening isn’t generally a good idea for heavier creations. Seed bead loops can be incorporated into the flow of your design as you simply feed the seed beads onto your nylon when the main design is complete and then secure the other end back onto your piece. Gauge the loop size by the size of the bead you’ll be using as the ‘button’ and add just one or two extra seed beads onto the fastening loop for a tighter fit. Pandora Mayo gives a lovely set of templates in her article in Issue 7 for the addition of a seed bead loop. Anyone who missed it can order a back copy from www.practical publishing.co.uk/cbj.

WIRE WEAVING I’m keen to try my hand at making my own woven wire beads and embellishments for my creations and wondered if you could give me some tips and a stockist for everything I need to get started? Helen Bailey, London

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… All you really need to get started is a nice selection of colourful wire, so check out the choices at www.beads unlimited.co.uk (01273 740777), where you’ll find a good range of colours and gauges available to choose from. In terms of the technique, just decide how wide you want the hole to be and find a suitable needle for small holes or a scrap

At present I am working on a few ideas with beads spaced with crimps, but I don’t know where to buy crimps that don’t leave sharp edges. I seemed to do okay with some silver ones at first, but not every crimp in the pack was as good. I have used the round ones and the tubes so far, but can you tell me if there are any which aren’t so sharp? Or do I have no choice but to continue using crimp covers, only to find at the last one that it buckles sideways? Looking at some pieces in a store, they had small crimps that were thinner length of memory wire for larger holes, as this gives you a great tool to wrap your wire around while still maintaining the hole width. It’s then simply a case of shaping your wire, wrapping it around and around to form your chosen shape, so just take your time. If you want to try woven wire beads with loop ends, be sure to incorporate these into your design and wrap the wire around the base of the loop to secure it. For the sake of sturdiness,

than any I’ve used and didn’t seem as sharp. These were just squeezed with pliers. Please can you help me out? Jennifer Greenwood, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... I’d certainly suggest going for a smaller, softer crimp to prevent the sharp edges. There are a few different sizes and colours of crimp beads and tubes available that you can close and secure simply by squeezing them with your pliers, so take a look at www.b-for-beads. co.uk (or call 01352 755532) as it has a great selection of styles and designs.

it can often be a good idea to produce and secure the loop one or two layers before the end of your design. You may also want to make the loop two or three strands thick. If you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to using your wire beads in jewellery designs, Dawn Cotton Fuge incorporated bought wire ball beads into her pieces in Issue 7 with lovely results (including the bracelet shown left). Please do send in images of your wire beads so we can see how you got on.

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BOJANGLE BEADS

winter GA Go wild with wire and beautiful, bold, nature-inspired beads to create this stunning bracelet in lovely wintry colours

CHRISTINE NEVILLE DESIGNER

MATERIALS • gunmetal 0.315mm wire • 7 x large Lucite flowers • 5 x large Lucite leaves • 6 x small Lucite leaves • 8 x bead caps • 8 x 8mm pearls • Miyuki drop beads • size 11 seed beads • 4 x cord ends • 4 x small copper flowers • 4 x ball headpins • 1m ribbon

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

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GLASS KILN BEADS CHRISTMAS JEWELLERY

FESTIVE JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

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Judith Hannington demonstrates the striking effects you can achieve by fusing sheet glass with frit, stringers and rods in vibrant colours his issue  I’m taking  a closer look at combining several different forms of glass, including ways of creating your own small pieces of ‘sheet’ glass ready for cutting and fusing into your designs. These different glass forms are compatible in kiln-fusing projects primarily if they have the same co-efficient  of expansion (coe), meaning the combined glasses have the same expansion and contraction rates on heating and cooling. Incompatibility leads to cracks and breaks due to tension created during fusing. Viscosity is a secondary factor that may result in incompatibility.

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Glass naturally wants to fuse to 6mm thick – to achieve the best finish, always start with layers of glass as close to this thickness as possible. Thinner and the glass will shrink upwards and will probably have uneven and sharp edges. Thicker and the glass will spread out during fusing, increasing the lateral dimensions of your piece

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Glass manufacturers clearly market their products with a specific coe, and Bullseye 90 glass fusing products are identical across the range so you can safely combine the different forms of glass in one fused piece. Mix and match the range of plain and decorative sheet glass with rods, frit (crushed glass) and stringers (similar to rods but pulled much thinner) and you can

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achieve all manner of fused effects. Visit www.bullseyeglass.com for information on the different glass forms and the suitability and characteristics of individual colours for fusing. Sheet glass is available in a variety of thicknesses, with 2mm being perfectly suited to fused jewellery projects. It should be scored with a glass cutter (an oil-free model) and can be cut with glass breaking pliers (Fig 1, left, shows sheet glass and these tools). Stringers come in 1mm and 2mm thicknesses in both opal and transparent glass, and can be snapped fairly accurately with pliers or tweezers (Fig 2), whilst frit is available in four main forms – powder, fine, medium and coarse grades (Fig 3). Glass rods are generally 4-6mm in diameter and slices of them are handy for creating dotty designs.

A pair of disc cutters is worth investing in as they will offer the most cutting accuracy on both rods and stringers (Fig 4).

HEALTH AND SAFETY All glass should naturally be handled with care as slivers of glass can be almost invisible but lethally sharp. Frit should also be treated with caution in terms of avoiding breathing in the fine particles that will inevitably escape if it is poured from one place to another. In the main, I tend to select my frit piece by piece and therefore handle it straight from the bag with tweezers. If you have to transfer the frit from one container to another or pour it onto a design, wear a mask. Whenever cutting or grinding any form of glass, always remember to protect your eyes with a pair of goggles.

• decorative red stringer on clear 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque green 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque red 90coe Bullseye mediumgrade frit • kiln paper • silver bail • silver 1.9mm snake chain

GEOMETRIC PENDANT TO CREATE Cut a rectangle of stringer glass, selecting it from an area of the sheet with a pleasing pattern. Cut an identical-sized piece of green glass. Stack the stringer glass on the green glass on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base, then position pieces of red frit

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

between the stringers on one selected area of the glass. Position the kiln inside the microwave oven, cover with the lid and ‘cook’ until the glass is fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Wash any kiln paper residue from the back of the cold glass, then use epoxy glue to attach the pendant bail.

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WHERE TO BUY Visit www.madcowbeads.com for the Fuseworks supplies, including the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln starter kit, which has all the basic tools and equipment you will need (bar glass breaking pliers) together with an instruction book containing techniques and projects All the Bullseye glass products used here are available from www.warm-glass.co.uk Silver mounts are available from www.dichro-findings.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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Cut a square of white glass about 5mm larger than the diameter of the ring pad, and an identical square of clear glass. Stack the clear glass on the white glass on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base. Use disc cutters to cut 1-2mm wide slices of rod and arrange these

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MATERIALS • clear 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque white 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • red 90coe Bullseye glass rod • kiln paper • silver ring blank

TOOLS • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven • glass cutter • glass running/ breaking pliers • disc cutters • electric glass grinder • epoxy glue

HEART BROOCH TO CREATE Cut a square of green glass and an identical square of

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MATERIALS • clear 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque green 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque red 90coe Bullseye mediumgrade frit • white 90coe Bullseye 1mm stringer • kiln paper • silver heart brooch mount

TOOLS • Fuseworks microwave kiln • microwave oven • glass cutter • glass running/ breaking pliers • electric glass grinder • tweezers • candle • glass fusing glue • epoxy glue

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clear glass, just larger than the diameter of the brooch pad. Use your grinder to shape both pieces into a circle fractionally smaller than the mount. Stack the clear glass on the green glass on a piece of kiln paper on your kiln base, position inside the microwave oven, cover with the lid and ‘cook’ until just fully fused but minimally domed. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Manipulating the glass with tweezers or pliers, heat the stringer in a flame and shape into a heart, breaking the ends off at the bottom. Wash any soot from the heart and dry thoroughly.

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Wash the cold fused glass, dry thoroughly and position on a fresh piece of kiln paper on the kiln base. Apply a dab of glue to the surface and position your stringer heart in the glue. Using tweezers, position small pieces of red frit inside the stringer heart to fill it, then set aside until the glue has completely dried. ‘Cook’ the glass again until the stringer heart settles onto the gently curved surface of the base glass and is tack-fused. Cool the kiln as before, wash any kiln paper residue from the back of the cold glass, then use epoxy glue to attach it securely to the silver heart brooch mount.

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on the surface of the glass – a few can just overlap the edge. Position the kiln inside the microwave oven, cover with the lid and ‘cook’ until just fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Wash the cold glass, then use your grinder to remove the corners of the square and shape the glass to fit the ring blank. ‘Cook’ the glass again on a fresh piece of kiln paper to ‘fire polish’ the edges – removing the rough ground surface and giving a domed finish. Cool the kiln as above, wash any kiln paper residue from the back of the cold glass, then use epoxy glue to attach it to the ring blank.

• clear 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque white 90coe Bullseye 2mm glass • opaque red 90coe Bullseye medium-grade frit • opaque green 90coe Bullseye medium-grade frit • kiln paper • silver 4-pad pendant mount • silver 1mm snake chain

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to cut the patterned glass into four squares the same dimensions as each of the pendant mount pads – you should have enough glass to pick the area you cut each piece from for best effect. Use your grinder to shape each of the squares into a circle, then cut and grind four identical circles from white glass. Position a white glass circle on kiln paper on your kiln base and place the patterned glass circle on top. Position the kiln inside the microwave oven, cover with the lid and ‘cook’ until fully fused and nicely domed. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Wash any kiln paper residue from the back of the cold glass pieces, then use epoxy glue to attach them to the pendant mount.

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TO CREATE Cut the largest square of kiln paper possible to fit your kiln base, then cut a piece of clear glass about 2.5cm smaller than the paper. Position the glass on the paper on the kiln base and apply frit to the clear glass in a random wavy red and

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green striped pattern. Make sure there are no stray pieces of frit anywhere on the kiln base, then position it inside the microwave oven, cover with the lid and ‘cook’ until the glass is just fully fused. Remove the kiln from the oven and leave the lid on for at least 30 minutes. Wash the cold glass, then use a

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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

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

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW BRACELET BY EMMA ANSTEY FROM STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

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

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two-hole enamelled centerpiece recycled from broken jewellery 4mm, 6mm and 8mm glass pearls copper and gold bead caps copper eyepins copper toggle clasp

PEARL & CRYSTAL TIARA BY HELEN WRIGHT FROM LINCOLNSHIRE MATERIALS • • • •

pearl beads crystal beads beading wire tiara band

PLUM BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • purple jump rings • purple glass beads

• headpins • toggle clasp

Want to see your creation in our Designer Gallery? Don’t be shy! 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. Don’t forget to include a list of the materials you used.

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JEWELLERY MASTERCLASS USING LAMPWORK BEADS

TECHNICOLOU dreams Lampwork beads can be works of art in their own right. Gill Teasdale demonstrates ways to present them to perfection in dazzlingly distinctive jewellery designs

ampworking is a technique that has been practised for thousands of years. The origins of the beautiful handmade works of art created this way can be traced to the first century BC. However, most people associate lampwork with the production of artwork in Murano, Italy, which originated in the 14th century. Today it is more popular than ever and has never been more accessible to all. Lampworking was traditionally done by melting glass in the flame of an oil lamp. Nowadays the flame from a gas canister is used, but the technique remains the same. The glass (known as ‘gob’ or ‘gather’) is twisted and turned in the flame and stretched using tools or gravity. The beads are then decorated using stringers (fibres of glass), which are melted onto the surface in dots or lines. These can then be feathered into patterns such as hearts. Frit (crushed glass, ranging from fine to coarse) is also

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

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used to produce coloured patterns. Metals such as copper, silver and gold in the form of leaf, wire or mesh can be added too. An essential part of the process is annealing, which heats the bead up to its stress relief point, after which it is very slowly cooled. The beads may then be cold worked and decorated by sand blasting or faceting. Acid etching will produce a matte effect, and polishing a high shine. Lampwork bead making is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with many beaders branching out and producing their own fantastic designs. It is a challenge they relish as melting glass can have a life of its own and it is up to the lampwork artist to master and control it. They draw inspiration from all around them, be it a piece of fabric or the ever-changing colours of nature. One of the true beauties of lampwork beads is that even if you never have a go at making your own, each one you buy to

incorporate into your jewellery will be different and unique. They can be so breathtaking in their own right that they deserve to be used in individual, unusual designs that allow them to shine. The designers at JillyBeads particularly like the bright jewellike colours and metallic finishes that are produced by lampworking. We favour mixing them with antiqued metals,

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seed beads and chunky gemstones to create wonderful ethnic-style jewellery, which is perfect for the season with chunky winter wear. Alternatively, add sparkle in the form of Czech fire polished beads or Swarovski Elements to give a twinkle of sophistication. And sometimes it is simply enough to let the beads, which are each tiny works of art, take centre stage as the focal piece!

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This interesting design demonstrates how lampwork beads can be worked using a weaving technique usually reserved for seed beads, to make a chunky ethnic bracelet. Changing the size and shape of beads in this way gives dramatically different results

TO CREATE Cut two 1m lengths of Beadalon, and thread a crimp bead and a wire guardian onto both strands. Slip on the loop of the bolt ring, then pass Beadalon back down through the other side of the wire guardian and the crimp bead, leaving a tail of 1cm (this will be tucked into

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the first few beads). Thread both strands through a fire polished bead. Separate the strands and thread a fire polished bead followed by three teal seed beads and an amethyst seed bead onto each one. Take a lampwork tube and pass the strands, from opposite ends, through it and the amethyst seed bead at each end so that the

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wires will have crossed over. Thread three teal seed beads and one fire polished bead onto each of the strands. Bring the strands back together and thread them both through a fire polished bead, a lampwork square and another fire polished bead. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 twice more, from the point at which

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you initially separated the strands. Slip a crimp bead, one side of a wire guardian and the last link of the extension chain onto both strands, then pass them back down the other side of the guardian and through the last two beads. Pull through all the excess and squash the crimp using chainnosed pliers.

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• 3 x rainbow foil lampwork square tile beads • 3 x rainbow foil lampwork short tube beads • 19 x amethyst 6mm Czech fire polished beads • 36 x teal silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • 6 x amethyst silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • bright 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • 2 x silver-plated crimps • 2 x wire guardians • silver-plated extension chain with heart (including integral bolt ring)

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

MATERIALS • 2 x rainbow foil lampwork short tube beads • 2 x amethyst 6mm Czech fire polished beads • 18 x amethyst silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • 18 x teal silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • amethyst 26-gauge artistic wire • 2 x gunmetal 2” medium headpins • gunmetal fish-hook ear wires

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

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Link several medallions together with jump rings or small beads with wrapped loops to make a funky alternative bracelet

the wire goes ‘wobbly’ around the medallion, don’t worry – it just adds to their charm!

TO CREATE Cut a 50cm length of 26-gauge wire and make a medallion, as in Step 5 for the Over the Rainbow necklace on page 50. Thread an amethyst size 6 seed bead, a lampwork tube and a teal seed bead onto a headpin. Make a

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wrapped loop, slipping the pin onto the medallion before starting to wrap. Slightly open the loop on one of the fish-hook ear wires using roundnosed pliers. Slip it through the top loop of the medallion, making sure it hangs with the right side facing forwards. Close the loop. Create a second earring to match.

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MATERIALS • 7 x rainbow foil lampwork heart beads • 3 x amethyst 6mm Czech fire polished beads • approx 263 x amethyst silver-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • approx 69 x teal silver-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • approx 336 x amethyst silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • approx 92 x teal silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • bright 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon • amethyst 20-gauge artistic wire • amethyst 26-gauge artistic wire • 8 x gunmetal crimp beads • black Dandyline or Nymo beading thread • 10 x gunmetal knot covers • gunmetal 7mm jump ring • 8 x wire guardians • gunmetal split ring • gunmetal chain extension with heart (including integral bolt ring)

OVER THE RAINBOW NECKLACE The twisted spirals on this spectacular necklace are perfect for showing off these gorgeous rainbowfoiled lampwork hearts to make a beautiful ethnic-style set. Don’t be put off by the fear that the spirals are complicated – they’re a lot easier than you think. You’ll be incorporating them into all your designs before you know it, using all manner and sizes of beads!

TO CREATE Cut two 150cm lengths and two 50cm lengths of Beadalon. To make a

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TOOLS • fine beading needle • GS Hypo Cement glue • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead reaming file (optional)

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seed bead spiral, take a length of Beadalon, slip on a crimp, then thread the wire through one of the holes in a wire guardian and back through the other hole and the crimp, leaving a tail of 1cm. Squash the crimp and tuck the tail into the beads. Thread on three size 6 teal beads and four size 6 amethyst beads and pass the Beadalon back through the first three teal beads. Pick up another size 6 teal bead and four size 6 amethyst beads. Missing out the bottom teal bead, pass the Beadalon through the remaining two teal beads and the new teal

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Millefiori, which literally means ‘a thousand flowers’, are the most well known of Murano glass beads. They are made from layers of different-coloured glass canes, which are compressed and then sliced into individual beads to reveal beautiful coloured flower patterns

bead just added. Continue threading in this manner, adding a teal bead and four amethyst beads and making sure you pass through the last two teal beads and the new teal bead each time. You will need to make two 11cm spirals using the 150cm lengths of Beadalon (these will have approximately 32 spiral loops) and two 4cm spirals using the 50cm lengths (with approximately 10 spiral loops). To finish the ends of the spirals, make sure all the beads are pushed firmly down and slip on a crimp, then a wire

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guardian. Thread the wire back through the guardian and the crimp and the first few beads (on one of the 11cm spiral lengths, slip the loop of the bolt ring onto one of the guardians before passing the wire back through the crimp). Pull tight and squash the crimp. Take a 50cm length of 26-gauge wire. Slip on a fire polished bead and position it 5cm from the end. Thread the long end back through the bead (passing in the same direction as the first time). Pass it through again. Make sure these attaching wires lie on

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size 11 amethyst and teal beads. Pass the needle through the hinge of a knot cover (inside out) and pick up another amethyst bead. Knot thread around the bead, ensuring your work is pulled up tight. Apply a dot of glue, trim the thread and close the cover. Repeat four more times to create five size 11 beaded spiral sections, varying the lengths slightly. Cut a 15cm length of 20-gauge wire. Grip it with roundnosed pliers, 3cm from the end, and bend at 90°. Rotate the pliers 90° away from you and pull the end back

towards you over the top jaw. Rotate the pliers back and push the wire away from you around them to form a loop. Slip the end of the wire loop through one of the wire guardians attached to an 11cm spiral. Grip the loop with round-nosed pliers and the end of the wire with chainnosed pliers. Wrap the end around the wire ‘post’ 2-3 times to make a neat wrapped loop. Trim the excess and tuck in the end neatly with chainnosed pliers. Slip a heart onto the post, ‘dip’ first, then a fire polished bead and another heart, point first, to form a bow. Grip the wire close to the last heart with roundnosed pliers, bend it over and make a loop as in Step 6. Don’t wrap it yet. Slip the wire guardian attached to a 4cm spiral length onto the open loop and complete the wrapped loop. Repeat Steps 6 and 7. Using a 10cm length of 20-gauge wire, make a loop and slip it through the wire guardian on the other end of one of the 4cm spiral lengths. Complete the wrap. Thread on a heart, dip first, then make another wrapped loop, passing the wire through one of the outer loops on the medallion created in Step 3 before fully wrapping it. Repeat

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each side of the bead. Now thread on two size 6 teal seed beads and loop under the wire around the fire polished bead, then back up through the second bead. Pick up another teal bead and loop under the attaching wire and back up through this new bead. Continue adding single size 6 teal beads until you have attached four on each side of the fire polished bead. Circle through the first bead of the row and back up the eighth (last) bead. Repeat the seed bead sequence using size 6 amethyst beads to make the second row.

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Finish off both ends by passing backwards and forwards on the back of the work. Trim. Cut the hook loop off a knot cover and file the rough edges. Take a 1m length of Dandyline or Nymo and tie a size 11 amethyst seed bead onto the end. Thread the needle onto the thread and pass through the knot cover so the bead sits in the ‘cup’. Apply a dot of glue, allow to dry, trim any excess thread and close the cover. Following the same process as in Step 2, make a 4cm spiral (approximately 19 spiral loops) using

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this step, positioning the loop a third of the way round the medallion from the previous one. Make another wrapped loop, again hooking it onto the medallion a third of the way round from the previous one. Thread on another heart, point first, and make another wrapped loop, hooking on the jump ring before fully wrapping. Attach the tassel spirals to the jump ring by hooking over the knot cover loops and closing them using chain-nosed pliers. Wind a split ring onto one of the wire guardians at the end of the necklace without the bolt ring, then wind the end link of the extension chain onto the split ring.

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Unravel the pink and grey beading silks, put the ends together and tie a simple knot, leaving a tail of about 12cm. Knot both the threads 2cm away from the first knot. Using the main picture (left) as a guide, select a cube, a lampwork bead and another cube and  thread these down to  the knot. Tie another knot, pushing it down close to the beads. Separate the strands and thread on a few seed beads or chips. Tie another knot in both threads, and add more beads, using the picture as a guide – at this point you could separate the threads and bypass  the main bead with a selection of small ones. Tie another knot. Continue in this manner until you

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five together through the lampwork bead. Put all five ends into a bead stopper, if

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design shows just how versatile lampwork beads can be – and  the perfect foil to natural gemstones.

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• grey 0.9mm beading silk (with integral needle) • antique silver 9x4mm filigree rounds • 2 x silver-plated 4mm crimp covers • 10 x silver-plated 1” headpins

TOOLS • chain-nosed, round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • GS Hypo Cement glue

If you can’t fit all the strands of elastic through the hole in the lampwork bead, try reaming the centre with a bead reamer. This will remove any chalky deposits, which are a normal part of the manufacturing process, from the hole

MATERIALS • candy pink lampwork baton bead • 35 x Ceylon Innocent Pink 4mm Toho cubes • approx 170 x Spring Flowers size 10 Miyuki Delica mix • 24 x frosted cherry quartz 6mm gemstone rounds • 25 x rhodonite gemstone chips • 0.5mm Stretch Magic

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This stretchy bracelet uses one lampwork bead as a focal point. The elastic may seem rather long but extra length is needed to allow you to easily knot both ends.  The quantities are approximate as you will need to make it  fit your own wrist,  but you want it to fit tightly so that the bead will sit firmly on top.

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DUSKY DAYDREAM STRETCHY BRACELET

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TO CREATE Cut five 30cm lengths of Stretch Magic and thread all

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JEWELLERY MASTERCLASS USING LAMPWORK BEADS

Make a matching pair of earrings! Take an offcut of Beadalon and weave it in and out of a tile in a figure-of-eight pattern, placing a cube at the top and bottom. Crimp into a knot cover and hang from an ear wire

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Thread a selection of beads onto each length of elastic. To check the size, attach the other bead stopper to the loose ends and try around your wrist. Remember that it will need to be fairly tight when knotted. Centralise all the beads on the elastic, remove the bead stoppers if using, and tie each strand tightly with a reef knot. (To tie a reef knot, cross the left strand over the right strand and pass it under the right. Then cross the right over the left and pass under the left. Pull tight.) Trim the ends and try to ‘lose’ the knots inside the lampwork bead.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK BRACELET Here I have used another technique normally reserved  for use with tiny  seed beads – square stitch. This giant version using beautiful shimmering lampwork tile beads and Swarovski Elements cubes gives a magnified view of the stitch. The threads are normally hidden but here, in  the form of Beadalon instead of Nymo,  they actually become  a feature. Don’t worry if the tiles don’t lie

perfectly flat on your wrist – they are designed to move around and it is part  of the bracelet’s charm.

TO CREATE Cut a 1.5m length of Beadalon and attach the bead stopper, if using, approximately 10cm from the end. Thread on a tile and a cube. Repeat six times, then thread on another tile. You are now  going to attach a second row of beads underneath the first and will be moving from right to left under the first row. Slip a split ring onto the

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

Beadalon and pick  up another tile, then pass the Beadalon  back through the previous (eighth) tile, threading from left  to right and through the split ring again. Pass the thread back through the last tile, threading from right  to left. Thread on a cube and a tile and pass the Beadalon back through the seventh tile. Don’t at any point pass the Beadalon back through the cubes. Continue working along the row until you reach the end.  Slip a crimp bead and a split ring onto the Beadalon  and remove the stopper from the  other strand. Pass this strand through the

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crimp bead and split ring from the opposite direction and tighten up the design. Squash the crimp bead using chain-nosed pliers. Wind the loop of the trigger catch onto one of the split rings.

MATERIALS • 16 x sapphire shimmer Murano lampwork tile beads • 14 x siam 4mm Swarovski Elements cubes • 2 x antique silver split rings • antique silver crimp bead • antique silver 12mm trigger clasp • blue 7-strand Beadalon

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • mini bead stopper (optional)

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EMPIRE BEADS

SILVER

MELISSA TODHUNTER DESIGNER

belles

These lovely light-catching Czech glass beads are set off to perfection by simple silver-lined bugles in an on-trend geometric design

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NECKLACE

• 15 x clear silver-lined 25mm Czech tube bugle beads • 20 x black 6mm Czech glass round beads • 35 x silver 2” eyepins • 10 x silver 5mm round jump rings • silver 9.5mm parrot clasp • silver premium belcher chain (60602-1017)

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

TO CREATE

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ABOUT EMPIRE BEADS… Melissa is a designer and workshop tutor for Empire Beads. Jewellery making has been a passion of hers for many years and Melissa’s designs are a work of art.

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Czech glass bead and create a loop snug to the bead at the other end of the eyepin, using round-nosed pliers. Twist the wire slowly when doing this, taking care to hold it close to the point you want the final twist to sit, and try to move the pliers in a smooth, even motion. Repeat this process with all 20 Czech glass beads. Thread a bugle bead onto an

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eyepin and create a loop snug to the bead at the other end, using round-nosed pliers as before. Repeat this process with another 10 bugle beads. Take one of the bugles from Step 2 and open the eyepin loops at each end slightly. Attach one of the Czech glass beads from Step 1 to each end and close securely. Repeat, attaching the second loop of the Czech glass bead and a

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new Czech glass bead to each loop on the next bugle. Continue in this manner until you have linked all 20 Czech glass beads and 11 bugles in a ‘ladder’. Lay the ladder out horizontally and attach a 5mm jump ring to both ends of

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the bottom row. Attach your desired length of belcher chain to the two jump rings, then repeat with a shorter length secured with jump rings to the third link from each end, and finally the shortest length to the fifth link from each end. Attach two bugle beads on eyepins at each end of the necklace, and link them with a jump ring to create a triangle shape. To finish, attach pieces of chain of your required (equal) length to the ends, and join with a jump ring and a parrot clasp.

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EMPIRE BEADS MATERIALS • 2 x clear silver-lined 25mm Czech tube bugle beads • 2 x black 6mm Czech glass round beads • silver fish-hook ear wires • 2 x silver 2” headpins

EARRINGS

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

TO CREATE

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Thread a Czech glass bead, then a bugle, onto a headpin. Use round-nosed pliers to form a loop snug to the bugle bead at the end, enclosing the loop of an ear wire within it. Repeat to create the matching earring.

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Follow the instructions for the matching necklace, opposite.

BRACELET

The only differences are that no chain is used on the bracelet and 11mm bugle beads are used to form the triangle shape

at the ends of the bracelet, with three linked jump rings at one side and two plus the clasp at the other.

MATERIALS • 10 x clear silver-lined 25mm Czech tube bugle beads • 18 x black 6mm Czech glass round beads • 4 x clear silver-lined 11mm Czech tube bugle beads • 32 x silver 2” eyepins

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• 5 x silver 5mm round jump rings • silver 9.5mm parrot clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

Follow exactly the same technique but completely alter the feel of the pieces by using delicate ice blue or pale turquoise round beads and fine small-link chain. Or go for real statement beads and thread co-ordinating ribbon or leather thong through the chain lengths for a bolder, edgier look

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CBJ09 pp58-59 Beadsisters Rainbow_Beading 10/11/2010 11:46 Page 58

BEADSISTERS

over the SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER

ABOUT SARAH…

Sarah Austin reveals how to link and ‘knot’ jump rings for striking yet surprisingly simple chain maille pieces that are bursting with colour

RAINBOW MOBIUS KNOT NECKLACE

Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history, which led her onto starting her own maille shirt. This was abandoned when she discovered coloured jump rings and the fact that you can use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.

TO CREATE The weave here is the same as that in the Mobius Link Long Necklace opposite, but using pairs of rings instead of single rings. Each knot is made from six pairs of rings (it can be tricky to add the final pair of rings but it is possible and worth persevering!). Open 10 red rings. Join one pair of red rings to a pair of closed red rings, referring to Fig 1, below. Add another pair of red rings, linking them through the

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MATERIALS centre of the two sets of red rings in Step 1, referring to Fig 2. Keep joining pairs of red rings, linking them through the centre of all the rings added, until you have joined 12 rings. Make sure you overlay each pair onto the previous pair added. Make one knot in each of the seven colours.

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Open four yellow and six green rings. Join one pair of green rings to a pair of closed yellow rings (see Fig 1). Add another pair of yellow rings, making sure you overlay the rings onto the yellow rings (see Fig 2). As you add each pair of rings, they must overlay their matching colour. Continue to add pairs of rings in this manner until you have joined 12 rings. Follow Steps 4 and 5 to make two-tone knots in the following colour combinations: redorange, orange-yellow, green-blue, blue-purple

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and purple-violet. Link two bright aluminium rings through one pair of rings from the red knot and one pair of red rings from the red-orange knot. Referring to the main necklace image above, continue joining the knots in the rainbow colour sequence. Join a 12cm length of chain to the red knot with two bright aluminium rings linked through a pair of red rings. Attach another 12cm length to the violet knot in the same way. Join the lobster clasp to the end of the chain by opening the chain link and closing.

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• 18 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 18 x violet anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 24 x orange anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 24 x yellow anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 24 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 24 x blue anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 24 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 8.3mm, 1.64mm • 28 x bright aluminium jump rings, id 5.2mm, 0.81mm • silver-coloured aluminium curb chain (5x7.5mm links) • silver-plated 15mm lobster clasp

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BEADSISTERS MOBIUS LINK LONG NECKLACE TO CREATE Join one open red ring through one closed red ring (see Fig 1, below). Next, join one red ring through the centre of the first two rings (Fig 2). This is one mobius link. Repeat Step 1 with all your jump rings so that you have nine mobius links in each of the seven colours.

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Pass two bright aluminium rings through the centre of two of your mobius links, linking them together (Fig 3). Continue making the chain by joining the colours in groups of three, following the colour pattern: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and violet. Once you have joined all the mobius links, link the two ends of the chain with two bright aluminium rings.

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MATERIALS • 27 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x orange anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x yellow anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x blue anodised aluminium jump rings,

id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 27 x violet anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm • 126 x bright aluminium jump rings, id 6mm, 1.02mm

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SHAGGY MOBIUS LINKS EARRINGS TO CREATE Make a red mobius link following Step 1 for the long necklace, above. Link a fourth red ring through the centre of the three rings to make a mobius dangle, referring to Fig 1, below. Repeat until you have four mobius dangles in each colour. Open one of the remaining red rings and link an ear wire and two red dangles. Place two orange dangles on an open orange ring. Hold the red ring added in Step 3 so the red dangles hang to the right and left. Link the open orange ring between the two red dangles (see Fig 1).

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MATERIALS • 18 x red anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x orange anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x yellow anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x dark turquoise anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • 18 x violet anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • silver-plated ear wires

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers

Repeat Step 4, adding pairs of dangles in yellow, green, dark turquoise, purple and violet. Repeat to complete the second earring.

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CBJ09 pp62-64 Kards & Krafts_CBJ 09/11/2010 15:40 Page 62

KARDS & KRAFTS

CHRISTMAS crackers

Use Fimo clay, silver leaf and alcohol inks to create a faux dichroic glass look with pretty Christmas motifs that shines brilliantly in the light

KAREN JORDAN DESIGNER

ABOUT KARDS & KRAFTS… Kards & Krafts has an extensive online store, as well as a shop in Ware, Hertfordshire, stocking cardmaking, scrapbooking, beading, jewellery-making, cross-stitching, knitting and children’s crafts materials. The shop celebrated its fifth birthday earlier this year, and the team is always willing to help you source items for your crafting projects, whatever they are. Karen also teaches jewellery, cardmaking and scrapbooking courses in the shop – further details can be found on the website.

CREATING A COLOUR PALETTE – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE Condition some translucent clay. Roll out using a pasta machine on the thinnest setting. Cover the clay with silver leaf

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(see Fig 1, right) Apply alcohol inks to tint the silver leaf. Use a variety of colours and don’t worry about overlapping as this will just create different

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KARDS & KRAFTS

STAR WINE GLASS CHARMS TO CREATE Condition some black Fimo. Roll it into six balls, each approximately the size of a Malteser. Flatten each ball using an eraser, to create disc shapes (see Fig 1, right). Punch six stars from a piece of card, and place one in the centre of each disc (Fig 2). Cover the discs with silver leaf (Fig 3). This will stick to the Fimo and not to the star cut-out. Apply one colour of alcohol ink to each disc (Fig 4). Do this by directly dropping the

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alcohol ink onto the disc (gloves are a good idea, so you can spread the colour around with your finger). Leave to dry for 10 minutes before

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removing the star cut-outs (Fig 5). Place the discs in the fridge to harden, then use a craft knife to cut a small slit in the top on each disc. Push

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in a jump ring (Fig 6). Bake, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut loops of ring-sized memory wire so that the ends overlap. Pass these

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through the jump rings attached to the Fimo discs, and they are ready to be hooked onto wine glass stems!

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black and green Fimo translucent Fimo silver leaf card assorted colours of alcohol ink ribbon leather thong necklace fish-hook ear wires 5mm jump rings ring-size memory wire

TOOLS • star and circle cutters • star and snowflake punches • eraser • craft knife • ceramic tile • acrylic roller • tissue blade • pasta machine

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KARDS & KRAFTS TO CREATE Condition some black Fimo and roll it out. Punch snowflakes from card and lay over the black Fimo. Apply silver leaf to the Fimo, then drop on blue alcohol ink, as with the wine glass charms on page 63, to tint the silver leaf. Leave to dry for 10 minutes before removing the snowflake cut-outs. Use a large circle cutter to cut out your decoration shape and a tiny circle cutter to make a hole for hanging. If desired, cut small circles of different colours from your colour palette (see the Essential Technique on page 62) to add to the centre of the snowflakes. Bake, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once cool, tie ribbon through the hole for hanging.

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Working on a ceramic tile is great for Fimo. It not only provides a flat, even surface for rolling, whilst preventing your projects from sticking, but is also great when using alcohol inks as you can apply them directly and clean them off easily

STAR PENDANT AND EARRINGS SET TO CREATE

Place the stars in the fridge to harden, then use your craft knife to cut a small slit in the top of each star and push in a jump ring. Bake, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once cool, attach fish-hook ear wires to the small stars and hang the large star on a leather necklace.

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Condition some black Fimo, roll it out and cut out two small stars and one large star. Using a tissue blade, cut strips from your colour palette (see the Essential Technique on page 62) to lie across the stars. Trim off any excess length.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Kards & Krafts, 10 Baldock Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9DZ; www.kardsandkrafts.co.uk; 01920 469478 64

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CBJ09 pp66-71 Bead Challenge_Beading 09/11/2010 15:32 Page 66

3 WAYS CHALLENGE

the bead

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

CHALLENGE LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER LINDSEY SAYS... Olive green is one of my top three favourite colours so a floating

necklace was an opportunity for me to make a piece that was all about the beads! When I saw this set, I also decided I simply had to use the hammered metal ring, and so opted for a statement necklace too. The chunky white ceramic petals and silver rose sat together perfectly and were great for making a bold ring. I’m a big believer that rings don’t need to be overly complicated – a striking and simple piece can be just as effective.

THIS ISSUE’S BEADS... ... are a fun, funky mix of nature-inspired statement beads, green pearls and seed beads in an eclectic array of bright and muted shades. All the beads featured were supplied by Bojangle Beads (www.bojanglebeads.co.uk)

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MATERIALS Using different colours of chain and findings can make a piece unique

• Bead Challenge bead mix • chain • jump rings • clasp • headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

HOOP NECKLACE TO CREATE Attach jump rings and a clasp to your chain, and loop around the hammered ring. Feed a rose and the leaf beads onto a headpin and turn a loop above the beads to attach the pin to the chain loop. Use jump rings to secure the flower charms and add green beads using headpins for further colour.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE Thread three lengths of nylon through a calotte and secure each with a crimp. Close the calotte. Tie knots in the nylon strands, ensuring that they are roughly even distances apart and won’t sit directly over another knot. Feed your first bead onto one of the nylon strands and knot the other side to secure. Continue in this fashion until all three strands are beaded, then add a calotte and crimps to the other ends. Attach your chosen clasp to finish.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • nylon • crimps • calottes • clasp

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • ring finding • headpin • seed bead • wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

FLOWER RING TO CREATE Feed a seed bead onto a headpin and pass through the rose and petals beads. Secure the headpin onto a ring finding by turning a loop in the pin, snug to the beads. Use wire to secure the ring further and prevent wobble.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TWISTED WIRE CUFF

CHRISTINE NEVILLE DESIGNER

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver-plated 0.315mm wire • silver clasp • silver eyepin

CHRISTINE SAYS... I felt this was an eclectic mix of beads that was inspirational as well as challenging. I loved the freshness of the colours combined with the sparkly silver findings.

TO CREATE Place the large silver rose on top of the white ceramic flower, insert an eyepin through both and trim the pin to 2cm. Curl this down to form a loop at the back of the flower and set aside.

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TOOLS • side cutters • round-nosed pliers

Using 0.315mm wire, load up the reel with two-thirds of the packet of size 8 seed beads. Leaving a 15cm tail, bring up three seed beads and form a curve on the wire. Holding the seed beads, twist the wire,

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making nice rounded loops with three twists. Leave a 1cm gap and add more beaded twists as you go along, with gaps between them. Once you have 50-60cm twisted with loops, measure this around your wrist and start

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wrapping the twisted length back on itself to build it up and flatten out the twists along the length. Now wrap the wire on the reel along the bracelet to hold the twists in place. Using the wire like a needle

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and thread, work along the bracelet, adding pearls to the surface. When you reach the middle, stitch on the flower pin from the first step. Stitch on your clasp at each end, trimming the wire close to the bracelet.

LARGE SILVER FLOWER NECKLACE

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver eyepins • silver jump rings • silver clasp

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

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loop with round-nosed pliers. Repeat to create sufficient beaded links for your desired length of necklace – I have used 22 here.

Link each beaded link to another using a jump ring until you have formed the length of your required necklace.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS

LARGE SILVER RING AND LEAF NECKLACE

• Bead Challenge bead mix • silver mediumweight chain • silver clasp • silver round and oval jump rings

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

the first jump ring. Cut another three lengths of chain and attach these individually to the large silver ring using jump rings. Using oval jump rings, attach a green acrylic leaf to one of the chain lengths and two different leaves to the other two. Attach your clasp components to the two ends of the chain to complete your necklace.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bojangle Beads, 17 Church Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1UD; www.bojanglebeads.co.uk; 01509 211974

TO CREATE Cut the required length of chain to fit your wrist. Thread a seed bead, a pearl and another seed bead onto a ball end headpin, trim the pin to 1.5cm, and turn down the end with round-nosed pliers until you reach the beads. Repeat to make as many of these beaded charms as desired – I have used six here. Now use oval jump rings to attach the Lucite leaves, small silver flowers and leaves, and bead charms to the chain. Distribute these evenly but in a random sequence to give a full effect. Attach the toggle clasp components to the chain ends with jump rings to complete the design.

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TO CREATE Cut your desired length of mediumweight chain, find the centre point and use a

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jump ring to attach the large silver ring. Using a ‘chain’ of two oval jump rings, attach a green acrylic leaf to

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver chain • silver ball end headpins • silver round and oval jump rings • silver toggle clasp

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

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE GREEN AND WHITE CUFF

JANE KHARADE DESIGNER JANE SAYS... As soon as I saw the white ceramic flower and the silver rose, I knew I had to incorporate them into a design somehow! I love the layers on this sumptuous cuff. I used a strong epoxy resin to glue them together, so that the roses didn’t rattle around once they were sewn onto the felt. I am really into long statement pendants at the moment, and this one would look wonderful with a polo-neck jumper. The earrings are also designed to be versatile – they look fabulous against a white t-shirt, or dress them up for a pretty and elegant look.

MATERIALS

MATERIALS TO CREATE Glue the silver rose to the ceramic rose using an epoxy resin and leave it to dry completely for 24 hours. Cut the lime green felt into a 4x14.5cm length and the white felt into a 5x14.5cm length using a ruler and fade-out marker. Lay a 17cm length of green satin ribbon on top of a 17cm length of organza

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ribbon, fold the ends of the ribbon between the two strips of felt and pin them together. Machine-stitch in dark green thread to approximately 2cm from the end, fold the remaining ribbon between the felt layers, and carry on stitching for a neat finish. Hand-stitch a 2.5cm length of trace chain to each

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end of the cuff, using white thread. Add a 5mm jump ring to one end and a small silver clasp to the other end. Use a small green bead and securely sew the white and silver roses centrally to the cuff with several tight stitches. Sew a frosted green leaf on each side of the roses and a silver bead to each leaf to complete the look.

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• Bead Challenge bead mix • 17cm green satin 0.5cm ribbon • 17cm green organza 1.5cm ribbon • white felt • lime green felt • 5cm fine trace chain • silver lobster clasp • 5mm jump ring • 2 x silver 6mm beads • dark green and white thread

TOOLS • • • • • •

scissors epoxy resin fade-out marker beading needle sewing machine ruler

LEAF EARRINGS

• Bead Challenge bead mix • fine trace chain • 6 x headpins • silver ear wires • 2 x 6mm jump rings • 10 x 3mm jump rings • 4 x silver 6mm beads

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

TO CREATE Cut a 4cm and a 7cm length of fine trace chain. Attach them together with a 3mm jump ring, threading this onto the loop of an earring hook along with a metal flower. Thread two silver beads and a green

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pearlised bead onto headpins, sandwiching each of them between two small green beads. Make a neat loop in the headpin and cut off the excess metal with cutters. Loop each beaded pin individually

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onto a 3mm jump ring. Attach one silver beaded pin near the base of the shorter chain and the other to the top of the longer chain. Attach the green beaded pin roughly halfway down the

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longer chain. Thread a small white frosted leaf onto a 3mm jump ring and attach it to the end of the shorter chain. Thread another white frosted leaf, along with a green

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frosted leaf, onto a 6mm jump ring, and attach this to the end of the longer chain. Make sure all the jump rings are securely closed. Repeat Steps 1-5 to create the matching earring.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE FLOWER PENDANT

Join each petal to the silver disc via three 10mm jump rings. Cut two long lengths of nylon beading wire and thread a crimp onto each of the lengths. Pass the nylon back through the crimp to make a loop and squash the crimp with pliers. Trim the nylon to 25mm and thread 12 silver and green pearlised beads onto each length. Alternate the beads, threading a small green bead between each one. Thread another nine green pearl beads onto the nylon lengths

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and add a crimp to each one. Make the loops and squash the crimps as in Step 2. Open the middle jump rings at the top of the flower and thread on the two strings of beads. Make sure the jump rings are closed tightly. Cut two 5cm lengths of chain, attach a 3mm jump ring to each end and attach the beads and pendant. Add 6mm jump rings to the other end of the chain lengths and attach the toggle clasp. Thread the ends of the nylon back down the beads for a

neat finish. Attach a frosted green leaf and a frosted white leaf, together with a small

green bead, to a 10mm jump ring and hang them from the silver disc as a dropper.

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After crimping the beading nylon, leave approximately 25mm of thread exposed each end – this can be threaded back down the beads for a really neat finish

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x silver triangular connectors • silver 0.8mm wire • silver 0.4mm wire • silver chain • silver lobster clasp • silver 5mm jump rings

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

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STITCHNCRAFT

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Master the technique of right angle weave to create fabulous, fun crystal rings that will put the sparkle in any party outfit

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CRYSTAL RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE RING

Threads must run at right angles to the beads – if you see a horizontal or vertical thread, you have gone in the wrong direction!

ABOUT STITCH NCRAFT… With a retail studio in Dorset and an extensive and secure online store, Stitchncraft specialises in Miyuki beads and Swarovski crystals as well as stocking a wide range of magazines, books, findings, fire polished beads, semi-precious stones, designer knitting yarns, ribbons and more. The shop has plenty of free on-site parking and visitors are welcome to spend a few minutes or hours browsing the beautiful beads, getting advice and help if needed and even being assisted by their own personal shopper if they wish. The Stitchncraft team attends a number of bead fairs during the year, as well as organising and running its own under the banner of West of England Events. Stitchncraft also runs in excess of 90 workshops throughout the year, with qualified experienced tutors as well as in-house expert Lynn Firth.

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pass the needle down through Bead 3, through 5 and up through 6 (Fig 2). Pick up another three bicones (8, 9 and 10), and pass the needle up through Bead 6 and through 8,

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down through 9 and through 10. This is now three units wide (Fig 3). Pick up another three bicones (11, 12 and 13), pass the needle through Bead 10 and down through 11 (Fig 4).

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Pick up two bicones (14 and 15), pass through Bead 5, down through 11, through 14, up through 15 and through 4 (Fig 5). Pick up two bicones (16 and 17), and pass up

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STITCHNCRAFT

NEED TO KNOW

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Stitchncraft, The Studio, Chaldicott Barns, Tokes Lane, Semley, Dorset SP7 9AW; www.stitchncraft.co.uk; 01747 830666

The quantities described here will make a ring to fit a 6cm diameter finger or ring size S. Increase the quantity if you wish to make a larger size – add three more bicones and two more seed beads for each additional 0.5cm required for the ring shank

MATERIALS through Bead 15, through 4, down through 16 and through 17 (Fig 6). Start the next row by picking up three beads and continue with the right angle weave technique until

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you have four rows and are ready to add the ring shank (Fig 7). To make a shank for your ring, weave through the beads until you exit out of the middle bead in the set of three. Add another

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three beads and weave through the bicones until you come out of the next end bead (Fig 8). Continue in this way until you have the length required. Use two bicones to join to the opposite

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side to complete the shank (Fig 9). Embellish with co-ordinating or contrasting seed beads by adding them between the crystals when the main ring structure is finished.

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• 53 x Swarovski Elements 4mm crystal bicones • 36 x size 11 Japanese seed beads • Fireline D or Wildfire .06 beading thread

TOOLS • size 10 beading needle

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SHOPPING GUIDE

shopping

GUIDE Get back to nature with this lovely selection of botanical themed charms and components TIBETAN SILVER LARGE PATTERNED RING Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 40p These Tibetan silver rings measure approximately 32mm in diameter, and have a flower pattern on one side and leaf pattern on the other

TIBETAN SILVER FLOWER PENDANT

STERLING SILVER BUTTERFLY CHARM Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: £2.60 These lovely charms are sold individually and measure 12x12mm with a 7mm jump ring

LUCITE FLOWER SPRING MIX Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: £1.50

Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 30p

Get a 20g bag of these lovely Lucite flowers in a selection of sizes. Approximately 65 flowers per 20g bag

Each nickel- and lead-free pretty silver pendant measures approximately 22mm in diameter

FIMO FLOWER BEAD

HILL TRIBE SILVER FLOWER CONE Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: £8.90 These each measure approximately 24x13mm and can be used as bead cones or even a pendant

TIBETAN SILVER LARGE LEAF BEAD CAPS Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 20p Measuring approximately 14mm in diameter, these lovely caps are suitable for 20mm round beads

GOLDTONE LEAF CHARM Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 10p Nickel-free Goldtone leaf charm measuring approximately 15x9mm

NATURE CHARM BRACELET KIT Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: £10 These fabulous charm bracelet kits for a beginner to intermediate skill level contain everything you need for a beautiful creation. Purchase of this kit does not include the gift box pictured

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Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: 30p Handmade 8mm Fimo flower beads with 0.5mm holes. Sold individually for 30p, or in packs of 10 for £2

FLORAL METAL BUTTON

Add the perfect finishing touch to your projects with these decorative clasps – too beautiful to hide! FISH CLASP Stockist: Empire Beads www.empirebeads.co.uk Tel: 01235 527335 RRP: £3.43 A pack of 10 gold-coloured fish clasps with decorative embossed detail

TIBETAN SILVER SUN Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 25p This sun-styled toggle clasp is approximately 22mm in diameter and the bar is 20mm long

TIBETAN SILVER LOCK AND KEY Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 30p Each lock measures approximately 21x11mm and each key 20x5mm

TIBETAN SILVER BUTTERFLY Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 30p

Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: 55p

This pretty butterfly measures approximately 20x17mm and the clasp has a 30mm long bar

A chic faded-style pink and silver metal flower button, sold individually, with a 15mm diameter and 3mm shank loop

SILVER-PLATED TEAPOT AND SPOON

STERLING SILVER LEAF CHARM Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: £2.60 These versatile charms measure 23mm long, 12.5mm wide and have a 1.5mm loop. Sold individually

LEAF CALOTTES Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: 50p The shell diameter on these decorative calottes measures 4mm. Available in lots of 10 for 50p, or 100 for £4

Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 25p Sweet silver-plated teapot and spoon toggle clasp. The teapot is approximately 16x12mm and the spoon is 19mm long. The teapot handle is used for attaching a jump ring or crimping Tigertail, and the spoon has a hole at the back for the same purpose

SILVER-PLATED HEART Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 25p Bright, silver-plated heart-to-heart toggle clasps measuring approximately 16x18mm with a 22mm long bar


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SHOPPING GUIDE

Decorative clasps

Be inspired by our aluminium and rainbow chain maille projects this issue and add colourful metal accents to your creations

SILVER-PLATED FILIGREE BOX

ENAMELLED FLOWERS

Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: 75p

Stockist: Yum Yum Beads www.yumyumbeads.co.uk Tel: 0113 244 2888 RRP: 50p

This 21mm rectangular box clasp features a lovely filigree pattern and a three-strand connection

15mm enamelled flower beads available in a range of colours

ANTIQUE SILVER HEART TRIGGER

ENAMELLED HEARTS

Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0161 232 7356 RRP: £1.50 A beautiful 27mm long trigger clasp featuring a heart design with 4mm loop

Stockist: Yum Yum Beads www.yumyumbeads.co.uk Tel: 0113 244 2888 RRP: 50p These 13mm enamelled heart beads are sold individually in a selection of different colours

TRINITY BRASS LEAF TOGGLE Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.20 These gold small leaf toggle clasps measure 26x30mm and are sold individually

SILVER-PLATED RHINESTONE SPARKLE Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £3.70 These silver-plated, nickel-free 15mm box clasps are absolutely stunning. Set with rhinestones, these two-strand clasps will add some serious sparkle to your special designs

SILVER-PLATED RHINESTONE FLOWER

METAL FILLER BEADS Stockist: Empire Beads www.empirebeads.co.uk Tel: 01235 527335 RRP: £4.15 Approximately 22g of nickel-plated filler beads, available in a whole array of colours

Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: 15p Glamorous 10mm gold sparkle beads with a 2mm hole. Also available in smaller sizes

CHISLED METAL BEAD Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: 15p

These silver-plated flower clasps are set with a clear AB rhinestone and measure approximately 12mm. Sold in packs of two

Handcut chisled metal bead measuring 6mm – the bead hole is about 4mm

RHODIUM-PLATED RHINESTONE SQUARE

FLOWER PENDANT

These substantial square, single-strand clasps make a real statement and are available in a lovely bejewelled design with rings for fixing and a push-in box clasp. Rhodium plating ensures they keep their colour without tarnishing. Sold singly or wholesale in packs of 10

SPIRAL END CAPS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: 40p These vintage mustard spiral end caps are 43mm long and have an elongated hourglass shape with a coiled loop at one end

BRIGHT BLUE ENAMELLED COPPER JUMP RINGS Stockist: Beadsisters www.beadsisters.co.uk Tel: 01776 830352 RRP: £1.45 These fabulous jump rings are almost electric blue in colour so will add real vibrancy to your projects. Sold in bags of 100

PINK ENAMELLED COPPER JUMP RINGS Stockist: Beadsisters www.beadsisters.co.uk Tel: 01776 830352 RRP: £1.45 Fabulously bright pink jump rings, ideal for all kinds of jewellery projects

SPARKLE BEADS

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.79

Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £3.97

Coloured metal

ANODISED ALUMINIUM JUMP RINGS Stockist: Beadsisters www.beadsisters.co.uk Tel: 01776 830352 RRP: from £1.80 Add some spring zing or Eastern spice to your projects with this lovely shade of orange jump ring

Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: £1.35 A 32mm metal five-petal flower in a gorgeous rich turquoise blue colour. A close match for blue zircon if you have crystals to co-ordinate

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JEWELLERY USING BRADS

paper, scissors SU PENNICK DESIGNER aper fasteners have come a long way. They have evolved into decorated and bejewelled brads used by papercrafters everywhere. The latest development in the world of brads are kits that include all the components necessary to decorate and personalise brads to co-ordinate with

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whatever project you are working on. Brads easily make the transition from papercrafting to jewellery making. With a little adaptation they become charms, which can be customised to suit a variety of styles of jewellery. The ‘legs’ used to fasten the brad to paper can simply be bent backwards on

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themselves and rolled to create loops, by which they can be connected to each other and to other items. Care does need to be taken when bending and converting the legs of the brad – the metal from which they are made is quite brittle as it is not intended to be manipulated in the same way that conventional jewellery

wires and findings are. The Essential Technique instructions opposite show the best way to handle the brads to ensure that they stay intact and strong enough for use. The Papermania Brad Making Starter Kit is an ideal place to start for those who do not already have the necessary papercrafting items, as it contains

everything required apart from patterned paper. The kit includes brad blanks in three sizes, three sizes of circle punch, sticky pads to attach the punched paper to the brad blanks, and clear dome stickers to cover and protect the patterned paper. It is also possible to buy refill packs containing just the brad parts for those who are already equipped with their own punches. The kits are sold in an antique gold metal shade as featured here, or pewter effect. All you need to do is choose a patterned paper that ties in with the style of the jewellery you want to create. The brads have patterned edges and can be decorated with bright, colourful patterns to create a modern feel, or used with plainer period designs to produce a more vintage look. If you don’t want to invest in a brad making kit, why not try using conventional brads? They are available in all craft shops in a variety of patterns and finishes, and can be adapted in exactly the same way.


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JEWELLERY USING BRADS If you are planning to hang heavy beads or charms from the loops formed on the brad, it is a good idea to add a spot of strong glue to ensure the loop stays in place and doesn’t unroll

MATERIALS

NECKLACE TO CREATE Follow the instructions in the Essential Technique below to create one decorated large brad and one decorated small brad. Attach them together using a large oval jump ring.

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Create a dangle using a Gold Shadow crystal and the 8mm Topaz crystal threaded onto a headpin. Turn a loop snug above the beads and attach this to the bottom of the small brad using a large jump ring.

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Attach all the remaining crystals to short pieces of black wire, creating a loop at each end. Divide the chain up into 18 three-link lengths. Using the main photograph above as a guide, attach a Crystal Copper bead to each side of the

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oval where the brads are connected and to the top of the large brad using large jump rings. Attach small lengths of chain to each, followed by a Gold Shadow bead, using small jump rings. Attach the bottom length of chain to the top as shown in

the photograph and continue until all the beads have been used. Add a clasp to one end and a large jump ring to the other to finish.

with the second leg. Punch a circle of patterned paper to fit the space provided. Add some coloured highlights to the paper using a Cut-n-Dry pen

nib and inkpad, if required. Use one of the sticky pads to attach it in place. Finally, add the clear dome sticker to the patterned paper.

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ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE – MAKING BRAD CHARMS Hold the area where the ‘leg’ of the brad is attached with a pair of flat-nosed pliers, and carefully bend the leg back on itself for approximately 2mm.

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Use flat-nosed pliers to gently squeeze the fold together at the back of the brad. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the second leg.

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Flatten the legs out with nylon-jaw pliers and use roundnosed pliers to roll one leg inwards towards the brad to form a loop. Repeat

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JEWELLERY USING BRADS BRACELET TO CREATE Create five large decorated brads following the instructions in the Essential Technique on page 81. Thread all the crystal beads onto headpins, trim and form loops. Link the decorated brads together using oval jump rings, at the same time including a crystal dangle of each colour. Attach one end of the bracelet to a clasp, including two dangles, and the other end to two round jump rings, again including two dangles.

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MATERIALS • Papermania Brad Making Starter Kit • Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Collection patterned paper – Life’s a Beach (4500197) • orange inkpad • Ranger Cut-n-Dry brush tip pen nibs • 6 x Gold Shadow

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Swarovski 6mm crystals 6 x Crystal Copper Swarovski 6mm crystals black oval 7mm jump rings 12 x black headpins 2 x black round 7mm jump rings antique gold clasp

EARRINGS TO CREATE Create two small decorated brads by following the instructions in the Essential Technique on page 81. Create two dangles, each made from a 6mm Gold Shadow crystal and an 8mm Topaz crystal threaded onto a headpin. Attach one to the bottom of each brad. Thread the two Crystal Copper beads onto separate lengths of wire and create loops at each side. Attach one of these to the top of each brad with a jump ring. Attach the other ends of the wired beads to earring wires.

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• Papermania Brad Making Starter Kit • Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Collection patterned paper – Life’s a Beach (4500197) • 2 x Topaz Swarovski 8mm crystals • 2 x Gold Shadow

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Swarovski 6mm crystals 2 x Crystal Copper Swarovski 6mm crystals black oval 7mm jump rings black wire 2 x black headpins

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JEWELLERY USING BRADS

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• Papermania Brad Making Starter Kit • Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Collection patterned paper – Life’s a Beach (4500197) • orange inkpad • Ranger Cut-n-Dry brush tip pen nibs • 2 x Gold Shadow Swarovski 6mm crystals • 2 x Crystal Copper Swarovski 6mm crystals • black oval 6mm and 7mm jump rings • black wire • antique gold curb chain • gold brooch pin

BROOCH TO CREATE Create a large decorated brad by following the instructions in the Essential Technique on page 81. Thread the four crystal beads onto wire and turn a loop at both ends of each. Cut two five-link lengths of chain and two threelink lengths of chain. Attach a piece of five-link chain to

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each side of one of the Gold Shadow crystals and a piece of threelink chain to each side of the other. Attach each of the ends of the chain lengths to a Crystal Copper bead, using small jump rings. Use large jump rings to attach the Crystal Copper beads to the loops attached to the brad. Use strong glue to attach a brooch pin to the back of the brad.

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To help you decide which areas of the patterned paper would look best, use the punches to punch holes in a scrap of plain card. Hold this over the patterned paper to block out the rest of the pattern so that you can see how the small circle will look before committing yourself

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MATERIALS If you cannot find headpins and jump rings to match the colour of the brads, try using black as it ties in with the antiquated look of the metal

WHERE TO BUY Papermania Brad Making Starter Kits are available from www.hobbycraft.co.uk Swarovski crystals can be purchased online from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Graphic 45 patterned paper is available from www.craftbarnonline.co.uk Black headpins and jump rings, along with antique gold chain and clasps, are available from Kim’s Crafts; 01455 619080 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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GIVEAWAYS ALPHAPACK PRESENTATION SET

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Alphapack (www.alphapackuk.co.uk; 0845 519 0994) has donated a fabulous selection of jewellery presentation boxes and bags to help turn your creations into the perfect gift for friends and family. Give your jewellery the finishing touch it deserves with Alphapack packaging!

Linda Jones brings you another 35 fantastic step-by-step jewellery projects inspired by the art of the ancient Celts. Her beautiful twisted wire and bead designs will have you dashing to your bead box! With just some beads, a spool of wire and a few simple tools, you can begin straight away as Linda tells you everything you need to know. Wire & Bead Celtic Jewelry is published by CICO Books and is available from all good bookshops. Visit www. cicobooks.co.uk or call 01256 302699 for more information.

H10 CERAMIC HEART PENDANTS 5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £3.75 EACH These beautiful pendants are available from Injabulo (www.injabulo.com), where you will find a unique range of buttons, beads and knitting and stitching accessories, all handmade by women in South Africa under fairtrade policies. These milky turquoise heart pendants measure approximately 3.5cm².

GIVEAWAYS Over £300 worth of prizes to be won! WIRE KNITTING KITS

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10 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £5.95 EACH The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd (www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 958 8899) is offering these great kits, ideal for learning a new technique. Containing a pair of 5mm knitting needles, 0.3mm coloured wire, five large seed beads and 15g of size 10 seed beads, the kit comes complete with step-by-step instructions with full-colour pictures, and has everything you need to start knitting with wire.

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BEADS BY LILI

eat, drink and MEL BROOKE DESIGNER

CANDLE DECORATION TO CREATE Cut a 1m length of 0.4mm wire and thread on a Forest Green bead. Slide it approximately 10cm up the wire before bringing the wire back

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MATERIALS • 3m gold-plated 0.4mm wire • golden 8mm glass pearls • Forest Green 8mm glass round beads • red/gold 6mm drizzlespray beads

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

BE MERRY underneath the bead and giving it several ‘twists’ to lock the bead into position. Leave a gap of approximately 2cm, then add an 8mm golden pearl and twist onto the wire as before. Follow this with a 6mm red/gold drizzle-spray bead. Continue to add alternating beads along the length of the wire until it is just long enough to fit around the base of your chosen candle, plus leave 7-8cm of unbeaded wire at the end. Repeat Steps 1-3 with another two 1m lengths of wire

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NAPKIN HOLDER

so that you have three beaded strands in total. Hold the ends of all the beaded wires together and twist them. Plait the beaded strands together, then twist the wire ends together to lock everything in place at the other end. On one end of the beaded wires, turn a loop using round-nosed pliers. On the other end, create a ‘hook’ shape so that the decoration can be closed when in place around the candle. Adjust as necessary to fit and tweak and space the beads into shape.

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TO CREATE Begin by cutting 4-5 loops of memory wire (use specialised cutters as the wire will blunt ordinary pliers). Use round-nosed pliers to turn a loop on one end of the wire. Thread on a seed bead, followed by a silver 8mm round bead. The next beads make up the basic pattern around the napkin ring: two seed beads, a 4mm red bead, three seed beads, then a green crackle bead. Repeat until the napkin ring is ‘full’ or fits the napkin diameter. Take a short piece of 0.4mm wire and attach it to one of the loops of memory wire.

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Get creative with wire and bright, festive beads for fabulous table decorations that will give your Christmas dining the wow! factor

Thread on 12 seed beads and wrap them in and around the loop to create a ‘knot’ of beads. Trim the wire and tuck or squash in the loose end to hide it. Cut a 50cm length of 0.4mm wire. Leave a 6cm gap of bare wire, then make a kink in it and load it with seed beads. Hold the ‘stem end’ and loop the beaded wire around your first two fingers to create a ‘petal’. Twist a little bare wire together a couple of times before pushing the seed beads up around the wire and making the next petal. Make five petals in total, linking them all together by wrapping

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the wire around the stem end as you work. Thread the stem of the flower through the bare loop on the memory wire. Wind it around several times to secure, trim and tuck in the end. Shape the petals with your fingers.

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MATERIALS • silver-plated 0.4mm wire • bracelet-size memory wire • 2 x silver 8mm acrylic round beads • green crackle 8mm beads • red 4mm round glass beads • silver 2mm seed beads

TOOLS • memory wire cutters • round-nosed pliers • side cutters


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BEADS BY LILI TO CREATE Begin by making a star shape with 0.8mm wire. It needs to be large enough to wire wrap the beads onto, so aim for the frame to measure around 12cm in diameter. Bring the two wire ends together, wrapping one around the other before coiling the remaining end into a loop. Lightly hammer the star on both sides with a hammer and bench block to stiffen the wire and help the frame keep its shape. Be careful to avoid hammering the wrap and loop. Cut a 25cm length of 0.4mm wire and wrap the end around the frame just under the wrap and loop, on one side of the top star point. Thread on just enough 2mm golden seed beads for you to be able to cross the

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wire in a diagonal line to the other side of the star point. Wrap the wire end around the frame once, then add more seed beads and take it diagonally across to the opposite side of the star frame again. Continue to do this until the first point of the star is filled with the zigzag pattern of wired beads. Move the wire end across to the next point of the star and repeat, adding more 0.4mm wire as you work until all five points are filled with beads. For the centre of the star, cut a long length of 0.4mm wire and attach it to a corner of the inner frame. Then thread on a mixture of green and red bicones, seed beads and golden acrylic beads as you criss-cross the wire back and forth through the middle of

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the frame to create a 3D ‘cluster’ effect. Finally, attach a length of 3mm red organza ribbon to the bottom of the loop on

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the top of the star frame and wind it around the outer edge of the whole star. Make a loop with the ends, then trim.

RUSTIC STAR DECORATION

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • hammer and bench block

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TEALIGHT BOX

All the materials used here are available from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769 Thread another eyepin through one of the loops on a golden beaded eyepin, then repeat at the other end. Add another golden beaded eyepin to that same end, then a new eyepin to its other end. Add a golden beaded eyepin to that end, followed by another eyepin on its other end, which then connects to the loop on the first eyepin. You should now have a square shape with the four unbeaded eyepins standing upright on their loops. Next, add three ‘rows’ of green/red beaded eyepins onto

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TO CREATE Begin by loading eight eyepins with 3mm golden seed beads, leaving enough room at the end to turn a loop the same size as

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the ‘eye’ (this will be approximately 10 beads per eyepin). Next, thread three 4mm green round beads, three 4mm red round beads, then a

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further three 4mm green round beads onto an eyepin. Turn a small loop on the end as before. Repeat to make 12 of these beaded eyepins in total.

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the square by dropping them onto the corner pins. Straighten out the beaded pins gently with your fingers as necessary while you work. Add a ‘row’ of golden beaded pins last, and use round-nosed pliers to curl the ends down into little ‘feet’ that the box will stand on when a tealight is placed in the frame.

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MATERIALS • golden 3mm seed beads • red and green 4mm glass round beads • 50cm eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer Each reader featured wins a handy toolkit, kindly donated by Beads Direct

GALLERY

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

ENDLESS SUMMER BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA

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MATERIALS • • • •

pink round beads pink chain pink charms silver round and oval rings • pink rings • clear textured rings • flexible cord

FOUR-PIECE SET BY CARON FRENCH FROM THE ISLE OF WIGHT MATERIALS • • • •

mixed bead pack findings Tigertail clasps

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keyring calottes crimps spacer beads

CUPCAKE CHARM BRACELET BY KERRY BARLOW FROM SOMERSET MATERIALS • • • •

silver-plated charm bracelet Fimo polymer clay silver-plated charms buttons

• ceramic beads • silver-plated jump rings • silver-plated headpins

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

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DIARY

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

27TH NOVEMBER

8TH DECEMBER

15TH DECEMBER

8TH JANUARY

BEGINNERS’ SILVER JEWELLERY TECHNIQUES

BEAD JEWELLERY CLASS

CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMELLING

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

Bluebell Design Studio, Fife www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk 07782 324258

INTRODUCTION TO BEADED JEWELLERY

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

27TH-28TH NOVEMBER GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

9TH DECEMBER

16TH DECEMBER

AM: FASCINATORS PM: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS WITH CHAIN MAILLE

AM:WRAPPED TRINITY BRASS CO NECKLACE PM: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS BRACELET AND NECKLACE SET

Spoilt Rotten Beads, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749853

15TH-16TH JANUARY GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

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

28TH NOVEMBER

16TH DECEMBER

BEADWORK FAIR

CHESHIRE WINTER BEAD FAIR

BEGINNER PMC FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

ADDING COLOUR TO YOUR CLAY

Reaseheath College, Nantwich www.jlfairs.co.uk 0845 392 3415

Bluebell Design Studio, Fife www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk 07782 324258

Bluebell Design Studio, Fife www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk 07782 324258

The South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex www.beadwork.net

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

11TH DECEMBER

23RD JANUARY

2ND DECEMBER

11TH DECEMBER

18TH DECEMBER

BASIC JEWELLERY MAKING

AM: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS WITH PLAITED CHAIN PM: FESTIVE ANGELS

BEAD JEWELLERY CLASS

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4TH DECEMBER

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

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen www.jlfairs.co.uk 0845 393 2415

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

18TH DECEMBER CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATIONS

12TH DECEMBER RING MAKING WORKSHOP

Bluebell Design Studio, Fife www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk 07782 324258

5TH DECEMBER

Spoilt Rotten Beads, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk 01353 749853

23RD DECEMBER

INTERMEDIATE PMC FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

BEAD JEWELLERY CLASS

BEAD & BISCUITS BEADING DROP-IN SESSION

Bluebell Design Studio, Fife www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk 07782 324258

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

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

15TH DECEMBER

Chepstow Racecourse, SE Wales www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

Bedazzle Beads, Heckmondwike, runs Stay & Make sessions through the week and on Saturday mornings. The team also runs Beginners’ Workshops on Saturday afternoons, covering how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, which includes the cost of materials. New Monthly Projects are added every month and run on Sundays from 11am. For full details, including of the shop’s upcoming move, visit www.bedazzlebeads.co.uk or call 01924 408273

The Bead Shop Manchester offers beading classes Monday to Saturday. Classes cover a range of experience levels from total beginners, and include making tiaras, bead weaving, wire wrapping and hair combs. The team can also cater for birthday and hen parties. All the classes are held in the new workshop next door to the shop in Afflecks Palace, 52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW, and there is a 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop after the class.To book a class or for more details, ring the shop on 0161 833 9950, or go to www.the-beadshop.co.uk Creative Beads & Jewellery

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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

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

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


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GLOSSARY TOOLS

TOOLS of the trade

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

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

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

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

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

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TOP TRENDS FOR 2011 The hottest colours and styles for the new year

BURNING BRIGHT Putting the sparkle into lampwork

GORGEOUS CORSAGES For every look – from country house to cutting edge

BIRTHSTONE JEWELLERY Innovative ideas in our new series

PLUS an abundance of inspirational beading and jewellery projects, all the latest product news and trends, and much more!

On sale 23rd December 2010

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