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13 “I love this baby tagua nut necklace – it’s a little piece of tropical paradise on a cold day!”

hello... ... and welcome to Issue 12 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. We’ve certainly got a spring in our step this issue, with flowers bursting into life in our pages if not yet in the garden. From Amy Surman’s stunning beaded daisies on page 18 to petals made from coiled wire on page 80, they’re guaranteed to banish any lingering winter blues – and, of course, they’re perfect for Mother’s Day! If you’re planning to show your mum how much you care with a truly personal, handmade gift this year, our Design Team has plenty of ideas. Judith Hannington guides you through creating a beautiful photo frame on page 28 – complete with an inlaid pattern and lovely beaded wire flower embellishments, it’s suitable even for novice bead weavers. And Dawn Cotton Fuge shares a whole collection of pretty jewellery pieces, plus an irresistible candle wrap and beaded gift box, on page 22. If you’ve never used polymer clay in your jewellery making, we defy you not to be raring to give it a go after reading Sue Heaser’s fantastic masterclass on page 46. Her inspiration-packed feature has everything you need to know to get started creating canes and beads, as well as fabulous projects for all levels. Meanwhile, Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy are encouraging everyone to break free of the jewellery ‘rules’ and mix things up with asymmetrical pieces, chain links and rings used as beads, mismatching earrings and more. Join the revolution on page 68! We’ve got seed bead creations with a twist this issue in the shape of Kate Eldridge’s spiral springtime lariat on page 40 and Glenda Coates’s zesty memory wire bracelet

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Justine Moran, Becky Higgins Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Mel Brooke, Glenda Coates, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Michele Dobson, Kate Eldridge, Gemma Gray, Judith Hannington, Sue Heaser, Lindsey Hopkins, Ruth Hughes, Claire Humpherson, Sandy Kidulis, Mani Lindenthal, Jo Lochhead, Roz Maguire, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Amy Surman, Gill Teasdale, Melissa Todhunter, Katy Widdowson, Jenny Williams, Clare Willmore

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.

on page 78. On page 54, our birthstones series has reached March and beautiful aquamarine – known as mermaid’s treasure. For those who are short of time, there’s a wealth of gorgeous pieces making the most of some of the loveliest beads and components on the market. Check out Gill Teasdale’s cool and casual bracelet using Swarovski Ceramic Elements on page 20, Mel Brooke’s wonderful tagua nut pieces on page 12 and Sandy Kidulis’s striking glacial acrylic nuggets on page 74. That’s just for starters... Happy beading!

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

PS... Issue 25 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 papers and die-cuts. Get your copy now – available from your local craft shop

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CONTENTS

What’s inside this issue of 80 UPWARD SPIRAL

BEAD WEAVING IDEAS

The pocket-money gadget that guarantees perfect wire coils – and how to make the most of it

YOUR FREE GIFT

WIN! WIN! WIN!

A handy set of four pairs of quality beading tweezers, FREE with this issue

We have a host of unmissable beading and jewellery-making prizes up for grabs this issue

34 ALL THAT JAZZ

68 STYLE REBELLION

Art Deco, monochrome and fabulous flapper styles... we’re going back to the 1920s

Tear up the rulebook with asymmetry, mixed metals and new uses for familiar elements

28 IN THE FRAME

46 CANE AND ABLE

This gorgeous beaded frame with flower embellishments is the ideal Mother’s Day gift

Everything you need to know to create stunning jewellery using polymer clay canes

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32&76 Designer Galleries

84 What’s On

06 News

& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy

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90 Techniques Glossary

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

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

16&38 Competitions

This issue we have fabulous beading stash and show tickets to give away!

30 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

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Lovely designs with a spring feel, from this beautiful daisy to a bracelet with a twist

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

52 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

58 Subscription Offer

Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and claim your free gift worth £34.99!

60 The Bead Challenge

Our three talented designers put their creativity to the test

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

93 Findings Glossary

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making

94 Tools Glossary

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

98 Coming Next Issue

A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 13


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features 34 1920s Style

Four designers take inspiration from the Roaring Twenties to create their own contemporary versions of the key looks

74 Dancing On Ice

Sandy Kidulis combines glacial acrylic nuggets with ice blues and metallics for gorgeous wear-anywhere chunky pieces

12 Fruits Of The Rainforest

All tagua nut beads and pendants are unique, making them a beautiful and individual addition to your creations

18 Daisy, Daisy

These shimmering beaded daisies are surprisingly quick to complete for a stunning pendant or charm

20 Venus In Blue Jeans

This lovely ethnic-style bracelet uses Swarovski Elements Ceramic beads for the perfect casual weekend look

22 Mother Nature

Gorgeous Mother’s Day gift ideas, from necklaces to candle wraps, inspired by nature’s spring palette

40 Country Garden

Kate Eldridge’s springtime lariat is created in a fabulous spiral weave that gives it texture and movement

42 3 In 1

78 Do The Twist!

This zingy beaded bracelet is stitched flat before being cleverly twisted around memory wire to really bring it to life

80 Coiled Spring

Melissa Todhunter demonstrates three different methods for constructing a pair of pretty dangling earrings

Arm yourself with wire and a Coiling Gizmo to create perfect spirals in all sizes that can be used as anything from focal and spacer beads to petals

46 Flower Festival

85 Silver Cascades

Polymer clay is a wonderful medium for all levels, from complete beginner to experienced designer, as Sue Heaser’s brilliant masterclass proves

Some simple wirework with pliers gives a delicate, unusual shape to this necklace, highlighted by glittering blue crystals

54 Birthstones – Aquamarine

We continue our series on birthstone jewellery by taking a closer look at aquamarine – the mermaid’s treasure

26 Past Times

86 Rose Creams

Roz Maguire’s vintage-look watch brooch is the ideal stylish and unusual accessory for a plain coat or cape

28 Pretty As A Picture

Judith Hannington’s sweet square-stitch photo frame with beaded wire flowers is suitable even for novice bead weavers

Mix seed beads with chain, crystals and ribbon for a fresh, feminine look packed with detail and texture

68 Reach For The Stars

Mixed metals, mismatched earrings and fresh uses for old favourites – it’s time to try something different!

89 Green Light

This striking design uses simple suede, a focal ring and co-ordinating crystals to really set off beautiful lampwork beads

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NEWS

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NEW? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making

SILVER JUBILEE As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Beads Unlimited and The Brighton Bead Shop are running a bead-tastic competition! They want you to design something made from beads that reflects the celebration of their longevity after 25 years in business. One lucky winner will receive a £250 Beads Unlimited gift voucher, exposure in the national beading press and photos for their portfolio taken by a professional photographer, while three runners up will collect a £25 gift voucher to spend on beading goodies. For details on how to enter, please visit www.beadbarmy.com and click on the ‘Silver Jubilee’ category. The Brighton Bead Shop is still working hard towards its target of raising £10,000 for the RNLI this year. The team usually donates 10% of the shop’s takings on the last Saturday of each month but, as we announced last issue, it will be upping that to 25% on its 25th birthday, with a host of family-friendly in-store events, cakes and commemorative items on sale to mark the occasion. The Brighton Bead Shop is also keen to recruit other

supporters to hold fundraising tea parties for the same cause. To make a donation, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/ BeadsUnlimited25. For more details of all the anniversary events, go to www.beadbarmy.com, visit www.beadsunlimited.co.uk or call 01273 740777

To help you on your way to creating your winning entry for the Silver Jubilee competition, Beads Unlimited is giving away a selection of silver-lined beads and rocailles worth a total of £25 to five lucky readers, while another five winners will receive a commemorative tote bag and silver-coloured goodies, also worth £25. For your chance to win either of these great prizes, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J12 Beads Unlimited Beads or CB&J12 Beads Unlimited Tote, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th March 2011

UNIQUE SHEEN Jayne Kriel makes handmade beads of wonderful quality, with a beautifully polished surface sheen for stunning project additions. Beads range in size between 16mm and 19mm and currently have a promotional price of just £1.50 a bead. Jayne’s design inspiration comes from the years she spent in South Africa. All her beads are designed first and then made up using the cane process. After baking, the beads are hand-sanded a number of times using different sandpaper grades and then hand-polished to a glossy sheen. Each bead takes over an hour to make, and no two are ever exactly the same. Jayne’s beads can be found online at www.bigbeadlittlebead.co.uk

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NEWS CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY CONTEST Westhope Craft College is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and to mark this milestone is offering a prize of £500 for the most exciting piece of work in any medium, from computer graphics to textile art or bas relief glass, reflecting the joy of creativity, influenced by the beauty of the natural world. Each project should be no bigger than A4 in size and consist of a finished piece of work together with some details of the original inspiration and development if relevant. The college has the right to borrow any of the entries for up to a year for display purposes, but the copyright remains with the maker. An entry fee of £5 to cover administration and the cost of packing, plus return postage and a

note stating the value for insurance purposes and whether you want your project to be returned via Recorded Delivery, Special Delivery or another method should also be included. You can also state that you’ll collect your entry yourself. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Westhope Charity’. The closing date for entries is 1st July 2011 and the winner will be announced on 1st September. Details will be published on the college website at www.westhope.org.uk and the winner informed by post.

Further details can be found on the college website at www.westhope.org.uk

TOP TOOLS Dremel, the creator of the world’s best-selling multi-tool, has recently launched a Modular Accessory System (MAS) including five different kits. Each kit features top-quality Dremel accessories and/or attachments, perfect for crafting tasks including engraving, grinding, polishing, cutting and sanding. Every kit is different, and each comes with internal dividers allowing for separate storage compartments, plus the modular design means that each kit can be stacked and connected to another using the ‘smart click’ system. These five new kits represent the most popular Dremel accessories from all 15 of their product categories for carving/engraving, grinding/sharpening, cleaning/polishing and cutting/sanding. Kits retail from £27.99. The Dremel Modular Accessory System kits are available from B&Q and online at www.dremel-direct.com or www.tool-shop.co.uk. For more information visit www.dremel.co.uk We have two MAS 720 kits to give away, each one a 100-piece multi-purpose selection of Dremel accessories, including the fast-change SpeedClic. For your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J12 Dremel, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th March 2011

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NEWS SIMPLY HOMEMADE Receiving a homemade gift or keepsake is a great boon. Not only do we feel extremely appreciated, but we’re also aware of the time and effort that’s been put into the project and this is what makes it mean so much more to us than a bought gift. This February sees the launch of our latest crafting title, Simply Homemade, to add to our range of high-quality craft magazines. Simply Homemade will feature a combination of everything creative, with an angle towards home décor and gifts, and inspiration for accessorising and customising your current belongings. Ever wanted to make your own bag or alter one you already have? Fancy trying your hand at needlecraft or knitting? Want to make your own felt, and create projects using it?

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Tempted by candlemaking, patchworking, quilting, cooking or painting? Simply Homemade is the answer! There’ll be a huge range of home crafts and projects in the new title, so be sure to get your copy of issue 1, on sale 24th February, for the chance to try something new. Experts in a broad range of crafts make up the Simply Homemade Design Team to help you create stylish projects with clear step-by-step instructions. The magazine aims to help build your knowledge issue by issue and provide a thorough grounding in a variety of featured crafts. Simply Homemade will

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

NORTH OF THE BORDER

Challenges are one of the most fun and creatively stimulating aspects of craft communities and this new release from Lark Books showcases a selection of top designers being put to the test. Chosen for their different styles and techniques, 30 different designers received a box containing nine jewellery supplies with a request that they create a piece using only those items plus one ‘wild card’ material of their choice. This new publication features their show-stopping results, complete with detailed how-to steps for making them yourself. RRP: £16.99 For more information or to buy your copy go to www.thegmcgroup.com or call 01273 477374

The Scottish Bead Fair is Scotland’s original and largest event dedicated to everything related to beads and jewellery making. The first event took place in 2007 and instantly became an unmissable date on the beading calendar north of the border. With over 40 exhibitors from across the UK and beyond, there is an enviable and eclectic array of beads, jewellery-making and bead-making supplies and equipment available. The organiser, Dawn Cotton Fuge of Precious Sparkle Beads (www.precioussparkle beads.co.uk; 01738563264),  works hard to ensure a high standard of beads on offer from her exhibitors, as well as a varied and interesting selection. In addition to the items for sale, there are four hours of bead and jewellery-making demonstrations

also cover the gift market, promoting talented and inspirational artists and focusing on Etsy and Folksy in every issue. The emphasis will be on style – the magazine will cover a variety of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques, and projects will cater for all levels of ability, from beginner through to advanced. Visit your local newsagent and ask about Simply Homemade or go to www.simplyhomemademagazine.com to start your subscription

free of charge, plus classes and lampworking demonstrations. The Scottish Bead Fair Sunday 13th March 2011 11am-5pm Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth Tickets £4 (accompanied under-16s admitted free of charge) For more information or to buy tickets go to www.scottishbeadfair.com

SPRING GREENS

We have five copies of Jewelry Design Challenge to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J12 Jewelry Design Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th March 2011

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Beading specialist Thread A Bead has just released this lovely pattern for a Spring Daffodil brooch. This beaded bloom, designed by Lynsey James of Thread A Bead, would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day, St David’s Day, Easter or even as a little treat to yourself! The daffodil itself features six silver-lined, gold-edged yellow petals, with inset fire polished beads and a glorious orange trumpet, and measures approximately 5.5cm wide. Buying the pattern gets you all the instructions with full-colour photography, plus information on material requirements. It can be downloaded from the Thread A Bead website for £4.75. Find more details at www.threadabead.com

We have 10 Spring Daffodil brooch patterns to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J12 Thread A Bead, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th March 2010


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Come and join in the fun with us at

at Towcester Race Course Friday 8th April & Saturday the 9th, 10am til 5pm Ticket price £20 a day, £30 for two days Children under 12 free, 12 - 16 half price 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.com tuffnellglass@yahoo.co.uk

01262 420171

This event is perfect for those who are interested in making glass beads or simply want to have a go at melting glass and having fun.

PLUS Towcester Bead Fair

Sunday April 10th 2011. 10am til 4pm 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.

Free Parking

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LETTERS

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

your LETTERS We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email letters@practicalpublishing.co.uk or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL THE RIGHT ATTITUDE The ‘Wear With Attitude’ pieces in Issue 11 were a lovely design set. I really enjoyed this feature with a mix of bright white pearls and darker chain and findings for classical pieces. Becci and Amanda did a really good job at creating a range of different pieces for this

STAR LETTER PROUD TO BE PUBLISHED I would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you for publishing some of my jewellery pieces in your

article and I loved them! I thought it was also a great idea to show an example of how different one of the pieces could look using purple and gold pearls. More of this please! Barbara Dixon, Monmouthshire Gallery pages recently. It is truly an honour and a thrill to be considered. I discovered Creative Beads & Jewellery last summer and have eagerly waited for each issue to come out. I find many hours of inspiration in each and every issue and I derive much information from each magazine. I have only been

beading and making chain maille for about four years and I continue to learn new things every day. I constantly challenge myself with new ideas and have been inspired to make several pieces because of projects I’ve seen in your mags. My piece here, which I call Chainz, was inspired by Sarah Austin’s maille in Issue 9. I have just finished a couple of months of having dental work done, and feel that the experience went just a

ETTER STAR Lner of this The winStar Letter issue’s his fabulous st e r ceive e set from priz ads.com dcowbe a .m w ww

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little more smoothly knowing that the next issue of CB&J was waiting for me in the bookstore next door to the dentist office! Creative Beads & Jewellery has also brought me and my mom closer together. Wendy Manz, Manitoba, Canada CB&J: We’re so glad

we helped you get through your dental work, Wendy! We’re always keen to feature readers’ projects, so thank you for submitting yours. As a sweetener to celebrate the end of your treatment, here’s £50 worth of fab Madcowbeads products to top up your supplies!


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LETTERS

WINNING IDEAS Thank you for the bracelets I received just before Christmas, following my entering the giveaway for them. There are some very good items to win in the magazine and it’s such a thrill to get a surprise package through the letterbox! It’s even better when the magazine arrives and I can look at the wonderful beadwork that people have created for us all to benefit from. Such a variety of ideas all in one place is wonderful and makes me want to try to create my own

MEETING THE CHALLENGE I love the Bead Challenge in CB&J each month. Even if they are not beads I would choose to buy, I think it’s really interesting to see how different designers can create such diversity from the same set of products. Issue 11 particularly stood out to me. I liked the

ideas from them. I would just like to put an idea and a tip forward to share with other readers... I’m going to cover the wire/wood on a trouser hanger with some wadding so I can fasten beadwork onto the hanger. I can then see which piece I’d like to wear without taking a lot of time to find the correct one, as they’ll all be strung in one place! I’ve also been having problems feeding my KO thread through my beading needle, so I now wax the thread, especially at the end, to go through idea of giving the designers findings for a change, and Judith Hannington’s teal creations were just wonderful. Chloe Manifold, by email

PERFECT FUSION I came across Issue 9 of Creative Beads & Jewellery at my local WHSmith store and I have to say I was

the eye and I find it goes through so much more easily. I prefer the normal needle to the

flexible ones. Thank you to your team of designers and the editorial team for

such a good magazine. Jennifer Greenwood, by email

hooked immediately! I’m a magazine collector, have now subscribed and am in the process of buying back issues (I have just received Issues 1-3). I love the projects featuring fused glass using a microwave and my long-suffering husband bought me a kiln and starter kit for Christmas. I can’t get enough and I’m itching

to make glass beads. Thank you so much for featuring this fantastic craft in your magazine. You are now my favourite magazine and long may you reign! Yvonne Jones, Manchester

couple of years now and have had stalls at a few small craft fairs, but wanted to expand and I needed advice on pricing, marketing and display, etc. It was all there in the article – I just couldn’t believe my luck! I’d also been thinking about having my own website for a while but had done nothing about it. After reading this feature, I’m definitely going to give it a go. I find the Bead Challenge really inspiring – so many different ideas from the same collection of beads. And if I want to make any of the designs all the details of where to buy the beads features on the same page – really helpful for a busy person. I am so pleased I bought your magazine and look forward to reading many more. Gay Wiseman, Bedfordshire

TAILOR-MADE I recently bought Creative Beads & Jewellery for the first time, but it will definitely not be the last! The feature by Ruth Hughes in Issue 8 on selling our much-loved creations was brilliant and felt as though it were tailormade for me. I’ve been making jewellery and small beaded gifts for a

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BEADS BY LILI

Fruits of the

RAINFOREST All tagua nut beads and pendants have a unique natural shape and markings, making them a beautiful and individual focal point on your jewellery pieces

MEL BROOKE DESIGNER

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

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BEADS BY LILI

NEED TO KNOW

BABY TAGUA NUT NECKLACE

The tagua nut comes from a tree of the same name that is found in South America – often called the ivory palm. It produces a fruit with a large, hard, elephant ivory-like seed that has been used to make beads, buttons, jewellery and carved objects since the 19th century. It has provided a good alternative to ivory, helping to save the world’s elephant populations. For jewellery making, tagua nut can be used in its natural colour or dyed, and is generally sold in the form of chunky pendants or beads (which can be rounded or more cube-like) or in slices

TO CREATE Cut three 45cm lengths of Tigertail and thread the baby tagua nut pendant onto all of them, making sure it sits centrally. Use a bulldog clip to hold three wires on one side of the pendant. Separate out the three strands on the other side. Pick up the first strand of Tigertail and thread on five glass chips, followed by an oval glass bead. Repeat four times. Pick up the second strand of Tigertail and thread on a 4mm glass pearl, followed by six seed beads. Repeat the pattern all the way up the strand. Pick up the third strand of Tigertail and thread on three seed beads followed by a 4mm glass pearl.

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Repeat the pattern all the way up the strand. Add a few extra seed beads or glass chips where required to make all the necklace ends the same length, then loosely plait the three strands and clip the ends together in a bulldog clip. Repeat Steps 2-6 on the other side of the pendant, then thread all three plaited strands through a crimp bead. Thread them through the bottom loop of an eyepin before threading them back down through the crimp bead. Squash to hold them all in place and trim the ends. Thread a bead cone onto the eyepin. Pull the pin up well inside the cone so the ends of the necklace are hidden,

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MATERIALS • turquoise baby tagua nut pendant • 10 x turquoise glass oval beads • Aqua-Teal AB glass chips • Teal Satin 4mm glass pearls • green AB 3mm seed beads • 2 x 50cm eyepins • 2 x bead cones • 2 x 4mm jump rings • toggle clasp • Tigertail • crimps • 9 x light cream 16mm glass pearls

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

then make a wrapped loop with the wire end. Repeat this process for the other side before attaching the toggle clasp components to the wrapped loops on each side of the necklace with jump rings.

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BEADS BY LILI

TAGUA NUT LARIAT TO CREATE

MATERIALS • turquoise tagua nut slice • 2 x turquoise tagua nut nuggets • 2 x black tagua nut nuggets • 2 x turquoise AB acrylic round beads • 4 x silver-plated large spacer beads • black waxed cord

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Double up a 2m length of waxed cord and thread the loop end through the hole in the tagua nut slice. Bring the ends through the loop in a lark’s head knot, then slide a large spacer bead on top. Tie an overhand knot snug to the bead. Holding the cord ends together, leave a gap of 5-6cm then tie them in a simple knot. Separate the strands

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and thread a black tagua nut nugget onto one side. Tie a knot in both cords straight after the bead. Leave another gap of 5-6cm, then tie both cords in a simple knot. Separate the strands and thread an acrylic round bead onto one side. Again, tie a knot in both cords straight after the bead. Leave a gap of 5-6cm and tie both cords in a simple knot. Thread a large spacer bead onto both strands and tie a knot in both cords straight after the bead.

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Leave a gap of 21-22cm (to go around the back of the neck) before threading and knotting on the remaining beads. Use the same technique as in Steps 2-4, but start with an acrylic round bead, a large spacer, then a black tagua nut nugget. Finish off with a shorter gap of 4-5cm and a large spacer. Tie an overhand knot after the last

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TAGUA NUT CLUSTER RING TO CREATE Thread a tagua nut nugget onto a piece of 0.6mm wire and use round-nosed pliers to make a tiny loop on the end of the wire. Use flat-nosed pliers to hold the loop and turn the wire around it a few times to make a small spiral. Bend the wire at 90° directly underneath the spiral so that it lies on top of the nugget with the end running straight down through the bead. Trim the wire on the underside of the tagua nut nugget and

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spacer, then thread a turquoise tagua nut nugget onto each loose cord end and tie a knot to secure. Stagger the lengths slightly and trim the ends.

either make a loop on the end by coiling the wire end with roundnosed pliers or create a small wrapped loop. Repeat Steps 1-3 for the remaining five tagua nut nuggets. Use 4mm jump rings to attach each of the wired beads to the loop on the ring finding.

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MATERIALS • silver single-loop ring finding • 6 x turquoise tagua nut nuggets • 6 x silver 4mm jump rings • silver 0.6mm wire

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


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BEADS BY LILI WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769

MATERIALS • 2 x turquoise tagua nut slices • 2 x antique acrylic square beads • 2 x black 6mm glass rounds • 2 x silver 50cm eyepins • silver ear wires • 4 x silver 7mm jump rings

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

TAGUA SLICE DROP EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread an antique acrylic square onto an eyepin, followed by a black glass round bead. Use round-nosed pliers to make a

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wrapped loop on the top, snug to the bead. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the second earring drop. Use chain-nosed pliers to make sure the wire ends are neatly tucked in on the top of the wire wraps.

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Open two 7mm jump rings and thread them both through the hole in one of the tagua nut slices. Before closing them, thread both through the bottom loop of the eyepin.

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Repeat for the second earring drop. Attach the earring drops to the ear wires by opening the bottom loops and threading the top loops of the drops straight onto them before closing.

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CBJ12 pp16 Spoilt Rotten Beads_CBJ 01/02/2011 15:17 Page 16

COMPETITION

Spoilt Rotten Beads Win a stunning bead hamper from Spoilt Rotten Beads! e have 10 of these must-have bead hampers to give away this issue, courtesy of Spoilt Rotten Beads. Each hamper is worth £30 and includes a fabulous selection of beads, pearls, charms, crystal bicones, spacer beads, findings and more, all handily presented in a high-quality 20-compartment storage box. Spoilt Rotten Beads, based in the village of Haddenham near Ely, Cambridgeshire, stocks more than 4,000 different beads and beading products, including a very impressive

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selection of Swarovski crystal beads, sterling silver beads, charms, jewellery findings, beading tools, beading supplies and more! The team also offers a range of jewellerymaking courses and workshops, plus new project ideas and online video tutorials from designers including owner Juliet Browse. For monthly updates about all Spoilt Rotten Beads events, news, and discount coupons, sign up for the free newsletter by simply clicking the ‘Newsletter Signup’ button on the shop’s idea-packed website.

To see the fabulous range of jewellery and beading products available from Spoilt Rotten Beads, visit the shop at Spoilt Rotten Beads, Jewellery & Brides Ltd, 7 The Green, Haddenham, Ely, Cambs CB6 3TA, go to www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk or call 01353 749853 for more information.

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CBJ12 pp18-19 Beadweaving Daisy_Beading 01/02/2011 12:04 Page 18

THE OXFORD BEAD SHOP

AMY SURMAN DESIGNER

ABOUT AMY… Amy is a fully qualified jewellery tutor and maker, based in Cowley, Oxford. She has been teaching and making jewellery since she graduated with a BA(Hons) Designed Metalwork and Jewellery degree in 2001. In 2006 Amy opened The Oxford Bead Shop, where she offers a variety of workshops and jewellery-making products.The Oxford Bead Shop specialises in beading, precious metal clay, silversmithing and lampwork bead making. Amy’s online store is due to open soon – find details at www.amysurman.com – and she also keeps a friendly beading blog at amysurman.blogspot.com

DAISY daisy

These gorgeous shimmering daisies are surprisingly quick to complete and make a wonderful simple pendant to brighten up any outfit. Alternatively why not adapt the design to create a stunning watch-style bracelet or pretty bag charm?

MATERIALS • 1g size 11 Delica (cylinder) beads • 1g size 15 Delica beads • 13 x dagger beads • 14mm rivoli • Fireline beading thread • clear nail varnish

TOOLS • size 10 beading needle • bead mat • scissors

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THE OXFORD BEAD SHOP TO CREATE Start by painting the back of the rivoli with clear nail varnish – this will protect it from being scratched. Cut a 1.5m length of Fireline, then thread on a size 10 English beading needle and 36 size 11 Delicas. Knot the Delicas into a circle, leaving a 6” tail. Pass the needle through four beads to move the cord away from the knot. This row of beads will become Rows 1 and 2. Add a Delica, miss a bead and pass through the next bead. Continue in this way until Row 3 is complete. Weave through the last bead in Row 2 and the first bead in Row 3 to move into position for adding Row 4 of the Delicas in the same way. Now add two rows of size 15 beads in the same way. Pull tight so that the bezel starts to take shape into a cup for

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the rivoli. Insert the rivoli into the bezel, foil side down. Weave through the beadwork until you exit Row 1. Add two rows of size 15 beads, pulling tight so that you set the rivoli into the beadwork. Tie in the 6” tail by passing underneath the cord within the beadwork. Put the needle through the loop created and pull tight to create a knot. Your knot should slip in between the beads. Pass through

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four beads and repeat the process of threading through the loop and pulling tightly into a knot twice more. Trim. Weave through to exit on Row 3 of the Delicas. Add a dagger bead between all the size 15 beads in that row. When finished, pass through the first dagger bead and add a size 15 bead between the daggers. This will straighten out the petals. Exit a dagger bead and add 10

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size 15 beads. Pass through the Delica positioned directly underneath the beads just added. Pass back up through the size 15 beads – this will create your loop. Pass through the next dagger bead. Continue around this row (dagger, size 15 bead, dagger, size15 bead, etc) and tie a knot every third bead until you have finished the row. Tie off in the same way as before.

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CBJ12 pp20 JillyBeads_Beading 01/02/2011 10:00 Page 20

JEWELLERY SWAROVSKI CERAMICS

GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER

This casual ethnic-style bracelet uses stunning Swarovski Elements Ceramic beads with antique metals for the perfect casual weekend look

VENUS in blue jeans

TO CREATE Cut the cord in half. Lay one end of each length in the U-shape of one of the end fasteners. Fold the sides in using chain-nosed pliers to grip the cord. Wind a split ring onto the loop, then wind the heart trigger clasp onto the split ring. Tie both strands in an overhand knot (all knots should be positioned immediately next to the previous component). Slip the pendant sleeve onto both strands and tie another knot. Thread a filigree round onto both strands. Tie a knot. Separate the strands and pass one through the centre of a ceramic ring from the top and the other through from the bottom. The strands will have crossed. Tie the strands in a knot at the other side of the ring. Repeat Step 3 a further three times, then add another filigree round and tie another knot. Attach the other end fastener (as in Step 1) close to the knot and trim the strands near the ends. Wind the other split ring onto the loop. Working from the end with the heart trigger clasp, add the dangles. Open a jump ring and slip it through the hole in the Cosmic pendant, then the loop on the pendant sleeve. Close it securely.

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Slip a jump ring through the third knot and through the loop on the filigree balloon. Close. Make three Cosmic dangles with wrapped loops. Thread each Cosmic round bead individually onto a headpin, then grip the pin with round-nosed pliers 3mm away from the bead to allow space for the wrap and bend it over by 90°. Rotate the pliers away from you by 90° and pull the pin back towards you to form a loop. Grip the loop with round-nosed pliers and grasp the end of the pin with chainnosed pliers. Wrap the wire around the gap a few times and tuck in the trimmed end with your chain-nosed pliers.

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Slip a jump ring onto the fifth knot and hook on all three wrapped Cosmic dangles. Close. Hook a jump ring onto the seventh knot and add the filigree flower. Close. Attach the pendant mount onto the remaining ring by bending it loosely around the ring and threading the prong through the hole, bending it upwards to secure. Slip a jump ring onto the ninth knot and hook on the loop on the pendant mount. Close.

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Why not try an alternative colour scheme of red waxed cotton cord with Marbled Black Ceramic Elements, shown top right, for a smarter look that could give the individual edge to work wear or a simple black dress?

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

• Marbled Blue 20mm Swarovski Elements Ceramic Cosmic Pendant • 5 x Marbled Blue 14mm Swarovski Elements Ceramic Cosmic Rings • 3 x Marbled Blue 8mm Swarovski Elements Ceramic Rounds • 5 x antique silver 8mm filigree rounds • antique silver filigree flower metal dangle • antique silver filigree balloon metal dangle • antique silver quatrefoil pendant mount • 4 x silver 5mm jump rings • silver 7mm jump ring • 3 x silver 2” medium headpins • 2 x silver split rings • 2 x silver 3x3mm end fasteners with loop • antique silver heart trigger clasp • sterling silver Barrel Pendant Sleeve • 1m blue 1mm waxed cotton cord

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


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CBJ12 pp22-25 Precious sparkle_CBJ 01/02/2011 14:33 Page 22

GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY

DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER

MOTHER nature

Mother’s Day falls on 3rd April this year, and Dawn Cotton Fuge’s gorgeous gift ideas reflect the beauty of spring with all its glistening rain showers, lush greens and pretty bulbs in bloom

MATERIALS • silver 0.5mm and 0.6mm Beadsmith wire • prehnite faceted ovals • citrine chips • teal green 4mm Czech glass bicones • crystal quartz 5-6mm faceted rondelles

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

BEADED BOW FOR GIFT BOX TO CREATE Cut a piece of 0.5mm silver craft wire around 10” long and bend a loop in one side. String four crystal quartz beads, a prehnite bead, a Czech bicone, 10 citrine chips, a Czech bicone, 10 citrine chips, a Czech bicone, a prehnite bead and four crystal quartz beads. Twist the wire into a figure of eight. On one open end of wire, string the same beads in the same pattern as in Step 1. Twist one end of wire around once or twice and leave an end hanging loose. String five Czech bicones onto the other, longer, piece of wire, allowing them to form an arch around the middle of the bow. Wrap the rest of the wire around and around the centre under the bicones. Using round-nosed pliers, poke a double

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GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY SIMPLY STRUNG NECKLACE TO CREATE Take your desired length of beading wire (preferably 49strand for a nicer drape) and attach to one side of the S-clasp by stringing on a crimp tube and crimping in place. Trim the excess wire. Begin by stringing a prehnite bead, Czech bicone and citrine chip. Repeat four times, leaving off the final citrine chip so the sequence ends with a bicone. Next repeat the following pattern eight times in total: silver-plated bead, Czech bicone, prehnite bead, Czech bicone, citrine chip, prehnite bead, Czech bicone. End with a silver-plated bead.

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MATERIALS Finish by stringing a Czech bicone, prehnite bead and citrine chip until the end, finishing with a prehnite bead so that it matches the other side. Add a crimp tube, pass the wire through the closed

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MATERIALS • citrine chips • crystal quartz 5-6mm faceted rondelles • silver-plated Indian disc beads • silver 0.5mm and 0.6mm Beadsmith wire

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the wire up and around the wire ring to make a little loop above it, then wrap the wire five times on the ring to secure. String a crystal quartz bead. Approximately 1” above the ring, twist the wire so that the crystal quartz bead is standing around 1” above. Twist the two pieces of wire again and again to make a twisted piece that stands straight up. Wrap the wire five times around the base wire to secure. Make another loop with the citrine chips on the other size of the crystal quartz bead. String and secure another silver-plated bead as in Step 2. Then

Wrap a length of 0.6mm silver craft wire twice around your pillar candle to get the right diameter. Tie off both ends of wire by wrapping around the two pieces of wire together five times each. Trim the excess. Take a long piece of 0.5mm wire. Wrap it five times around the circle of wire you have created to secure. String a silver-plated bead and bring the wire through the hole in the middle. Wrap five times around the wire at the other end. String approximately six citrine chips. Take

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ring at the other end of the S-clasp, and crimp in place. Trim the excess wire. Finish by attaching crimp covers over the crimp tubes and closing them into place.

repeat Step 3. Finish off this section by stringing and securing one last silver-plated bead, and wrapping the wire around five or six times. Trim the excess. Evenly space your flourishes around the rest of the piece. Make a crystal quartz twisted section, then a citrine and silverplated bead section, and continue in this pattern until you have four crystal quartz sections with three citrine sections between them. Make the crystal quartz sections slightly varying heights. When you are finished, bend the crystal quartz sections so that they stick up at various angles, to add visual interest.

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jump rings • silver-plated Indian S-clasp • 2 x sterling silver crimp covers

TOOLS • chain-nosed or crimping pliers • side cutters

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GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY SILVER LINK NECKLACE TO CREATE Begin at the middle of the necklace. Take a piece of sterling silver wire and make a wrapped loop. Before completing the loop, attach it to a connector. Complete the wrap and trim the excess wire. String on a Czech bicone, a prehnite bead and another bicone. Begin a loop at the other end, attaching another connector. Complete the loop and trim the excess. Repeat Step 1 but attach the first

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wrapped loop to the other end of one of the connectors already used so that it begins to form a chain. Add the beads, and begin a wrapped loop on the other side. Before closing, add a third connector. Complete the wrapped loop and trim the excess wire. Using a 5mm jump ring, attach one connector to a 10mm closed ring. Repeat with the other connector that has an open end. Next cut two 10-link lengths

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chain to each of the 10mm closed rings using 5mm jump rings. Finish by attaching a jump ring to one side of the loose chain at the top, and a jump ring with a lobster clasp to the other side.

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MATERIALS • 2 x prehnite faceted ovals • 4 x teal green 4mm Czech glass bicones • 12 x sterling silver 5mm jump rings • silver belcher chain • sterling silver 9mm lobster clasp • 4 x sterling silver 10mm closed rings

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• 3 x silver floral Bali connectors • sterling silver 0.5mm dead soft wire

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


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GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264

MATERIALS • citrine faceted briolette drop • 10 x teal green 4mm Czech glass bicones • sterling silver 5mm jump ring • sterling silver finished 16” chain • approx 6” sterling silver 0.5mm or 0.6mm dead soft wire • approx 2’ sterling silver 0.3mm or 0.4mm dead soft wire

WIRE-WRAPPED PENDANT

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

TO CREATE Using a mandrel, take a length of 0.5mm or 0.6mm dead soft wire and wrap it around the mandrel twice so that your pendant measures just over 2cm in diameter. Make a double-wrapped loop at the top of the circle, and wrap the two pieces of wire under the loop a few times before trimming. Don’t worry about it being too neat as you will be wrapping other wire over it. Take a piece of 0.3mm or 0.4mm dead soft wire and begin wrapping at the top on one side. Wrap about five times to secure the wire. String on your briolette focal, then wrap the wire five times on the other side to secure. String on a bicone and adjust so

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that it is sitting on the outside of the ring. Wrap the wire 9-10 times tightly around the pendant wires, using your fingernail to push the loops tightly against each other as you go. Put on another bicone and again adjust it so that it sits on the outside of the loop. Continue wrapping in this fashion until you have 10 evenly spaced bicones sitting on the outside of the loop. Finish by wrapping the excess wire up and around the top many times to completely cover the wire. Trim any excess. Take a finished chain (with a clasp already attached) and use a 5mm jump ring to attach the pendant centrally.

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THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND

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ROZ MAGUIRE DESIGNER

TIMES This lovely vintage-look watch brooch is the ideal stylish and unusual accessory for a plain black or grey coat or cap

ABOUT ROZ… Roz has been creating jewellery since her late teens, when she learned how to make earrings and was consequently overwhelmed with orders for more from the girls in the office! She has dipped in and out of many crafts in the (numerous!) years since, but always returns to jewellery making. “I’m a creative person but I’m also rather impatient, so making jewellery is ideal for me,” she says. “I get the thrill of working with colour and pretty things, combined with the satisfaction of completing a project in a short space of time.” Roz had her own business for a few years, selling her handmade jewellery through shops and galleries, parties and craft fairs, before her young children took priority. She is currently part of the team making polymer clay beads in the form of deliciouslooking sweets and cakes for The Bead Shop Scotland, and is further indulging her love of beads and jewellery by working in the Haddington branch.

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TO CREATE Attach the watch face (upside down) to the centre loop of the kilt pin, using a jump ring if necessary. Cut the headpins to varying lengths and add a variety of beads and spacer beads to each one. Use roundnosed pliers to create a loop at the top of each of the headpins. Hook jump rings through the six remaining loops of the kilt pin to create space to hang beads and charms. Attach charms to the jump rings as desired, then add the beaded headpins. I used two or three ‘strands’ of beads or charms on each of the

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MATERIALS • watch face • assorted beads in complementary colours • Blue Zircon 4mm and 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • Azure Light 4mm and 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • assorted charms – I used leaves, a heart and a key • small piece of ribbon • black trace chain

• assorted silver beads and crimps (used as spacers) • silver-plated 7-loop kilt pin • 8-18 x silver 2” headpins • 6-8 x silver 5mm jump rings

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

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


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CBJ12 pp28-29 Beaded Photo frame_CBJ 01/02/2011 16:54 Page 28

BEADED GIFT PHOTO FRAME

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

PRETTY as a picture

MATERIALS • 5g Light Mauve matte size 11 Toho Treasure seed beads • 5g Purple Iris metallic matte size 11 Toho Treasure seed beads • 5g Bright Rasperry-lined Crystal size 11 Toho Treasure seed beads • purple silver-lined size 3 bugle beads • pink Toho One-G beading thread

• 34-gauge beading wire • pink and purple small 7-petal Lucite flowers • pink 300gsm cardstock • lightweight acetate • glue • double-sided tape

TO CREATE THE SQUARE STITCH

Continue adding single beads and threading back through the corresponding bead in the last row. When you have completed the second row with 11 beads, thread your needle back through all the beads in the first row, then all the beads in the second row, to stiffen the piece (Fig 2). Flip your beading 180° so your thread is

Using as long a length of thread as you can manage, add a stop bead about 30cm from the end by picking up a single bead then threading back through it again. Pick up 11 beads for your first row. Pick up a single bead, go back through the final bead in the last row then down through the bead you just added (see Fig 1, below). Pick up another single bead, go

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BEADED GIFT PHOTO FRAME TO ADD THE BUGLE BEAD PATTERN One size 3 bugle bead will replace four seed beads – measure your bugles alongside your seed beads to confirm this and change the number if necessary. Work the first three seed beads in a row, then pick up a bugle bead and work back through the next four beads in the previous row before going down through the bugle just added. Complete the row as usual.

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TO CONSTRUCT THE FRAME Create each side of the photo frame separately using square stitch. The main body of each strip (excluding the decreasing) starts and ends with four plain rows and has two rows including bugle beads, which alternate with two plain rows. The top and bottom pieces decrease one stitch at a time at each end whilst the side pieces follow the chart in Fig 6 to allow for snug mitred corners. Arrange the pieces in their final position on your

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work surface and observe how they fit together. Use thread to stitch backwards and forward through the edge beads between the two pieces at each corner to join them together snugly. Complete two 14-bead rows of square stitch and sew this two-row strip centrally to the top of your frame to create a hanger. To create the wire flowers, cut a 40cm length of beading wire and fix a matte bead 10cm from the end in the same way as your square stitch stop bead. Add 12 Raspberry-lined

TO INCORPORATE THE DECREASE When completing Step 4 of the main square stitch process, bring your needle out one bead from the end and start your next row at this point (see Fig 3).

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beads on the mitred edge, as shown at either the beginning or the end of a row (Fig 5).

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frame, securing a Lucite flower in the centre of each by threading up through the central hole, through a seed bead and back through the flower, adding a dab of glue at the same time behind the flower to hold it firmly in place. Cut a piece of acetate the same shape as your frame

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beads, then go through your stop bead once more before adding another matte bead. Add another matte stop bead then repeat until you have five petals (Fig 7). Add a final matte bead, then thread your wire back through the very first stop bead to draw the matte beads into a circle and the petals into a flower shape. Work back and around a few beads to secure the wire ends before snipping them short. Make two of these five-petal flowers and two six-petal flowers (14 beads to each petal). Use thread to sew the flowers to the photo

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WHERE TO BUY All the beadweaving materials used here are available from www.thebeadcellar.co.uk You can purchase 34-gauge wire online from www.jillybeads.com Acetate and cardstock for backing your beaded frame can be purchased at all good craft retailers, including branches of Hobbycraft (visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk to find your nearest store)

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bead DOCTOR Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers A DARKER SIDE I’ve never been a fan of silver and gold. I don’t know why, but I’ve never felt the colours suited my dark complexion and have always opted for darker shades such as gunmetal. I struggled for many years to find pieces that I liked where the metal was a darker colour, and finally settled on making my own jewellery. Can you give me details for a stockists who sells a range of this colour of jewellery materials, as my usual supplier has now closed its doors? Maria Spalding, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Take a look at the selection of blackplated products available from The Bead Shop Manchester. The shop and online store have a fabulous selection of findings, jewellery materials and other co-ordinating goodies that would be perfect for your needs. Visit www. the-beadshop.co.uk or call 0161 232 7356 for details. Alternatively,

Spoilt Rotten Beads (www.spoiltrottenbeads. co.uk) and JillyBeads (www.jillybeads.com) are among the many bead stores that sell a full range of gunmetal plain and decorative findings, components and beads. Spoilt Rotten Beads even offers adjustable ring bases and bungee charm bracelets in this colour for those quick makes.

SIGNATURE CHARM I loved the addition of a small heart on Su Pennick’s Bead Challenge bracelet in Issue 11 and have been considering introducing a shaped charm or item onto each of my pieces to identify them as my own – rather like a brand for when I sell my creations. Would it be possible to create a long-lasting charm myself using a punch and cardboard, or should I invest in some shrink plastic, like Su used, for durability? I’ve never worked with it before. Sharon Eastbourne, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Shrink plastic would certainly be a more sturdy option as it’s a solid product once baked, whereas cardboard would become weak over time even when treated with resin. Shrink plastic is an easy medium to work with. Simply punch, cut or die-cut your chosen shape from the sheet, colour with pens and bake as per the instructions. Be

aware that the baking process does intensify the colours used, so perhaps try a few scrap pieces before you start on the big batch to be sure you have the shade you want. Cardboard could be used, but tends to be rather flimsy. Because of this, resin treatments can crack over time and look unsightly. You could always buy chipboard sheets and die-cut your own sturdier shapes, but overall I’d opt for shrink plastic. To buy shrink plastic, head over to www.handy hippo.co.uk or call 01753 539222 for more details.

BEADED RINGS On a few occasions now I’ve seen rings or hoops used as adornments on jewellery pieces that have been handmade by the designer from

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seed beads. Is it an easy task to make these or am I getting in over my head as a beginner? Sue Osborne, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Not at all, Sue! Seed bead rings are easy to put together, so you should definitely try making your own versions for your creations. Donna McKean Smith created some lovely pieces for us in Issue 11 featuring these, and to make your own you simply need elastic and seed beads. Cut the desired length of elastic (depending on how large you want your rings to be) and feed seed beads onto it, then simply secure the ends with a knot, ensuring there are no unsightly gaps. Donna also suggests adding a little clear nail polish over the knot for extra


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BEAD DOCTOR security. You can then thread the ring onto your piece to sit between or over your beads. If you missed Donna’s feature, back issues of Creative Beads & Jewellery are available from www.practical publishing.co.uk/cbj.

TOO TINY I have a selection of gemstone and glass beads that I want to use together in one necklace but the holes in the gemstone beads are just too small for my threading material. I don’t want to use a thinner thread and understand that I can use a bead reamer to enlarge the hole. Is this correct and what is the best procedure? Jemima Michaels, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… It is indeed possible to enlarge the holes in gemstone beads using a bead reamer. Available to buy in manual, battery-operated and electric versions, a bead reamer will normally be supplied with at least two different tips for creating different-sized holes and for smoothing the rough edges of beading holes to avoid thread damage. The process should be carried out under cold water – a shallow dish is sufficient – as this will keep everything cool. When using a manual tool, the tip of the reamer should be inserted into the bead hole and rotated back and forth to gradually enlarge it. Keep the pressure light and only ever enlarge the hole in

proportion to the bead’s size to avoid cracking the bead. Powered reamers take the effort out of the process with speedier results.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT I would like to make a quirky charm bracelet as a gift for my teenage granddaughter and want to source some more unusual charms – any suggestions? Emma Edge, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Charm bracelets never seem to go out of fashion, and there really are many options open to you when tracking down something out of the ordinary to attach to them. In addition to bead suppliers, you can try papercrafting stores for cardmaking and scrapbooking-style embellishments. Vintage stores and market stalls are also a great source of unusual beads and charms and you can probably pick up several complete pieces of jewellery that you can raid

for the individual components at a bargain price. Another great option for creating a unique piece of jewellery is to consider using ‘found’ objects – I recently saw a really effective piece of jewellery created using ring pulls from drinks cans. The main consideration is that the items you include will not scratch skin or snag on clothing. The other possibility, of course, if you want something individual, is to make it yourself. Bead stores like The Bead Shop Scotland (www.beadshop scotland.co.uk) sell fun bead moulds in a range of themes and designs, and you could deliberately stand out from the crowd by using PMC or different coloured clay instead of the expected choice. You could even use small photographs or pieces of artwork significant to your granddaughter to create personalised vintage-style charms. For two different methods of doing this, see Su Pennick’s article

on brads in Issue 9 or Jo Lochhead’s pendant using Deko Gel (liquid Fimo) in Issue 10. You can order back issues from www.practical publishing.co.uk/cbj.

THE REAL DEAL? I thought Stephie Hall’s article in Issue 11 on using suede in jewellery was interesting, and I particularly like the idea of mixing pretty pink and lilac colours with chain for something that would be feminine but not too little-girly! I have one question: what is the difference, if any, between using real suede and faux suede in pieces like these? Karen Robinson, Tonbridge, Kent

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Beading and jewellerymaking suppliers regularly sell both real suede, from animal hide, and faux alternatives, which are generally made of polyester. There is little difference in the way the products feel, and both are available

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in a range of ‘natural’ and dyed colours. Good-quality real suede is wonderfully supple and flexible, making it ideal for beadwork, knotting and weaving, but as it is made from the underside of the animal skin it is less tough than other forms of leather and faux suede is likely to prove more durable over time. Real suede is not water resistant and, even when treated with a protective product, should be handled with care around liquids. This can obviously make it difficult to clean and means that faux suede is a more practical choice for bracelets, in particular. Faux suede is also the cheaper option.

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designer Each reader featured wins this fabulous package worth £15 from B for Beads, including the B for Beads professional mini jewellery-making pliers kit with a second case, plus a lovely selection of enamel charms and pendants.

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

CRYSTAL CLEAR BRACELET BY BEVERLEY SILK FROM BERKSHIRE

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MATERIALS • silver elasticated charm bracelet • silver headpins • 18 x clear glass beads • jump rings

CANDY CRYSTALS BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • Tanzanite, Lime, Honey, Rose and Turquoise Swarovski Elements crystal beads

MEDO PERSIAN NECKLACE BY WENDY EAMES FROM DUMFRIESSHIRE MATERIALS • bronze jump rings • blown glass beads • spacer beads

• crystal beads • headpins • toggle clasp

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

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE LOOKS The Roaring Twenties brought the start of modern fashion, with women using their new independence to make a striking style statement. From Art Deco to Coco Chanel and the iconic flapper image, the decade was packed with dramatic jewellery trends. Here four designers take inspiration from the era to create their own contemporary versions of the key looks

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• 150 x black 4x3mm faceted rondelles • 150 x silver 4x3mm faceted rondelles • 75 x black 8x6mm faceted rondelles • 75 x silver 8x6mm faceted rondelles • 6m black Nymo D thread • bead glue or cement

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MONOCHROME LARIAT TO CREATE Cut three 180cm lengths of thread. Take one strand and thread on a needle, then string 25 of the smaller black rondelles. Slide the rondelles almost to the end of the thread, leaving a tail of approximately 15cm. Skipping the last bead you threaded on, pass the needle back up through the remaining 24 rondelles. Complete the remaining two strands in the same way. Thread all six tails of thread onto a needle and pass through another 4x3mm black

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but with the thread passed through twice instead of once). Take the three shortest tails and tie another surgeon’s knot, passing two of the strands over one. Seal the knot with glue and leave to dry. When dry, snip the three shortest tails close to the knot. Thread the three long tails onto a needle and (including the small black rondelle you threaded before the surgeon’s knots), bead the body of the necklace with a 4x3mm black rondelle followed by an 8x6mm silver rondelle five times. Then change colour to thread a 4x3mm silver rondelle followed by an 8x6mm black rondelle five times. Complete the entire sequence for a further

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rondelle, then remove the needle. Holding the three tassels between your thumb and finger, gently pull all the tails one at a time so that there is no thread showing on them. Divide the threads in half and tie an overhand knot to keep the tassels secure and under tension. With the threads still divided in half, tie a surgeon’s knot (a surgeon’s knot is just an overhand knot,

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14 repeats, finishing with a 4x3mm silver rondelle. Take two of the threads off the needle and thread 25 4x3mm silver rondelles. Skipping the last rondelle you threaded, pass the needle back up through the remaining 24. Complete the other two threads in the same way. As before, take the three tassels between your thumb and finger and gently pull the threads so that no thread is showing. Tie two surgeon’s knots as before and seal with glue. Allow to dry and snip off the tails close to the knot.

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Ruth Hughes is the founder of The Beadster in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and has been passionate about beads and beading for many years. She turned her hobby into a business in 2007, and loves helping people to get the most out of their beading budget!

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ABOUT RUTH… Take care when drawing up the last three threads to allow a little slack in the tassel so that it’s not stiff. As an extra precaution after you’ve snipped the tails, apply a second dab of glue to ensure those knots are going nowhere!

This lariat is inspired by the stylish monochrome looks that were the very essence of 1920s design. At 150cm long, it can be worn long and loose, choker-style, or with its tassels cascading down an open-backed dress. Very Coco Chanel!

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Beadster, Sun & Moon Cottage, Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JW; www.thebeadster.com; 01747 858719


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JEWELLERY VINTAGE LOOKS

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

TO CREATE Thread the coin bead centrally onto a 40cm length of wire, then feed the two wire ends down through opposite sides of the filigree ring so that the bead is pulled snug into the ring. Measure the distance between the two wires where they emerge from the

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ring and mark this with two penned dots centrally on the bangle. Use the awl to create a small indent for the drill bit so that it won’t slide about and damage your bangle. Drill a hole at each marked point through the bangle. Thread the wire ends through the holes, pulling the filigree ring and bead snug to the bangle. Position one of the connectors on the

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I love all things Art Deco and when I spotted this bangle blank I knew it would be the perfect starting point for my project. I chose a feature bead of a colour I felt was reminiscent of the decade. Drilling the bangle to add the bead and vintage metal components takes a little time and patience but allows the creation of a completely unique piece.Wire can then be used to secure everything together, avoiding the need for soldering.

bangle just a short distance from the ring and mark the position of the two main connector holes and the tip of the triangle shaped cut-out alongside. Repeat on the other side of the bangle, then carry out the drilling process for these eight holes. Thread the wire up and down through the connector to secure it to one side of the bangle, then on the reverse take the wire end back to the filigree ring hole, thread it under the wire loop where it has emerged from the bangle and wrap it around the

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bangle several times between the connector and the ring. Repeat the attaching and wrapping process on the other side of the bangle, then wrap both wire ends several times around the bangle inside the filigree ring before twisting them together and tucking the twist out of sight under the bead. Sit the bangle level over a narrow bottle or similar object then, mixing up the epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions, glue the etched ring to the surface of the bead and leave to dry overnight.

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WHERE TO BUY The vintage Art Deco bangle blank and other vintage components are available from www.dichro-findings.co.uk Aventurine coin beads can be purchased from www.beadsdirect.co.uk

When drilling the bangle hold it in a cloth as the metal will get quite warm, but take care to keep the cloth clear of your drill bit

MATERIALS • vintage brass Art Deco bangle blank • green aventurine 16mm coin bead • vintage filigree ring • 2 x vintage Naomi connectors • bronze 0.6mm brass wire • vintage 14mm etched ring • epoxy adhesive

TOOLS • small electric drill and 1mm drill bit • brad awl

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE LOOKS each end bar, at the widest point. File all the brass pieces to remove any rough edges, and flatten on a steel block using the hide mallet. Sand all the surfaces well and use the scouring pad to give them a final finish. Slide beads onto an eyepin as follows: green ceramic, blue ceramic, green ceramic, blue ceramic, green ceramic. Trim 13mm off the pin, and use round-nosed pliers to make a loop at the end. Repeat so you have a total of eight pins (A). Make eight beaded eyepins (B) in the same way, this time using a blue ceramic bead, three Swarovski bicones and another blue ceramic bead. Make four pins (C) using the sequence: green ceramic, bicone, blue ceramic, bicone, green ceramic. Trim 27mm from the end of 15 eyepins. Slide a blue

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ABOUT JENNY… Jenny is a self-taught jewellery designer from Manchester who also sells a wide range of beads, tools and findings via her website. She particularly enjoys working with metal and is keen to explore the possibilities of precious metal clay.

EGYPTIAN BRACELET TO CREATE Use tin snips to cut three strips from the brass sheet, each approximately 52x5mm. Cut two more strips, each with a protrusion on one side measuring 40mm at the widest point. These will be the end bars. Drill five equally spaced holes, 9mm apart, along the centre of each of the three spacer bars, and the straight edge of each end bar. Drill a single hole on the other edge of

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identical panels of five beaded pins between each beaded spacer and/or end bar. From top to bottom, the pin sequence in each panel is A, B, C, B, A.

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ceramic bead onto five of these, then slot through the holes in a spacer bar, add another blue bead and turn a loop. Slide each of the remaining ceramic beads onto an eyepin, trim to leave a 10mm tail and turn a loop. Connect these to the end bar holes, alternating the colours. Connect the units to give four

One of the key trends of the 1920s was a passion for all things Egyptian – brought on by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. I used this as a starting point for my bracelet, particularly with reference to the glazed ceramic beads and rich peacock colours, while also incorporating geometric patterns to give an Art Deco feel.

MATERIALS • 55x60mm 24-gauge (approx 0.6mm) brass sheet • 72 x blue ‘oil on water’ 5.5mm iridescent enamel glazed ceramic cube beads • 36 x teal green 5.5mm enamel glazed ceramic cube beads • 32 x aquamarine 6mm Swarovski bicone beads • 2 x antique gold finish 5mm jump rings • 45 x antique gold finish 50mm eyepins • antique gold finish 10mm trigger clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and needle-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • tin snips (or piercing saw and blades) • jeweller’s drill or pin vice with 1mm bit • rawhide mallet • steel block • file • sandpaper • kitchen scouring pad


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JO LOCHHEAD DESIGNER

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

• 129 x jet cube beads • jet size 11 seed beads • 30 x Pacific Opal AB 4mm Swarovski bicones • 30 x Pacific Opal AB 6mm Swarovski bicones • Art Deco-style clasp • 2 x calottes • 2 x heavyweight jump rings • 35 x silver spacer beads • crimp beads • Flex-rite 49-strand beading wire • Hypo Cement glue

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

MANHATTAN NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut three lengths of necklace wire, measuring approximately 50cm, 55cm and 60cm. Flatten a crimp onto the end of each piece of wire using chainnosed pliers. String the first (shortest) strand with a jet seed bead

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and a 4mm Swarovski bicone. Repeat another four times. String 18 cube beads separated by jet seed bead, then six 6mm Swarovski bicones separated by seed beads. Add 24 cube beads separated by seed beads and finish with five 4mm Swarovski bicones, again separated by seed beads. Flatten a crimp onto the end of this wire for safety while you string the other two strands. Take the second (middle) strand and string as with the first strand, but increasing the quantities of cubes and crystals. Begin with 18 cubes as previously, then thread 10 6mm crystals onto the middle section and finish with 24 cubes. Remember to begin and end with five 4mm crystals and separate all the beads with seed beads. Take the third (longest) strand

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and string as with the previous two strands, increasing the quantities of the cube and crystal beads to 18 cubes, 14 crystals and 30 cubes. You will now have three fully beaded strands, measuring 45cm, 50cm and 55cm. Snip the crimps off one end of each strand. Feed all three strands through a calotte. Thread two crimp beads through the three strands and flatten with chain-nosed pliers. For added security, drop a little Hypo Cement glue onto the crimps and leave to dry. Repeat for the other end of the necklace. Close the cups of the calotte neatly. Turn the hook of the calotte into a tight loop using round-nosed pliers. Open a jump ring and use it to attach one half of the clasp. Repeat for the other end of the necklace.

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When I think of 1920s design, I think of Art Deco. Eclectic, modern, glamorous and often lavish, Art Deco was a prominent design influence in fashion and architecture through the 20s and into the 30s. Jewellery featured geometric patterns, sparkle and lustre, and vibrant contrasts in colour. Pieces were elegant and precisely fashioned. Beads were often knotted as a feature of the jewellery’s design. I’ve tried to capture all of this in the Manhattan Necklace, using a beautiful Art Deco-style square toggle as the fastener and jet colour beads to contrast with the blue of the crystals. The asymmetry of my design gives the necklace a modern twist. Longer-style, multi-strand necklaces were very fashionable at the time, as they are again now, so this piece won’t look out of place with today’s fashions. Finally, the tiny jet seed beads between all of the beads mimic the look of a knotted necklace. www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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COMPETITION

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair Celebrate spring in style at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair! he Country Living Magazine Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington from 23rd-27th March 2011 promises a lovely day out, where you can savour fine food, home styling, skilled craftsmanship and expert demonstrations from some of the UK’s leading artisans. The fair is bursting with refreshing ideas for your home, with exhibitors from all over the country showcasing a range of beautiful accessories for every room. Whether you’re charmed by the silk animal-embroidered cushions from Sophie Pattinson or drawn to the delightful trinkets and homewares on display at the Velvet Ribbon stand, the event boasts such a vast array of wonderful home and interiors

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items that you are bound to find the perfect accessories for you. Spring rejuvenates so take time to revitalise with sensuous, authentic handmade soaps from Caurnie’s Scottish Garden and scented candles and elegantly perfumed roominfusing sticks from Heyland & Whittle. Exhibitor Linen Lawn has your spring wardrobe covered with its beautiful silk tea dresses and cotton cardigans, while precious and nonprecious accessories are available from Lila Stern Shewry and Scarlett Jewellery to name just two, and Niki Guy’s wonderfully unique jewellery will complete any number of outfits. Her 12-strand beaded necklace in beautiful reds and golds is just

one example of the gorgeous jewellery at the fair. Musts for the menu are The Truckle Cheese Company’s delicious cheeses, as well as famous sausages from Debbie & Andrews Ltd, and Munchy Seeds with its delicious, nutritious snacks. With entertaining talks and demonstrations by popular experts, and features such as Van Hage’s spring garden, there’s plenty to do, plenty to see and plenty to enjoy. The fair isn’t simply a place to shop, it’s a place to be inspired and with such a range of exhibitors and demonstrators, it is a fabulous day out in the capital. So what better way to transform yourself and your home for spring than with a trip to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair?

Dates: 23rd-27th March 2011 Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH Website: www.countrylivingfair.com Tickets: 0844 848 0169 Ticket prices: Adult £12.50 in advance; £16 on the door Adult Gala £12.50 in advance; £14 on the door OAP £12.50 on the door Child (5-16) £7 in advance; £8.50 on the door Under-5s free Opening hours: Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th 10am-6pm Wednesday 23rd Gala Evening 6.30pm-9pm Friday 25th & Saturday 26th 9.30am-6pm Sunday 27th 10am-3pm

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his elegant spiral rope is an easy technique to learn – just imagine you are building a spiral staircase! Once mastered, you will want to experiment with the size and shape of the beads to make a wonderful variety of necklaces and bracelets – with it being a strong stitch, you can even use it for the handle of a bag. In this project I have used lovely spring green colours for the rope and decorated it with pretty flowers in shades that are easily spotted in gardens and hedgerows

ABOUT KATE… Kate has been designing and making beaded jewellery for more than nine years. What started out as a hobby became a passion, then a career, as she now sells her work and has recently taken over The Bead Cellar, based in beautiful Devon. The Bead Cellar specialises in Toho seed beads and also stocks a wide range of beads and findings, including vintage nailheads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, semi-precious gemstones, Czech glass and much more. Classes are run regularly and kits are available, and Kate has many new ideas to be launched over the next year so do keep an eye on the website!

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GARDEN This lovely springtime lariat is created in a fabulous spiral weave that gives a sense of texture and movement and allows the beads to really catch the light. Kate Eldridge demonstrates that it’s simpler than it looks!

MATERIALS • 40g size 11 seed beads – I used Toho beads in colours 407 (A), 457 (B1), 380 (B2) and 164F (B3) • 3g size 11 cylinder beads – I used Toho Treasure beads in colour 167 • 12 x mixed green 10-20mm glass leaves • approx 34 x mixed 6mm Lucite flowers • approx 10 x mixed 10x12mm bell-shaped Lucite flowers

TOOLS • size 10 and size 12 beading needles • scissors • beading mat

TO CREATE THE LARIAT You can work the spiral staircase rope all in one colour if you choose, with one colour for the core (A) and another colour for the outside (B), or with up to three different colours on the outside as I have done here (B1, B2, B3). Starting with approximately 6’ of thread on a size 10 beading needle, pick up four A beads and one each of B1, B2 and B3. Leaving a tail of at least 12”, tie these

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beads into a circle by passing your needle through all four A beads again (see Fig 1, below). Pick up an A, a B1, a B2 and a B3. Slide the beads down your thread until they meet your beadwork. Pass your needle through the last three A beads in the previous row and the A just added (Fig 2). Pull the thread up tight and position the new B beads so that they are sitting snugly on the right-hand side

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of the three previous B beads (Fig 3). Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until your lariat is 36” long. It will take around 10 repetitions before you can see the spiral forming. Make sure you keep pushing the new B beads firmly

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Switch to your cylinder beads. Start with 5’ of thread on a size 12 beading needle. Pick up a stop bead (any bead that is different to those you are using for your project) and stitch through it again to secure it, then pick up 16 cylinder beads. The stop bead will ensure none of your project beads accidentally slide off the end of your thread whilst you are working. To do peyote stitch, pick up one more bead then stitch back through the last-but-one of your original beads, now working in the opposite direction (Fig 4). Pick up another bead. Skip one bead in your original row, then stitch through the bead after that. Continue in peyote stitch all the way back

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down the row (Fig 5). Turn the corner as you did in Step 9 and continue (Fig 6). Repeat until you have a total of 42 rows. Once you have turned the corner onto Row 4, all your project beads will be secure and you can remove your stop bead. You will now find that the two ends of your beadwork will slot together like the teeth on a zip, transforming your flat beadwork into a ring. Make sure that this ring will sit snugly around your spiral rope – if it is too loose, it will keep sliding down (Fig 7). Sew all the way down, working back and forth between the two sides of your beadwork, to secure or ‘zip’ the two sides together and form your ring (Fig 8).

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repeat. Continue until the surface is covered, adding in small leaves where you wish. Once your ring is complete, thread the two ends of your spiral rope through it. You can now add embellishments to the ends of your spiral rope in the same way, so that the ring cannot slide off. Although Lucite flowers and leaves can be used on the ring I would suggest using glass leaves on the ends of your spiral rope as the added weight will help your lariat to hang nicely.

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EMPIRE BEADS Melissa Todhunter demonstrates three different ways to construct a pair of pretty dangling earrings, using the beads and colours of your choice MELISSA TODHUNTER DESIGNER

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

GRADUATING BEADS & CHAIN EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a metal filler bead onto an eyepin, followed by a 10mm lime bead. Follow this with another metal filler, an 8mm orange bead, a metal filler, a 6mm yellow bead and a final metal filler. Close the other end of the eyepin by creating

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a simple loop using round-nosed pliers. Cut five varying lengths of budget fine curb chain. Use pliers to open the bottom loop of the eyepin and attach an end link of each piece of chain. Attach an ear wire to the top of the eyepin using pliers. Repeat Steps 1-3 to complete the matching earring.

• 2 x yellow 6mm round mysterious beads • 2 x orange 8mm round mysterious beads • 2 x lime 10mm round mysterious beads • 8 x gold 2.4mm metal filler beads • gold budget fine curb chain • 2 x gold 2” eyepins • gold fish-hook ear wires

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

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MATERIALS • 8 x Peridot 4mm Swarovski bicones • 16 x yellow 4mm Czech fire polished crystal round beads • 2 x Topaz Swarovski Leaf pendants • 2 x gold 5mm triangle jump rings • gold fish-hook ear wires • gold ear hoops with attachment • gold budget fine curb chain • 8 x gold 2” headpins

TO CREATE Thread a topaz round bead onto an eyepin with a bead cap on each side. Close the other end of the eyepin by creating a loop.

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

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HOOP DANGLE EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut a 1cm length of headpin and thread on a bicone, creating a loop above the bead with round-nosed pliers. Repeat with another three bicones. Attach a leaf pendant to a triangular jump ring and close. Cut 10 lengths of chain (two each of five varying lengths) and thread the end link

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of one of the shortest pieces onto an ear hoop. Follow this with a fire polished crystal, the next shortest piece of chain, a bicone and the next piece of chain. Add a fire polished crystal, the fourth piece of chain, a bicone, the longest piece of chain and two fire polished crystals. Now thread on the leaf pendant before

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

repeating the sequence in reverse to give a symmetrical earring. Close the ear hoop and attach the ear wire to the top loop using pliers. Repeat Steps 1-4 to complete the matching earring.

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MASTERCLASS POLYMER CLAY CANES

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SUE HEASER DESIGNER

ABOUT SUE… Sue is an internationally known artist, author, designer and teacher, who specialises in polymer clays and metal clays. She has published 13 major craft books internationally and teaches workshops all over the world. Her latest acclaimed books are The Art and Craft of Polymer Clay and Magical Metal Clay Jewellery. Sue teaches polymer clay and silver clay workshops at her studio in Suffolk. See www.sueheaser.com for further details or email sue@sueheaser.com olymer clay is a fabulous material for making your own beads and jewellery pieces at home. Widely available from craft supply and hobby stores, it comes in a wonderful range of colours. It is soft and pliable to work with, but after baking in an ordinary home oven the clay becomes hard and durable – I have pieces that are more than 25 years old, and as brightly coloured and strong as ever. Polymer clay was first created in the 1930s in Germany by Kathe Kreuse, the famous doll maker. Later her daughter Fifi developed a range of colours in the clay to use for her mosaics. She called the clay ‘Fifi mosaic’, which was then contracted to Fimo (it is pronounced ‘fee-mo’; it should not rhyme with

FESTIVAL Polymer clay is a wonderful medium for all levels, from complete beginner to experienced designer. It is easy and versatile to work with and can produce a range of stunning effects, as Sue Heaser shows here will only become permanently hardened after baking.

MILLEFIORE This is the technique that polymer clay is probably best known for and is named after the glass rods or ‘canes’ used in decorative glass making. It is a wonderful way to make beautiful patterns to decorate beads and jewellery. Different colours of clay are organised into logs, or canes, rather like in a stick of rock, so that the same pattern runs through the whole length of clay cane. The cane can be reduced in thickness by rolling or pulling it longer. Slices are then cut from the cane with a sharp blade and used to decorate beads.

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around the world began experimenting with the clays and soon they were being used for jewellery, bead making, doll making, sculpture, mosaics and in many other genres. In the past 10 years, polymer clays have become universally accepted as a medium for the adult artist and are used by hobbyists

and professionals alike. The clay itself is not expensive and can be stored for years, even if the packet is opened, because it does not dry out. This gives it a great advantage over air dry clays – you can continue to reuse and experiment with the same piece of clay for as long as you like; it

Polymer clay is very easy to get started with and you will probably find that you have all the simple tools required already in your home. You will need a smooth table mat or chopping board to work on and a craft knife to cut the clay. A baking sheet lined with ordinary printer paper or baking parchment is ideal for baking your pieces. To roll out sheets you will need a smooth rolling pin. You can use strips of card placed on either side of the clay to


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MASTERCLASS POLYMER CLAY CANES

BAKING Place your pieces on a paper-covered baking sheet and bake. Most brands of polymer clay are baked at 130°c (275°f) for about 30 minutes in the home oven, but check the pack

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VARNISH OR NATURAL FINISH? Baked polymer clay has a silky matte texture. If you are worried about fingerprints on your beads, simply stroke them with the tip of your finger before baking. You can sand your beads with finegrit wet and dry sandpaper and polish them for a higher shine, or you can varnish them for a really glossy finish. Use a polymer clay varnish or water-based acrylic varnish because oil-based varnishes may not dry properly on clay.

WHERE TO BUY Polymer clay is widely available from art and craft suppliers and hobby stores. Premo polymer clay is available from online stores including www.zamauk.com and www.polymerclaypit.co.uk Rubber tubing, memory wire and findings are available from www.chrystalrosedesigncrafts.com; 01760 440919

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ensure even rolling. You will also need a darning needle for piercing beads and a sharp blade for slicing canes. If you get hooked (and beware – this is highly likely!) you may want to invest in a pasta machine, which makes rolling out the clay quick and easy, but this is by no means essential.

Polymer clay is remarkably safe and has non-toxic labelling worldwide. It is completely safe to bake in the home oven and for children to handle. The one necessity is to avoid burning it by baking it at too high a temperature because, like any plastic, if will give off unpleasant fumes. If you do accidentally burn it, turn off the oven and ventilate the room well. Baked polymer clay should not be used in contact with food because it is porous and the food can contaminate the clay

MAKING FLOWER CANES – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE These can be made in any colours you like – but opt for strong contrasts. Similarly, you can use any brand of clay, simply choosing the nearest equivalent colours if you are aiming to reproduce the pieces here.

TO CREATE Condition the clay by kneading it in your hands until it is soft and pliable (or run it through a pasta

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machine about 10 times). To make a blended sheet of clay for the petals, shape the white and pink clays into triangles, each about 10mm thick. Press them together to make a rectangular shape as shown. Roll the triangles flat to make a sheet of clay about 2mm thick. Fold the sheet in half crosswise, matching the pink edge to pink and white to white. Roll the

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clay again and fold again in the same way. Repeat, keeping the clay sheet as square as possible, and the central area will begin to blend from white to pink. Continue rolling and folding until the grading is smooth across the sheet, as shown in the example on the right. Now roll the sheet thinner – to about 1mm thick. Roll up the sheet into a tight roll, starting at

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the white edge so the white is in the middle. Reshape by pushing the log’s ends inwards if necessary so it is no more than 10cm long. To streak the petals, make three cuts lengthwise down the log to cut it into four pieces. Roll out a 1mm thick sheet of black clay and insert a strip of this between the pieces, trimming the excess clay to fit. Roll the log on your work surface to extend it to 30cm long and about 20mm thick all along the length. Cut the log into six equal lengths, using a ruler to help you if necessary. Roll a log of yellow clay, 5mm thick and the same length as the pink logs.

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• ¼ 56g block Fuchsia Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¼ 56g block White Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¹/8 56g block Black Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¹/8 56g block Cadmium Yellow Premo Sculpey polymer clay

TOOLS • melamine table mat or similar smooth work surface • rolling pin (or use a pasta machine) • craft knife or slicer blade

Pinch each pink length all along the centre black line on one side to make a petalshaped cross-section with the black lines inside converging throughout the length. Assemble the cane by pressing the pointed side of each pink log onto the yellow log, easing them to fit round the flower. Squeeze the cane to consolidate it, then squeeze and pull the ends gently apart to lengthen and ‘thin’ it until it is about 20mm in diameter. Trim off the ends, which are usually distorted. The cane is now ready to slice. To reduce it further for a project, squeeze and pull in the same way.

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MASTERCLASS POLYMER CLAY CANES MATERIALS • ¼ 56g block Green Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¼ 56g block Cadmium Yellow Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¹/8 56g block Black Premo Sculpey polymer clay • ¹/16 56g block Raw Sienna Premo Sculpey polymer clay

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There are many different types of leaf cane but this one is my favourite.

TO CREATE To mix leaf green, roll together the green and Raw Sienna clays and fold and roll until they become a solid colour and all streakiness has gone. Make a blended sheet with leaf green

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MAKING LEAF CANES – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE

is ready for slicing. To reduce further if necessary for a project, squeeze and pull the cane until it is the correct thickness.

My own ‘encyclopedia’, The Art and Craft of Polymer Clay, is a comprehensive book crammed with dozens of polymer clay techniques and jewellery-making ideas. For a more specific title on bead making, How to Make Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn is highly recommended. Both books are available from www.amazon.co.uk

USING THE CANES FOR JEWELLERY MAKING TO CREATE Cut off a 5cm length of cane and further reduce it if required. Lay it on your work surface and cut even slices using a slicer blade or sharp knife. Flower canes should be given a quarter turn after each slice to prevent them flattening. Cut the canes 3-4mm thick for disc beads that will be pierced horizontally, or 1-2mm thick for decorating beads. For decorating beads, make a ball of clay in your chosen colour in the size of bead

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again and to enlarge the hole. Place beads on a paper lined baking sheet with the holes vertical. There is no need to thread them on wires for baking. After baking and cooling, your beads are ready for threading.

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MASTERCLASS POLYMER CLAY CANES MAKING SWIRL BEADS WITH MILLEFIORE CANES These beads are fascinating to make. First you need to learn how to make a bicone bead using a sheet of acrylic or clear plastic and then, after applying canes, the bead is rotated further until the canes come together in a wonderful swirl

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TO CREATE Cut off a short length of flower cane and reduce it to 15mm in diameter. Cut two slices, each 4mm thick. Pierce each cane slice horizontally with the darning needle. (It is best to pierce between two petals and push the needle through the cane slice, twisting it as you push. If it emerges in the wrong place, pull it back and push it through again to correct it.)

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Bake the cane slices on a baking sheet at 130°c for 20 minutes, or as instructed on the packet. Thread a headpin through one of the slices, and add two green rocaille beads and a round bead. Trim the pin to 6mm above the last bead and form a loop. Attach a fish-hook ear wire to the loop and repeat to make the second earring.

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base colour and cut and apply slices of canes to the top of the bead as shown. Three slices of flower cane with leaves between works particularly well. You need a plain area in the centre of the bead for the swirl to develop. Roll the canes in lightly and then place the bead on your work surface and rotate it with the sheet. Work around the centre of the plain area in the middle of the bead to form the upper point of the bicone at that point. After a minute or two, the canes will gradually swirl into the centre of the bead as shown. Continue rolling until you are happy with the swirl, then rotate the sheet in smaller circles to flatten the point down again and shape the

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TOOLS • approx 10x10cm sheet of clear plastic or acrylic (or use a CD case) • slicer blade • long sharp darning needle • baking sheet lined with white printer paper or baking parchment

bead into a lentil. Leave the bead to become firmer by placing it in the fridge for 10 minutes or leaving it for an hour or two. Finally pierce the bead through the back as shown. The hole needs to be in the upper part of the bead so that it will hang successfully and not spin round. Bake on a paper-covered baking sheet for 30 minutes or according to the instructions on the pack.

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TOOLS • sharp blade • darning needle • baking sheet covered with paper or baking parchment • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

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MASTERCLASS POLYMER CLAY CANES MILLEFIORE CHARM BRACELET beginner

TO CREATE Reduce a length of the flower cane to 13mm diameter and cut six slices 3mm thick. Reduce a length of the leaf cane to a similar diameter, pinch along the cane to point the tip of the leaf, and cut six 3mm slices. Use the darning needle to pierce all the flower cane slices horizontally, as in Step 1 for the earrings on page 49. Pierce a hole in the wide end of each leaf cane slice, about 5mm deep. Bake all the cane slices on a baking sheet, as for the earrings. Cut six lengths of wire, each 10mm long. Turn a loop in one end of each and glue the other end into the holes in the leaf canes. Push a headpin through the hole in

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MATERIALS • pink polymer clay flower cane • polymer clay leaf cane • ½ 56g block black polymer clay • 1½ coils necklace memory wire • 40cm length 1mm rubber tubing • 2 x silver-plated bead caps • 2 x black 8mm round glass beads • 2 x black 4mm round glass beads • 4 x silver size 8 rocaille beads • superglue

TOOLS • sharp blade • darning needle • baking sheet covered with paper or baking parchment • scissors • memory wire cutters

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TOOLS • sharp blade • darning needle • baking sheet covered with paper or baking parchment • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters

TO CREATE Reduce a length of each of the flower and leaf canes to 13mm in diameter. Form a 22mm ball of black clay for the large bead. Cut 1mm slices from the canes with your blade and follow Steps 2-4 of ‘Using the canes for jewellery making’ on page 48 to decorate and make the large bead. Reduce the lengths of cane further to 10mm diameter and make two smaller 17mm diameter beads in the same way. Make two 5mm black polymer clay balls and pierce each only halfway through for the end beads. Bake the beads at 130°c for 30 minutes or as directed on the packet. When cool, thread the large polymer clay bead onto the centre of the memory wire, followed by a bead cap, a black 8mm round

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flower canes to 6mm thick. Reduce two pieces of the leaf cane to 13mm and 8mm thick respectively. Roll out a sheet of black clay, 3mm thick, and lay this on the tile. Cut a rectangle 85mm long and 20mm wide and remove the scrap clay from around it. The piece will be baked on the tile after decorating to avoid distorting it by moving it.

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• ½ 56g block black polymer clay • 8cm barrette • superglue

TOOLS • sharp blade • ceramic tile or flat ovenproof plate

Cut four 2mm thick slices from the large leaf cane and arrange them in the centre of the rectangle to provide a surround for the flowers. Cut a 2mm slice from the large pink flower cane and press onto the centre of the rectangle, over the leaves. Cut two 2mm slices from the smaller pink flower cane and press one on either side of the large pink flower. Cut six 2mm slices from the smaller leaf cane and press three on

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either side of the pink flowers, staggered to give a natural effect. Cut 1mm slices of the yellow and turquoise flower canes and press these on, partly covering the small leaves and decorating the area on either side of the pink flowers. You can be symmetrical or random as you wish. Press the canes down lightly to make sure they are firmly attached to the clay below, and bake

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TO CREATE Follow the steps on page 49 for making a swirl bead using a 25mm ball of black clay and slices cut from 13mm thick flower and leaf canes. Pierce the bead as shown in Step 6. Follow the instructions on page 48 for making two 20mm round black beads and four 13mm round black beads, all decorated with cane slices. Bake all the beads for 45 minutes on the baking sheet. When the beads are cool, hold them under a gently running tap and sand each one all over with fine wet and dry sandpaper. Dry the beads and buff to a glossy finish with wadding or stiff fabric. Attach one side of the clasp to the end of the bead stringing wire with a crimp. Thread the first few beads over the end of

the whole piece on the tile for 30 minutes at 130°c or according to the instructions on the clay packet. Allow the piece to cool until it is just warm and still flexible, and remove from the tile. Adhere the barrette to the back of the rectangle with superglue, gently bending the rectangle round the curve of the barrette.

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the wire to hide it. Thread on a gold pearl, followed by eight black bugle beads. The following sequence is then repeated twice: black 4mm bead, gold pearl, 13mm polymer clay bead, gold pearl, black 4mm bead, black bugle bead. Now thread on the following: black 4mm bead, gold pearl, black 4mm bead, bead cap, 20mm polymer clay bead, bead cap, black 4mm bead, gold pearl, black 4mm bead. Thread on the large polymer clay lentil bead and then the remaining beads in a mirrored sequence to give a symmetrical necklace. Thread on a

MATERIALS • turquoise polymer clay flower cane • polymer clay leaf cane • 56g block black polymer clay • 50cm length nylon-coated 7-strand bead stringing wire • 4 x gilt-plated bead caps • 16 x black 4mm round glass beads • 14 x gold 6mm round glass pearl beads • 20 x black 9mm long bugle beads • 2 x bead crimps • gilt magnetic clasp

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crimp bead, pass the end of the wire through the second part of the clasp, then take it back through the crimp bead and pull tight. Crimp the crimp bead with

flat-nosed or crimping pliers. Trim the end of the wire to about 20mm and push it back into the first few beads to hide the end.

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Storage4Crafts (www.storage4crafts. co.uk; 0800 048 8606) is offering two lucky readers one of these must-have storage solutions from ArtBin. Sized 15x14x2”, the Super Satchel features eight fixed compartments and 20 adjustable dividers, allowing you to adapt sections for your personal needs.

COUSIN BEAD SETS 6 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £8 EACH These gorgeous bead sets from Cousin include blue crystal metal spacer Trinkettes and Crystazzi bicones. Visit www.docrafts.com to see all the great Cousin products available, or to find stockist details.

GIVEAWAYS Over £700 worth of prizes to be won! CUSTOM-ENGRAVED JEWELLERY TAG SETS 5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH UP TO £84.02 EACH

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These fantastic custom-engraved jewellery tags are available in sterling silver, stainless steel, brass, copper or black from Charm Factory (www.charmfactory.com). Shapes include ovals, rectangles and hearts, and your logo, signature or business name can be engraved to mark your creations. We have 10 charms each for five readers to give away, with each set worth between £37.16 and £84.02, depending on metal choice. You must supply your email address for this giveaway.

TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a POSTCARD, along with the name of the product you want to win and your email address where indicated, to CB&J12 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 17th March 2011.

INDIAN BEADING LOOMS 5 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £21 EACH 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 bracelets, belts, necklaces, earrings, brooches, keyrings and more with the ever-popular seed bead. For stockist details email crafts@stockistenquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581.


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BIRTHSTONES MARCH

AQUAMARINE We continue our series on birthstone jewellery with a closer look at beautiful aquamarine, said to bestow a sense of peace

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Cut a 70cm length of Tigertail wire and thread on seven aquamarine nuggets, alternating with silver beads and starting and ending with a silver bead. Feed both ends of the wire through a single silver bead and draw the beads down centrally onto the wire to form the focal loop. Thread three silver washers onto the two wires together, followed by a silver bead, an aquamarine nugget and another silver bead. Now split the strands and add three aquamarine nuggets to one wire,

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alternating with silver beads and finishing with a crimp to secure (when folding the crimp, ensure that there is a tiny space between it and the aquamarine nugget so that you can fit a crimp cover over the crimp). Repeat on the other side. Leaving a gap of 15mm, add a crimp bead, a nugget and another crimp bead, ensuring again that you leave space to add the crimp covers. Repeat Step 4 to add five nuggets to each side of the necklace. Cover all the crimps using crimp covers, closing them snugly so that the join between the two halves is virtually invisible.

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TOOLS • crimping pliers • side cutters

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Add a crimp bead to one wire, slide on one half of the clasp then thread the wire end back through the crimp bead, creating a small loop. Set the crimp, then snip the excess Tigertail short and add a crimp cover. Repeat the process with the remaining part of the clasp on the other wire.

DID YOU KNOW?

TRADITIONAL AQUAMARINE NECKLACE

• aquamarine small irregular nuggets • silver 2mm beads • silver washers • 7-strand Tigertail beading wire • silver 1mm crimps and crimp covers

In ancient times aquamarine was said to come from the treasure chests of mermaids, and thus became associated with powers to protect sailors whilst at sea. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin words for water and sea


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BIRTHSTONES MARCH ALTERNATIVE FLOWER NECKLACE TO CREATE

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Add three crystals to a headpin, then bend the pin through 90° about 8mm from the end and create a simple loop. Repeat with another two headpins, making them successively shorter and snipping off the excess wire. Snip the head from a single pin and create a simple loop in the end just large enough for all three beaded pins to be attached to it and to dangle freely. Attach the dangles and close the loops securely. Thread your eyepin up through the bead cone and add three seed beads before creating a wrapped loop above the final bead. Don’t wrap the wire too snugly to the final bead,

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to allow the flower stamens to swing freely in the cone. Cut a length of Tigertail about 10cm longer than your required necklace length and temporarily add a crimp close to one end. Thread on your dangle flower, then add three seed beads, alternated with crystals. Thread on seed beads to within 5cm of the wire end (with the flower positioned centrally). Thread on a crimp bead, then pass the wire through the lobster clasp and back through the crimp bead and a few seed beads, forming a small loop. Set the crimp and snip any excess wire. Remove the crimp from the other wire end and repeat the beading on the other side of the necklace, finishing in the same way with a necklace tag.

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For a chunkier look, use two seed beads and a 6mm crystal on each headpin stamen, either on the necklace or to create a pair of earrings as shown

Aquamarine nugget beads are available in 16” strands from www.semipreciousbeads.co.uk Aquamarine Swarovski crystals can be purchased from www.beadsdirect.co.uk and seed beads from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk The silver bead cones, ball and socket clasp and washers used here are available from www.spellboundbead.co.uk

AQUAMARINE BIRTHSTONE FOR... March

SAID TO BESTOW: Peace, intelligence, foresight

ABOUT THE STONE: Aquamarine belongs to the beryl family of gemstones, which also includes emerald. It is very hard, rating 7.5-8.0 on the Mohs scale

(diamond is the hardest at 10). It can vary in colour from the palest, almost colourless, blue to the deepest teal. Many samples are heat-treated to bring out the blue colour, with the palest stones being taken up to about 750°f to develop their intensity. Primary sources for aquamarine are Brazil, Russia and Madagascar. The price varies quite

significantly depending on the colour, quality and cut of the stone so there is something to suit different budgets.

WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE? With the colour range of aquamarine being fairly broad, there are many cheaper alternatives to using genuine stones. Crystals are a great choice if

you are looking for that sparkly faceted look, and can be mixed and matched with other similarly coloured beads to create different styles of jewellery. Here they are combined with seed beads and a pretty silver bead cone to create a delicate flower with stamen detail.

MATERIALS • 15 x Aquamarine 3mm Swarovski crystals • glacier blue-lined crystal size 8 seed beads • silver curved bead cone • silver headpins • 7-strand Tigertail beading wire • silver 1mm crimps • silver lobster clasp and necklace tag

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

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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 THIS ISSUE’S BEADS...

... are a stand-out mix of chunky multi-shaped ceramic and plastic beads in green, purple and silver, along with delicate co-ordinating ribbons and bolder cord. All the items featured were supplied by Beads Direct (www.beadsdirect.co.uk)

LINDSEY SAYS…

LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

These colours are really cool and I love them coupled with silver findings. I’ve never tried making a jewellery piece with ribbon before, but since there was a selection in this Bead Challenge set I decided to start off with a straightforward piece. I didn’t want the earrings to be too heavy because of the ceramic weight, so stuck to a single focal bead for a simple design.

HEART EARRINGS

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • Swarovski crystal bicones • ear wires • headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Feed a bicone, a ceramic bead and a second bicone onto a headpin. Turn the open end of the headpin to form a spiral loop. Attach the loop to the ear wire. Repeat to complete the matching earring.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE Tie a knot 2” from the end of a length of narrow purple ribbon and add a round purple bead. Tie multiple knots on the open side of the bead and add a ceramic rectangle bead. Again, tie multiple knots on the open side of the bead. Continue in this way until you have reached your desired necklace length, leaving another 2” at the end to tie your choker.

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It can be easier to thread beads onto ribbon if you use a needle. Thicker or wider ribbons can be used alongside a wool needle as they give you a larger eye to feed through

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix

TOOLS • scissors • needle (optional)

FOCAL NECKLACE TO CREATE Feed a spacer bead and a ceramic heart bead onto three ball headpins. Turn the end of each headpin and attach it to a jump ring. Position these three dangles evenly in the centre of your chain. Feed a bicone and a purple round bead onto two ball headpins. Twist the end of the pins to give almost a double loop above the beads. Attach to jump rings and add to the chain between the heart bead dangles.

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You can warm up cooler colours with an additional warmer accent colour that still co-ordinates. The pale turquoise of the ceramic beads is raised a few degrees by the metallic purple finish on the purple rounds

• Bead Challenge mix • Swarovski crystal bicones • spacer beads • silver ball headpins • silver textured chain • silver jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

CLAIRE HUMPHERSON DESIGNER

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk; 01509 218028

ABOUT CLAIRE… Claire has designed for Beads Direct for five years, and during this time has developed many jewellery-making skills. She has designed and made jewellery for a range of publications, taught classes and is currently demonstrating jewellery making on Beads Direct TV. She loves to experiment with different beads and findings to make fashionable and wearable jewellery.

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CLAIRE SAYS… These colours and beads were quite a step into the unknown for me as they are not something I would usually choose. I loved the way they went together and challenged myself to make some chunky jewellery pieces.

SUSPENDED HEARTS NECKLACE TO CREATE Wind some sticky tape tightly around one end of the green cord, creating a more

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solid end to pass through your beads. Make sure the taped end is long enough and tight enough to pass easily through the beads. Using the taped end like a needle, thread on five green diamond ceramic beads alternated with four purple acrylic round beads. Bring the beads to the centre of the cord and tie a knot either side to keep them in place. Tie the thin purple ribbon to one side of the necklace, between the beads and the knot in the green cord. Leave

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approximately 5cm on the end, and take the ribbon along the necklace, running it flat across each bead and knotting it round the cord between them. Leave 5cm at the other end before trimming. Add a purple round bead to each end of the ribbon and knot to secure the beads. Thread a small pearl, a ceramic purple heart and another small pearl onto a headpin. Attach to the ribbon as it drapes around one of the acrylic beads, and

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create a wrapped loop. Repeat Step 4 until you have suspended a ceramic heart under each acrylic bead. Finally, remove the sticky tape end, cut the cord to your desired length and use bend-style cord ends to attach a clasp.

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Bead Challenge mix Powder Rose pearls silver cord ends silver clasp silver headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters


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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE Cut a piece of wire approximately 10cm long and crimp one end. Add a crimp cover to hide the crimp bead. Thread on a small pearl, a purple ceramic heart, another pearl, a light green heart, a pearl, a purple heart and a final pearl. Add another crimp bead and attach to a three-link length of chain.

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HEART CASCADE EARRINGS Open up the loop of the ear wire, attach to the top link of the chain and close. Repeat to create the second earring.

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Bead Challenge mix Powder Rose pearls silver ear wires silver diamond-link chain • silver beading wire • silver crimps and crimp covers

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

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Bead Challenge mix brown aluminium wire brown copper wire cord ends clasp

TWISTED WIRE NECKLACE

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Thread a mixture of ceramic and acrylic beads onto approximately 1m of aluminium wire. Create a loop at one end using round-nosed pliers. Using your hands, position your first bead and wrap and twist the wire around it. The wire is really easy to bend so you don’t need any tools. If you wish, make a few wire twists, then add another bead. Keep working in this way until you have added all your desired beads.

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As you are twisting the wire as you choose, everyone’s version of this necklace will look different. When you are happy with the wire section, make a loop at the other end and snip off any excess.

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copper wire. Position the heart in the centre of a silver coin bead and pass each end of the wire through both the coin and the heart to make the pendant. Use the copper wire to attach the pendant

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centrally to the aluminium wire necklace. Twist and wrap it on to make sure it is secure. Tie a ribbon bow above the pendant using sheer green ribbon to complete the necklace.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

ALL HEARTS NECKLACE

CLARE WILMORE DESIGNER

ABOUT CLARE… Clare works full-time but has a passion for jewellery making as a hobby. Having tried and enjoyed a range of crafts, she was bitten by the beading bug last year and has already held two successful sales because, she says, she has “made more jewellery than she can physically wear”!

TO CREATE Secure the end of the wire and ribbon together using a bulldog clip or similar. Thread beads onto the wire, using the cerise spacer beads between them, in the following sequence: green ceramic heart, small purple round bead, purple ceramic heart, small purple round bead. When you reach the halfway point, where the pendant will sit, use two spacer beads and reverse the direction so that all the heart beads are positioned symmetrically with their points facing down towards the pendant. Feed 4mm purple ribbon loosely through every other bead using a needle. Make a ribbon accent by folding over a length of wider purple ribbon into three

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loops of decreasing size. Sew through the width of all the loops to secure them and cut off the excess ribbon. Feed the looped ribbon onto the end of the wire using a needle, sandwiching it between two pink spacers. Add a large purple round bead and tie the end of the 4mm purple ribbon around the wire above it. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 on the other side, ensuring the ribbon loops are loose enough around the necklace. Secure the knots with Hypo Cement. Add beads caps, spacers and calottes and the clasp components to the ends of the wire.

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To make the pendant, thread the small plastic heart and silver coin bead onto a long eyepin, turn a loop in the pin and use a jump ring to attach it between the two cerise spacers at the centre point of the necklace. Thread a 1mm silver bead, a cerise spacer and another 1mm silver bead onto a headpin and create a loop to attach it below the plastic heart.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • 2 x silver 1mm spacer (round crimp) beads • 37 x cerise small faceted plastic spacer beads • beading wire • 2 x calottes • clasp • 2 x jump rings • headpin • extra long eyepin or altered headpin • pink small plastic pearlised heart bead • sewing cotton • 2 x end cones • GS Hypo Cement glue

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • scissors • sewing needle


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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS • • • • •

Bead Challenge mix clasp 2 x calottes beading wire 26 x green faceted plastic spacer beads • 8 x green 7mm round faceted plastic beads • GS Hypo Cement glue

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

GREEN LADDER NECKLACE TO CREATE Working with the wire direct from the reel (you will probably need a good 1.5m), thread on the beads to form one half of the necklace, in the pattern shown in the main picture. Separate all the chunky beads with green plastic spacers.

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Make the focal point by threading on a green spacer, a 7mm round bead and another spacer, then feeding the wire through a green ceramic rectangle. Add a spacer, a 7mm round bead and a spacer, then pass the wire in the opposite direction through another rectangle bead. Add the same small beads to cover the wire and pass the end through both rectangle beads (and the small side beads) a second time. Repeat to connect to the lowest bead, then feed the wire back up through the middle and top beads again in the opposite direction to before, passing through all the small beads at the sides. The wire should pass through the top bead of the ladder for the third time and emerge

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on the far side. Thread on beads in a mirror image of the first side to give a symmetrical

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design, and knot or cut the wire as desired. Add the clasp using calottes. Tie a piece

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of sheer green ribbon in a bow beneath the twisted oval bead on each side to finish.

PURPLE BERRY BRACELET

• Bead Challenge mix • 6 x lilac plastic flower beads • 6 x green plastic faceted beads • elastic • 6 x headpins • 6 x 5mm jump rings • 6 x 8mm jump rings • GS Hypo Cement glue

TOOLS

TOP TIP

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

TO CREATE Cut two 0.5m lengths of elastic and clip them together at one end. Thread on the silver twisted oval bead followed by four large purple round beads alternated with three ceramic beads. Knot and finish the ends of the elastic. Apply glue to the knot to secure. Place a small green faceted bead onto

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a headpin, followed by a small purple round bead and a downwardfacing flower to form a cap. Cut off the top of the headpin to about 1cm and used round-nosed pliers to form a loop, attaching

a 5mm jump ring before closing. Repeat another five times. Use 8mm jump rings to attach the dangles to the bracelet by fixing them around the elastic between the round and ceramic beads.

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WHERE TO BUY Bead caps, findings and GS Hypo Cement are available from www.jillybeads.com The additional spacer beads used here are part of the Elements set produced by The Beadery (www.thebeadery.com) and stocked by Hobbycraft (www.hobbycraft.co.uk)

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BLUE BEADALON BEAD STRINGING WIRE Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: £2.99

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MIXED METAL JEWELLERY BREAKING THE RULES!

REACHFOR Mixing up metals, finding new uses for old favourites and celebrating all things asymmetric, the ladies of Shiney Company encourage everyone to try something different in 2011 top and think for a moment about your own design style. It is very easy to get stuck in a trap, churning out the same colour schemes and repeating the same ‘safe’ designs you always have. In some ways, it can be comforting (and easy), in others rather dull. At the start of a new year, we recommend taking stock, letting go of old habits and following in our footsteps to see what new and inspired designs you can create. You don’t have to be a technical wizard to design something unique. A little inspiration from the heavens set us in the mood to create this divine necklace, bracelet and earrings! We wanted to demonstrate that with a few simple techniques you can let the beads and findings tell the story. You don’t have to spend a fortune on materials, or be a goddess with a soldering iron, to make something fit for the catwalk. Just allow yourself to take a chance on combinations you may not have tried before, and don’t follow the rules. Let us give you some examples: • Mix up the metals. Try using bright silver with antique silver, combine gold and silver, try black with copper – or use a selection of all of these as we have in our Celestial Charm collection here.

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• Find other uses for things. A ring doesn’t have to be a link – try threading several links onto lengths of chain, as though you were stringing beads, to create a totally different look. • Forget symmetry. The need to have everything measured and equal can stifle our creativity. Go for odd lengths and asymmetrical designs – it won’t hurt, honest! Our Celestial Charm designs are packed with style and individuality. We’ve mixed up the metals, used rings as beads, ditched the symmetry and thrown in some Swarovski Elements to add a bit of glamour and sparkle. All you need is a few essential tools and some basic techniques, all outlined in the glossary on page 90. Break free and you’ll be amazed at what you can create!


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MIXED METAL JEWELLERY BREAKING THE RULES! DIVINE NECKLACE TO CREATE Thread the pearls and the Galactic bead individually onto headpins and turn a neat wrapped loop in each pin. Set aside. Cut a five-link section of the silver rope chain and open one end link, using flatnosed and chain-nosed pliers in a twisting motion. Cut 18cm lengths of antique silver and antique brass curb chain and hook one end link of each onto the open rope chain link. Reverse the twisting motion to close. Open an individual link of the silver rope chain and attach it to the other end of the lengths of curb chain. Before closing the link, attach it to a Golden Shadow Twist Sew-on Stone. Close the link carefully, taking care not to slip and damage the crystal. Use more individual links to attach a Copper Twist stone to the Golden Shadow stone, then another Copper stone to that, followed by a final Golden Shadow stone. Attach a three-link section of the rope chain to the last stone and thread on five silver acrylic rings over the chain, then attach the other end to a final Copper Twist stone.

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of antique brass belcher chain. Add a 5mm jump ring to the other end of the chain and thread on three silver acrylic links over the chain before attaching it to the penultimate link of the silver rope chain (next to the link with the 12mm pearl). Open the fifth link from the end of the rope chain and hook on the acrylic ring nearest to the Galactic bead. Before you close the link, attach the 8mm Copper pearl using a 5mm jump ring. Attach the 10mm Light Grey pearl

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with a jump ring to the three-link section of rope chain, on the link closest to the Golden Shadow stone. Attach an 8mm jump ring to the star pendant and to the end link of a 2.5cm section of antique silver belcher chain. Attach a 5mm jump ring to the other end of the chain and connect to the silver rope link between the two Copper stones. Attach a 5mm jump ring to the moon pendant and a 2cm length of antique silver belcher chain. Add another 5mm jump ring to the other end of the chain and connect to the link between the Copper stone and the first Golden Shadow stone. Attach the 8mm antique brass pearl with a 5mm jump ring

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MATERIALS • 2 x Golden Shadow 18mm Swarovski Elements Twist Sew-on Stones (3221) • 3 x Crystal Copper 18mm Swarovski Elements Twist Sew-on Stones (3221) • Golden Shadow 11x19mm Swarovski Elements Galactic bead (5556) • Golden Shadow 20mm Swarovski Elements Star pendant (6714) • Silver Shade 20mm Swarovski Elements Moon pendant (6722) • Antique Brass 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl (5810) • Light Grey 10mm Swarovski Elements pearl (5810) • Antique Brass 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl (5810)

• Copper 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl (5810) • silver-plated 13x7mm rope-effect chain • antique brass 7x4mm curb chain • antique silver 7x4mm curb chain • antique brass 6x4mm belcher chain • antique silver 6x4mm belcher chain • 5 x antique metal 50mm headpins • 8 x antique metal 5mm jump rings • antique metal 8mm jump ring • black oxide large oval clasp with oval jump rings • 8 x silver 15mm acrylic patterned links

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

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MIXED METAL JEWELLERY BREAKING THE RULES! Use an individual rope chain link to connect the other side of the Golden Shadow stone to five-link lengths of antique brass and antique silver curb chain. Use a second rope link to attach the other end of the curb chain lengths to a Copper stone. Attach a third link to the other side of the Copper stone and to two more fivelink lengths of curb

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chain as before. Thread four acrylic links over the two pieces of chain and attach another individual rope link to the chain ends and to a Golden Shadow stone. Attach a final two five-link lengths of curb chain to the other side of the Golden Shadow stone using a rope link, then add another link to the other end of the chains and attach to the jump ring on the oval clasp to complete.

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MATERIALS • Golden Shadow 20mm Swarovski Elements Star pendant (6714) • Silver Shade 20mm Swarovski Elements Moon pendant (6722) • silver-plated 13x7mm rope-effect chain • 7 x silver 15mm acrylic patterned links • Antique Brass 8mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • Light Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • Copper 10mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • 3 x antique metal 50mm headpins • 3 x antique metal 5mm jump rings • 2 x antique metal 8mm jump rings • antique metal fish-hook ear wires

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

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Thread a headpin through the Crystal Copper Cubist bead and turn a neat wrapped loop. Attach it to one end of a four-link piece of belcher chain with a 5mm jump ring. Attach another 5mm jump ring to the other end of the

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CELESTIAL EARRINGS TO CREATE To make the first earring, thread all the pearls individually onto headpins and turn a neat wrapped loop in each pin. Use an 8mm jump ring to attach the moon pendant to one end of a four-link length of silver rope chain. Attach a jump ring to the 8mm Antique Brass pearl and connect it to the second link of the rope chain. Thread an acrylic link over the chain. Add a jump ring to the 10mm Copper pearl and attach it to the third link of the rope chain, then thread another acrylic link over the chain. Attach a jump ring to the 8mm Light Grey

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These earrings have been designed to be worn odd – one long one and one short one. However, you can always make a pair of either style if you prefer something a little more traditional

pearl and connect it to the fourth link of the rope chain. Thread three acrylic links over the chain. Open the fourth link of the chain and attach another acrylic link and the ear wire. Close the link securely. To make the second earring, thread the star pendant and an acrylic link onto an 8mm jump ring and attach it to the ear wire before closing securely.

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• 2 x Golden Shadow 18mm Swarovski Elements Sew-on Stones (3221) • Crystal Copper 18mm Swarovski Elements Sew-on Stones (3221) • Crystal Copper 12x8mm Swarovski Elements Cubist bead (5203) • 4 x silver 15mm acrylic patterned links • silver-plated 13x7mm rope-effect chain

• antique brass 7x4mm curb chain • antique silver 7x4mm curb chain • antique brass 6x4mm belcher chain • 2 x antique metal 5mm jump rings • copper large oval clasp with jump rings

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


CBJ12 pp68-71 Shiney Co_CBJ 01/02/2011 09:43 Page 71

MIXED METAL JEWELLERY BREAKING THE RULES! ORBITAL NECKLACE

TO CREATE Cut a 42cm and a 51cm length of silver rope chain and attach the end of each to the jump rings on the copper clasp. The clasp should sit at the front and to one side so that it is visible. Thread the Galactic bead and the pearls individually onto headpins and make a wrapped loop in each pin. Attach 8mm jump rings to the moon and star pendants. Decorate the chains by attaching the pearls and crystals in the order of your choice, using 5mm jump rings. Add an acrylic link to the larger pearls before attaching them to the chain link.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from the Shiney Company stores at: 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP; 01225 332 506 4.11-4.12 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH; 0117 300 9800 27 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ; 01453 753609 or online at www.shineyrocks.co.uk

• silver-plated 13x7mm rope-effect chain • copper large oval clasp with jump rings • Silver Shade 11x19mm Swarovski Elements Galactic bead (5556) • Silver Shade 20mm Swarovski Elements Moon pendant (6722) • Golden Shadow 20mm Swarovski Elements Star pendant (6714) • 4 x Copper 12mm Swarovski Elements Pearls (5810) • Antique Brass 12mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • 4 x Light Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements

Pearls (5810) • Antique Brass 8mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • Copper 10mm Swarovski Elements Pearl (5810) • 6 x silver 15mm acrylic patterned links • 12 x antique metal 50mm headpins • 12 x antique metal 5mm jump rings • 2 x antique metal 8mm jump rings

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

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CBJ12 pp74-75 Sandstones_Beading 01/02/2011 09:49 Page 74

SANDSTONES

SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

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

DANCING on ice These acrylic nugget beads have a wonderful glacial quality that combines perfectly with ice blue and metallic beads and components for gorgeous wear-anywhere chunky pieces GLACIAL GLAMOUR NECKLACE

TO CREATE Take the six closed ellipses and, using headpins, wire-wrap four randomly selected Czech glass beads onto each of them. Put to one side. Cut a 12cm length of Beadalon wire and make a wrapped loop at one end with round-nosed pliers. Thread on a Czech bead, the extra large crystal acrylic nugget bead and another Czech bead, and make a wrapped loop at the other end (Station 1). This is the mid-point of the necklace. Cut an 11cm length of Beadalon wire and make a wrapped loop at one end, linking it through one of the loops on Station 1 before closing. Thread on a large Czech glass bead and a small Czech glass bead and make a wrapped loop,

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incorporating one of the small ellipses completed in Step 1. Cut an 11cm length of Beadalon and make a wire-wrapped loop, linking it through the loop on the other side of Station 1 before closing. Thread on a Czech glass bead and a medium crystal matte acrylic nugget bead. Make a wrapped loop, incorporating another of the small ellipses completed in Step 1. Now extend your necklace outward, using a combination of the acrylic/metallic nuggets and Czech beads wire-wrapped onto 20g wire to join to the large ellipses. Repeat to connect to the final small ellipses.

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This design is a great way of using up bead oddments – mix different colours, sizes and textures together to create different looks. Smaller beads and smaller loops give a more delicate necklace

• 2 x silver-plated large (47x27mm) closed ellipses • 4 x silver-plated small (27x17mm) closed ellipses • crystal extra large acrylic nugget bead • 2 x crystal matte large acrylic nugget beads • 2 x silver large metallic nugget beads • crystal medium crystal acrylic nugget bead • 2 x crystal matte medium acrylic nugget beads • 50g mixed pack of Czech pressed glass beads • silver-plated Beadalon 20g round wire • 25 x silver-plated headpins • silver-plated 6mm jump ring • silver-plated large lobster clasp • silver-plated chain

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


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TO CREATE Cut an 8cm length of Beadalon wire and make a wrapped loop at one end. Thread on a Tibetan heart and a small Czech bead and make another wrapped loop to finish the charm. Thread beads onto a 33cm length of elastic cord, alternating Czech beads with small and then large nuggets all the way round, and finishing

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with a Czech bead. Now tie a knot in the elastic cord – a reef knot is ideal. It is essentially like tying a shoelace; take left over right for the first part of the knot, then pass right over left for the second part. Pull tight and repeat if you want to. Stretch out the beads with your fingers so

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Open a 6mm jump ring with pliers, thread on the heart charm, and attach to the bracelet where the knot is situated by closing the jump ring.

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ICY TOUCH EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut a 7cm length of Beadalon and create a wrapped loop at one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread on an acrylic nugget and make a wrapped loop at the other end. Trim any excess wire with cutters. Thread a flat rectangle Czech glass bead onto a headpin and attach to the bottom of the acrylic nugget loop with a wrapped loop. Make four wirewrapped Czech glass dangles on headpins. Open a 6mm jump ring with flat-nosed

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TOOLS • round-nosed, needle-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors

MATERIALS • 2 x crystal small acrylic nugget beads • 10 x mixed Czech pressed glass beads • silver-plated Beadalon 20g round wire • 10 x silver-plated headpins • 2 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • silver-plated ear wires

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

pliers and thread on two of these dangles, then the top loop of the acrylic nugget, the remaining two dangles and the loop on the bottom of the ear wire. Close the jump ring. Repeat Steps 1-5 to complete the second earring.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer Each reader featured wins a jewellery kit 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

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

BY ALISON BICKELL FROM DEVON MATERIALS • red, green and blue 2mm aluminium wire • silver-plated 0.8mm tarnish-resistant wire

GREAT BRITAIN CORSAGE PINS BY WENDY EDWARDS FROM BIRMINGHAM MATERIALS • red, white, blue and spotted felt • red and white seed beads • transparent yellow and transparent red beads

MOSAIC TWO-PIECE BY RUTH ANNETT FROM CO DOWN MATERIALS • mosaic dyed turquoise coin beads • crazed agate • purple glass beads

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

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THE BEAD CABIN

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GLENDA COATES DESIGNER

ABOUT GLENDA… Glenda has always been creative with a love of crafting. Prior to beginning beading, her hobby mainly consisted of all types of embroidery – then, at a knitting and stitching show, she purchased a beading kit and was hooked! “When I look back at my embroideries now,” she says, “it’s interesting to see that I included beads on all of them!” Whilst visiting a bead shop on holiday in Dorset, Glenda was grumbling to the owner about the lack of such shops in her area.The response was “Open your own then” and the rest, as they say, is history. Glenda now runs The Bead Cabin in Scunthorpe, where she specialises in bead stitching and weaving, and runs regular workshops as well as selling a fabulous array of beads, tools, findings and other beading treasure.

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This clever beaded bracelet is stitched flat before being twisted around memory wire to really bring it to life. Try it in these zingy spring colours with contrasting drops, or in shades of blue, purple or dusky pink for a subtler look

MATERIALS • 10g Matsuno size 6 seed beads • 10g Matsuno size 11 seed beads • 10g Miyuki drop mix • 2 x larger beads • Nymo beading thread • memory wire

TOOLS • needle • memory wire cutters • brush-on glue

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with the loop to the left of the core (Fig 3). Pick up four size 11 seed beads, one drop bead in another colour, and another four size 11 beads (Fig 4). Allow these beads to run down to your work, then take the needle up through the top two size 6 beads to create a second loop (Fig 5). Ensure this loop lies to the right of the core (Fig 6). Pick up a size 6 seed bead, four size 11 seed beads, a drop bead and another four size 11 beads, and allow these to run down to your work

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(Fig 7). Take the needle up through the top two size 6 core beads, plus the size 6 bead you have just picked up (Fig 8). Pull through to form a loop, ensuring this one lies to the left of the core beads but on top of the previous left-hand loop (Fig 9). Pick up beads as in Step 5 (Fig 10). Take the needle up through the top two size 6 core beads. Pull through to create a loop and ensure this lies to the right of the core beads but on top of the previous right-hand loop. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 until your work is

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the desired length. It is important to keep the loops to the left and right of the core beads. Feed the size 6 core beads onto a loop of memory wire. Trim the wire if necessary using memory wire cutters or heavy-duty pliers, then brush glue onto each end and slide on your chosen end beads. Now for the exciting bit! Beginnning at one end of your bracelet, start to twist the whole work around the wire – this will cause the

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MANI LINDENTHAL DESIGNER

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ABOUT MANI‌ Jewellery designer and teacher Mani Lindenthal has been designing and making jewellery for more than 30 years. She grew up in the vibrant and artistic city of Berlin, and the continental influence can be seen in much of her work. A keen traveller, Mani still draws inspiration from all over the world, including India, the Venice Carnival, the Mediterranean and the American Deep South. A trained scientist, she relocated to the UK 23 years ago. Mani teaches jewellery making at several institutions, including Local Authority colleges and at Spoilt Rotten Beads. She is also a guest designer for Spoilt Rotten Beads, one of the UK’s largest bead and jewellery-making supply shops. Her designs have been featured in many national magazines, and she has been the chosen tiara and crown supplier for the Miss Commonwealth beauty pageant!

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MATERIALS • silver-plated 0.4mm non-tarnish wire • Lilacs Bead Soup • cracked agate flower bead • brooch back

TOOLS • Coiling Gizmo • side cutters • chain-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Begin by making a 27cm spiral, using silver-plated 0.4mm wire on the Coiling Gizmo, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut this spiral into five 2cm lengths and five 3cm lengths (see Fig 1, below). You will now have 10 separate lengths of spiral wire. Now cut a 30cm length of 0.4mm wire and thread on the pieces of spiral wire from Step 1, alternating

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between the longer and shorter lengths and twisting the guide wire between each piece to create the petals of the flower (Fig 2). Cut a 60cm length of 0.4mm wire and attach it to the Coiling Gizmo. Thread the Bead Soup in random order onto the wire and

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wrap the wire around the Gizmo to create a beaded spiral (Fig 3). Remove from the Gizmo and set aside. Create the wire bead rosette by making a spiral on the Coiling Gizmo, then stretching it out so it is loose (Fig 4). Use chain-nosed pliers to

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coil the spiral wire freehand around the nose of the pliers, back and forth until you have formed a rosette (Fig 5). Make a loop in the end of the wire and tuck it into the bead. Now assemble the piece by attaching the agate flower to the petal cluster using a

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short length of 0.4mm wire – thread the wire through the bead and wrap it around the petal cluster to secure. Attach the beaded wire in the same way and wrap it around the agate flower. Finally add the rosette to the end of the wire (Fig 6) and position it on top of the flower – secure this by wrapping the wire around the back of the piece. Use 0.4mm wire to attach the piece securely to a brooch back (Fig 7).

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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS

COILED WIRE FLOWER EARRINGS

TO CREATE

MATERIALS • silver-plated 0.4mm non-tarnish wire • 2 x agate flower beads • Lilacs Bead Soup • silver-plated ear wires

TOOLS • Coiling Gizmo • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

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Make a wire spiral bead 3cm long using the Coiling Gizmo and 0.4mm silver-plated wire. Follow Step 4 for the brooch on page 81 to make a wire bead rosette. Cut a 20cm length of 0.4mm wire and

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thread the wire spiral bead onto this. Twist to create a loop. Thread the agate flower onto the wire, then take one end and add a glass bead from the Bead Soup mix before bending the wire back on itself and twisting.

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Take the wire over the front of the agate flower, threading on the wire bead rosette as you go. Finally, add more glass beads from the Bead Soup onto the wire and twist into a cluster at the top of the flower. Tuck the

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ends of the wire inside this cluster and snip off any excess. Thread the finished earring onto an ear wire. Repeat for the other earring.

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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS

TO CREATE Make one 3cm and two 1cm spiral beads using the Coiling Gizmo and 0.4mm silver-plated wire. Follow Step 4 for the brooch on page 81 to make a wire bead rosette using 0.4mm wire.

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Thread the 3cm spiral bead onto a length of 0.4mm wire, bend it round to form a loop and thread on a glass bead from the Bead Soup mix. Now thread on one of the 1cm wire spiral beads and create a neat loop using roundnosed pliers. Trim off any

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excess wire and set aside. Cut a 10cm length of 0.6mm wire and create a spiral using the Coiling Gizmo approximately 3cm from one end. Thread on the silver decorative heart bead and make a loop above the bead, attaching

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this to the loop you created in Step 3. Create another loop on the remaining end of the 0.6mm wire and trim off any excess. Attach the agate heart to this loop using a 10cm length of 0.4mm wire – thread on the remaining 1cm

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long wire spiral bead and create a loop. Twist the wires together and thread both ends through the heart and back up over the top of the heart, adding the wire bead rosette. Wrap the remaining wire back around itself to secure.

MATERIALS • silver-plated 0.4mm non-tarnish wire • silver-plated 0.6mm non-tarnish wire • agate heart bead • Lilacs Bead Soup • silver-plated decorative heart bead • amethyst satin necklace cord

COILED WIRE HEART PENDANT

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

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here, including the Coiling Gizmo priced at £6.50, are available from www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk; 01353 749853

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BEADS UNLIMITED

silver

CASCADES Some simple wirework with a pair of pliers creates a beautiful, unusual shape to this necklace, set off by a glittering waterfall of blue crystals

GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER

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

MATERIALS

TO CREATE Cut two 22cm lengths of chain and attach a jump ring to one end of each length. Add a trigger clasp to one of the jump rings. Cut a 30cm length of wire and, using the tip of a pair of craft pliers, curl the end into a loop. Pass this through the end link of one length of chain before closing. Use the tip of the pliers to make a row

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of curves in the wire, as shown in Fig 1, below. Each loop should be approximately 0.5cm, with a total of 16 loops on one edge and 17 loops on the other. Trim the wire 1cm from the last loop. Use the tip of the pliers to make a loop the same shape as the first, incorporating the end link of the second length of chain before squeezing it closed.

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Lay your beads out as shown in Fig 2 on a bead mat to speed up the process. Referring to the pattern, thread 23 beads individually onto eyepins, and cut the pin 1cm above the bead for the 12 short sections (shown in black) and 2cm above the bead for

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• 5 x Aquamarine 4mm Swarovski round crystals • 12 x Sapphire 4mm Swarovski round crystals • 14 x Aquamarine 6mm Swarovski round crystals • 9 x Sapphire 6mm Swarovski round crystals • silver-plated light chain • silver-plated 0.8mm wire • 17 x silver-plated headpins • 17 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • silver-plated trigger clasp

the 11 longer sections (shown in white). Bend the pins into loops. Now thread the end beads for each TOOLS section individually onto • craft multi-pliers headpins, trimming 15 • bead mat pins (shown in red) 1cm above the bead and two beaded headpins and pins (shown in green) eyepins to jump rings 2cm above the bead. on the wire section to Turn loops in the pins. Attach a 5mm jump finish your necklace. ring to each loop of the wire, except for the end loops (you All the materials used here join these pins are available from straight to the www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; loops). Attach the 01273 740777

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CBJ12 pp86-87 Bojangle beads_Beading 01/02/2011 09:38 Page 86

BOJANGLE BEADS

KATY WIDDOWSON DESIGNER

RIBBON & TASSEL LARIAT

rose CREAMS Mix seed bead tassels with chain, crystals and ribbon for a fresh, feminine look packed with detail and texture

MATERIALS • ribbon • 2 x large cord ends • 2 x green large-hole beads of your choice • 8 x mint green opal 6x4mm crystal rondelles • 8 x pink opal 6x4mm crystal rondelles • Marbled Rose size 8 Toho seed beads • 2mm crimp beads • silver Tigertail beading wire • silver oval-link chain • silver 9mm jump rings • silver eyepins

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

TO CREATE

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covering the cord end – the 9mm jump ring should prevent it slipping off the end. Create small charms using pink opal crystals threaded individually onto eyepins. Hang one from the bottom link of each length of chain. Create the beaded tassels by cutting a piece of Tigertail approximately 20cm long and pushing this through the 9mm jump ring at each end. Fold the Tigertail in half and

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push a crimp bead all the way up to the 9mm jump ring. Crush with a pair of flat-nosed pliers. Thread seed beads onto each strand of Tigertail to the length you would like the tassels to be. Finish with a mint opal crystal rondelle, then add and crush a crimp bead. Repeat so you end up with four beaded strands. Repeat Steps 2-6 at the other end of the ribbon.

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Squash each end of a 1.5m length of ribbon into a cord end, flattening both. Place a large-hole bead on each end of the ribbon – this will eventually cover the cord end to give a nice finish. Cut four varying lengths of chain and attach them all to a 9mm jump ring. Thread the ring through the loop on one cord end before closing securely. Allow the large-hole bead to slip down,

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BOJANGLE BEADS MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • •

silver spiral pendant silver oval-link chain silver small swirl pin 4 x mint green opal 6x4mm crystal rondelles 3 x pink opal 6x4mm crystal rondelles Marbled Rose size 8 Toho seed beads crimp beads ribbon silver eyepins silver 7mm jump ring

SPIRAL BROOCH

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

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TO CREATE Cut three pieces of chain of varying lengths and open an end link of each to attach them to the bottom of the spiral pendant.

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Add a charm to the bottom of each piece of chain, made by threading pink opal crystals individually onto eyepins. Create seed bead tassels as you did for the lariat opposite, adding two pieces of Tigertail so you end up with four strands of seed beads, each finished with a mint green crystal. Attach the swirl pin brooch to the top of the spiral pendant, using the 7mm jump ring to secure it. Cut a 15cm piece of ribbon and tie it in a knot around all of the tassels at the top to finish off nicely. Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to help prevent fraying.

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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

MATERIALS • silver oval-link chain • 6 x mint green 6x4mm crystal rondelles • 4 x pink opal 6x4mm crystal rondelles • Marbled Rose size 8 Toho seed beads • silver Tigertail beading wire

Place one mint green crystal onto an eyepin and slip a cone end on top. Curl the eyepin down with round-nosed pliers until it spirals right to the top of the cone end. Add an ear wire through the spiral loop you have just created. Cut two pieces of chain of varying lengths and attach them to the bottom of the eyepin. Attach pink opal crystal charms to the end links as with the lariat and brooch. Create seed bead tassels as with the

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crimp beads 2 x silver cone ends 2 x silver ear wires silver eyepins

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

lariat and brooch, this time only adding one piece of Tigertail so you have two beaded strands. Repeat Steps 1-3 to complete the matching earring.

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DANGLE EARRINGS

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CBJ12 pp89 World of beads_Beading 01/02/2011 09:58 Page 89

WORLD OF BEADS

MICHELE DOBSON DESIGNER

GREENlight This striking design uses simple suede, a focal ring and co-ordinating crystals to set off beautiful lampwork beads to perfection

ABOUT MICHELE… Michele Dobson is a partner in World of Beads in Winchester. Along with her partner, Simon, she creates unique one-off pieces, many using lampwork glass beads that Simon makes himself. When designing jewellery items, Michele draws on her time living in the Caribbean for inspiration, especially the bright, vibrant colours that surround every aspect of life on the islands. As well as designing and making jewellery for World of Beads, Michele is happy to offer a bespoke jewellery-making service, working with her clients to ensure that their individual needs are catered for.

MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • •

TO CREATE Cut a 25cm length of 0.6mm wire. Using round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers, make a small twisted loop at one end. Thread on an Olivine 4mm crystal, the smaller of the two green lampwork beads, the 6mm Swarovski crystal, the larger lampwork bead, and finally another Olivine crystal. Make another twisted loop at the end of the beads to secure them onto the wire and form the main

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body of the pendant. Create three dangles by threading the remaining 4mm crystals onto headpins – two with a random mix of three crystals and the last one with four crystals. Attach the three dangles to the bottom of the pendant, using the 4mm jump ring. Attach the 6mm jump ring to the other end of the pendant, and add the twisted ring. Thread the faux suede through the

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twisted ring, and add the silver-plated rondelle bead to secure it by cutting the ends of the suede into points and threading both through the bead. Slide the bead down until it sits just above the twisted ring. The pendant can then be simply tied with a knot, or a black lampwork spacer can be attached in the same way as the silver-plated rondelle to act as a slider catch, allowing you to adjust the length at which the pendant can be worn.

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silver-plated 0.6mm wire silver-plated 6mm jump ring silver-plated 4mm jump ring silver-plated 16mm twisted closed ring 3 x silver-plated 50mm headpins Crystal AB 6mm Swarovski crystal 4 x Crystal AB 4mm Swarovski crystals 8 x Olivine 4mm Swarovski crystals transparent lime green 7x10mm lampwork spacer bead lime spotted 10x15mm lampwork bead silver-plated 6mm rondelle with 3mm hole black 6x8mm lampwork spacer bead with 3mm hole (optional) black faux suede

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

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from World of Beads, 1 Stonemasons Court, Parchment Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8AT; www.worldofbeads.co.uk; 01962 861255 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES

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TECHNIQUES

Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects

OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS

Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers – either two pairs of flat-nosed, or one flat-nosed and one

To open the jump ring, bring one pair 2 of pliers towards you, opening the jump ring like a door rather than pulling

round-nosed pair.

it apart.

Slide your component onto the ring, 3 then reverse the action of your pliers to bring the ends neatly back together.

FORMING A PLAIN LOOP This is the simplest way of creating a loop on a headpin, eyepin or a length of wire, ready for connecting to other components.

Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 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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USING CRIMPING PLIERS

Position the crimp bead in the ridged 1 section of your pliers and squeeze to curl the crimp.

Position the crimp bead back in the 2 oval section of your pliers, ensuring it is sitting vertically, then squeeze gently to compress the crimp to a smooth, rounded shape.

FINISHING ENDS 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.

Simply thread a calotte onto your stringing material, tie a knot or fix a crimp at the end, then slide the calotte back up to the end and close the two halves for perfect concealment.

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GLOSSARY FINDINGS

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FINDINGS

From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials... ‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of finishes; bronze and copper findings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are specifically looking for hypo-allergenic findings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour finishes.

CLASPS Used to join the ends of a bracelet or necklace together, either manually or magnetically, clasps are available in a variety of designs. They can be simple wire components or highly decorative pieces that can be an integral part of jewellery design.

EYEPINS Instead of having a flat or decorative head, eyepins have a looped ‘eye’ that enables other components to be attached directly to them.

JUMP RINGS These are simple wire loops that are used to connect different components. Standard jump rings can be opened and closed, and you can purchase jump rings that are soldered closed when added security is required.

THREAD Thread encompasses many different materials, both manmade and of natural origin, and should be chosen according to the beads in your design. Silk is perfect for threading pearls and semi-precious stones, while nylon is more suited to glass beads. You need to be able to tie a knot in the thread that is large enough to stop the beads coming off, so take this into consideration. Flat threading materials such as ribbon and suede lace are perfect for large-holed beads, and can be finished with coils or box calottes to secure the end to your clasp.

SPLIT RINGS Split rings are similar to jump rings, but with two rotations of wire. They are used when added security is required. Unlike closed jump rings, they can have components added to them in the same way that keys are attached to a key ring.

EAR WIRES Fish hooks are the standard ear wires used to create dangly earrings, but beaded designs can also be hung from ball and pin earrings, or even clip-on bases for non-pierced ears.

HEADPINS Similar to a standard sewing pin, headpins are commonly used to make dangly elements in a piece of jewellery. Standard headpins have a flattened top, but common variations include ball pins and pins with decoratively beaded ends.

STRINGING MATERIALS: CHAIN There are many different chain designs made from several different metals – or modern polyester for a lightweight but chunky alternative. Use small lengths of chain in a design to link different components, or single links from a large open chain as part of a feature pendant.

WIRE Wire is sold by both length and weight, and is categorised by its gauge (the thickness of the wire). The following table describes the uses for the most common wire gauges. Gauge

Thickness (mm)

Use

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24

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20

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18

1.0

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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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