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52 “This fabulous Art Deco inspired necklace is a more subtle, contemporary take on one of the most exciting and striking vintage styles”

hello... ... and welcome to Issue 13 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. We’re celebrating our first birthday with another inpiration-packed issue, bursting with fabulous projects, great techniques and bright spring colours. As ever, our talented Design Team has mixed innovative ideas and gorgeous new beads with favourite styles to put a fresh, up-to-date twist on classic looks. First up, we’re spring cleaning our beading stash with some brilliant suggestions for using up all those leftover beads, buttons and other oddments. Sandy Kidulis combines them with beautiful recycled glass donuts on page 12 for stylish, quirky pieces that are completely eco-friendly, while on page 74, Donna McKean Smith has cleverly transformed a collection of random buttons into a fun everyday necklace and earrings. Gill Teasdale puts any unwanted bits of felt and fabric to good use on page 86 with some lovely homespun projects with a patriotic flavour. Wear yours on Royal Wedding day! Fit for any future queen are the stunning creations from Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy on page 30, which frame pearls in luxurious ruffled ribbon for a feeling of all-out opulence. For something equally extravagant, turn to page 36, where Judith Hannington looks at the most precious birthstone of them all – diamond. We’re in full bloom this month, with an array of wonderful flowers from pretty paper roses to glamorous rhinestone daisies. Find Claire Humpherson’s amazing wireworked drop-bead flowers on page 18,

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Justine Moran, Becky Higgins Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Ana Baird, Rachel Bishop, Mel Brooke, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Michele Dobson, Jemma French, Gemma Gray, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Claire Humpherson, Valerie Jones, Sandy Kidulis, Donna McKean Smith, Christine Neville, Su Pennick, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Gill Teasdale, Anna Weller

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where she has also come up with a whole variety of ways to use them, from quick-and-easy makes to French knitting wire for something really different. With spring well and truly sprung, there are butterfly and dragonfly charms fluttering onto several projects this issue, including Jemma French’s irresistible pieces on page 46 and our dramatic mixed-medium Bead Challenge selection on page 56. Finally, we hope you enjoy your FREE seed beads, and are inspired by Judith Hannington’s designs using them on page 24, which really show off how versatile they can be. Happy beading!

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

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CONTENTS

What’s inside this issue of 56 ALL IN THE MIX

YOUR FREE GIFT

Acrylic, glass, fabric, cord... it’s all about mixing up textures for quirky, on-trend looks

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES

WIN! WIN! WIN!

Close-up photos, plus handy templates, to help you master techniques and try new ideas

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

18 HOT WIRE

52 ART DECO UPDATED

Fabulous projects using clever wirework and striking flowers made from drop beads

Combine bead weaving techniques with vintage style for stunning, unusual pieces

86 HEART FELT

12 ECO CHIC

Incorporate fabric and felt into fun patriotic makes with that much-loved hand-sewn feel

Add those leftover buttons and beads to recycled glass donuts for truly unique jewellery

regulars

28 Bead Doctor

06 News

& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy

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&71 Competitions

This issue we have goodies from Empire Beads and ThreadABead to give away!

22 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

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All the inspiration you need for gorgeous seed bead creations using your FREE bumper pack

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All your questions answered

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44&82 Designer Galleries

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

56 The Bead Challenge

Three talented designers put their creativity to the test

72 Subscription Offer

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

76 What’s On

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

90 Techniques Glossary

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 14


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features 12 Leave Only Footprints

Create quirky styles with a conscience by mixing fabulous recycled glass donuts with leftover beads and buttons

46 Happily Ever After

These beautiful pieces, in Bali silver and fresh spring colours, demonstrate a range of useful finishing techniques

18 Raindrops On Roses

These simply stunning drop-bead flowers work equally well with a whole array of different jewellery

24 Seeds Of Love

Your wonderfully versatile FREE seed beads can be used alone or simply have a charm or a few feature beads added

30 The Concertina Effect

Folds of soft organza and luxurious satin combine to make up a stylish vintage-inspired pearl jewellery collection

36 Birthstones – Diamond

Our birthstone series has reached April, associated with extravagant diamond and budget-friendly rock crystal

52 Fanning The Flames

Inspired by vintage Art Deco jewellery, these wonderful mixed-bead fan motifs can be easily adapted from dramatic to delicate to suit your look

54 Cherry Blossom Season

This lovely necklace uses heavy chain and beautiful curved pink glass chips to give the impression of gently swaying blossom

62 Reach For The Stars

74 Blue Moon

Get recycling! You can use this simple weaving technique to make odd buttons of all colours and sizes into fun daytime jewellery pieces

77 Twist & Shout

Lovely glass squares and twists combine perfectly with silver beads and simple wirework for an unusual necklace

78 Pretty Paper

As the first anniversary is traditionally marked with a gift of paper, we’re celebrating our birthday issue with some surprising jewellery pieces made from beautiful patterned paper flowers

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

66 Looking Glass

Showcase gorgeous painted and foiled glass beads with textured silver rings and glittering bicones

84 Flower Girl

These pretty acrylic flower charms are lightweight but have the same lovely light-reflecting finish as glass for a perfect feminine springtime look

40 Volatile Relationship

Be brave and try experimenting with reactive glass for gorgeous explosions of colour and unique effects

68 Box Clever

Whatever your preferred chain maille weave, adding subtle gemstones gives it a lovely feminine touch

86 Rule Britannia!

The retro British look is still sizzling hot, with the 1940s Make-Do-andMend theme inescapable. Gill Teasdale gives the look her own twist

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

ESSENTIAL VIEWING Stephanie Burnham (below), whose projects have appeared in Creative Beads & Jewellery, will feature on the upcoming Elegant Jewels You Create hour-long show on QVC this May. This new feature will showcase different jewellery styles, with a range of complete kits designed to give you everything you need to get started for all kinds of projects, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. With all the findings and tools, plus a variety of bead materials such as acrylic, glass, ceramics and crystals, you’ll have everything you need for creating some stunning pieces. Stephanie says: “People will stop you in the street and ask ‘Where did you get that fantastic jewellery?’. You reply with pride, ‘I didn’t buy it... I made it!’.” Stephanie will be on hand to provide inspiration and help you create jewellery that is elegant, stylish and contemporary. Tune in to QVC on 9th May to see Stephanie at work and the kits available

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GIFT CARDS Treasure Cards are a card and gift in one – these newly released kits contain everything you need to make a beautiful découpage card, with a piece of handmade jewellery incorporated into the design. Treasure Card kits have been designed to appeal to both jewellery designers and cardmakers and come with full instructions for both craft projects, guiding you along the way if you don’t already do both crafts. This is a great way to try your hand at cardmaking whilst still indulging yourself with a little jewellery design. Each kit is presented in a sturdy box, which can then be reused to send your completed card and jewellery piece. The box has been specially designed to protect the card and jewellery in transit. RRP: from £5

For more details visit www.chinabutterfly.co.uk, email info@chinabutterfly.co.uk or call 01704 831709 We have five Treasure Card kits to give away, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Treasure Cards, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April

SIZZLING DAYS OUT Tuffnell Glass is holding its annual Flame Off event at Towcester Racecourse on the 8th and 9th of April. The Flame Off is a fabulous event to attend if you’re a lampworker or even if you’ve never tried lampworking yourself. You can see leading lampworkers from around the world demonstrating their individual styles and techniques, plus silver clay, wirework and enamel experts will also be running classes throughout the day. Hundreds of bead and jewellery makers from across Europe gather to melt glass, buy supplies and catch up with friends. You can find out exactly how glass beads are made and have a go yourself. There will be lots of different torches and tools for you to use and experts on hand to help you make the most of your visit.

For more information on the Flame Off 2011 or to see what classes are available please visit www.tuffnellglass.com or call 01262 420171


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NEWS KNOTTING ALL OVER THE WORLD 75 Decorative Knots is one of the latest releases from Search Press and brings together a great selection of knotting techniques from across the globe. Authors Laura Williams and Elise Mann show you just how easy it can be to master a new art with this directory of knotting techniques. Clear diagrams and concise steps guide you towards 75 different varieties of decorative knot, plus you’ll find a selection of beautiful jewellery projects showing how stunning your knotted creations can be. RRP: £12.99 For more details go to www.searchpress.co.uk or call 01892 510850 We have six copies of 75 Decorative Knots to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Decorative Knots, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

GUILT-FREE EASTER TREATS Take a look at these tantalising Easter treats. Available from The Bead Shop Scotland, which is renowned for its lifelike and varied selection of polymer clay and resin sweet embellishments, these charms and pendants styled like Mini and Creme Eggs are sure to get your creativity flowing for fun makes. These latest additions are part of a limited edition series of items created specifically for the Easter season and are priced from 85p. Go to www.beadshopscotland.co.uk to see the full range or call 01620 822886 for more details We have 10 sets of charms to give away, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Easter charms, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

FRAMED TO PERFECTION This latest range of frame settings available from Globaholic are ideal for creating your own resin works of art. The selection of shaped and decorative frame charms make perfect pendants – all you need to do is add your own artistic touch. Combine with papers, beads, charms We have five sets of frame pendants to give away, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Globaholic, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

and more, then coat with resin for a permanent piece that will be able to withstand lots of wear and tear! Frames are available in a selection of shapes, styles and colours so head on over to Globaholic for a closer look. To see the full range of beading and jewellery supplies available go to www.globaholic.com

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NEWS IDEAS UNLIMITED Beads Unlimited has launched a very special bead as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations and the team is encouraging you to ‘get beady for the needy’! The Big B is available at the checkout on the Beads Unlimited website or from The Brighton Bead Shop for a suggested donation of £1 and for every bead sold Beads Unlimited will give a donation to the RNLI, helping them to reach their £10,000 target. As well as the fabulous promotions, competitions and events going on for the Silver Jubilee celebrations, Beads Unlimited are helping brighten up your spring with these beautiful glass stars.

DUCK EGG DELIGHT Here’s a sneak preview of the brand-new egg beading pattern now available from ThreadABead for Easter. Beading specialist Lynsey James of ThreadABead delights in designing new patterns for fellow beaders and this latest addition is sure to please! Featuring a charming selection of beaded ducks along with bright and cheery colours and patterns, these mini home-décor pieces are guaranteed to brighten your Easter! The eggs are also available in a pattern featuring rabbits. The instructions are clear and concise, so don’t be put off by the fact that this is a shaped beading project! All ThreadABead beading patterns feature detailed photographic steps, easy-to-follow instructions and a full list of everything you need to get started. Great as a gift when made, and even more fun to create yourself, all the patterns and beads required are available from ThreadABead. For full details on the patterns and supplies available go to www.threadabead.com We have five downloads of the duck egg pattern to give away courtesy of ThreadABead, so for your chance to win send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J13 Thread A Bead duck egg, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

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Available in a range of six fruity colours that will carry you right through the summer into autumn, these little stars are ideal for all kinds of creations. Prices start at just 60p per bead with big discounts for small wholesale quantities. For more details on the Silver Jubilee events, Big B and products ranges, go to www.beadsunlimited.co.uk We have some great prizes to give away this issue – five readers will win a Beads Unlimited Silver Jubilee tote bag and £10 worth of beading goodies, while another five winners will receive a mixed bag of glass stars. For your chance to win one of these prize sets, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Silver Jubilee tote or CB&J13 Glass Stars, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

PAPER BEAD MAKER This newly released Bead Maker template from Hot Off The Press is ideal for trying your hand at making your own paper beads. Fast becoming a popular way for crafters to recycle their scraps of patterned papers for an eco-friendly approach to jewellery making, paper beads can make for attractive and funky elements on your creations. The new template gives you the sizes and slivers of paper to cut for a variety of shaped paper beads, including double barrel and oval beads, so all you need to do is cut the paper and roll it. You can then add varnish or resin to strengthen and colour protect your creations. For more details go to www. paperwishes.com. Hot Off The Press products are available from www.amazon.co.uk

We have 10 Bead Maker templates to give away, so for your chance to win one send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Bead Maker, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011


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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 FROM TINY SEEDS I’ve recently finished making my version of the Sewing the Seeds bracelet by Jill Thomas from the seed bead supplement with Issue 10 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. I added a few extra beads to the piece, including Swarovski crystals, as you can see. I wasn’t too sure of my colour choice when I had finished it; my mum said it looked a bit like Liquorice Allsorts! I had been beading on and off for years until I became ill in 2006, at the same time as my mother and father were diagnosed with cancer (they both now have the

RIBBONS GALORE I just want to say how much | am loving all the ribbon that seems to be everywhere on jewellery at the moment. I have always been a fan of the look and feel you get with

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all-clear – so far, so good). Beading gave me something to focus on other than worrying about my parents and my illness. It’s now something I do almost every day for pleasure, and buying beads always gives me something to look forward to! I think your magazine is just brilliant; I only discovered it last month and I purchased it and immediately went home and started on the bracelet! Julie Peters, Knebworth, Herts ribbon and have been using it to string almost all my pendants (and some bracelets) for years. The in-thing now seems to be threading it through links in chunky chain, which is such a fabulous clash

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CB&J:Thank you for sending in the picture of your bracelet; we love to see how readers take the designs and give them their individual twist. We’re glad things

seem to be on the up for you and your family, and hope you continue to get loads of enjoyment from your beading – and inspiration from CB&J!

I am considering setting up a local beading club – nothing fancy or professional, but just a way of getting a few enthusiastic jewellery makers together every now and then, so we can swap ideas and perhaps a few beads. I was also thinking we could put in group orders from the bead stores so we’re not paying more for postage than we are for the products, which seems to happen to me a lot! And maybe we could get a joint stand at a local craft fair. I was really just wondering if any other readers had done anything like this, and

of soft and hard, girly and tough – I only wish I’d thought of it before! I particularly liked the way Sandy Kidulis used it weaving round the pearls on her Comet Bracelet in Issue 11 (right) – I’m now trying something very similar on a necklace with a purple, lilac and cream colour scheme. It was meant to be a present but it’s shaping up so nicely I might not be able to give it away! Karin Bunting, Didcot, Oxfordshire CB&J: We’re loving this trend, too! Do check out

the amazing designs by the ladies from Shiney Company on page 30 this issue. They’ve created all kinds of wonderful ruffle

effects with ribbon and pearls for really striking, luxuriouslooking pieces.


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LETTERS

STAR LETTER WINNING FORMULA I wanted to get in contact to say what a wonderful magazine you have produced – it is the most affordable magazine that I have found on the shelf.

whether they could offer me any tips. I’d love to hear how other people found new members, where they met and what worked for them. Amber Grayson, by email

HEARTS AND MINDS I’ve been meaning to write in for a while, but you know how it is... there’s never a spare minute and if I do get any time to myself, I can’t help but spend it playing with beads

Honestly, the day it hits the shop I am there at the door waiting for the store to open, and have read it from cover to cover by the time I have got home on the bus! Not only does it provide a great variety of projects for all abilities, but it more importantly gives encouragement to have a go, being very customer focused. I have all the issues and

the Annual, which is great reference tool. I love the giveaways, and even more so since I have been lucky enough to have been a winner. Personally I have been making jewellery now for nearly a year and take part in local art and craft fairs. I am still in the early stages of building up my confidence, skills and knowledge. I thought I would give one of your projects a try and got inspired by the Green Goddess necklace by Gemma Gray in

and wire! Anyway, I wanted to say how much I loved the Bead Challenge back in Issue 10. I’m not always a fan of the bead mixes used in this article, but the pieces that month were absolutely gorgeous. I’m about as far from being a pink and fluffy girly girl as it’s possible to be and wouldn’t normally wear hearts on my jewellery if you paid me, but the filled heart frames were amazing. I particularly love Lindsey Hopkins’ design, where she’s filled

the heart with seed beads and a few bigger beads and covered it all with Glossy Accents (below). It would never have occurred to me to do this but I’ve since bought some and created all kinds of filled frame pendants and brooches. I think my favourite is a star shape filled with cream and gold seed beads and a few sequins for added sparkle. I plan to do one using shells this summer. Viv Stephens, by email

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Thank you, Glenda Coates! Just when I was thinking winter was going to drag on forever, I found her twisted bracelet in Issue 12 of

Issue 11. I have adapted the design and actually made three alternatives of the project out of supplies I already had to hand at home – I hope you like my take on them! This has have given me along with your the incentive to produce beading skills. We’re some more of my own delighted to say that projects and so, who £50 worth of fabulous knows, I may submit Madcowbeads products them for consideration are now winging their to be published in your way to you, and we’re Designer Galleries. sure you will put them Julie Davis, by email to great use. CB&J: Thank you so much for getting in touch, and for all your kind TTER words about the STAR LEr of this e magazine. It’s great The winn r Letter to hear that our issue’s Sta fabulous is projects are receives thset from prize helping to boost ds.com dcowbea your confidence www.ma

Creative Beads & Jewellery – and it seemed spring was here after all! I’ve made it in exactly the same colours as she did – lime green with blue and yellow accents – and I’m wearing it all the time. It makes me smile every time I look at it! In fact, I’m already planning a blue one with white and yellow accents

for the summer (think sunny skies) and a blackberry-purple, grey and dark green one for autumn. That’s how much I love it! The stitching was really quite simple and I think it’s so clever the way the twist is created on the memory wire at the end. Val Hepworth, Portsmouth, Hants

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SANDSTONES Create quirky styles with a conscience by mixing fabulous recycled glass donuts with leftover beads and buttons for eco-friendly pieces that are truly individual

leave only

footprints

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.

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SANDSTONES TO CREATE Thread two or three assorted beads onto a headpin, then bend the pin over by 90° using needle-nosed pliers close to the top of the last bead. Trim the pin with cutters to about 7mm, then grip the top with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Repeat to make another charm with two or three assorted beads. Open a 6mm jump ring with needlenosed pliers, thread on a charm and a small button, and close the jump ring. Repeat with your second charm. Open a 15mm jump ring and thread on both these charm/button arrangements, then hook the large jump ring through a glass donut and close it securely.

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Open a 4mm jump ring, hook it onto one end of a small piece of chain, then wrap the chain in a U-shape round the glass donut. Hook the jump ring through the other end of the chain and close it. The donut should now hang from the chain loop. Open the loop on the bottom of an ear wire and hook it onto the 4mm jump ring from Step 5. Close the loop. Repeat Steps 1-6 to create the second earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x green 23mm recycled glass donuts • bead oddments including buttons and glass pearls • silver-plated fine curb chain • 2 x 15mm open jump rings • 4 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • 2 x silvertone 4mm jump rings • 4 x silvertone headpins • 2 x silvertone ear wires

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

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QUICK-MAKE LEATHER NECKLACE

TO CREATE Thread seed beads onto a 13cm length of SuppleMax and loop this arrangement through the glass donut (there should be enough seed beads on the thread to encircle the donut). Secure the loop in place by tying at least one reef knot in the SuppleMax. Put a small dab of GS Hypo Cement glue

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MATERIALS • green large recycled glass donut • bead oddments including seed beads, buttons and glass • clear SuppleMax 0.25mm illusion thread • 20” leather cord • 2 x silvertone leather cord ends • 3 x 6mm jump rings • 3 x head pins • lobster clasp • GS Hypo Cement glue or clear nail varnish

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

(or clear nail varnish) on the knot and, when dry, trim any untidy ends. Thread bead oddments onto three headpins and hook them onto the seed bead loop. Make sure the headpin loops are fully closed so that the charms are secure. Attach a button to the seed bead loop using a 6mm jump ring. Find the centre point of your leather cord and fold it into a U-shape. Push the U through the centre of the glass donut (start at the front and thread

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through to the back), then thread the two ends through the U-shape in a lark’s head knot to suspend the donut. Pull the leather tight. Put one leather end in a cord end and squash to secure. Repeat for the other side. Use a 6mm jump ring to attach a lobster clasp to one cord end loop. Attach another 6mm jump ring to the other cord end loop.

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WOOLY NECKLACE TO CREATE Make seven seed bead loops. For each one, cut 13cm of SuppleMax and thread on 14 large seed beads. Pull the seed beads into a circle and tie a reef knot to secure (a reef knot is essentially like tying a shoe lace – 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 desired for reassurance. Put a dab of Hypo Cement (or clear nail varnish) on the knot to secure. Trim any untidy ends and put the loops aside for now. Take a crochet hook and crochet a long rope out of wool oddment using chain stitch. How long you make the rope is up to you – the one shown here is about 75cm. When you have reached the desired length, finish with a knot to stop the chain unravelling.

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TOOLS • collapsible eye needle (optional) • flat-nosed and round-nosed pliers • sharp scissors • size 5 crochet hook

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Cut an 85cm length of SuppleMax and hold it together with the wool rope. Find the centre of both and bend them into a U-shape at this point. Push the U through the centre of the glass donut (start at the front and thread through to the back), then take the two long ends of rope and SuppleMax and push them through the U-shape in a lark’s head knot to suspend the donut. Pull the rope and SuppleMax tight. Working up one side of the necklace, randomly thread seed beads and seed bead loops, buttons and glass pearls onto the SuppleMax in groups of two or three, weaving the SuppleMax into the wool rope as you go, to secure the beads in

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place. Don’t pull the thread too tight as it will cause the wool rope to ruck up. Knot the SuppleMax and wool together at the end to secure. Dab on some Hypo Cement (or clear nail varnish) and leave to dry before trimming. Place this glued end into a fold-over cord end and secure the wool and SuppleMax in place by squashing the sides of the cord end with flat-nosed pliers. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to complete the other side, ensuring you only use five of the seven seed bead loops from Step 1 on the main body of the necklace.

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remaining seed bead loops from Step 1. Hook this onto the donut and close the jump ring. Use six 6mm jump rings to secure the final seed bead loop and five buttons in a random fashion.


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KNOTTED BRACELET TO CREATE Make two seed bead loops. Cut a 13cm length of SuppleMax for each one and thread on 14 large seed beads. Pull the seed beads into a circle and tie a reef knot to secure – you can do a couple of knots if you prefer.

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MATERIALS • blue 25mm recycled glass donut • clear SuppleMax 0.25mm illusion thread • black 2mm leather • 2 x silver-core lampwork Pandorastyle beads • bead oddments including buttons and large seed beads • 2 x large fold-over cord ends • 14 x 6mm jump rings • 6 x headpins • lobster clasp • GS Hypo Cement glue (or clear nail varnish)

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

Put a small dab of Hypo Cement glue (or clear nail varnish) on the knot and, when dry, trim any untidy ends. Make six charms by threading random beads onto headpins and turning a loop in each pin. Cut a 9” length of black leather. Thread it through the donut and fold into a U-shape at the halfway point. To secure the donut to the leather, make a half-hitch knot

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then thread Side A through the loop. Repeat Steps 3-5 for the other side of the bracelet. Measure the bracelet, decide on your desired length and fit, and trim any leather if necessary. Squash fold-over cord ends into place at both ends of the bracelet. Make a jump ring chain from three 6mm jump rings, and attach it to one of the fold-over cord end loops.

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Make a jump ring chain from three 6mm jump rings and attach one end to a lobster clasp and the other end to the free fold-over cord end loop. Use the remaining jump rings to attach the charms from Step 2, plus some buttons, randomly along the length of the bracelet.

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the bracelet above. Make six charms by threading assorted beads onto headpins. Attach the charms, seed bead loop and some buttons randomly along the jump ring chain, using the remaining jump rings.

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MATERIALS • green 30mm recycled glass donut • bead oddments including buttons • silver-plated Beadalon 26-gauge Germanstyle round wire • brooch pin • 15mm jump ring • 14 x 6mm jump rings • 6 x head pins

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

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BEADS DIRECT

raindrops

These simply stunning drop-bead flowers work equally well with a whole array of different jewellery styles and techniques, as Claire Humpherson’s innovative designs show FRENCH KNIT FLOWER NECKLACE

on roses REQUIRES SOME EXPERIENCE OF FRENCH KNITTING

CLAIRE HUMPHERSON DESIGNER

ABOUT CLAIRE…

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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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fluorite drops 8mm semi-precious round amethyst chips 0.5mm and 0.32mm wire size 11 seed beads in 2 colours • connector • clasp

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• French knitting bobbin • 2mm crochet hook • wire cutters

TO CREATE Make a flower with 0.5mm wire and fluorite drops, following the Essential Technique opposite. Embellish the centre by adding groups of three amethyst chips to the wire, and twisting them into position. Add the flower to a connector using the ends of wire.

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seed beads back with the reel. Wrap the wire round the pins and begin French knitting, using the crochet hook to pick up the wire. After you have knitted two rows, add a seed bead to the straight piece of wire

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between each pin. Continue knitting, adding seed beads every row until your knitted wire reaches approximately 8½”. Repeat Steps 2-4 to create another knitted piece. Use the end of the wire to attach the

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flower connector by weaving through the loop in the connector and through the bottom of the knitted piece 4-5 times. Do this with both knitted pieces, then snip off any excess wire. Use the same technique to attach the clasp to the other side.


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BEADS DIRECT MATERIALS

TURQUOISE TASSEL EARRINGS

• turquoise drops • black agate 8mm round beads • seed bead mix • Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • sieve discs • jump rings • eyepins • crimp beads • cones • glue

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

TO CREATE Create a flower following the Essential Technique below but don’t add a connector. Attach the flower to a sieve disc using the wire ends. This works best if you use smaller drop beads to make a smaller flower. Cut a piece of Beadalon approximately 30cm long and attach it to an eyepin using a crimp bead. Thread on seed beads to the length

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you’d like your tassel, allowing for the length of the cone. Finish with a crimp bead and cut off any excess wire. Repeat Step 2, adding seven beaded strands. Thread the eyepin up through the

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cone, thread through a hole at the bottom of the sieve and make a wrapped loop. Find the hole at the top, directly above the hole you’ve added your tassel to. Open two jump rings and

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add them to the holes either side of this hole. Join them with one jump ring, and attach an ear wire to this ring. Repeat Steps 1-4 to create your second earring, making sure you match the length of

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DROP-BEAD FLOWER – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE TO CREATE Cut a 30cm piece of 0.5mm copper wire. Thread on five semiprecious drop beads in

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your chosen petal colour. The drill hole must go across the teardrop shape rather than up and down it. Bring the ends of the wire together so the teardrops sit in a flower shape. Tie the ends of wire together as if you are starting a knot, then wrap over once or twice more to secure the flower shape. Thread one end of the wire up through

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the centre of the flower and add your round centre bead. You can choose a large or small round bead, depending on how you want the flower to look – I have used both in different projects here, ranging in size from 8mm-14mm. Once your round bead is in place, thread the end back down through the centre of the flower. Twist the round bead

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the tassels on each earring. Add a dab of glue behind the top petal of each flower to prevent it from drooping when worn.

MATERIALS • top-drill or side-drill semi-precious drop beads • semi-precious round beads • 0.5mm wire • connector (necessary for some projects) • Swarovski bicone beads (optional)

to secure it in place. If you wish, you can add extra detail to the centre at this point. Do this by adding single beads or small clusters of up to three beads to the wire around the centre bead, then twisting. Swarovski bicones and semi-precious gem chips are ideal. The flower will feel a little floppy, so you can secure it by adding a connector to the back.

This also makes it easier to attach to some designs. Position it on the back of the flower, and weave the ends of wire through the loops, up through the flower and back down. Hide the ends inside the flower and snip off any excess wire.

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BEADS DIRECT SQUARE STITCH FLOWER BRACELET TO CREATE Make a flower following the Essential Technique on page 19, and attach it to a connector. Take the wire over the base of each petal to keep the petals from drooping. Using two colours of Miyuki square

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MATERIALS • coral drops • turquoise drops • black agate 14mm patterned round bead • red Miyuki squares • black Miyuki squares • bugle beads • size 6 seed beads • clasp • 0.5mm wire • connector • Nymo thread

TOOLS • needle • scissors

beads, create a flat square stitch section that is five beads wide and 19 rows long. Alternate the colours to create a striped effect. At the end, sew it onto the connector. Once the square stitch strap is securely attached to the connector, take the needle out of one end of the row closest to the flower. Add a bugle bead, a size 6 seed bead and another bugle, then take the needle back down the first bead of the next row in the same colour you came out of. Bring your needle out of the next row (it will be the other colour this time) and add another bugle, seed and bugle bead. Go back down the next row of the same colour. Continue in this way until you reach the end of the square stitch section.

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short, you can knot it around the beadwork to finish it off. Repeat Steps 2-6 to create a second seed bead section. Attach to the opposite side of the flower and add the other end of the clasp to finish the bracelet.

side so they match. When you reach the end, stitch the thread back through the square stitch rows until you lose the end. This will prevent the stitching from coming undone, so the further you can stitch it in the better. If your thread is quite

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FLOWER RING QUICK & EASY TO CREATE Create a flower following the Essential Technique on page 19 and add Swarovski bicones to the centre. Don’t add a connector. Use the wire ends to attach the flower to a sieve ring. Thread the wires through a hole in the sieve ring, up through the flower and back through the sieve ring. Repeat this until your flower is secured onto the ring base. Hide the ends by posting them through the flower and snip off any excess with wire cutters.

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MATERIALS • turquoise drop beads • Swarovski bicone beads • black agate 14mm round bead • 0.5mm wire • sieve ring

TOOLS • wire cutters

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WHERE TO BUY Remember you can squeeze the wire together or stretch it apart once you have created the S-shapes. This may help if you feel you have made the bangle too big or too small

MATERIALS • coral drops • Swarovski bicone beads • black agate 14mm patterned round beads • silver aluminium wire • red aluminium wire • Jet Swarovski flower connectors • red Fimo roses • 0.5mm copper wire • connector

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • wire cutters

WIRE POPPY FIELDS CUFF TO CREATE Create a flower following the Essential Technique on page 19 and using coral drop beads for the petals. Add Swarovski bicones around the centre and attach the flower to a connector. Wire over the centre of

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each drop to prevent them from flopping. Twist the red and silver aluminium wires together, and use round-nosed pliers to make a small loop at the end. Bend into an S-shape to create a hook. Now take the red wire and keep creating S-shapes until you reach your desired size for the bangle.

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Take the silver wire and create S-shapes in this too, weaving it around the red wire so the wires hold together. Twist the two wires together again at the end. Create a loop with the twisted wires to form the other side of the clasp. Wrap the wire around to hold the loop in place, and snip off any excess.

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Use 0.5mm copper wire to attach the flower to the bangle, by wrapping it around the aluminium wire and back through the connector attached to the flower. Add the smaller Fimo and Swarovski flowers using 0.5mm wire, wrapping around the bangle in the same way.

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SEED BEAD JEWELLERY USING YOUR FREE GIFT

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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

Wonderfully versatile seed beads can be used alone or simply have a charm or a few feature beads added to complete a design, as shown here. Your gorgeous free seed beads have a large threading hole so you can use them with fine thread or several strands of wire

TO CREATE Thread eight lilac seed beads onto a 2m length of thread, leaving a 25cm tail. Thread through the beads again to form a circle and tie the two thread ends in a double knot. Thread a bead onto your needle, then pass through the first bead in the circle. Add another bead, then thread your needle through the next-butone bead in the circle. Add two more new beads in this way. Step up to the next row by taking your needle through the first bead in the last row then, changing colour to purple seed beads, thread a bead onto your needle and pass the needle through the next-but-one lilac bead in the previous row. Complete this row and the next using purple beads to form your basic tubular peyote pattern. Alternating lilac and purple beads for two rows each, complete 20 rows of beading. Finish off this end of the barrel by threading through the four beads in the last row and pulling them up snug together. Leave the thread end intact at this point. Using the tail end of the thread, add two rows of purple beads onto the beginning of the barrel and close this end as in Step 4. Cut a

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end. Repeat for the other half of the bracelet. Use the thread ends on the barrel to stitch silver beads to it between pairs of the purple beads. At one end of the barrel, thread on three lilac beads and your dragonfly charm. Pass the thread back through the seed beads and through a bead on

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25cm length of Tigertail, position the barrel centrally on the wire, then set a crimp either side of the barrel with a crimp cover over the top. Thread groups of three seed beads onto one side of the Tigertail wire, alternating with a small silver bead. After six sets thread on a crimp bead, followed by a final silver bead. Thread the wire end through one half of your clasp then back through the silver and crimp beads, forming a loop. Set the crimp using pliers, then snip the wire

the barrel. Repeat threading up and through the charm a few times to secure it. Work the thread back through the barrel to the other thread and knot them together. Apply a dab of glue to the knot if desired, then thread both ends through a few more beads before cutting off.

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MATERIALS • free seed bead set • 2 x green large-hole beads of your choice • silver 2mm beads • silver 1mm crimp beads • silver crimp covers • silver dragonfly charm • flower toggle clasp • pink Tigertail wire • beading thread • glue (optional)

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SEED BEAD JEWELLERY USING YOUR FREE GIFT MATERIALS • free seed bead set • purple acrylic daisy bead • pink Tigertail wire • silver bead cones • silver 1mm and 2mm crimp beads • silver crimp covers • silver lobster clasp and extension chain

FLOWER TWIST NECKLACE

TOOLS • crimping pliers • side cutters

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Thread a silver bead cone over the crimps at either end and set another crimp close to the top of the cones with a crimp cover over it. Add two lilac seed beads, then set another crimp and crimp cover onto all three wires together. Snip off the two shorter wires and repeat for the other side. On the longer side of the necklace, add

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a flower bead, a crimp and a crimp cover, then lilac seed beads for about 19cm. Add a crimp and thread the wire through your lobster clasp then back through the crimp and a few of the seed beads. Set the crimp and add a crimp cover before snipping the wire end.

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hole again. Add an even number of seed beads to fill the top space between the two coin holes. Thread around the circumference of the coin bead through all the seed beads a couple of times, bringing your needle out where the tail end of the thread is. Tie a double knot to pull all the seed beads up securely around the coin. Thread through the seed beads to bring your thread out one bead left of the centre at the top. Add three seed beads, then thread through the hole on the earring stud loop and back down through the three beads. Thread through the top two seed beads around the coin and form the other half of the hanger. Take the thread once more around the circumference of the coin

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Cut a 60cm strand and two 18cm strands of Tigertail. Crimp them together, about 17cm from one end of the long strand and about 1.5cm from the ends of the shorter strands. Thread a different colour of seed beads onto each strand to within 1.5cm of the short strand ends, then twist the three strands together tightly and crimp.

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MATERIALS Using a 1m length of thread, stitch down through the right-hand coin bead hole and thread on enough seed beads to wrap around the side. Thread back through the hole, all the beads and the hole again. Add seed beads to wrap the bottom section of the coin bead between the beading holes, and thread up through the empty beading hole in the coin. Add enough beads to wrap around the left-hand side of the coin bead and repeat threading through the hole, the beads and the

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and beading for about 13cm. Finish this end with an extension chain.

The earrings can be formed around any size of coin bead in both one-holed and two-holed styles. Depending on its size, using a single-holed coin bead simply means you may have to secure more of the beads to the coin using a little dab of glue

• free seed bead set • stud and closed-loop earrings • 2-hole coin beads • beading thread • superglue

TOOLS • beading needle • scissors

bead, knot the two thread ends together, add a dab of superglue and thread both ends through a few beads before snipping off. Gently ease the seed beads aside and apply a dab of glue to one side of the coin. Place the earring face down on a firm surface and push the seed beads down over the glue to secure them. Repeat on the other side of the bead and at the top and bottom if necessary. Repeat Steps 1-7 to make the matching earring.

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SEED BEAD JEWELLERY USING YOUR FREE GIFT

COLLAGE PENDANT

This asymmetric necklace would work equally well as a symmetrical design or using focal beads in place of the caged tiger’s eye beads

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free seed bead set silver pendant blank pink small Lucite flower pink Tigertail wire 4 x pink 6mm tiger’s eye beads silver 2mm round beads silver 1mm crimp beads silver small bead cages silver lobster clasp and extension chain epoxy glue

TOOLS • crimping pliers

TO CREATE Mix up a little epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and spread a thin layer onto the centre of the pendant mount. Arrange purple seed beads around the edge of the mount then position a Lucite flower in the middle with a seed bead glued into the centre. Set aside in a level position to dry. Insert four tiger’s eye beads into bead cages, lining up the beading holes with the ends of the cages. Thread a silver bead, a crimp bead and another silver bead

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onto the end of your Tigertail. Thread the end through the lobster clasp and back through all three beads. Pull up into a small loop and set the crimp. Bead the wire for 18cm using pink seed beads, then add a silver bead followed by a bead cage and another silver bead. Add 17 seed beads and thread on your pendant. Add the final three bead cages, alternating them with rows of nine seed beads, then bead for about 11cm before finishing the end as before using an extension chain.

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WHERE TO BUY All the findings used here are available from www.spellboundbead.co.uk The focal flower bead is available from www.beadsbylili.com The silver pendant mount can be purchased from www.dichro-findings.co.uk


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BEAD DOCTOR

bead doctor Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers ON THE BEACH

My daughter’s having a beach wedding this summer in a real island paradise in the Caribbean. She will be wearing what is really a long white sundress with some embroidery and corsage detail, and I have promised I will make her a special necklace for the day. Traditional wedding jewellery won’t fit the occasion and I have in mind that it should have a beach theme, but | would still like it to be elegant. Do you have any suggestions please? Ginny Roebuck, Epsom, Surrey

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS…

What a wonderful project! Pearls are always elegant and associated with both weddings and the sea. You can give them a contemporary twist by opting for freshwater pearls in irregular shapes rather than uniform round pearl beads, perhaps stringing them on ribbon for a more relaxed feel. If you want something a bit more unusual – and more of a challenge for you! – check out the fabulous wirework starfish pendant the ladies of Shiney Co

wondered if you could ION Ioffer T S E any suggestions on U Q E H T the best way to attach F O H or sew beads onto them T N MO

CLIP ART I have been beading and jewellery making for about a year, and I am experimenting with making different items rather than just jewellery. I have recently purchased some beadable hairclips, as shown.

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to make them into pretty hair slides for adults or children? Beverly Silk, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… With a barrette-style clasp, I would normally thread wire through the holes and use it to create twisted, beaded ‘sprigs’ for a very pretty, feminine style, ideal for dressier occasions. For a more everyday look, I would ‘hide’ the wire inside chunkier beads – perhaps large wooden styles or Lucite flowers. The hairclips you have bought are a smaller style, that have to be

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created for us back in Issue 3 (right). They made them in dazzling summer colours of turquoise and coral but why not recreate the idea with silver wire and a mixture of clear, white and cream crystals and pearls? My other idea would be that you choose a simple, very pretty design using silver and semi-precious aquamarine. Known as mermaid’s treasure, so very much linked with the ocean, this beautiful gemstone comes in a very pale, subtle shade as well as a deeper, more vibrant

colour – it could even be your daughter’s ‘something blue’!

ALL SHAPES AND SIZES I noticed that triangular jump rings were used

way, be wary bent to open and close of affecting the them, and lie flat against opening mechanism the head. With these of the clip, which products, wire would requires flexibility prove too bulky and in the metal. uncomfortable. I would A lovely option, suggest using a beading which would be thread to attach small functional and lightweight or fairly flat beads, as well as on-trend, would threading it several be using felt flowers. You times in and out of the can make your own, holes for security. You cutting out simple flower could make the most shapes and sewing or of the integral pattern gluing different coloured on the heart clips by centres on them, or buy placing single beads them readymade. There between the holes, or is a great selection newly create a clustered effect available at www.bead by adding more between and beside them, passing the thread The writer of the Question of through the the Month each issue receives anchor beads to a fabulous multifunctional keep everything Dremel VersaTip heat tool in place. While with accessories for six handy you can create applications, worth £34.99 www.dremel.com dimension in this

on one of the earring designs in the 3 in 1 article in Issue 12. I like the look of these but was wondering whether it is purely a

shopscotland.co.uk. Then simply sew them onto the clips through the holes, using either neat, ‘decorative’ stitching in a contrasting colour or thread in the same shade as the felt for a professional finish.


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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY constantly stretched it will inevitably put the knot, as well as the elastic itself, under strain.

ECO-FRIENDLY OPTION personal choice or if they have a practical purpose, and also what other shapes are available. Kathleen Pounder, Preston, Lancs

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Triangular jump rings are perfect for attaching drop beads with a side-drilled hole at the top, as on these earrings. They act like a bail and can be used where there is a straight hole, in situations where round or oval jump rings are unsuitable and you would otherwise have to create a loop in a length of wire. Spigot jump rings combine an almost square shape, which you can use in the same way as the triangle, with an integral loop for connecting. They are available from www. empirebeads.co.uk, among others. More unusual shapes, from squares to decorative heart triangles, can also be found, mainly from American companies, but they are generally less functional than the standard round and oval varieties. You can always consider creating your own jump rings. This can be done quite simply using

wire and a suitably shaped mandrel.

NO MORE SLIP KNOTS I’m not an experienced beader and tend to just make a lot of simple bracelets using beads I see and love, threaded onto elastic. However, a few times now the knots have come loose and showered my beads all over the floor. Am I using the wrong sort of knot, or what do you think the problem could be? Emma Ferguson, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… This should be a simple issue to fix, Emma. Tie your elastic in a double reef knot and then apply either clear nail varnish or a dab of glue such as E-6000. Allow to dry fully before moving the bracelet. For added peace of mind, you could string your beads onto two lengths of elastic, tying knots in the individual strands and hiding these within the holes of your beads, before tying the ends of both strands together. It is also worth checking the bracelets you are making are a comfortable fit. If the elastic is being

I’m completely in love with Mel Brooke’s fabulous tagua nut jewellery from the last issue of CB&J, but before I race out and stock up on mini tagua nuts and tagua nut slices to make my own versions, can you please tell me how I can be sure that I am not endangering rainforests in South America by buying these products? I’m always concerned when I hear that something has come from this region that Westerners buying it could be causing further devastation. Thank you. Amanda Starczewski, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS… Don’t worry, Amanda. We – and Mel – share your concerns about the environment, and tagua nut is a wonderful

If you question forhave a Doctor, emathe Bead il it to bea practicalpdudoctor@ or write to blishing.co.uk Bead Docto Creative Bea r, Unit 1 Adlids & Jewellery, n Adlington B gton Court, Macclesfielusiness Park, d, Ch SK10 4NLeshire

eco-friendly material for jewellery making. Far from causing destruction of the rainforest, using the tagua nut helps to prevent it as it gives a commercial reason to keep these palm trees growing. The nuts themselves are the kernels of fruit, which is either harvested from the tree when ripe or simply collected from the ground.

add to its positive properties, the creation of an international market for tagua nut has brought money

As, when dried out, tagua nut can be carved like ivory, it is also a perfect substitute for this now largely outlawed product, helping to avoid the slaughter of elephants by poachers in some parts of Africa. And to

and jobs to local people in some of the poorer areas of South America, with much tagua nut jewellery sold under a fairtrade label. So please do make and wear Mel’s lovely pieces with a clear conscience, Amanda!

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concertina effect Folds of luxurious satin and soft organza combine to make up this stylish vintageinspired pearl jewellery collection

JANE PURDY DESIGNER

ABOUT SHINEY COMPANY…

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

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When you cut a new piece of ribbon or organza, carefully seal the ends by running a lighter flame quickly across them.This stops them from fraying.Take care with the organza as it can burn easily – you need to move the flame quickly

hese decadent designs are  all based on  a surprisingly simple technique using layered ribbons and a needle and thread. They have been adapted to create different styles of jewellery and accessories using dark purple and coral tones for a rich and vibrant feel.  The use of ribbon  in jewellery has been popular for some time now and, as the seasons change and each year

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goes by, the ways in which ribbon is incorporated into  designs have evolved  too. We have, of course, seen ribbon added at the back of beaded designs to simply fasten the piece and ribbon threaded through the beads as the main stringing material. In 2010 we saw ribbon threaded through chain links and, more recently, beads sewn through ribbon with gathers  and folds, creating very feminine designs. 

We’ve chosen to mix satin with organza to create interesting colour tones where the two overlay. Swarovski Elements pearls bring  in the vintage glamour and take your design upmarket! Of course, you can use a variety of ribbons and beads to create your version of this style. We have tried using continuous zips, tape and lace, all of which create a different kind of wow! factor and make for an individual

finish that you just won’t see on the high street. All you need to get started is a beading needle, some Fireline thread (we’ve chosen Fireline for its strength and durability), a pair of scissors, round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers and your beads and ribbon. Once you get the hang of the ruffling, you’ll find that your technique speeds up and you’ll get quicker and quicker at creating these stunning pieces.


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• 1.75m crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • 2m violet 6.5mm satin ribbon • 2m golden orange 7mm organza ribbon • 13 x Coral 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 5 x Coral 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • gold-plated vintagestyle clasp

TO CREATE Overlay the organza on the satin and fold 1cm over at one end. Leaving an approximately 35cm tail on the Fireline, sew up and down through the fabric 2-3 times to secure the fold. The tail should exit the neat side, where you cannot see the ribbon ends, and the needle should exit on the side where you can see the ends of the ribbons (see Fig 1, below). Sew up and down through both ribbons 24 times with a running stitch at approximately 6mm intervals. Pull the thread and check that you have approximately 12 ruffles. Exit the ribbon side (Fig 2). Thread a 12mm coral pearl onto the needle and sew through the initial fold, pulling the thread to form a ruffled effect with the ribbon (Fig 3). Sew back through the ribbon and pearl again. Repeat Step 2, this time exiting the organza side (Fig 4). Note: When you sew back up and down through the pearls, take care not to sew through the same

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pearl and the new one. When you have strung 13 pearls (giving an overall length of approximately 20cm), trim the end of the ribbons, leaving approximately 2cm. Fold the remaining ribbon over and sew through the ribbon and the pearl to secure the ribbon end. Sew back up through the pearl before adding the clasp. You will need three pearls for the

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point on the ribbon, or you will just undo what you have done. Thread a 12mm coral pearl onto the needle and sew back up through the first pearl. Pull to form the ruffles (Fig 5). Sew back down through the ribbon and both pearls. Repeat Step 2 again, this time exiting the satin side. Add a 12mm coral pearl and sew back through the last pearl

decorative part of the clasp and two pearls for the other side. First, exit the needle through the ribbon on one side of the bracelet and sew one half of the clasp to the ribbon by going up and down the holes in the clasp, using the 5mm pearls to cover the holes. Now use the remaining tail of thread and secure the other part of the clasp in the same way to the other end. Take care not to twist the bracelet and make sure the two parts of the clasp are added the right side up. Secure the thread with two half-hitch knots, then sew away from the knot and trim the thread.

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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 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE RUFFLES CHOKER

MATERIALS • 13 x Dark Purple 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 16 x Dark Purple 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2m crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • peach 6.5mm satin ribbon • navy or dark purple 7mm organza ribbon

TOOLS • scissors • beading needle • lighter

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TO CREATE Repeat Steps 1-8 for the bracelet on page 31, leaving a 50cm tail of Fireline at the beginning and using 2m lengths of peach satin and navy or dark purple organza ribbon and 12mm purple pearls. Thread on eight 5mm pearls and sew back through the

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last 12mm pearl to form a circle with the smaller pearls. Sew back up through the 12mm pearl and through the ring of 5mm pearls, then back through the 12mm pearl again. Repeat this securing process for the ring of small pearls, then secure and trim the thread. Repeat with

the remaining tail of thread on the other side of the necklace. Cut 75cm lengths of satin and organza ribbon and fold them in half together. Push the middle fold a little way through the ring of 5mm pearls, then feed the ends of the ribbons through the loop and pull to secure

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in a lark’s head knot. Repeat on the other side of the necklace. Ensure the ends of the ribbon are the same length and trim if necessary. Use a lighter to carefully run along the ends of the ribbon to stop them from fraying. Tie the ribbons in a bow to fasten the necklace.

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE RUFFLES BROOCH TO CREATE Follow Steps 1-3 for the bracelet on page 31. Sew back down through the ribbon and the pearl again. Thread on a 10mm purple pearl, wrap the ribbon around one side of it and sew through the ribbon to keep it in place. Sew back up through the ribbon, the 10mm pearl and the 12mm pearl from Step 3, then back down again. Make two larger ruffles by sewing up and down through the ribbon three times at approximately 1cm intervals. Exit on the organza side. Add a 12mm coral pearl, wrap the ribbon around the side of the pearl, then sew through the ribbon to keep it in place. Keeping the tension tight, sew back up through the 12mm pearl, the ruffles and the 10mm pearl. Exit the needle between the first and second pearls. Sew back down through the ribbons and beads again and pull the thread to tighten. Make two even larger ruffles by sewing up and down through the ribbon three times at approximately 1.5cm intervals. Exit on the organza side. Sew back through the ruffles, the pearl and the ruffles, then back down again to secure. Make eight ruffles by sewing up and down through the ribbon 17 times at approximately 6mm intervals, exiting on the satin side. Add a 10mm purple pearl. Sew back up through one of the ruffles at the bottom of the coral pearl, through the coral pearl and the next

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approximately 5mm after the last stitch. Very carefully seal the ends of the ribbons with a lighter flame. Form a circle by sewing through the fold of ribbon and the first coral pearl and through the last purple pearl. Sew through the ribbon towards the middle of the circle, then thread on a 12mm purple pearl (to sit in the centre of the brooch). Sew across to the other side of the circle and exit through the ribbon. Keep the tension tight and sew back through again. Determine which is the front and back of the brooch. Sew

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set of ruffles, then back down again. Pull tight. Make two larger ruffles by sewing up and down through the ribbon four times at approximately 1cm intervals. Exit on the organza side. Thread on a 12mm coral pearl and take the ribbon around the side of the pearl, then sew through the ribbon to secure. Sew back through the ribbon, the 12mm pearl, the ruffles, the 10mm pearl and the ruffles, then back down again. Pull tight. Repeat Step 7. Sew through the ribbon, the 10mm purple pearl, the ruffles, the 12mm coral pearl and the ruffles and back down again. Make three ruffles by sewing five times at 1cm intervals, ending on the organza side. Snip the ribbon off

• Dark Purple 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl • 3 x Dark Purple 10mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 3 x Coral 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 1.5m crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • 1m peach 6.5mm satin ribbon • 1m navy or dark purple 7mm organza ribbon • 1m navy or dark purple 7mm organza ribbon • 35mm brooch pin

TOOLS • scissors • beading needle • lighter

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE RUFFLES EARRINGS

TO CREATE Follow Step 1 for the bracelet on page 31, using 60cm lengths of thread and ribbon. Make 12 ruffles using the main technique, then add a 12mm coral pearl and sew back through the ribbon. Sew back down through the ribbon, the pearl and the ribbon again. Add a 10mm coral pearl, make 10 ruffles and secure by sewing up and down through the ribbon and pearls as

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before. Add an 8mm coral pearl, make eight ruffles and secure as before. Trim the ribbons, leaving 1cm. Fold the end over and sew in place for a neat finish. Thread on a 5mm coral pearl, followed by eight size 11 seed beads. Sew back through the 5mm and 8mm pearls, forming a circle with the seed beads. Sew through the beads a few times to secure. Finish the thread with a knot and snip away from the knot. Thread the needle onto the tail you left at the start. Thread on a seed bead and sew back up through the pearls. Knot, secure and snip the thread. Using pliers, open the loop on the bottom of the fish-hook ear wires. Attach the

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MATERIALS • Dark Purple 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl • 13 x Coral 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 6 x Coral 3mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 1m crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • 60cm peach 6.5mm satin ribbon • 2 x 60cm of 7mm navy or dark purple organza ribbon

TOOLS • scissors • beading needle • lighter

TO CREATE Note: These material quantities will make a size N ring Seal the ends of the ribbon. Overlay the organza on the satin and, leaving a 20cm tail exiting the satin side, sew two small stitches at one end to hold the ribbons together. Exit on the organza side.

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Make 12 ruffles following the main technique for the bracelet on page 31, exit the organza side and thread on a 12mm purple pearl. Sew through the beginning of the ribbon and pull to form the ruffle. Thread on a 3mm coral pearl, then go back through the ribbon, the 12mm pearl and the ribbon on the other side. Add another 3mm coral pearl and sew back through the ribbon and the 12mm pearl, the ribbon and the other 3mm pearl. Sew back through to the other side, exiting the ribbon. Make 12 ruffles as before, exiting the organza side. Trim 5mm after the last stitch and seal the ends. Sew back through the pearl and pull the ruffle tight. Sew through the middle of four of the

earring to the ear wire by linking the ring of seed beads onto the wire and closing with pliers. Repeat for the other earring.

MATERIALS • 2 x Coral 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Coral 10mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Coral 8mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Coral 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 120cm crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • 120cm violet 6.5mm satin ribbon • 120cm gold 7mm organza ribbon • 18 x galvanised yellow gold size 11 seed beads • 2 x gold-plated fish-hook ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • scissors • beading needle • lighter

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ruffles, following the path of the previous thread. Thread on a 3mm pearl and sew through the next four ruffles in the same way. Add another 3mm pearl and sew through the next four ruffles. Repeat until you have added six 3mm

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side of the ring. Pick up some of the satin on the needle and sew back through the 3mm pearl, all of the 4mm pearls and the 3mm pearl on the other side again. Repeat this process, secure the ends of the thread, sew away from the knot and snip.

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE RUFFLES FREESTYLE NECKLACE TO CREATE Create a section of ruffles in the same way as you made the brooch on page 33, using a variety of different sizes and colours as shown in the picture, right. Leave a 40cm tail of ribbon at the beginning (you will use this later to create the bow decoration).

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Continue from the ruffled section into a strung section with ribbon wrapped around the side of each pearl and sewn in between. Vary the pearl sizes and colours. When you have reached the desired length, tie a bow. Sew the centre of the bow with Fireline to secure and add 4mm and 5mm pearls to decorate. Decorate the ends of the bow by adding

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MATERIALS • assorted Coral and Dark Purple 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 3m crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • approx 4m peach 6.5mm satin ribbon • approx 4m navy or

dark purple 7mm organza ribbon • 2 x galvanised yellow gold size 11 seed beads

TOOLS • beading needle • scissors • lighter

PENDANT TO CREATE Follow Steps 1-6 for the bracelet on page 31, using 60cm lengths of ribbon. Finish the shortest thread with a seed bead as you did on Step 4 for the earrings oposite. Make a loop of seed beads at the other end as you did on Step 3 for the earrings (omitting the 5mm pearl). Secure and trim the thread. Thread 50cm lengths of satin and organza ribbon together through the seed bead loop, making a lark’s head knot as you did on Step 3 for the choker on page 32. Finish the ends with folding cord ends, a jump ring and clasp on one side and a jump ring on the other.

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MATERIALS • 3 x Coral 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 70cm crystal Fireline 6lb 0.008 thread • 110cm peach 6.5mm satin ribbon • 110cm navy or dark purple 7mm organza ribbon • 2 x gold-plated folding cord ends • 2 x gold-plated 5mm jump rings • gold-plated 11mm fancy trigger clasp • 18 x galvanised yellow gold size 11 seed beads

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • scissors • beading needle • lighter

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BIRTHSTONES APRIL

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We continue our series with a closer look at the two birthstones associated with the month of April – diamond, the most prized gemstone on earth, and rock crystal, a glittering variety of quartz

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MATERIALS DIAMOND CENTRED FLOWER PIN

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

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

TO CREATE Create a small flat spiral in the end of the 0.8mm wire, just larger than the flat pad on the stick pin. To do this, start with a circle formed around the tip of your round-nosed pliers, then grasp the circle flat with nylonjaw pliers and gently guide the wire into a spiral around this circle. Position the spiral on the flat pad of the pin and, holding it firmly, take the end of the wire behind the pad and wrap it around and about 5mm down the stem of the pin to secure. Snip the end and squash snug to the pin using nylon-jaw pliers. Form a flower shape in the 0.6mm wire by shaping a single petal around a small cylindrical object and making one twist in its base before moving on to the next petal alongside. At this point the petals should be formed side by side in a line with a 1-2mm space between them.

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SAID TO BESTOW: Eternal love, invincibility, purity

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the Snaptite setting down onto it until the stone clicks into place. Check the security of the stone by ensuring that it is sitting snugly in the setting. Attach it to the centre of the wire spiral on the flat pad of your pin using a dab of epoxy glue. diamonds and this confirms its authenticity. At their purest, diamonds are used for jewellery, but less pure examples of natural diamond are used in industry for drilling and polishing. The ‘four Cs’ are used to grade diamonds – clarity, colour, cut and carat. Carat used to have

Sterling silver beads and findings are the perfect match for creating a special piece of jewellery featuring diamonds but if your budget has been stretched by the diamond and setting, silver-plated components are a good alternative

various definitions but is now standardised at 0.2g. The value of a diamond increases in proportion to the absence of colour and impurities. A well cut diamond will exhibit what is known as its ‘fire’; the rainbow of colours that appears when the stone disperses white light.


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• strand of rock crystal chips • large faceted rock crystal nugget • silver 2mm round beads • silver 5mm jump rings • silver headpin • silver large textured oval ring • silver small smooth oval ring • silver beaded bead caps • silver small donut beads • silver lobster clasp and extension chain • nylon beading thread • superglue

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

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medium and then a small chip in each group. Bead about 17cm of the thread in this way, finishing with a silver bead. Add a crimp bead, another silver bead and your lobster clasp before looping the thread ends back through the silver bead, the crimp and a

few beads. Pull the thread up snug, set the crimp, then trim the thread end short. Repeat for the other side of the necklace, finishing with the extension chain. Thread an eyepin with a silver bead, a bead cap, the rock crystal nugget, a bead

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rock crystal. Because of its clarity and resilience it is widely used in the manufacture of lamps, lenses and watches, and it is also the material from which clairvoyants’ crystal balls are made! It is fairly hard and, like diamond, it can be used as a cutting tool. The most important deposits of rock crystal are found in Brazil.

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cap and silver bead before turning a simple loop in the end, snug to the final bead. Connect a pair of jump rings to each of the oval rings, then connect the two rings together using another pair of jump rings. Hang the connected rings from the beaded eyepin using a further pair of rings to make the 2-in-2 jump ring pattern. Connect the upper loop of the eyepin to the silver donut bead on your necklace, again using this jump

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ring pattern. If desired, you can easily replace this jump ring pattern with a decorative Byzantine link, shown above, as follows. Connect four 2-in-2 pairs of jump rings. Fold back the final pair of rings, part the two previous rings now visible between the folded back pair and attach another pair of jump rings side by side through the back of the foldedback pair and at the same time through the silver donut.

WHERE TO BUY The 2mm diamond, sterling silver Snaptite setting and sterling silver wire and beads used here are available from www.kernowcraft.co.uk The rock crystal chips and faceted nuggets are available from www.thebeadster.com www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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10MM SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BUTTERFLIES Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: 65p

8” STRAND FACETED TWISTER BRIOLETTES Stockist: Precious Sparkle Beads www.precioussparkle beads.co.uk Tel: 01738 563264 RRP: £19.99


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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

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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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LAMPWORK BEADS REACTIVE GLASS

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Be brave and experiment with reactive glass for gorgeous explosions of colour and unique effects. Rachel Bishop shows you how

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

he thought of working with reactive glass scares some people – and the fear of how costly it can be to produce beautiful effects also puts them off. It certainly kept me at a safe distance for a while! Luckily, though, you can create stunning beads that I think give the more expensive, silver-rich glasses a run for their money, using budgetfriendly materials that will allow you to have fun and experiment. Have a look at the glass that the German manufacturer Reichenbach produces – there are wonderful colours and reactive

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glass that won’t bust your budget. Also have a play with reactive glass frits such as Iris Gold or Iris Orange (known as Raku) and see what colours you can tease out of them.

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Effetre glass is also good for exploring possibilities. I’ve used Rubino Oro for the Reactive Dots project opposite – this is gorgeous pink glass, rich in gold, that will

do lovely things when used with certain glasses. Have a look at the colour recipes I have listed and have a go at some of them. The projects here are suitable for lampworkers

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LAMPWORK BEADS REACTIVE GLASS REACTIVE DOTS BEADS TO CREATE Prepare your stringers ready for the project – you will need some fairly thick stringers made

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from the Rubino Oro glass and some thinner stringers made from the turquoise glass. Next, make your bead base using the Viola glass. It doesn’t need to be a big bead. Once you are happy with the size and shape of your bead, let it cool slightly. Take a Rubino stringer and, working fairly high up the flame (Rubino doesn`t like to be

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worked too hot), place six raised dots around the middle of the bead. Next, place raised dots of Rubino around the shoulders of the bead and carefully melt them in, again working higher up in the flame. You will see the reaction between the Viola and the Rubino glasses when you have done this. Using the thinner turquoise stringer, carefully place tiny

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raised dots on top of the Rubino dots. It can be easy to make a big blob on top of a Rubino dot, which can spoil the look of your bead, so make sure you are working at the side of the flame with the stringer. Finally, gently melt in all the dots until the surface of your bead is smooth. Let your bead cool slightly (until the glow has gone from the bead – I hold my bead under my work surface

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MATERIALS • Viola Opaque Effetre glass rod • Rubino Oro Effetre glass rod • Light Turquoise Effetre glass rod

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This is not the only colour combination you can get great results with – these are just some of the glass recipes I have had really good reactions with: • Turquoise and Mosaic Green • Turquoise and EDP Purple • Copper Green and Mosaic Green • Copper Green and Ivory • Copper Green and Rubino Oro • Rubino Oro and Viola • Rubino Oro and Periwinkle Blue • Rubino Oro and Baby Pink • Lime Green and Mosaic Green • Lime Green and EDP Purple • Opal Yellow and Rubino Oro • Opal Yellow and Turquoise • Opal Yellow and EDP

REACTIONS CHARM BRACELET

TO CREATE Thread a 4mm Purple Xilion, a lampwork bead and another Purple Xilion in order onto nine headpins. Attach these charms at even intervals around the bracelet, hooking the pin through an integral jump ring and creating a wrapped loop to secure.

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to effectively see if the bead has stopped glowing orange), then put your finished bead into annealing bubble.

Swarovski Xilion beads • 9 x Air Blue Opal 8mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 36 x silver headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

Thread Fuchsia, Amethyst and Air Blue Xilions individually onto the remaining headpins and secure by making a wrapped loop. Open the jump rings between the lampwork charms and attach one Xilion charm in each colour to each ring. Continue until you have filled the gaps between the lampwork bead charms.

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LAMPWORK BEADS REACTIVE GLASS MATERIALS

TWILIGHT BEADS TO CREATE Make a small round bead with

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Multicolour glass and let it cool slightly. Super-heat the bead until it is glowing really hot, all the while taking care not to lose the shape. Remove the bead from the flame and let it cool down a little. It should now be transparent.

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2 x lampwork beads silver ear wires 2 x silver eyepins 4 x Black Diamond 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 8 x silver tiny star charms • 8 x silver oval jump rings • silver trace chain

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

TWILIGHT EARRINGS TO CREATE Onto each eyepin thread a Xilion bead, a lampwork bead and another Xilion bead. Secure each pin by making a wrapped loop, then attach them to the ear wires. Attach an oval jump ring to the base of each earring through the loop in the eyepin. Cut

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Take the clear glass rod and heat while keeping the bead warm under the flame. Encase the bead in the clear glass so it is completely covered. Melt the glass in until your bead is round again. Let the bead cool slightly and place it

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the chain so you have three sets of different lengths and attach these to the open jump rings. Also add a star charm to each jump ring before closing. Attach the other star charms to the bottom of the chains using the remaining jump rings.

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into your annealing bubble or kiln. This is not the end of the process for your bead, though. Where are the lovely colours? The magic happens while the bead is being annealed in the kiln – during the annealing process the Multicolour glass is struck because of the

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• Multicolour Light Reichenbach glass rod • Clear (006) Effetre glass rod

TOOLS • prepared mandrels

heat of the kiln and the colours are developed. When annealing is finished you should have a beautiful bead.

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LAMPWORK BEADS REACTIVE GLASS FAUX BORO BEADS It really does not matter To start, make a too much if you don’t small barrel in the have a perfect barrel. amethyst glass. I do this Gently reheat the by cheating! I make a bead until it is small disc and, while it glowing and roll it in is still hot, press the the Faux Boro frit. bead while turning the Reintroduce the bead mandrel on the marver. into the top of the

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MATERIALS • 9 x lampwork beads • 20 x Jet AB 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 10 x shiny silver 6mm Cheerio beads • 20 x silver 2mm round beads • 2 x crimp beads • 2 x crimp covers • toggle clasp • 2 x oval jump rings • Beadalon stringing wire

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

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FIREFLIES BRACELET TO CREATE Attach one end of the toggle clasp to the beading wire and secure using a crimp bead. Cover the crimp bead with a crimp cover. Snip off any excess wire. Thread the beads onto the wire in the

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following sequence: Xilion, 2mm round, Cheerio, 2mm round, Xilion, lampwork bead. Repeat this pattern until you have used all of the beads. Attach the second part of the toggle clasp and secure with a crimp bead. Cut away any excess wire and cover the crimp with the crimp cover.

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• Amethyst Effetre medium glass rod • Clear (006) Effetre glass rod • Faux Boro Fun Frit

TOOLS • prepared mandrels • graphite marver

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I like to use crimp covers because they give a professional-looking finish to your jewellery. It isn’t always possible to close a crimp really neatly and the crimp covers will hide this!

WHERE TO BUY Lampworking materials can be bought from www.tuffnellglass.com Faux Boro Fun Frit is available from www.beadysamglass.com All the additional materials used in these jewellery pieces are available from www.jillybeads.com www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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Each reader featured wins this fabulous package worth £15 from B for Beads, which includes a selection of seaglass beads and Tibetan silver charms

WIRE-WRAPPED WATCH BY ALISON BICKELL FROM DEVON MATERIALS • watch face (from www.beadsneeds.co.uk) • purple 2mm wire (from www.beadsdirect.co.uk) • silver-plated 0.8mm tarnish-resistant wire (from www.wires.co.uk)

www.b-for-beads.co.uk 01352 755532

BLACK FLOWER NECKLACE BY BRIGITTE FUGILL FROM CARDIFF MATERIALS • black plastic flower charms • black plastic leaf charms • silver-plated wing charms • silver-plated 24” chain • silver-plated toggle clasp

• silver-plated 32mm headpins • Jet AB 4mm Swarovski bicones • black seed beads • crystal 4mm faceted round beads

BUTTERFLY CHAIN BY SARAH MARK FROM KENT MATERIALS

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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• red Czech crystals • copper-plated butterfly charms • copper-plated chain • jump rings • trigger clasp • eyepins

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


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CBJ13 pp46-50 Beadtime_CBJ 28/02/2011 16:18 Page 46

BEAD TIME

JEMMA FRENCH DESIGNER

ABOUT JEMMA… Jemma is the in-house designer and workshop instructor at the busy Kingston branch of Bead Time, responsible for creating projects for classes, inspiring samples and kits for the shop. She has been designing and making jewellery for more than 10 years, alongside completing a degree in fashion design. Jemma is passionate about all things creative, and loves to experiment with unusual findings, bead combinations and materials.

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TO CREATE The key to creating this piece is to string each strand separately and bring them together at the end stage. Select a range of contrasting yet complementary beads, seed beads, spacers and bead caps. Cut four lengths of Tigertail to your desired length – I have staggered the lengths between 22cm and 28cm. Place a 2mm crimp bead 3cm from the end of each strand and crimp. This will act as a stopper whilst threading. In order to fit into the bell closer, the beads at the base of the

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necklace need to be small. Begin and end each strand with an estimated 3cm of seed beads, using a mix of larger beads and seed beads in the middle (see Fig 1, below). Fix the individual completed strands in place with a final crimp bead at the end. Gather the four strands together, curving them

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to check the alignment, place a crimp bead over all of the strands and crimp them all together at both ends (Fig 2). With the strands all joined together, select the bell closer clasp. Cut the existing looped headpin and clasp off the bell closer so you are left with the bell-shaped end

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piece on its own. Cut the flat stopper off a long headpin. Using round-nosed pliers, make a loop at the base of the headpin. Hook it under the crimp that secures all the strands together. Loop once more to secure the strands. Thread the bell closer onto the headpin, pushing it over the seed beads. Thread a decorative bead onto the headpin to lie on top of the bell closer (Fig 3). Wrap the headpin down to form a loop and reattach the clasp and extension chain with jump rings.

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MATERIALS • assorted green beads in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • teal and green Czech glass seed beads • assorted silver decorative spacer beads and bead caps in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • Bead Fairy 0.45mm 19-strand beading wire • 2mm crimps • silver 8x9mm bell closer with extension chain • silver 4x6mm oval jump rings • silver 75mm headpins

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


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BEAD TIME TO CREATE Cut the required length of 0.7mm clear nylon elastic to fit your wrist size – I have used approximately 18cm as the wrist measurement and added 10cm to allow for finishing. Keeping around 5cm of the elastic in one hand to avoid the beads falling off, thread on your selection of beads and bead caps (see Fig 1, above). Between each of the bead caps, add a looped spacer, from which to attach the charms.

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MATERIALS Once you have threaded all the beads onto the elastic, grip the two loose ends and tie in a double knot. Without loosening it, apply a small amount of glue to the knot and allow to dry (Fig 2).

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double loop to the base of the bead. Attach each of the charms to the looped spacers using oval jump rings by simply opening the jump ring, threading through the loop of the charm and spacer and closing (Fig 3).

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• clear 0.7mm nylon elastic • assorted green beads in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • dark teal 4mm crystal bicones • green Czech glass seed beads • assorted silver decorative spacer beads and bead caps in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes, including spacer beads with loops • antique silver 21x6mm dragonfly wings • glue

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

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BEAD TIME MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

teal 10mm ribbon 2 x teal large glass beads teal medium glass bead 2 x teal small glass beads teal ceramic heart bead 2 x teal ceramic cube beads silver 9mm split rings silver 4x6mm oval jump rings silver 75mm headpins silver 8x5mm round end cap silver heart toggle clasp 2 x silver 10mm ribbon cord ends antique silver 28x16mm large 2-row connectors antique silver 4x5mm metal rondelles antique silver 10x18mm small filigree leaf charms antique silver 9x9mm bead cap spacer beads

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

TO CREATE This project incorporates the use of ribbon as an unusual finishing. The

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main body of the necklace is constructed using metal connectors, linked to the beads using jump rings and headpins. To create beaded spacers, select four beads to create looped linking beads. To form the links each side of the bead, cut the stopper from a headpin and form a single loop at each end of the headpin, with the bead in the centre. To link the four beaded sections to the three metal connectors, open each of the single loops at the end of the beaded linking beads, slide through the loop of the connector and close. Repeat to form the body of the necklace. To make the pendant section at the bottom, select a long headpin and cut off the stopper at the base. Turn a double loop at the base of the large pendant bead, thread

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through and repeat the headpin loop at the top of the bead. Link the large pendant bead to the central metallic spacer using an oval jump ring. Once connected, attach two charms to each of

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the free loops, using jump rings and headpin loops to connect. To attach the ribbon to the main body, add a split ring to each end of the necklace. Using approximately 20cm of ribbon on each

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side, loop it through the split ring, bring the ends together at the back and apply a ribbon end. Attach a toggle clasp, using jump rings to link the toggle fittings to the loops of the ribbon end findings.

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MATERIALS • assorted green beads in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • green and teal Czech glass seed beads • assorted silver decorative spacer beads and bead caps in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • antique silver 21x6mm dragonfly wings • antique silver 4x5mm metal rondelles • antique silver 17mm

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round disc bead • silver 14x14mm puffed hammered heart bead • silver 8x14mm small oblong padlock charm • silver bag charm clip • silver 15mm split ring • silver 6x10mm curb chain • silver 25mm headpins

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

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TO CREATE This project requires you to construct charms using beads, spacers and bead caps. To do this, select your beads and thread them onto a headpin, allowing the beads to fall onto the stopper at the base of the pin. Gripping the top of the headpin, turn it

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down into a double loop until it reaches the bead. Cut off any excess loops. For this project, I have created 16 charms. Cut a four-link length of chain. The links should each have a split in the side, allowing them to be opened. Open the bottom chain link and thread 2-4 charms on before closing it securely. Move up to the next chain link and repeat this process, adding up

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to four bead charms per link. It is important to keep the beads balanced in size and weight as you progress up the chain, so that the bag charm hangs well. Once you have finished threading charms onto each of the four links, connect the bag charm hook to the final chain link using a large split ring. To do this, slide flat-nosed pliers in to separate the split ring and pull round.

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BEAD TIME

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MATERIALS • bangle-size 60mm memory wire • assorted green beads in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • dark teal 4mm crystal bicones • teal Czech glass seed beads • assorted silver decorative spacer beads and bead caps in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • antique silver 21x6mm dragonfly wings • antique silver

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10x18mm small filigree leaf charms antique silver 8x10mm butterfly charms antique silver 4x5mm metal rondelles antique silver7x14mm small leaf charm silver 4x6mm oval jump rings silver 25mm headpins

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Memory wire is a great product to use for bracelets as it makes for simple yet effective stringing. For this project, cut off a threeloop section of the wire using memory wire cutters (see Fig 1, below). Using round-nosed pliers, grip the end of the memory wire and coil twice to create a neat loop at the end of the wire (Fig 2). This double loop will act as a stopper and also allows you to

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add decorative charms to finish the ends. Memory wire is so called because it retains its shape. With the rounded base of your bracelet already formed, you can begin to thread your bead, bead cap and spacer selection directly onto the wire. This design works particularly effectively if you string a wide selection of beads – consider using a mixture of shapes and textures, using the bead

caps and spacers to bring the colours alive. To create a sumptuous, clustered effect I incorporated looped spacers throughout the bracelet, from which to hang charms and beads. To create charms using beads, thread a headpin through the bead and grip the top of the pin with roundnosed pliers. Coil the headpin down until it reaches the top of the bead (Fig 3). Once you have threaded all your beads onto the memory wire, repeat the end looping process from Step 2 (Fig 4). Attach metal and beaded charms to these loops to finish.

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BEAD TIME TO CREATE This necklace utilises linking techniques and allows you to effectively combine beads and chain. To begin, cut four links of decorative chain for each side of the necklace – this chain will lie at the back of the neck. To create the beaded links, select a long flat headpin and cut off the stopper. Using round-nosed pliers, turn a double loop at the end of the headpin. Thread through the bead caps and bead, and finish by turning a loop on the other side of the bead. Open oval jump rings and use them to link the loops on either side of the beaded links until you have created a string of

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five large beads. At the bottom of the necklace, link three oval jump rings to create a chain section fine enough to thread through the silver pendant loop. Once central, repeat the process of linking the beads and chain together with jump rings. With the body of the necklace strung, attach a toggle clasp to the chain section at the back, threading a jump ring to link the chain to the toggle clasp loops. Complete the necklace by adding decorative charms to the bottom two links of the necklace. To do this, open each of the linking jump rings and simply thread on a silver charm. Close the jump ring link to finish.

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MATERIALS • 2 x green cotton sewing beads • mint green 15mm cotton wrap bead • turquoise 15mm cotton wrap bead • mint green 13mm cotton wrap bead • turquoise 13mm cotton wrap bead • green and blue fluted ceramic beads • antique silver 36mm large patterned disc pendant • antique silver 18x26mm large patterned connector beads • assorted antique silver bead caps in various sizes, shapes, patterns and finishes • antique silver small leaf, bell flower, butterfly and star charms • silver 18x8mm fancy chain • silver 14x26mm toggle clasp with flower design • silver 4x6mm oval jump rings • silver 75mm headpins

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

TO CREATE This asymmetric necklace has no clasp. It incorporates a range of techniques and is designed in sections. To start, cut a 55cm length of Tigertail to string the seed bead section and thread on a 2mm crimp bead. Thread the Tigertail through the wire end protector and back into the crimp bead at the base. Crimp and cover with a 4mm crimp cover. String your selection of seed beads and spacers onto the full length of Tigertail. Repeat the finishing as before, using a crimp, wire end protector and crimp cover. This seed bead section will lie at the back of the neck. To create the large, linked bead section, take a long headpin, cut off the stopper and create a double loop at the base. Thread on your bead caps and bead. Wrap another

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loop to complete. Link with oval jump rings. To create the large pendant base section, cut a 35cm length of Tigertail. Thread a wire end protector halfway down, pull the two loose ends of wire through a crimp bead and cover. Draw both strands through the large bead caps and bead.

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JEWELLERY MIXED BEAD PENDANTS

VALERIE JONES DESIGNER

fanning the flames

Inspired by vintage jewellery, these wonderful mixed-bead fan motifs can be easily adapted, from dramatic Art Deco-style to delicate and feminine, to suit your look

ABOUT VALERIE…

DECO FANS NECKLACE

Valerie has been designing and making jewellery for the past 15 years and finds that beadwork is the perfect way to express her passion for colour, shape and texture. She loves the challenge of turning a drawing in her sketchbook into a three-dimensional piece of jewellery. You can see more of Valerie’s beadwork on her website at www.beadizzy.com

TO CREATE Thread a needle with a 1.5m length of Nymo. Pick up two size 11 amber seed beads, two size 8 seed beads and another two amber seed beads. Go back up through the first two amber beads and one size 8 bead (see Fig 1, below). Leave a 12cm tail, which you will use in Step 4. Pick up two amber beads, two size 8 beads and another two amber beads. Go down the size 8 bead opposite the one where your working thread exits. Go up the adjacent size 8 bead and continue through two amber beads and a

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size 8 bead, as in Fig 2. Repeat Step 2 until your strip of beads is 18 beads long. Go through the last two size 8 beads again. Thread a second needle onto the 12cm tail thread and join the circle by going through each of the parallel rows of beads (Fig 3). Secure the tail inside the circle with a tiny knot and bead stringing glue. Trim off the tail. Go through two amber beads. Pick up four Delica beads. Go down the amber bead opposite the one where your working thread exits and up the adjacent amber bead. Continue through

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two Delicas. Pick up another four Delicas. Go down one Delica and up three Delicas. Continue adding four new Delicas and securing in this way until you have a strip 14 beads long and two wide (Fig 4). Skip over a size 8 and go up through the next amber bead in the circle and down through the adjacent amber bead. Go down through one Delica and up the adjacent Delica. Continue through two amber beads to position your thread ready for the next step (Fig 5). Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have five ‘petals’. Bring the thread to the inside of the

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circle. Pick up a black size 11 seed bead, a 6mm hematite bead and another black bead. Go under the ladder threads on either side of the size 8 beads at the base of the circle (Fig 6). Go through the three beads you just added. Pass the needle to

the outside of the circle and hook it round the ladder thread next to a size 8 bead. Pick up five black beads to make a picot. Go back through the two black beads and the hematite bead you added, hooking your thread round the ladder

MATERIALS • 37 x red 4mm round bamboo coral beads • 5 x hematite 6mm round beads • 10g Smoke silver-lined Miyuki Delica beads • 300 x amber silver-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • 200 x black size 11 Toho seed beads • 80 x Smoke Topaz silver-lined size 8 Toho seed beads

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• grey Nymo size D beading thread • Tigertail 0.012mm beading wire • 2 x crimp beads • 2 x calottes • 2 x jump rings • trigger clasp • bead stringing glue

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JEWELLERY MIXED BEAD PENDANTS TO CREATE

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Following Steps 1-8 for the necklace opposite, make a fan motif using the alternative colour scheme and the faceted crystal beads instead of the coral and hematite beads. Attach a jump ring to the central ‘petal’. Thread headpins with beads as shown in the main picture, and attach these to the jump ring. Attach a pendant bail to the picot and suspend it from a chain.

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Run your thread through a few beads, then secure it with a knot and some beading glue. Trim off the thread. Make four more fan shapes by repeating Steps 1-8. Now cut two 80cm strands of Tigertail. Pass one strand through a size 8 seed bead at the top of a fan. Pick up three amber seed beads, a size 8 bead, three black seed beads, a size 8 bead, a 4mm coral bead, a size 8 bead, three black beads, a size 8 bead and three amber beads. Go through a size 8 bead at the top of another fan. Repeat the sequence to thread the remaining fans. Thread the second length of Tigertail through the other size 8 bead at the top of the first fan. Pick

up three amber beads, a size 8 bead and three black beads. Go through the size 8 bead, coral bead and next size 8 bead on the first length of Tigertail. Pick up three black beads, one size 8 bead and three amber beads. Pass through the size 8 bead at the top of the next fan. Repeat the sequence through the other fans. Bead the sides of the necklace by adding three amber beads, a size 8 bead and three black beads to each strand. Pass both strands together through a size 8 bead, a coral bead and another size 8 bead. Add three black beads, a size 8 bead, three amber beads and a size 8 bead. Continue with this beading sequence until the necklace reaches your required length, then thread a calotte on each end. Place a crimp bead inside the calotte and bring the Tigertail back through the calotte and a few seed beads to secure. Add jump rings and a clasp.

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thread before coming back through them. Reinforce the picot a few times. Exit through the last black bead in the picot. Go through two amber beads and four Delicas. Hook the thread round a ladder thread to secure. Bring the thread to the inside of the petal and pick up a 4mm bamboo coral bead. Pass through the petal and pick up a Delica. Pass through the next petal and add the next coral bead (Fig 7). Continue adding coral beads to the inside and a Delica between petals. Pull the thread to tighten the petals and hook the thread around the ladder thread on the outside of the fifth petal. Go back through the newly added beads and petals to reinforce the structure.

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MATERIALS • 10 x red 4mm round bamboo coral beads • 2 x hematite 6mm round beads • 300 x Smoke silver-lined Miyuki Delica beads • 24 x amber silver-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • 12 x Smoke Topaz silver-lined size 8 Toho seed beads

• 10 x black size 11 Toho seed beads • grey Nymo size D beading thread • ear wires • bead stringing glue

TOOLS • 2 x size 12 beading needles • scissors • pliers and side cutters

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BEADS UNLIMITED

GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER

cherry blossom season

This lovely necklace uses heavy chain and beautiful curved glass chips to give the impression of gently swaying pink blossom – perfect for spring

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.

TO CREATE Cut three lengths of chain, measuring 52cm, 46cm and 41cm. Thread a rocaille onto a headpin, followed by a glass chip. Bend the headpin at a 90º angle so that it lies tightly against the back of the glass chip. Trim the headpin approximately 1cm above the glass chip and bend the very end into a loop; don’t close the loop yet. Repeat for all the glass chips, varying the lengths of the headpin by up to an extra centimetre for a more organic finish. Measure around 18.5cm along the 41cm length of chain. Attach a beaded headpin and close the loop. Attach seven more beaded headpins along the chain in each link so that they all sit on the same side of the chain.

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length of chain. Add a beaded headpin in the same way. Measure 15cm along from the first headpin and add a second so that it sits on the same side of the chain. Add 21 more beaded headpins between the first two, spacing them out evenly. Lay the three beaded chains flat on a table in a row, with the shortest chain

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• 48 x pink glass chips • 5g gold size 8 rainbow rocailles • 48 x antique gold headpins • 2 x antique gold 8mm jump rings • antique gold heavy chain • silver-plated trigger clasp

TOOLS • craft multi-pliers

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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 fun, funky mix of dramatic black, white and pink acrylic flowers, antique-look charms and striped, patterned, lampwork and floral fabric beads. All the beads featured were supplied by Beads by Lili (www.beadsbylili.com)

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LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

FLOWER CHAIN CHOKER

The fabric bracelet was the first piece I made with this set of beads and I love it! Bold and simple, but so effective. I was very excited by the bold combination of colours in this set – black, pink and white make such a statement when combined. I’m getting back into the style of wearing elasticated bracelets as day-in, day-out throw-on pieces, and the Eye Candy bracelet was inspired by a rather funky dress my sister owns!

TO CREATE Lay out your bead design on a bead board. Attach a crimp and calotte on one end of your length of nylon. Feed all the beads onto the nylon in the order shown in the main picture. Secure the open end of the nylon with a second crimp and calotte. Attach a jump ring to the calottes and affix to a clasp. Feed a length of chain through the floral statement bead. Secure a charm to the open ends of the chain using a jump ring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • nylon • calottes • clasp • chain • crimps • jump rings

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

EYE CANDY BRACELET

TO CREATE Tie a knot 2” from the end of a length of elastic cord. Feed your beads onto the elastic and secure with a knot at the end. Tie the two lengths of unbeaded elastic together tightly and trim the excess.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • elastic cord

TOOLS • sharp scissors

FABRIC BRACELET TO CREATE Select a symmetrical bead design and lay out your beads on a bead mat. Tie a knot 2” from the end of a length of elastic cord. Feed your beads onto the elastic cord and secure with a knot at the end. Tightly tie the two ends of elastic together and trim off the excess.

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• Bead Challenge bead mix • elastic cord

TOOLS • bead mat • sharp scissors

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

FLOWER CHARM NECKLACE

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!”.

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver-plated large oval-link chain • silver-plated 16mm jump ring • headpins • eyepins • black-plated 7mm jump rings

MEL SAYS… I love the simple colour range in this challenge – and the mix of bead types from lampwork to acrylic to fabric-covered. The large flower beads shouted out at me to be made into a big funky charm-style necklace. Then after all the mixed mediums of the necklace I felt that the dotted lampwork beads were pretty enough to be the main feature of the earrings. Black and white is always so striking when put simply together and is never really out of fashion so the monochrome stripe beads just had to be clustered onto a charm ring base.

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TOOLS TO CREATE Cut a length of chain to suit your neck size and add a 16mm jump ring to one end. Thread a 4mm pink bead and a tube bead onto a headpin, then begin to make a wrapped loop by holding the top of the wire with round-nosed pliers and bending it over at 90°. Next, reposition the pliers to sit on top of the bend and bring the wire all the way back over and underneath, ready to wrap around the stem. Before you wrap the wire, hook the loop directly onto

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the end link of the chain. Wrap the wire around the stem, trim and squash in neatly with chain-nosed pliers if necessary. Now thread the tube bead through the jump ring as you would a toggle clasp. Thread an eyepin through one half of the centre of a large black flower bead so the wire comes out on top and the loop part of the pin is in the middle of the flower. Make a wrapped loop as in Step 1 and attach the pin directly to the link in the centre of the chain. Thread a

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seed bead and a 6mm white bead onto a short headpin, trim the end of the wire and turn a tiny loop, attaching the charm to the loop in the centre of the flower bead before closing securely. For each of the two large white flower beads, thread a seed bead onto a headpin, then thread through one half of the middle as in Step 2. Make wrapped loops to attach them directly to the chain, around 10-11cm each side of the black flower. Fill in the gaps between the flower

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beads by threading a variety of different beads onto headpins (individually or ‘sandwiched’ between contrasting smaller beads) and attaching them directly to the chain with wrapped loops every 2-3 links as before, leaving the top 5-6cm of chain on either side free. Attach a few silvery acrylic heart and dragonfly charms to gaps in the chain using black-plated 7mm jump rings.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE

LAMPWORK CHAIN EARRINGS

Cut two short lengths of chain measuring approximately 2cm – count the links to make sure both are the same length. Attach a piece of chain to each earring finding by opening and closing the loops on the findings with pliers. Thread a pink 4mm bead and a lampwork bead onto a headpin. Bend the top of the wire over by 90°, trim to 1cm and turn a simple loop with round-nosed pliers, hooking it onto the end link of one of the chain lengths before closing completely. Repeat for the second earring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • black-plated small link chain • earring findings • 2 x black-plated headpins

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

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Bead Challenge bead mix 10-hole charm ring finding black-plated headpins black-plated eyepins

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

TO CREATE Thread three stripy beads individually onto eyepins, bend the pins over by 90° and turn simple loops on the tops. Before closing them securely, attach one to the centre loop of the top row of ring loops and the remaining two each end of the bottom row of ring loops. Thread a 4mm black bead followed by a stripy bead onto a headpin. Repeat twice more. Bend the pins over by 90° and turn simple loops on the tops. Before closing

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them securely, attach one to the second loop on the top row, one to the fifth loop on the top row and the remaining one to the centre loop on the bottom row. Thread a 4mm black bead and a 6mm white bead onto a headpin. Repeat so you have four in total. Bend the pins over by 90° and turn simple loops on the tops. Before closing them securely, attach them to the first and fourth loops of the top row and the second and fourth loops of the bottom row.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

FIORI BIB NECKLACE

ANA BAIRD DESIGNER

ABOUT ANA…

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Ana started jewellery making as a hobby while studying at university in South America for her teaching degree. Her designs have gone from simple stringing to more elaborate wirework, macramé and beadwork, and her jewellery is influenced by her Peruvian roots, nature and everyday items. Last year Ana, who is now resident in Northern Ireland, created Latin Beads (www.latinbeads.com), a website to sell her handmade jewellery. She actively participates in the Northern Ireland Beaders Guild as part of the committee. She also updates her blog regularly with her latest jewellery creations.

CLARE SAYS... My eyes were drawn to the black fabric beads in the bag, though I try to avoid that colour in my jewellery projects.These beads have a satin finish and I loved the floral pattern. I was thrilled by the different materials and shapes of the beads and charms. Glass, fabric and plastic give a nice combination of textures, as well as making weightless jewellery. A chunky necklace or earrings with lots of glass can be really heavy and uncomfortable. I will try this colour combination again as it’s pink without looking too girly girl!

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TO CREATE Cut two 30cm lengths of Tigertail, thread on a crimp bead and go back through the crimp bead to create a loop. Squeeze the crimp bead with flat-nosed pliers. Thread on 14 beads, including the three flowers. Thread on another crimp bead and create a loop as in Step 1. Cut a 12cm length of 0.8mm wire. Create a loop with round-nosed pliers and continue to coil the wire around a

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few times, using a pair of flat-nosed pliers. Repeat the same process with the other end, coiling in the opposite direction to create a spiral. Leave a gap of about 3cm between the two spirals. Bend them slightly to create a U-shape. Thread one spiral end, a bead and then the other spiral end onto an eyepin. Create a loop in the end of the eyepin. Use round-nosed pliers to hold the loose wire between the spirals by

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the middle and twist the wire to create the curvy design. Thread another six beads onto headpins and connect them to the spiral bead. Cut two 12cm lengths of pink cord and attach the connectors at the ends. Connect the two beaded strands to the cord using jump rings. Finish off by attaching the lobster clasp at one end, and a short length of chain embellished with a dangling bead at the other.

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Bead Challenge bead mix eyepins silver-plated 0.8mm wire Tigertail crimp beads jump rings connectors lobster clasp chain

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS COLOUR ME PINK BRACELET

• Bead Challenge bead mix • eyepins • silver-plated 0.8mm wire • lobster clasp • jump rings • chain

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

TO CREATE Cut four 12cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Create spirals as described for the Fiori Bib necklace opposite and attach them to the beads using eyepins. Twist the loose wire between the spirals. Thread another four beads onto eyepins and make loops at the ends. Connect the spiral beads to the plain ones using two jump rings

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NOCHE EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a small bead, a large bead and another small bead onto a headpin and make a loop. Thread six small beads onto eyepins and make loops at the ends. Attach a jump ring to the three-beaded eyepin and slide two small-beaded ones on each side. Repeat to connect the other four. Attach a short length of chain to the top of the beads and add the earring wire at the chain end. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create the matching earring.

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If you run out of eyepins, use the 0.8mm wire to create your own

WIN! WIN! WIN! To mark our first birthday, we are giving away a selection of the fabulous bead and findings mixes that have featured in our Bead Challenge over the past year, including this issue’s gorgeous black, white and pink set. For your chance to win, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J13 Bead Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 14th April 2011

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MIXED METAL JEWELLERY BREAKING THE RULES!

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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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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

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CBJ13 pp66-67 Glass Focal Beads_Beading 28/02/2011 12:01 Page 66

WORLD OF BEADS

ABOUT MICHELE…

Showcase gorgeous painted and foiled glass beads with textured silver rings and bicones for an irresistibly pretty finish

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.

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oval onto the headpin and make a wrapped loop at the top. Attach one end of an aqua melon-seed bead to a 20mm hammered ring and the other end to a 16mm twisted ring, using 6mm jump rings. Attach a total of three beads in this way, alternating the rings. When you have three aqua beads in your ‘chain’ add a

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painted oval with two loops to the twisted ring. Attach a 4mm jump ring to the other end of the painted oval, and add another oval bead with two loops. Add a 6mm and a 4mm jump ring to the 4mm ring, and attach the painted oval on the headpin to make the ‘dangle’. Continue adding the melon-seed

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MICHELE DOBSON DESIGNER

looking glass

Use copperbased silverplated wire, as this will be softer and easier to work with

beads on alternate rings, using 6mm jump rings until all the beads have been used. Finish the necklace by making a chain of the remaining rings.

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• 9 x silver-plated 20mm hammered rings • 10 x silver-plated 16mm twisted rings • 27 x silver-plated 6mm open jump rings • 2 x silver-plated 4mm open jump rings • silver-plated 2” (50mm) headpin • silver-plated 0.6mm copper wire • 6 x aqua foil glass melon-seed beads (25x15mm) • 12 x silver-plated 3mm spacer beads • 3 x pink & turquoise hand-painted glass oval beads (28x12mm) • 6 x Fuchsia 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones

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


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WORLD OF BEADS

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TURQUOISE DISC BRACELET TO CREATE

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Thread a crimp bead, a 4mm Swarovski crystal and one side of the clasp onto Tigertail. Pass the Tigertail back through the crystal and the crimp bead to form a neat loop, and press the crimp closed using chain-nosed pliers. Add another 4mm crystal, then an aqua disc and a 6mm crystal, and repeat the pattern to the end. Add the other side of the clasp, form a loop as before and press the crimp closed. Trim off any excess Tigertail.

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MATERIALS • 8 x aqua foil glass discs (18mm) • 4 x Fuchsia 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones • 7 x Fuchsia 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones • silver-plated toggle clasp • Tigertail beading wire • crimp beads

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TO CREATE

PINK & TURQUOISE EARRINGS

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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

• 2 x pink & turquoise hand-painted glass oval beads (28x12mm) • 4 x Fuchsia 4mm Swarovski crystal bicones • silver-plated ear wires • 2 x silver-plated 20mm hammered rings • 2 x silver-plated 2” (50mm) headpins • 2 x silver-plated 4mm open jump rings

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

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CBJ13 pp68-70 Chain Maille_CBJ 28/02/2011 11:47 Page 68

CHAIN MAILLE INTRODUCING BOX WEAVE

box DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER

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Whether you prefer chain maille light and delicate or in a more substantial weave, adding subtle gemstones gives it a lovely feminine finishing touch

MATERIALS

BOX CHAIN MAILLE BRACELET

• 180-200 sterling silver heavy-gauge 6mm rings • 6” sterling silver 0.5mm wire • sterling silver toggle clasp • 2 x smoky quartz faceted straightdrilled drops

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

TO CREATE Begin by wirewrapping a straightdrilled briolette so that you have a wrapped loop at each end. Before closing the second end, attach it to one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat with another straightdrilled drop and the other side of the toggle clasp. Close the toggle clasp. You should have something that looks like a chain, measuring around 4-5cm. Calculate how much longer you need your bracelet to be – this will be the length of chain maille that you need to make. Open all but four of your jump rings. Take one open jump ring and attach four closed jump rings to it. Close the jump ring. Put another open jump ring through the same

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four closed jump rings and close. Move the rings so that you have a 2-2-2 pattern in a chain (see Fig 1). Bend the top two jump rings back, exposing the two underneath. Put a new jump ring through the two underneath rings, and close (Fig 2). Repeat with a second new jump ring. Attach two more jump rings through the two jump

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rings you have just added. Bend these two back again, exposing the two underneath and attach two more jump rings in the same

way as before. Continue in this way to create the box pattern. Keep going until you reach your desired length (Fig 3).

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CHAIN MAILLE INTRODUCING BOX WEAVE MATERIALS • approx 60 x sterling silver heavy-gauge 6mm jump rings • sterling silver ball and post ear wires • 2 x smoky quartz faceted straightdrilled drops • 2 x sterling silver 2” headpins

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

TO CREATE Begin as you did in Step 2 of the box bracelet project opposite, with a 2-2-2 pattern. Fold the top two rings back and expose the two rings underneath. Attach two jump rings to these and close. Attach two more jump rings to these two jump rings and close.

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Fold the last two back, exposing the two underneath and attach two more jump rings. Continue in this pattern until the earrings are your desired length. Attach one jump ring at the top, adding the ball and post ear wire to this. Thread a smoky quartz straightdrilled briolette onto a headpin and complete a wrapped loop at the top using round-nosed pliers. Cut the excess wire. Attach the briolette to the jump rings at the bottom of the box chain. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the matching earring.

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TO CREATE Begin by closing the four 6mm jump rings, which form the middle of the earrings. Then close four 5mm rings onto a pair of 6mm closed jump rings. Repeat so you have a matching pair. Close a 5mm jump ring on the top two 5mm jump

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• 4 x sterling silver heavy-gauge 6mm jump rings • 12 x sterling silver heavy-gauge 5mm jump rings • sterling silver hookshaped ear wires • sterling silver 0.5mm wire • 2 x citrine briolette drops

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

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CHAIN MAILLE INTRODUCING BOX WEAVE WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here, including citrine briolettes in a three-piece set, are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264

FLOWER CHAIN MAILLE PENDANT

MATERIALS • 14 x sterling silver heavy-gauge 6mm rings • 25 x sterling silver heavy-gauge 5mm rings • clasp with jump rings and closed ring • 16” sterling silver belcher loose chain. • 3” sterling silver 0.5mm wire • citrine briolette

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

TO CREATE Begin by securely closing all 14 of your 6mm rings. Carefully open 24 5mm jump rings so they are ready to be used. Make a small section by putting four closed 6mm rings onto two 5mm jump rings and closing the 5mm rings. Spread them out so that it looks like there are two 6mm rings linked to the other two 6mm rings by the two 5mm rings in the middle. Repeat, then set both aside. Repeat a third time, but add an extra

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section at the end so that you have three pairs of 6mm jump rings linked together by two pairs of 5mm jump rings. You will now need to link together the three sections with the three-pair section sandwiched between the two shorter ones. To do this, take eight open 5mm rings and attach two from the topmost left 6mm ring to the outermost left 6mm rings beneath it. Use two more to attach from the same topmost left 6mm rings to the

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innermost 6mm rings in the middle layer. Repeat on the other side, using two 5mm rings to link the topmost right 6mm rings to the innermost 6mm ring of the middle layer, and another two to link them to the outermost 6mm rings of the middle layer. You now have the top layer of two attached to the middle layer of three. Attach the middle layer of three to the bottom layer of two in the same way. Every set of 6mm rings should be attached to each of

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the set of 6mm rings adjacent to it on every side by two 5mm rings. Turn what you have made on its side, so that the middle section of three is facing top to bottom. Using another 5mm jump ring, attach this to the chain of your choice. Finish by wire wrapping a focal briolette and hanging it from the bottom of the pendant.

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CBJ13 pp74-75 Riverside_CBJ 24/02/2011 09:43 Page 74

RIVERSIDE BEADS

DONNA MCKEAN SMITH DESIGNER

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Get recycling! You can use this simple weaving technique to make buttons of all colours and sizes into fun daytime jewellery pieces

ABOUT DONNA… Donna McKean Smith is the owner of Riverside Beads, offering workshops and selling beads, findings and a wealth of jewellery-making supplies at her shop in Peterborough and online. A passionate jewellery-making enthusiast, she loves anything relating to beads, especially if it sparkles!

BLUE SKIES BUTTON NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut your desired length of beading wire (you can vary the length of the necklace by using a longer piece of beading wire and more buttons). Attach a box closure to one end of the wire using a crimp bead – thread the wire through the crimp bead, through the end of the box closure and back down in the opposite direction through the crimp bead, then secure by flattening the crimp bead with flat-nosed pliers. Cut off the excess beading wire. Take a selection of buttons, either in a pattern or a random design, and thread the beading wire up through the first button and back down through the opposite

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hole (if it is a four-hole button go diagonally across the button). On the second button, go down through the button and feed it along the wire towards the first one (it should overlap by about half a button), then thread the beading wire up through the other hole. Continue with this weaving pattern until the button necklace is

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the desired length. Remember to always guide the button down towards the next one – if you pull too quickly it tangles your beading wire and the necklace will not sit correctly. If it is done smoothly, the necklace will be reversible and will have a natural flowing movement to it. When you reach the end of the button section, add a

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and flatten one side onto the suede with flat-nosed pliers. Flatten the other side over the top of the first, then repeat with the box closure at the other end.

MATERIALS • Bead-Fairy 49-strand beading wire • silver-plated box closures • silver-plated crimp beads • blue faux suede

• 37 x assorted blue buttons

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead mat


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RIVERSIDE BEADS TO CREATE

BUTTON TWIRL RING

Cut a 45cm length of wire. Find the centre and wrap the wire round the ring mandrel twice at the required size – this will leave you with two ends of the same length at the top of your mandrel. Pinch the two ends of wire together at the top of the mandrel and thread one through each of the holes in the buttons. This will leave you with the buttons lying stacked flat on the wire, and the two ends of wire sticking up parallel through the holes. Push the two wire ends over to one side, place your thumb on the wire and start a spiral

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from the middle of the button. You can guide one piece of wire at a time if you prefer. Once the spiral is the desired size, position one piece of wire on each side of the button – this is to bind the two pieces of wire that created your ring on each side. At this point remove your ring from the mandrel to wrap the wire round each side of the ring, ensuring you cut if off at a point that won’t be touching your finger.

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MATERIALS • silver-plated wire • 2 x blue buttons of different sizes

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • ring mandrel

BLUE BUTTON EARRINGS TO CREATE Open a jump ring and hook on a larger button with a smaller one sitting snugly in front of it. Hook the jump ring through the loop of an ear wire before closing it securely. Repeat to make the matching earring.

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TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers

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14TH-16TH APRIL

HOBBYCRAFTS, SEWING FOR PLEASURE AND FASHION, EMBROIDERY & STITCH SHOWS

WITCHBEADS OPEN DAY WITH SYLVIA FAIRHURST

THE BELFAST CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW

Moulsoe Millennium Hall, Milton Keynes www.witchbeads.com 01908 311243

The King’s Hall, Belfast www.sccshows.co.uk 01822 617744

NEC, Birmingham www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988

16TH APRIL 26TH MARCH

2ND APRIL

LOOPS AND DANGLES WORKSHOP

BIG BEAD SHOW

The Bead Shop Scotland, Stockbridge, Edinburgh www.beadshopscotland.co.uk

Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey www.bigbeadshow.co.uk

3RD APRIL

CHAIN MAILLE JAPANESE LATTICE WEAVE WORKSHOP (FOR BEGINNERS)

Spoilt Rotten Beads, Haddenham, Cambs www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk

BEADWORK FAIR

26TH-27TH MARCH ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Glos www.gemnbead.co.uk

31ST MARCH-2ND APRIL PINS & NEEDLES SHOW

The Metroradio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne www.initialj.co.uk

Centennial Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham www.beadwork.net

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

Newark Showground, Notts www.gemnbead.co.uk

8TH-9TH APRIL TOWCESTER FLAME OFF

29TH APRIL

Towcester Racecourse, Northants www.beadshows.co.uk

MEMORY WIRE AND TIARAS CLASSES

9TH-10TH APRIL ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

NETTED JEWELLERY, JUMP RING JEWELLERY AND BEADED BAG CHARMS CLASSES

16TH-17TH APRIL ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Brighton Racecourse, Brighton www.gemnbead.co.uk

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

30TH APRIL-2ND MAY WEALD OF KENT CRAFT SHOW

10TH APRIL TOWCESTER BEAD FAIR

Towcester Racecourse, Northants www.beadshows.co.uk

Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, Kent www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988

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Bedazzle Beads in West Yorkshire runs Stay & Make sessions through the week and on Saturday mornings. The team also runs Beginners’ Workshops on Saturday afternoons, covering how to make a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings for just £20, which includes the cost of materials. New Monthly Projects are added every month and run on Sundays from 11am. For full details, including of the shop’s recent move, visit www.bedazzlebeads.co.uk or call 01274 862211 76

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BIG BEAD LITTLE BEAD

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ANNA WELLER DESIGNER

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These lovely glass squares and twists combine perfectly with silver beads and simple wirework for an easy-to-make but unusual necklace

ABOUT ANNA… From a background studying theatre design and costume history, Anna now focuses her creative energies on jewellery design and the online bead shop www. bigbeadlittlebead.com. Big Bead Little Bead prides itself on offering vintage and one-off artist-made beads not available elsewhere.

TO CREATE Cut a piece of wire approximately 7cm long. Use round-nosed pliers to grip the wire around one-third of the way down, then bend the wire away from you over the jaw of the pliers and use your fingers to pull the wire back around the bottom to form a loop. Hold the loop firmly in your pliers and wrap the shorter tail end of the wire tightly around the longer stem two or three times. Cut off the excess as close to the stem as you can. Thread on a 2.4mm silver-plated round bead, a 7.5mm silverplated fluted round bead and another 2.4mm round bead. Use your round-nosed pliers to put a 90° bend in the wire about 2mm from the final bead. Adjust the positioning of the pliers slightly so that the jaws are still at the bend but they now hold the tail end of the

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Open the other end link of one length of chain and attach the clasp. Attach a closed jump ring, a 5cm length of chain and another closed jump ring to the other side. Add another beaded section to this final jump ring – use a 2.4mm silver-plated round bead, a 7.5mm fluted round and another 2.4mm silver round and attach with wirewrapped loops as before. Finally use the remaining beads to create four beaded sections to hang from the larger loop on the S-hook at the front of the necklace. These can be made singly and added by opening the wire of the S-hook.

6 wire, then use your fingers to pull the wire up and over the jaw to create a loop (you may need to rotate your pliers to assist). Thread on a closed jump ring and position it so that it sits within the loop. Create a wrapped loop as in Step 1. Cut a length of wire of approximately 10cm. Create a loop in the wire, as in Step 1, then slide the wire through the vacant loop on the beaded section from Step 2 so that the loops interlink. Complete a wrapped loop as before. Thread on a 2.4mm silverplated round bead, a 10mm emerald green square, a 2.4mm silver round, a 10mm navy blue square and a final 2.4mm silver round. Use your round-nosed pliers to put a 90° bend into the wire about 2mm from the final bead. Adjust the positioning of the pliers slightly so that the jaws are still at the bend but they now hold the tail end of the wire, then use your fingers to pull the wire up and over the jaw to create a loop. Create a

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finish with a bead to the smaller top loop of the S-hook. Cut two 8cm lengths of trace chain. Use pliers to open an end link in each and attach them to the closed jump rings.

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MATERIALS • 40 x silver-plated 2.4mm metal round beads • 10 x silver-plated 5.5mm fluted bicone beads • 5 x silver-plated 7.5mm fluted round beads • 8 x navy blue lustre 10mm glass squares • 7 x emerald green lustre 10mm glass squares • 7 x cobalt blue 25mm vintage Japanese lampwork beads

• approx 1.8m silver-plated 0.6mm (22-gauge) hobby wire • silver-plated 17x12mm S-hook • 4 x silver-plated 10mm closed jump rings • silver-plated 15x7mm trigger clasp • 21cm silver-plated trace chain

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

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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JEWELLERY USING PAPER

SU PENNICK DESIGNER

As the first anniversary is traditionally marked with a gift of paper, we’re celebrating the first birthday issue of CB&J with some surprising jewellery pieces made from these beautiful patterned paper flowers

f paper is on your radar at all when it comes to making jewellery, you probably think of densely compacted and coated rolled or papier mâché beads. Think again! All sorts of lovely patterned papers can be used to create some unique and practical pieces. If you are keeping your paper flowers simple in design, and consisting of several layers, then the paper alone should be strong enough. This also applies when the paper is used for the construction of a

piece that will not be handled or free-moving, such as a brooch or stick pin. If you are creating a piece that needs to be a little more sturdy, untreated paper will not be sufficiently robust and a coating of some kind of varnish is necessary. Glossy Accents is perfect for this, as well as being an ideal glue for paper projects. After cutting and assembling the layers of paper petals, simply paint them with a thin layer of Glossy Accents. This dries in a couple of hours and not only strengthens the paper

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but also stiffens it, meaning the flower will stay in shape while handled and worn. There is a stunning kaleidoscope of beautiful patterned papers available to buy – so there should be no problem finding one to co-ordinate with every outfit you own! Medium-weight papers are best as thinner papers are too fragile to work with when bending and twisting, and heavier, cardstock-weight papers tend to ‘crack’ and split during some of the techniques used here. Coated papers,

especially those covered with glitter, can also cause problems when making flowers that need to be rolled or bent. The glitter, coated, or embossed areas do not curve easily and will crack. This kind of speciality paper is better kept for the flatter, simpler style of flowers. Glitter can, however, be added at a later stage – once the flower has been constructed and before the application of the Glossy Accents coating. For the types of flowers featured here, it is necessary to use paper

that is printed on both sides. The paper you choose does not have to be patterned. Plain papers with different colours on each side will work just as well and create a subtler, more elegant flower rather than the funkier kind that results from the use of patterned papers. Paper is a great way of creating textured, interesting pieces of jewellery at a small cost. Very little paper is needed to produce each flower, so there should be plenty left to make gifts for all your friends too!


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JEWELLERY USING PAPER

TO CREATE Cut a strip of paper measuring 28x2.5cm. Squeeze one end of the strip to form a point (see Fig 1, below). Lay the paper on a flat surface and fold the other end as shown in Fig 2, turning the strip 90° between folds. Leave a hole in the middle. Continue folding the strip of paper until you reach the pointed end (Fig 3). Do not crease any of the folds – just carefully hold everything in place.

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ROSETTE FLOWER STICK PIN TO CREATE Cut a 3cm, 4cm and 5cm strip of the full width of the patterned paper. Cut a fringe along each, leaving a 0.5cm band at one edge for construction. Attach double-sided tape along the edge of the patterned side of the paper.

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MATERIALS • BasicGrey Kioshi Jasmine and Olive 12x12 patterned paper (2348) • Glossy Accents • pink large Lucite flower • light olive 6mm pearl • small bead cap • silver stick pin • strong narrow double-sided tape

TOOLS • craft knife • scissors

Push the pointed end through the hole in the centre of the folds, then twist it to rotate the ‘petals’ and create the rose shape (Fig 4). Glue the flat end of the strip to the back of the rose and apply Glossy Accents to the centre and back of the rose to hold the pointed end in place. Cover the flower with a coat of Glossy Accents. When dry, the pointed end protruding from the back of the rose can be trimmed (Fig 5). Use strong glue to attach the rose to a ring blank.

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Starting with the narrowest piece, begin to roll the strip to form a tube. Roll as tightly as possible and keep the edge of the paper lined up as you go. Attach the second strip of paper flush with the edge of the wound one and continue to wind this, and then the third strip, as evenly as possible. Fold back all the fringing to produce a rosette. Thread a pearl, cap bead and Lucite flower onto the stick pin before threading it through the paper flower. Hold it firmly in place and bend the pin flat against the back of the flower. To keep this in position, and ensure the flower does not come undone, add a layer of Glossy Accents to the paper coil at the back, allowing some to go into the central hole.

Be careful when painting the paper with Glossy Accents – holding the paper with sticky fingers can lift the printed surface from the paper, leaving white patches

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PAPER BLOOM NECKLACE TO CREATE Use the templates provided to cut one large and two smaller flower shapes from patterned paper, poking a hole in the centre of each where indicated. Roll the petals of one of the smaller flowers and the larger flower around a paintbrush or pen to create the curved shape before using a small piece of strong doublesided tape to stick the sides together to form tubular petals. Paint all three flowers with a coat of Glossy Accents and leave to dry. As the centre of the flowers will still be quite fragile, use a little Glossy Accents between the layers to glue them together, ensuring you line up the holes. Thread a pearl, a bead cap and the paper flower onto a headpin. Form a loop at the back of the flower that will hold everything in place and be used to attach the dangles to. Form another loop at the end of the headpin. Attach this loop to the curb chain using a jump ring. Cut an 8.5cm and a 7cm length of chain and attach both to the ring at the back of the flower with a jump ring. Create a dangle by threading a pearl and bead cap onto a headpin. Trim the wire and form a loop. Repeat to produce a second dangle. Attach these to the ends of the two lengths of chain using jump rings.

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

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MATERIALS • BasicGrey Kioshi Azami 12x12 patterned paper (2341) • Glossy Accents • silver comb slide • silver 0.4mm wire • light olive 6mm pearls • 35 x silver spacer beads • silver small bead cap • 2 x pink large Lucite flowers

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section together – one on top of the other (Fig 3). Leave to dry. Roll the ends of the petals around a pen to curve them and paint both sides of each flower with a coating of Glossy Accents (Fig 4). Cut a 1m length of wire and attach it the one of the end holes of the comb. Thread a pearl onto the wire to a position 2cm from the comb. Fold the wire over, threading the end up through the next hole in the comb. Holding the wire tightly and keeping the pearl in place, twist the

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wire until the pearl is firmly held at the end. Thread the wire through a Lucite flower and a pearl, then back through the flower so that they are approximately 3cm from the comb. Fold the wire and thread it back through the next hole in the comb. Twist the wire to hold the flower

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hole in the comb. Thread and wind the other end of the comb with beads and a Lucite flower, to match the first end. Cut the wire and fasten securely. Add a spot of glue to the back of the paper flower to hold it in place against the comb.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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Each reader featured wins a jewellery kit kindly donated by The Bead Shop Scotland

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

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

TWILIGHT TONES BY BEVERLY SILK FROM BERKSHIRE MATERIALS • silver elasticated bracelet • 18 x silver headpins • 18 x glass beads in various shapes, colours and sizes (8-12mm)

ETHEREAL ICE WINE BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • approx 4’ Artistic Wire • 8 x red 10mm round pearl beads • 4 x red 8mm wonder beads (used inside the bead cages)

ACANTHUS WITH GARNETS BY WENDY EAMES FROM DUMFRIESSHIRE (based on a weave by Sarah Reading)

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copper jump rings garnet beads headpins lobster 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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• 8 x ice acrylic bicones (glass can be used) • 4 x silver 4mm ball beads • fancy toggle • 65 x silver jump rings


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CBJ13 pp84-85 Rhinestone Flowers_Beading 24/02/2011 09:55 Page 84

BOJANGLE BEADS

CHRISTINE NEVILLE DESIGNER

flowergirl These pretty acrylic flower charms are lightweight but have the same lovely light-reflecting finish as glass for a perfect feminine springtime look

FLOWER DANGLE KILT PIN TO CREATE Attach an acrylic flower to the first and fifth loops on the kilt pin, using an oval jump ring. Use three oval jump rings connected together to attach the third flower to the middle loop on the kilt pin. Attach the Lucite leaf to the bottom of the middle flower using another oval jump ring. Thread a crystal rondelle onto an eyepin, trim the pin approximately 1cm above the bead and create a loop with a pair of round-nosed pliers, attaching it to the second loop on the kilt pin before fully closing. Repeat for the fourth loop on the kilt pin.

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BOJANGLE BEADS FLOWER CHAIN EARRINGS

TO CREATE Use a strong jewellery glue such as Hypo Cement to glue the acrylic flowers onto the flat-pad earring posts. Trim the drop from the bottom of the extension chains. Once the glue has dried on the flowers, attach one end of the chain to the bottom right-hand loop on the back of the flower, using an oval jump ring. Repeat to attach the other end to the bottom left-hand loop so the chain drapes nicely below the flower.

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

PINK BOUQUET NECKLACE TO CREATE Connect six acrylic flowers in a triangular shape, using chains of three oval jump rings to link the appropriate loops on the back of the flowers. Make bead connectors by threading the bicones and rondelles individually onto eyepins, trimming each pin approximately 1cm above the bead and turning a loop with round-nosed pliers. Link all but one of these connectors together in a pattern of your choice, attaching each necklace ‘chain’ to the flower focal using a

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

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

jump ring through the top ‘corner’ loop on the back of the top-right and top-left flowers. Attach the lobster clasp and extension chain to the other ends using oval jump rings, and add a final bead connector to the end of the extension chain to finish.

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JEWELLERY USING FABRIC

GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER

MATERIALS • navy & white polka dot 20mm satin kimono bead • red & white polka dot 20mm satin kimono bead • red polymer clay flower bead • white 14mm round large-hole Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • silvery nugget • ruby and sapphire size 6 and size 11 Toho seed beads • 4 x antique silver Mandorla metal connectors • antique silver metal petal connector • 4 x antique silver 6mm Cheerios • antique silver 9mm Cheerio • 4 x antique silver 4x7mm end fasteners • 4 x antique silver 2” eyepins • 2 x antique silver split rings • 2 x antique silver 7mm jump rings • antique silver toggle bracelet • red, white and blue cotton fabric and felt scraps • matching thread

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

TO CREATE Prepare the fabric. Cut two 7x3cm strips of different patterned cotton fabrics. Press the long sides to the inside centre so that they meet in the middle. Fold and press the strip in half

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The retro British look is still sizzling hot, with Union Jacks in vintage patterns and the 1940s Make-Do-and-Mend theme inescapable. Gill Teasdale gives the look her own twist in these bright, fun pieces featuring the nostalgic hand-sewn finish that is bang on-trend this season BEST OF BRITISH NECKLACE

lengthways, so the raw edges are hidden inside. Using the templates or a shape of your choice, cut out several layers of fabric and felt flowers. These can be layered together into three flowers in any way you wish, or look at the main picture for ideas. Using a fairly long thread, sew the layers of each flower together through the centre and embellish with seed beads, a 9mm Cheerio, a metal petal connector and a clay flower. Don’t finish off or cut the threads. Using these threads, sew Mandorlas to the top section of the flowers on both

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TEMPLATES REDUCED TO 60% ACTUAL SIZE sides (this stops them flipping over). Neatly roll over the ends of the cotton strips lengthways and place them one at a time into the end fasteners, squashing the sides over so that they are gripped securely in position. Open a jump ring and link it through one of the end Mandorlas and the eye of an eyepin before closing again. Thread a size 6 seed bead, a 6mm Cheerio, a polka dot bead, another Cheerio and another seed bead onto the pin,

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and bend it over by 90°. Trim the pin to 7mm and roll it into a loop, slipping it through one of the end fasteners from Step 4 before closing. Repeat Step 5 for the other side of the necklace. Slightly open an eyepin and slip it onto one of the end fasteners on the unattached ends of the fabric strips. Close. Thread on a size 6 seed bead, a pearl and

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another seed bead. Turn a loop, slipping on a split ring before fully closing. Repeat Step 7 for the other side of the necklace, using a nugget instead of a pearl. Cut the bracelet, so that you have four links attached to each part of the end fastener (save the spare links for another project). Wind one end link onto one of the split rings. Repeat with the other end link.

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JEWELLERY USING FABRIC TRUE COLOURS BRACELET

MATERIALS • navy & white polka dot 20mm satin kimono bead • bright red 23mm crochet bead • 3 x ruby silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • red polymer clay flower bead • 2 x antique silver metal petal connectors • 4 x antique silver 6mm Cheerios • antique silver 4x7mm end fastener • antique silver heart toggle • antique silver split ring • red, white and blue cotton fabric and felt scraps • matching thread

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

TO CREATE Cut a 7x3cm strip of patterned cotton fabric. Press the long sides to the inside centre so that they meet in the middle. Fold and press the strip in half lengthways, so the raw edges are hidden inside. Pass the strip through the metal petal, fold it in half and place the short edges together. Roll the ends lengthways and lay them in the end fastener. Fold down the sides using flat-nosed pliers to trap all the fabric in place. Wind a split ring onto the loop of the end fastener, then onto the loop on the heart component of the toggle. Using the flower templates for the

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necklace opposite or a shape of your choice, cut out three layers of felt flowers. Using a fairly long thread, sew the layers of each flower together through the centre and embellish with a metal petal and clay flower. Don’t finish off and cut the threads. Use the thread to sew a seed bead onto the back of the flower. Cut three 10cm lengths of wire. Grip one with round-nosed pliers 2.5cm from the end and bend to 90°. Rotate the pliers 90° away from you and pull the wire end back towards you over the top jaw. Rotate the pliers back and push the wire away from you

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around the pliers to form a loop. Slip the end of the wire loop through the metal petal (on the opposite side to the fabric strip). Grip the loop with roundnosed pliers and the end of the wire with chainnosed pliers. Wrap the end around the wire ‘post’ 2-3 times to make a neat wrapped loop. Trim any excess and tuck in the end neatly with chain-nosed pliers. Slip a Cheerio, the crochet bead and another Cheerio onto the wire. Create another wrapped loop. Take another length of wire and make a wrapped loop as in Step 5, slipping it through the last loop made

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before fully wrapping. Thread on a seed bead, a Cheerio, the polka dot bead, another Cheerio and another seed bead. Create another wrapped loop. Take the last length of wire and make another wrapped loop, slipping it through the last loop made before finishing the wrap. Pass the wire through the seed bead sewn onto the back of the felt flower. Make another wrapped loop close to the seed bead, slipping on the loop of the bar end of the toggle before completing.

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JEWELLERY USING FABRIC WHERE TO BUY

ROYAL WEDDING BROOCH

All the tools and beading supplies used here are available from www.jillybeads.com; 01524 412728 Fabric, felt, thread, needles and pinking shears are widely available from haberdashery shops or online at www.hobbycraft.co.uk

MATERIALS • ruby and sapphire size 6 Toho seed beads • Crystal Foiled 12mm Swarovski Elements Daisy spacer • Light Siam 4mm Swarovski Elements round • Sapphire 11mm Swarovski Elements pendant drop • Dark Indigo 12mm Swarovski Elements Wild Heart • antique silver Doodle Daisy dangle • antique silver filigree flower dangle • antique silver filigree heart connector • 2 x antique silver 4x7mm end fasteners • 4 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • antique silver split ring • 2 x silver-plated 8mm triangular bails • silver-plated 3-loop kilt pin • red, white, and blue cotton fabric and felt scraps • matching thread • craft glue

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TO CREATE Using different patterned fabrics, cut one 6x3cm strip, one 5x3cm strip and three 4x3cm strips. Press all the long sides to the inside centres so that they meet in the middle. Fold and press the strips in half lengthways, so the raw edges are hidden inside. Roll the ends of the two longest strips lengthways and lay them in end fasteners. Fold down the sides using flat-nosed pliers to trap all the fabric in place. Layer the three short strips in a

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Union Jack ‘cross’. Stitch them together through the middle. Fold up the end of the shorter of the strips attached to the end fastener and stitch this to the back of the cross. Pass the needle to the front of the work and through the Daisy spacer and the 4mm round, then back down through the Daisy spacer. Finish off securely on the back. Open a jump ring, slip it onto the end fastener of this strip, the Doodle Daisy and one of the outside loops on the kilt pin. Close securely. Thread a triangular bail through this jump ring and squeeze it onto the pendant drop. Using the flower templates for the

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necklace on page 86 and the heart template here (or shapes of your choice), cut out two layers of felt flowers and one felt heart. Using a fairly long thread, sew the layers together through the centre and embellish with seed beads as desired. Sew to the free end of the longest strip, as in Step 4. Thread a jump ring through the end fastener on this strip, the filigree heart and the other outside loop on the kilt pin. Close securely. Thread a triangular bail through the bottom loop of the filigree heart and squeeze

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it onto the Wild Heart. Using the template above, cut out a ‘cross’ for the flag in white felt. Cut a 2x3cm rectangle of blue felt. Sew ruby seed beads on the cross in the style of a Union Jack, then glue the cross onto the rectangle. Sew the split ring onto one corner on the back of the flag. Slip a jump ring onto the filigree flower. Open another jump ring and attach it to the

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middle loop on the kilt pin, slipping on the Union Jack split ring and the jump ring attached to the filigree flower. Cut three 7x1cm strips using pinking shears. Tie one onto each of the loops on the kilt pin, trimming the ends to an attractive length and cutting into them diagonally to prevent fraying.

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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

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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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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

fabulous

findings

From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials...

‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of finishes; bronze and copper findings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are specifically looking for hypo-allergenic findings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour finishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thickness (mm)

Use

28

0.4

24

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0.8

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1.0

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1.2

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

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

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GLOSSARY TOOLS

tools of the trade

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

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

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

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

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

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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