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hello... ... and welcome to Issue 15 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Summer’s here and our Design Team has been capturing its essence in a wealth of stunning seasonal projects. Combining braided ribbon with lengths of chain and garden-inspired charms, Amanda Pickstock and Charlotte Powney’s pieces on page 12 should come with the scent of warm grass and flowers and the gentle hum of bumble bees! While we’re in the mood for all things pretty and feminine. nothing is quite as delightfully summery as floral fabrics and floaty chiffon – as is ably proven by Mel Brooke’s gorgeous designs on page 50 and on our cover. Full of girly, flirty appeal but also bang on-trend, we predict her fabric-based jewellery will scarcely be taken off until autumn! On page 26, Jenny Williams is transforming empty drink cans into sparkling pink and silver charms, using nothing more complicated than craft punches and a simple, inexpensive enamelling kit – recycling has never been so much fun! Plus there’s a treat on page 76, where the talented Claire Rudd has created two exclusive wire weaving techniques for CB&J readers. Follow her straightforward guide to create a spectacular bracelet and a pendant and earrings set with real wow-factor. We’re challenging a few outdated ideas this issue, starting with Aurora Lombardo’s brilliant girls’ guide to riveting on page 44. Without a power tool in sight, she demonstrates why rivets are the perfect way to attach funky acrylic flowers or delicate metal stars to metal bases for lovely,

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12 “This gorgeous necklace is traditional with a twist, and just looking at it makes me think of warm summer days, Pimm’s and picnics!”

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistants – Lindsey Hopkins, Judith Hannington Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Mel Brooke, Dawn Cotton Fuge, Kate Eldridge, Jemma French, Gemma Gray, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Claire Humpherson, Emily Kersh, Aurora Lombardo, Angie Parkins, Amanda Pickstock, Charlotte Powney, Claire Rudd, Anna Weller, Jenny Williams, Joanne Zeng

Whilst every care is taken in the writing, research and preparation of this magazine, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors in articles or advertisements, or for the contents of websites reviewed. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged.

contemporary pieces. If you think cameos are old-fashioned, Emily Kersh sets out to change your mind on page 32 with a fabulous selection of quirky projects mixing cameos with metal charms and Fimo flowers. The results are totally of-the-minute while retaining that desirable vintage feel. As summer heats up we get a whole new palette of bright colours to work with, from sky blue and sunshine yellow to hot pink – think beach style and nature at her most vivid. There’s a taster this issue in the form of Sarah Austin’s wonderful chain maille bib necklace on page 54 and Claire Humpherson’s cheerful daytime bracelets on page 86, with the promise of plenty more to come next month! Happy beading!

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

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CONTENTS

What’s inside this issue of STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES

82 PRETTY PATCHWORK

Close-up photos and clear diagrams to help you master techniques and try new ideas

50 MATERIAL WORLD

12 GARDEN DELIGHTS

Gorgeous pieces using fabric for on-trend looks that are feminine but individual

Ribbon, chain, pearls and charms... surely the prettiest set you’ll wear this year

YOUR FREE GIFT

32 CHANGING FACES

Essential flat-nosed pliers Plus a host of unmissable prizes up for grabs inside

Cameos are given a modern makeover in designs bursting with cool, quirky style

26 NEW BEGINNINGS

86 PICNICS & PARTIES

Turn an empty drink can into girly, glittering charms – it’s so much easier than you think!

Fun creations in hot, bright colours to get everyone in the summer holiday spirit

regulars

30 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

20&58 Competitions

Win fabulous prizes from Empire Beads and The Bead Shop (Nottingham)

24 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

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We love this! Weave your way to a fabulous peyote tube and bugle patchwork-style cuff

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All your questions answered

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48&80 Designer Galleries

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

60 The Bead Challenge

Three talented designers put their creativity to the test

66 Subscription Offer

Subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery and claim your free gift worth £19.85!

89 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 16


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CONTENTS

features 12 English Country Garden

68 Bejewelled Blitz

Think summer lawns, shady trees and blossoming shrubs with these gorgeous plaited ribbon and bead pieces, given an edge by chain and metal charms

Dawn Cotton Fuge showcases one of the most irresistible new products around – gorgeous hand-wrapped gemstone chain with a decadent feel

72 Reaction Time

A pretty kiln-fused flower pendant and matching earrings are given added detail by the use of reactive glass

38 Rose Weaving

This easy-to-follow bead weaving pattern makes the ideal pretty summer bracelet with an individual touch

16 Total Recall

Memory wire is known for producing lovely coiled bracelets and simple chokers, but with a little imagination it’s the perfect choice for a multitude of different jewellery styles

40 Birthstones – Pearl & Moonstone We take a closer look at the two beautiful birthstones associated with the month of June – shimmering pearl and moonstone

76 Wrapped Up Tight

Create these stunning wirework pieces using two exclusive weaves, designed especially for CB&J readers

22 Slice Of Life

Judith Hannington uses fabulous oversize rustic buttons, made from slices of wood, to create unique chunky brooch designs

82 Party Patchwork

Use a combination of seed beads and bugle beads in different stitches to create a shimmering patchwork-effect bangle with a simple elasticated finish – guaranteed to add girly glamour!

44 Riveting For Girls!

Have a go at riveting to connect metal bases to wood, metal, glass and even bright, vibrant plastic

50 The Softer Side 26 Second Chance

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to create pretty, glittering charms from an old drink can. Jenny Williams reveals how to turn yesterday's rubbish into something pink and sparkly!

32 Portrait Of A Lady

Give the classic cameo a contemporary makeover with these fabulously cool and eccentric designs by Emily Kersh

Using fabric in your jewellery pieces gives them a lovely, summery look that can be pretty and feminine or cool and quirky

54 Hot Maille!

Sizzle in Sarah Austin’s fantastic chain maille bib necklace, highlighted with miracle beads in fun, popping colours

56 Leather On Willow

Gemma Gray partners a beautiful shade of leather with wooden beads to illustrate three alternative threading methods

86 Day & Night

Whether you want a casual daytime look, fun beach style or something for those sultry summer nights, these painted glass beads can be completely transformed with a few small changes

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CBJ15 pp06-08 News_CBJ 26/04/2011 16:34 Page 6

NEW PRODUCTS

what’s

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

FLAMING SUCCESS We’re becoming a nation of lampworkers! Tuffnell Glass, organisers of the annual Flame Off event, held in April at Towcester racecourse, have reported record attendance figures this year, with the number of interested novices and first-timers heading to the demonstrations, taster sessions and extensive sales areas particularly high.

SHINE A LIGHT

Big Bead Little Bead has a number of artist makers who currently sell their beads on the website, and the company is now looking to expand its selections. With hopes to extend its range of one-off and bespoke beads, Big Bead Little Bead wants to make contact with artisans and small-scale independent bead makers working with any manner of materials and techniques, who may already be marketing their products in a limited fashion or simply want to test the waters. The Big Bead Little Bead team is keen to develop a showcase of talented makers, and to be able to offer a source of interesting and unusual products to their customers. As you would expect, quality is the key, but if you think your work is of a sufficiently high standard (or other people do!), Big Bead Little Bead would be really keen to discuss working with you. Please email Anna at info@bigbeadlittlebead.com with your details. To see the current range of beads, visit www.bigbeadlittlebead.com

CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE The Bead Cellar has launched its 2011 Beadwork Competition & Exhibition – with the theme of ‘Carnival’. Organisers are looking forward to some fabulously fun and vibrant entries, with all the pieces submitted set to be exhibited in the shop in Black Torrington, Devon, during the second week in August. Winners and runners-up in the novice, experienced and junior categories will be announced after this. The closing date is 31st July 2011. For more details and to see full terms and conditions for the competition, visit www.thebeadcellar.co.uk

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BRAND SPARKLING NEW

FEELING ARTISTIC?

If, even with the long light evenings now, you feel like you’re struggling in the dark with intricate beading work, you’ll be glad to know that specialist lighting designer Daylight has released its most powerful beading and jewellery-making lamp yet! The new Triple Bright Light delivers 250w, which is brighter and whiter than any other lamp and is the brightest option in the Daylight range. The design of the Triple Bright Light makes it ideal for use for creative crafts, particularly intricate beading work and delicate jewellery making. Boasting low-heat technology, three 14w Daylight energy-saving tubes and a lamp head size of 610x110x60mm, the new light retails at £124.99. For Daylight’s complete product range, details of your nearest stockist or to order online, visit www.daylightcompany.com or call 020 8964 1200

LOVE TRIANGLES Toho Triangle packs in Cool Neutrals, Warm Neutrals, Blue/Greens and Purple/Pinks colourways, £13.95 for a set of 14 mini tubes from www.beadmerchant.co.uk; 01787 221955


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NEW PRODUCTS

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

Now here’s a gadget you’ll wonder how you ever lived without! The Bead Oracle is a handy, credit card-sized reference guide, packed with all the information you need at your fingertips when you’re buying beads. We’ve all stumbled across a bead shop or stall when out for the day or away on holiday and been unable to resist a closer look! Or arrived at our favourite store and realised we’ve left the project details at home. This convenient tool will solve most problems in an instant, offering a comparison chart for measuring beads from 2-16mm, plus a seed bead sizer, a US and UK wire gauge matcher, along with a visual guide with thicknesses in both millimetres and inches, and ruler scales. Not sure how many beads of a certain size you need to fit a certain length? The Bead Oracle has a table to compare the size of beads with the length of chain, to give you the answer then and there! RRP: £1.95 each, three for £5 or 10 for £15, all postage free Visit www.spangles4beads.co.uk for more details or call 01638 742024

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

CONSULT THE ORACLE SUN, SEA & SAND Czech glass beads in zingy summer colours, from 20p for a single bead and 55p for a pack of 20 from www.bigbead littlebead.com

WHAT A HOOT! Ceramic 15mm owl beads, £1.20 each, available in pink, green, purple and blue from www.globaholic.com

RIVETING STUFF! If you’re won over by our riveting masterclass on page 44, you might find this nifty tool is your new best friend! The 1.5mm riveting punch from The Beadsmith is specially designed to punch holes the perfect size for the rivets used in crafting and jewellery. Use these metal hole punch pliers on sheet metal, like that featured in Aurora Lombardo’s fabulous designs this issue, to help you create beautiful pieces of your own with no need for a blowtorch. The riveting punch is made with extra-long jaws for extended reach and comes with a gauge guard, which ensures it leaves no dents or rough edges. The punch comes with a replacement pin and is also available in 1.25mm and 1.8mm sizes. Visit www.beadsmith.com or ask at your nearest bead store for more details

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NEW PRODUCTS REGIONAL ROUND-UP... THE SOUTH EAST

BEADS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Since her 20s, Barbie Campbell Cole has studied and collected ancient beads and ethnic jewellery. Having originally trained as an architect, then worked as a documentary maker for the BBC and Channel 4, making anthropological films in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Rwanda and Ethiopia, Barbie’s travels have given her an ideal opportunity to pursue this interest first hand. She continues to travel to Asia and Africa, sourcing beads and jewellery, which she sells on her website and at bead fairs around the country. Go to www.barbiecampbellcole.com to see the fascinating selection available

NEW JEWELLERY CLUB If you’re a jewellery maker in the Berkshire area, check out the newly formed Berkshire Jewellery Group, based in Reading. The group has been set up for enthusiasts for any aspect of jewellery, from metal clay and resin to glasswork or beading, and is intended as a way for like-minded people to share ideas and experiences, as well as information about resources. You can join the forum by registering at uk.groups.yahoo.com/ group/berkshirejewelleryclub, where you can upload pictures of your work as well as participating in discussions in the chat room and posting messages and links. The organisers are also running meetings on the second Monday of every month, 6.30pm-9.30pm, at The Old Barn, Priory Court, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2BJ. These are fairly informal, though there are plans for a schedule of demonstrations and talks from people within the jewellery-making industry. Call 0118 9783200 for more details

CALLING ALL BEAD WEAVERS

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

GET YOUR KIT ON! Victorian Sweetheart bracelet kit, £12.99 from The Bead Store, 11b Fore Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6UQ; www.thebeadstore.co.uk; 01726 844999

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RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS Acrylic 24x7mm dagger peppers (with 3mm hole), 50p for 20 from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 01776 830352

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Fine Lines has announced its latest calendar of jewellery workshops, taking place in Essex and Sussex and being taught by expert Karen Collins-Williams. Mainly aimed at bead weavers, though all are welcome, the classes include a monthly project sheet, while beads are available to buy on the day from the extensive range of Miyuki products. Workshops will be taking place at The Brotherhood Hall, St Osyth Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, 10am-4pm on 20th June, 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st November and 19th December, costing £10 each, and at The Enterprise Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, East Sussex, 2pm-5pm on 27th June, 22nd August, 26th September, 24th October and 28th November, costing £5 each. Please contact Karen on 07793 938087 to book a place at any of these classes, or log on to www.delicabeads.co.uk

MORE MASTERCLASSES The Bead Merchant in Coggeshall, Essex, has also unveiled its new line-up of workshops. There’s a great range of masterclasses on offer, with current themes and dates as follows: 25th June – Dahlia Pendant/Brooch 9th July – Josephine’s Collar 24th September – Mosaic Cuff 12th November – Gaudi’s Medal Visit www.beadmerchant.co.uk or call 01787 221955 for more information


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CBJ15 pp10-11 Letters_CBJ 20/04/2011 15:16 Page 10

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 VENUS IN BLUE JEANS I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the fantastic articles, designs and tips in your magazine, which I have been reading from the first issue. I was very impressed with the ‘Venus in Blue Jeans’ design by Gill Teasdale in Issue 12 and decided to have a go myself. As you can see, I have added some other

INSPIRING SEED BEADS I just had to say thank you for a lovely free gift with Issue 13 – the little pearly seed beads have been really good to work with, and have kept my spirits up no end. I really look forward to my mag dropping through the letterbox, especially as I have not been out much over the last three months as I have been recovering from a

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elements in as I couldn’t manage to buy all of the materials used in one go, but the overall effect is similar to the one in the mag. I love this design and had a hard time prying it off my daughter’s wrist when she was kindly modelling it for me to check the sizing! Looking forward to next month’s issue... keep up the great work! Teresa Sandison, Largs, Ayrshire

relapse in my medical condition. I have ostiomyelitus, which is incurable; you just have to control it with drugs. It can be very debilitating and can be set off by stress or upset or a knock or fall so I have to be very careful. That is why I love your mag – it takes my mind off everything and I read it from cover to cover. I do try to sell a few bits and pieces and give the money to charity – I

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DELIGHTFUL DAISIES I thought you might like to see the necklace I made after being inspired to do so once I had read Amy Surman’s ‘Daisy, daisy’ feature in Issue 12. I had not been confident enough to attempt this kind of seed bead work before but the clear, easy-to-follow instructions made it simple to understand. I am very pleased to have learnt a new skill and am very pleased with the end result. Not bad for a first try! Many thanks for simple, straightforward instructions. Keep up the good work as I am keen to try something else new and am waiting for your next issue to help me do so! Fiona Mellor, by email only take out the cost of the gemstones that I use. I have made some lovely little girly bracelets using your pretty seed beads. Margaret, Lancaster CB&J: It’s always lovely to hear from people who find their beading and jewellery making helps them through difficult times in their lives, as well as using their hobby as a fundraiser to assist

I just wanted to let you know that I have been very inspired by the two supplements with Issues 10 and 11 of your magazine – Seed Beads and Bead Inspirations. I do not have much experience with seed

beads but I had this idea while looking at the various projects in these two booklets and I thought I would share a couple of photos of my creation. I enjoy spirals, and so I formed ‘rings’ with the seed beads and spiralled them together as I worked as if I was making a chain maille rosette. Then I created chain maille rosettes to go between the seed bead creations. I call this piece Pinkz for the different hues of pink. I used the Full Persian chain maille weave with black rings for the rest of this choker. I liked the outcome. I really appreciate the magazine

others. We’re delighted our seed beads have

been an asset in your endeavours.

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LETTERS

STAR LETTER THE HEAT IS ON I am a lampworker and I’m always on the lookout for projects, articles and news about lampworking techniques and ideas. Many of the other jewellery magazines around are finally begining to add the odd article or tutorial; however, I was really impressed with your four-page reactive glass article in Issue 13. There’s lots of detail, clear instructions and lovely photos to keep you going in the right direction. I really like the inserts, and also the book I received from you when one of my creations was published in your Designer Gallery. Thanks! Wendy Manz, Winnipeg, Canada

faux boro beads, I currently use a dual fuel torch that isn’t quite hot enough for boro and at times think that I’d love to be able to have the option of producing some of the stunning colours that I see in other lampworkers’ boro

ALL A-FLUTTER I’ve just received Issue 14 of CB&J and, as ever, there’s so much I want to make that I’m not sure where to start! I liked the Bead Challenge even more

beads. I adore silvered glass and reactive frits and it’s great to see them in use here to encourage newbies and more experienced lampworks alike to play with all of the gorgous glass that’s available to us. So thanks for this inspirational and motivational artice, and please give us more tutorials in the coming editions. You’ve certainly gained a new reader in me and I’m waiting than usual, especially Su Pennick’s pendant with the filigree butterfly and flower wrapped around the beads. I’ve never seen this done before but was very impressed with the way it looked. The macramé article was very interesting and I might even give it a go, and some of the projects in the ‘Four weddings’ section would be perfect for any big occasion. I’ve earmarked the crystal cluster bracelet you used on the cover for a special birthday dinner in a couple of months. It’s hard to pick a favourite from this issue but I think it has to be Mel Brooke’s All A-Flutter earrings from the ‘Butterfly

impatiently for the next issue! Nadine Stanley, Dudley, W Mids CB&J: We’re so glad you enjoyed Rachel Bishop’s reactive glass projects. Keep a look out for some fabulous TTER STAR LEr of this e summer-themed n in The w r Letter lampwork issue’s Sta fabulous is creations receives thset from from the same prize .com owbeads c d a talented designer .m w ww in upcoming issues, starting with beautiful pebble and seaglass inspired pieces in Issue 16. They’ve had everyone at CB&J wondering, ‘How did she do that?’! In the meantime, we hope your fantastic star letter prize set showcase your own provides you with all lampworking designs the beads, tools and to perfection. ideas you need to

kisses’ article. The clashing colours aren’t really me but the way she’s linked the beads together with jump rings is just wonderful. I love dangly earrings

anyway but I can see my version of this design being my new favourite pair for a good while to come! Vicky Campbell, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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CBJ15 pp12-14 Shiney Co_CBJ 26/04/2011 16:17 Page 12

JEWELLERY BRAIDED RIBBON

AMANDA PICKSTOCK DESIGNER

english country

Think summer lawns, shady trees and blossoming shrubs with these gorgeous plaited ribbon and bead pieces, given a contemporary edge by the addition of chain and metal charms

garden

SUMMER LEAVES NECKLACE CHARLOTTE POWNEY DESIGNER

ABOUT SHINEY COMPANY… As the UK’s only Swarovski-recommended store, Shiney Company is committed to offering a high level of service, innovation and a wide range of Swarovski components online and at its three shop premises in Bristol, Bath and Stroud. In addition to a fabulous product selection and friendly, knowledgeable advice, the team offers jewellery-making classes, children’s parties and hen parties. See the website www.shineyrocks.co.uk for more information. his Summer Leaves collection, incorporating checked ribbon, delicate pearls and glass beads in shade of pink and green, is perfect for dressing up a pretty T-shirt or feminine blouse. We’ve accompanied these subtle summer colours with a mix of garden-themed metal charms, bringing this style bang up to date.

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The ribbons soften the look of the chain and charms, also making the pieces comfortable to wear. There is so much choice in ribbon pattern and colour, you can experiment with different designs, changing the beads accordingly to invent new versions of this style. To make the necklace and bracelet you will need to be able to braid. The techniques used include attaching folding ends to the ribbon, turning beads into charms and linking chain, beads and ribbon to create the overall effect. We have used wrapped loops to create beaded charms as they look professional and can be more secure than a simple loop. If you are new to jewellery making, a simple loop will suffice.

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TO CREATE

10cm from one end. Now braid a 26.5cm section, ensuring you don’t pull the plait too tight. Tie another knot at the end and trim both so there is 3cm remaining. Attach a folding cord end to each

Cut two 60cm lengths of checked ribbon and one of olive satin ribbon. Knot all three ribbons together,

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• green & pink checked 13mm ribbon • olive green 6mm satin ribbon • 6 x light rose 8mm glass pearls • 6 x olive green 8mm glass pearls • 3 x light pink 10mm flat round foil glass beads • 3 x antique silver 35mm leaf charms • 6 x antique silver 15mm leaf charms

• 3 x antique silver 20mm flower charms • 3 x antique silver 15mm flower charms • 3 x antique silver 15mm dragonfly charms • 4 x silver-plated 6.8mm jump rings • 33 x silver-plated 4.8mm jump rings • 10 x silver-plated 8mm solid twisted jump rings • silver-plated twisted toggle clasp

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end of the ribbon section – fold the ribbons over so they fit into the channel. then use flat-nosed pliers to fold down each side of the cord end so they sit one on top of the other. Squash firmly. Open a twisted jump ring and attach it to the loop on one cord

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MATERIALS • silver-plated curb chain • 2 x silver-plated large cord ends • 15 x silver-plated 50mm thin/soft headpins

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


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JEWELLERY BRAIDED RIBBON SUMMER BREEZE BRACELET

TO CREATE Cut two 38cm lengths of checked ribbon and one of olive satin ribbon. Knot all three ribbons together, 5.5cm from one end. Braid a 12.5cm section, ensuring you don’t pull the plait too tight. Tie another knot at the end and trim so there is 1.5cm remaining. Attach a folding cord end to each end of the ribbon section – fold the ribbons over so they fit into the channel, then use flat-nosed pliers to fold down the sides of

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end. Attach a further four jump rings in the same way, then add one part of the toggle clasp. Repeat on the other side, adding the other part of the toggle clasp. Cut a length of curb chain 63 links (approximately 25.5cm) long. Attach one end to the ribbon using a 6.8mm jump ring, 2cm from the knot. Count 21 links and attach the 21st link to the ribbon with another jump ring, 7.5cm along. Repeat twice more so that the length of chain hangs from the braided ribbon

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section in three loops. Thread a thin/soft headpin through each of the beads and make a wrapped loop on each one. Now use 4.8mm jump rings to connect the beads and the charms to the necklace, beginning each section by attaching a large leaf to the middle link, then randomly spacing two light rose pearls, two olive pearls, two 15mm leaves, a10mm light rose foil glass bead, a 15mm flower, a 20mm flower and a dragonfly either side of this central leaf.

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the cord end so they sit one on top of the other. Squash firmly. Cut a piece of curb chain 45 links (approximately 18cm) long. Open a twisted jump ring and attach it to the loop on one cord end and to one part of the toggle clasp. Repeat on the other side, adding the other part of the toggle clasp. Attach the ends of the chain to the twisted jump rings and attach the 23rd (middle) link to the

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centre point of the ribbon section using a 6.8mm jump ring. Thread a thin/soft headpin through each of the beads and make a wrapped loop on each one. Attach the large leaf charm directly to the 6.8mm jump ring in the middle of the bracelet. Using 4.8mm jump rings, add the other metal charms five links apart, then decorate the chain in between with glass beads.

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MATERIALS • green & pink checked 13mm ribbon • olive green 6mm satin ribbon • 4 x light rose 8mm glass pearls • 4 x olive green 8mm glass pearls • antique silver 35mm leaf charm • 4 x antique silver 15mm leaf charms

• antique silver 20mm flower charm • 2 x antique 15mm flower charms • antique silver dragonfly charm • silver-plated 6.8mm jump ring • 19 x silver-plated 4.8mm jump rings • 2 x silver-plated 8mm twisted jump rings • silver-plated curb chain

• silver-plated twisted toggle clasp • 2 x silver-plated large cord ends • 8 x silver-plated 50mm thin/soft headpins

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

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JEWELLERY BRAIDED RIBBON CHARMED SUMMER EARRINGS

MATERIALS • 2 x light rose 8mm glass pearls • 2 x olive green 8mm glass pearls • 2 x silver-plated 8.8mm jump rings • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • 2 x antique silver 35mm leaf charms • 2 x antique silver 15mm leaf charms • 2 x antique silver dragonfly charms • 10 x silver-plated 50mm thin/soft headpins

TO CREATE Thread a thin/soft headpin through each of the beads and make a wrapped loop on each one. Open an 8.8mm jump ring and attach one of each of the beads and charms, alternating them with the 35mm leaf in the middle. Attach the ear wire before closing the jump ring. Repeat Step 2 to construct the matching earring.

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• silver-plated 10-loop adjustable ring base • 5 x light rose 8mm glass pearls • 5 x olive green 8mm glass pearls • 2 x light pink 10mm flat round foil glass beads • 2 x light green 10mm flat round foil glass beads • 4 x silver-lined crystal size 8 Miyuki seed beads • 4 x antique silver 15mm leaf charms • 14 x silver-plated 50mm thin/soft headpins

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

TO CREATE Thread one of the pearls onto a headpin and make the beginnings of a wrapped loop using round-nosed pliers. Slide the open loop onto one of the loops on the ring base. Secure the bead by gripping the headpin loop with chain-nosed pliers and wrapping

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the end neatly at the base of the loop two or three times. Trim any excess wire and squash the end down with chain-nosed pliers. Attach the foil glass beads in the same way – you may need to add a size 8 seed bead or similar spacer bead to stop the headpin from going straight through

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the hole in the bead. To attach the leaf charms, simply add the charm to the loop you have made on one of the pearls before completing the wrapped loop. Attach all the beads randomly, with some of the loops on the ring holding more than one bead.

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You may want to make a bag charm to complement this collection – we think a design with a braided ribbon and chain ‘stem’ or loop and co-ordinating beads would look great on a lightweight summery handbag

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


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Steampunk Charm Bracelet Kit £9.95

Sparkly Pearl Cuff Kit £6.95

Murano Glass Hearts from £3.50 each

Freshwater Pearls from £5 per strand

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BEAD TIME MEMORY WIRE

total recall

JEMMA FRENCH DESIGNER

Memory wire is known for producing lovely coiled bracelets and simple chokers, but with a little imagination it’s the perfect foundation for a multitude of different jewellery styles

ABOUT JEMMA…

ASYMMETRIC FLOWER NECKLACE

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.

MATERIALS

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

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TO CREATE Cut 20cm of memory wire and coil one end into a double loop using round-nosed pliers. To do this, grip the memory wire at the top and roll down, keeping the loops tight to the pliers. Thread on the beads and spacers as shown. Make sure you have aligned the metal pendant as you wish – it is a good idea to fit it snugly next to the Fimo bead as this has some give and will help to keep it in place. Once

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all the beads are threaded, double coil the other end of the memory wire. To create the two chain sections hanging below the memory wire, I have selected two shades of purple to complement the beads. Tie the silk cords to the top of the chain, on the end link, and attach the chain link to the back of the metal flower pendant via a large split ring. Thread the silk in and out of the chain links. For this piece, the lilac chain

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measures approximately 14cm and the purple one approximately 18cm. Tie off both cords at the loop of the memory wire and trim any excess. To create the looped ribbon lengths, cut approximately 24cm of ribbon for each side of the necklace. Thread a length through each of the memory wire loops, then bring the ends of each piece of ribbon together. Attach ribbon ends, using flat-nosed pliers to flatten them and trap the doubled

ribbon neatly inside. Attach an extension chain and lobster clasp to the ribbon ends, connecting them to the loops using split rings.

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• 2 x purple oval foil beads • silver & purple 8mm round diamanté rondelle • purple 11mm round foil bead • purple spotted 12mm oval bead • purple 14mm round foil bead • purple 13mm cotton wrap bead • purple Fimo flower bead • lilac 14mm cotton sewing bead • dark purple 32mm Fimo flower bead • 7 x 6mm metal spacer beads • 7 x 6mm metal spacer beads • silver small oval chain • silver 2” extension chain • silver 7mm ribbon ends • silver 9mm split rings • silver 12mm lobster clasp • plum ¼” satin ribbon • purple and lilac silk strands • silver-plated necklacesize memory wire

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BEAD TIME MEMORY WIRE MATERIALS

RING LINK NECKLACE

• 2 x purple 11mm round foil beads • purple spotted 11mm round bead • 2 x assorted purple Fimo flower beads • metal 10mm ball with purple stones • 2 x silver & purple 8mm round diamanté rondelles • silver 5mm split rings • silver ring-size memory wire • silver fancy chain • silver toggle clasp

TOOLS • memory wire cutters • flat-nosed or split-ring pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Cut one and a half coils of ring-size memory wire (this should appear as a large split ring). Repeat to prepare seven individual links. Thread a bead onto each ring, allowing it to rest in the narrow

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section of the wire. Connect all the beaded links using split rings. To do this, ply open the split ring with pliers and slip it through two of the wire rings, then pull round to secure the split ring. Be sure to align the beads how

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you wish them to sit on the necklace before connecting the rings – I pulled each of the beads to the bottom of the ring to ensure equal spacing, although some movement will occur. Cut your desired length of chain – for this necklace, I have

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used eight links each side of the memory wire beaded links. This unusual decorative chain is very effective, but you can experiment with any sort of chain link for a different look. You could also continue with the beaded links for the

TO CREATE Cut an approximately 22cm length of memory wire (equal to one rotation of the bracelet-size wire). Coil the end of the memory wire into a double loop using round-nosed pliers. The loop at this stage will act as a stopper whilst you thread on your beads, and will also be the attachment for the closing after you have threaded the bead selection. Thread the beads individually onto ball headpins. Coil each pin down until it hits the top of the bead, forming a loop. It is a good idea to repeat this process with all the beads so you have a strong selection to choose from when stringing. Thread your bead charms onto the memory wire, using the

entire necklace. Link the chain lengths and the beaded section using small split rings. Attach a clasp of your choice to the ends of the chain, again using small split rings. I have selected a plain toggle clasp to tie in with the links of the chain.

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glass pearls crystal rondelles silver ball headpins silver bracelet-size memory wire • ribbon • silver extension chain

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bracelet base, coil the remaining memory wire into a double loop to secure the charms and finish the bracelet. Cut approximately 24cm of ribbon to be used as the tie to secure the bracelet. Thread this length through the loops at each end of the memory wire. Cut a small v-shape into the

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end of the ribbon to stop it fraying. The nature of memory wire is that it will retain its shape, so the ribbon is enough to keep the bracelet in position. You can knot the ribbon or tie into a bow to secure. For added security, it is a good idea to add a safety chain to this design. For this, cut

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the drop section from an extension chain. This will leave you with a 2” section of plain chain. Select two small split rings and attach one to each end of the chain. Link the chain to the loops either side of the bracelet via the split rings.

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BEAD TIME MEMORY WIRE RIBBON WAVE NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 2 x purple spotted 12mm oval beads • 4 x purple 12mm foil stripe beads • 2 x purple 14mm round foil beads • 3 x fabric beads • purple 13x15x7.5mm foil disc bead • purple 12x18mm foil oval bead • purple spotty 14x4mm flat disc bead • silver necklace-size memory wire • silver large curb chain • plum ¼” satin ribbon • silver 10x11mm bell closer • silver large toggle clasp • 2 x silver 9mm split rings • 2 x silver 75mm headpins

TOOLS • memory wire cutters • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • scissors • Fabri-tac glue

TO CREATE Cut a 23cm length of memory wire and create a single loop at one end. Cut 50cm of ribbon. Measure 11cm from the end and push the memory wire through the centre of it. The excess ribbon will be threaded through the chain links later. Select your first bead, push it down the memory wire and allow it to rest on top of the ribbon. To create the ribbon waves, loop the ribbon around each of the beads as you thread them and stab the memory wire through the centre of the ribbon. To keep the loops snug to the beads, work at the end of the memory wire. Once all the beads are threaded, and the ribbon is looped, you should be left with roughly 11cm of the

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ribbon on the other side of the necklace too. Trim any excess memory wire and roll a single loop to match the other end. Cut two 10cm lengths of chain – pry open the link using two pairs of chain-nosed pliers (or chain-nosed pliers to grip and roundnosed pliers to lever), unhook the excess chain and close the link again. Attach the chain lengths to the loops on each end of the wire. Begin to thread a length of ribbon from the necklace in and out of the chain links, continuing until the ribbon reaches the end of the chain. Secure the ribbon ends with a dab

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of Fabri-tac glue and bend over to adhere the ribbon to itself. Repeat on the other side. Cut the stopper from a long headpin and form a single loop at the end. Loop the headpin around the final chain link to secure. Cut the bell closer from the extension chain and clasp it comes attached to, and slot it over the headpin so it covers the end of the chain link and ribbon. Coil the headpin into a loop. Repeat on the other side. Loop a split ring onto each side of the necklace, through the loops formed with the headpins at the bell closer ending. Unlink the toggle clasp and attach the parts to the split rings. Check the ribbon is tucked into the bell closer and arrange the ribbon waves to finish.

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JEWELLERY RUSTIC BROOCHES

slice of life

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

These fabulous oversize buttons are rustic slices of wood that have been shaped and drilled to create ideal bases for unique chunky brooch designs, as Judith Hannington demonstrates

STAR ANISE BROOCH

TO CREATE Thread 12 headpins with a silver bead, a light wood bead, a medium wood bead, a dark wood bead and another silver bead before making a wrapped loop in the end. Remove the sieve top from the brooch blank and secure a 40cm length of nylon thread to it. Sew six of the beaded headpins to the sieve by coming up through a hole in the innermost ring, threading through the

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wrapped loop on a pin, and going down through the sieve’s central hole. Sew the remaining six beaded headpins to the sieve using alternate pairs of holes in the two outer rings so that they sit between the six inner pins. Sew six medium wooden beads into these same pairs of holes to create a circle of beads in the centre of the beaded pins. Secure a dark wooden bead in the

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very centre by threading up through the central sieve hole, through the wooden bead and a silver bead, then back through the wooden bead and the sieve.

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Sew the sieve to the wooden button using the button holes and any accessible holes in the sieve, then knot the thread around itself under

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one of the beaded pins before trimming.

MATERIALS • large wooden button • 20mm round brooch pad • silver headpins • silver 3mm round beads • light, medium and dark wooden saucer beads • small sieve brooch blank • nylon monofilament thread

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


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JEWELLERY RUSTIC BROOCHES

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Cut a 1m length of 0.4mm wire and coil it, leaving about a 20cm end free. Gently squash the opposite sides of the coil together and secure with a rubber band. Thread 20 silver beads onto the wire, then wrap the end tightly around the macramé ring for about six rotations. Bring a

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MATERIALS • large wooden button • orange BasicGrey Lime Rickey 4-holed button and smaller button • 20mm round brooch pad • silver 0.4mm wire • silver 34-gauge wire • silver 4mm round beads • small macramé ring • orange size 11 seed beads

TOOLS • wire snips • hot glue gun

single bead up to the working point and, holding it a short distance from the ring, fold the wire around it back towards the ring. Twist the bead to make the first spike. Feeding your coil of wire through the centre of the ring, wrap the wire around the ring for four or five rotations (alternate the number as you work around the ring), then bring up another bead and twist at a slightly different length from the first. Repeat the four or five wraps and the bead twisting until you have 20 beads secured around the ring – remove the rubber band from your coil of wire to release further working length as you go along. To avoid kinks, don’t work with

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too much wire released at a time. Unwrap the first couple of rotations from the ring where you started, then twist the two wire ends together. Snip the twist to about 7mm long. Using the four holes in the orange button to secure the wire, create beaded twists in the same fashion on a 30cm length of 34-gauge wire with 10 orange seed beads. Glue the ring to the centre of your wooden button, hiding the twisted end under it, then glue a smaller button in the centre with the orange wired button on top.

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Use epoxy glue to secure a brooch pin blank to the reverse of the buttons near the top so that they hang at a balanced angle when worn. The brooches are also perfect for fabric bag adornments

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RUSTIC FLOWER BROOCH

• large wooden button • 20mm round brooch pad • silver 34-gauge wire • medium 4-holed wooden button • paper string • hessian

TOOLS • large-eyed sewing needle • hot glue gun • rawhide mallet

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1 WHERE TO BUY The big wooden buttons are available from Beautify Me at Unit 1, The Clocktower, Market Square, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9AE. The shop sells locally handmade art and craft products and a range of readymade jewellery. Call 01239 712924 to order by mail You can use any small wooden beads and wood or plastic buttons, which can be purchased or recycled from old clothing. The wooden beads used here are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk and the BasicGrey Lime Rickey buttons from www.charmedcardsandcrafts.co.uk Visit www.fredaldous.co.uk for paper string, beading wire, macramé rings, adhesive and a good mix of small buttons

Form the paper string into a double figure-of-eight around your fingers so that it is just smaller than the large button. Wrap the centre of the figure-ofeight with a length of wire to secure, then tease out the outer loop on each side a little to create the double petals. Create three pairs of petals in this way, then hammer the wire wrapping and the paper string flat in the centre.

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GIVEAWAYS FROSTED ACRYLIC FLOWER SETS

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JENNY’S BEAD BOX

JENNY WILLIAMS DESIGNER

second chance You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create pretty, glittering charms from an old drink can. Here, Jenny Williams reveals how to turn yesterday’s rubbish into something pink and sparkly!

ABOUT JENNY… Jenny is a self-taught jewellery designer from Manchester who also sells a wide range of beads, tools and findings via her website at www. jennysbeadbox.co.uk. She particularly enjoys working with metal and experimenting with lowtemperature enamelling.

CONFETTI CHARM BRACELET

MATERIALS • silver-plated charm bracelet • 19 x silver-plated 7mm jump rings • aluminium drink can • Light Pink, Old Rose, Silver Grey and Silver Glitter Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • tin snips • 1.5mm hole punch or jeweller’s drill with 1.5mm bit • small star craft punch • small flower craft punch • small daisy craft punch • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for powder tubes

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TO CREATE Prepare the drink can as described in the Essential Technique opposite, and use the punches to cut six star shapes, six flowers and seven daisies. Use the 1.5mm punch (or drill) to

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make a small hole close to the edge of each punched shape. Enamel both sides of each charm, following the Essential Technique. Use Light Pink powder for two of each shape and Old

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Rose for another two of each shape – for the remaining shapes, use Silver Grey powder with a layer of Silver Glitter sprinkled on top before firing both layers together.

Use jump rings to attach an enamelled charm to each link of the charm bracelet, arranging them along the bracelet to give an attractive mix of colours and shapes.

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JENNY’S BEAD BOX MATERIALS • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires • 4 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • 2 x silver-plated 7mm jump rings • aluminium drink can • Light Pink, Old Rose, Silver Grey and Silver Glitter Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • tin snips • 1.5mm hole punch or jeweller’s drill with 1.5mm bit • small star craft punch • medium star craft punch • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for powder tubes

TO CREATE Prepare the drink can as described in the Essential Technique below, and use the punches to cut two medium and four small star shapes. Use the 1.5mm punch (or drill) to make a small hole near one of the points of each

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star. Take two of the smaller stars and make another hole on the opposite edge, between two of the points. Enamel both sides of each charm, following the Essential Technique. Use Light Pink powder lightly sprinkled with Silver Glitter for the medium stars, Old Rose for two of the small stars, and Silver Grey liberally sprinkled with Silver Glitter for the remaining two. Connect a 5mm jump ring to each ear wire, and link this ring to a second. Hang a small Silver Glitter star from each ear wire, and attach a 7mm jump ring to the second hole in each star. Slip a medium Pale Pink and small Old Rose star onto each 7mm jump ring, so that the smaller shape sits on top of the larger one to give a layered effect.

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drink can. Start at the hole in the top and cut all the way down to the bottom, then cut off the ends and open out to form a rectangular sheet. Wear eye protection! Cut the aluminium sheet into strips, approximately 40mm wide. Use craft punches to cut shapes from the metal. If the punch sticks, use a pen top to

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push the cutting portion back up into the body of the punch. Use a single 1.5mm hole punch to make one or more hanging holes in the punched shape, and tap a few times on a steel block with a hide mallet to remove any kinks. Clean the metal, using sandpaper or an abrasive block,

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and place on the metal U-strip. When enamelling smaller shapes, I place the U-strip on its end, as shown. Sprinkle with Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powder, using a sieve top to ensure even coverage. Use a spatula to transfer the piece to a firing plate or stand (the stand is used when one

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side has already been enamelled, to prevent the piece from sticking to the firing plate). Place the firing plate and powdercovered blank onto the stove (or into an oven at 160°c) and fire with the lid on for 4-6 minutes before removing carefully with tweezers or a wooden peg.

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JENNY’S BEAD BOX LINKED NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 34 x silver-plated 7mm jump rings • silver-plated heart toggle clasp • aluminium drink can • Light Pink, Old Rose, Silver Grey and Silver Glitter Efcolor low-temperature enamelling powders

TOOLS • flat-nosed and chainnosed pliers • tin snips • 1.5mm hole punch or jeweller’s drill with 1.5mm bit • small round craft punch • small star craft punch • small flower craft punch • small daisy craft punch • Efcolor stove set (includes all other tools needed) • sieve tops for powder tubes

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TO CREATE Prepare the drink can as described in the Essential Technique on page 27, and use the punches to cut 17 circles, 10 stars, 11 flowers and eight daisies. Use the 1.5mm punch (or drill) to make two small holes close to opposite edges of each punched shape, with the exception of seven circles, two stars, three flowers and two daisies – just make one hanging hole near the edge of each of these. Enamel both sides of each charm,

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following the Essential Technique. Use the following five colour combinations, making sure you end up with a good mix of shapes in each colour: Light Pink; Light Pink lightly sprinkled with Silver Glitter; Old Rose; Old Rose lightly sprinkled with Silver Glitter; Silver Grey liberally sprinkled with Silver Glitter. Use jump rings to link the two-holed shapes together in a chain. Alternate smaller shapes with circles, and on alternate circles link

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a contrasting colour daisy on top to give a layered look. Aim for an even distribution of shape and colour. Attach each singleholed circle charm to a different jump ring, and slide a contrasting flower, star or daisy on top. Attach one of these layered charms to the

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central jump ring of the necklace, and the remainder to the three jump rings on either side. Use two more jump rings to attach a silverplated heart toggle clasp to each end of the necklace.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jennysbeadbox.co.uk; 0845 165 0339 Craft punches are available from all good craft shops


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BEAD DOCTOR

bead doctor Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers WRITTEN IN THE STARS

I was interested to read in the emerald birthstones feature in Issue 14 that as well as being the birthstone for May, emerald is the traditional gemstone for the star sign of Cancer. Do all the star signs have their own

ION QUESTTHE OF TH MON RINGS ON HER FINGERS I often find I’m left with a few leftover beads when I’ve finished a necklace or bracelet design, and would like to make them into a co-ordinating cluster ring. Do I really need to keep a stock of ring blanks for this or can I make the base myself? Looking at them, I always think it can’t be that difficult! Lindsay Prout, Battle, East Sussex

stone? My birthstone is garnet but I don’t like to wear a lot of red and am rather hoping for an excuse to make ‘special’ jewellery using something a bit more sparkly! My star sign is Aquarius – am I in luck? Emily Deedman, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... You’re right, Lindsay! It’s not hard to make your own cluster ring blanks – you just need 0.8mm or 1mm wire and something a suitable size to wrap it around. You can experiment with objects you might have at home, such as a marker pen or lipstick, to find something the perfect diameter for your finger, or invest in a simple ring stick

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THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS...

glittering stones like amethyst. While you will always find variations – as an internet trawl will confirm – here is a list of the most widely recognised associations:

Nothing linked with the signs of the zodiac, including the dates for each ‘changeover’, is set in stone (no pun intended!) but there is at least one gemstone commonly linked to each star sign. As an Aquarian, yours would generally by considered to be turquoise – so still no sparkle, I’m afraid, but a beautiful colour that you might feel happier wearing. It

also looks wonderful, and very feminine, combined with pretty

or ring mandrel, which is marked with the formal jeweller’s sizes. Then follow this stepby-step guide: Cut a 25cm length of 0.8mm or 1mm diameter wire and wrap it twice around your ring sizer. You could obviously use a longer length of wire and wrap it three or four times if you want a deeper, coiled-effect ring base. Secure the wire by wrapping the end

around the loops, then form some ‘anchor points’ by making several loops. Trim off any excess wire, leaving a short tail to wrap around the ring to secure. You are now ready to add your beads by threading them onto headpins and attaching them directly to the anchor points with a loop in the pin, or by using jump rings to connect two or three beaded pins at a time.

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Aries – Ruby Taurus – Sapphire Gemini – Topaz Cancer – Emerald Leo – Diamond Virgo – Jasper Libra – Aquamarine Scorpio – Black opal Sagittarius – Garnet Capricorn – Topaz Aquarius – Turquoise Pisces – Amethyst

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BEAD DOCTOR

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY MY LITTLE PONY I occasionally see references to pony beads in materials lists an on bead store websites, but cannot tell from the photographs what they are. Can you please

explain what makes them different from other beads and what they are used for? Lizzie Scott, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Pony beads are essentially larger variations of seed beads. Also sometimes known as E-beads, they are made of plastic or glass, typically in a solid colour, and have a barrel shape and a proportionately large hole, making them easy to string. This fact, combined with their availability in a vast array of colours, makes them very popular for

children’s crafting and jewellery making, as well as for using with more unusual stringing materials, such as when you wish to add a bead to jump rings in a chain maille design.

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THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS...

I see from trawling the malls with my daughter that animal prints are in fashion again. I like the look and think they’re great fun but I’m definitely too old to be going out in a leopard print top or – worse – snakeskin trousers! I can just about get away with shoes or a scarf but now it’s getting hotter, I wondered if I could get my fashion fix with animal print jewellery instead. I might even let me daughter borrow it! Are there any suitable beads on the market? Wendy Mistry, St Albans, Herts

This is a great idea – statement jewellery and accessories are the perfect way to incorporate a trend you might not want to wear head-to-toe! And yes, there are plenty of animal print beads on the market. Check out www.e-beads.co.uk for new 15mm round snakeskin beads in subtle black, grey, light grey or vintage rose, or for something a bit more daring head to www.dizzybeads.co.uk, where you’ll find Fimo tube beads in cow, zebra, giraffe and tiger prints, as well as some quirky pink and purple versions

– they’re also available in mixed animal print packs. You could try www.beadcrazy.co.uk for 22mm zebra print acrylic balls and 34mm animal print shell disc beads, as well as 25.5mm acrylic squares in rosy brown and deep sky blue animal prints. It’s also worth visiting www.beadsbylili.com for glossy leopard print 20mm acrylic rounds, or The Bead Shop Manchester (www.thebeadshop.co.uk) does a 30mm leopard print wooden button that would be a fantastic focal on a bracelet, brooch or corsage-style bag charm. Alternatively, you could buy some animal print fabric and use this in your designs with plain co-ordinating beads. Have a look at Mel Brooke’s projects on page 50 for ideas.

LOST IN TIME Last year sometime I saw some fabulous bright pink and green watches in an issue of CB&J and I put it away so I could have a go at making my own version for this summer. Now, of course, I can’t find it! Help please! Frances Mathias, by email

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 g to n Court, Adlington B Macclesfielusiness Park, d, Ch SK10 4NLeshire

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... I’m guessing you’re thinking of Judith Hannington’s zingy, contemporary designs from Issue 6 (above). She used Narmi watch faces, which are available from www.dobeadoo.com in the hot pink, lime green and orange colours featured, as well as girly light pink and turquoise, bright red, purple and sunny yellow, and more sombre grey, brown, navy and burgundy, among others, priced at £6.50 each. Judith used a combination of simple stringing, chain maille and basic bead weaving for the straps on her designs, incorporating matching beads and metal and rubber jump rings, along with white and silver. Of course, you could go all out and mix up contrasting vibrant colours – clashing brights are bang ontrend this season! Back issues of CB&J are available to buy from www.practical publishing.co.uk/cbj

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY CAMEOS

portrait of Give the classic cameo a contemporary makeover with these fabulously cool and eccentric designs

EMILY KERSH DESIGNER

a lady

VINTAGE-STYLE CHARM BRACELET

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

MATERIALS • pink 40x30mm portrait cameo (No1) • 2 x blue 18x13mm rose cameos • black 25x18mm rose cameo • silver-plated 40x30mm cameo mount • silver-plated 25x18mm cameo mount • 2 x silver-plated 18x13mm fancy cameo mounts • 4 x peach rose 18mm Fimo flower beads • 4 x Padparadscha 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x clear AB 8mm Czech glass faceted round beads

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• 4 x Crystal Creamrose Light 12mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 0.5m silver-plated steel trace chain (No9) • 4 x champagne-plated 6mm stardust bead • 5 x Black Diamond silver-lined 10mm round glass beads • 5 x Peacock 5-6mm freshwater potato pearls • 5 x silver-plated 5mm metal rondelle spacer beads • 1m silver-plated small double-link chain • silver-plated 25mm shell flower box clasp • antique silver-plated 26mm heart pendant

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• antique silver-plated 25mm maple leaf charm • 2 x antique silver-plated large wing charms • Vintaj Natural Brass 16mm Cherished Heart pendant • silver 6mm jump rings • silver headpins • silver eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • superglue, 5-minute epoxy glue or GS Hypo Cement

TO CREATE Glue all the cameos onto the mounts and leave to set. Cut double-link chain to the size of your wrist, allowing

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY CAMEOS VINTAGE-STYLE KILT PIN

MATERIALS • black 40x30mm rose cameo • silver-plated 40x30mm cameo mount • antique silver-plated large wing charm • antique silver-plated key charm • Tibetan-style heart pendant (No9) • 3 x Crystal Platinum 10mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 4 x Crystal Creamrose 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls • black 10mm faceted glass drop • Silk 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • 2 x Jet 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Hyacinth 6mm Swarovski Elements

three times, then attach these charms along the chain, around 8-9 links apart, using jump rings (see Fig 1, below left). Make sure you leave one or two links free at the end for attaching your clasp, and if you need to adjust the length at the end. Take five headpins and thread a bead cap, a round glass bead, a bead cap and a freshwater pearl onto each one. Attach these directly to chain links by creating a wrapped loop in the pin (Fig 2), spreading them out along the length of the chain. Repeat with another four headpins, using a Fimo flower and a 6mm bicone.

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Xilion bead • 2 x Hyacinth 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 0.5m black-plated baby belcher chain • 0.5m silver-plated steel filed trace chain • silver 55mm 7-loop kilt pin • silver 7mm jump rings • silver headpins • silver eyepins • black-plated 9mm bead caps

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • superglue, 5-minute epoxy glue or GS Hypo Cement

Thread four eyepins with an 8mm faceted round bead, a spacer bead and a 6mm bicone, attaching these directly to the chain by making a wrapped loop, as before. To make the chain drops, attach four lengths of chain (they can be different lengths if you like) to a jump ring and add this to the bottom of one of the beaded eyepins (Fig 3). Repeat on each eyepin. Attach all your cameos and the hearts and leaf pendants along the chain, using jump rings. Attach the two angel wings to one jump ring, then add this to the chain. To finish off the bracelet, attach the clasp components to the end links.

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TO CREATE Glue the cameo to the mount and leave to dry. Cut the silver trace chain into two lengths of approximately 20cm. Take two eyepins and thread two 4mm Swarovski pearls and a 10mm pearl onto each of them before making a loop. Thread two 4mm Xilions and a 6mm Xilion onto a third eyepin, and make a loop. Cut the chain about 3cm from one end and attach a pearl eyepin to a link on either side of the chain so it acts as a connector (see Fig 1, above right). Measure 3.5cm down the chain and add the second pearl eyepin in the same way. Measure 6cm, then cut the chain and attach the Xilion eyepin. Cut two lengths of black belcher, one of around 26cm and one around 5.5cm. Measure 13cm from the end of

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the longer chain and cut. Place the 6mm Silk Xilion onto an eyepin and make a loop to attach it to the cut chain. Take an eyepin and thread on a bead cap, a 10mm pearl, a bead cap and a 6mm Jet Xilion, then attach it to the other end of the chain using a wrapped loop. Thread a black faceted drop and a 4mm Hyacinth Xilion onto a headpin and make a loop to attach it to the bottom of the eyepin (Fig 2). Open a jump ring and attach the silver chain with the pearls, the long black belcher chain and the short black belcher chain. Attach this jump ring to the end loop on the kilt pin. Open another jump ring and add the other end of the short black chain and the silver chain, the angel wing. Add the long black chain so that you have approximately 7cm

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hanging down with a drop on the end, before securing the jump ring to the other end loop on the kilt pin. Attach the other length of silver chain to the second and sixth loops on the pin, then add the heart charm, the cameo and the key charm to the three middle loops.

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY CAMEOS VINTAGE-STYLE NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 2 x blue 18x13mm rose cameos • black 40x30mm portrait cameo (No3) • silver-plated cameo mount with brooch back • antique silver-plated 18x13mm thistle brooch cameo mount • silver-plated 18x13mm fancy cameo mount • 3 x Black Diamond 10mm silver-lined round glass beads • 4 x champagne-plated 6mm stardust beads • 9 x Air Blue Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 9 x Crystal AB2x 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

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• 10 x Air Blue Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Aquamarine 10mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x blue 15mm Fimo flower cluster beads • 3 x black rose 18mm Fimo flower beads • 4 x silver-plated 8mm stardust beads • 1m antique silver-plated steel filed trace chain • 1m silver-plated steel curb chain • silver-plated small double-link chain • 2 x Tibetan-style pendant connectors • silver-plated 50mm headpins

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• silver colour 9mm bead cap • 2 x silver-plated 4mm box closers • silver-plated large oval clasp • 2m Satin Silver 19-strand 0.015” Beadalon • silver-plated 2mm round crimp beads • 13 x 6mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • superglue, 5-minute epoxy glue or GS Hypo Cement • bead mat

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Glue the cameos to the brooch and pendant backs and leave to set. Cut the Beadalon beading wire in half. Hold two ends together and thread on two crimp beads, leaving about 1” of wire at the end. Squeeze the crimps flat. Place the flattened crimps in the box clasp and fold over one side and then the other. Squeeze tight to secure. Cut off any excess wire. Place a crimp onto one of the wires, a few centimetres from

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the end. Squeeze it shut, then thread on a 4mm blue Xilion, a 6mm stardust bead and another 4mm blue Xilion. Add a crimp, then hold up the wire so you can squeeze the crimp flat snug to the bead with no gap. Lay the wire flat on the mat and place another crimp about 1” from the last. Squeeze it flat, then thread on a Crystal AB2x Xilion, an 8mm stardust bead, another 4mm Crystal Xilion and a crimp. Secure as before, then

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JEWELLERY CONTEMPORARY CAMEOS repeat with a Crystal Xilion, a black Fimo flower and another Crystal Xilion. Repeat this pattern along the Beadalon until you have 10 sections – the gaps do not have to be exactly the same each time, but try to keep them to 1” or slightly smaller. Take the other strand of wire and place a crimp as you did in Step 3. Add a 4mm Crystal Xilion, a 6mm blue Xilion, a blue Fimo flower cluster, a 6mm blue Xilion and a 4mm Crystal Xilion. Secure as in Step 3. The next section is a 10mm Aquamarine Xilion, crimped in place, then continue with this alternating pattern until you have seven sections. Try to space the sections between those in the other pattern, and make this strand slightly shorter than the first (see Fig 1, below) – you can lay the wires on the mat in the necklace shape to make sure the lengths are different. Attach the other box closer, making sure both sides are equal and you still have one length shorter than the other. Cut the curb chain into two pieces, one shorter than the other. The lengths will depend on how long you want the finished necklace to be, and you can test and adjust them at the end. Attach the lengths to the first two loops of the connectors using jump rings, then add the antique chain (which needs to be the shortest length) to the third loops (Fig 2).

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Take two eyepins and thread a bead cap, a Black Diamond round glass bead, a bead cap and a 4mm Crystal Xilion onto each one. Attach the pins to each end of the double-linked chain by creating a wrapped loop, then attach the ‘eyes’ to the connectors using a jump ring (Fig 3). Attach the large black cameo brooch first, by threading it onto all three chain lengths near to one of the connectors. To create the drops from the brooch, use three different lengths of antique chain and attach beaded ‘drops’ to the end of each by creating a wrapped loop. Place these on jump rings and slide them onto the back of the brooch before you attach it to the main necklace chains (Fig 4). Attach the other cameos – the pendant on the silver chain near the bottom, and the smaller brooch on the other side through all three chains. You may need to adjust these when you have the necklace on so that it hangs correctly. Use jump rings to attach the beading wire with the Fimo beads to the double-link chain, adding the ends to the third or fourth link on each side (Fig 5). You can now hold the necklace around your neck and cut it to size, before attaching the clasp with jump rings.

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TO CREATE Glue the cameo to the mount and leave to dry. Cut four pieces of chain approximately 20 links long – they can be slightly different lengths. Take seven headpins and thread on your selection of beads, trying to stick to a maximum of three beads on each pin (the bead caps go with the 10mm Swarovski pearls).

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Attach the beaded headpins to three of the chains using wrapped loops; they can go along the chain and on the bottom link to make the drops (see Fig 1, below). Attach all four chains to the large ring using jump rings. Use jump rings to add the charms and the cameo between the chains (Fig 2).

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Attach one end of the remaining chain to the large ring with a jump ring. Hold it around your neck to meet the other side of the large ring and allow approximately 4cm for the clasp before you cut it to your desired length. Use jump rings to attach the toggle part of the clasp to the large ring and the leaf to the end of the chain (Fig 3).

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop Manchester, Afflecks Palace, 35 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JG; www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 833 9950

MATERIALS • red 40x30mm portrait cameo (No2) • silver-plated 40x30mm cameo mount • 5 x Crystal Platinum 10mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 3 x Indian Red 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Silk 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Jet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Crystal Creamrose

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6mm Swarovski Elements pearls antique silver-plated key charm antique silver-plated 26mm flower heart pendant antique silver-plated picture frame charm antique silver-plated large wing charm antique silver-plated 37mm vine leaf toggle Tibetan-style round ring bead (No26) silver 8mm jump rings

• 1m silver-plated belcher chain (9 links per inch) • 2 x black-plated 9mm bead caps • 6 x silver-plated 9mm bead caps • silver-plated headpins

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • superglue, 5-minute epoxy glue or GS Hypo Cement

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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13X8MM TEARDROP CAMEOS Stockist: 21st Century Beads www.beadmaster.com Tel: 01924 240947 RRP: £1.50 for 12

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18X10MM GLASS HEMATITE CONNECTOR Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: £1.10

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CAMEO BRACELET PATTERN Stockist: ThreadABead www.threadabead.com RRP: £1.25

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VINTAGE RED & WHITE GLASS CONNECTOR Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: 45p

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40X30MM LADY’S HEAD CAMEO Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: £1.25

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Stockist: ThreadABead www.threadabead.com RRP: £1.25

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25X18MM FLOWER CAMEO Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: 95p

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25X18MM ROSE CAMEO Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk Tel: 01726 844999 RRP: 95p

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CAMEO MOULD Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: £3.25

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18X25MM AMBER LADY PROFILE Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: 78p

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small faces

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Secure online shopping at: www.thesouthamptonbeadshop.co.uk Tel: 023 80676163 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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THE SOUTHAMPTON BEAD SHOP

rose

weaving

This easy-to-follow bead weaving pattern can be created using your choice of colours and accent beads for the perfect pretty summer bracelet with an individual touch

JOANNE ZENG DESIGNER

MATERIALS

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TO CREATE

Joanne Zeng is the owner of The Southampton Bead Shop. She has been designing jewellery to inspire people at shows and at her shop for many years. She also runs regular workshops. She likes taking advantage of the vast range of materials available in the shop and applying different techniques, including bead weaving, to create her bespoke designs.

Thread your needle and pick up a 4mm round bead and three seed beads. Repeat this sequence four times, then move the beads down the thread, leaving a 15cm tail (see Fig 1, opposite). Pass the needle through all the 4mm round beads again (Fig 2). Make sure the round beads sit closely together by pushing each set of seed beads into a picot and

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pulling the thread tight (Figs 3 and 3a). Bring the needle to the opposite side by passing it through two more 4mm round beads. Exit from the middle seed bead of the picot (Figs 3 and 3a). Pick up a seed bead, then add a 4mm round bead and three seed beads three times. Pick up a 4mm round and a seed bead and pass the needle through the middle seed

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bead of the previous picot and the first seed bead in this section (Figs 4 and 4a). Repeat Steps 2-4 until the bracelet is your desired length.

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• 56 x 4mm faceted round Chinese crystals • 1g size 11 Miyuki seed beads • 2m KO thread • 2 x silver-plated wire guards • silver-plated clasp • 7 x 10mm Fimo flowers

TOOLS • needle • scissors

beads, then go through the centre seed bead of the picot (Fig 5). Pass the needle through the seed beads and wire guard a couple more times, tying knots as you go along. Tidy the end by weaving it into beads. Finish the other end of the bracelet the same way.


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With the needle exiting from the middle seed bead of the picot, pick up a seed bead, a Fimo flower and a seed bead, then pass the needle through the middle seed bead of the next picot (Fig 6). Pass the needle through beads to the opposite side, pick up the same sequence of beads and go through the next picot (Fig 7). Keep adding the flowers in the same manner.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.thesouthamptonbeadshop.co.uk; 023 8067 8466 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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BIRTHSTONES JUNE

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JUNE

We take a closer look at the two beautiful birthstones associated with the month of June – shimmering pearl and magical moonstone

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

MIXED PEARL NECKLACE

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connector. Pass the wire back through the bead and crimp before setting the crimp. Thread a silver bead, a pearl

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SAID TO BESTOW: Modesty, purity, happiness

ABOUT THE STONE: Pearls are formed around a foreign body, often a grain of sand, present in the shells of oysters and mussels. The pearl is made up of layers of a secretion called nacre, which is

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nugget, a silver bead, an acrylic barrel and a silver bead onto the wire. Repeat this pattern, omitting the first silver bead and produced by the shellfish to protect against the irritation caused by the foreign particle. This occurs in many freshwater and marine shellfish but only certain species of freshwater clams and saltwater oysters produce gem-quality pearls. The natural reaction is used to create cultured pearls, where a particle is deliberately introduced to the shellfish.

adding five, seven and then 11 pearl nuggets. Finish the end of the wire through one half of the clasp using a silver bead, crimp bead

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A pearl’s natural sheen – which has given rise to the common use of ‘pearlescent’ to describe everything from paper and cardstock to car paintwork and eyeshadow – is known as ‘orient of pearl’. Pearls vary dramatically in price depending on their origin, shape and colour so there are options to suit all budgets.

and final silver bead. Create the other half of the necklace in the same way, but starting with three pearls to make up for the lack of flower connector and the lower branch.

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5mm button pearls 6x7mm pearl nuggets 7-strand Tigertail wire silver flower and flower branch connectors silver dragonfly charm silver 2mm round beads silver acrylic flower barrel beads silver small crimps silver eyepins popper-style clasp

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


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BIRTHSTONES JUNE

moonstone MOONSTONE CABOCHON BRACELET

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Use epoxy glue to secure the three cabochons in the settings – ensure you roughen the inner surface of the settings a little to guarantee good adhesion; a few cross-hatches with a sharp implement will suffice. Set aside to dry overnight. Join the large set cabochon to a small one using three chain links on both sides. Attach four-link lengths to each side of each setting and use a single link to join each length together. At one end follow the link with two jump rings and the lobster clasp. At the opposite end, use a jump ring to connect the final small set cabochon. Use superglue to secure three lengths

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of ribbon together in a box end, closing both sides of the box snugly over the ribbon ends – use nylon-jaw pliers to avoid marking the metal. Attach the box end to the final cabochon using a jump ring, then check the length of ribbon necessary for a fairly

snug fit around the wearer’s wrist before trimming and securing in the remaining box end as before. Attach the extension chain using a jump ring, then hang the flower charm from this jump ring using two further connected rings.

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due to the mix of two types of feldspar within the gem, which refract light in different ways. In India moonstone is said to bring good fortune and is regarded as a sacred stone. In Asian philosophy, the moonstone balances the yin and yang forces. The gem’s rarity does make it fairly expensive, but simple pieces will show off its beautiful opalescence.

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BIRTHSTONE FOR... June

SAID TO BESTOW: Balance, good fortune

ABOUT THE STONE: Moonstone is a rare gem from the mineral family feldspar and is mainly sourced from Sri Lanka, India, Burma and America. Its magical shimmer is technically known as adularescence, and is

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MATERIALS • 2 x 5x4mm moonstone cabochons • 8x6mm moonstone cabochon • 3 x silver settings to fit • silver oval link chain • ivory 3mm satin ribbon • 3 x ribbon box ends • silver lobster clasp and extension chain

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TO CREATE

• silver flower charm • silver 4mm jump rings

TOOLS • nylon-jaw flat-nosed pliers • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • epoxy adhesive • superglue

The ribbon section creates a delicate bracelet but if you intend to wear the piece regularly then strands of chain or beaded wire can be used instead to make the piece a little more hardwearing. Alternatively, the ribbon section is easy to replace if it gets a little tired-looking

WHERE TO BUY Visit www.kernowcraft.co.uk to purchase the moonstone cabochons and silver settings used in the bracelet The pearl nuggets and small pearl button beads are available from the great range of pearls at www.thebeadster.com www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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WHITE BIWA FRESHWATER PEARLS Stockist: World of Beads www.worldofbeads.co.uk Tel: 01962 861255 RRP: £1.20 each

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PEARL LINED DELICA BEADS Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: £1.95 for 5g

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FACETED MOONSTONE DROP BRIOLETTES Stockist: Precious Sparkle Beads www.precioussparkle beads.co.uk Tel: 01738 563264 RRP: £11.99 for 12” strand

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CREAM 12MM COIN PEARL STRAND Stockist: Spoilt Rotten Beads www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk Tel: 01353 749853 RRP: £12 for 15” strand

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CRYSTAL WHITE 10MM SWAROVSKI PEARL BEADS Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0845 200 1818 RRP: 25p each

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Give your pieces a stunning shimmer with pearl and moonstone in an impressive array of shapes and sizes

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MOONSTONE TUMBLECHIPS Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: £6.50 for 36” strand

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16MM WHITE GLASS-BASED PEARL BEADS Stockist: Bead Crazy www.beadcrazy.co.uk Tel: 01738 442288 RRP: 20p each


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MASTERCLASS RIVETING

riveting for

AURORA LOMBARDO DESIGNER

Make the most of rivets and you can join metal bases to shaped components in wood, metal, glass and even bright, vibrant plastic. Aurora Lombardo shows you the art of riveting with the feminine touch – no blowtorches or dirty overalls required!

ABOUT AURORA… Aurora is the owner of The Jazzy Jewelz Studio in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, a friendly jewellerymaking studio offering a range of beading workshops, glass fusing classes, and jewellery-making parties for children and adults. For those who feel creative but live too far away to visit, The Jazzy Jewelz Studio online shop sells jewellerymaking kits and party packs for all skill levels. Aurora herself is an experienced designer-jeweller, specialising in glass and silver jewellery. Her work is supplied to selected shops and galleries in the UK and Italy – you can see more at www. auroralombardo.com. To find out more about about The Jazzy Jewelz Studio, visit www.thejazzy jewelzstudio.co.uk, or call for details on 07905 888268.

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way to add character to a piece. Riveting involves passing small pieces of wire or tubing through all the pieces to be joined and subsequently flaring or flattening the ends to secure them in place. Opting to use wire or tube rivets for a particular project is simply a matter of personal choice as both types

function equally. The projects described here were assembled using silver and copper tube rivets and a practical riveting system (Crafted Findings), specifically designed to pierce holes in metal and set tubular and semi-tubular rivets. However, as shown in the step-by-step guide below, it is perfectly

TRADITIONAL RIVETING TECHNIQUE 1

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holes in the layers and place the piece on a steel block or a small anvil. Insert a flaring tool (a pointed punch) in the end of the tubing and hammer slightly. Turn the piece over and repeat the process with

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the metal. Once the hole is punched, turn the handle anti-clockwise until the piece is released from the piercing pin. Repeat with the other metal component to be riveted if needed. To set a semi-tubular rivet, assemble the components and insert the rivet through the holes in both layers. Note: Here the rivet

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possible to rivet two or more pieces together using a few tools that are probably already present in your

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iveting is a simple way to join two or more pieces of metal without the need for a torch. Because no soldering is required, riveting can also be used to join metal to materials that do not withstand the heat, such as wood, plastic and even glass. In addition, rivets can be used in a decorative

Make sure both ends of a tubing rivet are straight and smooth using a needle file and emery paper. To determine the rivet length you need for a given project, consider that for optimal setting results, rivets should protrude approximately 2mm above the surface of the pieces to join

the other end of the tube. Turn the piece over again. Keep tapping gently on the pointed punch to flare one end of the tube a bit more, then turn the piece over and repeat on the other end. Keep gradually flaring each end of the tube

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was set with the head of the rivet at the back of the piece, but this orientation can be reversed if preferred. Line up the centre of the tube to the flaring punch, making sure the head of the rivet sits neatly in the recess at the base of the tool. Turn the handle clockwise to set the rivet. Once the

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alternately until the rivet is secured in position. To finish off one end of the rivet, use the round side of a ball pein hammer or a doming punch and tap gently. Turn the piece over and repeat. This will ensure the rivet is flattened neatly.

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workshop – or even your garage: a handheld drill, small anvil or steel block, hammer and flaring tool.

shoulder of the tool touches the metal, the rivet is set. To release the piece, turn the handle anti-clockwise. To set a tubular rivet, you will first need to replace the flaring tool and its base with an adaptor (eyelet flaring set), using the key provided in the kit. Proceed as in Steps 4 and 5 to set the rivet.

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MASTERCLASS RIVETING MATERIALS

FLOWER PENDANT

• sterling silver 0.7mm sheet • lime green Ka-Jinker Jem large flower • pink Ka-Jinker Jem small flower • sterling silver tube, 1 /16” outside diameter • suedette thong • silver jump ring

TO CREATE Start by cutting a 2.5x4cm rectangle from the silver sheet using a jeweller’s saw. Texture the piece by hammering with a ball pein hammer over a steel block. File off any burrs or rough edges using a file. Polish the pendant using progressively finer grades of emery paper until you get a nice shiny finish. Using a scriber, mark the position of the first riveting hole in the centre of the pendant and use the piercing end of the riveting system to pierce it.

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TOOLS • Crafted Creations 1 /16” rivet piercing and setting tool • Crafter Creations 1/16” eyelet flaring set • half-round file • scriber • jeweller’s saw • ball pein hammer • steel block • emery papers • ultra-polishing pad • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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MATERIALS • 15cm sterling silver 6x1.2mm rectangular wire • 2 x pink Ka-Jinker Jem large flowers • 2 x lime green Ka-Jinker Jem large flowers • 3 x pink Ka-Jinker Jem small flowers • 3 x lime green Ka-Jinker Jem small flowers • sterling silver tube, 1 /16” outside diameter

Using a jeweller’s saw, cut a 7.5mm piece of tubing. Insert the tubing into the large pink flower bead,

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then place a small green flower on top of it. Position this decoration into the first riveting hole and

rivet in place using the riveting tool. To finish, pierce a hole at the top of the pendant and, using

pliers, attach the jump ring to create the bail. Thread your finished pendant onto the suedette thong.

get a nice shiny finish. Using a jeweller’s saw, cut four 7.5mm pieces of tubing and two 5mm pieces. File the end of the tubing straight using a small file. Insert the 5mm tubing into one

small green flower bead and position it into the first riveting hole. Rivet this in place using the riveting tool. To assemble the next flower decoration, pick up a large pink flower and place a small green flower on top of it. Position the two pieces on the bangle wire, making sure the holes are aligned, and thread a 7.5mm tube through the three layers. Set the silver rivet using the riveting tool. Pick up a large green flower and place a small pink flower on top of it. Proceed as in Step 5 to rivet this decoration onto the next hole along the bangle wire. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to rivet the remaining two large flower decorations. Finish off the bangle by riveting a small pink flower to the last riveting hole as you did in Step 4.

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TOOLS • Crafted Creations 1 /16” rivet piercing and setting tool • Crafter Creations 1/16” eyelet flaring set • round bangle mandrel • rawhide mallet • half-round file • scriber • jeweller’s saw • emery papers • ultra-polishing pad

TO CREATE Use a half-round file to round the ends of the bangle wire, and file them down with emery paper. Using a scriber, mark the position of the first riveting hole 3mm from one end of the

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MASTERCLASS RIVETING TO CREATE Using a disc cutter, cut two 8mm discs from the silver sheet and set aside. Mark out a 1.5cm square on your silver sheet and saw it out with a jeweller’s saw. File off any burrs or

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MATERIALS • sterling silver 0.5mm sheet • 2 x copper 3/32” semi-tubular rivets, 1 /16” diameter • 2 x brass star rivet accents • sterling silver hooks

rough edges using a file and round the corners. To assemble the earring, pick up one of the discs and position it onto the silver square so that it is centred. Run a felt-tip pen along its circumference to mark its position (this mark will help you to ensure the pieces stay aligned when piercing a hole through them in the next step). Mark out the position of the rivet hole in the centre of the disc. Carefully place the assembled piece into the piercing side of the riveting machine and punch a hole through both layers. Pick up a copper rivet and thread it through the two silver

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layers so that the rounded end of the rivet is at the back of the earring. Add one brass star accent and set the rivet using

the setting tool. Polish the earring using graded emery papers and an ultrapolishing pad. To finish, pierce a hole in one of

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MATERIALS • sterling silver 0.5mm sheet • 2 x copper 1/8” semi-tubular rivets, 1 /16” diameter • 2 x brass star rivet accents

TO CREATE To determine the length of the silver strip needed for your ring size, wrap a strip of paper around your finger, mark where the paper overlaps and measure. Add 13mm extra length to allow for the thickness of the metal and provide space for the silver to overlap and to be riveted. Cut the silver strip to measure using a jeweller’s saw and file off the ends of the strip to round them. Mark the placement of the four rivets holes on the silver using a marker. On each side of the band, the two

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the corners of the square and use pliers to attach the earring hook. Repeat Steps 2-6 to complete the matching earring.

TOOLS • Crafted Creations 1 /16” rivet piercing and setting tool • ring mandrel • rawhide mallet • half-round file • jeweller’s saw • emery papers • ultra-polishing pad • half-round pliers

holes should be 3mm away from the edges, 6mm apart, centred along the width of the silver strip. Pierce the riveting holes using the

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WHERE TO BUY Sterling silver sheets and the riveting system are available from www.palmermetals.co.uk Ka-Jinker Jem flower decorations are available from www.bgpaynecrafts.co.uk

piercing tool. For each hole, make sure that the punch is correctly aligned with the marks on the silver before piercing the metal. Using a pair of halfround pliers, grip one end of the strip and start to bend it around into a semi-circular shape. Repeat the process from the other end of the strip to form a loosely overlapping

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circle. Move the band onto a ring mandrel and shape it using a rawhide mallet until the rivet holes overlap. Pick up one of the semi-tubular copper rivets and thread it so that its rounded head sits on the inside of the ring. Add one brass star accent and set the rivet using the setting tool. When positioning the silver ring, make

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sure the two layers of silver remain aligned, both sideways and lengthways. Repeat this step to set the second rivet. Put the ring back onto the mandrel and tap the mallet against the ring until the band is perfectly round. Give the ring a final finish using graded emery papers and an ultra-polishing pad.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

Each reader featured wins this fabulous bead set worth £15 from Spoilt Rotten Beads, which comes in this great sectioned storage container www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk Tel: 01353 749853

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Take inspiration from these lovely designs by some of our talented readers and send your own creations in to us

FLOWER NECKLACE & EARRINGS BY ALISON BICKELL FROM DEVON

MATERIALS • Fimo focal bead (by Mrs Lanner) • green glass and acrylic beads • jump ring • wire

JASPER PENDANT BY GABRIELLE JALBERT FROM ONTARIO, CANADA MATERIALS • red jasper • silver half-round wire

TURQUOISE & JASPER BRACELET BY SUZANNE SWAN FROM PERTH MATERIALS • turquoise 16mm round beads • blue-veined jasper 10mm beads • 24-gauge wire for the links • silver-plated 1mm wire

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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HOW TO USE... FABRIC

the 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 • fabric • assorted medium to large beads in co-ordinating colours • seed beads • spacer beads • 16mm jump ring • necklace-size memory wire

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round-nosed pliers memory wire cutters scissors needle and cotton

TO CREATE Cut a 16cm length of necklace-size memory wire. Turn a loop on one end but make sure the wire overlaps itself slightly, like a split ring. Add your selection of beads in a pattern of your

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choosing, then turn a similar loop the other end to secure all the beads in place. Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric measuring approximately 28x10cm. With the patterned sides together, sew along the long seam on each piece, followed by a top seam on each piece. Turn both pieces right way out so that the patterned sides are showing. Press with an iron if necessary. Pleat the unsewn ends on one of the fabric pieces and make sure it has a neat edge. Trim off any loose or messy threads. Stitch through the pleat a couple of times to hold it together. Thread five seed beads onto the needle, then pass it through the loop on one end of the beaded memory wire. Add a further five seed beads

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and sew back onto the pleat. Repeat to make a second seed bead loop, then fasten off. Repeat with the other fabric piece to connect it to the other side of the memory wire. Depending on how long you want your necklace to hang, use blanket stitch to sew a 16mm jump ring to one end of the fabric on one side of the necklace. To fasten the necklace, simply thread the other piece of fabric through the 16mm jump ring and tweak the ends into to an attractive ‘bow’ shape.

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MEL BROOKE DESIGNER

If you don’t like the extra material at the back of your neck, try using one long length of fabric as the back and sides of the necklace, rather than separate pieces for each side. Alternatively, you can use one long and one short length and tie the necklace at the side, making the knot or bow a feature of the design For a different, quirky look, use two co-ordinating or contrasting fabrics – or one patterned and one plain – for the two sides of the necklace


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HOW TO USE... FABRIC JEWEL STUDDED CUFF

TO CREATE Cut an 18x5cm rectangle of pelmet stiffener (adjust the measurements to fit your wrist if necessary). Cut enough fabric to cover the rectangle, overlapping at the back. Use a little glue that is suitable for fabric to seal the overlap, then sew a seam all around the cuff to hold the fabric in place. Approximately 2cm from one end of the cuff, attach a thread and add a small bead or shell chip, then make a loop of seed beads. Double back through again for added security and fasten off under the beads as neatly as possible so that the knot does not show. Repeat Step 2 on the other end, but

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fabric pelmet stiffener shell chip beads jewel mix baby pink 8mm glass pearls • purple 6mm bicones • purple puffed disc • mixed seed beads

TOOLS • scissors • needle and thread • fabric glue

this time add a few seed beads plus the puffed disc bead. The loop and puffed disc should now act as a ‘clasp’ to close the cuff. Take a long length of thread and, starting at one end of the cuff, sew just under a seam edge to hide the knot. Use this to attach your mix of seeds, pearls, bicones and shell chips topped with seed beads in a random pattern along the length of the cuff, making a central cluster of shell chips when you reach the middle. Between beads, pass the needle in the space between the fabric and pelmet stiffener so that the thread does not show (unless you want this as an added decorative effect). If you need to add more thread as you work, hide the

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knots under beads or the central cluster. Finally, use another long thread to sew seed beads along the top and bottom edges of the cuff. Finish them off by running a straight thread through all the beads from one end to the other on each side to help them stand up.

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CARING FOR FABRIC JEWELLERY Most fabrics will easily fray once cut – this may add to the effect you are after but if not, remedy it by folding over the edge and gluing or sewing in place or, if it is only a short edge, ‘sealing’ with

clear glue or nail varnish. With ribbonlike materials or chiffon, you can also achieve this by swiftly running the edge through a flame – obviously taking care not to let the fabric catch alight! Do this in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) as it can

create some smoke. Any edges that get too singed can be trimmed. When getting ready to go out, always put on your fabric jewellery last, after any perfume or moisturiser, as this can permanently stain and/or scent the item.

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HOW TO USE... FABRIC

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baby pink chiffon baby pink net purple faux suede cord purple puffed disc 2 x pink 10mm glass pearls 2 x purple 10mm glass pearls 3 x baby pink 8mm glass pearls 46 x frosted purple 8mm glass beads 45 x opaque pink 6mm glass beads 38 x rose pink 4mm round glass beads 11 x ballet pump pink 4mm glass pearls monofilament thread large cord tip calotte crimps 4mm crimp bead cover

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

TO CREATE Cut an 80cm length of faux suede cord and double it over twice to give you four strands. Make a loop on one end that is just large enough to slip over the puffed disc. Squeeze all four ends into a large cord tip, hold in place, and squash over the sides with flat-nosed pliers. Trim any ends neatly. Thread all 46 frosted purple beads onto a generous length of monofilament. Use bulldog clips or similar to stop the beads slipping off the ends, and place to one side. Cut two more lengths of monofilament thread, measuring at least 40cm each. Clip the threads together at one end with a bulldog clip or similar to stop them coming apart. Pick up the first thread and add three opaque pink 6mm beads. Pick up the second thread and thread them both through a 6mm opaque pink bead. Separate the

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strands again and onto the second (unbeaded) thread, add a 4mm ballet pump pink glass pearl plus three 4mm rose pink round glass beads. Repeat this pattern using both threads until the doublestranded piece measures approximately 28cm. Hold the ends from the single purple bead strand and the double beaded strand together. Thread them all through the bottom of a calotte. Tie a knot to secure the calotte in place and thread on a crimp bead. Squash the crimp, trim the ends and close the calotte cup. Hook the calotte loop through the cord tip loop on the faux suede and close to link both together. On the other end of the beaded strands, thread all three ends through a single 6mm opaque pink bead, followed by four 4mm rose pink round beads, the purple puffed disc and another 4mm rose pink round bead, then tie a knot. Add a crimp bead, squash it, trim the ends and cover with a 4mm crimp cover. You should now be able to thread the puffed disc through the

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faux suede loop to close the necklace. The dimensions of your corsage will obviously depend on how large a rectangle of fabric you use – I would suggest you start with a single rectangle of approximately 10x12cm to test out the size. Fold the rectangle in half, then in half again. Next, fold it corner to corner and trim the top to give a cone shape. When you open the rectangle back up it will be the size of your base ‘petal’ so adjust your measurements if you want a larger or smaller flower. Cut more rectangles in gently decreasing sizes from both the chiffon and net fabrics and fold, cut and shape them as in Step 7. Layer them on top of each other to make the flower and sew through the middle to hold in place. Add some larger glass pearl beads in the centre to decorate, then stitch the flower to the loop on the bottom of the cord tip to attach it to the necklace.

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Make a corsage and attach it to a wrist cuff for a fashionable, summer look. They also look fabulous on plain straw or fabric sunhats, or attached to a simple straw or block-colour beach bag

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


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BEADSISTERS

hot maille! SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER

Sizzle this summer in Sarah Austin’s fantastic chain maille bib necklace, highlighted with miracle beads in popping seasonal colours. It’s surprisingly simple to make...

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

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BEADSISTERS TO CREATE Thread a miracle bead onto an eyepin and make a loop in the end of the pin, ensuring that the two loops are orientated the same way. Close eight B rings. Open a large D ring and thread on four B rings, both loops of the beaded eyepin and another four B rings. Close the D ring. Link three more B rings onto each side on the beaded eyepin so that there are seven on each side (see Fig 1, below). Link one A ring through two of the

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adjacent B rings from Step 2. Repeat six times as shown in Fig 2. Link one A ring through a B ring in one of the pairs from Step 3 and through an adjacent B ring from the next pair. Again, repeat six times (Fig 3). Turn the rosette over and repeat Step 4. At each point that the A rings intersect, link one B ring along the outer edges of the rosette (Fig 4). Where there are two A rings in your rosette, join two B

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rings added in Step 6 using another B ring. Add a second new B ring, taking it through the centre of the ring just added (Fig 5). Link a third ring in the same way to make a mobius link. Repeat six times. Referring to Fig 6, link two C rings through two adjacent pairs of A rings in your rosette. Repeat six times. Repeat Steps 1-8 to make two more rosettes using different coloured beads in the centre.

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Cut a 14.5cm length of chain and attach the end link to the other loop of the beaded wire from Step 11. Connect the lobster clasp to the other end of the chain. Cut a 17.5cm length of chain and, referring to the main picture for positioning, attach one end to a mobius link in your rosette.

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MATERIALS • 63 x non-tarnish silver enamelled copper jump rings, id 6.6mm, 1.02mm (A) • 156 x non-tarnish silver enamelled copper jump rings, id 4mm, 1.02mm (B) • 42 x non-tarnish silver enamelled copper jump rings, id 4mm, 0.81mm (C) • 3 x jewellers brass jump rings, id 10.4mm, 1.29mm (D) • 2 x pink 8mm miracle beads • 2 x turquoise 8mm miracle beads • 2 x yellow 8mm miracle beads • 3 x silvertone 5cm eyepins • silver-plated 0.8mm wire • silver-plated 15mm lobster clasp • silver-coloured 5x7.5mm aluminium chain

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • round-nosed pliers • side cutters

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BEADS UNLIMITED

GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER

ABOUT GEMMA…

leather on willow Gemma Gray partners a beautiful summery shade of leather with natural wooden beads to demonstrate three alternative threading methods producing quite different effects

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

MATERIALS • 36 x natural 12mm wooden beads • 40 x gold-plated 8mm metallised plastic melon beads • 4m aqua coloured leather cord • 6 x antique gold flat leather crimps • antique gold long ball wires • 4 x antique gold 5mm jump rings • 2 x antique gold trigger clasps

TOOLS • craft multi-pliers • scalpel

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NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut approximately 2m of leather. Attach a flat leather crimp to one end by squeezing tightly into place with flat pliers (it is a good idea to squeeze each side of the crimp in slightly before adding to the leather). Thread on a melon bead, followed by a wooden bead. Thread

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the leather back around the wooden bead and through the hole. Pull tight and repeat so that the leather is wrapped around the bead twice. Thread on a melon bead, followed by a wooden bead. Now thread the leather back through the wooden bead as in Step 2. Repeat until you have a

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total of 18 melon beads and 17 leather-wrapped wooden beads. Trim the leather 0.5cm from the last melon bead. Attach a flat leather crimp. Use a 5mm jump ring to attach the flat leather crimp to a trigger clasp. Attach a jump ring to the other end of the necklace.

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FOR ALL PROJECTS

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BEADS UNLIMITED BRACELET TO CREATE Cut 1.5m of thin leather. Attach a flat leather crimp to one end. Thread on a melon bead, followed by a wooden bead. Thread on a melon bead and pass the leather around and back through the wooden bead so that the melon sits snugly against the wooden bead. Repeat on the other side of the bead. Thread on two wooden beads. Thread on a melon bead and pass the leather around and back through the last wooden bead so that the melon sits snugly against the wooden bead. Repeat on the other side of the bead. Repeat in this sequence until you have added 11 wooden beads in total. Thread on a final

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melon bead. Trim the leather 0.5cm from the bead. Attach a flat leather crimp and squeeze tightly in place. Use a 5mm jump ring to attach the flat leather crimp to a trigger clasp. Add a jump ring to the other end of the bracelet.

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EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut 30cm of leather. Thread on an alternating sequence of four wooden beads and four melon beads. Thread one end of the leather back through the first wooden bead and pull tight. Attach a flat leather crimp to both ends of the leather so that the loop of the leather end is sitting in the same direction as the loop of beads. Squeeze tightly in place and trim the excess leather with a scalpel. Open the loop of a long ball wire and attach it to the flat leather crimp before closing securely. Repeat Steps 1-4 to make the matching earring.

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COMPETITION

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£300 worth of fabulous beading prize sets from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) up for grabs!

e have five prize sets to give away this issue with each winner receiving a place on one of the popular The Bead Shop workshops, a set of three pairs of professional pliers, a gorgeous Swarovski Elements crystal mix and a brand-new peyote stitch Zebra bracelet kit. So enter now for your chance to claim the following fantastic prizes: • A place on the Japanese Vintage Decal Necklace workshop on Thursday 23rd June 2011, 2-4pm, from which you’ll take home a stunning piece of jewellery! Learn how to make this pretty necklace, combining basic jewellery-making techniques with lovely vintage-style beads. A perfect workshop to get to grips with the basics using the new Japanese decal beads

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from Miyuki and Swarovski Elements crystal beads. The workshops include all materials and refreshments are provided. Worth £30 • Set of professional pliers, including chain-nosed and round-nosed pliers and a pair of cutters. The Bead Shop professional pliers are light and easy to use and great for giving a more professional finished look to your handmade jewellery. Worth £17.85 • Swarovski Elements crystal mix. The Bead Shop mixes contain at least 100 4mm Xilion beads and approximately 18-30 randomly selected bead shapes and pendants – a perfect selection for making a set of jewellery. Worth £9.95 • Fun, new peyote bead-weaving kit. Perfect for beginners, this features a funky diagonally striped pattern. Worth £5.95

To win one of these great prizes, send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J15 The Bead Shop (Nottingham), Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 9th June 2011. NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.

See the full range of workshops available and browse the amazing selection of beading and jewellery supplies at www.mailorder-beads.com, call 0115 958 8899 for more information or visit the shop at 7 Market Street, Nottingham NG1 6HY

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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 MIX...

...is a lovely vintage-style combination of interesting brass findings and white and pale blue beads, with crystals included for that little bit of sparkle. All the elements featured were supplied by Big Bead Little Bead (www.bigbeadlittlebead.com)

LINDSEY SAYS…

LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

TO CREATE Attach the earring wires to the bird earring findings. Feed a selection of beads onto a headpin and attach to the centre ring on the earring finding. Feed three beads onto a headpin and attach it one side of the centre bead hanging. Repeat for the other side. Add a single bead to two headpins and attach these to the outer hoops on the earring finding. Repeat Steps 2-4 to complete the second earring.

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I loved the mix of pale blue and brass in this Bead Challenge set. The great bird earring findings came as part of the selection, and I opted for simple drop adornments to let them sing for themselves. I really enjoy cluster-style earrings, so for an alternative earring design, I added a mini cluster to hang at the bottom of each one. I also like dangly charmstyle bracelets and this project was the perfect opportunity to use up the last of the black chain in my stash!

BIRD EARRINGS

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE BALL EARRINGS TO CREATE Feed blue beads and brass beads onto an eyepin and secure to an earring wire. Add one or two beads to three headpins and attach these to the bottom of the eyepin using jump rings. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the second earring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • earring wires

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

DANGLING CHARM BRACELET TO CREATE Attach the lobster clasp to the chain at both ends using jump rings. Attach the key and lock charms each side of the clasp with jump rings. Add the large white beads with bead caps to headpins and set aside. Do the same with the large blue beads and couple together the small crystal and brass bead spacers. Attach the large white beads evenly along the length of the chain. Repeat with the other beads from Step 3. Attach the peanut beads to headpins and secure to the free ends of the large white beads using jump rings.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • black chain

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE BIRDS OVER SNOW & ICE NECKLACE

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

ANNA WELLER DESIGNER ANNA SAYS…

TO CREATE Cut three 35cm lengths of Beadalon. Onto the first strand, thread a bronze finish 2mm crimp, then 16 6mm white heart crystal acrylic faceted rounds separated by crystal seed beads (start and finish with a seed bead). You will also need to thread on the occasional crimp so that the beads can be divided up on the wire into groups of two, three and four. Arrange the beads to your satisfaction, then crimp into position. Take the second strand of Beadalon and thread on a crimp

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and 12 6mm white opaque fire polished rounds separated by crystal seed beads (start and finish with a seed bead). As before, thread on the occasional crimp so that you can break the run of beads up into small groups. Arrange the beads on the wire and crimp into position. Take the final strand and thread on a crimp and 13 10mm chalky white fire polished round Czech glass beads, interspersed with aqua seed beads (start and finish with a seed bead). Thread on the occasional crimp so that you can arrange beads into small groups. Crimp into position. Take five 60mm bronze finish eyepins and thread on a crystal

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seed bead, a 6mm aqua fire polished Czech glass round, a crystal seed bead, an 8mm aqua fire polished Czech glass round, a crystal seed bead, a 6mm aqua glass bead and a final crystal seed bead. Trim the wire and turn a loop to match the first. Cut a 35cm length of bronze finish curb chain and four six-link sections of chain. Use the short lengths of chain to join together the beaded eyepins made up in Step 5. Attach the five lengths of beaded wire and chain to a pair of bronze finish bird pendants. Use a bronze finish calotte, a seed bead and a crimp, then 6mm bronze jump rings, to attach the three lengths

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of beading wire. Hang the lengths in the same order on each dropper – chain length, wire with faceted acrylic rounds, wire with white opaque rounds, chain with aqua beaded sections, wire with chalky white beads. Take two eyepins and thread on a crystal silver-lined seed bead, an 8mm aqua fire polished glass round, a crystal seed bead, a 6mm aqua glass bead, a crystal seed bead, a 4mm aqua glass bead and a final seed bead. Trim and turn a loop. Using a 6mm bronze jump ring, attach each eyepin to the top hole of the bird pendants, so that the largest bead is nearest the pendant. Attach a single 30cm length of bronze finish curb chain to the top of the eyepins. Make up two dangles using bronze finish headpins and assorted

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beads, and use a 6mm bronze jump ring to attach to the centre back of the chain, along with a 2.5cm length of chain.

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • crystal silver-lined size 11 seed beads • aqua silver-lined size 11 seed beads • bronze Beadalon 7-strand beading wire • curb chain • seed beads

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

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I am rather in love with turquoise, so to have this as the base colour to the mix made me very happy! I took inspiration from the costume jewellery of the 1930s for the earrings and choker necklace, to create designs with lots of detail. The bronze finish to the findings and the metal beads was very complementary to the blue and helped to give a vintage feel to the finished pieces. The bibstyle necklace is more contemporary in its structure with snow-white beads to make the blues stronger and lower the colour temperature further.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE Take three 50mm bronze finish headpins, three 6mm white opaque fire polished rounds, and three 8mm bronze finish filigree bead caps. Thread the bead onto the headpin first, then add the bead cap. Make three dangles, one with a 10mm ‘stem’ before the top loop, one with a 5mm stem and one with a loop directly next to the bead cap. Attach all three dangles to the loop of a 60mm bronze finish eyepin. Hang them so they are in size order with the shortest

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dangle at the front. Thread the eyepin through one of the Lucite trumpet flower beads. Add another bead cap and then a 4mm bronze finish metal round bead to the wire, then turn a loop. Take a bronze finish fish-hook ear wire and use round-nosed pliers to open up and straighten out the hanging loop. Remove the small metal bead and the coiled wire. Thread the small metal bead back on (secure later with some glue), followed by a bead cap, an 8mm aqua fire polished round and

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TOOLS another bead cap. Create a new hanging loop and

attach to the loop at the top of the trumpet flower.

BEADED BEAUTIES NECKLACE TO CREATE Using 0.3mm (28-gauge) copper beading wire in an antique gold colour, embellish two 18mm bronze finish wire ball beads with aqua silverlined seed beads, and three 20mm bronze finish metal flower beads with crystal silver-lined seed beads. Thread each of the bronze wire beads onto a 60mm bronze finish eyepin, adding an aqua seed bead either side of the large bead. Trim and turn a loop to match the first. Thread each of the bronze flower beads onto a 60mm

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

beaded bead. Use a 6mm bronze finish jump ring to attach the lock part of a bronze finish lock and key toggle clasp to the final bead. Take 32 6mm bronze jump rings and create a length of 2-in-1 chain (pairs of jump rings linked by a single one), starting with a single jump ring. Finish with two interlinked single jump rings, and attach the key part of the toggle clasp to the final jump ring. Attach the other end of the chain to the eyepin on the bronze beaded bead. This length of chain creates a choker-style necklace, so make the chain longer if you would prefer it to hang lower.

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eyepin, adding a 4mm turquoise fire polished round either side of the large bead. Trim and turn a loop to match the first. Cut a 15-20cm length of 0.3mm SuppleMax. Working with right angle weave, use this and 12 4mm turquoise fire polished beads to create a beaded bead (see Issue 9 of CB&J for a stepby-step guide to right angle weave). Before knotting the threads, insert a 6mm white opaque fire polished

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bead into the centre of your beaded net. Knot securely. Create four beaded beads following these instructions, then thread each of these onto a 60mm eyepin, adding a 6mm white opaque fire polished bead each side of the beaded bead. Trim and turn a loop to match the first. Take another length of SuppleMax and 12 4mm bronze finish round beads. Use right

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angle weave to create a beaded bead. Thread this onto an eyepin as before, adding a 4mm bronze round bead each side of the beaded bead. Connect all the components in the following order: bronze beaded bead, aqua and white beaded bead, embellished bronze flower, embellished wire ball, aqua and white beaded bead, embellished bronze flower, aqua and white beaded bead, embellished wire ball, embellished bronze flower, aqua and white

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

ANGIE PARKINS DESIGNER

but contrasting beads and findings and couldn’t help but make pieces I just couldn’t wait to wear! I love the juxtaposition of the bronze finish findings and big beads with the delicate beauty of the Czech glass – I might have expected them to clash but they work together effortlessly.

ANGIE SAYS... It is always exciting to receive anything in the post, but usually you have browsed the internet or pored over a catalogue to choose the items yourself. For the Bead Challenge, the big thrill is not knowing what you are going to find! I was instantly inspired by this beautiful selection of co-ordinating

BLUE FUCHSIA EARRINGS TO CREATE Take three headpins and cut 2cm off two of them. Add a bronze finish round bead, a white opaque round bead and a turquoise round fire polished

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bead to each. Create a loop above the beads. Attach these dangles to an eyepin, with the largest one in the middle. Then add a trumpet flower, bronze bead and white opaque

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bead to the pin. Finish with a wrapped loop. Open the loop on an ear wire and attach it to the flower dangle. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix

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

HANDBAG CHARM

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Bead Challenge mix silver 20-gauge wire lobster claw finding silver headpins silver eyepins

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

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beads and a further closed loop dangle at the bottom of that. Now cut an 11cm length of silver wire and form a simple loop at one end. Add a 4mm turquoise round bead, wire ball bead, 4mm turquoise round bead, white opaque bead,

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the lobster claw finding and attach the main length of the charm. Close it securely. Open the simple loop on the end of the charm and add all the tassel components before closing securely.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

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BEAD LINKS NECKLACE

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • bronze 22-gauge wire • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire snips

TO CREATE Add a bronze finish bead and an 8mm aqua round fire polished bead to a headpin. Trim the pin 1cm above the beads and form a loop, attaching it to a jump ring. Connect this to the lock toggle clasp. Repeat with a 6mm white opaque bead and a 4mm turquoise round bead and attach to the key with a jump ring. Attach both the dangles to another jump ring. Thread a bronze bead, an 8mm aqua round fire polished bead and another bronze bead onto an eyepin and form a closed loop. Thread a 4mm turquoise round bead and a 20mm bronze finish metal flower bead onto another eyepin and

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form a closed loop, attaching a jump ring. Use the jump rings to join all these elements to form the focal dangle. Cut a piece of wire approximately 6cm long and form a loop in the end. Thread on an 8mm aqua bead, a bead cap, a 10mm chalky white fire bead, a bead cap and another 8mm aqua bead. Form a loop in the other end, adding a jump ring. This is the first link in your chain, working from the right side of the focal dangle. The next link is formed with a 4mm turquoise round bead, a 6mm white heart

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crystal acrylic bead, a 20mm bronze finish metal flower bead, a 6mm white heart bead and a 4mm turquoise round bead. The third link is formed with a 4mm turquoise round bead, a 6mm white heart bead, a peanut bead, a white heart bead and a turquoise round bead. The next link (you will need to make three of these) consists of a 6mm white opaque round bead, a 4mm turquoise round bead

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and another white opaque bead. Join the links of the necklace together with jump rings. Form the left side of the necklace by repeating Steps 4-8. Attach the dangle to the

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necklace with a jump ring. To close the necklace, form a double hook and eye with wire, adding a 4mm bead to each side.

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Strengthen or harden your wire by running your fingers or a pair of pliers up and down its length (this activates properties in the metal)

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JEWELLERY HOT NEW PRODUCT

DAWN COTTON FUGE DESIGNER

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bejewelled blitz We defy you not to be smitten with this new ready-to-use gemstone chain! Featuring 4mm faceted rondelles hand-wrapped on sterling silver chain, it comes with six different semi-precious stones, giving you a gorgeous palette to work with

• Rose Quartz sterling silver chain • Labradorite sterling silver chain • 12 x sterling silver 9mm heavy jump rings • 10 x sterling silver 5mm heavy jump rings • sterling silver 0.6mm soft wire • sterling silver Balistyle toggle clasp • 3 x green amethyst faceted nuggets

UNUSUAL ELEGANCE NECKLACE

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

TO CREATE Begin by making four 9mm jump ring clusters. To do this, link one ring through a second ring and close it securely. Spread the rings so that one is sitting partially on top of the other, giving an open area in the middle where the rings overlap. Open a third jump ring, pass it through these two rings and close. You now have a cluster of three rings in a knot shape. Cut three pieces of sterling silver wire. Using round-nosed pliers, make a wrapped loop at one end of the first piece of wire (wind the end round three times and trim the excess). Thread on a green amethyst nugget. Bend the wire on the other side using flat-nosed pliers, then make a wrapped loop as before. Repeat with

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the other two lengths of wire and green amethyst nuggets to give three wrapped beads in total. Open all the 5mm jump rings. Place one on each side of the 9mm jump ring clusters and join to the wrapped loops on the green

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amethyst nuggets. Repeat on all but the two ends of this focal section. The necklace is designed to sit slightly off-centre, so you need to cut two different lengths of beaded chain to attach each side of the focal section. On the shorter

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side, you want 18 of the Rose Quartz wrapped links and 19 of the Labradorite wrapped links. On the longer side, you will need 25 Rose Quartz links and 26 Labradorite links. Use 5mm jump rings to attach the

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shorter lengths of chain to one end of the focal section and the two longer lengths of chain to the other end. Using more jump rings, attach the toggle clasp to the two lengths of chain on either side at the back of the necklace.


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JEWELLERY HOT NEW PRODUCT MATERIALS • Rose Quartz sterling silver chain • Labradorite sterling silver chain • Apatite sterling silver chain • 14 x sterling silver 9mm heavy jump rings • 54 x sterling silver 5mm heavy jump rings • green amethyst faceted nugget • sterling silver 0.6mm dead soft wire • Bali-style spiral hook clasp

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

TO CREATE Make two sevenring chains of 9mm jump rings, linking them together with three 5mm jump rings each time. Using round-nosed pliers, make a wrapped loop at one

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end of a piece of wire (wind the wire around three times and trim the excess). Thread on a green amethyst nugget. Bend the wire on the other side with flat-nosed pliers, then create a wrapped loop as before. Attach one wrapped loop to one of the two sections of chain you made in Step 1, using two 5mm jump rings. Repeat on the other side. Attach the clasp to one end of the bracelet with a 5mm jump ring. Take the closed ring off the spiral clasp and attach it to the other end of the bracelet with a 5mm jump ring. Cut six six-link pieces of gemstone chain, two in each colour. Lay your bracelet flat so you can see all the 9mm jump rings

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clearly. Working from the left, use 5mm jump rings to attach a length of Apatite chain to the first and third rings so it hangs in a loop. Repeat to attach a length of Labradorite chain to the third and fifth rings and

a length of Rose Quartz chain to the fifth and seventh rings. Repeat the sequence on the other side of the green amethyst focal so that all six pieces of gemstone chain are attached. Finally, cut a

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10-link piece of Apatite chain and a 12-link length of Rose Quartz chain and link the two together with a 5mm jump ring on each end, attaching these to the 9mm jump rings each side of the focal.

GEM LOOP EARRINGS TO CREATE Begin by wire wrapping the green amethyst nuggets. Using round-nosed pliers, make a wrapped loop at one end of a piece of wire, winding the wire around three times before trimming the excess. Thread on a green amethyst nugget. Bend the wire on the other side using flat-nosed pliers, then make a wrapped loop as before. For each earring cut two four-link pieces of Apatite chain. Attach a 5mm jump ring to the end of one length and connect it to a wrapped loop on the nugget. Repeat on the other side with the other length of chain. Join the two free ends of chain with a 5mm jump ring, attaching

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• Rose Quartz sterling silver chain • Labradorite sterling silver chain • Apatite sterling silver chain • 2 x green amethyst faceted nuggets • sterling silver 0.6mm dead soft wire • sterling silver ear wires

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

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JEWELLERY HOT NEW PRODUCT WHERE TO BUY

CHAIN MAILLE DROP NECKLACE

All the materials used here, including the gemstone chain in six varieties, are available from Precious Sparkle Beads, 8 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ; www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk; 01738 563264

TO CREATE Make a chain of six 9mm jump rings by linking each adjacent pair with three 5mm jump rings. Repeat to create a chain of three 9mm rings. Line up the chain of three centrally below the chain of six. Use sets of three 5mm jump rings to attach each bottom ring to the two above it. Wire wrap your briolette using 0.4mm or 0.5mm wire; whichever is thin enough to fit through the hole. Make a double

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MATERIALS • Rose Quartz sterling silver chain • Labradorite sterling silver chain • 11 x sterling silver 9mm heavy jump rings • 64 x sterling silver 5mm heavy jump rings • sterling silver 0.4mm or 0.5mm soft wire • Bali-style hook clasp • cat’s eye briolette drop

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

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wrapped loop at the top by bringing the wire over your round-nosed pliers twice before completing the loop. Trim the excess. Attach the briolette to the middle ring of the section of three using three 5mm jump rings. Connect a 13-link length of Labradorite chain and a 17-link length of Rose Quartz chain by attaching a 5mm jump ring to each end. Then

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use three 5mm jump rings to attach one jump ring to the leftmost 9mm ring and the other jump ring to the rightmost 9mm ring. The chain will hang below the briolette in two loops. Cut two eight-link sections of each of the Rose Quartz and Labradorite chains. Using a 5mm jump ring, attach two lengths to each of the outermost 9mm rings on the six-

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CBJ15 pp72-73 Kiln Pendant_Beading 21/04/2011 11:33 Page 72

KILN PENDANT REACTIVE GLASS

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• Turquoise Blue opaque 3mm Bullseye glass • French Vanilla opaque 3mm Bullseye glass • Turquoise Blue 2mm Bullseye glass stringers • Turquoise Blue Bullseye glass rod • kiln paper • silver tube-top bail • 7-strand Tigertail wire • small puka shell beads • turquoise tumblechip beads • silver 2mm and 4mm round beads • silver small heishi beads • silver crimp beads • lobster clasp and necklace tag • epoxy glue

This pretty kiln-fused flower pendant and matching earrings are given added detail by the use of reactive glass

FLOWER PENDANT

TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers • rod nippers • tweezers • crimping pliers

ifferent colour glasses contain different base elements, and these differences can be used to your advantage in both lampworking and kiln fusing by adding extra detail to a design simply through the interaction that can occur between two specific colours. Turquoise Blue and French Vanilla are a great example of a reactive colour combination – when fused one on top of the other, the sulphur in the vanilla glass reacts with the copper in the turquoise glass at the point where the two colours meet to produce a dark outline. An additional feature of vanilla glass is that it appears paler when

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viewed end on, so as it fuses down into another colour this paler edge shows. The pendant here was ‘cooked’ until the glass components were fully fused. Tack fusing – where dimension is retained in the component parts – does not allow the reaction to be fully revealed.

TO CREATE THE PENDANT Cut out a 27mm square and a second slightly smaller piece of turquoise glass, plus a 17mm square of French Vanilla glass (see Fig 1). Use rod nippers to cut a 3mm slice of rod and 2mm pieces of stringer – cut these into a cloth to avoid them pinging away from the nippers (Fig 2).

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Arrange the turquoise and vanilla glass on kiln paper on your kiln base, then place the rod and the stringer pieces in a flower design on the glass, using tweezers and a fine tool to push them into their final position (Fig 3). Place the kiln base in your microwave,

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KILN PENDANT REACTIVE GLASS FLOWER EARRINGS TO CREATE Cut two 12mm square pieces of turquoise glass, a 7mm square of French Vanilla glass and a 2mm long piece of stringer. Stack the glass on kiln paper on your kiln base in the same way as for the pendant opposite and ‘cook’ in your microwave until fused. Mix up a little epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and attach a bail securely to each fused glass bead. Thread a silver round bead, heishi bead and silver round bead onto an eyepin, followed by three tumblechips. Repeat the silver bead pattern before creating a plain loop close to the final bead. Hang this beaded pin from your ear

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MATERIALS • Turquoise Blue opaque 3mm Bullseye glass • French Vanilla opaque 3mm Bullseye glass • Turquoise Blue 2mm Bullseye glass stringers • kiln paper • silver small leaf earring bails • turquoise tumblechip beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver small heishi beads • silver fish-hook ear wires • silver eyepins • epoxy glue

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wire, then hang your glass bead from the bottom loop. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to complete the matching earring.

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These small pieces will fuse a little quicker than the pendant and the glass can flatten and lose its outline shape rapidly at fusing point. ‘Cook’ until there is just a little dimension left in the stack of glass – by the time the kiln cools, the glass will have rounded out nicely

TOOLS • Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit • microwave oven • glass breaking pliers • rod nippers • tweezers • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

ETCHING YOUR GLASS TO CONSTRUCT THE NECKLACE Use epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions to glue the tube-top bail to the fused glass pendant. Cut a piece of Tigertail about 6cm longer than the desired necklace length, thread a crimp bead and the lobster clasp onto one end, then thread the wire back through the crimp bead, forming a loop. Pull the loop fairly snug and set the crimp to secure the wire. Thread the necklace with your desired pattern of beads, adding two larger

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These two glass colours are perfect for etching to produce a soft pebble-like finish. Following the necessary safety precautions outlined on the bottle, simply cover the glass pendant with a little Dip ‘n Etch fluid (in a plastic container), leave for about 10 minutes, then remove the fluid by straining through a plastic sieve. Neutralise the acid by placing the pendant in a solution of water and sodium bicarbonate – when the solution stops fizzing the acid is neutralised and the pendant can be washed under clean running water. 4mm silver beads at the central point and threading on the glass pendant so that the bail will sit over these larger beads. Finish the other end of the necklace using a crimp and an extension chain.

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WHERE TO BUY The Hot Pot microwave kiln starter kit, which contains all the equipment you require (bar glass breaking pliers and a microwave oven), is available from www.madcowbeads.com All the Bullseye glass used to create the pendant can be purchased from www.glassstudiosupplies.co.uk The beads and findings are available from www.bead-exclusive.co.uk The silver tube-top bail can be bought online at www.dichro-findings.co.uk

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RIVERSIDE BEADS

CLAIRE RUDD DESIGNER

wrapped up tight Create these stunning wirework pieces using two exclusive weaves, designed by Claire Rudd especially for CB&J readers

ABOUT CLAIRE…

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Claire started making jewellery 15 years ago but has been designing and creating more seriously for the past 18 months. She started stringing beads together and practising working with wire, and her designs quickly evolved to more complicated wire weaving. Claire designs exclusively for Riverside Beads and teaches wirework and wire weaving techniques to all levels. She says: “I love working with beads but my passion is wirework. It just doesn’t feel right if I don’t have wire in my hands!”

Practise the weave before you move onto the bracelet – the more practice you do, the neater your weaving becomes and the better your bracelet will look! Keep the tension on your weaving wire even and wrap tightly, but not so tight that it pulls the wires out of shape Straighten wire from the reel, it’s much easier! When you see a kink forming in your weaving wire, straighten it before it forms into a tight kink, which is harder to remove and it will make your wire brittle

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RIVERSIDE BEADS TO CREATE Straighten and cut five 10” pieces of 1.25mm wire. Take one piece (your bottom wire) and, starting 2” from the end, wrap it tightly five times with the 0.4mm wire (your weaving wire), leaving a tail of 1” so you have something to hold. Work with the 0.4mm wire directly from the reel. Add a piece of 1.25mm wire on top of the bottom wire (your middle wire), making sure the ends line up. Wrap the weaving wire around the middle and bottom wires once. Take the weaving wire up between the middle and bottom wires and wrap the middle wire once, bringing the weaving wire back up between the middle and bottom wires. Add another length of 1.25mm wire on top of the middle wire (your top wire), making sure the ends line up. Wrap the weaving wire around both the middle and top wires once. Take the weaving wire up between the middle and top wires and wrap the top wire once. Bring the weaving wire back to the bottom, wrapping the bottom wire once (see Fig 1, below).

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Using flush cutters, cut the weaving wire at both ends. Neaten these ends by using chain-nosed pliers to flatten the wire. Run your fingers along where you have cut to make sure they are not sharp. Slightly bend the top and bottom wires out and thread the bead onto the middle wire. Take the two remaining pieces of 1.25mm wire and bend one end of each, using the woven section as a guide so that they are about the same size).

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With the weaving wire, wrap one of these wires five times and add it to the bottom of the middle wire. Repeat as before. It can be fiddly as the bent wires tend to get in the way and move around. Keep weaving until you have the same woven length as on the left side. Cut and neaten the weaving wire as before (Fig 3). Take one of the bent wires and pass it over and around the bead to the opposite side, as though you are framing one half of the bead. Wrap the wire three or four times around the bracelet. Spiral the end of the wire to finish. Repeat with the rest of the wires so you end up with a framed bead (Figs 4 and 5). At the ends of the bracelet, bend the

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top and bottom wires out slightly. Make a large loop on the middle wire in order to fit an S-clasp. Spiral and swirl the top and bottom wires (Fig 6). Using anything round that you have to hand, such as a bottle or a cup, shape the bracelet. Add an S-clasp to finish (Fig 7).

MATERIALS • 1.25mm wire • 0.4mm wire • black 24x17mm flat oval soft touch bead

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

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Now repeat the weaving pattern until you have a 2½-3” section of weaving. Using nylon-jaw pliers, carefully push the weave together (Fig 2). The exact length of weave will depend on the size of your bead and your wrist – before you begin you should measure your wrist to see what size you need your finished bracelet to be. As a guide, the 24x17mm bead size and 2½” weaving length used here give a finished bracelet length of approximately 7”.

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RIVERSIDE BEADS GREEK URN PENDANT

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1mm wire 0.4mm wire silver 2.5mm bead silver 3mm bead 6mm bead 8mm bead

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

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RIVERSIDE BEADS MATERIALS

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• 1mm wire • 0.4mm wire • 2 x silver 2.5mm beads • 2 x silver 3mm beads • 2 x 6mm beads • earring wires

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

TO CREATE Cut two pieces of 1mm wire, each 4” long. Create the shape as for the matching pendant opposite, with the width being approximately 5/8”. Using the weaving wire, wrap the frame all the way round. Cut and neaten the ends. Cut another piece of 1mm wire 2½” long. Repeat Steps 6 and 8 from the instructions for the pendant below. Hang onto earring wires.

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TO CREATE Straighten and cut one 7” and one 6” piece of 1mm wire. Measure the middle of the 7” length and use round-nosed pliers to ‘fold’ the wire in half. Pinch the folded end with chain-nosed pliers. Slightly open the ends of the wires. Place a ring mandrel between the ends of the wire and push down towards the folded end. Bring one end of the wire over the mandrel and repeat with the other end (see Fig 1, below left). Where the wires cross, mark with a pen. Using chain-nosed pliers,

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bend the wire at the mark to give a 45º angle. Repeat with the 6” length, but bend at a 90º angle. Sit the smaller frame inside the larger frame and adjust until you are happy with the shape (Fig 2). Working straight from the reel of 0.4mm weaving wire, wrap the outer wire three times, take the wire down between the two frames, back up and over the inner wire and wrap twice. Then take the wire back down between the two frames, back up and over the outer wire and wrap twice (Fig 3).

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Repeat the weaving pattern until you reach the bottom of the inner frame. Wrap the outer frame until you reach the bottom (approximately 10 times) and carry on wrapping the outer frame until you have the same number of wraps both sides of the folded end (Fig 4). Repeat the weaving pattern until you reach the top of the frame. Finish the weave by wrapping the outer frame three times. Cut and neaten both ends of weaving wire (Fig 5). Straighten and cut a 3” piece of 1mm

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Riverside Beads, 50-56 High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB; www.riversidebeads.co.uk; 01778 346810

wire. Make a small loop at one end and thread on your beads, smallest first, largest last (Fig 6). Place this between the frame wires. Using your weaving wire, wrap the inner wire three times. Wrap the weaving wire twice around the bottom and middle wires, take the wire up and between the

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bottom and middle wire and wrap the middle wire once. Then take the wire back up and between the bottom and middle wires and wrap the middle and top wires twice, then back up and between the bottom and middle wires and wrap the middle wire once. Continue this pattern until the weave is ½” (Fig 7). Cut and neaten the weaving wire. Spiral the very outer wires (Fig 8). Bend the middle wire over the weave and spiral. With the two other wires, create a wrapped loop (Fig 9).

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

WENDY’S GARDEN BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • • • • • • •

silver chain silver lobster clasp silver 15mm leaf charms lime stone leaves blue coil beads dyed orange stone hearts turquoise, lime, fuchsia and royal purple dyed 8mm mother-of-pearl nuggets • silver headpins • paua shell dragonfly charm

KIWI SUNDAE BRACELET BY CAZ ALDERSON FROM WEST YORKSHIRE MATERIALS • • • •

CHAIN MAILLE NECKLACE BY WENDY EAMES FROM DUMFRIESSHIRE MATERIALS • sterling silver and anodised niobium rings • 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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assorted acrylic pearls green bicones green seed beads silver rocailles

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THE BEAD CELLAR

KATE ELDRIDGE DESIGNER

ABOUT KATE…

party patchwork Use a combination of seed beads and bugle beads in different stitches to create a shimmering patchwork-effect bangle with a simple elasticated finish – guaranteed to add girly glamour to any outfit!

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

TO CREATE Using a comfortable length of thread, pick up a stop bead and stitch through it again. Pick up eight seed beads (these will form Rows 1 and 2 in peyote stitch). Pick up a new bead and stitch back in the other direction through the seventh bead (see Fig 1, opposite). Pick up another bead, skip over the next bead in the previous row and stitch into the following one, working back towards your stop bead (Fig 2). Continue all the way to the end of the row, thus completing Row 3.

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To turn onto Row 4, pick up another bead and stitch into the last-but-one bead on Row 3 (Fig 3). You can now safely remove the stop bead. Continue adding beads until you have 12 rows. Stitch the two sides together to form a tube. You will find that the beads slot together like the teeth on a zip. Stitch backwards and forwards between the two sides to secure or ‘zip’ them together (Figs 4a and 4b). Sew in the ends of your threads

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to secure them (Fig 4c). On a comfortable length of beading thread, pick up two bugle beads. Stitch through both again in the same direction and pull tight so that they sit next to each other (Figs 5a and 5b). Pick up another bugle and stitch through the previous bead, again pulling the beads up tight (Fig 6).

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MAKING UP THE BRACELET Stitch through the new bead again to get into position to add the next bugle. Repeat until you have five bugles stitched together. Stitch the first and last bugle beads together to form a tube (Fig 7a). Stitch around the tube, through all of the beads again, and keep going until the tube is firm (Fig 7b).

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THE BEAD CELLAR

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and a beaded tube and stitch the second and fifth tubes together. Pick up an accent bead, a tube and three drop beads. Stitch this tube to the first (Fig 9). Pick up three drop beads and a beaded tube, then stitch this tube to the previous one so that the new tube sits on the opposite side (Fig 10). Continue until you have 30 rows of three tubes. Stitch together the first and last rows of tubes to form the bangle, and finish off any loose threads.

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To make a matching pair of earrings, thread a combination of accent beads, spacer beads and a bugle bead or peyote tube onto two headpins, then turn a simple loop in each pin and attach it to an ear wire

• 30g size 11 seed beads – I used Toho silver-lined Light Amethyst (26), Frosted Amethyst Trans-Rainbow AB (166F) and Galvanised Lavender (554) • 30g 12mm bugle beads – I used Matsuno Baby Pink AB and Lavender AB, and Miyuki silverlined Plum/Crystal and Frosted Transparent Smokey Amethyst AB • 60 x 4mm accent beads – I used amethyst AB Czech fire polished beads • 10g small drop beads – I used Miyuki Light Amethyst Transparent AB (9256) 3.4mm drops

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Cellar, Broad Street, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5PT; www.thebeadcellar.co.uk; 01409 231442

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Bugle beads can have sharp edges that will cut beading thread, so always check your beads before use. If you’re using a beading cotton such as Nymo, Superlon, KO or One-G, use it doubled over for extra strength. Alternatively, use a stronger thread such as Fireline when working with bugles When knotting beading elastic, put a drop of glue or clear nail varnish over the knot to stop it slipping

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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3MM ULTRA MICRO FIBRE SUEDE

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Stockist: Bead Crazy www.beadcrazy.co.uk Tel: 01738 442288 RRP: 50p per metre 2

5MM PEACH BUTTON PEARLS

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PEACH CUBIC ZIRCONIA FLOWERS

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BEADS DIRECT

CLAIRE HUMPHERSON DESIGNER

day&night Whether you’re looking for a casual daytime look, fun beach style or something for those sultry summer nights, these beautiful painted glass beads can be completely transformed by varying your choice of materials and techniques

SUMMER DAYS BRACELET

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

TO CREATE Cut two pieces of leather cord approximately 120cm long. Double them up and loop them over a pencil or something similar, creating four ends to work with. Tie five square knots, then pick

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up a blue drops bead. Thread the two middle strands through the bead – if you can’t fit two strands through, use a bead reamer to enlarge the hole. Bring the bead up to sit underneath the knotted section, and take the

outside strands around the outside of the bead. Repeat Step 2 until you have added four beads. Tie another five square knots underneath, then add a final bead onto one strand.

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Bring all the strands to below the final bead and tie them together. Snip off the cords 2-3cm below the bead. Take off the pencil and thread the bottom bead through the loop created to fasten the bracelet.

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TOOLS • cutters or sharp scissors

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• 5 x blue glass drops beads • blue 1mm leather cord

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MATERIALS If you’re doing macramé for the first time, practise first to make sure you get the tension and the knots right. If you don’t complete the bracelet in one go, leave it somewhere undisturbed so you know which way up you were working


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BEADS DIRECT MATERIALS

BEACH PICNIC BRACELET

• orange, blue, green and pink/purple glass drops beads • multi-coloured crackle glass coin beads • sunshine toggle clasp • crimp beads • Beadalon 7-strand wire

TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

TO CREATE Cut three pieces of wire approximately 30cm in length. Attach one part of the toggle clasp to one end of all three

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wires, leaving quite a large loop so that your toggle clasp will still close when you finish the bracelet.

Thread one glass drops bead onto all three strands of wire. Now separate the strands and thread

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three coin beads onto each one. Repeat Step 2 until you have added four glass drops beads.

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FESTIVAL SPIRIT NECKLACE

TO CREATE Use a paint brush to add Gem-tac glue to the areas of the butterfly you want to embellish with crystals. Using tweezers, place the crystals onto the glued areas and leave to dry for 24 hours. Repeat Step 1 for the dragonflies and

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Add the clasp to the other end, finish with a crimp and snip off any excess wire.

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fairies. Add crystals to each drop on two orange glass drops beads, two grey drops beads and two green drops beads. Leave all these to dry for 24 hours. When dry, place an eyepin through each drop bead and create a loop at the other end of the pin.

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Starting at the back of the necklace, attach the leaf clasp between two orange beads using jump rings. Now count 10-15 links of each colour of chain and attach between the orange and grey beads using jump rings. Repeat Step 4 between the grey

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and green beads, then add the butterfly pendant between the two green beads. Use jump rings to add clusters of the woodland motifs around the necklace, hanging some on short lengths of chain to vary the effect.

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• orange, grey and green glass drops beads • bronze tone chain • silver chain • gunmetal chain • bronze tone leaf charm pendants (CR33) • antique gold Trinity Brass Co 29mm dragonfly charms (TG8) • antique gold Trinity Brass Co 25mm fairy drop charms (TG80) • antique silver Trinity Brass Co 25mm west-facing fairy charms (TS35) • antique silver Trinity Brass Co 36mm leaf sprig charms (TS56) • antique gold Trinity Brass Co 13mm baby bee charms (TG9) • antique gold Trinity Brass Co filigree butterfly connector (TG58) • silvertone owl charm pendant (CR18) • crystal AB 2mm flat-back crystals • leaf toggle clasp • jump rings • eyepins

TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • paint brush • Gem-tac glue • tweezers

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BEADS DIRECT WHERE TO BUY

GARDEN PARTY NECKLACE

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

MATERIALS • pink/purple glass drops bead • silver-plated 0.8mm wire • powder rose 6mm pearls • size 11 seed beads • large and small jump rings

TO CREATE Cut three pieces of wire approximately 15cm in length. Hold them in one hand and run a cloth down the length of the wires with the other to make sure they are straight. Twist a small piece of wire around the centre of the three strands to hold them together. Leave a gap of around 2cm on each side and repeat. Placing the middle wrap at the bottom

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of the bead, shape the three wires around the bead. Bring the ends to the top and wrap one around the other two to secure it. Holding the bead in the centre, use chain-nosed pliers to pull the outside wire out, creating the setting for the bead. Pull out the wire between each wrap. Use the two top wires to make a bail shape and twist back around to secure. Now take the ends and create loops using round-nosed pliers. Create the loops and figure-of-eight shapes to embellish the

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top as shown, then snip off any excess wire. Use short sections of wire to create 10 small figure-of-eight shapes, and wrap round the centre of each one. Thread three beads onto an eyepin, spaced with seed beads. Use this beaded pin to connect two figure-ofeight shapes. Repeat to create each side of the necklace and attach to the pendant using a large jump ring. Finally, bend a piece of wire into an S-shape to create a clasp and attach to the ends of the necklace using jump rings.

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

It can be difficult to set the bead in place. Hold it tight and pull the wires out slowly. Once you have pulled all the outside wires into shape they will keep the bead secure


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DIARY

what’sON

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20TH-22ND MAY

10TH JUNE

19TH JUNE

CREATIVE STITCHES & HOBBYCRAFT SHOW

WIRE, MEMORY WIRE & TIARAS CLASSES

BEADWORK FAIR

Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711

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

22ND MAY PEARL KNOTTING WORKSHOP

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

12TH JUNE WEST OF ENGLAND BEAD FAIR

Wincanton Racecourse, Somerset www.westofenglandevents.co.uk 01747 852500

29TH MAY 14TH JUNE

Rheged Discovery Centre, Cumbria www.jlfairs.co.uk 07729 732398

TWIN SERPENTINE BRACELET CLASS

29TH MAY

Kards & Krafts, Ware, Herts www.kardsandkrafts.co.uk 01920 469478

Mountain Ash Crafts, Stourbridge, West Midlands www.macrafts.com 01384 221554

4TH-5TH JUNE BEGINNERS SILVERWORK TWO-DAY CLASS

Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, Par, Cornwall www.mcsj.co.uk 01726 817989

5TH JUNE BEADWORK FAIR

Dorking, Surrey www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

15TH JUNE BEADED CHARM BRACELET EVENING CLASS

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

18TH-19TH JUNE RESIN CASTING AND SILICONE MOULD MAKING TWO-DAY CLASS

Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, Par, Cornwall www.mcsj.co.uk 01726 817989

18TH JUNE 9TH JUNE

20TH JUNE FINE LINES THE BEAD BUSINESS CLACTON CLASS

Clacton on Sea, Essex www.delicabeads.co.uk 07793 938087

25TH JUNE THE BIG BEAD SHOW

SPRING LAKELAND BEAD FAIR

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY CRAFT WEEKEND

Newmarket, Suffolk www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

SILVER METAL CLAY TASTER

STARTER JEWELLERY MAKING CLASS

Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, Par, Cornwall www.mcsj.co.uk 01726 817989

Riverside Beads, Nr Peterborough www.riversidebeads.co.uk 01778 346810

International Centre, Telford www.thebigbeadshow.co.uk 01903 884988

26TH-27TH JUNE GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Elsecar Heritage Centre, South Yorkshire www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

27TH JUNE FINE LINES THE BEAD BUSINESS NEWHAVEN CLASS

Newhaven, East Sussex www.delicabeads.co.uk 07793 938087

29TH JUNE INTRO TO WIRE EVENING CLASS

25TH JUNE MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY CLASS

Mountain Ash Crafts, Stourbridge, West Midlands www.macrafts.com 01384 221554

25TH JUNE DAHLIA PENDANT/BROOCH MASTERCLASS

The Bead Merchant, Coggeshall, Essex www.beadmerchant.co.uk 01787 221955

25TH-26TH JUNE WITCHBEADS OPEN DAY & WORKSHOPS WITH ANN MOCKFORD

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

Totally Beads workshops are run up to three times per week. Day and evening classes are available and all projects include beads and tuition.These are very popular and early booking is advisable. All upcoming projects can be seen on the website and classes booked at www.totallybeads.co.uk

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

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

Jobo Crafts runs adult workshops during the day and evenings at Milton village, Weston super Mare. Beaded jewellery classes run on Tuesday 7pm-10pm and Friday 1.30pm-4.30pm. Visit www.jobocrafts.co.uk or call 01934 627953

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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES

glossary of

techniques

Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects

OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS

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

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

round-nosed pair.

it apart.

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

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

Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 90Âş bend close to nosed pliers, and rotate the pliers away towards you and grip the wire again. the bead using a pair of chain-nosed or from you to start curling the wire. Continue rotating the wire and repositioning flat-nosed pliers.

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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES CREATING A WRAPPED LOOP A wrapped loop is stronger than a simple loop, as it is completely closed and is perfect for heavier pendants and for creating links.

Trim the wire end to 3cm above the 1 last bead, then use a pair of chainnosed pliers to make a 90º bend a short

Hold the wire just above the bend Position the bottom jaw of your pliers 2 3 using round-nosed pliers, and wrap the into the curved wire and complete the end of the wire over the top jaw. curve to form a loop. Your wire end

distance above the bead.

Holding the loop flat using chainnosed pliers, grip the wire end using flat-nosed pliers and wind it around the stem to cover the gap between the loop and the bead.

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should be back at the 90º angle.

Trim the end of the wire using cutters, and flatten it against the stem using flat-nosed pliers to squash any sharp edges.

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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

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

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

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GLOSSARY TOOLS

tools of the trade

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

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

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

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

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

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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