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Turn your travel memories into unique jewellery nspiration for ALL levels of beadcrafts a nd jewellery making Ideas and i

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hello... ... and welcome to Issue 16 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Whether you’re jetting off to foreign climes or just keeping your fingers crossed for a taste of the glorious ‘barbecue summer’ the Met Office seems to tease us with every year, this month always brings a sense of happy anticipation. We’re entering into the holiday spirit this issue with a selection of fabulous pieces inspired by our designers’ most memorable travels, starting on page 42. From the picture postcard shades of the Mediterranean to the drama of Pompeii, Spanish fiesta flavour, and the nature-driven culture of the Native Americans, they’re packed with inspiration for recreating your own globetrotting experiences in truly personal jewellery. Our Bead Challenge makes on page 60 conjure up images of perfect blue skies, sparkling seas and golden sand, while on page 12 Rachel Bishop makes clever use of simple lampwork techniques to create stunning beach pebble and sea glass beads. On page 22, Sarah Austin uses lightweight metal scales to make surprisingly summery chain maille pieces that will give an instant contemporary edge to any outfit, and on page 32 and page 34, our talented designers give their own holiday-style twist to the bib necklace shape that has been so hot on the high street this year. If you have a wedding or summer ball on the calendar, we have ideas galore to help you shine. Those with more traditional tastes will love Ruth Hughes’ pretty pink rhodochrosite and glittering diamante set on page 82 and Debbie Bishop’s pearl jumble cuff on page 78, while the stunning

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14 “I’m always picking up pretty pebbles on the beach but they often seem too heavy and unwieldy for turning into jewellery. This lovely, subtle bracelet captures all that understated beauty in simple mottled lampwork beads”

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, Samantha Berman, Debbie Bishop, Rachel Bishop, Mel Brooke, Kate Eldridge, Jemma French, Steph Gibbs, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Ruth Hughes, Emily Kersh, Sandy Kidulis, Donna McKean Smith, Amanda Pickstock, Jordan Smith, Jessica Stickland, Gill Teasdale, Jess Woods

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.

combination of vivid jewel-coloured stones and unique wire swirls on page 28 and on our cover this issue makes for spectacular focal pendants. Or why not consider Lucite flowers? Perfect for fresh and funky daytime designs, they can also be used with tiara-style wire twists, pearls and crystals for an elegant evening look, as Emily Kersh demonstrates on page 16. The ladies at Shiney Co are stepping back in time on page 68 with fun, feminine vintage pieces celebrating the charm of old-fashioned English tea – dainty cups and saucers included! Clotted cream anyone? Plus there’s amazing PMC pendants on page 54, Fimo beads with a tribal feel on p86, and much more. Happy beading!

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

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CONTENTS

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

42 AROUND THE WORLD

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

28 GIVE US A SWIRL!

12 BEACHCOMBERS

Master double-stranded wirework for a multitude of beautiful unique makes

Recreate the ocean-tumbled appeal of sea glass and beach pebbles using lampwork

YOUR FREE GIFT

22 COOL METAL

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

Mixed metal looks aren’t just for winter. Defy the heat with light scales and chain maille

16 IN FULL BLOOM

34 HOLIDAY STYLE

Lucite flowers are fresh, girly, lightweight and wonderfully versatile – ideal for summer

Give the on-trend bib necklace an individual, beach-ready twist with fun resin versions

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30&66 Designer Galleries

89 What’s On

06 News

& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy

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90 Techniques Glossary

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

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

20&58 Competitions

Win fabulous jewellery-making stash from Craftime and Empire Beads

26 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

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Travel-inspired designs from across the globe to capture holiday experiences forever

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

52 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

60 The Bead Challenge

Three talented designers put their creativity to the test

72 Subscription Offer

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

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

93 Findings Glossary

Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making

94 Tools Glossary

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

98 Coming Next Issue

A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 17


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features 12 Sea & Shore

Beautiful sea glass and beach pebble projects, inspired by our stunning natural coastlines, are a surprisingly simple introduction to lampwork

34 Summer Holiday Style

For contemporary bib necklaces with a relaxed, holiday look – and just enough sparkle to catch the sun – try creating your own bespoke resin designs

16 Petal Confetti

74 Cut-Out & Keep

Striking wooden cut-out pendants can make fabulous focal elements on a variety of jewellery pieces, ideal for casual daytime wear – we look at some very different ways to showcase them

Light, modern and oh-so-pretty, Lucite flowers come in a kaleidoscope of sizes, shapes and colours to give a summery feel to a variety of styles and techniques

38 Birthstones – Ruby

Our series on birthstone jewellery reaches July and the glorious ruby red of films and fairytales

22 Made To Scale

Aluminium scales are lightweight with a large hole, making them wonderfully versatile and perfect for incorporating into chain maille designs for the hotter months

42 What A Wonderful World

Six talented designers share jewellery pieces inspired by adventures and holidays around the globe, from Zulu bead weaving to Greek architecture and the vibrant Mediterranean colour palette

78 Pearl Jam

This lovely handmade wire cuff is packed with a shimmering jumble of pearls for a wonderful individual finish

82 Inca Rose

These pretty pieces use only simple beading skills, combining beautiful rhodochrosite with rose quartz and the sparkle of rhinestones to create a look packed with understated elegance

28 Finish With A Flourish

Combine gorgeous chunky beads in rich jewel colours with dramatic double-strand wire swirls for simply stunning, unique focal pieces

54 Nature Captured

Precious metal clay is the perfect medium for creating classic silver pendants with amazing detail and true personal touches

32 Nuts & Bolts

Bib-style necklaces are everywhere on the high street right now. These lovely tagua nut designs, created using two different techniques, have a natural feel

68 Time For Tea

Combining subtle seasonal shades of crystals and pearls with adorable charms and antique silver, this collection is fun, feminine, and full of vintage allure

86 Art & Craft

Fimo beads are available in a wealth of patterns, colours and shapes and are always fun to work with. Here patterned beads are mixed with gold components to give an artistic, tribal look perfect for high summer

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

ONCE IN A SILVER MOON More inspiring Westcoast Bead Collections are now available, including this beautiful Silver Moon selection. Look out for it in Issue 18 of CB&J when our designers will be showcasing the mix – which includes a 20mm Swarovski Crystal AB Moon pendant, 10mm Amazonite round beads, 10mm mother of pearl coin beads, 4mm faceted round lustre Czech glass bead mix, and 40g of Toho grey/silver mixed seed beads – in its full glory! The Westcoast Bead Collections each contain a focal bead or component and seed beads along with co-ordinating quality Czech glass beads and gemstones. Other collections currently available include Fire

Cracker, with a mixture of bright and vibrant reds and oranges, and Nostalgia with an amethyst base. Go to www.westcoastwholesale jewellery.com or call 01928 723263

CRIMPING MADE EASY

We have a 1 Step Crimper to give away so for your chance to win it send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J16 Spangles, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 7th July 2011

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HIDDEN GEM If you love stones as the focal point of your jewellery, whether in traditional form or incorporated into more contemporary, chunky designs, you’ll be as smitten as we are by Designer Cabochons. This family-run business produces a large selection of materials, including ocean, picture and fine jaspers, all kinds of fossils, agate and amethyst pieces, amazing titanium druzy, opals and rare American materials, to name just a few. The team offers special one-off, hand-cut and high-grade precious and semi-precious cabochon stones with all materials being ethically sourced. Cabochons are available in a huge variety of sizes, finishes and shapes, and are priced from £3 to £150. A large part of the business is customcutting stones for jewellers. The company first came to life during a jewellery design and silversmith course at college, where now-owners Jane and Alex quickly became fed up with mass-produced, low-grade, imported tumbled stones. Wanting something unique, they decided to learn to cut quality gemstones themselves and travelled to America to learn the art from a master lapidary. To see the range of beautiful cabochons available, visit www.designercabochons.co.uk

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

The Bead Buddy 1 Step Crimper is now available from Spangles, promising to give you a simple, professional-looking finish when using crimps. Not only is it ideal for closing crimps, but this handy tool does what your standard pliers won’t and actually closes and neatly rounds the crimp with just one squeeze. No twisting and turning, and no fiddly bits involved! RRP: £14.95 plus £2 p&p Find this nifty crimping tool at www.spangles4beads.co.uk

FUN WITH FIMO Fimo toadstool and French fondant fancy charms, £1.30 each from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk; 01620 822886


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IN THE PICTURE Want to create truly personal keepsake jewellery? Impressive Silver is an innovative creator of custom silver jewellery that has just introduced a new technique for converting your photographs into beautiful silver charms for bracelets, pendants for necklaces, keyring fobs, cufflinks and dog tags. The popularity of having a fingerprint, handprint or footprint of a newborn baby cast in jewellery has increased

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notably over the past few years, but images were always limited to an item that could be pressed into mouldable clay or inked and transferred onto paper. Now for the first time, Impressive Silver has developed a system for making any image, even photographs, suitable for viewing on the small surface of a piece of jewellery. RRP: from £25 Contact Impressive Silver Ltd, PO Box 9935, Oakham, Leics LE15 0FB; 0800 054 6599; info@impressivesilver.co.uk

WEBSITE LAUNCH Rockliffe House has announced the long-awaited launch of its new website, www.rockliffe-house.com, where you can now browse and purchase a vast selection of products such as Swarovski Elements, fabrics, feathers, tools, crystals, pearls, findings and millinery supplies, with no minimum order value. Rockliffe House has also designed its own exclusive range of components. The company was formed by leading bridal wear designer and manufacturer Richard Designs, bringing 25 years of experience and expertise. Rockliffe House also sells a wide range of diamantés, which are ideal for both jewellery and papercraft projects. To see the full range go to www.rockliffe-house.com or call 0845 456 7897 for more information

We have five personalised silver pieces worth £60 each to give away this issue, so for your chance to win one send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J16 Impressive Silver, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 7th July 2011

INTERNET GOLD Cookson Gold Precious Metals, based in the heart of the UK’s historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, has revealed its new website! The site offers jewellery makers a choice of more than 11,000 gold, silver and platinum products, plus all the specialist tools and equipment they could need, and boasts a host of new features to help everyone from professionals and retailers to students, hobbyists and total newcomers. At the heart of the website is the UK’s largest online jewellery supplies shop, which has been redesigned to help customers shop quickly and easily. The new site also features a lively social community where you can chat with other jewellers and seek advice via Facebook, Twitter and a dedicated jewellery-making forum with access to essential hints, tips and datasheets. Plus for those in need of a little inspiration there’s the project area and YouTube channel, packed full of great ideas with new projects added every week. Visit www.cooksongold.com

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NEWS

SUMMER DAY OUT

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

Calling all those with a love of craft! This year’s Chilterns Craft Show will be packed with stunning British handmade arts & crafts items for the home and garden, live music, features, displays and a stunning show garden as well as delicious food and drink, with more than 200

FROM SOUTH AMERICA WITH LOVE Tagua nut two-hole heart beads, £1.50 each from www.jcase imports.com

YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

The Bead Shop Manchester has a fun, interesting blog as part of its product and inspiration-packed website, and the company is now looking to showcase jewellery makers’ work online. Whether you’re using the shop’s beads and

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craftspeople from all over Britain. With interactive family craft demonstrations and activities including the Good Food Live area, you can learn the lost art of wattle hurdle making, basket weaving, swill basket making, furniture making or stone carving. Or find inspiration and advice for would-be bee keepers thanks to Natures Fayre.

DID YOU KNOW? According to a recent survey by Asda, the prom phenomenon has now become so huge in the UK that parents will splash out between £500 and £1,000 per child on the events before their son or daughter leaves school. With prom season approaching, we say save the cash (for beading stash!) and make your own jewellery pieces for the big night – a lovely unique gift for a daughter, friend, granddaughter or niece.

findings, or simply delving into your own existing stash, regular CB&J designer Emily Kersh and her team would love to see and feature your creations and hear about what inspired them. Go to www.the-beadshop.co.uk for more details

FEELING FRUITY Gillian Wilson fruit charms, from 50p each from www.shineyrocks.co.uk

Don’t just limit your visit to the craft show – with a combined ticket you can also visit the stunning house and gardens at the beautiful Stonor Park venue in Henley on Thames. 26th-29th August 2011. Buy tickets online at www.ichf.co.uk or phone the ticket hotline on 01425 277988 We have five pairs of tickets to give away, so for your chance to win send your name and address on a postcard to: CB&J16 Chilterns Craft Show, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 7th July 2011

MOVERS & SHAKERS Hello Beads has moved to a larger studio in Hasland, Chesterfield, where owner Jaqui intends to run workshops and classes, specialising in classes for children. Coming from Cape Town, Jaqui bought Hello Beads in April 2009 with only 320 products on the internet. Thanks to her efforts, the store now boasts more than 2,000 products, and the number is increasing all the time. Jaqui’s future plans also include adding more free project downloads to the website. Visit the website at www.hellobeads.co.uk for more information and to sign up to the newsletter for frequent updates. Hello Beads can be found at Unit 2 Penmore House, Saxton Close, off Hasland Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 0SJ; 01246 557674


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LETTERS

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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 RISING STAR! I have always loved jewellery, so as a gift last Christmas my husband bought me a voucher for a beginner’s jewellery-making course and some beads to get me started making my own pieces. I very quickly became hooked, and bought

ONE NECKLACE, THREE WAYS I have only recently taken up jewellery making (about a month ago now) and was looking for magazines

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several magazines for inspiration – but found Creative Beads and Jewellery was by far the best. As a beginner, the mixture of hints and tips, advice, stockist info and beautifully presented pieces of jewellery couldn’t be better. I particularly liked the ‘Wear with Attitude’ pieces by Becci Jennings and Amanda Pickstock of Shiney Co in Issue 11 (left) – and even more so as I realised they were made by a bead shop close to where I live. I have been there a few times now and have spent

a very happy few hours choosing findings, beads and various other shiny, sparkly things! As I improve, I can’t wait to try some of the more complicated techniques I’ve been reading about in CB&J, particularly wirework and making my own beads – I have big plans! I have attached a photo of one of my early pieces, which I’m rather

for hints, tips and ideas when I came across Issue 14 of CB&J. I was looking through and fell in love with the Pearl Cluster necklace in your ‘Four Weddings’ section (right). So I decided to try my hand at my own version

of it. The first time, I used gold-plated chain and fittings and a selection of glass crackle beads in ice blue, chocolate brown, cobalt blue and orange. I also made a matching pair of earrings. Then I made another one using chunky silver-plated curb chain and cat’s eye chips in smoky white, sky blue and cobalt. I found them quite

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pleased with – I’m about to make a similar one in blue for a friend who took a shine to it. So thank you very much for such a great read – I look forward to seeing all the lovely things in the next issue! Charlotte Brace, Weston super Mare

prize from one of your recent giveaways. I was lucky enough to win the Dremel 100-piece accessory pack! I can’t wait to use my new toys – a whole host of beady possibilities beckon. The giveaways in CB&J are the best on the market and it is so exciting when a mystery parcel arrives. Deborah Stuart, by email

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I just wanted to write to tell you how fantastic your magazine is! I am new to the jewellerymaking scene and I saw your magazine in my local craft shop and picked it up. I love it so much that I now have a subscription and all the back issues!

easy to do once I got going and am really impressed with myself! I will keep buying your magazine for further ideas and

inspiration as all your projects are well explained and easy to follow. Sandra Crosfield, by email

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STAR LETTER GREAT SHOT! Firstly, thank you for a brilliant magazine. I have subscribed since the very first issue, and you have managed to stay fresh and on-trend with ideas. The latest issues have been, I think, the best yet; full of bright and colourful ideas for spring. I have always struggled to take good photos of my jewellery, and never seem to do the pieces I make full justice. However, I finally admitted defeat and I started beading during a dark patch as I have suffered with depression, and I used to just use simple beading and basic

asked my son to take a few shots. He is a geologist, and has a very clever eye for a good photo. Sure enough, he didn’t take the standard photo, but began looking

around for materials to complement my pieces. He laid one bracelet, made of seed beads, in a bed of sweetpeas and I think you will agree it really is beautiful! Another bracelet was made with pewter seed beads and turquoise crystals, and he even used a baking tray to complement this! Then he used some of his rocks and my ornaments for the rest of the photos.

ideas. Seeing all the amazing things in your magazine has made me be more daring and live a little, and now I am trying my hand at more intricate designs! I really like Amanda Pickstock’s and Jane Purdy’s makes, as they are always so beautiful. I hope that one day my designs are as good as those featured in your magazine – until then, I shall carry on beading. Danielle, Preston, Lancashire

this reason, your magazine with its many varied ideas of different types of jewellery designs is an absolute lifeline. Similarly, the websites that allow me to explore lots of bead ‘shops’. I especially like the seed bead features, so please continue these. I am eagerly waiting for next month’s issue. Janine McAlister-Cragg, Bangor, Co Down

BEADING ESCAPE I just wanted to tell you all how much I enjoy your magazine. I suffer from many medical complaints, including ME, which leaves me extremely fatigued. It is also very difficult for me to get about. For

GOING GREEN I thought you might like to see these two

E STAR Lner of this I think they are in w tter The stunning pieces of Star Le issue’s a fantastic work, and if he ever er s receive Beads vouch wants to give up his k e ir .u p o m .c £50 E mpirebeads day job, I am sure he www.e will find work as a photographer! I won’t bother with my very poor attempts any more. By the way, my son certainly has a laugh at work when they talk about rocks and stones, and is always threatening to bring them home for me to string together! Annie Watkinson, by email CB&J: What beautiful photographs to showcase part. If you would your creations. We know like to see more many CB&J readers features on subjects are interested in selling like selling and their pieces – often in photographing your online stores like Etsy jewellery in future and Folksy – and good issues, please tell us! images can play a crucial necklaces (right), which I made using the Globaholic ‘small green jewellery-making kit’ that I won in a competition in Issue 7. I used Tigertail, crimps and the usual fastenings for the necklace on the left and cord with knots (my first attempt) with a toggle fastening on the right. I still have lots of beads left for future

projects – it is just finding the time to fit everything in! Thanks for a super magazine with lots of ideas that are achievable to the novice as well as the expert. I initially subscribed to the magazine for a year but, as I thoroughly enjoy reading it from cover to cover, the subscription will be continuing! Sue Matthews, Grimsby, Lincs

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LAMPWORK BEADS SEA GLASS & PEBBLES

sea & shore

These beautiful projects, inspired by our stunning natural coastlines, are a surprisingly easy introduction to the art of lampworking RACHEL BISHOP DESIGNER

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

iving here in Cornwall, I am lucky enough to be just 10 minutes away from my nearest beach at Trebarwith Strand, and to be able to find wonderful treasures left behind by the waves. I have spent many glorious hours hunting for pretty shells, a perfectly flat, round pebble or an elusive rare piece of blue sea glass. Here I will show you how to make your own prized pale blue nuggets of sea glass and smooth flat pebbles out of glass, using just a couple of tools and hand shaping. These projects are suitable for

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beginners, especially as you are going to be working away from trying to achieve the perfect round bead. They are inexpensive lampworking projects for experimenters too. For the pebble bead, I have introduced the use of enamel powders, which are a budgetfriendly way to create some fantastic effects on beads. A word of caution: Do make sure you wear a suitable face mask when using

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enamels as the powder is very fine and should not be inhaled. I have also etched both sets of beads to give them the look of having been tumbled by the sea. Again, exercise extreme caution when using etching solution (I use Etch All) as it can cause terrible burns if it comes into contact with skin – wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. The tools needed

for the projects aren’t expensive. I used a pair of mashers and a brass

shaping tool, both available from Tuffnell Glass. The beads here are all hand shaped, so it is up to you how much or how little shaping you want to do. There is no right or wrong way in making these beads – in nature, even imperfection is beautiful!

WHERE TO BUY All the lampworking materials used here are available from www.tuffnellglass.com The silver beads and pearls are available from www.silvermoonbeads.com


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LAMPWORK BEADS SEA GLASS & PEBBLES he Merrymaid of Zennor is a famous Cornish myth, and I hope the Merrymaid would treasure these items I have created in her name. I have used lots of sea glass nuggets, white pearls and Karen Hill Tribe silver.

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TO CREATE Begin by securing one end of the Tigertail by attaching one component of the clasp. I have threaded on a small silver bead, followed by a crimp and another small silver bead – the crimp has been hidden using a silver crimp cover. Next add two pearls, a small glass nugget, two pearls, a glass nugget, two pearls and another glass nugget. Add two more pearls, then a scallop shell bead. Repeat the pattern using just two glass nuggets and add a coiled shell bead. Add two more pearls, a glass

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nugget, two pearls and a starfish bead. Follow the pattern of two pearls and a glass nugget, adding three more nuggets and a coiled shell bead with two pearls after it. Add two more glass nuggets, separated by two pearls, before

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SEA GLASS NUGGETS TO CREATE Begin by making a barrel-shaped bead. You can do this by making two small donut-shaped beads on the mandrel, around 2cm apart (see Fig 1, right), then wrapping glass between them to join them (Fig 2). The barrel shape does not have to be perfect. Add more glass to the centre of the bead

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prepared mandrels brass shaping tool annealing bubble etching solution bicarbonate of soda

– two or three more wraps should be sufficient – and melt in (Fig 3). While the bead is still hot, pick up your brass shaping tool and begin to gently press it against different spots of the bead to give it an uneven shape (Fig 4). If you make a mistake you can always re-melt the bead and reshape until you have the desired shape. Gently reheat the bead to get rid of any chill marks left by the shaping tool (Fig 5). Once the bead has cooled slightly (so the orange glow

adding another starfish bead, two pearls, a glass nugget, two pearls and a coiled shell bead. Copy the pattern at the beginning of the necklace to complete the design, then secure using the other part of the clasp. Trim away any excess wire.

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MATERIALS • 17 x sea glass nuggets in various sizes • 20 x white tiny freshwater pearls • 2 x large starfish beads • 2 x scallop shell beads • 3 x coiled shell beads • 4 x silver small rounds • Tigertail beading wire

• double hook clasp • 2 x crimps • 2 x silver crimp covers

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LAMPWORK BEADS SEA GLASS & PEBBLES MERRYMAID’S EARRINGS

MATERIALS • 2 x sea glass rounds • 2 x small starfish beads • 8 x white tiny freshwater pearls • 2 x silver headpins • 2 x silver eyepins • silver ear wires

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

TO CREATE Thread a pearl, a sea glass bead and another pearl onto an eyepin. Secure by making a wrapped loop and trim off the excess wire. Repeat with the other eyepin. Thread a headpin with a pearl, a starfish bead and another pearl. Make a loop and attach it to the eyepin. Secure by wrapping the wire to complete the loop. Repeat with the other headpin and attach both to the ear wires.

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TO CREATE Begin by making a roughly round 1.5cm bead (see Fig 1, right). Trail a thin ivory stringer over your bead – it does not have to be a perfect central wrap. Melt it in so the surface is smooth (Fig 2). Get your bead really hot and take it out of the flame. Place it in your mashers and press down quite firmly to form your pebble shape (Fig 3). Sprinkle some white enamel powder onto your marver. Reheat the bead and ‘roll’ it through the enamel – you only

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TO CREATE Begin by threading a 2mm silver bead and the starfish charm onto your length of Tigertail, followed by a pearl, a 3mm bead, a pearl and a grey pebble bead. Next thread on a pearl, a 3mm bead, a pearl and a black pebble bead. Repeat the pattern until you thread the final pebble bead. Add a pearl, a 3mm silver bead, a pearl and the last 2mm bead. Secure both ends of the bracelet to the toggle

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MATERIALS • 4 x grey pebble beads • 2 x black pebble beads • 14 x white tiny freshwater pearls • 7 x silver 3mm rounds • 2 x silver 2mm rounds • starfish charm • Tigertail beading wire • toggle clasp • 2 x crimps • 2 x crimp covers

TOOLS • flat-nosed or crimping pliers • wire cutters

clasp using crimps. Hide the crimps with crimp covers and trim any excess wire.


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JEWELLERY LUCITE FLOWERS

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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!

TO CREATE Cut a 28cm length of the elongated chain and a 25cm length of the belcher chain. Leave these to one side.

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CHAIN PEARL FLOWER NECKLACE

Thread a 4mm Xilion, an 8mm pearl and another Xilion onto an eyepin and make a loop in the pin. Repeat to make six beaded eyepins and connect them together (see Fig 1, above right). Pick a few flowers with large, medium and small petals from the Lucite mix. Cut an approximately 12cm length of craft wire and thread on a larger flower

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followed by a smaller flower, then a 6mm bicone. Pass the wire over the top of the bicone and back through the flowers – you can use flat-nosed pliers to pull the wire through. Wrap the shorter wire around the longer wire a couple of times, close to the flower (Fig 2). Cut off the excess. Create a wrapped loop in the longer wire end. To do this, hold the wire in the thicker

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MATERIALS • silver-plated steel trace chain • silver-plated belcher chain • 30 x Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 20 x Crystal Rosaline 8mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 4 x Crystal Powder Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls

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• Lucite flowers summer mix • pink 6mm Swarovski bicone mix • 2 x Tibetan-style pendant connectors • 10 x silver-plated 7mm thick jump rings • silver-plated 10mm diamanté flower box clasp • Satin Silver 19-strand 0.015” Beadalon wire

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• silver 0.6mm craft wire • 2 x sterling silver tube crimps • 10 x silver-plated 50mm eyepins

part of your roundnosed pliers, close to the flower, and push the wire away from you to make a right angle (Fig 3). Move the wire to the thinner part of the pliers and pull it back over the top and around to make the loop. Hold the loop with chain-nosed pliers and wrap until you reach the back of the flower (Fig 4). Repeat with six other sets of Lucite flowers, varying the combination of sizes, shapes and colours. Using jump rings, connect the flowers

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Lightweight, modern and oh-so-pretty, Lucite flowers come in a kaleidoscope of sizes, shapes and colours to give a fresh, summery feel to a whole variety of styles and techniques

to the six eyepins you linked together in Step 2 – open a jump ring, thread on two or three flowers and close it securely around an eyepin (Fig 5). Repeat this along half of the eyepin ‘chain’. Using the 19-strand beading wire, thread on a 2mm tube crimp, add the first loop of a connector and thread the wire back through the crimp (Fig 6). Use magic crimpers to close the crimp. Leave the shorter wire as the first bead will be threaded onto both bits of wire.

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TO CREATE Thread a 4mm pearl and a star onto two ball headpins and a 4mm pearl and 4mm Xilion onto the other two. Make wrapped loops on all four (see Fig 1, right). Thread a larger and smaller trumpet shape from the Lucite flower mix onto an eyepin, followed by a bead cap and a 6mm Xilion. Turn a loop (Fig 2). Repeat with the other eyepin. Attach a star headpin and a Xilion headpin from Step 1 to the bottom of an eyepin from Step 2 (Fig 3). Repeat with the remaining pins and attach the ear wires to finish.

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the centre loop of the connectors using a jump ring at each end. Repeat with the elongated chain on the remaining loops. Now connect the end of the eyepin ‘chain’ to the top of one connector with a jump ring (Fig 8). Attach another length of elongated chain to the other end of the eyepins using a jump ring. Attach the box clasp to the other connector, then hold the necklace around your neck to check the size (remember the clasp lies at the side not the back). Cut to your desired length. Attach the end of the chain to the other side of the box clasp.

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

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JEWELLERY LUCITE FLOWERS FLOWER WRAPPED CHAIN BRACELET

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TO CREATE Measure your wrist with some cord or string. Measure a length of elongated chain against the cord, but allow about 3” either side for the extra chain and box clasp before cutting to size. Select six trumpetshaped flowers from the Lucite mix. Cut a short length of 0.6mm wire (about 12cm) and thread on a flower and a 6mm bicone. As with the flowers on the necklace opposite,

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MATERIALS • silver-plated steel trace chain • silver-plated belcher chain • Lucite flowers summer mix • 10 x Crystal AB 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 5 x pink 8mm Japanese miracle beads • pink 6mm Swarovski bicone mix • 10 x silver-plated 9mm jump rings • 20 x silver-plated ball headpins • silver 0.6mm craft wire • 2 x silver-plated 7mm thick jump rings • 4 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • silver-plated 2-loop box clasp

thread the wire back through the petal and wrap the shorter wire a couple of times to secure. Trim and then create a wrapped loop, attaching it to the centre link of the chain as you do so (see Fig 1, below). This time, hold the loop with chain-nosed pliers and continue to wrap over the top of the flower to cover the top (Fig 2). Repeat with the other five flowers in the same way, attaching them about six links apart along the chain, ensuring you have a few links left on the end. Using ball headpins and five smaller

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JEWELLERY LUCITE FLOWERS Cut 0.6mm craft wire to your desired necklace length with a couple of extra inches on each side. Select five larger flowers and five smaller flowers, plus an extra flower for the centre piece, from the Lucite mix. Choose five 6mm bicones from the pink mix to go in the centre of the flowers. Start at one end of the wire, a few inches down, and thread on a large flower, a small flower, then a bicone. Thread the wire back over the top of the bicone and back through the flowers (see Figs 1 and 2, left). Thread on your next flower elements in exactly the same way, positioning them about 5cm from the first flower. Add your centre piece (Fig 3), followed by the other two flowers. Cut a 1m length of 0.4mm wire. Start by wrapping this around

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one end of the 0.6mm wire, then wrap a few centimetres down. Thread on a 10mm Swarovski pearl and place it about 2cm from the 0.6mm wire. Now bend over the long end of wire close to the bead (Fig 4) and twist the wire together to give a stem. The longer end will now be facing down. Thread on a miracle bead and repeat to make a stem, so you have a bead each side of the 0.6mm wire (Fig 5). Carry on wrapping the 0.4mm wire around the 0.6mm ‘base’. When you get to the first flower, wrap around it a couple of times (Fig 6), then continue to wrap until you are halfway to the next flower. Make the two stems with the same beads as before, but alternate the pattern (Fig 7). Repeat until you get to the end – on the last stem, make sure you have some wire left

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and just wrap around. If you have a lot of the 0.4mm wire left, wrap it around the end of the 0.6mm wire and continue to work with it back the other way, with the next set of beads. If you are left with only a short length, cut this off and tuck in the end with pliers, then attach a new length of wire. The next stems will be using 8mm pearls and faceted drops – these go between the first stems and will be slightly shorter (Fig 8). Repeat the process right along the wire, wrapping around the flowers as you go. When you reach the end, wrap around the 0.6mm wire and start again with glass hearts and pink AB Xilions (Fig 9). Next use the cat’s eye beads and the pink bicone mix, each time creating shorter stems and alternating the beads as you go along.

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When making the stems, take care not to over-twist as the wire may snap

With the 4mm selection of beads that are left, thread one onto the 0.4mm wire, push it right to the end and wrap the wire around the 0.6mm wire a couple of times. Carry on adding beads to cover the rest of the necklace (Fig 10), still wrapping around the petals as you go. Once all the beads are placed onto the necklace, attach the

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box clasps to the bare wire ends – make sure the clasp is right up to the last beads, with the wire inside, fold one side then the other to secure (Fig 11), and cut off the excess wire. Repeat on the other side. Attach the chain with jump rings, check the length around your neck and cut to size, then attach the clasp and extension chain to finish (Fig 12).

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MATERIALS • Lucite flowers summer mix • pink 6mm Swarovski bicone mix • 6 x Crystal Lavender 10mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 6 x pink 8mm Japanese miracle beads • 11 x clear AB 10mm faceted glass drops • 11 x Crystal Rosaline 8mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 19 x clear AB 10mm glass hearts • 19 x Light Rose AB 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 23 x dark pink 6mm cat’s eye round beads • 10 x Crystal Powder Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 10 x Light Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

• 10 x Crystal AB 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 10 x tanzanite 4mm Czech glass faceted round beads • 10 x light pink AB 6mm star beads • 2 x silver-plated 4mm box closers • 4 x silver-plated 7mm thick jump rings • silver-plated belcher chain (9 links per inch) • silver-plated heart trigger clasp • silver-plated extension chain with teardrop • 2 x sterling silver 2mm tube crimps • silver 0.6mm craft wire • silver 0.4mm craft wire

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

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BEADSISTERS

SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER

ABOUT SARAH…

made to scale

Aluminium scales are lightweight with a large hole, making them wonderfully versatile and perfect for incorporating into chain maille designs

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.

SCALE BIB NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 5 x black anodised aluminium scales • 5 x bronze anodised aluminium scales • 4 x orange anodised aluminium scales • 3 x gold anodised aluminium scales • 2 x light gold anodised aluminium scales • 38 x black anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm • black aluminium 5x9mm-link curb chain • black finish Tierracast medium wrapped 12x16mm toggle

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

TO CREATE You will be working with the scales ridge-side down so that the reverse side is uppermost. Alternating the colours, link five bronze and four black scales using black jump rings, arranging them so that the bronze scales sit on top of the black

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scales (see Fig 1, below right – please note that the black scales have a silver underside and the bronze scales a black underside). Join the left-hand side of an orange scale to the right-hand side of the first bronze scale, connecting the jump ring below the ring added in Step 1. With a second ring, connect the other side of the orange scale to the left-hand side of the second bronze scale. Add three more orange scales in this way to give a third ‘row’ to the piece. Add three gold scales below the orange scales in the same way as before, followed by a ‘row’ of

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two light gold scales and, finally, one central black scale (see Fig 2). Cut a 40cm length of curb chain and position your chain so that the finished scale bib is central. Link a jump ring through one of the inner black scales and a corresponding chain link, and repeat with the other inner scale. Link a second jump ring through each scale and chain link. Using two rings for each scale, link the outer black scales to the chain.

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BEADSISTERS SCALE BRACELET

MATERIALS • 8 x gold anodised aluminium scales • 8 x bronze anodised aluminium scales • 6 x black anodised aluminium scales • 4 x orange anodised aluminium scales • 2 x light gold anodised aluminium scales • 56 x gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (A) • 27 x gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (B) • gold-plated 12mm lobster clasp • eyepin

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

TO CREATE This 18cm bracelet is made using the European 4-1 weave. Link two A rings to one gold scale. Repeat with an orange scale. You are working with the scales ridge-side down. Referring to Fig 1 (right), link one B ring through the four jump rings attached to the scales. Add the eyepin between the two

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BEADSISTERS WHERE TO BUY

SCALE FLOWER PENDANT

All the materials used here are available from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 01776 830352

MATERIALS • 3 x gold anodised aluminium scales • 3 x orange anodised aluminium scales • 12 x black anodised aluminium jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (A) • 12 x bronze anodised aluminium jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (B) • black or gold anodised aluminium jump ring, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (C) • 6 x bright aluminium jump rings, 6.5mm, 1.02mm (D) • 40cm brown 2mm Genya cord • 2 x gold-plated 8x4mm foldover cord ends • 2 x gold-plated 4.5x6mm oval jump rings • gold-plated 12mm lobster clasp • gold-plated extension chain

TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers • GS Hypo Cement or similar glue

TO CREATE My version of a scale flower is a variant of several designs. Your C ring is the centre ring of the flower. Use two A rings to attach an orange scale, ridge-side up, to this centre ring. Repeat twice. Attach three gold scales, ridge-side down, to the centre ring between the orange scales, again using two black A rings each time (see Fig 1, below). Join a bronze B ring through one black A ring linked to an orange scale and the next A ring linked to a gold scale. Continue joining pairs of A rings (Fig 2). Turn the flower over and repeat Step 3. Link a D ring through one bronze ring, the gold scale hole and the bronze ring

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two D rings. Fold the cord ends over the ends of the cord, using glue for extra security. Add the lobster clasp and extension chain to the cord ends using oval jump rings.

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BEAD DOCTOR

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

I keep seeing fab designs around using ‘leftover’ buttons but I seem to be the only person in the country who doesn’t actually have any of these lying around! Save for a few escapees from my kids’ school shirts,

ION QUESTTHE OF TH MON TEACHER TRAINING I was wondering if you could provide any advice about teaching jewellery making to adults, and whether you need to have a teaching qualification such as PTLLS to do this? I would like in the future to teach adults how to make jewellery – it would be basic things such as earrings or elasticated bracelets, for example, and I wanted to know if you can teach and charge for your time without a teaching qualification? Charlene, London

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which would make for some pretty boring jewellery, all my buttons are firmly attached to clothes. Does anywhere sell random button mixes for these recycled styles or do I have to buy them individually? Kelly, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Teaching qualifications are not essential for teaching basic jewellery making to adults and in fact many teachers out there have no formal qualifications. Success is based on experience and enthusiasm for their work and the fact that people want to return again and again to their classes. If you wanted to develop your classes into specifics

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THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS...

They do! Bead Crazy (www.beadcrazy.co.uk) offers a huge variety of bead mixes, themed by colourway or shape and priced from £7.50 for a 100g bag. Choose assorted shades and sizes of the same base colour or a contrasting mix such as Royal Britannia, Wine Gums, Tropicana or Pastel Palette. Spoilt Rotten Beads (www.spoiltrottenbeads. co.uk) has similar mixes, including Christmas Pudding, Mediterranean and Coffee & Cream colour themes, sold at 50g for £4.

Beads by Lili (www. beadsbylili.com) sells random mixed-colour bags of 10 28mm flat large-hole buttons for 80p or 24mm more traditional-style ridged buttons for 75p.

such as silversmithing or using PMC then getting a qualification would definitely be something to consider, both to boost your own knowledge and experience levels and to inspire confidence in potential ‘students’. Depending where you are teaching you will need to look into health and safety issues and insurance, especially if you are inviting people to your home to attend courses. Getting to know a local bead shop is a good starting point. If they already hold workshops then show them examples of your work and they may be interested in having you run some. Getting a group together in a

local village hall or community centre is another option and working in partnership off-site with a bead shop so that you have an agreement with them about supplies and so forth. Attendees will return and will spread the word if your classes are fun as well as informative, but there are also plenty of steps you can take to promote your classes, from local advertising and specialist listings to The writer of the attending shows and Question of the Month offering demonstrations each issue receives a at bead store open days fabulous multifunctional or similar events. Anyone Dremel VersaTip heat interested in setting up tool with accessories for a small business can get six handy applications, free business advice by worth £34.99 visiting Business Link at www.dremel.com www.businesslink.gov.uk

DELICATE FLOWER I absolutely loved Claire Humpherson’s dropbead flower designs in Issue 13 but I have found that, as the instructions said, the finished flower is floppy and tends to fall


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BEAD DOCTOR

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY out of shape unless I attach a connector to the back. I’m now trying to make some smaller, more delicate pieces and the connectors are clearly visible, which I don’t want. Is there an alternative method of making these flowers? Jen Carragher, by email

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THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Claire’s lovely flowers were made using wire threaded through topdrill drop beads and pulled taut into a circle. One option is to instead use oval beads and pass your wire through the length of them and back around the outside to the centre, ready for attaching the next bead. This will support the whole bead, giving a far more rigid structure, and you can thread the ‘outside’ wire along the area of the bead that will be least visible in the finished piece. This method works best with smaller beads for a more delicate flower, so may be perfect for the project you have in mind. Here’s how to do it: Cut an 11” length of wire and thread on an oval bead. Wrap the short end of the wire back over the outside of the bead and turn the wire round the long end a couple of times to secure. Trim the short end flush. Thread on an oval and turn the long end of the wire back over the outside of the bead (leave a gap between the two beads of 5-6mm). Wrap the wire round a few times to secure, finishing halfway between the two beads. Thread on an oval and repeat Step 2, so that the third petal is between the first and second petals.

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Repeat Step 2 to create the two remaining petals. Bring your wire to the front of the flower. You can twist the beads so that exposed wires are at the back of the flower. Thread on your central bead and a seed bead so that they are sitting in the gap between the petals. Take the wire back through the central bead only, and pull all the wire through to the back of the piece. Wrap the wire in and out of the petal stalks a few times to secure, then trim the spare wire flush.

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UNEVEN COATING During a trip to Thailand I bought some large faceted crystal drops with an AB finish. Unfortunately, the AB coating is uneven,

destroying the sparkle of the beads. I have tried to simply rub the beads to remove the coating, which does work but takes absolutely ages (and makes my fingers really sore!). Is there any way of removing an AB coating on beads? As they are glass crystal, and also faceted, I need to be careful not to destroy the actual beads in the process. Emma Anstey, Stockholm, Sweden

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advise that you simply source other beads for the project you’re working on and save these drops for a piece where the uneven coating will be less visible. However, if you really feel that they are unusable in their current state and are willing to risk spoiling them, there are a couple of things you could try. One is to physically scrape off the coating, using a craft knife blade at 45° to the bead surface. Hold the bead firmly with pliers while doing this and turn the bead rather than the knife as you work to limit scratches. The other option is to attack the coating with a solution such as that impregnated in a tarnish cloth, used to polish silver. These often come with a warning not to bring them into contact with coated beads because the coating may be removed – so could be just what you need!

SPACE AGE I’m attending the opening event of a space exhibition at the end of the summer, and thought it would be a good idea to make some themed jewellery to wear. I’ll be dressing smart and business-like as it’s a work occasion, so I don’t want anything too outlandish – no green plastic alien pendants! Do you have any ideas please? Eilidh Barnes, 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... Did you see Sandy Kidulis’s fabulous ‘Into the Cosmos’ collection in Issue 11 of CB&J? These pieces are elegant enough to wear with a suit but still cool and contemporary with a definite inter-galactic feel! Team chunky metalliclook ‘meteor’ nuggets with large pearls and crackle beads – the semimatte finish on giant cotton pearls, made from coated papier mâché, works particularly well. Adding ribbon softens the look and gives it a more feminine feel, while you could replace the brighter blue shades with midnight blue or black for a more sophisticated, evening or business-style appearance. All these materials are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk; 0845 224 0843.

You are right to be careful, Emma. The AB coating is usually baked on to a bead so shouldn’t just rub off. Applying sufficient abrasion to remove the coating is likely to also damage the bead, particularly as it is crystal. I would normally

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RIVERSIDE BEADS

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ABOUT DONNA… Donna is the owner of Riverside Beads in Market Deeping, near Peterborough – you will also find her and the Riverside team at bead and craft shows around the country. The store has been established for nine years and aims to offer a great range of beads and findings, along with friendly helpful service and affordable inspiration-packed classes, which include fabulous wirework pendant courses. Donna says: “I love jewellery making, trying new techniques and ideas and, most of all, using new beads! This project comes from my passion for wirework and the unique results you can achieve with a small piece of wire.”

TO CREATE Cut two 10” lengths of 0.71mm wire. Hold them together, roughly in the middle, and make a wrapped loop, wrapping the wire anti-clockwise. Thread the bead onto both strands, with the

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1 remaining wire length sweeping up onto the bead (see Fig 1, right). The wire butterfly is created by hand: Place your thumb onto both strands of wire where you would like your first wing to start, then hold firmly and turn the wire in an anti-clockwise direction to make the wing shape. Sweep round to the

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opposite side and repeat to create another loop (Fig 2). Finish off the butterfly by trimming any excess wire and using round-nosed pliers to turn loops in opposite directions on the individual wire ends. Make a wrapped loop at the top of the bead, wrapping anti-clockwise, then

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MATERIALS These fabulous wire-wrapped beads can be used as dangling pendants or as focal stones in a necklace or bracelet, incorporating loops on both sides. They are also perfect for beautiful, individual bag charms. Recreate the design shown here with a selection of 6mm and 8mm pearls, assorted 6mm, 8mm and 10mm glass beads, a wire mesh ball, spacers and chain.

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• large soft touch bead • silver-plated 0.71mm wire

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RIVERSIDE BEADS SIMPLY WIREWORK PENDANT

MATERIALS • large soft touch bead • silver-plated 0.71mm wire

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TO CREATE Cut two 8” pieces of 0.71mm wire. Hold them together and, approximately 1” from the end of the wire, bend both pieces round the thick part of your round-nosed pliers. This is a cup to hold your bead (see Fig 1, above right). Turn the end of each piece of wire into a spiral and thread your bead onto both strands of wire – the spirals you

created will be on the back of the bead (Fig 2). Around ¼-½” above the top of the bead, create a wrapped loop, wrapping both strands of wire clockwise around the ‘stem’. Position the remaining wire lengths sweeping down onto the bead (Fig 3). The wire swirl is created by hand: Place your thumb onto the two pieces of wire,

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

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer

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Each reader featured wins this fantastic bead box worth £15

Take inspiration from these lovely designs, created by some of our talented readers

TURQUOISE WATCH BY SELENA ADAMS FROM PETERBOROUGH

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

MATERIALS • Grecian-style watch face • turquoise 19x6mm crackle beads • silver 20x4mm spacer beads • 18cm elasticated beading string

WENDY’S BLING BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • • • • • •

FLORAL BRACELET BY ALEXANDRA COOPER FROM EAST SUSSEX MATERIALS • metal leaf charms • glass bead mix • seed beads

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jump rings headpins silver-plated heavy chain toggle clasp

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

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watch face with ring 2 x wine goblet enamelled charms metal guitar charm metal high heel shoe charm metal lipstick charm metal ‘love music’ charm

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6” silver wire 15mm candy glass square silver jump rings 2 x red 8mm rounds silver lobster clasp heart and star epoxy charms


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CBJ16 pp32-33 Bib Necklaces_Beading 23/05/2011 11:52 Page 32

JEWELLERY BIB NECKLACES

nuts &bolts

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

Bib-style necklaces are everywhere on the high street right now. These lovely tagua nut designs, created using two different techniques, have a sweet and simple natural feel, while our resin feature overleaf showcases fun, funky alternatives

NATURAL WIRED NECKLACE

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MATERIALS • natural mixed tagua nut beads • silver 1.5mm wire • ivory cotton 1mm cord • silver washer beads • coil ends • lobster clasp and necklace tag • silver floral bead cap • silver 2mm round bead

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surface using your fingertip. Fix a small silver bead in the centre. Leave the connected beads to dry on a flat and level surface. Calculate the length of cord you require for one side of your necklace and cut twice that length. Thread one piece through the hole in the uppermost bead

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on the left side of the necklace. Add three washer beads to both ends together and slide them all the way down to the necklace. Finish the two ends by threading them together into a coil end and squashing the final rotation of the coil flat against the cord to secure. Fix a lobster clasp onto the loop of the coil end. Repeat for the other side, finishing with a necklace tag.

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The beads in the natural tone necklace are joined side to side using small lengths of wire; these are inserted into the beads via a small drilled hole so that the connection is secure but basically hidden. The second necklace involves gluing the beads to fabric, which is then cut, to create a softer, flexible piece suitable for a larger design. Both techniques ignore the side-drilled holes in the disc beads – the bead should simply be oriented so the hole is as unnoticeable as possible


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JEWELLERY BIB NECKLACES

BOLD FABRIC NECKLACE

TO CREATE

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TOOLS • large-eyed sewing needle • chain-nosed pliers • Gem-tac adhesive • sharp scissors • iron

Lay out your beads in the approximate design required, then cut a square piece of fabric approximately 25mm larger all round. Iron a piece of Bondaweb to the back of the fabric with the paper side up, then remove the paper backing and iron a second piece of fabric to this side so that the Bondaweb is sandwiched in the middle. Glue your beads to the fabric – apply the glue to the beads rather than the fabric and spread it over the flat surface. Glue a round link in the

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centre of each of the donut-style beads, together with a gently flattened floral bead cap. Once the glue is dry cut around the shape of the beads, leaving a small border. Using your fingertip, apply a dab of glue around the edges of the fabric to ensure the fibres won’t fluff up. Calculate the length of ribbon you require for one side of the necklace and cut twice that length, plus 1cm, of each colour. Use a needle to thread

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WHERE TO BUY For a great range of tagua nut beads visit www.jcaseimports.com The findings for the necklace designs can be purchased from www.spellboundbead.co.uk and www.bead-exclusive.co.uk A pin vise and drill bits are available from many modelling shops, including www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk Gem-tac adhesive can be bought online at www.shineyrocks.co.uk

the three lengths of ribbon together through the hole in one of the tagua beads, piercing and sewing through the fabric backing as well. Draw the ribbon through to halfway then grasp all six ends together, gathering them up evenly in a neat stack. Twist the uppermost ribbon in the stack 180° clockwise, the next anti-clockwise and the third clockwise to add a little interest to the stringing. Slide the ribbons together into a coil

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end and squash the final rotation of the coil flat against the ribbons to secure. Fix a lobster clasp to the loop of the coil end. Repeat for the other side of the necklace, adding a necklace tag to the coil end. Glue a floral bead cap into each of the remaining visible holes in the main beads, flattening the caps to the surface of the beads using your fingertip. Fix a small silver bead in the centre of every flower and set aside to dry.

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JEWELLERY BIB NECKLACES

summer holiday style

For contemporary bib necklaces with a relaxed, holiday look – and just enough sparkle to catch the sun – try these fabulous bespoke resin designs JESS WOODS DESIGNER

RESIN RINGS BIB

STEPH GIBBS DESIGNER

ABOUT THE DESIGNERS… Jess and Steph have both worked at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) for several years and enjoy teaching workshops incorporating innovative and versatile materials like resin.

MATERIALS • clear Easycast casting resin (8oz is more than enough) • turquoise Pearlex pigment • 1m turquoise faux suede • 1.5m light blue faux suede • silver-plated elongated chain • 4 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • silver-plated medium trigger clasp • donut moulds – we used 3-pair earring moulds • mixing cup • wooden stirrer • plastic spoon • sanding block • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

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TOOLS Wearing bib-style necklaces with halter-neck tops or high necklines can completely transform a simple top or dress into a stylish outfit. Working with clear resin makes it easy to customise the colours – why not add glitter for a really sparkly effect or go for strong opaque colours for a bold look? By changing the suede cord for ribbon, or using a contrasting colour, you can create a whole different style very simply. It’s always good to play with colourways as something you wouldn’t normally consider might work perfectly

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TO CREATE Mix your resin according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Slowly add turquoise pigment, just a tiny amount at a time, until you have your desired colour (see Fig 1, above). Carefully pour the resin into your moulds. You will need to make 10 donut shapes – we used five earring moulds but you can just use one mould and make five small batches; just remember to take note of how much pigment you have added to ensure you can recreate the same colour. Avoid trapping any air by pouring slowly and close to the mould. Leave the resin to set for the recommended time (Fig 2). Once your donuts have completely set, remove them from the moulds; if there are any rough edges you can lightly sand these with a sanding block. Arrange the donuts in a triangle with four in the top row, decreasing down to one. Cut four lengths of turquoise faux suede, measuring 22cm, 20cm, 16cm and 14cm.

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Layer them over the donut arrangement diagonally, with the longest length over the row of four donuts and so on (Fig 3). Cut the same four lengths of faux suede in light blue. Weave the longest length through the donuts and turquoise cord; from the top right corner go under each donut and over the turquoise thread down to the bottom (Fig 4). Repeat this process for every row – each donut should have turquoise and light blue cords crossing in

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the centre (Fig 5). Cut four more lengths of the light blue cord. Take the longest thread and weave it horizontally across the top four donuts, keeping behind the donuts but weaving in front of the other threads (Fig 6). Repeat this process for the remaining three rows. This will connect all the donuts together. All the cord ends now need to be knotted together. At the end of each row where two threads lie diagonally across one

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another, use a reef knot (left over right, then right over left) to tie them together. Do not pull the knots tight at this stage (Fig 7). Make sure all the donuts are lying flat – you may need to adjust some of the knots. Once the bib is flat, tighten the knots carefully and trim off the excess cord approximately 1cm from each knot (Fig 8). Cut two 18cm lengths of elongated chain. Using 6mm jump rings, thread them through the corner

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knots of the top row of donuts, attaching the lengths of chain (Fig 9). Add a trigger clasp to one end of the chain and a 6mm jump ring to the other end.

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JEWELLERY BIB NECKLACES • clear Easycast casting resin (8oz is more than enough) • turquoise Pearlex pigment • sky blue Pearlex pigment • white Pearlex pigment • 15cm square blue felt • 3m clear 0.15mm SuppleMax thread • 60 x Light Azore 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 21 x Indicolite 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 15 x Capri Blue 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • silver-plated small cable chain • 2 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • silver-plated medium trigger clasp • silver-plated extension chain

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assorted charms mould mixing cup wooden stirrer plastic spoon sanding block small handheld drill 1.2mm drill bit beading needle round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • sharp scissors

TO CREATE Mix your resin according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Slowly add pigment to the mixture – we have gone for turquoise, mixed with sky blue and white for

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varied tones; add a tiny amount at a time until you have your desired colour. Carefully pour the resin into your moulds – we have chosen a selection of different sizes and shapes. Leave the resin to set for the recommended time (see Fig 1, below). Once the resin has completely set, remove the shapes from the mould. If there are any rough or sharp edges you can lightly sand these with a sanding block or paper.

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JIGSAW BIB NECKLACE

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If you want to create a range of resin pieces with a slight colour variation, start with the palest colour first, adding the darker pigments gradually

drill from the back to the front; you will then get a clean neat hole in the front, and the drill is far less likely to slip as the back of the shape is flat (Fig 3). Once you have drilled all your holes, place your shapes in your chosen layout on a piece of felt, then roughly cut around your design. Using 0.15mm SuppleMax and a beading needle, stitch all the resin shapes onto the felt. Then go back over your design, stitching on Xilion beads to link them together (Fig 4). Using sharp scissors, carefully trim off the excess felt from around the design, approximately 5mm from the edge of your shapes.

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Again using SuppleMax on your needle, go through the last hole of the last shape of your necklace. Add five Xilions and thread on one of your remaining resin shapes. Add a further five Xilions and go back through all the items again to secure. Fasten off the thread (Fig 5). Repeat on the other side of the necklace. Add seven beads in a loop to the other side of the two shapes you have just added shapes. Cut two 14cm lengths of cable chain and thread one through each loop. Fasten the ends together with a 6mm jump ring on each side. Add a trigger clasp to one ring and an extension chain to the other.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here (except felt) are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham); www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 958 8899 Felt squares are available from most local haberdashers

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CBJ16 pp38-39 Birthstone July_CBJ 23/05/2011 10:43 Page 38

BIRTHSTONES JULY

ruby

We continue our series on birthstone jewellery with a closer look at glorious red ruby

JULY

TRADITIONAL RUBY LEAVES NECKLACE

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER TO CREATE

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RUBY BIRTHSTONE FOR... July

SAID TO BESTOW: Good luck, wisdom, love

ABOUT THE STONE: Ruby takes its place as one of the most popular gemstones in the world, being classed as one of the four precious stones

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along with diamond, sapphire and emerald. It scores 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, second only to diamond. It comes from the corundum mineral family (aluminium oxide), to which sapphire also belongs. Corundum is colourless but when combined naturally with other elements and exposed to heat,

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Thread on a single 4mm silver round to hide the wire ends, then create a wrapped loop in

DID YOU KNOW?

Cut a 10cm length of Tigertail wire and thread on five ruby leaves, alternated with 2mm silver rounds. Add seven silver rounds to each side. Cut a 15cm length of Tigertail and thread on nine ruby leaves in the same way, finishing with 10 silver rounds each side. Hold the two beaded strands together and thread three 3mm silver rounds onto each pair of ends, then bring all four ends together through a 4mm silver round.

the top of the headpin, making the loop large enough to accommodate the snake chain.

There is much lore associated with rubies. During the Middle Ages, rubies were seen as prophecy stones and people believed that the gems would darken when danger approached

coloured crystals are formed. Rubies come in a variety of shades ranging from deep, dark wine red through brown-red hues to bright raspberry. Their value is determined first and foremost by their colour with the brightest ‘pigeon blood red’ stones commanding an impressive premium. Clarity, cut and carat also influence the price.

WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE? Ruby’s dramatic colour means you often only need a little to create fabulous, eye-catching jewellery, and it tends to look most striking combined with plain silver findings. The simple design of the ruby necklace here shows off the delicacy of the gemstone leaves. The bolder blossom

MATERIALS • ruby carved leaf briolette beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver 3mm round beads • silver 4mm round beads • silver headpin • tube crimp bead • Tigertail wire • silver snake chain

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

necklace design is created using Swarovski crystals in classic ruby red. There is a wealth of beads available in this colour, giving many affordable alternatives to genuine rubies. Glass and crystal options are generally lighter, brighter and more transparent than the true stone, and choosing faceted varieties will also give them a shimmer or sparkle in the light.


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BIRTHSTONES JULY ALTERNATIVE RUBY RED CRYSTAL BLOSSOM NECKLACE

MATERIALS • 5 x Ruby Swarovski Elements crystal faceted pear briolettes • Ruby Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • silver 1.5mm wire • nylon beading thread • silver twist 16mm ring • silver corrugated oval beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver 3mm round beads • silver 4mm round beads • liquid silver beads • silver crimps • lobster clasp and extension chain • Tigertail wire

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • nylon-jaw pliers • side cutters • scissors

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the centre of the flower. Work your way round the circle to secure the silver ring to the flower. before knotting the ends again. Cut a 15cm length of 1.5mm wire and bend it at 90° about two-thirds of the way along. Form a spiral around the bend, using the long end, until it is large enough to fit very snugly inside the silver ring on the flower.

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between the two petals. Thread it through one of the petal beads and repeat, wrapping the ring and going through

WHERE TO BUY Visit www.thecuriousgem.co.uk for a range of gemstone beads, cut gemstones and silver and gold findings, including the delicate ruby carved leaf briolette beads used here Ruby Swarovski pear briolette beads and Xilion beads are available from www.shineyrocks.co.uk

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the U-bend as shown. Thread the hanger through the flower centre and push it firmly into the ring. Use the nylon thread ends to ‘sew’ the spiral to the flower centre in a couple of places, then securely knot the ends and snip short. Cut a piece of Tigertail to your desired necklace length and thread it with alternating Xilions and liquid silver beads, starting and ending with each clasp component in a crimp-secured loop. The flower pendant should be threaded on centrally, with a corrugated oval bead followed by a 4mm, a 3mm and a 2mm silver round on each side.

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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SEW ALL THREAD Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: £1.35

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Play the scarlet woman in vivid ruby red with these sizzling buys

Stockist: The Bead Trail www.thebeadtrail.co.uk Tel: 01606 884127 RRP: £6.99 for 100 6 5

15X10MM SIAM GLASS TWIST BEADS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com RRP: 55p for 10

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6MM RUBY WINE FACETED BEADS Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: £2.95 for 100

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15MM SIAM RUBY VIGA BEADS Stockist: The Bead Cellar www.thebeadcellar.co.uk Tel: 01409 231442 RRP: £2.50 for 25

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GLOBAL JEWELLERY INSPIRED BY TRAVEL

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We all return from holidays laden with stories and photographs, but why not make a jewellery piece to capture your experiences? Whether you head home with a suitcase crammed with souvenirs, a few local beads in your backpack, or just a head full of ideas, you can create something that really tells a tale. There is inspiration everywhere when travelling, from the history and culture to the flora and fauna, the architecture to the clothes, a turquoise sea or a mountain sunset – as our designers show with these personal projects from around the globe

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GLOBAL JEWELLERY INSPIRED BY TRAVEL GRECIAN COLLAR

MEL BROOKE DESIGNER

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TO CREATE Make the central wire elements by first cutting three 16cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Turn a loop on the ends of each one. Use flat-nosed pliers to bend the wire of each element

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TRAVEL NOTES I have always found the Greek Islands full of artful inspiration, steeped as they are in historical sites, museums and traditions. On the beaches the heat of the sun, the delicious turquoise sea and deep blue skies always seem such a sharp contrast to the shady olive groves and dusty ruins that hint of a dynamic civilisation and decadence since lost. Often, on the fringes of the bustling holiday resorts, you find the amphitheatres, stone pillars, mosaics and ceramics that carry the essence of Greek history – all of them great inspiration for creating jewellery. In addition to the obvious wealth of historical artefacts, there are also superstitions, myths and folklore with which to stir your muse. A quick, easy and accurate method of

around one end loop, and keep turning to begin to make a Grecian geometric shape. After several turns, make a loop on one side by wrapping the wire around the barrel of round-nosed pliers in the keeping note of your inspirational moments can come via a quick click of your digital camera, or perhaps a small notebook and pencil tucked in a bag – ever ready for you to quickly sketch out the idea you want to pursue on your return home! Local postcards are another way of helping to keep a mental picture of the area, and of course a few of the kitsch little gifts you find everywhere, such as picture playing cards, ceramic figurines, patterned tiles and the plethora of ‘evil eye’ necklaces and bracelets. It is this mix of memories and souvenirs that have helped inspire this necklace project, with its deep blue sky-coloured beads, geometric Greek-style wire elements and age-old collar style.

middle, then continue. Opposite the loop, make a second loop to finish. Try to make all three elements the same size. If you have the tools, they can be hammered lightly on a block to both harden the wire and give the element an ‘antiqued’ appearance. Cut a 38cm length of Tigertail. Thread a 4mm jump ring onto it, slide it to the centre and bend the wire in half. Slide both ends of the Tigertail through a small crimp bead so that it sits on top of the jump ring. Add a seed bead, then separate the strands and add beads to each side, bringing both together through a single bead every so often. When the beaded strand is around 16cm long, thread both ends of the Tigertail through a calotte and a crimp bead. Pull the ends to take up the tension slightly, then squash the crimp, trim the wire and close the calotte. Repeat to make a second beaded strand.

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Next, thread four blue flat round glass beads individually onto eyepins. Trim the ends and make loops the same size on the other side. Hold both loops with pliers to make sure they sit the same way up each side of the beads. Attach one of the blue wired beads to the small jump ring on one of the ends of the beaded strands. Use a 4mm jump ring to connect the other side of the bead to a loop on one of the wire elements. Repeat three times so that all the wire elements are connected for the centre of the necklace. Connect the last blue wired bead to the second beaded strand via the small jump ring on the end as before. Open a 16mm jump ring and thread it through the 4mm jump rings each side of one of the wired flat round

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• silver-plated 0.8mm wire • Tigertail, beading wire • 22 x white 6mm matte rounds • 16 x blue flat glass rounds • seed beads • eyepins • calottes • 4mm jump rings • 7mm jump rings • 10mm jump rings • 16mm jump rings

TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • hammer and bench block (optional)

blue beads in the centre of the necklace. Close it so that it ‘frames’ the bead. Repeat for all four flat blue beads. Cut a short length of 0.8mm wire and make a crook shape with loops on each end. Hammer it lightly if you have a hammer and bench block. Attach the crook shape clasp to a calotte with 10mm and 7mm linked jump rings. Use a 7mm jump ring to attach a 10mm jump ring to the calotte on the other side of the necklace.

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

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GLOBAL JEWELLERY INSPIRED BY TRAVEL VIVA VESUVIO! NECKLACE

GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER

TO CREATE Slightly open the ‘eye’ on an eyepin, slip on a coin, then close. Use flat-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, 27mm from the eye. Trim to 7mm using side cutters and roll into a loop with round-nosed pliers, slipping the loop onto a split ring before fully closing. Attach two more coin dangles to this split ring, turning the loop 15mm away from the eye on one and 10mm away from the eye on the other. Make five more coin clusters in the same way. Put two Citrine 6mm Xilions to one side and make wrapped loop dangles with the remainder. Slip a Xilion onto a headpin, grip with round-nosed pliers 2mm from the bead to allow space for the wrap, bend the pin

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TRAVEL NOTES An idyllic trip to the Bay of Naples inspired this striking necklace. The region’s stunning scenery is dominated from every angle by the menacing presence of the active volcano Vesuvius, the world heritage site of Pompeii, the glittering azure sea and colourful lemon and olive groves. The tragedy that destroyed Pompeii in 79AD, when Vesuvius erupted, left the city buried and forgotten until it, and its perfectly preserved Roman treasures, were rediscovered in 1599. This necklace combines rugged black lava beads representing Vesuvius, a pendant in the style of Roman architecture, coins signifying the sophisticated city of Pompeii and sparkling Swarovski Elements Xilions in the citrus, green and aqua shades of the land and sea.

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has looped through the toggle loop too). Push the crimp up to the wire guardian and squash using chain-nosed pliers. Slip a crimp cover around the crimp bead and then gently squeeze it closed with chain-nosed pliers. Thread a 6mm lava bead and a Bali disc onto the Beadalon.

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Repeat 13 times. Thread on a 12mm lava bead, a cap (widest side first), a split ring cluster and a cap (narrowest side first). Repeat twice, then thread on a 12mm lava bead, a cap (widest part first), a 6mm Citrine Xilion, a 6mm lava bead, the split ring with the Sunray dangle, a 6mm

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away from you by 90°, rotate the pliers away from you by 90° and pull the pin back towards you to form a loop. Grip the loop with round-nosed pliers and grip the end of the pin with chain-nosed pliers. Wrap the wire around the gap a couple of times and tuck in the trimmed end with chain-nosed pliers. Wind seven Xilion dangles onto each coin cluster split ring. Cut a 20cm length of Artistic Wire and make a wrapped loop at the end, slipping on the pear pendant before completing the wrap.

Thread a 6mm lava bead, a 4mm Xilion, the Sunray square, a 4mm Xilion and a 6mm lava bead onto the wire. Make another wrapped loop close up to the beads, slipping on a split ring before completing the wrap. Cut 70cm of Beadalon and slip a crimp bead onto the end. Pass the Beadalon through one side of a wire guardian. Hook the wire guardian onto the hole in the toggle bar. Pass the Beadalon down through the other side of the wire guardian and back through the crimp bead, leaving a short tail that will be tucked into the first few beads (ensure the Beadalon

Make matching earrings using a coin and Xilion cluster attached to an eyepin, threaded with two caps and a 12mm lava bead and then hung from an ear wire

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


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component, another silver rondelle and another turquoise bead, and make another wrapped loop. Slightly curve this piece. Cut an 8” piece of wire and thread on four turquoise beads. Curve it around to create a loop, and wrap twice round the wrapped loop to secure. Thread on a silver rondelle and pass the wire through the turquoise loop. The silver rondelle should be sitting centrally in the turquoise circle. Make a wrapped loop between the second and third turquoise beads. Turn over the turquoise circle and thread another silver rondelle onto the back. Wrap around the loop between the first and forth turquoise beads once more to secure. Thread on four more turquoise beads, make a circle and

3 lava bead, a 6mm Xilion and a cap (narrowest side first). Repeat the lava bead-cap-cluster-cap sequence to match the other side, finishing with another lava bead.

Thread on a Bali disc and a 6mm lava bead. Repeat 13 times. Complete the necklace as for the first side, using the remaining toggle circle.

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SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

NATIVE AMERICAN FEATHER EARRINGS TO CREATE

MATERIALS • 32 x black 6mm lava beads • 8 x black 12mm lava beads • 28 x antique silver Bali spacer discs • 14 x silvery 8mm bead caps • Sunray acrylic jumbo square • 18 x antique silver confetti coin dangles • Light Topaz 16mm Swarovski Elements pear pendant • 2 x Citrine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 8 x Citrine 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 6 x Sunflower 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Jonquil 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 6 x Peridot 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Khaki 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads

• 6 x Pacific Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 6 x Indicolite 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Light Azore 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 18 x antique silver 2” eyepins • 42 x antique silver 2” thin headpins • 7 x antique silver split rings • antique silver hammered drop toggle • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • 2 x silver-plated 3mm crimp covers • 2 x silver-plated wire guardians • bright 7-strand Beadalon beading wire • silver 20-gauge Artistic Wire

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

Trim the stems of the feathers to neaten them and make them even in length. Put a dab of glue inside a cord end and push the base of one of the feathers into it. Crush the cord end tightly round the feather with flat-nosed pliers. Attach a 6mm jump ring to the top of the cord end. Cut a 2” piece of wire and make a wrapped loop at one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread on a turquoise bead, a silver rondelle, the feather

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wrap at the top, then repeat Steps 4 and 5. Attach the feather and turquoise component from Step 2 to each side of the turquoise and silver component from Step 6, using two 4mm jump rings. Attach an ear wire to the central loop in the turquoise and silver component. Repeat to create the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • 20 x turquoise 5mm beads • 8 x silvertone 4x6mm rondelle spacers • silver-plated 0.4mm wire • 2 x turquoise feathers • 2 x silvertone cord ends • 4 x silvertone 4mm jump rings • 2 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silvertone ear wires

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

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk; 0845 224 0843

TRAVEL NOTES My inspiration came from a silver and turquoise bangle my husband gave me as a gift whilst we were travelling around the world! We actually bought it in Sydney but I remember the shop was full of exquisite pieces of North American Indian jewellery. The bangle is formed from chunky oxidised silver, has turquoise inlays and is etched with feather designs all over it. I was awoken to the beauty of turquoise and silver when used together and this started my passion for North American Indian jewellery designs.

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ZULU BEADWORK BRACELET

KATE ELDRIDGE DESIGNER

different to those being used in this project) and stitch through it again to secure. Pick up eight background colour beads – all of Row 1 on the pattern, shown opposite. Then pick up one more bead (the first bead of Row 2) and stitch it to the previous bead using a ladder stitch (see Fig 1). Pick up the seven remaining beads in Row 2 and ladder stitch the last bead to the corresponding bead on Row 1 (Fig 2). Pick up the first bead of Row 3 and ladder

2 TO CREATE On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a stop bead (any bead that is

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stitch it to the previous bead. Then pick up the remaining seven beads of Row 3 – making sure you pick them up in the correct order according to the pattern – and ladder stitch the last bead to the corresponding bead on the previous row (Fig 3). Continue adding rows in this way, following the beading pattern provided. Once you get to the end of the pattern you can stitch back down the length of the bracelet to reinforce your beadwork, and

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Before becoming a bead shop owner, I was fortunate enough to travel extensively through parts of Africa, the Middle East, and North, Central and South America. I worked as a tour leader for an overland travel company in eastern and southern Africa, which was exciting, inspirational and great fun! I have a deep-rooted passion for Africa – the landscapes, the people and the animals – and great admiration for the skill of Masai or Zulu bead workers. When I see a tribal pattern that I like in the bright, primary colours favoured and worn so well by African women, but that don’t suit me or fit with my wardrobe, what I do is try to envisage the pattern or design in my head and switch the colours used to those I tend to wear, or that I see in high-street fashion. Here, I have recreated a very traditional African triangle pattern in primary colours and then experimented with versions in lovely bright spring colours and more summery pastel shades – even changing the background so that it looks completely different.

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stop bead, stitch in the tail ends of your thread and stitch on a clasp.

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to make it firmer. Once you have finished remove the

MATERIALS • 3g size 11 cylinder beads for the background • 2g size 11 cylinder beads for the outlines • 1g size 11 cylinder beads in four different colours for the triangles • 2-strand slider clasp or similar

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GLOBAL JEWELLERY INSPIRED BY TRAVEL BEAD WEAVING PATTERN

Background: Toho Treasures Silver lined Milky White (2100) Outlines: Toho Treasures Dark Blue lined Aqua (932) Triangles: Toho Treasures Light Aqua Ceylon Pearl (920), Royal Purple Metallic (461), Caribbean lined Crystal (781) and Bright Rapberry lined Crystal (785)

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Background: Toho Treasures Coral Light Ceylon Pearl (905) Outlines: Coral Dark Ceylon Pearl (906) Triangles: Aiko Lime Galvanised Matte (560F), Baby Pink lined Crystal (780), Aquamarine AB (163) and Buttercup Yellow Ceylon Pearl (903)

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This pattern can also be worked in square stitch if you would prefer a much more solid beadwork bracelet – but be warned, it will take much longer!

Always use a new thread to stitch on a clasp so that, should the clasp come off (these stitches are the ones that are put under the most pressure when your jewellery is being worn), you won’t lose any beads

The thicker the thread you use, or the more thread passes you make, the stiffer your bracelet will be – I found that using a doubledover length of beading thread and reinforcing the bracelet made it nice and firm whilst still pliable. You could also use a nylon thread to make it firmer

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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GLOBAL JEWELLERY INSPIRED BY TRAVEL SPARKLING SEAS NECKLACE

DONNA MCKEAN DESIGNER

TO CREATE Thread a selection of beads onto a headpin and make a loop at the top to secure. Repeat to create approximately 12 assorted headpins – you can use 2mm beads each side of your larger beads for a more delicate finish. Place the remainder of the beads onto short lengths of wire and turn a loop at the top and bottom. These are then attached to the headpin loops to create a double drop. You can create a triple-wrapped bead for the centre by making a wrapped loop at the bottom of a 6” piece of wire, threading three beads onto the wire and creating a wrapped loop at the top of the beads. Then sweep the wire down and round the first bead, bring the wire round the back of the bead and sweep it

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down over the second bead. Repeat for the third bead and add a wrapped loop at the bottom to secure. Make sure you allow enough space to get your wire wrapping round your beads – you can always add an extra wrap at the bottom if you have left too much space, but if you don’t leave enough it is difficult to secure the wire. To create a wire spiral on your heart bead, make a loop at the bottom of a 3” piece of wire, thread on the heart bead and

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make a wrapped loop at the top, leaving the extra wire sweeping down onto the bead. Turn a loop at the end of the wire and continue to spiral it up to create a swirl on the front of your bead. You can now arrange your beads onto your chain links. Open either the links or the top loops on the headpins to attach them, and make sure they are positioned so they fall in a natural drop from the chain. To finish your necklace, cut your

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required length of suede (remember that fastenings will add around 1”) and secure a box closure to each end. Attach the suede directly to the end links of the chain or use a jump ring. If you require a clasp, cut the suede in half at the top and add a further box closure, jump ring and lobster claw.

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• 2 x 8mm diamante beads • 22 x turquoise 4mm crystal bicones • 6 x turquoise 6mm crystal bicones • 5 x turquoise 4mm glass beads • 10 x turquoise 6mm glass pearls • 2 x turquoise 8mm glass hearts • 2 x diamanté 6mm rondelles • 2 x turquoise Fimo flowers • 8 x silver-plated 2mm metal beads • heart charm • turquoise suede • 12 x silver-plated short headpins • silver-plated 0.9mm wire • silver chain • 4 x box closures • 2 x 5mm jump rings • lobster clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw pliers (essential for straightening wire)

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EMILY KERSH DESIGNER

Attach two bell clusters to this side. Attach both lengths of chain to each end using thick jump rings, then measure around your neck and cut to length, allowing about 2.5cm for the clasp and jump rings. If you like, you can make the rope chain slightly longer, so it falls a little way from the belcher chain. Attach the box clasp using thin jump rings.

7 MATERIALS • violet flower hand-painted 26mm glass disc bead • 2 x purple passion flower hand-painted 17mm glass puffed disc beads • 18 x Peacock 5-6mm freshwater potato pearls • 6 x Padparadscha 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Crystal AB Satin 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Bronze Shade 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 6 x Vintage Gold 6mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x yellow 12mm Fimo flower beads • red 15mm Fimo rose • 2 x gold 20mm cluster bells • 6 x champagne-plated 25mm headpins • 2 x gold-plated 4mm wire guardians • 2 x gold-plated 2mm tube crimps • gilt-plated 0.8mm square craft wire • 0.5m gold-plated belcher chain (9 links per inch) • 0.5m gold-plated steel rope chain • gold-plated 15mm oval filigree box clasp • 10 x gold 7mm thick jump rings • 4 x gold 7mm thin jump rings • 1m gold 19-strand 0.015” Beadalon wire

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

TO CREATE First, make the six gold coils. Cut a 10cm piece of wire and, using the tip of your round-nosed pliers, make a loop, stopping when the wire touches itself. Place the loop flat inside your flat-nosed pliers, making sure the tail of the wire curves away from you. Hold the pliers firmly in one hand and press the thumb of your other hand against the wire, right up at the loop. Keep pressing with your thumb and rotate your other hand away from you. Continue in this way and your coil will soon start to form – stop when you are happy with the size. To make the loop, use flat-nosed pliers to bend the wire away from your coil, cut the end to around 1cm and use round-nosed pliers to turn a loop. To make the centre piece, cut a longer piece of wire – around

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15cm – and make a coil as before. Then thread on the large painted disc and a Swarovski pearl before making a wrapped loop. Attach thick jump rings to all the coils and centre piece. Thread all six Padparadscha Xilions individually onto 25mm headpins and make a loop at the top of each pin, leaving a gap of at least 1cm above the crystal. Place a crimp and wire guardian onto your Beadalon, then thread the end back through the crimp. Push the crimp right up to the wire guardian and squeeze it shut with flat-nosed pliers so you have some wire coming through the end. Thread on a Swarovski pearl (onto both bits of wire), Bronze Shade Xilion, yellow Fimo flower, red Fimo rose, yellow Fimo flower, Bronze Shade Xilion and Swarovski pearl.

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Thread on two freshwater pearls, then a headpin. Repeat twice, and after the third headpin add a pearl then a coil, two pearls, a coil, a Crystal AB Satin Xilion, a puffed disc, a Crystal AB Satin Xilion, a coil, a Swarovski pearl and your centre piece. Now repeat the pattern until you get to the last Swarovski pearl and Bronze Shade Xilion. Thread on a crimp and a wire guardian and pass the Beadalon back through the crimp and through the last two Swarovski beads. Pull so there is no wire showing, squeeze the crimp and cut off any excess wire.

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TRAVEL NOTES I love Spanish culture, having lived there for a few years. I took my inspiration from the traditional Spanish gypsy style – the decorative patterns on the caravans and the vibrant colours of the flamenco dresses. The Spanish culture is passionate and they have a zest for life, love, food and parties, and their own style in clothes, using an old hippy style with modern influences – this is great inspiration for creating exciting, unusual jewellery.

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JEWELLERY PMC PENDANTS

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SAMANTHA BERMAN DESIGNER

PMC is the perfect medium for creating beautiful classic silver pendants with stunning detail and a unique twist. Here Samantha Berman takes inspiration from nature, while on page 57 Lindsey Hopkins designs a necklace to show off the pieces in their full glory

FEATHER PENDANT

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Proficiency, she runs workshops in the Hertfordshire area to introduce other jewellery makers to the material, and loves watching their faces as the clay is transformed into pure silver!

or these pieces, I have made three different styles featuring heavy texture and shape, concentrating solely on nature. The first uses a texture mat and cutters to create a gorgeous feather-effect pendant with an interesting wrap-over bail and patination to bring out the design. The

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second has been created with a flower cutter and double layering to create a lovely multi-petal flower with syringing as a focal point. The third uses two-part silicone moulding putty to take a beautiful imprint of a broken shell, and then incorporates unique turquoise chippings to give the feel of the sea.


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JEWELLERY PMC PENDANTS

Lightly grease anything that will come into contact with the metal clay (including your hands), with the exception of the Teflon sheet. Roll the clay in your hands and place on your texture sheet. Roll the clay with a roller, starting with 10

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playing cards on each side and taking them down two at a time until you have no fewer than four cards either side. Ensure that your cards stay on the texture sheet either side of the clay at all times. Lightly grease another texture sheet for the top side of the clay and roll this onto the clay, making sure it is also on top of the playing cards, which must stay in place. Lightly grease a cutter or craft knife and cut out the shape required. If the clay becomes stuck in the

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TO CREATE Following Step 1 of the Essential Technique above, roll out a length of PMC to five cards thick. You can either roll the clay on a piece of

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MATERIALS • PMC • PMC paste • 2 x silver jump rings

TOOLS • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • drinking straw • Teflon sheet • badger balm or olive oil • texture stamp or sheet • roller • playing cards • water spray • paintbrush • clay shaping tool • oblong cutters or tissue blade • hand drill • various sanding pads, sanding papers and burnishers

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Teflon or choose to roll it on a texture, such as leather. As you want a long piece of PMC for the oblong shape, start by rolling it in your hands into a snake shape. Texture the front of the clay following Step 2 of the Essential Technique and ensuring you apply enough pressure for the texture to appear on the clay. Remove the texture sheet. Referring to Step 3 of the Essential Technique, cut your oblong shape from the clay. You will also need to cut another smaller shape, which will be rolled around a drinking straw. Place your larger oblong

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cutter, dampen your brush with water and gently push it down the edge of the cutter to lever out the clay, making sure you don’t put any indentations into it. Use a clay shaper or metal tool to smooth the sides of the clay and shape to your liking. Set aside to dry, which will take 12-24 hours for air drying, depending on your room temperature. For faster drying, try a food dehydrator, a hot plate on a cool setting with the clay placed on a piece of Teflon, or an oven or kiln at a very low temperature.

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shape on some Teflon paper to dry. Take the smaller piece of PMC and place it around a straw so that the two ends join with sufficient overlap to allow you to drill holes once the piece has dried. Take some PMC paste and, using a paintbrush, apply it to the clay to stick the two edges together. You may need to slightly trim the edges with a tissue blade so that they are equal. Leave to dry. Once the outside has dried, carefully remove the straw so that the inside can also dry properly. Once the two PMC pieces are completely dry, take a small hand drill and

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Once dry, begin the sanding process. This can be the most important stage of the whole process, so take as long as necessary to ensure the piece is fully sanded. For a mirror finish, the seven-stage coloured sanding papers are excellent. You can also put holes in your pieces at this stage with a hand drill or craft knife. Fire your piece, either in a kiln or with a butane torch, and, using a soft-bristle brush with soap and water, brush the piece until you see matte silver, then burnish to reach the finished

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TOOLS • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • Teflon sheet • Badger Balm or olive oil • texture sheets of your choice (shallow for the back) • roller • playing cards • water spray • brush • clay-shaping tool • shaped cutters or craft knife • hand drill (if required) • various sanding pads, sanding papers and burnishers

shiny result. When burnishing, do not use anything sharp as this will scratch the silver.

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drill the holes (two on each piece, side by side) – mark these first with a pencil to ensure that they all match. Very carefully sand the pieces with sanding pads and papers, making sure you do not sand any of the texture away. Once sanding is complete, fire your pieces either in a kiln or using a torch. Use a brass bristle brush and soapy water to bring the pendant up to a matte finish, then various burnishers as required to shine the pendant (see Step 6 of the Essential Technique). Using two silver jump rings, carefully attach the bail section to the top of the main pendant.

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JEWELLERY PMC PENDANTS DOUBLE LAYERED FLOWER PENDANT

TO CREATE

MATERIALS • PMC • PMC paste • silver small petal charms • 7 x silver small jump rings • silver large jump ring

TOOLS • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • PMC syringe • drinking straw • Teflon sheet • badger balm or olive oil • roller • playing cards • water spray • paintbrush • clay shaping tool • flower cutter • snake roller • various sanding pads, sanding papers and burnishers • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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Following Step 1 of the Essential Technique on page 55, roll out a length of PMC to five cards thick. You can either roll the clay on a piece of Teflon or choose to roll it on a texture, such as leather. As you want a circular piece of PMC for the flower shape, start by rolling it into a ball in the palm of your hand. Grease your cutter and cut into the clay to create the flower shape, referring to Step 3 of the Essential Technique. Repeat to create a second flower, smoothing any rough edges on both shapes. You now need to paste your flower shapes together to give

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an abundance of petals. Place a generous amount of paste on your paintbrush and apply it to both pieces of clay, sticking them together when you are ready. You may want to put a little design on the flower at this point. Leave your flower to dry. To make the bail, take your snake roller and some clay and roll the clay into a snake. When it has reached the desired length, press down on the clay to form a strip. Now take your dried flower pendant and turn it over so that you are looking at the back. Place a drinking straw horizontally near the top of the pendant,

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and position the strip of clay vertically over the straw and onto the back of the flower. Once you are happy with the arrangement (the straw must be close to the top of the pendant, so check it hasn’t moved), use your paintbrush and a generous amount of paste to adhere the strip to the reverse side of the flower. Use a clay shaper to make all the joins nice and neat, then leave to dry. Once the outside of the bail is dry, remove the straw so that the inside is able to dry properly. Once the whole piece is completely dry, very carefully sand it with sanding

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pads and papers, ensuring that you do not sand any of the texture away. Once sanding is complete, you can fire your piece either in a kiln or using a torch. Use a brass bristle brush and soapy water to bring the pendant up to a matte finish, then various burnishers as required to shine. Make a dangle by connecting a ‘chain’ of seven small jump rings, adding two petal-shaped charms to each one as you secure it. Add an extra jump ring with two petals to the top one for volume, and attach the whole dangle to your bail using a large jump ring.

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JEWELLERY PMC PENDANTS TO CREATE Take equal quantities of the two components of the silicone moulding putty and blend in your hands until you achieve an even colour. Take your chosen shell and press it into the putty so that the entire textured side of the shell is covered. Leave to set for approximately 10 minutes. Once the putty has set, remove the shell to reveal the texture. Lubricate the shell and the set putty with badger balm or olive oil. Referring to Step 1 of the Essential Technique on page 55, roll your clay to the thickness of four stacked playing cards. Gently place the clay into the putty

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and press the shell on top so that you create a double-sided texture. Holding the shell in place and using a craft knife, carefully trim away any excess clay at the edges and return it to the packet. Remove the clay from the putty mould, still on the shell, and leave it to dry. Once it has started to dry, remove it from the shell so that the underside dries as well. Once the pendant is completely dry, sand around the edges, ensuring that you don’t sand the textured area. Now use a hand drill to make one hole at the top of the shell and four holes in your desired position along the bottom of the shell. Fire the shell by torch or kiln.

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Once it is cool, brush, burnish and shine the shell. Thread assorted turquoise chips onto four ball headpins and turn a wrapped loop at the top of each pin. Attach to the shell using jump rings, and add a thick jump ring to the hole at the top for attaching to your chain or stringing material.

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PMC two-part silicone putty turquoise chips 4 x silver ball headpins 4 x silver jump rings silver thick jump ring

TOOLS • laminated A4 paper or other non-stick surface • shell • Teflon sheet • playing cards

PMC & TWISTED SEED BEAD NECKLACE

• badger balm or olive oil • roller • craft knife • water spray • paintbrush • clay shaping tool • various sanding pads, sanding papers and burnishers • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Cut three equal lengths of nylon and secure each through the same calotte using crimps. Feed a random assortment of seed beads onto the first length and secure through a second calotte using a crimp. Repeat the process for the other two lengths of nylon, adding the finished PMC pendant centrally to one strand. Close the calottes and add a jump ring to each one. Attach a clasp to one of the jump rings. Twist the necklace as desired and attach the second jump ring to the clasp to secure.

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MATERIALS • assorted size 11 seed beads • silver-grey small pearl beads • beading nylon • calottes • crimps • silver jump rings

• silver clasp

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • crimping pliers (optional) • side cutters

A simple twisted seed bead necklace like this is perfect for showcasing any of these pendants. It adds colour and interest while still allowing the beautiful PMC pieces to take centre stage.The pearls give a subtle shimmer and their presence, along with the seed bead colours I have chosen here, maintain the nature theme.

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e have £50 vouchers to give away to 10 lucky readers this issue, courtesy of Empire Beads. As a winner, you are able to take your pick from the amazing selection of products available from the Empire Beads online shop – so remember to send your email address! Empire Beads began over 30 years ago and is now one of Australasia’s largest and most respected suppliers of beading and jewellery materials,

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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 BEAD MIX...

...is an opulent selection of golden shades and sparkling blues, conjuring up images of perfect sandy beaches and clear skies! All the beads and findings included in the mix were supplied by www.jillybeads.co.uk

LINDSEY SAYS… I loved the Egyptian-style colouring of this bead mix – the natural tones mixed with cool blue and rich gold were a definite delight to work with, and I opted to create a three-part set that could be worn together

LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

KNOTTED BRACELET

TO CREATE Tie a knot in a length of cord and feed your first bead onto it. Feed the second bead onto the cord, hold it approximately 1cm from the first bead, and knot around it to hold it in position.

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Repeat for the entire length of the bracelet cord, knotting the two ends together and trimming the cord to finish.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • cord

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

EGYPTIAN COOL NECKLACE

TO CREATE Decide on your bead pattern and lay out the beads in order on a bead mat. Tie a knot in the end of a length of cord and feed all your beads onto it in your desired sequence. Secure the two ends by tying them together in a knot, then trim any excess cord.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • cord

TOOLS • sharp scissors • bead mat

EGYPTIAN COOL EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a seed bead onto a headpin and add your chosen sequence of beads. Turn a loop in the end of the pin and attach it to an ear wire. Thread a seed bead and another bead onto a second headpin, then turn a loop in the end and attach it to the ear wire. Repeat to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • seed beads • headpins • ear wires

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk; 01524 412728

GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER

GILL SAYS… What a gorgeous selection of beads! They immediately conjured up images of sandy beaches, twinkling Pacific seas and beachcombed treasures. The beautifully complementary natural tones and balanced shapes inspired me to create these casual surfer-style pieces. The eclectic combination of chunky ethnic-style beads and sparkling crystals, along with natural shell and wood, are perfect partners for natural hemp cord, my chosen stringing material. Some simple knotting and crocheting continues this homespun, rustic theme.

SURF’S UP NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut three 70cm lengths of 10lb

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MATERIALS hemp in assorted shades. Starting in the middle of each strand and working outwards, knot clusters of chips and wood onto one, shell and seeds on another and mixed glass and golden spacers onto the remainder (use overhand knots at each side of the clusters). You will need to thread the beading needle onto the hemp to pass it through the beads with smaller holes. The overall length of each beaded area should be 50cm. Trim away any excess. Using a reel of 10lb hemp, thread on a selection of 10-12 small beads, using the needle if necessary. Push them down the hemp a short way.

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Form the end of the hemp into a loop. Insert your crochet hook through the loop, catch the long end of the hemp with the hook and pull it through the loop. Repeat until it measures 5cm. Push a bead up to the hook and pull it through with the hemp to incorporate it into the next stitch. Continue in this way until the work measures 50cm. Work two 20cm lengths of crocheted single chain stitches using 20lb hemp. Trim the starting tail to 8mm. Leave a tail of 10cm at the end. Lay the ends of the four beaded strands in the U-shape of an

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end fastener. Don’t cover the loop. Add the short end of the 20lb strand in the opposite direction. Bend over each side of the fastener in turn using flat-nosed pliers, to secure the strands. Repeat on the other side. Tightly knot the crocheted end of a strand onto the loop of one of the toggle ends, next to the crocheting. Tie an overhand knot 5mm from the toggle, slip on a bead of your choice, tie another knot close to the bead and trim the hemp, leaving a tail of 2cm. Repeat for the other side of the necklace. Make 10 dangles by threading Xilion beads individually onto

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• Bead Challenge bead mix • assorted aqua 10lb natural hemp cord • assorted aqua 20lb natural hemp cord • end fasteners • headpins • toggle

TOOLS • sharp scissors • collapsible beading needle • crochet hook • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

headpins. Bend each pin over at 90° using flat-nosed pliers, trim to 7mm using side cutters, and roll into a loop with round-nosed pliers, slipping it onto the loop of one of the end fasteners before fully closing. Attach five to each loop.


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3 WAYS CHALLENGE SHIFTING SANDS BRACELET

TO CREATE Cut a 50cm length of hemp, trimming the very end at an angle to make the beads thread more easily. Choose a symmetrical bead design to measure 12cm. Thread your selected beads onto the hemp. Allow the beads to fall to the centre of the hemp, so that the length of unbeaded cord is equal on both sides. Lay it in a circle shape, with the unbeaded lengths lying parallel (like train tracks). Pass the right end under the left, then pass it back under and over itself and through the loop that has been made. Repeat using the left strand, passing

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • natural 10lb hemp cord • silver-plated 2” eyepins • silver-plated 5mm end fasteners • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires

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

it under the right, back under and over itself and through the loop. This is an adjustable slip knot, which can be loosened to slip over the wrist and

tightened to secure. Slip a larger bead onto each of the hemp ends. Tie an overhand knot in each end, 1.5cm from the slip

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • natural 20lb hemp cord

TOOLS • sharp scissors

HOOK & LINE EARRINGS

TO CREATE Layer up a pleasing selection of beads on an eyepin. Bend the pin over by 90° using flat-nosed pliers, trim to 7mm. and roll into a loop with round-nosed pliers. Ensure both ‘eyes’ are tightly closed. Cut two 10cm lengths of hemp. Pass one though one of the eyepin loops. Tie an overhand knot, sliding it tightly up to the eyepin. Repeat on the other side. Bring all four ends together, trim to 3.5cm from the knot and lay them in the U-shape of an end fastener (leave the loop exposed). Fold over each side in turn, using flat-nosed pliers. Slightly open the loop on an ear wire,

knot. Thread a seed bead from the mix onto each end. Tie another knot, sliding it closely up to the bead. Trim both ends 2cm from the knot.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE TO CREATE To create the 19cm Sky strand, start by securing a lobster clasp into a loop in the end of a length of Tigertail, using a crimp. Thread a mix of Indian glass and turquoise chip beads onto the wire, alternating them with 2mm silver rounds. Finish the other end with a loop and crimp, securing a four-link length of silver chain onto the loop. Add a lobster clasp to the end of the chain using a jump ring. To create the 9cm Sand strand, start with two links of chain

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Blue skies, sun, sand and sea – perfect! I wanted to create some easy-to-wear projects with this lovely beach-inspired bead collection that would be suitable for both day and night holiday attire.The two slip-on necklaces can have a clasp added if you want a shorter design.

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TO CREATE Thread three headpins with 2mm silver beads, seed beads and a crystal bicone. Finish the end of each pin with a wrapped loop, securing a jump ring through it. Fix a jump ring through the loop on three shell charms and three fish charms.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • turquoise 1mm cotton cord • silver fish charms • silver shell charms • silver 2mm beads • silver 4mm beads • 3 x silver headpins • lobster clasp and extension chain • silver 5mm jump rings • silver tube crimps • silver clam calottes

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

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Cut a 25cm length of cord, thread on a calotte, fix a crimp onto the very end, then close the calotte over the crimp. Tie a knot in the cord, then add a Kashmiri bead with a silver 4mm round, a crystal rondelle and a silver 4mm round on each side. Tie a knot snug to the silver bead, then another knot about 5mm away. Thread on a 4mm silver round and add two charms and a beaded headpin, then add another silver round before tying a knot so the charm jump rings are secured but not tightly bunched. Repeat the knotting and beading process for the central section, ‘sandwiching’ your Kashmiri pattern section between plain wooden beads. Ensure you add

on a Tigertail loop, and fix a lobster clasp to the end using a jump ring. Thread the Tigertail with wooden beads and beaded metal rounds, alternated with 2mm and 4mm silver rounds. Finish with 25 links of chain, a jump ring and a lobster clasp. To create the 12cm Sea strand, start with 14 links of chain on a Tigertail loop and fix a lobster clasp to

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the end using a jump ring. Thread the wire with three large seed-beaded beads and Indian glass discs, alternated with 2mm and 4mm silver rounds. Finish with 14 links of chain, a jump ring and a lobster clasp. Attach the beaded lengths to the large silver rings using the lobster clasps. Finish by adding a length of chain between the two rings so

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Bead Challenge bead mix large oval-link chain 2 x silver large rings silver 2mm beads silver 4mm beads 7-strand Tigertail wire silver crimp beads 5mm jump rings 6 x silver lobster clasps

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

that the necklace can easily be slipped on and off over the head.

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SEALIFE BRACELET a 4mm silver round beside each knot and keep the spacing of the beaded segments the same length. Repeat the charms and the Kashmiri segments again, then finish in the same way you started with a

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crimp and clam calotte. Remove the drop bead from the end of the extension chain and hang your remaining charms and headpin from the end. Attach this to one clam calotte on your bracelet and fix a lobster clasp at the other end.

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SKY, SAND & WATER THREE-STRAND NECKLACE

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE SUMMER LOVING NECKLACE

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x silver headpins • silver 2mm beads • silver 4mm beads • 7-strand Tigertail wire • silver crimp beads • silver crimp covers

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position with a crimp either side and cover the crimps with crimp cover beads. Add four more seed beads each side of the central one in the same way, with a 17mm gap. Leave another 17mm gap on each side and add a silver crimp and crimp cover. Thread on Czech glass

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WIN THIS ISSUE’S BEAD MIX Have a go at our Bead Challenge yourself! To enter, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J16 Bead Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 7th July 2011

three seed beads, a crystal bicone and a seed bead, alternated with silver rounds. Thread both Tigertail ends together through a 4mm silver round, a Czech glass bead and a crimp. Set the crimp and fix a cover bead over it. Working on one end of the Tigertail, add seven seed beads alternated with 2mm rounds.

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Finish with a crystal bicone, a 2mm silver round and a crimp bead. Thread the Tigertail through the eye of a heart drop, then form a loop by passing the end back through the crimp, the 22m silver bead and the bicone crystal before setting the crimp and snipping the wire end. Repeat for the other end using just three seed beads.

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DESIGNER GALLERY

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Each reader featured wins this fabulous bead set worth £15 from Spoilt Rotten Beads, which comes in this great sectioned storage container

BLUEBELL BRACELET www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk Tel: 01353 749853

BY LINZI ALFORD FROM CUMBRIA MATERIALS • silver-plated bracelet blank • glass beads • acrylic flowers • tiny pearls • acrylic and glass bicones

DARK ROSE PENDANT BY JULIE PETERS FROM HERTFORDSHIRE MATERIALS • 40mm onyx donut bead • 3mm and 4mm Swarovski bicones • size 11 Miyuki Delica beads • decorative clasp

SWEET BRACELET BY SUZANNE SWAN FROM PERTH MATERIALS • 7” chain • toggle clasp • jump rings

• 22-gauge wire • glass beads • Fimo

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


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JEWELLERY VINTAGE STYLE

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AMANDA PICKSTOCK 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.

TO CREATE Cut a 30cm length of Beadalon and thread on a crimp, then a wire guardian. Pass the end of the wire back through the crimp, pull so it sits snug around the guardian, and squash the crimp firmly with chain-nosed pliers. Trim any excess wire from the short end and cover the crimp with a crimp cover. String a 4mm Pacific Opal crystal. Now string the following sequence: five turquoise seed beads, a 4mm Pacific Opal crystal, five 5mm jump rings, an 8mm Rose crystal, five 8mm jump rings, an 8mm Rose crystal, five 5mm jump rings, a 4mm Pacific Opal crystal. Repeat a further four times, finishing with five turquoise seed

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Combining subtle summery shades of crystals and pearls with adorable charms and antique silver, this gorgeous collection is feminine and fun and brimming over with vintage allure TIME FOR TEA NECKLACE Designed by Amanda Pickstock

beads and a 4mm Pacific Opal crystal. Thread on a hard crimp and a wire guardian and pass the wire end back through the crimp. Pull the wire so that it sits snug around the wire guardian, allowing enough space to add the crimp cover. Squash the crimp as before and apply the crimp cover. Trim the head off a headpin and turn a loop at one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread on a 6mm Pacific Opal crystal, then trim the wire, leaving 1cm, and turn another loop. Repeat using a 5mm Rose crystal. Open a 5mm jump ring and connect a four-link section of charm chain to the wire guardian on the strung section. Connecting with

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5mm jump rings, attach the 6mm Pacific Opal link to the other end, and another four-link piece of chain to the other side of that. Link the other end of this chain to one end of the Rose link, and the other side of that to another four-link piece

of chain. Attach this to a trigger clasp. Cut a 13.5cm piece of belcher chain and use a 5mm jump ring to attach it to the other end of the strung section. Thread the remaining beads individually onto headpins and turn either

a wrapped or plain loop in each one. Attach the crystal pendants to the chain with 8mm jump rings and decorate the rest of the chain by attaching the beads and charms as desired, using 5mm jump rings.

• 10 x Rose 8mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 13 x Pacific Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Rose 28mm Swarovski Elements drop pendant • Crystal AB 16mm Swarovski Elements drop pendant • Light Rose 16x11mm Swarovski Elements baroque pendant • silver & crystal 10mm Swarovski Elements plastic heart trimming • 30 x turquoise AB size 11 Miyuki Delica beads • Creamrose 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl

• Platinum 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Gold 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Powder Rose Swarovski Elements pearl • Lavender Swarovski Elements pearl • 4 x Pacific Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Rose 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • yellow floral milk jug charm • yellow floral teacup & saucer charm • antique silver spoon charm • antique silver padlock charm

• 28 x antique silver 8mm jump rings • 73 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • antique silver trigger clasp • 13 x antique silver 50mm headpins • 2 x black oxide wire guardians • 2 x black oxide 4mm crimp covers • 2 x hard crimps • bright 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • antique silver charm chain • antique silver belcher chain

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE STYLE TIME FOR TEA BRACELET Designed by Jordan Smith

MATERIALS

TO CREATE Follow Steps 1-3 for the Time for Tea necklace opposite, but use four turquoise seed beads between each of the sections rather than five. Trim the head off a headpin and turn a loop at one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread on a 6mm Pacific Opal crystal, then trim the wire, leaving 1cm, and turn another loop. Repeat using a 5mm Rose crystal and the 10mm Crystal AB. Cut four 11-link sections of belcher chain. Connect the pieces with the links from Step 2, using 5mm jump rings to attach them. Attach a triangle bail to the

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10mm Light Rose hearts and connect these to the chain with 5mm jump rings. Open a 5mm jump ring and attach one end of the strung section, one end of a 20cm length of curb chain, one end of the chain-and-crystallink section and the trigger clasp. Close the ring. Connect all the strands together at the other end with another 5mm jump ring, incorporating an 8cm length of belcher chain to act as an extender chain. Thread all the remaining beads onto headpins and turn either a wrapped or plain loop in each one. Attach the crystal

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FOR THE STRUNG SECTION • 13 x Pacific Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 10 x Rose 8mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 24 x turquoise AB size 11 Miyuki Delica beads • 79 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • 29 x antique silver 8mm jump rings • 2 x black oxide wire guardians • 2 x hard crimps • 2 x black oxide 4mm crimp covers • bright 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire

FOR THE CHARMS • Light Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl

baroque pendant and the teacups to the chain with 8mm jump

• Powder Rose 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Lavender 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Bright Gold 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Platinum 8mm Swarovski Elements pearl • 2 x Light Rose 10mm Swarovski Elements heart pendants • 5 x Rose 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Creamrose Light 10mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Powder Rose 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl • Crystal AB 10mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • 6 x Pacific Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Pacific Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead

rings. Decorate the rest of the chain by attaching the beads

• antique silver padlock charm • antique silver spoon charm • white floral teacup & saucer charm • yellow floral teacup & saucer charm • silver & crystal 10mm Swarovski Elements plastic heart trimming • Light Rose 16x11mm Swarovski Elements baroque pendant • antique silver 50mm headpins • antique silver belcher chain • antique silver curb chain • 2 x silver-plated small triangle clamps

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

and charms, using 5mm jump rings, in the order of your choice.

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JEWELLERY VINTAGE STYLE LONG EARRINGS Designed by Jessica Stickland

TO CREATE Connect a 7.5cm piece of belcher chain to an ear wire using a 5mm jump ring. Attach a 28mm rose pendant to the other end of the chain using an 8mm jump ring. Thread all the remaining beads onto headpins and turn either a wrapped or plain loop in each one. Attach the crystals, pearls and charms to the chain, using 5mm jump rings, in the order of your choice. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the matching earring.

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MATERIALS • 2 x Mauve 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Pacific Opal 4mm Swarovksi Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Gold 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Powder Rose 6mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 4 x Rose 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Rose 8mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Violet 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x dark grey 16mm glass pearls • 2 x silver-plated 10mm puffed heart charms • antique silver fish-hook ear wires • 22 x antique silver 50mm headpins • 8 x antique silver 8mm jump rings • 26 x antique silver 5mm jump rings

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

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MATERIALS • 4 x Rose 5mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Pacific Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Pacific Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Light Rose 28mm Swarovski Elements drop pendants

• 2 x silver & crystal 10mm Swarovski Elements plastic heart trimming • 2 x antique silver spoon charms • 2 x Light Grey 4mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Bright Gold 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls

HEART DROP EARRINGS Designed by Jessica Stickland

TO CREATE Trim the head off a headpin and make a loop on one end using round-nosed pliers. Thread on a dark grey 16mm pearl, then trim the pin, leaving around 1cm, and make a loop at the other end. Attach a heart charm using a 5mm jump ring. Create a small section of basic chain maille comprised of two sections of two 8mm jump rings, connected together

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with a 5mm jump ring, and a 5mm jump ring at each end, one attached to an ear wire and the other to the loop on one end of the pearl from Step 1. Thread a headpin through each of the Xilion beads and pearls and make either a wrapped or plain loop. Decorate the chain maille by adding the crystals and pearls with 5mm jump rings in the order of your choice. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make the matching earring.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from the Shiney Company stores at: 5 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP; 01225 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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• 2 x Powder Rose 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Mauve 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • 2 x Light Green 5mm Swarovski Elements pearls • antique silver belcher chain • antique silver

fish-hook ear wires • 24 x antique silver 5mm jump rings • 18 x antique silver 50mm headpins • 2 x antique silver 8mm jump rings

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


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SANDSTONES

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These beautiful wooden cut-out pendants make stunning focal elements on a variety of pieces. Here Sandy Kidulis demonstrates some very different ways to showcase them SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER

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

BLUE & WHITE BRACELET

MATERIALS • 3 x white 25mm wooden cut-out pendants • 3 x blue 25mm wooden cut-out pendants • 3 x 3-4mm freshwater rice pearls • 3 x metallic 24x22mm dragonfly charms • 3 x silvertone headpins • 16 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silver-plated chain

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

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TO CREATE Thread a rice pearl onto a headpin and use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim the pin to about 6mm, then grip the top with roundnosed pliers and roll a loop. Using the same method, make two more rice pearl charms so you

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have three in total. Attach the lobster clasp to the bottom of a blue cut-out pendant using a jump ring. Thread another jump ring through the hole in the top of the pendant from Step 2, then attach two more jump rings to form a chain of three. Thread the third jump ring

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through the top hole of a white cut-out pendant. Use another jump ring to attach a dragonfly charm and a rice pearl charm to the middle ring in the chain of three. Now connect the bottom of the white pendant to the bottom of a new blue pendant, using a jump ring.

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Repeat until you have connected all the pendants and attached all the charms in this way. Cut a 1½” length of chain and attach it to the bottom of the last white pendant using a jump ring. The finished bracelet will be approximately 8-9½” long.

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SANDSTONES MATERIALS • 2 x blue 25mm wooden cut-out pendants • 2 x metallic 24x22mm dragonfly charms • 4 x 3-4mm freshwater rice pearls • 4 x silvertone headpins • 6 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silvertone ear wires

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

TO CREATE Thread a rice pearl onto a headpin and use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim the pin to about 6mm, then grip the top with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Using

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the same method, make three more rice pearl charms so you have four in total. Open a jump ring and thread it through the hole in the top of a cut-out pendant. Attach it to an ear wire before closing securely. Use another jump ring to connect a rice pearl charm to the bottom of the pendant. Open another jump ring and thread on a rice pearl charm and a dragonfly charm. Attach it to the existing jump ring on the bottom of the pendant. Repeat Steps 2-4 to complete the second earring. The finished earrings will be approximately 70mm long.

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TO CREATE Thread a rice pearl onto a headpin and use needle-nosed pliers to bend the pin over by 90°, close to the top of the bead. Trim the pin to about 6mm, then grip the top with round-nosed pliers and roll a loop. Repeat to make a second rice pearl charm. Take an eyepin and thread on a flower bead, bend the pin over by 90°, trim to about 6mm and roll a loop. Pass a jump ring through the hole

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• 2 x white 25mm wooden cut-out pendants • 2 x white 15mm shell flower beads • 2 x 3-4mm freshwater rice pearls • 2 x silvertone headpins • 2 x silvertone eyepins • 2 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silvertone ear wires

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

in the top of a cut-out pendant, adding a rice pearl charm before attaching it to the bottom of the eyepin from Step 2. Attach an ear wire to the top loop of the eyepin. Repeat Steps 2-4 to complete the second earring. The finished earrings will be approximately 60mm long.

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SANDSTONES TO CREATE TO MAKE THE BLUE SHELL AND CHAIN ELEMENT: Cut two 24” lengths of wire. Take one and thread on a seed bead, a shell nugget and a seed bead. Push these beads to the centre point on the wire. Cut a 24” length of chain, lay it on the table in front of you and find its mid-point. Lay the three beads on the wire next to the mid-point of the chain and thread each end of the wire through a convenient loop in the chain each side of the centre so the two are joined. The chain doesn’t need to be stretched tight – let it fall in loops a little. With the piece still on the table in front of you, work up one side of the necklace – thread on a seed bead, a shell nugget and a seed bead and thread the wire through the chain. Repeat eight times. Thread on a crimp bead and, making sure the wire is looped through the chain at the end, thread the wire back through the crimp, form a small loop and use crimping pliers to squash the wire in the crimp so the loop is secure. Now work up the other side of the necklace in the same way, repeating Steps 2 and 3. Attach a lobster clasp to one end of the chain using a 6mm jump ring, and attach a jump ring to the other end of the chain.

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MATERIALS wire and thread on a crimp. Form a small loop at one end of the wire by threading the wire back on itself and squashing it in the crimp bead using crimping pliers. Thread on three potato pearls and a seed bead. Then add three potato pearls, a seed bead, a flower bead and a seed bead. Repeat this second sequence a further 10 times. Thread on three potato pearls, a seed bead and a final three potato pearls. Thread on a crimp and pass the end of the wire back through the crimp to form a small loop. Use crimping pliers to squash the wire in the crimp so that the loop is secure.

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Attach a lobster clasp to both ends of the necklace using jump rings. This second necklace can be worn on its own or twisted around the blue shell necklace. Secure it in place by clipping it to the chain at each end of the blue shell necklace using the lobster clasps.

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TO MAKE AND WEAR THE CHARMS: Attach a lobster clasp to the top of the puffed heart pendant using a 6mm jump ring. Attach the lobster clasp to the mid-point of the chain – wear it on just the blue shell element of the necklace or when

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both necklaces are clipped together for a different look. Attach a lobster clasp to the top of each of the four dragonfly charms using a jump ring. Attach a lobster clasp to each of the three wooden cut-out charms using two jump rings. Clip the dragonflies and cut-out charms to the chain on the blue shell necklace and again wear either with one or both necklaces twisted together.

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• 3 x blue 25mm wooden cut-out pendants • 4 x metallic 24x22mm dragonfly charms • 38cm strand of aqua shell nugget beads • strand of multicoloured 6-7mm middle-drilled freshwater potato pearls • 11 x white 15mm shell flower beads • metallic 35mm puffed heart pendant • blue size 8 seed beads • 15 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • silver-plated chain • 7-strand 0.45mm bead stringing wire • 11 x silver-plated lobster clasps • 4 x silvertone crimp beads

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

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DEBORAH BEADS

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DEBBIE BISHOP DESIGNER

ABOUT DEBBIE‌ Debbie is a 43-year-old mum of two, who spent 24 years in banking before discovering beads and jewellery making! She is now totally obsessed with all things beads and says she has the best job in the world, owning

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This lovely handmade wire cuff is packed with a shimmering jumble of pearls for a wonderful individual finish

her own bead shop. She opened Deborah Beads in an old converted cow shed (yes, really!) just outside Colchester in September 2009, and has recently expanded the premises to enable her to offer greater choice and a wider range of lessons

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and workshops to her customers. The shop is full to the rafters of beautiful beads, including pearls, gemstones, crystals, glass, shell and acrylic beads to name a few, as well as findings galore in all sorts of different finishes. As well as lessons, from complete

beginners to more advanced jewellerymaking techniques, Deborah Beads now runs silver art clay, enamelling, bead making, lampwork, felt flowers and wire wrapping workshops. Further details, and the online shop, can be found at www.deborahbeads.co.uk


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DEBORAH BEADS MATERIALS

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• assorted pearls – different shapes and sizes will produce a more interesting piece • silver-plated 1.2mm wire • silver-plated 0.4mm wire

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

TO CREATE Cut two lengths of 1.2mm wire, each measuring 24cm. Taking each piece in turn, measure 3cm from the end of the wire and use roundnosed pliers to bend it at 90°. Repeat this at both ends of the wire (see Fig 1). Now measure approximately 1cm along the piece of wire you have bent, and form another right angle, then another right angle a further 1cm along. You should now have formed a square shape with the

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end of your wire. Using round-nosed pliers, bend the end of the wire round a couple of times, creating a scroll effect (Fig 2). Repeat this process on both ends of both pieces of wire. Lay your two finished pieces of frame together so they create a mirror image. Using a short length of 0.4mm wire, connect them by wrapping the wire around the two pieces, along the side of the square parallel to the longest length of the frame (Fig 3). Once the frame is completed, bend it around your wrist to

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create the basic shape of the cuff. Cut a long length of 0.4mm wire – approximately 50cm is ideal, as the longer a length you can use at a time, the fewer joins you will have in your cuff. Attach one end to your wire frame by wrapping it tightly around, close to the scroll. Thread on pearls of various shapes and sizes to fill the gap from one side of the frame to the other. When you have the right number of beads threaded, wrap the wire around the frame once, and add sufficient beads to fill

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the gap back to the other side. Continue this process until you have filled the entire frame with beads (Figs 4 and 5). Your cuff may look a bit messy whilst you are wrapping the beads onto it, but do not despair – it will look amazing once you have finished! The finishing touch is to wrap beads

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around the outside of the frame. To do this, attach a length of 0.4mm wire to your frame at one end and wrap beads of different shapes and sides, one at a time, all along the edge of the frame (Fig 6). By edging the frame with beads in this way you will hide any joins and cover up most of the wire.

Create a more contemporary, colourful or fun version of this classic cuff by substituting beads for the pearls – or mixing the two. Try varying shades of the same colour or using one base and one accent colour for different looks. Combining solid beads and crystals in different shapes and sizes gives the piece some sparkle and adds to the eclectic effect.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Deborah Beads, The Barn, Donyland Farm, Fingringhoe Road, Colchester, Essex CO5 7JL; www.deborahbeads.co.uk; 07817 582904 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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THE BEADSTER

inca rose RUTH HUGHES DESIGNER

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

These pretty pieces use only simple beading skills, combining beautiful rhodochrosite with rose quartz and the sparkle of rhinestones to create a look packed with understated elegance PINK CHAMPAGNE NECKLACE

TO CREATE Begin by attaching the lobster clasp to one end of your Tigertail using two crimps. String the beads in the following order: 4mm rose quartz, 6mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 10mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 6mm rose quartz, 4mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, rhodochrosite oval, rhinestone rondelle. Repeat this pattern another 12 times. Now string a 4mm rose quartz, 6mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 10mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 6mm rose quartz and final 4mm rose quartz. Attach the split ring using two crimps to complete.

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and extensively across the US. Some of the best specimens are found in Argentina and Colorado. The Incas believed that rhodochrosite is the blood of their former rulers, turned to stone, and so it is sometimes known as Rosa del Inca or Inca Rose. The pretty colour and softness of rhochrosite make it

a popular choice for jewellery, and some people also attribute healing and wellbeing properties to the stone, believing that wearers can benefit from more stable emotions, greater peace of mind, confidence and creativity, and even an increased chance of falling in love!

• 13 x rhodochrosite 20x10mm ovals • 14 x rose quartz 10mm faceted rounds • 28 x rose quartz 6mm faceted rounds • 28 x rose quartz 4mm faceted rounds • 54 x silver 5mm rhinestone rondelles • 1m Tigertail • 4 x crimps • lobster clasp • split ring

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • crimping pliers (optional)


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THE BEADSTER MATERIALS

STONE ROSES BRACELET

• 3 x rhodochrosite 20mm coins • 5 x rose quartz 10mm faceted rounds • 4 x rose quartz 6mm faceted rounds • 2 x rose quartz 4mm faceted rounds • 12 x silver 5mm rhinestone rondelles • 30cm Tigertail • 4 x crimps • chain • headpin • lobster clasp • split ring

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • crimping pliers (optional) • split ring pliers (optional)

TO CREATE Begin by attaching a lobster clasp to the end of your Tigertail using two crimps. String beads in the following order: 6mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle,

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10mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle. Repeat twice more. Complete the pattern with a 6mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle and final 6mm rose quartz. Attach the split ring with two

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crimps. Cut a 4cm length of chain and, using split ring pliers (or your fingernails or a knife blade), connect the chain to the spilt ring. Make a drop to finish the bracelet by threading a headpin

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with a 4mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 10mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle and 4mm rose quartz. Turn a neat loop on the headpin and attach it to the end of the chain.

STONE ROSES EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a headpin with a 4mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, rhodochrosite coin, rhinestone rondelle and 4mm rose quartz. Turn a neat loop in the top of the pin and attach it to the ear fitting. Repeat to create the matching earring.

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

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6mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle, 10mm rose quartz, rhinestone rondelle. Now string the main body of the bracelet as follows: rhodochrosite coin, rhinestone rondelle,

Vary the shape of the earrings by swapping the rhodochrosite coins for ovals I’ve used sterling silver earring fittings, but you could economise with base metal instead

• 2 x rhodochrosite 20mm coins • 4 x rose quartz 4mm faceted rounds • 4 x silver 5mm rhinestone rondelles • 2 x sterling silver headpins • sterling silver ear fittings

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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Stockist: The Bead Roll your round beads aside for a change and mix up your makes Shop Scotland with a plethora of geometric options from triangles to trapeziums www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 6 CHUNKY RRP: £2.25 for 18g 4 14MM SWAROVSKI 8 AFRICAN TURQUOISE

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BEAD TIME

JEMMA FRENCH DESIGNER

art & craft

Fimo beads are available in a multitude of patterns, colours and shapes and are always fun to work with. Here Jemma French shows how combining the right beads with gold components can give an artistic, tribal look perfect for high summer

ABOUT JEMMA‌ Jemma is the in-house designer and workshop instructor at the busy Kingston branch of Bead Time, responsible for creating projects for classes, inspiring samples and kits for the shop. She has been designing and making jewellery for more than 10 years, alongside completing a degree in fashion design. Jemma is passionate about all things creative, and loves to experiment with unusual findings, bead combinations and materials. She has recently started selling her own designs at www.etsy.com/ jemmafrench and www.folksy.com/ jemmafrench and can be contacted direct on jjfrench@hotmail.co.uk

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BEAD TIME MATERIALS • 4 x stripe patterned round Fimo beads • black & white 27.5x26.5mm woven cloth bead • 2 x gold daisy metal connector beads • 18 x gold hammered two-hole disc beads • 2 x gold large fancy bead caps • 10 x gold small round end caps • gold 7mm split rings • gold long flat headpins • gold oval jump rings • gold 14mm trigger clasp

CHUNKY MIXED MEDIA NECKLACE

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

TO CREATE Create a chain by linking the hammered disc beads together using oval jump rings. Link up nine spacers for each side of the necklace. Thread the Fimo beads individually onto headpins with a

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small bead cap each side. Coil a loop at each side of the bead using round-nosed pliers. Repeat with the woven fabric bead, using a large fancy bead cap and a small cap each side.

Link the beads with split rings in the following order: Fimo bead, metal daisy connector, Fimo bead, woven fabric bead,

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Fimo bead, metal daisy connector, Fimo bead. Attach the beads to the hammered spacer chain with a final split ring on each end of the

beaded section. Add a split ring to one end of the chain and use a split ring to attach the lobster clasp to the other end.

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GOLDEN DAYS OF SUMMER LARIAT

• assorted patterned round and oval Fimo beads • caramel 0.6mm cotton cord • gold small round end caps • gold irregular shaped spacer beads • gold hammered puffed hearts • gold leaf beads with centre-drilled hole • gold dotted 8mm spacer beads • 2 x gold Hill Tribe Style dragonfly charms • gold oval jump rings • gold bell closer with extension chain • gold 7mm split rings

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

TO CREATE Cut a 1.5m length of cotton cord. Double knot the cord onto one of the jump rings, securing with a dab of glue. Trim off the excess cord. Take the bell closer clasp and cut off the

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linked components. Slip the bell down the long length of cord until it settles over the oval jump ring. Attach a split ring to the oval jump ring. Thread on your first bead selection, incorporating a mix

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of beads, bead caps and spacers. Separate the beaded sections of cord using a double knot either side of the selection. Allow a length of cord between the beaded sections to create a ‘floating’ effect. Continue with

this technique until your lariat reaches the desired length. Repeat the bell closer section at the end of the lariat by slipping on a bell closer, and knotting the cord to the oval jump ring (taking care to mirror

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the spacing that you used for the first side). Dab glue on the knot, trim when secure, and attach to a split ring. Attach a gold dragonfly charm to each of the split rings at the base of the lariat.

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BEAD TIME THREE-STRAND WAVE SPACER NECKLACE

MATERIALS • assorted patterned round and oval Fimo beads • red 32mm spotted Fimo flower • assorted small Fimo flowers • Swiss roll Fimo beads • gold 30mm S-shape tubes • gold small flower spacer beads • Bead Fairy 49-strand 0.45mm beading wire • gold large curb chain • gold heishi faceted small spacer beads • gold small round end caps • gold long flat headpins • gold 2mm crimps • gold bell closer with extension chain • gold toggle clasp

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TO CREATE Cut three separate pieces of beading wire, staggering them in length between 18” and 20”. Crimp one end of each length to act as a stopper and thread on your bead selection, alternating between ‘wave’ tubes, beads, bead caps and spacers. Stagger the three completed lengths of strung beads and crimp the strands together at both ends, ready to attach the bell closers. To attach the bell closers, cut the bell from the extension chain and clasp. Take

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a long headpin and cut off the stopper. Form a single loop at the base of the pin and hook this under the crimp beads at the end of the strung section. Once secure, loop the headpin securely, firmly trapping the wire. Thread the bell closer onto the headpin so that it covers the ends of the final wave tubes on the necklace and wrap the headpin down to the base of the bell. Repeat on the other side of the necklace. This necklace design is asymmetric, with a headpin-linked, larger

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bead section on one side. For the right-hand side of the necklace, cut a nine-link section of chain. For the left, cut two separate two-link pieces and a further nine links for the back section. Thread three larger beads, including the red spotted Fimo flower, individually onto headpins, adding bead caps or spacers if desired. Cut the head

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off each pin and coil a double loop on both sides of the bead (plain loops on the flower). Attach one side of the flower to the main body of the necklace. Attach the beaded links together using the chain sections. Add the components of the toggle clasp to the ends of the chain, attaching them directly to the chain links.

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DIARY

what’sON

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 STARTER JEWELLERY MAKING CLASS

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

19TH JUNE BEADWORK FAIR

Newmarket, Suffolk www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

20TH JUNE FINE LINES THE BEAD BUSINESS CLACTON CLASS

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

24TH JUNE USING HEADPINS, KNOTTING AND CRIMPS CLASSES

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

25TH JUNE THE BIG BEAD SHOW

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

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

2ND-3RD JULY

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WILTSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777 JEWELLERY, BEADS & 17TH JULY FINDINGS FUNDRAISING FAIR St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon BEADWORK FAIR

www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk www.eventsboa.co.uk www.southwestfairs.co.uk

Hereford Leisure Centre, Hereford www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

26TH-27TH JUNE

2ND-3RD JULY

GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

FIVE-DAY JEWELLERY BUSINESS INTENSIVE COURSE

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

Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle Upon Tyne www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

27TH JUNE

3RD JULY

FINE LINES THE BEAD BUSINESS NEWHAVEN CLASS

BEADWORK FAIR

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

22ND-26TH JULY

23RD JULY

The EPIC Centre, Lincoln www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

WITCHBEADS OPEN DAY/ WORKSHOP WITH JULIE ASHFORD OF SPELLBOUND BEADS

9TH-10TH JULY

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

ENAMELLING TWO-DAY CLASS

29TH JUNE INTRO TO WIRE EVENING CLASS

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

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

24TH JULY BEADWORK FAIR

9TH-10TH JULY GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

1ST JULY

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

INTERMEDIATE BEADING EVENING CLASS

10TH JULY

London Jewellery School, Hatton Gardens, London www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk 020 3176 0546

2ND JULY

BEGINNERS METAL CLAY CLASS

London Jewellery School, Hatton Gardens, London www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk 020 3176 0546

13TH JULY

WITCHBEADS OPEN DAY/ WORKSHOP WITH TRACY CLEGG

CHAIN MAILLE WORKSHOP

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

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

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16TH JULY

MODERN JEWELLERY SET CLASS

FASHION JEWELLERY CLASS

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

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

London Jewellery School, Hatton Gardens, London www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk 020 3176 0546

London Jewellery School, Hatton Gardens, London www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk 020 3176 0546

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

The South of England Centre, West Sussex www.beadwork.net 01737 841080

27TH JULY BEADED RING SELECTIONS CLASS

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

31ST JULY BEADS UP NORTH

Haydock Park Racecourse, St Helens www.beadsupnorth.co.uk 01254 236049 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

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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

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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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We stock beads, delica's findings, bulk findings, lampwork beads and have daily classes and regular specialist workshops.

www.dizzydi.co.uk Romford Shopping Hall Unit 121, 43 Market Place Romford Essex RM1 3AB Tel 07946816415

SWANSEA

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CLASSES FOR ALL Pennard/Southgate - Swansea SATURDAY

MONDAY

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mornings & afternoon 11.30am to 2.30pm All Day Classes from £15 & 5pm to 8pm - £12.50 £12.50 for 2.5hr classes Traditional Bead Weaving absolute beginners (Needle Thread Techniques) Needle Thread Techniques (Bead Weaving) Children & adults More experienced Beginners welcome

To advertise here call Cathy on

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Special Holiday Classes for Children and Adults can be arranged

Tel: 01792 234001 CARDIFF

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We have hundreds of beads, crystals, pearls and findings for all your jewellery making needs. Many different classes also available, please call or email for details

Bead Weaving Workshops & More Cardiff 02920 569 693

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Brentwood Bead Shop, 56 Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9AX Tel: 01277 226722

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Chip Beads from £2 with over 40 different stones available

Chalk turquoise hearts are £1 each

Felt flowers are £1 each available in 9 colours Dragonfly Pendants are £1 each

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The beginners jewellery making kit is priced at £28 and contains everything a beginner would need to start making!

CLASSIFIED To advertise here email cathy.campbell@practicalpublishing.co.uk or call

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An official BeadSmith® stockist

● Tools ● Beads Findings ● Stringing Materials

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email: jennysbeadbox@yahoo.co.uk

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Funky chunky acrylic beads now in – yummy!

www.thecrystalphoenix.com Jewellery making pliers, tools, findings, stringing and beads

In the Antique & Crafts Centre 50/56 High Street, Market Deeping Peterborough PE6 8EB Tel: 01778 346810

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A fine blend of traditional & contemporary hand crafted wedding jewellery at surprisingly affordable prices

www.deborahbeads.co.uk www.deborahbeadsonline.co.uk Workshops for all levels – including Silver Art Clay Deborah Beads, The Barn, Donyland Farm, Fingringhoe Road, Colchester, Essex CO5 7JL Tel: 07817582904 email: info@deborahbeads.co.uk

We offer a wide range of beads including Czech pressed glass 7’ strands and gemstone beads at very competitive prices.

www.honey-dew-beads.co.uk email: honey@honey-dew-beads.co.uk Telephone: 0781 756 2332

Make your own beaded jewellery from our vast selection of crystals, glass beads, pearls & findings

Go online for information on our workshops or call 01934 627 953

www.jobocrafts.co.uk 207 Milton Road, Weston super Mare BS22 8EG

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