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50 step-by-step designer projects Issue 18
ways 7 fabulous to use your FREE beads
nspiration for ALL levels of beadcrafts a nd jewellery making Ideas and i
Make a statement
WIRE COILS MADE EASY
DO TRY THIS AT HOME
The gadget you’ll want right now! The fun & glamour of Bollywood Your own Pandora-style beads
INSPIRED BY TATTOOS Get the look without the pain!
UK £4.50 ISSUE 18
Plus wire-wrapped stones, chain maille, tribal jewellery and more!
w w w. p r a c t i c a l p u b l i s h i n g . c o . u k
Dramatic new season styles
Inspire Imagine Create
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What a 'roaring' success our April 2011 Flame Off was â€“ How wonderful to meet a lot of new faces and of course all the dedicated people we have worked with over the years. Lampworking is a wonderful art of creating unique beautiful individual Beads.......... This year proved to be exceptionally good for us as any craft always needs new blood and ideas. The 'Flame Off' is a show not to miss - we are already planning dates for next April's Show. Make sure you plan a space in your busy schedule to join us in 2012 for this Yearly Show.
It is guaranteed to awaken your creativity.
'Tuffnell Glass are the largest suppliers of Lampwork tools and glass rods in the UK including Double Helix, Effetre, Reichenbach and CIM glass rods
simple visit www.tuffnellglass.com or call us on 01262 420171 Your one stop place to shop!'
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out check o t t e g and for Don’t ential tools n s o our es ues guides q i n h 3 c te 90-9 pages
hello... ...and welcome to Issue 18 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. It’s such an exciting time of year as spring/summer gives way to autumn/winter and a whole new palette as well as some very different looks. If you’re ready for a break from 70s styles and the delicate ﬂorals, fabrics and pale vintage colours of the past few months, the new season couldn’t bring more of a contrast. We’re still taking inspiration from nature, but there’s nothing earthy or ethereal about the dramatic pieces on our cover and on page 16 this issue. Think dazzling peacock shades and attention-grabbing shimmer and movement. Then turn to page 57 for the same theme brought to life in chain maille. On page 72, Gill Teasdale shares her take on African tribal jewellery, based on the vivid natural colours of sunrise and sunset over the savannah. Meanwhile, Mel Brooke and Sandy Kidulis enjoy a ﬁnal ﬂing with summer via their evocative tropical island designs in page 22 and page 76 respectively. Autumn brings a fresh start for a new generation of students, and this issue of CB&J is bursting with on-trend but quirky ideas, perfect for libraries and lecture halls as well as the college bar – and for youngat-heart parents too! Check out Su Pennick’s fabulous tattoo-inspired pieces on page 47, Jemma French’s fun festival memento on page 89 and Emily Kersh’s bold, sparkling homage to the glitz and glamour of Bollywood on page 86. With new beginnings in the air (not to mention the prospect of colder, darker evenings indoors), what better time to give something different a go? We’ve got
16 The colours in this are breathtaking and I love the filigree detail and the way that nature’s magical peacock shimmer has been captured in the pendant
EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Rachel Bland, Mel Brooke, Michele Dobson, Jemma French, Steph Gibbs, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Ingrid Jarvis, Emily Kersh, Sandy Kidulis, Donna McKean Smith, Becky Morris, Paula Pascual, Su Pennick, Claire Rudd, Sandra Skvareninova, Deborah Stuart, Gill Teasdale
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a wealth of techniques covered, from proven favourites to the innovative and experimental! Try the just-landed jewellery dies from papercrafting giants Sizzix (see the brilliant results on page 80) or create your own miniature works of art in the form of Stampbord pendants (page 34). On page 52, Donna McKean Smith and Claire Rudd demonstrate the impressive array of gorgeous, contemporary designs and effects that can be achieved with a coiling gizmo, and if you’re still wavering when it comes to trying lampwork for yourself, we defy you to resist the beautiful Pandora-style beads created by Ingrid Jarvis on page 26. Plus there are your FREE beads to get busy with – and a host of ideas on page 12 to help get you started. Happy beading!
PS... Issue 32 of our sister title Creative Cardmaking is now on sale. Packed full of papercrafting tips and ideas, and with a new look, the magazine comes with free NitWit Collections papers and die-cuts. Get your copy now – exclusively available from craft shops
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What’s inside this issue of STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES
12 YOUR FREE GIFT
Close-up photos and clear instructions to help you master techniques and try new ideas
16 DARE TO DAZZLE
86 SONG & DANCE
Step out in style this autumn in breathtaking peacock colours and stunning, unique designs
Celebrate an Indian summer with pieces that capture all the vibrant spirit of Bollywood
52 IN A SPIN
26 BIG HOLE BEADS
Fabulous contemporary looks to put a coiling gizmo right at the top of your wishlist!
Everything you need to know to create your own exciting Pandora-style lampwork beads
WIN! WIN! WIN!
47 ROCK N’ ROSES
There’s a host of great prizes up for grabs inside this issue, from beads to show tickets
Be inspired by 1950s tattoo styles and create beautiful jewellery with an edge
regulars 06 News
& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy
We take a look at what’s new in the world of jewellery and beads
£££s worth of products up for grabs, including great books, festive beading kits and stunning lampwork beads
10 Readers’ Letters
50&60 Designer Galleries
Your ideas, views and top tips
Fabulous Sizzix prize sets, Dremel tools and top craft show tickets to be won
30 Bead Doctor
All your questions answered
How to make the most of your gorgeous free beads, whatever your style and experience level
We showcase readers’ top creations – plus how to get your work on our pages
62 The Bead Challenge
Three talented designers put their creativity to the test with the gorgeous Westcoast Silver Moon collection in beautiful shimmering vintage colours
84 What’s On
Don’t miss out on the hottest jewellery shows and class dates this season
90 Techniques Glossary
Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides
92 Tools Glossary
The lowdown on all the tools of the trade
93 Findings Glossary
Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making
98 Coming Next Issue
A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 19
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features 12 Bead Bonanza
A wonderful array of ideas for making the most of the gorgeous faceted glass beads FREE with this issue
42 Birthstones – Sapphire & Opal We take a closer look at September’s beautiful sparkling sapphire and October’s magical ﬁre-ﬁlled opal
16 Proud As A Peacock
Stunning peacock shades of shimmering green, blue and purple are meant to be noticed. It’s time to strut your stuff!
79 Give Us A Swirl!
Show off the oh-so-pretty colours and patterns on unique lampwork beads
47 Hearts & Daggers
Adapt vintage tattoo style for pieces as kitsch or dramatic as you choose!
22 Tropical Rain
These beautiful mottled discs make wonderful focal beads, conjuring up images of a tropical paradise
26 Big & Beautiful
80 To Die For
The new Sizzix Charming die range is speciﬁcally designed for creating ultra-lightweight, versatile jewellery
52 Helter Skelter
A coiling gizmo allows you to make fantastic, individual designs using wire, without getting your ﬁngers in a twist!
57 Flaunt Your Curves
Mix the ﬂuid movement of European 6-1 weave with striking peacock shades
Pandora-style big hole beads are the perfect opportunity to experiment with lampwork techniques and dichroic glass
86 Bollywood Nights
Celebrate an Indian summer with these stand-out necklaces, bursting with the vibrant life of Bollywood
89 Festival Spirit 70 Moody Blues 34 All Aboard!
Use crafters’ favourite Stampbord to create your own mini work of art as a focal for your jewellery
Turn your holiday beach treasures into gorgeous pieces of jewellery with these fabulous wirework designs
A 1970s sensation, mood beads are perfect for creating retro gift jewellery
72 Out Of Africa
A tribal theme is the perfect excuse to go wild with colour and scale – and support African women making fairtrade beads
76 Island Jambalaya
Knot shell nuggets and beads onto cord for a wonderful, casual jumbled-up look
Combine vibrant colours and metallics with natural materials for a lovely, everyday longline necklace
Subscription offer Save an incredible 40% when you subscribe to Creative Beads & Jewellery Turn to page 68 for full details www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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new? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making
TALKING SHOP The owners of Magpie Jewellery opened their ﬁrst retail outlet on the Isle of Skye last June, and have had such a positive response from local customers and tourists that they’ve already been able to move into larger premises! Caroline Sykes, owner of Magpie Jewellery, says: “We are very pleased to be moving into larger premises. The move has enabled us to expand our product range into other crafts, as well as increasing our range of jewellery, beads and ﬁndings. “With times so hard for many businesses at the moment we feel very fortunate to have the loyal support of our customers and want to thank them for helping us
to make this business a success.” Visit the new shop at Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye, check out the website at www.magpiejewellery.net or call 01599 534979 for more information
FORGING AHEAD SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA
Jo Dix of the Silver Forge studio at Low Newton in the South Lakes area of Cumbria has added several new jewellery-making workshops to her programme for 2011. Past students have worked with silver clay or sterling silver and some have incorporated fused glass into their designs. Clients can choose from workshops focusing on rings, pendants, charms, lockets and earrings. “I can’t think of anyone who has ever gone home without making something unique, wearable and beautiful,” says Jo. In fact, she has now illustrated the workshop pages on her website with pictures of student creations – so log on and be inspired! The new workshop programme is now online at www.silverforge.co.uk along with details of Jo’s own work, commissions and retail outlets
Start your crafty Christmas shopping with a bang at Crafts for Christmas, alongside the Hobbycrafts show and Art Materials Live at the NEC, Birmingham from 3rd-6th November. Crafts for Christmas offers a huge selection of ﬁne handmade crafts for you to choose from, and Hobbycrafts, the UK’s largest creative crafts show, will be bigger and better than ever this year with more than 200 exhibitors bringing the best of the creative craft world together. Meanwhile, leading professional artists will be on hand at Art Materials Live to offer the very latest in art supplies, ideas and innovations, as well as free demonstrations to leave you inspired. To buy tickets visit www.ichf.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 01425 277988
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Turn to page 56 for your chance to win tickets!
ART & CRAFT Sealed and varnished, modern patterned Spoon paper beads, starting at 15p each from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233
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NEWS PURPLE PATCH
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Give a whole new texture and dimension to your jewellery this autumn and winter with Artistic Wire Mesh. This innovative new product consists of coloured copper wire that has been woven into a mesh. Packaged ﬂattened, it can then be stretched, wrapped or twisted, then crimped, tied or wrapped with wire for a huge variety of looks and styles. Available in six fashionable metallic and neutral dark colours, use it like ribbon with a far edgier, more contemporary feel, as a stringing material or in strips for a bang on-trend bib necklace. We’re not surprised it was nominated as one of the top 20 Hot Products at America’s industry-leading CHA Summer Show this year! Visit www.beadalon.com for more information
If you’re looking for something special to create jewellery for a big occasion, check out the new ranges in stock at Purple Beech Designs. You’ll ﬁnd individually handcrafted borosilicate beads from Unicorne, ﬁred at a higher temperature than normal ‘soft’ glass for rich natural colours in unique designs. The teardrops shown here are available in more than 70 different colours and ﬁnishes, and have proven to be very popular. The central focal bead contains silver, which has been formed into balls along with mixed shades of borosilicate glass. Discover the choice of colours on the donuts page of the website. These glass bead dangles are made by David Christensen from the US, who has been creating furnace cane glass beads for over 18 years and specialises in the beautiful ‘melted ice’ look. Additionally, you’ll discover heavygauge silver-plated jump rings, silver coated ceramic beads and matte ceramic washers, ideal for striking pieces. Go to www.purplebeechdesigns.com or call 07775 872892
SENSATIONAL SEED BEADS Seed bead mixes in seven colour schemes, including Bronze Goddess and Vivacious Violet, £7.99 per box from www.beadsdirect.co.uk; 01509 218028
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JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Jesse James bead mixes of glass, acrylic, metal, clay, porcelain and semi-precious stones, starting at £4 from www.silverorchidbeads.co.uk; 07906 435430
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NEWS BUSINESS SENSE Fancy turning your hobby or passion into a business? Shiney Company has launched the ﬁrst of a series of workshops offering practical advice on how to successfully sell your jewellery. Co-owners Jane Purdy and Amanda Pickstock launched Shiney Company more than six years ago and prior to joining forces they had each worked independently, selling their creations online and through parties, fairs and shops. They also have career backgrounds that have given them a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to business, sales and marketing. Now they have developed a series of informative workshops aimed at helping others to make money from selling their jewellery – or at least fund their hobby! The workshops are held in a relaxed, friendly environment, where Jane and Amanda will teach you all about selling
THANK PINK IT’S FRIDAY! Breast Cancer Care is encouraging people to liven up their Friday afternoons by taking part in the charity’s Pink Friday fundraising campaign throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign is to help fund vital services, such as the charity’s helpline, information points in hospitals and support groups for people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Getting involved with Pink Fridays is easy to do and can include anything from a tea break in the ofﬁce
your creations, from how to identify your market to working out which designs will maximise your proﬁts and where to sell your pieces. Classes also include a practical workshop with the ﬁrst two sessions covering professional ﬁnishing techniques.
The ﬁrst two workshops in the series are to be held at Shiney’s renowned Swarovski Elements Recommended Store in Bath on 24th September and 15th October from 10am to 5pm. Advance booking is required. The workshop costs £65, and all materials (including Swarovski Elements), samples and course notes are provided, along with lunch. To book your place or for details of future workshops, call 01225 332506 or visit www.shineyrocks.co.uk
with pink food and drinks, to a pink pamper party with your mates at home. Or why not create some ‘pretty in pink’ jewellery pieces? Television presenter and model Lisa Snowdon says: “I’ve been an ambassador for Breast Cancer Care for nearly seven years now and I’m so excited about hosting my own Pink Friday this October. It’s the best excuse ever to get my girlies together for a laugh and a chat, knowing we are making a real difference.” Register now for a free Pink Fridays fundraising kit, full of party ideas and fundraising tips. Visit www.breastcancer care.org.uk/pinkfridays or call 0870 164 9422
Craft lighting specialist Daylight has unveiled a new bigger and brighter multifunctional LED light and magniﬁer. This innovative new lamp design incorporates four super-bright Daylight LEDs, which will never need replacing, and an extra-large 7cm lens with 2.25x magniﬁcation. Both the light and the lens are ﬁxed to 18cm ﬂexible arms so they can easily be directed to the exact area where crystal clear light and magniﬁcation is needed – making the lamp perfect for needlecraft, jewellery making, quilting, painting, papercraft,
model making and more. The lamp comes equipped with a strong clip designed for attachment to frames, hoops, books and more, and has a detachable base with swing-out feet, giving maximum stability. The LED MicroMax Light is also perfect to use on the move. Lightweight and compact, it boasts two-battery power-saving settings that give 12 hours of light on full power and 24 hours of
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LIGHTING THE WAY WEAR A POPPY ThreadABead poppy brooch beading pattern, £4.75 from www.threadabead.com
reduced-power light. RRP: £29.99 To check out Daylight’s full range of products, order online or obtain details of your nearest stockist, visit www.daylightcompany.com or call 020 8964 1200
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Beads, ﬁndings and a herd of other stuff...
your letters We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL TAKE TWO! I’ve dropped you a line to show you just two of my projects made from your inspirational designer features from Issue 15 of CB&J. As soon as my subscription copy drops onto my doormat I ﬁnd myself folding down the corners of each page that inspires me – that’s most pages! Issue 15 featured wonderful designs from many designers but here are my takes
has been commented on by many people as being a little Egyptian inspired! I ﬁnd that sometimes the featured designers give a starting point for a piece of jewellery or idea and many happy accidental trials with techniques turn into wonderful ﬁnished pieces! Teresa Woodford, Canvey Island, Essex
on Jemma French’s Cluster Bracelet and Claire Rudd’s Greek Urn Pendant – although the way mine turned out
ALL IN WHITE I just wanted to thank Sandy Kidulis for my new absolutely favourite piece of jewellery! I made the white earrings from her ‘Cut-out & keep’ article in Issue 16 and, to be honest, it was a bit of a gamble for me. I found the gorgeous wooden cut-out pendants are available in lots of colours and nearly went for pink, fuchsia
It was lovely to read Claire Montague’s letter in Issue 17, describing how she has created a ‘round the world’ charm bracelet with beads and charms picked up on her travels. I have been doing something similar for years and the resulting bracelets – my own and one that is a ‘work in progress’ for my daughter, Emma – are among my most
treasured possessions. I haven’t been to as many exotic places as Claire but my version really tells the story of my life. When my mother died, I was lucky enough to discover that she had hoarded all kinds of bits and pieces from my childhood, so I added elements of my christening presents and even a piece of ribbon from a baby bootie to my bracelet, along with the small pendant that was on my necklace on my wedding day (the chain had tarnished), the drop from one of my favourite earrings (featured in every single photo of me in my twenties!) and plenty more memorabilia. There’s even a tiny button
or purple, which would be my normal choices, but I decided to be brave! I would never usually opt for white – or for anything in a single colour – in case it looked boring, but I’m so glad I did. The earrings looked pretty in your photograph but they are stunning on. I have quite dark brown hair and they really stand out. I’ve been wearing them
with quite plain tops and jeans or a denim skirt and everybody is commenting on them. I’m hoping when I get back from holiday with a proper tan they’ll look even better! Mel Oakes, by email
A LIFE’S WORK
from the nightdress I was wearing when I ﬁrst held my new baby daughter. She’s grown-up now, but I’ve been making a similar bracelet for her since she was a little girl. Hers is younger and more fun, with charms like the pink plastic shoe from her beloved Barbie doll, which I pierced a hole in and attached with a chain of small jump rings. It also has photos of her as a baby in my arms, and of her grandmother, in locket-style charms. I hope she will one day carry on the tradition. Judy Westall, Bournemouth
FABULOUS FABRIC I just can’t get enough of fabric in my projects
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STAR LETTER GIVE IT A GO! Thanks to Creative Beads & Jewellery I am able to explore new techniques and ‘have a go’ at creations I would never have dreamed of! I have been lucky enough to win Giveaways prizes, including a beautiful Swarovski crystal Wild Heart necklace and earrings kit, which looks fabulous when completed (far right),
this year, and thought I’d share a couple of ideas that have been inspired by designs in your magazine. I was so excited to see fabric on the cover of Issue 15 and Mel Brooke’s fabulous designs inside didn’t disappoint! As she suggested in her top tips, I used the chiffon
and antique silver heart pendants, which were featured in the Issue 10 Bead Challenge (below). I decided to try something new with the hearts and, armed with seed beads, fancy silver spacer beads and Diamond Glaze, I
entered my own Bead Challenge! I am really pleased with the results and have had some really positive comments when I have worn the pendants (above). They look fantastic on an antique silver chain. I would certainly
and net corsage necklace as the basis for making a lovely summery bracelet, tying one version with ultrawide ribbon for a very girly, fairytale look and making another with pale grey fabric and plum-coloured beads, which I attached to multiple strands of
leather and suede thong for what I call my festival look. I actually wore it to Glastonbury this summer and got loads of compliments – though I have also worn it in the ofﬁce! I adapted the necklace design too, continuing the beading on both sides of the corsage instead of using suede and placing the ﬂower centrally. I also made it much shorter so it’s more of a choker length, and it’s a real statement piece. I’m starting work on a couple of Christmas presents in a similar style now, using ice blue colours and crystals instead of beads for one, and deep bramble colours for the other. Angela Poulain, by email
encourage your readers to try entering the Giveaways – not only is it a lovely surprise when you come home after a long day at work, but it also encourages you to try many new techniques. Gaynor Wiseman, Edlesborough, Bucks CB&J: It’s wonderful to hear such enthusiastic feedback, and we would certainly encourage other readers to follow your advice – starting with our fantastic Giveaways and Competitions on pages 24, 32, 46 and 56 this issue! We hope your Star Letter prize inspires you to explore more new techniques.
TTER STAR LEr of this e n The win r Letter issue’s Sta fabulous is e r ceives thset from e iz r p ds.com dcowbea www.ma
SEWING THE SEEDS I just want to say how much I enjoy all the seed bead patterns in your magazine, and I thought you might be interested to see my version of a bracelet by Jill Thomas that was featured in Issue 7. A friend had seen a bracelet that I had made for my daughter
using black beads and asked me to make one for her in pink. I hope I have done justice to the designer. Janine McAlister-Cragg, Bangor, Co Down
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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
The gorgeous faceted glass beads free with this issue of CB&J come in a spectacular array of colours and are wonderfully versatile, as Judith Hannington demonstrates
THREE-STRAND CLUSTER NECKLACE
TO CREATE Thread a single bead onto a paddle
MATERIALS • your free beads • additional 6mm faceted round beads in your choice of colours • silver paddle pins • 4mm silver bead caps • silver small crimps • 0.46mm 7-strand Beadalon wire • silver clam calottes with closed loops • silver lobster clasp • silver extension chain
TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • crimping pliers
pin and turn a simple loop just above it. Repeat to create eight beaded pins in total, then thread them onto a 12cm length of wire. Bring the wire ends together, thread on a calotte and secure the wires with two crimps, allowing the paddle pins to splay out slightly whilst retaining some freedom of movement. Trim the wire ends flush to the second crimp and close the calotte snugly over both. Cut three lengths of wire your required
necklace length and thread your beaded cluster onto all three wires together. Add a bead cap, a bead and another bead cap each side – again on all three wires – then add a crimp to each side to secure everything centrally. Thread a crimp onto one wire and set it a short distance from the central beads. Thread on a bead cap, bead and bead cap before adding and setting another crimp to hold them in position.
Repeat the process on each wire in turn, using random spaces between the beads and making the two sides fairly similar but not identical. Stop about 25mm from the wire ends and add a calotte and two crimp beads to all three wires together. Set both crimps before closing the calotte over them. Use a jump ring to connect a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace and an extension chain to the other to finish.
TOP TIP Using crimping pliers will give a really professional ﬁnish when setting your crimps so that crimp covers become optional and the strands remain light and delicate
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HOW TO USE... YOUR FREE BEADS VINTAGE NECKLACE beginner
TO CREATE Working with the wire on the roll, thread on 20 of your main colour beads, starting, alternating and finishing with a single crimp bead. Thread the wire end through a single link of small chain and back through the final crimp and a few beads before pulling
MATERIALS • your free beads • additional 6mm faceted round beads in your choice of colours • small black crimp beads • 0.46mm 7-strand Beadalon wire • antique copper small-link chain • antique copper medium-link chain • black scroll connectors • antique copper eyepins • antique copper headpins or ball pins • antique copper bolt ring and jump ring
TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • crimping pliers
up into a snug loop and setting the crimp. Trim the other end of the wire about 5cm from the crimp and thread it through the end link of a piece of medium chain about eight links in length. Finish the wire in the same way as before. Repeat the beading to create a second identical strand, then again twice more in alternative colours, adding six-link lengths of chain at the start and enough medium-link chain at the end to make all four beaded strands the same length. Thread three, four and five beads each onto separate headpins and turn a simple loop in each pin above the final bead. Hang these
from an eyepin using lengths of medium chain so they are staggered in length. Thread a bead in your main colour onto the eyepin and turn a simple loop above it. Hang this component from a scroll connector. Thread three more eyepins with a single bead, turn a loop in each and connect all three together to form a triangle shape, hanging the beaded connector from one corner and attaching a further connector to the other two corners. Add an eyepin to the top of the two connectors, thread with three mixed colour beads and turn a loop. Add another connector
to each side, followed by your beaded strands from Steps 1-3, using the small-link chain ends. Secure each pair of strands together through the mediumlink chains using a jump ring and add your clasp components to each side to finish.
TOP TIP With so many different styles and ﬁnishes of connectors available you can customise this design in many different ways. The design can also be limited to just one or two colours of beads which, depending on your choice, will suit a range of outﬁts and occasions www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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HOW TO USE... YOUR FREE BEADS MORE FABULOUS IDEAS...
LOOP EARRINGS Thread through your beads and through them again with nylon to create beaded loops for simple earring designs. Interlock two or more loops for dimension and colour
WIREWORKED NECKLACE A stunningly simple design! Your first bead is threaded onto a length of wire, which is then folded around the bead before twisting. Add the next bead, fold and twist back to the top of the original twist before repeating as necessary. To protect delicate top-drilled crystals from chipping, fix the wire above the crystal using a crimp bead so that the twist is made only above this crimp WATCH CHAIN Cut and attach your chain and clasp first, so that the watch sits with just a tiny amount of slack around your wrist, before adding the eyepins and beads. Finish the pins with a simple loop for symmetry
CHUNKY BRACELET Mix and match a variety of beads on lengths of nylon-coated wire. Connect the strands together three per single loop on a three-loop clasp for a simple but chunky impact design
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proud as a
peacock Stunning peacock shades of shimmering green, blue and purple are meant to be noticed! Strut your stuff in these beautiful statement pieces
STEPHIE HALL DESIGNER
ABOUT STEPHIE… Stephie is a 35-year-old full-time jewellery designer and retailer living in South Gloucestershire. She loves to experiment with new and unusual materials, combining the ordinary with the extraordinary to create unique pieces of jewellery art. Stephie started making jewellery at 17 years old and finds it difficult to imagine life without creating. She runs two websites, an eBay shop and an Amazon store and can be found at www.stardustandsparkles. co.uk and www.princessjewellery.net
dry, brush or blow any excess beads off. Arrange your completed flower and charm in the bezel (Fig 6). Mix up a small quantity of resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use a tiny pouring jug or syringe to add it to the bezel (Fig 7). Let it dry thoroughly in a warm place (12 hours until it can be touched).
TWILIGHT SHORE NECKLACE TO CREATE Sand the bezel surface with small, circular motions and clean with acetone (see Fig 1, opposite). Drip single drops of ink and sponge them onto the bezel. Repeat until you’re happy with the result, allowing each layer to dry before adding more (Figs 2-4). Snip the loops off the Vintaj flower and your bird or butterfly charm. Place the flower on a clear plastic surface (like a gripseal bag) and drip a tiny amount of PVA onto its centre (Fig 5). Shake microbeads over this and leave to dry. Once it is thoroughly
Make a lapis beaded link by threading a 6mm daisy spacer, size 6 seed bead, lapis cylinder, size 6 seed bead and 6mm daisy spacer onto a length of wire and making a wrapped loop in each end. Bend your Vintaj filigree in half around a mandrel and fit it closely over the central lapis bead. Add a jump ring through the bottom-centre filigree hole on each side, connecting them together.
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INSPIRED BY... PEACOCK COLOURS MATERIALS
• 7 x 10mm lapis lazuli cylinder beads • 3 x 15mm lapis lazuli nuggets • 8 x 10mm amethyst coins • 14 x transparent lilac AB size 6 seed beads • 12 x transparent lilac AB size 11 seed beads • 2 x antique brass 6mm daisy spacers • 12 x antique brass 5mm daisy spacers • 20 x antique brass 6mm heavy jump rings • approx 9” Vintaj petite textured chain • approx 3’ antique bronze 22-gauge wire • Vintaj flower fastenable
Make another six lapis wrapped links, using lengths of wire threaded with a size 11 seed bead, size 6 seed bead, 5mm daisy spacer, lapis cylinder, 5mm daisy spacer, size 6 seed bead and size 11 seed bead. Add an eight-link length of chain to each end of the filigree connector from Step 4. To this add a lapis wrapped link, an eight-link length of chain, and another lapis link, and repeat on the other side. Attach a large Vintaj ring to each end using a 6mm jump ring.
NEED TO KNOW
Make four amethyst wrapped links using short lengths of wire, and create two ‘chains’, each made up of four links of textured chain, an amethyst connector, four chain links, a lapis connector, four chain links, an amethyst connector and a final four chain links. Attach one to the large Vintaj ring on each side, and attach the clasp components to the other ends. Now make the central cross-section using four amethyst wrapped links alternated
• Vintaj 21mm diamond filigree • Vintaj large bamboo bezel • Vintaj bird or butterfly charm • 2 x Vintaj 15mm connector rings • Vintaj spiral clasp • 4 x Vintaj 16mm filigree bead caps • 8 x tanzanite AB 4mm round crystals • 20 x antique brass 1” 24-gauge headpins • 16 x dark blue 4mm freshwater seed pearls • 8 x light blue 7mm oval freshwater pearls • 8 x purple 6mm round potato pearls
• assorted Martha Stewart microbeads • Tim Holtz Stream, Denim, Eggplant and Purple Twilight alcohol inks • clear epoxy lay-up resin • strong PVA glue
TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters • non-stick sheet • torn-up sponge pieces – I use baby sponges • fine sanding paper • acetone (or alcohol-based nail polish remover) • small stepped mandrel (with approx 5mm step)
with three lapis nugget links (with bead caps as shown). Attach to the large Vintaj rings with jump rings. Make wrapped drops by threading all the small pearls and crystals individually
Epoxy resin is a fabulous product but it does need to be used very carefully. Follow the instructions closely, and wear a respirator mask and work in a well-ventilated area as the fumes are poisonous. Some resins are sold in quite large minimum amounts – 750g for the one I used, which is available from www.resin-supplies.co.uk. If you don’t use it often, a resin such as Solid Water (specifically designed to mimic the appearance of water in miniature modelling) also works well and comes in very small packages. It can frequently be obtained from polymer clay stockists, including online at www.georgeweil.com
onto headpins. Attach five drops (one tanzanite crystal, two dark blue pearls, one light blue pearl and one purple pearl) to every other link on the central chain section using a jump ring.
TOP TIP Don’t keep pouring your resin until it reaches the outer edge of the bezel – it keeps moving outwards after you ﬁnish pouring. Leave around 0.75cm from the edge and let it ﬁll on its own. You can then add drops and manipulate it with a piece of wire if needed
TOP TIP It’s pretty much impossible to replicate an inked bezel exactly – play with the colours until you create something you love rather than trying to copy! You can also change the colour scheme for dramatic results – Cranberry, Wild Plum and Butterscotch make a stunning tropical sunset (and sound delicious)!
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UNLOCKED SECRETS NECKLACE intermediate
TO CREATE Sand your keyplate lightly and clean with acetone (see Fig 1, opposite). Drip dots of alcohol ink onto it and sponge in. Add colour until you’re happy with the result, allowing each layer to dry before applying another colour (Fig 2). Once dried, apply some Diamond Glaze (Fig 3) and dab all over the plate front with a paintbrush – the dabbing gives a nice additional texture (Fig 4). Set to one side to dry (I allow overnight). Create a crimped loop at one end of your Acculon. Using a short length of thin wire through the loop as a ‘needle’, thread it through the top of a bead cone (Fig 5). Add a jump ring to the loop to prevent it going back
down through the cone. String the Acculon with alternating potato and rice pearls, with a size 6 seed bead between them each time (Fig 6). Finish the end in the same way as you started, crimping far enough from the final pearl that the bead cone will slide onto the loop comfortably (Fig 7). Add a jump ring (Fig 8). Find the central potato pearl and count four potato pearls out. The inside of this pearl is where your fringe starts. Tie your thread around the necklace between the next seed bead up (towards the necklace end) and the
rice pearl next to it (Fig 9). Pass it through the seed bead and tie a double half-hitch knot. Pass it through the pearl and tie another double half-hitch knot. You are now starting to create the strands. Keeping the right level of tension is really important for any seed beading – I used the spiky bit of a knotting tool, stabbed down onto my work surface inside the end loop, and pulled the
MATERIALS • hammered escutcheon keyplate • Vintaj skeleton key • 21 x peacock green 8mm potato pearls • 20 x dark blue 8mm rice pearls • 38 x transparent amethyst AB size 6 seed beads • 5g mixed blue, purple and green iris size 11 seed beads • size 15 seed beads in complementary colour • 2 x antique gold bead cones • antique gold toggle clasp
• 12 x antique brass 6mm jump rings • 2” antique brass 4x6mm curb chain • 22” antique gold Acculon beading wire • 2 x sterling silver 2x1mm crimp beads • Nymo beading thread • Purple Twilight, Meadow, Stream, Denim, Cranberry and Wild Plum Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks • Diamond Glaze
TOOLS • crimping pliers
• round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters • short length of thin wire (approx 26-gauge) • paintbrush • torn-up sponge pieces – I use baby sponges • size 10 English beading needle • beeswax block (optional) • fine sandpaper • acetone (or alcohol-based nail polish remover) • knotting tool
other end of the thread tight against it to finish my fronds with the correct tension. Thread on six size 11 seed beads, then one size 15 seed bead, and come back up the row of six (Fig 10). Every frond has a size 15 seed bead at the end. Tie and repeat with seven size 11 seed beads (and the size 15 seed bead at the bottom). Go through the size 6 seed bead on
the main necklace to the next section. The size 11 seed bead count increases by one on each strand, so the next straight drop is eight beads long (plus the size 15). Tie the thread and start another drop as before, stringing nine size 11 seed beads. This time, instead of going all the way up, stop four beads from the top and reverse direction by going outside the bead
TOP TIP You will run out of thread whilst beading the fringe. Because this is beaded to a solid necklace, I found it much easier to ﬁnish the old thread with multiple knots to the main necklace, and start the new thread in the same way. It helps to knot it and thread it through a bead then knot it again before starting to fringe with it
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INSPIRED BY... PEACOCK COLOURS
you came out of and in and back out of the one below (Fig 11). Add an extra four size 11 seed beads to form a branch (Fig 12). Every pair of fringe strands from now on consists of one straight and one branched drop, and you can alternate which you do first. To pass the rice pearl to the next pair, add two size 15 seed beads, a size 11, five size 15s, a size 11 and two size 15s before knotting to the necklace on the other side of the pearl to make a loop (Fig 13). Form your next two pairs of fronds and create another loop to pass the next pearl. Continue until you have 12 pairs of fronds, then pass straight through the hole of the next potato pearl, create a
bead loop under the rice pearl, pass through the central potato pearl and loop under the next rice pearl before tying off multiple times for security. Repeat, working inwards, on the other side but do not cross the centre beads – finish at the final frond. Use a chain of three jump rings to attach your keyplate centrally to the necklace (Fig 14). Then use jump rings to attach a 1” length of chain to each of the bottom keyplate holes. Open the bottom chain links to attach the skeleton key (Fig 15). Finally add a clasp to the loops at the ends of the necklace, using jump rings.
TOP TIP Keyplates are just one of thousands of everyday objects that can be made into beautiful, unusual jewellery. Next time you’re in a hardware or DIY shop, take a look around with fresh eyes. Even just digging through the depths of an old toolbox or bits-and-bobs tub in the garage can yield some interesting potential!
WHERE TO BUY Lapis lazuli and amethyst beads are available from www.semipreciousbeads.co.uk Seed beads are available from www.gjbeads.co.uk or from www.firemountaingems.com, where you will also find pearls, brass cutout beads, daisy spacers and Swarovski crystals Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks can be bought at www.rainbowsilks.co.uk Vintaj components are available from www.princess-jewellery.net Diamond Glaze and antique gold Acculon are available from www.madcowbeads.com There is a large selection of Czech glass buttons at www.paviyarns.co.uk The keyplate used here can be found at www.morehandles.co.uk Martha Stewart microbeads are available from the TMC Crafts store on eBay www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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INSPIRED BY... PEACOCK COLOURS intermediate
PEACOCK EYE BRACELET
MATERIALS • decorative 1” Czech glass button • Vintaj 44mm diamond swirl filigree • 2 x Vintaj 15mm connector rings • 4 x antique brass 6mm heavy jump rings • 20 x antique brass 6mm cutout beads • 4 x Purple Velvet 6mm round Swarovski crystals • 4 x Blue Capri AB 6mm round Swarovski crystals • 4 x Cobalt 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • 4 x Emerald 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals • antique brass lobster clasp • 20” antique gold Acculon beading wire • 6 x sterling silver 2x1mm crimp beads
TO CREATE Place the filigree face-down on the anvil and hammer the centre flat – around three strikes should do it (see Fig 1, below). Cut the metal loop off the back of the button (Fig 2) and place it in the centre of the filigree. Line up the centres carefully, then bend opposite arms of the filigree around the button simultaneously with your fingers.
Repeat for the remaining arms (Fig 3) and fix in place by pinching with flat-nosed pliers. Cut a 5” length of Acculon, slip it through the filigree at one ‘corner’ and crimp (Fig 4). Widen the hole on a brass bead slightly with round-nosed pliers and slip it onto the wire over the crimp. This opens the bead seam so close it up afterwards with flat-nosed pliers (Fig 5).
Thread an Emerald bicone, a Blue Capri round, a Cobalt bicone and a purple round onto the wire, alternated with brass cutout beads. After the final crystal, leave a gap of around 0.5cm and create a crimped loop in the wire (Fig 6). Tease open a brass bead with round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers (Figs 7 and 8) and use it like a crimp cover to cover the crimp (Fig 9).
Repeat for the remaining three ‘corners’ of the button. Then add a connector ring to link the two strands at each end (Fig 10). Attach two jump
• round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • wire cutters • flat hammer and anvil (or similar)
rings to one connector ring and two jump rings and a lobster clasp to the other.
TOP TIP This bracelet was made to ﬁt quite a small wrist. To lengthen, either add extra beads to each strand or use additional jump rings or an extender chain on the end. You could also swap the crimp-covering brass beads for traditional covers to help get the correct length
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MEL BROOKE DESIGNER BEADS BY LILI TO CREATE Cut three 30cm lengths of Tigertail and thread a single 2mm crimp bead, followed by a rocaille, onto all three. Add 15 seed beads to each of the three ends, then bend them back through the rocaille and crimp bead. Pull the ends so that the three loops are tight to the seed bead
ABOUT MEL… When Mel launched www.beadsbylili.com she had a hunch that beading and jewellery making would become popular in the UK. Like many others, she started out designing and selling jewellery pieces at local craft fairs but, she says, “it was difficult to source interesting, fashionable beads, so I began to spend a lot of time working on that to the point where the bead side of the business took over”. So Beads by Lili was born, with the strapline ‘We dream of beads’ because, Mel says, “beading and fashion is my passion and I literally would dream of beads!”.
These beautiful mottled discs make wonderful focal beads, with the striking colours working perfectly alongside copper and brown cord to conjure up images of a tropical paradise, complete with palm trees, coconuts and fishing nets! intermediate
TEAL RAIN NECKLACE
and crimp, then squash it into a round shape with crimping pliers. Thread a Teal Rain disc onto the Tigertail strands, sliding it up so that it sits snug to the crimp bead and making sure the short ends are hidden within the hole. Thread on a rocaille. Separate the three pieces of Tigertail and thread two seed beads, a rocaille, two more seed beads, another rocaille, and a final two seed beads onto each. Hold all three ends together and thread on two 7mm jump rings before passing them through an 8mm frosted teal round bead.
Still holding all three pieces of Tigertail together, thread on another two jump rings. Now separate the three lengths of Tigertail and add seven seed beads interspersed with three rocailles to each. Thread all three ends through a single rocaille and add a Teal Rain disc and another rocaille. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, with the seed bead sequences reversed so the necklace is symmetrical. Add a crimp bead before the last rocaille. Separate out the three strands, add 15 seed beads to each, then bend them back
through the rocaille and crimp bead. Pull the ends so that the three loops are as tight to the rocaille and crimp as possible, then squash the crimp. Trim the ends a little and push them down into the Teal Rain disc to hide them. On one side of the necklace, add a 7mm jump ring to each seed bead ‘loop’. Add a further jump ring to each of those, then use a single jump ring to connect these three to the bottom loop of a floral spacer bead. Repeat on the other side. Use two 7mm jump rings to connect two short lengths of chain to
the loop on the other side of the floral spacer. Use a final 7mm jump ring to connect one half of the toggle clasp. Repeat on the other side.
MATERIALS • 3 x Teal Rain acrylic disc beads • 2 x teal frosted 8mm round beads • 2 x antique copper 18mm floral pattern spacer beads • antique copper large oval-link chain • antique copper chunky toggle clasp • antique copper 7mm jump rings • Tigertail beading wire • opaque lime 2mm seed beads • green AB silver-lined 2mm glass rocailles • 2mm crimp beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters
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INSPIRED BY... THE TROPICS MATERIALS • Deep Ocean acrylic disc bead • brown 0.6mm waxed cord • green AB silver-lined 2mm glass rocailles
TROPICAL OCEAN MACRAMÉ NECKLACE intermediate
TOOLS • scissors • glue (optional)
TO CREATE Cut two 2m and two 3m lengths of waxed cord. Hold all four strands together and push them through the hole of the acrylic disc. Knot so as to leave tails of around 10-12cm. Thread a few rocailles onto the two shorter, middle lengths of cord. Holding the first bead snug to the knotted ends, take
WHY NOT TRY?
the long right-hand length under all three remaining threads, bring it back over the top and down through its own ‘loop’ and pull gently. Repeat the action with the longer thread on the left-hand side. This repeating right and left knotting action produces the basic loose macramé-style knots as you work down the threads. Work only
with the same right and left-hand threads and leave the two middle threads central. Every other knot, slide a rocaille from one of the central threads so that they sit at intervals down the length of the necklace. Add more beads to the central threads if necessary as you go. Continue knotting until the necklace is
long enough to slip over your head with the focal disc sitting at a suitable position. When you’re happy with the length, hold all four threads together and wrap them around the knotted cords at the top of the acrylic bead. Pass the ends through their own
loop to create a knot. Repeat two or three times, trim the ends at the back, then add a dot of glue to the knots to secure if desired. Add rocailles to the threads left hanging under the acrylic bead, then tie a knot in each strand and trim.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769
Make a co-ordinating pair of Tropical Seas hoop earrings using Ocean Teal shiny AB 11.5mm acrylic beads, 10mm blue glass pearls and assorted seed beads. Use a single link of antique copper large oval-link chain to attach the central beads. The beaded hoops can be connected directly to the earring findings to face outwards when worn, or attached with a jump ring if you want them to sit sideways www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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Gold and Turquoise Necklace Kit No. 51 £15.00
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& big Born in the south of England, near Brighton, Ingrid often visited the glass lampwork artist making souvenirs on Queens Road as a child. “I have always loved glass, art and lapidary, but it lay dormant for many years as I got on with life,” she says. “Eventually art found me again and I completed a degree in the subject, but it was later, by accident, that I discovered lampworking tools and equipment were available to buy though the internet. I soon read up on it all and within two weeks of purchasing I knew I’d found my niche.” That was in 2006. Shortly afterwards, Ingrid set up Aura Art Glass (www.auraartglass.com), and she is continuously developing, learning and progressing her skills in lampworking, jewellery making and silversmithing. She joined GBUK (Glass Beadmakers of the United Kingdom), which led to an invitation to take part in the international Tempest exhibition, featuring the work of some globally eminent glass artists. Visit www.tempestbead exhibition.org
DICHROIC GLASS IN LAMPWORK Originally developed in the 1970s as a by product of the NASA space programme, dichroic glass has become popular in jewellery for its stunning effects. Dichroic glass has a
Pandora-style big hole beads are the perfect opportunity to experiment with lampwork ideas and techniques, as Ingrid Jarvis reveals. Using dichroic glass adds girly glamour and sparkle to these chunky focals beginner
RAISED DICHROIC BUMPIES TO CREATE For dichroic bumpies, prepare stringers fairly thick with low heat. A hothead torch is ideal for working with dichroic glass. A dual-fuel torch can be used, but turn down the heat once the dichroic is added. Make your bead in the normal way using a 5mm larger mandrel. It will feel a little strange if you are using a larger mandrel for the first time so make sure that the glass you
transmitted colour, where the light passes through the glass, and then a completely different reﬂective colour when light reﬂects off it. The two colours shift depending on the angle of view, giving the glass its vibrant, attentiongrabbing appearance.
MATERIALS wind on is hot enough, otherwise you will pull the bead release off and ruin your bead. When the bead is formed and you are happy with the shape, let the orange glow go from it. Turn down the flame – if using a dual-fuel torch, turn down the oxygen to almost a reduction flame. Take your dichroic stringer with the rough side away from the flame and place eight dots around the middle, then alternately around
In lampwork, it is mainly used to give dichroic highlights and can be very budget effective, with a little going a long way in stringer work. However, I have also used it on its own to create larger and sculptural items.
the shoulders. Partially melt in all the dots on your bead so they are almost half melted, making them secure to the bead and unable to chip off if knocked. Place the mandrel in your kiln, vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble to anneal. Once annealed and completely cooled, twist and remove the bead from the mandrel. Remove the bead release from the hole either manually or with an electric reamer. Clean the bead in lukewarm water and dry.
TO MAKE THE BUMPY EARRINGS YOU WILL NEED: • Ink Blue big hole raised bumpies • small (approx 10mm) Ink Blue dichroic swirl beads • silver
• Transparent Ink Blue Effetre glass rod • clear random dichroic stringer
TOOLS • prepared mandrel • stainless steel 1” marver
NEED TO KNOW
Ensure your random dichroic glass is compatible with your lampwork glass – ie. if working with Effetre, CiM or similar, your glass is coe 104 or Bullseye (coe 90)
5mm rivets • silver 5mm saucer beads • silver 4mm saucer beads • 3mm crimps • silver 50-70mm headpins • silver ear wires
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MAKE YOUR OWN... PANDORA-STYLE BEADS CENTRAL BAND DICHROIC BEAD PENDANT intermediate
MATERIALS • Peace opaque white CiM glass rods • Opaque Light Pink Effetre glass rod • Transparent Peridot/Grass Green Effetre glass stringers • Opaque Lime Effetre glass stringers • Transparent Rubino Oro Effetre glass stringers • strip of dichroic silver clear glass (coe 104)
TOOLS • oil-filled glass cutter • metal marver or graphite paddle • stainless steel 1” masher • pliers or tweezers (to pull stringers)
TO CREATE Score your dichroic glass into thin strips, then place a mandrel or the edge of a cutting board against the score line on the underside. Push down with some weight onto the other side of the score mark and your glass should cut off
WORKING WITH DICHROIC GLASS When pulled and cool you will feel that a dichroic stringer is rough on one side and smooth on the other. The smooth side (or black) is the side that heat is applied to in your designs as the dichroic layers are encased in clear or black glass, giving them some protection. The coated side can be seen when you hold the glass at an angle to the light – if you see the colour run to the edge, then
cleanly. If you are using black dichroic glass, cut it with the dichroic side facing down (black side up). If you are using clear dichroic glass, there should be a thicker layer of clear on one side of the dichroic ‘sandwich’ – ensure the dichroic layer is closest to the bead. Lay a footprint of two widths of opaque white rod next to each other on a 5mm prepared mandrel (or more, but going up in even increments). Shape and round as normal. Marver into a cylindrical shape and tidy the edges with the sides of a masher. Introduce back into the heat and keep warm in the back of the flame.
you are looking at the coated side; if you can see the depth of the glass with the coating below, you are looking at the non-coated side. Work in the back and sides of the ﬂame rather than directly as dichroic glass can bubble, giving a white scum, or the dichroic layer can be burnt off completely. Clear dichroic glass is more forgiving than the black-backed version so can occasionally take some direct heat, but not for long.
Wrap some transparent green stringer over the white, with transparent pink at the ends. Add Light Pink Effetre glass to each end to give a cylinder shape – I laid two widths of pink to each side (see Fig 1, right). For reference, I count how much glass I wrap around a bead, adding up each time I go round the circumference. For this project, I counted five wraps of pink and white. Once melted, add a stringer of lime green either side of your central band (Fig 2), then melt in. Ensure your dichroic strip is long enough for the circumference of the bead. Warm the back of the dichroic glass so it’s pliable but not too soft – just enough to bend without any pressure when wrapping it around the bead. Avoid applying direct heat to the dichroic; you don’t want the dichroic layer to stretch or break up. Instead, spot warm the bead to a slight glow, gradually adding and bending the strip with the dichroic side uppermost (Fig 3).
Melt the central band of dichroic in position by applying heat from the side of the flame to the side of the band, alternating between one side of the bead and the other (Fig 4). Once all the glass has melted in and the bead is smooth, warm it to an orange glow, taking care with the dichroic area. The heat and gravity will have bunched the bead up from being a longer cylinder to an ovalshaped bulging bead. Whilst hot, flatten the bead on a marver, flipping it and pressing weight evenly on both sides. The bead should automatically form into a circle shape – if not, try to even it out with heat and extra glass in the required areas if necessary. When the central band is melted in smooth with the rest of bead, evenly flash flame with a gentle heat over all of bead to dissipate any tension in the glass and remove chill marks. It’s best not to have an orange glowing bead during this step. Place into a kiln, vermiculite,
fibre blanket or annealing bubble to anneal and cool.
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DICHROIC SWIRL BEAD beginner
MATERIALS • Rubino Oro Effetre glass stringer • Light Pink Effetre glass rod • dichroic clear glass stringers
TOOLS • prepared 5mm mandrel • stainless steel 1” masher
TO CREATE Lay a footprint one rod width. Layer glass on top to make a round bead. Let the orange glow go from the bead but, while still warm, use mashers to even up the edges. Don’t worry unduly – gravity and heat should round up the bead if you keep your mandrel horizontal and turning. Using a Rubino Oro stringer, wind it
around the bead three or four times, with the stripes evenly apart (see Fig 1, below left). Melt in slightly so the stringer layer has gripped the pink layer. It doesn’t matter too much if your stripes touch or overlap – as long as you have an even layer of stringer you will get a nice effect.
TO MAKE THE SUMMER SUNDAE DOUBLE-STRAND BRACELET YOU WILL NEED:
ADDING RIVETS To add rivets ensure the hole is thoroughly cleaned of bead release. A 5mm rivet or eyelet is available in sterling silver or silver-plated and should ﬁt perfectly in a bead created on a 5mm mandrel. You
• 2 x lime dichroic swirl big hole beads • 2 x pink dichroic swirl extra large big hole beads • 4 x lime green encased (duo) spacers • 4 x fuschia encased (duo) spacers • 4 x light pink jelly (frit) beads • 2 x pink dichroic swirl spacers • don’t want it too loose, so do check this before gluing. Using an epoxy glue, mix the hardener and resin in equal quantities (according to the manufacturer’s instructions) and apply a thin cover to the inner surface
Turn down the heat and gently melt in the dichroic stringer. When melted, check the shape of your bead and round up using your masher if necessary. Anneal and cool.
Add your stringers of clear dichroic (Fig 2). Depending on the width of the stringer
12 x silver 6mm round beads • 6 x 5mm ﬂat rondelles • 6 x silver 5mm rivets • 22cm 49-strand Beadalon • 30cm trace chain • 9 x 5mm heavy jump rings • 4 x 4m jump rings • 12mm carabiner catch or lobster clasp • 7mm heavy oval jump ring • silver tag • 3x2 mm crimps • 1mm crimps • silver calottes • 2 x silver 2-hole bar connectors of the hole using a matchstick. Leave for 30 seconds, then add rivets each side. Check no glue has oozed out and clean if necessary with thinners. Leave to dry and cure for at least 24 hours.
you might want more than one, but one layer should be enough in terms of thickness.
BIG HOLE BEADS Big hole beads are enjoying huge popularity, with the best-known Pandora brand turning into a phenomenal success story since its introduction into the UK in 2005. Big hole beads capture the imagination – they appeal because they are so simple to incorporate into different jewellery pieces, and because the style focuses all attention on the colour and detail of the beads themselves. They allow the lampworker to experiment with a whole variety of designs and techniques, from the straightforward to the highly elaborate. Big hole beads are useful for thicker cords,
rubber and leather thongs and multi-layer chain designs. They’re also great if you want to create a chunkier design without too much weight. In this article, I’ve tried to show that we don’t need to be restricted by the shape of the bead, which seems often to be a standard round in big hole beads. Why not try a pendant in a circular or cylinder shape, or even a square on a bracelet? Whatever shape you decide to make, with rivets available in both sterling silver and silver-plated versions, as well as different mandrel sizes, you can have lots of fun trying out ideas.
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MAKE YOUR OWN... PANDORA-STYLE BEADS FEATHERED CYLINDER FOCAL BEAD intermediate
MATERIALS • Opaque White Effetre glass rod • Transparent Dark Turquoise Effetre glass rod • strip of random (reflective teal) dichroic clear glass
TOOLS • • • • • •
oil-filled glass cutter cutting board stainless steel 1” masher metal marver prepared 5mm mandrel stainless steel rake or dental pick
TO CREATE Cut a strip of clear dichroic, as for the Central Band Pendant on page 27. Lay a footprint of opaque white rod, wind around the mandrel four or five times, and repeat with another row next to the first. Do this again if you prefer a longer bead. Heat until melted, then marver firmly, turning the bead against the marver while hot. Put back in the flame to warm again and repeat if necessary so that you
have a thin cylinder shape the size required. Encase the bead with transparent turquoise (see Fig 1, below). Melt the glass until the turquoise is melted, and marver firmly but evenly, rewarming the bead each time it’s marvered. Tidy the edges with the side of the masher and smooth out the bead on the marver. Repeat if necessary. When you have achieved an even cylinder shape, turn down the heat and reduce the amount of oxygen if using a dual-fuel torch. Add the strip of clear dichroic centrally, ensuring it is long enough for the circumference of the bead (Fig 2). Place it correctly first time as it will grip the turquoise layer and prove difficult to reposition. Flame the
strip of glass where the edge meets around the circumference, and straighten and flatten the edge slightly so it’s neatly aligned with the rest of the band. Gradually melt the dichroic glass as before. With the dichroic layer melted and soft, heat the section you will rake. l rake into the dichroic, not too deeply but straight to the edge of the bead. There will be a slight gather of glass at the edge where the glass has been pulled to; use a masher to flatten this into the bottom edge, then turn the bead to a horizontal position and pull in the opposite direction. Repeat until you’re back at the start of the bead pattern (Fig 3). A feather pattern should be achieved similar to
an iced bakewell tart top! I’ve done my feathering quite loose and wide because of the bead shape, but the tightness can be altered depending on how closely each pull is made and also on the width of the dichroic strip. Again experimentation is the key to finding your preferences.
TO MAKE THE FEATHERED DROP NECKLACE YOU WILL NEED: • feathered dichoic focal lampwork bead • 9 x peacock 10x8mm spacers • 2 x turquoise 13x8mm encased (duo) beads • 2 x silver 5mm saucer beads • 2 x silver 3mm saucer beads • 13 x silver 6mm ﬂat spacer or saucer beads •
TOP TIP Mark your mandrel with a felt-tip pen to indicate the length you want the bead to be once marvered, remembering when laying your footprint that your glass will spread when marvered
20cm 49-strand Beadalon • 2 x silver ﬁgure of eight connectors • 2 x silver 1x1.5mm crimps • silver split ring • silver tag • silver 5mm heavy bolt ring with ring • 6 x silver 4mm jump rings • 12 x silver 5mm heavy jump rings • 55.5cm silver trace chain • 2 x silver calottes • silver 50mm headpin
WHERE TO BUY The glass supplies and tools used here are available from www.tuffnellglass.co.uk and www.warmglass.co.uk The jewellery supplies and tools are available from www.palmersmetals.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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bead doctor Got a beading query or jewellery dilemma? Ask our resident expert for the answers BAIL OUT
I recently bought a beautiful large teardrop crystal with the intention of making it the focal on a very simple necklace. I have made much more complicated jewellery but some of my favourite tops this year are already embellished and all those beads, seeds and sequins together can be a bit much! The crystal is top-drilled and my plan was simply to attach a
decorative pinch bail and thread it onto ﬁne silver chain. However, the top section of the crystal around the hole cracked as I closed the bail. I don’t think it was a poor quality bead as it came from my usual store – did I do something wrong? Leanne Dimitrov, Folkstone, Kent
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Did you use pliers to close the bail? When crystals or glass beads
TION I would like to get it QUESTHE ﬁnished as soon as OF TH I can – one less thing to worry about! MON SPARKLING BRIDE I wonder if you can help me. I am getting married in October and I would like to ‘bling’ up my shoes and veil with some pretty crystals. I know there is a way of sticking them on but I’m scared of burning the veil with a heat gun. Is there a better way I can do this that you know of?
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Tamara Mears, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Swarovski Elements HotFix Crystals would look stunning and they are designed to go on neatly and stay put (even through a gentle wash cycle)! The BeJeweler tool (available from www. shineyrocks.co.uk) is speciﬁcally made to pick up and apply Swarovski HotFix Crystals and, if used following the manufacturer’s instructions, it shouldn’t come into direct contact with the fabric and there will be no risk of burning. You can also use an iron to heat these crystals or other brand hot-ﬁx rhinestones, but this is
are cracked like this, it is usually the metal jaws on your pliers that are the culprits! Most pinch bails are actually quite easy to gently prise apart and then close using just your ﬁngers. If a little extra pressure is required, try using nylon-jaw pliers or, if you don’t have any, wrapping tape around the ends of your ordinary pliers to mask the metal. Don’t give up on your crystal unless it now has sharp, jagged
edges. If the cracking is just around the drilled hole, why not create a spiral wire cage for it, wrapping the top of the stone ﬁrst to hide the
obviously less precise and great care must be taken. Be aware that it can take only a few seconds to ‘melt’ the glue, and it is ready to stick as soon as it takes on a glossier appearance – you don’t want it to bubble. If you want to avoid using heat, you can obtain a secure ﬁnish with ﬂat-back crystals and a strong, fabricfriendly glue such as GemTac. You only want a tiny quantity of
glue so use a cocktail stick to apply the smallest drop. Far more labour intensive, but perfect for creating a lovely old-fashioned, vintage look with lots of texture and dimension, would be sewing tiny crystal beads onto your veil, individually and in clusters, or even in a pattern. Whichever method
damaged area? Check out the beach pebble designs on page 38 this issue for step-by-step instructions and further ideas.
you choose, you may wish to avoid adding crystals to the area of your veil that will be immediately around or over your face. By their nature they will reﬂect light, and brides have reported having wedding photographs spoilt by the combination of crystals and ﬂash bulb.
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RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB I keep seeing crimping tools on the ‘Tools’ lists for projects but they are usually marked as optional. Can you tell me what they actually are and whether I should be buying some? Thanks. Tori Batten, Falmouth, Cornwall
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... It really depends on how you are using your crimps and whether they will ultimately be hidden, round the back of your neck or inside a bead, cone or crimp cover, or be a
visible part of your design. Flat-nosed pliers are perfectly functional for squashing a crimp bead so it performs its job, but if you are leaving the crimps exposed, specialist crimping pliers will round off the crimp for a neater, more professional-looking ﬁnish. Rounding the crimps also leaves them smoother, without rough edges that might scratch the skin. See our techniques glossary on page 90 for how to use crimping pliers.
Some designers also have a preference for magic crimpers, or magical crimping pliers. These are intended to be easier to perfect than ordinary crimping pliers, with the same neat, rounded results – the crimp should end up looking like a tiny metal bead. Do be aware, though, that these tools come in different sizes, designed to be used with certain gauges of wire and a speciﬁc size and thickness of crimp, and won’t work with the ‘wrong’ materials.
GET KNOTTED! I’ve recently got into chain maille and am loving all the different effects you can achieve with different weaves. I was chatting to someone about it in my local bead shop and she thought pieces made with Mobius knots would suit my style. Problem is, I don’t really know what they are. I’ve found a Mobius link design, but that doesn’t look as interesting as what this lady was describing and I’m not sure it’s the same thing. Can you help? Aimee Smith, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Mobius links and knots actually use the same chain maille weave – the difference is in the number of rings used together. The design you have seen probably used just three individual rings in each link, which will give a relatively ﬂat,
open effect. To create the knots or balls you are after, which obviously have lots of dimension and look really striking, you need to use the rings in pairs and include six or even more pairs in each one. You can use as many rings as the inner diameter will allow, and six pairs is certainly possible with id 8.3mm, 1.64mm aluminium jump rings, though adding the ﬁnal pair can take practice. Here’s how to do it: Join a pair of rings to a pair of closed rings, referring to Fig 1, above. Add another pair of rings, linking them through the centre of the two sets of rings in Step 1, referring to Fig 2. Keep joining pairs of rings, linking them through the centre of all the rings added, until you have joined 12 rings. Make sure you overlay each pair onto the previous pair added.
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TIME FOR TEA? I loved the ‘Time for Tea’ projects in Issue 16 and thought the miniature teapot and cup-andsaucer charms and the tiny spoons were just gorgeous. However, the pale vintage colours aren’t really ‘me’ and they’re very summery. They make me think of garden parties whereas, particularly with the weather we’re having right now, I’m picturing cocoa and crumpets in front of the ﬁre! Do you know of anywhere that sells similar charms but not in the pastel colour scheme? Vicky Ellis, Enﬁeld, North London
set charms are often part of a bead store’s summer range and are replaced by different themes in the winter months. The projects in Issue 16 used the gorgeous vintage-style yellow and white ﬂoral teacup, milk jug and teapot charms available from www. shineyrocks.co.uk, along with 15mm antique silver spoon charms (15p each). You’ll ﬁnd this adorable traditional blue and white china miniature tea set on a tray (£8.95) at www. beadshopscotland.co.uk, as well as this polka dot coffee set (also £8.95), which you could co-ordinate with typical Christmas shades for a fun festive feel. For a warm colour palette and cute style, The Bead Shop Scotland also has these ‘cherry’ coffee cup charms for 50p each, and you could even combine them with a chocolate digestive or three
Images courtesy of www.beadsisters.co.uk; 01776 830352
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(70p each)! Alternatively, you could use metal charms and add seasonal colours to your piece through your choice of beads. Visit www.beadsdirect.co.uk for silvertone Thomas Sabo-style clip-on teapot charms (£1 each) or Pandora-style teapots (£1.01 each). For an autumn or winter glow, or if you’re planning on using beads in shades of brown and gold, you may prefer to avoid silver. This ‘tea time’ inscribed teapot comes in antique gold from www.mailorderbeads.co.uk (40p each).
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Unfortunately, these lovely tea
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all aboard! STEPH GIBBS & RACHEL BLAND DESIGNERS THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM)
Use crafters’ favourite Stampbord to create your own mini work of art as a focal for your jewellery. Here Steph Gibbs and Rachel Bland have taken inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night to create an expressive ocean scene, and teamed it up with seaside charms and cool blues
ABOUT STEPH & RACHEL… Rachel & Steph have both been making jewellery for many years and teach a variety of workshops at The Bead Shop (Nottingham). They welcomed the chance to collaborate on this project, combining their individual styles and ideas.
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MAKE YOUR OWN STAMPBORD PENDANTS OCEAN WAVES NECKLACE intermediate
MATERIALS • domino size Stampbord • blue and aqua inks • black permanent marker pen • glaze • 3 x Capri Blue 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Aquamarine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 5 x Jet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Capri Blue 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 3 x Aquamarine 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • antique silver shell charm • antique silver spiral shell charm • antique silver seastar charm • antique silver seahorse charm • 50cm blue 2mm cord • 30cm silver-plated medium figaro chain • 9 x silver-plated 8mm jump rings • 6 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • 4 x silver-plated foldover cord ends • medium trigger clasp • silver-plated extension chain • 18 x silver-plated headpins
TOOLS • scratch knife • Dremel tool and 1.5mm drill bit • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Use blue and aqua inks to colour the Stampbord, applying and blending so there are subtle differences in shade. Use a scratch knife to sketch your wave design onto the board (see Fig 1, below), then fill the scratches with more ink. Pick out highlights on the waves by scratching back to the white, and use a black marker pen to add scroll details (Fig 2). Once you are happy with your design, paint a thin layer of glaze over it and let it dry – this should only take a few minutes. Using a Dremel tool and 1.5mm drill bit, drill a hole in each of the top corners of the
pendant (Fig 3), then three evenly spaced holes across the bottom. Cut lengths of chain measuring 2cm, 3cm and 5cm, and attach them to the holes along the bottom of the pendant using 8mm jump rings, ensuring the longest piece is in the middle. Using 6mm jump rings, attach a charm to the bottom of each length of chain and another to the top of the middle length. Thread a few beads
individually onto headpins and add these for extra decoration, attaching them to the existing jump rings or directly to chain links by creating a simple loop in each pin. Cut two 25cm lengths of cord and knot two 8mm jump rings onto each piece of cord, at staggered intervals as shown in the main picture. Secure foldover cord ends to both ends of each cord, and attach
one end to each corner of the Stampbord pendant, using an 8mm jump ring. Attach a trigger clasp and extension chain to the other ends with 6mm jump rings. Cut two lengths of chain of a suitable length to link the two 8mm jump rings knotted to each cord. Attach these and add three assorted beaded headpins to each of these four jump rings for the final decorative touch.
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MAKE YOUR OWN STAMPBORD PENDANTS OCEAN WAVES BRACELET intermediate
MATERIALS • small square Stampbord • blue and aqua inks • black permanent marker pen • glaze • 5 x Capri Blue 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 5 x Aquamarine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Jet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Capri Blue 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Aquamarine 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 40cm blue 2mm cord
• 5cm silver-plated medium figaro chain • 8 x silver-plated 8mm jump rings • 2 x silver-plated 6mm jump rings • 8 x silver-plated foldover cord ends • medium trigger clasp • silver-plated extension chain • 18 x silver-plated headpins
TOOLS • scratch knife • Dremel tool and 1.5mm drill bit • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
Decorate a small Stampbord square in the same way as the pendant on page 35. Drill three evenly spaced holes down the two sides of the square. Attach an 8mm jump ring to each of the six holes. Cut four 10cm lengths of cord and attach a foldover end to one end of each piece. Attach the four cords to the corner jump rings on the square, then knot the two strands on each side together over an
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8mm jump ring, about 3cm from the square. Trim the cords so they are all the same length and attach a foldover cord end to each one. On one side use a 6mm jump ring through both cord end loops to attach a trigger clasp, and repeat with an extension chain on the other side.
Cut two small lengths of chain. Attach one end to the middle jump ring on the square and the other end to the knotted jump ring, on each side. Thread the beads individually onto headpins and add two or three to each of the 8mm jump rings by creating a loop in the pin.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd; www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 958 8899
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Barbara Becker Simon comes to Scotland in October!
Bluebell Design Studio is pleased to announce that we are hosting two fantastic Master classes on behalf of Barbara Becker Simon. Barbara is recognised in the worldwide Metal Clay community as an extremely talented and innovative artist. But what you may not know is that she is a warm, funny and extremely dedicated and generous tutor. She is teaching two classes;
Carved Bangle (20th & 21st October)
Big Bling Box Rings (22nd & 23rd October) But, don’t be put off by the word ‘Master’ class – Barbara is the Master, you just enjoy the class and work at your own pace, although you should have some previous metal clay experience. For more information and full course details have a look at our website or give us a call.
www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk Contact: 07782 324258
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BECKY MORRIS DESIGNER BEAD SPARKLE Cut eight 8cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Using roundnosed pliers, start turning an open loop in one. Change to chainnosed pliers (or nylonjaw pliers) and grip the loop, then continue to turn the open spiral (see Fig 1, below). Leave a 2cm tail and turn a loop at the end of the wire using round nose pliers (Fig 2). Place your spirals onto a steel block and hammer the metal (Fig 3). This will ‘work harden’ the metal, making it stronger, but ensure that you never hammer a join or crossover as this will create a weak point. Cut 29 3cm lengths of 0.8mm wire. Using round-nosed pliers, create a figure of eight from each one (Fig 4). These are
Turn your holiday beach treasures into gorgeous pieces of jewellery with Becky Morris’ fabulous wirework designs and step-by-step technique guides advanced
SURF & SHELL NECKLACE
your connectors. I used a manual drill with a 2mm drill bit to gently drill holes in the shells. Prepare each shell to minimise the risk of it cracking or breaking by either covering the area you
wish to drill with a small piece of masking tape (Fig 5) or pressing the shell down into Plasticine to support it from underneath. Cut eight 5cm lengths of 0.6mm wire. Take one and push it through the hole of a shell so that you have a short and long end. Cross the wires above the shell and twist. Cut off the short end of wire, then make a loop using the long end. Use this wire to wrap down towards the shell
(Fig 6). Complete for the remaining shells. Wrap a beach pebble in wire, following Steps 3 and 4 for the Beachcomber Bracelet opposite. Link the necklace by slightly twisting to one side (as you would a jump ring) the loop on a figure of eight and attaching a ‘surf’ spiral. Work out where you want the shells to hang and attach these at the same time (Fig 7). Attach your wrapped pebble as the focal to the central point of the
necklace with a vertical figure of eight. Finish with ‘chains’ of figures of eight at the back of the neck, and your own wire spiral clasp.
• 0.8mm wire • 0.6mm wire • beach pebble and shells
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • soft wire cutters • drill with 2mm drill bit • chasing hammer and steel block • masking tape or Plasticine
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HOW TO USE... SEASHELLS & PEBBLES BEACHCOMBER BRACELET intermediate
TOP TIP Don’t throw away your wire cut-offs. If they can’t be used for anything else, they’ll make great ﬁgures of eight
Create spiral cages for the pebbles by cutting lengths of 0.8mm wire measuring approximately 15cm. Make a slight bend in the centre of each length. Using round-nosed pliers, start to turn an open spiral at one end. Switch to chain-nosed pliers to complete the spiral to the midpoint. Repeat on the other side in the opposite direction (see Fig 1, below). Push the two spirals towards one another and pull out the centre of the coils each side to create a cage (Fig 2). Place a pebble inside
and use your fingers to manipulate the cage around the stone. It may take some practice to get the right-sized cage for your desired object.
WHY NOT TRY?
Try a different technique now! Cut 0.8mm wire to approximately 20cm. Create a basic loop at one end, then place a pebble against the wire,
Make a pair of Surf & Shell earrings to match the necklace opposite
choosing the flattest side of the stone – this is the ‘backbone’ (Fig 3). Wrap the remaining wire around the pebble to secure it. Complete by bringing the wire to the top of the pebble and wrapping over the loop and the top of the stone (Fig 4). You could finish with a pretty spiral on the front of the wrapped pebble. Attach all your wrapped or caged pebbles to the bracelet links with oval jump rings (Fig 5) – these are a strong shape to use for attaching charms. I have also attached some pre-drilled
MATERIALS • • • • •
bracelet blank 4x6mm oval jump rings 0.8mm wire 0.6mm wire beach pebbles and other beach finds or co-ordinating beads
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • soft wire cutters
wooden beads that I wanted to use to reflect driftwood, using pieces of 0.6mm wire and the same technique as for the shells in Step 6 of the Surf & Shell Necklace instructions opposite.
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HOW TO USE... SEASHELLS & PEBBLES SHELL FLOWER BROOCH advanced
MATERIALS • • • • •
0.4mm wire 0.5mm wire 0.6mm wire selection of shells 3-hole brooch pin
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • soft wire cutters • drill with 2mm drill bit
TO CREATE Cut a 1m length of 0.6mm wire. Leaving a 3cm tail, bend the wire to make a petal shape and twist twice at the base of the petal to secure. Repeat to make your desired number of petals and manipulate into position (see Fig 1, left). Why not try embellishing the brooch by making wire spirals
big enough to fit into a petal leaf? You can secure these by tightly wrapping 0.4mm or 0.5mm wire around the joining points. You could also pinch the end of the petals to change the shape. Open the brooch pin and insert the tails of the wire flower through the holes of the brooch. Tightly wrap
these around the brooch pin, trim off any excess and tuck in any sharp ends (Fig 2). Cut a 20cm length of 0.5mm wire and thread on approximately nine shells, depending on shape and size. Pull the wires round to form a circle (Fig 3) and twist them together to secure. Attach this finished shell circle to the centre of the brooch, using a short length of 0.5mm wire to secure
by wrapping around the brooch back (Fig 4). Finally, wire in a centre point on the piece.
TOP TIP You can add as many petals as you like, in different sizes and using different wire gauges, but remember that the more you add in, the bulkier the back will become
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ; www.beadsparkle.co.uk; 01380 730977 40
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We take a closer look at beautiful sparkling sapphire, the birthstone for September, and October’s magical fire-filled opal intermediate
WRAPPED TUMBLE STONE NECKLACE
• sapphire tumble stone • light and dark blue 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Sapphire Blue silver-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • silver rice beads • silver-plated 1mm wire • Beadalon 0.6mm French wire • 7-strand Tigertail beading wire • silver headpins • silver crimps • snap closure
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER TO CREATE
SAPPHIRE BIRTHSTONE FOR... September
SAID TO BESTOW: Truth, insight, peace of mind
ABOUT THE STONE: Sapphire is a form of the mineral corundum (the red form being ruby),
Grasp the long wire end with pliers and bend at 90° about 4mm from where the two ends meet. Create a wrapped loop, securing the short end of the wire within the wrappings as you work your way down the stem. Insert the stone into your wire bail and once you are happy with the fit and position – which can be adjusted by gently manipulating the wires and squeezing them together below the
and along with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, is one of the four precious gemstones. Although Sapphires come in a wide range of colours the most common is blue, and pale examples are heattreated to bring out the normally intense colour associated with them.
wrapped loop – move the wire carefully about 1mm left or right and apply a little glue to the back of the stone where the wire will sit. Slide the wire back into position and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. Thread eight headpins with light blue crystals and six with dark blue crystals. Create a simple loop in the stem of each pin, snug to the crystal. Cut a piece of Tigertail about 5cm
longer than your required necklace length and thread a crimp, one half of the clasp and a 1cm length of French wire onto the end. Pass the end back through the crimp in the opposite direction and pull so that the French wire covers the loop. Set the crimp. Thread three seed beads and a rice bead onto the Tigertail, followed by a length of French wire to take you to within 3cm of the centre of the necklace.
Rare orange/pink forms of the stone are known as Padparadscha and have an exceptionally high value. Sapphires are mined in several African and Asian countries, as well as Australia and North America, with some of the most spectacular examples originating in Tanzania.
The project featured here uses a tumble grade blue sapphire, which is an affordable option for making birthstone jewellery. It is wrapped with a simple band of hammered wire for a modern touch within a traditional jewellery design.
• chasing hammer and bench block • round-nosed and chainnosed pliers • crimping pliers • epoxy glue • side cutters • scissors
Add a silver rice bead, three seed beads, a rice bead, seven crystal headpins, a rice bead, three seed beads and a crystal. Thread your wrapped stone onto the wire, then complete the opposite side of the necklace, following the beading pattern in reverse and finishing with the other half of the clasp.
WHY NOT TRY?
First, choose the orientation of your stone, taking into account both shape and colour. Wrap a piece of thread around it vertically, snipping the thread where the two ends meet at the top. Cut a length of silver wire about 6cm longer than your thread and, starting 1.5cm from one end, gently hammer the wire flat so that you have a hammered portion the same length as the thread. Wrap the wire around the stone and gently shape it with your fingers so that it sits snug to the stone with the ends meeting at the top. Set the stone aside.
Create an alternative look for the tumble stone by placing it in a large spiral bead cage, which can be hung from the same necklace design
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OPAL CHANDELIER LINK NECKLACE intermediate
Glue the cabochon into the setting using just a little glue around the edges of the cup, and set aside in a level position until dry. Thread a single crystal onto an eyepin and create a wrapped loop snug to the bead. Thread a crystal onto a headpin, turn a simple loop close to the bead and
hang this from the wrapped loop. Attach this component to dangle within the chandelier connector. Attach your set cabochon to the central loop at the bottom of the chandelier connector. Make four more single beaded headpins with simple loops and hang these from the remaining loops. Cut a 17cm length of Beadalon and thread a calotte and a crimp onto one end.
WHERE TO BUY The tumble grade sapphire can be purchased online from www.shamanscrystal.co.uk The opal cabochons, silver settings and silver components are all available from www.kernowcraft.com The findings used here are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk, www.beadsbyjules.co.uk and www.spellboundbead.co.uk
Pass the wire back through the crimp in the opposite direction and pull up so that you have just a tiny loop of wire showing. Set the crimp and cover it with the calotte. Thread liquid silver and 2mm round beads alternately onto the wire, using 20 liquid silver beads in total. Add a Swarovski crystal between the next two silver rounds, then finish off with another liquid silver
OPAL BIRTHSTONE FOR... October
SAID TO BESTOW: Happiness, faithfulness, good communication and expression
ABOUT THE STONE: Opal dates back to the age when dinosaurs roamed the earth – over 50 million years ago. It formed in cavities underground when groundwater mixed with decomposing rocks to create silica gel. There
and a final round. Thread on a calotte and a crimp and set and cover the crimp as before – you may need to gently open out the calotte to set the crimp snugly in it. Repeat Steps 4-6 to make the other half of the necklace and attach a lobster clasp to one end and a necklace tag to the other, using jump rings. Join the two halves together with a 4.5cm length of chain, connected using jump rings, threading your chandelier component onto the chain before securing the second ring.
are many types of opal, light opal being the most common and appearing as crystal or milky. As light hits the surface of an opal it diffracts, causing ﬂashes of iridescent colour known as ‘ﬁre’. Most ﬁne opals come from the outback of Australia, but they are also found elsewhere in Australia, Japan and Brazil. Opal has long been heavily associated with ‘magical’ properties, including invisibility! It
MATERIALS • opal 5mm cabochon • sterling silver Celtic setting • silver 5-loop chandelier component • Crystal AB 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • liquid silver beads • silver 2mm round beads • silver eyepins • silver headpins • silver lobster clasp and necklace tag • 0.3mm 7-strand Tigertail beading wire • silver fine-link chain • silver 4mm jump rings • silver small crimps • silver clam calottes
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • epoxy glue
is considered the most powerful of the healing stones and is believed to help release the wearer’s own psychic properties. Precious Opal is almost always cut into cabochons, which can be combined with complementary crystals and beads, as here, for classic birthstone jewellery. Opals retain their moisture so should be stored with damp absorbent cotton and worn often to allow them to ‘breathe’.
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Help celebrate a September or October birthday in style with these stunning beads and pendants, inspired by sapphire and opal 9
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INSPIRED BY... TATTOOS
hearts&daggers The vintage tattoo style of the 1950s can be adapted to create jewellery that is as kitsch or dramatic as your mood dictates. Think recurring themes of roses, hearts, birds, wings, daggers, swords and nautical symbols, and mix antique gold and brass charms with retro-style acrylic beads for a fabulous quirky look with a bit of bite
SU PENNICK DESIGNER
TOP TIP Wiring the roses in order to attach the leaf beads gives a more dimensional, sculptured feel than having the leaves as dangles. Using 0.6mm wire means that the leaves will stay in place when worn, but if this is a new technique for you it is advisable to try a thinner wire, such as 0.4mm, as it is easier to manipulate and twist. The results aren’t quite as strong but the effect is the same
WIRED ROSES – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE Cut a 15cm piece of 0.6mm wire and thread a leaf bead onto it, about 3cm from one end. Fold the wire along the back of the bead and hold the two ends together about 0.75cm away from the bead. Twist the two wires together.
Thread an acrylic rose onto an eyepin, trim the pin and form a simple loop. Thread the wire of the wired leaf bead through the acrylic rose so that the end of the folded-over wire is safely enclosed within the flower.
Thread a second leaf bead onto the end of the wire, to a position approximately 0.75cm from the rose. Bend the wire over and straight along the back of the leaf, then trim it to the length shown.
Use pliers to thread the cut wire end back into the hole within the rose. Twist the wires between the leaf and the rose together to hold in place. Do not overtwist as the wire will break if put under too much stress.
TOP TIP When twisting the wired leaf bead hold the wire against the bead tightly between your thumb and ﬁnger, otherwise the twisting wire can chip and crack the glass around the threading hole
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ROSE & DAGGER NECKLACE
• 3 x red 20mm flat-back acrylic roses • 7 x green leaf beads • pink plastic wired heart • brass fancy dagger charm • brass fancy link chain • antique gold 5mm jump rings • antique gold eyepins • brass 0.6mm wire • antique gold lobster clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters
TO CREATE Create three wired roses by following the Essential Technique on page 47. Add a third wired leaf bead to one of the roses. Cut lengths of chain measuring 9cm and 17cm and attach the ends of each to an eyepin loop of two wired roses, using jump rings. Attach two lengths of chain to the other eyepin loops on
TOP TIP these roses. Cut to give your desired necklace length and add a lobster clasp and fastener to the ends. Use two jump rings for these connections for added strength.
Attach a wired pink heart to the centre two links of the shorter chain using jump rings. Attach a dagger charm to one of the eyepin loops of the threeleaved wired rose, using
Bead Time has a large range of suitable metal charms, depending on the exact look you are aiming for. These include several heart-shaped and winged skull charms that would give a rock-chick slant to the vintage tattoo theme two jump rings. Again using two jump rings, attach the other eyepin
loop on this rose to the central link of the longer length of chain to finish.
SWALLOWS IN FLIGHT BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Thread a brass daisy wheel bead onto a headpin, followed by an acrylic rose. Trim the wire and form a loop. Repeat for the
other four rose beads and attach all five, evenly spaced, along the bracelet blank. Thread each of the leaf beads individually onto a
headpin, trim the wire and form a loop. Attach a wired leaf to the chain links each side of the roses, using jump rings. Attach a wired heart along with
a swallow charm in each of the remaining gaps. To finish, add a second wired heart to the loop in the wing of each of the swallow charms.
• 5 x red 20mm flat-back acrylic roses • 10 x green leaf beads • 8 x pink plastic wired hearts • 4 x brass swallow charms • 5 x brass daisy wheel spacer beads • antique gold 5mm jump rings • antique gold headpins • brass 0.6mm wire • brass toggle clasp charm bracelet blank
TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters
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INSPIRED BY... TATTOOS WINGS BAG CHARM
MATERIALS • 3 x red 20mm flat-back acrylic roses • 6 x green leaf beads • 3 x pink plastic wired hearts • 3 x brass large angel wing charms • antique gold 5mm jump rings • antique gold eyepins • brass 0.6mm wire • antique gold chain • brass bag charm hook intermediate
WHY NOT TRY?
Use the wired rose technique to create a simple pair of matching earrings. You could replace the pink hearts with brass angel wing or dagger charms for an edgier, more theatrical look
Create three wired roses following the Essential Technique on page 47. Attach a wired heart to the bottom eyepin loop of each rose using a jump ring. Cut pieces of chain measuring approximately 1cm,
1 2 3
TOOLS • round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters
4cm and 6cm. Use a jump ring to attach the other eyepin loop of each of the wired roses, along with an angel wing charm, to the end of a length of chain. Attach the other end of the three chains to the bag charm hook using two jump rings for each chain for security.
3 OF THE BEST... ALTERNATIVE TATTOO CHARMS
Silver-plated cherub wings charms, 85p each from Spoilt Rotten Beads; www.spoiltrotten beads.co.uk; 01353 749853
WHERE TO BUY Antique gold findings are available from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk The charm bracelet blank, fancy link chain, brass daisy wheel beads, acrylic roses and all the charms used here are available from www.beadtime.co.uk Green leaf beads and brass wire can be bought online from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Pink wired heart beads are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk
Antique gold winged heart TierraCast charm, £1.25 each from The Bead Shop (Nottingham); www.mailorderbeads.co.uk; 0115 958 8899 Antique silverplated and antique goldplated anchor pendants, 50p each from The Bead Shop Manchester; www.the-bead shop.co.uk; 0845 200 1818
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Fabulous FREE gift from The Bead Shop Scotland for each reader featured
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red silver-lined size 11 seed beads black size 11 seed beads green size 11 seed beads black beading thread pin fastener
SUMMER BLOSSOM BRACELET BY LINZI ALFORD FROM CUMBRIA MATERIALS • silver-plated bracelet blank • pink glass beads • pink acrylic flowers
• frosted white trumpet flowers • tiny pearls for flower centres • acrylic and glass bicones
OCEAN DANCE BRACELET BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • turquoise dyed shell nuggets • chartreuse shell discs
• • • •
paua shell ovals sterling silver charms antique silver charms silver chain and 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 email@example.com 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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CBJ18 pp52-54 Riverside_CBJ 17/08/2011 09:24 Page 52
DONNA MCKEAN SMITH DESIGNER RIVERSIDE BEADS
A coiling gizmo allows you to make fantastic, individual jewellery pieces using wire, without getting your fingers in a twist with multiple pairs of pliers. Ideal for beginners – or anyone who loves this quirky, modern look
CLAIRE RUDD DESIGNER RIVERSIDE BEADS
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 inspirationpacked classes.
ABOUT CLAIRE... Claire started making jewellery 15 years ago but has been designing and creating more seriously for the past 18 months. She designs exclusively for Riverside Beads and teaches wirework and wire weaving techniques to all levels. She says: “I love working with beads but my passion is wirework. It just doesn’t feel right if I don’t have wire in my hands!”
HOW TO MAKE... COILED SPACER BEADS This is probably the easiest ‘bead’ to make with a coiling gizmo. For this bracelet, I used 0.9mm red wire and made single coils ½” in length, but they can be made at different lengths, in different colours and with different thicknesses of wire for a variety of effects.
TOP TIP Experiment with different thicknesses of wire to see what suits you and your intended project. You’ll soon discover that it is difﬁcult to make a double coil and wire ball bead using 1mm wire!
TOP TIP Keep any offcuts when you are snipping smaller pieces from a long coil – they make handy spacers
HOW TO MAKE... TAPERED DOUBLE COILS
These coils are wider in the middle and smaller towards the ends. Make a double coil, using 3” of 0.5mm wire for the single coil. Starting from the middle, unwind the coil slightly to make it a bit bigger; towards the ends, just unwind very slightly. A little adjustment may be needed until you are happy with the shape.
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HOW TO USE... A COILING GIZMO BLACK & PURPLE COILED NECKLACE
MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • •
purple 0.5mm wire purple 0.9mm wire black 14mm round beads silver 3mm round beads antique silver shell charm beading wire crimp beads wire guardians chain clasp
TO CREATE Using the thinnest handle on the coiling gizmo and the 0.5mm wire straight from the reel, wind the wire around the bent end of the handle a couple of times to secure. Insert the handle into the correct hole on the gizmo. Hold the gizmo in your left hand with the wire sitting between
your thumb and the side of the gizmo. Turn the handle to start coiling the wire and keep going until you have a 1” length of single coil. Snip the wire at both ends and slide off the handle. Repeat until you have seven pieces of single coil, each 1” long. You can coil one long piece and then cut it down into 1” lengths if it’s easier. Using the 0.9mm wire straight from the reel, thread on all
seven pieces of coil, then wind the wire around the bent end as above. Turn the handle until you have a few single coils. Position one of the seven single coils so it butts up to the handle. Place your thumbnail just under the single coil and, with the wire sitting as in Step 1, turn the handle slowly, guiding the single coil upwards as you go. You will see a double coil forming. When you have come to the end of
the double coil, keep turning the handle a few times so that the 0.9mm wire forms a single coil. Then take the next single coil and repeat to make another double coil. Repeat until you have seven double coils. Snip both ends of the wire and slide off the handle. You need to separate the seven double coils by cutting the wires between each double coil. Cut down
HOW TO MAKE... WIRE BALL BEADS Make a 5” coil using 0.5mm wire.Take it off the handle and pull the coil apart so it doubles in length.Wrap the wire over your finger a couple of times, then remove it and randomly wrap the wire around in different directions. A ball of wire will start to form.Tuck the end of the wire into the ball, hooking it over another piece of wire and pinching to secure. Finally, roll the ball between your hands to even out the shape. Use a longer coil to create a bigger bead.
the single coils at each end of the double coil so there is only one full circle of single coil. Thread a silver bead, a black bead, a silver bead and a double coil onto beading wire, and repeat this sequence until you have eight black beads and seven double coils. Finish each end with a crimp bead and a wire guardian. Attach a piece of chain to each end and add a clasp of your choice.
WHY NOT TRY?
• coiling gizmo • flush cutters • chain-nosed pliers
Thread long double coils (these are each 5½” in length) onto a bracelet blank with a screw-on ball end, along with crystal rondelles and 3mm beads, for a quick and easy but unusual design www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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HOW TO USE... A COILING GIZMO BEADED COIL NECKLACE
until the beaded coil is 1” long. Cut each end and slide off the handle. Repeat Step 1 until you have four 1” beaded coils. String the following sequence onto your beading wire: spacer bead, 8mm soft touch bead, spacer bead, 10mm glass pearl, bead cap, 12mm soft touch bead, bead cap, 10mm glass pearl, spacer bead, 8mm soft touch bead, spacer bead, beaded coil. Repeat the pattern until you
TO CREATE Thread seed beads onto the 0.6mm wire until you have a beaded section just over
5” in length. Repeat Step 1 from the Black & Purple Coiled Necklace on page 53 to make a single coil,
using the thinnest handle, but push a few of the seed beads and guide them as you turn the handle. Keep going
have threaded all your beads and coils. Finish each end with a crimp bead and wire guardian and attach a clasp of your choice.
MATERIALS • • • • • • • • • • •
0.6mm wire 10 x 8mm soft touch beads 5 x 12mm soft touch beads 10 x 10mm glass pearls seed beads spacer beads bead caps beading wire crimp beads wire guardians clasp
TOOLS • coiling gizmo • flush cutters • chain-nosed pliers
WHY NOT TRY?
HOW TO MAKE... FIGURE OF EIGHT LINKS
Make a bracelet using the same technique and bead selection, with two beaded coils each ¾” long
LILAC & PEARL COILED MEMORY WIRE BRACELET
MATERIALS • lilac 0.5mm wire • bracelet-size memory wire • memory wire end caps • silver-plated 5mm end caps • GS Hypo Cement glue • 6mm glass pearls • 10mm glass pearls • 5mm spring rondelles • silver-plated 6mm beads • 8 x clear 10mm crystals
TOOLS • coiling gizmo • flush cutters • chain-nosed pliers
TO CREATE Follow Step 1 for the Black & Purple Coiled Necklace on page 53 to make seven 1” pieces of single coil from 0.5mm wire. Glue a memory wire end cap onto one end of your memory wire. Thread on assorted beads and coiled wire pieces, repeat the pattern as desired, and finish with another end cap.
Make two 1¼” coils using 0.6mm wire. Cut a 6” piece of 0.8mm wire. Thread on one of the coils, leaving around 1” of the 0.8mm wire at one end. Thread the wire through a donut bead and bend the coil around the edge of the bead into a teardrop shape. Wrap the 1” end of 0.8mm wire around as though you were making a wrapped loop. Now thread on the second coil and repeat, wrapping the wire over the previous wraps.
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CHAIN MAILLE EUROPEAN 6-1 WEAVE
flaunt curves your
Compared to European 4-1, European 6-1 is a closed weave with lots of fluid movement, enhancing its drape and tactile nature. Use it with rings in gold and striking peacock shades for stunning looks, perfect for autumn CURVY NECKLACE
SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER BEADSISTERS
ABOUT SARAH… Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history, which led her onto starting her own maille shirt. This was abandoned when she discovered coloured jump rings and the fact that you can use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.
TO CREATE Open one B ring, link six closed green A rings and close (see Fig 1, below right). Link one B ring through the last two pairs of A rings from Step 1 and two new green A rings (Fig 2).
Repeat Step 2 until you have linked seven pairs of green A rings. Continue in this way to add seven pairs of purple A rings, then seven pairs of turquoise A rings. Repeat this colour pattern another five times. Link one B ring through the last two pairs of A rings at each
MATERIALS TO MAKE A 47CM NECKLACE • 84 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 84 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 84 x turquoise anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 128 x shiny gold anodised aluminium
jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (B) • 18 x gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 9.9mm, 1.64mm (C) • 4 x shiny gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (D) • gold-plated 2-strand tube clasp
end of the necklace. Link one C ring through one section of seven green rings. On the opposite side, link a second C ring through one section of seven purple rings, as shown. Continue to link C rings through each colour section of seven rings, alternating sides. Now link one D ring through the intersection of one green
and one gold ring at the end of the necklace, attaching it to a loop on the clasp. Repeat with
Link the gold rings whilst your work is laying ﬂat. Once you have linked a gold ring, lift the ring with your pliers to add the closed rings and to close the jump ring. Lay your work down and pat gently to reposition the rings. If your work does not lie properly, it is probably because a ring is incorrectly linked
the second clasp loop (Fig 3). Repeat at the other end with the other part of the clasp.
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
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PEACOCK DOUBLE CUFF intermediate
MATERIALS TO MAKE A 19CM CUFF (EACH COLOURED SECTION IS 3.3CM)
• 42 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 42 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 42 x turquoise anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A)
Follow the instructions for the Curvy Necklace on page 57 to make a cuff with two repeats of the colour pattern (or to your desired length).
• 84 x shiny gold saw-cut anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (B) • 8 x shiny gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 4mm, 1.29mm (C) • gold-plated 4-strand tube clasp
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
Link one B ring through the first three green A rings at one end and add three closed green A rings (see Fig 1, below). Link one B ring through the next green A ring of the chain
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length made in Step 1 and the last two pairs of green rings connected in Step 2, adding one more green A ring (Fig 2). Repeat Step 3 along the length of your chain, matching up the colours. At each end of your bracelet, link one B ring through each of the last two pairs of A rings. Attach the clasp, in a similar way to on the necklace, linking a C ring through each intersection of the green and gold rings.
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CHAIN MAILLE EUROPEAN 6-1 WEAVE CHAIN DROP EARRINGS beginner
TO CREATE Open one B ring and link three closed green A rings and two closed turquoise A rings. Link one B ring through the last pair of A rings from Step 1 and add one closed green and one closed turquoise A ring. Repeat Step 2 until you have linked seven green rings, then repeat again without adding a turquoise ring. You should now have linked eight green and six turquoise rings. Link one B ring through the first three turquoise rings and add two closed purple A rings. Now link one B ring through the next turquoise A ring and the last two pairs connected in Step 4, adding one purple A ring. Repeat twice but do not add a purple ring on the last repeat (see Fig 1, below). Link one B ring through all the purple rings. Link one C ring through all the green rings and an ear wire loop. You may have to turn the ear wire loop with your pliers so that the earring hangs correctly. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the second earring.
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MATERIALS • 16 x green anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 12 x turquoise anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 8 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (A) • 22 x shiny gold anodised aluminium
jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (B) • 2 x gold anodised aluminium jump rings, id 9.9mm, 1.64mm (C) • gold-plated ear wires
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 01776 830352 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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Each reader featured wins the beautiful Purple Collection from Silver Orchid Beads
Take inspiration from these lovely designs, created by some of our talented readers
COBALT CELLINI NECKLACE www.silverorchidbeads.co.uk 07971 005046 or 07906 435430
BY DIANA BENDALL FROM SURREY MATERIALS • • • • • • •
size 6 seed beads size 8 seed beads size 10 seed beads lapis gem chips navy blue Nymo beading needle thread conditioner
COOL BLUES NECKLACE BY SUE GRAHAM FROM PURLEY, GREATER LONDON MATERIALS • • • • • •
crimp chain crimps folding (box) crimps toggle clasp large acrylic beads stardust beads
SWEET SHOP DELIGHT BRACELET & EARRINGS BY YVONNE JONES FROM MANCHESTER MATERIALS • • • • • •
coloured discs leather thong toggle clasp sugar beads jump rings ear wires
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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 the gorgeous Silver Moon collection from Westcoast, featuring a stunning Swarovski crystal moon pendant along with Amazonite round beads, mother of pearl coin beads, faceted Czech glass crystals and a Toho seed bead mix, all in delicate feminine, vintage shades. The mix was supplied by www.westcoastwholesalejewellery.com
LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER
I loved the mix of colours in this bead collection – it made me think ‘cool summer’ with the pale blue and ivory mixes akin to mermaid colours. Combining them with antique copper findings gave a classic vintage feel.
CRESCENT MOON BRACELET TO CREATE Thread assorted faceted glass, ivory disc and pale green round beads individually onto headpins and turn a loop in each pin. Repeat with the Swarovski moon charm. Use jump rings to affix the beads, fairly evenly spaced, around the bracelet, attaching the moon alone but each of the discs and round beads with a small faceted glass bead on the same jump ring.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • antique copper elasticated charm bracelet • antique copper jump rings
• antique copper headpins
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE LONG NECKLACE
TO CREATE Cut a 2” length of chain and attach one end to a lobster clasp using a jump ring. Thread a bead onto an eyepin and turn a loop in the pin. Attach to the end of the chain using a jump ring. Repeat with a second bead, attaching it to the bottom of the first bead. Cut a 1” length of chain and attach one end to the bottom of the second bead using a jump ring. Continue to add beads and lengths of chain as desired until you reach the length of necklace required, sometimes threading three faceted glass beads onto a single eyepin. Secure the end of the chain to a jump ring, and attach to the lobster clasp. The finished piece will
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lift on and off over your head, but using a clasp gives you the added option of wearing it as a short, double-strand necklace.
• Bead Challenge bead mix • antique copper jump rings • antique copper eyepins • antique copper lobster clasp • antique copper chain
TOP TIP Don’t restrict your ﬁndings choice to silver and gold. Try antique versions, copper, bronze and even black ﬁnishes for different looks
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
EARRINGS TO CREATE Thread a round bead onto a headpin and turn a loop in the pin. Feed two faceted glass beads onto an eyepin, turn a loop, and attach to the round bead using a jump ring. Feed three Toho beads onto an eyepin and turn a loop. Use jump rings to attach one end to the previous beads and the other to the centre ring of the earring dangle. Thread a disc bead onto a headpin and turn a loop. Thread a faceted glass bead onto an eyepin and turn a loop. Use jump rings to attach one end to the disc bead and the other to an outer loop on the earring dangle. Repeat to create an identical drop the other side. Repeat Steps 1-5 to make the matching earring.
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4 MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • antique copper jump rings • antique copper 3-way heart earring dangles • antique copper headpins
• antique copper eyepins • antique copper ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
WHERE TO BUY The 3-way heart earring dangles are available from www.cjbeaders.co.uk; 01425 279992
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DEBORAH STUART DESIGNER
ABOUT DEBORAH… Deborah has been making jewellery for about four years and, apart from a few classes in the early days, is self-taught. “I come from a crafty family,” she explains. “My mother made a lot of my clothes as a child and my grandmother was a terrific knitter. I’ve dabbled in both those disciplines but jewellery is my main love. I have repaired and remodelled jewellery since I was a child and the logical next step seemed to be to design from scratch.” Deborah has recently started selling her jewellery at a local outlet and her designs have appeared in various books and magazines. She enjoys working with simple techniques but a variety of resources, including wire, fabric, leather and feathers, as well as the more usual beading materials. “I believe the right components and colour combinations can be every bit as striking as more complex pieces,” she says.
DEBORAH SAYS… I was very impressed by the quality and variety of this kit. The colour range, size of beads and different materials included here means you can create lots of items with very different looks. As the beads are based on a moonlit beach, I designed the necklace and bracelet to be worn by a bride at an exotic tropical beach wedding. The two items can be worn together but are not so ‘matched’ that they can’t stand on their own. By way of a contrast, the brooch is full of evening glamour. It was inspired by Diane de Poitiers, a famous French beauty, whose personal symbol was the moon and who loved to wear black and white.
SWEET LEILANI BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Cut two lengths of Stretch Magic, each slightly longer than your finished wrist length. Thread each piece through two holes in the flower, so they run parallel. Temporarily secure two ends on one side. Thread two Amazonite beads onto both strands of elastic, followed by a silver-banded bead and another Amazonite bead. Now add a crackle bead and an
TOP TIP One of the beaded loops from the Moon of Manakura Necklace opposite would make a great earring. Complete up to the point where you’ve threaded the Tigertail back through the Amazonite bead, then thread enough Toho beads onto each side to reach over the bead and join at the top. Thread both ends through a crimp bead and a jump ring, then back through the crimp bead. Squash the crimp, trim the Tigertail ends neatly, and attach an ear wire to the jump ring 64
Amazonite bead and repeat this pairing a further four times. Thread on a silverbanded bead and two Amazonite beads. Test the bracelet for fit. Separate the two elastic strands and remove the temporary stopper from the other side of the bracelet. Knot the ends of one strand together using two overhand knots, and pull tight. Repeat with the other strand. Leave the bracelet for an hour or two to ensure the knots are secure. If not, tighten to remove any slack.
Dot the knots with nail varnish or glue if desired. Thread the ends back through the flower so the knots are hidden inside it. Trim the ends.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x cream silver-banded acrylic beads • 5 x pale green crackle beads • frosted cream double-drilled rose • 0.5m Stretch Magic 0.5mm jewellerymaking elastic
TOOLS • scissors • clear nail varnish or glue (optional)
WHERE TO BUY Stretch Magic,Tigertail and wire are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk; 01524 412728 Additional beads, the clasp and the cream rose came from www.anastasiabeads.co.uk; 01446 400793 The findings used here are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk; 01509 218028 Ribbon can be purchased from www.b-for-beads.co.uk; 01352 755532 Needle and thread are available from www.spellboundbead.co.uk; 01543 417650
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MOON OF MANAKURA NECKLACE
TO CREATE Separate your Toho beads into large seed beads, small seed beads and bugle beads. Cut a generous length of Tigertail – at least 100cm (remember you can always trim the length at the end but you can’t add more on!). Find the centre point and string a mother of pearl coin bead to sit here. Onto each side of the wire, thread a large seed bead, another coin and another three seed beads. Thread an Amazonite bead onto one wire end and pass the other end of the Tigertail through the same bead in the opposite direction. Pull tight to form a beaded loop. String five bugle beads onto each wire end.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 7-strand Tigertail beading wire • antique silver toggle clasp • 2 x silver 2mm crimps • 2 x silver calottes • 2 x silver 5mm jump rings
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver-plated 20-gauge wire • 5mm jump ring • 3-hole brooch finding • black satin ribbon • black thread
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • needle • scissors • mandrel or similar object
TO CREATE Cut a piece of wire around 22cm long. Find the centre and bend very slightly with pliers. Curve one side around a mandrel (I used a spice jar) to form a pleasing shape. Repeat on the other side but kink slightly with your pliers, a third of the way along, to form the leaf shape. Thread the wire shape with beads from your Toho mix. I used a large AB bead, a medium silver
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
Repeat the beaded loop and spacing instructions until you have five loops on your wire. String another 28 bugle beads after the final loop on each side. This makes a necklace of approximately 20”
bead, a large whitelined clear bead and a medium silver bead and repeated this sequence throughout, but you can opt for a random pattern if you prefer. When your shape is filled with beads (about 2-2.5cm from each end of the wire), wrap one wire end around the other twice. Trim the wire and flatten with pliers to ensure there isn’t a sharp edge. Curl the other end into a large plain loop using round-nosed pliers and trim. Attach the moon charm to the top of the leaf shape with a jump ring. Open the plain loop and attach it to the centre hole of the brooch finding (making sure the charm is facing the right way). Close the loop. Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 40cm long (the exact length will depend on the
so adjust the length at this stage to suit you, if necessary. Secure one side of the necklace to prevent your beads falling off. Thread a calotte (with the hook facing away from the
beads) and a crimp onto the other end. Ensure the calotte is abutting the beads, then squash the crimp with pliers. Check the crimp is secure before trimming the Tigertail. Close the calotte over
the crimp. Form a loop from the calotte hook and, using a jump ring, add one half of the clasp. Repeat for the other side of the necklace, attaching the second half of the clasp.
DE POITIERS BROOCH
width of your brooch finding and the size of your leaf shape). Cut another piece of about 4cm. Using a figure -of-eight motion, fold the long piece of ribbon into a double bow. Fold under any raw edges and use a few stitches to hold the bow in place. Fold under the raw edges of the small
piece of ribbon and wrap it around the bow to look like the centre knot. Carefully over sew the edges to hold the whole thing in place. Stitch the bow securely to the brooch finding, using the holes at the back to stitch through. Make sure your stitches do not come through the front, to maintain the smooth look of the piece.
TOP TIP If sewing isn’t your forte, buy a readymade bow from a haberdasher’s and glue it onto the brooch ﬁnding instead
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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver flower connector • small toggle clasp • 7-strand Beadalon wire • silver crimps • silver jump ring • silver clam calotte
Classic designs definitely sprang to mind on seeing the Challenge beads this issue – there is a lovely mix of bead sizes and styles in the collection, which lent itself to creating both dainty bead strung and multi-strand pieces. I even went on to make a pair of co-ordinating earrings from a combination of the mother of pearl coin flower and the beading on the Amazonite necklace.
TOOLS • crimping pliers • jewellery glue
MOTHER OF PEARL FLORAL NECKLACE intermediate
CRESCENT MOON BRACELET TO CREATE Hang the crystal moon from the loop in the eyepin and add a silver seed bead to the pin. Create a wrapped loop in the stem of the pin.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver toggle clasp • 7-strand Beadalon wire • silver eyepin • silver crimps • silver bead caps • silver jump rings • silver clam calottes
TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • crimping pliers
a petal facing directly down. Cut a length of wire about 5cm longer than your required necklace length and slide a crimp and one half of your clasp onto one end. Form a loop by passing the wire back through the crimp bead, pull the loop fairly snug and set the crimp. Alternate three small metallic seed beads with a pearl seed
Glue a pearl coin bead into the recess on the back of a flower connector and set aside in a level position until dry – make sure you orientate the hole in the bead so that it is horizontal and there is
Cut three lengths of wire about 2cm longer than your required bracelet length. Slide a calotte and a crimp onto all three wires together and set the crimp at the very end of the wires before closing the calotte over it. Attach one half of your clasp to the calotte using a jump ring. Add a silver seed bead and a grey seed bead to all three strands together, then bead each strand
bead to within 7cm of the central point on the wire. Thread on a coin bead then three metallic seed beads, a pearl seed bead and another three metallic seed beads. Repeat this sequence, then add a coin, a metallic seed bead, a coin, two metallic seed beads and a bugle bead.
Thread on your glued pendant then complete the other half of the necklace by following the beading sequence in reverse, finishing with the remaining half of your clasp. Create three dangle elements as follows: Thread a crimp bead
separately – use a bugle, silver and grey seed bead pattern on each wire, alternating the order so they appear staggered on the three strands, and adding two Czech
glass rounds to each one at different places. Bead in this way until you reach the centre point of the wires, then add a grey seed bead and
a silver seed bead to all three strands together. Thread on a bead cap, your moon dangle and another bead cap, then repeat the beading in
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE AMAZONITE NECKLACE beginner
onto the end of a 5.5cm length of wire and fold the wire end back into the crimp, forming a very small loop. Set the crimp then add three metallic seed beads and a pearl seed bead. Add metallic seed beads to each of the dangle components so that they are all beaded to a different length. Thread a pearl seed bead onto all three ends together, followed by a calotte and a crimp. Set the crimp, snip the wire ends close to it and close the calotte. Hang the dangles from the flower connector using a jump ring.
reverse for the other half of the bracelet. Make sure the beads on each strand are fairly snug then give them all a twist together before adding a calotte and crimping the three wire ends. Trim the wires snug to the crimp, close the calotte and secure the other half of your toggle clasp to it using a jump ring.
TO CREATE Thread the headpins with a bead cap, a black seed bead, an Amazonite round, a black seed bead and a bead cap. Turn a simple loop in two of the pins about 3mm from the beads, and in the third pin about 2cm from the beads. Cut three 12cm lengths of wire and crimp together at one end, snipping the wire ends close to the crimp. Thread a calotte onto the wires, close it over the crimp, then add a jump ring and half your toggle clasp to the calotte. Add three black seed beads to all three wires together, then separate the strands and bead with a random mix of bugle and seed beads. Finish with two seed beads on all three strands together,
then twist the strands before adding a calotte and a crimp. Set the crimp, snip the wires snug to it and close the calotte. Cut a 27cm length of wire and thread on a crimp bead. Pass the wire through the calotte on your multistrand section and back through the crimp before setting it. Thread on a black seed bead, bead cap, black seed bead, bugle, black seed bead, bead cap and black seed bead. Bead as follows: Amazonite round, black seed bead, bead cap, three black seeds and a bead cap, short
WIN THIS ISSUE’S BEAD MIX Feeling inspired? Have a go a our Bead Challenge yourself! To enter, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J18 Bead Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 27th October 2011
beaded headpin, bead cap, three black seed beads, bead cap. Thread on your long beaded headpin, then repeat this pattern in reverse.
TOP TIP For a professional ﬁnish of either single or multistrand designs there are several clam calotte styles to choose from – my preference is for those that have a closed loop attached to both halves of the clam as they offer a really neat and secure attachment
Repeat the beading sequence from Step 4, alternating this beaded section with an Amazonite round five times. Thread a crimp bead onto the wire, add the remaining half of your toggle clasp and pass the wire back through the crimp bead before setting it.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver toggle clasp • 7-strand Beadalon wire • silver headpins • silver crimps • silver beadcaps • silver clam calottes
TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters
WHERE TO BUY All the additional materials used here are available from www.beadsbyjules.co.uk, www.chrystalrosedesigns.com and www.fredaldous.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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moody blues SANDRA SKVARENINOVA DESIGNER E-BEADS
Calm, stressed or passionately in love, mood beads reflect your feelings in their changing colours. A 1970s sensation, these retro favourites are perfect for creating interesting gift jewellery with a fun, nostalgic twist
ABOUT SANDRA… Sandra works and designs for international bead supplier E-Beads. Sandra is inspired by her surroundings and the colours around her. She creates everyday jewellery using traditional techniques, which become timeless pieces.
CELTIC MOOD BEAD NECKLACE intermediate
MATERIALS • 5 x oval 5x12mm mood beads • potato 7x8mm mood bead • 11 x Jet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x silver-plated 6mm heishi beads • cobalt silver-lined 1.8mm Toho seed beads • higher metallic iris green 1.8mm Toho seed beads • black ultra micro fibre suede • silver-plated brass 3.8mm chain • antique silver-plated 16mm eternity charm • silver 70mm eyepins • silver 7mm jump rings • 0.25mm nylon wire
TOOLS • round-nosed pliers • side cutters • glue
TO CREATE Start by creating the two Toho seed bead cylinders. Cut a length of nylon wire around 15cm long, so it is comfortable to work with. Tie a knot at one end of the wire and thread on a green seed bead and seven blue seed beads. Add another blue bead and thread back through the seventh bead. Repeat, going through the fifth and third beads. Add a green bead and thread through the first bead. You have now started the pattern for the seed bead cylinder. Starting again, add a green bead and pass through the last bead you threaded. Add another green bead and again pass through the last bead you threaded. Then following the same method as before, go up again with five blue seed beads. Continue in this way, using green and blue seed beads to create a ‘step’ effect. When the
pattern you are making is around 1.2cm long, tie a knot at the end of the beads to secure the work tightly. Roll your seed bead rectangle to create a cylinder, and weave it closed. Glue a heishi bead to each end. To finish each cylinder off, thread it onto an eypin, trim the pin and turn a loop in the end with round-nosed pliers. Thread a Jet bicone, an oval mood bead and another bicone onto an eyepin. Cut off the excess pin and turn a loop, attaching it to a jump ring. Repeat three times, attaching two eyepins to each jump ring.
Attach the other ends of the eyepins to the eternity charm as shown. Take a final eyepin and thread on a bicone, a potato mood bead, another bicone, an oval mood bead and a bicone. Cut the excess pin and create a loop, attaching it to the bottom of the eternity charm. Attach equal pieces of chain to each jump ring at your desired length. Attach the beaded cylinder links on the other ends. To finish, attach the other end of the
cylinder links to the black leather cord by threading the cord through the loop and gluing it back against its length to secure. Create a sliding knot in the ends of the cord to adjust the necklace length, or simply tie in a bow.
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SPOTLIGHT ON... MOOD BEADS MOOD SWINGS – A BRIEF HISTORY The ﬁrst piece of jewellery that claimed to be able to tell the mood of the wearer came
about in the 1970s. It ﬁtted perfectly with the ethos of the decade and for a while owning these mood pieces was
beyond cool! Like so many other trends of the time, the concept was then relegated to the playground and a
HOW DO THEY WORK? The stone itself is either a hollow piece of glass ﬁlled with liquid thermo tropic crystals, or a clear glass stone that sits on a sheet of liquid crystals.
These crystals reﬂect different wavelengths of light based on the body temperature of the person wearing the piece. The stone then changes colour according to that temperature.
period in obscurity before re-emerging as desirable once more in its retro, kitsch appeal. Today, mood beads are available in subtle sizes and contemporary
shapes such as long ovals and potato beads, with a Pandora-style silver core that brings them bang up to date.
WHAT THE COLOURS MEAN white – frustrated, confused, bored bronze/brown – nervous, fearful, restless black – stressed, tense grey – anxious, scared, strained amber/orange – slightly nervous, stimulated yellow – imaginative, thoughtful pink – cool, uncertain green – normal, no strong emotions blue-green – emotionally charged, quite relaxed blue – relaxed, at ease, calm, lovable dark blue/purple – very happy, in love, passionate, romantic
ALTERNATIVE LOOKS... Keep it ultra-simple and let the beads do the talking. Just thread them onto a length of suede (black is clean-cut and dramatic, natural would give a hippy feel, and blue, teal or purple would be fun and feminine), then tie a sliding knot to allow you to adjust the length
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.e-beads.co.uk; 020 7367 6217
Go for a bohemian, ethnic style with antique silver Bali components. The changing colours in the beads, along with the faceted crystals, will catch the light as they dangle, drawing attention and giving a lovely sense of movement www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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out of africa
GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER JILLYBEADS
A tribal theme is the perfect excuse to go wild with colour and scale – and support Mzuribeads, a co-operative of Ugandan women creating vibrant recycled fairtrade beads for uniquely ethnic, beautiful jewellery
ABOUT GILL… Gill Teasdale is one of the resident designers for JillyBeads, a friendly, fun, family-run business based in the north of England, which was created in 2001 out of a love for beautiful beads, together with a desire to run an online business. The team at JillyBeads is always on the lookout for new, tantalising and useful products.The dynamic website is regularly updated with exciting goodies, along with creative design ideas. Gill’s work features regularly in the beading press and on the company’s website.
MATERIALS TO MAKE THE SET: • 9 x turquoise Jumbo Mzuribeads paper beads • 6 x black Simba Mzuribeads paper beads • 9 x assorted garnet silverfoil beads (from mix) • 40 x jet glass loops • 7 x silvery wavy warp acrylic rounds • antique silver silvery jumbo Saturn bead • 6 x antique silver mini acrylic planet beads • 2 x silvery acrylic flower pattern drums • 4 x antique silver ethnic-style beads (from mix) • 4 x antique silver Bali spacer discs • 24 x ruby silver-lined size
6 Toho seed beads • 2 x silver-plated 8mm coil end fasteners • 2 x silver-plated 4mm crimp covers • 2 x silver-plated wire guardians • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • 6 x gunmetal crimp beads • 2 x gunmetal fine 3-strand connectors • 2 x gunmetal split rings • gunmetal double oval clasp • bright 7-strand Beadalon • 50cm black 2mm leather thong
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
SAVANNAH SUNRISE NECKLACE TO CREATE Slip a crimp bead onto the end of 50cm of Beadalon. Slip the guardian onto the loop of a coil end. Pass the end of the Beadalon through the
channel on one side of the guardian, then back down the other channel and the crimp bead. Pull the end about 10mm through, push the crimp close to the wire guardian to remove any excess, and squash the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. This tail will be hidden in the first bead.
Slip all the beads, except the two drums, onto the Beadalon in your own choice of design. I have placed three glass loops between the feature beads and arranged the larger beads in the middle. I have also opted for a symmetrical pattern,
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INSPIRED BY... TRIBAL STYLE
WHY NOT TRY?
Play around with the beads and mixes used in this set to make endless designs for co-ordinating earrings?
Check the length before you crimp the coils. For a shorter necklace split the thong, cut off the excess and attach end fasters and a clasp
The glowing colours of sunrise at dawn and the promise of a beautiful cloudless day inspired this simply strung longline necklace, chunky bracelet and drop earrings except for varying the silver ethnic-style beads for interest. Repeat Step 1 to finish off the end of the Beadalon, pulling the end through the last bead and making sure all the excess has been pulled through. Trim the end. Slip a crimp cover onto each
of the crimp beads and gently close them using chain-nosed pliers. Thread both the drums onto the leather thong. Put one end of the thong into one of the coils. Squash the very last turn of the coil using chainnosed pliers, making sure it has gripped the
leather securely. Repeat at the other end. Slip the drums over the coils to decorate.
SAVANNAH SUNRISE BRACELET TO CREATE Cut the Beadalon into three 30cm
lengths. Slip a crimp onto one length and pass it through an outside hole on one of the connectors. Pass it a short way back through the crimp bead and squash the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. This tail will be hidden inside the first bead. Split the beads into three equal groups. Thread one group onto the crimped Beadalon, starting and finishing with a Toho and a Simba paper bead. Slip on a crimp bead and pass the wire end through the corresponding outside hole on the other connector and back through the crimp bead
and the last Toho and Simba. Pull through any excess Beadalon and squash the crimp. Trim the excess. Thread the other two strands of Beadalon with the other two groups of beads, attaching them to the connectors in the same way and arranging the centre beads in a different order each time but still beginning and ending with a Toho and a Simba bead. Wind a split ring onto each of the remaining loops on the connectors and wind a toggle end onto each split ring.
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INSPIRED BY... TRIBAL STYLE SAVANNAH SUNSET NECKLACE
This variation on the theme, inspired by golden sunsets, adds ﬂashes of golden yellow using glass and yellow Omo Mzuribeads paper beads, and texture in the form of banana leaf beads. The wired sunray-style fan pendant completes the theme for an equally wearable, casual tribal set
TO CREATE Thread 10 Toho beads onto the Artistic Wire. Position them 5cm from the end of the wire and pass the wire back through the first bead to form a circle. Pass
MATERIALS TO MAKE THE SET: • 4 x yellow Omo Mzuribeads paper beads • 5 x jet Simba Mzuribeads paper beads • 6 x oval banana leaf Mzuribeads beads • 8 x turquoise jewel beads (from mix) • 4 x golden yellow jewel beads (from mix) • 20 x ruby silver-lined size 6 Toho seed beads • 30 x jet glass loops • 12 x antique silver ethnicstyle beads (from mix) • 8 x gunmetal 7mm jump rings • gunmetal double oval clasp • 2 x silver-plated wire guardians • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • 60cm bright 7-strand Beadalon • 60cm silver-plated 28gauge Artistic Wire
WHY NOT TRY?
• round-nosed, flat-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
the end over and under the wire between the beads to stop them slipping. Onto the long end thread a Simba, a Toho, an Omo, a Toho and a Simba. Thread the wire from left to right through the Toho in the circle that is next to the one from which the wire first exited. Thread a Simba, a Toho, an Omo and a Toho. Pass the wire back up the previous Simba and the Toho in the circle that was passed through last time, then through the next Toho (again, working left to right). Repeat Step 3, finally passing the wire through the Tohos around the circle to meet the 5cm tail. Very carefully tie a knot and
thread the ends back through the Tohos to neaten. Trim the excess. Open all the jump rings, slip them onto the Toho ring and close them securely. Thread a crimp bead onto the end of the Beadalon. Slip a guardian through the hole in one part of the clasp. Pass the end through the channel on one side of the guardian, then back down the other channel and the crimp bead. Pull the end about 10mm through and squash the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. This tail will be
Use the same beads and technique to create matching sunray earrings. Alternatively, thread the small beads onto an eyepin and the paper bead and two Tohos onto a headpin, then join the two and hang from an ear wire for a less dramatic look
hidden in the first bead. Thread on a Toho, a silver ethnic-style bead, a turquoise jewel, a banana leaf bead, a turquoise jewel, an ethnic-style bead, and five jet loops. Repeat this pattern twice, omitting the Toho bead and replacing the turquoise jewels with golden yellow jewels the first time. Pass the Beadalon through all eight jump rings on the pendant, then complete the second side of the necklace to match the
first, attaching the other half of the clasp as in Step 6. Tuck the end of the Beadalon into the last couple of beads and trim away the excess.
TOP TIP Try varying the size and shape of the beads used to make the pendant – you’ll be surprised at how many different looks can be achieved!
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk; 01524 412728
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island jambalaya SANDY KIDULIS DESIGNER SANDSTONES
Just knot an assortment of shimmering shell nuggets, Fimo flowers and stunning millefiori beads onto cord for a casual jumbled-up look that is simply beautiful
ISLAND PARADISE NECKLACE
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 highquality and interestingshaped beads that inspire her to create beautiful jewellery.
TO CREATE Cut an 18cm length of waxed cotton and put it to one side for now.
Find the mid-point of the remaining cotton and knot it onto the oval ring at this point.
MATERIALS • 16 x blue zircon shell nugget beads • 7 x teal 7mm Fimo flowers • 30g millefiori glass beads mix • assorted size 8 glass seed beads • 1m blue grey 0.6mm waxed cotton cord • silver 23mm dragonfly charm • antique silver 27x19mm wave pattern oval ring
• 2 x silver-plated 8x4mm fold-over cord ends • silvertone 6mm jump ring • 2 x silvertone 4mm jump rings • antique silver 13x15mm heart toggle clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors
Work up one side of the cotton length, threading on millefiori beads, Fimo beads, shell nuggets and seed beads in random order and freehand knotting after each different type of bead. You will need to trim the end of the cotton with sharp scissors every now and again to make threading easier. Make the last knot at around 28cm from the oval ring and trim the waxed cord at 31cm.
Work up the other side in the same way, varying the threading pattern so that the beading is generally balanced on both sides but not symmetrical. Squash fold-over cord ends into place at both ends of the necklace. Attach the toggle clasp to the cord ends using 4mm jump rings. Take the 18cm length of waxed cotton from Step 1, find its mid-point
and knot this into place on the bottom of the oval ring. Now thread random beads onto each of these cotton strands, making one slightly longer than the other and finishing both sides with a shell nugget held in place by a knot. Trim with scissors and dab clear nail varnish on these final knots to stop them unravelling. Suspend the dragonfly charm from the oval ring using a 6mm jump ring.
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QUICK & EASY SHELL NUGGETS ISLAND GARDEN BRACELET beginner
MATERIALS TO CREATE Using sharp scissors, cut the cotton cord into three equal lengths. Take one length and make a knot 2cm from the end, then thread on a random selection of beads, freehand knotting
WHY NOT TRY?
at intervals. Continue until the beaded section is 16cm long, then make a final knot and trim the cord at 18cm. Repeat with the other two lengths of cord, making the beading pattern different on each one.
Squash all three ends of cord into a fold-over cord end, then plait the three strands loosely together, securing into place with second cord end. Attach a toggle clasp to the cord ends using 6mm jump rings.
Make a matching pair of earrings, using pliers to twist the loop on the ear wires through 90° so that they hang correctly
Make the heart charm by threading a seed bead and the 20mm millefiori heart onto a headpin and creating a wrapped loop, attaching it to a 6mm jump ring. The charm can now be added to the bracelet by opening the bolt ring on the interchangeable pendant clasp. You can instantly add or remove charms in this way and change the look of your bracelet with ease.
• 4 x blue zircon shell nugget beads • 3 x teal 7mm Fimo flowers • 30g millefiori glass beads mix • 20mm millefiori heart • assorted size 8 glass seed beads • 1m blue grey 0.6mm waxed cotton cord • 2 x silver-plated 8x4mm fold-over cord ends • silver-plated 18x24mm interchangeable pendant clasp • 3 x silvertone 6mm jump rings • headpin
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters • sharp scissors
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.sand-stones.co.uk; 0845 224 0843 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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HOW TO USE... LAMPWORK SHELLS
MICHELE DOBSON DESIGNER WORLD OF BEADS
ABOUT MICHELE… Michele Dobson is a partner in World of Beads in Winchester. Along with her partner, Simon, she creates unique one-off pieces, many using lampwork glass beads that Simon makes himself. When designing jewellery items, Michele draws on her time living in the Caribbean for inspiration, especially the bright, vibrant colours that surround every aspect of life on the islands. As well as designing and making jewellery for World of Beads, Michele offers a bespoke jewellery-making service to cater for her clients’ individual needs.
MATERIALS • 5 x handmade lampwork shell beads • 29 x Chrysolite 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 16 x lilac 6mm matte glass pearls • 16 x mint green 6mm matte glass pearls • clear silver-lined size 11 seed beads • 20 x amethyst 6mm Czech glass fire polished beads
give us a swirl! The beautiful colours and delicate patterns on these unique lampwork shell beads are set off perfectly by shimmering glass pearls and sparkling crystals in complementary shades for a very pretty, feminine finish beginner
TO CREATE Cut two lengths of Tigertail, each approximately 3” longer than your desired necklace length (the one shown here is 32”). Thread both pieces through a crimp bead, a Swarovski crystal and a shell bead, followed by a second Swarovski crystal and a crimp bead. Position the beads so that there is a 2” length of both strands of Tigertail at one end, and crimp them into position. Thread the following bead
sequence onto each of the short ends: two seed beads, Swarovski • 20 x crystal 6mm Czech glass fire polished beads • lobster clasp • jump ring • 0.018” 7-strand Acculon Tigertail beading wire • crimp beads
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • bead design board
crystal, four seed beads, amethyst bead, four seed beads, Swarovski crystal, four seed beads, amethyst bead, four seed beads, Swarovski crystal. Finish with a crimp bead to secure the beads in place. The basic bead pattern for the main necklace starts with a Swarovkski crystal, followed by a crystal bead, a green pearl, an amethyst bead and a lilac pearl, with a single
seed bead acting as a spacer every time. String this sequence twice onto each strand, follwed by a Swarovski crystal, two seed beads, a lampwork shell and another two seed beads. Repeat this whole section on both strands, then continue threading beads in the
basic pattern until the desired length is reached (another four repeats on the necklace shown here). Finish with a final Swarovski crystal on each side, then attach a lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other, using crimp beads.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from World of Beads, 1 Stonemasons Court, Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AT; www.worldofbeads.co.uk; 01962 861255 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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to die for
PAULA PASCUAL DESIGNER SIZZIX
The new Charming die range from Sizzix is specifically designed for creating ultra-lightweight, versatile jewellery pendants and components in an array of styles, materials and finishes. Paula Pascual demonstrates why you may well want them in your stash! TO CREATE
To create the medallion, die-cut the frame using Sizzles or black mount board. If the mount board has a white core, use a black permanent pen to colour in the edges of the medallion where the white shows. Position the frame on scrap paper in a cardboard box and spray a gentle mist of turquoise Sprapaque (see Fig 1, above right). Go over it again if
MATERIALS TO COMPLETE ALL PROJECTS • black Little Sizzles mat board (656490) • Quartz, Lapis, Emerald and Turquoise Spraypaque • Country Love Ceramics Americana Acrylic Sealer Spray Gloss
• Country Love Ceramics Americana Triple Thick Brush-On Gloss Glaze • Iron Graphite DecoArt Texture Fierro • 5 x assorted aqua beads • 3 x assorted black metallic beads • black-plated link chain • 2-hole brooch back
• black-painted 12mm trigger clasp • black-plated large toggle clasp • black-plated eyepins • jump rings • fish-hook ear wires • silver double-sided paper • transparent shrink plastic • silver ProMarker pen
TOOLS • Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond die-cutting machine • Sizzix Originals Frame & Sculpted Flower Charming die (657016) • Sizzix Originals Squares, Asymmetrical Charming die (657027)
• Sizzix Originals Oval Frame, Bird & Pendant Charming die (657019) • 1/8” and 1/16” hole punches • cold melt glue gun • tacky glue • fine-tip PVA glue applicator • Loctite Super Glue UltraGel
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HOW TO USE... CHARM DIES you wish for more coverage. Let it dry completely (Fig 2). Apply a layer of Americana Gloss Varnish Spray (Fig 3). Let it dry completely. Apply another two layers of the spray and let it dry for about an hour between coats and for at least three hours at the end, or until it is totally dry. To create the flower, die-cut three flower shapes from silver double-sided paper using a Big Shot or Vagabond machine and the Frame & Sculpted Flower die. Cut one petal from one of the flowers and two adjacent petals from another. On the third one just make a snip to the centre of the flower (Fig 4). Using a fine-tip bottle and tacky glue, apply a small amount of glue on one of the edge petals and attach the other ‘end’ petal on top of it to create a single petal. Repeat with the other flowers, and roll up and secure the single and double petal pieces (Fig 5). Trim the bottom of all but the smallest element (Fig 6). Then start assembling the flower by pushing the smallest element
rings to link the two sides of the necklace to the top ‘corners’ of the medallion. Use a jump ring to attach the remaining beaded pin from Step 13 to
the bottom of the medallion. Finally, cut three 2cm pieces of chain and attach them all with a single jump ring to the other loop in the beaded pin.
positioning of the petal layers, glue them together using a glue gun (Fig 9). Once the glue has dried, apply a thick layer of Triple Thick glaze all over the flower, including underneath (Fig 10). When the Triple Thick has dried, spray a thin mist of Quartz Spraypaque (Fig 11). Let it dry completely and apply a final coat of Americana Acrylic Sealer Spray. Attach the flower to the top right of the medallion using a glue gun. Once the glue is dry, paint the back of the medallion with black acrylic paint and go over it with Triple Thick glaze. To create the necklace, cut two lengths of link chain to measure 21cm. Attach the toggle clasp elements to the end using jump rings. Thread all the beads individually onto eyepins and create a loop in the end of each pin to match the ‘eye’. Put one beaded pin aside and link the others together in one ‘chain’ of three and one of four, using jump rings. Attach one to
through the gap in the centre of each of the other layers (Fig 7). Once the flower is all layered up, it should look like Fig 8. Rearrange if necessary by twisting one layer to the right or left if the flower appears uneven. When you are happy with the
each side of the main necklace chain. Cut one 3cm and one 1.5cm length of link chain and use them with jump
WHY NOT TRY?
Create a quartz rose brooch using the same method as for the flower embellishment on the necklace. Simply add one extra die-cut flower – so you need to cut four instead of three – and add the last one at the bottom of the flower to give it a flatter base.Then use a glue gun to attach the flower to the brooch piece www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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HOW TO USE... CHARM DIES AU NATUREL BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Use a wooden lollipop stick to apply a light coat of Texture Fierro over a sheet of Sizzles or mount board, and allow to dry. Repeat on the other side and let it dry completely for about an hour (the exact time will depend on temperature and humidity). Die-cut six small asymmetrical squares and three larger ones (the second smallest squares on the die) from the Fierro mount board. Take one of the larger squares, position it over the die precisely over the smallest square, and die-cut – this way you
will be able to create the square ring in the centre of the bracelet. Use a 1/16” hole punch to create a
hole on opposite sides of each of the squares. Use a silver ProMarker pen to colour in all the
edges of the squares to give the impression of a solid silver piece. Link the squares using single jump
rings as shown. At the ends of the bracelet, use jump rings to attach a trigger clasp and few links of chain.
SONGBIRD EARRINGS intermediate
TO CREATE Die-cut two sets of the frame and bird from the Oval Frame, Bird & Pendant die using transparent shrink plastic. Use a 1/8” hole punch (once the plastic is shrunk the holes become smaller) to create a hole at the top of each of the oval frames. Use your Lapis Spraypaque to colour in the birds and Emerald Spraypaque to spray over the frames. Wait a few seconds and apply heat with a heat gun or pop the pieces in the oven, following the shrink plastic manufacturer’s
1 2 3
instructions, until they have shrunk completely. Use Loctite UltraGel to attach the birds to the oval frames. Use a jump ring through the hole punched in each frame to attach it to a fish-hook ear wire.
WHERE TO BUY The die-cutting machines, dies and Little Sizzles used here are available from www.sizzix.co.uk Americana Spray Gloss and Brush-On Gloss Glaze, as well as DecoArt Texture Fierro, are available from Country Love Ceramics stockists. Details can be found at www.countrylovecrafts.com Spraypaque can be bought online from www.craftynotions.co.uk
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Milton Village, Weston super Mare, Somerset www.jobocrafts.co.uk 01934 627953
9TH OCTOBER LAKELAND BEAD FAIR
Rheged Discovery Centre, Cumbria www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099
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. 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
15TH OCTOBER KARDS & KRAFTS CHRISTMAS DROPS CLASS
Moulsoe Millennium Hall, Milton Keynes www.witchbeads.com 01908 311243
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Uxbridge College, Middlesex www.beadsociety.org.uk
Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
Reading, Berkshire www.artclaysupplies.co.uk 0118 988 3200
Motorpoint Arena (formerly Cardiff International Arena), Cardiff www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711
Coggeshall, Essex www.beadmerchant.co.uk 01787 221955 NEWARK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
22ND-23RD OCTOBER BEADWORK FAIR
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30TH OCTOBER NORWICH BEAD FAIR
John Innes Centre, Norwich, Norfolk www.norwichbeadfair.co.uk
13TH NOVEMBER NORTH WEST BEAD FAIR
Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester Runway Visitor’s Centre, by Manchester Airport www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099
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Millennium Grandstand, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
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
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bollywood EMILY KERSH DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP MANCHESTER
Celebrate a perfect Indian summer with these stand-out necklaces, combining large wooden painted beads with a vibrant assortment of other styles for designs bursting with all the colour and spirit of Bollywood
SONG & DANCE NECKLACE
TO CREATE Hold all the rattail lengths together and fold them in half. Measure about 11cm from the ‘loose’ ends
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
and tie a basic over-thefinger knot using all the strands together. Pass a piece of cord or string under the centre-fold of the rattail
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.
– this is used like a threading needle so the beads slide on easily. Thread on a 15mm gold Kashmiri bead, moving it right down to the knot in the rattail. Make another knot to secure it in place. Repeat, using the following bead sequence and knotting after each bead: green Kashmiri, pink Kashmiri, blue wood, green Kashmiri, gold Kasmiri, blue wood, gold Kashmiri, green Kashmiri, blue wood, pink Kashmiri, green Kasmiri, and then gold Kashmiri. Snip the fold in the cords so you have six
loose ends, and plait each end of the necklace. The length of this plaited section will depend on how long you want your finished necklace, but make sure you have enough cord at the end to add your box clasp. Once each plait reaches your desired length, tie a knot in the end. Attach a box clasp to the loose ends by pushing it right up to the knot, squeezing down one side and then the other, and cutting off any excess rattail. Repeat on the other side, and attach the trigger clasp and extension chain to the box clasps using jump rings.
MATERIALS • 2m hot pink 1mm rattail cord • 2m teal 1mm rattail cord • 2m antique gold 1mm rattail cord • 3 x blue 26mm Indian wooden round beads • 4 x green/silver 15mm Kashmiri beads • 4 x gold/blue 15mm Kashmiri beads • 2 x pink 33mm Kashmiri beads • 2 x box clasps • 2 x black-plated 7mm thick jump rings • black-plated 12mm trigger catch • black-plated extension chain with teardrop
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • scissors
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INSPIRED BY... BOLLYWOOD BEAD EXTRAVAGANZA NECKLACE beginner
TO CREATE Cut the beading wire into three 1m lengths. Thread a calotte and crimp onto all three wires, then squash the crimp onto the wire about 2cm from the end. Close the calotte with the crimp inside, and cut off any excess wire.
Thread an 8mm blue/black Czech glass bead onto all three wires, then separate them. Thread an assortment of 18 blue and Earthtones Miyuki cubes onto each wire, adding one sugar bead at random to the first and third strands.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 833 9950
Thread a blue/black Czech glass bead onto all three strands together, followed by a bead cap, a green wooden bead, another bead cap and another Czech glass bead. Separate the wires and thread eight assorted Miyuki cubes onto each one, again adding a sugar bead on the first and third strands. Repeat Step 3 twice, then repeat a third time, stringing a mix of 18 Miyuki cubes onto
each wire (with a sugar bead on the outside strands as before). Thread all three wires through a blue/black Czech glass bead to complete the beading. Thread on a calotte, then a crimp. Close the calotte over the flattened crimp, make sure this is pushed right to the last bead, and cut off the excess wire. Attach a trigger clasp and extension chain to the ends of the calottes using jump rings.
• 10g Earthtones Miyuki 4mm cube seed bead mix • 4 x green 26mm Indian wooden round beads • 10g blue purple colour-lined Miyuki 4mm cube seed beads • 5 x green 7.5mm sugar beads • 5 x emerald 7.5mm sugar beads • 10 x 2Tone blue/black 8mm Czech glass faceted round beads • 8 x silver-plated 27mm bead caps • 3m Satin Silver 7-strand Beadalon beading wire • 2 x silver-plated bottom-hinge calottes • 2 x silver-plated 2mm round crimps • 2 x silver-plated 7mm thick jump rings • silver-plated 14mm trigger clasp • silver-plated extension chain with teardrop
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • wire cutters
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7/10MM MIXED FASHION BEADS Stockist: Hello Beads www.hellobeads.co.uk Tel: 01246 557674 RRP: £1 for approx 20cm
YELLOW 0.3MM MONOFILAMENT
Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: £1.50 for 50m 3
RED AGATE 10X30MM OVAL TUBE BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £2.34 for 16” strand
BROWN GLASS LEAF BEADS 6
Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.25 for 10 5
24X25MM ROUND WOODEN BEADS
Stockist: Bead Crazy www.beadcrazy.co.uk Tel: 01738 442288 RRP: 25p each 6
SUNSET ORANGE SIZE 11 SEED BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.37 for 10g
BRONZE FINISH 19MM METAL LEAF CHARMS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 30p for ﬁve
GOLD-PLATED 0.8MM WIRE Stockist: The Bead Shop (Nottingham) www.mailorder-beads.co.uk Tel: 0115 958 8899 RRP: £4.50 for 6m
BROWN 32MM SAFETY PINS Stockist: Hello Beads www.hellobeads.co.uk Tel: 01246 557674 RRP: 3p each
golden harvest Embrace the gorgeous burnished shades of autumn with this beautiful selection of seasonal shapes and colours
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INSPIRED BY... FESTIVALS
MATERIALS • assorted matte, glossy and metallic 8mm wooden beads • gold large oval bead (PB55-76) • gold flat leaf charm (PB8-60) • gold filigree leaf (PB23-05) • gold Hill Tribe style dragonfly charm (PB55-85) • gold heart charm (PB51-37) • gold-plated 5mm crimp covers • caramel 0.6mm cotton cord
TOOLS • Make Me gel jewellery glue • scissors • chain-nosed pliers • reamer (optional)
Combine vibrant colours and metallics with natural materials JEMMA FRENCH DESIGNER for a lovely longline BEAD TIME necklace that will bring any everyday ABOUT JEMMA… Jemma is the in-house outfit to life 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 is now selling her own designs at www.etsy.com/jemmafrench and www.folksy.com/ jemmafrench and can be contacted direct on email@example.com
TO CREATE Cut four 1m lengths of 0.6mm cotton. Loosely knot two strands together, creating a pair of cords for each side of the necklace (you will undo these knots later). To knot, hold two strands together and loop one of the lengths around the other, pulling the looped cord through to form a single knot 3cm from the cord end. Thread a wooden bead onto both cords and allow it to fall onto the knot you have just formed. Repeat the knotting technique to trap the bead between two knots. Add another bead and knot again. With two beads secured at the base, select two beads and thread one onto each strand of cotton.
Allow the beads to drop towards the base of the necklace. To create the spacing detail, separate the beads so they align with one resting above the other prior to knotting (the ideal spacing is intervals of 2cm). Once in position, hold both strands of cotton parallel and create a single knot with the two cords moving in the same direction. This knot should lie neatly by the hole of the second bead.
As a regular music festival attendee, I always return to ﬁnd myself inspired by the colours, sights and sounds I’ve encountered. Here I chose to work with wooden beads in a colour palette that reminded me of the ﬂags that lined the festival site I went to this summer. The neutral knotted cotton and long length gives the piece a natural, bohemian feel, which in turn highlights the gold elements shimmering through (like the sun eventually did!)
Try to keep the cotton lying parallel to achieve a neat finish. Repeat this technique along the length of the cord until you have 20cm left. You have now formed one side of the necklace. Repeat with the other cotton strands to form the opposite side. Once complete, tie the four strands together with a single knot. Apply a dab of glue to the loose ends to harden and hold the strands together. Push all four strands though the large oval focal bead. Single knot the four strands together directly under the large bead to secure it in place. Undo the first knots from Step 1.
Holding two cords in each hand, knot all the strands together in a tight single knot. Add a dab of glue, trim all excess cord and cover with a 5mm crimp cover. To add charms to the base, separate the four strands underneath the large oval and thread a wooden bead onto one. Now pass the end through the loop of a charm, before folding it back on itself and bringing it up through the same bead. You may
need to stiffen the cord with glue, or enlarge the hole size of the bead with a reamer. Double knot the cord above the bead. Dab a small amount of glue onto the knot, trim off any excess cord and cover with a 5mm crimp cover. Repeat to attach all the charms.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadtime.co.uk; 020 3166 0046 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects
OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS
Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers â€“ 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
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.
your pliers until the loop is formed.
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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.
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.
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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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
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.
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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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
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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FESTIVE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS IS COMING... AND WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO: • create gorgeous handmade jewellery and gifts for your friends and family • transform your home with stunning tree and table decorations • discover the best beader's treats for your letter to Santa!
PLUS Beautiful autumnal designs, lampwork, metal clay, seed bead ideas and much more Creative Beads & Jewellery is available from newsagents and through beading, jewellery and craft stores. If you want to guarantee that you don’t miss an issue, you can ask your local store to place a regular order for you. Once set up, your copy will be held for you to collect. Simply complete this form and hand it in at your nearest bead or craft store or newsagent. Dear Store Owner Please reserve me a copy of Creative Beads & Jewellery TITLE Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms ............................... First Name............................ Surname.......................................................................................... Address............................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ ........................................................................................................ Postcode ...........................................Tel ......................................... Contents subject to change
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Colours inspired by nature... Quality inspired by pride... TOHO Beads! Tambrook Bead & Trade, supplying a bead store near you. Wholesale only. Please visit www.tambrookbeads.com to see our complete line of TOHO beads www.tambrookbeads.com â€˘ email@example.com â€˘ 1503.826.0878
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