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78 exclusive designer projects Issue 19

It’s party season! Prepare to sparkle nspiration for ALL levels of beadcrafts a nd jewellery making Ideas and i

Merry & bright Fabulous Christmas jewellery ideas

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A TIME FOR GIVING

GROWN-UP GLAMOUR

DEAR SANTA...

AUTUMN BEAUTY

Gorgeous beaded watches

Be bold in black and gold

Inspiring gift ideas

How to use copper clay

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Plus lampwork, seed beads, quick makes, must-have buys and more!

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hello... ... and welcome to Issue 19 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. Christmas is coming, and with it the perfect excuse to hide yourself away in the warm with your beading stash. Whether you’re rustling up gifts for your friends and family, making festive decorations for your home or creating unique jewellery pieces to ensure you sparkle through the party season, it’s a busy time of year – and we’ve got a plethora of ideas and inspirational projects to help. Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy have designed the ultimate grown-up Christmas party collection on page 36, weaving glittering crystal balls in a sophisticated colour palette for spectacular evening glamour. If you need something suitably shimmering in a hurry, Alison Williams’ gorgeous midnight set on page 50 flashes all the colours of aurora borealis but is surprisingly quick and easy to create. Or turn to page 12 and prepare to be wowed by Gill Teasdale’s simply stunning contemporary projects combining chunky silver and peacock pearls. If you’re not normally a fan of gold jewellery, Christmas brings the ideal opportunity to give it a go. It can add a lovely glowing warmth to rich purple for striking yet very feminine pieces, as shown on page 22, or be bold and mix it with black for a dramatic and decadent look, wonderfully demonstrated by Michele Dobson on page 43. Our design team has put together a wonderful array of jewellery and beaded gifts so you can give truly personal, unique presents this year. Jemma French has created a variety of gorgeous watches on page 74 with something for every style, from girly and sparkly to elegant, funky or natural. Andre Curran’s make-it-in-minutes unisex bracelet on page 86 is a straightforward

EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Rachel Bland, Mel Brooke, Petra Cameron, Sally Carver, Andre Curran, Michele Dobson, Jemma French, Gemma Gray, Stephie Hall, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Mandy Jeyes, Debbie Kershaw, Donna McKean Smith, Sarah Millsop, Amanda Pickstock, Jane Purdy, Gill Teasdale, Anna Weller, Alison Williams, Debbie Wood, Joanne Zeng

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

clay-bead-and-cord design ideal for earth mothers or festival-goers alike, while Rachel Bland’s beautiful vintage-style projects on page 79 make use of Geomfix clay to imprint the words of your choice in the pendants and charms. And for a colourful beadand-button photo frame that will brighten up a room at any time of year, look no further than Mel Brooke’s fabulous wired design on page 21. Our 64-page Make Your Own Christmas Decorations magazine, free with this issue of CB&J, is packed with all the ideas and step-by-step guides you need to transform your home. Whether you love traditional reds and greens or prefer a more contemporary festive colour scheme, want your tree to sparkle or have a classic Victorian look, there’s a wealth of inspiring projects and suggestions for a very merry – and beautiful – Christmas. Happy beading!

Editor anna.wright@practicalpublishing.co.uk

PS... Issue 34 of our sister title Creative Cardmaking is now on sale. Packed full of expert papercrafting tips and ideas, and with a new look, the magazine comes with free My Craft Studio papers and die-cuts. Get your copy now – exclusively available from craft shops

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What’s inside this issue of INSPIRATION & ADVICE

GET SET TO DAZZLE

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

54 FESTIVE FANCIES

WIN! WIN! WIN!

Don’t fancy flashing Rudolph earrings? Check out these subtle but stunning Christmas designs

There’s a host of great prizes up for grabs inside this issue, from beads to show tickets

43 GOING FOR GOLD

58 FALL IN LOVE!

Gold comes into its own this season, giving a rich, glowing warmth to your pieces

We’ve rounded up some of the most fabulous pendants on the planet in our shopping gift guide

74 UP TO THE MINUTE

18 BURNISHED LEAVES

Gorgeous beaded watches to suit every style, from fun and funky to girly and glamorous

Everything you need to know to create and use your own leaf moulds with copper clay

regulars 06 News

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

10 Readers’ Letters

Your ideas, views and top tips

16&52 Competitions

Goodies from The Bead Shop Scotland and top craft show tickets to be won

20 Giveaways

£££s worth of products up for grabs

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Our Christmas party season special is packed with stunning projects for big nights out

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28 Bead Doctor

All your questions answered

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& Shopping Guides Indulge in a little retail therapy with our round-up of some of the most tempting Christmas stash, irresistible children’s bead boxes and birthstone-inspired beads on the market

42&60 Designer Galleries

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

62 The Bead Challenge

Three designers put their creativity to the test with a sparkling purple bead mix

82 What’s On

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

92 Techniques Glossary

Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides

94 Tools Glossary

The lowdown on all the tools of the trade

95 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 20


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features 12 Razzle Dazzle

Forget classic cream pearls and create spectacular modern jewellery in vibrant purples, blues and shimmering peacock

18 Falling Leaves

Create your own leaf pattern moulds, then use them with magical copper clay

36 Night Of A Thousand Stars

This amazing Crystal Ball collection is simply exploding with the wow-factor!

43 Burning Embers

Dramatic black and gold is a striking, opulent-looking pairing that comes into its own in the run-up to Christmas

74 A Time For Giving

Handmade watches make a treasured, long-lasting gift for someone special

79 Vintage Romance

Stamp the words of your choice into Geomfix clay to create beautiful, personalised vintage-style pieces

21 Picture Perfect

This fun, bright frame is a lovely gift that will look fabulous all year round

22 Golden Girl

Swap silver or antique metals for shining gold for a naturally decadent, elegant look

46 In A Spin

Introducing a brilliantly handy little seed bead spinner, almost guaranteed to be on your Christmas wishlist!

50 Electric Storm

Shimmer in this stunning evening set, designed in sophisticated black that will catch the light and flash amazing shades

54 Merry & Bright

This gorgeous set will give an up-to-theminute, individual twist to any outfit

84 Wind Beneath My Wings

Be the first to own this fab, feminine, steampunk-inspired necklace with our exclusive sneak peek at the design

86 One For All

This ethnic-style bracelet is quick to make, and a perfect last-minute gift for earth mothers and festival-going teenagers alike

24 On The Surface

Sally Carver demonstrates a variety of techniques for producing stunning finishes on your lampwork beads

30 Guerilla Art

Use ladder stitch to connect paper and bone tube beads, adding chain and metal charms for an unusual, edgy bracelet

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58 All I Want For Christmas...

We defy you not to lust after these pendants, from breathtaking to cute

32 Birthstones – Citrine & Turquoise 72 Rustic Beauty In the final part of our series, we look at light, delicate citrine and bold turquoise

Making your own rustic-style pendant from wire and beads is easier than you think!

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

BEADS & ALL THAT JAZZ Bead Riffs is the latest instalment in the popular Beadweaving Master Class series, featuring well-known jewellery maker Rachel Nelson-Smith. In this addition to the top-selling range of instructional and inspirationpacked titles from GMC Publications, Rachel reveals her signature techniques for combining right-angle weave, tubular peyote stitch and exquisite embellishments. Rachel’s beautiful jazzinspired pieces are ideal for artisans of an intermediate skill level and upwards. There’s also a selection of handy ‘Riff It’ tips for personalising each design. RRP: £17.99

If you’re looking for something a little bit – no, make that completely – different, this guide to jewellery making is unlikely to be like any you’ve seen before! The founders of cult jewellery brand Tatty Devine, Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, have put together a veritable treasure trove of inspiring thoughts, practical tips and offbeat facts (how many songs can you think of with ‘chain’ in the title?). With lots of quirky photography too, this book would make a wonderfully eccentric Christmas gift for a teenager, student or hip jewellery lover of any age. Published by Virgin Books. RRP £12.99

CONQUER THE DARK NIGHTS! New from PURElite is the Use Anywhere Magnifying Table Lamp, which is the latest addition to its ever-growing range. The flexible arm and popular x2 magnification strength make this lamp perfect for close-up crafting work. The new Use Anywhere lamp also features an 85mm lens plus 16 high-powered lower energy LED lights, and can be used either with a mains adaptor or batteries. Ideal for a variety of home

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For full details go to www.thegmcgroup.com; 01273 477374

OLD MEETS NEW We’re begging Santa for one of these striking cabochons this year! Precious gem materials in lapis lazuli, peridot, turquoise, carnelian, amethyst, onyx and azurite malachite have been infused with bronze metal to produce these amazing new materials that are really jewel-like. Each cabochon is unique and cut by Designer Cabochons in sizes from ring and earring up to large one-off designer pieces, with prices ranging from £10 to £30. To see the range available go to www.designercabochons.co.uk

uses, plus a great lamp to take to crops, clubs and more. RRP: £27.99. PURELite products are available nationwide from all good craft, haberdashery and sewing suppliers. Email crafts@stockist enquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581


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NEWS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Winter weather offers the perfect excuse to settle down in the warm with a great book and a mug of something hot. If you’re a relative newcomer to jewellery making, this could be the perfect choice. How to Design Bead & Wire Jewellery by Renata Graham is a fail-safe guide that instructs and guides on combining

different colours and textures, design proportions, repeated patterns, adding accents and more. If you’re new to the art of jewellery making, the author answers a wide variety of questions and offers a wealth of design principles and ideas for creating beautiful bead and wire jewellery. She has also included 20 fabulous projects for you to try yourself. Publisher Search Press is offering £2 off the price when you buy a copy of How to Design Bead & Wire Jewellery, so to take advantage of this discount call 01892 510850 and quote Creative Beads & Jewellery. To see all the books available from Search Press go to www.searchpress.com or call 01892 510850

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity in the run-up to Christmas, we recommend a stop off in beautiful Winchester. This historic city is famous for its attractive buildings, the wonderful ice rink created in front of the cathedral each year – and its variety of tempting specialist shops. Situated in Parchment Street, at the hub of this creative area, World of Beads is worth a detour alone! As well as stocking glass beads of all shapes, sizes and colours, including an extensive range of Murano glass beads, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstone beads, plus a full range of findings, stringing materials, tools and storage boxes, World of Beads is gaining a reputation for its stunning handmade lampwork, created by joint-owner Simon in the shop’s Hampshire studio. A selection of these beads is always available to buy in the shop or on the website. As many are ‘one-off’ items, commissions are always welcome. World of Beads, 1 Stonemasons Court, Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AT; www.worldofbeads.co.uk; 01962 861255

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

We have five copies to give away so for your chance to win one send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J19 Bead & Wire Jewellery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 22nd December 2011

IN GREAT SHAPE Glass nuggets, flatties and light twists in six classic colours, 60p each from www.beadsunlimited.co. uk; 01273 740777

BRAND SPARKLING NEW

SNUGGLE UP WITH A BOOK

LET IT SNOW Christmas Snowflake Village Ornament Pattern, six different brick stitch 3.5x2.5cm oval panels joined with crystals and pearls, £4.25 from www.threadabead.com

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NEWS SOMETHING SHINY Ooh, now here’s a stocking filler we like the look of! Shiney Company has some great Christmas gift kit ideas for under £10. There’s a great selection of products, perfect for creative friends and family, so ideal as last-minute extras too. We love this bracelet kit, available in a range of colours priced at £9.95, which includes instructions, an organza gift bag and Swarovski Elements beads. And take a look at this amazing ring kit for £4.95. The Shiney Co team will even make the kit especially for you if you get in touch and tell them your favourite colours! Kits can be purchased from www.shiney rocks.co.uk, by calling 01225 332 506 or by visiting the Shiney Co bead shops in Bristol, Bath and Stroud

NEW HOME Bojangle Beads has moved, just in time to enjoy the festive season in its new home. The shop hasn’t gone far – just along the road to number 50 Church Gate – but the premises are much bigger, allowing the team to more than double the size of

its workshop area. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Bojangle’s second anniversary, so drop in if you’re in the area. Bojangle Beads, 50 Church Gate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1UD; www.bojanglebeads.co.uk; 01509 211974

MAKING RIPPLES Last issue we had some gorgeous raspberry ripple focal lampwork beads from Fuse-n-Beads up for grabs on our giveaways page, but our images only showed one side. To do these pretty beads full justice, here they are in all their glory. They are made by talented designer Judith Hannington using gravity to swirl shades of pink and white opaque and transparent glass together, and are decorated with a stringer scroll and dot design. They are kiln-annealed, cleaned then acid-etched to give a soft matte finish. With the co-ordinating spacer beads they are perfect for creating your own handmade jewellery designs. Visit www.fuse-n-beads.co.uk to purchase Judith’s lampwork beads or to contact her for a custom order

DESTINATION GLASGOW The hugely successful Scottish Bead Fair is expanding from its home in Perth, with an additional event taking place at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 20th November. Head along to find some of your favourite bead stores and designers, including the creative talent behind many wonderful CB&J projects. The fair is open from 10.30am4.30pm and entry is £4 on the door or in advance via the box office, with accompanied under-16s free of charge. There are free demonstrations throughout the day and some fabulous classes, which must be booked in advance. Full details can be found at www.scottishbeadfair.com

IN NATURE’S IMAGE If you’re as smitten as we are by the wonderful copper clay leaf designs on page 18 this issue, you’ll be just as entranced by these pewter charms, created by Yvonne Law and available priced from £4.60. Yvonne creates her own threedimensional silicone moulds from found objects or from miniatures that she’s made herself, so the pieces are all unique designs. Her love of the sea and beachcombing has

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inspired many of her pieces, based on sea creatures and inhabitants of rock pools. Each beautifully detailed charm is finished with a sterling silver ring for attachment. Available from Big Bead Little Bead, 6 Ransom’s Yard, Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1NB; www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233


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On 22/10/11 Bojangle Beads celebrates its second birthday as well as celebrating the huge success of moving into bigger premises. With the new premises Bojangle Beads is on track to become a hive of creativity with demonstration areas, a creative library of magazines and books, a bigger inspirational workshop area as well as hundreds of new products and extended products ranges.

Bojangle Beads is a beader’s paradise providing all you could want from a bead shop. The store has a welcoming feel, and a friendly atmosphere in which creativity is encouraged. The decor is in a beautiful vintage style with all beads displayed in antique printer’s trays and vintage items such as buttons for sale. There are thousands of unique products including Czech glass beads, Toho seed beads, one of the largest ranges of wire, ribbons, vintage buttons, findings and many many more.

Happy Birthday Bojangle Beads Bojangle Beads.co.uk has gone from strength to strength, the ethos for which has always been to provide the service you would expect from a local store. As well as the huge product range there is also a wealth of design ideas and inspiration through galleries and free downloads. We pride ourselves on our fantastic customer service and we will always go that extra mile to help, nurture and inspire. Bojangle Beads has an extensive workshop programme catering for all ability levels and continuously providing fresh inspiration for our customers. Specialist workshops in ceramic clay and Friendly Plastic also run throughout the year, with expansions into altered art jewellery workshops in the New Year. Bojangle Beads, 17 Church Gate, Loughborough Leicestershire, LE11 1UD Tel: 01509211974


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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 letters@practicalpublishing.co.uk or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL WISH YOU WERE HERE I have recently subscribed to your fab magazine – having bought a few issues recently I knew I would like it, so I signed up. My first issue arrived through the post the day before I went on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I took my magazine away with me to read on the beach... to the South of France! I was so glad I took my copy as there were some fabulous features.

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE I look forward to receiving your magazine every month. I love the ideas and

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Stephie Hall’s work was very inspirational and Mel Brooke’s tropical pieces were stunning too.

I wondered if any of your other readers have taken their magazines away too? If so, it makes you wonder just where CB&J has been on its travels! I always take my beads away projects – I’ve yet to try most of them, as there aren’t enough hours in the day to get through them! I love the Bead Challenges and have been setting myself some to use up my own collection of beads. I’ve recently made two projects from prizes won

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with me as I’ve never been one to sit still for long, and I managed to make a few pieces whilst lounging on the sunbeds and just relaxing by the beautiful ocean. I hope you like my poppy bracelet – my bead buddy friend Janet made the poppies from Fimo, and I used them with the little bronze peace sign and a peace wish box to make something special for Remembrance Day. I am now looking forward to the next issue arriving! Kathy Lake, Letchworth, Hertfordshire from your magazine and thought I’d share them with you and other readers. The necklace and earrings were made as a present for my mum. The pendant and gold-coloured pearl beads were from a prize I won a while ago, while I added the darker pearls from my collection. The

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF BEADING I love your magazine, but I must say how much I particularly loved Issue 17, especially the free Recycled Jewellery book. I felt so inspired by the unusual projects using everyday objects to make jewellery that I would never have dreamed of using before. I fell in love straight away with the Bolt ‘n’ Bead Bangle, made using bolts as spacers and so effective. I just knew I had to give it a go. I was so pleased with the result that I wanted to send you a photo of my take on the bracelet, using square bolts and bracelet was made from a kit, which I made up, then decided I didn’t quite like for the fastening (it wasn’t for me), so remade it from scratch and attached a barrel fastening instead. Please keep up the

amber-coloured beads. Keep up the good work. I always eagerly await your latest edition of the magazine because you always have such unique ideas every time. Nicky Jones, by email

BEST IN SHOW Recently I booked a stall at a local craft fair (my second venture of this type) and decided that what I needed was a statement necklace.

good work! Helen Wright, Grimsby, Lincs


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LETTERS

STAR LETTER SPARKLING IDEAS I couldn’t wait to get home after buying my copy of Issue 18 with the free gift of the dazzling beads. They really did inspire me. My speciality is making knitted and crocheted wire jewellery – my friends and family are always keen to see my newest creations and make very good models for

I therefore looked through my back copies of CB&J and when I came across the Lucite flowers necklace by Emily Kersh, published in Issue 16, I decided that this would make a worthy statement necklace, especially as the colours would match the dress I intended to wear. Although it took me almost eight hours to make (not including

my necklaces and bracelets. I have been interested in crafts for as long as I can remember and at the age of almost 72, plan to have many more years of creativity. The picture is of one of my knitted wire

sorting out which beads I was going to use!) I think that the end result was worth it – it was definitely a talking point. I have attached some photographs of my interpretation of the design and hope it will inspire other beaders to ‘have a go’. Janet Baker, by email

collars, using these gorgeous beads. Joan Grant, Tyne & Wear CB&J: What a stunning piece! Our free beads last issue came in a lovely variety of colours and

your jet AB versions look gorgeous with the turquoise and blues in TTER this fabulous collar. STAR LEr of this e n What have other The win r Letter issue’s Sta fabulous readers created is receives thset from using their free e iz pr ds.com string of beads? dcowbea www.ma We’d love to see.

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my niche! In fact, I am inundated with orders from my friends and family, who ask me to make custom items for them – usually to match a new dress or outfit. I was even out shopping

I started making jewellery in January this year following my honeymoon to Egypt, where I was inspired by an Egyptian shop specialising in handmade beaded accessories. It took a while for me to find my feet and I have read your magazines from cover to cover to help me to develop the techniques and ideas I needed. During the last few months I really think I have found

in Ulverston in the Lake District on my holidays recently and a lady in a shop commented on the bracelet that I was wearing and asked if she could buy it from me! Rachael Brennan, by email

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razzle dazzle GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER JILLYBEADS

Forget classic cream pearls and create spectacular individual jewellery pieces using freshwater versions in vibrant purples, blues and a shimmering peacock finish

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.

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PARTY SEASON COLOURED PEARLS

CHRISTMAS KISSES BRACELET intermediate

TO CREATE Hook a wire guardian onto the loop of one of the toggle ends. Thread your length of Beadalon through and around the horseshoe shape of the wire guardian, then bring the ends together to make two strands the same length. Slip a crimp bead onto both ends and slide it down to the wire guardian. Squash the crimp using chain-nosed pliers. Thread both strands through a freshwater pearl. Separate the strands and thread a lavender pearl, a freshwater pearl and another lavender pearl onto each. Bring

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the strands together and thread both through a freshwater pearl. Separate the strands and onto one of them thread a lavender pearl, then pass it through one of the holes on a rhinestone kiss (from the inside out, making sure the holes are facing out sideways from the bracelet, not along its length). Now thread on a lavender pearl, a purple pearl and another lavender pearl, and pass the wire through the next hole on the kiss (in towards the bracelet) before adding another lavender pearl. Thread the other strand around the other side of the kiss to match. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 another three times, then repeat just Step 2 once. Thread both strands through a crimp bead. Hook the other wire guardian onto the loop on the other toggle end. Pass both strands through and around the

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guardian and back through the crimp bead. Pull all the excess Beadalon around the wire guardian and through the crimp bead and if possible back through the freshwater pearl (this may not be possible if the hole through the pearl is too small). Squash the crimp bead.

MATERIALS • 20 x purple peacock freshwater potato pearls • 52 x Lavender 3mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 8 x Dark Purple 3mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 4 x rhinestone kiss two-strand connectors • antique silver fronds circular toggle • 2 x silver-plated wire guardians • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • 80cm bright 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon

TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • side cutters

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INTO ORBIT NECKLACE

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MATERIALS TO MAKE THE SET: • 5 x royal purple 14mm pearlised rounds • 4 x night blue 14mm pearlised rounds • 10 x silver 14mm pearlised rounds • 42 x purple peacock freshwater potato pearls • 9 x gunmetal simple circles • 18 x shiny silver 6mm Cheerios • 22 x silver-plated 4mm plain rounds • 43 x gunmetal 4mm plain rounds • 2 x gunmetal 4x7mm end fasteners • 2 x silver-plated wire guardians • 2 x silver-plated crimp beads • 2 x silver-plated 4mm crimp covers • 50cm black 7-strand Beadalon • 2 x packs black no.14 beading silk

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

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TO CREATE Unravel both packs of beading silk. Lay both ends without needles into the U-shape of an end fastener, with the loop pointing away from the threads. Bend over each side of the end fastener using flat-nosed pliers, to grip the threads securely. Pass both threads through a gunmetal round, a silver pearl and a gunmetal round. Then pass one needle through one of the holes on a simple circle from top to bottom and the other needle through the same hole from bottom to top. Bring one back up through the centre of the circle so that both needles and threads are lined up together.

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Thread a Cheerio, a purple pearl and another Cheerio onto both of the needles and cords. Pull them down the cords to fit snugly inside the circle. Pass one needle back down through the centre of the circle then up through the other hole. Pass the other needle down through the hole. Continue working this pattern until all the circles and 14mm pearls have been used, alternating the purple and blue pearls within the simple circles and ending the sequence with a gunmetal round. Lay the threads into the other end fastener, as close as possible to the last bead. Bend the sides over as before, then trim the ends as

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close as possible to the fastener (only trim after crimping as the thread will unravel and fray as soon as it is cut). Slip a crimp bead onto the Beadalon, then thread the wire into and around the horseshoe shape of a wire guardian. Hook the wire guardian with Beadalon onto the loop on one of the end fasteners, then pass the wire back down through the crimp bead a short way. This tail will be hidden by the first couple of beads. Squash the crimp bead using chainnosed pliers and cover the crimp bead with a crimp cover, squashing it closed gently with chain-nosed pliers. Thread a gunmetal round and a silver-

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PARTY SEASON COLOURED PEARLS MATERIALS • 2 x royal purple 14mm pearlised rounds • 12 x purple peacock freshwater potato pearls • 2 x silver & crystal AB 6mm disco balls • 4 x silvery 2.5mm spacer rounds • 2 x silver-plated 2” eyepins • 14 x silver-plated 1” headpins • silver-plated fish-hook ear wires

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

GLAMOROUS GLOBE EARRINGS beginner

TO CREATE Slip a disco ball onto a headpin. Bend the pin over by 90° using flatnosed pliers, trim to 7mm and roll into a loop with

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

Thread a 2.5mm spacer round, a 14mm pearl and another 2.5mm round onto the eyepin. Make

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PETRA CAMERON DESIGNER METAL CLAY LTD oulding is a fabulous way to introduce shape and texture – as well as true individuality – into your jewellery making, and it’s surprisingly simple to do. Moulds are quick and easy to make, and just as quick and easy to use! In a matter of minutes you can capture a threedimensional shape or a delicate texture, which you can use to create an exact replica in your medium of choice. Most crafters favour RTV (room temperature vulcanising) siliconebased compounds like Siligum and Art Clay Moulding Compound, which pick up extremely fine detail, like fingerprints and veins on leaves.

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Create your own leaf pattern moulds, then use them with copper clay to make beautiful, unique autumnal earrings

MATERIALS • Art Clay copper clay • 2 x copper decorative jump rings • 2 x copper jump rings • copper fish-hook ear wires

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AUTUMN LEAVES EARRINGS intermediate

TO CREATE Condition your copper clay by sandwiching it in cling film, then compressing and squashing it (see Fig 1, opposite). This

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will help distribute the moisture throughout the clay, and get it nice and supple ready for use. Take a small piece of clay, and roll it into a sausage. You only need a small amount per leaf (Fig 2). Add some release to your mould to stop your clay sticking, then press the sausage up and outwards from the centre. You want to

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leave a ridge through the middle, and thin clay at the edge, as this replicates the form of a natural leaf (Fig 3). Once dry (after leaving overnight, or around 10 minutes on a hot plate), refine any rough edges using a file (Fig 4). You could also use a sanding pad or an emery board. Drill a hole in your leaf using a pin vice.

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HOW TO USE... COPPER CLAY & MOULDS USING SILIGUM OR ART CLAY COMPOUND – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE 2 1 Prepare your master

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model before you start measuring and mixing the two parts. Make sure it is clean and dust free – any imperfections will show up in your mould, and will forever produce replicas with that same imperfection. Once you’ve prepared your master, measure out equal amounts of the two parts. If your compound comes with measuring spoons (like the Art Clay Moulding Compound), use them – they are a great help in ensuring you get equal quantities of each component. Using separate spoons also minimises the risk of the two components mixing in one pot – if you use the right spoon for the right pot. It is all too easy to end up with some left on the spoon, and if you leave some of the white component

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instructions for more information on this. Once fired, quench the piece immediately (Fig 7). This will help to remove any fire scale (black coating) that is left on your piece. If this still persists, you can use

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pickling compound to remove the rest. You can finish your copper leaves in various ways. I used a brass brush and liver of sulphur to antique. You can use stainless steel brushes, burnishers or a tumbler.

in the blue pot, you’ll soon notice that the compound has hardened where the two meet. If you have dry skin or long nails and aren’t using spoons, check your hands carefully after using each colour! Make a flattened ball or sausage shape of your two colours. Stack them on top of each other, and press together. Twist the two colours together, and then start blending them. Press, pull, twist, and work the two parts into one even colour. As soon as the two colours have blended to one even

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colour, you’re ready to use the material. The mixing process shouldn’t really take more than a minute. To make a shallow impression, such as a leaf mould, roll out the moulding compound to about 1.5-2mm thick (it doesn’t have to be precise). Press your leaf into the moulding compound. I start with my rolling pin and then my finger to ensure the leaf is smooth (see Fig 1, above). Leave to cure for about 5-10 minutes, and then carefully peel off the leaf (Fig 2). You should have a perfect leaf texture.

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These sets are brimming with handy items, including ball headpins and wire guardians, which will add a professional and decorative finish to any project, while Pandora-style thread and troll beads give a new dimension to your jewellery. Plus get your hands on the new antique gold links, which have been added to the Beads Unlimited Quick Link range in round and oval. Prices start at 5p with big discounts for small wholesale quantities. www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777


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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS PICTURE FRAME

picture perfect

A photo frame is always a lovely personal gift, but it shouldn’t just be for Christmas – this fun, bright design will look fabulous all year round

TO CREATE Cut a 30cm length of coloured craft wire from the reel. Make a small loop in the end of the wire with round-nosed pliers. Change to chain-nosed pliers, then hold the loop and wind the wire around to create a small flat coil. Starting at one corner of the frame, decide which bead you want to place first, then thread it onto the wire with the coil on the end. Use chain-nosed pliers to pinch hold of the wire and then, still holding it, turn them to give the wire a small ‘kink’. Do this two or three times before adding the next bead – the more random the kinks the more effective they look! Slide the next bead up to the wire kinks, then make several more after it. Be sure to stop and check the position of the beaded wire so that you can see how it will best sit on the frame surface. As you add to the wire, vary

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MATERIALS • coloured 0.5mm craft wire • flowers and buttons

TOOLS the types, colours, shapes and sizes of beads and buttons. Create mini stacks of layered buttons topped with beads and bend

the wire flat down to the frame before making the kinks. When you get to the last 2-3cm of wire, once again make a loop on the end with round-nosed pliers and coil the All the materials used here are available wire end around with from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769 chain-nosed pliers.

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Place the piece of beaded wire on the frame surface then put dots of strong glue under the beads to stick them in place – or use a glue gun. Repeat all the steps to make several more short beaded lengths of wire, created

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• round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • glue gun (or strong glue)

to fit around the frame. Glue them all into place as you go. If, at the end, you spot any gaps, simply use more dots of glue to fix small beads into place to fill them.

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PARTY SEASON

golden girl GEMMA GRAY DESIGNER BEADS UNLIMITED

Swap silver or antique metals for shining gold, and combine with rich purples and blues for a naturally decadent look that is simple but elegant beginner

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

TO CREATE Thread a bead of your choice from the glass mix onto a headpin. Trim the pin 1cm above the bead, bend into a loop and close. Repeat with another four or five beads from the mix and one royal blue bead. Thread a small bead from the mix onto an eyepin, followed by the loops of the beaded headpins. Thread on a second small bead. Squeeze the beaded headpins as close together as possible and trim the eyepin

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MATERIALS • 1m gold-plated oval & round link chain • royal blue 10mm pressed round beads • approx 24 x goldplated headpins • 100g lilac tones high-quality glass mix • 6 x gold-plated eyepins • gold-plated trigger clasp

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end. Next attach a length of chain that starts with a circle, includes three ovals and finishes with an oval. Attach the trigger clasp to the end oval. Thread two royal blue beads onto an eyepin and trim the pin 1cm above the bead.

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1cm above the second small bead. Bend into a loop and close. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create two more clusters. Separate the chain using the existing connector so that you have a chain starting with an oval that includes four ovals and finishes with a circle. Attach a connector to one side of a cluster. Take another length of chain that starts with a circle, includes four ovals and ends with a circle. Attach to the bottom of the cluster and attach a second cluster to the other end. Attach a piece of chain that consists of a circle, an oval and another circle to the second cluster. Add the third cluster to the

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and attach a beaded eyepin. Close the connectors. Repeat for the oval on the other side of the first cluster and the oval between the second and third clusters.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777

Use the same chain and beaded pin technique to create a pair of matching dangly earrings


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5th annual

Flame Off event

Held at the Towcester racecourse, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of April 2012

Ticket price ÂŁ20 a day, ÂŁ30 for 2 days Children under 12-free, 12-16 half price Open 10 am - 5pm Ticket price includes Free entertainment, taster sessions, demonstrations, artist question time, free parking and charity auction. Large sales area of lampwork glass, tools,kilns, kits and other suppliers Meet and greet the artists, free artist demonstrations running all day Guest artists are Claudia Trimur Pagel, Emma Macintosh and Manda Muddimer, Jan Rigden-Clay, Pati Walton, other artists to be announced.

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SALLY CARVER DESIGNER REDHOTSAL

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Sally Carver demonstrates a variety of techniques for producing stunning finishes on your lampwork beads, while on page 27, Mandy Jeyes designs a lovely bracelet for showing them off to perfection

ABOUT SALLY… Sally has been making glass beads since 1999 after seeing a book on glass beads by chance. The thrill of discovering that it was possible to make glass beads at home was so powerful that she changed career direction completely to make glass beads professionally. She now teaches others to make lampwork glass beads and also makes her own beads and jewellery under the name Redhotsal. Sally is currently based in Leicestershire, where she lives with husband Adam and daughter Emily, and has a shop in Cornwall, called Redhotsal at St Ives, which is entirely devoted to lampwork glass jewellery.

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Note: These beads can be made on either a hothead or a dual gas torch such as the Minor Burner

MATERIALS • red striker Effetre glass rodEffetre glass rod • turquoise opaque Effetre glass rod dichroic stringer • dark turquoise transparent Effetre glass rod • clear Effetre 006 glass rod

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RAISED STRINGER SCROLL BEADS TO CREATE Heat a couple of centimetres at the end of the opaque rod gently so that it becomes ‘sticky’. Do

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not overheat and cause the rod to bend. Heat a small gather of the transparent colour and apply this to the opaque rod – coil encase the last 2cm of rod with the transparent by winding the rod around the opaque centre. Make sure the coils overlap so that you don’t leave any opaque glass exposed (see Fig 1, below). To ensure you always have a good supply of hot glass make sure the transparent rod is passing directly through the flame as you encase. Heat the encasing smooth (Fig 2). Pull a stringer about 1.5mm

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thick. Put aside to cool. Take a transparent rod of contrasting colour to the stringer – I have used red striker Effetre – and make a small barrel about 10mm in length (Fig 3). Heat this strongly so the glass melts into a natural ‘lemon’ shape (Fig 4). With a striker the colour will disappear but return when the bead is encased. Take a clear rod of glass and coil encase the bead, starting from the left (Fig 5). Heat the coils gently and evenly until smooth. The encasing layer will protect the core from

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TOOLS • mandrels dipped in Fusion bead release • tweezers or pliers for stringer pulling • graphite marver

the direct flame, which will cause the centre to strike a rich red. Also, because the footprint of the bead is wider than a normal ‘donut’ bead, the resulting shape will be spherical (Fig 6). Decorating with stringer can be daunting, but encased stringer is a little stiffer and easier to control than normal stringer and appears thinner than it

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LAMPWORK BEADS DECORATIVE FINISHES

Don’t ever drape the stringer – you must push it down onto the bead surface. Practise stringer work with transparent stringer rather than opaque as transparent glass is stiffer and easier to control really is, so it is a good way to start. Place the tip of the stringer at the very top of the flame. You want to see the tip of the stringer glow, but just a little. This is a position called the ‘sweet spot’. It is vital that you don’t move the stringer from this position but instead move the bead under the stringer – a little like the fabric moving under a sewing machine needle (Fig 7). Once you have decorated the bead, you must heat the stringer in well or it will fall off the bead – especially if you are batch annealing. If you want the stringer to look raised it is often worth gently marvering the stringer onto the surface of the bead. Do this when the bead is not too hot – you should be able to hear the bead ‘clatter’ over the surface of the marver as you do it (Fig 8). Give the bead a quick ‘polish’ in the flame and then cool in vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble, or garage in a hot kiln.

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CUT PETAL FLOWER BEADS

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TO CREATE Prepare the stringers – one light pink about 1.5mm thick, one ink blue about 1.5mm thick, one transparent green about 1mm thick and one very thin light pink stringer, about as thick as a human hair. Using transparent green glass, start with a basic donut bead about 7mm in diameter (see Fig 1, below). Use clear glass to add a thick ring around the centre of this and melt in (Figs 2 and 3). Take care if you want to use an opaque colour at the centre of the bead as the core colour can

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easily bleed out of the sides of the encasing. Keeping the bead warm, but not quite glowing, position the bead at the side of the flame. Hold the very thin stringer vertically upwards and lay it on the surface of the bead (Fig 4). The bead should still be warm enough for the stringer to stick. Rotate the top of the bead away from you and the stringer will be pulled onto the surface. The ambient heat from the nearby torch will be sufficient to bend the stringer around the bead. Complete a full ring around the bead and melt in gently (Fig 5). Position your first flower right over

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the stringer join, covering any untidiness. The flower is formed by positioning three large dots of light pink as shown. Melt so that they are neat but do not melt in smooth (Fig 6). Repeat this process all round the bead – you should be able to create three good trios of dots. Taking the ink blue stringer, apply dots right onto the top of all the pink dots. Melt smooth but do not melt in fully (Fig 7). Gently heat until the dots become domed and there is no sharp difference between the pink and ink blue dots. Allow to cool for a few seconds so that the whole bead is stiff. Heat only one group of dots at a time and, when they are glowing slightly, use a razor to slice each dot in half. Start from the centre of the flower and roll the tool outwards (Fig 8).

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• dark green transparent Effetre glass rod • light pink opaque Effetre glass rod • ink blue transparent Effetre glass rod • clear Effetre 006 glass rod

TOOLS • mandrels dipped in Fusion bead release • razor tool or sharp paring knife • pliers or tweezers for stringer pulling

Note: These beads can be made on either a hothead or dual gas torch Some practice may be required to form a neat flower, but if the petals aren’t are centred as you would like don’t worry – you will apply a small raised dot of transparent green stringer at the centre of the flower to finish them off (Fig 9). Make sure this is melted in sufficiently to stick properly but is still raised. Give the bead a quick ‘polish’ in the flame and then cool in vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble, or garage in a hot kiln.

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PSYCHE HOLES ENCASED BEAD intermediate

Note: These beads can be made on a hothead or dual gas torch. They are made here using Double Helix’s reducing glass, Psyche, but can easily be made using any plain opaque colour as the base

MATERIALS • Psyche Double Helix reducing glass • clear Effetre 006 glass rod

TOOLS • medium 2.4mm steel mandrels dipped in Fusion bead release

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point. You should finish up with a bead that is completely black. Dual gas torch users should now turn down the oxygen a little until the flame becomes ‘reducing’ (propane rich). The flame should look bushy and yellowish with the yellowish part extending out about 7-8cm (see Fig 1, below). Hothead users can cover the holes with foil or work towards the base of the flame.

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working too hot or too long. Pull it out of the flame and wait until it cools before trying again. You are aiming for an ‘oil on water’ finish to the bead (Fig 2), not a cloudy green. Adjust the torch back to a neutral (normal) flame. Apply dots of clear stringer to the surface of the bead, in either a random fashion or a pattern (Fig 3). Be extremely careful not to let the bead go into the flame before the dots are applied or you will reverse the reduction effect. Ensure you have ‘captured’ some of the reduction effect beneath the clear dots.

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MAKE YOUR OWN... PANDORA-STYLE BEADS FLOWER GARDEN BRACELET

TO CREATE You can now melt these dots in normally – although do this gently and slowly so you do not mar the surface of the exposed Psyche. This should return to black because of the neutral flame, but the areas covered by the clear will remain blue-green (Fig 4). Repeat Step 3, adjusting the flame back to a reducing flame. Allow the bead to cool before reducing the exposed Psyche surface again (Fig 5). Return your flame to neutral once again, then coil encase the bead using clear glass (Fig 6). Take care not to get the bead in the neutral flame or you will lose the iridescent surface. As you heat the bead surface smooth, the colours will change to a rich blue/green (Fig 7). Give the bead a quick ‘polish’ in the flame and then cool in vermiculite, fibre blanket or annealing bubble, or garage in a hot kiln.

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MATERIALS • 6 x handmade Cut Petal Flower lampwork beads • 5 x Cyclamen Opal 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 5 x Light Amethyst 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Tanzanite 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Cyclamen Opal 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead

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cap, rondelle, bead cap, Cyclamen Opal crystal, saucer bead, lampwork bead, saucer bead, Tanzanite crystal, bead cap, rondelle, bead cap. Repeat the pattern, adding a ladybird bead where shown in the main image. Continue the lampwork and crystal pattern until you have added four more lampwork beads, and finish with the second ladybird and a Cyclamen Opal crystal. Thread on a crimp tube, then the toggle loop. Pass the wire back through the crimp and a few beads. With chain-

nosed pliers, firmly grasp one side of the wire loop, just below the toggle and above the crimp. Pull on the protruding loose end of the wire and ensure all the beads are snug. Adjust the pliers’ grip as the beads tighten along the wire. Squeeze the crimp shut and trim the protruding wire close to the bead. Cover the crimp as before. Thread the 6mm crystals and a rondelle onto headpins and finish with wrapped loops. Attach with a jump ring through the small loop on the toggle.

• Light Amethyst 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • Tanzanite 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead • 6 x electric green 6x8mm crystal rondelles • 12 x silver-plated saucer beads • 12 x silver-plated plain bead caps • 36cm bright 7-strand Beadalon • 2 x Karen Hill Tribe

silver small ladybird beads Karen Hill Tribe silver twisted toggle fastener 2 x silver-plated crimps 2 x crimp covers jump ring 4 x headpins

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MANDY JEYES DESIGNER

ABOUT MANDY… Four years ago, Mandy bought a necklace with a fabulous lampwork focal bead. As a result, she decided to search for more online and have a go at making her own jewellery. “I haven’t stopped since then – designing with a mix of crystal, lampwork, gemstone and freshwater pearls,” she says. “I continue to be amazed by the stunning handmade beads created by so many talented glass artists. They really inspire my work.” Mandy has recently retired from primary education and now plans to create her own web page.

WHERE TO BUY Swarovski crystals are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk Karen Hill Tribe silver and saucer beads can be bought online at www.silvermoonbeads.com Crystal rondelles are available from www.totallybeads.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 PIECES OF SILVER

I have seen occasional references in project details to liquid silver. Can you tell me what this is please? Claire Bengtsson, by email

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Liquid silver is the name given to very fine tubular beads that

are often strung continuously in designs to give the appearance of a fluid string of silver. They are available in straight or twisted varieties, the latter option giving a much greater impression of movement, and also as liquid gold. You can buy them in different lengths with slight variations in thickness too. Liquid silver for elegant, feminine beads projects, particularly are perfect incorporated into evening or bridal jewellery, but can also be used in more contemporary fashion to create geometric ladder and diamond effects and similar forms.

onto wire, TION threading I pass the end QUESTHE and a crimp, then OF TH through through the ring on N MO the clasp and back

GETTING IN A TWIST I love making bracelets but at the moment I am struggling to get the toggle clasp to lie flat at the end. I am

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through the crimp and a few beads. I have no problem closing the crimp securely, but the clasp seems to end up twisted at a slight angle. It then won’t lie properly. I’m sure I’m following all the instructions when making these pieces, so what could I be doing wrong? Chris Byrne, West Yorkshire

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... I can think of a couple of possible reasons for

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this happening. The first is that you may actually be pulling your finished bracelet too tight. You obviously don’t want slack wire showing between beads, but just alleviating a little of the tension may allow the clasp to lie flat – experiment and see if it makes a difference. The other explanation might be your choice of wire. If you’re stringing and attaching your clasp in this way, I would recommend a very flexible beading wire like 49-strand Beadalon. If you’re using something more

PERFECT FIT I’ve made more jewellery for myself than I ever get the chance to wear, so I’m making pieces for friends and for charity stalls as well. The only issue is that if it’s a surprise gift or I don’t rigid, that may well be contributing to the problem. An alternative solution if you are still encountering difficulties would be to crimp the wire through the end link in a short length of chain, or through a jump ring, which you can then connect to more. Adding a flexible ‘connection’ between the end of your bracelet and your clasp in this way will allow you to arrange it as necessary to ensure the clasp itself lies flat.

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BEAD DOCTOR

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... The standard bracelet length is 7”, which is just under 18cm. Obviously, if you’re making a piece for a friend or family member you can have a good guess at whether this should be adjusted up or down to fit. When making projects for unknown recipients, it is probably safest to incorporate potential size adjustment into your design. This means opting for styles with a clasp where you can add an extension chain, or finishing the ends of the bracelet with a trigger clasp and chain links or jump rings so it can be secured at different lengths. You can still do this if you are stringing onto wire, by adding links or rings between your crimped loop and the clasp. Do ensure the bracelet is balanced, though, so you don’t end up with the chain swinging round to the top. If chain isn’t your style, it is easy to tie an adjustable knot in lengths of suede or cord, solving the problem. Or make a lovely feminine cuff with gauzy ribbon that can simply be tied in a bow.

THE NEW BLACK I’m making a necklace, bracelet and earrings set for my sister and she has specifically asked for black. She has definite likes and dislikes and I know she won’t be happy if I mix black with red or purple for a splash of colour, which is what I’d do if I was making them for myself. However, I want this to be a special set she can wear on big nights out and I’m worried plain black is going to look boring. Do you have any suggestions? Katrina Owen, Seaford, East Sussex

THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Don’t despair! There are ways of bringing

black to life in your jewellery. Firstly, if you’re using crystals or faceted glass beads, why not go for an AB coating? This will make them sparkle gorgeous deep shades of purple, blue, green and more, making them perfect for stunning evening wear. You could aim to make the interest in the shape, pattern and movement of the pieces rather than their colour, weaving beads to create lattice effects or a cascade of smaller bead ‘fronds’, or adding black flowers as embellishments. You could buy readymade flower beads or create your own, using twisted wirework techniques, chain maille with black scales, or crystal or drop bead petals bound together. You could even make them from fabric or leather, adding tiny beads in the centre. Be creative with your stringing materials too, perhaps using ribbon or suede. If you want to use chain and blackplated versions are just too much for you,

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gunmetal keeps the piece edgy-looking and doesn’t have the bright contrast of gold or silver. Similarly, you can add

texture with bead caps, spacer beads and similar, also in gunmetal, which is now widely available as a finish. Good luck!

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CBJ19 pp30 Big Bead Little Bead_CBJ 11/10/2011 09:17 Page 30

INSPIRED BY... AUTUMN

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Use ladder stitch to connect paper and bone tube beads, adding chain and metal charms for an unusual, edgy bracelet

ANNA WELLER DESIGNER BIG BEAD LITTLE BEAD

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

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MATERIALS • 5 x brown fatigue 25mm Art Paper tube beads • 4 x green fatigue 25mm Art Paper tube beads • 10 x vintage carved bone 25mm tube beads • 0.3mm Beadalon SuppleMax illusion cord • bronze finish 7x4mm curb chain • bronze finish 16mm metal toggle clasp • 13 x bronze finish 6mm metal jump rings • 12 x bronze finish 19mm metal leaf charms • 2 x bronze finish 9x15mm metal bird beads • 2 x bronze finish eyepins

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TO CREATE Cut a workable length of illusion cord (simply knot more on when you need it). Thread a bone bead and a brown fatigue bead onto the cord. Pass the thread back through the bone bead and pull so the two beads sit side by side. Pass the thread through the second bead, then thread on another bone bead. Pass the thread back through the previous bead (the brown fatigue bead) and then back through the bone bead. The path of the thread should follow a rectangular shape, passing twice along three sides and just once along one of

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the shorter sides. Continue with this ladder stitch until you have incorporated all the beads. Knot the illusion cord at both ends by tying it to one of the looped stitches that are exposed at the ends of the beads. Cut two 20cm lengths of curb chain. Use more illusion cord to stitch each length of chain to the outside of the band of beads, allowing an equal amount of chain to extend out from each end of the bracelet. You will need to pass the thread down inside the beads to move it from one side of the bracelet to the other. Make sure the chain lies

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flat along the edge of the beads. It is a little fiddly to get the stitching started off, but once you have the chain lying flat it becomes easier. Join the chains at one end of the bracelet with a jump ring and attach the ring part of the toggle clasp. At the other end of the bracelet join the chain ends with a jump ring, then use another jump ring to attach the bar part of the toggle clasp. Thread each of the bird beads onto an eyepin. Use pliers to bend

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a right angle in the wire just above the bead, then trim the wire to about 7mm. Turn a loop in the wire to match the ‘eye’. Use the remaining jump rings to attach the bronze leaf charms and the two bird dangles to the chain. Arrange them randomly along the chain on each side of the bracelet, grouping some leaves singly and some as pairs – I attached one bird solo and the other with a leaf. This type of arrangement softens the regimented look of the main part of the bracelet.

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CBJ19 pp32-33 Birthstone_CBJ 11/10/2011 16:33 Page 32

BIRTHSTONES NOVEMBER

citrine

In the final part of our birthstones series we celebrate the end of the calendar year with two very different stones – light, delicate citrine and bold, dramatic turquoise

NOVEMBER

JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER

DEWDROP BRIOLETTE BRACELET

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SAID TO BESTOW: Hope, youth, cheerfulness

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down the stem to the top of the triangle, catching the short end into the wrappings. Snip the excess wire and squash the end snugly to the coil. Remove the drop bead from the extension chain. Cut a length of decorative chain to fit freely on your wrist and attach the toggle clasp components to the ends using jump rings – secure the extension chain into these jump rings at the same time.

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the name derived from the Greek word for lemon or lemon colour. Gem-quality specimens of citrine are palest yellow in colour and are quite rare but there are varying qualities of citrine quartz found in many parts of the

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world. Most examples of shop sale citrine are in fact amethyst – the violet variety of quartz and February’s birthstone – which has been heat treated to change its colour. A second stone, golden topaz, is also

associated with the month of November. This has a deeper, warmer, more orange hue than delicate yellow citrine, which some people find more complementary to their skintone and character.

• 10 x citrine 13-14mm microfaceted dewdrop briolette beads • silver 0.4mm wire • 10 x silver puffy heart charms • silver round-link decorative chain • silver toggle clasp • silver 4mm jump rings • silver extension chain

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turquoise

BIRTHSTONES DECEMBER

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Thread 14 turquoise beads onto a length of nylon, then pass the thread through all the beads again to form a circle. Tie a secure knot and thread the ends in opposite directions through a few beads before snipping them off. Create a circle of 14 4mm silver beads in the same way. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply to the inside of the bezel mount. Position your beaded circles one inside the other in the mount. Now add three turquoise beads

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WHERE TO BUY A range of gemstones, including the citrine briolette beads, is available from www.thecuriousgem.co.uk The turquoise round beads featured here can be purchased from www.jillybeads.co.uk, together with cord and findings The antique silver bezel mount used for the turquoise pendant can be purchased from www.beadservice.co.uk The decorative silver chain for the charm bracelet is available from www.chrystalrosedesigns.com and the puffy hearts from www.beadsbylili.com

dry in a level position for 24 hours. Cut two lengths of cord – one turquoise, one black – about 1cm longer than the required necklace length. Fold in half and push the loop through the beaded bezel ring. Pass the ends through the cord loop and pull snug. Secure each pair of cord ends together in a box end, then

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TURQUOISE BIRTHSTONE FOR... December

SAID TO BESTOW: New possibilities, happiness

ABOUT THE STONE: Turquoise was one of the very first gemstones attach both halves of your clasp to the box loops using a jump ring.

TOP TIPS Check the fit of all your beads before you begin the gluing process and use larger or smaller silver beads in Step 4 as necessary for everything to fit snugly You can create the design without stringing your beads into a circle, but this does help aid the gluing process and also ensures that you cannot see any of the bead holes

to be mined and has been used in jewellery for many thousands of years. It was thought by ancient peoples to be a sacred stone, protective against all manner of evils and ill health.

MATERIALS • turquoise 5mm round beads • antique silver round bezel pendant • silver 2mm round beads • silver 3mm round beads • silver 4mm round beads • nylon thread • turquoise 1mm cord • black 1mm cord • silver box cord ends • silver 4mm jump rings • silver lobster clasp

TOOLS • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • epoxy adhesive

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SHOPPING GUIDE

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Stockist: E-Beads www.e-beads.co.uk Tel: 020 7367 6217 RRP: £3.49 2

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8X6MM TURQUOISE MATRIX GEMSTONE CABOCHON Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: £1

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Stockist: Madcowbeads www.madcowbeads.com Tel: 0844 357 0943 RRP: £1.70 for 30 4

36” CITRINE CHIPS STRAND

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Stockist: The Bead Cellar www.thebeadcellar.co.uk Tel: 01409 231442 RRP: £5.80 5

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Stockist: The Bead Shop Manchester www.the-beadshop.co.uk Tel: 0845 200 1818 RRP: £3.50 for 16” strand 6

4MM MIYUKI SQUARE LINED BEADS Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £1.72

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7X7MM FACETED CITRINE TEARDROP BEADS Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: £13.50 for 16” string

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CITRINE 4MM SWAROVSKI BICONES Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: £2.95 for 40

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GLASS LEAF BEADS Stockist: Beads by Lili www.beadsbylili.com Tel: 01249 651769 RRP: £1.25 for 10

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Tiny Bird Charm 20p

Semi Precious Stones

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AMANDA PICKSTOCK & JANE PURDY DESIGNERS SHINEY CO

night of a thousand stars This amazing Crystal Ball collection is simply exploding with the wow-factor! Get set to dazzle this festive party season...

ABOUT SHINEY COMPANY… As the UK’s only Swarovski-recommended store, Shiney Company is committed to offering a high level of service, innovation and a wide range of Swarovski components online and at its three shop premises in Bristol, Bath and Stroud. In addition to a fabulous product selection and friendly, knowledgeable advice, the team offers jewellery-making classes, children’s parties and hen parties. See the website www.shineyrocks.co.uk for more information. his collection is the perfect showcase for Swarovski Elements Xilion beads, which sparkle prettily on their own but are absolutely dazzling when they are combined in this classic weave. A single crystal sphere looks elegant and classic when simply strung onto a piece of flexible jewellery wire, but we thought the traditional evening glitz and glamour of the Christmas party season was the ideal time for these crystal balls to really make a statement! Our collection comprises three styles of necklace, a bracelet and two pairs of earrings. Each one uses the main technique to create the crystal ball,

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rings of five Xilion beads – keep this in mind as you work. The crystals are woven together using a single piece of monofilament thread, which helps to create a sturdy structure for the ball. Each sphere is filled with a Swarovski Elements pearl in a complementary colour to prevent it from

collapsing. The crystal ball can be made in any size of Xilion bead and uses just 30 beads per ball. If you are making a ball using 3mm Xilions, then the size of pearl to go in the centre is 6mm – you just multiply the size of crystal by two to get the size of the pearl required. Once you’ve mastered

making the crystal balls, we hope that you will see lots of potential for using these sparkling spheres in your jewellery designs. They can be made quite quickly once you understand the structure and all you need is your bead mat, some monofilament, a pair of scissors and the crystals to get started.


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PARTY SEASON MASTERCLASS MAKING A CRYSTAL BALL – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE

MATERIALS • 30 x Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Swarovski Elements crystal pearl (twice the size of the crystals) • 1m clear 0.23mm monofilament thread

Hold both ends of the thread between your thumb and finger in one hand. Thread four beads onto the right-hand thread, letting them fall to the centre, then thread the fifth bead onto the right-hand thread and hold it 5cm from the top of the thread between your thumb and finger. Take the left-hand thread and pass it through the lefthand side of the bead,

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crossing over the righthand thread. Thread four beads onto the right-hand thread and cross the threads through the fourth bead (crossing over as you did in Step 1). Take the left-hand thread, pass it through the adjacent bead to the left, and pull. Thread three beads onto the right-hand thread and cross the threads through the third bead. Take the left-hand thread, pass it through the adjacent bead on the left, and pull. Repeat Step 4 twice more. On the second time, take the left-hand thread, pass it

through the next two adjacent beads on the left, and pull. Thread two beads onto the right-hand thread and cross the threads through the second bead. Take the left-hand thread and pass it through the bead on the left (this bead faces downwards into the work), then pull. Thread three beads onto the right-hand thread and cross the threads through the third bead. Take the left-hand thread, pass it through the two adjacent beads on the left, and pull. Thread two beads onto the right-hand

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pearl inside the ball. Tighten the thread. Secure the thread by taking it around a group of five beads, threading one end through two beads and the other through three so that they meet. Pull the threads tight, ensuring all the crystals are close, and tie a double knot. Thread each strand around a five-bead circle, taking one through three beads and the other through two so that they meet again, enabling you to knot them a second time. Repeat to knot them a third time. Weave each strand at least three beads away from the knot and snip the ends to complete.

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YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL! NECKLACE advanced

TO CREATE Make 12 crystal balls following the Essential Technique on page 37 and using Crystal Silver Night 6mm Xilion beads with 12mm Dark Grey pearls to fill. Thread a hard crimp on one end of the Beadalon wire. Thread the wire up through one side of the wire guardian and back down the other side, then through the crimp. Squash the crimp firmly with chainnosed pliers and cover with a crimp cover. String a 10mm round, then a crystal ball (using the hole in the middle of the pearl) and keep alternating

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MATERIALS • 360 x Crystal Silver Night 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 14 x Crystal Silver Night 10mm Swarovski Elements round beads • 12 x Dark Grey 12mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 60cm bright 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • 2 x hard crimps • 2 x black oxide wire guardians • 2 x black oxide stardust 4mm crimp covers

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• 18cm black oxide mother-and-son link chain • 3 x black oxide jump rings • 19mm black oxide large fancy bolt ring clasp • black oxide or antique silver 50mm headpin • monofilament thread

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

DIVINE EARRINGS

• antique brass fine chain • 60 x Light Metallic Gold 2x 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Antique Brass 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 60 x Olivine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Light Green 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 4 x antique brass headpins • antique brass ear wires • monofilament thread

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standard loop. Cut two 2cm pieces of chain and attach one to each loop. Trim the head off the remaining headpins and make a small standard loop at one end. Thread a pin

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PARTY SEASON MASTERCLASS

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MYSTIC MAGIC NECKLACE

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TO CREATE Following the Essential Technique on page 37, make two crystal balls using 4mm Silver Shade Xilions, one using 4mm Crystal Silver Night Xilions, one using 4mm Olivine Xilions, one using 3mm Light Metallic Gold 2x Xilions and one using 3mm Silver Shade Xilions. Thread a headpin through the centre of each pearl in the middle of the crystal

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balls and turn a standard or wrapped loop. Set aside. Place a 3mm spacer onto a headpin, followed by a 12mm crystal butterfly and another 3mm spacer. Turn a standard or wrapped loop and set aside. Decorate the chain by attaching the various crystals, pendants, pearls and crystal balls using jump rings.

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• 30 x Light Metallic Gold 2x 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Antique Brass 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 30 x Silver Shade 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Grey 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 30 x Olivine 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Green 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 60 x Crystal Silver Shade 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Light Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 30 x Crystal Silver Night 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Dark Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Golden Shadow 20mm Swarovski Elements

Star pendant • 2 x Crystal Silver Night 10mm Swarovski Elements round beads • 2 x Cream 10mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • Powder Green 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Powder Green 12mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 11 x Golden Shadow 19mm Swarovski Elements Galactic bead • Silver Shade 18mm Swarovski Elements Fish bead • Bronze 12mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Crystal Copper 16mm Swarovski Elements Cosmic bead • Powder Almond 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Crystal Moonlight 25mm Swarovski Elements Coral pendant • Golden Shadow 14mm Swarovski Elements Fish pendant

• Antique Brass 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Powder Almond 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 2 x antique brass 3mm spacer beads • Golden Shadow 12mm Swarovski Elements Butterfly bead • Dark Green 12mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Bronze 10mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • Golden Shadow 12x8mm Swarovski Elements Polygon bead • 1m antique brass fancy chain • antique brass headpins • monofilament thread

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

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MATERIALS • copper-plated bungee bracelet with jump rings attached • Cream 12mm Swarovski Elements pearl • 120 x Light Metallic Gold 2x 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 4 x Antique Brass 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearl • 3 x Crystal Silver Night 10mm Swarovski Elements round beads • 3 x Powder Almond 6mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 2 x Powder Green 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 2 x Brown 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 16 x antique brass headpins • monofilament thread

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

FORTUNE TELLER BRACELET intermediate

TO CREATE Following the Essential Technique, make four crystal balls using 3mm Light Metallic Gold 2x Xilions. Thread a headpin through the

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crystals and pearls and turn a standard or wrapped loop. Connect each bead to the jump rings on the bungee bracelet in the order of your choice.

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CRYSTAL BALL EARRINGS intermediate

MATERIALS TO CREATE Following the Essential Technique, make two crystal balls using 4mm Silver Shade Xilions. Place a headpin through each of the crystal balls, trim the pin leaving approximately 1cm, and turn a small standard loop. Connect this to the loop on the bottom of the ear wires.

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• 60 x Silver Shade 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2 x Light Grey 8mm Swarovski Elements crystal pearls • 2 x antique brass headpins • 2 x antique brass ear wires • monofilament thread

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


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PARTY SEASON MASTERCLASS ENCHANTED CHOKER advanced

TO CREATE Make a crystal ball following Steps 1-9 of the Essential Technique on page 37. Cross through the last bead without placing a pearl inside. From the position you ended, you will now begin making another crystal ball adjoining this one. Follow Steps 2-10 of the Essential Technique, excluding the pearl. Repeat until you have reached the

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desired length. Finish the thread in the same way as you did for the main technique. Thread a hard crimp onto one end of your Beadalon. Thread the wire end up through one side of the wire guardian and back down the other side, then through the crimp. Squash the crimp firmly with chain-nosed pliers and add a crimp cover.

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MATERIALS Thread the wire right through the middle of the length of adjoining crystal balls, and repeat Step 4 on the other end, adjusting the wire to the length you require. Attach a jump ring to one end and a jump ring and clasp to the other.

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

TOP TIP To open and close a jump ring successfully, grip the ring with two pairs of flat pliers, so that the opening is at the top and you are gripping on the left and the right. Twist to open and reverse the action to close. If the jump ring appears slightly open, twist to reopen and apply a little pressure as you twist back together again

• 380 x Light Metallic Gold 2x 3mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • 2m monofilament thread • 50cm bronze 7-strand 0.018” Beadalon flexible jewellery wire • 2 x hard crimps • 2 x copper wire guardians • 2 x copper 4mm crimp covers • 2 x antique copper 5mm jump rings • antique copper trigger clasp

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

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer Each reader featured wins the beautiful Purple Collection from Silver Orchid Beads

www.silverorchidbeads.co.uk 07971 005046 or 07906 435430

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

SLEEPING LADYBIRDS NECKLACE BY VICKIE MULLAN FROM FARNBOROUGH, HAMPSHIRE MATERIALS • silver chain • 3 x red glad beads with black spots • 2 x red cube beads • 6 x red bugle beads • assorted red and black beads • jump rings • headpins • lobster clasp

CHOCOLATE LIME NECKLACE BY CAZ ALDERSON FROM WEST YORKSHIRE MATERIALS • green shell beads • brown glass beads • green seed beads

• beading thread • crimps • toggle clasp

MULTI-FUNCTION HEADBAND/CHOKER /BOOKMARK BY BEVERLEY ABBERLEY FROM STAFFORDSHIRE MATERIALS • elastic headband • size 8 seed beads • beading thread

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

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PARTY SEASON QUICK & EASY

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Black and gold is a striking, opulent-looking pairing that is too dramatic and decadent for much of the year but comes into its own in the run-up to Christmas

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 jewellerymaking service to cater for her clients’ individual needs.

MATERIALS • matte black 18mm lampwork heart • 5 x Jet 4mm Swarovski crystals • 3 x Crystal AB 4mm Swarovski crystals • 3 x Crystal AB 6mm Swarovski crystals • 2 x Jet 6mm Swarovski crystals • 3 x gold 6mm Murano glass beads • gold-plated headpins • gold-plated 4mm jump rings • gold-plated 6mm jump rings • black 18” faux suede necklace with gold-plated fittings

TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • bead design board

HEART OF DARKNESS NECKLACE beginner

TO CREATE Thread each of the Murano glass beads and Swarovski crystals (except for one 4mm Jet crystal) individually onto gold headpins, creating a twisted loop on each one.

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crystal on the other. Add a 4mm jump ring to the top, with a 4mm crystal on each side. Attach another 6mm jump ring, with another Murano bead and 6mm crystal, to form a chain. Continue in this way, alternating the

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4mm and 6mm jump rings until all the beads are used, and ending with a 6mm jump ring. Attach your completed pendant to the centre of the faux suede cord, using the final jump ring.

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PARTY SEASON QUICK & EASY EYE OF THE TIGER BRACELET beginner

MATERIALS • 7 x gold 12mm Murano glass round beads • 7 x matte black 12mm round lampwork beads • 42 x gold-plated 6mm jump rings • 50cm clear 1mm Stretch Magic elastic

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These gorgeous matte black lampwork beads are the perfect accompaniment to beads with a more glittering finish. For a Midnight Sky bracelet, simply replace the gold foiled Murano glass rounds with 13mm silver foiled Murano glass stars

Thread a Murano glass bead onto the Stretch Magic, followed by four gold-plated jump rings, and a matte black lampwork bead. Continue until all the beads and jump rings are used.

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Tie the ends of the Stretch Magic together to form the bracelet. Using a surgeon’s knot will give the bracelet extra strength. Trim the elastic and hide the knot inside a bead.

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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


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CBJ19 pp46-48 Beaders Companion_CBJ 11/10/2011 11:52 Page 46

SARAH MILLSOP DESIGNER BEADER’S COMPANION

in a spin This brilliantly handy little seed bead spinner is almost guaranteed to be on your Christmas wishlist!

ABOUT SARAH… Sarah was first introduced to beading and jewellery making years ago when she was doing demos in craft stores at weekends, whilst she was still at school. Eventually this led to Sarah acting as a cover tutor at a local college and the popularity of the course grew so much that she started teaching her own classes. Beader’s Companion launched in February this year on Create & Craft, with Sarah as the figurehead, and this has enabled her to discover new techniques and design her own kits. Sarah particularly enjoys providing the inspiration and designs that encourage those new to the craft.

FLORAL DRAPE NECKLACE intermediate

TO CREATE Uncoil some beading wire from the spool but do not cut it. Form a curvy shape in the end, similar to the hooked needle supplied with the bead spinner. Combine two or three tubes of beads from your first colour group in one of the bowls and two

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or three tubes from your other colour group in another. For an alternative look, put all your chosen shades in one bowl. Put your first bowl onto the spinner base. Start the spinner and follow the Essential Technique opposite to thread about 250cm of beads. If you are using two bowls swap them every so often, but finish with 20cm of beads from your second colour group. Begin forming the flower from the centre. Slide 2cm of beads to within 15cm of the wire end and twist into a loop. Slide another 2cm of beads right up to the first loop and twist. Form one more loop in

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the same way, then twist all three together to form a ring of loops (see Fig 1, below). Continue sliding up beads and twisting them into loops, gradually increasing the size (Fig 2). Wrap the wire around the base of a lower loop to help stabilise the shape. You will be working the flower from the back, so occasionally check

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the front to see how it is forming. When the flower is complete cut the wire, leaving a 30cm tail. Turn the flower face up and feed the original

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loose end down, through the centre. Twist the two ends together close to the base of the flower. Set to one side. Cut four strands of beading thread to measure 150cm.

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HOW TO USE... A BEAD SPINNER USING THE BEAD SPINNER – ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE 1

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Place the bead spinner on a level surface. Cut a piece of thread long enough for your project plus 30cm for finishing. Add a single bead and tie a knot around it about 15cm from one end. This stopper bead will prevent beads from slipping off.

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beaded strands evenly around your shoulders and determine where to attach the flower by grasping the strands together in one hand (you should still be able to slip the necklace over your head). When you are happy with the position, wrap the piece

a half full with your choice of seed beads. Turn on the bead spinner and, holding the needle firmly, lower the hooked end into the stream of beads (see Fig 1, below). The ideal position is just skimming the surface with the needle at a slight angle. Try different needle positions and change the spinning direction to find out what works best for you. You can control the direction of the spinner with the clockwise or anti-clockwise switch.

of wire around all the strands at this point. Twist to close so that the strands are held firmly in place. Push the uncut wire to one side. Hold the flower against this gathered point and

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When about 5cm of beads have moved up onto the needle, tip it up and slide the beads onto the thread. Repeat until the desired length is achieved. Remove the hooked needle and rethread onto a straight thin needle. Skipping one or three beads, thread the loose end back along the strand (Fig 2). Remove the seed bead from the other end and finish in the same way. You can add a little dab of glue to the knot for extra security.

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wrap its tail closely around the strands four or five times. You may like to add some beads to this tail for the last two wraps. Firmly twist the tail and the necklace’s gathering wire together. Snip the loose ends and hide them so they cannot scratch.

Before attaching thread to your spinner needle, fill the bowl with your beads and just enjoy perfecting your technique. I hold the needle like a pen, and use my middle figure to guide the angle. Remember, you always want your beads to come into contact with the very tip of the needle so make sure you hold it correctly. Move the needle as you go until you find that spot (you will know as the beads will fly up the needle and you will be amazed!)

MATERIALS • assorted seed beads in two colour groups plus toning shades • beading thread • beading wire

TOOLS • Darice battery-powered bead spinner • wire cutters • thin Big Eye needle • scissors • glue (optional) • beading mat

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HOW TO USE... A BEAD SPINNER

FLORAL BRACELET intermediate

TO CREATE Uncoil some beading wire from the spool but do not cut it. Form a hook shape at the end, similar to the hooked needle supplied with the bead spinner. Combine two or three toning shades of seed beads in one of the bead spinner bowls – these are for the

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flower so small seed beads are perfect. In a separate bowl, place two colours of larger seed beads that will complement the flower. Click on a lid and set these larger beads aside for later use to make the bracelet base. Put the first bowl of small seed beads on the spinner base and start it running. Follow the Essential Technique on page 47, using the curved beading wire instead of the hooked needle and thread, to

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fill the wire with about 250cm of beads. When complete, flatten out the curve so you can begin to form the flower – you are starting at its centre. Slide 2cm of beads to within 15cm of the wire end and twist into a loop. Slide another 2cm of beads right up to the first loop and twist. Form one more loop in the same way, then twist all three together to form a ring of loops, as for the necklace on page 46.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here, including the Darice battery-operated bead spinner priced at £29.99, are available from www.beaderscompanion.co.uk; 0845 313 0918

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Continue to build up the flower in exactly the same way as for the necklace. When it is complete cut the wire, leaving a 20cm tail. Turn the flower face up and feed the original loose end down, through the centre. Twist the two protruding wires together, close to the base of the flower. Set aside. Use round-nosed pliers to turn a small loop at one end of your memory wire – this will stop your beads falling off and creates a neat ending. If your memory wire is very long, trim it so you have four or five coils to work with. Put your second bowl of beads onto

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ALISON WILLIAMS DESIGNER GLOBAHOLIC

electric storm Shimmer and shine in this stunning evening set, designed in sophisticated black that will catch the light and flash all the shades of aurora borealis

ABOUT GLOBAHOLIC‌ Globaholic is a specialist online jewellery-making supplies shop with hundreds of beautiful beads and fabulous findings to choose from. Bestsellers include the range of gorgeous cane glass beads, magnetic clasp bracelets, picture frame pendants and a huge choice of charms. Postage and packing is free of charge.

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NECKLACE TO CREATE Cut the readymade chain necklace in half and shorten each piece to 14cm. Add a jump ring to the end. Cut a 50cm length of Tigertail and make a loop using the crimp bead. Cover with a crimp cover. Thread on a black spacer bead followed by a 6mm cut glass bead and repeat three times. Add another spacer

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bead, then a 10mm cut glass bead. Add a spacer, a 6mm cut glass bead, a spacer, then a donut (adding a 6mm cut glass bead inside). Repeat this sequence. Now thread on a spacer, a 10mm cut glass bead and another spacer, then repeat Step 4 in reverse. Pass the Tigertail through the first 10mm cut glass bead. Add a spacer and a 6mm cut glass

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bead and repeat. Add a spacer, a donut with a 6mm cut glass bead inside and a spacer. Repeat Step 7 in reverse. Pass your Tigertail through the first 10mm bead and then add five spacers and four 6mm cut glass beads alternately. Add a crimp bead, make a loop and finish with a crimp cover. Finish by attaching the chain pieces for an overall

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PARTY SEASON beginner

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Thread a crimp bead onto a 30cm length of Tigertail and add one part of the T-bar fastener. Make a loop through the crimp and press tightly. Cover with a crimp cover. Add a spacer, a 6mm cut glass bead, another spacer, then a donut with a 6mm cut glass bead inside. Repeat this sequence six times. Add a spacer, a 6mm cut glass bead and another spacer. Finish by repeating Step 1 with the other part of the fastener. Make a charm by threading a spacer, a donut with a 6mm cut glass bead inside, another spacer, a 6mm cut glass bead and a final spacer onto a 50mm headpin. Make a loop in the end of the pin and attach it to the bracelet using a jump ring. Trim any excess Tigertail.

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.globaholic.com

MATERIALS TO MAKE THE SET • 45 x black AB 6mm cut glass beads • 2 x black AB 10mm cut glass beads • 15 x hematite 12mm donut beads • 53 x black 3mm

spacer beads • black readymade curb chain necklace • 2 x black 6mm jump rings • 4 x black 5mm crimp covers • 4 x crimp beads

• 80cm Tigertail • T-bar fastener • 3 x black 50mm headpins

TOOLS • black 5mm jump ring • black earring hooks

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COMPETITION

WIN! TICKETS TO THE CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW OF YOUR CHOICE! Enter now for your chance to win a pair of fab show tickets for 2012! he Creative Crafts Show will provide the perfect opportunity to stock up on goodies for all aspects of crafts at special show prices, including cross stitch, sewing, cardmaking, knitting, embroidery, patchwork, quilting, scrapbooking, ribbon craft, papercraft, stamping, beading, painting, dressmaking, tapestry, découpage, crochet and many more. New feature areas for this season include Beading Bonanza, which are bead workshops from a different exhibitor at each show; Knitting Know-how, supported by www.rkmwools.co.uk, who will be hosting an area for local knitters to meet like-minded people to knit, chat and get handy hints and tips; and Decopatch Delights,

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which allows people of all ages to have a go at decopatching, either informally in the mornings or by booking specific workshops in the afternoon. This, combined with last season’s popular free Have-a-go Area by Craft Habitat, where budding crafters can have a go at using all the latest stamps, punches, dyes, papers etc, makes it the perfect place to let your imagination run wild and experiment with new and exciting products. Please see the website for specific features at each show. As always, there will be the make-and-take workshop programme at each event. Experts from a whole of range of crafts will be running sessions, which allow

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of ticIkRS to giveets you to make-and-take away! in just one hour! Booking is restricted to the show only, so with limited space these are not to be missed. These shows make a great day out and are sure to have something to whet your appetite and encourage you to try new crafts, develop and help with existing projects, and to be inspired. All venues are clearly signed and have ample free parking (except Belfast) and easy access. So, banish the winter blues – the first 20 names out of the hat win a pair of tickets to the show of your choice (please remember to state which show you want to visit!). Alternatively you can book tickets in advance and save £1.50 by using promotional code CBJ.

Visit www.sccshows.co.uk or call the Ticket Hotline on 01822 617744 to book tickets now

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What better way to treat yourself after a hectic Christmas season than by visiting one of the Creative Crafts Shows happening across the country in 2012? There are 20 pairs of tickets to win to visit any of the following events:

• 16th – 18th February, Essex – Five Lakes, Malden

• 9th – 11th February, Manchester Event City – The Trafford Centre

• 26th – 29th April, Shepton Mallet – The Bath & West Showground

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• 1st – 3rd March, Malvern – The Malvern Showground • 19th – 21st April, Belfast – King’s Hall

We have 20 pairs of tickets to give away, so to win a pair send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J19 followed by the location of the show you want tickets to, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 22nd December 2011 NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.


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SHADES OF CHRISTMAS 20G TRI-BEAD BOTTLE Stockist: Hello Beads www.hellobeads.co.uk Tel: 01246 557674 RRP: £1.30

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ENAMEL SNOWMAN PENDANTS

Check out this lovely selection of Christmas beads and charms, guaranteed to get you feeling festive!

Stockist: B for Beads www.b-for-beads.co.uk Tel: 01352 755532 RRP: 50p each 3

DAVID CHRISTENSEN FURNACE GLASS CHRISTMAS BEAD MIX

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Stockist: Spoilt Rotten Beads www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk Tel: 01353 749853 RRP: £10.95 for 28g 4

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS SEED BEAD SELECTION Stockist: Beads Direct www.beadsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01509 218028 RRP: £7.99

CHRISTMAS DOVE OF PEACE SILVER METAL CHARMS

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SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE BEADS Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 60p each

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Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: £1.20

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SLEIGH WITH DANGLY PRESENT CHARMS Stockist: JillyBeads www.jillybeads.co.uk Tel: 01524 412728 RRP: £1 each

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14MM SILVER-PLATED CRYSTAL POINSETTIA CHARMS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 65p each

GLITTERY PURPLE STOCKING BEADS Stockist: JillyBeads www.jillybeads.co.uk Tel: 01524 412728 RRP: 16p each

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This gorgeous set in striking black and red with a hint of silver will give an individual and up-to-the-minute twist to your favourite LBD or just a simple top

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PARTY SEASON CONTEMPORARY STYLE WINTER GARDEN NECKLACE intermediate

TO CREATE Cut five lengths of stringing wire of up to 24” and hold the ends level. Slide on a crimp, followed by a clamshell and a further crimp (see Fig 1, below). Close the last crimp threaded on at the tip of the wires, slide the clamshell up to this point and squeeze the sides up

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until it encloses the crimp. Squeeze flat the final crimp directly underneath the clamshell. Thread a 5” length of 0.8mm wire through the loop of the clamshell, double it up and thread a cone end over both strands (Fig 2). Push it down as far as you can, then nip off one end of wire. Make a wrapped loop, trimming off the excess wire and making sure there are no sharp ends (Fig 3).

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Prepare the flowers by placing a small crystal onto a ball headpin, followed by a flower. Using roundnosed pliers, roll the pin down to create a small coil (Fig 4). The design is down to you! Cut varying long and short pieces of PVC tubing and thread them onto each strand, interspersed with beads, crystals and flowers (Fig 5). You will want all five strands to be finished to the same

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length but you may need to play around with your design before you finally trim the PVC tubing. Finish as you started, by threading on a crimp, clamshell and another crimp, and repeating Step 1 – this time you will need to trim off any excess wire before squeezing the clamshell over the crimp. Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Complete the necklace by attaching the clasp with oval jump rings (Fig 6).

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• stringing wire • 2.5m black PVC tubing • strand black crystal rondelles • strand silver crystal rondelles • strand black large crystal rondelles • 7 x red flat Lucite flowers • red foiled glass beads • 25mm ball headpins • silver decorative clasp • 0.8mm wire • 2 x oval 5x7mm jump rings • 2.5mm crimps and clamshells • 2 x silver decorative cones

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

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WINTER GARLAND BRACELET intermediate

TO CREATE Prepare the flowers as in Step 4 for the necklace on page 55, using round-nosed pliers and the coiling technique. Thread one part of the clasp onto a 20” length of stringing wire, and slide it to the middle. Holding both ends of wire level, slide a crimp, a crystal and

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another crimp onto both ends of wire. Secure the crimps using chain-nosed pliers. Thread two seed beads, a crystal and another two seed beads onto each strand individually. Cross the wires through a further crystal, then

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repeat the pattern (see Fig 1, below). On the third repeat, use the loop of the flower to cross the wires through (Fig 2). Make another repeat with a crystal, then add another flower in the same way. Repeat to incorporate the third

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flower, then continue with the crystals to give a symmetrical design. Finish the pattern as at the other end. Thread both ends of wire back though the crimps, leaving a neat loop (Fig 3). Check for sizing and adjust the design to suit if

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stringing wire 2 x strands black crystals black size 8 seed beads 3 x red flat Lucite flowers • 3 x 25mm ball headpins • silver decorative clasp • 4 x 2.5mm crimps

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

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WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ. You can buy them in kit form, priced at £10.50 for the necklace and £6.50 for the bracelet, by mail order on 01380 730977

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necessary or use an extension chain finish. Squeeze the crimps flat.

WIN! WIN! WIN! Two lucky readers will win the kits needed to make this stunning festive necklace and bracelet set. To enter, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J19 Bead Sparkle, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 22nd December 2011


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Christmas...

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Stitches and Stars Intergalactic resin pendant, £6.95; Hanmadebeads Sunset Meadow large dichroic glass pendant, £8.95; Gemima Designs dragonfly polymer clay pendant, £3.75, all from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 9588 899

Monochrome Swirl glass heart, £2.99; Diva foiled glass heart, £2.25, both from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769


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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS SHOPPING GUIDE

Stock up on a few of these stunning pendants and you can simply string them onto a length of wire, chain, cord or suede for an instant last-minute gift with real impact. There’s something for everyone in this gorgeous selection, from fun, funky resin to beautiful lampwork, retro images and striking monochrome hearts. You might just want to keep one for yourself...

Unique handmade lampwork pendants, from £7.50 from www.fuse-n-beads.co.uk or contact Judith for your custom requirements on judith@fuse-n-beads.co.uk

Vintage Food & Drink, Sewing Patterns and Ladybird Books pendants, £1.50 each from www.beadshopscotland.co.uk; 01620 822886

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DESIGNER GALLERY

designer

Fabulous FREE gift from The Bead Shop Scotland for each reader featured

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

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

AFTER THE RAIN PENDANT BY WENDY MANZ FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA MATERIALS • 8mm mother of pearl shells in 5 colours • silver chain • Artistic wire

TIGERTAIL NECKLACE BY CHARLOTTE BRACE FROM SOMERSET MATERIALS • • • • •

Tigertail crystal centre piece green Indian glass beads Tibetan silver fluted spacer beads silver 3mm beads

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silver chain jump rings headpins washers extender chain

SEED BEAD NECKLACE BY SUE GRAHAM FROM SURREY MATERIALS • Tigertail • crimps

• size 11 seed beads in 3 colours • selection of glass beads • donut pendant

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

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the bead

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 a wonderful array of smoky, purple and silver beads and findings, with plenty of iridescence and sparkle, absolutely perfect for the Christmas party season. The mix was supplied by www.thesouthamptonbeadshop.co.uk

LINDSEY SAYS… Purple is by far my favourite colour and so working with this bead set was a real treat. I loved the shimmer and sparkle of the bicones and other beads and decided to keep my creations simple and classy!

beginner

LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER

GLITTER BALL EARRINGS TO CREATE Feed a clear AB crystal onto a headpin and turn a loop in the end of the pin. Insert an eyepin through a purple and silver ball and turn a loop in the other end of the pin to match. Attach the crystal from Step 1 to the eye of the beaded eyepin. Use a jump ring to attach a bling earring stud to the loop above the purple ball. Repeat to make the second earring.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • jump rings

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE DOUBLE WRAP BRACELET

beginner

TO CREATE Cut a length of crimpable fine chain just slightly longer than two rotations around your wrist. Attach a crimp clasp to one end and join this to the lobster clasp using a jump ring. Feed five small clear AB crystals onto the chain, followed by a purple AB crystal rondelle and another five small crystals. Add a crimp each side of the sequence to keep the beads roughly in place. Attach a second crimp around 2” away from the first and feed the same pattern of beads onto the wire.

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix

Add a crimp to secure the beads. Repeat one last time for the final

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arrangement of beads and finish with the other crimp clasp and a jump ring.

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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• Bead Challenge mix

TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

FOCAL HEADBAND TO CREATE Thread a small clear AB crystal onto a headpin and wrap the stem around the headband to mark one end of your arrangement. Add a second crystal away from the first to mark the other end of your arrangement. Continue adding single threaded crystals between the first two added. Feed a purple AB crystal rondelle bead onto an eyepin and attach it around the clear crystals. Add further purple rondelles as desired.

1 2 3 TOP TIP For added interest you can twist the loose ends of some pins into a double loop and leave them standing out among the crystals

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ZIG ZAG BRACELET

intermediate

JOANNE ZENG DESIGNER

JOANNE SAYS... I’ve been working with so many different types of beads in my projects recently, and at the moment 4mm faceted round Chinese crystals and doughnut crystals like the ones in the mix are my favourite choices. They are so versatile and a delight to work with. I like using them with seed beads in my bead-weaving projects as well as combining them with bigger size beads to create the chunky looks.The extra sparkle certainly makes you stand out from the crowd!

TO CREATE Place a 6x8mm Chinese crystal on a ball headpin. Use a pair of round-nosed pliers to hold the end of the pin and roll it into a coil. Repeat to make 28 beaded pins in total. Put a crystal, four of the crystal coiled pins and another crystal onto an eyepin and cut the pin 1cm above the beads. Use round-nosed pliers to bend the pin into a round loop. Repeat to make seven clusters. Thread all the remaining crystals and six oval shell beads individually onto eyepins and make a loop in the other end of each pin. Join the elements together, following

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MATERIALS TO CREATE Cut a 60cm length of fishing line. Pass it up through one side of a wire guard and down through the other side, then attach it through one of the loops of your clasp. Tie two overhand knots to secure it, leaving both threads the same length. Pick up a Smoky Amethyst AB seed

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bead and two 4mm crystal AB rounds on one strand of fishing line (No1). Pick up a seed bead, a 10mm black helix bead and another seed bead on the other strand (No2). Thread both fishing lines through a Tanzanite Chaton Montee so they cross over. Pick up two crystal AB rounds on fishing

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line No1. Pick up a seed bead, a black helix and another seed bead on fishing line No2. Thread both fishing lines through a Montee so they cross over. Repeat Step 3 another 10 times. Pick up two crystal AB rounds and a seed bead on fishing line No1. Pick up a seed bead, a black helix

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• Bead Challenge mix • 0.25mm fishing line

TOOLS • scissors • needle

and another seed bead on fishing line No2. Attach the bracelet to the other part of your clasp using the technique in Step 1. Tidy the short ends of fishing line inside a few beads.

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TOOLS • round-nosed pliers

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crystal, cluster, crystal. Then attach the bead chain to one part of your clasp. Repeat to make another bead

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE MATERIALS

FLOWER PENDANT NECKLACE

• Bead Challenge mix • amethyst 8mm glass pearl • fishing line

TOOLS

intermediate

• scissors • needle • flat-nosed pliers

TO CREATE Cut a long piece of fishing line (around 1m). Pick up a Smoky Amethyst AB seed bead, a 6x12mm amethyst crystal drop and another seed bead and move them to the middle of the thread. Thread both ends of the fishing line through a second amethyst drop so they cross. Pick up a seed bead on each thread, then cross both threads through another amethyst drop. Repeat to make nine petals in total. Pick up a seed bead on each thread and cross both strands through the very first amethyst drop so it forms a flower. Pass one of the threads through a seed bead, then pick up another seed bead and

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go through the next one. Repeat to finish the row, so there are 18 seed beads forming a ring at the back of the flower. Pass the thread back to the front and tie a knot with both threads to secure the shape. Pass both threads through an 8mm amethyst pearl and through the seed bead opposite to secure it in the middle of the flower. Fill the gaps with 4mm crystal AB rounds by picking up a crystal round and going through the next seed bead. Pass the thread through all the crystal rounds again and pull it tight. Tie a couple of knots to finish off. Now pass two 30cm pieces of fine crimpable chain through the flower pendant, leaving 8cm

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tails. Put two crimps under the top petal and use a pair of flat-nosed pliers to press the crimps. Use crimps to fix a beaded section, consisting of a crystal AB round, a 10mm faceted amethyst pebble and another crystal round, on the fine chain about 1.5cm above the pendant. Repeat on the other side. Put the end through a crimp, a crystal round, then a calotte, and use a crimp to secure it. Press the crimp under the crystal round, right next to the calotte, to secure the bead in place. Attach the calotte to your clasp. Put a crystal round, a faceted

pebble, a 14mm metal spacer and a seed bead on one of the tails and

use a crimp to secure them in place. Repeat on the other tail.

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JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER JUDITH SAYS... I was drawn straight away to the crimpable chain in my challenge pack – something I had seen but never tried before. I love the way you can create delicate and sparkly dangle elements using it that have a real fluidity of movement about them – perfect for the glitz of the party season.

LONGLINE BEADED NECKLACE intermediate

TO CREATE Thread three set crystal rounds onto a length of nylon thread and take one thread end around through all three beads again, drawing them up into a circle. Knot the ends securely, then thread them back around the circle in opposite directions before trimming. Cut a 1m length of wire and thread a square set crystal on centrally by going around the base of the

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TO CREATE Create a beaded dangle in the same way as described in Step 1 for the multi-tassel necklace opposite. Thread a seed bead, a large silver bead and another seed bead onto an eyepin and create a simple loop in the pin end snug to the

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final bead. Hang your tassel from one eye. Make a doubleended component in the same way as in Step 2 using a flat oval shell bead, and hang the silver bead and tassel from this. Repeat using a mix of feature beads or groups of

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seven seed beads, linking them together to complete the main beaded chain of the necklace. Finish at the back with seven of the seed beaded components alone, ensuring that you have enough length to fit the necklace over the wearer’s head.

MATERIALS • Bead Challenge mix • silver crimp covers • silver clam calottes

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

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SPARKLE HEADBAND

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TOOLS • round-nosed pliers

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crystal through all four beading holes. Twist the two wire ends together for about 1”. Working on one wire end, thread on another crystal in the same way to within

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about 1¼” of the top of the twist. Fold the wire end back to the twist and, pinching at this point between finger and thumb, twist the newly added crystal until the twist reaches

the pinch point. Repeat this process, using the top of the completed twists as your pinch point, for five or six crystals in total to within about 10cm of the wire end.

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3 WAYS CHALLENGE

MULTITASSEL NECKLACE intermediate

TOP TIP Save wastage by working on long lengths  of chain or Beadalon wire until you have finished your main beading to allow adjustment of the length of each section  as you work, before cutting

WIN THIS ISSUE’S BEAD MIX Feeling inspired? Have a go at our Bead Challenge yourself! To enter, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J19 Bead Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive  by 22nd December 2011

five or six crystals. Use round-nosed pliers to coil each of the twists into a spring shape, then pull out the coils slightly to expand them and arrange as desired. Use the two wire ends to secure the beaded cluster to the hairband and finish by twisting them together and tucking the twist upward into the centre of the round beads.

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TO CREATE Cut 5.5cm, 5cm and 4.5cm lengths of crimpable chain and crimp them together at one end. Cover the crimp with a calotte. Add seed beads to each chain, then set a crimp on each end and secure a crimp cover over. Repeat twice more with 5cm, 4.5cm and 4cm lengths of chain and twice more with 4.5cm, 4cm and 3.5cm lengths of chain.

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Secure two lengths of crimpable chain together and cover the crimp with a calotte. Thread three seed beads onto one chain, then add the shortest dangle cluster, a seed bead, a faceted rondelle and another seed bead. Repeat this pattern to incorporate all the dangle clusters in ascending then descending order of length. Finish with three seed beads. Onto the second piece of chain thread three seed beads, a faceted rondelle, a seed bead, a rondelle, a seed bead and a rondelle, then finish with three seed beads. Thread a clam calotte onto both of the beaded chain ends together and set

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a crimp, adjusting the two lengths of chain as necessary for them to sit as desired. Cover with the calotte. Thread a crimp and a wire guardian onto the end of a length of Beadalon wire. Add the lobster clasp to the wire guardian, then pass the wire through the other half of the guardian and back through the crimp before setting it. Thread on enough seed beads to complete one half of the necklace to the desired length, finishing with a faceted rondelle and three seed beads. Add another crimp and

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MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver crimp covers • silver clam calottes • silver wire guardians • 7-strand 0.3mm Beadalon wire

TOOLS • crimping pliers

wire guardian and pass the wire end through the clamshell loop on your main beaded section and back through the guardian and crimp before setting the crimp. Complete the other half of the necklace using a jump ring or necklace tag for the clasp.

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STEPHIE HALL DESIGNER MADCOWBEADS

rustic beauty

Creating this lovely, rustic-style pendant from wire and beads is a lot easier than you might think. Grab a hammer and give it a go!

intermediate

TO CREATE Cut a 1’ length of 18-gauge wire. Form a 1”-wide teardrop using the wire, crossing the tails over at the top (see Fig 1, opposite). Make a sharp upright bend on one (Fig 2) and wrap the other tail twice around it (Fig 3). Make a wrapped loop with the upright-pointing tail and reshape your teardrop if necessary (Fig 4). Put the teardrop on a hard, flat surface and tap around the shape with your hammer until you have a nice, textured loop (Fig 5). Cut a 1’ length of 24-gauge wire and

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fourth seed beads at the start of the wire (Fig 8). Thread on the final three seed beads and wrap the wire around the frame. Trim the ends (Fig 9). Cut a 2’ length of 18-gauge wire and use your 2.5mm mandrel or a suitably sized object to create a 1” coil (Fig 10). Remove the coil from

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the mandrel and trim the ends. Make a second coil, trimming it to exactly the same length, and slide both coils on your Sof-Suede. Using a needle and thread will make this easier (Fig 11). Add folding crimp ends to the ends of your Sof-Suede, pinching them tightly with flat-nosed pliers

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TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • sharp cutting pliers • ball head hammer • round multi-mandrel • 2.5mm-wide mandrel or suitable object – I used a crochet hook • needle (optional)

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.madcowbeads.com; 0844 357 0943 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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a time for JEMMA FRENCH DESIGNER BEADTIME

ABOUT JEMMA… Jemma is the in-house designer and workshop instructor at the busy Kingston branch of Beadtime, 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.

giving

Watches make a treasured, long-lasting gift for someone special, and by creating your own you can turn them into stunning pieces of jewellery in just the right style and colours. Jemma French has a wealth of ideas whether you’re thinking fun and funky, girly and glamorous or simply natural

MATERIALS TO MAKE THE PINK WATCH • assorted glass pearls, Bonarski crystals and crystal rondelle beads • oval 20mm watch face (W01) • diamond cut 4mm crimp cover • clear 0.7mm nylon elastic • pink diamante 6mm rondelles • silver 6mm large-hole spacers • silver-plated 8x10mm butterfly bead • 2mm crimp beads

TO MAKE THE PURPLE WATCH

TO CREATE Cut a 25cm piece of elastic – this will later be trimmed down to your desired length. Thread the elastic through a hole on the watch face and pull it through until the ‘tail’ measures approximately 2cm. Thread a 2mm crimp bead onto the long strand of elastic. Pull it up to the watch face and tuck the tail into the crimp bead, trapping both. Use chain-nosed pliers to flatten the crimp bead, being careful not to cut into the elastic. Once crimped, dab a dot of glue onto the crimp bead for extra security. Once the elastic is secured from one side of the watch, trim off any excess from the tail – it can be trimmed right up to the crimp bead. Next, place the

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• assorted purple glass pearls and crystal rondelle beads • decorative flower watch face • silver small rondelle spacers • silver leaf bead caps • diamond cut 4mm crimp cover • clear 0.7mm nylon elastic • 2mm crimp beads

TOOLS beginner

crimped bead inside a crimp cover. Use chainnosed pliers to close the crimp cover, forming a neat 4mm ball. Thread on your bead selection. Once the full design is threaded, you will be repeating the same stringing process to

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secure the remaining elastic. First, thread on a crimp bead and pass the elastic through the other loop on the watch face. Bring the elastic round and tuck it back into the crimp bead, crimp to secure, add a dab of glue, and cover.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS BEADED WATCHES

FUNKY PINK SPOTTY WATCH intermediate

MATERIALS • pink & white watch face (CD13) • fuchsia faux suede • pink 6x8mm Chinese crystal rondelles • silver 8x9mm bell closer • silver 15x11mm heart toggle clasp • silver 75mm long flat headpins • silver 7mm split rings • 0.3mm craft wire

TOOLS • scissors • tool kit • Make Me jewellery glue

TO CREATE To prepare the faux suede straps, cut eight 20cm strands – four will be used each side of the watch face. To attach each strand, fold it in half and thread the looped middle point over the bar on the watch face, then thread the two loose ends through the loop and pull tight in a lark’s head knot. Repeat with each of the suede

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crystals. To make it easier, cut the end of the suede strand diagonally to a narrow point and stiffen this point with glue. Once the glue has set you will be able to thread the crystal, but as these rondelles have a very narrow hole, take time and pull the suede through slowly. I often use flat-nosed pliers to grip the suede. Repeat and position all of the crystals as you wish.

With the strands in place, you will now need to bind the ends. Measure the straps you have made and decide where you would like to place your clasp. At this point, use a 20cm length of 0.3mm craft wire and wrap it tightly around all four strands on each side, pulling them in together. Trim the excess wire and dab glue onto the binding. Cut the stopper from a long headpin and form a single open loop at one end, using roundnosed pliers. Hook this loop underneath the wrapped wire that binds the suede strands and use round-nosed pliers to continue to wrap the pin tightly into a loop, trapping the strands and leaving at least 2cm of the pin remaining.

Cut the bell closer off the other findings that it is attached to and slide the component down the headpin so that it covers all the wrapping and suede ends. Create a wrapped or coiled loop that rests on top of the bell closer using wrapping or round-nosed pliers. To complete the design, slightly open a split ring using chain-nosed pliers. Slide the split ring onto the loop you have created with the headpin and thread on your toggle clasp. Rotate the split ring until it snaps into position, securing the clasp to the end.

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MEMORY WIRE WATCH CUFF beginner

TO CREATE Cut four full loops of memory wire. Taking each in turn, turn a single loop at both ends. Once you have done this, cut each memory wire loop in half, leaving these ends straight. Attach four half loops of memory wire onto each side of the watch face by

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

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crystals, alternated with silver ball spacers, mixing up the colours at random or following a pattern of your choice. After adding about five crystals to each strand (ensuring they are exactly equal),

thread on another spacer bar. Continue until all your beads and spacers are threaded on both sides of the watch and you are happy with the cuff size. Create a single loop at the end of each memory wire strand, directly after your final spacer bar.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS BEADED WATCHES MATERIALS

NATURAL LEATHER & WOOD WATCH

• pearlised white watch face (CD05S) • 2mm leather • neutral 8mm wood beads • silver 10x11mm bell closer • silver 8x9mm bell closer • silver 75mm long flat headpins • silver chunky link chain • 2.5mm crimps • 15.5x36mm bag charm hook • 0.3mm craft wire

intermediate

TOOLS • scissors • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • Make Me jewellery glue

TO CREATE Cut seven 25cm pieces of leather and thread each of these strands through the loop at the top of the watch face. Run the leather across the back of the watch so it emerges at the base. Thread the wooden beads onto the leather. To make this easier, cut a sharp diagonal point at the end of each strand of leather on both sides of the watch. Push one bead onto each strand and position them all as you would like them to lie. With the strands in place, you will now need to bind the ends. Measure the straps you have made and decide where you would like to place your clasp. Cut a 20cm piece of 0.3mm craft wire and wrap this tightly around all the strands on each side, pulling them in together. Trim the excess wire and dab glue onto the binding. Cut the stopper from a long headpin and form a single open loop at one end, using round-nosed pliers.

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using wrapping or round-nosed pliers. Once you have completed the bell closer finishing, attach chain links to each side

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to allow the watch to fit your wrist size. At the end of one of the chain links, attach the bag charm hook. On the opposite side, attach a charm. This is created

using beads, spacers and a bell closer placed onto a headpin. Once positioned, simply coil the remaining headpin length until a coil rests on top of the final bead.

Make a quick and gorgeously girly gift by attaching assorted pink and peach pearls and crystals, a pretty star watch face and silver charm to a five-loop safety-pin style brooch.This will work beautifully to hold together a plain winter wrap, or makes a lovely focal point on a blockcolour handbag www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS PERSONALISED JEWELLERY

vintage

RACHEL BLAND DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM)

Stamp the words of your choice into Geomfix clay and combine with antique silver and crackle beads to create beautiful and truly individual vintage-style pieces

romance

ABOUT RACHEL… Rachel has been making jewellery for many years and teaches a variety of workshops at The Bead Shop (Nottingham). She thoroughly enjoys getting to use new products as soon as they arrive.

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TRUE LOVE VINTAGE NECKLACE advanced

TO CREATE Take equal amounts of each part of the Geomfix and knead them together for three minutes. Create different shades by blending colours together and kneading until they are mixed and the clay is streak free. Press the clay into each setting, add or remove clay as needed, then smooth up to the edges. Press in the design, a decorative surface or letter punches to create words. For the large setting, press the branch element into the clay to create an impression; this will need gluing in later. Embed the Swarovski chatons into the clay. Using the letter punches, hammer the word ‘true’ onto the reverse of the hammered silver ring. Paint over the stamping with black acrylic paint or pen and quickly wipe off the excess to enhance the letters. Cut two 25cm lengths of chain and add a trigger clasp to one end. Add the stamped ring and the engraved heart to a jump ring and attach this to a link in the chain. Cut two lengths of peanut chain measuring 6cm and 9cm, along with a 5cm length of medium chain. Add these to

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the main chain using a jump ring. Add a selection of crackle beads onto headpins and create loops. Attach the crackle beads and the affirmation charm at various points along the chain. When the pendants are fully set after 24 hours, glue the flower drop into

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TOOLS • letter and number punch set • chasing hammer • steel bench block • paintbrush • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters

position on the large setting and add a chaton to the holes in the flower design. Attach both

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS PERSONALISED JEWELLERY VINTAGE ROMANCE EARRINGS intermediate

TO CREATE Stamp an ‘X’ onto the back of each small floral heart. Thread an 8mm antique rose crackle bead onto an eyepin and create a loop. Repeat. Use a 6mm jump ring to attach the heart to the eyepin, then link the other end of the eyepin to the ear wire. Repeat to complete the second earring.

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MATERIALS • antique silver Trinity Brass embossed floral heart • 2 x antique rose 8mm crackle beads • 4 x antique silver 6mm Trinity Brass jump rings • 2 x antique silver Trinity Brass eyepins • 2 x antique silver Trinity Brass French hook flat ear wires

TOOLS • letter and number punch set • chasing hammer • steel bench block • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers

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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DIARY

what’sON

Image supplied by Beads Unlimited, www.beadsunlimited.co.uk; 01273 740777

1ST NOVEMBER

5TH NOVEMBER

WIRE WRAPPED PENDANT WITH DAWN COTTON FUGE

FENLAND LACE & CRAFT SUPPLIES FAIR

Precious Sparkle Beads, Perth www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk 01738 563264

St Ives, Cambridgeshire www.make-lace-with-us.com 01480 810810

Newmarket www.beadwork.net

13TH NOVEMBER

26TH - 27TH NOVEMBER

2ND NOVEMBER

5TH NOVEMBER

PEYOTE WORKSHOP

BEGINNERS JEWELLERY MAKING CLASS

CHILDREN’S JEWELLERY MAKING WORKSHOP

FARNHAM MALTINGS ROCK, GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Homebeads, Hertfordshire www.homebeadsonline.com 01438 815300

The Bead Shop Scotland, Haddington, East Lothian www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

3RD NOVEMBER

5TH - 6TH NOVEMBER

NECKLACE STRINGING TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP

CHELTENHAM ROCK, GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

The Bead Shop Scotland, Haddington, East Lothian www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

Cheltenham Racecourse www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

3RD – 6TH NOVEMBER

THE HANDMADE SHOW

HOBBYCRAFTS, CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS & ART MATERIALS LIVE

Perth www.handmadeshow.co.uk 01738 563264

7 Churton Place, London (Barbie Campbell Cole & John Gillow) 020 7834 7474

7TH NOVEMBER

18TH NOVEMBER

NEC, Birmingham www.ichf.co.uk 01425 272711

5TH NOVEMBER WITCH BEADS MAJESTIC JEWELS WORKSHOP WITH LYNN FIRTH

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

5TH NOVEMBER PAPER BEADS & MIXED MEDIA PENDANT CLASS

Riverside Beads, Peterborough www.riversidebeads.co.uk 01778 346810 Creative Workshop Days runs jewellery-making workshops monthly in Cheltenham, Oxford, the Cotswolds and Essex. Party bookings are also taken for groups, hen parties and more, and private tuition is offered if students are unable to attend a workshop for any reason. www.creativeworkshopdays.com

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6TH NOVEMBER

BEGINNERS JEWELLERY MAKING CLASS

Homebeads, Hertfordshire www.homebeadsonline.com 01438 815300

10TH NOVEMBER EARRINGS GALORE WORKSHOP

The Bead Shop Scotland, Haddington, East Lothian www.beadshopscotland.co.uk 01620 822886

12TH NOVEMBER GAUDI’S MEDAL MASTERCLASS

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

13TH NOVEMBER

20TH NOVEMBER

BEADWORK FAIR

THE SCOTTISH BEAD FAIR

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

13TH NOVEMBER FIREFLY FAIRS NORTH WEST BEAD FAIR

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

3RD DECEMBER

Manchester Runway Visitors Centre www.fireflyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099

CHRISTMAS LACEMAKERS FAIR

17TH - 20TH NOVEMBER

LAMPWORK BEADS DEMONSTRATION

TEXTILES & JEWELLERY FROM ASIA & AFRICA

BEADING BABES OPEN MORNING

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

19TH NOVEMBER SOUTHERN COUNTIES LACEMAKERS FAIR

Havant, Hampshire timparker@cyberlink.co.uk

19TH – 20TH NOVEMBER BRIGHTON ROCK, GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW

Brighton Racecourse www.gemnbead.co.uk 07817 511360

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

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall www.scottishbeadfair.com

Solihull www.lace-making.com

4TH DECEMBER Riverside Beads, Peterborough www.riversidebeads.co.uk 01778 346810

6TH DECEMBER WITCH BEADS FIMO BLENDING AND MARBLING WORKSHOP WITH ANGELA SMITH

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

9TH DECEMBER BEADING BABES OPEN MORNING

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

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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DONNA MCKEAN SMITH DESIGNER RIVERSIDE BEADS

ABOUT DONNA… Donna is the owner of Riverside Beads in Market Deeping, Peterborough. You will also find her and the Riverside team at bead and craft shows around the country.The store has been established for nine years and aims to offer a great range of beads and findings, along with friendly, helpful service and affordable inspiration packed classes. Donna says: “I love jewellery making, I like trying new techniques and ideas, and most of all using new beads! The inspiration for this project comes from the fabulous new steampunk findings and charms now available, and the style is so on-trend.”

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Have a sneak peek at this gorgeous, feminine steampunk-inspired necklace, which will soon be available as a beginner-friendly kit – a fabulous idea for a Christmas gift if you can bear to give it away! beginner

TO CREATE Cut a 4” piece of gunmetal 0.9mm wire and create a wrapped loop at one end. Thread on a selection of beads and complete with a wrapped loop above the top bead. Attach a 9mm jump ring to one end and a 5mm jump ring to the other. Add a selection of three lengths of

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• 2 x box closures • suede • assorted glass and freshwater pearls • fabric wrapped bead • satin acrylic beads

TOOLS • round-nosed pliers (nylon-jaw versions are useful) • 2 x flat-nosed pliers (nylon-jaw versions are useful) • bead mat

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chain as required to the 5mm jump ring and attach two steampunk charms to the base of the chain. Take three headpins and add a pearl to two of the pins and a flower bead frame with a bead inside to the third. Create a wrapped loop in each pin and use jump rings to attach them to the base of the lovebirds charm. Thread a glass pearl onto a headpin, make a wrapped loop, and add

this bead to the final length of chain. Add a 1” and a 2” length of chain to the 9mm jump ring to start the two sides of your necklace. Thread five pearls individually onto headpins and finish each with a wrapped loop. Cut a 4” piece of wire and create a wrapped loop at one end. Add a bead and finish with another wrapped loop. Attach the small pearls onto a link of chain, along with the beaded link

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you have just made. You will need to make sure your loops are big enough to go over the chain; to achieve a bigger loop go slightly higher up the roundnosed pliers. Cut two 4” pieces of wire and create wrapped loops at the base of each. Add a selection of beads and bead caps and finish with a wrapped loop. Attach one to the chain on each side. Add a further piece of chain to either side, followed by a steampunk butterfly charm on one side. Add a final piece of chain above the butterfly to make the two sides equal lengths, and attach a 5mm

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INSPIRED BY... STEAMPUNK

TOP TIP Creating links with wire will allow you to add as many beads as you like. I have recommended the 0.9mm wire for this project as it is a bit stronger, but you can use anything from 0.71mm up to 1mm for this type of work  

WHY NOT TRY?

jump ring at each end. Cut a length of suede to the required length to complete the necklace. This will lie around the back of your neck and should be long enough to allow you to lift the piece on and off over

The beads used in this project come in a wide variety of colours, and you could also choose a co-ordinating shade from our range of coloured wires to give a different look to your finished project

your head. Add a box closure onto each end of the suede and attach to the jump rings at the end of the chain. Ensure the jump ring is closed tightly as the box closure will slip through if not.

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Riverside Beads, 50-56 High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8EB; www.riversidebeads.co.uk; 01778 346810 This necklace will be launched as a kit at this year’s Hobbycrafts show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 3rd-6th November, at a special price of £12.99. RRP £14.99

TOP TIP You can do wirework with normal round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers but nylon-jaw versions are great for helping to avoid marking your wire, and a flat-nosed pair is also handy for straightening your wire if it gets kinked

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS UNISEX BRACELET

one for all

ANDRE CURRAN DESIGNER CJ BEADERS

This casual, ethnic-style bracelet is quick and easy to make, and a perfect last-minute gift that will appeal to earth mothers and festival-going teenage boys alike

ABOUT ANDRE… Andre’s mother started her off creating her own jewellery from the age of seven, and she has now been teaching other people how to make it for more than five years. Her favourite techniques include structural beadwork stitches (especially spiral, tubular and freeform) and wrapping in wirework. Andre says: “I find the finishing on a piece of jewellery can really make an impact on the value of your work; I wouldn’t be without good-quality clasps, my size 10 beading needles and Wildfire thread.” She is inspired by avant-garde styles and bold use of colour, and is currently designing a range of kits for CJ Beaders, with something to suit all tastes and experience levels.

MATERIALS

beginner

• 7 x dark blue Indian clay beads • 1m brown cotton cord

TOOLS • scissors • PVA glue

TO CREATE

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it on and remove it (Fig 2), and the other to close it securely around your wrist (Fig 3).

knotting after each one in the same manner. Tie an adjustable knot (see boxout) on each side. Tie a knot 1½” from the adjustable knot. Cut the cord from the last knots and dab with glue to seal the ends.

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Trinkette

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connector

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QUICK & EASY IDEAS 5x single bead eyepin connectors

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Trinkette

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ABOUT DEBBIE… Debbie has been making jewellery for about five years. She is a designer, silversmith and mum of three, and is currently the resident designer for docrafts.

connector joined by jump ring

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Metal heart/ring Trinkettes with loop (5 pieces), £4

WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.docrafts.com

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glossary of

techniques

Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects

OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS

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

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

round-nosed pair.

it apart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

distance above the bead.

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

4

should be back at the 90º angle.

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

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USING CRIMPING PLIERS

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

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

FINISHING ENDS Stringing materials, such as cord or ribbon, can be knotted and the knot covered with a clam calotte. Stiffer stringing materials, such as nylon beading wire, should be finished with a crimp, which can then be covered with a clam calotte.

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

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GLOSSARY TOOLS

tools of the trade

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

CHAIN-NOSED PLIERS

FLAT-NOSED PLIERS

ROUND-NOSED PLIERS

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

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

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

SIDE CUTTERS

CRIMPING PLIERS

MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GLOSSARY FINDINGS

fabulous

findings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thickness (mm)

Use

28

0.4

24

0.6

20

0.8

18

1.0

16

1.2

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

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

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