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64 designer projects to suit every look Issue 21
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SHIMMER & SHINE
IN FULL BLOOM
This year’s hottest colour
Whatever the occasion
Fabulous beaded tulips
With an urban edge
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Plus Mother’s Day gifts, recycling, chain maille, PMC and much more!
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“I love the random wire wrapping on these beautiful shell beads, which brings what is otherwise quite a traditional, elegant necklace right up-to-date. Perfect for any special occasion”
hello... ... and welcome to Issue 21 of Creative Beads & Jewellery. We’re well into the swing of 2012 here at CB&J and looking forward to a host of exciting events that are guaranteed to inspire fabulous jewellery designs. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics getting nearer (more about those in upcoming issues), it’s going to be a busy year – and we can’t wait! We’re getting started this issue with an explosion of springtime colours and motifs that will brighten even the greyest days. Kate Eldridge’s wonderful beaded tulips on page 13 make for a stunning three-dimensional corsage in a host of vibrant, natural colours, while Anna Weller’s necklace on page 60 blends a riot of seasonal shades with vintage ﬁligree and charms for an irresistible feminine look. Our Bead Challenge mix on page 64 is a kaleidoscope of fun, chunky beads in a variety of materials and eye-catching girly colours, and on page 80 Emily Kersh has cleverly combined a nod to Mother Nature with grown-up urban glamour for an edgy, modern necklace that will really make you stand out from the crowd. It’s Mother’s Day on 18th March, and Gill Teasdale has dreamed up a selection of contemporary designs to suit every style. So whether your mum’s tastes lean towards delicate and elegant or smart and chic – or even if she’s a bit of a hippy at heart – there’s a project on page 20 to inspire the perfect handmade gift. We’ve got Easter covered, too, with fantastic beads, charms and kits on page 47 for sweet treats without the calories! As the weather warms up, so does the social calendar, with the season of garden parties, marquee weddings and ladies days now enticingly close. Whatever the hot dates in your diary this spring and summer, our special
EDITORIAL Editor – Anna Wright Editorial Assistant – Lindsey Hopkins Art Editor – Stella Osborne Sub-Editors – Becky Higgins, Justine Moran Photographer – Rachel Burgess CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Austin, Mel Brooke, Andre Curran, Kate Eldridge, Claire Ennis, Sarah Goode, Emma Gordon, Judith Hannington, Lindsey Hopkins, Claire Humpherson, Emily Kersh, Debbie Kershaw, April Marsh, Donna McKean Smith, Su Pennick, Deborah Stuart, Gill Teasdale, Anna Weller, Alison Williams, Debbie Wood
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section starting on page 49 has a wealth of gorgeous projects and brilliant ideas for every occasion. We’ve also gone wild for pendants this issue, thanks to our talented design team, which has conjured a glorious array of striking pieces using techniques and materials you may not have considered. From Sarah Goode’s upcycled delights to Su Pennick’s decorated Fragments charms, Sarah Austin’s Celtic-weave chain maille and Emma Gordon’s magic touch with PMC and paints, there are suggestions galore for focal pieces that will be completely unique and personal to you. On top of all that, we’ve been getting to grips with global colour authority Pantone’s ofﬁcial shade of 2012. Though not for the faint-hearted, the vivid red-orange of Tangerine Tango certainly lends itself to dramatic earrings and chokers with a little Latin ﬂair, as Mel Brooke and Claire Humpherson demonstrate on pages 17 and 58. Happy beading!
FREE WITH THIS ISSUE We hope you enjoy our bonus project book this issue, packed with unusual beading and knotting techniques for designs that are a little bit different. If it inspires you to try something new, please do let us know!
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What’s inside this issue of INSPIRATION & ADVICE
26 COLOUR ME QUICK
Close-up photos and clear instructions to help you master techniques and try new ideas
WIN! WIN! WIN!
Create truly unique pendants using recycled materials, PMC, chain maille and more
There’s a host of great prizes up for grabs inside this issue, from beads to books and tools
49 SPECIAL OCCASIONS
13 SPRING FLOWERS
Shimmer your way through your social calendar this spring and summer with our ideas
Discover how to make fabulous 3D tulips from seed beads for a stunning corsage or earrings
58 FIERY FIESTA
80 SEEDS & SEQUINS
How to wear the red-hot colour of 2012 – Pantone’s dramatic Tangerine Tango
Mix up nature’s bounty with defiantly urban motifs for edgy, contemporary style
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
£££s worth of products up for grabs
28 Bead Doctor
All your questions answered
40&72 Designer Galleries We showcase readers’ creations
64 The Bead Challenge
88 Day & Night
Quick and easy ideas to take you from smart daytime chic to an evening out
90 Techniques Glossary
Master the basic techniques with our step-by-step guides
92 Tools Glossary
The lowdown on all the tools of the trade
Three designers test their creativity
19,31&47 Shopping Guides
Top workshop dates across the country
Our round-up of the vital components of jewellery making
86 What’s On
98 Coming Next Issue
Fantastic tools and show tickets to win Treat yourself with our hot orange buys, gorgeous cabochons and Easter goodies
Add beautiful, rich colours to silver jewellery the easy way – we show you how
78 Workshop Calendar
All the upcoming bead shows and fairs
95 Findings Glossary
A peek at what’s coming up in Issue 22
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features 13 Red And Yellow And Pink And Green...
These gorgeous beaded tulips are a tribute to the colourful spring ﬂowers in all their glory, and this corsage is guaranteed to brighten up the lapel of any coat or suit
36 A Parcel Of Patterns
Create unique, stunning pendants by recycling leftover beads and materials from other projects and unwanted or broken jewellery, clothing and accessories
17 Tangerine Dream
Be bold in these fun, on-trend earrings inspired by Pantone’s designated colour of the year, vibrant Tangerine Tango
74 Give It A Whirl!
Create swirls in your wire, working in triplicate for bold, beautifully unfurling designs, or with single strands for delicate, feminine effects
42 Pieced Together
Su Pennick introduces a handy range of clear shapes, and reveals how they can be easily customised to create your own pendants and charms
20 Made With Love
49 Social Butterﬂies
26 Painted Lady
58 Let’s Tango!
Make Mother’s Day special with a gorgeous gift of handmade jewellery. Whatever your mum’s preferred style, we have a design to inspire you
Use simple PMC techniques and glass paints to give beautiful, rich contrasting colours on silver jewellery without the need for enamelling or a kiln
80 Urban Meadow
Combine edgy city looks in chain, lace and sequins with symbols of nature for a truly individual spring-themed necklace
It’s time to look ahead to the highlights of the spring/summer calendar. Whether you’re anticipating marquee weddings, garden parties or ladies day at the races, this section is full of gorgeous looks and expert ideas Kumihimo braiding gives an unusual and exotic twist to this dramatic choker – the perfect showcase for the rich red-orange that is the hottest shade for 2012
Lightweight, pretty and available in a glorious display of colours and sizes, Lucite ﬂowers are perfect for spring and summer jewellery. April Marsh demonstrates three ways to blossom
32 Celtic Art
Make Celtic-style chain maille pendants in traditional bronze, gold, silver and black or these striking coloured rings for an updated contemporary look
60 Bursting With Life
This beautiful necklace blends vintage sophistication in the form of metal charms and ﬁligrees with a spectacular explosion of springtime colours
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new? Sit back and relax as we bring you the latest from the world of jewellery making
A CUT ABOVE Sharp scissors are essential when working with beading thread and cords, and choosing a pair that is pretty as well as functional will keep your ﬁngers happy – and stop your scissors sneaking their way into the kitchen utensils drawer when you’re not looking! Here are three of our favourites...
HAPPY NEW HOME Precious Sparkle Beads has moved! The shop, which specialises in gorgeous gemstone beads, is still located in the historic city of Perth in central Scotland, but now has a new space in the heart of the town, which also boasts a toy shop on the cellar level with a large number of kits and things for children to make and do. An impressive programme of workshops is also available on the premises at 10 Charlotte Street, Perth PH1 5LL. See www.precioussparklebeads.co.uk or call 01738 630740 for more details.
ADVENTURES IN WOOL Fans of The Bead Shop Scotland’s wonderfully traditional but on-trend style may be excited to learn that the team is branching out. If you fancy trying your hand at knitting or crochet as an alternative craft – or even to combine with your beading skills and designs – the new Wool Shop Scotland, based at the bead store in Haddington, is now offering a programme of crochet workshops, including all the yarn you’ll need and a crochet hook to take home. Complete beginners are welcome, and there are plenty of ideas for those with more experience too. Visit www.beadshopscotland.co.uk or call 01620 822886 for more information.
Pretty bird scissors, £2.95 from www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk
Gingher Tessa 4” designer embroidery scissors, £35 from www.quiltdirect.co.uk
Polka petite embroidery scissors, £4 from www.stitchncraft.co.uk
WIN! FULL STEAM AHEAD! Steampunk is a trend that isn’t going anywhere, and these new charms have a lovely authentic feel without being scarily industrial! Created exclusively for Beads Unlimited by Jo Porter, the six detailed designs depict time and space in true Victoriana
style – think planets, sundials, sailing boats and timepieces. Prices for these miniature works of art start at 50p each from www.beadsunlimited.co.uk, but three lucky readers can each claim a mixed selection of the charms worth £6.80 this issue.
For your chance to win, send your name and email address on a postcard to CB&J21 Beads Unlimited Steampunk, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 12th April 2012
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NEWS BEADED DRAGONFLIES, DAISIES AND MORE If you love Kate Eldridge’s fabulous beaded tulips on page 13 this issue, we’ve found just the book for you! New from Search Press, 100 Beaded Flowers, Trinkets & Charms by Amanda Hinson is crammed with irresistible beaded delights from fuchsias, butterﬂies and strawberries to champagne and café treats. With something for all experience levels, plus tips on how to incorporate the designs into ﬁnished projects, along with helpful diagrams and lovely imagery throughout, these pages are a beader’s paradise. RRP £10.99, available from www.searchpress.com
BRAND SPARKLING NEW
As we reported last issue, Shiney Company’s Bristol store has relocated to larger premises in the Brislington area of the city. Owners and regular CB&J designers Amanda Pickstock and Jane Purdy and the team have been busy getting settled in and turning the new space into a beading mecca, and we’ve now had a glimpse inside! Find the new shop at 14 Sandy Park Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 3PE; www.shineyrocks.co.uk; 0117 300 9800.
NIGHT SKY WIZARDRY Bronze finish metal lightning and star pendants, from 30p each from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com
DID YOU KNOW? Each month is traditionally associated with a birth ﬂower as well as a birthstone, so why not give an extra individual touch to a piece of gift jewellery this year by incorporating an appropriate bloom? Some of these ﬂowers are available in the form of acrylic, Lucite, ceramic, lampwork or polymer clay beads, while you could aim to catch the essence of others, with a spray of small white crystals to represent lily of the valley, for example.
May – lily of the valley June – rose July – larkspur August – poppy September – aster or forget-me-not October – calendula November – chrysanthemum December – narcissus
January – carnation February – violet March – daffodil April – sweet pea
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NEWS TREND ALERT! TREND ALERT! TREND ALERT! TREND ALERT! TREND ALERT! TREND ALERT! WEDDING FASHIONS FOR 2012 Trend-spotters in the fashion world have identiﬁed a few key looks they are predicting will be pivotal for ladies making their way down the aisle this year. With the traditional wedding season fast approaching, we thought we’d share our pick of their tips: Natural themes. Think delicate leaf and feather shapes and birds in delicate silver. These are stunning as individual focals on a ﬁne chain necklace, or lend themselves perfectly to layered earring and bracelet designs for something with a little more volume. The theme also extends to the inclusion of semiprecious stones for a very pretty, subtle alternative to lots of sparkle Pearls with a twist. Classic pearls will
never go out of fashion for a special occasion, but contemporary brides are looking for ways to give them a little added individuality, expressed through the design or the choice of more unusual, delicate hues such as dusky pinks and greys – which also give a gorgeous vintage feel Ribbon and lace. Inspired by a ballet feel,
and – of course – Kate Middleton, who brought lace right up-to-date at last year’s Royal Wedding, look at embellishments or a soft lattice effect rather than full-on lace cuffs!
beads, ﬁndings and accessories, which often has regulars in situ, working on their latest projects. We’re particularly smitten with some of the unusual glass foil beads. Go to www.anastasiabeads.co.uk to ﬁnd out more. Just down the road at the Ty Verlon Industrial Estate is the warehouse HQ of Boxes & Busts, including its smart and vibrant Bead Room. Drop in on 31st March or 1st or 2nd April and you’ll catch one of the company’s open days, complete with a host of jewellery-making demonstrations between 10am and 4pm. See www.boxesandbusts.co.uk for further details.
... these amazing vintage-style glass cabochons, which we think would look fabulous and really unusual as the focal on a simple black ribbon choker; 39p each from www.madcow beads.com
MAKE YOUR MARK Stitches & Stars hand-stamped pendants, £3.95 each from www.mailorder-beads.co.uk; 0115 9588 899
BRAND SPARKLING NEW
We’re going west this issue – to Wales. After all, St David’s Day is celebrated on 1st March and the iconic springtime daffodil is the country’s national ﬂower. More speciﬁcally, we’re paying a virtual visit to Barry, on the south coast, just a few miles west of Cardiff. This harbour town and seaside resort may be best known for its starring role in hit TV comedy Gavin & Stacey, but it’s certainly not all seafront slot machines and dodgy coach companies. If you can tear yourself away from the beaches and Barry Island Pleasure Park, there are beading treasures to be found. Anastasia Beads on the old Barry High Street is a two-level trove of
BRAND SPARKLING NEW
SHHH! CB&J TRAVEL SECRET
RING O’ ROSES Rose mesh ring kit with Swarovski Xilion beads, £3.75 from www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 833 9950
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Beads, ﬁndings and a herd of other stuff...
your letters We’d love to hear from you, so please share your ideas, opinions and top tips with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Letters, CB&J, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL HOMEGROWN IDEAS I stumbled across your magazine by accident in my local craft shop – somewhere I hardly ever go. I was so excited when I sat down to read it and realised, ‘Wow! It’s from the UK’. In fact, I went straight to my computer and subscribed so I can enjoy news and letters from and about other jewellery makers in this country. I only started making jewellery in August last year but I enjoy it so much. I have sold a few pieces and I’m excited about experimenting more with different techniques and styles. I am so pleased I found your magazine, and can read letters, tips and instructions on how to make such lovely things, thanks to
LURED BY THE SPARKLE! I saw Issue 18 of CB&J in my local magazine shop and, I must admit, it was the free gift of the sparkly beads that prompted me to buy it! I’m so pleased that I did. I read the magazine from cover to cover, and back again, and really enjoyed the
the designers giving me so many ideas. Plus, I now have details of UK suppliers and don’t have to wait weeks for things to arrive, forgetting why I ordered them in the ﬁrst place! I can’t wait to get the next magazine. Christine, Basildon, Essex
LEARNING CIRCLE Just wanted to say how happy I was to see some of my jewellery included in your Designer Gallery pages – and to show you how I have used some of the beads I was sent as a result. I also thought you and your readers would be interested in hearing about a beading group that I help to run. The group consists of able-bodied and disabled, mainly older, people who meet once great variation of techniques covered – so much so that I’ve subscribed already! I make jewellery to sell online in order to raise money for the Dr Hadwen Trust charity and campaign organisation Viva! Both work to end animal cruelty and testing. As a result, I am always looking for
a week at Rugeley’s Welfare Centre, and is run by the Workers Education Association (WEA). The group provides the chance for individuals to undertake beading projects with support and guidance from volunteers, of which I am just one. At present we regularly have between 16 and 20 people attending each week with a new ideas and inspiration – and your magazine certainly provides plenty of both! I attach a picture of the sparkly bracelet that I made using the free faceted glass beads. I hope you like it. Gaynor Armitage, Newport, Essex
waiting list that is growing. The prizes you have sent me go into the class stash. If any other CB&J readers are local and would like to get involved, or are even interested in setting up their own learning circle, there is information about our group on the promotional video on the WEA website
at www.westmidlands. wea.org.uk. I hope people are encouraged to do so. CB&J helps to provide us with ideas for the group and we have a full list of projects mapped out for the next term. Beverley Abberley, Staffordshire
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STAR LETTER THE MISSING INGREDIENT I started jewellery making in 2011 after seeing an advert for a craft show near my home, and since then have become interested in all things
TROPICAL PARADISE Having been on an incredible break in Hawaii, I returned home to Canada full of fresh ideas for my beading projects. The bracelet (right) I call Seascape for the beautiful colours of the Paciﬁc Ocean off Maui. I used the Full Persian 6-in-1 chain maille weave in greens, blues and
related. I have been working on different projects to develop my skills and research techniques. I really enjoyed the projects in Issue 19 of CB&J and your ‘Night of a thousand stars’ feature provided the inspiration I needed to ﬁnish a project that I had been working on. I had felt that there was something missing but didn’t have enough experience to know what – when I saw the crystal purples, and added a gorgeous abalone shell seahorse focal pendant, which I bought in Vancouver. The ocean had so many different shades of blue and green, it was truly amazing. Hawaii is alive with all that awakens the senses. I cannot get over the fragrance of plumeria, hibiscus and bougainvillea ﬂowers on the islands,
balls, I knew they were exactly what I was looking for. I have attached a picture of the project I was able to complete (left), with a little help from Creative Beads & Jewellery! I look forward to reading future issues of your magazine, particularly the projects. I am hoping
to feel conﬁdent enough in my work to be able to sell my jewellery in the future. Amy Taylor, by email CB&J: We’re delighted to have been able to help! We love to see the way readers take elements from the projects created by our design team to make their own unique jewellery. Please keep sending in your pictures.
or the incredible birdsong of the warblers, liwis, honey creepers and zebra doves. The music is rich with island culture, dance and romance. Steel guitars and ukeleles prevail. Colour lives there! From the turquoise, crystal ocean and tall emerald palm trees to the gorgeous hues of ﬂowers and the azure skies and lava mountains. I look out of the window at our snow here in Canada and get a reality check! I have also made my little beaded Hawaiian gecko, who is about 3½” long and very smooth and ﬂexible. I used
chartreuse Czech glass size 6 seed beads and attached him to a silver wave bookmark. The inspiration came from Sue Crane’s ‘Magical markers’ feature in Issue 3 of Creative Beads & Jewellery, which I only recently managed to track down, having discovered the magazine myself a little later. Wendy Manz, Winnipeg, Canada
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BEAD WEAVING SPRING
red and yellow and
KATE ELDRIDGE DESIGNER THE BEAD CELLAR
ABOUT KATEâ€Ś Kate has been designing and making beaded jewellery for more than 10 years and what started out as a hobby became a passion and then a career, as she now sells her work and runs The Bead Cellar, based
pink and green... These gorgeous beaded tulips are a tribute to Kate Eldridgeâ€™s favourite spring flowers in all their vivid, colourful glory, and her beautiful corsage is guaranteed to brighten up the lapel of any coat or suit in beautiful Devon.The Bead Cellar specialises in Toho seed beads and also stocks a wide range of beads and findings, including vintage nailheads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, semi-precious gemstones, Czech glass beads and
much more. Classes are run regularly and The Bead Cellar offers a variety of kits suitable for all experience levels. New stock arrives regularly and Kate is always on hand to offer friendly advice to customers.
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TOP TIPS Keep your sewing tension tight whilst starting the ﬂowers but allow it to loosen slightly for the loops so that they drape nicely Try to pick colours close to nature for a realistic ﬂower. Transparent and silver-lined beads work well but avoid AB ﬁnishes that don’t look natural If your ﬂower stem is a little limp, try reinforcing it with some wire
TO CREATE On a comfortable length of thread, pick up an A bead, a C bead, an A, a C, an A, a C, an A, a C, an A, a C, an A and a final C, and tie into a circle. Pick up two C beads, a B bead and another two C beads, and pass over the top of the A and into the next C (see Fig 1, below right). Repeat all the way around the circle. Pass your needle up so that you are exiting a B bead. Pick up a C and stitch through the next B. Repeat all the way around the circle. With your needle exiting a C, pick up a C, a B and another C, then skip over the next B, C and B beads and stitch into the following C (Fig 2). Repeat twice more to complete the circle. Stitch back down to a C between the A beads, then pick up nine C beads. Pass over the A and into the next
C around the circle to create a loop. Pass back down the last two C beads added before picking up seven more Cs (Fig 3). Stitch into the next C on the circle and repeat all the way around. Remember to only pick up five Cs for your last loop and stitch into the first two Cs on the first loop to close it up. Stitch back down these two Cs, then pick up three Cs, a B and another three Cs, and stitch into the two Cs that join the next loop around to make another layer of loops. Stitch back down these two Cs and the last C of the new loop before picking up two Cs, a B and three
more Cs, and repeating all the way around. Remember to pick up one less C bead on the final loop and instead join it to the first loop. Add a third layer of loops with 11 C beads in each loop, then fasten off any loose threads. On a new thread, start to make the flower stamens by picking up a green seed bead, a 6mm bead in the petal colour, a gold bugle bead and three gold seed beads. Pass back down the bugle and the 6mm bead, and tie a knot to secure (Fig 4). Pass back up through the 6mm bead and pick up a black bugle bead and a black seed
bead. Pass back down through the bugle and 6mm bead, and around the green seed bead. Repeat a further four times, spreading the black bugles out around the gold one.
Pass your needle and tail thread through the hole in the bottom of your beaded tulip so that the stamens sit inside the petals. Pick up between eight and 12
10 11 4
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BEAD WEAVING SPRING
WHY NOT TRY?
FOR EACH TULIP
SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL OUR READERS! The beads and tools required to make these projects and many others are available from The Bead Cellar. Please quote reference CBJ21 when placing an order to receive a 10% discount
Make the tulip petals and stamens as described for the corsage but rather than adding a stem, stitch the ﬂower head onto an ear wire to make pretty tulip earrings
green 6mm beads to make the tulip stem – the final length is down to personal preference. Add a green seed bead before passing back up through the 6mm beads. Tie a knot to secure.
Pass your needle back and forth through the 6mm beads a couple more times to reinforce the stem before finishing off any loose ends. To put together the corsage, stitch
three or four completed beaded tulip ﬂower stems onto a brooch pin, making sure the ﬂower heads lie in a nice cluster. Tie some co-ordinating ribbon around the stems for the ﬁnishing touch.
• 7 x 6mm Czech fire polished beads in your choice of petal colour (A) • 15 x 4mm Czech fire polished beads in matching petal colour (B) • 3g size 11 seed beads in matching petal colour (C) • 8-12 x green 6mm Czech fire polished beads • 2 x green size 11 seed beads • 5 x black 6mm bugle beads • 5 x black size 11 seed beads • gold/yellow 6mm bugle bead • 3 x gold/yellow size 11 seed beads • matching beading thread
TOOLS • size 10 beading needle • scissors
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from The Bead Cellar, Broad Street, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5PT; www.thebeadcellar.co.uk; 01409 231442 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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WIN! e have six fabulous prize sets to give away this issue, courtesy of craft tool specialist Dremel, guaranteed to set you up with top-quality tools for creating your own fabulous jewellery. Each lucky winner will receive: VersaTip – used for a wide variety of heat
applications such as heat embossing, wood burning, and ink drying 7700 7.2V NiCad cordless rotary tool kit – an easy-to-use multi-tool that can be used for all kinds of creative hobbies, allowing you to engrave, drill, sand and polish a variety of different materials from wood to glass.
For your chance to win a set of these must-have tools from Dremel, send your name, address and email on a postcard to CB&J21 Dremel, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 12th April 2012 NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.
For further product information, go to www.dremel.com
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INSPIRED BY... PANTONE COLOUR OF 2012
tangerine dream Be bright and bold in these fun, bang on-trend earrings inspired by Pantone’s designated colour of the year, vibrant Tangerine Tango
MEL BROOKE DESIGNER BEADS BY LILI
• 2 x Hot Orange 10mm rounds • 26 x red 4mm rounds • 28 x Hot Orange 4mm rounds • 2 x silver flower spacers • 8 x silver 5mm jump rings • 2 x 50mm eyepins • 6 x 25mm headpins • 12 x 25mm eyepins • earring findings
When Mel launched www.beadsbylili.com she had a hunch that beading and jewellery making would become popular in the UK. Like many others, she started out designing and selling jewellery pieces at local craft fairs but, she says, “it was difficult to source interesting, fashionable beads, so I began to spend a lot of time working on that to the point where the bead side of the business took over”. So Beads by Lili was born, with the strapline ‘We dream of beads’ because, Mel says, “beading and fashion is my passion and I literally would dream of beads!”.
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Thread a flower spacer, followed by a 10mm orange bead, onto a 50mm eyepin. Make a wrapped loop on the top, snug to the bead. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to start the second earring. Use chain-nosed pliers to make sure the wire ends are neatly tucked in on the tops of the wire wraps. Attach these drops to the earring findings by opening the bottom loop of the ear wires and threading the top loops of the drops straight onto them before closing. Make a strand of linked beads as follows: Thread three
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4mm beads onto a 25mm headpin in alternating red and orange, then make a simple loop in the top of the wire. Repeat twice using 25mm eyepins, reversing the beading pattern on one. Link all three beaded pins together by their
loops as shown, with the headpin at the bottom of the strand. Make two more linked
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsbylili.com; 01249 651769
bead strands in the same way, reversing the colour order on one. Assemble the drops under the earring tops as follows: Use a jump ring to attach a beaded strand and a
second jump ring to the loop on the bottom of the flower spacer. Then use a third jump ring to attach the second beaded strand to that. Finally, use a fourth jump ring to attach the third beaded strand to the third jump ring. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to complete the second earring.
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TANGERINE C-LON THREAD Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: £2.95 for 77m reel
20MM FIMO FLOWER Stockist: BeadCrafty www.beadcrafty.com Tel: 01274 666013 RRP: 99p
20MM MOTHER OF PEARL BEADS Stockist: Charming Beads www.charming-beads.co.uk Tel: 0843 2211 400 RRP: £1.25 for eight 6
ORANGE CLOVER CONNECTORS
Stockist: Charming Beads www.charming-beads.co.uk Tel: 0843 2211 400 RRP: 99p per pair 5
22MM FIMO MANDARIN BEAD Stockist: BeadCrafty www.beadcrafty.com Tel: 01274 666013 RRP: 50p
6MM FACETED CAT’S EYE BEADS Stockist: BeadCrafty www.beadcrafty.com Tel: 01274 666013 RRP: 70p for 10
JELLYBABY CHARMS Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 85p each
TANGERINE AB MIYUKI SIZE 15 SEED BEADS Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: £1.75 for 10g 10 8MM RESIN
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10MM GLASS PEARLS Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: £2.99 for 36” string
Stockist: BeadCrafty www.beadcrafty.com Tel: 01274 666013 RRP: 30p for ﬁve
Pantone’s declared colour of 2012 – Tangerine Tango – is not for the fainthearted but it is zesty, fun and fashionable! Get the look with these unmissable buys... www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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made GILL TEASDALE DESIGNER JILLYBEADS
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.
Make your mum’s day on 18th March with a gorgeous piece of handmade jewellery. Whether her style is traditional and sophisticated or smart and contemporary, or even if she’s a bit of a hippy chick at heart, we have a design to inspire you
TOP TIP Make sure your needle and its eye are ﬁne enough to ﬁt through the tiny seed beads when there is already a thread passing through
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GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY
TO CREATE Thread one seed bead onto the Nymo. Let it fall to the centre and tie a knot around it. Thread both ends of the Nymo onto a needle and pass it through the hole in
the hinge of a knot cover, from inside the ‘shell’ out. Close the knot cover carefully using chain-nosed pliers. Thread on a pearl and 10 seed beads. Repeat this sequence another seven times. Thread on a pearl, a small briolette, a pearl, 10 seed beads and a final pearl. Remove one strand of thread from the needle, then thread on four more seed beads.
Thread the loose strand of Nymo onto the other needle. Thread on three seed beads, a 5mm Xilion, three seed beads, a pearl, a small briolette, a pearl and three seed beads. Pass the needle back up through the Xilion. Thread on three seed beads. Pass both needles (one at a time as they won’t fit together) through a pearl, 10 seed beads
and another pearl. Separate the needles and thread seven seed beads onto one thread. Onto the other, thread five seed beads, a 6mm Xilion, five seed beads, a pearl, the large briolette, a pearl and five more seed beads. Pass the needle back up through the Xilion, then add another five seed beads. Pass both needles through a pearl and 10 seed beads.
Separate the needles again and using one of them (and bringing the other needle into the work as directed), repeat the beading sequence from Step 3. Remove one of the needles, then thread both strands onto the remaining needle. Thread on a small briolette and a pearl. Thread on 10 seed beads and a pearl. Repeat another seven times. Pass the needle though the hole in the hinge of the remaining knot cover, this time from the outside in. Thread on a seed bead, pushing it down into the knot cover. Make sure there is no slack thread along the necklace and that all the beads are pulled up nicely (but not too tightly). Tie a knot around the seed bead in the knot cover. Close the cover. Wind the last link of the extension chain (the end without the heart) onto one of the split rings. Wind the loop on the bolt ring onto the other split ring. Hook one of the split rings onto the open loop on one of the knot covers. Close the loop tightly using chain-nosed pliers. Repeat with the other ring and knot cover.
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With the continuing trend for all things vintage, this design is sure to please lovers of the genre, but there is no need to stick to delicate, pretty pinks – try crystal, jet or a combination of the two for a dramatic evening look
• 261 x crystal rose gold-lined size 11 Toho seed beads • 4 x Light Rose 11mm Swarovski Elements flat briolettes • Light Rose 15mm Swarovski Elements flat briolette • 32 x Platinum 3mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls • 2 x Light Rose 5mm Swaovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Rose 6mm Swarovski Elements Xilion bead
• 2 x silver-plated 22mm clock face charms • 1.5m white Nymo beading thread • 2 x silver-plated 4mm knot covers (calottes) • 2 x silver-plated 5mm split rings • silver-plated chain extension with heart
TOOLS • 2 x fine beading needles • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • split ring pliers (optional) • sharp scissors
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EARTH MOTHER BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Lay one end of all four lengths of stringing material (including the chain) in the U-shape of one of the end fasteners, pointing away from the end loop. Using flat-nosed pliers, bend the ends of the fastener inwards, gripping all four lengths. Tie all four lengths in an overhand knot, positioning it as close as possible to the end fastener. Thread two filigree tubes onto one of the strands. Tie another overhand knot approximately 15mm away from the first knot. Tie five more knots in this way, threading beads onto single strands along the way. I used three beads from the Beautiful Briny Faraway mix, three 4mm antique copper rounds, another three beads from the Briny mix, three Cheerios, then three more beads from the Briny mix. Lay the four strands into the other end fastener, positioning it as close as possible to the last knot and with the loop pointing away from the bracelet. Bend the sides over as before, then trim the thongs as close as possible to the
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folded sides using scissors and trim the chain using side cutters. Wind a split ring onto the loop on each part of the toggle. Wind one split ring onto the loop of each of the end fasteners. Thread a 4mm antique copper round, a Russian doll and another round onto a headpin. Make a wrapped loop as follows: Grip the headpin with roundnosed pliers (holding them horizontally) 3cm from the last bead and bend the pin away from
This eclectic collection of interesting feature beads is only a suggestion – make your selection multicoloured or change the colour to suit your mum. Or why not pick charms and trinkets that have special meaning to her?
you by 90°. Rotate the pliers 90° away from you and pull the end back towards you over the top jaw. Rotate the pliers back and push the wire away from you around the pliers to form a loop. Grip the loop with round-nosed pliers and the end of the wire with chain-nosed pliers. Wrap the end around the wire ‘post’ 2-3 times to make a neat wrapped loop. Trim the excess and • blue & white ceramic tube • blue & white ceramic round • blue Russian doll bead • blue coloured polymer clay bead (from Fantasy Flower mix) • blue cloisonné bead (from cloisonné mix) • blue painted flower bead • blue acrylic bead (from Ornate Orbs acrylic bead mix) • Beautiful Briny Faraway fusion mix
tuck in the end neatly using chain-nosed pliers. Make wrapped loop dangles with the rest of the beads, layering them up as follows: The ceramic round and two blue beads from the Briny mix; the wooden round with two 4mm antique copper spacers; the cloisonné bead with two filigree rounds; the tube with two blue beads from the Briny mix; the polymer clay
• antique copper circular toggle • 2 x antique copper 4x7mm end fasteners • 2 x antique copper split rings • 7 x antique copper jump rings • 7 x antique copper 2” thin headpins • 4 x antique copper 4mm filigree rounds • 7 x antique copper 4mm rounds • 2 x antique copper 2mm rounds • 3 x antique copper 6mm Cheerios
bead with two filigree rounds; the Ornate Orb bead with two 2mm antique copper rounds. Slip a jump ring onto a strand of thong (not the chain) on one of the knots. Hang on one of the wrapped loop dangles and close the jump ring securely. Repeat using the remaining dangles, hanging one on each of the remaining knots.
MATERIALS • 2 x antique copper filigree tubes • 50cm rich brown 1mm leather thong • 50cm natural 1mm leather thong • 50cm natural 1mm waxed cotton cord • 50cm antique copper medium curb chain
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • split ring pliers (optional)
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GIFT JEWELLERY MOTHER’S DAY MODERN CHIC NECKLACE intermediate
MATERIALS • approx 176 x size 10 Miyuki Delica beads (from Apparition mix) • Jet 27mm Swarovski Elements Devoted 2 U heart pendant • 60cm silver 1mm leather thong • reel cream beading cotton • 60cm antique silver medium curb chain • 2 x antique silver 4x7mm end fasteners • 2 antique silver split rings • antique silver heart trigger • antique silver leaf pendant mount
TO CREATE Thread the needle onto the end of the cotton thread, then thread on all the Delicas, pushing them down the reel as necessary. Don’t cut the thread – work from the reel as you would if you were crocheting normally. Remove the needle. Leaving a tail of 3-4cm, tie a loop in the end of the thread and insert the crochet hook into the loop. Crochet three chain stitches. Push a bead up to the hook. Hook the hook under and over the thread as before, pulling through another loop and making sure the bead is caught on the thread between the last stitch and the new loop. Pull the thread up neatly and tightly.
Continue working like this until all the beads have been used. A bead should be secured between each pair of adjacent stitches. Crochet three more chain stitches. Cut the thread 3cm away from the last stitch. Pass the end through the last loop and pull tightly to finish off the strand. Lay the last three stitches of the crocheted strand, the end of the chain and the end of the thong into the U-shape of one of the end fasteners (the loop should be pointing away from the strands). Bend each side of the end fastener inwards using flat-nosed pliers to grip the strands. Trim away the tail as close
as possible to the end fastener. Cut the thong and the chain so that they measure exactly the same length as the crocheted strand (not counting the tail). Grip these ends in the other end fastener, as in Step 4. Slip the pendant mount onto the heart, lining up the hole with the prongs inside the mount. Gently squeeze the mount to hold the pendant in place, and double check it is secure. Slip the pendant mount over one of the end fasteners and onto the strands. Wind the loop on the trigger catch onto one of the split rings. Wind the split ring onto the loop on one of the end fasteners.
Wind the other split ring onto the loop on the other end fastener. Your finished necklace will measure around 50cm (20”). To make it longer, add more beads to the cotton thread before crocheting; to make it smaller, simply use fewer beads and crochet a shorter length.
fine beading needle 1.75mm crochet hook flat-nosed pliers side cutters split ring pliers (optional)
NEED TO KNOW
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To complete a single chain stitch, hook the hook under and over the long length of thread, then pull the thread back through the loop with the hook, thereby making a new loop
TOP TIP This really simple but clever crocheting technique strings seed beads into a useable rope – once you’ve tried it, you’ll be using it for all sorts of things! Experiment with different sizes of crochet hook, thicknesses of thread and sizes of beads and see how many different effects can be achieved
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk; 01524 412728 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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These lovely sets of mixed strands of Amazonite and rhodonite beads have been donated by Beads Direct (www.beadsdirect.co.uk; 01509 218028). Each set includes three strands of each stone in different shapes.
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TO ENTER For your chance to win one of these great prizes, send your name and address on a POSTCARD, along with the name of the product you want to win, to CB&J21 Giveaways, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 12th April 2012
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CHARMING BEADS JEWELLERY KITS 10 TO GIVE AWAY, WORTH £5 EACH These fabulous jewellery kits include a selection of stunning handmade Indian beads, suitable for creations all year round, and have been donated by beads, charm and ﬁndings stockist Charming Beads (www.charming-beads.co.uk; 0843 2211 400), which specialises in Pandora-style bracelets, beads, charms, stoppers and necklaces. Prize colours, bead shapes and sizes will vary.
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painted EMMA GORDON DESIGNER BLUEBELL DESIGN STUDIO
This fabulous pendant is made using simple PMC techniques and glass paints to give beautiful, rich contrasting colours on the silver without the need for enamelling or a kiln
ABOUT EMMAâ€Ś Emma runs Bluebell Design Studio in Fife, which offers the widest variety of Precious Metal Clay workshops available anywhere in Scotland. She also has an online shop specialising in PMC products. Emma loves teaching PMC and really enjoys the reaction of her firsttime students when they take a brass brush to newly fired silver! She regularly attends Master Classes to keep advancing her skills and is the Communications Director for the Metal Clay Academy, an independent website offering a vast resource for the established artist as well as the complete beginner.
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS PMC WITH COLOUR TO CREATE Apply a little Badger Balm or olive oil to your mat and your chosen texture sheet. Roll out the silver clay to a thickness of four cards on your mat, then roll out on your texture sheet to a thickness of three cards. This two-stage rolling process will ensure that you get a good texture on your clay (see Fig 1, below left).
Use the cutter of your choice to cut out your desired pendant shape. I have used a large circle and a smaller circle to cut out the hole, where the ribbon for the pendant will be threaded later (Fig 2). If you don’t want to use a ribbon or cord, you could leave your shape to dry and drill a hole for a jump ring afterwards. Leave to dry thoroughly. Once your pendant has dried, use your
sanding pads or sandpaper to sand the edges of your pendant. Make sure you sand the hole you have cut out too – you can use a toothpick if you don’t have a small file for this job; it’s gently abrasive and will easily take off the rough edges. Give the back and front of the pendant a sanding as well, making sure there are no divots or uneven surfaces. If you have any, use water and some mulched up PMC3 to fill in the imperfections. If you do any repairs, leave them to dry before going back to sand them again (Fig 3). Once your pendant has been refined and is completely dry, it is ready to be fired. This can be done by hand or in a kiln. If you want to fire by hand, use a butane torch and once you have reached the peachy orange colour, set your timer for a minimum of two minutes. If you have access to a kiln, for the strongest results fire for two hours at 900°c. After the pendant is fired, use the stainless steel brush and then the burnisher to compact the silver particles into a high shine. Never use the tip of your burnisher on the silver as it will scratch
the surface and will be difficult to remove. You can also use a tumbler at this point, if you have access to one. After the pendant has been polished to your satisfaction, it’s time to add the colour! Choose your colours and put some water in a small bowl or ramekin, ensuring you have kitchen paper on hand. Shake the bottle of glass paint before opening. Take a fine paintbrush and paint onto your silver, being generous in your application (Fig 4). The great thing about the Pebeo Vitrea paints is that if you are not happy you can wash the paint off and start again. Continue to apply the colour until you are happy with the result. I will generally use one paintbrush per colour, but that’s not really necessary provided you wash the brush well between colours. You can also mix these colours together to make your own palette – use a piece of kitchen foil for this. Allow the colour to dry before applying another (Fig 5). After you have finished, leave the paint to dry thoroughly. The manufacturer’s instructions say to allow 24 hours, but I have found that it is less than
MATERIALS • 9g PMC3 lump • Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints • ribbon
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Badger Balm or olive oil work mat roller slats or playing cards cutters texture sheet with deep imprint sandpaper or sanding pads toothpick butane torch or kiln stainless steel brush agate burnisher fine bristle brushes
TOP TIP When you are cutting out your shape, especially if you are cutting out more than one shape on the same piece as demonstrated here, do so on a smaller mat that can be set aside for drying. This way you will minimise distortion of the shape that, especially if you use a heat source, such as a dehydrator or a hairdryer, to dry your work. Once ready, put in your domestic oven at 160°c for 40 minutes. Set your pendant with your chosen chain or ribbon and it’s ready to wear!
TOP TIP Make sure your texture sheet is deep, so the colour can be easily painted in. The colour method used in this project will stay in place and withstand normal wear and tear, but it is easy to scratch, so it is better to have a deep recessed area to put the colour into, where it is protected from bumps and knocks. If you are not sure, you can always protect the colour with a layer of resin
WHERE TO BUY PMC3 is available from www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk The tools used here can be purchased online from www.bluebelldesignstudio.co.uk or www.cooksongold.com Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints are available from www.artifolk.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
SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT I keep hearing about Shamballa bracelets and beads and what a popular trend they are but I’m not sure what they actually are. Can you enlighten me please? Linda, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Shamballa bracelets have indeed been a hot trend, particularly among celebrities and star spotters. Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ashton Kutcher and the Kardashian girls were among those seen sporting the look in 2011. The word Shamballa (also spelt Shambala or Shambhala) comes from Tibetan Buddhism and the bracelets are intended to be highly symbolic. Shamballa is a mythical kingdom hidden in Inner Asia,
where only spiritual and visionary concepts are said to matter. Shamballa bracelets evolved to represent personal spirituality and states of mind such as inner peace, tranquillity and happiness. The basic premise of beads strung on simple cords and separated by macramé knots has been given a new twist in the recent craze for this style, with the introduction of some serious bling! While traditional bracelets had a nylon or waxed linen string embellished with hematite and metal beads, the current trend is for pave set crystals and rhinestones to give maximum sparkle and glamour, in contrast to the earthiness of the macramé. What the bead stores now sell as Shamballa or Shamballa-style beads are primarily this disco ball style, usually made by setting rhinestones or crystals into resin or clay. This has
allowed for an array of colours, with many people now choosing coloured cord over the traditional black to personalise the look further. Visit www. spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk, www.jillybeads.co.uk, www.beadsunlimited. co.uk and www.beads direct.co.uk for more ideas and inspiration.
LAMPWORK AROUND THE HOME I loved the lampwork keys made by Judith Hannington last issue and the article got me thinking whether you could use the same technique on anything with a metal ‘shank’. For example, I was wondering whether you could make a decorative cutlery set if you bought plain items (I’ve seen some with round rather than ﬂattened handles), or add lampwork beads to the kind of metal rods you can use as the base for a key rack? What do you think? Sophie Emberson, Shropshire
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... In theory, there is certainly no reason why you shouldn’t apply the same technique to these items – there are just a couple of practical considerations you would need to bear in mind. The ﬁrst is the size of the shank, both in terms of length and diameter. Round handles on cutlery items should be
similar in dimension to a key so you should have no problems in that regard. They may, however, be notably longer and therefore harder to attach securely to a mandrel while keeping them level and rotating as necessary to form your bead. A jubilee clip or metal crocodile clip of a sufﬁcient size will probably give you a stronger, more stable connection to the mandrel than wiring the cutlery in place. Using as much of the length of the mandrel as possible without risking heating the actual connection will also help. The same is true to a greater extent of using a long metal rod. It will be worth spending time getting used to turning the additional, uneven weight on the mandrel before starting on your creation. Depending on the desired positioning of your beads, it may be
easier to make them using bead release so that you can create them on the most accessible area of the rod, then move them into place later. The other thing to check before you start is, of course, that your chosen cutlery or rod is made of steel or iron and won’t react adversely to the heat of your ﬂame. Good luck! Please let us know how you get on.
ENGULFED IN BEADS! I have recently been given a few huge bags of mixed seed beads by a friend of my mum, who had heard I’m into jewellery making. I have no idea why she ended up with so many, and, while I’m very grateful, I don’t really have a clue what to do with
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UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY them! I’ve never tried bead weaving and I don’t have the time or patience to sort them out into matching colours and shades. They’re all roughly the same size, but there’s some variation there too. Any ideas welcomed! Fiona, by email
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... Lucky you! Though I can see why it’s a bit overwhelming. Why not look at investing in a bead spinner? They cost around £20-£30 depending on whether
the model is battery operated or spun by hand, and they take all the hassle out of sorting and threading large quantities of seed beads, allowing you to create beautiful multicoloured and randomly patterned jewellery. They will also accommodate different sizes of seed beads. Bead spinners are available from many bead stores and come with full instructions, but essentially you hold the special needle provided, attached to your beading thread, at
ION think, and the best one T S E QU F THE will depend on the style O UE of jewellery that would GUILT be most appreciated. ISS -FREE GIFT JEWELLERY
I want to make a jewellery set for my best friend’s 30th birthday this year but my usual sparkly styles aren’t her at all. She is massively into looking after the planet and does loads for charity in the developing world. In fact, she is going back to Africa this summer to visit a schoolroom she helped to build as a volunteer. She doesn’t wear much jewellery and I really want these pieces to represent who she is and the things she cares about. Do you have any suggestions? Nancy, Oxfordshire
THE BEAD DOCTOR SAYS... There are two routes you could take here, I
Mzuribeads is a co-operative of Ugandan women creating a variety of beads using locally sourced natural materials and recycled paper from posters and magazines. They are paid a set price for their beads, based on Fairtrade rates, and their work is part of a sustainable business, allowing them to support themselves and their families without charity. Mzuribeads products are stocked by a number of UK bead stores, including www. jillybeads.com and www.mailorder -beads.co.uk, and you can ﬁnd more information about the co-operative and the beads at www. mzuribeads.com. The paper beads come in a range of vibrant colours and slightly irregular round, oval and elongated shapes. They are perfect for creating bright, fun,
an angle in the bowl of seed beads, and as it turns, beads will move up onto the needle. When you have around 5cm of assorted beads, you tip them down your thread to your knot or stopper bead, then continue in the same way. You can also use the spinner with beading wire, creating a hooked individual jewellery with a real African feel. The banana leaf and barkcloth beads and cow horn discs and focals work wonderfully with leather or suede thongs in natural shades, and techniques such as macramé, to give a lovely rustic ﬂavour. These chunky styles are perfect for casual or daytime wear, but if you have something more delicate or sophisticated in mind, you could consider doing your own recycling. It is surprisingly easy to create metal discs and charms by simply punching
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‘needle’ in the end of the wire itself. It’s a great way to make multi-strand lariats, necklaces, and bracelets, or you could be more ambitious and create shapes with your normal oven. You can choose from a wealth of colours and add a glittery ﬁnish if you like, then attach the charms to a bracelet blank, ear wires or necklace. Alternatively, leave the original colouring and lettering of the metal showing for true hearton-your-sleeve recycling! If you would prefer to use more traditional jewellery-making techniques, you can always set yourself the challenge of creating something new from the odd beads, leftovers, broken ﬁndings and even fabric scraps in your own stash and wardrobe. Take a look at Sarah Goode’s gorgeous upcycled pendants on page 36, or check out Lisa Mair’s ‘New Year’s
beaded strands, such as this ﬂoral focal, designed by Sarah Millsop of Beader’s Companion for Issue 19 of CB&J. A bead spinner would also be helpful if you fancy trying your hand at bead crochet or knitting.
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aluminium shapes from empty drinks cans, then sanding and enamelling them, which can be done with low-temperature enamelling powders in a
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unturned DESCHUTES JASPER CABOCHON Stockist: Designer Cabochons www.designer cabochons.com RRP: £35 2
AMERICAN TITANIUM CABOCHON Stockist: Designer Cabochons www.designercabochons.com RRP: £21
30MM RESIN FLOWER Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshop scotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 40p
10X8MM AQUA IMITATION OPAL
Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: 50p
8MM ROUND PURPLE PAUA SHELL CABOCHON Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: 50p
20X25MM HELLO KITTY STYLE RESIN CABOCHON Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 20p
Let a simple pendant speak for itself with these gorgeous polished gemstones and sweet cabochon-style buys
RAINBOW CALSILICA STRIPED CABOCHON
Stockist: The Bead Store www.thebeadstore.co.uk RRP: £2.25 9
23MM VINTAGE ROSE Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshop scotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 30p
Stockist: Designer Cabochons 10 25X18MM BLUE ABALONE www.designercabochons.com Stockist: BeadCrafty RRP: £10 www.beadcrafty.com 8 18X25MM MIXED Tel: 01274 666013 COLOURS MILLEFIORI RRP: £2.50
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SARAH AUSTIN DESIGNER BEADSISTERS
These lovely pendants vary in complexity but are all made in Celtic-style chain maille weave. Use bronze, gold, silver and black for a traditional feel or these striking coloured rings for an updated contemporary look
CELTIC ROUNDS PENDANT
Sarah’s love of chain maille began with her interest in medieval history, which led her onto starting her own maille shirt. This was abandoned when she discovered coloured jump rings and the fact that you can use chain maille to make jewellery! Sarah runs Beadsisters with her husband, Steve.
MATERIALS • 5 x purple anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 10.2mm, 1.6mm (A) • 5 x ice pink anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm (B) • 12 x lavender anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (C) • 2 x purple anodised aluminium jump rings, id 20.6mm, 2.4mm (E) • 40cm black 3mm faux suede thong • 2 x silver-plated 8x4mm foldover cord ends • 2 x silver-plated 4.5x6mm oval jump rings • silver-plated 12mm lobster clasp • silver-plated extension chain
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
Close five B rings and 10 C rings. Link a C ring, a B ring and another C ring onto one large E ring. Add four
more sets of rings in the same colour order. You may find it easier to open and close the large ring with your fingers. Thread a second E ring through the B and C rings added in Step 1. Open one A ring and pass it between the two E rings and around one set of B and C rings added in Step 1 (see Fig 1,
right). Repeat a further four times. Link two C rings around the two E rings between two A rings – you will thread your thong through these rings. Attach the cord ends to the thong. Add the lobster clasp and extension chain to the cord ends using the oval jump rings.
You can make all three pendants with one bag each of the four key jump ring sizes (rings A, B, C and D), plus a few extra rings. I have used different colours for additional inspiration
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS USING CHAIN MAILLE CELTIC WHEEL PENDANT intermediate
MATERIALS • 24 x blue anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 10.2mm, 1.6mm (A) • 8 x matte silver anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm (B) • 18 x ice pink anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (C) • 16 x ice blue anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (D) • turquoise anodised aluminium jump ring, id 16.9mm, 2.4mm (F) • 40cm black 3mm faux suede thong • 2 x silver-plated 8x4mm foldover cord ends • 2 x silver-plated 4.5x6mm oval jump rings • silver-plated 12mm lobster clasp • silver-plated extension chain
Link 16 closed D rings onto the large F ring. Link one A ring through two of the D rings added in Step 1. Repeat seven times (see Fig 1, below). Link one A ring through a D ring in one of the pairs from Step 2 and the adjacent D ring from the next pair. Repeat seven times (Fig 2). For the final layer, link one A ring through the same pair of D rings connected in Step 2. Repeat seven times (Fig 3). The A rings added in Step 3 are now sandwiched between two layers of parallel rings. Referring to Fig 4, link one C ring around two A rings from the top layer and two from the
bottom layer. Repeat using one B ring and another C ring. Repeat seven times. Link two C rings around one top and one bottom A ring on the outside edge of your wheel – you will thread your thong through these rings. Attach the cord ends to the thong. Add the lobster clasp and extension chain to the cord ends using the oval jump rings.
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS USING CHAIN MAILLE CELTIC FLOWER PENDANT intermediate
MATERIALS • 15 x lavender anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 10.2mm, 1.6mm (A) • 6 x ice pink anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 6.8mm, 1.64mm (B) • lavender anodised aluminium saw cut jump ring, id 6.7mm, 1.29mm (C) • 10 x ice pink anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, id 5mm, 1.29mm (D) • 10 x non-tarnish silver enamelled copper jump rings, id 5.7mm, 1.02mm (G) • 40cm black 3mm faux suede thong • 2 x silver-plated 8x4mm foldover cord ends • 2 x silver-plated 4.5x6mm oval jump rings • silver-plated 12mm lobster clasp • silver-plated extension chain
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed or flat-nosed pliers
Link 10 closed G rings to the C ring. Link one A ring to two of the G rings added in Step 1. Repeat four times. Referring to Fig 1 (right), link one A ring through a G ring in one of the pairs from Step 2 and through an adjacent ring in the next pair. Repeat four times. Link five B rings through the same G rings as the A rings added in Step 3 (Fig 1).
For the final layer, link one A ring through the same pair of G rings linked in Step 2. Repeat four times. Referring to Fig 2, join one D ring at the outer edge, where three A rings and one B ring intersect. Repeat nine times. Link one B ring around parallel A rings in the top and bottom layers – you will thread your thong through this ring. Attach the cord ends to the thong.
Add the lobster clasp and extension chain to
the cord ends using the oval jump rings.
6 7 8
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsisters.co.uk; 01776 830352
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a parcel of
SARAH GOODE DESIGNER POOKLEDO
These stunning pendants are created by recycling leftover beads and materials from other projects and broken or unwanted jewellery, clothing and accessories. As a result, every one is different and truly unique
ABOUT SARAH… Sarah graduated from De Montford University in 2001 with a BA(Hons) Fashion and Textile Design degree focusing on Multimedia Textile Design and Surface
Decoration, and now puts her knowledge and creative skills to good use designing her own jewellery pieces, accessories and gifts. She specialises in using scraps and leftovers to upcycle into stunning, unique projects, and
sells them via www.pookledo.com Sarah says: “I’m a magpie scavenger at heart with a love for the unusual and sparkle. I hoard and store fabric, beads and buttons, waiting for the right project to come along
when I bring them all together to create an upcycled accessory ready to go out into the world again. “Colour and texture are my main inspiration, along with recycling vintage materials and clothing into items that
are funky, usable and for individuals who like to be individual. I believe that each jewellery piece should be eye-catching and functional, and produced with as little waste as possible.”
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS RECYCLED MATERIALS
MATERIALS • assorted beads, sequins and buttons in your desired colour • scrap of quilting material • medium wadding offcut • Nymo thread • small bail • ready-to-wear necklace, ribbon or thong
TOOLS • beading needle • sewing needle and thread • scissors
TO CREATE Cut two rectangles of quilting material the desired size of your finished pendant, leaving 3/8” seam allowance all around. With the ‘right’ sides facing each other, sew along three edges, then turn inside out. Cut a piece of wadding to fit the inside of the pendant base. Turn in the seam allowance of the remaining edge and pin, then sew closed using tiny stitches. Using Nymo thread, first sew any larger beads, buttons or sequins into position, then add a selection of smaller beads until the whole front area of the pendant is covered. Sew the bail to the top point of the pendant and thread it onto your desired necklace.
1 2 3
4 WHERE TO BUY Most of the materials used here are from the designer’s ‘odds and ends’ stash, including seed beads left over from previous projects and other beads and elements recycled from broken jewellery and old clothing
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WIN! Tickets to three fabulous shows up for grabs!
he Creative Crafts Shows: essential crafting events for all! Make sure you have these dates on your calendar for 2012: 19th-21st April – The Kings Hall, Belfast 26th-29th April – The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 21st-23rd September – Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey. Enjoy a visit to The Creative Crafts Show and you’ll be inspired whether you’re an experienced crafter, beginner or simply looking for a new hobby. Highlights at this year’s shows include the new Extreme Textiles Workshops with Rachel John, which will be showcasing for the ﬁrst time a round of life-changing innovations in textiles tools and techniques. Rachel will focus on extreme
weaving, quilting, tapestry and cross-stitch. Each session costs £5, to be booked on the stand. A new Make & Take programme is on offer, with various workshops run by crafting experts allowing you to try new techniques and create something to take away with you in an hour. The new Knitting Know-how group, supported by www.rkmwools.co.uk, will be in attendance, giving you the chance to meet like-minded knitters, swap ideas and pick up some handy hints and solutions. It is open to all ages, free of charge. For the ﬁrst time in Belfast, Eilia beads will be hosting workshops alongside Beadspider, which returns to both Belfast and Shepton Mallet with a completely new programme. At Belfast, Debbi Moore is looking
forward to hosting a new series of workshops. Due to demand, these can be booked in advance to avoid disappointment so visit www.sccshows.co.uk to reserve your place. At Shepton Mallet, Katie Pirson (a traditional hand-embroiderer) will be running workshops for the ﬁrst time, while Jan Tillet returns with a new ‘Stitch it, shrink it, love your wrinkles!’ machine embroidery project. Create a richly textured piece of embroidery using the sewing machine zigzag stitch, scraps of fabric and shrink polyester. With all this and so much more to explore and enjoy, a visit to The Creative Crafts Show allows you to indulge your passion for everything crafty, and head home with a wealth of exciting ideas and inspiration.
HOW TO ENTER Tickets
For more details on The Creative £7.95 adults £6.95 concessions Accompanied children under 16 free of charge Crafts Shows and other upcoming Book in advance using discount offer code events go to www. PR2 and you can save £1.50, get a half price catalogue voucher and be entered free of charge sccshows.co.uk or call the ticket into a prize draw to win up to £300 worth of hotline on 01822 craft vouchers (redeemable at the show only)! 617744 Group offer: buy six tickets and get one free
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of these three great shows, send your name and address on a postcard to CB&J21 Creative Crafts Show followed by the location of the show you’d like to attend, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 5th April 2012 NB: By entering this competition, you accept that your details may be passed on to a third party.
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Each reader featured wins this stunning set of bead strands from Silver Orchid Beads
Take inspiration from these lovely designs, created by some of our talented readers
BLUE GOLDSTONE THREE-PIECE SET www.silverorchidbeads.co.uk 07971 005046 or 07906 435430
BY KATHY LAKE FROM HERTFORDSHIRE MATERIALS • blue goldstone beads • pale blue crystals • Tibetan silver urn spacers
BY MEL GOLLER FROM SOUTHAMPTON MATERIALS • cotton and satin cords • black glass pebble beads • clear crystals
• • • •
FLORAL CHARM BRACELET
jump rings headpins silver end fasteners bolt ring clasp
BY LEONORA RICHARDS FROM DEVON MATERIALS • charm bracelet • white and black daisy charms • jump rings
OCEAN NECKLACE BY ANNIE WATKINSON FROM HAMPSHIRE MATERIALS • assorted blue, cream, gold and teal pearls • turquoise, blue and white 4mm and 6mm Swarovski crystals • assorted glass beads • shell chips • glass daggers • silver lustre 4mm beads • Tigertail wire
SPRING DAISY MADNESS NECKLACE BY LINDA FIDLER FROM CHESHIRE MATERIALS • 9 x milky white 8mm round beads • 15 x silver-plated 4mm spacer beads • 5 x yellow/green 10mm gemstone beads
• 4 x green 17mm flat marble beads • handmade polymer clay daisies • white, yellow and cream seed beads • toggle clasp
Don’t be shy! Share your creations with us and you could see them on our gallery pages! To submit your work for publication either email an image to email@example.com or send your project with a stamped addressed envelope for return to CB&J Gallery, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire SK10 4NL. Don’t forget to include a list of the materials you used.
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SU PENNICK DESIGNER
STEAMPUNK -STYLE PENDANT
Su Pennick introduces this range of handy clear shapes and reveals how they can be quickly and easily customised to create your own unique pendants and charms
TO CREATE Use a thin layer of Glossy Accents to stick the large circular Fragments charms to your chosen areas of the patterned paper. Press down firmly to ensure that the whole of the charm’s surface is coated and to remove any air bubbles. Leave to dry thoroughly. Trim the paper around the charm and use a sanding block to smooth and neaten the edges. Pierce a threading hole through the paper and cover the back with a protective coat of Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. Use nylon-jaw pliers to flatten two bead caps. Thread a 9mm
MATERIALS • Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Collection 12x12 patterned paper (4500260) • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments charms • 2 x antique gold gear charms • 2 x antique gold wire cages • 4 x antique gold spacer beads • 2 x antique gold large circular connectors • 2 x antique gold flowershaped bead caps
jump ring through the hole in the centre of one of the gear charms. Thread a decorated Fragment charm and a flattened bead cap onto the jump ring and close. The gear charm should be held behind the charm. Repeat for the second charm. Thread a spacer bead, followed by a
• 2 x antique gold 9mm jump rings • 2 x antique gold eyepins • antique gold lobster clasp • small oval-link chain • Glossy Accents
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw pliers • wire cutters • sanding block • scissors
wire cage and a second spacer bead, onto an eyepin and form a loop in the end. Repeat with the other eyepin. Cut a length of chain containing 22 links. Use 7mm jump rings to attach one end to one of the gear charms and the other end to the lefthand ring of the large circular connector. Cut a four-link chain length and attach one end to the same gear charm and the other end to one of the beaded eyepins. Connect the other end of the eyepin to a six-link length of chain. Connect the free end of this chain to the right-hand ring
of the second large circular connector. Using 7mm jump rings, attach a 12-link length of chain to the other gear charm at one end and the right-hand ring of the first connector at the other. Attach a two-link chain length to the same gear charm and to the other beaded eyepin. Connect the other end of the eyepin to a two-link length of chain, then link this to the left-hand ring of the second connector. Attach the required lengths of chain and clasps to the single rings on each connector.
TOP TIP The bead caps will not hang neatly on their own so it is a good idea to use a spot of clear-drying glue to stick them to the Fragments
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS FRAGMENTS CHARMS TOUCH OF DRAMA PENDANT beginner
hole through the paper and cover the back with a protective coat of Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. Attach a black bead and a 6cm length of chain to a jump ring. Repeat with a 9cm length of chain. Connect the other ends of
3 TO CREATE Use a thin layer of Glossy Accents to stick a large oval Fragments charm to your chosen area of the patterned paper. Press down firmly to ensure that the whole of the charm’s surface is coated and to remove any air bubbles. Leave to dry thoroughly. Trim the paper around the charm and use a sanding block to smooth and neaten the edges. Pierce a threading
both chains together with a jump ring. Thread a jump ring through the hole in the Fragment Charm and through the jump ring holding the two chains.
Cut several 10-link lengths of chain (depending upon the length you want the pendant to be) and attach them together with jump rings
containing black beads. Use jump rings to attach one end to the jump ring connected to the charm, and the other end to a clasp.
MATERIALS • DCWV Street Lace 8x8 paper stack • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments charms • Glossy Accents • black chain • black 7mm jump rings • jet opaque 4mm cube beads • black lobster clasp
TOOLS • chain-nosed pliers • sanding block • scissors
TOP TIP This steampunk necklace is designed to be asymmetrical. If you prefer the charms to hang one above the other, use the same lengths of chain and ﬁndings on both sides of each charm www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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RETRO CHARM BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Use a thin layer of Glossy Accents to stick five square Fragments charms to your chosen areas of the patterned paper. Press down firmly to ensure that the whole of each charm’s surface is coated and to remove any air bubbles. Leave to dry thoroughly. Trim the paper around the charms and use a sanding block to smooth and neaten the edges. Pierce a threading hole through the paper and cover the back with a protective coat of Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. Cut a 19cm length of large-link chain. Attach the two ends to the two parts of the toggle clasp by opening and closing the links in the same way you would a jump ring.
Use 8mm jump rings to attach the charms along the chain. Cut the turquoise cord into five 10cm lengths. Fold the first piece in half and push the loop through the jump ring attaching one of the charms. Tie the ends together
and trim. Repeat for each charm. Thread a stardust ball and a flower bead onto a headpin, trim the wire and form a loop close to the back of the flower bead. Open a jump ring and thread one of your wired
flower beads and a silver ring onto it, then attach it to a link in the bracelet chain between the charms. Repeat five more times, evenly spacing the rings and flowers, to finish.
• Cosmo Cricket Sea Garden 12x12 patterned paper (CSP816) • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments charms • Glossy Accents • 6 x silver 2cm rings • 6 x turquoise 13mm Czech glass trumpet flower beads • 6 x silver 4mm stardust ball beads • 50cm turquoise cord • silver 8mm jump rings • silver headpins • silver toggle clasp • silver-plated large-link chain
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • wire cutters • sanding block • scissors
WHY NOT TRY?
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments are also available in a pack of 48 squares and rectangles of varying sizes. Adhere them to plain paper in different colours, then connect them side by side for a mosaic or tiled effect, or overlap them in layers to build up a dimensional geometric pendant. You could try black and white for a bold, businesslike look, bright primary colours for a fun piece that will brighten up any outﬁt, or subtle shades of the same colour for something more sophisticated
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MAKE YOUR OWN PENDANTS FRAGMENTS CHARMS TOP TIP The edges of the Fragments charms can be coloured with co-ordinating permanent ink if you wish
WHERE TO BUY Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments charms, Glossy Accents and Graphic 45 paper are available from www.thestampattic.co.uk DCWV and Cosmo Cricket papers are available from Hobbycraft stores. Find your nearest store at www.hobbycraft.co.uk Antique gold chain and 9mm jump rings can be bought online at www.beadtime.co.uk All other beads, findings, charms and cord are available from www.bojanglebeads.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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"Bringing Beads to Life"
Visit Wild about Beads at: 11B Ewenny Road, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 3HN Tel (01656) 667317 Website - www.wildaboutbeads.co.uk
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3 4 1
16MM WOODEN FLOWER BEADS
Stockist: BeadCrafty www.beadcrafty.com Tel: 01274 666013 RRP: £1.50 for 10 2
9X6MM ANTIQUE COPPER PEWTER RABBIT Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: 90p
10 6 7
20X14MM EASTER BASKET CHARMS Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 40p each
MINI BEJEWELLED CRYSTAL EASTER EGG PATTERN Stockist: Thread A Bead www.threadabead.com RRP: £4
23X14MM BRASS EASTER EGG CHARMS
eastertreats Indulge yourself or someone else without the calories this Easter with fabulous jewellery using these adorable themed goodies
Stockist: Big Bead Little Bead www.bigbeadlittlebead.com Tel: 01462 438233 RRP: 40p each 8 15MM CRAZED
EGG BEADS 7
15X18MM MINI EGG CHARMS Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: 85p each
DUCK AND EGG EASTER BRACELET PATTERN Stockist: Thread A Bead www.threadabead.com RRP: £1.50
Stockist: The Bead Shop Scotland www.beadshopscotland.co.uk Tel: 01620 822886 RRP: £2 for 10
BUNNY RABBIT SILVER-PLATED CHARM Stockist: Charming Beads www.charming-beads.co.uk Tel: 0843 2211 400 RRP: 99p
MIYUKI CHICK CHARM KIT Stockist: The Spellbound Bead Company www.spellboundbead.co.uk Tel: 01543 417650 RRP: £4.75
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SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPRING/SUMMER
butterflies Winter is fading and it’s time to look ahead to the highlights of the spring/summer calendar. Whether you’re anticipating marquee weddings, garden parties or ladies day at the races, this section is overflowing with gorgeous looks and expert ideas
MEL BROOKE DESIGNER BEADS BY LILI
GARDEN PARTY NECKLACE beginner
TO CREATE Cut three 50cm lengths of Nymo and thread two of them with a random assortment of Czech glass beads and 4mm round beads. Thread the third strand with an alternating pattern of three bugle beads and one star flower. Hold all three strands together to check that the length is suitable for your neck size, allowing 3-4cm each end for attaching the clasps. Holding the beaded strands together on one side, thread all three
Nymo threads through the eye of a Big Eye needle, then through a metal spacer bead. Now pass the threads through the bottom of a calotte and a 3mm seed bead. Take the threads back down through the calotte and the metal spacer and pull gently until the seed bead sits in the callotte cup, then tie a couple of knots underneath. Continue to take the threads down through the first few beads of the necklace,
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available in kit form, priced £11.99, from www.beadsbylili.com
then knot them around the thread of the necklace a couple of times before trimming. Repeat Step 2 for the other side of the necklace. Use chainnosed pliers to close up the calottes slightly, which will leave the nice effect of the seed bead showing a little (if you want them to close completely, use a smaller seed bead). Thread on the first part of the clasp, using round-nosed pliers to close the calotte loop. Repeat on the other side with the remaining clasp component. Any gaps under the clasp can be filled by adding crimp
covers onto the necklace threads if you wish. To add the pendant, thread the heart onto the ball headpin, topped with a metal spacer bead. Use roundnosed pliers to turn a loop in the end of the pin. Finally, use a 7mm jump ring to attach the heart to the centre of the necklace around all three strands.
• multi Czech glass bead mix • 4mm round glass beads • turquoise 35mm faceted glass heart pendant • acrylic star flowers • bugle beads • 3mm seed beads • metal spacers • flower clasp • ball headpin • Nymo thread • calottes • crimp covers • 7mm jump ring
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • Big Eye needle • scissors
This multi-strand, multicoloured necklace with ﬂower clasp and faceted glass heart would look great teamed with a simple summer dress and hat www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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DEBBIE WOOD DESIGNER BEAD SPARKLE
SHELL & PEARL WIREWORK NECKLACE intermediate
TO CREATE Cut several pieces of 0.6mm wire, each about 10” long. Thread a shell to the midpoint of one strand of wire to judge where to make your first wrapped loop (see Fig 1, below right). Make another loop the same size at the other end of the wire using round-nosed pliers. Wrap the two long ends of wire around the shell, crossing them randomly to give a pleasant effect, and secure each one tightly around the loop (Fig 2). Cut off any excess and press in any sharp ends using chain-nosed pliers. Repeat this process to produce six wrapped shell pieces. Cut several pieces of 0.6mm wire, around
MATERIALS • 8 x purple opalescent shell beads • 25-30 cream pearls • 0.6mm wire • 1.2mm wire • figure-of-eight connectors (optional) • clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
2½” long. Thread three pearls onto each length and make a wrapped loop at each end as in Step 1 (Fig 3). Connect the wrapped shells and pearls using jump rings, or figure-of-eight components for a more unusual and decorative finish. These are ‘3’shaped connectors that look like an ‘8’ when closed and they do not twist open like a jump ring does – instead, you pull one side up, hook it on, then push the side back down (Fig 4). Further embellish the necklace by adding some interesting wire shapes. Cut varying lengths of 1.2mm wire (at least 3”) and use round-nosed pliers to start a loop at one end. Switch to either chainnosed or flat-nosed pliers to grip the loop, and keep turning (Fig 5). Create a small loop at the opposite end. Make four or five of these coils.
Cut a 10” length of 0.6mm wire and thread it through the small loops on your wire swirls. Wrap it around to secure (Fig 6), and create a loop at the top to give an attachment point. Continue by adding pearls and wrapping, to create a cluster around the top. Attach to the centre of the necklace.
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SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPRING/SUMMER EASY STRUNG PEARL BRACELET beginner
MATERIALS • cream size 6 or 8 pearl bead string • 2 x clamshell calottes • 2 x oval jump rings • clasp
TOOLS • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • glue
TO CREATE Use a size 6 or 8 bead string for this project – it comes wrapped on a card with an integrated needle, which makes life much easier! Unwrap the whole length from the card
and tie a knot at the very end. Glue the knot to harden it. Thread on a calotte, using the small hole between the clamshells not the loop. Ensure you thread it on the right way, so that the clamshell part can fold
over the knot (see Fig 1, right) – it will be obvious if it’s wrong! When your bracelet is the desired length, thread on the second clamshell, then tie a knot into the calotte. This is a little bit tricky, but persevere!
Attach the two parts of your clasp using an oval jump ring through the loop of the calotte at each end.
TO CREATE Cut a 6” piece of stringing wire and thread on four pearls. Add a fifth pearl and pass the other end of the wire through it in the opposite direction so that the wires cross over inside the bead (see Fig 1, below). Pull tight. Pull the wires straight up above the final pearl and thread a crimp, a calotte and a further
crimp onto both strands together. Squeeze the first crimp close to the pearls. Then squeeze the second crimp, having pushed it down into the calotte. Fold the calotte over this crimp (Fig 2). Open an ear wire, hook it through the loop of the calotte, and close. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the matching earring.
PEARL EARRINGS beginner
MATERIALS • • • • •
10 x cream pearls stringing wire crimps calottes ear wires
TOOLS • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
Don’t forget that calottes can be used on stringing wire and crimp chain over a crimp, as well as the more traditional knot
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Bead Sparkle, 59 Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JJ; 01380 730977 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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CLARE ENNIS DESIGNER
ABOUT CLAIRE… Claire has always been creative, and six years ago she set up Claire’s Crystal Classics (www.clairescrystal classics.co.uk), selling her jewellery and accessories. She likes working with silver and gold, together with handmade lampwork beads and gemstones, including freshwater pearls. She is also inspired to make funky jewellery with the use of buttons. Claire is a self-taught artist with the exception of enrolling onto a silversmithing course, and her motto is that anything is possible.
MATERIALS TO MAKE THE SET • freshwater rice pearls • seed beads • 2 x sterling silver 1½” ball headpins • 2 x 10mm oval sew-on diamantes • 2 x 12mm Swarovski Elements Wild Hearts • 2 x sterling silver 10mm hammered rings • sterling silver fish-hook ear wires • feathers of your choice • cream ribbon • crystal brooch or paste button • plastic or metal toothed comb • white widow veiling • sterling silver heart toggle clasp
• crin for bow or curl • sterling silver crimp beads • sterling silver 5-6mm jump rings • Clear 6mm Swarovski 5000 crystal round bead • 2 x silver-plated two-hole flowers • silver-plated heart charm drop • 0.25mm illusion cord • 0.18” Tigertail
TOOLS • 2 x chain-nosed pliers • side cutters • GS Hypo Cement • glue gun or two-part epoxy glue
GLAMOUR PEACOCK PEARL EARRINGS TO CREATE Place a seed bead and a Swarovski Wild Heart onto a 1½” headpin, then wrap the pin around a hammered ring, making sure that you leave enough of a gap for the heart to swing freely. Cut an 11” length of illusion cord and feed on two freshwater
rice pearls. Move these to the centre of the cord and cross the ends through the top two holes of a sew-on oval diamante. Thread each side back through each pearl and cross over through the holes in the diamante again. Add one pearl to each strand and cross over through the bottom two holes of the diamante. Add a pearl to both strands and cross the cords over through another pearl.
Feed the cord back down through a pearl on each side and add a further pearl to the right side. Continue feeding the cord back through a further pearl on each side and tie off, using a square knot for a more secure finish and dabbing with GS Hypo Cement. Cut off the excess cord once the glue has dried fully. Repeat Steps 1-6 to make the matching earring.
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SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPRING/SUMMER
GLAMOUR PEACOCK PEARL BRACELET TO CREATE Cut two 10” lengths of Tigertail. Thread one strand through one side of a heart toggle clasp and crimp to secure. Add a selection of freshwater rice pearls and clear Swarovski faceted round beads in a pattern that suits you. Periodically add one of the two-hole flower details and continue adding the beads until you are approximately halfway. Now add your heart charm dangle and continue adding the pearls, crystals and flowers, ensuring the pattern balances evenly on each side.
1 2 3
Continue beading until the bracelet reaches your desired length – an average-size bracelet measures approximately 7½” including the clasp. Finish the first strand by crimping to the other side of the toggle clasp. Repeat the process to make the second strand, ensuring that you pass the wire through the second hole of the two-hole flower details as you go round. Crimp and trim off any excess Tigertail for a neat finish.
PEACOCK FASCINATOR TO CREATE Wrap the very top of a plastic or metaltoothed hair comb with
ribbon and glue to secure. Leave to dry. Affix your chosen selection of base feathers to the ribbon area of your comb, using a hot glue gun or two-part epoxy glue. If you are using two-part epoxy, ensure you are leaving enough time to dry fully before adding the next layer. Affix your chosen veiling next, using your hot glue gun,
then add a bow or curl of crin. Add your top feathers – I have chosen a vibrant peacock feather and smaller single white feathers for contrast.
Finally, glue on your paste button or crystal brooch at the base of your focal feather for a beautiful, glamorous finishing touch.
TOP TIP For a cheaper alternative to freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal rounds, you can choose co-ordinating glass pearls and Preciosa crystal beads instead. You’ll get a similar look on a budget! www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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VINTAGE GARLAND NECKLACE
DEBORAH STUART DESIGNER
ABOUT DEBORAH… Deborah has been making jewellery for about four years and, apart from a few classes in the early days, is self-taught. “I come from a crafty family,” she explains. “My mother made a lot of my clothes as a child and my grandmother was a terrific knitter. I’ve dabbled in both those disciplines but jewellery is my main love. I have repaired and remodelled jewellery since I was a child and the logical next step seemed to be to design from scratch.” Deborah has recently started selling her jewellery at a local outlet and her designs have appeared in various books and magazines. She enjoys working with simple techniques but a variety of resources, including wire, fabric, leather and feathers, as well as the more usual beading materials. “I believe the right components and colour combinations can be every bit as striking as more complex pieces,” she says.
TO CREATE Cut two lengths of Tigertail at least 16cm longer than you want your necklace to be. The acrylic flowers have six loops at the back, in a circle – holding the component with a loop (Loop 1) at
the top, thread one strand of Tigertail through Loops 2 and 6. Centre the flower on the length of Tigertail. Onto each side of the Tigertail string a pearl, two holes of a 3D flower slider, a pearl, another acrylic flower, a pearl, another 3D flower and a final pearl. Now thread the second strand of Tigertail through Loops 3 and 5 of the central acrylic flower. Repeat the pearl and flowers pattern as for the first strand. Add the square sliders to each side as follows: Pass one strand from left to right through the bottom two holes of the component and the second strand right to left through the same holes. Onto each strand thread two Toho seed beads, a 4mm crystal and two more seed beads. Thread the strands through the
remaining two holes on the component in the opposite direction from before. Thread three seed beads onto each Tigertail strand. Secure the two strands on one side temporarily while you work on the other side of the necklace. String both adjoining strands through a crimp, a crystal and a seed bead. Squash the crimp and trim one strand. Alternate pearls and seed beads until the necklace is the desired length, ending with a seed bead. Attach the lobster clasp to a jump ring. Pass the Tigertail through a crimp and the jump ring with the clasp,
then back through the crimp and the last seed bead. Squash the crimp and trim the end of the Tigertail. Finish the other side of the necklace to match the first, using a 5cm length of chain in place of the clasp. Add the heart to the end of the chain as a charm, using a jump ring. Cut eight 2.5cm pieces of chain. Using a piece of wire, form a simple loop and add a Xilion. Trim the wire to about 1cm and form another loop. Repeat six times. Use these bead components to link together the chain sections, then attach the completed beaded chain to the main necklace as shown.
MATERIALS • lilac 8mm glass pearls • 2 x Violet Swarovski two-hole square sliders • 4 x Light Amethyst Swarovski 3D double flower sliders • 3 x lilac lightweight acrylic daisies • 20 x Purple Velvet 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Amethyst AB Swarovski 10mm heart • amethyst silver-lined size 8 Toho seed beads • bright 7-strand Tigertail • silver-plated 20-gauge wire • 3 x silver-plated 5mm jump rings • 4 x silver-plated crimps • 1m silver patterned chain • silver-plated lobster clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TOP TIP If time or your budget is tight, get a quick and glamorous effect by stringing a double row of alternating pearls and Toho seed beads with one of the sliders as a centrepiece
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SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPRING/SUMMER VINTAGE GARLAND BRACELET intermediate
MATERIALS • light rose 8mm glass pearls • 3 x Light Rose Swarovski two-hole square sliders • 4 x Peridot Swarovski 3D double flower sliders • 20 Vintage Rose 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads • Light Rosaline AB Swarovski 10mm heart • peridot silver-lined size 8 Toho seed beads • bronze 7-strand Tigertail • 4 x gold-plated 5mm jump rings • 2 x gold-plated crimps • gold-plated lobster clasp • gold-plated extender chain
Cut a length of Tigertail around three times your wrist measurement. String four seed beads, a 4mm crystal, a jump ring, another crystal and four seed beads. Centre these on the Tigertail. Attach the clasp to the strung jump ring with another jump ring. Thread a pearl onto each end of the Tigertail. Pass one end through the two aligned holes on one side of the flower slider, then thread the other end through the two holes on the other side. Add a pearl to each end as before. Pull your wire so everything lies flush to the slider. Now thread both ends of your Tigertail in opposite directions through the holes in the crystal square slider. String two seed beads, a crystal and two more seed beads onto each end. Thread the ends
in opposite directions through the remaining holes of the slider as before. Pull tight. Repeat this threading pattern twice more. Finish with a final pearl and flower slider unit. Thread four seed beads and a crystal onto each side, then pass the Tigertail in opposite directions through a crimp. Ensure there is no slack in the bracelet before squashing the crimp with pliers. Thread the ends of the Tigertail through a few beads on each side for security, then trim. Attach a crystal heart to the end of a short length of chain with a jump ring and attach the chain to the bracelet, to cover the crimp, with a final jump ring.
WHY NOT TRY?
• round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
The 3D double ﬂower sliders come in sets of six, so you can make a pair of earrings to match a necklace or a bracelet from the same pack
TOP TIP Always be generous when measuring out Tigertail, especially for this design. Threading the sliders sideways uses up more length than you might think, and it is better to be safe than sorry
WHERE TO BUY The findings, Toho beads and Swarovski crystals used here are available from www.jillybeads.co.uk; 01524 412728 The sliders can be purchased online from www.tryacstreasures.co.uk www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPRING/SUMMER
ALISON WILLIAMS DESIGNER GLOBAHOLIC
MATERIALS • 14 x gold 8mm glass pearls • 78 x cream 4mm pearls • crystal AB bronze-lined size 8 Czech Jablonex seed beads • Tigertail • 2 x crimps • 2 x silver-plated 4mm crimp bead covers • silver-plated trigger clasp • silver-plated 6mm jump ring
LOOPS CHOKER NECKLACE beginner
TOOLS • flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Cut two 60cm lengths of Tigertail. Thread a crimp bead onto both strands, loop them through the clasp and back through the crimp, and squeeze to secure. Add a crimp cover. Thread 10 seed beads onto each strand.
Pass each strand through a gold pearl in opposite directions. Onto each strand, thread two seed beads, two cream pearls, two seed beads, two cream pearls, two seed beads, two cream pearls and two seed beads. Repeat
PEARL DROP EARRINGS beginner
this pattern a further 12 times. Add a final10 seed beads to each strand and thread on a crimp bead. Pass the wire through a jump ring, then back through the crimp, and squeeze it closed. Add a crimp cover to finish.
Add a crimp bead, make a loop and secure. Cover with a crimp cover. Add an ear wire. Repeat Steps 1-3 to make the matching earring.
TO CREATE Cut a 20cm length of Tigertail. Thread on two seed beads and a cream pearl, and repeat. Add two seed beads, a gold pearl and two more seed beads. Add a cream pearl and two seed beads, and repeat. Pass both ends of the Tigertail through a gold pearl in opposite directions and add six seed beads to each.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.globaholic.com
MATERIALS • 4 x gold 8mm glass pearls • 8 x cream 4mm pearls • 24 x crystal AB bronzelined size 8 Czech Jablonex seed beads • Tigertail • 2 x crimps • 2 x silver-plated 4mm crimp bead covers • silver-plated ear wires
TOOLS • chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • glue
Make a bracelet in exactly the same way as the necklace, creating nine loops of 10 seed beads, with rows of six at each end. A larger toggle clasp will look good on a bracelet, where it is visible, and is also easier to fasten one-handed
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let’s CLAIRE HUMPHERSON DESIGNER BEADS DIRECT
tango! Kumihimo braiding gives an unusual and exotic twist to this dramatic choker – the perfect showcase for the rich red-orange of Tangerine Tango, which colour authority Pantone has declared the shade of 2012
TO CREATE TO MAKE AN EIGHT-WARP KUMIHIMO BRAID WITH ADDED BEADS Note: You will need a braiding board with notches to place your thread – each cord placed into a single notch on the board is known as a ‘warp’. Take a 5m length of red rattail and cut it in half. Fold each cord in half again to create four ends. Repeat with a second 5m length, folding one 2.5m piece in half and putting the other to one side. Cut two 3m lengths of gold thread and knot all your working strands together so you have eight ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of the braiding board. Spread the cords, placing a warp each side of each dot on the board. Make sure the two gold threads sit opposite each other – if one is to the right of a dot, the other should be to the left of the opposite dot.
Turn the braiding board over and thread approximately 200 seed beads onto each gold cord, then wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards as you work. You should have a warp each side of Dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the warp
from the notch to the left of Dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two warps at the top. You will now have three warps at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the warp farthest to the right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom warp. Turn the braiding board 90° counterclockwise and repeat the same process,
moving the bottom-left warp to the top left, and the top-right warp to the bottom right. When you get to your beaded gold thread, bring one seed bead up the thread and post it under the cord that crosses the warp you are working with. Move your warp to the next notch, following the process as before. Repeat until you get to the end of your cords. Remove the cords from the notches
and knot them together so that the braid doesn’t unravel. Now whip the ends to secure – to do this, wrap Nymo thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened. When you are happy that you have secured the braid, use sharp scissors to cut off the knot close to the whip.
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INSPIRED BY... PANTONE COLOUR OF 2012 MATERIALS • red 2mm rattail cord • gold Beadalon 1mm Poly Sparkle Thread • orange/red silver-lined Toho size 8 seed beads • red Nymo beading thread • red 19mm double-sided satin ribbon • black 19mm doublesided satin ribbon • gold-plated 5x20mm ribbon cord ends • gold jump rings • gold 14mm toggle clasp
TOOLS • The BeadSmith Kumihimo Starter Kit (includes braiding board and no-tangle bobbins) • flat-nosed pliers • sharp scissors • needle • glue
TO MAKE THE CHOKER Start to coil the braid you have made, using a needle and Nymo thread to stitch it in place as you go. Continue to coil, creating a rose shape by bringing each layer slightly on top of the previous one. Create another eight-warp braid, using your remaining red rattail to create four warps and gold thread to create the other four. Don’t add beads to this
braid. Once you have secured the ends, coil this braid inside your rose to create a second layer. Stitch it in using the Nymo thread as before. Use gold thread only to create a small braid and add beads to two warps. Secure the ends and coil this into the very centre of the rose. Take a piece of red satin ribbon and a piece of black ribbon. Measure the length of your choker
so it fits snugly around the neck, allowing for the addition of a clasp. Place one ribbon on top of the other so they overlap slightly. Add some glue to the end of the ribbon and fold about 2mm over, then add a cord end and close with pliers. Repeat for the other side of the ribbon. Add a toggle clasp using jump rings. Try on your ribbon choker and position the rose slightly off-centre. Use
a needle and Nymo thread to sew the rose on to the choker – as it is quite heavy, you may need to use the thickness of the ribbon
by sewing at the top and bottom, and at the sides of the rose. This will stop the flower from drooping too much when worn.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.beadsdirect.co.uk; 01509 218028 Find Beads Direct on Facebook or Twitter, or watch the team on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/BeadsDirectTV You can see more of Claire’s work at www.facebook.com/clairerose.humpherson or www.flickr.com/photos/clairebeads www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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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, plus a great range of classic Czech glass, metal filigrees, crystals, brass and silver charms, and everything else you need to make original-looking jewellery.
TO CREATE Start by wiring together each 18mm Lucite flower bead with a 4x9mm Lucite trumpet flower bead. I used a soft pink trumpet flower in the centre of my lavender flower, and a lavender trumpet flower in the centre of my rosy pink flower. Cut a 6cm length of 0.3mm copper beading wire. Wrap one end around a headpin to create a coil about 4mm in length, then thread on a Czech glass farfalle seed bead, a 4x9mm trumpet flower and the 18mm flower. Turn a wrapped loop at the back of the larger flower and trim the end of the wire. Now wire all the remaining flowers using the same method,
bursting This beautiful necklace combines a touch of vintage sophistication in the form of metal charms and filigrees with a spectacular explosion of springtime colours and motifs
placing a farfalle bead at the centre of each. Wire each of the leaves using a 5cm length of 0.3mm copper beading wire. Pass the end through the hole in the leaf and arrange the leaf at the midpoint of the wire length. Fold to bring the two ends together, and twist. Use round-nosed pliers to form a wrapped loop and trim any ends. Take the two fancy filigree embellishments and bend them along a line just to the left of the flowers positioned centrally in the design. You will be able to use your fingers to bend the metal. Use glue to attach the filigree embellishments to the bronze bird in frame pendant, positioning them each side of the flower near the top of the pendant. Glue a couple of small beads into the centre of the two metal flowers on the pendant.
Once the glue has dried, decide on the arrangement of flowers and leaves to be stitched onto each of the filigrees – I opted for an asymmetrical layout. Use a length of 0.3mm illusion cord to stitch the flowers and leaves in place, threading it through the wire loops on the beads. I also used one
or two smaller beads to resemble buds. Lay out the beads that you have selected for the two lengths of the necklace – when working with a mix of shapes and sizes it is really important to pre-plan the order that the beads will be strung in to ensure that the
end effect is pleasing! I chose to make one length of mainly pink colours, with a few green beads to contrast, and reverse this for the second length, using mainly green with a few pinks. I positioned my remaining Lucite flowers and leaves at the same points on each length to help balance the design. Each set of beads covered an 18.5cm length of wire. Cut a 35cm length of Tigertail and
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INSPIRED BY... SPRING MATERIALS • 17 x peridot 18mm frosted acrylic leaf beads • rosy pink 18mm five-petal Lucite flower bead • lavender 18mm five-petal Lucite flower bead • 4 x rosy pink 4x9mm frosted Lucite trumpet flower beads • 8 x soft pink 4x9mm frosted Lucite trumpet flower beads • 4 x lavender 4x9mm frosted Lucite trumpet flower beads • 2 x rosy pink 10mm Lucite trumpet flower beads • 20 x crystal gold-lined 2x4mm Czech glass farfalle seed beads • assorted pink and green beads in a variety of shades, materials and 4-12mm sizes
thread on a wire guardian and a crimp. Attach the wire guardian to the hole at the top of one of the filigrees, then thread the wire end back through the crimp and close it to secure. Thread on one of the sets of beads you have laid out. At the end of the length, thread on a crimp and a wire guardian. Attach the wire guardian to one
• bronze finish 50x42mm metal bird in frame pendant • 2 x bronze finish 61x24mm metal fancy filigree embellishments • bronze finish 17x5mm magnetic closure clasp • 4 x bronze finish 4.5mm metal wire guardians • 4 x bronze finish 2mm crimp tubes • bronze 0.38mm Tigertail beading wire • bronze finish 0.3mm copper beading wire • Beadalon SuppleMax 0.3mm illusion cord
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters • beading mat • headpin • scissors • glue
half of the magnetic clasp. Thread the wire end back through the crimp and through a few of the beads. Close the crimp and trim the wire end. Repeat Step 7 for the other side of the necklace to complete.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.bigbeadlittlebead.com; 01462 438233 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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We asked a trio of talented designers to get busy with the same selection of beads – with delightfully different results!
challenge THIS ISSUE’S BEAD MIX...
... is a colourful but feminine collection of chunky wooden, acrylic, glass, enamelled and Fimo beads in a variety of ﬁnishes and spring-themed shapes. Frosted shades, cute motifs and coloured wire and nylon thread give a youthful feel. The mix was supplied by www.cjbeaders.co.uk
LINDSEY SAYS… This is a wonderfully vibrant bead set for spring and summer makes! I particularly loved the polymer clay flowers and newspaper beads.
LINDSEY HOPKINS DESIGNER
OVERSIZED NECKLACE beginner
MATERIALS TO CREATE Feed a piece of chain through the large clear bead and attach it back on itself using a jump ring,
creating a large loop. Attach your desired length of chain just above the bead to create an oversized necklace.
Thread two newspaper beads and two petal beads individually onto eyepins, turning a loop in the end of each pin.
Measuring equal lengths along the necklace, cut the chain and attach the beads using jump rings through the eyepin loops.
• Bead Challenge bead mix • silver chain • silver jump rings • eyepins
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE FLORAL BRACELET beginner
TO CREATE Create your basic bracelet by attaching pairs of jump rings and single glass and wooden doughnut beads in an alternating pattern. Secure both ends of the bracelet to a lobster clasp using jump rings. Create an extra length of bracelet chain, around 3” long, using the same alternating pattern. Attach this along the centre of the main bracelet. Feed eyepins through six wooden flower beads and coil the pin ends. Attach to the bracelet in random order using jump rings.
1 2 3
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • lobster clasp • blue large jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
TOP TIP Jump rings are a great addition to many projects as they enable you to add as much or as little dangle as desired, plus they can be used to add extra stability to your designs
Hang two additional beads from the first polymer clay bead, using jump rings. Add two more flowers to the free jump ring from Step 3. Finish with a small polymer clay flower dangling from the bottom of the final larger flower. Repeat Steps 2-5 to create the matching earring.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • eyepins • silver ear wires • silver jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Feed your chosen flower beads individually onto eyepins and coil the pin ends.
Attach the smallest bead to the ear wire with a jump ring. Add another jump ring to the ear wire loop.
Add one of the polymer clay beads to the free jump ring. Attach another jump ring to the same one.
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RAINING FLOWERS NECKLACE beginner
TO CREATE Take an arm’s lengths of pink 0.5mm artistic wire. Use round-nosed pliers to make a loop 3” from the end, bearing in mind that you will need to be able to pass a piece of ribbon through it. Wrap the wire end around the stem three times, and tuck it in using chain-nosed pliers. String a bead onto the wire and, holding it about 1” from the existing work, halve the wire in the ‘gap’ and twist the two sides neatly together, holding the base of the piece in one hand and the bead in the other. Be careful not to over-twist the wire as it can break. Thread another bead onto the
ANDRE CURRAN DESIGNER CJ BEADERS ANDRE SAYS... This necklace has a lovely childlike feel in its bright girly palette and simplicity, while keeping a contemporary style. The twisting wire technique can help you develop towards making tiaras and combs. I created the sweet heart flower bracelet as a spring delight. With petals made of hearts, these flowers hold lots of love!
wire and repeat to make another twisted wire prong, then continue in this manner, varying the length of the prongs. To finish, use round-nosed pliers to make a loop in the wire (again it will need to accommodate a piece of ribbon), then wrap the end around the existing base and trim with wire cutters. Tuck in the ends using chain-nosed pliers, making sure there are no rough edges. Cut a length of ribbon measuring double the length of your desired necklace plus an extra 2”. Cut this piece in half. Thread a piece through the loop on each side, and tie an overhand knot in each one. Use box
crimps to finish the ends of your ribbons, then attach an extension chain and lobster clasp with jump rings.
SIMPLE EARRINGS beginner
TOP TIP Always keep your wire smooth, using nylon-jaw pliers to straighten it out before working with it if necessary
MATERIALS • • • •
Bead Challenge bead mix box crimps trigger clasp extension chain
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters • scissors
TO CREATE Use 0.71mm wire to make your own decorative headpin: Cut 2” of wire and make a flat spiral at one end, using round-nosed pliers to make a very small loop then chain-nosed pliers to drag the wire around the loop into a curl. Kink the wire the opposite way to the flow of the spiral, and thread on a faceted oval bead. Make a loop with round-nosed
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE FLOWER OF HEARTS BRACELET
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 14mm toggle clasp
TOOLS • round-nosed and chain-nosed pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Cut an arm’s length of 0.5mm pink artistic wire. String a 16x15mm Czech pressed-glass heart bead, leaving a 2” tail, and twist the wire twice together to make a join. String another heart and repeat until you have five heart petals. Take the wire over the top of the first heart, underneath the next heart, and so on. Keep weaving the wire under and over the hearts until it becomes firm. Choose a back and a front to your flower,
then sew through the middle of the back to the front and pick up a 6mm round bead before passing back down the centre of the flower. To finish off the wire, wrap it around an existing piece twice, then trim with wire
cutters and tuck in the ends using chain-nosed pliers, making sure there are no rough edges. Make two smaller flowers using the same method and 11x12mm heart beads. Cut a 4” (10mm) piece of 0.5mm pink
artistic wire. Thread it through the wire that emerges from the end of one of the flower petals, and use round-nosed pliers to make a loop 1” from the wire end. Hold the loop with chainnosed pliers. Pinch the end of the wire with
your thumb and finger and drag the wire around until you have three wraps, then trim with wire cutters and tuck in the ends using chain-nosed pliers, making sure there are no rough edges. Thread on a doughnut bead, bend the wire over 0.3mm away from the bead and repeat the same process so you have a wrapped wire connector. Repeat this method to link the three flowers together, with the largest in the middle, and to add a doughnut bead and then your clasp elements to each end.
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • 2 x silver 25mm eyepins • silver ear wires
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
pliers then trim with wire cutters. Thread a polymer clay flower bead onto an eyepin (or make your own using 0.71mm wire). Use this eyepin to connect the drop from Step 1 to your ear wire. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make the second earring, taking extra care that your headpins are level.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.cjbeaders.co.uk; 01425 279992
WHY NOT TRY?
Using a coiling gizmo to create tight coils in coloured wire gives added texture and dimension, and a contemporary look to your jewellery. Double coil the wire to make wire beads or create longer lengths that can be ‘wrapped’ around your larger co-ordinating beads, as with the petal round here www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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FIMO FOCAL BRACELET
JUDITH HANNINGTON DESIGNER JUDITH SAYS... Wow! What a bead selection and quite a challenge in knowing where to begin. A lot of the brightest beads looked quite young in style so that was my starting point with the mix-and-match necklace. The focal Fimo bracelet was an extension of this but is a little more subtle and would suit any age of wearer, whilst the tassel necklace is an altogether more sophisticated but still trendy piece.
TO CREATE Cut a 30cm length of pink nylon thread and fold it in half. Insert the folded end through the patterned ring, then pass the ends through the folded loop and pull snug in a lark’s head knot. Thread alternate pink round beads and turquoise heart
beads onto the two thread ends together then add a turquoise round and enough pink rounds to gain the length required for one half of the bracelet. Thread on a crimp bead then pass the thread ends through the lobster clasp and back through the crimp and several pink beads. Pull
snug and set the crimp tightly. Snip the excess. Repeat for the other half of the bracelet, replacing the lobster clasp with a jump ring. Mix up a little epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions and glue the Fimo flower into the centre of a small wooden ring. Glue these
• Bead Challenge bead mix • antique brass 24mm patterned ring • antique brass lobster clasp • antique brass jump ring • 2 x small crimps
TOOLS • crimping pliers • epoxy adhesive • scissors
components into the centre of the patterned ring on the bracelet and set aside in a level position overnight.
CHUNKY MIX-ANDMATCH NECKLACE beginner
MATERIALS • Bead Challenge bead mix • silver lobster clasp • silver jump ring • 2 x wire guardians • 2 x small crimps
TOOLS • crimping pliers • epoxy adhesive
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3 WAYS CHALLENGE
TASSEL NECKLACE beginner
TO CREATE Thread three eyepins with a small turquoise round, a glass donut and a small turquoise round and finish each with a simple loop snug to the final bead. Cut an 11-link length of chain and attach one of these eyepins to each end, and the third eyepin between the other two as pictured. Thread a small turquoise round bead onto an eyepin, followed by a disc spacer, a medium turquoise round, a disc spacer and a small turquoise round. Finish the end of the pin in a simple loop snug to the last bead. Hang the
TO CREATE Mix up a little epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions and glue Fimo flowers onto the large acrylic focal bead as shown. Set aside in a level position overnight. Cut two pieces of pink nylon thread the length of your required necklace plus about 15cm. Thread a pink round bead onto both threads together and position halfway along the length. Bring all four ends together and thread them through the focal bead. Split the thread into pairs and, working one side of the necklace at a time, thread on a mix of beads of your choice. To fix the wooden rings, split the threads and pass one
around each side of the ring before threading both through a single round – pull the threads snug so that the bead sits in the centre of the ring. Split the ends again and pass one around each side of the wooden ring before adding your next bead onto both threads together. Add a crimp bead to the thread ends and pass them through the wire guardian and your lobster clasp before bringing them back through the crimp and several beads. Pull the threads snug and set the crimp tightly before snipping the excess. Repeat for the other half of the necklace, replacing the lobster clasp with a jump ring.
pin from the centre link of the chain. To make the tassel, thread two small and one medium turquoise hearts onto headpins and form a simple loop in the pin snug to the top of each heart. Hang these and small turquoise discs on the ends of different lengths of chain before connecting the chains together using a jump ring. Connect this ring to the bottom eyepin loop on the necklace. Thread two eyepins with a single glass heart and a further two with a spacer disc, a glass donut and a spacer disc, finishing all with a simple loop snug to the final bead.
Connect these pins together as shown to form the two sides of the necklace then add enough chain each side to make the required length, finishing with a lobster clasp and jump ring.
TOP TIP Your tassel can have as many or as few lengths of chain as you desire. If the jump ring gets a little full, simply hang a second ring from it to add more lengths of chain – and further rings as required for a really chunky cluster
MATERIALS 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&J21 Bead Challenge, Practical Publishing, Unit 1 Adlington Court, Adlington Business Park, Macclesﬁeld, Cheshire SK10 4NL to arrive by 12th April 2012
WHERE TO BUY The additional materials used here are available from www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk
• Bead Challenge bead mix • antique brass small-link chain • antique brass lobster clasp • antique brass jump ring • antique brass headpins • antique brass eyepins • antique brass disc spacers
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers
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give it DONNA MCKEAN SMITH DESIGNER RIVERSIDE BEADS
Create swirls in your wire, working in triplicate for bold, beautifully unfurling designs, or with individual strands for delicate, feminine effects
WHY NOT TRY?
Donna is the owner of Riverside Beads in Market Deeping, near Peterborough – you will also find her and the Riverside team at bead and craft shows around the country. The store has been established for nine years and aims to offer a great range of beads and findings, along with friendly helpful service and affordable inspirationpacked classes, which include fabulous wirework workshops. Donna says: “I love jewellery making, trying new techniques and ideas and, most of all, using new beads! This project comes from my passion for wirework and the unique results you can achieve with a small piece of wire.”
TO CREATE Cut two 10” lengths of silver 0.71mm wire and a 10” length of black wire. Hold the three pieces together and, approximately 1” from the end of the wire lengths, bend them
Use three strands of wire to create a ring, spiralling the end of each strand individually and adding a crystal bicone to the two longest strands on each side. Bring the wires together to create the ring band and wrap with ﬁne wire in a matching or co-ordinating colour to secure
round the large part of your round-nosed pliers; this is a cup to hold your bead. Place the heart bead onto the three strands of wire, then make a wrapped loop
0.5cm above the top of the bead, wrapping clockwise round the wire. Place the remaining wire sweeping down onto the bead.
The wire swirl is created by hand. Place your thumb onto the three pieces of wire, pressing them onto the bead where you would like your first swirl to start. Hold firmly and turn the wire in a clockwise direction to create a loop. Repeat to create another loop and a further swirl at the bottom of the heart, then wrap the wire right round the back of the heart and
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WIREWORK SWIRLY WIREWORK PENDANT intermediate
TOP TIP You can work with wire using normal round-nosed and ﬂat-nosed pliers but nylon-jaw versions are great for helping to ensure you don’t mark your wire, and the ﬂat-nosed pair is also ideal for straightening your wire if it gets kinked
MATERIALS • dark grey large acrylic heart • silver-plated 0.71mm wire • black 0.71mm wire freshwater pearls • black readymade necklace
TOOLS down to the base at the front. Take the three strands of wire already at the base of the bead and wrap them around the strands from Step 3. You will now have six wire strands of similar lengths at the bottom of the heart. Create a spiral from each strand, angling them all in different directions.
• round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers (optional but useful) • bead mat
Wirework with a triple strand of wire is more difﬁcult to manage – I recommend the 0.71mm wire to practise with but it is possible to use any wire up to 1mm
WHY NOT TRY?
TOP TIP Experiment with silver wire on vibrant jewel tones like these, or try using coloured wire on a plain black bead for a totally different look
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WIREWORK WIRE SPIRAL NECKLACE intermediate
spiral and create a plain loop in each of them. These then become your double-sided connectors (Fig 3). Cut 1” pieces of wire and turn a loop at one end of each. Add a crystal and turn a loop at the other end. I have used 10 of these crystal links in my necklace. Connect the crystals and wire spirals together to give two symmetrical sides to your necklace, then complete each side to your desired length with a chain of jump rings. I made my own using a jump ring mandrel, but you can use bought rings. Start to create a feature bead with a wire spiral by turning a plain loop in the end of a 5” piece of wire. Add your bead and create a wrapped loop at the
3 TO CREATE Cut eight 5” lengths of wire. Fold each piece of wire in half and use round-nosed
MATERIALS • feature glass bead • 10 x 8mm crystal rondelles • silver-plated 0.71mm wire • toggle clasp
WHY NOT TRY?
• round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • nylon-jaw round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers (optional but useful) • bead mat
pliers to make a circle at the folded end (see Fig 1, right). Swap to nylon-jaw flat-nosed pliers and, holding the loop you have just created flat in the pliers, make small turns to start the spiral (Fig 2). I have the remaining wire facing in one direction and always return the pliers to the same point after each small turn; this helps keep the spiral tight and round. When you come to the end of your wire, leave the two ends on opposite sides of the
Once you can create a wire spiral, you will be able to create the miniature ones I have made on these earrings, with a wrapped loop and a spiral on each bead
top, then place the remaining wire onto the bead (Fig 4) and turn a spiral at the end, spiralling the wire onto the front of the bead (Fig 5). Once the spiral is finished, hold the flat-nosed pliers on the loop at the top of the bead and twist it half a turn to tighten the spiral. If you feel the spiral loosen you have
gone the wrong way, so change direction!
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
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SCOTLAND THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND (HADDINGTON) 29 COURT STREET, HADDINGTON, EAST LOTHIAN EH41 3AE WWW.BEADSHOPSCOTLAND.CO.UK 01620 822886 18th February – 90-minute jewellery make & take 25th February – 90-minute jewellery make & take 3rd March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 10th March – Crafternoon Tea craft group 10th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 11th March – Roll printing in silversmithing 17th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 24th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 29th March – Art Nouveau Sweet Pea bead weaving with Huib Petersen 30th March – Squared Compliments bracelet bead weaving with Huib Petersen 31st March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 31st March – Swim Around My Wrist bead weaving with Huib Petersen 1st April – Daisy Chains necklace bead weaving with Huib Petersen 7th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 14th April – Crafternoon Tea craft group 14th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take
THE BEAD SHOP SCOTLAND (EDINBURGH) 6 DEAN PARK STREET, STOCKBRIDGE, EDINBURGH EH4 1JW WWW.BEADSHOPSCOTLAND.CO.UK 0131 343 3222 18th February – 90-minute jewellery make & take 19th February – Deep Purple bracelet 23rd February – Loops & dangles 25th February – 90-minute jewellery make & take 1st March – Earrings galore 3rd March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 4th March – Shamballa bracelet 6th March – Bead & Banter (free) 8th March – Suspension necklace 10th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 10th March – Soldering techniques 11th March – Pearls & Swirls necklace 17th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 17th March – Silversmithing techniques 18th March – Spring Cross bracelet 22nd March – Aluminium etched bangles 24th March – 90-minute jewellery make & take
24th March – Rings in Spring bracelet 31st March – 90-minute jewellery make & take 3rd April – Beads & Banter (free) 7th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take 14th April – 90-minute jewellery make & take
EAST MIDLANDS THE BEAD SHOP (NOTTINGHAM) 7 MARKET STREET, NOTTINGHAM NG1 6HY WWW.MAILORDER-BEADS.CO.UK 0115 958 8899 18th February – Felt beads 18th February – Swarovski chain maille 23rd February – WigJig designing with wire 23rd February – Chain maille jewellery 25th February – All-day basic jewellery making 1st March – All-day basic jewellery making 3rd March – Introduction to Silver Art Clay 8th March – Sparkly rings 8th March – Geomﬁx jewellery 10th March – All-day basic jewellery making 15th March – All-day basic jewellery making 17th March – Dichroic glass jewellery 17th March – Fascinators 22nd March – Freeform wire bracelet 22nd March – Charm bracelet 24th March – All-day basic jewellery making 29th March – All-day basic jewellery making
EAST BRENTWOOD BEAD SHOP 56 ONGAR ROAD, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX CM15 9AX WWW.BRENTWOOD-BEAD-SHOP.CO.UK 01277 226722
Brentwood Bead Shop offers classes covering everything from beginners’ basics to a variety of techniques, including wirework, chain maille and corsage and tiara making. Workshops are run on Wednesday evenings 8-10pm and Saturdays 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, with other midweek sessions available on request. Classes cost £20 per person.
RIVERSIDE BEADS 50/56 HIGH STREET, MARKET DEEPING, PETERBOROUGH PE6 8EB WWW.RIVERSIDEBEADS.CO.UK 01778 346810 19th February – Wire cuff (as seen in CB&J!) 2nd March – Starter jewellery-making class
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SPOILT ROTTEN BEADS 7 THE GREEN, HADDENHAM, ELY, CAMBS CB6 3TA WWW.SPOILTROTTENBEADS.CO.UK 01353 749853 18th February – Art Clay silver UV resin (cold enamelling) 22nd February – Art Clay silver pendants & charms 25th February – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 29th February – Fascinators 2nd March – Express jewellery making 3rd March – Bead-weaving bracelet (intermediate) 7th March – Crystal Clay jewellery 10th March – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 14th March – Wirework cuff 17th March – Mother’s Day Mums & Daughters workshop 23rd March – Art Clay silver ring making 24th March – Pearl knotting 24th March – Glamorous cuff & ring 28th March – Tiaras & bridal jewellery 31st March – Art Clay ﬁngerprint jewellery 7th April – Express jewellery making 14th April – Crystal Clay jewellery 21st April – Introduction to beaded jewellery making 25th April – Cocktail hat workshop 28th April – Art Clay silver rings
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DIARY FOCUS ON... BOXES & BUSTS Welsh company Boxes & Busts caters for everyone from novice jewellery-making enthusiasts to established businesses, with an extensive range of packaging and display options, including personalised ribbon, as well as a wealth of gorgeous beads, ﬁndings and other supplies. The busy programme of workshops is run from The Bead Room at Boxes & Busts’ Barry premises, in conjunction with local custom jewellery maker Bezeal. After Easter, the team is planning to add new classes in polymer clay, wire crochet and kumihimo to a schedule that already offers chain maille, metal clay and wirework at all levels. All workshops are fully inclusive of materials, illustrated booklets with detailed instructions for the projects, and use of tools and equipment during the class. There is also a 10% discount on any purchases made at Boxes & Busts while attending. Full descriptions can be found on the website, and classes can be booked online at www.boxesandbusts.co.uk and www.bezeal.co.uk UNIT 19, TY VERLON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, CARDIFF ROAD, BARRY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN CF63 2BE; WWW.BOXESANDBUSTS.CO.UK; 01446 701230
20th February – Next Steps wirework 21st February – Next Steps wirework 21st February – Next Steps chain maille 22nd February – Next Steps chain maille 27th February – Advanced chain maille 28th February – Advanced chain maille 28th February – Next Steps metal clay 29th February – Next Steps metal clay 1st March – Jewellery basics 5th March – Beginners wirework 6th March – Beginners wirework 6th March – Beginners chain maille 7th March – Beginners chain maille 12th March – Intermediate chain maille 13th March – Intermediate chain maille 13th March – Introduction to metal clay 14th March – Introduction to metal clay 15th March – Jewellery basics 19th March – Next Steps wirework
SOUTH WEST SHINEY COMPANY (BATH) 5 SAVILLE ROW, BATH BA1 2QP WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01225 332 506 18th February – Introduction to beadwork – spiral rope bracelet 22nd February – Cocoon ring class 25th February – Embellished tubular peyote 29th February – Caged bead bracelet class 3rd March – Developing your style & designing collection for craft sellers (Part 1 of two-day course) 7th March – Wire sculpture pendant class 10th March – Embellished wirework rings 14th March – Bead, button & cord necklace class 17th March – Developing your style & designing collection for craft sellers (Part 2 of two-day course) 21st March – Chain tassel necklace class 28th March – Jumble wire necklace class 4th April – Hammered wire earrings class 11th April – Roundmaille bracelet class 18th April – Coiling gizmo cuff class
SHINEY COMPANY (BRISTOL) 14 SANDY PARK ROAD, BRISLINGTON BS4 3PE WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 0117 300 9800 Tuesday evenings – Jewellery-making course for beginners (six weeks)
20th March – Next Steps wirework 20th March – Next Steps chain maille 21st March – Next Steps chain maille 21st March – Advanced chain maille 22nd March – Advanced chain maille 24th March – Next Steps metal clay 26th March – Advanced chain maille 27th March – Advanced chain maille 27th March – Next Steps metal clay 28th March – Next Steps metal clay 29th March – Jewellery basics 16th April – Beginners wirework 17th April – Beginners wirework 17th April – Beginners chain maille 18th April – Beginners chain maille 24th April – Introduction to metal clay 25th April – Introduction to metal clay 26th April – Jewellery basics
Thursday evenings – Intermediate jewellery workshop (six weeks) 18th February – Crown-style tiara class 3rd March – Proﬁt-focused jewellery designs for craft sellers 10th March – Embellished ﬂat rope beadwork bracelet 17th March – Stringing and earrings for beginners 24th March – Crystal headband/tiara wirework 31st March – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class
SHINEY COMPANY (STROUD) 27 HIGH STREET, STROUD, GLOS GL5 1AJ WWW.SHINEYROCKS.CO.UK 01453 753 609 Wednesday evenings – Bead & wire jewellery-making course (six weeks) 18th February – Swarovski wirework fascinator 25th February – Crown-style crystal tiara & hairpins 3rd March – Crystal netted beadwork bracelet 10th March – Beginners’ jewellery techniques 17th March – Intermediate wirework jewellery 24th March – Crystal beadwork bracelet 31st March – Three Jewellery Projects in a Day wirework class 7th April – Introduction to beadwork – spiral rope bracelet
SOUTH EAST ART CLAY SUPPLIES THE OLD BARN, PRIORY COURT,WOOD LANE, BEECH HILL, BERKSHIRE RG7 2BJ WWW.ARTCLAYSUPPLIES.CO.UK 0118 988 3200 18th February – Bronze & Copper Clay 19th February – A hint of enamelling taster session 19th February – Keum-boo taster session 1st March – Magical Metal Clay (six-week evening class) 3rd March – Fingerprint jewellery 3rd March – Silver imprints 7th March – Resin taster session 7th March – Introduction to Resin Clay taster session 10th March – A Taste of Silver Clay taster session 10th March – A Little Ring taster session 10th March – Pandora charms taster session 16th-19th March – Art Clay Certiﬁcation Level 2
Calling all bead shop owners! Please send details of your upcoming workshops and classes as far in advance as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Creative Beads & Jewellery
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urban EMILY KERSH DESIGNER THE BEAD SHOP MANCHESTER
ABOUT EMILY… Emily has been involved with beads for more than 17 years. The Bead Shop Manchester is a family business, started in 1993, but in the past Emily has branched off with her own businesses, selling beads and her jewellery at Ibiza markets, then opening a shop on the island with her father. She even studied fashion and started a clothing label with a friend, but beads called her back! Since 2000 she has been involved full-time with The Bead Shop, helping to run the business, designing kits and jewellery for the website, and teaching beading classes. Emily is self-taught and always on the lookout for new techniques and designs to inspire her.
Emily Kersh combines edgy city looks in chain, lace and sequins with symbols of nature for a truly individual spring-themed necklace
MATERIALS • 2 x pink sequin 27mm acrylic fabric-lined beads • lace and chain 61mm acrylic oval connector • 2 x seeds 24mm acrylic round beads • black 23mm acrylic fabric-lined bead • purple 23mm acrylic fabric-lined bead • 11 x Crystal Light Green 8mm Swarovski pearls • 2 x Crystal Powder Almond 6mm Swarovski pearls • 2 x Crystal Lavender 6mm Swarovski pearls
• 4 x Denim Blue 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 2 x Antique Pink 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 2 x Violet AB 2x 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 2 x Light Siam AB 2x 4mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 7 x Crystal AB Satin 6mm Swarovski Xilion beads • 8 x crystal AB 8x10mm glass rondelles • 1m champagne plated medium curb chain
• antique brass-plated 12mm magnetic clasp • 5 x silver-plated 7mm thick jump rings • 10 x silver-plated 50mm headpins • 1m bright 19-strand 0.53mm Beadalon • 3 x silver-plated 2mm tube crimps
TOOLS • round-nosed, chain-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • crimping pliers • side cutters
TO CREATE Start by making the cluster of beads. To do this, thread a pearl and a 4mm Xilion onto each of the 10 headpins – also using a couple of the glass rondelles. Use any colour combinations you like, then make a
wrapped loop in the end of each headpin. Cut a small piece of Beadalon and thread on all the headpin loops. Place a tube crimp on one end and thread the other end back through the crimp to make a circle. Keep pulling the ends
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INSPIRED BY... NATURE TOP TIP When you are ﬁnishing a necklace with crimps, especially with heavier beads like these, make sure you pull the beads tight before you close the crimp so when it hangs there is no gap between the last bead and crimp
until all the headpins are grouped together, then squeeze the crimp flat and cut off any excess wire. Cut a length of Beadalon wire and thread on a tube crimp, then a jump ring. Thread the wire back through the crimp to
make a loop, and use crimping pliers to close the crimp. Thread on a 6mm Xilion, followed by a rondelle, and repeat until you have six Xilions and five rondelles, then thread on your cluster. Thread on a fabriclined bead, followed
by a 6mm pearl, then a seed-filled bead and another 6mm pearl. Repeat this pattern until you get to the last 6mm pearl, then finish with a 6mm crystal. Finish off the end as you did in Step 3, then attach the lace and chain oval to the jump
ring. Double up the chain and attach it to each side of the necklace using jump rings. Measure it around your neck and cut to size
(allowing another 3cm for the clasp). Attach the magnetic clasp to the ends of the chain using jump rings to finish.
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.the-beadshop.co.uk; 0161 833 9950 www.creativebeadsandjewellery.com
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HOW TO USE... LUCITE FLOWERS
bellissimo Lightweight, pretty and available in a glorious display of colours and sizes, Lucite flowers are just perfect for spring and summer jewellery. April Marsh demonstrates three ways to blossom
APRIL MARSH DESIGNER BEADS FOREVER
ABOUT APRILâ€Ś April has designed for Beads Forever (formerly Just Beads) in Preston. She has a background in design and has tried her hand at lots of crafty things. She particularly loves working with wire, and Lucite flowers are always popular in the spring and summer.
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ASYMMETRIC LINKS NECKLACE beginner
Repeat to make a second identical link. Repeat Step 1 with a 10cm length of wire, using 25mm and 19mm flowers. Now thread a 4mm cat’s eye bead, a 10mm flower, a 4mm cat’s eye, a 6mm cat’s eye, a 4mm cat’s eye, a 10mm flower and a 4mm cat’s eye onto a length of wire. Make a loop on each side and wrap the excess wire. Repeat to make two more links like this. To make the drop, cut a 12cm length of wire. Make a small double loop at one end and flatten it. Thread on a 4mm cat’s eye, then a 10mm flower,
TO CREATE Cut a 15cm length of wire and thread on a 30mm flower then a 35mm flower. Add three seed beads, a 4mm cat’s eye bead and another three seed beads, and go back through the hole of both flowers. You should now have a beaded loop on top of the flowers. Wrap one of the wires around the other, then spread flat. Thread four 4mm cat’s eye beads onto each side. Make a loop and wrap the excess wire.
MATERIALS • Lucite flowers • 4mm and 6mm cat’s eye beads • oval chain • 16mm round chain links • silver-plated 0.6mm wire
• 12mm toggle clasp • 4mm jump rings
TOOLS • round-nosed and flat-nosed pliers • side cutters
a 19mm flower and a 25mm flower. At the back of the flowers, twist the wire around to secure and make a right angle, then add four 4mm cat’s eyes. Make a loop and wrap the excess wire. Now cut your chain. You will need three lengths of two 16mm loops, two lengths of five oval links, two lengths of three oval links and a length of nine oval links. Lay out the design in front of you and connect all the links using 4mm jump rings, adding a toggle between the nine-link and three-link chain lengths at the ends of the necklace links, and positioning the drop in the middle.
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HOW TO USE... LUCITE FLOWERS MORE FABULOUS IDEAS beginner
THREE FLOWERS NECKLACE Mix Lucite ﬂowers with sections of curb chain and create small dangles using cat’s eye beads for a pretty, feminine effect
BEADWEAVING NECKLACE beginner
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from Beads Forever, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, Lancs PR1 0QB; 01772 745049
Try using seed beads and bugle beads with Lucite ﬂowers for a different look that is a little bit out of the ordinary
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what’sON 24TH-26TH FEBRUARY
ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
FIVE, Farnborough, Hampshire www.make-it.org.uk 08444 771000
Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
1ST-3RD MARCH THE CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW
The Malvern Showground, Worcestershire www.sccshows.co.uk 01822 617744
31ST MARCH-1ST APRIL ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
Brighton Racecourse, East Sussex www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
Pavilions of Harrogate, North Yorkshire www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire www.tuffnellglass.com
NORTH WALES BEAD FAIR
ROCK ‘N’ GEM SHOW
Copthorne Hotel, Dudley, West Midlands www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
15TH APRIL Venue Cymru, Llandudno www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099
19TH-21ST APRIL THE CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW
8TH-11TH MARCH CREATIVE STITCHES & HOBBYCRAFTS
SECC, Glasgow www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988
10TH-11TH MARCH ROCK ‘N’ GEM SHOW
Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
11TH MARCH SCOTTISH BEAD FAIR
Perth Concert Hall, Perthshire www.scottishbeadfair.com 01738 563264
22ND-25TH MARCH HOBBYCRAFTS
NEC, Birmingham www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988
King’s Hall, Belfast www.sccshows.co.uk 01822 617744
21ST-22ND APRIL ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
26TH-28TH APRIL CREATIVE STITCHES & HOBBYCRAFTS
Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988
26TH-29TH APRIL THE CREATIVE CRAFTS SHOW
The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset www.sccshows.co.uk 01822 617744
29TH APRIL BEADS UP NORTH
Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside www.beadsupnorth.co.uk 01254 236049
Millennium Grandstand, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
WEALD OF KENT CRAFT SHOW
The EPIC Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
Penshurst Place, Tonbridge, Kent www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988 CREATIVE STITCHES & HOBBYCRAFTS
The Brighton Centre, Brighton, East Sussex www.ichf.co.uk 01425 277988
12TH-13TH MAY ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
Event City, Manchester www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
20TH MAY CHESHIRE BEAD FAIR
Nantwich Civic Hall, Cheshire www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099
27TH MAY BEADWORK FAIR
Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
7TH-8TH JULY ROCK GEM ‘N’ BEAD SHOW
Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle Upon Tyne www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
14TH-15TH JULY ROCK ‘N’ GEM SHOW
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
15TH JULY BEADWORK FAIR
Hereford Leisure Centre, Herefordshire www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
22ND JULY MAKEM BEAD FAIR
SPRING LAKELAND BEAD FAIR
Stadium of Light, Sunderland www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099
3RD JUNE Rheged Discovery Centre, Cumbria www.ﬁreﬂyfairs.co.uk 07757 733099 ROCK ‘N’ GEM SHOW
Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
16TH-17TH JUNE ROCK ‘N’ GEM SHOW
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17TH JUNE BEADWORK FAIR
The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset www.rockngem.co.uk 07817 511360
22ND JULY The South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex www.beadwork.net 01737 841080
29TH JULY BEADS UP NORTH
Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside www.beadsupnorth.co.uk 01254 236049
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6mm glass pearls
Dahlia cabochons 36p for 2 lacy heart pendant
Sculpey clay New toggles
Plus sneak previews of our latest SMITTEN KITS.
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day & night snip off top loop and ﬁle smooth
Use the same selection of beads to create a focal pin that will give a stylish twist to a daytime coat or plain top, and a striking necklace for the evening
ﬂower connector wired securely to barpin
use same wire to attach seven pearls and two crystals in ﬂower shape
crystal eyepin drop with wrapped loop
equal chain lengths attached with jump ring each side
6 x varying lengths of chain
2 x crystal head pin drops attached with plain loops
pearl headpin drops attached to ﬁnal chain links with wrapped loop
Smoke Black Pearl Elegance round glass pearl beads, £4 88
gold/silver Jewelry Basics metal ﬁligree connectors, £4
Jonquil 6mm Crystazzi silver Jewelry Basics metal bicones, £4 round ﬂower connectors, £4
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QUICK & EASY IDEAS links connected with a jump ring
DESIGNED BY... DEBBIE KERSHAW DOCRAFTS
jump ring to close
10 identical eyepin links
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.
6 x single pearl headpin drops added at regular intervals
double pearl eyepin link
crystal and pearl headpin drop attached with wrapped loop
hematite Jewelry Basics curb chain, £4
This beautiful, classy colour combination is just perfect for all-year-round wear. For a more delicate, summery look, try using pale aqua crystals and silver chain
WHERE TO BUY All the materials used here are available from www.docrafts.com
silver Craft & Jewelry 28-gauge wire, £2.50
silver Jewelry Basics starter pack, £4
silver Bits & Pieces 1” barpin, £4 for 25
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Follow these basic techniques to get started on your projects
OPENING AND CLOSING JUMP RINGS
Grip the jump ring on each side of the 1 opening using pliers â€“ either two pairs of flat-nosed, or one flat-nosed and one
To open the jump ring, bring one pair 2 of pliers towards you, opening the jump ring like a door rather than pulling
Slide your component onto the ring, 3 then reverse the action of your pliers to bring the ends neatly back together.
FORMING A PLAIN LOOP This is the simplest way of creating a loop on a headpin, eyepin or a length of wire, ready for connecting to other components.
Trim the wire end to 1cm above the Grip the tip of the wire using roundRelease the wire, rotate the pliers back 1 2 3 last bead, and make a 90Âş bend close to nosed pliers, and rotate the pliers away towards you and grip the wire again. the bead using a pair of chain-nosed or from you to start curling the wire. Continue rotating the wire and repositioning flat-nosed pliers.
your pliers until the loop is formed.
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GLOSSARY TECHNIQUES CREATING A WRAPPED LOOP A wrapped loop is stronger than a simple loop, as it is completely closed and is perfect for heavier pendants and for creating links.
Trim the wire end to 3cm above the 1 last bead, then use a pair of chainnosed pliers to make a 90º bend a short
Hold the wire just above the bend Position the bottom jaw of your pliers 2 3 using round-nosed pliers, and wrap the into the curved wire and complete the end of the wire over the top jaw. curve to form a loop. Your wire end
distance above the bead.
Holding the loop flat using chainnosed pliers, grip the wire end using flat-nosed pliers and wind it around the stem to cover the gap between the loop and the bead.
should be back at the 90º angle.
Trim the end of the wire using cutters, and flatten it against the stem using flat-nosed pliers to squash any sharp edges.
USING CRIMPING PLIERS
Position the crimp bead in the ridged 1 section of your pliers and squeeze to curl the crimp.
Position the crimp bead back in the 2 oval section of your pliers, ensuring it is sitting vertically, then squeeze gently to compress the crimp to a smooth, rounded shape.
FINISHING ENDS Stringing materials, such as cord or ribbon, can be knotted and the knot covered with a clam calotte. Stiffer stringing materials, such as nylon beading wire, should be ﬁnished with a crimp, which can then be covered with a clam calotte.
Simply thread a calotte onto your stringing material, tie a knot or ﬁx a crimp at the end, then slide the calotte back up to the end and close the two halves for perfect concealment.
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tools of the trade
Get to grips with your jewellery-making tool kit – we guide you through the essential contents and their applications for professional-looking results
Also known as snipe-nosed pliers, these have ﬂat jaws on the inside and rounded jaws on the outside and are designed for precision jobs such as creating wrapped loops.
Pliers with round jaws that taper to a point are used for forming loops and curves and are ideal for creating your own jump rings.
These pliers have ﬂat faces on both sides of the jaws and are used for gripping wire and jewellery components while you are working on them, and for bending and ﬂattening wire.
MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS
Although chain or ﬂat-nosed pliers will sufﬁce to ﬁx crimp beads, crimping pliers give a neat, professional ﬁnish. They are two-stage pliers, speciﬁcally designed to crush and fold crimp tubes to ﬁx the position of beads on stringing material and to secure the ends.
These pliers will handle cutting lengths of soft wire and trimming headpins and eyepins. The jaws are angled for a clean, ﬂush cut.
Memory wire cutters are essential if you want to use this sturdy wire for creating jewellery, as it will damage the jaws of regular wire cutters.
NYLON-JAW PLIERS Nylon-jaw pliers are identical to ﬂat-nosed pliers except that the jaws are moulded from plastic and are used to handle soft precious-metal wires and components that could be easily marked or dented.
WIREWORKING TOOLS If you are keen to create your own wire components, a chasing hammer and steel stake are essential for ﬂattening and workhardening (toughening) wire shapes. Chasing hammers are lightweight and easy to handle, and steel stakes on which to hammer your work have an ultra-smooth surface to eliminate the chance of marking your pieces.
BEADING TWEEZERS A pair of beading tweezers is handy for managing tiny seed beads and unpicking knots in stringing materials.
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From pins and clasps to rings and wire, if you’re new to jewellery making let us guide you through the essentials...
‘Findings’ is the word given to the group of core components needed to make jewellery. They are available in a variety of base and precious metals with a range of ﬁnishes; bronze and copper ﬁndings are now widely available, and make an interesting alternative to gold and silver. If you are speciﬁcally looking for hypo-allergenic ﬁndings, niobium and titanium components and wires are ideal and are available in a variety of colour ﬁnishes.
CLASPS Used to join the ends of a bracelet or necklace together, either manually or magnetically, clasps are available in a variety of designs. They can be simple wire components or highly decorative pieces that can be an integral part of jewellery design.
EYEPINS Instead of having a ﬂat or decorative head, eyepins have a looped ‘eye’ that enables other components to be attached directly to them.
JUMP RINGS These are simple wire loops that are used to connect different components. Standard jump rings can be opened and closed, and you can purchase jump rings that are soldered closed when added security is required.
THREAD Thread encompasses many different materials, both manmade and of natural origin, and should be chosen according to the beads in your design. Silk is perfect for threading pearls and semi-precious stones, while nylon is more suited to glass beads. You need to be able to tie a knot in the thread that is large enough to stop the beads coming off, so take this into consideration. Flat threading materials such as ribbon and suede lace are perfect for large-holed beads, and can be ﬁnished with coils or box calottes to secure the end to your clasp.
SPLIT RINGS Split rings are similar to jump rings, but with two rotations of wire. They are used when added security is required. Unlike closed jump rings, they can have components added to them in the same way that keys are attached to a key ring.
EAR WIRES Fish hooks are the standard ear wires used to create dangly earrings, but beaded designs can also be hung from ball and pin earrings, or even clip-on bases for non-pierced ears.
HEADPINS Similar to a standard sewing pin, headpins are commonly used to make dangly elements in a piece of jewellery. Standard headpins have a ﬂattened top, but common variations include ball pins and pins with decoratively beaded ends.
STRINGING MATERIALS: CHAIN There are many different chain designs made from several different metals – or modern polyester for a lightweight but chunky alternative. Use small lengths of chain in a design to link different components, or single links from a large open chain as part of a feature pendant.
WIRE Wire is sold by both length and weight, and is categorised by its gauge (the thickness of the wire). The following table describes the uses for the most common wire gauges. Gauge
Binding, knitting and weaving Threading small, delicate beads. Binding and twisting Wirework with crystals and medium beads Wire-wrapping large beads and creating wire components Bold, chunky wireworked designs
Coloured wires are usually copper with an enamel coating. Tigertail is a speciality twistedsteel beading wire with a nylon coating, while Soft Flex wire is similar but more ﬂexible and less prone to kinking. You can buy solid or plated silver and gold wire, and plated wire is often a good economical option (silver-plated wire won’t tarnish as quickly as solid silver). Memory wire, available in ring, bracelet and necklace sizes, is a stainless steel wire that never loses its shape. It is sold in coils that can be cut into individual rounds, strung with beads and ﬁnished with an end cap.
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JOIN THE UPCYCLING REVOLUTION! Stunning makes from scrap
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Wire, felt, crochet... we show you how
FLEXIBLE FRIEND Using rubber for contemporary style
MAKING A SCENE Beginner’s guide to lampwork ‘landscapes’
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